DIY Coffee Cozy

Hey Ladies!

As promised I have my DIY project ready to share…and only a day late!

I decided to share a project of my very own.

I have been making these cozies for a couple weeks now and have been revising the steps each time so here is the easiest, quickest, and best way I have been able to come up.

Hope you guys love this project as much as I have!

Β Materials Needed:

1. Fabric of your choice (I used two different fabrics)

2. Quilt batting

3. Coffee Sleeve (I used one from Starbucks)

4. Scissors

5. Straight pins

6. Pencil/pen

7. 3 or 4 Buttons (depending on size)


Trace coffee sleeve onto back side of fabrics and batting and cut out (I added about 1/2 inch for seam allowance)


Line up lining to batting with the right face of fabric away from batting.

Next, place outside fabric on top of lining with right faces together.

Then, pin in place.


Stitch both long sides and one short side leaving the last short side open.

Then, flip right side out and iron.


Fold open end closed with raw sides inside and pin.


Top stitch all along outer edge.

(Using a matching thread color will make mistakes less visible)


Match ends together and sew buttons to keeps ends together.


Enjoy your fancy new cozy!

Pretty simple, huh?

Hope you guys enjoy the tutorial!

Interested in winning a fabric stash of your own?

All you need to do is leave a comment with a simple DIY idea and I will choose and announce a winner tomorrow morning!


Tia Larson - October 11, 2012 - 2:39 pm

I accidentially put my submission for the knot dress under this thread a few entries up! Please excuse that comment.

My DIY: an easy way to change your table up from season to season or for a holiday? Get 2 fat quarters. Sew them right sides facing, leaving a couple inches to turn them. Turn them right side out and press flat. Then top stitch all the way around, making sure to close hole that you used to turn fabric. Place in the middle of your table and add a nice vase! I love to do this to change my table up for a holiday – it’s so easy. I usually cut my fat quarters into squares because I have a square table but you can do what’s best for your table!

Stacie Petta - October 11, 2012 - 1:50 pm

I love using old windows or doors and making stuff out of them…..tables, art on the wall, decorations in the garden, etc.

Magen - October 11, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Love this! I would love to see a DIY craft that uses my sweet girl’s art and drawings! They are piling up quick!

Erica Scott - October 11, 2012 - 12:07 pm

This is a pretty simple one, but the first that came to mind. We are turning an office into a bedroom for our daughter, and the other day we were trying to figure out how to decorate her room “Matilda Jane-y” (wishing you had that bedding line!). Anyway, I came across this DIY and used some fabric scraps that remind me of my daughter’s dresses. Here it is: Recycle plastic cups, christmas lights, and fabric scraps to make an adorable string of lamp shades. Make template based on cup dimensions (roll cup along fabric to make the template). Glue fabric on cup (use fabric glue). Cut an “x” in the bottom of the cup to push light through. Use LED lights to be safer and avoid melting the cups. The idea came from Rebecca’s DIY blogspot for more detailed instructions (and inspiring pictures).

This isn’t mine but it looks FUN! BOUNCY BALL CRAZINESS!

Tia Larson - October 11, 2012 - 11:55 am

The Darcy Day Dress

J. Starost - October 11, 2012 - 10:50 am

Great idea! i did these for sticking atuffers one uear and they were a big hit.

How to add ribbon to the bottom of a skirt with no hemming!

Cut 1″ wide ribbon 1″ longer than skirt circumference. Pin the ribbon (right side up if there is on) on the wrong side of the bottom of the skirt such that the edge of the fabric hits the middle of the ribbon, folding under the end of the ribbon so edges don’t show. Sew ribbon close to the edge that overlaps the fabric. (I actually eyeball it and don’t pin the ribbon down which makes this super fast!). Fold ribbon up to the front of the skirt and sew down. You’re done!

Lisa Little - October 11, 2012 - 9:58 am

How about a fabric sandwich bag. I don’t like throwing out all of those ziplock bags.

Kristi Rice - October 11, 2012 - 9:10 am

I would love to see a DIY for fabric rosette necklaces to match our beautiful Matilda Jane!

wendy j - October 11, 2012 - 9:02 am

Cute idea! I am will not crafty but find it easy to make things out of MJ mesh bags. Just twist and form into a circle while gluing add a clip or button and you’re done.

Kelly Young - October 11, 2012 - 8:38 am

I make DIY sequin headbands all the time for my daughter and all her friends. These are a big trend in girls sports.

nena - October 11, 2012 - 8:33 am

I take scraps of fabric and just tie around a circle wire frame they make such cute wreaths!

