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! UPDATED WITH FULL TUTORIAL BELOW 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

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Read Like Rory Shirt and Bag and More Gilmore Girls Crafts and Recipes

I've been wearing this Read Like Rory shirt watching Gilmore Girls reruns and I serious CANNOT wait for the new episodes. I know I'm not the only one.

Celebrate Gilmore girls with lots of cute craft tutorials and reicpes including this Read Like Rory shirt and book bag

Are you just as excited as I am? I've joined up with a bunch of my Gilmore Girls loving friends to share lots of great Gilmore Girls crafts, recipes and other fun ideas to get in on the excitement.

Love this Gilmore Girls shirt and great sewing pattern for slouchy sweatshirt. Read Like Rory tutorial

I made this a shirt and Read Like Rory bag and I couldn't love them any more. I'm giving away the bag (see below to enter) but if you want to make you it's SUPER easy.

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What You Need What to Do I made both the shirt and the bag live on facebook and I had planned to edit that video down (cut out the chatter and all) to post here BUT something weird happened so it won't download the audio ugh. So I can't edit it. I know that this is super long but you can skip around to see the parts you are interested it. I'll keep working on it but at least it's here. The tutorial part starts around the 14 minute mark.
I sewed my shirt using using my favorite Lane Raglan pattern plus a few tweaks to make it a more wide neck giving it the relaxed slouchy look. You can see all the details of how to do that in my Slouchy Sweatshirt post. You can easily just use a blank tee but if you sew at all I HIGHLY recommend this pattern.
  1. Download the Read Like Rory design. Trace it in Cricut Design Studio. I recommend tracing it in sections so you have three separate words. Or the Read and Rory are just in courier new which is on most computers so you probably only need the like.
  2. Size your words. I liked to start by positioning them how they will be on the shirt or bag then I "attach" them and change the size (I did 7.5 inches wide). Then I detach them.
  3. Next change the color of the like (since that will be cut out of a different material).
  4. Send it to cut. If you've never used heat transfer vinyl you might find my how to use Iron-on vinyl tutorial helpful. Make sure to mirror image the design. Note how big you need your vinyl and cut to the appropriate size. Place the vinyl on the cutting mat vinyl side up plastic side down and cut on the iron-on setting for regular heat transfer vinyl.
  5. If the program doesn't mirror image the second color just cancel the cut and reenter and click on the second word. You can see what I mean in the video above. Make sure to mirror image it. If you are using glitter vinyl I have found the middle card stock setting works great for that.
  6. Weed the design so you remove all the excess vinyl.
  7. Press your shirt or bag to remove excess moisture.
  8. And then press with an iron or heat press until it is stuck to the shirt or bag. Wait at least 24 hours before washing.

Read Like Rory Shirt and Book Bag Tutorial plus other Gilmore Girls inspired crafts and recipes

So easy and so cute right and remember I'm giving the bag away. You can enter through the widget at the very bottom of this post!

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10 Minute Halloween Hair Boos Tutorial

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10 minute DIY Halloween hair bands and hair clips

I had fun making some cute DIY Boo Headbands and Boo Hair Clips. All three are made in the same basic way using the same Boo design just with a few small tweaks of material.

3 cute and easy DIY hair accessories tutorials for Halloween

Glitter Boo Hair Clips

  • Bobby Pins
  • Felt
  • Iron-On Glitter Vinyl
  • Ironing fabric

How to make DIY felt hair clips. Easy tutorial to adapt for any occassion

  1. Size the Boo design to 3 inches wide in Cricut Design Studio and cut the Boo out of Iron-on glitter vinyl making sure to mirror image the design. If you've never used iron-on vinyl read my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial
  2. Through a thin piece of fabric Iron the glitter design onto the felt. Pull away the carrier plastic. Iron again through the fabric.
  3. Cut around the glitter design.
  4. Cut a small piece of felt and slide in between the bobby pin.
  5. Apply hot glue to the straight side of the bobby pin and glue the pin and felt to the cut out boo piece and you're good to go!

