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No-Sew and Easy Sew DIY Personalized Kitchen or Hand Towel

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Quick Personalized Hand or Kitchen Towels

Easy Personalized Hand or Kitchen Towels


These towels are perfect to make for yourself or others. You can make them if you sew OR if you do NOT!  Really, I promise, even if you don’t want to thread a needle, you can make these!    

These very easy and practical towels can be made from kitchen or hand towels.

To personalize them, use ribbon to match the receivers kitchen, wedding colors, school colors for the graduate, or in any color scheme you desire.

I have two methods for you, a no-sew and a simple sew!  The towel on the left is sewn, the towel on the right has fabric glue to attach the ribbon.




No-Sew and Easy Sew DIY Personalized Kitchen or Hand Towel

Supplies:

Hand or kitchen towel

1  1/2″ wide washable ribbon – make sure it is laundry safe

Matching thread and sewing machine

OR

Fabric Tac adhesive (this fabric glue is permanent and washer/dryer safe

4 clothespins

DSC_0807To match the thread to the ribbon, undo the thread from the slit at the top of the spool and lay it out on the ribbon. Stores are just fine with you doing this; just be sure to hook it back in the slit if you do not choose to purchase that particular thread color.Personalized TowelWhether you choose to sew or glue the ribbon down, use a lighter or matches to singe the edges of the ribbon to prevent raveling after  washes.

homemade towel




For the GLUE method:

Squeeze a line of the fabric glue across the end of the ribbon.

 Fold the ribbon over about 1/2″

Personalized Hand Towel

Personalized Hand Towel

 Squeeze a bit of the fabric glue onto the towel where the ribbon will attach on the edge of the towel.

Personalized Towels

Personalized Towels

Use 2 clothespins on each side of the ribbon to hold in place.

Personalized Hand Towels

Personalized Hand Towels

Squeeze the fabric glue on the edges of the ribbon and place on towel. Do this the length of the towel.

Personalized Hand Towels

Personalized Hand Towels

Attach clothespins at other end of towel.

Leave these in place until the glue is completely dried.

Personalized Hand Towel

Personalized Hand Towel

When completely dry, take off clothespins and there you have a personalized gift towel!



For the Sewing Method:

Fold the ribbon over about 1/2″

Personalized Towel

Personalized Towel

Pin the ribbon onto the towel.

Personalized Towel

Personalized Towel

 Stitch with a 1/2″ seam or right alongside the presser foot.

Personalized Hand Towel

Personalized Hand Towel

Be sure to stop stitching and take out pins as you sew. Do not sew over a pin for safety reasons.

Personalized Towel

Personalized Towel

 Trim the threads and there you have a personalized towel!

Personalized Towel

Personalized Towel

 An inexpensive, easy and thoughtful gift for the new bride, for the graduate, mother’s day – anyone would appreciate this gift.

Quick Personalized Hand or Kitchen Towels

Easy Personalized Hand or Kitchen Towels

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016

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Bag Holder

Useful Easy DIY Plastic Bag Holder

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Bag Holder

Homemade plastic bag holder

 This handy bag holder is one of the most practical, inexpensive and appreciated gifts you can give for a bridal shower, graduation or birthday gift; really for any occasion and to have in your home of course.  I have very easy and simple to follow tutorial for the novice sewer.   


Useful Easy DIY Plastic Bag Holder

Supplies:

Sturdy cotton or cotton blend fabric:

22″ long and 9 1/2″ wide

1″ wide ribbon, 9″ length

1/2″ wide elastic, 12″ length

2 small safety pins

Matching thread  

Directions:

Cut the fabric to 22″ long and 9 1/2″ wide (can be adapted to your specifications)

Cut the fabric if there are any folds, such as at one end of the fabric piece.Bag Holder 1

 Zigzag or finish all edges with a sergerBag Holder 2

As shown, but do NOT sew any end seams togetherBag Holder 3


Leave ends open, one will be for the loop to hang and one will for the elastic Turn inside out and turn sideways (for better words and press seam open)Bag holder 4

 Turn right side and press neatly.Bag holder 5

 Cut 1/4″ ribbon 9″ longBag holder 6


Loop the ribbon and slide inside one end of the sleeve or bag with the ends crossed.  Stitch across at 5/8″.  Double stitch and back stitch over ribbon.Bag holder 7

 Cut 1/2″ elastic 12″ long.  Attach a safety pin to each endBag holder 8

 At the other end of the sleeve, or bag, fold down 5/8″ and pressBag holder 9

Press the entire ‘sleeve’.