Sarah Conlon - October 11, 2012 - 8:24 am

I love the cute coffee cup cozys, such pretty fabric too. My DIY is to recycle used or outgrown children’s clothing and shoes with fabric paint. Use fabric paint on white onesie’s to make cute polka dots or other prints to disguise subtle stains. Use fabric paint on old shoes to make cute designs to hide scuffs and make them look new again.

Lisa Elliott - October 11, 2012 - 7:55 am

My DIY idea is a belt. I really don’t like shopping for accessories and I think it would be cool to make your own belt. I loved the idea for the cup cozy!

amy a - October 11, 2012 - 7:40 am

My daughter and I buy flowers from the dollar store (the ones that come in a bunch of 6-8), take them apart and make hair pretties & accessories. We add rhinestones, feathers and different glue on embellishments! They are super cute & affordable πŸ™‚

Alyssa Parkinson - October 11, 2012 - 7:27 am

I found this over the summer. Flip flop strap. I have several cut out but have not finished them yet. These directions are really easy to follow…

They are interchangeable….I think these would be an amazing MJC accessorie….and a great way to use up scraps! Just a thought

Michelle Lynch - October 11, 2012 - 3:33 am

Hmmmm, i’m not really great with DIY projects! I’m actually a bit jealous of all you crafty moms:) I’ve seen a great idea for making holiday wreaths out of old ties, looks fabulous, teaches children about reusing and a great way to display memories:) We don’t have enough ties yet to make a wreath but maybe in a couple of years we can update hubby’s wardrobe, lol.

Tanya Andrino - October 11, 2012 - 3:29 am

A skirt for my girls is what I would do!?…depending on how big the fabric is?…or homemade hair clips!… 8)

marisol quirox - October 11, 2012 - 3:21 am

I love it i hope i win fabric love matilda jane clothing.

Andrea Peery - October 11, 2012 - 1:30 am

Use a bread tie (plastic piece with a hole) put it on the bottom of your flip flop so it won’t come through. My daughter wears her flip flops ALL the time and the toe part would always come out:(. So this little trick or DIY fix it really works!!!! Try it you will be amazed…….

Monica - October 11, 2012 - 1:12 am

Hope I didn’t need to include photos……my easy DIY project is a girl’s dress from a t-shirt/tank top.

1. Choose t-shirt/tank top of your choice.
2. Choose cute fabric of your choice and cut into two pieces measuring about Twice the width of your t-shirt/tank top and as long as you would like it to be (remembering to allow for hem).
3. With right sides together sew pin and sew along the short edges and then finish with a serger.
4. Hem lower edge by folding under 1/4- inch, press, fold under 1/2-inch, press and then sew close to edge to Finnish hem.
5. Finish top edge with a rolled hem and then use your preferred gathering method about 1/2-inch down from rolled hem.
6. with right sides together and your gathers even sew fabric to shirt about 1-inch from bottom of t-shirt .

Thanks for the fun contest!!!!

Melody Owen - October 11, 2012 - 1:01 am

One of my favorite DYI projects to make are ribbon fabric wreaths. They are simple and fun to make and can be customized to fit any dΓ©cor or holiday theme. All you need is a wreath from your local craft store, pinking shears, and a pile of scrap fabric. Cut strips of fabric and tie them around the wreath using various lengths and widths. Once your wreath is filled out top it off with a big bow! Use wire to attach a decorative sign with a cute saying for the finishing touch!

Carrie Gugger Kelley - October 11, 2012 - 12:48 am

A fun a beautiful fabric Pom-Pom DIY ~ I wanted to make a modern mobile for my daughters room and this was the answer. It is fast and easy and does not require advanced sewing skills~ just a great stash of fabric, a hot glue gun & some fabric scissors.

I love the visual effect so much that i have decided to make a holiday set.

Here are the instructions:

Amy Deitz - October 11, 2012 - 12:46 am

I love shopping at thrift stores for men’s shirts that I can deconstruct for the fabric (especially when Goodwill has their half off sales). One of my favorite things to do with a button down shirt is to turn it into a pillow cover. Simply cut the front and back of the shirt slightly larger than the insert you want to cover, pin the pieces, sew, snip the corners and turn it right side out. Unbutton, put in the pillow insert, re-button and it is ready to go. For a more finished look, you can topstitch before putting in the insert.

Melissa T - October 11, 2012 - 12:04 am

I love to take an old picture frame, put some scrapbook paper in the “picture” area and then use dry erase markers on the glass to write inspiring sayings πŸ™‚

Jennifer Haynes - October 11, 2012 - 12:03 am

My daughter and I love to read. We make bookmarks out of grosgrain ribbon. Simply cut a six inch strip of 1 1/2 or 2 inch wide grosgrain ribbon. Use pinking sheers to cut each end. Then apply No Fray to the ends to seal them.

