How to make a face mask

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Hello there.  Doug asked me to make a couple of face mask to have on hand in the event that we need them.  I posted them in my Facebook Groups and immediately had a ton of requests to make a tutorial.  I am posting the tutorial of these masks with the disclaimer, I followed THIS PDF tutorial which was recommended by a hospital.  I do not know the exact effectiveness of the face mask, but I do know, it provides an added layer of protection.

I have also provide a Cricut Design Space file for those of you who have a Cricut Maker.

You can find the Cricut Design Space ADULT Size File by Clicking HERE. You can find the Cricut Design Space CHILD by Clicking Here.

For those who do not have a die cutting machine, you don’t need one.  This is two simple rectangles that can easily be cut by hand.

Please do your research. This is not a protection from the Corona VIrus. This is simply an added barrier between you and the outside world. Visit the CDC website for the best way to protect yourself from the Virus.

 

Here is the Tutorial:

 

How to make a Planner Pouch

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Hey there!  Thanks for stopping by! I had a few requests over in my Craft Crazy Facebook Group to create a tutorial for a planner pouch.  I grabbed my planner and got busy creating what I felt was a perfect size, but you can easily adapt it to fit your planner.

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I think it’s super practical and not just for planners.  Journal writers, students and list makers would also enjoy a pouch.  Keeping all of your planner stickers, writing utensils, clips, erasers, etc. with your notebook has never been easier, or prettier.

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This is a beginner sewing friendly tutorial. Don’t let the zipper scare you, I am going to walk you through it step by step… it’s easier than you think!

I would love it if you would tag me on social media when you make theplanner pouch.  You can find me by clicking here 

If you have a Cricut, I have a Design Space file so you can let the Maker cut the fabric and interfacing for you.  CLICK HERE FOR THE DESIGN SPACE FILE.

Are you ready to get started?  Here’s the tutorial:

How to Create Customized Charms / Zipper Pulls

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Quite often I get asked how to make customized zipper pulls for your bags and pouches.  I love to add that extra little personalized touch in the way of a zipper pull to stylize your handmade beauties.

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I decided to put my Cricut to the test and create these cute engraved metal tags.  I can think of a ton of ways to use these.  How about as a luggage identifier, a gift, a bag tag, a zipper pull, a necklace, a backpack label – so many ideas!

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I used the Cricut Maker and Engraving Tool to create mine and it really is quite easy! I found themedal blanks here.

I made a step by step video tutorial to walk you through designing the tags in Cricut Design Space, as well as how I attached the zipper pull hardware.  If you make them, I would love it if you would share them in my Facebook Groups. You can find the links in the description below the video on Youtube.

How to Make Envelope Pillow Covers

southbendpillowThis has got to me the EASIEST sewing project, ever!  Not only is it very beginner friendly, but it’s so practical.  With this tutorial you can virtually create unlimited amounts of personalized pillows and personalized gifts.  My friend, Karen Runge, showed me a similarly designed pillow and encouraged me to make a tutorial.  I used the Cricut EasyPress and Iron on to create my design.  You could also use this tutorial to  create a blank for Infusible Ink, Embroidery, fabric pens and fabric markers.  So many possiblities.

Let’s get right to the tutorial.  You are going to want to make pillows for all of your friends and family.  (Psssst.. these would make perfect holiday gifts!)

Katie Bow Clutch

Katie bow-7.jpgHi there and thanks for stopping by!   I am excited to show you what I have been working on.  It’s the Katie Bow Bag!  It has been so much fun creating this super functional, and very functional clutch which can easily be converted into a wristlet or a crossbody bag.

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I have created a FREE download PDF pattern for you.  You can get it HERE.  If you have a Cricut, they have a similar, smaller version with a slightly different shape  (the one on the left in the photo above).

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You can find it by searching BOW CLUTCH in the ready to make projects.   It’s the first one on the left in the above photo.  No matter which version you choose you can follow along with my tutorial and create one of these cuties today!

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This is a foldover clutch which give you a ton of room for more than just a phone or wallet.

Katie bow-8I just love how simply changing the fabrics up changes the look of the clutch.

Here is my step by step tutorial, I can’t wait to help you get started making a few of these, too.  If you make one, please JOIN MY CRAFT CRAZY FACEBOOK GROUP and post some photos!  We would love to see!

Parkside Tote – Collaboration with OklaRoots

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I have been so excited to release the Parkside Tote Bag.  OklaRoots and I collaborated on this super fun, super practical tote bag.

