How to Make T-Shirt Hand Warmers

How to Make T-Shirt Hand Warmers

Get out your used, thrifted, or out grown t-shirts and warm up those hands. Here's my Momtastic post from this week showing you how to make hand warmers. I made four in 20 minutes!

Oh and look… I used purple.

The Real Deal: You can use items you already have on hand. No need to go shop around.

Little Bird Book Bag

Little Bird Book Bag

Shopping for craft books at the public library is one of my fave past times, and bringing them home for free somehow gives me satisfaction despite having to return them in 3 weeks. The need for a sweet little tote to carry my temporary books from the library inspired this little bird book bag.

Gotta have:

  • Thrifted sweater
  • Printed cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and coordinating thread
  • Bird pattern (the one I used is from this book)

The length and width of the purse will depend on the size of sweater you start with. The cut piece of sweater for the bird tote happens to measure 15 inches wide by 12 inches tall.

Turn the sweater right side out, cut a bird pattern from the cotton fabric, and hand stitch it onto the sweater as seen below.

The dimensions of the print fabric will depend on the sweater dimensions. Use the same width as the sweater and add 5 inches to the length. Since my sweater was 15" x 12", my print fabric measures 15" x 17".

Attach the straps with a criss-cross stitch as seen below.

So perfect for your trip to the library.

The Real Deal: The thrifted sweater and fabric cost about $10.

Book Bodyguard

Book Bodyguard

When my friend gifted me Sew! by Cath Kidston I couldn't put it down. I've read through all the projects and can't wait to get started on a few.

Sew!, being quite the pretty book that it is, needs a little bodyguard. Flipping through those pages over and over can do a book some harm so I want to protect it.

Gotta have:

Fold the edges of the vinyl over the front and back of the book as pictured above. Dab a little bit of glue between the layers of vinyl to secure in place.

Now that's what I call a book bodyguard at your service.

The Real Deal: It cost less than $2.00 for the vinyl. I found scrap vinyl in the clearance bin at a craft store.

Customize a Journal

Customize a Journal

Time for making your gifts this year is getting down to the wire, but don’t be disappointed if you find that you are out of time. Visit my Momtastic post to see how to add a pinch of handmade love to a store bought gift.

Make a Felt Embroidery Ornament

Make a Felt Embroidery Ornament

Caitlin of Hardly Housewives is here today sharing a charming felt embroidered ornament. Thank you, Caitlin!


  • Embroidery thread
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Thick needle
  • Cotton balls for stuffing the ornament once it’s finished.

Start by cutting out a heart shape in white felt.  Thread your needle with your thread and start stitching out your pattern.  In this case, I did a vine with leaves using the green thread.  I did this without a pattern so the shape is somewhat asymmetrical and the leaves aren’t exactly the same size, but I like it.

Once you’ve got the vine down, switch to a new color.  I grabbed the red thread and started stitching in some flowers.

Switching out to the yellow thread, I made some more flowers and filled in the center of the red flowers I’d already done.

I decided to add red felt as the backing to this ornament, so using the existing white felt heart as a guide, I cut out a red heart…

…and stitched the whole ornament closed, stuffing in the cotton balls to fill out the heart.  To hang the ornament with, I braided my three thread colors and looped it through the top of the heart:

Here it is…

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