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Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Because you needed another placemat tutorial. You were desperately looking for something else to make from all those gorgeous placemats you couldn’t pass up in the Target aisle. I got your back, friend.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagThis is EASY! Perfect for beginners for a quick project, easy enough to do the day of giving, too (guilty!). Why present a wine gift to the host/hostess in a boring gift bag when you can MAKE one that is wayyyyyy cooler?

Find yourself a lovely placemat. The one I chose has a lining on the back, but don’t fret if yours doesn’t — it isn’t necessary. Just be sure to read the notes below.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagFold your placemat in half lengthwise so the right sides are facing together.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagMeasure in 3-6 inches, start there and sew back and forth a few times, then sew down the length, turn and sew down the short end, and sew back and forth again.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

It should look like this when you’re done!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

***Now take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the seam you just made on the short end. NOTE: I did this because the existing seam was too thick with the lining. If your placemat isn’t lined, you won’t need to do this. I also forgot to take a picture. Woops. But you can see it in the next one.

Now, take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the long seam you just made, just down at the bottom where it meets the short sewn end. This will just make it easier to put in the gusset on the bottom of the bag.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGrab the bottom of the bag and squeeze it! Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Squeeze from the folded side so the bottom pops out and use your fingers to fold over the corners toward the center. They will go in about an inch or so.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGet your needle & thread ready, and hand stitch those corners down.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDoesn’t have to be fancy. Clearly. They won’t see this so feel free to just wing it.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDo both sides so it looks like this!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagTurn the bag right-side out. Isn’t she pretty?

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDepending on the kind of ribbon you have, you may need to seal it so it doesn’t fray. Ever hear of this stuff?

Fray Check is AWESOME – I use it all the time. Perfect for ribbon ends & sealing off small bits that you don’t want to fray.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagInsert bottle, tie a bow…

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagVOILA!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

A thoughtful handmade gift to go with your pal’s favorite vino.

Enjoy! Hope your pal share’s her wine with you… :o)

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Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

Wrap it up! Under my tree this holiday season…

Hello, my name is Danielle, and I hoard wrapping paper.Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

I bet you thought I was going to say FABRIC! Well, that too, but I really love wrapping paper almost as much. All things paper, really. The colors, the designs, the way you can make something that is blah look so beautiful with something as simple as paper…

You know how much I love gifting and wrapping presents, so Christmas presents (see what I did there?) a wonderful opportunity for me to get my creative on every year. This year in particular is going to be sweet because of the greatest find ever — wrapping paper on ZAZZLE!

Oh yeah – my favorite customization shoppe has an enormous collection of designs, some you can even personalize before you order! And we are talking all kinds of color here, not just your everyday normal red and green (though they have that too!). The quality is great, it’s very easy to fold. You can get rolls in different sizes, and you can select a matte or glossy option (I myself am a matte girl).

Save Before you ShopAlways go to the Deals Page FIRST and grab a discount code!

Here are some of my favorites — I went with some non-traditional color schemes and designs.

I’m really loving all things Navy right now, especially with white and gold…. Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

This is one of my designs! It also comes in red and teal…I love how large the print is and the Navy is just gorgeous. Navy Christmas Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

Don’t you love that faux gold herringbone print as well? You can find that one here. Navy, White and Gold Christmas Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

I love red, black and white for a wintry color scheme as well. I found these two prints and went gaga over them. Black, White and Red Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

The chalkboard printed tree is so cute! I added a felt red ribbon and a chalkboard clothespin to hold my tag. Chalkboard Tree Print

And this large format print is just SO COOL!Large Print White, Red and Black Wrapping Paper

 

These cute little tree round tags I found at the craft store go perfect with it! deerhead

 

Let’s not forget our best friends, the dogs in our life. Or the dog lovers, they’d like this wrapping paper, too! Dog Wrapping Paper for Christmas A little twine and a chalkboard tag to make it even more adorable.. Dog Wrapping Paper for Christmas

So be UNIQUE this Christmas!

Don’t get stuck wrapping your gifts using the same paper as everyone else!

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Check out the entire holiday collection of wrapping paper available on Zazzle, or even better, try to CREATE YOUR OWN! Make a collage of family pictures to wrap family gifts with, or make one roll with just pictures of each child and wrap their gifts in them…

So many opportunities for cuteness, people!

Happy Wrapping!
Up to 65% off on Zazzle.com

*** Affiliate Disclosure: I am a Zazzle affiliate and receive a few pennies if you purchase through my links. But I wouldn’t share it if I didn’t LOVE it, people! XOXO, -D

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Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

When you really get into sewing, you start to see fabric everywhere. Seriously. Everywhere. I don’t get rid of clothes anymore if the fabric is sew-worthy, as evidenced by my upcycle/recycle/refashion posts! But now I can’t even go through the grocery store without eyeing the tiny section of kitchen towels that are in the baking aisle.