How to make Hair Boos. Adorable diy hair accessories tutorial for Halloween

Felt Boo Head Band

  • Elastic Head Band
  • Iron-on Vinyl
  • Felt
  • Ironing fabric

How to make easy head bands perfect for any occasion. Fun craft tutorial

  1. Size Boo design to 6 inches wide and cut out of Black Iron-on vinyl. If you've never used iron-on vinyl read my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial
  2. Cut a piece of felt so that it fits under the Boo.
  3. Set the Boo aside and sew the felt onto the head band down the middle of the felt.
  4. With a ironing fabric over the Boo design iron it onto the felt.
  5. Pull away the carrier plastic and re-iron through the fabric.
  6. Cut around the design and you're good to go!

Faux leather design head bands tutorial. Easy customizable 10 minute tutorial

Leather Boo Head Band
  • Elastic Head Band
  • Pebbled Faux Leather
  • Matching thread
  1. Size the Boo design to 6 inches wide and cut the Faux Leather.
  2. Using tiny stitches sew the Boo onto the head band and you're good to go!

I used this Leather Paper from Cricut that looks like leather but acts like paper. It's flexible but it cuts just as easily as card stock. It was my first time play with it and now my mind is spinning with ideas it's SO cool.

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Harry Potter Fashion Sew Our Stash

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Are you ready for some awesome Harry Potter Fashion?

DIY Hogwarts Swim Team Shorts fun Harry Potter Fashion

It's the last Thursday of the month as well as Happy Harry Potter week 2 which means I've got a Sew Our Stash Harry Potter edition coming at you. And I have to say that I absolutely ADORE the two items I made for myself this month.

Harry Potter board shorts and towel. And other DIY potter fashion

I liked my shirts from last month and have worn them a ton but I squealed from delight when I finished my two pieces for this month.

How awesome are these Harry Potter inspired Hogwarts Swim Team Board Shorts DIY sewing pattern

The first are these swim shorts. I used the Swim and Surf pattern by Gracious Threads along with some board short material that I got from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. And I couldn't resist attacking them with heat transfer vinyl to add Hogwarts Swim Team emblem to them with my Cricut explore. And you guys I TOTALLY love them.

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I made the size 16 in the Run (medium) length. I like it a lot but I think I'll make the Swim (shortest) length next. I did the simplest version without a tie or eyelets and used regular elastic instead of multiple rows of swim elastic. I figure IF I wear them in the water and the elastic breaks down fast I can just open the casing and replace it easy peasy. If you're looking for an easy and cute board short pattern I highly recommend this pattern. I will definitely be making more for myself!

Fabulous swim short sewing pattern for women plus how fun Hogwarts swim team board shorts

I'm sharing this as a part of the Summer Swimwear Tour hosted by by Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree  to see more awesome DIY Swimwear, get discounts, and enter their fabulous giveaway see this post! I had originally planned on sharing my easy technique for making bias tape like I used on the shorts BUT I had some major technical issues so I'll have to share that later.

Deathly Hallows tank top. Santa Fe sewing pattern review. DIY shirt

Now to my second creation the Santa Fe Top by Hey June Handmade. You all know I love Adrianna's patterns. I seriously love this tank. I made the Large which was exactly what my measurements suggested I should make and I think it fits great.

Super cute women's tank pattern. Great fit and fast sew. I will be making many more

I love the flowy style and the various options. I'm excited to try both the more narrow tank version (this is the wider tank) as well as the actual sleeved versions.

Fabulous diy harry potter tank and sewing pattern review for women

It came together SO fast I really can't wait to make more. Goodness I really need to just cut out a bunch. Of course I had to add some Iron-on vinyl again because I just can't handle plain clothes and I think the Deathly Hallows sign on it is the perfect compliment. And it's totally just a tad off center ugh but I don't think I'll ever but still enough or the shirt will be sitting just so that most people would be able to notice without staring and then they would be the weirdos right!? Don't forget to check out the awesome top that Bev from Flamingo Toes made! We would love you to join us by tagging your selfish sewing with #sewourstash and challenging ourselves to sew at least one wearable item each month for ourselves. And there's still time to enter the Happy Harry Potter giveways! They are amazing guys!    

Dumbledore Quote Pillowcase Tutorial

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I'm a bit obsessed with modern calligraphy quotes. And where better to put those quotes than on some awesome throw pillows. So today I've got a super easy tutorial for making a Dumbledore Quote Pillowcase. Happy Harry Potter!

