Ashley Johnston

Make It & Love It

Ashley Johnston loves and blogs about costumes, decor, crafts, and sewing tutorials.

About Ashley Johnston

Ashley Johnston runs Make It & Love It, a creative blog where over a million annual visitors find step-by-step tutorials so that they can save money, make things, have fun. She loves helping people create with a sewing machine, a pair of scissors, and a glue gun. Ashley’s sister Robin also shares delicious recipes on the blog.

 

Skills

Experience

Featured Posts

Re-purposing

Round Up

Sewing

35 Clever Projects from OLD DENIM JEANS

35 Clever Projects from OLD DENIM JEANS |viw www.makeit-loveit.com

Ashley

Home Decor

Home Improvement

Top Tutorials

How to Stain/Paint an Oak Banister (the shortcut method…no sanding needed!)

Our house was built in 2000.  I’m pretty sure that was right at the height of using orange oak for trim work, kitchen cupboards, and…

Ashley

Sewing

Sewing Tips

How to Cut Fabric PERFECTLY STRAIGHT…and Square It Up!

Want to join the Make It and Love It CREATIVE TEAM?? Find out how you can share your project ideas right here, with readers from…

Ashley

Gift Ideas

Home Decor

Sewing

Top Tutorials

DIY Bed Pillow Cases: 3 sizes and 3 different styles (including the “burrito” method)

DIY Bed Pillow Cases: 3 sizes and 3 different styles (including the “burrito” method) | via www.makeit-loveit.com

Ashley

Home Decor

Home Improvement

Top Tutorials

How to Stain OAK Cabinets…the simple method (without sanding)!

I know, I know…where have I been?!?!  Well, finishing up house projects.  Lots and lots of them.  We have put off finishing the last bits…

Ashley

Accessory

Gift Ideas

Round Up

Sewing

Top Tutorials

30+ DIY Fabric Flower Tutorials

I have a lot of fabric scraps.  I mean, a LOT.  I have a hard time throwing them away because there just *might*  be a…

Ashley

Featured

Home Decor

Sewing

Top Tutorials

Make your curtains BLACKOUT CURTAINS (simplified version)

  Since moving to our new home over a month ago, I have had blackout curtains on my “to-do” list.  And while waiting for those…

Ashley

Accessory

Baby

Children

Crafts, Sewing, & Home Decor

Family

Guest Contributor Jacquie

Home Decor

Sewing

Top Tutorials

How to Crochet a Chunky Blanket (…an affordable beginner project!)

How to Crochet a Chunky Blanket….an affordable beginner project! | via Make It and Love It

Jacquie

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Top Tutorials

BIAS TAPE: what is it, how to make it, and why you NEED it! (VIDEO included)

Bias Tape is a wonderful thing.  In fact, it’s something that I have used from the very beginning of my sewing adventure…and is not something…

Ashley

Children

Clothing

Featured

Sewing

Top Tutorials

Little Boy Bowtie: the QUICK and EASY version

I mentioned earlier this week that I completely ran out of time to make the kiddos’ Easter outfits this year.  Bummer.  I really enjoy making…

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Top Tutorials

Sewing Tips: Installing a Basic Zipper

Sewing Tips: Installing a Basic Zipper | via www.makeit-loveit.com

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Blind Hem Stitch (with a sewing machine)

First of all…….thank you, thank you for all of the help, advice, personal experiences, etc. with the PC vs. MAC debate (here).  We weighed the…

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tips: How to Make & Use Piping

  Remember to check out my review of the Withings scale, that measures Weight, Fat %, and BMI.  Yeah, it does it all……and will keep…

Ashley

Children

Clothing

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tips: making pants LONGER

I swear if I just sat and stared at Connor’s little legs long enough, I would actually see them growing longer.  I don’t know what…

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

How To: Clean/Oil Your Sewing Machine

  I know it’s not spring, but it’s time to “spring clean” those sewing machines.   Not sure how to to actually clean up and…

Ashley

Children

Clothing

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Women's Clothing

Adding Hidden Side Pockets to Anything (skirt, pants, shorts, etc.)

  A friend asked me a few weeks ago how to add side pockets into a skirt that she had. I tried explaining in words…..but…

Ashley

Featured

Home Improvement

Home Improvement: How To REMOVE Hardwood Floors

 We recently moved into a new home and have been busy re-vamping, tearing down, and re-constructing this/that in our new home.  It’s been fun……but a…

Ashley

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tips: What is Selvage, Bias and Grain?

