Candy Wrapper Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Being stuck at home these last few months has given me lots of time to craft with my kids. I have enjoyed having the time to teach them to sew. This is a project they loved. It is a fun and easy beginner sewing project! My oldest, 13 & 10, made them by themselves. My six year old did the cutting and contact paper and then I helped him sew it together.

Yes you can sew plastic with a sewing machine! My kids were completely amazed by this! It will dull your needle, so remember to replace your needle after this project.

You will need :

– candy wrapper

– clear contact paper

– zipper

Cut your candy wrapper at the sides and bottom so you have a front and back for your zippered pouch. Then apply clear contact paper to the front of both pieces.

Next place your wrapper facing down and sew along one side of the zipper.

Place other side of wrapper facing down and sew along other side of zipper.

NOW UNZIP YOUR ZIPPER HALF WAY (don’t skip this step!) so you can turn it right side out after the next step!! Sew along the sides and bottom of your pouch.

Turn it right side out and you now have a zipped pouch! Perfect to use as a pencil pouch or whatever you want. It is a great DIY gift idea for kids to make for their friends too.

DIY Halloween Wand Tutorial- Witches Cauldron

DIY Halloween wands are perfect for Boo Baskets and make great Halloween Party Favors. They are very easy to make too! Below I have a detailed tutorial and have also shared a free pattern that you can download below.

felt Halloween wands

I bought all of the materials for these DIY Halloween wands at Dollar Tree, making it a very affordable project. You can personalize it by making them with in whatever colours you fancy! You can make them to match your Halloween decor or to match the colour scheme for your Halloween party.

DIY Halloween Wand Supplies:

  • Felt
  • Pom poms
  • Poly-fil / Fibre fill
  • Dowel/skewers
  • Rhinestones (optional)

DIY Halloween Wand Instructions:

1. Cut out Pattern pieces in felt.

2. Sew cauldron lid to the front of one of the cauldron pieces.

3. Sew cauldron pieces together leaving a 1 inch gap at the bottom.

4. Stuff with fibre-fill. Insert Dowel/skewer and sew opening shut.

5. Glue on Pom poms.

6. Tie ribbons at bottom of cauldron.

Handmade Halloween wand
DIY Halloween wand made out of felt

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN HERE

No-sew Option

You could also hot glue the cauldron pieces together rather than sewing it if you prefer.

Witches Cauldron Halloween Wand

Felt cauldron Halloween wand

Halloween wand Tutorial and free pattern. Make this cute witches cauldron wand for your little ones. Perfect addition to a Boo Basket or makes a great Halloween party favor.

Materials

  • Felt
  • poly-fil/fibre fill
  • pom poms
  • rhinestones (optional)
  • wooden dowel/skewer
  • ribbon

Instructions

  1. Cut out pattern pieces from felt. Free pattern download link below.
  2. Sew cauldron rim onto one of the cauldron pieces.
  3. Stitch cauldron pieces together leaving a 1 inch gap at the bottom to insert stuffing.
  4. Stuff with poly-fi/fibre filll. Insert dowel/skewer and sew opening shut.
  5. Glue on pom poms and rhinestones.
  6. Tie ribbon at base of cauldron.
Felt Halloween wand, grey cauldron with pink and purple pom poms

If you can’t make this right away, don’t forget to Pin it for later! You can check out my Pinterest boards for more DIY ideas.

I would love to see the DIY Halloween wands you create! You can tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

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The Pioneer Woman has great ideas for Boo Baskets. Such a fun Halloween tradition for kids!

DIY Hocus Pocus Doll

I made these Hocus Pocus Dolls from Dollar Tree Socks! This is an easy beginner sewing project, perfect for kids or adults. Below I have a detailed tutorial and the free SVG files and printable template for the faces are available to download.

Using socks makes this is an affordable and easy DIY sewing project. This is a great project for kids, who can complete it with beginner sewing skills. I have included options for different sewing levels so this project can be adapted for even the youngest sewers. Have fun picking out your patterned socks, you can pick whatever colours and patterns you like!

