Friday, July 30, 2010

Back to School Last Few

Wow the week flew by! Thank you so much to all those who helped me out this week! I hope you all enjoyed their tutorials as much as I have!!!! Just a few more ideas I hope this has helped you all out with getting ready for back to school. I know I have gotten quite a bit ready doing this project!

So here are the last few.....

How adorable are these School Bags from Make it Do? And I just love the name of her blog. ;)

Go to the tutorial Here.

The Pictures small but family fun show's how to make this cute school bus cake Here.

After school snacks with Family Fun Here

Better Breakfast Ideas from Family Fun Here.

I hope you all enjoyed all of this thanks for stopping by!!!! And if you use any of the Getting Ready for Back to School please add your picture's to the Flicker Group Here


Back to School Fun Ideas

Over at Threadbanger they show you how to make a backpack from a mens suit coat pretty cool check it out!

Sachiko from Tea Rose Home sent me the link to this sweet headband that any girl would love check out her tutorial Here.

How about this cute Ruffly Headband from Rachel at Heart of Light.

Jess from All this for a Penny has a tutorial on her blog for this cute Crocheted Bow Hair Clip.

And for those little boy's Nancy from Nancy's Couture has a tutorial to make these T-Shirt Trunks from what else but old t-shirts?

Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything made these adorable Back to school survival kits. Who wouldn't love to recieve one of these?

Such an adorable idea!!! Check it out Here.

Come Back for the last few ideas!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Getting Ready for Back to School Homework Caddy

Are you ready for something to make homework more fun?

Remember this?

My Craft can organizer well I basically did the same thing for some homework Caddies

I made the girly one using to soup size can's and four smaller cans. Ruffled embellishments that I spray painted to match and other trimings.

The boys version I used three smaller can's the middle a little taller added some black ribbon and glued on some cheapo cars.

I showed my kid's and they are ready for homework right now! I hope these will keep them motivated for quite a while!

If you want to make one just follow how I did my Craft Organizer Here and remember to link up any of the Back to school projects you make to my Getting Ready for Back to School group Here.

Back to School Whats for Lunch?

How about some lunch ideas?

I know my kids eat their lunches better when they are involved with choosing what is in it. Martha has this cute printable you just print on magnetic paper you can put the foods your kids love on the printable food name labels this will make packing a lunch fun and easy. Get the tutorial and printables Here.

How about some fun printable to add to luch to make it more fun? Martha shares this idea Here.

Who doesn't love to find little notes to brighten their day? Light up your kids eyes when they find these cute printable lunch notes! Alphamom shares these Here.

Here is some printable lunch notes I made for you guys Here.

Amazing Moms share lunch ideas Here.
And for more lunch ideas go to Allrecipes Here.

I hope this will make lunch time easier for all of you!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Guest Post A Lemon Squeezy Home

Another Awsome guest post. I asked Christie from a Lemon Squeezy Home to help me with a Back to School tutorial and she was so sweet and made this darling reusable lunch bag, I can't wait to make one for my daughter!!! Christie.....


Hello!  I’m Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home.  I’m excited that Heather asked me to be on her cute blog today!  What a great idea Back To School Week is!  And didn’t she do a great job with her binder and pencil pouch?  Especially for not sewing very often!

Today I’m going to show you how to make a re-usable, washable, lunch sack. 

You will need:

-Flap pattern found here.  You will have one of your outer fabric pieces with the flap, and one of your inner fabric pieces with a flap, like this:

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-PUL or vinyl fabric (only if you want the inside wipe-able, otherwise use whatever you’d like to for the lining).  Cut two pieces: one 10” x 11.5”, and another 10” x 11.5” with the downloaded flap taped onto the center of one of the 10” sides (see picture above for reference)

-outer fabric (I used home decor fabric so it was thick fabric).  Cut two pieces: one 10” x 11.5”, and another 10” x 11.5” with the downloaded flap taped onto the center of one of the 10” sides (see picture above for reference)

-heavy duty stabilizer, found at any craft stores (it isn’t fusible, but you could certainly get the fusible kind. 

This stabilizer is some nice, thick stuff, and it isn’t very expensive):  cut two pieces 10” x 11.5”—there are no flaps on the stabilizer

-2” piece velcro

-bias tape (optional, but it does give it a more finished look)


Sew the stabilizer pieces onto the wrong side of the outer fabric, with a basting stitch.


Mark 2.25” in from both sides, and the bottom. 


Sew along the lines you just marked.  Backstitch where the lines cross each other.

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Now would be a good time to sew the velcro onto the middle front of the outer fabric without the flap.  Sew it down about 3” from the top, or wherever you think it should go.  My next few pictures don’t have the velcro sewn on yet—that’s because I should have done it here but I didn’t ;).


