Make a Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair

Make the ultimate bean bag chair with basic sewing skills and in under an hour.  If you have a kid or two a bean bag chair is the perfect play or lounge area accessory.  My 12-year-old son has perfected the art of lounging.  He enjoys reading and gaming and can use this comfortable bean-bag chair for both.  The sumo style bean bag chair can be used in multiple ways.  The kids have made up names for the way the Fatboy style chairs are sat in.  The bags are actually filled with polystyrene pellets, making the chair light-weight and moldable. You can adjust the size to make either a child-size or adult-size bean bag chair.  Mine is a tween size.  Not quite as big as the regular Fatboy and not as small as the Fatboy Junior.  My kids are in love with cuddle fabric and if you don’t know what it is you are missing out!  The first time Shannon fabrics sent me some to work with my kids begged me to make things for their use.  It is so soft and silky.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.

Giant Bean Bag Chair DIY

Materials for Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair:

Tools for Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair:

Scissors, sewing machine, straight pins, thread in a coordinating color, plastic cup and duck tape

Instructions for Fatboy Inspired bean bag chair:

  1. Sew bias tape along the longest shortest edges to help keep its shape since cuddle fabric is stretchy and has lots of give.  Fold right sides together and sew the two edges with bias tape together to form a tube.
  2. Sew bottom selvage edge closed and sew top selvage edge closed leaving an opening for funnel.
  3. Cut bottom of a plastic cup to use as funnel. Cut a corner of plastic bag.
  4. Use duck tape to hold cup in place.
  5. Pour Poly-fil beans into opening.  Repeat until bag is desired fullness.  5 bags were used for this size.

Poly-Fill bean bag chair filler

I found the best way to fill add the Poly-Fil bean bag was to create a funnel.  You could use a plastic cup, a paper towel tube or something similar.

how to fill a bean bag funnel

Fairfield Processing and Shannon fabrics both sent me the products to use for this project.


Easy Book Thongs Instructions

Easy Book Thongs book thong butterfly



Book thongs?  No, they are not anything offensive… lol and they are really quick and easy to make.  They are a fun and easy way to keep your place while reading books.   My kids lose the paper book marks and get frustrated when they lose their place in a book.  That is why I came up with a book thong using Oly*Fun and novelty buttons.   You can use a button that is pleasing to your child.  These particular buttons came from Buttons Galore and More.  They have a great variety of novelty buttons.  Oly*Fun craft sheets can be found in Joann Crafts stores.  Most big box stores carry the Craft packs and some even carry it by the bolt.  It is a really functional material.  It is tough like a fabric but can be cut and treated like paper because it does not unravel.

book thongs instructions

Supplies for book thongs:

  • Oly*Fun
  • Novelty Buttons
  • Hair elastics
  • scissors, pencil, ruler
  • Needle, thread and sewing machine

Instructions to make book thongs:

  1. Use the pencil to draw one inch lines across the crafts sheets.
  2. Cut along the line to create 1×12 strips of  Oly*fun.  You can trim them to a variety of lengths for different sized books.
  3. Fold one end of the strip over the hair elastic.  Sew a straight line using an 1/4 inch seem allowance.
  4. Repeat step 3 and trim the edges.
  5. Hand sew on a button on the other end of the strip.
  6. Place around a book and enjoy.



I made about a dozen book thongs in just around an hour.  They are really quick and easy to make.  If you would like more ideas for back to school check out the links below.

An InLinkz Link-up

Quick Teacher Gift

Back-to-School-teacher gift


Preschool – Back to School backpack

Back view of Rit Dye back pack

Sand art necklaces for kids

Sand art necklace

Sand art necklaces

Sand art necklaces make a great activity for a beach themed birthday party. My daughter turned 5 and we had a mermaid party. Mermaids sit on beaches so I sort of combined the two. As the mom of the party girl, I took the liberty to make  it beach and mermaid. While looking through the Oriental Trading online store for party supplies I saw the necklaces and decided that would be the crafty activity because it was fun, easy and something the kids could take with them. I ordered an 8 pack of sand, a dozen necklaces and two dozen little aqua buckets. The aqua buckets served two purposes. One to hold the sand so the children could scoop it out easier and also as their party favor. My mom wrote their name on a bucket with an Elmer’s pen. (also from Oriental Trading) The little party favor buckets I will show in another post because they were filled with fantastic candy from the candy bar. Oriental Trading supplied me with the candy, buckets, shell necklaces and colored sand. I ordered the other supplies used for the party.

sand art necklace station

Supplies for sand art necklaces:

Colored sand
small containers for the sand
Glue (optional)

Instructions for sand art necklaces

To create the sand art activity station I poured sand from the large jars into the buckets and place them on a wood tray. I placed two spoons for each color in the buckets. Tiny funnels are needed to get the sand into the shell necklace.
We placed the tray on a card table in the middle of the yard so that the kids were able to make a mess and so I would not worry about cleaning afterwards. We simply dumped the excess into the yard.
My biggest tip would be to make sure they fill sand to the top of the container. If it is packed full the pattern they create will stay in place when they shake it. (Trust me when I say YES they shake it.) You might need to tap it once or twice before the cap is placed on. Once they filled the shells, I wanted them to be a bit more secure. To seal the shell containers, I placed a drop of permanent glue on the cap to prevent them from opening. This step is up to you but I would recommend it highly.

