D.I.Y. Pencil Case

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In addition to crafting I also enjoy drawing and painting. I recently started a weekly sketch account on Instagram where I choose a different theme each week and then I create a piece of art to fit that theme. Being busy with my art Instagram account I have been (sadly) neglecting my craft Blog. With the holidays coming up though I have started getting the crafting craze again and the first thing I wanted to do was clean up and clear out some of my scrap fabrics just to get an idea of what I have to work with and make room for more stuff of course! So I think I am going to do a little mini series of scrap fabric projects.

Currently my colored pencils and paint brushes are contained in a jumble of chaos so I decided I needed to make a few cases to separate and organize the mess! I found this video on YouTube and I thought this would be the perfect segue between my art Instagram and my craft Blog. So, let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil/pen
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Scrap cardboard (I used an empty granola bar box)

Directions: 

  1. Remember there is a video tutorial for this on YouTube so if you learn better from videos please check it out because it is really well done. I added one extra step to the process that I will illustrate now.
    1. Trace circles on your spare cardboard using your empty paper towel roll as a stencil. Repeat this process on the inside your scrap fabric.
    2. Cut the circles out of the spare cardboard along your traced line but MAKE SURE you cut about a half-inch around the traced lines on your fabric.
    3. Once you have cut out your scrap fabric cut lines around the circles up to the traced circle. Please see pictures.                                                                                                 pencil case2 pencil case3
  2. Using your ruler trace and cut a straight line down the center of your paper towel roll. pencil case9 pencil case10
  3. Now you are going to want to cut down your paper towel roll as it is quite a bit longer than the zipper and honestly the extra length is unnecessary (insert penis joke here.) The zipper is 7″ in length so I cute my paper towel roll down to about 7.5″.pencil case11
  4. Leaving the zipper zipped up you will want to trim off the excess fabric at the top and bottom of the zipper. Now place a strip of hot glue along one side of your zipper fabric and attach this to one side of your paper towel roll. Then glue down the other side. pencil case12 pencil case1
  5. Grab the cardboard and fabric circles we cut earlier. Glue the cardboard pieces down to the fabric so that the cardboard is inside the traced circle on the fabric. If you are using a cardboard piece with advertisement on the front you will want to make sure you glue the plain piece to the fabric so the advertisement in facing up. Otherwise you might see the advertisement peeking through your fabric on the finished product. pencil case13
  6. Carefully add hot glue around the rim of your paper towel roll and glue your round fabric piece with the cardboard facing in onto your paper towel roll. pencil case14
  7. Glue the overhanging fabric down to the paper towel roll using the pre-cut strips to make it smooth.                                                                                                                                        pencil case4
  8. Grab the rest of your spare fabric. Cut out a piece that is 8″ x 6.5″. Fold down and glue one 6.5″ side about .25″ in. Now repeat the process on one of the 8″ sides. When you fold down and glue the other 8″ side you want to make sure that the fabric is now the exact length of your paper towel roll. So if you cut the paper towel roll according to direction #3 your fabric should now by 7.5″ in length and you should have 3 sides of your fabric glued down.  pencil case17
  9. Using your glue gun add a strip of glue to the folded down (now) 7.5″ side of the fabric. Attach this to the top of your paper towel roll on top of the zipper fabric right next to the actual zipper part.
  10. Now you “measure” your fourth side of fabric so that you can fold it down and glue it so that once it is wrapped around the paper towel roll this side of the fabric comes to the same point as the opposite side. You should now have all 4 sides of your fabric folded and glued down on itself.
  11. Add glue a little bit at a time on both sides of the roll starting from already glued fabric and slowly glue the fabric around the roll.                    pencil case18
  12. Once it has been rolled around the roll and glued to both ends you can glue down the opposite  7.5″ side.                                                                                                                      pencil case5

And you are done! I hope this tutorial made sense and was helpful! What a cute little case with so many possibilities! A pencil case, a make-up case, a brush case, goodness the list goes on and on!           pencil case7

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Baby Headband

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Hi. I’m Tiffany, and I am obsessed with baby headbands. My daughter owns WAY more headbands than is at all reasonable. I will say this, if it was up to me she would wear a headband every single day. However, my babysitter thinks they are silly, so I know the second I drop her off with a headband on the babysitter is going to take it off. That’s assuming, of course, that she hasn’t already pulled it off herself and gnawed on it until it looks like it has been regurgitated from a dog’s stomach. So, why bother? BECAUSE THEY ARE F*&!ING ADORABLE THAT’S WHY!

Unfortunately these headbands aren’t generally all that cheap. You can find some for around $8 apiece but some range up to $15! You can see how that can start to add up. Then there is the fact that they grow out of them so fast (Especially my big head baby who has been in the 93rd percentile in head circumference since she was born!) So I finally decided it had reached the point that if I was going to continue to feed my headband addiction, I was going to have to start making them myself!

