20+ Neighbor and Teacher Gift Ideas and Block Party

There is one week until Christmas and it’s crunch time!  If you’re like me at all, you’re probably scrambling to figure out if your are going to do neighbor and teacher gifts.  Well if you are, here are 20+ ideas that will please anyone!
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Top Gifts for Sewing Enthusiasts from Scissors to Cricut

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Do you know someone loves to sew? I know sometimes when you don’t share someone’s hobby you don’t know what exactly to get them as a gift. No worries, this sewing girl is happy help you pick the BEST gifts for Sewing Enthusiasts.

So many great gifts that sewing people will love. Great crafty gift guide.

The best part is that if our recipient already has some of these items they will welcome duplicates. As for the big ticket items, it’s really easy for you to know if they already have one or not. I know sometimes that can be tricky when you want to surprise someone.

Awesome things to buy for sewing fans like this serger and more.

Embroidery Scissors

I LOVE embroidery scissors I think they are so useful and they come in loads of different styles and designs. I’m a firm believer that a seamstress can never have too many embroidery scissors. These darling bunny scissors are my favorite for cute factor, I love these gold bird ones because they work so darn well and they just look fancy, and although they aren’t technically embroidery scissors I have a warm place in my heart for nippers (they do the same job). These range in prices but they can be as inexpensive as just a few bucks so they make a fabulous stocking stuffer or gift for someone who just needs a little something (or maybe to add in with a gift card or bigger gift).

Cute easy girlfriend gift idea. Mason Jar pin cushion. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Mason Jar Pin Cushion

If you’re feeling creative I have a tutorial for these cute Mason Jar Pin Cushions that my friends love. I actually got my first as a gift from a friend she gave it to me filled with all kinds of cute buttons! You can gift it empty or throw in a few tidbits and treats. All you need is a mason jar, fabric scrap, and some craft glue it’s really a very simple project that will be very appreciated by your sewing friend.

Lots of unexpected gifts for sewing enthusiast like this Cricut Explore Air

Cricut Explore

People don’t normally think of Cricut cutting machines as sewing tools but I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 all the time in my sewing projects. Most people don’t realize that you can actually cut fabric (in addition to paper, vinyl, leather and all kinds of other stuff) on the Cricut. It’s great for making appliques and adding other embellishments to handmade items. I love that I can design my own images and upload them for free and then cut them out to put on my sewing projects. I can’t even count the number of fun Geeky clothing I’ve made that I wouldn’t have been able to find in stores. In addition to actually cutting fabric you can cut iron-on vinyl which is my favvvvvvvoooorite for sprucing up sewing projects. See below for more details on that.

I feel like a Cricut is something that may not even be on the radar for many sewing girls so it would be a really fun surprise but make sure to send them my way and show them all my Cricut related sewing project so they don’t thing you just got them a ‘scrapbooking’ tool. While it may open up tons of other crafting doors for them too (I don’t really do paper crafting but I use mine for all kinds of stuff) you want them to know it’s perfect for supplementing the hobby they already love!

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Iron-On Vinyl

So like I said above, Iron-on vinyl (also called heat transfer vinyl) is seriously my favorite craft supply ever. You uses it with a cutting machine like the Cricut explore although I guess you technically can cut it out with an exacto knife and a really steady hand but that would be kind of labor intensive and frustrating (not to mention hand cramp inducing). You can see some of my favorite projects above where I’ve used Iron-On vinyl. What makes it great for a sew-er is that it basically gives you the ability to easily and quickly make your own fabric. You can use pre-made designs or even cut your own designs or text and place it anywhere on your fabric or sewing project to customize it to make the perfect fabric. If they already use iron-on vinyl a lot you might consider buying a heat press. I love mine, it’s an investment but I use mine multiple times a week and it makes my projects go much faster and last longer. Want to learn more about this stuff you can learn how to use iron-on vinyl here.

