Back to School with Zazzle

Back in the Season

Back to School with ZazzleWell, that year went by fast.

Here we are, back in the season, scooping up all of the clothes, gear and supplies for our offspring to head back in to the classroom to grow and learn all the things.

You know the last thing your kid wants is the same “_______” as someone else, so wouldn’t it be great to surprise them with some personalized coolness and unique duds that no one else will have? Zazzle can make this happen for us, friends!

AND you can get 30% off right now through Sunday 8/21 using code ZBIGDEALFORU at checkout!

 

The Backpack

Back to School with ZazzleFirst off, I LOVE these bags from Zazzle – they are lightweight, easy to clean and large enough to hold plenty.

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I totally dig these for my littles AND for myself, because hello – these are awesome for the beach, park, gym, wherever. They would make a great sports bag too!

Check out my newest backpack designs here, or peruse the amazing Zazzle gallery of other unique backpack designs. They even have popular Game, Movie and Comic characters for the little fans out there.

The Lunchbox

Next on my list for my dudes was a new lunchbox. Again, I wanted something totally unique for them and I hit the jackpot with these Yubo lunchboxes. Back to School with ZazzleThey are totally customize-able and come in hundreds of designs! Back to School with Zazzle Back to School with Zazzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I like the most about these is the fact that the faceplates COME OFF – so if you want a new design, you can just order new plates instead of a whole new lunchbox. Think about the possibilities — different plates for different seasons, or each new school year, etc. They come in other colors besides blue, too! Back to School with ZazzleIt’s all washable, AND it COMES WITH the containers AND the icepack! Back to School with ZazzleSo there you go — everything you need to pack your child’s lunch (or yours for that matter, I may indeed make one for myself). You can find my designs here, or checkout all the cool lunchboxes that Zazzle has to offer here.

Shirts

Let’s talk clothes. Shirts in particular. Kids love shirts with words. Funny sayings, things that express who they are and what they are into… I happen to know a lot of kids that are in to sports. Like, REALLY in to sports. ALL THEY DO is eat, sleep, and play their sports. Back to School with ZazzleEnough said. Check out my collection of back to school shirts here (more to come, I’m adding new designs daily!), or peruse the entire gallery of SO MANY awesome and unique shirts on Zazzle.

Supplies

Have I mentioned that I love all things paper. I love love LOVE notebooks in particular – anything I can write or doodle in makes me SO happy. Back to School with ZazzleGet your child writing with these custom notebooks and journals! Great for taking notes, journaling, keeping scores… you name it.  Check out my favorites here or view the entire collection that Zazzle has to offer!

Back to School with ZazzleIf you have an avid list maker, artist or poet on your hands, these pocket journals are THE BEST! You can customize the outside and choose what type of paper is on the inside: blank, lined, grid or checklist.

I love the idea of customized binders – nowadays the older kids need one for every subject so why not provide them with super cool subject binders. Back to School with Zazzle

You can put any text on them, so you could put their name or initials, the class the binder is for, etc., and they come in 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ sizes. You can find my designs here, or the entire gallery here. You can get popular characters like Superman, Batman and all of your favorite Disney friends!

Tech

Don’t forget phone and tablet cases – there are so many beautiful and customize-able designs available on Zazzle! Here is my newest design from my Back to School shop — you can get them with a shiny or matte finish, available in 3 colors.  You can find this and the rest of my cases here, or check out the rest that Zazzle has to offer here for iPhone, Samsung, Nexus, iPad and Kindle!Back to School with Zazzle

So, my friends – go shop with confidence knowing that your kids will have the good stuff this year. Be sure to check out my Check Mate collection, featuring all of my latest checkered goodies inspired by my little dudes.

Get 30% off right now through Sunday 8/21 using code ZBIGDEALFORU at checkout!

Want to see ALL of the Back to School goodies available on Zazzle? Check them out here:
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Happy Shopping!

Outtakes….. :o)

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Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Because you needed another placemat tutorial. You were desperately looking for something else to make from all those gorgeous placemats you couldn’t pass up in the Target aisle. I got your back, friend.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagThis is EASY! Perfect for beginners for a quick project, easy enough to do the day of giving, too (guilty!). Why present a wine gift to the host/hostess in a boring gift bag when you can MAKE one that is wayyyyyy cooler?

Find yourself a lovely placemat. The one I chose has a lining on the back, but don’t fret if yours doesn’t — it isn’t necessary. Just be sure to read the notes below.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagFold your placemat in half lengthwise so the right sides are facing together.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagMeasure in 3-6 inches, start there and sew back and forth a few times, then sew down the length, turn and sew down the short end, and sew back and forth again.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

It should look like this when you’re done!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

***Now take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the seam you just made on the short end. NOTE: I did this because the existing seam was too thick with the lining. If your placemat isn’t lined, you won’t need to do this. I also forgot to take a picture. Woops. But you can see it in the next one.

Now, take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the long seam you just made, just down at the bottom where it meets the short sewn end. This will just make it easier to put in the gusset on the bottom of the bag.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGrab the bottom of the bag and squeeze it! Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Squeeze from the folded side so the bottom pops out and use your fingers to fold over the corners toward the center. They will go in about an inch or so.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGet your needle & thread ready, and hand stitch those corners down.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDoesn’t have to be fancy. Clearly. They won’t see this so feel free to just wing it.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDo both sides so it looks like this!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagTurn the bag right-side out. Isn’t she pretty?

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDepending on the kind of ribbon you have, you may need to seal it so it doesn’t fray. Ever hear of this stuff?

Fray Check is AWESOME – I use it all the time. Perfect for ribbon ends & sealing off small bits that you don’t want to fray.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagInsert bottle, tie a bow…

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagVOILA!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

A thoughtful handmade gift to go with your pal’s favorite vino.

