easy sew tote tutorial – make a boys water bottle sling using Oly-Fun

easy sew tote tutorial – make a boys water bottle sling using Oly-Fun

Easy sew sling tutorial

Easy sew totes are perfect for a kid on the go.  My kids are a pretty active  and as a family we are always on the on the go.  Being on the go with kids means that someone is always hungry or thirsty.  One way I have tried to teach the kids independence and individual responsibility is to have them prepare their own snacks and drinks.  I made each kid a sling that will hold a refillable water bottle and a small snack and maybe a piece of gum or two.  The kids like them and it is one less task I have to manage.  They know that at the 5 minute warning their bags need to be pack or they go without.  It might sound strict but I hear so much less complaining than before.

The material I use is  Oly*Fun from Fairfield.

Directions to make the easy sew tote:

Cut a piece of the Oly-Fun material to 9×5.

easy sew ply fun projects for kids

Sew three of the four edges together with a 1/4 seem allowance.

kids diy water bottle sling tutorial using oly fun

Turn bag inside out.

How to sew a water bottle tote with olyfun beginner sewing project

Sew a diagonal seam on each side. This will allow the bag to sit level and give room for the snacks.

easy sew trim on tote bias tape tutorial

Cut a 1 x 12 inch strip. No need to cut on the bias to create the trim. The material does not fray.


To create the straps cut a strip that is 1 inch wide – I measured my son for the length.


Fold the material into thirds and sew closed.

My son also requested hoops to hook on his keys and his whistle.  I used the left over strap piece to make this.

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Sew the straps  inside of the pouch. I make a square because I think it is extra durable.

Olyfun trim bias

Since it was such and easy sew tote. I made my daughter one in less than a half hour after making my first one.


floral resin necklace

floral resin necklace
A floral resin necklace inspired by the jewel tones of vibrant flowers, create this resin pendant following the step-out photos listed in the instructions. Create and embellish one for every special woman on your list – personalize with beads and inspirational sayings, too!

Materials for floral resin necklace:

Bronze wide hobnail bezel with hammered edge
Worldwin DoubleMates Creamy Cocoa Cardstock
Darice Bronze findings: Eye Pin, Clasp; Jump Rings, two
Darice Bronze Chain, 8” lengths, two
Swarovski AB Garnet Crystals, 4mm
Assorted beads: pink freshwater pearls, two; orange glass round; yellow glass teardrop
Phrase or verse (from recycled book)


  • Needle-nose pliers
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Flower Frenzy Mini Shape and Doodling Template (TWC157S)
  • Susan Lenart KazmerJeweler’s Grade Crystal Clear ICE Resin
  • Jacquard Lumiere 3D Dimensional Metallic Paint & Adhesive: Burgundy, Poppy, Bright Gold, Bright Copper

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, palette knife, disposable cups, wooden craft stick, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for floral resin necklace:

For floral insert, position mini template on Creamy Cocoa cardstock. Apply random dollops of Burgundy, Poppy, Bright Gold, and Bright Copper on paper as desired. Use palette knife to spread paint evenly across stencil. Lift stencil straight up and set aside. Let dry completely; trim to fit inside bezel.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix Ice Resin in plastic cup. (Note: There is a 45 minute working window once resin is mixed before it will harden.)resin in cup

Add small drops of Ice Resin inside bezel. Position stenciled paper inside bezel; press firmly to remove air bubbles.
bezel before resin

Randomly adhere crystals on flower centers. Adhere verse or phrase from recycled book. Pour remaining resin into bezel. Cover bezel with plastic or glass container to prevent dust from settling on surface.

pouring resin into besel

resin in bezel drying
Once bezel has cured, string beads on eye pin; form loop at end using needle-nose pliers and attach to bezel. Position teardrop bead on end by opening loop on bezel, adding bead and then closing.umber-bg congrats-prompt”
Measure two 8” chain lengths. Open jump ring at top of bezel and attach chain lengths; close jump ring. Add jump ring to left side and attach clasp. Attach jump ring to other side of chain.


quilted santa

scrappy santa

Make an adorable Quilted Santa is easily created using fabric scraps, embellishments, and simple sewing.