Love this awesome DIY dumbledore quote pillowcase tutorial

There are so many wonderful quotes in the Harry Potter books and movies but I love this one from Dumbledore. This version has a few bits cut out for the sake of space.  "Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic." It's a nice one right!? Quote pillows. Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic pillow tutorial This is SO easy even if you are a newbie sew-er you should be able to do this. Really it just requires sewing two straight lines. And if you're totally against making your own you can just buy a Words are Magic Pillow here.

DIY quote pillow case sewing tutorial

What you Need
  • 18 X 38 piece of black fabric
  • 12x12 piece of Heat Transfer Vinyl in gold
  • Cutting Machine like Cricut Explore
  • Dumbledore Quote Image - get the FREE DESIGN here (oops I caught the typo after posting this and doing a whole live video tutorial yikes! The design is spelled correctly and I'll update pictures when I can make a new pillow and take more pictures)
What To Do
  1.  Cut the fabric. For a 17″ pillow you need a piece of fabric 17X38 inches big. For other sized pillows you need the fabric to be the size of the pillow side (in my case 17″) by the side times 2 plus 4 more inches. So for mine it was 17″ by (17X2)+4
  2. Finish the short edges of the fabric.
  3. Fold one side under and hem. This is for the side of the fabric that will show on the outside.
  4. Fold the fabric in on both ends (right side of the fabric inside) so that there is a square the size of the pillow in the middle. For mine this means that I folded each end in 10.5″. There should be a couple of inches of overlap. Iron or pin in place.
  5. Iron the folds into place
  6. Cut your quote out of Heat Transfer Vinyl see this tutorial if you've never done that.
  7. Iron onto the center and then fold the flaps back over and pin.
  8. Sew across the top and bottom.
  9. Flip inside out and stuff the pillow into the pillow case.

quick and easy DIY Harry Potter Quote pillow case sewing tutorial

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Easy TMNT Icon Shirt Tutorial

Do you know a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan? Well today I'm sharing a super easy TMNT Icon Shirt Tutorial.

Cute and easy DIY teenage mutant ninja turtle icon shirt tutorial

I went to a cute little (ninja turtle obsessed) boys birthday party and knew that he need his own one of a kind TMNT shirt. You see he's a HUGE fan of Leonardo.

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I also happened to decide he needed this just a few hours before his party. AND I sewed the actual shirt part. SO when I see this is a fast and easy project that's what I mean. You totally DON'T have to sew a shirt but honestly it was faster for me to make one instead of drive somewhere hoping to find a plain shirt in a color that would work. I used Peek-a-boo pattern shop's Happy Feet shirt pattern and some fabric from Joann

Fast and easy DIY teenage mutant ninja turtle tutorial. Cute gift idea for TMNT fans.

What You Need

How to make a teenage mutant ninja turtle shirt. Great DIY tutorial.

What to Do
  1. Search for Pizza, Turtle, and Mask in Cricut Design Space (the free program that comes with the Cricut Explore) and you'll be able to find the images I used. You can see the original images on the bottom row and then the ones in yellow are how I made it look right before I cut them out.
    1. For the Pizza I made all the layers one layer so it would cut it all out of one color.
    2. For the Turtle I hid everything except for the shell layers.  Then I made the outside rim the same layer as the rest of the shell.
    3. For the Mask all I needed to do was resize it.
  2. Measure the width you want them to take up on your shirt and position and size them them accordingly. Then select all and "attach" them.
  3. Cut out using your cutting machine (for more on this step see my long How to Use Heat Transfer Vinyl article)
  4. Peel off the negative space.
  5. Position it on your shirt.
  6. Iron it on.

how to make a TMNT shirt. Cute icon DIY teenage mutant ninja turtles tutorial

Fun right!? And also be sure to check out these other great TMNT ideas!

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20 Minute Child Sized Apron Tutorial + FREE Pattern

Ready for a speedy beginner friendly sewing project? Awesome because today I'm sharing a FREE apron pattern that's perfect for learning, teaching or just when you need a cute and super fast gift.

The kid and I made one of these child sized aprons this weekend. Great sewing tutorial for beginners yay for free patterns.