Keep Calm and Sew On Necklace

Sewing Necklace

Maybe you don’t even want to try and guess what they have in their crazy sewing room or maybe they sew professionally so they can write all their sewing related purchases off and you don’t want to buy them “work stuff”. But what about a fun sewing necklace. Did you even know such a thing existed? They do and the can be such a sweet gift that makes your sewing pal know that you really thought about the gift. I absolutely adore the ones from Charmed Collections like the Keep Calm and Sew On Necklace pictured above but you can find all kinds of fun ones on Etsy too! And if they aren’t much into jewelry there is such a thing as a sewing shirt too which can be lots of fun :)

Awesome things to buy for sewing fans like this serger and more.

Serger

For those who are sewing clothing a serger is a great addition to their sewing room. I LOVE my Juki MO644D I’ve actually personally purchased or helped purchase close to 10 of this model because I use them for work or friends want a machine themselves. I’ve never had problems with them and they sew like a dream. Be careful about getting the very low end ones or buying used from an individual. A serger that doesn’t work right can be a nightmare. If you find a used one with a warranty like from a quilt shop I think you’re safe but otherwise go with something that’s more middle range. Again I can’t recommend the Juki serger enough but I have friend that love their Babylock sergers too!

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Ginghers

If you live with a seamstress than you probably know how protective we are about our scissors. Great sewing scissors are important. If your sew-er doesn’t know the joys of cutting fabric with a good pair of Ginghers than this is the gift they need. They can be kind of pricey so make sure to plan ahead and hit up Joann with a coupon (they usually have one in their app if you don’t get their mailer) or when they are on sale. And if they have a pair any ways they will be thrilled to have a back up. I have two of the dressmaker sizes and I’ve been considering getting a third. They really are wonderful scissors.

Sewing Box

The Sewing Box by the Original Scrap Box is definitely a big ticket item BUT if your sewing loved one has all his or her stuff stashed on the kitchen table this might be for her. I LOVE my sewing box. It’s this cabinet that closes up but you can store your machines in it and it opens up with lots of functional table space so that you can have a full sewing station tucked behind a few cupboard doors. I’m telling you it’s AHmazing. I have a full craft room but it is right next to where my baby sleeps so I can’t sew there at night. I have my sewing box in a different room on a different floor and I’ve actually started to prefer sewing at it even when I’m not trying to be quite. The thing is crazy cool!

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Gift Cards

I know people think gift cards are impersonal but when you love a hobby having “free” money to spend can be super fun. And as much as I love Joann and Hobby Lobby they always have coupons so if it were me I’d suggest giving a gift card to a smaller independent fabric store or quilt shop that carries designer fabrics. I know I personally love drooling over the material at those places but the higher price point has be buying very sparingly. If you’re in Utah some of my favorites include The Cotton Shop (multiple locations), Quilts Etc. (in Sandy), and Harmony (in Provo). And if you’re interested here’s a super fast and easy gift card holder tutorial.

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BEST Toddler Gifts the Whole Family Will Love

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I have to admit I LOVE buying toddler gifts. The toys these days are so fun and cute. But at some point I think most parents look around and realize the kids have so much stuff they don’t actually play with.

So here is my list of the BEST Gifts for Toddlers that the whole family will love. I’ve got big ticket items to silly stocking stuffers. These are all gifts that can be enjoyed by older members of the family in some way in addition to the little ones. I think most of these (with supervision would be great for kids 18 months to 3 years).
Lit Joy Crate kids book box subscription box. Great Toddler gift idea

Lit Joy Crate

Lit Joy Crate is a bookish subscription box company that ships a box with a book and some related goodies once a month. What’s really cool about Lit Joy is that they have a box for even the little readers. Their Children’s Book box has great picks for kids 3-7 years old that even younger toddlers will enjoy. These boxes will have whole family excited to burst them open each month. And what a fun and easy way to add great books to your family library. There are different subscription lengths and you can even buy one time boxes.

Dress Up Gear

Whether it’s homemade or store bought a few dress up pieces are perfect for sparking the imagination of your little ones. I love the idea of gifting a whole dress up bin but if you already have some costumes or just don’t want to invest that much now even a few inexpensive pieces can be loads of fun. Fairy wings can be found at the dollar store most times of year, if you time things right you can catch some awesome deals on swords and fake armor too. After Halloween even the grocery stores have costume pieces for great deals. Last year we bought a few hats and Teddy will still randomly put them on and dance. Get creative there are dress up ideas all around and they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. And if you want to make your own items I have LOADS of costume tutorials to get you started.