. Sometimes fancy words are used in an online sewing tutorial or in store bought patterns. And unless you’ve heard them used before……they probably sound…

Ashley

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Cut a CONTINUOUS strip of BIAS TAPE (from one square of fabric)

Cut a CONTINUOUS strip of BIAS TAPE (from one square of fabric)   Ooooh, today I have a sewing tip for you……and it’s pretty darn…

Ashley

Children

Clothing

Featured

Re-purposing

Sewing

The QUICKEST Toddler Play Dress…you’ll ever make!

Can I tell you about another blogging friend, whom I totally adore?  I’m sure you’ve heard of her or seen her sewing creations online, many…

Ashley

Gift Ideas

Home Decor

No Sew

Wooden Phone Amplifier/Speaker (no cord or batteries needed)

Wooden Phone Amplifier/Speaker (no cord or batteries needed)   We listen to music all the time in this house.  Most of our music is on…

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tips: Practicing your Sewing Stitches (including the back-stitch)

Ooooh, okay, so many more of you told me that you received a new sewing machine for Christmas. Or a serger.  Or some new sewing…

Ashley

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tips: Attaching Snaps

. Sometimes I forget that not everyone knows how to do something or is familiar with a technique. Like attaching snaps, for example. Snaps are…

Ashley

Baby

Children

Clothing

Re-purposing

Women's Clothing

The 10-Minute Skirt (re-purposing old shirts into skirts)

My little Elli (who is 7 years old and just started 2nd grade today…..ack!) is a skirt fanatic.  Well, a dress fanatic too.  I know,…

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tip: Making and Attaching Gathered/Ruffled Fabric

  Do you want to know what some of my favorite emails are to get?  The ones from some of you that tell me that…

Ashley

Guest Contributor Crystal

Halloween Costumes

Holiday

Sewing

Sew an Easy Parrot Costume

To kick off a REALLY fun couple months of HALLOWEEN COSTUMES, Crystal from Stitched By Crystal is sharing an absolutely darling costume that she made…

Crystal

Children

Clothing

Guest Contributor Cami

Sewing

DIY Tulle Skirt…with Wide Elastic Waist Band

So excited to have Cami from “Tidbits” back today, sharing her darling Holiday Tulle Skirts that she made for her little girls! The fluff is…

Ashley

Featured

Home Decor

Home Improvement

No Sew

Top Tutorials

Home Improvement: Trimming a Window (replacing the sill & apron, adding side/top molding)

Home Improvement: Trimming a Window (replacing the sill & apron, adding side/top molding)!

Ashley

Clothing

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Women's Clothing

Altering Jeans: Shorter (with Identical Hem)

Can anyone on this planet find the perfect pair of jeans?  There are so many things to look for in a perfect pair of jeans. …

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tips: Defining & Using Interfacing, Fusible Web, Fusible Adhesive

    Did you catch my most recent sewing tip for all of you just starting out on your sewing adventure? (or maybe you just…

Ashley

Dinner

Recipes

Seafood

How to Clean and Prepare Raw Shrimp

This post was written by my foodie sister Robin, who is now sharing all of her favorite recipes and kitchen tips regularly on the new…

Robin

Baby

Children

Featured

Gift Ideas

Girl & Boy FABRIC DOLLS (pattern pieces included)

Whew.  I am finally done.  And I have to say, these dolls were a TON of fun to make.  Every time a little eyeball, a…

Ashley

Baby

Children

Clothing

Featured

Gift Ideas

Re-purposing

Sewing

Super Simple Leggings: {only 2 fabric pieces}

Chilly weather keeps creeping in.  And what does that mean for my girl’s wardrobe? Leggings.  Lots of them. Leggings are such a simple way to…

Ashley

Children

Clothing

Halloween Costumes

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Top Tutorials

Women's Clothing

A HOOP SKIRT (…a sturdy and inexpensive version)

In case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, I shared my version of a Dorothy Costume.  And yes, Chloe is in ABSOLUTE LOVE!  (And takes her…

Ashley

Featured

Home Decor

Sewing

Envelope Closure Pillowcase (for bed pillows)

I like at least 2 pillows while I sleep.  One for my head and one for my knees/arms.  It all started with my 2nd pregnancy. …

Ashley

Clothing

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tips: How To Sew a PARTIAL BUTTON PLACKET

Wait, are you totally confused by what a “button placket” is?  Not to mention a “partial” one?  Well, let me explain……button plackets are that thicker…

