Get ready for the sand and the waves with this fast and fun sewing project. Make yourself and your friends a beach mat tote bag with easy to find supplies. The beach mat tote bag is an easy sew project that you can make in an hour or two depending on your sewing skills.
Supplies for beach mat tote bag:
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Instructions for Beach Mat to Tote Bag
1. Cut 3″x width of fabric strips of small print fabric. Cut enough strips to go around outer edge of towel. Press in 1/2″ seam allowance on long edges of strips; press strip in half lengthwise with right sides out. Pin in place around edging of towel on all four sides, mitering corners as needed. Sew in place.
2. For pillow, cut two 13″x17″ panels of floral fabric. Sew right sides together on three sides, leaving 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn pillow cover right side out and stuff with insert. Sew pillow bottom closed with whipstitch by hand or by machine. Machine straight stitch pillow edge to top end of towel “front” as shown.
3. For pockets, cut four 9-1/2″x11″ panels, two each of floral and small print fabrics. Pair panels as desired with right side out. Press 1/4″ seams in all four edges, machine sew, then repeat to hide raw edges. Repeat for second pocket.
4. On towel “back” on opposite end from pillow, pin first pocket in place, centered on short side of towel with pocket facing away from edge. Pin second pocket in place with pocket openings facing each other, 4-6″ away from first. Cut twill tape into two 18″ lengths; pin in place beneath pockets. Machine sew in place.
5. Roll towel to form tote and determine closure position. Hand-sew frog closure in place.
Underwater party decorations
Make underwater party decorations that are fun and colorful. You can turn a blank wall into an underwater party with a few decorations like colorful pompom fish, seagrass and jellyfish. To create the underwater party decorations I covered a wall with fabric from a bolt of spa blue and sandy tan fabric. These were bolts purchased for a project that I had not started. If you wanted to you could use Olyfun on the bolt, sheets, colored paper on the roll from the teachers supply store, plastic table clothes or really anything you want. The wall of underwater decorations set the tone for the party room.
Materials for underwater party decorations:
Instruction for Underwater party decorations:
- To make the fish I used Olyfun 12×12 sheets. The 12×12 sheets of Olyfun a 6-8 are layered together and the sheets were folded in accordion fashion.
- Zip ties are added to the center and the edges were scalloped with scissors. Once the edges are cut the layers are separated and fluffed up to make a half of a ball a semicircle a dome or what ever you want to call it… LOL.
- Place two halves together and add a dollop of glue to adhere them together.
- Add google eyes in the largest size you can find.
- The fins were freehanded with utility scissors.
- The seagrass is Olyfun cut into strips ad twisted with glue dots placed at the top and the bottom of each strip.
You are at complete liberty to make the fish any shaper color or size you would like and we had a few fish that did not make it to the party. I should have thought to share a picture of them because they are a definite craft fail. Your kids will love them no matter what so dont really worry about it.
These decorations are a part of the Mermaid Party click the links below the pictures to find more ideas on your underwter party and beach bash for your mermaid.
If you would like to see other parts of the Mermaid party :
Flamingo party favors and a flamingo party invitation DIY. I’m getting ready for my daughter’s birthday pool party and we decided to go with a pink flamingo party theme. Yes, I am one of those moms, not really I am not one of those moms. I just happen to be a mom who gives not quite lavish and not quite over the top birthday parties but they are still more than a basic party. We don’t give big gifts for any holiday or birthdays but we do throw parties. Because parties are all about friends and fun and not the gifts. Our kids know that the party really is their gift and they are cool with it. So this year when I was talking to my friend Jen about the party she let me know she had just finished a fun flamingo printable.
The printable will be used throughout the party in various ways and I am really excited to share my creative process with you and show you how a few simple printables can make the party look much more lavish and expensive than it really is. In my head, I am planning to make cupcake topper, food labels, invitations, a banner, a directional sign and if I have time flamingo bingo.
Supplies for the Flamingo party favors:
Instructions for the flamingo party favors:
- Assemble the clear boxes. We are going to have 6-8 girls attend so I will make 10 just incase there are extras who show up.
- Print the free printable. Cut a pink strip off the bottom of one of the printables. Wrap the paper strip around the clear box and adhere with a dot of glue.
- Use a scallop paper punch to punch out a flamingo. Add a dot of glue to the back and hold in place for a moment.
- Fill the box with candy. I used colored Sixlets.
- Add Stickles to the flamingo, around the edges and let dry.