And Target? FUHGHETTABOUDIT. Towels, kitchen towels, napkins, shower curtains, sheets, placemats, table runners…. there is fabric everywhere, and lots of super cute prints, too!

Guess how this tutorial came about? Yep. Walking by the kitchen linen aisle and spotted this GORGEOUS placemat.

Placemat Clutch

I mean seriously, it is so beautiful and has such great texture.

Placemat Clutch

I ended up buying two – one in this coral color and another in a lovely mustard for a later project!

So anyway, this placemat happens to be lined (bonus!) which made my mind start shouting ideas at me in a tourette-like fashion: BAG! Pillow. Coasters. CLUTCH!ย  Ah, yes, I think a clutch is perfect.

I wanted to make a very stiff, structured clutch – not the floppy kind (I feel like stuff would fall out of a floppy clutch, but you can skip this step if you want a floppy one for yourself), so in lieu of interfacing I used stiffened felt.

Placemat Clutch - Stiffened Felt

WHAT, you say? Stiffened felt. I love this stuff and I use it all the time! The placemat is 14×19 and a sheet of the stiffened felt is 12×18 so it fits perfectly inside. You can get it at your local craft store, or by all means, use some interfacing that is stiff if you want more structure to your clutch.

You’ll also need some velcro. There are several kinds of velcro, and truth be told I would have preferred sew-on velcro instead of the kind with the sticky back (gums up the needle!) but you use what you have on hand sometimes… so if you’re going to get supplies, get sew-on velcro instead of sticky! ๐Ÿ™‚

Placemat Clutch - Velcro

So now the fun begins. Slice open one of the short ends of the placemat…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Stuff the felt inside…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Push it all the way in, there will be a little room on all sides.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Set your machine to a zigzag stitch…

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and sew that baby back up! Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom to seal off the thread. You won’t sew through the felt since it is shorter than the placemat.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now isn’t that lovely? Hold up the placemat and shake it around a bit so the felt makes it back to the center.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next you’re going to fold your very stiff placemat into a clutch. Get ready, you’ll need some muscle.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

You can fold it to where you want it, what looks good or feels comfortable to you, but if you’re a stickler for measurements (I am NOT), I measured for you and folded up to leave 4.5 inches on the top flap, as you can see pictured here:

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I put pins to mark my place and went back to the sewing machine. Using a straight stitch, I started at the pin and went straight down to the bottom. Since the placemat is lined and you have the felt in there, your machine and needle will basically tell you where to sew and give you your seam allowance – it’s about 1/4 -1/2 inch. Be sure to go back and forth a few times at the top and bottom again, to secure your thread.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This fabric hides your thread & seam so nicely!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Now go sew up the other side, too..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

..and check your work out — you now have a lovely pocket!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Next step: use your muscles to fold that top down. Press it really well, it’s going to want to pop back up on you. I set my laptop on mine for a while just to tell it who is boss.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

This is where the velcro comes in. AGAIN – I want to reiterate that sew-on velcro is much preferred over the sticky-back velcro I am using here. Trust me. I went through 2 needles!

Pick your spot where you want the velcro placed and pin it in place.

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

I joined the velcro once pinned and folded the top of my clutch over to get my spot for the second piece on the main body of the clutch like this..

Placemat Clutch - Make it!Placemat Clutch - Make it!… and then secured the second piece of velcro.

Break out your needle and thread and sew those puppies on!

Placemat Clutch - Make it!

Be sure to go through the placemat and the felt or interfacing if you used it — you’ll want it to be secure and not to pull away from the structure of the clutch. I used a contrasting thread, I thought it would be cute!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Since I used the sticky-back velcro, I had to use all my power to push the needle through. But the end result was worth the sore thumb muscles!

Placemat Clutch - Make It!Once you’ve sewn both pieces of velcro on..

Placemat Clutch - Make It!You’re done!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!Isn’t she pretty? Dramatic, but still so very classy!

Placemat Clutch - Finished!ย Makes a great gift, too – and they will be SUPER impressed when you tell them you made it yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Sewing!

Sew Easy Placemat Clutch

 

 

 

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas from Zazzle

Mother’s Day Gifts from Zazzle

May is almost upon us which means that it is just about time to remind the Moms of the world just how special and amazing they are. I didn’t get it before, not really, but now that I am a Mom, I have the inside scoop. Being a Mom isn’t always easy — it is often hard, stressful, exhausting… but it can also be so amazing, joyful and full of SO MUCH love (it can’t be quantified!). Our Moms deserve props! So now is your chance to tell the Moms in your life that they ROCK, and to thank them for putting up with  loving you and taking such great care of you.

I hand picked a few items from Zazzle to share — some nice things I like and thought other Moms might too. A few of them have a little Stickelberry touch to them, but do check out the enormous selection of amazing gifts on Zazzle’s website — and take advantage of the Mother’s Day sale!

Now through MAY 4th – get 50% off Express Shipping by using code ZEXPRESS4HER at checkout!! 