My nieces made a version of these aprons when they were just 5 and 6 so I'm telling you, YOU CAN DO THIS! I've been having fun teaching the girls (now 7 and 8) and their friends to sew and one of our most recent projects were these easy aprons. Apron easy enough for a 5 year old to make. Free sewing pattern and tutorialIf you are comfortable sewing you could EASILY make on in 10 minutes. It really is just a few lines of stitching. If you're a newbie you could still probably pull this off in 30 minutes and that's with you going pretty slowly and rereading the directions a lot!

One of my favorite gifts for girls. And great fast tutorial for sewing beginners. Kid sized apron with free pattern

The girls did it in about 45 minutes and that was with me slowly explaining everything as a group, checking each of the aprons at every step, and sharing machines.

Super fast and easy kid sized apron pattern and sewing tutorial

  • Main apron fabric 17 X 11 inches A fat quarter should work unless it is a directional print.
  • Strap fabric 5 X 44 (or longer) inches
  • Pocket 5.25 X 5.25 inches (optional and it's fun to do different sizes)
  • Apron Pattern (download here)
  • Iron-on Vinyl for initial (optional)
  1. Cut all apron pieces. My main apron pattern piece is mostly an 8.5 X 11 inch paper with a curve at the bottom and then cut on the fold. You can make your own with that same idea or get my Free Kid's Apron Pattern just click on the image or link and then save to your computer.
  2. If making with a pocket begin by ironing the edges of your pocket piece down about 1/2 inch on all sides.
  3. Sew along one edge with a 1/4 seam allowance. This will be the top edge of your pocket.
  4. With right sides together iron you strap piece in have lengthwise.
  5. With a 3/8 seam allowance sew down the long edge of the folded strap along the raw edge  to form a long tube.
  6. Flip the strap right side out and iron. I use a loop turner (If you have never used one here's a video of how they work, they are magical!)
  7. Next serge or zig zag around the edges of the main apron fabric.
  8. Fold under, pin, and sew down the sides and around the bottom. For a prettier finish fold twice. We only did one fold and they are fine.
  9. Pin the pocket to the front of your apron how ever you would like and sew down the three edges leaving the top edge open.
  10. Next pin the waist band to the apron main piece overlapping about 1 inch.
  11. Sew to attach the waist band to the apron main piece.
  12. If you want to add some iron-on vinyl now is the time to do that. If you're like iron-on what? it's one of my favorite craft supplies and you can learn how to use iron-on vinyl here.
  13. Lastly tuck in the ends of your strap and sew a row of stitches across to close. If you used the end of the fabric from one selvege edge to the other then you can skip this step I didn't have the girls do this.
  14. Tie on and bake something awesome!

Perfect for teaching kids to sew! Great fast and easy child sized apron pattern and tutorial. Perfect for sewing beginners.

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Harry Potter Quidditch Jersey Tutorial

Did you hear? They announced the opening date of the new Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood! Epp I'm so so excited. I think that requires a Harry Potter post to celebrate!

Love this. Easy DIY Harry Potter Quidditch jersey. fast sewing tutorial

But really I think it's been way too long since I've had a Harry Potter post. I've been going through withdrawal since my trip to Universal Orlando this Summer (did you catch my HUGE Wizarding World photo tour). Today I am sharing a SUPER EASY Harry Potter quidditch jersey tutorial.

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A few years back (when I was pregnant with Teddy) I made Daniel and I Golden Snitch and Quidditch Player costumes. As always it was SUPER last minute since I was so busy making all the orders (many of them Hogwart's Student Costumes) for my shop. So I threw together my Snitch costume and with the hour I had left made Daniel a crazy easy jersey to be my quidditch playing partner.fast and easy harry potter costume. DIY quidditch robe tutorial Trust me you if you have basic sewing skills you can totally make this. I'd say this is an advanced beginner level project (not hard enough to count as intermediet but you need to be comfortable using the sewing machine). If you don't want to bother I decided to sell a "free size" version of this Quiddidtch jersey in my shop.

