Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts

Kindermat Tutorial

A couple years ago I posted this Nap Mat Tutorial. Those mats held up great through 2 years of school but my son requested a different fabric this year. So I wanted to find an easier way to make one. We’ll call this the “Lazy Crafter Nap Mat” and the old one can be the “Overachiever Nap Mat”.



Here is what you’ll need:

1 – 19”x45” Kindermat (available at most stores before school)

Nap Mat blanket (optional) 2 – 36”x36” pieces of minky. I reused the blanket from my old mat so follow the directions there is you need help making it.

Nap Mat Materials

Spice Jar Chalkboard Labels


Found new spice jars at Hobby Lobby that I just had to have. But didn’t want to go through the process of relabeling them using vinyl like I did before in this post. So instead I kept it simple: Jars (Hobby Lobby), Chalkboard Vinyl (Expressions Vinyl . com), Decorative Punch (Hobby Lobby) & White Oil Sharpie (Walmart). Punch out your chalkboard vinyl, write on it using your Sharpie, removing backing and stick to jar.

Updating a Vintage Train Case

This box once was blue with a floral blue liner, a bit of paint and retro fabric really helped freshen it up.

Disney Autograph Pillowcase

We’re currently planning a Disney trip for later in the year and it’s the perfect opportunity to try some of those Pinterest Disney projects I’ve seen floating around. First up was an autograph pillow. Last trip we used the autograph book but it was thrown in a box and never seen again once we made it home. However, the pillow looks like a better idea since it can sit out on a chair or the kid’s beds to enjoy year round.
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Wine Cork Holder

Michaels stores carry a wine cork holder shadow box in the photo frame section. Add a bit of gold leaf, fabric in the back and etched glass to make it a one-of-a-kind gift.

  • Gold Leaf and Glue (use as directed)
  • Silhouette Cameo – cut the vinyl, apply to glass then coat in etching cream (follow directions on jar)
  • Spray adhesive to apply a fabric to the backboard of the frame

I’m currently working on relining a train case so look for that post later this month. Sorry again for the slow updates. We are still surrounded by boxes from our move in January and all my craft supplies are in storage. But we’re almost ready to begin construction on our new house and hopefully in a few months I will be back on track with projects.


A Lazy Girl’s Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

Needed a new tree skirt this year but I wanted to use all my scrap fabric and for it to be a super easy/quick project. I only pulled out my measuring tape once…..that’s right one time. Everything else was traced.

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1.5 yards felt (mine was 72” wide)

3/4 yard for each triangle pattern you plan to use


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Seahorse Plushie Tutorial & Template

My daughter requested a seahorse for her birthday this year and provided me with a drawing. Using Illustrator I cleaned up her drawing and made it into a sewable pattern. Hopefully she approves.

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  • Fabric
  • Button for Eyes
  • White fabric for Eyes
  • Fabric for fin
  • Thread
  • Fabric Glue
Begin by cutting out your template x2. Cut out eyes and fin x2 also.

Dachshund Applique Pillow Tutorial & Template

I saw several cute Dachshund pillows on Pinterest recently and thought it would be a great time to attempt something I’ve never done before: Applique. I honestly had no idea how to even begin or if my machine would do it. After buying a free motion presser foot (thinking it was needed) and other misc items, I figured out that the simple zigzag stitch works just as well.

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  • 2 – 13”x23” pieces of fabric (for pillow)
  • Fabric for Applique
  • Fabric Glue
  • Thread (make sure it matches your applique)
  • Iron on Adhesive (to keep the applique still while sewing)
  • Tear away backing/Stitch N Tear (To keep fabric from wrinkling while appliqueing)
  • You can find the two items above either in precut bags or on bolts at most fabric stores
  • “Oskar the Weenie” template, Click here to download
  • Sewing Machine
  • Batting
  • Remnants of white/black fabric (eyes and nose)
  • Fray check

Guest Post: Halloween Hair Bow Giveaway & Tutorial


Kishea, author of Bizzy Mommie and writer of this guest post is hosting a Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive the Halloween themed hair bow in this tutorial. Giveaway ends 10/22/2013 and you have 5 ways to enter. The more entries the higher your chance is to win! You can also come back each day and tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry.
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Hello. My name is Kishea and I am honored to be a guest poster on Dimplicity. I am going to show you how to make a boutique stacked bow. I am doing a Halloween theme since it is October, but you can choose any color theme.


