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How to Sew a Kimono Top

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Hey there Tatertots and Jello readers! It's me, Melissa of the Polka Dot Chair blog. I'm here to share with you a simple sewing project perfect for summer! I was trying to decide what I wanted to make for my latest submission for Jen and was feeling a bit stumped, then I saw her new Fruit Salad fashion line and felt instantly inspired. I loved all of the kimono tops included in the … [Read more...]

How to Sew Outdoor Pillows

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Hi there!!! It's me, Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair here to share with you a fun sewing project for summer. Have you ever noticed that anything you leave outside just wears out over time? Even the stuff that is supposed to be outside? We live in Kentucky which is very humid and all of our cushions and pillows seem to get really grimy by the end of each outdoor season. So, I thought I'd … [Read more...]

Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Pom Pom Clutch

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Hi All! It's me, Melissa of the Polka Dot Chair back with you again to share a simple but fun sewing tutorial. A few weeks ago there occurred an event that I call "Lilly-Gate"... people were lined up to buy fun summer designer items and the company that carried them didn't deliver. Y'all know what I'm talking about. Although I wasn't in the line of people to be first in the door that day, I did … [Read more...]

DIY Infinity Travel Scarf

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Hello Tatertots and Jello readers! It's me, Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair. Today I'm going to share with you a tutorial on how to make one of my "go-to" travel items, a snap-up infinity scarf. I purchased a similar scarf at a very popular athletics store a few years ago and drug it around everywhere with me. When it was time for a new scarf I decided that instead of purchasing a new one, … [Read more...]

Pom Pom Throw Pillow

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Hey there Tatertots and Jello readers! It's me, Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair back with you today to share another fun sewing tutorial! This is my first post for Jen in 2015 and I'm so excited to be here, even if I have a hard time believing it's actually 2015 already! This winter we've been rearranging our house, which ended up being a much larger undertaking than we were expecting. … [Read more...]

HAPPY Holidays: Candy Cane Marquee Letters

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Hi there Tatertots and Jello readers, my name is Melissa Mortenson and I'm the girl behind the Polka Dot Chair blog. I'm very excited to be here with you today sharing the how to for these Candy Cane Christmas Marquee letters. Marquee letters are all the rage right now and there have been several really great marquee letter tutorials posted online this year. After seeing all of them I … [Read more...]

Trick Or Treat Tote Bag

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Hello!! It's me Melissa Mortenson of the Polka Dot Chair back again with another simple sewing project for you! I always LOVE all of the Halloween fabrics that you see in stores every year and I tend to buy more than my fair share. I've got quite a collection of Halloween fabric now! As much as I love to collect Halloween fabric, I also love to sew with it. I realized that I've never sewn a … [Read more...]

DIY Summer Pillow Sleeve

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Hello there Tatertots & Jello readers! My name is Melissa and I'm the girl behind the Polka Dot Chair Blog. I'm very excited to be back here with you again sharing a simple sewing project perfect for summer. I love simple sewing projects that have a big impact. Even though I love to sew, sometimes I can be a bit lazy. I wanted new pillows for my couch for summer but didn't' want to go … [Read more...]

Seersucker & Leather Fold Over Clutch

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Hello Tatertots & Jello readers! My name is Melissa Mortenson and I blog at the Polka Dot Chair! I love to sew and I especially love dreaming up new projects! I live in Louisville, Kentucky where we've had a particularly hard winter (like most of the country I think!). The long winter has me dreaming of summer, especially summer clothes. Living in the South, nothing says summer like … [Read more...]