Mandy M - October 11, 2012 - 12:03 am

I love making yarn wreaths! they are easy and super cute! Here is a site with a great tutorial:

Amber Vaughn - October 10, 2012 - 11:55 pm

DIY project: Fill balloons with water and food coloring. Freeze. Cutt away baloon and your left with giant frozen pretty and whimsical for outside fun in the cold kids love this.

Kate - October 10, 2012 - 11:36 pm

My DIY idea (Can we really only leave one?):

A simple pen pouch or bookmark with a ruffle. #Girly + #Nerdy πŸ˜‰

Katherine G - October 10, 2012 - 11:24 pm

My son is obsessed with Thomas the Train and I was having a hard time finding the perfect lamp for his room. So instead, I bought a blank lampshade, some perfect Thomas fabric, spray adhesive and went to work. I traced out the lampshade on the fabric by rolling and tracing it as I went. I added about 1/2 inch to all the edges. once it was cut out I sprayed the wrong side with the adhesive and carefully applied it to the shade. Then folded the edges over along the top and bottom edges of the shade. I used some coordinating bias tape and a glue gun to trim the top and bottom edge of the shade. It was a great way to get a custom lamp to match his room. Also a great way to customize any shade in your home to coordinate with pillows etc and an easy trick when a room needs updating πŸ™‚

Haley Herrmann - October 10, 2012 - 11:21 pm

Kiara, I am making one of these for just about everyone I know! They are soo CUTE & I love the idea! One of my favorite simple DIY craft is glitter clothespins! They are the perfect little thing to clip together recipes, photos, coupons, receipts, and just about ANYTHING! Check out the step-by-step instructions with photos I put on my pinterest “getting crafty” board!

Stay lovely!

Kim - October 10, 2012 - 11:15 pm

My DIY idea is a hanging hand towel for the stove!

Lisa Beard - October 10, 2012 - 11:01 pm

One of my favorite do it yourself projects is making your own wipes/paper towels. Simply use a receiving blanket (in the case of wipes), serge or zig zag the edges to approximately 8″ square and done. ‘Paper towels’ you can use any bamboo based material or the receiving blanket, just make them 12×12 and you no longer have to buy paper towels! They just go in with the regular laundry. πŸ™‚

Leah Dunham - October 10, 2012 - 10:59 pm

This is so cute! I love the added detail of the buttons! I’ve been looking for a cute DIY for a hair clip holder for my girl’s clips. I haven’t found one creative enough or pretty enough to hold all of her M2M MJC hair accessories. I figure you can come up with something adorable!

Christy Hruska - October 10, 2012 - 10:54 pm

I would love a supply of fabric to create tabs to sew onto pants to adjust the waist. Here’s the DIY I’ve been doing because my daughter is so tall and thin and the waist on our ruffles and leggings are just too big.
1. Cut out four matching pieces of fabric approx. 1.5 x 2.5 and choose four matching buttons
2. Separate fabric into two sets, line up and stitch, flip and sew all ends closed.
3. carefully mark buttonhole placement in the middle of fabric at approx 1.5 inches
4. place your button in the buttonhole foot of your sewing machine and stitch one button hole into each piece of fabric
5. Remove the fabric from the machine and cut open the holes
6. Sew fabric tabs on each side of the waist, just outside of the hips, leaving them flap open to the front
7. Sew two buttons onto each side of the waist. One button directly under the button hole. This one you close when the child has grown and fits the waist perfectly. One button an inch and a half forward. This button is used to cinch the waist with the newly created tabs. You can cinch both sides at once, or just one side as the child grows into the pants.

Katie Ogden - October 10, 2012 - 10:53 pm

Thanks for the cute, simple tutorial! How about a cute lil camera strap?

Brandi C - October 10, 2012 - 10:52 pm

Trash sack for your car πŸ˜‰

Vanessa - October 10, 2012 - 10:50 pm

I make microwaveable/freezable heat/cold packs out of outgrown denim pant legs! Simply cut 8 inch lengths off the jeans leg….however many packs you want to make. Sew one of the open sides closed, fill with dried corn (the kind you buy to feed squirrels) and sew the other end shut. Make a cover (think pillowcase) for each pack out of scrap fabric. Use fleece, minky, flannel, pretty cotton prints, whatever. That way the cover is washable and the pack itself does not get soiled. Freeze for a cold pack, or microwave for 2-3 minutes for a hot pack to take to the football/soccer/hockey game, to warm up inside your bed covers on a cold night, etc.

