How To Make A Batik Embroidered Sling Purse

My last project with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook is an batik embroidered fabric sling purse. JoAnn has a great selection of embroidered fabrics to choose from and in so many bright colors. And I’m thrilled to share this project will be featured in JoAnn stores starting in July!

Embroidered Sling Purse | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Hop over to my post on JoAnn for all the details!

Kim Byers Featured in JoAnn Spring 2014 LookBook

Have you flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

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Did you see my petal piped cupcakes, DIY embroidery hoop chandelierruffle scarf and DIY glitter cake plate embellishment? Don’t miss them. {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Make An Easy Ruffle Scarf

Dazzling Blue is a spring 2014 Pantone color of the year and to celebrate I made an easy ruffle scarf as one of my five projects with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook. And I’m thrilled to share this project will be featured in JoAnn stores starting in July! Want the secret to a soft bouncy look for spring…

How To Make A Easy Ruffle Scarf | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s using elastic thread and chiffon fabric! Visit my post with JoAnn for all the easy how to details and a list of supplies.

Kim Byers Featured in JoAnn Spring 2014 LookBook

Have you flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

How To Pipe Petal Cupcakes | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com for JoAnn

How To Make A Chandelier, An Easy Embroidery Hoop Craft | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And did you see my petal piped cupcakes and DIY embroidery hoop chandelier? Don’t miss them. They’re both super easy with a few simple instructions!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY Owl-Shaped Handwarmers

Baby, it’s cold outside! Keep your hands toasty and warm with these cute DIY Owl-Shaped Handwarmers. They are perfect for the cold weather, look adorable, and make great stocking stuffers for guys & girls!

DIY Owl Hand Warmers with PDF Pattern - illistyle.com

Hi everyone! This is April from IlliStyle and I have a fun little craft for you! To make these DIY owl hand warmers, you’ll need:

Short Grain Rice
Peppermint oil (optional)
Flannel (1/4 yd will make approximately 12-14 owls/6-7 pairs)
Coordinating thread
Fabric Marker

Easy how to instructions:

*Optional: If scented rice is desired: Place rice and essential oil in air tight container, shake vigorously. Let sit 1-2 days Place flannel right sides facing. Trace owl from printable PDF pattern provided here DIY Owl hand Warmers - illistyle.com

Cut out owls, keeping two pieces together, then flip so right sides face out. Sew Around edges, leaving bottom open.

DIY Owl hand Warmers - illistyle.com

Fill with scented or unscented rice. Stitch bottom closed.

DIY Owl hand Warmers - illistyle.com

Using a fabric marker, draw on big eyes and a beak.

DIY Owl Handwarmers - illistyle.com

Give a pair as a gift. Package as desired. Include instructions – Heat in microwave 1 minute and place in pockets to warm hands.

DIY Owl Handwarmers - illistyle.com

These little cuties were actually a baby shower favor I created for a dear friend’s newest arrival. They were a total hit, here’s a picture text I received from one of the party-goers after she used the Owl Hand Warmers on her morning run when she was on vacation in Mammoth, CA:

Owl Handwarmers DIY Gift - illistyle.com

If you like these little guys, then you are in luck! I have included the pattern free for personal use. Download the printable 8.5″ x 11″ PDF by clicking the owl template image below:

Printable Owl Pattern PDF - illistyle.com

Keep warm, crafters!

xoxo April Merry Christmas from illistyle.com

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easy DIY fabric Christmas goodie bags

Hi everyone! I whipped up a few fabric goodie bag designs for Christmas gift giving.

Easy DIY Fabric Goodie Bags | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I’m sharing one here and I’m thrilled to be over at Amy’s blog, Positively Splendid, as part of her Swell Noel, sharing a second tutorial!

So let’s get crafty and make a few goodie bags. They’re easy to make, easy to personalize and fun to share!

How to make Santa Stache Goodie Bags | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

First you’ll need to make a Snowflake Cork Stamp. Grab a wine cork, Sharpie and Xacto knife. Draw a basic snowflake with the Sharpie, trim it out with the Xacto knife and instant stamp!

