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DIY ~ Add Sparkle to your Gloves

Sequins are so hot right now, especially at this festive time of year. I found this shirt at the goodwill with a band of sequins around the bottom and decided to update a pair of new gloves. So I bought some cheap gloves from Target and made my own sparkly gloves. I love how they turned out and I hope you do too.


~A pair of Gloves/Mittens

~Sequin band of material(you can buy this at a fabric store)

~Sewing Machine

~Needle and Thread

1. Cut a piece of sequin material to the size of the glove opening when its spread open.

2. Using a sewing machine, sew the right sides together, making sure there is enough room to sew without hitting the sequins but also close enough so that the seam is hidden.

3. Using a needle and thread, sew to the inside of the gloves. I used a large bangle bracelet inside the glove so I could sew on the sequin extension. Its very important that the glove be stretched when sewing because the gloves need to stretch open to put them on.

Enjoy as your own or give as a gift!

DIY Rose Ring

This is super easy and super fast and pretty cheap if you can find some plastic rings on clearance.


~Plastic Ring (I found mine at Target, halloween clearance 90% off)

~1 1/2″ wide X 11″ length piece of fabric

~1″ round piece of velvet

~Glue gun

~Needle & Thread

1. Fold the fabric in half and sew along the raw edge with the widest stitch. Gather by pulling only one of the strings.

2. Starting at one end, roll up to make a rose and sew together.

3. Using your glue gun put glue on the back of the rose and press the plastic ring into the glue.

4. Cut two slits in the round velvet piece to fit around the ring and glue into place, making sure to cover any raw edges of the flower.

5. You can add a pearl or some other little decoration or leave plain.


DIY Altoid Tin/Scrabble Tile Magnet Set

Have you ever wondered what could be done with those Altoid or mint tins you have laying around? Well here is an idea for you. This is a great gift for kids to make for their teachers or even for their friends. Its a fairly easy project. And if you have a lot of Scrabble tiles you can make some great words or sayings.


~Scrabble Tiles

~Magnets(round work best)

~Hot Glue Gun

~Altoid/Mint tin


~Spray adhesive


1. Take your magnets and hot glue them to your scrabble tiles.

2. Cut a piece of paper to fit inside the tin lid & bottom. Using spray adhesive, spray the tin and fit your paper in.

3. Using your spray adhesive, spray on the top of the tin and attach the paper decorations of your choice.

I used a gift label and attached ribbons and scrap material to it to make it pretty. This was a fairly quick project.


Simple Ruffle Kitchen Towels

I had good intentions to get this post written this morning but I didn’t sleep last night due to some strange painful spasm in my neck that kept me awake all night. When I got up I made my way to the acupuncturist to get some relief.

Anyhow I have been trying to get my gifts done for the holiday, earlier than later is my hopes so I wanted to share with you all something I made recently, these simple kitchen towels with a ruffle. Perfect gift for the cook in your life.

All you need is a kitchen hand towel(or you can use a hand towel for the bathroom) and a ruffle of some sort. oh and of course a sewing machine. I used ruffles from this dress and just pinned them on and then sewed them on.

Super easy! Give it a try!

DIY – 5 Minute Napkin Wine Bag

This is so simple and fast, under 5 minutes. You can use this for your wine or sparkling cider.

Great way to wrap up the gift of drink this Christmas!

Supplies: Ribbon and Cloth Napkin(I find single cloth napkins at the thrift stores for pennies)

1. Fold the napkin in half, right sides together. 2. Pin the ribbon onto the side, making sure to have the ribbon ends on the inside of the bag. 3. Sew all the way down the bag and around the bottom, leaving the top open.

And there you have it! Super easy and super cheap!

You can stop there or you can take it a step further and use some chalk board paint and do what I did below.

Use a template, oval would be better, but I didn’t have one.

Using chalkboard paint, paint in the template of choice.

Let dry and its ready to write on.

12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 12 ~ Spool Candle Holder

It has been a busy two weeks for me and I hope it has been for you too! Have you made any of the DIY projects I gave you?

I hope so.

For day 12 I have this cute little spool candle holder.