DIY Hocus Pocus Doll Supplies:

  • 3 pairs white socks
  • 3 pairs patterned socks
  • Fibre-fill / poly-fil stuffing
  • Yarn for hair
  • Heat transfer vinyl / embroidery thread for eyes & mouth
  • 16×6 inch piece of tulle/fabric for cape
  • Ribbon

DIY Hocus Pocus Doll Instructions:

1. Cut white sock just below heel. This will be the head of your doll. Stuff and secure with elastic. You could also sew shut if you prefer.

2. Create your doll’s hair using yarn (see note below for link to detailed tutorial) Wrap yarn around a clipboard/piece of cardboard and cut along one side. Sew down the middle to secure yarn together.

3. Place hair on the head of your doll and sew to secure. Style your dolls hair and secure with elastics. For Winifred I styled her hair into two buns on the top of her head. For Mary’s hair, I put it in a high side ponytail then tied elastics up the length and wrapped some yarn around to make it stand up.

5. Cut patterned socks just below the heel. This will be the body of your dolls. Stuff with poly-fill.

6. Insert head into body and sew to secure.

7. Create your dolls face. You can use heat transfer vinyl with my SVG file as I did, or if you prefer you could embroider the face of your doll using my template. Link to download the SVG files and printable templates is below.

8. To create the cape: Sew a gathering stitch along the top of your 16×6 inch tulle piece. Pull thread to gather until it fits around your doll. Sew ribbon on top of gathering stitches.

DOWNLOAD THE SVG FILE & TEMPLATES FOR THE FACES HERE

Tips & Tricks:

Here is a link to a great yarn hair video tutorial by Pin Cut Sew Studio

Add some rice or dry beans to the bottom of the patterned sock before stuffing if you want the dolls to stand up.

Options for younger makers:

  • Allow them to be involved in all the non- sewing steps. They will love stuffing the head and body, can help wrap the yarn hair and may be able to tie the elastics.
  • Have them draw the face on their doll using sharpies or fabric markers.

Hocus Pocus Sock Dolls

Hocus Pocus Sock Dolls

Make your own Hocus Pocus dolls out of socks! Create your own Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson dolls.

Materials

  • 3 pairs white socks
  • 3 pairs patterned socks
  • Fibre-fill / poly-fil stuffing
  • Yarn for hair
  • Heat transfer vinyl / embroidery thread for eyes & mouth
  • 16x6 inch piece of tulle/fabric for cape
  • Ribbon

Instructions

    1. Cut white sock just below heel. This will be the head of your doll. Stuff and secure with elastic. You could also sew shut if you prefer.

    2. Create your doll’s hair using yarn (see note below for link to detailed tutorial) Wrap yarn around a clipboard/piece of cardboard and cut along one side. Sew down the middle with your sewing machine to secure yarn together.

    3. Place hair on the head of your doll and hand sew to secure. Style your dolls hair and secure with elastics. For Winifred I styled her hair in two buns on the top of her head. For Mary’s hair I put it in a high side ponytail then tied elastics up the length and wrapped some yarn around to make it stand up.

    5. Cut patterned socks just below the heel (this will be the body of your dolls). Stuff with poly-fill.

    6. Insert head into body and sew together.

    7. Create your dolls face. You can use heat transfer vinyl with my SVG file as I did, or if you prefer you could embroider the face of your doll using my template.

    8. To create the cape: Sew a gathering stitch along the top of your 16x6 inch tulle piece. Pull thread to gather until it fits around your doll. Sew ribbon on top of gathering stitches.

Notes

  • Pin Cut Studio has a great video tutorial on making yarn hair.

How to Make Yarn Hair for Rag Dolls || A Video Tutorial — Pin Cut Sew Studio

  • Add some rice or dry beans to the bottom of the patterned sock before stuffing if you want the dolls to stand up.

Options for younger makers:

  • Allow them to be involved in all the non- sewing steps. They will love stuffing the head and body, can help wrap the yarn hair and may be able to tie the elastics.
  • Have them draw the face on their doll using sharpies or fabric markers.


