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Printable DIY Valentines for Kids

Amusing and free printable DIY valentines cards. All you need is a few packs of highlighter markers from the Dollar Store to create these really fun Valentine's for kids!

I went to the Dollarama the other day to see if I could find some inspiration for Valentine’s Day projects. I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with myself. Haha! I love a good pun, so I came up with “You high-light up my life!” 😀 I hope I’m not the only one who is completely amused by these punny printable DIY valentines! 

Amusing and free printable DIY valentines cards. All you need is a few packs of highlighter markers from the Dollar Store to create these really fun Valentine's for kids!

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One of my favourite things about Valentine’s Day is scrolling through all the entertaining card ideas found on Pinterest. I aspire to be equally clever! 

I’ll be making these highlighter Valentines for my oldest’s class, I haven’t decided what I’m doing for my little guy’s class yet.

I managed to find packs of 5 highlighters at the Dollarama for $1.25, and I’ll need 4 packs. It’ll cost me a few dollars more than simply purchasing a box of Pixar themed Valentine’s cards, but it’s worth it.

I think it’s important to make a little effort for these kinds of occasions. Growing up I always made all of my Valentines, my mother certainly wasn’t going to buy the premade cards! But I enjoyed it, and honestly I still enjoy now!

I want my boys to know that I value the things that are important to them, and giving Valentines to their class mates is one of those things.

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Zero Waste DIY Produce Bags

How to make diy zero waste produce bags! This is a quick DIY for reusable produce bags. A great zero waste project to help you on your eco journey. There's no more need to use those flimsy plastic produce bags that clutter up the landfill anymore! These DIY produce bags are extremely lightweight and slightly transparent making them perfect for transporting your fruits and veggies.

These DIY produce bags worked up a lot faster than I expected! They take about 15 minutes to whip up, so they are a fantastic last minute gift idea!

I’m continuing to make small changes in our lifestyle in order to reduce our waste output. The amount of garbage one little family can make is fairly alarming! So these reusable produce bags are a step in the right direction. The zero waste movement tugs on my heart strings and I’m always looking for ways to improve. And if I can turn those improvements into a DIY project, so much the better!

How to make diy zero waste produce bags! This is a quick DIY for reusable produce bags. A great zero waste project to help you on your eco journey. There's no more need to use those flimsy plastic produce bags that clutter up the landfill anymore! These DIY produce bags are extremely lightweight and slightly transparent making them perfect for transporting your fruits and veggies.

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I found the cute bee printed ribbon at my local sewing store, it was a great find! I thought it was really appropriate too, you know ‘save the bees, don’t fill their wildflower fields with plastic’. That’s how the saying goes, right?! Haha

I found this ribbon on Amazon, it’s similar to my bees. But you’ll likely find an appropriate ribbon at your local craft store.

Here’s what you need for this project:

Bee Ribbon, Cotton, 3/4 yard per produce bag, at least 3/4″ wide
Satin Ribbon, 1 yard per bag, 1/4″-3/8″ wide
White Cotton Voile Fabric, 1 yard will make 4 bags

use white cotton voile to make diy zero waste produce bags

I found some cotton voile at my local fabric store, it was about $12/meter, which is pretty inexpensive for 4 produce bags!

I used voile because it is super lightweight and you can mostly see through it. So it won’t add much weight to your produce and the cashier will still be able to read the stickers through the bag. 🙂

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DIY Patchwork Baby Blanket – 2 Hour Sewing Project

Sew a super cozy patchwork baby blanket in just 2 hours. Use 4 fat quarters and some minky fabric for this simple baby quilt tutorial. Learn how to sew this easy patchwork blanket with this free tutorial. This adorable baby quilt would be a great baby shower gift.

This bundle of fat quarters arrived this month in my subscription from Stacked Fabric Company. I instantly went all squealy and excited when I opened the package, because they’re so cute! I decided to use these 4 fat quarters to make a simple DIY patchwork baby blanket for my nephew for Christmas. His bedroom is kind of an animal meets lumberjack theme, so I figure these tribal prints will fit right in! I’ve seen him bury his face into fuzzy blankets, so I think the soft minky fabric I used on the back will be a hit. 🙂

Sew a super cozy patchwork baby blanket in just 2 hours. Use 4 fat quarters and some minky fabric for this simple baby quilt tutorial. Learn how to sew this easy patchwork blanket with this free tutorial. This adorable baby quilt would be a great baby shower gift.

 

Start to finish, this DIY baby blanket took me about 2 hours. It’s nice to be able to finish a project in one sitting! That’s practically unheard of among crafters who typically have about 84 unfinished projects lying around at any one time!

A word on my fabric subscription. It’s like crack for crafters, I’m totally addicted! Every month I get 4 coordinating fat quarter quilting cottons. It’s a mystery bundle so I never know what’s coming, which is literally half the fun. It’s the absolute best mail! Stacked Fabric Company is Canadian owned and operated by the sweetest lady. (Who is not compensating me for singing her praises by the way, I just reallllly love this company!)

Ok, carrying on.

There really isn’t much to this DIY patchwork baby blanket, I kept it super simple. So the instructions are also pretty basic. If you have a fair knowledge of sewing, you should be fine!

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25 Christmas Gift Ideas to Make and Sew

25 amazing tutorials and DIYs for handmade Christmas gifts. Treat your loved ones to extra special diy Christmas gifts this year. Cozy, cute and simple Christmas gift ideas to make and sew.

It’s no secret, I love making stuff. Useful stuff, pretty stuff, stuff to gift. It makes me happy! So every year I plan at least one or two handmade Christmas gifts, plus a new decor item for my collection. Homemade gifts are the best in my opinion, so I rounded up this handy list of 25 Christmas gift ideas to make and sew. 🙂

25 amazing tutorials and DIYs for handmade Christmas gifts. Treat your loved ones to extra special diy Christmas gifts this year. Cozy, cute and simple Christmas gift ideas to make and sew.

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These Christmas gift ideas are all either free tutorials or patterns, all you need is the materials. 🙂

A lot of these ideas could work year-round too, not just as Christmas gifts. I picked some that are super Christmas-y but many would be great birthday gifts!

If you’re interested in some simple Christmas craft ideas too, check out this round-up post of 21 easy holiday diys!

Let’s get crafting!

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Cozy Crochet Ankle Warmers – Free Pattern

The coziest crochet ankle warmers with free pattern! This free diy works up quickly and will keep you toasty warm over the winter months. These crochet ankle warmers also make a great gift. Free tutorial for crochet leg warmers.

This is a sweet and quick crochet project that works up in a few hours. I love my crochet ankle warmers, they’ll be keeping me cozy in the winter months. I pair them with leggings and slippers and tea and a comfy bed. 🙂

The coziest crochet ankle warmers with free pattern! This free diy works up quickly and will keep you toasty warm over the winter months. These crochet ankle warmers also make a great gift. Free tutorial for crochet leg warmers.

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When crafting is your day job it’s important that you find ways to keep enjoying it and not burn out. So I craft for fun too. In the evenings my husband will look over at what I’m making and say “is that for work or for fun? It’s hard to tell”. lol

Crochet is a ‘just for fun’ craft for me. It’s repetitive and relaxing and I can take it with me on the go and the end product doesn’t have to be totally perfect. It makes me happy.

So just bear in mind that I’m not a professional crochet pattern-writer, hopefully it will still all make sense.

The other thing that makes me happy is being cozy. My ankles and feet tend to run cold year round, I’ve been known to sport my ankle warmers with sandals in the summer. What can I say, I’m a fashion guru!

So I made myself these sweet crochet ankle warmers to keep me toasty all through winter, spring and summer.

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