Crafts are fun and easy to make. Creative ideas are my forte, I love coming up with different crafts to make on a super thrifty budget. There are crafty ideas here on the blog for every ability level from advanced to beginner, adults and kids, something for everyone!
My favorite creative materials are made from natural fibers. I believe that handmade items make beautiful keepsakes and natural materials such as wool, cotton, and linen yield beautiful quality results. Most of all I make crafts for gifts to give away, although sometimes it’s hard to part with them because I love how the turn out!
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Kids love a special bag to capture all their loot from the big Halloween event. This simple bag is charming and not a bit scary to make.
Halloween Trick or Treat Bag
Remember going door to door as a kid? Each year we had a different bag, sometimes it was as simple as a homemade fabric bag. This adorable bag is easy to make with two different fabric scraps and a bit of leftover quilt binding.
The bag has plenty of space for treats, plus it is easy to pull closed to keep all that good stuff from spilling out!
The top of the bag is full of glow in the dark eyes, how fun for the littles to play with in the darkness! I used less than a 1/4 yard of fabric of each print for this project. These fabrics came from JoAnn’s. You can order them through my affiliate link here:
Order the Cats Eye print
Order the Fat Cat Print
Order the Black Quilt Binding
The secret to the bag, is that it has a plastic bottom that allows the bag to retain it’s shape. The plastic is nothing more than the bottom of a gallon milk jug.
Cut out main fabric, two pieces, 11 ” wide by 15″ long.
Stitch side seams with right sides together.
Stitch 45 degree corners at lower edge of side seams. Turn right side out and press.
Cut Cat’s Eye fabric to size (4 1/2″ wide x 11″ long), use pinking shears to trim lower raw edge.
Sew right side of contrasting Cat’s eye fabric to the wrong side of bag fabric with 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out.
Top stitch 1 1/2″ away from edge seam.
Top stitch again 1″ away from first row of stitching to create drawstring casing.
Insert quilt binding. Use two pieces cut to 24″ each, sew ends together with zig zag stitch.
Cut milk jug bottom to a height of 4″. Insert into fabric bag. Enjoy!
This Japanese Knot Bag is all the rage right now, make one in less than an hour and wear it out for the evening or take it shopping tomorrow!
Simple Japanese Knot Bag
The Japanese have a way with beautiful design. This fabric handbag is no exception! It is simple and sleek in construction. It would be beautiful in any array of colors or fabrics. Wear it to the grocery store, take it to school, bring it to the theater or even the symphony. You will have compliments every where you go, I promise!
I have joined a number of sewing groups on Facebook. Since I have been sewing for so long it’s easy for me to put projects together without really thinking a lot about it. Being in a group of people who are learning to sew has been good for me. It’s helped me see things in a different light. Most people like simple projects and want simple patterns and simple directions to go with them.
This bag is no exception. Simple and beautiful.
The floral fabric in this project is 100 percent cotton. It is none other than the Hoffman Challenge Print of the year. If you aren’t familiar with the Hoffman Challenge, it’s a sewing and design contest put on each year by Hoffman Fabrics of California. I have always dreamed of submitting a design for this challenge in quilting, apparel design or home decor creations. I missed the deadline yet again this year, but I still purchased the fabric as you can see.
Maybe next year I will actually get my project completed before the deadline! Anyway, this stunning digital print, titled “Blooms” was a no brainer for this simple bag design. The beautiful cotton fabric shows through in this bag’s simple construction.
My pattern for this project is available to purchase for $6.00 in my new pattern shop, Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns. I will have more details on the new site VERY soon, but you will be able to order it through my link below (affiliate).
Art Journals are a way for creative people to keep all their ideas in one place. Make one today to keep in your backpack for those moments of inspiration! This post is sponsored by Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of Disclosure Rules see the disclosures page.
How to Make a Personalized Art Journal
Art Journaling is not a new concept. I have kept notebooks full of sketches and creative ideas for years, but this pretty painted journal concept has me really inspired! Creativity strikes at any given time in the day, and as a creative person you just never know when the urge will hit to create something. For this reason I carry an art journal with me everywhere I go. I have them in my purse, backpack, on my desk, bedside table, coffee table, book shelves even in the car. I love them even more if they have bright colors and pretty prints to inspire me!
The blank journal is a canvas covered book with blank water color pages inside. I love the idea of creating in a keep sake book! The Art Journal came from Michael’s Crafts. Perfect surface for using these Americana Decor Stencils and paints. The compact size is ideal for toting in a back pack. This would be a fun project for kids to get them ready for back to school!
Art Journal Supplies Needed:
Americana Acrylic Paint White
Americana Acrylic Paint Pebble
Americana Acrylic Paint Petal Pink
Americana Acrylic Paint Cherry Red
Americana Acrylic Paint Tuscan Red
Americana Acrylic Paint Primary Blue (not pictured)
Americana Fabric Medium
Watercolor Brush size 12
Paint Pallet, pallet knife or plastic knife and paper plate for mixing paints
Mixed Media Artist’s Paper (for practicing your design)
Americana Decor Doily Stencil 6″ x 8″ Product #ASMM18-K
Jane Davenport 6″ x 9″ Canvas Art Journal (Product # 10503043 or SKU# 718813767040 from Michaels Crafts)
Mason jar filled with Water and paper towels for blotting
•Place a small amount of each paint on the pallet. Add a bit of the Fabric Medium to each color and mix together with a plastic knife or pallet knife.
•Practice your design on mixed media artist’s paper before painting on the journal.
•Dab the brush in water, then in both red colors of paint. Stroke the brush left to right on the top 1/3 of the canvas. Add more paint and water as needed for a water color effect.
