Adorable! Handmade Lunch Sacks

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We go on a lot of road trips, the kids have extra curricular activities and there is always waiting around at doctors offices and various other appointments, so taking snacks or lunch with us not only saves us money, but also reduces the number of times we might be tempted by the dreaded (aka unhealthy) drive-thru.  We had some adorable little lunch sacks that the preschool teachers gave the twins last year as gifts, but I had wanted to make new ones for a while.

Now, I don't have a complete tutorial for these, but they are very easy to make; I kind of winged it, as I tend to do sometimes.

I came across absolutely gorgeous handmade lunch bags on The Purl Bee but knew I wanted to use oilcloth (which I had quite a few bits and pieces in my stash, and thought it would be easier to clean) like Skip To My Lou had used to make hers.

So I decided to start measuring and cutting and see what happened.

So this is what I cut:

  • 9" x 7" rectangles (front and back)
  • 2 4" x 9" rectangles (sides)
  • 1 4" x 7" rectangle (base)

Using my sewing machine I stitched a hem along the top of each of the side, front and back pieces.  I then stitched the side, front and back pieces together.  Then stitched the base of the bag on last.

Next, I stitched a small piece of cord elastic to the inside of the back into the shape of a loop.

I handstitched a large button to the front of the bag.

I found some strong ribbon in my stash, hemmed it and hand stitched it using embroidery thread to the top of the back of the lunch bag to make a handle.

And that was it.

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Use an empty toilet paper roll to print your very own fabric

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Easy to do and would be great on table runners!

Lamp made from old plastic bottle and spoons

Stunning works of recycled art are putting many contemporary artworks to shame. Brining one such extraordinary creation is a Russian designer, who has designed a unique lamp from what you would consider as waste. His creation is a beautiful ensemble of an old plastic bottle, few disposable plastic spoons and CFL lamp. In just less than $2, you too could build an amazing piece of art to light up your dwelling.


Diy Night Light


A night light made from jar and disposable cake pan. Such a great idea

You will need: Wide mouth jar – The jar needs to be wide enough to fit the small click light inside, a pickle jar works great, a disposable cake pan, small click light, an awl and scissors. So fun and really easy to make!

Hop on over to Design Mom for full instructions.

Blow-Your-Mind Microwave Popcorn


This is brilliant, why didn't I think of that? Glass bowl + ceramic plate + popcorn kernels = perfectly popped popcorn in the microwave. No bag. No butter or oil. Nothing to throw away afterward. And even no un-popped kernels.

Take 1/4 cup of dry popcorn kernels and place in the bottom of a microwave-safe glass bowl (pyrex is a great choice). Place a microwave-safe plate on top of the bowl. Plate should be wide enough to go beyond the rim of the bowl.

Microwave for 2 minutes 45 seconds. Watch in glory as your popcorn pops perfectly into little puffs of heaven.

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Wispy Ghosts • DIY Halloween Decoration

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A great Halloween decoration. This tutorial creates wonderful wispy ghosts that can easily be used in centerpieces, on door stoops, on hearths, wherever you want to add a touch of Halloween.


  • Cheese Cloth 1 package for every 5 ghosts
  • Plaster of Paris- We made 20 ghosts and used about 10 lbs dry.
  • Assorted Paper tubes - Paper towel, wrapping paper or make your own from old manilla file folders
  • Round objects for head molds - ping pong balls, X-Mas balls, craft balls, burned out light bulbs, etc.
  • masking tape
  • saran wrap
  • Play dough or other clay for support during construction
  • Black Paper - good quality so it won't fade
  • Glue gun and glue
  • LED flickering tea lights

• Make support armatures for the ghosts.
• Make five different sized armatures each about 1" shorter than the last.  Size really depends on how and where you want to display them.
• Ashbee design team reused each armature 4 times and made them strong enough to with stand that.
• Cut each paper tube to the desired height. Ours were 4",5",6",7" 8".

Using masking tape, tape all of the parts of the armature together.

• Use play dough or any type of clay like material you have to weight down the bottom.

Pre-cut the cheese cloth. After some experimenting we found 3 layers of cheese cloth was about perfect for the degree of transparency we wanted.
• Ashbee team cut the cheese cloth to length and the re-folded it to be three layers thick.
• Leave enough cheese cloth to arrange around the "feet" and create a good standing surface.
Let the guys dry over night.
Give your ghost some personality by playing with eye shape or mouths.

Definitely spooky!