Easy $20 Blanket Ladder DIY


I have a new video up on my YouTube Channel.  I have been wanting to do this project for months now, and I figured out a way to do it without using many fancy tools!  Sometimes I see these woodworking tutorials and I think… I don’t have any of those tools!  I did borrow my Dad’s electric sander which was the fanciest thing I used and I could have used a block sander if I didn’t have that option.  Only some paint, a hammer and nails… and of course the friendly people at Lowe’s who cut the wood for me ;)

2-2×4’s cut to 72 inches
1-1×4 (which is actually like 1×3.5) cut to 4 pieces each measuring 20 inches
box of nails, size 6D (large silver head Box nail)
1 piece of rough sand paper (I used 60)
1 piece of fine sand paper (I used 180)
Electric Sander (or use a block sander) – be sure to use a respirator
White paint (I borrowed some from my BFF who lives next door)
Cheap brushes for painting (I use ceran wrap in between coats.
Various Shades of blue and grey as desired (the Lowe’s sample colors are a great option and less than $3)
Poly (optional) If you are using a light color paint, use the spray poly in the blue can by Miniwax – the one in the video had a brownish residue I had to wipe off.  I barely did 1 coat because of that, and because of the sanding – this is an optional step.
Measuring Tape for ladder rung placement
Felt pads to protect the walls when leaning agains the wall
Drop Cloth

2-2x4x96  $5.32
1- 1×4       $1.57
Nails         $1.30
Brushes    $3.00
Felt Pads  $2.98 (optional)
Blue Paint $6.00
White Paint$3 (the sample size should be enough)
Drop Cloth $1.98
Poly           $8.48 (optional)

Here are some photos of my little $20 DIY and the video tutorial!!


Here is a photo to show you the basic construction of the ladder.  It is 72 inches tall, so nice and big and feels very sturdy.  I love the subtle different shades of blue, even though they will usually be covered up with quilts and blankets!  I also love that beachy, casual feeling I was going for!


Here is a side view.


The great thing is that this looks great whether you have 1 quilt or 6 on it.  A great design element to add to any room and add some height.


Here it is all loaded up with some of my favorite quilts.  All of these quilts were made by me except that fuzzy grey one ;)


Here is the video tutorial!  Hope you love it as much as I do!  Click Here if you are unable to see the video.

New Spring Ruffle Crochet Scarf Tutorial


Here is my new crochet tutorial video!  My viewers on YouTube love my crochet tutorials so I decided to make some fun springy patterns for easy beginner friendly videos!  I love the way this scarf turned out.  Isn’t it fun when something turns out the way you envision it?  This scarf is the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe!!  Here are some of the details ;)

Materials Used:
2 skeins Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn in Tidal

J hook (6mm)




To make the main scarf body

Slip knot, Chain 30

Chain an additional 3, dc in 4th chain, chain 1 (repeat dc, ch 1)

Once you reach the end, dc in chain by the slip knot, chain 3 and turn

Chain 1 and dc in next stitch (the stitch above the dc on the first row).

Continue until reached desired length – Mine was 63 inches


To make the ruffle

Round 1: sc 2 times in each space all the way around the scarf

slip stitch to the beginning

Round 2: chain 3, dc in each stitch all the way around

slip stitch the beginning

Round 3: chain 4, dc in next stitch, chain 1 (repeat dc, ch 1) all the way around in every stitch

slip stitch to 3rd chain at the beginning

Round 4: chain 3, sc in next stitch (repeat ch 3, sc) in every stitch all the way around

Slip stitch to finish

cut yarn and weave in ends

Click HERE if you cannot see the video!

Fabric Haul and Huge Giveaway!


Hey Everyone!

I’ve got a big giveaway going on over at my YouTube Channel and Instagram!  I am giving away 2 huge fat quarter bundles from the Joel Dewberry Botanique line!  Such fun fabrics!


My Instagram name is @MelanieKHam… HERE is where you can see what my Insta looks like if you don’t have a smart phone ;)

Here is the video for the giveaway and a fun little fabric spotlight/haul showcasing the new Sarah Jane Wee Wander and Joel Dewberry Botanique ;)  Thanks to my blog sponsor Whimsy Quilts and Fabrics for sponsoring this fun giveaway!  Click HERE if you can’t see the video.

I am currently working on a new crochet tutorial, hopefully up later this week!  Happy Monday!


Cute Scrappy Pincushion Tutorial

Hey Everyone!  I’ve got some exciting things to share, but for now I have a new YouTube video for a scrappy pincushion!!  They turned out so cute!!

Coffee Cozy Tutorial

Hi Everyone!  While we are having a low key weekend (hubby had knee surgery this week) here is my latest YouTube video – a fun coffee cozy tutorial featuring some hand embroidery.

I have got some fun projects in the works, so stay tuned!  Also, I have got a creative collaboration going on with my Step Mom.  We are working together to create some fun themed holiday gift boxes.  She is a wonderful fine artist and is creating some fab prints for these boxes while I contribute some hand sewn items – should be super fun! More details soon!  Have a great weekend!

New DIY Nursery Series Video!

Hey Everyone! Hope you had a nice start to your week!  I have a new video up on my YouTube Channel, another Nursery DIY video, check it out!

Click HERE if you can’t see the video.