Ashley

Gift Ideas

Home Decor

Round Up

25 DIY Painted Flower Pot Ideas…you’ll LOVE

Things have really warmed up around here and when the sun is shining for so many hours during the day…it makes me crave having more…

Ashley

Baby

Featured

Gift Ideas

Sewing

20+ Handmade Baby Gift Ideas

OH MY!!!  Love, love, love!  Check out these personalized buttons from Pick Your Plum today.  Holy Toledo…….how cool would it be to add your name,…

Ashley

Baby

Clothing

Featured

Gift Ideas

Stretchy Baby Hats…with Top Knots (template included)

I think being pregnant with a little boy is making me a little crazy.  Since my current youngest is a girl (Chloe, now 3), I…

Ashley

Gift Ideas

Miscellaneous

No Sew

Silhouette Craft Cutter

Top Tutorials

Glass Etching

Have you ever done any glass etching? Well, neither had I before today. But wow.  Such an easy, yet sweet little touch that you can…

Ashley

Accessory

Featured

Gift Ideas

Miscellaneous

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Tip for Sewing with Vinyl (it sticks!!)…..Making Clear Vinyl Pouches

  Thanks for the camera tips from yesterday.  Hopefully my camera will be fixed right away. . . . But today…….we need to chat about…

Ashley

Home Decor

Sewing

DIY Pleated Bed Skirt

**By the way, did you notice the new re-design?  And the new “kitchen” side to the blog?  Check back later today…..something yummy will be shared…

Ashley

Accessory

Miscellaneous

Round Up

Sewing

20+ DIY Backpack Tutorials (child and adult styles)

My kids just went back to school this week……and I feel like I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted to do this summer.  I…

Ashley

Children

Clothing

Re-purposing

Women's Clothing

DIY: Turn Jean Pants into a JEAN SKIRT

I think my 8 year old Elli has been eating extra green beans at dinner or something because this girls’ legs are on the fast…

Ashley

Gift Ideas

Home Decor

No Sew

How to make a SIMPLE Rope Plant Hanger

How to make a SIMPLE Rope Plant Hanger….a great way to fill space vertically! | via www.makeit-loveit.com

Ashley

Featured

Gift Ideas

Home Decor

Miscellaneous

Sewing

Fabric Storage Boxes (per your request)

Okay, the fabric storage box tutorial is here.  (Sorry for the little tease last friday and no actual tutorial.  We were trying to get on…

Ashley

Featured

Home Decor

Sewing

Top Tutorials

Make your curtains BLACKOUT CURTAINS (simplified version)

  Since moving to our new home over a month ago, I have had blackout curtains on my “to-do” list.  And while waiting for those…

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tip: Shirring/Smocking with Elastic Thread

  Shirring is an old technique, I know.  (Shirring and smocking aren’t actually originally done with elastic…..but it sure makes things easier.  And faster.)  Sometimes…

Ashley

Accessory

Baby

Children

Featured

Gift Ideas

No Sew

Simple Bow Hair Clips (with no-slip grip)

  When my oldest girl was a brand new baby (who is now almost 5 years old), I made bows for her head/hair. Lots of…

Ashley

Accessory

Featured

Gift Ideas

Miscellaneous

No Sew

Re-purposing

Holder for Charging Cell Phone (made from lotion bottle)

My husband and I both have cell phones.  And both of us have phone chargers.  And that means lots of obnoxious cords.  You never know…

Ashley

Featured

Home Decor

Home Improvement

No Sew

Home Improvement: DIY Board and Batten

Oh my.  Once again, I’m so surprised what a little paint and some measly pieces of wood can do.   We decided right after we…

Ashley

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tips: Pre-Washing

. The holidays seem to have treated many of you very well. I have heard many of you say that you received new sewing machines,…

Ashley

Featured

Home Decor

Home Improvement

Sewing

Home Improvement: Replacing Outdoor Light Fixtures (don’t be scared!!)

    We recently moved into a new home and have been busy re-vamping, tearing down, and re-constructing this/that in our new home.  It’s been fun……but…

Ashley

Children

Featured

Kid Craft

No Sew

Round Up

Sewing

40 Indoor Kid Activities & Crafts

Anyone else in the middle of Spring Break?  Yeah, me too!   It’s still pretty chilly around here so, I’ve been browsing for INDOOR ideas…

Ashley

Children

Clothing

Featured

Sewing

Elastic Band Skirt {aka: the fastest skirt you’ll ever make}

As much as I try to convince Elli to wear the shorts/capri’s/pants that are in her drawer……….she only gives in about 15% of the time. …

Ashley

Baby

Gift Ideas

Sewing

DIY Gauze Swaddle Blankets for Baby (…light and breathable!)