To make the flamingo card:
- Fold the precut card in half using the score mark as your guide.
- Cut a piece of pink cardstock to create card front and adhere to the card front.
- Cut a teal strip off of the printable and adhere to the card front.
- Use a paper punch to punch a scallop piece of cardstock and adhere to the card front.
- Punch out a pink flamingo with a smaller scallop punch and adhere to the card stock scallop.
- Add Stickles to the flamingo and let dry.
Stay tuned for the other pink flamingo party ideas.
Make a popsicle stick craft that is suitable for tweens and teens. This type of craft is perfect for summer gatherings, day camps and VBS. You can also use scraps of pattern paper and random buttons making the craft very affordable too. If you are doing it as a short activity you will need to boil the popsicle sticks and allow them to dry ahead of time. It does take the wood craft sticks some time to dry out, especially if it is humid. If you are in a rush you can place the glasses on a tray and dry in an oven on a low temperature. If you have plenty of time you can set them out in the sun to dry.
I am loving all the adorable versions of this throw back popsicle craft from my childhood I am seeing all the web these days. When I found my stash of buttons last week, I knew I had to give this old craft a new try to incorporate these adorable buttons. The concept is rather simple. Wood can be manipulated when soaked in water since it tears down the wood fibers. So, grab some jumbo craft sticks and let’s get started.
Supplies needed for a popsicle stick bracelet:
Instructions for a popsicle stick bracelet:
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Turn off the burner, Insert the craft sticks and let them soak for about 10-15 minutes. Put a few more in the water than you will think you need. I broke a few not being patient while trying to bend them.
- Once the sticks are soaked. Grab some proper sized glasses or plastic cups and patiently work them into the glass. Work slowly if you don’t want to end up with a lot of broken sticks like I did. It takes a little patience to get the hang of it.
- These have to set up for 24 hours to completely dry. While they are drying, go ahead and grab some acrylic paints and pattern papers to coordinate with the buttons. I used acrylic paint and some older random simple printed patterned papers.
- Here is another step you can do while waiting for the sticks to set up, On the wrong side of the patterned paper, use a pencil and a jumbo craft stick to trace it. Use a pair of scissors to cut out the paper.
- Once the bracelets have dried, gently remove them from the glasses.
- Paint the bracelets in the colors of your choice.
- Use a decoupage medium like Mod Podge and a foam brush to apply the papers to the front of the bracelets. Allow the medium to dry and gently sand the edges of the papers even with the wood. Now comes the fun part! Glue some rhinestones in the center of the stitched buttons using a tacky glue like or hot glue gun.
- Glue the buttons to the front of the bracelet and let dry.
- My bracelet’s didn’t turn out as snug as I wanted them to be, so I used some chain and jump rings to pull them a little closer in. I can still fit them over my hand without using a closure such as a lobster clasp but that still be another option. Learning from this, make sure you use a glass or cup that is slim enough if you want to skip this step!
Before you go check out all the other summer fun posts that are joining the series today. As always you can find lots of summer fun inspiration and ideas on Life Sew Savory.
365 Days of Crafts – Shared a cute Button Bracelet Project.
Cutesy Crafts – Shared fun DIY bookmark project for kids
Simple Practical Beautiful – Has a post about making friendship bracelets… FUN!
Niki’s Homemade Crafts – Fun tic tac toe game, even good for travel!
Jen Gallacher – Made gorgeous flowers. How fun to try this!
Fast patriotic home decor is perfect for me. If it is cheap even better. Decorating for each and every holiday feels overwhelming and quite frankly my budget is not that huge. I try to make my decorations things I can use for a long time or reuse year after year. Some things I find helpful to keep on hand is a trio of vases, pretty kitchen towel, hand towel and maybe a little decorative piece. I have a golden yellow star that I use for Christmas and 4th of July and a trio of vases that I use for anything and everything and kitchen towels that hang on my wall ovens.
This is the trio of vases I used and you have probably seen in my projects before. I ordered the glass jars from Oriental Trading Company. They are called the milk jug vase and I originally bought them because they had a neck I could wrap ribbon around for a party.
To make the american flag out of beans you will need:
- a bag of red pinto beans
- white navy beans
- black beans 9 they sort of look blue
- 3/4 cup measuring cup
- jute cording
Instructions for fast patriotic home decor:
- Measure out 3/4 cup of beans for each stripe and layer them into two jars as shown in the photo.
