2 Custom Cloth Crafts! {Great gift ideas!}

Hi friends! Today I have a couple of fun ideas that you can make from inexpensive raw canvas or other fabric you like! Raw canvas is a great supply to have on hand. I get mine from our local discount fabric store and I use it for making custom sized stretched canvases to paint on as well as other rugged garments and crafts. Today I am going to show you how to make custom canvas art and a tote bag that you can customize with iron on transfers.


The technique I show you for stretching the canvas is the same if you were going to make a stretched canvas to paint on, after stretching the fabric on the frame simply prime it. I will also show you how to sew a tote bag but you can also purchase raw canvas totes if you don’t want to go to the trouble (they might even be cheaper to buy than make.)  Feel free to use the tote bag directions to make fancy bags with printed (even the pretty double-sided quilted material you can get at the fabric store) fabric if that is more your style!

And now on to the tutorial!

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  • Canvas
  • Stretcher bars or wooden frame
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Iron on transfer film
  • Heavy Duty Stapler (Power Shot)
  • Household iron and ironing board (or heat press)
  • *Saw tooth hook or eye screws and wire to hang the canvas art
  • Computer and printer
  • Vintage clip art such as this one I downloaded from graphics fairy


You can use iron on transfer film to customize inexpensive blank T-shirts for group trips or other events too! Or make a tote bag for your kids library books. The possibilities are endless! If you have other ideas to adapt this project leave it in the comments below. I always forget how much I enjoy sewing and I’d love to do some more projects! Happy crafting!


DIY Cave-Girl Halloween Costume with Jewelry & Accessories!

Hi friends! Do you need a costume you can whip up in a flash? How about a comfy costume that you can wear over leggings and a turtleneck if the weather is cold? Today I have you covered with a DIY Cave Girl costume!


You can make this costume and accesories in an evening for about $10-$20 depending on what you have around the house.


Watch the video to see how!

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Here is what I used to make the Cave-Girl Costume:

Fabric: 2 yards of 60″ wide animal print fleece
Sewing machine and thread (optional-see tie method in the video)
For footwear you can wear boots or sandals

For the necklace:
18″ for tiger-tail wire
4 crimp beads
Small jasper chip beads
Larger stone nugget beads
Assorted dagger shaped plastic beads
Small lobster clasp

For the torch:
Tissue paper in yellow, orange and red
Wrapping paper tube
Hot glue
Woodgrain shelf liner (I added this over the tube off camera)
A small flashlight to pop in the end of the tube to make it glow.

For the “Bone” bow:
1 Spring hair clip
Silk leaves
Plaster bone (made with a bone shaped ice cube tray from the Dollar Tree and plaster of Paris)

This project was fun to make. Please refer to the step by step video tutorial to learn how to make your own costume. Now I can relax knowing I will not have to come up with a Halloween costume at the last minute…unless I change my mind LOL! Happy crafting!

PS if you liked this home-made costume tutorial please consider pinning it on Pinterest! Thanks!

Stamp Giveaway & Fabric Stamping Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to stamp on fabric! This technique is handy if you are looking to gussy up premade t-shirts, tote bags or baby onesies (how cute!) or if you want to make your own fabric for quilting and other crafts. Today we will use inexpensive cotton muslin fabric to make a scarf. This way you can try out these techniques without it costing you an arm and a leg:)


Also the fine folks at Art Neko are giving away a set of the stamps I used, all you have to do is leave a comment and I will draw a name at random in one week! This contest is open to everyone world-wide. Thanks Art Neko!


I want to mention that the dye I am using is Dr Ph Martin radiance watercolor. It is kinda pricey as far as dye goes but it also can be used as watercolor paint BUT it is not lightfast on paper, it is like using a marker as far as how quickly it would fade, but many paper crafters like this watercolor and use it. It is a wonderful, high quality dual purpose product.

Watch the video to learn how!

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  • Lightweight cotton muslin fabric (white)
  • Mordant (I used Soda Ash aka washing soda)
  • Fabric Dyes (I am using Dr. Ph Martin Radiance which can be used as fabric dies or watercolors)
  • Stamps (ArtNeko)
  • Ink: Ranger Archival (if using another ink test it first on washed fabric)
  • Inktense pencils or blocks
  • Stiff brushes
  • Textile medium (optional)
  • Lumiere paint by Jaquard for accents (optional)

1. Prewash fabric and trim to size, I used a 10″ wide strip as it comes off the bolt.
2. Mix a tablespoon of soda ash with 2 cups of very hot water. Soak fabric in this mix and ring out the excess.
3. Protect your table with plastic bags and spread out your fabric.
4. Apply dies. Pick colors near each other on the color wheel to avoid mud.
5. Let dry and press the fabric with a hot iron.
6. Hem the raw edges (I did not hem the short edges as they were the bound edges off the bolt of fabric)
7. Using firm pressure and a well inked stamp add images to the fabric. Heat set.
8. Color with inktense pencils or blocks.
9. Apply water to the images to liquefy the inktense and add more pigment from the block if desired.
10. Spatter more inktense if desired.
11. Accent with fabric paint, let dry and press again with a hot iron to set.

So, can you think of a project that this technique would be good on? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget, I will pick one lucky commenter to receive the stamps I used! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The crafty thing I use the most…

Hi friends! This is not an exciting post BUT I bet it will be useful! A few weeks ago I went through my sewing box and organized it. It is an item I use a few times a week for mending the kids clothes, sewing on buttons and attaching scouting patches to vests. It is a workhorse. Nobody likes mending and it is a chore that we often put off until the offending piece of clothing needs to be worn (or 5 minutes before you have to leave for a Girl Scout meeting. On a side note I propose the first scouting badge our kids earn should be a sewing badge, anyone second this motion?) This is what is in my sewing box: (full supply list below the video!)


