Bunny Drawstring Backpack Tutorial

I made these sweet bunny backpacks for my nephews. It is just a simple drawstring backpack, but the bunny ears and tail turn it into the cutest little bunny backpack! They are a perfect gift bag for Easter goodies or for a bunny lover anytime.

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 BELOW
  • 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

Cut out all of your fabric pieces. Click the image below to download the ear pattern piece.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Bernie Sanders Mitten Valentine – Free Printable

Bernie mittens free valentine card

I have been loving all of the Bernie memes that have been circulating! I just had to get in on the fun and created a Valentines Day card featuring Bernie’s famous mittens.

My printable Valentines Day card is available as a free download. Simply click the link below to download and print off on cardstock.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PRINTABLE CARD

Hope you enjoy this free printable and that it brings a little joy to your day!

Elf on the Shelf Mask – Free Printable

Elf on SHelf Mask

I have a free printable for you today perfect for Christmas 2020. Click on the link below to download my free Elf on the Shelf mask and hand sanitizer label.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FREE MASK & SANITIZER LABEL

Mask Instructions:

  • Cut out square for mask
  • Create 2 horizontal folds
  • Attach either elastic or string to the mask using hot glue

Hand Sanitizer Instructions:

  • Cut out label
  • Glue or tape to small hand sanitizer bottle

Now Your Elf is ready for Christmas 2020!!

I’d love to see your Elf’s wearing their masks! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

Free Fall Phone Wallpaper – FREEBIE FRIDAY

Free fall phone wallpaper

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

The temperatures have dropped over the last week and it feels like Fall is around the corner! Fall is my favourite season. I love the changing leaves and crisp weather, it just makes me want to cosy up with a cup of tea. Today I’ve got a free fall phone wallpaper for you!

To download the wallpaper to your phone you will need to click and hold the image below and save it to your phone. Then you’ll just set it as your wallpaper.

Starting this month I’m going to be giving away a freebie every Friday. Make sure to keep checking back every week for Free cut files, graphics and printables!

Free Phone Wallpaper

Soft Elastic ear loops for your homemade fabric Mask

Soft diy mask earloops from headband

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be sewing a stack of cloth masks for my family, I would have thought you were crazy! But here we are. I am finding there is a shortage of elastic now that everyone is making masks, so I had to get creative when making mine.

I bought some stretchy headbands and cut them up into strips to make my ear loops. They work great and are so soft on the ears!

I was able to get four pairs of ear loops from each headband. However, that would vary depending on the stretch of the headband fabric.

I used Made Every Day’s Fabric Face Mask free pattern to make my masks. The only change I made was to do ears loops instead of the around the head ties.

I hope you try this is you are having trouble finding elastic to make masks or if you just want to try something that is softer on the ears! What is your favourite fabric mask pattern? I am going to try the 3D fitted mask style next.

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Custom Camper Cutting Board – Easy DIY for Camper

We are cleaning our trailer and packing it up for our first camping trip of the season. I recently bought a wood burner and wanted to make a cutting board for the camper. These little bamboo cutting boards from the Dollar Tree are the perfect size for camping. I also picked up a bamboo spatula to customize for the camper.

For the cutting board, I used my HAPPY CAMPER cut file. I printed off the png clipart file and used graphite paper to transfer the design onto the cutting board. For the spatula I just sketched the roasting marshmallows with pencil and then traced over with the wood burner.

Use Graphite paper to transfer your design onto your cutting board and utensils

I am new to wood burning but have had fun playing with it. I bought this basic Walnut Hollow wood burner from Michaels. It comes with a few different tips.

The basic wood burner I used

I can’t wait to try it out while we are camping this weekend! These would make great gifts for your friends and family.

Do you have a wood burner? What are your favourite projects to use it for?

Easy DIY Dog Collar

When we got our little Lucy I wasn’t that impressed with the selection of dog collars in the pet store. I decided to try making a collar but found it hard to source the hardware without buying big quantities of them in bulk. When browsing in the Dollar Tree I saw their dog collars and thought I would try using their hardware to make my own collar.

Supplies needed: Dog collar, seam ripper, ribbon

This time I used a mint satin ribbon. The first collar I made her was with a velvet ribbon. The velvet one is probably my favourite that I’ve made. I am on the hunt for wider velvet ribbon so I can make a new one.

Remember to take photos of the collar before your take it apart so you will know how to put it back together!!

First you need to use a seam ripper to take out the seams of your collar. There are 2 areas sewn on the collar.

Once you have done that, remove the buckles and D ring. Next cut a piece of ribbon the same length as the collar.

Place the ribbon on top of the collar and sew along each side to secure it.

You will now put it back together and sew to secure everything in place. That’s it, you’re done! Now go try it on your pup!

Just want to mention that Lucy’s sweet dog tag was ordered from the Etsy Shop Field Trip. I love it so much! We have had it for almost three years now and it is still in perfect shape.

I decided to add her name with some heat transfer vinyl. Don’t throw away those vinyl scraps from other projects!

This is such an easy and inexpensive project. I love that I can change up her collar for holidays or just when they get dirty without having to spend a lot every time!

Macrame Air Conditioner Cover

We have an old air conditioner in our sun room that works great but isn’t very pretty to look at. I made this macrame cover for it. It hides the a/c unit and matches the boho style of the room.

Before – The Old ugly air conditioner in full view.

First I built a simple box that slides over the air conditioner. I then stapled a piece of cotton rope to the top of the cover and made a macrame screen with square knots. I couldn’t find any macrame cord locally so I used cotton clothesline I found at the hardware store.

Macrame Screen covers the ugly air conditioner

I am so happy with the way it turned out! It was such an easy project. Love how it covers up the air conditioner while still allowing the air to circulate.

If you make one for yourself I would love to see it! Tag me on instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog