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Reusable lunch bags

We are coming to the last few days of summer vacation, and I must admit I’m feeling nostalgic for the days when we still had a long, hot summer ahead of us. I think the kids are, in some ways, starting to feel ready to get back to school, but I’m feeling a little sad! To keep myself occupied, I’m trying to craft my way to school preparedness, starting with this vinyl, reusable lunch bag.IMG_6190I used this pattern by Pretty Prudent, with a couple of modifications. Firstly, I used a vinyl material with a wipedown wrong side. A quick rinse under a tap should keep this lunch bag clean inside and out. Second, I used Velcro for the seal, instead of a button or tie. Velcro is so easy for small fingers to manage, and I really like how you can roll down the top edges to make a neat closure and avoid spillages.

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Monthly round-up JULY

This month has been a month to RELISH! Like many of you, I have had children home for the summer vacation and we’ve immersed ourselves in spending quality time together, playing, creating, reading and having fun. Many of my crafting projects have in some way involved them.  I had the chance to review the new Book Let’s Sew Together (and we even gave away a copy!) which is a great resource for people looking for creative projects to work on with children. From the book, my kids and I made these slippers and these necklaces!July collageI shared an idea for creating your own abacus here and my son’s amazing cardboard box arcade ideas here.IMG_1395We announced our three winners of the Create Behind the Seams contest we co-hosted with Pellon and it was so fun to watch the unique and fabulous entries roll in.CBTSFacebookHighlight-4I shared a peek at Spoonflower’s new faux suede fabric with a new Kindle case and some cushions.IMG_2877And I also managed to sneak in a few paper projects too. There was the stencil technique with punches and possibly my favorite project of the whole month, my simple geometric heart wall art.

August’s theme will be REFOCUS. Whilst I’m not ready to start thinking about Back To School, it’ll be upon us before we know it. That means, new school clothes, pencil cases, accessories etc. I’m not going to wish away the summer though. In reality, I feel like it’s only just beginning!