The kids had a blast making them. Some pictures of this part of the party.

IMG_7547  sand art summer activity

gigi the wild child mermaid party sand art  IMG_7595


beach themed Candy bar decorations

Beach Themed Candy Bar Decorations

Beach themed candy bar decorations were a hit at my daughters 5th birthday party. She had a mermaid themed birthday party. I took liberty and included beach type things too. We had a candy bar buffet with different candy types that were given beach themed names like – Salt Water taffy, Golden Sea Pearl bubble gum balls, Green Sea pearl Sixlets, Fish Bait Gummy Worms and Gold coins. The candy and the buckets  were sent to me by Oriental Trading Co. and I received product samples in exchange for my honest review.  The beach themed Candy bar decorations were delicious according to the kids in attendance.  It is candy, what’s not to love?  I created the decorations for the outside of the jars using this tutorial and the labels for the candy were made from art I purchased from Ann Krier at Whimsyville and this tutorial.

The names for the beach themed Candy bar decorations if you want to copy and paste the list:

Salt Water taffy (Taffy)
Golden Sea Pearl bubble gum balls (Gum balls)
Turquoise Sea Pearls (Chocolates)
Fish Bait Gummy Worms
Gold coins

Beach Themed Candy Bar Decorations taffy

Supplies for beach themed candy bar decorations:


Beach Themed Candy Bar Decorations sea pearls

The candy from the buffet went home in personalized mini beach buckets and the shell sand art were the other favors. I tried to keep it as junk free as possible. I try to keep the piles of plastic crap to a minimum in our house so we picked something that could be reused. My daughter uses her bucket on her desk with pens in it.

To personalize the mini bucket – have someone with neat handwriting (my mom – not me) write the names of the children on each bucket as they arrive. If you do it in the beginning it will give the names time to dry. I think the extra time helps it to stay on better and prevents smearing. I could be wrong.. LOL but I will still stick with my theory.

To decorate the jars my mom and I made a ton of Polymer Clay Star fish using the same technique that was used on the headband. ( link) Unbleached muslin is one thing I pretty much always have on hand. It is really inexpensive. I purchase it by the bolt I use it so much. One reason I use it is because I love how it frays. To create an awesome frayed edge, snip one edge of the fabric about an inch and then rip it off of the main fabric. Do that for as many strips as you need. I think I used about an 1/4th of a yard for the entire party. When it is only $1.20 a yard it comes to about $0.60 for all the strips on the jars. I am totally positive I used less than a $1 of muslin. To top of the frayed muslin strips after tying them on anything and everything, I hot glued on starfish.

My secret to making parties look extravagant is to use one decoration and place it on everything. When I say everything I really mean it. I add it to baskets, serving dishes, serving trays, light fixtures, ice buckets and anything else I can. I reuse the same dishes and containers for most events. I keep my basic pieces just that basic. The extra details come in the less expensive things to change like linens and little decorative accents.

mermaid tutu

This was her outfit for the party.  Mermaid Tutu Tutorial Here

DIY Mermaid themed cupcake tower

Mermaid themed cupcake tower

mermaid themed cupcake tower Make a mermaid themed cupcake tower for your mermaid themed party ideas

Make a mermaid themed cupcake tower to coordinate with your mermaid party decorations using Olyfun and a few other pieces.  My daughters 5th birthday party was mermaid themed and the invitations were my inspiration for the mermaid themed cupcake tower.  I used Oly-fun to cut into scallops to imitate the scales on a mermaid tail.  The invitations  shown here are very whimsical and creative and I tried to imitate that feel with the tower.  I was so proud of myself for actually being able to keep it random.  It was all I could do to keep myself from making a color pattern for the scales.  I found the lids to stacking boxes were cheaper when purchased as a set.  This is my little mermaid hamming it up for the camera.
 mermaid party ideas
If you would like to make the starfish headband click here.

