Tutorial-Hot Chocolate Wallet (Christmas Wrap-up #5)

Hot Chocolate Wallet-A Free Tutorial from Everything Pudding, Use up your fabric scraps with this easy wallet that holds four hot chocolate mix packets and is perfect for travel or a camping trip

We’re down to the last Christmas Wrap-up post and this time I’ve got another free tutorial for you, a Hot Chocolate Wallet. This wallet is designed to hold 4 hot chocolate mix packets. You could use this when you’re going on a camping trip or visiting friends to ensure that you always have your favorite hot chocolate mix with you.

Hot Chocolate Wallet-A Free Tutorial from Everything Pudding, Use up your fabric scraps with this easy wallet that holds four hot chocolate mix packets and is perfect for travel or a camping trip

This is a really easy project to make and is great for using up small pieces of leftover fabric. I’ve already made three of these using leftover fabric so I’m starting to make a dent into my large stash. I made my first one in order to figure out whether the idea I had in my head would work out exactly as I thought it would. I picked this cute flower pattern to use for my first go and it worked out really well. I didn’t have to change anything when I went and made the next two that I gave as Christmas gifts.

Hot Chocolate Wallet-A Free Tutorial from Everything Pudding, Use up your fabric scraps with this easy wallet that holds four hot chocolate mix packets and is perfect for travel or a camping trip

So now it’s your turn. Download the tutorial here: Hot Chocolate Wallet Tutorial and start sewing!

As always, this tutorial is for personal use only. You may not reproduce this and you may not make items from this tutorial to sell. Thanks for respecting my hard work!

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Tutorial-Shoe Bags

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Shoes are something we can’t go without especially when traveling. However the fear that my nice shoes would get scuffed up while in the suitcase or that my tennis shoes would leave dirt on my clothes prompted me to used walmart bags for my shoes. However walmart bags are most certaintly not pretty. In order that I might protect my shoes in something pretty I made myself some shoe bags. And in order that you might protect your shoes in something pretty I made you a tutorial and am sharing it.IMG_2751 - Cover Photo #3

I have seen several different tutorials for shoe bags out there. They are what first gave me the idea to make some for myself. However none of them were exactly like I wanted, so I made my own.

I wanted a totally finished bag, meaning no exposed seams and thread. I also wanted a shoe bag with two “pockets”, that way the shoes wouldn’t mess each other up. I accomplished this by using french seams and sewing two seams down the middle of my bag creating the two “pockets”.

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The bags were so easy I made three, enough for all the pairs of shoes I needed to take on my trip for a speech and debate tournament.

So now it’s your turn. Pick out some fabric, grab a sewing machine, and download my tutorial to get started: Shoe Bags Tutorial by Everything Pudding.

Tutorial-Fabric Scrap Notecards

Fabric Scrap Notecards 1 for Post Cover

I really hate to call this a tutorial because in all honesty it is little more than do this and this and you’re done. But I did.

Fabric Scrap Notecards 2

I had a friend’s birthday party to go to and wanted to make a quick gift (sort-of left it to the last minute). (Also because this was such a last minute thing the pictures are minimal and of poor quality). Stationary is always an easy thing to make but I wanted to do mine differently and not just go with plain paper. My mind went back to this card I had seen on pinterest. However being that it was late spring I chose to do the cards with an initial. Here’s how I did it:

You Will Need:

  • Fabric Scraps at least 3″ x 3″
  • Coordinating Cardstock
  • Blank white cards and envelopes
  • Double-stick tape
  • Tacky Glue
  • Pinking Shears
  • Paper Cutter

How To Do It:

1. Cut your chosen letter out of your fabric scraps using pinking shears. I chose to do it freehand but you could use a stencil if you wanted. The size of your letter will depend on how big you want it, if you want to put it in the corner I would use a small letter, if it’s going to be in the middle go big.

2. Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock using your paper cutter one half inch less than the dimensions of your card (if your cards are 4″ x 5 1/2″ cut a piece 3 1/2″ x 5″).

3. Glue the fabric letter to the piece of cardstock, allow to dry.

4. Use double stick tape to attach the cardstock piece to the card centering with 1/4″ margins.

Done!

Notes:

1. The fabric scraps allowance 3″ x 3″ is very generous and will give you room to do as big a letter as you would want on a regular size card. Depending on your letter, (if you did an “I” for example you might only need a piece 2 1/2″ x 1″) you might need less, but this measurements give you room for error and big letters.

2. I chose to use white cards though you could use coordinating cardstock and make your own cards skipping the extra layer of cardstock. I buy a pack of 50 cards and envelopes from Hobby Lobby. With a coupon they are a very cheap way to buy cards and envelopes (since envelopes seem to be crazy expensive). You can find them in white and ivory in several different sizes though I like the 4″ x 5 1/2″ size.

3. A great way to buy cardstock that will coordinate with your fabric scraps is to buy a matstack. We got this one and one in pastels from JoAnns. These are great because they are just bigger than the size needed to make cards like these.

4. You could always do something other than an intial, you could make a flower using pink scraps for the bloom and green scraps for leeves and stem, be creative.

WordPress.com Blogging Tutorial-How to Create a Front Page Slideshow a.k.a Featured Posts Slider

Since I was totally new to blogging I’m still learning how to utilize all the features and make my blog better!

