selvage edge gift tags

DIY selvage edge gift tags for the holidays are fast fun and easy to make in bulk.  Each tag takes less than 15 minutes, so you could easily make one in that short amount of time.  But if you have a spare hour you can make a whole bunch more.  Shipping tags can be found at the office supply store in bulk so it is pretty in expensive too.  I like to keep my gift closet stocked with gifts and wrapping papers and gift tags because you never know when you are going to need something last-minute.

For years I have saved my fabric scraps, at least those that are 3″ squares and larger. But lately, I’ve found myself cutting the selvage off my fabrics and saving them as well. I have been very inspired by all the clever fabric selvage projects I have noticed. So I decided to create these gift tags made with fabric selvage.

I plan to use my selvage edge gift tags for special occasions such as birthdays, hostess gifts, wedding gifts, etc. But I couldn’t resist adding in some holiday themed motifs such as this simple Christmas tree. 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.

Supplies for selvage edge gift tags:

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Instructions for selvage edge gift tags:

After deciding on a pink and orange color palette for this project, I tore some fabric scraps into strips, roughly 1 1/2″ wide. Some of the strips I sewed knife pleats in using a sewing machine and black thread.

I painted the shipping tags with fuchsia, jack o lantern, white and bright magenta on both sides of the tags. Allow the tags time to dry and then arrange various bits of fabric pieces on them and sewed them to the tags.

I also added a sewn black straight stitch to the border to frame each design out. Sew any design or pattern you want and don’t worry about neatness.  This is a freestyle sewing technique and there is no right or wrong way.

Adding bits of layered tulle add to the gift tags, as does some strips of bling here and there.

scrap fabric craft ideas selvage edge gift tags

The gift tags can be used for special occasions such as birthdays, hostess gifts, wedding gifts, etc. To make a wedding cake simply mimic the Christmas tree tag and leave off the trunk of the tree.selvage edge gift tags

The orange and pink colors made these especially feminine. These might be good even for a baby girl gift. Changing the colors selvage edge gift tags to a turquoise and lime green and choosing different fabric scraps, such as polka dots and stripes would result in tags that would be good for a little boys birthday gift or to welcome a baby boy.

But no matter what colors and patterns you use, pairing fabric scraps and selvage with painted and sewn paper results in a project that is fun, easy and somewhat addictive!

Do you create with fabric selvage? I would love to see what you’ve made!

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Botanical leaf print trinket dish

Leaf Imprint Trinket Dish is a perfect way to bring botanical accents into your home for fall.  Do It Yourself Home Decor & Gift idea that you can make in an hour or two.  Use our free tutorial to make polymer clay jewelry dishes to give as gifts.  I promise they are really easy to make and Keri Lee show you how in 10 simple steps.  Affiliate links below.

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TOOLS for Trinket Dish:

1. Condition and mix one block of Jewelry Gold clay with 1/2 block of Gold clay.

2. Use acrylic roller to roll out clay to approximately 1/4″ thickness.

3. Position 4-1/2″-diameter object on clay and use clay knife in 5-in-1 Clay Tool to cut around object. (Note: Examples include bowl, recycled CD, saucer, etc.) See Photo 3.

4. Position two natural leaves toward edge of clay round. Gently roll acrylic roller on leaves to impress outlines into clay. See Photo 4.

5. Use needle tool tip in 5-in-1 Clay Tool to carefully lift edge of leaf up off clay. See Photo 5. Gently pull leaves up and off clay entirely. See Photo 6.

6. Apply ball end on 5-in-1 Clay Tool to create decorative dimpled edge around edges of clay. See Photo 7.

7. Remove clay from work surface and gently position it in bottom of oven-proof, clay-dedicated bowl. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay in oven. See Photo 8.

8. Sand top edge of dish using fine-grit sandpaper then use buffing block to smooth edges.

9. Use foam brush to apply thick layer of Burnt Umber on leaf impressions. Remove excess from surface using paper towel. See Photo 10.

10. Apply additional paint to entire surface to antique and bring out edge details. Let dry. See Photo 11.

 

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dryer vent pumpkins

Painted Dryer Vent Pumpkins

Make painted dryer vent pumpkins for your home.  You can use the painted dryer vent pumpkins September through November because they are perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Not only can you use them for several months they are affordable to make.

