Crafty Idea: Christmas Towels

I know that it is a little early, but I thought that I would get a start on doing a few small projects so that I  have a nice little handmade gift on hand for those unexpected guests  or people who I would like to give a little something to during the Christmas holiday season. And face it, there is never enough time during the holidays to do everything that we would like.

Today I decided to make some Christmas towels.  They are so handy to use to line a basket with food gifts, or as a little extra for a teacher or neighbor with their favorite cookies.  And you can whip up a few in no time.

The supplies that you need are as follows:

  • bar towels – I had white ones and red ones.  Any small towels will work.  Note:  wash and dry towels before embellishing them.
  • Jelly roll strips (you can also use yardage that you cut yourself, fat quarters, whatever you have on hand.) The set that I used was Moda, Ready Set Snow by Me & My Sister Designs
  • scrap pieces of rick rack and ribbon

For the white, blue and apple green towels I did two different things.  The first towel I took one of the jelly roll strips and ran a basting stitch down the middle.  I then gathered the ruffle to the width of the towel.  I folded the ends under, so the edges would have a finished look.  I then place a piece of apple green rick rack down the center, and stitched both to the towel.  I then removed the basting stitch.  Note:  when adding any ribbon, rick rack or any other trim, make sure you fold the ends under with the ruffle so that the ends don’t ravel.

The second towel, I just took a jelly roll strip and cut it to the width of the towel, plus 1/2″ so that I could fold the edges in 1/4″.  I then sewed down each side edge.  Next I pinned the ribbon along the top edge of the fabric, making sure that the ribbon ends were folded under, and stitched it on, making sure that I stitched both edges down, covering the raw edges of the fabric. Repeat the same process on the lower edge of the fabric.

Next I made these two red towels.  These were both made the same way.  I took one strip of the jelly roll fabric for each one.  I folded them in half, along the width, so that they measured 1 1/4″ deep (and there was a folded edge on the bottom).  I then gathered each piece into a ruffle (you can do this with a ruffle attachment or by hand.) I machine sewed them onto the bottom edge of the towel, making sure that I folded the ends of the ruffled fabric under on each end.  I then attached a piece of ribbon, by sewing along the top and bottom edges of the ribbon, covering the top raw edge of the ruffle.

That’s it!  An easy way to start getting ready for the holidays.  You might make some for yourself as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crafty Project: Covered Buttons

I love doing covered buttons.  They allow you to add a unique touch to your projects, and are so easy to do!

I thought it would be fun to make a few for some fall and winter crafts.  The buttons come in a wide variety of sizes and are generally sold as a kit, which means that you receive everything that you need, except the material.

You generally receive two types of backs, one with a shank to use as a button, and a plain back so that you can use them to make jewelry or other accessories.

I gathered up a couple of different Halloween fabrics that I thought would make cute buttons to use on tote bags. First I place the clear plastic template (they didn’t use to have this template, you had to cut out a piece of cardboard, great improvement!) over a part of the printed fabric that I wanted to show on the button.

I drew around the template, then cut it out.

Place the fabric, right side down, into the soft plastic cup.  Center your piece of fabric so it lays evenly inside.

Then place the rounded side of the button front inside.  Finger press the fabric edges into the center of the button front.

It should look like this orange one.  Then place the back that you have selected on the top.  Make sure that all of the edges of the fabric are tucked underneath.

Press down.  You can use the tool that they provide (the round blue item), but I found on these large buttons, that I didn’t need it.

Here it is!  So cute!  So I did more….

You can take all of your scraps now, and make all types of buttons or jewelry, or magnets.  Whatever your imagination can dream up!  And this is a great idea for kids!

Take care,

Crafty Ideas: Fall Crafts and Decorating

With fall fast approaching, I decided that I would scour the internet and some of my favorite blogs and websites looking for some great ideas for Halloween and fall decorating.  Here are a few that I found that I am thinking about doing myself:

 Love this sign!  Jump over to lil blue boo and view Ashley’s tutorial on how to make it.

How about this Jute Monogram Wreath over at the HGTV website?

