DIY (59) – Notebook pencil holder

Hi Everyone,

Need a neat way to keep your pencils, markers and pens organized while on the go?

Check out this cute notebook pencil holder that doubles down as a bookmark! 

Let’s start!

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craft scissors -fabric Scraps – medium weight interfacing – scissors – elastic zipper – foot – pins – matching thread – sewing machine – quilting clips – pinking Shears – blunt tool to push the Corners out

Print out your pattern pieces and cut out with craft scissors.

Cut out the fabric pieces according to how long the zipper is leaving two extra cm per side. You should have 4 pieces for the front pouch (for a good measure I suggest a width of 4 cm), 1 piece for the back (8 cm or double of size of front pouch), 2 pieces for the front lining and 1 piece for the back lining.

Interface all pieces for the outer pouch.

Grab the front pieces for one side and place them in order right side up.

Get one piece of the front and place it right side up.

Top with the zipper, the teeth and zipper pull facing down.

Top with one of the front lining pieces, wrong side up.

Clip all three pieces using quilting clips.

Remove your regular foot and replace with a zipper foot.

Sew as close to the zipper as possible. If your zipper is longer than the fabrics, push the zipper pull up as much as it will let you, to get it out of your way while sewing.

Flip the lining to the right.

Then under and press. You can also topstitch if you like.


Place the front lining right side up.

Top with the left front pouch pieces right side up.

Add the left front outer fabric wrong side up.

Clip and sew as close to the zipper as possible.

Push the second front fabric and the second lining to the right and press well. Top stitch if you like.

Open the zipper about half way through then put the front piece on a side.


Get the elastic and measure around a book/notebook to decide on the length needed. Trim the elastic according to your needs.

Place the back outer fabric right side up and top with the elastic, right through the middle.

Pin the elastic to the sides and sew with 1/4″ (0,5 cm) allowance.


Place the back lining wrong side up.

Top with the back outer fabric right side up

Then top with the front panel sewn above, lining side up.

Clip all pieces together, making sure the zipper falls right in the middle of the elastic.

Sew all around the four edges with 1/2″ allowance, backstitching start and end.

Using your pinking shears, trim the entire seam to 1/4″ (0,50 cm).

Also clip the corners to remove some of the bulk in the area.

Turn the pouch right side out.

Push the corners out using your blunt tool and smooth out the seams with your fingers.

Give the pouch a nice press, fill with pencils and attach it to your book/notebook!

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DIY (58) – Ribbon and button no slip bookmark

Hi Everyone,

 If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly loosing regular bookmarks…if you still read old school, non-e-reader style books like this hold-out girl.  

So…Here is a solution, a great, custom way of marking your page which is pretty and won’t fall out or get lost.  

And…it’s super easy to make.  You can even make one if you don’t have a sewing machine, by hand stitching that is.

Because the quantity of fabric is so little, you can easily make them even with scraps of ribbon or fabric that you have at home.

Let’s start!

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Ribbon – Hair elastic – Button – Scissors – Tape measure – Sewing pin – thread

Measure how long you want your bookmark to be. This one is about 17 inches (43 cm) and the finished piece is 14 1/2 inches (36 cm) from sewn area to the button.  This size is good for medium to regular sized books, but for large books or small paperbacks you will want to measure for their specific size.

Fold one edge of ribbon down to prepare for sewing.  If your ribbon tends to fray, you may want to fold it twice.

 Add hair elastic, fold over and pin.

Sew a straight or zig zag stitch along the ribbon fold.  If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can sew this by hand. If you do sew it by hand, make sure to stitch the area twice to reinforce it.

Measure from the folded, sewn area to where you want your button and sew button in place.  Optional – Gather fabric behind button and hand-stitch it together for a finished look.  The solid brown one attached to a book below shows it without a gather.  Also, if your ribbon tends to fray, you will want to finish the edges of the ribbon.

And presto…pretty nifty ribbon bookmarks that won’t slip or mysteriously get lost, unless they’re not attached to a book and you miss-place them…but that’s a whole other story 

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DIY (57) – Recipe box

Hi Everyone,

I love lace and ribbon and pretty vintage things, and this box is inspired to match vintage 1950‘s aqua and yellow colors.

Enjoy doing this project and let out all your creativity! You can decorate it with fabrics, lace or other material that you already have at home

Let’s start!

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1 patterned paper (about 12 x 12 iches or 31 x 31 cm to cover the box) – 1 patterned paper (6 x 12 inches or 15,5 x 31 cm to decorate) – 3 patterned paper sheets ( 12 x 12 inches or 15,5 x 15,5 cm to make the recipe cards or more if you like) – a cardboard box (wooden, metal) – Letters (chipboard , stickers or die cuts) – old ribbon or cloth belt – vintage pin or earring -vintage button (smaller than the pin) – scarap of ribbon – paper scraps and stickers to embellish – scissors – paper trimmer – dry adhesive – hot glue – pen

Trim the top or any excess off of the box.