Bag holder 10

Sew the seam right against the edge of the fabric LEAVING AN OPENING OF 1  1/2″.

Bag holder 11

Back stitching at the edges of the opening to create a knot. 

Bag holder 12




Feed the elastic through the seam, not allowing the second safety pin to go through also.Bag holder 13

 Take off the pins and sew the elastic ends together, using care they are not twisted but facing the same way.Bag holder 14

 Tuck the elastic ends into the seam. Bag holder 15

 And sew the fabric over to close up the seam.Bag holder 16

 Turn inside out and pull out the ribbon loop. Pull corners out using the end of a pencil or being very careful  with a seam ripper.Bag holder 17


Press again and put in a bag to let those you are gift this to know exactly what the purpose of this wonderful  recycle bag is for! Bag holder 18

Hang and use!

Bag holder 19

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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Milk Chocolate Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

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Milk Chocolate Nut Clusters

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

These No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters are always a crowd pleaser and SO easy to make!

Use any type of nut, but I use peanuts since everyone seems to like those and they are best priced. 

You can use milk, dark or white chocolate.  

A great treat, dessert or gift anytime of the year, but for a holiday gift they are perfect!

 





 

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

 Ingredients:

12 oz. Candy Melts (Wilton) OR chocolate chips OR bark – dark, milk or white chocolate

12-14 oz. nuts of your choice

Sprinkles if desired



 

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Heat chocolate in a microwaveable safe bowl at 20 second intervals

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Stirring well to prevent burning.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters




Continue this process until the chocolate is completely smooth and it is the temperature of a baby bath.

This is important so that when you add the nuts, it will not cool down too quickly before you are able to make the clusters.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Add in the desired amount of nuts, but be sure to allow enough chocolate to cover the nuts completely.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Stir well.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Form clusters by filling a teaspoon and push off with the back of another teaspoon.Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

If the chocolate happens to begin to harden up by cooling quicker than the clusters are formed, simply put the bowl in the microwave and heat for a few seconds, stir, repeat until warm as a baby bath.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Continue forming clusters. Allow the candy set up and store in a covered container.

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2013, 2018

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Here’s another GREAT candy to make – White Chocolate Covered Corn Pops, click HERE

Hair Bows

Homemade Hair Bow Clips

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Tu Tu 2, Ornamen, hair bow 3Hair Bows

These are the cutest hair bows!  They are adorable for babies, little girls and even big girls.  You say you can’t sew? No worries, this is a no-sew tutorial.  If you can handle a glue gun you will be just fine.  Also, this is a perfect way to get rid of all that scrap fabric.


Hair Bows

Supplies:

Fabric

Scissors

Hair Clip

Glue Gun Hair Bows 1



Directions:

Step #1 –    Cut one piece  of fabric 6″ x 10″, which will be the bowHair Bows 2

 

Step #2 –    Cut a piece of fabric 1  1/2″ x 4″, which will be the strip in the middle of the bow

Step #3 –   Fold the 6″ x 10″ fabric over 2″, then fold it again so its three layers thick, 2″ total.Hair Bows 3Step #4 –   Glue it down and cut off the extra so the edges look nice.

Step #5 –   Fold each end into the middle with one overlapping the other so you can glue it in place. This will help the outside edges look finished.Hair Bows 4


Step #6 –   Now pinch the middle of the fabric so you create three little folds. Place a small dot of glue in between each fold to hold them in place.Hair Bows 5Step #7-   Using the small strip of fabric, repeat steps above. Your strip will now be 1/2″ x 4″.Hair Bows 6Step #8 –  Use this skinny strip to wrap around the middle of the bow. Cut off the excess and glue it in place.Hair Bows 7

Hair Bows 8Step #9 – Glue the hair clip to the back of the bow. Gluing both ends of the clip to the bow with give it more stability and help it to not flop around. Hair Bows 9Step #10 –  Clip off all excess threads.  Be sure to remove all excess glue strings for a nice hair clip.

TIPS: Do not use too much glue, just small drops of glue as it doesn’t take much to hold the fabric together, and too much glue will result in a sloppy looking bow.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.