Look at these cute little soft squash!  Great craft to do with the kids!

Look at this great fall wreath!  How-to’s over at

Love this door arrangement, again over at

Over at A Little Tipsy, Michelle has the cutest Halloween projects! Here are a couple of them, but stop by and check out the rest!

OK, I thought that I would look for some recipes to add.  I love fall baking!

The Bakery Spot has a list of 35 of yummy recipes, as you can see from the pictures above, for goodies to make using pumpkin, apples, and cinnamon.  All my favorites!

I think these crafting and baking ideas will get me started.  If you do any of these crafts, or bake any of these goodies, let me know and share pictures!  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Fall!!

Crafty Idea: Baby Washcloths

Looking for a quick and easy gift idea for a baby shower, or just to add something special to a baby gift? How about some cute baby washcloths!

I don’t have time for too many projects that take too much time to do lately, so when I found a tutorial  over at Zaaberry, to make these sweet baby washcloths, I knew this was it.

I only made a couple, but it takes no time at all, following her tutorial, to make several of these sweet and soft washcloths.

There are a couple of things that I did differently, and that’s because I am always looking for a shortcut.  That’s what happens when you never have enough time in a day, lol!

Where she made a template to use for her sewing line (and a wonderful idea she has to use old file folders!), I used a 6″ square ruler to draw mine.

I use a water-soluble marking pen to draw my line. Don’t forget to leave yourself an opening….I almost did!

When I was done sewing around each one, I clipped the corners before turning. I didn’t clip my seams, because I thought that having the seam allowance larger would keep them from coming apart of a lot of use. After turning the cloth right side out, I pressed it with an iron.

I then edge-stitched about 1/4″ from the edge.  This also closes the opening.  That’s it!

So, so easy! 

I just used remnants of some chenille and flannel that I had on hand to make these.  What a great idea! I think that I will make some more with cotton on the top now.

Thanks for stopping by, and stop over at Zaaberry for tons more inspiration!

Crafty Idea: Chalkboard Lids

I am always looking for creative ways to keep myself organized, that don’t take a lot of my time.  I love to collect jars that I can use anywhere in the house.  Since it’s canning season here, when I was looking at all of the jars I have collected, I decided that I would take some of my quilted jelly jars, and make good use of them.

One way I came up with is to use them to store some of the items that I need to get to quickly, in my sewing room.  I decided to make chalkboard lids to put on them.  This way, if I stacked them away in a box or drawer, I could write on the tops and see immediately what I have in them.

First locate the size of jars you want to put lids on.  If you are using canning jars and they are wide mouth, you will need wide mouth lids and bands, these are regular, so I used regular size lids and bands..  You can generally pick these up in grocery stores, and any stores that carry canning supplies. If you are using other jars that have lids already, use those.

I used Krylon chalkboard spray paint, which I found at my local Wal-Mart.

I set my bands (or you may call them rings) on a small 2 x 4 piece of wood to raise them up and make them easier to spray.  Please use a well ventilated room.  This was in my garage. I just laid the lids on a piece of newspaper.

Quick and easy storage!  These jars with the chalkboard lids are also great for use in the office, bathroom, or anywhere you can use some organization.

Leave me a comment and tell me where you would use them………

Time to Party!!!

I have to say that I have some of the most creative customers at Creative Trims, they come to me with the greatest crafting ideas! I really get to use my imagination helping them gather the ribbons that they need to make so many different and wonderful projects.  I want to share the latest project right here with you.

Jessica sent me this picture of the sweetest birthday hat!  I helped her gather the ribbon together so that she could make this for her little girl’s birthday.  I thought that it was so sweet, that I decided to make one so that I could show you some variation of this project.  Now mine is just not nearly as cute as this one, but I was just trying to get the steps into place.  I made mine for the celebration of our nation’s birthday, July 4th.

As you can see, I made this one a little simpler.  But it will give you the idea of what we came up with.  We did a few things different for hers, than what the upper picture shows.  But use your imagination, there are so many possibilities!

