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DIY Pet Snake

12 Jun

DIY Pet Snakes

Here’s an easy and fun craft project for the kids. My grandkids and I made these a year ago and they’re still playing with them. I did have to do some mending and re-gluing of an eye or two!

DIY PET SNAKES

cut tee strips

I took an old white t-shirt and cut 2” wide strips, leaving the side seams intact. Then drew the tail and head shape on each end.

stitch_leave opening

Stitch along the edge 1/4”, leaving a 3” opening for turning and stuffing.

turn right side out with dowel

Turn the snake right side out. I used a dowel rod.

stuffing tube

Stuff the snake with batting. I used a plastic tube (cut from an outdoor candy cane decoration) that I inserted into the snake, then stuck in some batting and pushed it through the tube with a dowel rod.

stitch opening closed

Hand stitch the opening closed.

Form head with string

Tie one end to form the head with heavy thread.

glue on eyes and tong

Cut a tongue from red felt. Push in the end of the head with a pencil tip, add some glue and insert the tongue.  Glue on wiggly eyes.  You can also sew on buttons for eyes.

decorate snakes

Cover the work area with an old plastic table cloth or paper, and let the kids decorate their snake with permanent markers.

To make the decorations “bleed”, spray with rubbing alcohol. You can also use a dropper and drip the alcohol onto the marker designs. Let dry.

kids with snakes

Done.  Now it’s play time!

Shopping Cart Grocery Bag Sewing Pattern

6 Jun

In Shopping Cart

I have to tell you, I LOVE THIS Grocery Bag! 

I designed it to use at the new ALDI store that recently opened in our area. This grocery store requires you to bag your own groceries, so this Shopping Cart Grocery Bag does the job wonderfully, and the large size helps get the groceries into the house a whole lot quicker too!

The bag quickly and easily attaches to a standard shopping cart and has a large and small front pocket to hold a notepad, pen, coupons, your purse/wallet and so much more.

Made from durable Outdoor Pro-Tuff Fabric (sold at Walmart), this bag is nice and strong.  The backside (bag interior) of this fabric is 100% PVC, so it’s easy to clean and eliminates the need for a lining.

When not in use, simply fold and store it in your car or truck so it’s available when you need it.

cart_truck_home

For more photos and information about this Craftsy sewing pattern, click here.

UPDATE:  

The other day I got caught in the pouring rain leaving the grocery store. Boy was I happy I used my Shopping Cart Grocery Bag!!!

Shopping cart bag Caught in the Rain1

Shopping Cart Bag Caught in the Rain2

Here it is after I brought it in. It was filled with 5 plastic grocery bags plus four (4) 2 litters.  It was heavy, but I just heaved it out of the cart and into the backseat. Thankfully it only took a few seconds. My hair and shirt didn’t far as good…I looked like a drowned rat when I got home. LOL!

The rain never soaked through the Grocery bag (because of the PVC backing), and the rain that did get inside was easily wiped dry with a towel.

Ohio State Shopping Cart Grocery Bag

Here’s an Ohio State one I made for my daughter from the grey Pro-Tuff fabric. I printed the side logo on dark iron on transfer paper.

USA  Shopping Cart Grocery Bag

And, here’s one I made from the Blue Pro-Tuff fabric. With the Fourth Of July just around the corner, the blue went perfect with the red, white and blue ribbon trim on the handles and front pockets.

DIY Microwave Heat Pack

28 Nov

HEAT PACK photo

If you’re looking for an easy sewing project for holiday or any gift giving occasion, this Microwave HEAT PACK instructions and labels is the perfect solution.

It’s made with cotton and flannel fabric and filled with rice which can withstand repeated heating in the microwave.  There’s sewn in ties to keep the Pack nicely folded for easy storage, and labels that can be printed on card stock and tied onto the Pack or printed on iron on transfer paper and ironed on (as pictured).

It’s a great way to use up your scrap fabric.  You could also make a larger one and use it as a heated lap cover for the cold winter months.  This would be perfect for older seniors.

I have a rice pack I made over 10 years ago!  I store mine in the freezer.  My husband uses it to cool down in the summer, and we microwave it when we need it heated.

 

DIY Holiday Scented Air Fresheners

16 Nov

DIY holiday-scented-air-fresheners

A couple of years back I gave away four sets of these 1 ounce bottles of air fresheners.   With the holidays fast approaching I thought I would share the recipes for these wonderful smelling room sprays so you can make some for yourself to enjoy or give as gifts.   The recipe makes 1 ounce, but you can easily adjust the Oils to make more.

I am also including the labels I used which can be printed on paper and taped on or printed on a 8 ½” X 11” label sheet.

Pomander Air Freshener

Pomander Air Freshener Recipe

The aroma is sweet and warming like orange and clove pomanders.   It’s perfect for fall and Thanksgiving.

20 drops Orange Essential Oil

4 drops Clove Essential Oil

2 drops Pine Essential Oil

1 drop peach/orange coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Candy Cane Air Freshener

Candy Cane Air Freshener Recipe

This smells just like candy canes, nice and pepperminty!   It’s uplifting and rejuvenating…perfect for getting through all the holiday shopping, baking and decorating.

18 drops Peppermint Essential Oils

4 drops Wintergreen Essential Oils

3 drops Rosemary Essential Oils

1 drop red food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Oh Christmas Tree Air Freshener

Oh, Christmas Tree Air Freshener Recipe

Smells like freshly cut pine trees!   Spray the room before decorating the Christmas Tree or any time during the Christmas season.