Materials for Quilted Santa

  • Fabrics: red/white polka dot cotton, 1/4 yd.; beige muslin, scrap; white muslin, scrap
  • Wooden shapes: ovals, 1”, two; tag, 2”
  • Fairfield Poly-fil Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Black beads, two
  • Clear acrylic rhinestone, 9mm
  • Decorative flowers with jewel centers, two
  • Jute: natural, 6”; black, 8”
  • White yarn, small amount
  • Thread: white, black, beige

Tools for Quilted Santa

  • Sewing machine
  • Dritz Button Cover Kit, 5/8”
  • “Believe” stamp of choice
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp Black, Snow White, Baby Pink, Neutral Gray
  • Black pigment ink
  • Beacon Adhesives: Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Gem-Tac Permanent Glue

Basic supplies

  • paintbrush, iron and pressing surface, sewing needle, scissors, rotary cutter with self-healing mat,
    sanding block, wax candle, straight pins, newspaper (to cover work surface), ruler, twist tie, rubber band
  • Directions for Quilted Santa

    1. Using rotary cutter and mat, cut two 5” red squares (hat), one 3” beige muslin square (face), one 4” white muslin square (beard), and one 2”x4” and 2”x3” white muslin strips (borders).
    2. On covered work surface, paint wooden ovals (eyebrows) Snow White. Paint two 1” circles (cheeks) on face Baby Pink. Paint small eyebrow lines on eyebrows Neutral Gray. Let dry.
    3. Paint tag Lamp Black; let dry. Randomly rub candle on tag; paint Snow White. Let dry. Lightly sand tag, revealing distressed areas.
    4. Pin face to center of beard; machine-sew face to beard along two adjacent sides close to edge. Using black thread, hand-sew beads to face on side opposite of face stitching as shown. Machine-sew beard onto center of red hat square.
    5. Fold border strips in half lengthwise; press with iron. Machine-sew borders along top edges of face, overlapping ends as shown.
    6. Wrap white yarn around hand several times creating small bundle. Slip bundle off hand; tie together using loose strand through center of loops.
    7. Pin red hat squares together with wrong sides facing. Cut 8” length of natural jute and pin ends inside top edge of squares to form loop. Machine-sew along three sides, securing jute hanger in between squares.
    8. Stuff square with fiberfill through bottom opening; machine-sew opening closed.
    9. Adhere yarn mustache between cheeks using fabric glue. Adhere wooden eyebrows above eyes using gem glue. Let dry.
    10. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to cover one button with red/white polka dot fabric for nose. Hand-sew nose to face.
    11. Stamp “Believe” on tag using black ink. Adhere flowers and gems to tag. Let dry. Use black jute to tie tag to ornament hanger. Knot ends.

    noel button wall art

    Noel button wall art
    The noel button wall art is a festive addition to a wall in your home. Buttons spell out a holiday sentiment that creates unique cork board wall décor. Tack Christmas cards, holiday snapshots, and other memorabilia along the edges.  Display the Christmas cards you have received in style and keep the clutter contained.

    Materials for button wall art:

    • Elmer’s Foam Cork Board, 10”x10”, four
    • Fabric squares, 12”x12”, four
    • Buttons: Buttons Galore and More, assorted; Laura Kelly Designs Hand Dyed Buttons, Black Beauty, Bold Brown, Radically Red, Castle Grey
    • Paper clips, four


    • Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat
    • Elmer’s X-ACTO Knife
    • Beacon Adhesives: Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Gem-Tac Permanent Glue
    • scissors, iron and pressing surface, ruler, pencil, sanding block, transfer paper

    Directions for button wall art:

    1.  Using ruler and pencil, trace four 10”x10” squares on foam side of cork board. Cut out squares using X-ACTO knife. Use several passes to cut, making light score along traced lines on first cut, and gradually cutting deeper into traced lines until cuts are complete. Use light sanding block to sand down edges as needed.
    2. Using self-healing mat and rotary cutter, cut four coordinating 12”x12” squares from fabric. Iron the fabric flat on pressing surface.
    3. Center the fabric on foam cork board squares. Fold edges over the back of cork squares and adhere using fabric glue. Let glue dry.
    4. Access patterns by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print patterns onto paper. Transfer letter to center of each fabric square using transfer paper.
    5. Adhere buttons, alternating colors and sizes, inside letters using tacky glue. Let dry.
    6. For hanger, measure and mark 4” down and 4” across back of each square. Cut 2” horizontal slit on mark using X-ACTO knife. Open paper clip and insert into slit; spot glue with tacky glue if needed.

