DIY: Herbal Sachets + Free Sewing Pattern

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

These sachet pillows are a simple sewing project and make gifts or favors for any occasion. The best part is that you can coordinate your fragrant herbs and fabric to match your theme, color palette and season. I chose to use lavender, chamomile and lemon balm for their relaxing effects and fresh spring scent.

Supplies Needed:

• Cotton fabrics (three different colors/patterns of your choice)
• Herbs (I ordered mine in bulk from the San Francisco Herb Co.)
• Tablespoon & funnel
• Sewing machine, thread & pins
• Iron & ironing board
• Sewing scissors
• Kraft scissors
Free sewing pattern

The first step is to wash and iron your fabric. Then download and print the free sewing pattern. Using kraft scissors, cut out the template pieces. Then pin them to your fabric and cut out with sewing scissors.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Next take your two front triangle pieces and place them together (right sides facing in). Use your sewing machine to sew along the longest side of the triangle leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Iron open to form a square and trim the triangle edges where indicated in photo below.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Place your front and back pieces together, right sides facing in, and sew all the way around with a 1/4” seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 1-inch opening on one side (see photo below for reference).

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Trim the corners, making sure not to cut too close to the seam (you don’t want to make a hole in your pillow!)

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Turn your pillow right side out using the opening you left and iron flat. I like to use a pencil or pen to push out the corners completely.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

Using a funnel, fill your pillow with herbs. I added about 2 tablespoons of each to make a nice plump looking pillow.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

The last step is to carefully hand-stitch the opening closed.

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

DIY: Herbal Sachet Pillow + Free Sewing Pattern #tutorial #spring #craft

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DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
Spring has sprung and I’ve been cooking up some fun and easy DIY projects to celebrate. This sweet daisy headband is a very simple project and makes for a lovely pop of color perfect for wearing with your favorite spring dress.

What You Need

• Cardboard
• Pins
• Yarn needle
• Sewing needle & thread
• Sewing machine (optional)
• Scissors
• Pencil
• X-acto knife
• Cutting board
• Craft glue
• Ruler
• Ribbon
• Yarn
• Elastic


Using your x-acto knife cut 2 cardboard circles, 2″ in diameter. I used the lid of a spice jar as my template.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion


Draw lines across one of the cardboard circles to create 12 sections (like a pie). Then write corresponding numbers near the end of each line (see photo below for reference).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion


Glue the two cardboard circles together and insert 12 pins around the edge of the cardboard circle (following the lines you just drew).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion


Hold the end of the yarn down with your left thumb. Then, working in a clockwise direction, pass yarn with the right hand from left to right around pin 1. Pass yarn across the center and from right to left around pin 2 (opposite), going back across center. From left to right around pin 3, and right to left around pin 4. Continue until all pins have been wrapped (once if using thick yarn, several times if using thin yarn) and cut, leaving a tail about 12″ long.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion


Take your yarn needle and thread the tail of the yarn. Work 13 back stitches, passing the needle under 2 petals and back over 1. Make sure to do all 13 back stitches or the center will not be complete. Work in the starting end with weaving stitches to bind it firmly, and tie both yarns together at the top side of the daisy (this will be the back when daisy is finished).

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Pull the pins out of the cardboard to release the daisy.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion


Cut a piece of ribbon about 20″ long and a piece of elastic about 4.5″ long. Turn the end of the ribbon and pin one end of the elastic to it.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion


Using a sewing machine, attach elastic to the end of the ribbon (you could also hand-stitch this).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion


Repeat steps 7 and 8 to attach the other ends of the ribbon and elastic.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion


Using a needle and thread, hand stitch the daisy to the ribbon. I attached mine about 6″ in form one end.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion


The cutest springtime headband ever!

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

DIY: Handmade Paper Tutorial

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled
I have always wanted to make paper. It seemed like a magic trick.

I mean, you’re gonna make paper out of only paper? AMAZING.

When Rachel asked me what I wanted to do on our upcoming craft retreat, this was the first thing that popped into my head. What follows can only be referred to as an adventure… in magic!

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

What You Need

• Recycled wastepaper
• Paper shredder
• Blender (I would recommend buying one second hand and only using it for paper making)
Large Dip Handmold
• Bucket
• Large dishpan or container
• Sponge
• Piece of cloth or sheet
• Warm water

For those of you who don’t know, you can make paper out of your trash. This part I found particularly exciting because it fit in perfectly with my hoarder tendencies. (No, I don’t keep my trash, I just hate throwing it out. Especially shredded paper which the recycling “man” won’t take.)

My Process

We shredded paper using a paper shredder, and our hands (when the shredder died a loud horrible death, making a noise that Patrick referred to as a cry of “just let me go.”) We sorted it by color (which meant that the resulting papers were slightly different shades of gray.)

I dunked it all in a bucket of warm water to soak for a while.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

Here I am, excited about a bucket full of water and shredded paper.