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Materials for painted dryer vent pumpkins:

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Instructions for painted dryer vent pumpkins

1. Remove duct from packaging. Determine size desired for pumpkin by wrapping end to end. Cut to desired size using wire cutters; remove excess duct length. Use scissors to trim excess metal foil.

2. Apply generous amount of glue on both ends of duct. Press ends together to form “pumpkin” and use clothespins to hold in place while drying. When dry, remove clothespins.

3. On covered work surface, paint pumpkin White or Metallic Copper. Use several coats as needed, letting each coat dry before adding additional paint. When dry, drybrush edges Neopaque Black. Let dry.

4. Die cut leaves from Green felt using die cut machine.

5. Adhere small amount of Spanish moss into center top of pumpkin. Adhere stick (stem) and leaves to center of pumpkin. Let dry.

Tip: If die-cutting machine is not available, freehand draw and cut teardrop shapes from felt.

 

If you are feeling really fun and adventurous you could make the painted dryer vent pumpkins in a variety of sizes and colors.  How fun would a rainbow of pumpkins be?

mixed media bird Christmas ornaments

Mixed media bird Christmas ornaments are a painted and stamped version of this bird Christmas ornament.  Yes, I really like birds and I really like Christmas and it is never to early to start on your gifts or decorations.  To make the projects, I like to buy fancy embellishments when I catch them on sale at the craft stores. When the mood strikes I want to be ready with all the supplies and avoid a trip to the craft store.

Mixed media bird christmas ornaments are a painted and stamped version of this bird Christmas ornament.

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.Supplies for mixed media bird Christmas ornaments:

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Instructions mixed media bird Christmas ornaments:

First you will need your bigshot pro to cut out your ornaments from Elmer’s foam board. The Sizzix BigShot Pro is perfect for this as it cuts heavy-duty materials very easily.

 

By using the die cut machine with the foam core, you get nice, even smooth edges. No need to sand. The die cut comes with a wing shape, but I am partial to teardrop. So I elected to trace 3″ teardrop onto foam core and cut out with an X-acto knife. You will need to sand the edges with a nail file (emery board) or a smaller paper sander made especially for paper crafting projects.
For the paints, I chose Lamp Black, Snow White and Antique White by DecoArt. I painted the wing shape one coat of black since I knew I would be covering with one or two shades of white to create a distressed effect on the Mixed media bird christmas ornaments.

I also painted the back of each foam core bird shape ornament black. Once the wing is dry to the touch, use a candle stick to randomly rub the surface.

Paint the wing two coats of white and then sand gently to remove areas where the candle wax was applied.

Paint the front of the foam core bird shape Antique White. Use an ornate foam stamp and the white acrylic paint to stamp the surface randomly.

For a layered stamp look, I used StazOn ink in black and a script stamps to completely cover the bird.

I painted the beak black and added a small black dot for the eye. I slightly inked the edges of the bird to give it an aged look. Add a floral embellishment, stamp a sentiment on the wing, glue pieces together and your die cut painted and stamped bird ornament is complete!Mixed media bird christmas ornaments are a painted and stamped version of this bird Christmas ornament.
I bears mention that I hand dyed muslin using Rit Dye in Apple Green and purchased the silk flowers
Just think of how many wonderful, lightweight but sturdy birds you can get from one sheet of foam board!

Although I used my Sizzix BigShot pro machine, I tried cutting the foam core with my smaller, standard BigShot and it worked too for the Mixed media bird christmas ornaments. 

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beach mat tote bag – an easy sew project

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.
easy sew beach mat tote, a simple sewing project by mel bradly for niki meiners 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.

Supplies for beach mat tote bag:

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beach mat toteInstructions 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.

easy sew mixed media christmas ornaments

The colorful mixed media Christmas ornaments  are a a little bit of painting, free motion sewing, polymer and stash busting combined into a pair of awesome ornaments you can give as a gift, decorate a package or gift bag, or to decorate your own tree. The mixed media ornaments can be made by beginners too.  There really is not a right or a wrong way to make them and no two are going to look alike and that is the beauty of doing things with mixed media and free style sewing. mixed media christmas ornaments

How do you get yourself in the Christmas spirit when its beginning to look a lot like Christmas but its still 75 degrees outside here in South Georgia? By making some “cool” canvas ornaments! Painted and sewn canvas has tons of possibilities.

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.The Canvas Corp items are no longer made and I have linked other items form amazon that work just as well and are at a better price.  I cold not let the items in my stash go to waste.

