How to customize your best knitting tote

best knitting tote, metal craft rings custom hand made tote bags by gbsk ( via Creative Commons

It you are looking for a subtle way to stand out when you leave the house, I have a great solution for you.  There is a simple craft you can make that will put a little bit of your individuality on display for people without being too far out there.  If this sounds like a stellar idea, keep on reading to find out how to customize your best knitting tote bag into a fashionable force of originality.

Take a look at your knitting tote and brainstorm the varied crafting techniques you can use to customize it.  Remember, you want something that is distinctly you.  You can:

  • Stitch.
  • Paint.
  • Highlight.
  • Stencil.
  • Sew.
  • Any combination of the above.

Keep in mind that, although there is no limit to how many techniques you can use, you want to avoid having too many opposing forces clash with one another and make your best knitting tote look clustered and messy.  Simplicity is – to an extent – a wonderful thing.

Once you have chosen your method, you must choose your madness.  What exactly is it that you want to put on this tote bag in order to show the world who you are?

  • Your first or last name, or a nickname.
  • A creative design that inspires you.
  • The flag of your native country.
  • A motto that you live by.

As you can see, there are many options.  You may have to do some soul searching to find out what defines you.  What I can tell you is that a friend of mine got excited about the upcoming Summer Olympics and went to work.  She took five metal craft rings and spray painted them blue, black, red, yellow, and green, respectively.  She then intertwined them and sewed them on to her tote bag using some thread.

That’s who she is, who are you?

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DIY decorative pillow cases

decorative embroidered pillow “Crazy quilted pillow, more detail” | by Rosina Lippi ( via Creative Commons

If you love working on fabric projects and want to create custom pieces to accent your home, you can make a decorative sequin pillow. Here are the supplies you will need for this project:

  • Pillow forms
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Beads, sequins, trimming, or embellishments of your choice
  • Beading thread
  • Scissors
  • Head Pins
  • Sewing machine

Once you have everything together, follow these 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Cut fabric

Measure and cut your fabric according to the size of your pillow form. Cut a piece to cover the front of your pillow form, and one for the back. If you want to make a case that can be removed later for washing, remember to cut your back piece into 2 pieces which will allow for an opening. If you do so, also remember to make each of your back pieces 2 inches wider so you can hem down the middle on each side so your pillow won’t have any open threads sticking out.

Step 2: Decorate

While you can use any thread you wish, beading thread is more study for adding beads, sequins, or any other embellishments. You can create your own designs by beading your decorations together and sewing them on the fabric. After they are sewed down, use a your scissors, to cut your thread neatly. In order to achieve a cleaner cut, you may want to use a Gingher scissor thread nipper as it is made to cut beading thread.

Step 3: Prep and sew

Once you are done decorating your pillow, it’s time to sew it together. If you are making a removeable pillow case, place the pieces inside-out over your pillow form, and use your head pins to pin the fabric together on one of the edges. You can then remove your pillow form and sew that side of your pillow case using your sewing machine, removing the pins as you go along and continuing around the rest of the edges, sealing the sides together.

If you are not making a removable cover, place your fabric pieces decorative side up over your pillow form. Pin them together on each side with head pins, and sew them together, removing the pins as you go along. If you want to hide any rogue threads and create neat edges, you can also attach trimming to add a more decorative touch.

You now have a beautiful decorative pillow that you can use to liven up that bare sofa, or boring bedspread! Let us know how you use your decorative pillows in the comments section below.

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DIY crib sheet

FITTED CRIB SHEET - La Pepita Black by boujiandnouna (

Have a baby on the way?  What theme are you going to go with for the nursery?  If you really want to make that room something special, the sooner you get started on it the better – particularly if you are interested in using some DIY decoration.

That’s right, a great place to exercise your crafting skills is your soon-to-be child’s nursery.  For example, if you want your kid to grow up on a farm, make some him or her farm themed nursery bedding for the crib.  Making your own nursery bedding is not too difficult for an experienced crafter.  The first thing you have to make is the fitted crib sheet.  Here’s how to do that:

Materials needed-

  • Fabric
  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine

1.  Fabric

Are you still on board with the farm theme?  Or do you want to go with the monkey themed baby bedding that I made using these steps?  Either way, choose a 70” x 45” piece that looks nice and pre-wash it in order to avoid any future complications.

