Posts Tagged ‘Tutorial’

Reusable Beeswax Wraps

Let me tell you about these reusable beeswax wraps.

Beeswax wraps are pieces of fabric that have been coated in beeswax, making them reusable and semi water proof. These wraps replace the need for plastic bags and reduce the amount of plastic needed overall.

Ive seen ads for them before on the internets and then about a week ago I saw this one on Instagram. That video got the wheels turning. I knew that my local health store had beeswax and that this would be a quick and very satisfying craft.

I made mine slightly different that the ones in the linked video above but the concept is the same.

Ive listed nine sets of sandwich and snack sized wraps in my Etsy shop.

Bee the buzz of the office with these wraps!


See it all pouch 

Ahh lets see- I made this See It All Pouch last year in November.

The pattern is simple and straight forward. You can find the pattern here and lots of other cute pouches on Instagram! 

I added cute salvage from Cotton and Steel. I always like adding positive affirmations any place that I can. 🙂

Currently one bag is still holding the markers. But team Daniel Tiger has moved on to a new home. The pouch now holds all of my La Passacaglia quilt stuff. They are super handy.

I know that Laura used heavy weight vinyl. I used the cheap stuff. I think its gaged 4. Its pretty thin and soft. I am sure if I used it heavily the bag would rip. Must use caution or redo with better vinyl. hahha.

Tomorrow I plan on attending the Quilt show in Rosemont – Do I know anyone else attending?

Pinned It; Made It #3

On this weeks Pinned it; Made it:  homemade Snickers! 

This is from one of my oldest pins. I’ve been making these snickers for years. I’m  actually surprised that I haven’t blogged about making these before. They are super easy to make and taste better than the store bought. I make them for a lot of get-togethers. They get eaten fast! 

To make the homemade snickers start with the bottom layer and melt 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate with 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter. Pour the mixture into a well buttered 9×13 sheet pan. Let layer freeze before moving to the next layer. 

For the caramel layer I used almost two 11 oz bags of caramel and 1/4 cup half and half. Heavy cream would work just fine. I just didn’t have any in the house. 

Unwrapping each piece of caramel is kind of a bummer but it is easier than making your own. I have made my own and the chocolate seems to stick better to the store bought caramel. 

Combine together in a saucepan. Melt over low heat. Pour over the frozen chocolate layer. Allow to fully freeze before moving onto the next layer. 

The nuget layer is up next. 

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat add 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup evaporated milk. Bring to a boil. Add in 1 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter and 1 tsp vanilla. I usually just add in the entire jar of fluff (7oz). I hate getting the measuring cup all sticky from the fluff. Turn of the heat and remove from the burner. Fold in 1 1/2 cup chopped peanuts. I’ve been using the honey roasted ones. Pour over the frozen caramel layer. Allow to freeze completely before moving onto the last layer. 

The last layer is the final chocolate peanut butter mixture. Again melt 1 1/4 milk chocolate with 1/4 creamy peanut butter. Pour over the frozen nuget layer. I’ve poured this chocolate layer over the nuget layer before the nuget layer was frozen. It gets weird and soupy. The nuget layer never really set after that. So allow everything to fully freeze before moving on! Once that last layer is frozen I move the tray to the refrigerator to let the snickers soften up before cutting into them. They get soft and gooey if left out which is yummy but a total disaster during a heat wave. This pin is a total win. I’m kinda upset I’m all out of them. 

   Homemade Snickers 

Chocolate layer

  • 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate 
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 

Caramel layer 

  • 2- 11oz bags of caramel
  • 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream 

Nuget layer 

  • 1/4 cup butter 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk 
  • 7oz jar of marshmallow fluff 
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped peanuts 

Chocolate layer 

  • 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate 
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 

Enjoy these homemade snickers and have a great weekend! 


Little E’s Second Birthday

Birthday gifts for kids are hard. It is either toys or clothing. We just spent almost an hour looking at toys at target trying to decide what else to get our neice for her second birthday.  But all the dolls seemed too old for a two year old girl or expensive! There just wasn’t much to pick from. 

Good thing I could give her anything I could make. I first started to think about making her a quilt but I haven’t been feeling the quilt making. I blame the lack of time management. So I went with something smaller. A wall hanging. 

