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Teacher Appreciation Pencil Pouches

Teacher Appreciation Gift: Pencil Pouches | Craft Buds #teacherappreciation

At the end of each school year I like to give my son’s preschool teachers a small gift. I’ve given them each a tote bag, special scissors, and this year I did pencil pouches with notepads and pens. For the pattern I used Lindsay’s quilted boxy pouch pattern (free with a free account on Craftsy). As written, the pattern makes a large boxy pouch. To make the smaller, flat pencil pouch I made a few changes and used a 9″ zipper, and cut the fabrics to 9″ x 9.5″ (the zipper side). Then I followed the instructions as written and stopped at step 7, which is right before you make the boxy corners. That method worked great and the final pouches are 4 1/4″ x 8 3/4″, the perfect size for pencils and pens!

Teacher Appreciation Gift: Pencil Pouches | Craft Buds #teacherappreciation

 

I like to include a “Handmade by…” tag on my items so the recipient of the gift knows that it’s a handmade item! I made the tags using a stamp from Expressionery and the customized notepads (name blurred for privacy) are also from there. The aqua flower fabric is Amy Butler Daisy Chain (now out of print), the pink dots fabric is Marble Delight Pink by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics (Natural Wonder collection) and the lining is Painted Woodgrain Grey by the same designer, also for Blend Fabrics (Riding Hood collection).

 

Fabric Tissue Box Cover

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box | Craft Buds

Here’s a great project for that special fabric you’ve been hoarding so you can see it every day! You won’t need much fabric and you can even use a fat quarter. In all you’ll need:

  • Exterior fabric, quilt batting or fusible fleece, and interior fabric, approx. 13″ x 17″ each depending on the size of your tissue box
  • 1/2″ double fold bias tape (approx. 40″ inches)

To start, get an empty box of your preferred tissue type.Carefully poke a hole in the bottom with your scissors and cut out the bottom. Then cut each of the 4 corners so it lays flat. Remove plastic from the top where the tissues come out. Now you’ve got your tissue box template!

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Place the cardboard template on top of your exterior fabric, and fabric for the interior (I used white muslin, this fabric won’t show). You’ll want to cut the 2 fabrics flush with the outer edges of the tissue box (the part that will form the bottom), and leave a 1/4″ seam allowance at each of the 4 corners. For the inside rectangle where the tissues come out, don’t worry about rounded edges and cut a rectangle leaving 1/4″ distance from the edges of the tissue box.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Cut a layer of batting the same way you cut the fabric, except at the 4 corners you’ll want to cut 1/4″ inside the template to reduce bulk in the corner seams. Now you can either cut across the corners of just the batting layer to create 5 separate pieces and allow for sharper corners, or you can leave it together and sew along the fold through all the layers.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Next, you have two options with your quilt batting or fusible fleece. Option 1: Sandwich the batting between the 2 layers of fabric and sew along the dotted line in the diagram below so the final box cover has nice crisp corners. Option 2: Cut along the white line in the diagram below only on the quilt batting or fleece layer so you have 5 separate pieces. If using fusible fleece, fuse the pieces between your 2 layers of fabric. Cutting these lines will help the fabric fold better.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Snip the 4 corners of the tissue box opening 1/4″ at a 45 degree angle. Fold the edges toward the backing and stitch down or use a glue stick or fusible web to hold it in place.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Fold 1/2″ bias tape in a rectangle around the opening with the 2 raw edges ending at a corner, or use 4 separate pieces of bias tape with 1 on each side of the rectangle (what I did below). With either method, place 1/4″ of the biast tape under the tissue box opening and leave 1/4″ sticking out from the top. Sew around the top opening 1/8″ away from the edge of your main box piece, the navy herringbone in my example (click any of the photos for a larger view).

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Bring the corners right sides together and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Finger press the seams open.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Sew bias tape around the bottom. Make sure the corners stay open as you sew the bias tape around.

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

Finished! Now that you’ve got the hang of it, you can make one for every tissue box!

Sew a tissue box cover for any size box! @ Craft Buds

 

If you’d like the printable version of this tutorial, it can be downloaded for free from Craftsy with a free Craftsy account here (affiliate link).