I love these mirror compacts! They are so cute — they come in a few different shapes, a bazillion different designs and colors, and if you want you can customize them with a monogram like I did. Compact Mirrors

They are the perfect size for a purse or small clutch! It has the up close and personal mirror on the bottom, too…perfect for obsessing over stray eyebrow hairs. Mother's Day Gifts from ZazzleYou can find my designs here or browse through the entire collection available here.

Another one of my favorites, these cute paper journals are great for Moms who take notes, jot down ideas, doodle (my favorite pastime), and make lists! I love this design (not mine!) and hope my Mother-in-law likes it too (she’s totally reading this right now). Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle Small enough to fit in your purse, and super cute. Here it is next to the compact mirror to give you an idea of the size. Mother's Day Gifts Ideas - journal

I love that most of them are customizable, so you can put in whatever words you want!  You can find this design here, or browse the entire collection here.

And now, hands down one of my favorite gifts (drumroll, please): The GINORMOUS, personalized box of chocolates. Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle - Chocolate!No no no no… that picture doesn’t do it justice (but aren’t those kids cute?! You can put your own on it, obviously, but I like those little fellas right there ;)). Let’s try this one — check out the SIZE..Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle - Chocolate!Seriously. That’s NOT a mini coffee mug – that’s like my everyday jumbo mug. The box itself is gorgeous, totally a keepsake item!Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle - Chocolate!..and did I mention it’s full of CHOCOLATE!? Beautiful chocolate no less, and you can get all one type, a giant bar, or a mix like I did here. You can find this design (Stickelberry!) here, or browse through the entire collection here.

So… you have all these gifts, and you need something special to put them in, right? Mom deserves a better container than a paper gift bag. How about something cute, sweet, meaningful and REUSABLE? Enter the Mom tote.Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Mom Tote BagIt’s perfect for everyday use, for anything she can think of.. groceries, books, toting stuff to and from your house, you name it. Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Mom Tote BagThey are very affordable and they have a natural element that makes them so lovely, too. Does the design look familiar? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Mom Tote BagIt can be rolled or folded up into a tiny little square for easy, compact storage. Moms love that. You can find this design here, or browse through the entire collection here, and you may even want to try MAKING YOUR OWN with pictures of family!

Mother's Day Gift IdeasgSo there you have it! My favorite picks from Zazzle for Mother’s Day. Do go and check out what they have to offer if you haven’t already. zazzleLetterform_blackI also HIGHLY recommend signing up for the free trial of Zazzle Black, which gives you free shipping for 30 days, and then a nominal fee of $9.95 annually. This more than pays for itself if you order from them often (I’m guilty)!

Hope you Moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

 

*I am a Zazzle affiliate, which means I will make a teeny tiny amount of commission from any products purchased through my links. I wouldn’t share them with you if I didn’t love them!!!

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Children's Art Gallery

Children’s Art Gallery

Children's Art GalleryYour child brings home an amazing work of art, so of course you need to hang it up — put it on display for everyone to ooooh and ahhhh at, and to show everyone how proud you are of your little Picasso (and it gives your little ones all the feels). So on the fridge it goes…. but really, your little artiste deserves so much more! So why not create a gallery just for the kiddos?

This is a super simple project for even the not-so-handy, and of course you can personalize or change it up however you want — I’m just giving you the basic idea to get started if you want to make your own.

I chose a wall in the kids’ playroom to do this, where I had the space and where the pieces of art would fit right in with the “decor.”

I found a banner that was double sided, with some funky colors and patterns on one side, and a chalkboard surface on the other.ย It came with some great twine, but you can always find your own in any color. Children's Art Gallery

You could also make your own bunting using scrapbook paper, use or not use the chalk feature, purchase or print letters on your own, etc. The sky is the limit on this one. Children's Art GalleryI wrote “A”, “R”, and “T” out on the three of the pennants, and strung the twine through the holes. (If you’re using scrapbook paper, you’ll need a hole punch).Children's Art Gallery

To hang up the banner I just used push pins. ๐Ÿ™‚pushpins

For the artwork hangers, I found a bag of these cool chalkboard clothespins and decided to take the extra pennants from the banner I wasn’t using and cut out a shape to stick them to. clothespins3

I used my good old standby, the sticky dots. Children's Art Gallery

On the back of that stack I used a mounting square and stuck it to the wall. They come off easily, and leave no marks. ๐Ÿ˜‰ wallmounts3

Cute, right?Children's Art Gallery

My son’s Montessori school does the most beautiful art projects and he is always SO excited to bring a new one home and hang it up in the gallery. When it’s time to retire one, I take a picture of it with my phone and upload it to artkive — this great app that lets you create hardcover books of your kid’s artwork!

The Stickel Art Gallery… featuring the works of Logan G. Stickel.

Children's Art Gallery

Do you have an art gallery or wall for your kiddo’s masterpieces? I would love for you to share them with me!

Until next time!

xoxo, D

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