~Glass Candle Holder (I used ones that the candles had been burned out)

~Paper or Fabric (I used vintage fabric)

~Vintage Large Spools (These are vintage spools)

~Gorilla Glue

~Mod Podge

~Paint & Paint Brush

~Tea Light Candle

1. Take off the paper on each end of the spool and paint whatever color you like, you only need to color the ends.

2. Take your fabric or paper and cut to fit around the middle of the spool. Use Mod Podge to secure.

3. Use Mod Podge to decorate the glass candle holder, cutting and attaching whatever paper or fabric you would like.

4. To attach the glass to the wood you need a bonding agent like Gorilla Glue. You only need a very little, too much and it will foam over the sides.

5. Let dry for two hours and add any other decoration you would like. Add a couple of tea lights and you are done!


12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 11 ~ Ruffle Note Cards

I had so much fun making these. I love sending letters, so its great when I have fun note cards like these to send. And the best part is that they did not take a lot of time or talent, super easy and super cute!


~Coordinating Fabric

~Sewing Machine

~Note Cards and Envelopes


1. Cut 2 strips of fabric double the length of your note card, one 2″ width and one 6″ width.

2. Gather your 6″ width fabric on top of your note card and then gather the 2″ width piece on top of that.

3. Sew straight down the middle using a zig zag stitch. Don’t forget to back stitch at the beginning and end. Holding it in place while sewing can be tough.

Bundle them in sets of 4 and you have a great little gift to give along with some of these or these.


12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 10 ~ Recipes Book

My daughter has been telling me how she wished she knew how to cook like me and that’s exciting for me to hear but it also makes me realize that I didn’t give her a chance to cook in the kitchen enough and that makes me sad. Well good things come from realizations and that’s where this Recipe Book came from. I figured I needed to help her get her cooking groove on, so I put this together for her. This was very simple and remember it doesn’t have to be Christmas themed.


~Recipe Cards(3×5 cards work too)

~Contact Paper

~Ring(cuz I don’t know a better name for it)

~Mod Podge

~Chipboard or Cardboard from a cereal box

~Scrap Fabric

~Hole Punch

1. Trace the recipe card onto the cardboard box and cut out.

2. Put Mod Podge all over the cardboard cut out and put the fabric over it and then cover the fabric with more Mod Podge.

3. Decorate with whatever you want using Mod Podge. I added some glitter and letters to spell Recipes.

4. After you fill out your recipe cards with your favorite recipes, cover them with contact paper and punch holes in the corner.

5. Take a few scraps or fabric or ribbon and tie onto the ring. I still have not figured out if it will stay this way.


12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 9 ~ Simple Shabby Broach

It doesn’t take much time to put together a sweet little country style broach like these ones. I had so much fun making these for the ladies in my family. I made these a little more Christmas colored, you can use whatever fabric you would like.


~Fabric Rose – Tutorials here and here.

~3 inch strips of 1/2 wide fabric

~Broach Pin

~Needle & Thread

~To & From Tag – optional

1. Take the strips of fabric and criss cross them on top of each other. I used about 7 strips.

2. Put the flower on top of the strips of fabric and pinch together around the flower.

3. Sew the pieces of fabric onto the flower, making sure to cover up the raw edges of the flower.

4. Sew the broach pin onto the back of the flower. At this point you have the option to glue a piece of material over the pin, so you dont see the sewing.

Optional step # 5. Use a piece of stamped piece of paper as a to and from gift tag.


12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 8 ~ Fabric Clothespins

This is so fun and so easy, but so versatile – You can use these to decorate your Christmas gifts or add a magnet to the back to hold papers on the fridge and the best thing to use these for is to hold chips or other food packages closed. These would make great gifts along with the some of these dish cloths in a coordinating fabric.



~Mod Podge

~Razor blade


1. Take apart your clothespins.

2. Take your Mod Podge and cover your clothespins, lay a piece of fabric over the clothespin and cover again with Mod Podge.

3. When its completely dry and hard, use your razor blade to cut off the excess.

4. Put your clothes pins back together and package.

Or put a small flower on top for a gift tag.

Or attach to a marshmallow bag to keep it closed.