Awesome three sided art center for kids. Adjustable tri-side from Little Partners. Toddler gift guide

Tri-Side Art Center from Little Partners

This three sided easel has a chalkboard, dry erase board and flannel board. It has adjustable heights, slots for art tools like paint and crayons and even has a roll of paper that can be refilled to paint and draw on. This thing is awesome for kids of all ages. Teddy who is 2.5 years old and his cousins (8 and 9) use this together all the time. Did you hear that? TOGETHER. If you have the space for this it’s a great investment. The Tri-Side Learn and Play Art Center the type of piece that a whole room could be centered around. We also love our Little Partners Learning Tower too! You can get 10% off of orders at LittlePartners.com with the code RGR10.

Water Beads

Have you seen these cool squishy water beads that start off the size of sprinkles and then grow to marble sized gelatonous beads? They are super fun. Teddy loves to see the change in size and they are great for easy sensory play. They are really inexpensive and you get a bazillion of them since the beads are so tiny when they ship (can we say yay for something that takes up almost no space at all?). I’ve seen people fill kiddie pools with these which seems fun and terrifying all at once. We love to just watch them grow and feel them and sort colors and that kid of thing. Even the older cousins get a kick out of these.

Chapstick

I swear every toddler I’ve meet has been obsessed with chapstick. It doesn’t matter if it’s the stuff in the tube or those little EOS balls but there is something that draws them in about the stuff. As long as your little one isn’t the type to try to take a bite out of it chapstick is an easy inexpensive gift that they will totally adore. And as an extra perk if the toddler has his or her own chapstick you’re less likely to get that gross wet sensation when you go put your own on. Come on you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Great sorting toys and other gifts for toddlers. Kid gift guide.

Sorting and Counting Toys

We have a few sorting and counting toys and while Teddy doesn’t “get” every aspect yet he loves playing with them. One of our favorites that gets played with every single day is the Sorting Pie. Even the cousins love playing with this thing. I don’t force Teddy to try and sort he just bakes with it but along the way he is learning colors and shapes and numbers. And every once in a while we put it away using the guide sheets counting or sorting. We also love these counting cookies and shape cookies.

Let’s Go Fish Game

This will sound like a totally weird one because most toddlers do not have the coordination to operate the Let’s Go Fishing game as it’s intended but they still can have hours of fun with these cute fish that open and close their mouths. Teddy loves to try and catch the fish, sometimes with help and sometimes cheating haha. He also likes to put other items in the fish holes and watch them go up and down. He’s even put a fake pizza on it and told us it was baking. I know crazy right you’d never think such a classic cheap-y toy would be the gateway to so much creativity but I’m telling you we’ve had a blast playing this with the cousins how it’s meant to be played and then just letting the little guy do as he pleases!

Musical Instruments

Whether you have a whole percussion kit, just a few kazoos, or maracas, instruments can be lots of fun and they come at all different price points. It’s fun to watch the little ones march and put on productions with various instruments. We have this really fun drum kit that comes with all kinds of bells, symbols and other percussion instruments as well as a thrift store keyboard. My nieces have a harmonica that Teddy loves to play with and we even have a few of those plastic kazoos. There are so many different instruments from toy level to actual starter instruments that can get your little musician going.

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Passes to Fun Places

We have a number of fun memberships to children’s museums, the aquarium, and even the water park. We use ours ALL THE TIME. I’ve read a number of articles saying these kind of passes are a waste of money but I’ve found them to be totally the opposite. It’s such a great deal and there’s always something fun to do. Just make sure you will for sure go enough times to make the membership fee worth it. Make sure to check out deal sites since they often will have specials for passes or even seasonal events.

Awesome gifts for toddlers the whole family will love

Pez Dispenser

If your kids are like my little guy they get plenty of candy and treats but there’s something special about a pez dispenser that’s all your own. I remember LOVING them as a kid and Teddy is no exception. He is thrilled when he gets to grab a candy from his Cinderella or Duck. It’s the best little bribe ever ha. As long as you are the holder of the dispenser and the kiddos can’t just go to town I think these make super fun gifts!