Havilah - October 10, 2012 - 10:44 pm

I would LOVE to win some MJC fabric! This cozy is a great idea πŸ™‚ How about a DIY wallet or change purse to match our beautiful outfits!!

Amanda C - October 10, 2012 - 10:44 pm

Take clear beverage cups and drill a hole in the bottom of each. Get some modge podge and a fabric swatch (there is a pattern for the specific cup size). Put the fabric over the solo cup and glue in place. Take a string of mini white christmas lights and put a light in each hole you drilled. Voila. Decorative mix match string of super cute lights!

maybaby - October 10, 2012 - 10:43 pm

Kiara, love it!

Use the same idea as above, only cut a rectangle about 2″ x 5″ out of two fabrics and suddenly, napkin rings. Of course, I would adorn them with cute buttons from my stash…

What a great give away!


Lindsey - October 10, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Love this! I love making homemade lemon sugar scrub in pretty little mason jars! Just mix sugar and olive oil and lemon juice or lemon scented oil from a craft store until the smell and consistency are to your liking then put in your jars and enjoy and share with friends!

andrea - October 10, 2012 - 10:31 pm

gather and sew a 2 in ruffle and attach to plain dish towel for custom look.

Holly Ferris - October 10, 2012 - 10:25 pm

My DIY project tonight was making a small head dress and newborn crown. Both extremely easy to do and gorgeous for photo props! Would love to share if you want me to!

Amber - October 10, 2012 - 10:25 pm

My two year old and I made the cutest glass door display today. Use cheap coffee filters and paint them with water colors. Let them dry and then cut them into leaf shapes. I cut out branches and taped to the door and later we hung the leaves. I can’t claim that I came up with this project, but it was fun. You could paint leaves different color schemes depending on the current season. We chose Fall πŸ™‚

Lisa Little - October 10, 2012 - 10:17 pm

Reuseable grocery produce bags so we can all save the world one plastic bag at a time πŸ™‚

Kara Orr - October 10, 2012 - 10:17 pm

My favorite DIY right now is a head wrap. They are super simple to stitch up and can be left plain or you can add a cute flower. Super easy and as cute as can be on kids and adults!

Kylie Lee - October 10, 2012 - 10:15 pm

Easy DIY Face Mask

Crack open one large egg and dispose of yellow, put egg white on face and allow to dry (face should feel tight and egg white will be dry) wash off with warm wash cloth.

Love that one.

I will save the burnt toast teeth whitener for next time! lol

Gidget - October 10, 2012 - 10:03 pm

Family project….Take 11×14 thick paper…white or use poster board….if u use pb…use the dull side. Choose your hand paint colors or mix colors to create the color of your fall leaves….choose a frame…I prefer black or gray barnwood. Draw a tree trunk..up the paper…not quite halfway .color it in with brown marker…dark. Each family member place one hand…one at a time in in color of choice and you will have 1 handprint of each friend or family member. There u have your family tree.
now let it dry then title it…We r choosing Family. Now prepare your work to be framed…and hang. Have fun!!

Anne Doventry - October 10, 2012 - 10:03 pm

I like to use fabric to cover plastic bangles to match with our favorite MJ clothes!

Sarah - October 10, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Oh my goodness, these are adorable! I actually just made something similar out of pretty embossed felt last week! My latest obsession is making yarn wreaths! I found foam wreath forms in the dollar section at target, bought yarn at Michael’s with my 50% off coupon and used fabric I already had to make pretty flowers! They are so fun and not too time consuming. πŸ™‚

Kati - October 10, 2012 - 10:00 pm

Super cute! My DIY… Make things with wine corks! Cork boards, trivets, bath mats, wreaths, just about anything! And you get to drink the wine while doing it!

Lisa Bien - October 10, 2012 - 9:59 pm

Old t-shirts and towels make great backing for baby bibs. No need for a pattern; just trace one you already have. Cut one of the towel or tee and one from scrap fabric. Right sides together, leaving a opening to turn right side out. Add some velcro dots and you’re done.

Heather D. - October 10, 2012 - 9:58 pm

DIY Lego Tray
Simply buy a plastic lap tray from a craft store and glue a Lego plate to the top for a portable play and storage tray!

Rachele Kuehl - October 10, 2012 - 9:56 pm

Little mini purse for girls! 1 fabric inside, 1 outside. Button closure.