Now that you have your snowflake, you’ll also need:

  • Red canvas (my bags are 4 1/2″ x 6″ each and my fabric is from JoAnn)
  • White thread
  • Sewing machine (I used a simple blanket stitch)
  • White and blue fabric paint
  • Letter stamps (S-N-O-W-B-A-L-L-S)
  • Pinking shears
  • Fine paint brush
  • White gumballs (I got mine from Candy Gallaxy)

And now for the easy DIY steps:

  1. Cut red canvas in 4.5″ x 6″ pieces, you’ll need two per bag.
  2. Using a fine paint brush, lightly paint each stamp and apply design to fabric.
  3. Allow paint to dry completely.
  4. Set sewing machine to blanket stitch and sew three edges.
  5. Trim off the top of each bag with pinking shears.
  6. Fill with candy. I used large white gumballs… SNOW BALLS. {wink}

Wanna know how I made the Santa Stache Stamp and bag in the “materials” picture above? Hop over to my post at Positively Splendid and check out the full tutorial!

As always, hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY Halloween costumes: werewolf and werewolf hunter

DIY Halloween costumes are the way to go in my opinion. And these werewolf and werewolf hunter costumes thought up by my boys were so fun! My youngest thought it would be cool to be a werewolf for Halloween this year. And his brother jokingly said then he would be the werewolf hunter… well… as you can see the idea was born.

DIY Werewolf and Werewolf Hunter Halloween Costumes | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My mom is the genius behind Sew Jewell and she made both of these Halloween costumes, which my boys adored!

DIY Werewolf Halloween Costume | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For the werewolf there was nothing in stores that wasn’t just downright creepy. All bloody and gruesome… I couldn’t stand it. So we purchased gray silver faux fur from Fabric.com and my mom made it into a slipover vest for his chest with Velcro on the sides. She also made him cuffs for his wrists. We paired her creations with some holey jeans and a button down shirt. A little silver hair paint and some gel… plus some glow in the dark teeth (minus the blood), and we were ready!

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For the werewolf hunter, my oldest, that required a bit more work on Sew Jewell’s part. She picked up a pattern for an overcoat / duster (I’ll find out the brand and update the post), purchased black denim fabric from Fabric.com and created this fun 3/4 length jacket. She also monogrammed “WEREWOLF HUNTER” on the back just to be clear. {wink} Then I got to work and used Krylon Stainless Steel Spraypaint on one of his NERF guns and a plastic bullet belt.

They turned out so fun and got tons of comments as they roamed the neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a custom Halloween costume next year I encourage you convo Sew Jewell on Etsy. She’s amazing! And I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom. {grin}

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diy chevron ruffle wreath

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Chevron. Ruffles. No-sew… DIY wreaths don’t get much cuter or easier! {grin}

And a bit of exciting news. I’m now contributing to Parade magazine! Woo Hoo!

Hop over to my first post on Parade where you can find all the easy DIY for making this simple no-sew fabric punch wreath. See you there!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY elf on the shelf bow tie tutorial

Hi everyone! It’s Deanna of Mirabelle Creations sharing a little holiday magic this morning. {grin}

At our house, the kids count down to the arrival of Freddie, our Elf on the Shelf. They are just as excited for his arrival on Thanksgiving weekend as they are for a visit from Santa. The first thing they do every morning is see where he has landed after his overnight flight back to the North Pole.

I’ve secretly always been a little jealous of my nieces’ elf, Buddy, because she has a kicky little skirt. The skirt is white with little red snowflakes and has a decidedly retro-cool vibe.

Being the proper gentleman that he is, our elf, Freddie, needed a little haberdashery to reflect his traditional style too. So, I created a few bowties for Freddie to add to his wardrobe.

The three looks included a gingham bowtie to represent his authentic Southern style, a Kentucky blue bowtie to sport on UK game days, and a polka dot bowtie in holiday colors for those festive holiday events. The first day we left out the bowties for Freddie, he landed the next morning in front of our dining room mirror so he could check out his new fabulous look!

Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make your own Elf on the Shelf bow tie:

  • 3/8” ribbon
  • needle & thread
  • fabric glue
  • sticky back velcro
  • iron

And the easy how to make a elf bow tie steps: 

  1. Cut three pieces of ribbon in the following lengths: 2 ¼”, 1 ½”, 4 ½”
  2. For the 2 ¼” piece, make a loop with the ends slightly overlapping. With the overlapping portion in the center, pinch the center to create a bow with a crease in the middle. Sew together the ribbon from front to back, then top to bottom to secure the bow.
  3. Fold the 1 ½” ribbon in half, lengthwise. Add a small amount of fabric glue down the center, then iron the fold.
  4. Repeat Step 3 with the 4 ½” piece of ribbon. This is the portion that goes around the neck of the Elf.
  5. Center the bow portion with the 4 ½” long neck portion. Sew the bow onto the neck portion.
  6. Wrap the 1 ½” piece around the center of the bow and neck portion, to cover the stitches you made. Stich the 1 ½” to the back of the bow, cut off any overlapping portion.
  7. Cut one small piece of Velcro ¼” wide. Stick Velcro to the ends of the 4 ½” piece.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY ghost pillow with video tutorial


Super excited to share that I’m starting a DIY craft video series! I’ve been wanting to do it forever and now I’m finally taking the plunge. Oh, and I’m learning here so please be kind. {sheepish grin}

So today I teamed up with Sew Jewell to bring you a video tutorial on how to make a Halloween ghost pillow. Super easy craft and mine has been a plush toy for my boys, a throw pillow for my front porch bench and even hung as Halloween decor.