Books, Books, and More Books

And of course I couldn’t do a Toddler gift guide without encouraging you to buy books. I honestly think for a kid who has all their basic needs met that books are possibly the best gift of all. And don’t just give them books that they can do themselves, give them the gift of your time; the gift of your snuggles while reading; the gift of your focused attention. There are so many amazing books. I encourage you to find a couple new ones to add to your library and take time to read them together! It also might be fun to give them a gift card and then take them on an outing to pick out a book of their choice. Want some suggestions? Here are just a few board books for the little ones that I love.

Beautiful Gift Ideas and Block Party

Now that Thanksgiving has wrapped up, it’s time to get serious about making holiday gifts! Handmade and DIY gifts are my favorite to give AND to receive.
beatutiful DIY gift ideas lots of present tutorials perfect for CHristmas and beyond
Isn’t it so fun to think about what sort of personalized gifts to give? There are so many ways to make gifts special and save money, too. I’ve rounded up some favorites here:

Personalized Cutting Board

Double Fingerprint Heart Necklace

Peppermint Bath Bomb Ornaments

Teacup Candles

Ombre Tie Dye Shirt

DIY Rustic Wood Sconce

Coke Bottle Reindeer

Bayberry Candles

Sock Snowmen

Since this is my first time hosting the block party, I should introduce myself! I’m Susan from Bite Sized Biggie. I work a team of bloggers who share tips, ideas, projects and recipes that make life a little sweeter and more manageable.

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DIY Christmas Potholder Towel Tutorial

Are you ready for awesomeness? Get this, it’s a double potholder that also is a towel. It hangs on your oven and no your family won’t use it to clean up gross spills or throw it on the floor when ice melts so you never have a towel to dry your hands. Okay that might have been a bit ranty but you guys I’m so excited about this little creation of mine.

Darling double pot holder towel tutorial. Great free sewing pattern

I’m joining in on Skip to My Lou‘s annual Christmas Craft Bake Sew series sharing how to make these fun little Christmas Potholders. I just adore it. Plus it’s insanely quick and easy to make.

Love this free sewing pattern. Quick and easy DIY towel backed double potholder tutorial

Hop on over to Skip to My Lou for the full tutorial!

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My sister has already demanded that I make her a set of her own. These little towel potholders would be darling for your own holiday decor or as an easy hostess gift. It sews up so quickly I will definitely be making myself some versions for every season.

Easy christmas potholders with free pattern also serves as christmas towels

I especially love that I used terry cloth for the underside so as it hangs on my oven I can use it to dry my hands after I use the sink but unlike most kitchen towels I won’t find it crumpled on the floor or used to wipe up a spill since it looks nice and is obviously a potholder too.

What you needs for double potholders and tutorial

What You Need

The measurements given will be for one potholder towel. But if you buy 3/4 yard of terry cloth you will have enough to make 3. I cut the terry cloth out of one piece instead of two like I did for the main fabric to reduce bulk but if you want to buy less fabric you can do the terry cloth just like the main fabric.

  • 2 pieces 27″x7″ Terry Cloth (you can buy it by the yard at the fabric store or just cut up an old towel)
  • 2 pieces 14″x7″ Main Fabric
  • 2 pieces 6″x7″ Pocket Fabric
  • 3 yards Bias Tape
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (optional)
  • Joy to the World design (optional) download here
  • Owl design (available in Cricut design studio or use any image you like)

Note: You can add a layer of special fabric made for pot holders that will make it even more heat resistant but I tested these out and for me the heat did not come through the cookie sheet. If you want to do that just cut a piece the same size as the two fabric and in step 3 layer that between the terry cloth and main fabric.