Abby - October 10, 2012 - 9:52 pm

Fancy moulding, not dance moulding πŸ™‚

courtney e. - October 10, 2012 - 9:52 pm

how about easy to make hair pretties. i never sew anything except maybe a hole or a button back on and its so simple to make a little fabric pinwheel hair clip. all you need it some fabric, need and thread, clip to put it on, a button center and a glue gun. cut a circle out of the fabric i use a cup or bowl to trace the size i want thread the needle and stitch along the edge, once youve gone around it pull the thread tight to cinch the fabric together and put a few little stitches in. glue a button in the center and glue it all to a hair clip. i ling my clips with ribbon and use a piece of felt on the bottom of the fabric and glue the clip to the felt. easy even for the least crafty of us!

Abby - October 10, 2012 - 9:51 pm

I made a grea necklace holder; I got a long piece of dance moulding at Home Depot, added two rows of nail heads (100!) and painted the whole thing white. It’s a great, pretty wa to store m necklaces on my bathroom wall without taking up much space. I never forget my pretties in my drawers now!

April crouch - October 10, 2012 - 9:51 pm

I love the idea of keeping things for the simple fact that they might come in handy for an entirely different purpose later on!
I have three young children who are all involved in sports so you can imagine what the inside of my car looks like! We practically live in it!
I have recently started using the Tide “Pods” for laundry instead of the liquid or powder detergent. Once i had emptied the container I painted “TRASH” on the outside of it and now have a handy trash bucket with closable lid in my car! I empty it every time i have to fill up with gas which is 1-2 times a week and it holds the perfect amount!

Julie C - October 10, 2012 - 9:49 pm

I made two simple DIY project this past weekend that would be perfect for your tutorial:

– a Hot/Cold Therapeutic Rice Bag to which I added lavender buds for the wonderful smell and its calming effects.

– a “Boo Boo” owl for my tipsy toddler which I’m keeping in the freezer until it’s needed to comfort her next bump/fall.

Becky - October 10, 2012 - 9:48 pm

How about simple fabric headbands. Great DIY project for beginners and also a great way to use up a fabric stash.

Deborah - October 10, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Hair ponies made by layering two different sized fabric yo-yo’s on top of one another, sewing a button in the center, backing with wool felt and sewing on to a hair elastic. Would probably work to secure it to a metal clip too.

Marcy Hoffman - October 10, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Love your coffee cozy idea! That would be such a great gift to give. πŸ™‚
Well, my DIY involves buttons…..of course, who doesn’t love buttons?! πŸ™‚ Well, as Christmas is approaching, I am going to have my kids and I make wreath button ornaments. So easy and they LOVE doing little crafty projects. For this project you need wire, different shades of green buttons, and ribbon. String the buttons through the wire, mixing the shades of green, then shape the wire into a ‘wreath’. Twist the wire to finish the circle. Use a sheer ribbon as the loop or hanger, and you can use a different color of ribbon for a bow at the top of the button wreath ornament. You can make them as big or as small as you like, but about 4 inches of wire or so makes a nice size ornament.
Hope this makes sense! They are really cute and the kids love to make them. πŸ™‚

Holly V - October 10, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Button flowers!

Super easy and so cute!

Just take varying sizes of buttons and stack them together…smallest on top. Use floral wire to attach them together leaving the “stem” on the bottom side. Mix and match colors and patterns…especially cute in a bouquet :-)))

Shannan brennan - October 10, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Love the cozy! Try a small office tablet cover to make all your to dos look beautiful!

Chrissy - October 10, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Seriously, this the EASIEST of all easy DIY projects ~ Make Your Own Fabric “Ribbon” to wrap special gifts for any occasion.

{This is so easy, in fact, that I’m not sure “project” is even the right word to describe it}.

If you have extra fabric scraps and scissors, and you like ripping stuff, you can do this non-project, project! {Put it this way, if you can tear into a MJ package in no time flat, you can SO do this!} And when you’re done you’ll have a present that looks really fancy, and is one-of-a-kind {My specific thought here is> Platinum fabric/remnants to wrap Matilda Jane gifts}.

Here’s the low-down, in 4 simple steps:

1) Take your fabric remnant, (the more colorful, the better), and start your tear by cutting a small snip on the shorter end of the fabric, one inch in from the end {you can make a wider fabric “ribbon” by starting 2 inches in or wider depending upon the size of your package}.

2) Rip across the length of the fabric the long way {so you’ll end up with a long strip of fabric with awesome rough edges}.

3) Wrap your gift as you would with regular/conventional ribbon. {If you are really motivated, tear a second strip, and twist it around your finger and glue as you go around with dots of hot glue from a glue gun to make a fabric “flower,” and hot glue that on top of your to “ribbon” to make it extra special}.