To make your own Halloween ghost plush pillow you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard white fabric
  • 1/2 yard quilting batting
  • Pillow stuffing (how much depends on how fat you want him)
  • Black fabric (for the face)
  • WonderUnder or similar iron on adhesive  (available at your local craft store)
  • Sewing machine, or be willing to hand stitch

Watch our video craft tutorial for all the how to steps:

And here’s what he looks like with his ghostly tail.

Thanks for watching and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Halloween!!

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DIY coffee cozy teacher gift


Greet your new teacher this year with a mod apple coffee cozy. I made this one for me! Yes… I know… but I made it with Montia of Sew Jewell and it was just as easy to whip out two as it was one. Or, that’s what I told her! {grin) And since she’s also my mom she let it slide.

But in my defense, I did make one for a wonderful teacher friend of mine too! And what’s better, Amy started her own blog at The Teacher’s Chalkboard just last week. I’m so thrilled for her! Like any new blogger she’s just starting to find her way in this new world, but she has some amazing ideas. Just give her time! You’re gonna love her!

So, how do you sew one of these up for your teacher… or for yourself?! {wink}

Step 1 - Snag a coffee cozy from your favorite coffee shop for a template. {sideways whisper – I’ve had this one for over a year and I’m just now getting to this project!} You’ll want to cut your fabric 1/2″ wider than the cozy.

Step 2 - Select your fabric, weigh down or pin your template and fabric so that it doesn’t shift while you’re cutting (LOVE these little weights Sew Jewell had in her craft room!), and cut. (NOTE: Double your fabric back to back so you cut out both sides at once. Feel free to fussy cut it if you have a more intricate design!)

Step 3 – Select a batting (to insulate your cozy). We suggest an iron-on fusible batting.

Step 4 – Overlay your fabric on the batting, weigh it down and cut again.

Step 5 – Now take to the sewing machine and stitch the edges, making sure your fabric is turned the correct directions as shown above (fabric, batting in center, fabric) leaving a 2″ hole to turn your cozy with a fabric pointer, pushing out the edges. And then iron it flat.

Step 6 - Hand stitch or fabric glue the open end closed.

Step 7 - Now for the button hole, hopefully you have a machine that does it for you, or you could use strong adhesive Velcro dots.

I know what you’re thinking… what about that fun apple design?! Well if you have a monogramming machine like Montia…

you monogram and applique the project before you cut out the cozy. And if you don’t, no worries!

If you want one, but don’t want to make it, Sew Jewell is adding them to her etsy shop today for $15.

Or, if you do want to get creative, there is this fabulous invention called Wonder-Under Fusible WebJust make the cozy as we’ve shown, cut out a design (e.g., initials, Halloween, Christmas, anything) and then follow the Wonder-Under instructions to attach it/iron it on. Walla! You made your very own applique design! 

You can find all the supplies for this project at craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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baby shower applique activity

Flavia of Fete a Fete is having a little one! She’s already the proud momma of one little boy and now a little brother is on the way. Not wanting to go traditional blue, Flavia chose a sophisticated black, yellow and white color palette for her family celebration.

The day was full of detail, but my very favorite is the activity she set up for her guests — a “laundry-like” area where her friends could customize a shirt or bodysuit with iron-on fabric appliqués! Isn’t it adorable?!

Flavia dressed the table with H&M organic white baby shirts in several sizes, appliqués from Etsy (three resources below), an iron, a small ironing board which she “dressed” with a cute cover found at Barefoot Lake on Etsy, a galvanized bucket, and clothespins she painted yellow with white dots.

She also hosted a lovely brunch! She prepared most of the food herself, even these mini jars of homemade granola (Flavia provides the recipes on her blog).

I love that she used her sonogram image as inspiration and to wrap drink bottles. So sweet.

Hop over to Fete a Fete to see more of Flavia’s party details. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

Vendors for iron-on appliqués: The Ladybug LadiesThe Applique Finery and Kinder Cuts

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