Hi there Crafty Friend
First off this week… I am introducing a new feature –
Crafty Tools – Making Your Everyday Better
In this section we are going to include useful items to make your workday easier and your time away from work more enjoyable.
To kick things off, something we have been using since 2014.
Focus At Will 🙂 I love it.
So, a bit of background. Focus At Will was designed for busy people who need to get more stuff done.
They have a massive collection of music and styles, but what’s special about it is that it’s designed to help you focus.
It’s great because the music is divided into several categories, so if you like certain genres/tempos/etc, you can customize it to your ears.
‘Normal’ music doesn’t help me focus at all, as the lyrics distract me. I might start humming the song, and then three or fours songs and 15 minutes has gone by… It can really waste time.
Focus At Will eliminates all those problems. When you’re listening, it fades into the background, getting rid of distractions, and allows my productivity to flow.
Believe me, what they say is true, it works!
Even my kids use it when doing their learning, so that’s saying something 🙂
Back to School Crafts…
With Back To School in the air, sharing this quote from Dr Seuss with my own kids, helped them to get excited about going back to school.
Many families will be experiencing back to school and to make it more fun, incorporate some fabulous craft!!
Our inspiration this week focuses on Back To School Crafts that are super fun and easy to do.
Great Craft Tips To Use Up Scrap Yarn and Ribbons
Ribbons and pom poms are used to create these gorgeous pens.
A great way to use up scrap yarn. Follow Dena’s tutorial on Hearts and Sharts.
A Super Simple Zipper Pencil Case
With colorful materials, make a simple zipper pencil case to suit the special student in your life.
Cassie says that although there are a multitude of zipper pouch tutorials on the interweb, her aim is to simplify the process to make it easier.
Follow her sewing tutorial on Little Red Window.
Create Some Classroom Envy With This Lunch Bag
A super cool looking lunch bag with a drawstring section.
A very detailed sewing tutorial with plenty of step by step instructions with pics.
Follow Ayumi’s instructions to make one.
Laptop Bag Pattern – Not Just For Kiddos
Keeping laptops safe from damage is important.
This laptop bag looks great and can be made to suit the color preferences of your student.
Follow Amber’s sewing tutorial on Crazy Little Projects.
Slouchy Crochet Beanie Pattern The Whole Family Will Love
A gorgeous crochet beanie design that will suit anyone in the family.
Lightweight and perfect for the cooler school mornings 🙂
Follow Sierra’s free Cobblestone Beanie Crochet pattern.
How To Knit A Boho Flower
Use these as adornments to a backpack or lunch bag.
Follow Vickie’s boho knitted flower tutorial to make them from chunky yarn.
Classroom Cleaning Kit – Teacher Appreciation Gift
A great idea for a crafty and practical gift for teachers.
Follow Craft Create Cook’s post for what to include and how to jazz up the crate for holding all the cleaning products.
Polka Dotted Owl Magnets To Organize School Notices
Use these cute magnets to post up school notices, kids artwork and more.
Follow Amanda’s tutorial on Crafts by Amanda.
How to Make a Groovy Paper Pen Stand
This would make a great craft project for teens.
Follow Crafts by Ria’s video tutorial to make a paper pen stand.
Colors used are totally up to the individual!
A Really Cute and Simple Pencil Holder
Kawaii is cute in Japanese and these simple and quick to make pencil holders are super cute!
Follow Red Ted Art’s tutorial on how to put them together.
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Editor’s note: Our readers have said, in their free time, they love going back over previous editions of our roundups.
– So we’ve kept the crafty goodness below from this time last year.
Back Pack Charms
Simple to do and fun for the kids to get involved with.
Their backpacks will look super cool with these DIY charms by One Little Project.
DIY Painted Back To School Pencils
Giving words of encouragement to kids via messages on their pencils.
What a great idea!
Take a look at Gaby from Hello Glow’s DIY tutorial.
Zip It Up Pencil Case Tutorial
Such an ingenious way to create a fun Pencil Case!
Joanne at Craft Passion, shares her tutorial for how to make one.
Easy DIY Dry Erase Boards
Great idea for school reminders or some fun quotes to bring smiles to your household.
Embroidery Hoop Looker Organizer
Now this organizer will be a welcome addition to your child’s locker.
Leanne from Organize Your Stuff Now shows you how to make it yourself.
Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags
For the groovy teens, these DIY lunch bags are fun and easy to create.
Take a look at Jen’s DIY tutorial.
Retro Crochet In The News…
This man’s vintage inspired crocheted items are truly amazing.
You’d be surprised at the amount he’s created.
Hope you enjoyed this week’s craft inspiration roundup and you’ve got some more craft ideas to try.
Please make sure to let me know any projects you have on the go, via the comment section below.
Yours in Craftiness Jodie?