23 drops Pine Needle Essential Oil

2 drops Clove Essential Oil

1 drop green food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Here’s the HOLIDAY AIR FRESHENER paper labels (pdf), that also includes my Sweet Dreams label…here’s the recipe:

DIY Sweet Dreams Air Freshener Recipe

This is perfect when you need to relax after a hectic day of shopping or when you need to fall asleep.  Spray it on your pillows and bedding.  You can also spray into a tissue and inhale deeply.

18 drops Lavender Essential Oil

  2 drops Clove Essential Oil

  3 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

  1 drop purple or any color of food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Happy Holidays!

2015 Grandkids Halloween Costumes

21 Oct

This year each of the grandchildren chose their own costumes.

Kylans Astronaut Costume

Kylan wanted to be an Astronaut. His mom found a racing helmet and spray painted it silver and added blue and red tape stripes and foam letters. She also made the backpack from 2 liter pop bottles, cardboard, cups and felt flames. I sewed his jumpsuit and shoe covers and made his rocket trick or treat bag from 2 milk jugs and paper mached it.

Cadens Power Ranger Costume

Caden wanted to be a Green Power Ranger. His mom purchased the outfit. She made his mask from cardboard and black screen and then paper mached and painted it. She did a great job! For his trick or treat bag, his mom spray painted a plastic bucket green and then hot glued on the mask that came with the costume. I only had to make the black and red phone holder for his belt. This was a must along with adding his toy sword. LOL!

Kinzleys Pink Princess Costume

Kinzley wanted to be a Pink Princess…she’s at that stage where everything has to be pink! Her mom found the dress for just a couple of dollars! She found the foam crown and hot glued it to a headband. I made the cape and added the waist addition and front pink section to the dress. I also made her Princess trick or treat bag…

Kinzleys Princess trick or treat bag

Here’s a close up. I glued a foam crown on the inside of a pink bucket she had, sewed, gathered and hot glued on the satin “skirt” and then glued on the rhinestones to the crown and the strip around the bucket.

Mitchell family halloween pic

Here’s the Mitchell family all dressed up to go trick or treating at their campsite.

Camping Shower Totes and Toiletry Lanyards

7 Jul

Shower tote and toiletry lanyard with text

My latest sewing project (and Craftsy Pattern) was making shower totes and shower lanyards for my daughter and her family for when they go camping.  For the totes, she wanted it large enough to hold a bath towel, flip flops and a change of clothes.  For the lanyard, she found this idea from thepopupprincess.  

Toiletry Lanyard pic

We both loved the idea, but wanted to be able to add more items like a razor, tooth paste and tooth brush, so I designed these clip on mesh bags.  Here’s how they look hanging from the campsite shower.

Katie, the three grandkids and I went fabric shopping and here’s how everyone’s tote bag and lanyard turned out…the kids picked out their own fabric (in their favorite color) and couldn’t wait for me to make them.

Cadens Ninja Turtle Tote and Lanyard

Here’s Caden’s Ninja Turtle Shower Tote bag and lanyard. We found the clip on bottles at Joanns for $1.00 which had hand gel in them that she replaced with her own shampoo, bath gel and cream rinse.  I have to say I liked Caden’s the best…love the vibrant green!

Kylans Super Heros Tote and Lanyard

Here’s Kylan’s Super Hero Shower Tote bag and lanyard.

Kinzleys Pink Princess Tote and Lanyard

Here’s Kinzley’s Pink Princess…had to be pink…Shower Tote bag and lanyard.

Katies Purple Tote and Lanyard

This is Katie’s purple Shower Tote bag and lanyard.  

Daves Blue Tote and Lanyard

Lastly, here’s Dave’s Shower Tote bag and lanyard.

Totes Hanging in camper

Here they all are neatly hanging in their pop up camper, ready to go!  The lanyards are kept in the inside zipper pocket.

Family Off To The Showers

Here’s the Mitchell family at Cedar Point KOA campsite heading for the showers with their new tote bags and shower lanyards.   Katie said they worked out great, having everyone’s shower stuff in one place.

I have to say I really enjoyed sewing these!  They were really easy and each one turned out so nice.  Katie (and the kids) did a great job picking out the fabrics.

To make your own Shower Tote and Toiletry Lanyard, visit my Craftsy Pattern Store.

My Craftsy

3 Jun

If you’re looking to improve your craft or learn a new one, be it sewing, knitting, quilting, cake decorating, paper crafting, woodworking, gardening, painting, jewelry making etc., then you need to check out Craftsy.com.

What or who is Craftsy you ask? Craftsy is an online crafts education company offering free and paid video and downloadable courses and workshops on a whole range of craft categories. The courses/workshops range from $20 to $50, and there’s some free ones as well. I recently purchased a free video course on Bag-Making Basics, because I wanted to improve my purse/bag making skills. I learned a few new techniques, which made me very happy! What else is nice is that the classes never expire.

In addition to the courses/workshops, they also offer community project forums, craft supplies and kits.

Craftsy also allows you to sell your own patterns for free. I’ve purchased a few sewing patterns…there’s tons of them at very reasonable prices, including free ones!

Here’s the patterns I have in my Craftsy shop so far.

Expandable Travel Trash Bag Pattern

My Expandable Travel Trash Bag Pattern – $3.50

CRAFTSY paper craft templates

My DIY Paper Craft Templates – $2.50

Pocket Golf Ball Cleaner Pattern

My POCKET Golf Ball Cleaner Pattern – $4.00

FEED ME Monster Pillow Pattern

My FEED ME Monster Pillow Pattern – $5.00

angry-birds-on-seatbelt-pillow

My Angry Bird Seatbelt Pillow Pattern…this one’s Free!

Check out Craftsy.  I just know you’ll find lots of interesting things to make and learn!

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