I wanted to format my home page so that I could have a slideshow of pictures linked to some of my most popular posts above my actual feed of posts. I wanted something like this blog has. After a long while I figured it out and I wanted to share with you in case you want it and haven’t figured it out yet.

Here’s how to create a Featured Posts Slider on your WordPress.com blog.

  1. You need to determine if your theme actually has this option. Not all do. To find a theme that has a Post slider go to this page.
  2. Once you have a theme that has the post slider feature you need to determine the requirements for activating it. Once you fulfill these requirements your post slider will automatically appear on your home page. To Determine the requirements go to the information page for your theme. For example: I am running the Forever theme so my info page is here.
  3. The three requirements (which I think are the same except for the pixel width and height for the image which is different for each theme) are:

A. Make your post a sticky post. To do this go to the top right corner of your screen while editing a post. You’ll see the Publish box. Under that click edit right next to “visibility”. Select “stick this post to the front page”. Be aware that not only will making your post sticky make it show up in the post slider on your homepage (once you fulfill the other requirements) but it may also stay on your home page above the rest of your recent posts (this will depend on your theme, in the forever theme if you have a featured posts slider, whatever posts are on that slider will not show up in the actual feed).  To learn more about sticky posts go here.

B. You also need to set a featured image for your post. To do this go to the lower right corner of your screen while editing a post. You’ll see the box entitled Featured Image. Hit “set featured image”. It will have you select an image from the your media. Enter your caption if you like then hit “set featured image” and you’re done. At this point go to your home page and see if your post slider showed up and how the pictures look. If it didn’t show up head down to point C. below to edit your pictures. If they look great, congratulations you did it! But also be aware that not only will setting a featured image make your post slider work, it will also do other things. To learn more about featured images go here.

C. When I created my post slider all the post I wanted to showed up, however, if yours aren’t the right size they might not. To edit your image so it will show up  go back to the lower right hand corner and click on the featured image in your post editing window. It will bring you up with a smaller screen with a right sidebar. In this sidebar click edit. Then in the top of the sidebar in the next window is the scale function. Refer back to the information page for your theme to determine how big your picture has to be.  Type in one of these numbers, width first, height last. And click scale. It will say image saved and then click the back button at the bottom of the window. It will then take you back to the original window, double check and make sure the size is correct in the right sidebar and click set featured image. Make sure it shows up on your homepage and you’re done!

Now you have a post slider! I hope this tutorial helped you

Note: If you decide you want to remove the post slider just go back and reverse the steps you took. Remove the featured image and remove the sticky post feature.

Beaded Paper Bookmark Tutorial

I love doing lots of different crafts and one of those is beading. I have made many bracelets, necklaces, watches, and other beaded items. So when a beaded item brakes my sister (who also does a lot of beading stuff) or I fixes it. I was tasked with fixing a bookmark of my Mom’s. Someone had given her a paper bookmark with a beaded ‘tail’ and the ‘tail’ had broken.

It was a pretty simple fix and the bookmark looks great, so I thought I would create a tutorial for making Beaded Paper Bookmarks. Keep in mind this is my first tutorial. Hope you like it.

Beaded Paper Bookmark Tutorial

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You Will Need

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Bookmark
One or two pieces of scrapbook paper
Glue or Double Stick Tape
Hole Puncher
Paper Cutter
Rounder Punch

Beaded Tail
Assorted Beads to Coordinate with Bookmark
Jump Ring
Tigertail Wire
Crimp Tube
Crimp Tool
Scissors

Make It

Bookmark

  1. Cut out your scrapbook paper into two 2”x6” pieces.
  2. Glue or use double stick tape to attach the paper back to back.
  3. Punch a hole in the middle top of the bookmark.
  4. Round the corners using either scissors or a rounder punch.

Beaded Tail

  1. Put your jump ring around the hole in the bookmark.
  2. Cut your wire to more than twice the length of your beads.
  3. Thread your first bead (this bead will be on the end of the tail farthest from the bookmark) onto one of the sides of the wire.
  4. Fold the wire in half, with your first bead in the middle, and thread the rest of the beads onto both of the wires. It should now look like this:IMG_7618
  5. Thread a crimp tube onto both wires right after the last bead.
  6. Thread the wires around the jump ring and back through the crimp tube. It should look like this:                                                             IMG_7620
  7. Pull this tight, crimp the tube, and cut the wire.

IMG_7623You’re done! You now have a beautiful beaded paper bookmark.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. You can download a PDF version of this tutorial by clicking here: Beaded Paper Bookmark Tutorial PDF

A Couple Notes:

1. I showed a bead board in the picture with all the materials, I did not list this because it is not necessary. It is very helpful however and can be bought for only a couple dollars from Hobby Lobby and JoAnns (most likely any store that has bead items will sell these also).

2. You don’t have to have a bookmark made from two different papers, or even from more than one piece of paper, this just makes it stronger.

3. All of the items needed can be purchased from most craft stores. I get all mine from Hobby Lobby and JoAnns.

I have several more beading projects I’m working on now, so maybe you’ll be seeing some more beading tutorials soon. I hope you enjoy making your own Beaded Paper Bookmark!