Favorite Christmas Hostess gift this double potholder kitchen towel is awesome. Easy sewing tutorial

What to Do

  1. Cut two pieces of bias tape 7 inches wide. Sandwich it around the top edge of both pocket pieces and sew in place using a zig zag stitch.
  2. With right sides together stitch the top edges of the main fabrics to each other. If your fabric is directional like my owl one make sure the TOPS of the fabric are touching each other.
  3. Layer everything. Start with two layers of terry cloth, then the layer of main fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up and then the pocket pieces also right sides up. Pin in place.
  4. Sandwich the layered fabric between the folds of bias tape and sew with a zig zag stitch all the way around making sure to catch all the layers. When you get to a corner just tuck it in to form a triangle fold (sort of a mitered corner).
  5. Now you are good to go. If you want to add a fun design like I did on the Joy to the World one you can cut out some heat transfer vinyl on a cutting machine like a Cricut and iron it on. Check out my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial. If you’re not familiar with the stuff it’s one of my favorite ways to personalize my sewing projects.

Everyone raves over these easy double potholder towels. Easy DIY sewing tutorial

Super cute right and with all the darling holiday fabrics out there you can make ones to suit any type of style or color scheme.

Hands down our favorite gift for foodies. Double potholders that function as kitchen towels. Free sewing pattern and easy tutorial

 I have tons of Christmas crafts and recipes but here are a few of my favorites!

Won't make chocolate covered strawberries any other way!

Love these Chocolate Covered Strawberries during the holidays!

Quick and easy Reversible Place mats tutorial

These DIY Reversible Placemats would be great with Thanksgiving/Christmas fabrics.

Best collection of Harry Potter Crafts and Recipes

Tons of great Harry Potter Crafts, Recipes and More which make great gifts!

Ultimate List of Christmas Books

Whether you want to do a book advent calendar or just love collecting holiday reads I’ve got a huge list of great Christmas Picture books as well as a couple of reads perfect for Mama too!

Great Christmas reading list. Board books and picture books as well as novels. Religious and santa and snowmen stories for kids to adults

I’ve always love the idea of wrapping up a book and opening one  up each day to read with the kids as a book advent calendar, but the book hoarder in me wants all the books to be read the whole season so for now I’ve got a huge pile of picture books and flap books and pop up books in a little basket by the tree. I love reading about the true meaning of Christmas with the manger stories as well as the fun celebrations that have become a part of the holiday for our American culture like Santa and Snowmen and all that. So here is a good mix of both religious and secular books to read for Christmas.

If you click on the title it will take you to my Amazon affiliate link and you can see pictures, reviews, and read more about each book.

Lots of great Christmas board books and picture books that teach the true meaning of Christmas. Fun and adorable nativity books and more for babies and kids.

Religious Picture and Board Books

Santa, Snowmen and other fun non-religious Christmas books for kids

Secular Picture and Board Books

Fabulous picture books for Christmas. Lots of religious and non-religious christmas books for babies and kids

Teen and Adult Fiction Great for Reading Around Christmas

Also join me tomorrow live on Facebook at 11 AM MST as my friend Debra from Housewife Eclectic and I compare our Christmas book lists and share what we love about our favorites. See her list here.

*I haven’t read these yet but I have friends that ADORE them!

Lots of great Christmas books for the whole family. Both nativity books and santa and snowman. From Board books for kids to novels for teens and adults.

 

15 Minute Zipper Pouch Tutorial and Cork Fabric

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With just 15 minutes and a few scraps of fabric you can have a darling zipper pouch. This quick tutorial is great for making quick gifts, trinket holders, or you can easily change the dimensions up to make bags of all sizes.

How to make a zipper pouch. Great 15 minute sewing tutorial.

It’s so easy to change the look with different fabrics and embellishments. For this one I used my Cricut Explore to cut out this really fun Cork Fabric to make a the Happy Heart.

15 minute Zipper pouch tutorial. Great basic sewing project.

I’m excited to play even more with this DMC cork fabric since it cuts fantastically and you can sew it like a breeze. DMC also makes a Cork Fabric that looks really fun and you can stitch on also.

Cork Fabric. This stuff looks super cool and you can cut it with a Cricut machine.

Supplies

  • Outer Fabric 10 x 5
  • Inner Fabric 5 x 5 (2 pieces)
  • 4 inch zipper
  • Cork Fabric (optional)
  • Embroidery Floss (optional)

How to make a zipper pouch in just 15 minutes. Great zippered pouch sewing tutorial.

