Making Magic: Paper and Glue Wands

As this last week winds up our Summer, I am determined to slow down a bit, and enjoy my family.

Falafel came into the room and said she wanted to make wands (she has been listening to at least one of  the Harry Potter books on CD every day this Summer). I jumped at the chance to sit for a moment and craft with my girl (especially this one because it is one of my favorites).

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

If you need a tutorial to make your own, you can see mine here. You can also see some others we made here. All you need to make these is paper, hot glue, and paint. We also used tissue paper (for stuffing) and tape (to hold them tight). Oh and don’t forget to bring your imagination.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

I made this one. I love making them bronze. I have no idea why. Just seems magical to me. My Falafel, on the other hand, made hers a dark sparkly green/brown. She also made hers much shorter and wider. This is a craft of much creative freedom.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

I absolutely love the simplicity, and ease of making these. We always have materials to make them, so the convenience factor really pushes this one to the top of my list.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

Falafel said that hers reminds her of a flute, and she likes the way mine turned out, so of course I said that she could have them both. She has  been casting spells and pretending to play the flute like Hagrid ever since.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

It is amazing how making time to sit and create with my child helps me recharge. Did I need to make a wand? Probably not. But did I NEED to MAKE a wand? Absolutely.

What is YOUR favorite craft to make with your children?

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

I had several requests for a class to teach how to sew rope bowls. I am not offering a class (yet) but have the next best thing….

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

What’s even better is, I will teach you how to use pieces of rope to do it. I love being able to save these little pieces from the landfill, and give them purpose once again. My friend Liesl of Pioneering the Simple Life (among other things) sparked this newfound passion when I asked for rope, and she offered pieces that washed up on a local beach. I thought “Why not?!”, and gave it a whirl. And you know, the bowls I made with them are my very favorites.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

This is one of them, pictured above

The one I am showing you today was made from an old hammock! I had my girls unknot it (in exchange for extra media time). Some pieces are long and some are short, but they all are sturdy and work perfectly for this.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

After it was made, I set it in a shallow amount of navy blue dye. It bled up the sides and created this subtle ombre effect. I really want to play with this a whole bunch more.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

If I have piqued your interest, head over to Instructables, and check it out!

More Zippered Change Purses

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Zippered Change Purses

Remember the change purse I made for our friend’s graduation? Well, I thought they would make great teacher gifts, too, so I quickly whipped more of these up to give away, yesterday!

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I adore this fabric. It is all colorful and happy. We all need more happy, don’t you think?

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

I am also thrilled that I had enough of this pigeon fabric to make another wallet. That bird makes me giggle.

zippered changed purses made with a FREE pattern

If you are looking for Noodlehead’s FREE pattern, click here.

 I cannot believe this school year is over. I think we are all more than ready for Summer.

What have YOU made for teacher gifts this year?

 

Making a tablecloth for a patio table with an umbrella

I made another Instructable! This time it shows how to make a tablecloth with a hole in the center for an outdoor umbrella to go through.

DIY tablecloth with a hole for an umbrella Tutorial

We have this beat up old plastic table that really doesn’t come clean anymore, so I needed a cover for it that would allow us to still use the umbrella.This is a super quick and easy project. It actually took longer to write the tutorial than it did to make it (and I even made the tablecloth from an old bedsheet).

Head over and make a tablecloth or two.

30 Days of Sundresses: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

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I am so thrilled to be a part of 30 Days of Sundresses this year! This series has been going on since 2012 and it has always included such talented sewists. Tons of free patterns and tutorials, just for you! I am honored to share my fabric splatter paint tutorial with you today.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

First, gather up your supplies:

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

acrylic paints (however many colors you would like to use)

empty spray bottles

white sheet/ or fabric

water

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

To prepare the paint, you squirt some of the acrylic paint into the spray bottle. I did about a tablespoon. Then add about a cup of water to that. Shake to mix.Test it on scrap fabric. The more you dilute it, the better.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Hang your sheet up somewhere you don’t mind getting painty. Add one child/person who would love to get messy (wearing clothes you don’t care about getting messy). Spray!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

My daughter went a little heavy in parts, which made the fabric stiff. If you can, limit how much spraying goes on. Letting the white shine through is a good thing. I also had her do a second piece, and I watered down the paint even more, which helps too (not shown).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Plan on getting covered in paint (which, according to her, is the best part!).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

After it completely dries, throw the whole sheet in the dryer for a few minutes to heat set your paint. If you need to soften it up a bit, you can then machine wash it with a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Then dry again.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Sew up one of your favorite sundress patterns using your new fabric! For the bottom of this dress, I used the very watered down painted sheet. I like how it looks like the top is running.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Now your girl can sport fabric designs she actually made!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Thank you for stopping by! If you decide to give this a try, please show me what you make!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

If you haven’t been, yet, head over to Melly Sews to check out some of the other tutorials.