2.  Corners

Cut a nine-inch by nine-inch square out of a corner.  You now have two corners where there used to be only one – sew those two together.  Repeat this process with each corner.

3.  Edges

Fold the edges up and sew a zigzag stitch around the entire sheet.  Don’t worry too much if this doesn’t look perfect because it will be under the mattress.

4.  Elastic

Place the center of the elastic on the center of the corner seam and sew it there.  Stretch the elastic along the edge, sewing as you go.

It’s as simple as that.  You have now made a fitted crib sheet for your baby’s bed.  Get some blankets and pillows in there along with a mobile and the entire crib will be waiting patiently to keep your baby cozy when he or she arrives.

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How to make your own cell phone wallet with shoulder strap

cell phone wallet with shoulder strap "What's in my QueenBee bag?" | by Aine ( via Creative commons

Most women carry a large tote bag with them when they are heading out. The advantage of carrying a large purse is that you can fit almost all your items but the disadvantage is that you never find the item when you need it. How many times have you heard your cell phone ring and not been able to pick it up as you cannot locate it in your bag? A solution to this problem is creating a cell phone wallet with shoulder strap that you have easy access to. You can also utilize it as a passport holder when you are travelling.

Here are the things you will need-

  • Cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Velcro

Here are the steps to make your own cell phone wallet with shoulder strap-

  • Measure your cell phone dimensions and add a few inches to both – length and breadth, as you will want to keep some money along with your cell phone. So if your phone measures 6 inches by 4 inches then take it as 8 inches by 6 inches to add some room. Accordingly, chalk the dimension out on a piece of cotton fabric. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric of the size measured.
  • Place the two fabrics facing each other and hold them in place with straight pins.
  • Sew the two fabrics together in a straight seam and leave one-quarter inch from the fabric edge on the three sides.
  • Now turn the pouch right side out to see the fruit of your hard work. Align and attach the piece of Velcro to the fourth side of the pouch to make sure you can close the pouch.
  • To create shoulder strap, choose a fabric that you used for the pouch or some other bold colored fabric to add some spunk to your cell phone wallet. The breadth of the fabric should be 1.5 to 2 inches while the length should be according to your preference.
  • Fold the long fabric and sew the lengths together and turn it over to the right side.
  • Finally, sew the ends of the strap to the inner corner of the pouch.

You can create this even for your little girl who begs for a ‘big girl purse’. Make it fun and sparkly for her by placing some adhesive stars on the pouch.

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Beginner’s sewing kit

Sewing Kit by Andres Rueda ( via Creative Commons


Being a beginner is fun, isn’t it?  Regardless of what it is that you are beginning, it is a time when you are excited by all the interesting things that you have to learn and discover.

This is no different for someone who is just starting to learn how to sew.  It is the beginning of a long, patterned, colorful, and creative journey that never quite ends.  And, why would you want it to?  After all, every time you sew, you learn something new about the craft.

Before you get started, you want to have all the tools you’ll need in your sewing kit.  Here’s a pretty solid list of exactly what those are:

Sewing basket

Sewing baskets come in various shapes and sizes and are great for holding everything else mentioned on this list and keeping them organized.


Cotton thread is perhaps the most essential material needed by anyone who sews.


If thread is the most important material for a beginning sewer, then fabric is certainly the runner up.


It is best to have scissors that are made specifically to cut fabric and to try not to use them on anything else.


Glass head pins will almost certainly come in handy on any project that you may find yourself working on.

Tape Measurer

With most of your projects, you will find that you have to be precise and eyeballing it will just not do.  A clear ruler is also a good tool to have for this purpose.

Seam Ripper

This is an excellent tool to help fix things when you make a mistake, which you inevitably will – not because you are a beginner, but because everyone messes up at some point or another.

The more advanced you get, the more your horizons will broaden, allowing room for more techniques and tools in your sewing basket.  For now, this list ought to serve you right.

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