Directions

  1. If using the cork fabric or other embellishments cut it out.  I cut my happy heart design that I got from the Cricut Design Space using my Cricut Explore. I cut it on the “card stock” setting with the cork side up and a regular blade and it worked like a charm.
  2. Position your embellishment on the outside fabric. Remember that the outer piece will be folded in half. Sew it on.
  3. Start by sewing fabric to the zipper. Lay the zipper right side down to the outer fabric with the zipper facing towards the outer fabric and lay the right side of one piece of the inner fabric to the back side of the zipper. The zipper should be sandwiched between the outer and lining fabric with the right side of the zipper facing the right sized of the outer fabric. Using a zipper foot sew the three layers together.
  4. Repeat on the other side of the zipper. The outer fabric will be folded and one piece of inner fabric should be sewn to each side of the zipper.
  5. Fold the fabric so the inner fabrics are right sides together to themselves and the outer fabric is folded. Unzip the zipper most of the way.
  6. Sew around the bottom edge of the lining fabric and down each side of the lining fabric through the side of the zipper and down each side of the outer fabric edge making sure to leave an opening on the bottom edge of the lining fabric.
  7. Clip the corners.
  8. Flip the pouch right side out. Sew up the opening in the lining and tuck it into the pouch.
  9. String a few threads of embroidery floss through the hole in the zipper pull and tie with a small piece of thread.

quick and easy zippered pouch sewing tutorial fully lined.

I just love how this turned out. I might have to make more though because my niece saw it and totally claimed it.

Super easy 15 minute zipper pouch sewing tutorial

Luckily it really does only take 15 minutes.

How to make a DIY zippered pouch. Great sewing tutorial.

20 Minute Clear Vinyl Wet Bag Tutorial

We’ve been squeezing out every last ounce of Summer here and my DIY wet bags have been so awesome while as we hit up the pools and water parks. But I have a feeling like I’ll be making for for other purposes.

How to sew clear vinyl wet bags. Free pattern for clutch size and pool bag size. Great sewing tutorial.

I made a clear vinyl wet back that attaches to my Ultimate Pool Bag last year and I loved it so much I wanted more. I wanted another large sized one and a smaller clutch style one that would serve as more of a splash bag.

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I’m so excited to be sharing this as a part of Polka Dot Chair‘s great Summer Sewing Series!

Love this make wet bags out of clear vinyl. Large ones for pool stuff and small ones for splash clutches. Great 20 Minute sewing tutorial.

I’ve got sizing for both but you could easily tweek my pattern to make whatever size suits you. They would be awesome for pencil cases or craft kit holders. Really any time you’d love to quickly be able to see in your bag or want a little protection from dampness.

How to Make a Vinyl Wet Bag


They come together so fast with very inexpensive supplies it’s hard not to want to make a gazillion. Watch how easy it is to make your own clear vinyl wet bag.

Love this make wet bags out of clear vinyl. Large ones for pool stuff and small ones for splash clutches. Great 20 Minute sewing tutorial.

What You Need

Sizing

Clutch Size

  • 10×13 Clear vinyl
  • 1 yard bias tape

Wet Bag 

  • 15-18X60 Clear Vinyl
  • 1.5-2 yard Bias Tape (depending if you want to do the bottom strip)