    When Chloe was a little baby (3 years ago, gasp!), I noticed that stores were carrying these lightweight cotton Gauze Blankets.  I remember…

Ashley

No Sew

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Silhouette Craft Cutter

What is Freezer Paper?

. There were a  lot of great questions yesterday about Freezer Paper. So I thought I’d make an entire post about it. I used this…

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Sewing Tips

Sewing Tips: Basic Stitches (plus the Double Needle)

  . Sometimes all it takes is a visual picture to understand what some of these sewing terms and words are. Basting, stitch length, zig-zag,…

Ashley

Featured

Home Decor

Home Improvement

Home Improvement: Painting a Straight Line on Textured Walls (a Pro Painter’s Secret)

We have been painting and painting aaaaaaand painting lately.  I have stopped caring that there are always paint spots on my hands, in my hair,…

Ashley

Accessory

Children

Round Up

Top Tutorials

25 CLEVER IDEAS for “Wacky Hair Day” at SCHOOL!! (…including Chloe’s wacky hair!)

25 CLEVER IDEAS for “Wacky Hair Day” at SCHOOL!! | via www.makeit-loveit.com

Ashley

Accessory

Children

Featured

Gift Ideas

Guest Contributor Kristin

Sewing

The Reversible Bag…for kids!

So excited to have Kristin from Grandma’s Chalkboard here again today, contributing these darling Reversible Kid Bags.  What child would not FLIP for one of…

Ashley

Children

Featured

Sewing

50+ Great Homemade Kid Gift Ideas

  We are snowed in today.  HOORAY!!  Well, except for Steve.  He still had to ice-skate his car down the freeway to his job this…

Ashley

Accessory

Children

Featured

Miscellaneous

Sewing

Women's Clothing

Make your own Balaclava (or ski-type mask)

Our Colorado skies have dropped several thick blankets of snow lately…..and my kids are in absolute HEAVEN!  Even if we don’t have time to head…

Ashley

Accessory

Baby

Re-purposing

Sewing

Recovering a Baby Car Seat

.   Do you love your infant car seat……but hate the cover? Is the material scratchy or stained?  Torn or outdated? Well, then start picking…

Ashley

Home Decor

No Sew

DIY Tufted Fabric Ottoman ((…from an old table))

If you came here looking for the ‘No-Sew Love’ (+ other goodies!) GIVEAWAY….you came to the right place. However, you need to click over to…

Ashley

Featured

Sewing

Teaching Kids To Sew

Teaching Kids to Sew, Part 1: Intro to Hand Sewing

Oh gee, where did that holiday weekend go?  Did everyone (here in the U.S.) enjoy their Memorial Day yesterday?  (A big thank you to past/present…

Ashley

Children

Clothing

Featured

Sewing

Women's Clothing

The Square Circle Skirt (20-ish minutes to make)

  Sometimes I buy too much fabric.  I admit it.  Just don’t you dare email my husband and tell him that I’ve admitted it. ;) …

Ashley

Featured

Home Decor

Home Improvement

How to Paint {{Super Straight}} Horizontal Stripes

Last week, while Steve had a day off and while Connor was at school, we completely emptied his room and decided to finally paint it. …

Ashley

Featured

Home Decor

25 DIY Chandelier Ideas

We’ve been working on a few home projects this week, until late at night.  Sweet little Connor has asked for almost a year now for…

Ashley

Baby

Gift Ideas

Sewing

Self-Binding MINKY Baby Blanket…(with applique)

When Chloe was about 8 months old, she flew with me to California for my grandma’s funeral.  Just the 2 of us.  While there, we…

Ashley

Baby

Children

Sewing

DIY Pacifier Clips…no more dropped/lost pacifiers

I know, I’ve been a little MIA this week but my head has been other places.  Okay, more specifically, doing a few things for the…

Ashley

Children

Gift Ideas

Guest Contributor Crystal

Sewing

Collapsible Fabric Play Tent…for kids!

I can’t say enough “thank you’s” for all the sweet comments on my post last week about our newest baby, little Oliver!  Oh, how we…

Crystal

Children

Clothing

Featured

Re-purposing

Sewing

Turning Long Pants into Shorts (and making it look good)

  Oh my word, I have such a treat to share with you.  My newest sponsor, Kangaroo Care, is great little shop, filled with all…

Ashley

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