It sits on a shelf in our living room where everyone can access it (don’t worry, no one will except you, I am pretty sure it would be a great place to stash some chocolate in fact!) In today’s video I will show you what’s in my box!

Supplies my kit:
Small spools of thread in a rainbow of colors
Needles (ditch the case they come in and put them in a small mint tin with a magnet.)
Ball end pins
Needle threaders
Good small sharp embroidery scissors (ditch the cheap one that come in the kit)
Safety pins (only for when you absolutely do not have time to sew it-really, it takes 5 minutes to sew it so…)
Seam ripper (cuz we all make mistakes)

I restock my kit with needles and thread from small sewing kits I get as gifts or from hotels. You also might want to make a small kit for your car or office for the on the go emergencies. It is not hard to mend clothing and it will save you so much money.

Have this tool kit handy so everyone can access it. There is no reason your kid can’t sew up a rip in a stuffed animal or sew on a merit badge and they might even enjoy it! Til tomorrow, happy crafting!

DIY Satin Eye Mask! Beauty Sleep Anyone?

Hi friends! Nothing like a little luxury, am I right?


Today I will show you how to make a lovely satin sleep mask using supplies from Papermart. They have an amazing closeout deal on high quality bolts of satin fabric (20 yards of 65″ wide for $30.64 OR less if you are ordering in bulk) With weddings and proms coming up it would be smart to stock up before they sell out. Satin is also nice for home decor.


I must admit I was a little nervous about sewing a formal fabric like satin but with a few tips and tricks it can be sewn with ease and a small project like this will help you learn the ropes.

Disclaimer: I do not wake up like this. Actually it’s best you do not apporach me until I have consumed at least 2 cups of coffee. My husband actually LOLed when he saw the video intro. All I need now is some bluebirds fluttering through the window to help me with the housework haha:)


  • Satin Fabric
  • Satin Ribbon (for bow)
  • Paper and pencil (for template)
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Silk pins (they are thinner than normal pins and do not rust)
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine and thread and/or hand sewing supplies
  • 1/4″ sewing elastic (17″ give or take)
  • Bonus Supply: Tassels if you want to make matching curtains and pillowcases

1. Using scrap paper make a template for the eyemask.
2. Place two pieces of fabric right sides together and pin template to it, cut out. Unpin the template.
3. Lay elastic between the layers of fabric having one end flush with one edge and the other end hanging out. Pin the flush elastic to the fabric and secure the fabric layers with a few more pins.
4. Starting on one side of the long elastic, backstitch and sew 1/4 seam allowance around the mask (going over the flush elastic) but stop before you get to the long elastic, backstitch.
5. Turn the project right side out and press with a hot dry iron.
6. Insert the loose elastic into the hold in the side of the mask and stitch closed. Embellish with a bow made from ribbon if you like.

Tips for sewing satin:

  • Use a new, thin, sharp needle (I used a #11 universal)
  • Use a short stitch length (to prevent puckering)
  • Go slow when using the sewing machine to sew satin.
  • Hold the fabric taut while stitching
  • If you make making something that will need to be washed like a garment or pillowcases, prewash the fabric then press and cut your pattern out, and, before washing un sewn fabric serge or overlock stitch on the edges to prevent fraying.

So, are you ready to tackle that prom dress yet? I think these eye masks would be really fun favors for a spa party or in a bridesmaid gift basket, heck you could even use the matching leftover fabric from dresses. There are so many ideas for the satin and at this price you can experiment without worrying to much, it works out to $1.53 a yard, you can’t buy muslin for that nowadays so don’t be shy, give it a try! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Protect Your Investment! Sew Pretty Machine Covers!

Hi friends! Your craft machines cost a pretty penny but if you treat them right they should last for years to come. One of the best ways to protect them is to make a dust cover to keep them clean and protected from dust, glitter, flocking and embossing powders and to keep the casings from discoloring from light.


I’ll show you how to make a simple machine dust cover that can be made for a die cutting machine, sewing machine, Minc, Laminator or whatever you have!


Supplies for a custom die cut machine cover:
sewing machine & thread (or hem tape, glue)
scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat
Lace or ribbon to embellish if desired.

1. Measure machine you wish to cover.
2. Cut a piece of cloth large enough to cover the top, from and back of the machine plus 1″.
3. Cut 2 pieces of material 1″ larger than each end.
4. Sew together as directed in the video.
5. Hem the raw edges.
6. Embellish as desired.

Oh, one more thing! If you want to be inspired by more crafty YouTubers check out the links in the video description on YouTube and you can see a list of other crafters you might like! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Easy No-Spill Candy Bag to Sew!

Here is a fun idea for trick-or-treating OR anyplace you need a no-spill bag for kids (like keeping Legos and crayons from spilling all over the car!)


The design is simple and easy to sew by hand or machine and it can be made with a half yard or fabric or 2 fat quarters. Watch the video to see how!

1/2 yard of fabric OR 2 “Fat Quarters”
Needle and thread or sewing machine
Sewing Pins
Hook & Loop Tape (AKA Velcro)
Grosgrain ribbon
Felt (orange, green, black, white)
Fabric Glue or Hot Glue and spray adhesive if using glitter

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post! Thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


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