“Oh, look! Another glorious morning. Makes me sick!” — Winifred Sanderson

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Upcycle an Old Shirt – See what I made!

Want to see some upcycle magic? See how I upcycled an old shirt into three new items. I loved the fabric and details of this shirt, but not the fit. I never wore it but didn’t want to get rid of it because I loved the colour and design so much. I started cutting and made three items from it that now get lots of use!

When you love the colour and fabric of a clothing item but not the fit, upcycling is the answer!

UPCYCLE

reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

Here is what I made from this ONE shirt:

1. Scrunchies

I used the bottom hem of the shirt to make scrunchies. I was able to make 2 scrunchies from the hem of this one shirt. I love the trim detail and used that as the outside edge of the scrunchie.

Here is my Favourite scrunchie tutorial from Martha Stewart.

2. Face Mask

To make this simple mask:

  1. Cut out 2 – 6 x 9 inch rectangles
  2. Sew right sides together leaving a 1 inch opening.
  3. Turn right side out and stitch closed.
  4. Fold sides and sew to create channel for elastic loops.
  5. Insert elastic and tie knot to from loop.

3. Bowl Cover

I made a mixing bowl cover for my Kitchenaid Mixer bowl. This bowl cover gets a ton of use in my kitchen!

Here is a Mixing bowl cover tutorial from My Frugal Home.

What would you make out of an old shirt you no longer wear?

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Bunny Drawstring Backpack Pattern

Here is a sewing tutorial and pattern for these sweet bunny drawstring backpacks I made for my nephews. It is just a simple drawstring backpack, but the bunny ears and tail turn it into the cutest little Easter backpack!

Bunny drawstring backpacks with free pattern

These bunny drawstring backpacks are a perfect gift bag for Easter goodies. Fill it with Easter treats, books, and gifts for the perfect Easter Gift for the littles in your life.

This bunny drawstring backpack is also a great beginner sewing project for kids. It can be adjusted to their skill level, so even the youngest can help make them! For younger kids, you can let them sit on your lap while you sew (I let my youngest press the foot peddle and help guide the fabric). Kids can also make the pom pom; wrapping the yarn is easy for all skill levels.

Materials Needed:

  • 2 x 14 inch by 16 inch rectangles of main fabric (I used white canvas)
  • 4 x ear pieces ( 2 lining and 2 main fabric ) SEE PATTERN DOWNLOAD AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST
  • 2 x 3 inch by 3 inch square in main fabric for drawstring loops
  • yarn to make pom pom or ready made pom pom
  • rope or cord for drawstring

NOTE: I used cotton canvas fabric to make these. My favourite canvas fabric is painters drop cloths! I buy the natural drop cloths like this one from Canadian Tire and bleach them. You end up with lots of great white canvas material perfect for sewing!

Canvas fabric pieces for bunny drawstring backpack pattern

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut out all of your fabric pieces.

2. Sew the ear pieces right sides together. Turn right side out and top stitch leaving the bottom unsewn. Fold the sides towards the centre, pin in place and than baste in place.

3. Fold top of bag over twice leaving room for your drawstring cord to fit through. Pin ears in place and stitch along bottom of the fold. This will be the front piece of your backpack.

4. Take your back fabric piece and fold over twice and stitch along bottom of fold to create drawstring casing. Sew on the pom pom tail.

5. Now you will sew the drawstring loops. Fold 3 x 3 inch squares in half and sew. Turn right side out. Pin in place at bottom sides of bag.

6. Put back of bag and front of back right sides together and sew sides and bottom of bag together. Turn right way out.

7. Insert your drawstring cord through one loop and up through the drawstring and down through the other loop. Repeat in other direction going through other side of drawstring casing at the top. Tie knots in the ends of your drawstring.

bunny ears sewn for bunny drawstring backpack
bunny ears sewn onto front of bunny drawstring backpack
bunny drawstring backpack

DIY Pom Pom

Making your own pom poms is easy! Here is a link to a great video tutorial by Sheep & Stitch

Use whatever yarn you have at home and you can wrap the yarn around cardboard, or whatever you find at home that works. I wrapped chunky weight yarn around a potato masher to make mine!

bunny drawstring backpack hanging on hook

Bunny Ear Pattern

If you make a bunny backpack I would love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

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Among Us Plushie Pattern – Sewing Project for Kids

All of the extra time spent at home on the weekends has given me lots of time to craft with the kids. They have started playing the game Among Us so I came up with this Among Us plushie pattern for them. Made out of felt, this is an easy sewing project for kids.