 

 

DIY Bath Bombs with Handmade Beauty Box

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Hello readers! Today we take a break from sewing and crafting to share a little project to pamper yourself or someone special with a recipe (see end of post) for fizzy bath bombs. But first, let me introduce Handmade Beauty Box. They recently contacted us to see if we’d be interested in trying out one of their DIY beauty projects. I’d never heard of them before but after finding out the concept I thought our readers may be interested in knowing more about them. The way it works is that for $29.99 a month (shipping included) they’ll send you a box full of ingredients for a different theme. The price may feel a little high but I appreciate that they do all the work for you. I’ve always wanted to try making my own beauty products but have never done the research in finding recipes and ingredients. You can find out more at their site here. I chose to try the lavender and herb bath bombs since it looked like a project I’d have fun doing with my 5 year old. You can see some of the past boxes here with things like lipstick and loofah soaps. This month’s nail polish box looks like a lot of fun! You can also purchase the boxes separately.

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The box that arrives in the mail looks pretty even from the outside!

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We opened up the box to find all the ingredients neatly packaged and labeled. Everything was nice and secure in the box so no spilled or broken ingredients. The box had instructions and everything I needed to make 5 bath bombs including all of the ingredients and reusable molds and metal spray bottle for the witch hazel. I do wish that it also came with a printed recipe in with the box, but it’s available on the Beauty Box website so I can make more bath bombs with my own ingredients in the future.

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We got started right away and mixed up the ingredients. My son had a lot of fun helping me with this project and we both enjoyed seeing how they were made.

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They came together pretty quickly and we had fun making them. We started out with two bowls, one each of blue and white so we could make the striped bath bomb version shown above. But, my son wanted to mix it all together so ours are mostly light blue. Other than that, we followed all the instructions and they came out great!

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 Recipe

Want to make your own? Here’s the list of ingredients from Handmade Beauty Box:

  • 1 lb Baking Soda
  • 1/2 lb Citric Acid (It can usually be found in grocery stores in the canning section, or it’s available in larger amounts on amazon.com.)
  • 1 gram blue mica (This is used to provide the blue color and is lip/body safe. It can be found on amazon.com or other online stores and there are other colors of mica available.)
  • Witch Hazel in spray bottle (The amount you’ll need varies, but you’ll probably need just a few sprays.)
  • Fragrance or essential oil (You’ll probably need just a few drops, depending on how strong you want the fragrance)

You can find the full step by step instructions and photos at Handmade Beauty Box here. You’ll also need something to mold the bath bombs into. If you don’t have an official bath bomb mold, you could also use a silicone ice cube tray.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. The photo above and the first photo were provided by Handmade Beauty Box.

Custom Stamps and Stationery with Expressionery

Occasionally Lindsay and I are asked if we’d like to receive products from a company, and we’re usually pretty picky about choosing things that we think our audience would like that we’d buy ourselves. When Expressionery contacted us with an offer to send some of their products I looked at their website for about 3 seconds before saying YES! We received a package containing their handmade stamps, notepads, and thank you cards.

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Expressionery has a great assortment of stamps, labels, cards and more that can be customized and personalized with a names, photos, and/or addresses. The designs are all fresh and modern and the website is clear and easy to use.

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Everything we received was nicely packaged and great quality. They would make perfect gifts for you or for someone you love! The stamps have a see through base so you can line it up perfectly. They’re also self inking so you can stamp away!

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We used our stamps to make gift labels, great to include with your handmade items this Christmas. I also really like their custom address stamps, and that you can preview your stamp before you order it.

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Through Dec. 18 you can use the code use the code SNOWBERRY30 to receive 30% off your order, and get free shipping on orders over $50!

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We recieved these products for free at no obligation. This post was not required by Expressionery and all opinions are our own.

 

Free! Cadet Cap Pattern

I’m guest posting over at the Britex Fabric blog with a pattern and instructions for a child’s cadet style cap! Use this link to head over and check it out. While you’re there, check out the amazing fabrics they carry. The hat below is made from a beautiful herringbone olive and espresso wool from Britex. They’ll be having a 30% off sale in-store for Black Friday and 30% off online for Cyber Monday.

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The instructions are at the Britex blog and you can download the free cadet cap pattern here from Craftsy. You’ll have to create a free Craftsy account to access the pattern. The free version comes in child size 5 only, but I plan on releasing a paid version with multiple sizes and printable instruction sheets soon. The finished base of the free hat measures 20 7/8″ and fits a head circumference (measured from the middle of the forehead to the widest part of the back of the skull) of 20 1/4″, the average size of a 5 year old.