    DIY Cupcake Ornaments

    DIY Cupcake Ornaments for your Christmas treeCupcake Ornaments are a sweet treat for your tree and you can make them with these easy to follow instructions.  Show your whimsical side with the cupcakes. Make them in your favorite flavors and use printed cupcake liners for even more color and style.  Adjust the ball and cupcake liner size for a variety of sizes.

    Materials for Cupcake Ornaments

    • Balls, 3” diameter
    • Decorative cupcake liners
    • Red holly berry picks

    Tools for Cupcake Ornaments:

    • DecoArt Snow-Tex
    • Tulip Scribbles Shiny White 3-D Paint
    • Krylon Diamond Dust Glitter Blast Glitter Spray
    • Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue: Fruit Punch, Waterfall
    • FloraCraft Twinklets Diamond Dust Glitter
    • White craft glue
    • pencil, scissors, foam brush

    Directions  for Cupcake Ornaments:

    Pink Cupcake

    1. Insert pencil into bottom of foam ball. Apply thin even layer of Snow-Tex to ball using foam brush. Let dry.

    2. Apply craft glue to top of ball, creating frosting effect. Immediately sprinkle with Twinklets glitter, shaking off excess. Let dry.

    3. Apply Fruit Punch Stickles to glitter, using finger to pat onto foam ball. Apply thin line of Fruit Punch Stickles to edge of frosting scallop line. Apply thin line of White paint 1/8″ outside frosting scallop line to highlight.

    4. Remove pencil and adhere ball into cupcake liner using multiple layers of liners. Adhere liner to sides of ball.

    5. Spray cupcake Diamond Dust. Let dry.

    6. Twist holly berry pick wire to create hanger; trim as necessary. Adhere berry to top of cupcake.

    Blue Cupcake

    1. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 of pink cupcake instructions.

    2. Apply Waterfall Stickles to glitter, using finger to pat onto foam ball. Apply thin line of Waterfall Stickles to edge of frosting scallop line. Apply thin line of White paint 1/8″ outside frosting scallop line to highlight.

    3. Apply 1/4″-wide scalloped line immediately outside 3-D paint line using Fruit Punch Stickles. Apply thin line of Fuit Punch Stickles to edge of scallop line.

    4. Repeat Steps 4-6 of pink cupcake instructions.

    Easy Santa ornaments

    santa belt ornament Let Santa’s jolly belt decorate the tree this year. The ornament is easy enough to make that you can get the kids involved. Make sure you cover your work surface if you are making these with the kids.  If your kids are anything like mine you might want to cover them too.  These ornaments are fun and easy to make  and look very nice on the tree.

    Materials for Santa ornament:

    • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 3”
    • Polyform Sculpey III Black Oven-Bake Clay
    • Silver bead
    • Black glittered ribbon, 7/8” wide, 10” length
    • Silver metallic cording
    • Polyform Sculpey: Acrylic Roller, Clay Tool Starter Set, Clay Mat
    • DecoArt Americana Tuscan Red Acrylic Paint
    • DecoArt Metallic Lustre Silver Spark Wax Finish
    • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
    • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Glue

    Basic Supplies for Santa Ornament

    • straight pins, paintbrush, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

    Directions for Santa Ornament:

    1. While holding ball in your hand, paint the top half of the ball Tuscan Red.  Stick pins into painted surface to make tripod or stand. Set the ball on pins.  Paint other half and let the ball dry.
    2. Pinch off one segment of clay; condition with fingers until soft and pliable. Using roller, roll clay to 1/4” thickness on mat. ( you can stack paper up on each side of roller to get the 1/4″ size)
    3. Using knife from Starter Set, cut out 2” square. Cut and remove 1” square from center of 2” square, creating the buckle shape. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, bake buckle on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven.
    4. Remove the clay pieces from oven. Let the clay cool completely.
    5. Adhere ribbon around center of ball then trim ends.
    6. Using fingers, apply Silver Spark to buckle.
    7. Adhere buckle to ball, covering ribbon ends.
    8. Insert silver cord through bead; adhere to top of ball for hanger. Knot the ends.
    Make as many Santa ornaments as you would like.