Sewing is an excellent handicraft for kids of all ages! This project can used with either hand sewing or machine sewing.

My oldest two who are 10 & 12 made it by themselves. However, even younger kids can make this easily with a little help! My 6 year old cut out the pieces and operated the foot pedal while I guided the fabric in the sewing machine.

I used a sewing machine for this project but this would also be a great project for hand sewing. Felt is great for beginner sewing because the edges do not fray.

I have included a free printable pattern and instructions so you can make them at home! Click on the link at the bottom of this post to download.

Among Us Plushie

Among Us Plushie

Made out of felt, this is an easy sewing project for kids.

Materials

  • Felt Sheets
  • Thread
  • Polyfill stuffing

Tools

  • Amung Us Plushie Free pattern (link to download in the notes below)
  • Sewing Machine / sewing needle

Instructions

    1. Sew goggle highlight onto goggles.

    2. Sew goggles onto body

    3. Sew body pieces together leaving a 1 inch gap at the top.

    4. Stuff with polyfil and sew opening closed.

    5. Sew together backpack pieces leaving the top open.

    6. Stuff backpack with polyfil and sew top closed.

    7. Attach backpack onto backside with hot glue or hand sew.

Among Us Plushie Recommended Supplies:

Among Us Plushie Pattern

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD THE FREE PDF PATTERN

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF INSTRUCTIONS

Here are some more great sewing projects for kids:

DIY Hocus Pocus Dolls

Candy Wrapper Pouch easy sewing tutorial

If you make some Among Us plushies I would love to see them! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog

Free printable valentines featuring food puns

I’ve got some free printable valentines cards for you! My 11 year old requested class valentines this year featuring some of his favourite foods – tacos, pizza, and bacon. Totally the way to a pre-teen boys’ heart! I love that he is still into Valentines day and had fun coming up with these punny food designs with him.

Free Printable valentines

The free printable PDF features 3 different designs on 2.5 x 3.5 inch valentines. Simpy print at home on white cardstock or send to your local copy shop to be printed. I always send mine to Staples to be printed. It is cheap, easy, and saves my colour ink!

My favourite card stock is from Walmart. It is great quality for a great price. I always have a pack of white and kraft card stock on hand.

Free Printable Valentines with food puns

Valentines Card FREE PRINTABLE

Do your kids hand out just cards or do you usually give candy along with your cards? My youngest is in preschool and I find that they don’t always give candy, but a small toy/sticker/pencil with their cards. For my older boys in elementary they like to give candy along with their cards.

Check out some more of my Valentine’s Day Freebies:

The Greatest Showman party invitation ~ FREE PRINTABLE!

Anyone else a huge fan of The Greatest Showman?!?  I love that movie!  The album has been on repeat since I saw it.  I designed this Greatest Showman party invitation and am offering it as a free download! See the the download link below to download the printable PDF file.

The Greatest Showman invitation free printable.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”  – PT Barnum

I’m planning to throw a Greatest Showman party for my 9 year old in the Spring. It is his favourite movie.  Since the movie is based on the circus I am planning on circus food, decor, activities and of course lots of The Greatest Showman music!

Circus Food Ideas

  • popcorn
  • hot dogs
  • cotton candy
  • mini donuts

Circus Activity Ideas

  • Stilt walking (with our homemade stilts)
  • tightrope (planning to set-up the slack line for the kids to use)

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO GET THE FREE PRINTABLE INVITATION

Get the FREE Greatest Showman Printable Invitation HERE

Tag me on instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog so I can see your Greatest Showman party!

Be sure to check out my The Greatest Showman Party idea board on Pinterest for lots of great inspiration. So many fun circus party ideas!