You will need:
  • 5 - 6 inch pieces using 1.5" grosgrain ribbon (pinwheel bow)
  • 1 - 27 inch piece using 1.5" grosgrain ribbon (boutique bow)
  • 1 - 5 inch feather boa piece
  • 1-  4.5 inch piece using 3/8" grosgrain ribbon (partially lined clip)
  • 1 - 3 inch piece using 3/8" grosgrain ribbon (middle piece)
  • Needle & Thread (I like to use the button craft thread since it is thicker than regular thread)
  • Lighter, Ruler, Scissors, Hot Glue Gun
  • 1 - Embellishment for the middle of the bow (I am using a bat for this bow)

Custom Printed Fabric

Recently I gave Spoonflower a try. They print your designs on fabric and other items.

It took a few tries but eventually I was able to load my Adobe Illustrator design onto Spoonflower. It was mainly to just test the quality and color matching. So for around $15 I received a heavy linen fat quarter. Just enough to make a large pillow. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised with the quality. The text and images were crisp. Being able to print on fabric has given me so many new project ideas. Can’t wait to try another design!

If you’re interested in this Alabama Pillow design you can print it at Spoonflower using this link


Stacked Hairbow Tutorial


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  • 6 – 19” long 1.5” wide strips of Ribbon
  • Spray adhesive
  • Feather clip (can usually be found near craft store bow supplies)
  • Barrette
  • Thread/Hot Glue Gun/Needle

Boutique Style Boot Socks Tutorial

I’ve noticed cute ruffle top boot socks popping up in several Boutiques I frequent. They are just so easy to make that I couldn’t see spending $25-$30 for a pair.

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  • Knee High Socks (mine are from Target $2.50 pair)
  • 1-2 yards ruffle ($1/yd at Wal-Mart)
  • Small Buttons ($1)
  • Thread and Sewing Machine

4-H Clover Kids–Project Ideas

At my daughter’s school each class has a parent volunteer that comes in once a month and does a 4-H craft project with the kids. This year that parent is me and it has been so much fun. Our first project was a turtle. I wanted something simple since I wasn’t sure exactly how much the kids could do (Kindergarten). I cut out all the feet and heads ahead of time and spray painted the paper plates. I forgot to cut out tails and the kids made sure to let me know that I forgot a body part!


  • Green Foam Sheets (Craft store, feet/head/tails)
  • Paper plates (body)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Green Spray Paint
  • Glue
  • Green Split Peas (Grocery store)

In the class all they had to do was glue on the feet/heads and coat the top in a thick layer of glue then dunk in the peas. Putting the peas in a shallow box works well, all they have to do is place the turtle in it and the peas will stick (definitely their favorite part!). Next month we’re trying something a bit more challenging…..marble painting!

Camera Wrist Strap Tutorial

My camera came with a neck strap but I prefer the wrist straps for compact cameras. Below is a quick tutorial on how to change your neck strap into a wrist strap.

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  • 1”x8” piece of felt or other thick fabric
  • 2 – 1.75”x10” pieces of patterned fabric
  • D-Ring
  • Old Camera Strap (if not available most of the pieces can be found in Craft stores)

Elephant Pinwheel Bow Tutorial

We’re Alabama Football fans so when I saw these elephant bows floating around Etsy I just had to make one for my daughter. I’ve never made a hair bow before….ever. This elephant bow was my first one and I promise they are soooo easy!

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The tutorial is in two parts. Elephant first then the Pinwheel

Getting Ready for School–Vinyl Names

Using my trusty Silhouette Cameo I added the kid’s names to their school binders and boxes.

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Step 1: Cut the names out on vinyl using the Silhouette software and weed the unwanted vinyl

Step 2: Place transfer tape over the top.

Owl Remote Caddy Tutorial & Pattern – Michaels Fabric Line

My last post was announcing that Michaels Stores would be carrying fabric as of June 28th. Using their fabric I made a zebra print Owl Remote Caddy Pillow. You can find the tutorial and pattern below.
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Quick Tip - Tissue Box Toilet Paper Refill

A box of tissues doesn’t last long around my house so during cold season we have spare toilet paper rolls sitting everywhere. Yeah….. not something you want company to walk in and see. After we had a TP roll spring lose from the car one day and roll out into a parking lot I knew we had to find some way to cover them up. So into the empty tissue boxes they went and it actually works very well.

Hotdog Bun Dog Bed Tutorial

We have a weeny dog so it only made sense to make him a Hotdog Bun Bed. But whether or not you have a dachshund this bed is super snuggly. I recommend using a thicker fabric since you’ll probably need to wash it often and dogs are a bit rough on their beds. This bed will accommodate small and medium size dogs.

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Dog Crate Cover Tutorial

Dogs love to feel cozy and covered but throwing a blanket over a kennel isn’t exactly stylish and premade covers run $40+…. ouch. I went all out with designer fabric, piping and buttons. Total cost was $20 so making your own is definitely worth the savings and it’s super easy to do.

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