Shibori scarf – hand dyed indigo scarf

hand dyed indigo shibori scarf


Hand dyed Shibori scarf

hand dyed indigo shibori scarf

This hand dyed shibori scarf is simple and easy to make.  You can either make a scarf with some jersey knit cotton or purchase a white scarf and dye it.  I purchased this scarf at Hobby Lobby about 5 months ago.  I would bet they still carry it.  You can either use a navy blue dye or purchase an Indigo Die kit.  If you want the authentic look I suggest the Indigo Dye kit.  It is a fun and messy process but the results are great.

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Hand dyed Shibori scarf supplies:

hand dyed scarf

You can wear the scarf as a head scarf to keep your tresses under control.hand dyed shibori scarf shibori wrap

You can wear the scarf as a shawl to keep your shoulders warm.

Shibori Scarf logoYou can wear it the fashionable way and loop it around your neck to protect from drafts.

Instructions to make the shibori scarf:

  1. To make the scarf you will need to cut the fabric to 6 feet long.  Since it is not a thick material, I would make it 18 inches wide.
  2. Fold the material into thirds, and then fold into three inch sections.  Eventually you will have a 3×6 stack.  
  3. Tie the stack with string or use binder clips to clamp the fabric together.
  4. Soak in the dye according to manufactures directions.
  5. Wash, dry and enjoy.

So no mater what way you decide to wear your scarf, I hope you enjoy it.  A handmade and hand dyed scarf makes a great gift.  If you know the recipients favorite  color you could dye it that color.  When using dye, use care and caution.  If possible do it outside to avoid staining anything in your home and make sure you wear gloves.  It takes a few days to get rid of the dye on your fingers.  Trust me.


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Doodlebug Christmas fabric

Doodlebug Christmas fabric

Handmade gift ideas for Christmas and a cash giveaway

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Handmade gift idea

Wine or sparkling cider are always nice to give as a hostess gift.  Let the hostess know how much you really appreciate them with a lovely gift bag that you made by hand.   This gift bag was made from some burlap, ribbon, Doodlebug Christmas fabric, felt, embroidery floss and hot glue.
christmas gift bag

To make circles I used the bottom of a glass.  I traced one size for the felt base and a second size for the fabric.  Before I cut out the pieces of fabric and felt I used fusable webbing on the back.  There are quite a few brands on the market.  Whichever brand you select go for the lightest weight.  If it is to heavy it will be difficult to get the needle through.

handmade wine tote

I freehanded the teardrop shaped ornament on the back of the fusable webbing with a pencil.  I used the basic shape of the circle and then added the drop at the bottom. I did the same for the felt too.   Using really good scissors makes a huge difference when cutting.
christmas gift bag

After adhering the pieces together, I used a blanket stitch to adhere the pieces to the burlap bag.  Cut the ribbon to the length needed to make it look like they are hanging from the top of the bag.  Adhere the bow and ribbon with hot glue.  I hope you have enjoyed the quick directions for this project.  If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Doodlebug Christmas fabric


I really, really, really love CHEX® MIX ! Like for every holiday, breakfast, etc. Allie here with some of my favorite recipes using the tasty cereal as a base.  If you have never used them in a recipe, they are a great base and you can do so many variations with them.  Kids and adults love the tasty treats.

Chex Mix Round Up


These delicious treats use lemon curd and white chocolate. If you love lemon, you will HEART this recipe!

Chex Mix



ALL RECIPES Chocolate Toffee Chex Mix

Did I not have you at Chocolate or Toffee? Delish!

Chex Mix

Hot Chocolate Chex Mix from Butter, With a Side of Bread

This one makes a PERFECT gift for the Holidays, and has that wintry cocoa taste.

Chex Mix


Our Best Bites’ Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix

Chex Mix

Caramel Cookie Crunch from the experts.

We made this for the first time last year. There were NO leftovers.

Chex Mix

Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow from Your Cup of Cake

Okay, this one is brand new and I already tried it and I gotta say, I LOVE this recipe. No powdered sugar. You can use sugar free chocolate and candy!

Chex Mix

And finally, my very own brand new recipe…

My Card Party Nutty Buddy Snack Mix

Chex mix

For more Sweet Treats & Fun Snacks, follow me on Pinterest!

If you have a favorite mix recipe please feel free to share a link in the comments.  We love to try new recipes and who knows.  Your recipe might end up in our next recipe round up.

Gift packaging for food

food gifts

food giftsPretty gift packaging for food makes it taste even better.  Okay, not really but I like to pretend it does.  When you use scrapbooking paper and pre-made gift tags a boring container is instantly prettier.  Do you like to bake or make candies during during the holidays?  I know I sure do and I love to give them in reusable containers.