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Broken Herringbone Quilt

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My younger sister and her husband are expecting their first baby next month and it’s a girl! For their baby shower, I made them a quilt with matching pillow and blankie. I have two boys so it was fun to think about some girly fabric choices for awhile. My inspiration for the quilt was the Bella bedding set my sister chose from Carousel Baby:

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Image courtesy of Carousel Baby.

I was able to figure out that the fabrics came from designer Amanda Murphy for Blend Fabrics, and the line is called Bella. Quilt Fabric Closeouts happened to have nearly all the colors I wanted in stock for around half off! I chose to use the Broken Herringbone pattern by Violet Craft with a few small modifications. I like that this pattern really shows off all the different fabrics.The only changes were to make the wide stripes 5″ wide rather than 6″ wide, and I added an additional 4 rows (for a total of 20 5″ strips rather than 16 6″ strips in the instructions), and I added the double border around the outer edges. Final size is 54″ wide by 62″ tall (larger than a baby blanket, big enough to cover a lap during those middle of the night baby feedings, or for a toddler bed).

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A nice bonus is that the pattern leaves you with leftover sections to piece into the back of the quilt, or as I did, make them into a small snugly blankie and matching pillow. The pillow is 13″ x 19″ and the blankie is 16″ x 16″.

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The back of the quilt has two vertical white lines that match up with the lines on the front.

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Inside the patterned fabric pieces, you can see the straight line quilting and the herringbone pattern.

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The edges are bound with Scrollwork in hot pink from the same Amanda Murphy Belle line as the rest of the patterned fabrics.

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Linking up with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side.

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Guest Post: Stenciled Jack O’ Lantern Drinking Glasses

Today we’ve teamed up with with Angela from blue i style. Welcome to any new visitors hopping over from her site! Using our jack o’ lantern shirt stencils from a few years ago (see original post here), Angela came up with a great idea to use the stencils on drinking glasses. You can downloaded the stencils here at Craft Buds. Then head over to blue i style for the full drinking glasses tutorial, along with links to many more Halloween themed projects! Here’s a sneak peak!

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Pumpkin Face Stencils Download
(The above link will take you to a single page pdf file that will look like the image below. You can choose to print or download it from there.)

2014 Pumpkin Face Stencils

Note: These stencils have been resized from the 2011 original post to fit drinking glasses, so make sure to use the download link here and not on the old post!

 

 

DIY for Dogs: 5 Projects to Make

It’s fun to pamper pets whether you are a pet lover or know someone who is. Here are some of our favorite DIY ideas for those special dogs in your life. And if you’re a cat lover, don’t worry! We’ve got some cat projects listed here (and some of those projects would work well for dogs too!).

First up, Urban Threads shares this cute tutorial for a dog hoodie.

Dog Hoodie at Urban Threads

Dog Hoodie at Urban Threads

 

At Totally Stitchin’ is this cute and easy customized dog leash.

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Dog Leash at Totally Stitchin’

 

This great tutorial for a collapsible travel dog bowl is featured at craftstylish.

Collapsible Dog Dish at craftstylish

Collapsible Dog Dish at craftstylish

 

Have some fleece scraps? Use this tutorial at HGTV to braid a fleece rope dog toy.

Fleece Rope Dog Toy at HGTV

Fleece Rope Dog Toy at HGTV

 

And lastly from Martha Stewart are these fun pet ID tags with a free downloadable template.

Pet ID Tags from Martha Stewart

Pet ID Tags from Martha Stewart

Happy pet sewing!

Prizes! Craft Book Month 2014

Did you see the Craft Book Month 2014 blog hop schedule and sew along details? All month long, we are inviting you to create any project from a craft book and share it via your blog, instagram or Flickr.

If you link up your crafts here, you’ll have a chance to win one of the prizes below! Refer to the original post for rules and to link up your crafts.

Prizes

1 Winner (International): Fat Quarter Shop $75 Gift Certificate

#7 – Star Crossed Love Clutch – Marci Girl Designs

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): Fat Quarter Bundle of Geofabulous from Blend Fabrics

#1 – Applique Pillow Makeover

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): Fat Quarter Bundle of Turkish Delight from Blend Fabrics

#9 – From Bolt to Beauty: Amy Butler’s Cosmo Bag

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Quarry Publishing, Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction and Made by Yourself

#40 – Paint Creek Quilt – Flower Bed quilt

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From C&T Publishing, Patchwork City

#46 – My Summer Quilt from Bioni’s Book!