Where you can find my tutorial today: Hemming a Circle Skirt

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You can find me today over at Sew Mama Sew sharing my tutorial for hemming a circle skirt! I have it down, now, and actually enjoy hemming them!

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Plus it gave me an excuse to make another one of these. I used the Amaryllis Dress (affiliate link) by Blank Slate Patterns (like the one I made here).

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I love this pattern so much. And that fabric? I found it on clearance, for $5/yard! This pattern takes a surprising amount of fabric, so getting it at that price was so helpful. circlepreview4m

If you would like to learn how to hem a circle skirt (or curved hem), hop on over to Sew Mama Sew!

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 Happy Tuesday!

I am going to be reminding myself what day it is all day today. Ha!

 

Adults making friendship bracelets

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Making Friendship Bracelets Tutorial

Today I am teaching a class for adults on making friendship bracelets. I used to adore making these as a teen, and I still do. It is a great meditative exercise.

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I truly love the simplicity of taking string, and knotting it to make something pretty.

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I am teaching the class how to make three different kinds of bracelets.

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This one is a fishtail braid, which is new to me, but so pretty.

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I have been making this kind, forever.

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Years ago, in my early 20’s, a friend of mine came over to my house, we watched The Doors movie (which you can get with my affiliate link, if you like that sort of thing), and she wrapped my hair using the same method as I used for this bracelet, pictured above. It took the entire length of the movie, because I had such long hair back then, but it was so worth it. I kept it in for about a month.

I created a tutorial over at Instructables for only one of the designs, so you can make one of these for yourself!

My first Instructable

It happened! I finally made my way over, and created my very first Instructable!

If you are here from there: Welcome!

I am so excited about it. I just entered it into the DIY dress contest that is going on. Here are a few photos of what I made.

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Many of you have asked how I refashion. Now you can find out! Head over to Instructables, and make one for yourself.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye recipes

Cutting it close again this year, we just dyed our eggs yesterday, and I thought I would share the recipes and methods we used, as they have evolved slightly over the years. I am so glad that today I can share my free printable Natural Egg Dye recipes, with you.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Brace yourself for a long informational post.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes

We tried something new this year. Onion Skin dyeing with imprinting plant material.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

We gathered up a bunch of pretty leaves and flowers in our yard.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

I placed the flowers and leaves around the uncooked egg, and covered it with a piece of old tights and knotted the end.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Place onion skins along with the wrapped eggs in a pot and cover with water. I added 1 TBSP of vinegar. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cover for 20 minutes.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Remove from stove, carefully pour out water, and run cold water over eggs. When cool, snip the tights off.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Please excuse my daughter’s dirty fingernails and fake arm tattoo.

 What we didn’t realize is that the pattern on the tights would make an imprint too! We both liked it even better than the imprint left by the flowers and leaves.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Next we made a Turmeric dye (and we even dipped the imprinted ones in it too).

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

This one is the easiest out of all three and produces such lovely yellow eggs! First boil your eggs. Cool and place aside.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

In a pot, boil 4 cups of water, 1 TBSP vinegar, and 1 TBSP salt. When it comes to a boil, remove it from the heat (or else it will boil over- believe me) and add 4-6 TBSP of turmeric and stir to dissolve. When it is cool, place your eggs in. We placed ours in the fridge for a few hours to set. Be careful with this one since it stains everything it touches! Take out and dry eggs in egg carton (if you have it) and place whole thing on towel so it doesn’t stain your counter or table.

  Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Last, we did my personal favorite, and the smelliest one of all. Red cabbage!