First gather your supplies:

Party hats
Glue – I used Fabri-Tac
Hole Punch

Then gather together your ribbon.  You only need yardage if you are making a lot of hats, exactly the same.  I have gather all red, white and blue, and most of the pieces are less than 1 yard.  You could also use the same color scheme and make each hat differently.  Make sure that you have ribbons that are different widths and textures for variety.

First I punched a hole in the top of the hat.  This is where you will tie on the ribbons.  I also removed the elastic strings so that I could add some ribbon ties to the hat.  Don’t remove the elastic unless you are going to add the ties.

Start cutting your ribbons and layering them on top of each other.  I just did slanted cuts, but you can do pinked edges, or a V-cut, whatever you prefer. I just guessed on a length for the ribbon.  If you want it to be a softer look, you may want them longer so they hang down a little more.  I cut each successive ribbon about 1/2″ shorter than the one it laid upon.

After you add as many ribbon layers you want, turn your stack over and lay it on the ribbon you will be tying them on with.  I used a 1/8″ satin ribbon here.  The first hat had a 3/8″ organza ribbon.  It’s up to you.  The organza will be a softer look, I was looking for a ‘fireworks’ look.

Then tie it on the top of the hat.  I slipped each side through the hole, one on each side:

I then pulled them through and around and tied them on the top into a knot.  You can also add a dab of glue to hold the ribbon in place if you would like.

Softer ribbon will be easier to tie on, and will drape more.

I then added some ties where the elastic string was:

I tied a knot in the ribbon, insert it through the holes on the sides and taped it in.  You could also add some glue to hold the ribbon better. I then tied a knot in the bottom end of the ribbon as well.

I attached some rick rack on this hat, around the base.  It only took a dab of glue every few inches.  The birthday hat has some ruffled organza ribbon attached to the bottom. If you cannot locate ruffled organza, take some wide (at least 1 1/2″) organza ribbon and do a basting stitch up the center of a piece of ribbon at least double the lenth of the measurement around the hat.  You can hand or machine baste the ribbon.  Then pull and gather the ribbon, and glue in place.

There you have it!

A special party hat for any celebration, that can be individualized for each recipient! And at a fraction of the price of purchasing them.

I hope that you found some inspiration and enjoy this project!


Crafty Wonderland Craft Show

There are so many talented people in the Northwest!  The Portland, Oregon area is so supportive of handmade, and there is always something going on for those that would like to purchase something made local.  One such venue is the Crafty Wonderland Craft show, which happens twice a year.  I was fortunate enough to get down to Portland this last Saturday, May 12, to check it out!

Crafty Wonderland Brochure
Crafty Wonderland Brochure

I not only wanted to see the wonderful items that were being sold there, but I wanted to get a chance to see if this may be something that I would like to apply for in the future.  The next show is for December.  This is a juried show, and you could tell by the products you found here.  Everything I looked at was top notch.  You could see the pride these vendors take in their craft.

Line-up ahead of us before opening.
Goodie Bag
Goodie Bag

The first 200 customers in the door received a tote bag with some wonderful goodies and coupons from the vendors.


Here are some of the goodies that I received!  My sister attended the show with me, and her bag had some things different than mine did.  This is a wonderful way to advertise your products! I know that I will be looking some of these vendors up to make future purchases from them.

Wasabi Coin Purse Class
Wasabi Coin Purse Class

There were a few classes/activities spread throughout the day that you could participate in.  These were free, and were just as much fun for adults as they were for the kids!

I tried to take some pictures (when the crowds weren’t in front of me) that would show the wide variety of vendors that were in attendance.

I was also interested in seeing how the vendor booths were set up, the banners and shop signs they used, props and tables, etc.  Since I haven’t done any shows, I really wanted to gather as much information that would help me make some decisions on what I may want to do for my own space.

All in all, it was a great trip!  I found some vendors that I will be contacting for future purchases, and gathered some really useful information, both about this particular sale, and to help me decide about any future shows.

Crafty Wonderland also has a retail store in Portland, where many vendors place their wares for sale.  If you’re ever in the area, stop by and visit them:  808 SW 10th Ave in downtown Portland. Check out some local handmade!

Thanks for stopping by!