4) Stand back and marvel at your handiwork, and then give it to someone special.

{***Note: One MAJOR bonus to making your own ribbon that must be mentioned here> you just saved a few dollars NOT buying ribbon, so now you can put the money you saved towards your next MJ purchase! :} Just don’t tell your husbands/significant others I told you so, because I’ll probably deny it. πŸ™‚

Happy crafting!

PS>{I’d be happy to post pics of the steps and the awesome end result if anyone would like…}

Erica - October 10, 2012 - 9:39 pm

A multi-layered fabric lanyard for my keys.

penny pippin - October 10, 2012 - 9:38 pm

i have reused and oatmeal container into a bow/headband holder. lined inside with scrap fabric, hot glued in place. added enough polyfill to the outside of the box for the headbands to not slide off. covered with a coordinating fabric in baby girl’s room. she loves it and it is convenient to have one storage place

Barbie Harwell - October 10, 2012 - 9:38 pm

I had an old ugly wall shelf that didn’t match anywhere… I found 9 tiles at Lowe’s that matched the theme/color of my dining room, a little caulking glue… and I had a brand new shelf!

Deb Ott - October 10, 2012 - 9:36 pm

So my DIY idea is a messenger/tote bag…the kind of thing I can pack with snacks and a kiddo change of bottoms (in case of disaster) when I take the little ones to the museum or park and tuck my keys and phone and credit cards into a safe pocket. It’s awesome to have a bag slung across my body so I don’t have to keep scooching my purse back up on my shoulder while I try to wiggle my way down the roundy slide to catch the 3-year-old stuck half way down.

Lesley L - October 10, 2012 - 9:34 pm

Very cute.. My idea..Make doll quilts out of 2 by 2 inch squares and make as big or little as you like. Use a solid color for back. Sew together. Very simple and make small matching pillow the same way and stuff with stuffing. πŸ™‚

MomTo2Girls - October 10, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Totally not an original DIY idea, but I’ve been having a blast making doll clothes from fabric scraps LOL πŸ™‚

Rachel - October 10, 2012 - 9:32 pm

we make homemade “find it”s by filling empty water bottles with birdseed and small trinkets (letter beads, colored paperclips, pennies, jinglebells, etc), super-gluing the lids on and tying on a laminated photo of all of the trinkets, around the neck of the bottles. We use them to pass the time in lines, on trips, and keep some around as last-minute kid gifts to give if someone in my kid’s class has a birthday, surgery, etc.

Jennifer Hill - October 10, 2012 - 9:30 pm

DIY fabric pin-board (could be used as inspiration board)

Jessamyn Neely - October 10, 2012 - 9:29 pm

Glue a small toy animal to the lid of a jar. Spray paint the animal and lid all one color. These are adorable to hold things in a nursery/ child’s room.

andrea m - October 10, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Homemade finger paints. And than you use masking tape to tape off a message on a canvas, let your little one go to town and when the paint dries…………TaDa instant art πŸ™‚ Here’s a link to the diy paints.

Jessamyn Neely - October 10, 2012 - 9:26 pm

Glue a small toy animal to the lid of a jar. Spray paint the animal and lid one color. These are adorable in a nursery/ child’s room.

Tiff Whitaker - October 10, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Forgot a DIY!

Something I sew…fun Aprons with special chalk/crayon holders…working on perfecting a row of ruffles πŸ™‚

Kate - October 10, 2012 - 9:21 pm

My 3.5 year old twins keep asking for bedding for their dolls so I think a pillow and blanket would be a great project!

Mindy Heisner - October 10, 2012 - 9:20 pm

A good one is using a pocket potholder as a carrying case for your curling iron or straigtner – just sticth ends together and voila!!

Tiff Whitaker - October 10, 2012 - 9:19 pm

Love it!!! Perfect for Hot Tea this Fall. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn Hudson - October 10, 2012 - 9:17 pm

My DIY that I am working on is making a large (12 person) farmhouse table complete with a bench on one side and then I am buying the other chairs. πŸ™‚

Stacey Mullins - October 10, 2012 - 9:17 pm

I really want to make a cute tank out of one of my old t-shirts. I always see cute ones on pinterest!

Meghan Leonard - October 10, 2012 - 9:16 pm

A great project to use those extra, amazing MJC buttons!

Betsy King - October 10, 2012 - 9:14 pm

What a cute idea for fun gifts! Love it!