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Boil eggs and cool. Place aside. Take a whole head of red cabbage and chop it up roughly. Place in large pot with 4 cups of water (or enough to cover), 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar. Bring to a boil. Then reduce to simmer, and cover for 30 minutes. At this point you may want to open some windows or air out your home because it will smell like boiled cabbage (unless you like that sort of thing, and in that case, enjoy!).

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Drain out cabbage pieces, and cool liquid. Once cooled, place your boiled eggs in and put in the fridge for a few hours or until desired color is achieved.

  Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

The two dark eggs were brown eggs that we dipped in blue.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

Admire your incredibly beautiful eggs.

Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

All three recipes are on this handy dandy printable so you can dye eggs without your electronic device.

Onion Skin, Turmeric, Red Cabbage Egg Dyes

Ingredients

    For Onion Skin:
  • Flowers, leaves, or anything you want to imprint
  • Old tights/ stockings (if you use one with a pattern, there is no need for anything else to imprint)
  • Onion skins (the more the merrier)
  • 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • Water to cover
  • Pot to boil in
  • Eggs
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  • For Turmeric:
  • 4-6 TBSP Tumeric, 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • 4 cups of water, pot to boil in, and eggs
  • **********
  • For Cabbage:
  • Whole head chopped red cabbage, 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar
  • 4 cups of water, pot to boil in, and eggs

Instructions

    For Onion Skins with imprint:
  1. Place leaves or flowers on top of your uncooked egg then wrap with a piece of stocking
  2. Tie a knot in the end
  3. Fill a pot with onion skins and the uncooked egg bundles
  4. Cover it with water and add TBSP of vinegar
  5. Bring to a boil
  6. Reduce to simmer and cover for 20 minutes
  7. Remove from heat, and run under cold water until eggs are cooled
  8. Cut open on a towel (or surface you can get dirty)
  9. Let dry
  10. For Turmeric:
  11. Hard boil eggs first and cool. Place aside.
  12. Boil 1 TBSP salt and 1 TBSP white vinegar together
  13. Remove from heat and stir in Turmeric.
  14. Allow to cool, then add your eggs
  15. Place in fridge to dye for a few hours or until desired color is achieved.
  16. Take out and dry eggs
  17. For Red Cabbage:
  18. Hard boil Eggs first and cool. Place aside.
  19. Boil chopped cabbage, 1 TBSP vinegar, and 1 TBSP salt.
  20. Reduce to simmer and cover for 30 minutes.
  21. Drain out cabbage pieces, and cool liquid
  22. Once cooled, add your eggs to dye
  23. Place in fridge and leave for a few hours, or until desired color is achieved.
  24. Take out eggs and dry
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Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes by Falafel and the Bee

I love that we use all natural ingredients. I feel better about my kids handling them, and even eating them. Please let me know if you use my recipes! I would love to see how yours turn out.

Happy Egg Dyeing!

The Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie tutorial

My brother-in-law and his partner just added this sweet little guy to their family.

Meet Mr. Peabody

Mr. Peabody the pug

When I saw his photo, I thought he needed a bow tie. AmIright?

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

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Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

I thought I would whip up a few of these simple velcro bow ties for that cutie pug. I made them very adjustable and three different sizes since he is still growing.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Here’s how I did it.

Cut 3 strips.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

First, sew that long piece into a strap. You iron it like you are making bias tape. Before you begin, iron the short sides in to about 1/4″. Fold in half long ways, then fold the sides in to meet the middle, and then together again, forming a strip.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Next, sew down both sides securing it in place.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

You can sew on the velcro now, or wait until later. Put aside. Pick up the bow tie main piece.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Fold so the long edges meet and sew into a tube. Turn right sides out, centering the seam and press.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Fold the short raw sides together and sew. Turn so the raw edges are on the inside. Place aside.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Sew the tiny center one into a tube (long sides together) and turn right sides out. Join the short raw ends together and sew into a ring, just like you did with the main bow tie piece.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Now slip the small ring onto the strap. Squeeze bow tie piece through the ring. Tack in place with zigzag stitch or bartack.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Easy peasy.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

Disclaimer: If you do make one for a dog, make sure you watch that they don’t get it caught on anything. This is just for fun photos, not to be used in place of an actual collar.

Mr. Peabody the pug Bow Tie Tutorial

This tutorial would work for people bow ties too.

I hope they take some fun photos of Mr. Peabody in his very smart bow ties!