Tuesday, December 23, 2014


You might be thinking about how did I make these? Well, actually these are made out of an old shirt of my daughter which was outgrown. I loved the snow flake pattern and the color of the fabric and could not resist making these. The fabric seemed just perfect for Christmas.

I had the pattern but it was used just as a guidance as I needed a larger stocking. Here is the pattern for the smaller stocking. I kept lot of margin and then marked with a chalk on the fabric. I used a pair of scissor to cut it. I would like to thank www.ericacatarina.blogspot.com.br for the pattern.

To make these all I did was I first removed all the borders and cut the seams in order to separate the sleeves.

I then placed the pattern on the reverse side of the fabric and used a chalk to mark the shape of the stocking.

After cutting it looked like the picture shown below.
I thought of making two of them for both of my kids as I had sufficient fabric also for two. One was a little longer than the other. but it hardly mattered. Luckily, I had some white felt also at home. so I thought to give them a white border and I cut red strips for each of them for hanging them near the fireplace too.
The next thing was to stitch them using a sewing machine. That just took me few minutes.

I used zigzag stitch at the edges because of two reasons, so that the threads would not fray and also the fabric was too thick and despite keeping the stitch length 5, the stitches were coming too minute and close. I am sorry for the different color brightness of the pictures as they were taken at different times of the day and stitching was done in the night.Once the stitching was done, I then attached a strip to the inner side to hang or suspend the stockings near the fire place.
I now wish to personalize them. You may monogram yours or personalize or simply put your initials or embroider yours. This is how one can make a Christmas stocking in just a few minutes at no extra cost. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2014



Today I am posting after many months. I shouldn't say that I did not do any crafting all these days, but I simply did not find time to post them. I will gradually post all of them one by one. Today I did a quick remaking of my coasters. It is a simple project and takes hardly few minutes.
 Here is a picture of what they looked like before their remaking. I had four of such coasters.
Step 1. The cork layer started to come off. So, I just took it off completely from all the four coasters.
Step 2. Then I took red colored foam sheet and marked out the inner diameter and cut out four circles of red foam sheet using a pair of scissors.

Step 3. All I had to do was use some glue dots and paste the red circles inside the plastic ones. Voila!!
They look amazing just as new. I made it coordinating with my couch. You may choose your favorite colors or have several colored circles cut out handy and keep changing according to the season or occasion. Try it out!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Ideas


              I decided to give pencils to the teacher as gift for 'Teacher Appreciation Week'. We had to give some classroom supplies to the teacher, so I thought to give out pencils as they are frequently used and lost by kids. So I took an empty Pringles box of chips and thought of using it to make the 'Jumbo Pencil Box'. I covered it using yellow, pink and brown construction paper. I stuck it with Elmer's glue. I took a shining silver ribbon and hot glued it on the joint of pink and yellow paper. I colored the tip of the Jumbo pencil using a black Sharpie marker. I wrote the name of the class teacher on the sides and wrote No. 1. On the tag, I wrote 'Pencils are No.2 but teacher you are No.1'.
              This is how the Jumbo Pencil turned out!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Repurposing mac and cheese empty cardboard box.


         Today I got another idea to repurpose empty cartons. Though I had posted how to make organizers before but now I loved this one more as they are more stronger and these won't get faded with time and won't get dirty soon. It was way more faster to do this as I did not have to glue the papers each time.
          Here is the link of my previous post in which I had used construction paper instead of duct tape.
          All I needed to make these was an empty carton of Mac and cheese and some duct tape. I had two of these cartons at home but I am waiting for one more to accommodate in the third cubby of my desk. Actually I had covered the whole box in black printed duck tape. I ran short of it and had to buy a solid black duct tape to go with it. I was lucky that I ran out with the printed one, as this one looks more better with a solid black border. 
They really have become quite strong now and even kind of water-proof. I really tell this is a quick way to do, better than using paper and glue. I enjoyed doing it. If you have some old shoe boxes at home then you may start right away. But have enough of duct tape in hand so that you do not run short of it like me. Happy crafting!

Saturday, February 22, 2014



This month I designed another t-shirt for my little one for Valentine's day. I hand painted it using acrylic colors. I just used some heart shaped pink buttons for the magic wand and the shoes. I added  a green satin ribbon for the bow. I scattered few different color hearts all over the front to balance the empty spaces around.

When I was painting this, it reminded of those heart shaped candies with some messages written on them.

Here is a picture of those heart shaped candies.... I wished some plastic buttons of this kind were also available. I never searched for them yet, but maybe they are available.

She is really a 'Beary Cutie Fairy'. Don't you think so?

Kindly leave your comments below if you do.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014



For this Valentine's Day, I wanted to make something for my little one. So I took an old denim and converted it into a pretty pink skirt. All I did was cut the denim at the crotch horizontally. I took pink satin fabric and put some gathers using a sewing machine. I added a white ric-rac lace on the seam to press it down. Added a row of flower buttons close to the satin gathers or the ric-rac lace. For the belt I tied a pink satin ribbon into a bow. I loved how it turned out and so did my little one. So I guess you may love it too. So pick an old denim and get set to make one. 
The rear is kept simple as it already has pockets. So pick an old denim and get set to make one. 

Friday, January 31, 2014



1. Chenille stems ($1.00)

2. Push Pins ($1.00) 

Step 1. Take any color chenille stem and wind it on your index finger and middle finger and form the shape of the digit '8'. Continue making the '8' shaped petals by interlacing the chenille stems. This step hardly takes a 2-3 minutes

Step 2.  Make different colored flowers. Just slide the same colored push pin through its center. I used the same color pin as the chenille stem, but maybe you may add a different colored pin to give a contrast color center to the flower-pin.

Step 3. I used these flower-pins as my display board pins. Now, my display board looks bright, attractive  and colorful. They are quiet different from the regular market ones and are quick to make in just few minutes.
I used a foam board for my display board and created a zigzag border using construction paper to decorate the sides.