For my first headband I decided to use felt and make a little flower headband. As I’m sure you all know there are a ton of different kinds of headbands made from a plethora of different materials but I wanted to make this headband for my daughter’s 1-year pictures to match her 1-year outfit (pictured below). This tutorial is for that specific headband, but it can easily be edited to fit your individual needs.

Supplies:
Colored Felt of your choice
Fabric-Tac
Colored Elastic
Pen or Pencil
Scissors
Flower Pattern
Jewel Accent – Optional

Instructions:

1. Follow the link for the flower pattern in the supplies list. You can also search the interwebs for a different flower if you do not like the designs pictured. I did not create the flower patterns included above. I googled “felt flower patterns” and found a flower that best fit my needs and followed the link to this website. She has a TON of felt patterns to choose from. The blog is in spanish but the pictures are universal. 😉

2. Print the flower pattern and cut out the patterns in the sizes you need. For this particular headband I took a screenshot of the flower in the bottom right-hand corner, pasted the image to word three times and resized the images. I ended up with a small, medium and large flower pattern.

3. Trace the pattern(s) onto your felt. Use a light colored pencil if possible as markers and pens can bleed through the felt.

4. Cut out felt flowers. (You will need an extra piece of felt at the end of the project so don’t throw away your scraps.)

5. I would recommend arranging the flowers first before you glue them to make sure you like the arrangement. I had to cut out a flower in each size from all three colors of felt I had before I could decide on the arrangement I liked best. Just FYI.

6. Use your Fabri-Tac to glue the pieces together. You can use another form of adhesive such as hot glue or superglue, etc. but the Fabri-Tac really is great for anything fabric related and I highly recommend it. Once your flower is completed to your liking set this piece aside.

7. Grab your elastic. Just FYI, the elastic can be frustrating to find. I finally found this shop on Etsy that has an excellent selection of elastic at really great prices, as well as other headband supplies such as pre-made flowers. I highly recommend them! Anyways, you can google “average headband sizes” if you are not sure what length to cut your elastic but, as aforementioned, my daughter has a… above average sized noggin so I actually cut her headband at 18″. Here is a guideline that I found for average headband sizes:

{ Premie} 11-12″
{ Newborn } 13″
{ 0-1 Year } 14″
{ 1-6 Years} 15″
{Child-teen} 16.5″
{ Adults } 17.5″

8. Use your Fabri-Tac to attach the two ends of the elastic. Make Sure the elastic is NOT twisted before you attach the ends.

9. Attach your Flower to the elastic using the Fabri-Tac. If you place the fabric over the spot where you connected the elastic it creates a seamless headband.

10. Now to finish the headband! Go ahead and grab your felt scraps that you saved from earlier. You will need to cut a circle from your felt. You want the circle to be just smaller than your flower as you are going to glue this piece behind your flower so that the elastic is sandwiched between the two and you don’t want to be able to see this piece from the front.

ALL DONE! Now you have an adorable little custom headband for your baby’s special (or, ya know, Monday) outfit! I forgot to get step-by-step pictures for this tutorial so if you have any questions please feel free to message me!

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GIVE AWAY OPPORTUNITY

Turns out the rhinestone #1 that I ordered for this headband came in a set of five. As my baby only needs one headband for her 1-year pictures I now have four extra rhinestone #1s. Maybe one of these days I will get down to making an Etsy shop but for now I am just going to keep doing my crafting as a hobby and call it good. Having said that, I am doing a give-away to the first 4 people who meet one of these requirements:

1. Like AND Share my Facebook post and comment that you would like a 1-year headband
2. Like AND Share this blog post and comment that you would like a 1-year headband

I will send a message to the first 4 people who meet one of the above requirements to get your specifications for your child’s custom 1-year headband!
(As this is free give-away and I will be paying for any necessary shipping charges you must be in the United States to qualify for this giveaway. Also please allow at least a month to receive the headband. I appreciate your understanding.)

Bean Bag Chair

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OMG I am SO excited to share this with you guys! I found this idea on Pinterest (of course) a few years ago and made a couple for my niece and nephew for their first Christmas and I have been obsessed ever since! I have made a total of 5 of these little beauties and I am working on number 6.

Now before you tell yourself you can’t do this, or this looks WAY too difficult, etc. I just want you to know that this project really isn’t that hard at all! It does have a LOT of steps to it, so it is pretty time-consuming, but the end result is so darling, I just can’t stop making them!

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The file above includes the instructions and supplies for this project. It is SO well created that I feel like making a tutorial myself would simply be redundant. So I am just going to share a few pieces of advice from my experiences.