You are my sunshine had been playing in my head on repeat when I had been planning this so I went with my head and decided to appliqué the letters into this Sarah Jane Children at Play print. The back is made up of two other Sarah Jane prints- Out to Sea map print and a horse print from the Wee Wander line. For the quilting I followed the grid from the map.  It is the most precise quilting I have ever worked on. Look at that “O”! It’s a balloon! I used grey binding that I had in a box hidden in the closet. I really do hate making bias tape. To accompany her wall hanging I decided to make her a simple skirt. I had smaller panels of the Children at Play print that fit perfectly into making a skirt. 

Little E is pretty small. She almost two and Rohan is almost bigger than her. Since they are about the same size I used a pair of Rohan’s shorts as a pattern/ size guide. 

The skirt is made up of two pieces of fabric sewn together with an elastic waistband. I took fabric that was 1.5 times the amount I said she is pretty small and I was confident it would be enough. You can always easily adjust the size of your simple skirt to the size of your little. 

I had this leftover ribbon from one of Mr Porcupines trips to New York. I thought it would be the perfect addition to the skirt and the fabric. Since I was using the non cut edge of the fabric I didn’t fold up the ends or anything I just sewed the ribbon to the fabric. I stitched just below the top of the ribbon and the bottom part of the ribbon. So it is fully attached and little e is not able to pull it off. I then started sewing my back seams of the skirt together. With the two skirt pieces right sides together sew up the seam. If your kid is particularly rough you can reinforce the seam with a zig zag stitch. Little e isn’t quite to the rough stage and I suspect she will only be wearing the skirt to church so I didn’t worry about reinforcing the seam.

 To make the elastic casing I folded the top down about a half inch and pressed with the iron. I then folded another inch and again pressed with the iron. If you elastic is larger than 1″ then you’ll want to adjust the size of the casing to match your elastic. Sew along the bottom folded edge leaving a gap to thread your elastic through. About an inch. I threaded my elastic through with a safety pin. Once fully through over lap your elastic a bit and sew together. I used a zig zag stitch to make sure it’s all sewed together. Tuck the elastic back into the casing. Sew the rest of the casing seam close and that’s your basic skirt! How cute! 

She is going to love this elephant and the balloons! 

Now off to Michigan for this little girls birthday party! Time to celebrate! Have a great weekend! 


Baby Moccasins

This blog post is long over due. I made these moccasins when it was Rohan’s birthday.  So a month and a half later I have a blog post. This week we also have family visiting so getting this post together is taking so much longer than it should. 

I saw those cute moccasins from Freshly Picked and fell in love. What I didn’t love was the 30-60$ price for baby shoes! How can someone pay that! So I paid a few bucks for some cheap leather and now I’m able to make more than one pair for way less than the FP moccasins. Although I am positive that hers are better quality and would last longer. 

I’ve been making baby shoes since 2014 so I was pretty sure I could figure out this new pattern while still using my old pattern.  I changed the size of the shoe to match the size of Rohan’s foot. In the original pattern the top part of the shoe is two pieces- so they look like Toms shoes. In this version the top part is only one piece, with a second piece being for fringe. The rest of the pattern is pretty much the same as before. 

The most helpful thing I can say about making these moccasins in leather is to have a leather needle. Change that needle out! I even went out and bought a fresh set. It really helps go through the leather easier.  

I used a rotary cutter to cut the leather instead of scissors. It helped give it a more clean cut. 

I used clover binding clips instead of pins as I didn’t want any extra holes in the leather. If you don’t have clover clips , paper clips could always work. I would use the ones with a coating so it doesn’t mark up your leather. To attach the fringe on both the front and back I lined up the RIGHT side of the fringe piece to the WRONG side of the heel/front foot piece. Sew along the edge and flip over and press with your fingers or a pressing tool.  Stitch the second seam about a half inch down for the elastic. On both the front and heel pieces. I used the front piece as more of a decorative stitch as I didn’t use elastic on the front piece. Only the heel.  Thread the elastic through the back shoe. I used a safety pin but a crochet hook could also work. Sew in place. 

I waited to cut my fringe until both shoes were done. I was aiming for a more accurate and even look between shoes. Attach the front shoe piece to the heel piece. I used the line I sewed on the front piece as a guide on where to sew. Attach that top piece to the sole. Trim up your fringe and bam! You have a new pair of moccasins that will hopefully last long enough for a few wears and some good pictures. 


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