Inspired by this clutch tutorial on instructables, I came up with an idea to make this already easy to make clutch even MORE easy. Instead of using two fabrics for the upper and lining, I just used 1 piece of high quality wool felt. Then I decorated it with a bow made from this adorable bow tutorial
I think this clutch would be even cuter if it was made with a red bow and white felt — it’d be totally Hello Kitty chic!
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I’ve been looking for a new diaper bag — not because I don’t love the one I have right now, but because I like variety in my life. At one point, I was thinking about making my own, and in that quest I ran into these awesome patterns/tutorials. There are so many free tutorials out there, but really only a few that I personally liked — so I narrowed down to my favorites.
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Here’s a super simple infant costume that doesn’t need a sewing machine. It’s sure elicit a “HOW CUTE” from every person in the room, too! This is a perfect Halloween or Christmas outfit for the baby that’s no fuss. Once he takes off the hat, he’s just wearing a sleep n’ play!
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Every month or so I make a simple collage of the baby so that I can share it digitally with friends without overwhelming their Facebook page with baby photos. Then, I use that same collage in my baby digital scrapbooking! Multiple purposes for the same work — what could be better?
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These cupcake -sized pies have long been a favorite in our family. They’re so easy to make and you can actually get all of the ingredients pre-made from the store! More adventurous people can feel free to make their own crust and filling — but that adds a substantial amount of time to the project. I love making these for potlucks because they’re so easy!
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There’s something so wonderful about watching a baby watching a mobile. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s not bothering you, or maybe it’s just great to see simple wonder in their eyes. Regardless what causes the magic, babies like mobiles so I like them too.
This is one of the easiest projects that I’ve ever worked on. I actually did this while I was recovering from childbirth and pyelonephritis after Rand was born.
- Origami paper
- Pearl beads (or any beads)
- 1 circle from a cheap wooden embroidery hoop (example) [1 embroidery hoop makes 2 mobiles]
Step 1: Make small marking on embroidery hoop. Then make the same marking directly across the hoop from the first marking. After that, make markings directly in between the two markings you just made. You’ve divided your hoop into 4. Now, make markings in the middle of each of your 4 sections. Now you should have 8 hatch marks that are equally spaced from each other.
Step 2: Fold 8 paper cranes. Look below for instructions on how to fold a crane.
Step 3: String 20″ thread through pearl and fold thread up at halfway point as shown in picture below.
Step 4: Thread large needle with doubled thread and poke up through the bottom of crane and up through the middle of crane’s back (where the center of the paper originally was). Final bird on string should be around 10″ for first bird.
Step 5: Tape the end of the thread to one of the hatch marks on the embroidery hoop.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 3-5, each time making the string about 2″ shorter (final string 1″ shorter).
Step 7: Cut a longish piece of thread, 20-30 inches. Tie each end on opposite sides of the mobile. Pull thread up from the middle and knot the piece as far down as you can go.
Step 8: Hang and enjoy!
I found this concept somewhere on the interwebs (i have no idea where) but loved the idea so much that I ended up doing it for my wedding. This works well as both a name tag/place holder and party favor.
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