- Fill the remaining jar with black beans.
- Wrap jute cording around the necks of the jars and tie a knot to secure into place.
When you are finished with the decorations you can put them back in your pantry until you are ready to cook with beans. It is a super simple project that is fast, cheap and easy and for me that is the trifecta of crafting.
I also made super fast hand towels for the kitchen to go with the Americana style decorations.
Mod Podge Serving Tray DIY in bold colors using wrapping paper, Mod Podge and paint. May 19th is National Mod Podge Day and the 50th Anniversary celebration and I’m pretty sure everyone has used it at some point in a childhood art project. I fondly remember the giant jug always out on the counter in art class. One of my favorite ways to use Mod Podge is the traditional way – to decopage paper to wood. In honor of this creative occasion I have partnered with Plaid, the makers of Mod Podge to bring you this bold bright Mod Podge serving tray and a giveaway. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter my giveaway.
To celebrate Plaid is giving away prize packages on their social media channels, live streams, and projects and I am giving away a $50 prize package. (scroll to bottom) In Celebration of National Mod Podge day I made a bold bright serving tray that is perfect for breakfast in bed or as a gift all by itself. I used two of my favorite products to create the tray. Basic Mod Podge to adhere the wrapping paper and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to create a glossy finish that is easy to wipe off.
On National Mod Podge Day they will be giving away a BIG Mod Podge Prize pack! The prize is valued around $250 in Mod Podge and Plaid products. Just post your Mod Podge craft on Facebook (at this post) or on Instagram with hash tag #nationalmodpodgeday to enter to win! A winner will be chosen during the Plaid livestream at 2 PM on May 19th.
Supplies for the Mod Podge Serving tray:
To make the Mod Podge Serving tray:
- Sand any rough spots and remove dust with tack cloth.
- Paint the wood tray in your favorite color combinations. I used a pearl on the inside and matte on the sides. Sand if needed and apply a second coat of paint if you need more coverage.
- Trim the gift wrap to fit in the center of the tray. You can try to get it exact or use the craft knife to remove the excess once it is adhered to the bottom.
- Apply a layer of Mod Podge evenly along the bottom and place the gift wrap on top. Gently smooth out any bubbles. Allow to dry before adding the next layer.
- Pour contents of two bottles of Dimensional Magic to center of the tray covering the entire surface. Allow to dry thoroughly .
I covered mine with a loose piece of foil to keep out dust. Once it is dry and cured until firm you can use it and I let mine sit for 24 hours to give it plenty of time to cure.
The contents of the $50 prize package:
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Fast painted planters for Mother’s day filled with succulents make a quick, easy and colorful gift for mom. They also make nice end of the year teacher gifts. Succulents are a nice filler plant because they are easy to maintain and are really trendy right now too. And any gift you give should be easy to take care of and not require a lot of effort. My husband gave me an orchid one year because he knows I love to go to the conservatory and photograph them. Little did he know about how much love and attention they need. Seriously they are a beautiful plant but ever so high maintenance. I tried the once a week ice cube method and managed to keep it alive for a few months. Then it died a slow painful death with over and under watering. He felt bad for it and for the purchase.
This year I needed a bunch of teacher gifts and a Mother’s day gift. So I thought I would make a batch of planters to give. I like doing a bunch of similar things at once because it makes me feel really productive. The planters were from a left over project I did for Oriental Trading Company and the paint was in a sample I received from a trade show I attended. The only thing I had to purchase was the dirt and the plants. I picked them up from Home Depot but you can find them at many stores. The succulents were in a 4 pack for $4 and I thought that was a great price.
Supplies for fast painted planters:
- flower pots
- Color Shift Paint
- Paint brush
- Gold paint
- Succulents (you can find them at a local store but just in case)
- Succulent Soil
Directions for fast painted planters.
- Base coat the planters and allow to dry. You should not need to sand in-between coats. Allow the paint to dry and repeat as many times as you need to get solid coverage.
- Add gold paint to the base of the flower-pot and allow to dry. You should not need to sand in-between coats. Allow the paint to dry and repeat as many times as you need to get solid coverage.
- Fill the planter with soil and add a plant into the pot. Sprint with water and add a few rocks from outside to the planter if you want.
Give the planter to the lucky gift recipient. If they are not plant people explain how to take care of a succulent. If you are looking for other easy gift ideas try these DIY Spa Gift Set, Dry Brushed Flower Pot DIY, DIY Moroccan Bangles