Craftykins // No-Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

Tote bags are one of my favorite sewing projects. They require very few materials, take less than thirty minutes to make, and have so many great uses. And, if you don’t know how to sew, they are actually even easier! I made these totes as a gift to myself and my daughter to “tote” around on Mother’s Day and I think I’ll just go make ten more…

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

 

Materials needed:

  • One yard of any type of fabric (cotton, canvas, jersey etc.)
  • Strips of vinyl or leather for the handles
  • Fusible bonding web (stitch witchery)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Iron

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

  1. First, cut out your pieces. I cut the large tote 12in. wide x 28in. long and the small tote 9 in. wide by 20 in. long, but you can really make them any size or shape you want. Cut two vinyl straps for the larger handles 24″ long by 1/2″ wide and two straps for the small tote 14″ long by 1/2″ wide.
  2. Fold the fabric in half width-wise so that the right sides are facing each other. Open it and place a strip of bonding along both edges. Fold the fabric right sides together again and iron on top of the fabric so that the bonding seals the fabric pieces together.
  3. Fold the top edge of the tote bag down about 1 inch and place more bonding underneath the fold all around. Iron again on top of the fabric.
  4. Turn the tote bag right side out and hot glue your straps down. I placed mine on the outside because I liked the look of it but you can also glue them to the inside of the bag.

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day
Let the straps dry for a few minutes and your bag is done! Repeat the same steps for each bag.Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

Babiekins Magazine|Craftykins// No Sew Mommy and Me Tote Bags for Mother's Day

Fill them with flowers, snacks, or even a picnic blanket and your enjoy your Mother’s Day with your little ones!

Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother’s Day

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

Let’s be honest…your mom would rather have donuts than flowers for Mother’s Day, right?  Making them at home is easier than you think with this little recipe cheat…you don’t even have to make the dough!

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

You’ll need:

store bought biscuit dough {NOT the flaky kind}

oil

powdered sugar

whole milk

vanilla

cookie cutters

sprinkles/toppings, if desired

food color, if desired

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

Start by using your cookie cutters to cut the biscuit dough into your desired message or shapes.  If your cutters are on the larger side, you may need to do a little maneuvering to get them to fit.  Try to keep the dough uniform thickness and not  stretch them too much.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

Fill a frying pan with the oil, about 1 inch deep.  Heat on low-medium heat, until the oil “dances”…when a sprinkle of water pops.  Be very careful, hot oil is dangerous!

When the oil is heated, put the dough shapes in.  I usually only put a couple in at a time…this goes very fast, so don’t walk away!  Cook on each side for 45-60 seconds.  The dough should be a golden brown.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

To make the glaze, combine 1/4 cup of powdered sugar with a tablespoon or two of milk and a tiny bit of vanilla and food color.  This isn’t an exact science…just add the milk as necessary to get the proper consistency.  If it gets too thin, add more sugar.

Dip the donuts in the glaze and place on a cooling rack.  Add sprinkles or toppings.  To make clean up easier, place the cooling rack atop a piece of wax paper to catch any drips.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // Homemade Donuts for Mother's Day

When the glaze has dried, gift them to the favorite mom in your life!

Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks Game

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

Did you play pick up sticks as a child?  I have many memories playing on summer afternoons with my grandmother…she was some kind of stick flipping genius…seriously, she was SO GOOD.

In an effort to scale back on my littles’ screen time, I’ve been trying to come up with more classic fun for us to do together.   This game fits the bill, and you can make your own set with supplies you probably already have in your home!

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

You’ll need:

30 wooden skewers {available at most grocery stores}

scissors

masking tape {optional}

craft paint {traditionally colors are black, red, blue, green, and yellow…but I chose my own!}

fine grit sandpaper {optional}

clear sealant {optional}

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

Start by clipping the pointy ends off the skewers.  If there is any splintering, gently sand until smooth.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

Tape off each stick into a striped pattern, if desired.  I grouped my patterns by color.

Traditionally, the game has 1 black stick {worth 25 points}, 7 red sticks {worth 10 points each}, 7 blue sticks {worth 5 points each}, 8 green sticks {worth 2 points each}, and 7 yellow sticks {worth 1 point each}…but again, group them how you like!

Also, we alter our rules a bit to fit my children’s abilities…we just count how many sticks we’ve collected at the end of the game rather than go by points.  Do what works for you!

After you’ve taped, paint your sticks.

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After the paint has completely dried, carefully peel off tape.  Coat each with clear sealant if desired.

Babiekins Magazine | Craftykins // DIY Pick Up Sticks

You’re ready to play!