My first official decoration is this solar eclipse bunting sewn from upcycled blue jeans and stash fabric. Y’all know how much I love buntings, so this choice shouldn’t surprise you. And thanks to the easy templates I used and my sewing machine’s superpower that is the zigzag stitch, I was able to take this bunting from concept to completion in half an afternoon. Here’s how!
Use up your scraps while making this cute and useful quilt as you go scrappy bookmark!
Y’all know how much I love myself a DIY bookmark!
Skip the spendy sewing machine repair shop and replace your needle plate yourself. It’s easier than it looks!
I know printables can get a bad rap, but you really can make printables eco-friendly. And when you do, you can also save SOOO much time, effort, gas money, and product packaging by printing your own class valentines–and your kids can have exactly the valentines that they want!
Below, check out my list of my favorite printable class valentines. They’re all free to download and print, and some are even editable.
Instead, check out my favorite eco-friendly friendship bracelet tutorials, below. All of these tutorials are free offerings by indie artists and crafters. Using green materials like cotton embroidery floss, natural embellishments like wood or shells, and glass or porcelain beads, these tutorials result in friendship bracelets that Taylor Swift AND the planet would love!
I’ve heard this nifty little braiding tool called both a Kumihimo Disk and a Trollen Wheel, but I most often refer to it around the kids I work with as a Friendship Bracelet Maker.
That’s because whatever you call it, this braiding wheel makes the BEST friendship bracelets!
These are my favorite eco-friendly craft books from 2023!
Crafting is one of my Special Interests, so I like to read all the new craft books that are published every year. Every year, as well, along with all the sewing, decorating, seasonal, and other craft books on the market, I’m especially interested in reading all the new eco-friendly craft books.
Cinnamon dough smells amazing. It’s as easy to make and use as play dough. It dries to near-permanence with just a couple of hours in the oven. It’s been my favorite winter activity to do with my kids ever since they were tiny, and now I’m sharing it with YOU!
These dried citrus slices are easy to make during a cozy half-day at home, and easy to string to make ornaments, garlands, and other holiday decorations. Here’s how!
Simply choose a project from this list of my favorite Christmas stocking tutorials below, print out any pattern pieces you need (they’re all free!), and get that stocking DONE!!!
DIY Advent calendars are a great way to keep my personal commitment to handmade while still having fun indulging in those daily little treats and novelties that I love so well.
Thanksgiving printables make last-minute holiday decorating easier, while still keeping everything eco-friendly!
Thanksgiving food crafts let you get crafty for the holiday without adding a ton of junk to the waste stream.
There is so much going on, food-wise, for Thanksgiving that adding a whole other component of holiday decorating–much less the crafting required to make those decorations!–can sometimes just be too much.
Cardboard is a magical material. It’s free from your recycling bin, it’s easily modified and embellished, and it’s eminently recyclable when you’re done with it. It’s one of my personal favorite crafting materials, and it’s my absolute favorite material to give to young people to craft with.
Halloween printables, printed in an eco-friendly manner, are an easy way to upscale your holiday!
Whether you want to go ham just for October, or you keep your dark academic decor out all year, there are so many fun and festive Halloween quilts to sew!
So whether you’re obsessed with soothing symmetry like me, or you like to make your stitching free-form or representative, you can stitch the design of your dreams onto these embroidered cardboard ornaments. Here’s how!
This upcycled cardboard building set is a terrific open-ended toy that won’t cost you a cent!
This Tower of Hanoi is NOT made from plastic! Instead, it’s made from that likely-looking piece of corrugated cardboard hanging out there in your recycling bin. Cut it up, add some decorations, and you’ll have yourself a brand-new version of a 140-year-old logic game.
Do you, too, have too many plants and seemingly too little space? I can fix that!
This easy macrame plant hanger makes a comfy home for all your favorite plants!
These upcycled books are super handy, because you can make them in whatever size, style, and thickness you prefer.
I modified my go-to DIY journal with a cover made from upcycled cardboard, and filled it with coloring pages downloaded from the interwebs. It’s exactly what I wanted, and here’s how you can make one, too!
Loose Ends makes sure that handmade projects get to their intended recipients when their creators can no longer finish them.
Magnets are a fun and easy way to show off your tiniest art, upcycle your favorite photographs, or display comic book panels, sweet love notes, or pretty papers of all kinds.
Here are three easy methods for upcycling print photos (and book pages, wrapping paper… just about any paper works for this!) into stickers, along with the pros and cons of each method.
You can DIY quite a lot of storage solutions using stash or scrap fabric as a base. You can make drawstring bags and floppy baskets, sure, but also boxes, bins, cubbies, and all sorts of other handy ways to organize and neatly store your stuff.
hese nesting fabric baskets give you a lot of storage options. Sew a set in the same colorway from the same fabrics, and they’ll all match each other and your decor. Since they nest, they don’t take up a lot of storage space, but when you need them, you’ve got four whole baskets’ worth of storage!
These fabric baskets are purposefully a bit on the droopy side, because I don’t like to sew with artificial materials like interfacing. A little interfacing or even cereal box cardboard would firm them up, though, if you prefer that look.
Because it’s so versatile and can take on so many looks, a log cabin quilt block is a great choice for a ton of fun projects. Here are some of my favorites!
I roasted while I sewed all that denim and flannel in the smack middle of June, but I’ll be so comfy this winter!
I’ve had this log cabin quilt sewn from upcycled denim in my mind’s eye for a few years, but it’s the embarrassing state of my fabric stash that finally prodded me into action.
Want to resize a hoodie or reclaim an awesome graphic? Refashion your hoodie by swapping its graphic for something different!
Outerwear can feel like some of the more complicated garments to sew. So many structural elements! So much hardware! So much interfacing and lining and piping and casings!