Category Archives: Must Make Lists

Must Make Monday – Bags!

I know everywhere you look on the internet you find a cool bag tutorial. I even have one here, (shameless plug). But over the last couple of weeks I’ve been finding some really ones and I just had to share them.

a-squared-w’s boxed grocery bag tutorial

Toni from Make it Perfect’s Peek-a-Boo Sack for Made By Rae’s Boy Week. (There are a bunch of cute bags linked here)

Honestly…WTF’s cool Knotting Card images from Hermes is a great resource for an easy way to make a bag out of a silk scarf. I love these. Seems much more worthy of collecting than baseball cards, right?

Hideous!Dreadful!Stinky!’s Crayon Monster Bag Tutorial

Moda Bakeshop’s Car Diddy bag tutorial

The Weekender Bag tutorial from The Weekend Designer.

Not Just Another Pretty Purse Tutorial from Sew a Straight Line.


Must Make Monday – Spring Wardrobe

As you’ve seen, I’ve been sewing like crazy for the Spring Palette Challenge. That doesn’t mean I’m not keeping my eyes open for cute tutorials for the girls though. Here are a few I may or may not get to before we leave next month, but I’ll definitely try sometime before summer. What are you making to spruce up the spring wardrobe?

Everyday Chaos – Apron Top, Prudent Baby – One Shoulder Dressy Dress, Craftiness is Not Optional (for Project Run and Play) – Scalloped Top, Me Sew Crazy – 20 Minute Ruffle Dress

Craftiness is Not Optional – The Sadie Shirt (sew along), Sewing in No Man’s Land – Retro Romper, Me Sew Crazy – Oh Jackie Dress, 3 Red Buttons – Cool Pockets Refashion

If you have boys make sure to check out the Celebrate the Boy tutorials over at Made By Rae. Happy sewing!




Must Make Monday – Valentines

Yummy looking Red Devil Whoopie Pies from Annie’s Eats.

I know my kiddos classmates would like the Two Shades of Pink‘s Stitched Paper and Felt Valentines.

I will definitely be crocheting some of these hearts from Little Birdie Secrets.

These gingerbread cookies from Going Starfishing look just lovely. And who doesn’t love gingerbread?

These conversation candy hearts from Make Monthly look so much fun I had to run to Michael’s and get some edible ink markers yesterday.

Under the Sycamore‘s rainbow hearts garland is so pretty and we love kids crafts around here.

Speckled Egg‘s chocolate dipped pretzels are perfect for the Valentine, like Hubs, who likes both salty and sweet.

Must Make Monday – Candle Crafts

Candlemas, Imbolc, Groundhog’s Day, whatever you call it February 2nd is just around the corner. Traditionally this is a day we make candles at my house.  Although since having kids this tradition has become a bit sporadic, it is still one of my favorites. Its nice to have a supply of handmade candles for gift giving, celebrations, and cozy evenings at home.

There are many different ways to make candles. You can dip, you can mold, you can use yummy beeswax or recycle the paraffin candle nubs from the holiday season, you can even use good old crayons if you want. Candles are easy to make, but can be dangerous. Always be careful around the stove and hot wax. Let the whole family get in on the action or have a candle making party like we do. Be creative and have fun!

Here are a couple of different ideas and tutorials you can try at home. Have a great holiday!

Leah from Homework shares with us her beeswax candle dipping party.

Candle Craft Ideas shows us how to make Soy Candles.

Learn to make pillar candles at Free Craft Idea.

iMake‘s Beeswax Candle Tutorial.

Craftzine shows us how to make candles from scratch.

Must Make Monday – Wall Pockets

I have to redo our family organizer wall center in our house. I also need to create better storage for PZ in her top bunk AND we need something better for the art room. Here are some of the things I’m thinking? Do you have any suggestions/tutorials that you wanna share? Please do!


Easy Album Cover Wall Organizers by Paper and Stitch – I’m thinking I could do 4 of these, one for each family member and have it for mail.

Corkboard/Wall Pocket Tutorial by Craft Apple –  something like this would make our corkboard prettier.

Mail Sorter by Bright and Blithe – here is another mail idea.

Bunk bed wall pocket by Betz White – perfect for PZ’s bed

Wall Pocket by Stumbles and Stitches – Its like a portable art studio

Kidlet Wall Pocket Tidy Tote by Jennifer Casa – I think one of these would be great on the back of the bathroom door, on the sewing room door, and on our bedroom doors.

Must Make Monday Special Edition: “Winter Warm”, My Imaginary Craft Book

I was at the Yarn Garden last week to get buttons for this dress, and thought I’d check out the crochet craft books while I was there. The woman working recommended the Happy Hooker book, which I already own, but didn’t really have much else for the beginning to intermediate crocheter looking for a variety of craft projects. Slightly disappointed, I decided to “make” my own. Here are the patterns, and a few yummy recipes, that I’m including in my imaginary crafting book, Winter Warm.

First up is the Twist Headband/Ear Warmer with Optional Flower crochet pattern from ROSEDEW. I’ve been wanting a pretty headband/ear warmer for a few years now. Whenever I see them at craft shows though they are always too pricey for my tight budget. This year I’m hoping to make my own!

Next I’ve got the Openwork Handwarmers crochet tutorial from CreativeYarn. These are so pretty and really something that could be worn for more than just winter.

The Doughboy Slouch Hat crochet pattern from quadshotyarn looks like a really versatile and comfortable hat. Perfect for me and my crazy head of hair!

These Lime Meltaways from Adirondack Mama look so scrumptious, like winter with just a hint of summer.

I could walk right into Springtime with this cute Oma Slippers pattern from Mamachee and I love her idea for turning them into shoes you can wear outdoors.

Jeanette Ordas’ Maple Leaf Sour as posted on ReadyMade is wonderful. I’m a whiskey drinker and this will for sure be my drink this winter. Yum!


I’ve been wanting to make my own washcloths since I did my spring cleaning post. It just seems like such a lovely luxury. This Double-Sided Wash Cloth pattern from CasaDiAries looks simple and sturdy. Can’t wait to whip up a few of these!

This Hooded Scarf pattern from RachelsCrochet is the one I’m actually working on right now. I’m doing it in a really gorgeous blue from Lion Cotton.

These Salty Sweets from Poppytalk have both coconut and butterscotch chips in them. They sound really good!

HopandaSkip‘s Hand Snuggies pattern will keep my hands warm while keeping my fingers free for key tog and cell phone button pushing. Plus the buttons are such a nice detail.

Well, I hope you like my imaginary book. I’ve purchased all the patterns listed here and I figure it cost me about the same as purchasing a new craft book, only here I got to choose which patterns I wanted to do. I’ve checked out a couple of crochet pattern books from the library which I’ll be picking up this week. I’ll let you know if I see any winners. What is your favorite crochet pattern or recipe that keeps you Winter Warm?

Must Make Monday – Triangles

The girls and are all fighting colds. Enjoy these triangle tutorials as we try to get better…(Triangle ABC, Triangle 123)

Family art project, Love Triangle, from Giddy Giddy

Triangle Garland from The Small Object (perhaps something to do with your triangles after doing the Triangle Love project)

Crochet Granny Triangles from Carina’s Craftblog.

Do you have a favorite triangle tutorial? Let me know!