    Bird box embellishment kit

    embellishment kitThis Christmas, why not give your artsy crafty friends and family Inspiration kits? These adorable Christmas embellishment Kit Gifts are embellished with buttons. They are fun to make and will surely delight every creative person on your list.

    Materials and Tools for embellishment kit gifts

    Instructions for embellishment kit gifts:

    To create your Inspiration Kit Gifts, die cut one Bag Caddy from the matboard. Assemble it according to manufacturer’s instructions using the red line tape.

    Paint the box, inside and out Tuscan Red. Measure the front and sides of the box and cut patterned paper using the paper trimmer. Use the foam brush and decoupage medium to apply the paper to the box.  Dry brush snow white on front of box. Paint the bird shape Antique White. Paint the teardrop for wing and bird beak Lamp Black.

    Using the brown chalk ink, ink the clothes pin. Print out holiday sentiments using plain computer paper and a printer.


    Cut the sentiments out with the scissors. Use the decoupage medium to apply them to the clothes pin. Glue button on one end of clothes pin with the Gem-Tac. If desired, glue a flat backed acrylic stone to the center of the button.

    Glue the bird shape, wing and flower center to the box.

    Stamp the sentiment over the white swatch of paint on box front.

    Here is the super fun part… die cut flowers, tags, etc. to fill your Christmas Inspiration Gift Kits. Die cut the cardstock and the wool felt.

    I also included some hand dyed stamped ribbon in my Inspiration Gift Kits.

    Glue some buttons to the front of the box.

    These embellishment Kit Gifts are great gifts for teachers, hostesses, neighbors, gift exchanges, etc. Make several at once so they will be on hand if an unexpected guest drops by. Instead of art supplies, fill the boxes with homemade edible goodies.

    Thanks for letting me share my Inspiration Kits with you.

    Live Life Creatively,

    Christmas Tree book craft

    Make a christmas tree from an old book

    Make a Christmas tree for your home decor with this easy to make Christmas Tree Book Craft made from paper back books you probably have sitting around your house.  We like to repurpose items and upcycle them into fun and useful new items.  Our Christmas Tree book craft incorporates a well loved paperback book that was missing a few pages.  The last ten pages to be exact and if you are anything like me you would go crazy if you made it to the very end and did not get to know the ending.  No love was lost turning this book into a craft project.

    Please join me in a hop too.  It is being coordinated by HomeTalk.com and Country Living.com


    Materials to make a Christmas Tree book craft:

    • paperback book 100-150 pages is ideal
    • foam ball
    • Jute cording
    • Adtech Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
    • glass candle stick
    • DecoArt Chalky Finish Glass Paint, Heritage
    • Polymer Clay Rosette
    • DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint, Promise
    • Gold star
    • Glitter spray

    Use this tutorial to make the polymer clay rosette or use a different embellishment.


    Instructions to make a Christmas Tree book craft:

    1. Paint a glass candlestick from the dollar store with Decoart Chalky Finish Glass Paint in Heritage. Allow to dry.  Bake if desired.
    2. Hot glue jute cording around a foam ball then hot glue onto candlestick.
    3. Remove the front and back cover and spine cover of a book 100-150 pages. The older and more flexible the better. I folded a large section of the pages to make folding easier. christmas tree book instructions
    4. Take the first sheet and fold in tight to the edge of the spine.  Try to keep your point a clean as you can.  Repeat this for every single page.  This is a good activity to do while watching tv or chatting with a friend.
    5. Use clothes pins if you need to keep the out of the way as you fold.make a book tree for christmas
    6. If you would like a tall skinny book you can repeat step one and fold the first and subsequent pages with the edge close up to the spine again.  You should have a narrow and thicker page that looks sort of like the tip of a man’s tie.  Yes, keep on until you have folded all the pages.  If you have anything hanging out of the bottom.  Fold the bottom point of the “tie” to create a flat bottom for your tree.  You may choose to tuck this flap inside the previous fold.
    7.  Hot glue the jute covered ball to the candlestick base.  Then hot glue the Christmas Tree book to the jute ball.  Spray glitter over the book outside in a well ventilated area.
    8.  Hot glue on the rosette.  Use the tutorial linked above in the supply list.home for Christmas
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    Free Christmas Printables

    printFree Christmas Printables for you to use.  Does not get much better than free does it? I am so excited to be a part of this Christmas Printable event, to share my easy to make picture frame and even more excited to for the giveaway that we have put together for you.

    santa printable with cookies

    I chose to use a printable from my friend and artist Jen Goode of 100 Directions in my super cool frame made from leftover straws.  The frame is very fun and easy to make.