Directions for Gift Packaging:

I bought a dozen of these little round wooden $1 containers from Michael’s when they were  forty percent off.  I dipped them all in bright red dye from Tulip and let them dry.

doodlebig showflake tags


The next day I added paper to the lid, around the edges and to the top.  I used a tag punch to create the base for the tag.  I thought the tag could use a little more so I added another layer to it and trimmed it to size by hand. I then added the pre-made snowflake sticker and added a little ink around the edges of the lid and the tag.

Materials used for gift packaging:

homemade gift box


Holiday Blog Hop with Buttons Galore

Hello all, Allie here with a button project for the Buttons Galore Holiday Blog Hop.
Buttons and Bling Ornament

Supplies for Buttons and Bling Ornament Ideas


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  1. Die cut shape from white cardstock. Die cut a second shape from gold metallic cardstock and trim off top.
  2. Adhere buttons randomly with hot glue.
  3. Add bulk bling with hot glue, along with self-adhesive rhinestones and pearls to fill in gaps.
  4. Tie ribbon at top.

Tip: Make hot glue strings disappear by using a Heat Tool to lightly heat the ornament.


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Special thanks to May Arts for providing the Button Bevy with a wonderful assortment of ribbons.

Here are links to the other projects the Bevy has for you! Remember to leave each one a comment for a chance to win some May Arts Ribbon and Laura Kelly Buttons.

Holiday Hop Prize Package Photo

Buttons Galore
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Wishing You a Very Sweet Christmas

Allie here, wishing you a very sweet Christmas!

Sweet Christmas

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Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? We’ve gathered up some delicious treats. Are you all prepared to start planning your menu for Christmas, or some of those parties and occasions that are now RIGHT around the corner?

I am sharing some fun finds from the internet, recipes and decorating ideas. Sometimes it’s fun to jazz up and old family recipes and try some new ones. I also wanted some ideas on presentation as well.

Click on any of these links to be taken to the ORIGINAL recipe or source.

The Sweet Chick’s Peppermint Cheesecake Rice Krispie Treats

peppermint rice krispie treat

Holiday Pretzel Treats from Spoonful

holiday pretzel treats

Gingerbread Christmas Star Tree from Mad Baker

Note: recipe not included, she used this kit from Wilton. Use your favorite cookie dough.

Christmas Cookie Tree

These Cake Pops from are TOO cute. I think they are reasonably priced, but as a DIYer, I think I’ll just give it a try! I love THIS decorating idea, and I will be using it with my favorite OREO Truffle Recipe from Kraft – it’s fun to try different OREOS – last year they had some strawberry ice cream OREOS that were great as cake balls.

Cake Pops from 1800Baskets.

Heavenly Holiday has some GORGEOUS ideas for a winter holiday dessert table… I particularly fell in love with the cocoa. Love those yummy pirouettes. I like gathering ideas for using store bought ingredients, and not just made from scratch. There’s just two of us in the house right now, and ummm… just saying that my buns will not appreciate me eating TOO many treats.

heavenly holiday winter treat ideas

Love these Snowball Cupcakes from TidyMom… made from a store bought mix.

snowball cupcakes

See all the pins and more here on my new Christmas Sweets and Treats Board.

Hope you enjoyed these. I’ll have more holiday recipes, decorating ideas and fun crafts, so let’s stay in touch!


Make a Christmas pillow with Fabric Scraps

Handmade jelly roll pillow noodle pillow

Make a Christmas pillow with Fabric Scraps The project featured today is a patchwork pillow made from  “noodles” or so I am told that is what they are called. They are fabric strips that are 2.5 inches wide. If you have left over scraps from other sewing projects you can make your own noodles or jelly rolls.  I am learning to sew. Zippers scare me and give me nightmares. But I feel safe with pillows.  Handmade jelly roll pillow noodle pillow Make a Christmas pillow with Fabric Scraps

Instructions to make a Christmas Pillow:

  1. To make this pillow I sewed together strips of fabric together with right sides facing so the seams are in the back. Sew enough strups together to make a fabric panel
  2. Then I trimmed them to size and ironed the seams so they would lay nicely. Ironing is really important for good seams.
  3. I cut a solid color fabric for the back and placed the fabric wrong sides together and sewed 3 of the 4 sides. Then I stuffed the pillow and hand stitched the open end closed using a ladder stitch.

To do a ladder stitch

Thread the needle and make a knot. Hide the knot in the seam allowance.  Bring the needle back through the folded edge and make a very small stitch and pull needle through the fabric.

Insert the needle across from where the needle came out of the first folded edge. Take another small stitch pulling the needle through fabric.

Return needle to first folded edge, take another small stitch and pull needle through fabric. Continue in this manner to make a few stitches from side edge to side edge.

To close the opening pull thread snugly and secure thread end with a back stitch or two. Trim the thread, leaving a short tail.The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

Materials used for the Christmas Pillow:

I used Doodlebug fabric and I think it is discontinued.  The links below are affiliate links. I make a very tiny commission if you purchase supplies.


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