Make a Harry Potter costume in 1 hour. Easy DIY quidditch robes jersey tutorial

What You Need
  • Loose fitting shirt for your pattern
  • Large paper for tracing your pattern (kid drawing paper or even tissue paper works well)
  • Knit Fabric (maroon and goldenrod unless you want to do one of the other Hogwarts Houses) make your pattern first and then you can see how much you need
  • Iron-on Vinyl and a cutting machine (like a Cricut Explore)
What To Do Start by making your pattern:
  1. I used one of Daniel's T-shirts (men's Large from Old Navy) and the jersey works great for him and for me. After all it's a loose vest thing it doesn't have to fit perfectly. Fold it in half. Trace the basic shape of the bodice (not including the sleeves.
  2. Instead of doing a curve for the neck I just angled the line down from the shoulder.
  3. Cut out your pattern 1/2 inch outside your tracing line so that you have a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  4. Now cut out your main color fabric (maroon).
Sew your jersey together:
  1. With a 1/2 inch seam allowance sew your shoulder seams together.
  2. Then sew down your side seams. I used a serger but you can just sew it on a sewing machine. Since you're using a knit you don't have to worry about finishing your seams.
Next cut out your accent fabric (goldenrod):
  1. You want 5 inch strips the width of the fabric for the front band and 2 inch strips for the armhole bands.
  2. Lay it along the front edge of your jersey you just sewed.
  3. You might need to sew two strips together to make it long enough if so do that. Cut a length the right side for the front.
  4. Next lay it around the armhole and cut to the right size. Make a tube for each armhole by sewing the short ends together. Repeat for the other side.
  5. Iron each piece in half and then sew (or serge) to the jersey.
  6. You should now have the basic jersey made. All that is left is decorating it.
Make your iron-ons:
  1. If you've never used heat transfer vinyl it's one of my FAVORITE craft supplies you can learn more with my How to use Iron-on Vinyl post but for now I'll just assume you know how to use it.
  2. I just searched for an emblem I liked and then typed out what I wanted it to say on the back, cut it out of my vinyl and then ironed it on.

1 hour Quidditch jersey tutorial. Great Harry Potter costume idea

It really was just as easy as that. And I was left with a darling jersey that has been worn for Halloween, races, and even traveled to Universal Orlando with us earlier this year. I wore it then :)

So fun to wear to the wizarding ward. great diy harry potter quidditch robes in just 1 hour. easy sewing tutorial

And again if you'd rather just buy one you can order a Harry Potter quidditch jersey in my shop now. SO SORRY to all the people I said no to over the last few years. I just wasn't really to make them for sale then. But I am now.

Awesome Harry Potter Recipes and Crafts. Great desserts, tutorials, and gift ideas

And the Harry Potter fun doesn't end there. I've teamed up with a bunch of Potter loving blogger friends to share even more projects check out these scrumptious Harry Potter inspired recipes and creative DIY's below! harry-potter-butterbeer-cupcakes-recipe (1 of 1)

Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes by Sugar & Soul

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Harry Potter Party by The Love Nerds

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Harry Potter's Butterbeer Fudge by Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

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His & Hers Harry Potter Mugs by The Crafty Wife

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Golden Snitch Truffles by CakeWhiz

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Hogwarts House Crest Ornaments by Hey, Let's Make Stuff

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Harry Potter Butterbeer Cake by Eat It & Say Yum

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Harry Potter DIY Golden Snitch Ornament by Kid's Fun Review

DIY 1 hour Quidditch jersey tutorial. Easy Harry Potter costume tutorial

Want more HARRY POTTER? See TONS of Harry Potter projects, recipes, party ideas, book read-a-likes and more just click here!

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20 Minute Personalized Reusable Gift Bag

Super fast DIY personalized reusable gift bag tutorial

What kid doesn't love their name on something. And even more so when it's an uncommon name like my buddy Atticus. This past weekend I was at my little buddy's house and saw this bag, this one I gave to him a few years ago being loving used to house a heck of a lot of plastic animals and I realized that I had never shared the easy DIY personalized reusable gift bag tutorial with YOU guys!