I think the hardest part of this project is finding 3 coordinating fabrics for the chairs. I can always find the first two SO easily but then it takes forever to find the third fabric choice. Once you do though, seriously, this project is not bad at all. The hardest parts to the actual assembling of the chairs is attaching the hook and loop closure and the appliques on the top and bottom and honestly, as long as you read and follow the instructions carefully, you’ll do great! I know you can do this!

BTW, the bean bag filler, the Popped Polystyrene Bean Bag Refill, can be rather difficult to find. I have purchased all of mine from Walmart.com, but you will want to give yourself enough time to find and order the filler if you are giving your chair as a gift.

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A big thanks to my beautiful and handsome models, my daughter, cousin, niece and nephew! Now get to craftin’!

Mini Baskets

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I’M BACK! I have a bunch of lengthy excuses why I have been MIA, again, from my cute little blog and they are… nah, I’m just kidding! I wouldn’t bore you guys with all that! So let’s get right down to business!

I needed some cute little mini baskets for a project I am working on for my daughter’s first birthday party. I originally looked online to order said mini baskets but was unable to find anything that I liked that really fit my purpose. Then I realized, DUH! I can make those! And so can you!

Supplies:

Clear Plastic Cups (I used Dixie 9 oz)
41.1 M Jute (You can use twine or Hemp too, but Hemp is kinda pricy and the twine is rather thin)
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue

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As you can imagine these are pretty easy. Start at the bottom of the cup. Glue the end of Your Jute to the cup then wind the jute around the center piece, adding hot glue to hold the jute in place as you go around. I tried a few different ways to end at the top and I found the best way to end the basket was to wrap and glue the jute once around the inside of the cup rim. That’s it! You now have an adorable little mini basket!

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What to do with it, you ask? Well, as I mentioned before I actually have a specific purpose for my little baskets so look forward to them making a comeback in an upcoming post. However, the possibilities are really endless for these little containers. You could use them as little planters, or even party favors! This is the tutorial for Mini Easter Baskets that inspired my own project! Such an adorable idea! Make sure to check back later to see what becomes of my baskets!

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Baby Name Door Decor

My cousin used the sign I made for her baby's newborn photos!!!

My cousin used the sign I made for her baby’s newborn photos!!!

It has just been one of those kinds of days where everything that can go wrong will go wrong. My frustration has pent-up to the level that I feel like I am going to turn in to a Loony Tune character whose face turns red, steam starts coming out of my ears and then I’ll start bouncing around off the walls in anger. So, to avoid that particular outcome I’ve decided to share this super easy DIY project with you all instead.

Supplies
wood board for backing
wood letter that fits on the wood board
cardstock
small letter stickers
matching ribbon
Mod Podge
Wood Glue
Coordinating embellishments
Scissors

Instructions
You can find cute pre-cut wood backing at Michael’s and/or JoAnn’s. Trace the shape onto your chosen cardstock. Cut this piece out and glue it to the top of the wood piece using your Mod Podge. Repeat the same process for the large wood letter with a coordinating piece of cardstock and then glue the wood letter to the wood board using your wood glue. Set aside and let dry.

Now for the little letters, I used small glitter stickers that fit into a 1″ x 1″ space. Then I choose 2 plain coordinating cardstock pieces. Cut out however many pieces for each letter in the name from the first piece of cardstock. These should be 1″x1″ each. Then cut the same amount in the other color cardstock that are about 1.25″x1.25″ each. Using your Mod Podge center and glue the 1×1 inch squares on top of the 1.25×1.25 squares. Then center and add the letter stickers. Glue these squares on top of your wood letter so that they spell out the desired name.

Attach your piece of coordinating ribbon to the back of the piece. We used teeny-tiny little screws for this step. You can use whichever attachment process works best for you. However I would recommend not glueing the ribbon on as the final product does have a little weight to it. Add any embellishments you would like to finish your product and call it a day!

This project is so easy and they really do turn out super cute! They make great baby shower gifts and everyone loves them!

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this project is so easy even my craft-phobia sister can do it! ;)

this project is so easy even my craft-phobia sister can do it! 😉

Baby Rag Blanket

Makin’ blankets! I LOVE makin’ blankets! Baby blankets to be more specific. You may think that quilts would be super difficult and I won’t lie, some designs really are. However, there are a ton of different quilt tutorials out there for beginners like myself! So if you’re new to this sort of thing, don’t be intimidated, this is totally do-able.

For my baby shower I got SO many homemade baby blankets it was kind of overwhelming! I was SO grateful for all the love everyone showered us with but I just didn’t know when or how I was going to have the chance to use ALL of those blankets! So when my cousin announced her pregnancy I decided straight away that I wasn’t going to make her a baby blanket because I figured it would be the same case with her. But THEN I found this tutorial and I just couldn’t resist!