Cut your recipe cards out of 12×12 paper to fit inside your box.

Write your recipes on your cards and decorate them however you like.

Cover your box with patterned paper and secure with a dry adhesive.

Glue an old fabric stripe or ribbon around the top of the box by using hot glue.

Add your title, and any decorations you want to the front of the box. At this point, you are also going to bunch up a scrap of ribbon, and glue your vintage button to the vintage pin and glue the pin to the ribbon and stick on on the top left corner of the box.

Voila! It’s beautiful! Add a couple of stickers to one side of the recipe box to list the recipes that were in there, feel free to experiment and be randomly creative!

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DIY (57) – Scatola porta ricette

Buongiorno a tutti!!!

Per chi adora il pizzo e il nastro e gli oggetti vintage, questa scatola ispirata agli anni ’50 è sicuramente l’ideale.

Divertiti a realizzare questo progetto e sfoggia tutta la tua creatività! Puoi decorarlo con tessuti, pizzi o altro materiale che hai già a casa


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1 carta fantasia (circa 12 x 12 iches o 31 x 31 cm per coprire la scatola) – 1 carta fantasia (6 x 12 pollici o 15,5 x 31 cm per decorare) – 3 fogli di carta fantasia ( 12 x 12 pollici o 15,5 x 15,5 cm per fare le carte ricetta o più, se volete) – una scatola di cartone (legno, metallo) – Lettere (truciolare, adesivi o ritagli) – nastro vecchio o cintura di stoffa – spilla d’epoca o orecchino – bottone d’epoca (più piccolo del perno) – scarabocchio del nastro – ritagli di carta e adesivi per abbellire – forbici – tagliacarte – colla a secco – colla a caldo – penna

Tagliate la parte superiore o qualsiasi eccesso all’esterno della scatola.

Ritagliate le vostre ricette con carta 12×12 in (31 cm) per inserirle all’interno della vostra scatola.

Scrivete le vostre ricette sui cartoncini e decoratele come preferite.

Coprite la scatola con carta fantasia e fissate con la colla.

Incollate una vecchia striscia di tessuto o nastro intorno alla parte superiore della scatola utilizzando colla a caldo.

Aggiungete il titolo, e tutte le decorazioni che si desidera sulla parte anteriore della scatola. A questo punto, raccogliete un po’ di nastro, che incollerete come chiusura vintage per la spilla d’epoca. Incollate il perno al nastro e attaccate sull’angolo in alto a sinistra della scatola.

Voilà! Aggiungete un paio di adesivi su un lato della scatola delle ricette per elencare le ricette che sono all’interno, sentitevi liberi di sperimentare ed essere creativi!

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DIY (54) – Decoupage Easter eggs

Hi Everyone,

Here we go for a quick and easy Easter craft project, I’ve got just the thing. These DIY decoupage Easter eggs are so nice and such a nice idea for decorating your home for Easter!

These beauties require few supplies and can serve as a fun activity for the whole family, especially for kids.

Let’s start!




paper maché eggs (if you don’t have time to make on your own, you can buy them ready at your craft supply store or on Amazon – scrapbooking paper – mod podge (vinilic glue will work as well) – paintbrushes or découpage sponge

Start by tearing your scrapbook paper into strips of various sizes (do it randomly, without taking too much care).

You’ll want to create pieces that are small enough to mold to the egg’s contours but large enough to display your decoupage pattern.

Apply the mod podge (or vinylic glue mixed with very little water) on your egg and immediately stick the pieces of paper (i suggest to do small pieces at a time so that the glue doesn’t dry out).

it could be helpful to place decoupage egg on an open mason jar while working.

Be sure to overlap your pieces well, but you can always fill in any gaps after your first layer dries.

After you’ve covered 2/3 of the egg, wait 10-20 minutes for the Mod Podge to dry.

Once it’s dry, turn it around and finish the missing part.

The nice thing about this project is that you can have fun in looking for the paper to apply, it could be napkins, gift wrapping paper etc. The only suggestion is that, especially at the beginning, it is easier to use very light paper (such as napkins) because it sticks very easily.

Your découpage eggs are ready to be placed on a tray or wherever you like in your home.

DIY (51) – Baby bib

Hi everyone!!

I love the designs that baby clothes usually have. Unfortunately, they get easily stained.

Here is an idea for recycling fabric that you have at home.

You will find a simple version and a siecond one with a practical pocket!

Let’s start

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quilting cotton – waterproof fabric (for the pocket bib) – 5 cm velcro – sewing tools – sewing machine (if you don’t have one, you can sew it yourself because it’s really easy) – bib sewing pattern (at the end of this post)

For the non-pocket bib cut out two bib pieces from quilting cotton, while for the pocket bib you will need to cut out one bib piece from quilting cotton and one bib piece from waterproof fabric. Cut the pocket from waterproof fabric.