Pin the outer fabric pieces right sides together, and sew along the sides and the bottom with a 1/4” seam—leave the top open.  Please note that it may look like I sewed the top shut, but that is only the basting stitch from sewing the stabilizer on.


Take one of the bottom corners, and squeeze so you create a triangle following the sewn lines, as pictured.  Sew along the line that is already marked, and cut off the excess.  Repeat with the other bottom corner.


Repeat all the above steps with your inner fabric, minus the basting of the stabilizer.  Also, sew the other piece of velcro onto the inner right side of the flap, where it will match up with the other piece of velcro.
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Once you are done sewing the inner fabric, you can either insert the outer bag into the inner portion, right sides together, and sew around the top, leaving a gap to turn and then topstitch around the whole thing.  That would be easy, but I like the way the bias tape looked, so that’s what I did. 

Sooo, if using bias tape, insert the inner portion into the outer portion, wrong sides together—so the outer bag is right side out at this point.


Unfold the bias tape.  See the top part above the fold and how it is narrower than the bottom part below the fold?

Take that narrow top part and start pinning that edge along the inside of the bag, as pictured below.

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Sew along the fold closest to the edge.  At this point I clipped the curved part of the flap, but be very careful not to cut the bias tape.

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Now fold over the bias tape around the outer fabric and sew, starting with one of the ends of the bias tape.

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Treat the corners like a straight line.  Since the flap is curved, it might curl just slightly.  It irons out quite nicely though. 


And you are done! 


Thanks for having me here today Heather!  It was fun!


How cute is that? Thank you so much Christie for helping out!!!! Don't forget if you make one of the back to school tutorials to link it up to the flicker group Here.

Guest Post Fawnda Of Fireflies and Jellybeans

Today We are so lucky to have Fawnda from Fireflies and Jellybeans here to do a guest post of a back to school tutorial heres Fawnda.......

Hello Me Making Do-ers! I am so excited to be sharing this back to school project with you all today!

Let me introduce myself!

I am Fawnda from Fireflies and Jellybeans a little DIY blog that I co-author with my best friend Jeannine.

I am a mom to a 2 year old son (who we adopted from Korea about 1.5 years ago!) and a wife to an amazing man! I love all things crafty!

reusable lunch bag we posted ! These bags are great for sending a snack with your son or daughter (or yourself!)! They take the place of zip lock bags so it is a great/cute way to be green! DSC01272

These snack bags are great back to school project, and will go perfectly with the
I used the iron-on vinyl for this project so these bags can be wiped or washed out if needed! You can also use PUL (polyurethane laminated) fabric instead of vinyl. I found both the iron vinyl and the PUL fabric at Joanns.

{This tutorial is for personal use only since I do sell these in my etsy shop Funky Joy}

2 coordinating fabrics (one for the liner and one for the outside)

iron-on vinyl

coordinating thread

Sewing machine (with sewing tools such as: scissors, needles, etc)


1.)fold your fabric in half and cut out a rectangle that is 7 X7.5 inches on the fold(the 7 inches should be on the fold). Cut out a rectangle for the liner and the outer fabric

2.) on the liner fabric, iron-on the vinyl using the packaged instructions to the RIGHT side of the fabric.

3.) fold your fabric so that the right sides are together and the wrong side is facing out. On the folded edge cut out a square from each corner. the square should be about .5 X .5 inches


4.) sew the two vertical sides together on the liner and the outer fabric. I use a 1/4 inch seam allowance


5.) Square off the corners by pulling the corners of the square apart diagonally so that the seam you just sewed is in the in middle of the edge.


6.) Sew the edge to finish squaring off the corner. Do this to all 4 corners (2 on the liner and 2 on the outer)

7.) Cut out a strip of Velcro that is the length of the side of the bag. Sew the Velcro 1/2 down from the top of the liner (on the vinyl side).

Sew the other half of Velcro onto the other half of the liner. So the liner should have Velcro on the vinyl side going all the way around it.


8. Place the liner into the outer fabric right sides together.
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9.) Sew around the top of the bag with 1/4 seam allowance. Leave a 2-3 inch opening to flip right side out

10.) Flip the liner and outer fabrice right side out and push the liner inside the bag. The vinyl is a little stiff so you might have work a bit to get it in. Top sew the opening closed.


There you have it! A cute reusable snack bag! I just flip mine inside out and rinse if off once we have used it and let it dry for the next time!

Do you like these snack bags, but don't have time to make them? I sell them at my Etsy shop Funky Joy! Check them out!

Come on over and check us out at Fireflies and Jellybeans. We love to meet new friends!

Thanks so much, Heather, for letting me invade your blog! It was so MUCH FUN! :)

Thank you so much Fawnda for sharing your tutorial with us here today what a great idea! Come Back in a little while we have another fun guest post! Remember if you make something using the back to school tutorial add it to the back to school flicker group here.


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