This bag tutorial is so easy. Great beginner sewing project and how to add cute personalizations

So today I'm excited to show you an easy way to make reusable gift bags. This simple bag tutorial is easy enough that it's a great beginner sewing project perfect for teaching kids to sew (or anyone who might be new to sewing). All you need to do is sew 4 straight lines for the basic bag! Step by step instructions to making a quick and easy diy personalized gift bag. Great tutorial What you need What to Do
  1. Start by deciding how big you want your bag. You'll want to double the length and add 3 inches for the length measurement. For the width measurement just add 3 inches to the finished width measurement.
  2. For the ribbon you want two pieces of ribbon that are 1.5x the width of what you want your finished bag to be.
  3. Start by ironing both short edges of your fabric under 1 inch. Also iron the long edges under 1/2 inch.
  4. Sew down the short edges with a 5/8 inch seam allowance.
  5. Fold the fabric in half so the folds are on the inside and the sewn short edges are aligned. Starting at the sewing line you made in step 3 sew down the edge of the bag with a 1/4 inch seam allowance catching both pieces of fabric.
  6. Now you should have a basic bag shape. Cut your iron-on vinyl out with a cutting machine (or if you're super brave use an exacto knife). If you have never used iron-on vinyl it's super awesome stuff and easy to use to learn more about it with tons of step by step pictures check out my iron-on vinyl tutorial. But the basic gist is that you make a mirror image that you want to cut, use a cutting machine and cut the vinyl out vinyl side up (plastic side down). Pull away any of the negative space of the design, lay the vinyl onto your bag and iron through the plastic and finally pull the plastic away. And don't worry, if it went too fast or you can't picture it just check out my long how to use vinyl post.
  7. Next seal the ends of the ribbon by running them across a flame.
  8. Thread the ribbon through one end and loop it back through the other. Knot the ends together. Repeat going the other direction and you should have a bag where you can pull the straps to cinch it closed.

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These are awesome since you can make them into any size. You can use it to pack up a personalized little IKEA car like I did or something much bigger. They can be a gift all on their own or you can place other gifts inside to use it as a great double duty or reusable gift bag. double duty gift bag. easy tutorial I am strongly considering making a bunch up for Teddy and the nieces to use during Christmas!

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I shared this post originally on 12/2/2014 at Design Dazzle as a part of her awesome Christmas series!

Mellark Bakery Printable and Mrs. Mellark’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Great Hunger Games Mellark Bakery Printable/design perfect for using in craft projects and parties - Rae Gun Ramblings

I'm so excited to share a few awesome Hunger Games projects that I made from Heidi of Digknity's Mellark Bakery design. I love the design so so much, it's so perfect. And luckily for you she has graciously allowed me to share it here so you can make your own awesome creations (see below for more details). I made Teddy a little onesie with the design on it which you might remember from my baby book round up post a few weeks back, I definitely will be making myself one soon!

Mellark Bakery printable and Mrs. Mellark's banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Recipe

You could also use the design to make treat tags like I did for my Chocolate Chip Banana bread. I tried to print it directly on my cute treat bags but my printer wasn't cooperating. If I had time I would have run out to get some clear shipping labels. I have dreams of printing some paper to wrap around fresh loaves of homemade bread, wouldn't that be fun.

Delicious and easy Chocolate Chip Banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Mrs. Mellark's Banana Bread Recipe
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1 C Mashed bananas
  • 1/2 C Sour Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 C All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C Chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream the sugar and butter. Mix in the banana, sour cream, eggs, flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts if you are using them. Pour into baking dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean about 60 minutes.

Free Hunger Games printable. Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love how versatile the design is. You could print it up as is, throw it in a frame and give it to your favorite Hunger Game fan. Or if you are like me and can't leave any plain tote back or tee shirt unembellished you can use it as a stencil for freezer paper stenciling or if you have a cutting machine as a design for iron-on vinyl.

Free Hunger Games Mellark Bakery design and great craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

The apron I made came together SUPER fast. I bought one of those premade blank ones from the craft store and then I just cut some iron-on vinyl out on my Cricut and slapped it on. If you've never used iron-on vinyl I'm kind of an addict and I have a post all about how to use iron-on vinyl. Really it's great stuff!

 FREE Hunger Games printable and design for crafts (for personal non-commercial use only) Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

Click here to download the full resolution version. Please note the design is intended for personal (non-commercial use only). Also please do not repost it anywhere.

Mellark Bakery stencil/printable and great Hunger Game craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

I'm giving this apron away as a part of the giveaway. It has a little discoloration on it but I like to imagine that that's just the wear and tear of long hard hours in the bakery (but really it's brand new). Also don't forget to go check out the rest of Heidi's awesome designs in her Etsy Shop!

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