To complement the simple Halloween banner I made last week, how about a super quick fabric scrap Halloween garland! It took me less than a hour to make this but I love how it turned out. I’m all about fast and easy holiday sewing – we just pulled out the handmade astronaut costume I made my son and it took me about the same amount of time as this. You could make this as long or as short as you’d like; I don’t have a fireplace mantel to display garlands on but it sure looks cute up on the wall. I can totally picture this in Christmas fabric, and Valentine’s Day too!
I made indigo shibori curtains!! I wish I had some before pictures, but you’ll have to trust me, I convinced myself and my husband that hot pink walls would be fun in our bedroom (while I was pregnant). After I’d had the baby and regained my sanity, I realized I was not a fan and we switched to a clean, crisp white! I had already bought white curtains, which was a little too monochromatic. I’d been experimenting with indigo dye already (Be sure to check out my full review of my favorite indigo dye kit in this post!) so I decided to try my hand at diy shibori indigo curtains!
100% honesty, these didn’t turn out how I had envisioned. But, I learned a lot and thought I’d share since I couldn’t find any perfect tutorials online when I started looking. I like the pop of color they give my wall, and that they’re imbued with happy memories of making them with my friend! Hopefully this can give you some things to consider if you want to try it yourself.
I love giving handmade gifts, and my brain ticks year round thinking of ideas for friends and family. One of my friends loves organic gear and indigo dye so I struck on making her a simple throw blanket! This is technically a no-sew project; I did serge the edges but that is more for aesthetics than function. I had so much fun making her a shibori indigo blanket, I made myself one too. Be sure to check out my full review of my favorite indigo dye kit in this post!
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My Mom was always tinkering, crafting, and making something by hand when I was growing up. I love honoring that memory by making her handmade gifts, and it is even more fun when I can involve my kids! It can be a challenge to come up with gift ideas kids can help with that will actually be used and enjoyed (macaroni noodle photo frame, anyone?) but I love the resist painting method. We made DIY finger painted bookmarks together, washing our hands in between colors with SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™, and they turned out great!