I have experimented with lots of different tag options (I shared a bunch of them in a wash test, here) but I think my favorite so far are twill tape & fabric ink stamped DIY labels! I chime in often on Facebook groups about sewing and always get follow up questions on what stamp pad I use, so I thought I’d put in one spot for reference. This is a dirt cheap way to label your handmade clothes, and the stamped designs have held up well over the years with lots of washing.
I have a fun, easy little bird pattern to share today, as a part of the Sew A Softie group. I love the Sew A Softie community – Trixi from Coloured Buttons organizes it and all over the world, bloggers share free softie patterns and organize softie sewing workshops. Her passion for getting kids started sewing is lovely; you can see my review of her e-book for kids sewing here. In the past I have shared a free sheep softie and a free pocket kitty softie, this Christmas season I have a jingle bird!
My kids are always making things, which I love, so they love to help make presents along with me. They had so much fun painting this Christmas banner with me, I decided to extend the concept and have them test an ornament that kids can make. Messy painting makes for clean, pretty ornaments with one special tool; they had fun making these and I love how they turned out for gifting to the Grandmas!
I’m sharing this tutorial as a part of a blog hop for kid-made ornaments, hosted by Crafty Mama in Me, so scroll to the bottom and click through to see other ideas for ornaments kids can make!
With about a month and a half left until Christmas, you have plenty of time to stitch up a few ornaments with my free DIY embroidered snowflake ornament pattern! Sewn with a simple back stitch, this would be a perfect first embroidery project for someone who has always been wanting to try it out. I added sequins and seed beads just for fun, since I had a bunch left over from this ornament that I made last year.
I designed this as a part of the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home.