I took these handfulls and put them in a blender (ala Goodwill) along with more warm water. I then blended them until they were the consistency of…. pulped paper.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

I poured several batches of the pulp into a larger storage container filled with more warm water.

There are several ways to build the “pulp catcher.” I cheated and bought one on clearance at a craft store. (It’s an Arnold Grummer.) It’s basically a thick screen with small holes sandwiched between a wooden frame (deckle) and a hard plastic screen. I slipped the whole sandwich underneath the water and brought it up slowly until it was above the water and evenly coated in pulp.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

This is what the pulp looks like at first (and when it starts feeling like magic.)

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

The kit also included a thin piece of screen. After removing the whole kit from the water, I removed the wooden deckle, and laid the piece of screen over the top.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

I have to admit from here on out the tasks were a little tedious. First I had to press most of the water out of the pulp, through the screen, using a sponge and all of my wringing strength.

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

Then I got this piece of magic… something that looked like a piece of paper!

DIY: Handmade Paper #tutorial #craft #recycled

After flipping the thick screen over onto a piece of old sheet, and sponging the back of it some more, I was able to separate the paper from the whole kit. I sandwiched the piece in between two cotton sheets, and ironed it like crazy (highest setting) until it was mostly dry.


I left all the pieces between two heavy wooden planks over night… to see what happens next check out this post on Handmade Paper Envelopes.

During this adventure I learned…

• Paper is magic, and putting your hands in warm pulpy water is therapeutic.

• Don’t use your fancy appliances for crafting. I killed the shredder and blender. (Though, I think it was shoddy modern manufacturing what did them in.) The iron…

• The iron got coated in some sort of ick. Fortunately I used our old iron, AND discovered that the ick was easily removed by white vinegar and a little scrubbing.

• After doing the paper making process a few times, I actually got rid of the ironing step. Now I roll the sheets out between 2 shamwows (I know…) and then place them on extra cardboard while they are still pretty damp. Once they are dry enough to hold their form, I transfer them to a clothes line to dry, until I move them into a stack to dry fully between two heavy peices of wood.

• When you use junk mail, your paper is going to be gray. Most of the tutorials I read recommended using blank papers, and colored tissue paper. I’d rather have gray paper than create more trash in the world, but we’ll see how things go.

• Thick flower petals and pieces do not work best for this project. I ended up with a couple of very lumpy pages. Also, predried flowers often have dyes on them that do not bleed how you think they should.

• Rachel is a great crafting cheerleader and documentorian, and Patrick loves me, and proved it by ironing paper for hours.

DIY: Hippie Love Beads

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

Over the years I’ve learned to embrace my hippie urges at times and this DIY is definitely true to my free spirited heart. A traditional hippie accessory, Love Beads are long, handmade strings of beads worn by both guys and girls in the 1960’s. The trend is thought to have evolved from the generation’s fascination to non-Western cultures such as India and Native America. I love spotting love beads when flipping through old photos and magazines from that era. Janis Joplin is probably the most famous ‘hippie’ to wear love beads and I don’t think anyone wore them quite as well as she did.


• Beading Wire
• Flat-nose Jewelry Plyers
• Crimp Beads
• Jump Ring, Connector Charm, or Clasp
• Lots of Beads!

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

I made two strands of Love Beads for this project- One I strung beads in a fun pattern and another I used random multicolor beads together. I like the way both turned out.

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin
DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

To make a strand of Love Beads, I first like to organize my beads in teacups or small bowls. This way I grab the ones I need easily and organize my colors. All the beads you see here I bought second hand.

Tips for finding and collecting beads:

Thrift stores & garage sales– When thrifting I always look for clothes that have beads on them that I can easily cut off and use for jewelry projects. Some thrift stores also have craft supply sections where you can find bags of random beads. If you live in Portland, my favorite place to go is the Knittin’ Kitten, a craft supply thrift store on NE Glisan.
Friends & family– Ask around! You never know who might have a box of beads sitting in their closet leftover from their beading phase 10 years ago.
Broken/old jewelry– Whenever a necklace or earring breaks or falls apart, I always save the remnants to recreate into something new!

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

How to make Love Beads:

To get started, first cut your beading wire to length. I wanted my necklaces to be super long (just like Janis Joplin), so I cut mine 54 inches long, leaving a few extra inches for tying off the finished strand.

Next I started stringing on beads. If you want to make a pattern, I like to start in the middle of the necklace and use both ends of the string to add beads in my desired pattern. This method is dangerous though! The more beads you string on, the heavier the necklace gets, and the easier it is to drop your ends and lose your beads!

Creating the random multicolor bead pattern is a bit easier as you can tie off one end of your string. I recommend using tape because it’s easy to take off when you’re ready to finish your ends and it won’t kink or untie itself (which is what happens when you try to tie a knot in beading wire).

