ABC card

Thank you Grace for letting me spend the week here! For my last post I
decided to make an ABC birthday card with a PDF you can download and
make yourself.

We have a birthday tradition in our family we’ve been doing since we
were kids. We go around the dinner table and each person takes a letter
of the alphabet, and we say something nice about the birthday girl/boy.
A is for Artistic! B is for the Beautiful! We go around and around the
table until we get to Z (which can be a difficult letter, you have to
get creative). You can mention a favorite memory, or something that
reminds you of that person, but it has to involve your letter.

My family is now scattered across the country. So I thought this ABC
card might be a nice way to keep our tradition going, even when we’re
apart for birthdays. Coming up with 26 things on your own can be tough,
so I only recommend making this card for people you know quite well!

To get started: Download the PDF which includes
all 26 letters. For each card you’ll need seven sheets of cardstock.
Print your cards on a color printer. Cut each page into 4 cards by
following the trim marks. Write one special trait or memory for each
letter. Wrap with ribbon and mail to the birthday boy/girl in a sturdy
envelope. It’s almost as good as being there in person.


This is a great little tutorial to make your own gift tags for the holidays. All you need is some paper, a printer, a few cutting tools, some scrap fabric and glue.

last-minute christmas tags

I know everyone is busy wrapping (or perhaps still finishing) a few gifts. I’m here to help! These gift tags are a great way to use leftover fabric scraps. First, download this template and print it on some white cardstock.

Here’s what you need: your printed template, a ruler and an x-acto knife, a bone folder (in order to get nice crisp folds), a cutting mat, glue (spray adhesive or glue stick), 1.5” circle punch (or you can cut the circles with your x-acto knife.. be careful!), a few cute fabric swatches (cut to roughly 1.75” squares), and a hole punch.

STEP 1: Cut out your tags (each template makes four tags) with a ruler and an x-acto knife, using the guides on the template. I cut the top and bottom horizontal lines first, and then the vertical lines.. do not cut through the paper top to bottom, you want to stop shy of the edge of the paper so you keep the border and your guide marks intact.

STEP 2: Take the four cards and punch out the 1.5” circle, as marked on the template (your circle punch will be slightly larger than the circle on the template). Line it up as closely as you can.

STEP 3: Apply glue to the entire wrong side (or back of the card) especially the edges. Pick your fabric swatch and affix it to the back of the card, wrong side up, making sure it covers the entire punched circle. (The right side of the fabric should be face down).

Fold the card in half to sandwich the fabric, use a bone folder to get a nice tight fold (or your fingernail). Rub the card all over, making sure the glue is spread evenly over the entire card. Punch holes where indicated. Add string or ribbon and enjoy!

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Homemade waffles

Today I found a vintage waffle maker at the thrift store. I was so happy I never liked Belgian waffles and have been looking for a waffle maker with little squares, like Eggos. I was so excited after a good cleaning I had to plug it in and try it out, so we had breakfast for dinner with my new old waffle maker, lol. They came out great! I’m really please that it worked so well. It took me a little while to figure out temperature and cooking time, and I still need more practice to know what amount of batter is just right.
This Vintage Waffle Iron is a 2 in 1 Grill and Waffle Maker. You can open the Waffle iron so it lays completely flat. Then you can reverse the plates on the waffle maker to reveal a smooth non-stick surface, and voila you have a counter top griddle. Fry some beacon and eggs on one side then cook some flap jacks on the other. I’m going to try that next.I folded my waffles around a hot dog to try to recreate that yummy KC waffle dog taste.

1. UPVC pipe (150mm diameter and 350mm length)
2. 2mm thick cardboard
3. Wrapping paper of your choice (I got this from Ikea)
4. Craft glue
5. Craft knife, steel ruler and cutting mat
6. Scissor and a pencil
7. A saw with a suitable blade to cut plastic material (I used electrical saw in my workshop)
8. Sand paper

Step 1
Cut the Pipe to your desire length, a body and a cap (200mm and 50mm). Sand-off the sharp edges from the cut.
Trace the outer diameter of the pipe on the 2mm cardboard, make 2, cut them out for the top and bottom cap.
Cut 2 pieces of 30mm wide and 1 piece of 10mm wide strips from the 2mm cardboard. The length must be

Step 2
Cut wrapping paper for the top and bottom caps.
Apply glue on the pipes surface. Wrap the wrapping paper around it and seal the open end in by putting some glue there.
Fold the top end of the body and both ends of the cap in and glue it.

View complete Tutorial Here:

View complete Tutorial Here:

When ever I see gnomes listed on etsy i add them to my favorites, lol i don’t know why. i guess i like them. I’ve never had a gnome garden figuring, but i do remember watching a cartoon about gnomes when i was little. Anyone remember that, lol they used to heal the sick or something.

The World of David the Gnome

View this item on etsy:

These are two adorable little Gnomes to hang on your Xmas tree! They’re handmade from polymer clay, no molds, then glossed. They have ornament hooks attached so they’re all ready to hang up. This set makes a great gift or stocking stuffer!

These Gnomes are approx. 1.5 inches

**These are handmade so each one is unique and may vary slightly from the item pictured.

Free Downloadable Projects

Cup Cozy and Can Cozy

These fun cup and can holders have fleece interlining, Velcro® closures and include extra pattern pieces for both appliqué and a photo pocket.

