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We live in a 1952 home and it makes me wonder about those days, what America was like, just around the time my parents were born. With our all brick home, our neighborhood is very patriotic, American flags on nearly every other home, and on our painted house number on the street!

Our house drawn by The Art of Michelle

With better temperatures around the corner, I’m looking forward to getting our home prepped for fall. Starting with Labor Day, the following days will be so enjoyable for our visitors.

 During this time of the year I prep our home with new indoor and outdoor decor – a new set of candles based upon fragrances and colors, and new lawn blankets! American Home™ by Yankee Candle® candles are available now at Walmart which will be fun to light, during entertaining.

Are you looking forward to Labor Day? Here are a few things to help you prepare for a memorable 3-day weekend!

Quick raw-edge lawn blanket


I love to sew to find fabrics to personalize for a specific season or holiday themed, and using a fabric drop cloth as the backing.

I also like to make these projects quickly and so I resort to an unfinished edge for a rustic look. Show up at your next Labor Day even with goodies in tow, this would be a great hostess gift.


Materials needed


  1. 2 -3  yards of fabric depending on how large you want your lawn blanket (this was a little over 2 yards)
  2. Same amount yards in canvas drop cloth or you can pick another heavy weight fabric
  3. Contrasting thread colors (I picked red and orange). If white is a good contrast from your dark fabric, stick with a white thread.


  1.  Stretch out both pieces of fabric on the floor, on top of one another.
  2. Cut bottom piece with 1-2 inches extra room, pin if you want (or see what I do to avoid pinning if I’m in a hurry)
  3. Sew a straight seam down one side (I used a walking foot but it’s not necessary)
  4. Lay blanket it down on floor and cut access fabric so both pieces are even
  5. Continue sewing straight seams until all edges are completed
  6. Sew over straight seams with a more embellished stitching
  7. Lay blanket on floor and fold in thirds and use safety pins or a fabric marker to mark where to sew a tacking stitch or short zig zag sewing the two layers together. See example:blanet-stitch

Clean blanket edge Option

Simply face the right sides of the fabric towards each other, sew the edges and leave a 4-inch gap.  When you turn it inside out, press the edges and corners and hand stitch the gap closed.

No-Sew Options

  • No-Sew Option 1:  Cut 1″ thick and 3″ deep strips along the sides and knot both fabric pieces together.
  • No-Sew Option 2: Use a PERMANENT Fabric Glue to secure both pieces together. Be aware there is fabric glue that is a temporary hold, you want to look for a permanent hold.

Stock up on Seasonal Candles

Just new at Walmart, you can find a variety of fall, baked good, and outdoor fragrances! Found in the Home and Candle Section in Walmart stores, American Home™ by Yankee Candle® prices vary from votive candles starting at $1.43 to the 19 ounce Large 2-wick Tumbler Candles (my preferred style) at $14.93. The 19 ounce candles burn for 70-90 hours.


Do you pick your candles by color or fragrance? I gravitate first by fragrance than color and I imagine where it could go in my home.

Imagine the ooh and ahh’s your get if you arrive with this hostess gift basket with a lawn blanket paired with an American Home™ by Yankee Candle® fragrance!


Fresh Apple, Buttercream Frosting, and Clear Mountain Lake™

Any fun Labor Day plans? What are you looking forward to the most this fall?