    Supplies for picture frame:

    • $1 wood frame from Michaels
    • Adtech Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
    • Craft knife
    • Paper straws
    • Paper flower
    • Ribbon
    • Scissors

    Instructions for Straw Picture Frame:

    1. Use hot glue gun to adhere paper straws on to the picture frame.  I glued them on at an angle.
    2. Use craft knife to trim the straws around the exterior and interior opening of the frame.
    3. Adhere the flower to frame.

    Print the free printable, cut to size and insert into frame.  Place by cookies and enjoy.

    Download the free Christmas printable:

    Download the Dear Santa Art Print  2.37 MB

    This art print is designed to frame at 8×10 size and features 3 little Scandinavian style holiday icon circles… 2 Christmas trees and a heart with a mini tree.  I printed mine 4 to a sheet of paper.  I changed the size when I went to print.

    printing the holidays

    Looking for more printables to enjoy this holiday season? Check out all the awesome bloggers participating in the Printing The Holidays Blog Hop! From gift tags to bookmarks to countdowns, we’ve got something for everyone. Also, don’t forget to enter the giant printing crafts bundle giveaway below!

    Drum roll… the Prizes donated by the sponsors and bloggers:
    • $100 GC from Consumer Crafts
    • $100 GC from Expressions Vinyl
    • 1 Color Ink Jet Printer HP Envy 5660 + Various printing material from My Printly
    • 1 Cricut One Cutting Machine + Various Printable cutting material from Cricut
    • $200 Visa Gift Card from the participating bloggers

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    Make sure you enter to win the fantastic prize package. 

    Rustic Christmas Table – home tour

    rustic Christmas table setting 2

    This is a little view of my rustic Christmas table setting.  I need a little guidance.  Should I do placemats? And bread plate or no bread plate?  My children think no on both and they think I am a little crazy for setting the table 3 weeks before the holidays.  It is a good thing we don’t use our dinning room for meals most of the time.  LOL  Not to mention that I make them help set the table.  We don’t use the good china and silverware often but I think it is important for them to know how to set a proper table, or well close to proper.

    I made the table runner and chair covers as well as the deer plaques that I used for candle holders, napkin rings and as embellishments for the chair covers.  When I am decorating for a party I like to use the same motif in multiple ways.  It makes everything feel unified and a little more personalized.  To make the rustic Christmas chair covers you can visit this post.
    To keep the rustic feel going I added real deer antlers that were shed in a field.  I also placed them on different furniture pieces in the room too.

    There are more than 30 bloggers involved in this four week long link party, you are going to love seeing all their wonderful holiday ideas!


    Thanks for stopping by the home tour this week for the Christmas Link Up.

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    Here’s the schedule for the next 4 weeks:

    Week 1: Begins Friday November 27: Christmas Trees

    Week 2: Friday December 4th: Home Tours

    Week 3: Friday December 11th: Gifts

    Week 4: Friday December 18th: Recipes and Food

    I can’t wait to be inspired!

    Here are the rules for the link!

    Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog’s home page. You may link up to 3 posts per blog. Please leave a comment for your host, remember it’s a party!
    Please be sure to visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
    No Etsy stores, giveaways or other link parties.
    Please with a text link or party button to your host.
    By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media. We will always give proper credit and a link back to your post.
    Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on our individual blogs. Features will also be pinned to our Christmas Link Up Pinterest Board for even more exposure!


    My favorite entry into the link party is from Penny’s Vintage Home.  It is not a tree but it is a mantle that is amazing.  It reminds me of something you would see in a department store window.  The twinkling fairy lights under the pink gauzy material make my heart pitter patter.

    Vintage shabby Chic Christmas Mantle