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. This candy wrapper zippered pouch 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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
These baby footprint ornaments are my new favourite ornaments on our tree! I am going to show you how easy these were to make with my Cricut.
First step is to scan your footprints. (I had a good cry while looking through the baby books….how do they grow up so fast!) I then uploaded the image into Cricut Design Space. I selected simple image and removed the white space so only the footprint remained.
Save your image as a cut file and insert onto the canvas. I added each child’s name to the ornament as well. Cut out your vinyl and apply to your ornament!
A quick, easy keepsake ornament for your tree! Now go dig out those baby books, there is still time before Christmas to whip up these ornaments.
I would love to see yours if you make some! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog
I picked up some plants for the boys’ teachers and wanted to make mini plant stands for them. I’m so happy with how they turned out! I put together a little tutorial for you below if you’d like to make one too.
You will Need:
1 – 1/2 inch wood dowel
4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing fittings
4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing caps
1/4 inch wooden dowel pins
*I made these for a 5 inch plant pot. Remember to measure your pot and adjust accordingly. *
First you will need to cut your dowel.
8 – 4 inch pieces
1 – 5.5 inch piece
2 – 2.5 inch pieces
Next drill a hole through the center of the 5.5 inch dowel piece and glue the dowel pin in place. Drill holes in one end of each of the 2.5 inch dowel pieces. Put some wood glue into each drilled hole and insert dowel pin. Allow glue to dry completely.
Now you will assemble the legs of your plant stand. Insert 4 inch dowel pieces into top and bottom of the copper plumbing fittings and put copper caps on bottom of the legs.
Once your glue has completely dried you can assemble the plant stand. I just love how the wood and copper look together! I stained one stand and left the other unstained – I couldn’t decide which I liked better.
If you make one tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your mini plant stands!
The original linoleum floors in our main bath were just the grossest pee yellow colour. We aren’t ready to do a full reno of the bathroom but I couldn’t live with them any longer. Here is the before picture. Ew!
I decided to try painting them with chalk paint. I designed a stencil based on my favourite cement tiles and cut it using my Cricut machine. Scroll down for the free cut file! I am thrilled with how they turned out! They are a huge improvement over the pee yellow linoleum.
I first gave the floors a really good clean and then painted the entire floor in Rustoleum Chalked Linen White. I let that dry overnight and then Stencilled on the cement tile pattern in Rustoleum Chalked Aged Grey. After letting it dry overnight again I put on two coats of a clear coat polyacrylic sealer. They have held up amazing well!
I used my Cricut to cut the stencil. You can buy stencil material for your Cricut/Silhouette machine. However I found some clear plastic file folders at the Dollar Store that worked great for stencil plastic. If you don’t have a Cricut or Silhouette machine you could print off the PDF version of the stencil and cut it out by hand.
Click HERE to download the FREE CUT FILE for the cement tile stencil!
If you have ugly linoleum or tile floors give this a try! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your project!
It’s the last Day of School! I managed to finish my teacher gifts (late) last night and love how they turned out. I thought I would quickly share one of my favourite ways to make t-shirts.
I do love using heat transfer vinyl, but if I want a more distressed look to my design or I just run out of vinyl, I stencil my design on with acrylic paint. Acrylic craft paint is permanent on fabric as long as you heat-set it. I just make sure to give it a good press with a hot iron and it holds up in the wash just fine. I sometimes add just a tiny splash of water to thin the paint if I find it is too thick. Don’t worry if the paint seems a bit stiff when the design dries, I find it softens up after you wash it.
I cut my design out on adhesive vinyl using my Cricut machine. It is a bit time consuming to weed and place the vinyl, but the adhesive vinyl works great as a stencil.
Next time you run out of HTV give this method a try!