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We are both bag makers.  She is also a quilter – I want to be a quilter.  Neither of us have the time to commit to a full size quilt everytime we want to quilt, so we decided to combine our two loves and voila… the Parkside Tote was built.

Jess over at OklaRoots designed the quilt block just for you.  It is perfectly sized and pieced together to fit within the construction of this tote.  You can visit her blog and Youtube to find out how to make the quilt portion of the bag, pick up the PDF templates and she’s even got SVGs for all of you digital die cutting makers.

IMG_3399Then stop back here and I’ll show you how to construct the bag.  I’ve got a PDF for you with all of the dimensions for the fabric portions of the bag.  You can get it HERE.

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There is so much room inside of this bag.

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So, grab some fabric, vinyl, cork or whatever your preference is, and let’s get started!

Clear Halloween Tote Bag with GLOW IN THE DARK sticks

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First of all, let say, photographing a clear bag and glow in the dark bags are not easy tasks!  However, I was so excited to get this idea posted and shared in time for you to create a few Halloween Bags for the littles before Halloween, that I decided to go with what I had.

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Aren’t these fun?!?!  I think Ace and Evie will get a kick out of being able to see their candy in their clear Trick Or Treat Totes, but they will be very excited about the Glow In The Dark feature.

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I had this idea the other day to create clear Halloween Tote bags.  I was talking to my friend, Teri, and she mentioned throwing a glow stick in would be a fun addition to the bag and so, the Glow In The Dark – Clear Halloween Tote was created.  I love it!!!

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As always, I’ve got a step by step tutorial for you to give you a general idea on how I constructed this bag.  You can adjust the sizes according to your Trick or Treater.

 

Brinkley Double Zipper Pouch / Cross Body Bag

IMG_5800Thanks for stopping by!  I am so excited to share with you the Brinkley Double Zipper Pouch / Cross body Bag.  This is a fun and practical bag.  It features two zipper pockets

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as well as a surprise third pocket in the middle.  It’s super roomy.  I can easily fit my iphone XS Max inside the smaller pouch with plenty room to spare for keys, wallet, etc.

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I made two different sizes.  The smaller size is approximately 6 x 8 and the larger is 8×10.

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I love that you can easily switch between a clutch to a cross body bag by simply changing the detachable strap.

The measurements are as follows:

2 Outer Fabrics 8″ x 10″ (small size 6 x 8) .

2 Lining Fabrics 8 x 10 (small size 6 x 8)

2 Fusible Fleece cut to 7.5 x 9.5

1 Fabric for wristlet strap 3″ x 15″ (lengthen or shorten to your preference)

1 Fabric (or vinyl) 2 x 4″ for tab

1 D-ring / 1 Swivel Lobster Clasp

I will be making several of these for Christmas gifts.  Are you ready to make one (or three?).  Get your zippers, some cute fabric and your favorite beverage and let’s get making!!  Here is a step by step tutorial for you:

Triangle Jelly Pouches

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I had an idea in the middle of the night and could hardly wait until it was time to get up so I could give this a shot.  The Triangle Jelly Pouch!

IMG_5633I had so much fun making the fully lined fabric pouches (you can find that tutorial here), that I thought what would be even more fun, than to create a clear version.

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I mean, seriously, how cute would these be hanging off a backpack, or even just stuffed with treats.  I would totally use that purple one and fill it with Halloween Goodies for the kids.

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You could also make these out of faux leather or vinyl for another look.  Check out one of my favorite shops on Etsy called Sew Hungry Hippie.  She’s got so many fantastic selections of vinyl and faux leather.

Are you ready for the tutorial?

Wrigley Sliding Pouch

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Hello!  Thanks for stopping by!  I am excited to share today’s tutorial with you.  It is the Wrigley Sliding Pouch!  I just love this project and I think it will be the perfect addition to your craft room.

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It features a fun sliding sleeve that collapses and reveals the perfect pen/tool holder for your desktop, but also conveniently expands and closes up so that you can easily take it with you.

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It’s the perfect gift for teachers, students or any crafter.  Pens, Markers, Tools, or Sewing Notions fit perfectly inside.

I created a PDF and SVG pattern. You can use your Cricut Maker to cut the SVG, or simply print the PDF and cut your pattern by hand.   You can find them by clicking below:

                                     PDF and SVG Pattern                             

Once you have the file, watch my step by step tutorial to create your very own Wrigley Sliding Pouch.