Pin the two sides of the Velcro to the two sides of the bib. Make sure to choose the same side (both left for example). Center the Velcro on the straps. (If doing a waterproof bib, the hook side of the Velcro should be on the waterproof fabric and not the quilting cotton.)

Sew around the Velcro to secure. You can skip sewing the short side of the Velcro along the raw edge of the fabric.

If doing a pocket fold the pocket piece on the fold line. Pin it to the bottom of the waterproof bib. Baste it on along the raw edge.

Pin the front and back bib pieces right sides together.

Sew all around the edge and leave a 4 inch (about 10 cm) hole for turning. Backstitch when you start and stop.

Notch the outer curves and clip the inner curves.

Turn the bib right side out through the hole. Push out the curves and roll out the seams.

Press the bib flat. If using a waterproof bib use a warm iron, press from the back, and use a press cloth! Be careful not to melt your fabric.

Edgestitch around the edge and close the hole.



DIY (50) – Roses made with ribbon

Hi everyone!!

Today we will see how to do these beautiful roses using a simple ribbon and glue or by sewing them together.


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ribbon – needle and thread or glue

Follow the tutorial below to see the procedure.

It’s in Italian but it’s very easy to understand.


DIY (49) – Easter trees

Buongiorno a tutti!

Today we will see how to make this idea to decorate your home in just a few steps.

You can prepare them for the Easter period, but also as a simple decoration to use in your home all year round.

Let’s start

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twigs with flowers (you can also pick up some dried branches and then decorate them with fake flowers) – glass vase – colored eggs (if you want to prepare them for the Easter period or pebbles to use as decoration throughout the year) – acrylic color to paint branches (optional) – glass jar

For this project all you have to do is pick up branches with buds.

If you want, you can create them by taking some dry branches and applying (with hot glue), some fake flowers or flowers made by you.

Put the branches in a transparent vase that you have filled with colored eggs (if for the Easter period), or pebbles if you want to use them as decoration throughout the year.

If you want, before gluing the flowers, you can color the branches with acrylic colors.


DIY (34) – Rose bouquet Valentine card

Hi everyone!!!

Today we will see how with stamps and stencils we can create this stunning Valentine’s Day Card.

The layering of stamping and stenciling gives such a wonderful realistic look and the bold colorful images really pop on the Kraft colored cardstock background.

Let’s start!!!

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colored inks for stamping (if you don’t have them, you can use also acrylic colors) – cardstock (200 g) for gretting cards – stencils (below you can find a few ready ones to make a card similar to the one above) – craft psper for making stencils (you can use also thick paper, but they will last much less) – cutter – sponge – black marker – stamps

First of all print all your pdf stencils (below). Cut out carefully with a sharp cutter.

If you buy them ready, the procedure will be much easier and faster, but this is a nice activity to spend sometime also with your kids..

Prepare your colors and with a sponge (be careful that the color should not be too liquid).

Prepare your card by folding an A4 paper in half. You can also choose other sizes to make a variety of cards.

Now you can have fun and proceed by layers. If you want a 3D effect, you can stencil on other pieces of cardstock and then stick them on your final card.

Below you can see a complete video (especially for those who are already familiar with cricut and stamp inks).

For the text you can also buy stamps (usually you find different phrases in a box). The stamps will add a more professional look.

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DIY (34) – Biglietto di San Valentino con mazzo di rose

Buongiorno a tutti!!!

Oggi vedremo come creare con stampini e stencil questa splendido biglietto di San Valentino.

La stratificazione di stampi e stencil dà un aspetto così meraviglioso e le immagini colorate creeranno un effetto unico.


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inchiostri colorati per stampaggio (se non li avete, potete usare anche colori acrilici) – cartoncino (200 g) per carte gretting – stencil (qui sotto potete trovare alcuni pronti per fare una carta simile a quella sopra) – psper mestiere per fare stencil (è possibile utilizzare anche carta spessa, ma dureranno molto meno) – cutter – spugna – pennarello nero – francobolli

Prima di tutto stampate tutti i tuoi stencil in pdf (sotto). Tagliate con cura con un cutter affilato.

Se li comprate pronti, la procedura sarà molto più facile e veloce, ma questa è una bella attività da trascorrere qualche volta anche con i vostri bambini..

Preparate i vostri colori che applicherete con una spugna (fate attenzione che il colore non sia troppo liquido).

Preparate il biglietto piegando un foglio A4 a metà. È anche possibile scegliere altre dimensioni per fare una varietà di carte.

Ora è possibile divertirsi e procedere per strati. Se si desidera un effetto 3D, è possibile colorare gli stencil su altri pezzi di cartoncino e poi attaccare sul biglietto finale.
Qui sotto potete vedere un video completo (specialmente adatto per coloro che hanno già familiarità con gli inchiostri Cricut e stampini).

Per il testo è anche possibile acquistare stampini (di solito si trovano frasi diverse in una confezione). Con gli stampini otterrete un aspetto più professionale.