Madeline Alsworth - October 10, 2012 - 9:13 pm

Very cool idea!
My DIY: I put button hole elastic in my pants when I lost weight instead of buying all new clothes. It’s in all the kids clothes now, why not adults. Not to mention… it eliminates that “unavoidable” gap in the back when you bend down. πŸ™‚

Arianne - October 10, 2012 - 9:11 pm

Who needs plain boring sweat pants for those cold fall mornings? Take a pair of sweat pants and cut the band off the bottom. Cut the pants together in four strips. Two 1 1/2 inch strips and two 4 inch strips. Sew the four inch strips at the bottom of the sweat pants and then add another ruffle at the connection point. Now you have super cute ruffle bottoms.
(I would add a picture but I can’t.)

Beth daniels - October 10, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Wrap wooden letters with scrapbook paper. Three. Different patterns with similar colors look great, glue them like decoupage and tie a bow around one part…super cute, custom piece!

Brenda Z - October 10, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Something we love to do at craft night once a year…

Take an empty glass bottle, whether it’s a coke bottle, mason jar, old flower vase, etc. Write something on the outside with a glue from a hot glue gun. Then paint the outside. We usually paint them with a theme. For Halloween write the words, Boo, then paint the outside a matte black and put in a tea candle for a spooky (thrifty) decoration πŸ™‚


Erica - October 10, 2012 - 9:10 pm

A fabric lanyard for my keys that are always getting lost at the bottom of my purse or diaper bag.

Marla H. - October 10, 2012 - 9:09 pm

Wine cork bulletin board.
I think this would be super simple. Take an old picture frame. Use wine corks(you can purchase them by the bag full at Hobby Lobby if you don’t have enough on hand). Glue the corks right onto the glass(using your favorite glass glue). Cover the entire glass surface with the corks. FYI… You can cut them to fit with kitchen shears or a craft knife also). Voila! You have a fun bulletin board. Hang in your kitchen or entryway. πŸ™‚

Thanks for the giveaway!

MAria - October 10, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Your coffee cozy is a great, easy idea gift for teachers (add a gift card to their fave coffee spot) and would also make a nice party favor at my upcoming cookie exchange!

Mackenzie - October 10, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Love this! I have tried something similar but it never worked out this looks more my level! Thanks! My DIY idea I have been trying lately is crochet (or knitting) with 100% wool and then washing it in hot soapy water it’s felts! Makes everything super soft and makes all the holes disappear!

Bronwyn Dobson - October 10, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Love this idea! So cute! You should post this one on Pinterest too!

Jamie Stuart - October 10, 2012 - 9:05 pm

I recently made a shoe rack for my baby girl. All other racks swallowed up baby sized shoes. I took a wooden thread rack and removed the 2 legs so I could mount it to a wall or door. Then I used a spray paint primer combo in the color of my choice. I used cream/ivory to match her nursery. I then added two mounting brackets and hung it on the back of the door. It looks great, is functional and was super easy to make.

Maria - October 10, 2012 - 9:05 pm

My daughter,6, loves to create items for her friends. She takes my fabric scraps and together we make headbands for friends, and quilts and skirts for doll friends. I like to make pin cushions on mason jars. So easy and “sew” cute. A great little gift for friends in sewing circles. You can keep a snack in the jar to munch on while sewing or crafting. You could also put pins in there – but I prefer to keep my peanut m&ms in there πŸ™‚

Melissa Simmons - October 10, 2012 - 9:05 pm

I like to use batting and fabric scraps to create a patchwork D-ring belt. Cut the scraps to the length you like (2-4″ works well) and have the width be double the width of the finished belt. Sew together your scraps end-to-end, creating one long strip. Cut your batting to the size belt you want, allowing enough length for the belt to loop through the D rings and fold back. Baste the strip of scraps onto the batting. Pin the fabric to wrap around the batting. Stitch together. Cover inside of belt with fun ribbon or a strip of fabric (stitched down or ironed on with fusible webbing). Remember the inside of the belt will peek out once folded through the D rings. How I would love to make a scrap belt our of MJ fabric!!!