Supplies for the mixed media Christmas ornaments:

Instructions for the mixed media christmas ornaments:

  1. I started with a canvas fabric sheet and burlap circles by Canvas Corp and cut two 3″ circles and two 1 1/2″ circles from the canvas sheet. Using acrylic paint, I painted swatches of color on both large circles, letting colors dry in between.
  2. The smaller circles were painted white to resemble the head of a snowman. Once the paint was dry, I layered the snowman on top of the burlap circle and sewn the edges with a straight stitch. I layered this piece on top of one of the larger painted circles and sewed in place.
  3. To create a stuffed ornament, layer circles together and sew, leaving a small opening to insert stuffing. Then sew together by machine or by hand.
  4. I used polymer clay to create a nose and  I used fluted 12 x 12 paper to create the tag.

I used polymer clay to create a nose and  I used fluted 12 x 12 paper to create the tag.

Experiment with different themes, like I did with this heart themed canvas ornament.

mixed media christmas ornaments

 

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Underwater party decorations

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.

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Materials for underwater party decorations:

     Pompom fish

     Jellyfish lanterns

 

Instruction for Underwater party decorations:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Place two halves together and add a dollop of glue to adhere them together.
  4. Add google eyes in the largest size you can find.
  5. The fins were freehanded with utility scissors.
  6. 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 – flamingo party invitation -DIY

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.  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.

Supplies for the Flamingo party favors:

Instructions for the flamingo party favors:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fill the box with candy.  I used colored Sixlets.
  5. Add Stickles to the flamingo, around the edges and let dry.

To make the flamingo card:

  1. Fold the precut card in half using the score mark as your guide.
  2. Cut a piece of pink cardstock to create card front and adhere to the card front.
  3. Cut a teal strip off of the printable and adhere to the card front.
  4. Use a paper punch to punch a scallop piece of cardstock and adhere to the card front.
  5. Punch out a pink flamingo with a smaller scallop punch and adhere to the card stock scallop.
  6. Add Stickles to the flamingo and let dry.

Stay tuned for the other pink flamingo party ideas.

 

 

Make an easy unicorn costume from leggings and a hoodie

unicorn costume DIY
Make an easy unicorn costume from leggings and a hoodie and fulfill your child’s fantastical dream of being a unicorn.  A unicorn is a fun and magical costume that’s perfect for dress up, birthday parties, Halloween or even every day because the hoodie can be worn without the rest of the costume.  The tail and cuffs are removable so the leggings can go back into the drawer and be worn as usual.  When the jacket is worn on regular day be ready to get lots of compliments and questions on how you made it.  We are stopped almost every time she wears the hoodie part of the unicorn costume.

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Supplies for the diy unicorn costume:

* OlyFun can also be found at HobbyLobby and Joann’s in the fabric section. 

Instructions for DIY unicorn costume:

  1. Fold a piece of Olyfun in half and glue with almost any glue.  Don’t get it on the metallic side as it might remove the coloring. 
  2. Cut the fabric into one in strips and sew the pieces of fabric on the top of the hood.  
  3. Cut the strips into smaller strips using a pair of strong scissors.  I use my utility scissors because of the thick material and because there is a layer of glue in it.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for several layers of the Bubble Gum Pink OlyFun.  The more layers the fluffier it will be.  My daughter likes everything super fluffy so I am always adding more layers than really needed.
  5. To make the cuffs fold layers of the Olyfun over a string or a strip of Olyfun.  Sew along the edge. Then cut strips  to make it look like fringe.  I tied these on her ankles and wrists so that the jacket and leggings could be worn again.
  6. To make the unicorn horn print this unicorn horn pattern.  I made a horn on a headband for her  Rainbow Unicorn birthday party last year.
  7. Cut and sew the horn then stuff with Polyfil.  Leave a little space so you can attach it to the hoodie.  I hot glued it on, then hand stitched to make sure it was extra secure.

Popsicle stick craft idea for tweens – make a bracelet

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.popsicle stick craft ideas for teens and tweensThe 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.

Supplies needed for a popsicle stick bracelet:

Instructions for a popsicle stick bracelet:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Once the bracelets have dried, gently remove them from the glasses.
  6. Paint the bracelets in the colors of your choice.
  7. 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.
  8. Glue the buttons to the front of the bracelet and let dry.
  9. 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.

kids crafts and activities from Life Sew Savory Summer fun series

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!