So I made a quick trip to JoAnn’s… lol, I couldn’t even type that with a straight face! Ok, seriously though, I went to JoAnn’s and 3 hours later I remembered I went there to get fabric for Karli’s baby blanket so I steered myself towards the fabric corner. I found 7 coordinating pastel flannel fabrics, plus one cotton fabric for the binding.

The fabric for the binding is not pictured here. Also I ended up not using the gray and mint polka-dot fabric. I just didn't feel like it really worked.

The fabric for the binding is not pictured here. Also I ended up not using the gray and mint polka-dot fabric. I just didn’t feel like it really worked.

So altogether, you should have 7 1/2 yard of coordinating flannel fabric, 2 yards of cotton batting and another 1/2 yard of matching fabric for the binding. Generally, the first thing I do when I start working with fabric is iron them. It just makes working with them a little easier.

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Once I have everything Ironed and laid out flat I cut my pieces. You will need 2 stripes of each fabric at 6″ wide and 2 of each at 3″.

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Now you are going to make some fabric sandwiches. Take a piece of 6″ flannel, lay it face down, place a 6″ of batting on top of it and place the other 6″ strip from the same fabric down face up. Sew a line right down the middle to secure these pieces. Repeat this process with the remaining strips of fabric. Once I had everything sewn together I laid out my fabrics on the floor to decide the most aesthetically appealing layout. I tried a few different options before I decided.

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Once you have decided on your layout you can start putting together your quilt. Start sewing the strips together with about a 1/8 seam allowance. You want all the strips to be sewn so that one side of the quilt is smooth and the other side has all the “seam allowances.” Once you have sewn it all together you want to cut along all of the “seams” so that they are very ragged. Be sure you don’t cut into the thread.

Now that everything is cut, you just need to place the binding. The tutorial that I worked from did not provide instructions for the binding. I did a little research and my grandmother recommended I use the Stitch in the Ditch binding method. I just looked it up on YouTube and used that method. This was my FIRST time ever adding binding and I know that it definitely had a plethora of obvious mistakes, but I am just SO excited that I did it period that I just don’t care!

Once you have completed the binding wash and dry your blanket. This will cause those little fabric snips that you created earlier to get really raggedy. Now You’re all done!

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I’m hoping after little miss Karli makes your grand debut maybe Amy will be kind enough to provide us of a picture with her and her lovely baby blanket!

Also I just want to say that I have used and continue to use EVERY SINGLE ONE of the baby blankets that have been gifted to Edythe and I am starting to be of the mindset that you can never have too many baby blankets or burp clothes.

Nana’s BaNana Bread!

I don’t know why I even buy bananas. I never put them on my grocery list. But for some reason, every time I get to the store and I see those beautiful yellow bananas my brain goes, “those bananas would be delicious with some Cheerios and/or oatmeal!” To which my brain then responds, “why yes self, I believe you are correct!” So I buy some. Not one or two or even three; usually I buy about 5 or 6, ya know a bunch. By the time I get home I am usually regretting this rash decision but also vowing to myself that I WILL eat all these bananas before they go bad!!!

As I’m sure you’ve surmised by now, that NEVER happens. So, not wanting to waste food I pop those bad boys in the freezer. Then I go back to the grocery store and repeat the whole damn process until I end up with about 2 dozen frozen bananas in my freezer that have essentially turned in to booby traps so that every time you open the freezer you have to jump back or risk getting your toes smashed by falling bananacicles.

Luckily, there is a silver lining. That lining is Banana bread! More specifically my Nana’s extra special, delicious, memory conjuring BaNana bread! I asked my mom if she thought it would be ok if I shared Nana’s recipe on my blog and she said, “Nana wouldn’t have minded so it should be fine.” So here it is, the best Banana bread recipe in the world!!!!

Nana’s BaNana Bread

Ingredients:

1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter or marg.
1/3 cup sour milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Cream bananas with sugar and shortening. Add eggs, beat. Add remaining ingredients, nuts last.

(You can make sour milk by adding a Tbs. vinegar to sweet milk.)

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees

If you think rotten bananas look gross, try mashing them up. It doesn’t help.

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Adding Sugar…

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And butter does not make it any more appealing.

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Once you add the dry ingredients it starts looking like a normal batter once more, but of course I forgot to take a picture of this step. Anyways, once you have finished with your batter and added the nuts of your choice (I like it with chopped walnuts) pour the batter into greased bread pans, about 3/4 of the way full. Pop it into the heated oven for an hour, and yes you want it in there for at least an hour. For larger bread pans you might want to leave them in for another 10-15 minutes. The center shouldn’t be mushy to the touch.

And there you have it, the best banana bread EVAR!!!

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