Enjoy! Hope your pal share’s her wine with you… :o)

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Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetos! Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetic Closure TutorialI call these guys Magnetos (comic lovers, chuckle with me now!). Magnetic closures are a great way to add a professional touch to your clutches, wallets, and bags.

Don’t be intimidated by their forged metal-ness, these babies are easy to install.

Let me show you!

 

 

 

In these photos I am installing them on my favorite placemat clutches. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

I open them up, insert interfacing, and while they are still open, I install the magnetos. So it’s important to note, you need to add these guys before you sew up the seams on whatever you’re working on. Also, it’s good to have something stiff for them to hold onto if your project allows for it — the interfacing should be on the thicker side. Otherwise the magnetos will droop and weigh the fabric down. If you’re making a slouchy type of bag, that is totally fine.

First, figure out where you want them. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

For example, If there is folding to be done, do the fold and mark where you want the closure on both sides. If you’re putting them on a bag, mark on both sides where you want it.

  • The easiest way is to put the magnets together and place it on one side where you want it and mark with pencil or marker, then pretend you’re closing your project so that it touches the fabric where it will close when you’re done, and press hard with your hands to make an indent with the tabs.
  • If I made a mark, I take the tabs of the magneto and press it into the fabric to create an indent on either side of my mark. Either way, you’re using those tab indents as a guide.

I then use an exacto knife to poke holes where the indents are and lengthen them just a bit so they are small slits. You could use your seam ripper point for this, but I find the exacto knife gives me a much cleaner cut. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

I use the knife to continue poking through the interfacing (in this case, I used stiffened felt!).

Now just take the tabs and stick them through your slits in the fabric…. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

…and through the slits in the interfacing .Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Add one of the flat pieces to the back, and press the pointy tabs outwards with your thumbs to hold the back piece in place.Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Use those thumb muscles! You may need to press them into your table if they are really strong. Magnetic Closure TutorialDo the same exact thing with the other side of the magneto on your other mark, and then finish sewing up your project. Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Magnetic Closure Tutorial

Inside of finished clutch

Voila!

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Like I said, they seem intimidating, but once you try them you’ll find they are super easy and just require a little advanced planning. Sometimes we just want to hurry up and sew, but these are a really nice touch!

01e9d150ce1c9b3b7d6d71a9436976d4c5781d31c4Need Magnetos? I get mine here!

Want to make a placemat clutch? Get the tutorial here!

Go forth and put magnets on everything! :o)

Share your your projects with me!  Did you use one of my tutorials or fabrics? Tag me @stickelberry on Instagram or Facebook, and use #stickelberryfriends

 

 

 

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Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Infinity ScarfWhy buy a scarf when you can make one yourself in about 15 minutes? It is really that easy. You can use any type of fabric you like, make it as long or loopy as you like and add whatever embellishments you like. Sew much fun.

This tutorial is for an infinity scarf – you know, the circle ones you wear like a necklace? And this method creates a nice, finished tube — no exposed ends. In my example, the fabric I used measured 18×28″ and makes one loop, perfect for a simple accessory. If you want it to hang low, add length. If you want to wrap it around a few times and make a big, bold scarfy statement, add even more length (double or triple or quadruple!).

infinityfancyA Note on Fabric: Knits work best for scarves since they are stretchy and drape nicely. You can also use fancy fabrics, chiffon, etc., but they will not stretch so be mindful of that (you do need to get it over your head, you know). Regular cotton can work as well, but it is stiff (also does not stretch), and gives your scarf a totally different look. So if you want it to hang nicely, go with a knit or something lightweight and drapey. Is that a word? 🙂

The fabric I used in the tutorial is Modern Jersey from Spoonflower — it’s one of my designs, and I used only a fat quarter! They are generous with this fabric given that their fat quarter for it is 18×28″…bonus! It’s a lovely weight as well – thick, but very soft and stretchy – I absolutely love it.

A Note on Needles: If you are going to use a knit fabric, CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE. Yes, there are different needles for different types of fabric. You may not think you need to use a different needle, or you may be afraid to try to change it, but it is worth it! Trust me. It takes only a second and makes a world of difference. Just refer to your manual for instructions and make sure the flat side of the needle faces the back when you shove it in. If you need some ball point knit needles, here you go!

To make your scarf:

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Start by laying out your fabric right side up. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin in place. Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Take your tube to the sewing machine and simply zigzag stitch all the way down the end of the tube to sew it together.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

The zigzag stitch will allow for stretching the fabric without breaking the threads.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Now reach inside to the other end and pull it through. Don’t turn it all the way right side out, just pull it towards you so you can line up the the two tube ends, one inside the other, the right sides of the fabric facing each other.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Pin around the edges to hold them together if you need (most of the time I don’t need to pin, just depends on the fabric).

If your machine has an end that comes off like mine, you’re in luck – this will be super simple. Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Start to sew the edges together – I always start where the seams line up.  Just turn the fabric as you sew, going all the way around, but STOPPING about 2 inches before the end (or the start, since it is where you started).

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

–> If your machine end doesn’t come off, that’s OK! Just work with the fabric and sew around as far as you can – you’ll have more than a 2″ gap, but that’s perfectly OK.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Reach inside and turn your scarf right side out — it will all come out, don’t worry. You’ll have a nice circle tube with a hole in it.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

Now you have two options —- hand stitch the hole closed (a ladder stitch would be great here), OR fold the edges in, pin and sew it shut on your machine. I use my machine. Everytime.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

You’ll have a small seam but that part goes underneath and sits on the back of your neck anyway — just turn it around.

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

And you’re done. Applaud yourself and wear your new scarf with pride, my crafty friend!

Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Stickelberry

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