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2 Winners (International): 3 Sew Sweetness PDF Patterns

#26 – Make A Travel Pillow
#34 – annies home: Cherries Jubilee

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1 Winner (International): 3 Clover & Violet PDF Patterns

#8 – Vera @ Negligent style

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1 Winner (International): From Emmaline Bags, Spring Sling, Butterfly Sling and Totes Ma Tote PDF Patterns

#29 – Norma’s Bag Boutique: Go Go Bag

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1 Winner (International): Complete set of PDF Patterns from Imagine Gnats

#21 – The Littlest Thistle

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1 Winner (U.S. only): From Fabric Seeds, Signed copy of Little Stitches by Aneela Hooey

#38 – Quilt Color Workshop: Dresden Flower Tote

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1 Winner (U.S. only): From Tuttle Publishing, Basic Black and Stylish Skirts

#14 – Lisa Liza Lou Designs: Craft Book Month Blog Hop

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1 Winner for each book (U.S. only): From Storey, Little One Yard Wonders and Quilting with a Modern Slant

#16 (Little One Yard Wonders)- Lisa Marie

#13 (Quilting with a Modern Slant) – 13 Spools

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1 Winner for each book (U.S. only): From Martingale, Sew a Modern Home and Imagine Quilts

#32 (Sew a Modern Home) – El’s Journey – Craft Book Month – Orange Pomander

#36 (Imagine Quilts) – Kinda Quilty: Craft Book Month – Quiltopedia

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Potter Craft, Adventure Time Crafts and Let’s Sew Together

#30 – A Blue Sky Kind of Life: Paper-pieced pouch

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Better Homes and Gardens
Best of Halloween and Best of Christmas Ideas

#12 – A Prairie Sunrise

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Lark Crafts, Wee Felt Worlds

#37 – Hen & Chicks Softie – Handmade Toy

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From Lark Crafts, Fabric Blooms and Never Been Stitched

#15 – sewVery

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1 Winner (U.S. Only): From North Light Books, New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry
and from Wiley, More Jewelry Making

#44 – Jen B. My Raspberry dessert

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Are you ready to create with us? Grab your favorite craft book and sew along!
Here’s the post with the official rules for Craft Book Month 2014.

 

9 Free Women’s PDF Shirt Patterns!

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This post contains two of my favorite things, sewing and freebies! Here’s a roundup of women’s sleeveless or short-sleeved shirt patterns that bloggers and companies have graciously released for free. These aren’t just tutorials, there are printable pdf pattern pieces for each one along with instructions! Click the link below each photo to go to the pattern’s website learn more about each one. Some are multi-sized and others are not so see each description.

If you know of any more free shirt patterns, feel free to leave a link in the comments. Or, let us know if you’ve tried any of these patterns and how it turned out!

Note: We wanted to let you know about these patterns, but they are not affiliated with Craft Buds. If you have any questions or problems, please e-mail the website the pattern originates from.

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Deer and Doe: Plaintain T-Shirt

Includes European sizes 34-46 with options for short, long and 3/4 sleeves and elbow patches.

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Colette: Sorbetto Top

Sizes 0-18.

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Tanit-Isis Sews: Ariadne Tunic

Sizes XS-XL.

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Skirt as Top: Scoop Top

Size small/medium.

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It’s Always Autumn: The Easy Tee

Includes size L pattern with instructions to grade up or down and 5 variations. Scroll to the bottom of the post for different looks.

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Dixie DIY: The Portia Top

Includes 5 sizes ranging from bust size 32″-40″.

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Made with Hugs and Kisses: Button Down Peplum

Includes pattern for bust, 40 inches and waist, 32 inches.

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Cake Patterns: The Tee

Includes multi-sized pattern for 30″-59″ bust. Click the link above to go to the website, and on the right side of the website you’ll see an option to purchase the $10 paper pattern, and below that a link for a free pdf pattern download.

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Grainline: Hemlock Tee Pattern and Instructions

One size, finished measurements are 44.5″ bust and 46.5″ hip. Just leave off the sleeves for a summer top!

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