What to Do

  1. Fold your vinyl in half to form your bag shape make one edge about 1/2-1 inch below the other edge.
  2. Trim the bias tape to a little more than the width of the top edge of your bag. If doing the bottom edge you will need two pieces this long. With the remainder you should have close to what you need to line the top edge and fold it over for a wrist loop trim it down if you want it smaller.
  3. It is easier to do both top edges first (on the clutch video I don’t do this). Start by tucking the edge under of your bias tape to hide the raw edge then sandwiching the vinyl in between the folds of the vinyl. On one edge you will finish by tucking the edge under and clipping. On the other you will have a long tail.
  4. Zig zag stitch the bias tape in place making sure to catch the vinyl in between. On the side with the tail once you get to the end of the vinyl just straight stitch the bias tape together along the bottom Edge.
  5. Next fold the tail over to form your wrist loop. Tuck the raw edge under and sew into place with an X or a few rows of back stitches.
  6. Fold your bag so that the edge with the wrist loop is 1/2-1 inch above the other top edge.
  7. If you are adding bias tape at the bottom edge you can cut it to make it lay more flat. Skip to step 8 if you are just using the folded edge. Attach the bias tape to the bottom edge just like you did to the top edge.
  8. Next attach the snaps. See the video for step by step instructions if you’re not sure how to do that.
  9. Next clip the sides in place.
  10. Fold the wrist loop edge over the other top edge and clip in place
  11. Sew the sides about 1/4 seam allowance and making sure to back stitch at both ends. At the top you should have both bias edges on top of each other.
  12. Next attach the snaps. See the video for step by step instructions of how to do that.

Made these wet bags and not sure how I lived without them. Great 20 minute sewing project perfect for taking to the pool

And you’re good to go! I like the large one for shoving all the wet stuff in as we’re leaving the pool. You know swimsuits, goggles, aqua socks, toys. All of that. And the little one is awesome for keeping my phone accessible but protected from splashes or drippy kids hanging around.

Free sewing pattern for pool wet bags. Clutch size for phone splash protection and large pool tote for everything else.

It’s obviously not going to do anything for crazy amounts of splashing but off to the side how I have it it’s just what I need. I might have to make some more of the small sized ones for toiletry bags or just to have see-through cases I can throw in my bags for on the go.

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13 Things Every Harry Potter Fan Needs

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Harry Potter fans are some of the best kinds of people in the world. Okay I know much of the world is a fan but when people start gushing about Harry Potter there is just a special kind of magic that happens.

Great Harry Potter gift guide full of things every harry potter fan needs. Super unique ideas

And so to celebrate that fact I thought I would share some awesome but not as commonly known items that Every Harry Potter fan needs! If you have a Potterhead in your life here’s a cheat sheet for their next birthday or Christmas present or Thursday. You’re welcome. Psst if you want all of these you’ll want to make sure you’re following me on Instagram wink wink.

How fun get a personalized Hogwarts acceptance letter. Great gift idea.

Every Harry Potter fan needs a Hogwarts Letter with YOUR NAME on it. Is this fabulous or what!? Among other Harry Potter awesomeness, Pieces by Polly sells awesome personalized Hogwarts acceptance letters that come stamped and addressed to your favorite witch or wizard.

Too fun! DIY Harry Potter Magic wand holster. Sewing tutorial.

Of course after you know you are a wizard, every Harry Potter fan needs their very own Magic Wand. If you can’t make it out to Olivander’s at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which I do recommend making it out to at some point it’s AMAZING!!!) or if you just want a wand that you can keep on you and not stress about breaking you can very easily make your own magic wand!

Once you have a wand every Harry Potter fan needs a Magic Wand Holster. A what? It’s a simple over the shoulder bag for carrying your magic wand on you at all times available in both child and teen/adult sizes. The slot and style make it so your wand is always at the ready and it even has a zipper pouch for a few of your must haves. This is so fun and I wish I had one when I went to the Wizarding World in Florida last year. Also if you don’t already have a wand you can get one with your holster!

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by jamie Harrington

Next every Harry Potter fan needs some great spells to practice. What better way to practice than with a whole slue of crafts and potions that can be found in Jamie Harrington’s The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter. The projects in this book are SO fun and they are perfect for tweens to do on their own or as great activities for the whole family. If you need holiday boredom busters for your Potter fans this will be a life saver.

Owlcrate monthly Young Adult fiction book subscription box

After a hard day at Hogwarts every Harry Potter fan needs to be comforted by some Owl Post, that is book mail! My favorite kinds of book mail are monthly book subscription boxes. I have two favorites you need to check out. First up is Owlcrate which mails a newly released Young Adult book along with 3-5 awesome hand curated bookish items that all fit the monthly theme. For example last month’s theme was Good vs. Evil (and you can see my sister and I unboxing our boxes at the end of this video) and the one before that was Royalty (our unboxing of that one is here). This month’s theme is Fast Times at YA High and I couldn’t be more excited!