Supplies for a mermaid themed cupcake tower:

 mermaid cupcake tower diy

Instructions for a mermaid themed cupcake tower:

  1. Paint the rims of the lids of the stacking boxes.  I use the 3 largest. Allow the lids to dry.
  2. Cut a 150 to 200 scallops.  Mix the colors up randomly.
  3. Use the low-temp glue gun to adhere the scallops around the edges of the lids. Add as many layers as you would like around each layer.  I added more layers at the bottom than the top
  4. Hot glue jute cording around the rim of the lids to cover the raw edges of the scallops.
  5. Add a generous amount of melted glue around the rim of the metal buckets and press them onto the under side of the rims.  Make sure you center them before they dry.

mermaid party ideas

Make a Quick teacher gift

Teacher Gift

Make a teacher gift that is quick and thoughtful.  Place a gift card with a personalized note from your child inside the gift box.  The box can be used on their desk if there is enough room after all the greatest teacher mugs.  I could not help myself on the apple buttons.  I would only give this too an early education teacher.  Not cool enough for the over 10 kids to see.  Make sure it is a gift card to a place that is on their wish list or to a place  you know they love.
Back-to-School-teacher gift

Materials to create a dyed wooden gift Teacher Gift box:

  • Wooden box available at local craft stores. Generally around a dollar
  • Dye in Aqua
  • Adtech Adhesive Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Back to School ButtonsTutti Fruity
  • Misc.  Paper towels, plastic grocery bag, sand paper, disposable container for dye.

Directions to make the wooden teacher gift box:

  1. If the box has rough edges you can sand them smooth with sandpaper.  Wipe off dust with a damp paper towel or tack cloth.
  2. Dip the box in heated dye bath.  Tap to remove excess.
  3. Place a paper towel on a plastic bag.  The paper towel is used to gather excess dye.
  4. Once the wood is dry you can add the button embellishments.
  5. Always cover your work surface when working with dye.  Gloves are a great option too.  I use metal tongs to keep my hands clean.Enjoy the process.You can change out the buttons for any occasion too.  Spring flowers for Easter maybe?  If you want to see other quick and awesome Teacher Appreciation crafts click on the link below.

Cuddle Cake Pillows

Cuddle Cake Pillows CollageCuddle Cake Pillows are a huge hit at my house.  When the cuddle fabric arrived my children instantly picked out their colors. So much for what I had planned.  I was overruled and I was okay with that.  When working with the Cuddle Fabric I learned that the more pins you use the better.  It holds the fabric together.
cuddle cake challenge

The challenge has ended but you can enjoy the tutorial. 

Materials for Cuddle Cake Pillows:

Instructions for Cuddle Cake Pillows:

Choose the background colors for the front of your pillow.  Gigi chose the bright pink light pink, yellow and orange.   You’ll also need to choose a color for the back of the pillow. The back of our pillows is orange dimple cuddle fabric.  Maxx picked shades of blues and greens.

Sew your four squares together to make the front of your pillow.  If you’ve never sewn with Cuddle Fabrics before, be sure to read the Cuddle tips on the Shannon Fabrics Website before you start.  The basics are that you need to pin A LOT especially with the dimple fabric.  Use a walking foot if you’ve got one, and I sewed with a 3/8 inch seam.

  1. cuddle pillowTrim your front and back pieces to fit the size of your pillow insert.  I was using a 18-inch pillow insert, to I  allow for a 1/2 inch seam allowance on each side.
  2. Once your front and back are finished it’s time to finish up the pillow.  Pin REALLY WELL around all four sides of your pillow.  Stitch with a 1/2 inch seam leaving a large opening on the bottom of the pillow so you can add your pillow insert.
  3. Trim the corners.
  4. Turn right side out.
  5. Add your pillow insert.
  6. Pin the opening closed really well.
  7. Stitch closed.  You could stitch it by hand, so the stitching is invisible, but I wanted a quick project and I just sewed it closed with my machine.

cuddle fabric cuddle cake

Seuss preschool craft

cat in the Hat Dr Suess main

Dr. Seuss is awesome and his books were some of my favorites and have now become staples in out home.  The kids love them.  This Seuss preschool craft project is a craft you can easily do together with your child.  You draw the shape.  Let them fill in the center and then you add the details and clean it up a little bit.

This is a super easy and very quick craft.  The longest part about it is the project is waiting for the paint to dry.  I used white fabric paint and white puffy paint.  The bow is free-handed and cut out of Oly-Fun.

diy cat-in-the-hat-craft idea a painted t shirt Pinterest


Materials and Instructions for painted Dr. Seuss t-shirt:

You can look at the pictures and get the basic idea of what to do.  I used a 1/2″ paint brush to make the shape of the Cat in the Hat’s white patch and let my daughter fill it in.  It was perfectly fine that is was messy.  Allow paint to dry between coats.  While it was drying we cut a bow out of Oly-fun.  We decided that the bow should be pinned on so she could take it off for play time.  If you wanted to you could use a needle and thread to sew it on or you could even use a hot glue gun to adhere it.

