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I had so much fun working with this Inkodye this week!  This dye is super fun and magic to watch.  Just paint your project outside in the sun and watch the color come to life .



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It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again. You know what I mean, when we really start to think about our holiday shopping list.  Well, if you are anything like me, you have delusions of grandeur that everything is going to be wrapped just right!

Well this year, I am being more realistic and have started early.  Here is a fun idea I came up with using fabric, fusible, trim and a reclaimed paper shopping bag.

These little candy houses are the perfect packaging for gift cards!

Think about how many gifts you can take off your list in an afternoon.  (teachers; coaches; hostess gifts; really, the list is endless!)

Get instructions and more “how to” photos here at Green Child Magazine.

Love the look but have no time to create? No problem, there are a few ready to ship in the shop.


Remember, I would love to see your creations.  Be sure to share photos on my facebook page!

Happy Crafting!
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No Ugly Ornaments Challenge

With the holiday count down ticking it is time to get the ball rolling with decorations.  So, my friend Erin at My Very Educated Mother is hosting this super fun No Ugly Ornaments Challenge and I decided to play along!

Yesterday, she made these Wine Cork Tassel Ornaments.

Click here for the easy how to instructions. (She is all fancy and has a video!)

I thought they would look super cute with a dash of color and honestly, needed a break from sewing.  After looking around for what seemed like forever for a strong thick needle (have I mentioned my space so disorganized?!?!) I just could not find one.  Honestly, the drill is not my thing and I could not see asking dear hubby for help on this one.  So, this is how plan B turned out.

No cork, just a reclaimed wooden spool, a ripped piece of Michael Miller Yule Critter fabric and a few buttons for color.  I LOVE it! Thanks Erin for the inspiration!!

Stop back tomorrow for more “how to’s” in the No Ugly Ornaments Challenge.  It is super cute and sure to use up a few scraps!!

Happy Crafting!

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Let’s face it, these ruffle totes are all over the place right now.  And honestly, my girls love them!! (secretly, I do too)

My tote bag is on the small side so, I am going to use it as a gift bag when finished. So, last night I dipped into the fabric stash and created this super cute tote bag in a snap. Really, it is super simple. It took me less that 1/2hr from start to finish. That includes gathering up my supplies and setting up the ironing board!  If you can stitch a straight line, this project is calling you!!

This project is for sewers of all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button


  • Tote bag
  • Strips of fabric (I used two patterns)
Basic Instructions-
Determine what direction you would like your ruffles to go in and how many ruffles you would like. I am creating mine vertical and will be using 2 different ruffles.   Since my tote bag is small (11″ tall x 8″ wide) you may need to adjust your ruffle sizing. (note- if I did it again, I would do them smaller.)
  1. Rip your larger ruffle  4 1/2″ wide x 22″ long. Rip your smaller ruffle 2 1/2″ wide x 21″ long. (Ruffle length is roughly double the length of the bag.)
  2. Fold under about 1/2″ the top edge of your ruffle strips for a clean edge, pin in place at top and bottom.  **Note- it is important to pin at the bottom. At first I did not and my ruffle curved towards the center. I needed to rip out a few stitches, pin in place and restitch.
  3. Using your machine on a standard straight stitch, stitch down the center of the ruffle. As you are stitching with needle in the down position, lift up your presser foot and bunch up fabric into ruffle.  This is very free form, if you are looking for something more uniform, pin your ruffles in place. Just be sure not to stitch through your pins.  😉
  4. When you come to the bottom of your ruffle, turn under about 1/2″ of each ruffle for a clean edge. Be sure to back stitch at top and bottom.
  5. You are finished!! I added a zipper flower pin for a fun embellishment.
My older daughter loves to hang with me while I sew and tonight was no different.  During the process of making this bag she brought me this generic nylon drawstring bag.  Everyone at school received it as a gift to use as their gym bag.  She is not a fan of having what the “masses” have so, she asked me to “pretty” it up.  Here is the before and after.

These bags could make the perfect gift for so many on your list. Think teachers, coaches, friend next door…. the list is endless.  Please remember, I so would love to see your creations.  Be sure to share photos on my facebook page!
Happy Crafting!

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