Lit Joy Crate Monthly bookish subscription Box. Young Adult books

I also really love Lit Joy Crate for monthly bookish mail needs. What is fun about their boxes is that they offer 3 different subscriptions. A board box for the little guys (see Teddy and me opening one together), a picture book box, and a young adult box that is great for teens and adults. The picture above shows an example of the Lady Rebel Young adult box. For all their boxes the accompanying items tie into the book itself. Super fun right!?

Awesome and creative Harry Potter shirts. For baby, children, teens, and adults.

Now I may just be trying to justify the dozens of shirts I own but I am a firm believer that every Harry Potter fan needs at least one awesome Harry Potter shirt. Whether it’s a tribute to your favorite character, like the Snape is my Homeboy or You’re Just as Sane as I am Luna shirts, or a jab at Voldy himself with the Make Love Not Horcruxes shirt, a fun Harry Potter inspired shirt (or 20) or totally a must. And if you have kids and babies they totally need Potter shirts too :)

Harry Potter Funko Pop Figures

I admit I was a slow adopter of the Funko Pop figures but I can’t help but love those big headed little guys especially when they look like my favorite witches and wizards. I believe that every Harry Potter fan needs a Harry Potter inspired funko. There are so many to pick from I just got my own Dementor and Dumbledore last week! Really there are tons and they are so cute and awesome!

Custom Expecto Patronum necklace with lots of animal charms to pick from.

And speaking of Dementors, to be on the safe side you might want to keep this custom Expecto Patronum necklace close by. With loads of animal charms to pick from so you can be sure the patronus will truly be yours. But really I think all true Harry Potter fans need a piece of Harry Potter inspired jewelry. Yup I do. I should pull out all my HP jewelry because I have TONS and I love them SO much.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book

I believe every Harry Potter fan needs a copy  of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because I have been just shocked by the number of Harry Potter loving friends that haven’t read this book yet. You guys it’s the 8th story and it’s REALLY good. And it’s Harry and his friends and his family and it’s more from the wizarding world that we love!!! Really I adored it. If you’re nervous at all that it’s in play script format don’t be. I actually really liked it after I caught onto the flow of writing. And you know what doesn’t happen in script format? Pages and pages and chapters and chapters of wandering through the dessert. I’m serious I’d be happy for many more books like this and need I say it again, it’s MORE Harry Potter!!!

Harry Potter Towel. Quidditch robe inspired towel for kids and adults

Might I also suggest reading the newest installment of Harry Potter in a relaxing bath or at the pool or at the beach? And just because it’s totally awesome every Harry Potter fan needs a Harry Potter towel. I mean it looks like Harry in his Quidditch robes and it has a freaking snitch on it! Trust me you need one and they come in both teen/adult as well as kid sizes.

mypotterfacts awesome source for Harry Potter trivia

Until the Fantastic Beasts movie hits the big screen there’s still another way to get ever More Harry Potter. Every Harry Potter fan needs a good dose of Harry Potter trivia up his or her sleeve. If you haven’t already you need to check out My Potter Facts. They share all kinds of fun, inspirational, crazy, and otherwise super interesting facts about all things Harry Potter. I love just having them pop up in my Instagram feed or hopping over when I need a break from the real world to get a little dose of Harry Potter Magic.

Tons of awesome stuff for Harry Potter fans

Last but not least for even more great Harry Potter fun every Harry Potter fan needs more ideas of well things Harry Potter fans need. One of my favorite sources to find new awesome Potter stuff is HPFashion934 on Instagram. Seriously I don’t know how she finds all this great stuff but I WANT IT ALL!!! It’s a fabulous mix of Harry Potter finds, facts, and feel good reminders!

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Wow guys just wow. I’m totally blown away by the over 50 more magical Harry Potter projects that were shared as a part of my Happy Harry Potter series this year!

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As the Summer winds down little witch and wizards are finding themselves needing to pack for Hogwarts. Here are some fabulous Back to School Harry Potter projects to make sure your favorite kid is totally prepared!

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