Make This: Sweets Embroidery

I’ve mentioned before as a great source for plain totes. I decided to use the techniques I learned from Sublime Stitching to embroider a zippered tote with all different kinds of sweets.
I drew it by hand on regular paper and then transferred it using my Crayola Light Board. The board fit nicely in the tote and the image showed through clearly. Email me at if you’d like a PDF of my design.

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Make This: Amigurumi Pokeballs

After Hello Kitty Crochet got me started on amigurumi, I started looking for easy patterns to make. I found this pattern for Pokeballs and decided to surprise my kids.

Of course, it then became requests for specific types of Pokeballs.


Can I Have This?: Hello Kitty Crochet

Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends is an adorable book full of amigurumi patterns for your favorite Sanrio characters.


The patterns are easy to follow if you know how to crochet. If you’re a little rusty like me or a beginner, spend a few minutes on the Lion Brand Yarn site watching their tutorials and you’ll be up to speed. You really only need to know how to do two things–magic circle and single chain stitch.

Love Links: Sublime Stitching

If you want to start embroidering, Founded by Jenny Hart, Sublime Stitching is a great site to help you get started. You can find instructions, patterns and products all in one place. 



Can I Have This?: Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad



While this is technically a “kid’s toy,” it has really come in super handy for crafting. I’ve used it to transfer patterns and designs onto totes and t’s for embroidering as well as for cards and cut-outs. 


Easy DIY: Matchbox Loom

This could be a fun rainy day/lazy day project for kids. Follow Tanglecrafts’ tutorial to make a matchbox loom and weave a little something. Maybe weave a bunch of squares and sew them into a bracelet or belt.


Photo: Tanglecrafts

Easy DIY: Paper Bead Corn on the Cob

We’ve posted about making paper bead bracelets before but here’s a whole new take on them–corn on the cob. You could cut styrofoam in the shape of a cob or just make paper cones.