Becky P - October 10, 2012 - 9:03 pm

Love this idea for a fabric koozie! I’ve been making these for soda cans for a few years using oilcloth (LOVE!). I use automotive headliner on the inside to keep my hands dry and warm and it keeps the can from slipping around too. Love using unexpected things in my crafts πŸ™‚

Michelle Acri - October 10, 2012 - 9:03 pm

Love them! Thanks for the tip:) And I would certainly be thrilled to be the lucky recipient of a fabric stash of my own. My latest DIY obsession is making barrettes and headbands for my daughter and her friends. What I make depends upon the time of year. In summer I used lots of cottons and grosgrain ribbons, now that the weather is turning cooler (I’m in Connecticut) I’ve been using satins, faux silks, lace, tulle etc. You cut circles in graduated sizes out of fabric with a polyester base. Light a tea light and carefully hold the edges of each circle next to the heat of the flame. The heat will seal the fabric and cause the edges to curl in like a petal naturally does. Do this all around each circle. Use as many layers and sizes of circles as you’d like (depending upon the size and fullness you desire). Sew a pretty button through the center of your layers and voila! you have a flower to glue on a headband, an alligator clip, shoes, purses, pillows…it’s easy to get carried away. One last tip: if you want your petals to be more pronounced cut five slits about a third of the way into each layer before you heat them. They’re simply gorgeous with MJ (if I do say so myself!). Hope you give it a try. Michelle

Ronda - October 10, 2012 - 9:02 pm

For small craft projects I make my own “spray paint.” I use 2 parts regular acrylic craft paint to 1 part water in a small spray bottle! Easy peasy!

Sandra Skevington - October 10, 2012 - 9:02 pm

I would love to see a DIY draw string or velcro toy bag for kids room. To help organize the smaller toys.

Laurie Sauve - October 10, 2012 - 9:00 pm

“felt” some wool sweaters by washing and drying them. Trace a Christmas stocking onto sweater. Stitch around that tracing then cut out. Super cute Christmas stockings

Kelly Ramsey - October 10, 2012 - 9:00 pm

A simple diy project that I like to do in my spare time is to make headbands from old t-shirts. All you do is cut 5 long strips. Pin one end together and begin a 5-strand braid. When you are done, sew the two raw ends together and use an extra piece to cover the stitches. These are so cute!! And if you are ever stuck in the woods without any rope….just cut some vines and braid till you are the hero of the day!!!

Sarah Conlon - October 10, 2012 - 9:00 pm

I love this idea, beautiful coffee cozy. Here’s my DIY for cute bookmarks:

Various pieces of cardboard
Magazines, newspapers or any old papers
Mod Podge
Paint Brush – I personally love foam brushes for even distribution
Hole Punch
Colored Yarn
Paint (if desired)

Cut up a long piece of the cardboard – about 2 inches.
Look through a collection of magazines and cut our your favorite pictures.
Use the Mod Podge as a glue to place the magazine pictures on the cardboard.
Have fun and mix it up with your own personal look and style on both sides.
When it dries, lightly paint in the areas that are not covered.
When the paint is dry, cut a hole in the middle.
Coat the bookmark on both sides in Mod Podge to seal in and tighten the pictures.
When dry (about 3-5 hours), loop string through the hole and you are ready to start reading.

Mel F. - October 10, 2012 - 8:56 pm

I love using fabric stashes to make scrappy scarves, add a cozy minky or fleece on one side to make it extra warm!

Tanya Thom - October 10, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Love this idea… would be so fun as a teachers gift and a matching pocket to hold a gift card to a favorite coffee shop! πŸ™‚

I’d love a chance at the fabric stash! I’d probably use it to try your project above, make some hair pretties, and some more fabric pumpkins {…which I’ve already had fun making half-a-dozen of!}

LOVE creative peeps!! Thanks for the opportunity! πŸ™‚

Ann Brandau - October 10, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Love it….not only your color choices but a quick and easy project. A great gift idea for secret pals or just a little secret santa gift for co-workers or friends. I sew a lot and am always looking for new projects…this just might be one. And, I would love to win a fabric stash!!!!

rachel b. - October 10, 2012 - 8:56 pm

my kiddos and i just finished mod podge-ing some pumpkins tonight! they are super cute and last longer than carved pumpkins! super cute cozy!

lynn b - October 10, 2012 - 8:56 pm

A fun diy is a camera strap cover to get rid of the boring blab black strap! A little camera fashion!

Serenity Caudell - October 10, 2012 - 8:55 pm

Travel flat iron holder out of pot holder! Super simple….fold in half and sew down the edge! Voila! πŸ™‚

Amber L - October 10, 2012 - 8:53 pm

Super Cute!! How about something fallish, some fabric pumpkins or thanksgivingish. A fabric wreath of some sort.

Kelli - October 10, 2012 - 8:52 pm

That cozy is so cute!

DIY idea – patchwork halloween trick or treat bags πŸ™‚

Amy Barnes - October 10, 2012 - 8:51 pm

When I make my own skirts, I save the extra pieces and make simple circle skirts for my daughter and her American Girl dolls.

Debbie Kajfasz - October 10, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Pretty Cute!!! I think I will make one<3