Use your imagination and embellish with a favorite photo, beads, decorative stitches… Be creative! The patterns include a printer check to verify that your computer printer didn’t alter the pattern size.

Free download includes cup and can cozy patterns with complete, easy to follow instructions.

Clutch Purse

This stylish clutch purse is offered in two sizes and is lined, has piping at outer edge and a snap closure.

The downloadable pattern includes both small and large clutch purses. Just as in KWIK SEW’s printed pattern, each size of the clutch purse pattern is color coded so the correct cutting lines are quickly and easily identified. The pattern even includes a printer check to verify that your computer printer didn’t alter the pattern size.

Free download includes multi-sized clutch purse pattern and complete instructions.

Download PDF Cup & Can Cozy Patterns

Download PDF for Clutch Purse Pattern

Kwik Sew Website

After 6 Months on Etsy this bag FINALLY SOLD. I had just about given up on it and almost removed it from my shop the day before it sold. I won’t be re-listing it because it did take me a long time to make and I ran out of duct tape a few months back, lol, but if you want a HOT pink or any other color iPod Nano style duct tape bag contact me on Etsy and request a custom order. This bag is made entirely out of DUCT TAPE! 😉

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Sling Your Baby

Babywearing is a great way to connect with your baby, as well as have your hands free to get things done. If you are interested in slings, or would like more information, contact me by e-mail at:

How to Make a Pouch Sling

Ta-Da! I have finally made a video on how to make a pouch sling. Here are the materials you will need:

2 yards of pretty fabric (this could be just about anything: calico, corduroy, silk brocade, etc)
2 yards of baby flannel in coordinating color
A friend to share your fabric with (this will make two slings)

**update: After a few questions about this, I wanted to let everyone know that you do not HAVE to use baby flannel for the lining. You can use the same fabric you are using on the outside or anything else you’d like. Also, if you want your pouch to just be one layer, choose a fabric that is double sided (like seersucker) and just hem the edges after you cut it down the middle. I choose baby flannel b/c it is soft, that’s the only reason really**

The video will walk you through all the steps. Please let me know if you need more help. Good luck!


After a LOT of trouble shooting I got my free pattern with instructions. Can’t wait to make my first one!

Free pattern: Snuggler infant swaddler


snuggler_patternThis Snuggler infant swaddler is just one of the projects featured in Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers.  You can download the pattern for the swaddler for free from CraftzineGo to the free pattern.

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  1. Rachel Low on December 16, 2009 8:00 pm

    Hello Yikes it’s already December. I have the same freezing problem Can anyone email me the Pattern I would LOVE to make it for my baby Due the end of Jan 2010.

    my email is

  2. Rachel Low on December 17, 2009 5:51 am

    Thank you for replying so quickly I can’t wait to try it out.

  3. Rachel Low on December 17, 2009 7:37 am

    There is a pattern with instructions available here

    I’m not a good enough sewer to figure it out myself with no instructions.

    People seem to have trouble downloading that one as well.

    but after reading the comments I was able to download the pdf.

    After a little bit of a wait the PDF even loaded properly in a new window when I used internet explorer rather than firefox.

    If it still doesn’t load for you try the direct download like she says.

    In INTERNET EXPLORER right click on the download link when the window pops up Choose “save target as” choose a destination folder and voila you have it saved on your computer. ;)

    As far as printing goes, I had to Open the PDF file with ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR one page at a time. In adobe illustrator printing options include “tile” “full pages” Your pattern will print out on (4) 8/1/2 x 11 sheets. According to adobe’s website that option should be available in acrobat, but it is not available for me. Maybe you need to have Acrobat Professional not just the reader.

    So like I said I had to use “open with” to open the PDF in another ADOBE program, WORKED for me with Illustrator, you should try it in PHOTOSHOP or INDESIGN if you have one of these programs.

  4. Rachel Low on December 17, 2009 7:44 am

    This is why we can’t print large pages. You need the full version of adobe acrobat not just the free reader.

    Hi Keith,

    The tile print feature is part of Acrobat not Reader, which is why you do not see it in the Adobe Reader print menu. If you’re interested in testing the tiling capability try downloading a 30-day trial of Acrobat 9 at:

  5. Rachel Low on December 17, 2009 7:53 am

    If you are lucky enough to get the pattern to load in Internet Explorer the printing options were available for me to tile large pages. So print it out directly from the web browser. Probably a good idea to make sure you have the latest version of internet explorer and the adobe reader plugin
    good luck every one

  6. anneweaver on December 18, 2009 6:59 am

    Thanks for posting this! This download has been giving people lots of trouble, but your research and explanation will help make it easier. You rock!!

This crafty mamma made felt crayon holders as a party favor for her daughter’s birthday. How clever!

So Cute


(I used the inexpensive craft felt found in 9″X12″ sheets at craft stores, often the size slightly varies. I found it okay to make minor adjustments by slightly stretching while sewing and cutting)

2 pieces 6″ X 12″ (lining, outside)

1 piece 3″ X 12″ (pocket)

1 – flower shape

1 – circle for center of flower

1 button with shank

1 – 12″ piece of ribbon

1 – 11″ piece of ribbon

8 –  Crayons

1 – 3″ X 5″ 80 Sheet Memo Pad


How To Make A Felt Crayon and Notepad Holder

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