•Using the same paint colors and technique as above, paint another strip in the lower 1/3 of the canvas.
•Pickup the pink color paint with the same brush, without cleaning it. Working from the top of the red strip up to the top of the book, stroke the pink color from left to right. Dab the brush in water and more paint to blend the colors with the red.
•Repeat the same technique with the pink paint in the center of the book, and on bottom portion of the book. Don’t forget to cover the edges and spine of the book.
•Open the book up and lay it flat with the spine facing up and both covers facing toward you. Paint the back of the book to match the front. Let dry 10 minutes.
•Practice the stenciling first on paper, planning the position of each medallion and word graphic. Dab the stencil brush in the paint, then on paper towel before using it on the paper for the best results. The brush should be rather dry when working with the stencils.
•Pressing the stencil down firmly with one hand on to the cover of the book, stencil the medallions with the Pebble colored paint, then overlap the stencil pattern and repeat with the Natural Buff paint. Mix in a bit of white with each color as you work for variation.
•Stencil back of the journal to match the front. Let dry completely.
•Add the stenciled words to the front of the journal cover. Place the stencil on top of the book and stencil with navy blue paint and stencil brush.
This is what the journal looked like before I added the stenciled words.
You can add as many words as you like, I decided to keep it simple and use the ones that were the most meaningful to me. Thanks to Deco Art for sponsoring this post!
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Finding a pretty water bottle can be expensive. Here’s how you can update an old bottle to look like new! This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Michaels Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. See the disclosures page for a complete list of disclosure rules.
Pretty Custom Water Bottle
It’s fun to customize your back to school supplies with your kids. That way your children will always know which items belong to them. This project is fun for the whole family and is quick and easy to make. Your kids will love getting ready for school with this crafty project!
I started with these pretty paint colors from Americana Decor. I added in a bit of True Blue (Navy) at the end of the project that isn’t pictured here. Sometimes you change your mind at the last minute! Creativity is rather unpredictable you know.
Custom Water Bottle Supplies:
Stainless Steel Water Bottle (mine came from the thrift store)
Americana Decor Acrylic Paint Blue Haven
Americana Decor Acrylic Mulberry
Americana Decor Acrylic Calypso Blue
Americana Decor Acrylic True Blue
Paint Brush Size 20 Flat
Script Liner Paint Brush #1
1/4″ wide (6mm) Painters Tape (Mine came from Menards)
80 Grit Sanding Paper
American Decor Multi Purpose Sealer
Americana Decor Pearlizing Medium
Custom Water Bottle Directions:
Sand the water bottle lightly with 80 grit sandpaper. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
Combine Multi Purpose Sealer with Blue Haven Paint and Pearlizing Medium.
Paint entire bottle with the Blue Haven paint mixture. You may need more than one coat if your original bottle is a dark color. Dry thoroughly with a hair dryer.
Apply painters tape at a 45 degree angle on the bottle, keeping the pieces 1″ apart as pictured.
Add more rows of painters tape going in the opposite direction, resulting in a diamond pattern.
Load the #20 paint brush with Calypso Blue paint and Pearlizing Medium. Paint the row of diamonds, then rinse the brush and repeat for the second row with the mauve paint. Repeat the process for the remaining rows. Dry paint with a hair dryer. Remove tape.
Using #1 Script liner brush, make small “stitches” on each diamond in an “X” shape with the Dark Blue Paint. Let dry completely.
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Suddenly, summer fun is over and we are transitioning into school year routines! It’s not a fun change for anyone, but a little DIY project always improves moods. Here are some great ideas that will make this back to school season more fun and less stressful for the whole family!
Are you looking for a fun DIY to get the kids excited for back to school? Jane & Sonja over at Sustain My Craft Habit made these cute pencil cases using only Duck Tape and an empty cardboard box! It’s super easy, and it takes one more thing off that never ending school supply shopping list.
This chalkboard is quick and easy to make! It’s a great place to jot down daily reminders, to-do lists, or even jokes to start the day with a smile! Check out the how-to on Designers Sweet Spot.
Here’s a great way simplify the morning rush to school. The kids know exactly what to wear, and you have peace of mind that they are ready for their day! Take a look at the easy instructions over on Little House of Four.
Teachers have a hard time getting back into the routine of school too! Keri at Shaken Together put together these cute back to school gifts to help them ease back into it. Fill the mason jars with tasty treats, or various school supplies they may need throughout the year!
Have you ever been rushing around to get one child to football and another child to music lessons, all while keeping the others happy in the process? Then you realize you forgot a crucial piece of clothing or equipment needed? This DIY will solve that problem! Keep the bags ready and grab them on the way out the door. (Or better yet, just keep them in the car!) Check out Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry for all the details.
The nightly homework battle just got a little easier! This little lap desk I made over on Designers Sweet Spot is a great place to work on projects, or to keep your books open while you study. The best part is that the materials used were things that were already laying around the house!
Here’s another cute back to school gift from Ribbons & Glue! You can grab all the supplies for this easy DIY while you’re out school supply shopping for the kids!
These would be a fun first day treat for the kids in your life! You could even send them in the mail to add to the excitement. Get ideas on what to put inside over at Lemon Thistle.
Are you needing some inspiration for those first day of school photos? What about these cute grad year tees? Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts has some great tips on how to make this project quick and easy!
Do you know someone that needs some back to school inspiration? (Or maybe it’s you!) Check out Eighteen25 to give those notebooks a great upgrade!
There you have it! 10 easy DIY projects that will inspire you to get a happy start to the school year!
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