I seem to have a real talent for accumulating craft supplies much faster than I use them. Anyone else, or is it just me?
In my defense, most of the supplies I've gathered in recent years have either been purchased at a steep discount, gifted to me, or thrifted. Our local thrift store regularly has "new" items for very, very low prices. I really don't go very often, but when I do, there is usually some treasure (hello, lace) in the craft section. A couple of months ago, there were two boxes of cotton fabric scraps sitting outside the door. When I asked about them, the ladies said, "Oh, those are free! Here, have some bags to fill up!" How could I have said no to that?
Now, as long as the budget allows it, I'm not going to stop snatching up bargain craft supplies. That would just be silly. However, I do need to mend my ways and actually start using stuff. I have a list of projects in mind, and for a little motivation, I thought I would start doing a monthly post in which I share what I have made. I have always loved seeing what others create, so perhaps you'll enjoy following along with my progress, maybe even gleaning an idea or two along the way.
The first thing I made this month was a set of burp cloths for a new baby. This pattern comes from JES and it is my go-to for handmade baby gifts! It is very simple, and after two babies, I'm convinced that burp cloths are one thing you can never have too many of. The dad likes to golf, so I knew the golf-themed flannel I had would be perfect for these. I made the personalized card in coordinating colors.
I also made a little tag for a special presentation.
The next thing I made was not really to use anything up, but rather to use what I already had to make something I wanted, as opposed to buying it. That is the lovely thing about having materials on hand- it gives you options! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.) Here is a little leaf banner that I made as part of my fall décor (fall post coming soon).
I used a free leaf template that I printed off of Pinterest to trace the leaves onto a brown paper bag, then I hot-glued them onto a length of twine. I think it would also be cute to trace the leaves onto book pages, or onto some fall-colored scrapbook paper. You could even use construction paper and have family members write what they are thankful for (for Thanksgiving) on the leaves. So many ideas!
My final project for the month was also very simple, but I am so pleased with it that I know I will be repeating it many times over. My mind is just brimming with all the possibilities!
These are little magnets that I made for my refrigerator using bottle caps that I covered with fabric. This is the perfect thing for fabric scraps that are too little for much else. I used mod-podge to glue the fabric on, then E6000 glue to secure the magnet to the back. I think a set of these would make a good, useful little gift- easy to customize and very frugal too!
A few months ago, I used the same fabric to cover a small thrifted tin that I also attached magnets to. It holds the pens, pencils, and markers that I use in the kitchen. Now I have a pretty little rose theme on my refrigerator. I love to beautify my home with handmade things, and I can smile knowing it was done resourcefully.
What about you? Have you made anything recently?