Once you’ve completed your strand of beads, it’s time to finish the ends. I used two crimp beads (which you can find at any craft or bead store) and a small heart connector bead. Crimp beads are small metal cylinders that hold a doubled cord securely when you flatten or crimp them with pliers. You can use anything you like to connect your ends together. Since my necklace was so long, I didn’t need to use a clasp. You could also use a simple jump ring if you don’t have any connector beads on hand.

DIY: Hippie Love Beads Tutorial from Adventures In Making #jewelry #necklace #janisjoplin

Finishing your Love Beads:

• After you’ve finished stringing your necklace, place a single crimp bead on the end of the strand and a clasp, connector, or jump ring.
• Slip the wire tail back through the crimp bead and then through the next several beads. Tug the wire so it’s taut, with no gaps between beads or at the end.
• Firmly crimp the bead closed using flat-nose pliers. Clip off the end of the wire close to the beads so the end tucks back in and won’t scratch your skin.

Wear your love beads at the next music festival or concert you attend or give them away to friends!

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If you are interested in learning more about making jewelry I highly recommend the book, Bead Simple by Susan Beal.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-upon

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

As a former Girl Scout, I have lots of fun camp memories. I remember learning to tie knots, set up camp and to cook over the campfire. An essential Girl Scout tradition is making a sit-upon. A sit-upon is a homemade waterproof cushion. They are easy to make and I remember using them every time we did any activity while sitting on the bare ground, which most often was damp or scattered with uncomfortable sticks and pebbles. A sit-upon is great for sitting around the campfire, your backyard, or even a sporting event.

There are lots of ways to make a sit-upon. When I was a Brownie Girl Scout, we made ours from old vinyl tablecloths and foam. But in a pinch, you can use a plastic garbage bag and a stack of old newspapers for padding.

To revisit this simple craft project, I decided to use a roll of vintage vinyl wallpaper I found at a thrift store and some foam I bought at my local craft store.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial


• Waterproof Material (vinyl tablecloth, or other store-bought vinyl or plastic grocery bag). You need enough for a 30″ x 15″ rectangle.
• Padding (foam, carpet padding, or 1 ½” stack of newspapers) cut into a 13″ x 13″ square.
• Scissors (or I used a rotary cutter and cutting board)
• Hole punch
• Yarn or string
• Tape

• Cutting board
• Rotary fabric cutter
• Ruler

Cut your waterproof material into a 30″ x 15″ rectangle. Fold it in half so that you have a 15”x15” square.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

If using carpet padding or foam for padding, cut it into a 13″ x 13″ square and place it inside the waterproof material.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

Use a hole punch to punch holes all the way around the folded square, about 1″ apart and ½” from the edge. Then place your padding in between your folded cover.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

Wrap a piece of tape around the end of your yarn or string to make it easier to stitch. Sew all the way around. I used a blanket stitch, but you can use a straight stitch or any kind of stitch you like. Tie off and your sit-upon is ready to use!

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

DIY: Friendship Bracelets for Beginners

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

Friendship bracelets are a great craft to make with a friend or for a friend. Growing up I made tons of these bracelets; I loved trading them with friends and I always had a few tied around my wrist. I call this method “Snake Around The Pole.” It’s the easiest friendship bracelet you can make so it’s great for beginners.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial


• 3 different colors of embroidery floss
• Scissors
• Some tape or a safety pin

1. Cut Your Thread

First choose the colors of your bracelet. You can use anywhere from 2 to 10 different colors. If this is your first friendship bracelet, I suggest using 2 or 3 colors. I have chosen to use 3. Cut a strand of each color that’s about 32 inches long.

2. Securing Your String

Holding all the strings together, tie a knot, leaving about 3 inches above the knot. Then secure the strings so that you can begin your bracelet. You can either use a safety pin to pin it to your jeans or you can tape it to a table or book.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

3. Choose Your First Color

Separate your first color from the rest of the strands. With your starting string on your left side and the rest of the strings held together on your right, take your left string and cross it over the right strings, making the shape of a number 4.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial
DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

4. Tying The Knot

Then loop the left strand under the right strands and through the middle of your number 4 shape. Pull the end up firmly to complete the knot. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the same string for as long as you want that color to be.

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5. Changing Colors

When you’re ready to change colors, take the next color from your right hand and trade it with your left. With your new color in your left hand, repeat steps 3 and 4 until ready to change colors again. Continue to change colors until you reach the end of your bracelet, leaving about 3 inches at the end.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial
DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

6. Finishing

I like to finish the ends of my friendship bracelets by dividing the strings into 3 groups and braiding both ends.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial

7. TA DA!

You have finished your friendship bracelet. If you make yours with a friend, you can both trade and wear each other’s. You can also make two matching bracelets for both you and your friend to wear. Once you get the hang of making these feel free to add more colors! My favorite number is 6 different colors, but you can have as many as you want.

DIY Friendship Bracelets by Adventures in Making #tutorial