Add the additional paint to fill in the white patch and then add the dimensional paint to created a raised fur effect.  My daughter only did a few of these and made me finish the rest.  It took me 5 minutes and it would probably have taken her about 10-15.
Make sure you click on the linked image above to check out the other Craft Lightning ideas about Dr. Seuss.

This is the link to my Dr. Seuss Party favors from last year.


Peacock Mardi Gras Mask

Peacock Mardi Gras Mask for Halloween

peacock Mardi gras mask t

To make the Peacock Mardi Gras Mask:

  • Plastic mask from craft and hobby store
  • Metallic paint
  • Clear crystals and Gem-Tac
  • Paint brushes
  • Ornament Swirl

paint supplies

Paint the plastic mask with your desired color.  I chose the the pearl turquoise by Lumiere (Jacquard)

base coat mardi mask

My daughter wanted extra shimmer so I coated the paint with several layers of glitter glue.

mardi gras mask

Use a fine line paint brush to add the details to the mask.  Add the crystals with glue.  I used Gem-Tac since it dries clear and hold well.

It ended up being chilly for trick or treating so we ended up altering the costume to make it a bit warmer.

IMG_0035 IMG_0050 mardi gras mask peacock



If you are looking for a fun mask to make with the kids check out these Paper Plate Mardi Gras Masks.

Halloween Mask and Costume Blog Hop

80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes and masks. I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes and Halloween masks for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

Along with my adorable skunk Halloween mask, I’m sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere!

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

 Halloween Mask a Skunk with Oly-fun

My daughter is into woodland creatures this year and I have made a variety of masks so she can play dress up.  I have used the same template for all of them and changed up the embellishments just a little. This is the skunk and I posted a badger the other day.   I have a cow and a raccoon coming soon.

DIY SKUNK Mask with Olyfun

To make the Skunk Halloween Mask you will need:

  • sewing machine or fabric glue
  • thread & scissors
  • oly-fun in black, white and grey
  • pattern or freehand the mask
  • large eyelets and eyelet setting tool
  • elastic cording
  • hole punch ( I use a crop-a-dile)

Instructions for Skunk mask:

  1.  Freehand draw or download  pattern.  Transfer to grey oly-fun.
  2. Cut two bases of slate grey and sew or glue together.
  3. Cut a strip of white for the center and sew on. ( I freehanded)
  4. Cut a small oval for the nose.  ( I freehanded)
  5. Punch holes in side of mask.  Insert  eyelets and set.
  6. Tie elastic on to fit head of wearer snuggly – but not tight.
  7. ENJOY ( if you want to see the Badger mask click here)

This is a picture of the mask.  Print or enlarge to fit your child.

mask with ears


And now it’s time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!


88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume

2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume

3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume

4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie

5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids

6. A Bee and Her Keeper

7. No Sew Magician Costume

8. Flint Lockwood Costume

9. Pinocchio

10. Marty McFly

11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume

12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume

13. Homemade Toothless Costume

14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option)

15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume

16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes

17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth

18. Family Monsters University Costumes

19. Scooby Doo family costumes

20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume


88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume

22. Easy Tin Man Costume

23. No Sew Bee Costume

24. Planet Halloween Costumes

25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

26. DIY Instagram Board

27. Elsa crown

28. Dog Collar Ruffles

29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume

30. DIY Lego Movie Costume

31. Weeping Angel Costume

32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper

33. Easy Pirate Costume

34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl

35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume

36. DIY Cat Costume

37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes

38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!)

39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume

40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume

42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume

43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume

44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask

46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume

47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume

48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume

49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes

50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition

51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume

52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume

53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume

54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume

55. DIY Baymax Costume

56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume

57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume

58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes

59. Instagram Halloween Costume

60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume



88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at

61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie

62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume

63. Viking Family Costumes

64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child

65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket

66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head

67. DIY Harry Potter Costume

68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes

69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume

70. DIY Skunk Mask

71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY

72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial

73. Candy Corn Costume

74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume

75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume

76. DIY Robot Costume

77. Wonder Woman Costume

78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume

79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume

80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume

81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel

82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes

83. Snow White Costume

84. Peacock Princess Costume

85. Scarecrow Costume

86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume

87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume

88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid

89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!

Follow Jamie Dorobek {C.R.A.F.T.}’s board “Handmade Halloween Costumes” on Pinterest.