Thursday, August 6, 2020

DIY Mask Necklace! Mask Lanyard Tutorial

DIY Face Mask Lanyard

I needed to solve a problem, so I made this face mask "necklace" that easily snaps onto the ear loops. The mask can be taken on or off like normal, and you don’t feel the extra strap behind your ears. This prevents kids from losing their mask, or you from leaving it in the car when you need to bring it inside for a wash.

DIY Face Mask Lanyard

If this would solve a problem for you or your kids, I’m happy to make more! They are currently listed in my Etsy shop.

But I thought some of you crafty folks might want to make your own, so I made a little video showing the steps to make this DIY face mask lanyard. I'm also including some affiliate links to the exact twill tape and snaps I used, so you can order supplies for your own. (If you do order, I'll receive a small commission.) Happy making!


9.5mm metal snaps and setting tool

Fabric scissors

Clear nail polish (to keep ends from unraveling)


1. Cut twill tape to 18" for child length or 28" for adult length.

2. Add clear nail polish to the cut ends to prevent unraveling.

3. Fold over one end and place the female snap parts on either side as shown in the video.

4. Moving down 1" from the folded end, place the male snap parts on either side as shown in the video.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other end. Snap mask lanyard to ear loops and wear around neck when mask is not in use.


Monday, July 27, 2020

kraft-tex Boxy Zipper Bag

How is your summer sewing? Every so often, I take a break from making masks to sew something else. It's a nice creative break!

kraft-tex Boxy Pouch

I'm participating in the kraft-tex Color of the Month Challenge, and July's color is Marsala. Rich and warm like red wine, this material inspired me to make an Ohio applique themed boxy pouch in OSU colors, scarlet and grey.

Kraft-tex boxy pouch
Once again, I worked with a pattern from the book Create with Cork Fabric by Jessica Sallie Kapitanski (Stash Books). This time, I chose the Easy Box Pouch project, which worked beautifully with kraft-tex as a substitute for cork. This pattern requires no lining, and sews up quickly!

Kraft-tex boxy pouch   
I used Marsala kraft-tex for the pouch and added a grey Annie's by the Yard zipper. I'm obsessed with how easy this type of zipper was to work with. Just cut it to size and slip on one of the included zipper pulls. It was as smooth as silk. 

Kraft-tex boxy pouch

I added a hand-cut and -stitched applique of the Ohio outline that I cut from black Essex linen. I didn't add the applique until after the pouch was fully assembled, so I could center it perfectly.  (Ask me how I know this... there's another one a little lower on the other side. I took my best guess!)

I'm really happy with how this project turned out, and I'd definitely make it again!

Kraft-tex boxy pouch

kraft-tex Color of the Month 2020

I’m looking forward to sharing more kraft-tex project ideas each month of 2020 as a #krafttexambassador ! Each month I’ll share a different kraft-tex project in the color of the month (hint: think birthstones). Here are my past projects.

June: kraft-tex Woven Basket
May: kraft-tex Succulent Plant
April: kraft-tex Pillow Boxes for Gift Wrap
March: kraft-tex Flat Zipper Pouch Tutorial
February: kraft-tex Wallet
January: Wide Zipper Pouch

To shop all of the colors of kraft-tex and get more project ideas, visit and search kraft-tex.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Summer Fun with Ice Painting


Are you looking for a fun way to stay cool when the temps are scorching outside? Give ice painting a try! This is a great craft for kids and adults to try together, and you probably have the supplies already in your home.

Paper cups, ice cube trays or ice pop molds
Washable paint
Drinking straws, plasticware or popsicle sticks for "handles"
Muffin tin
Paper or sidewalk for drawing on



Step 1: Mix 1 part washable paint with 2 parts water in a paper cup, ice cube tray or ice pop mold and stir well.

Step 2: Insert a straw, popsicle stick or plastic utensil inside the container to use as a handle.

Step 3: Repeat the first two steps with several colors to create your palette.

Step 4: Freeze containers until the ice paints are solid. This may take several hours, so prepare young children for this waiting game by engaging them in another activity!

Step 5: Run the containers under warm water for a few seconds to "release" the ice paints, and move each paint color to a separate section of a muffin tin or cookie sheet.


While you can ice paint indoors, the colors melt fastest when used outside in the summer heat! Find a flat surface, and pick up the colorful ice cubes by their handle. Paint on paper, the sidewalk, driveway, or even your body. Just be sure the keep the hose nearby to rinse off hands and feet before returning indoors!


Toward the end of the ice painting experiment, your kids may enjoy smashing the remaining ice chunks onto the pavement and stomping them in a colorful work of art for the neighbors to admire.

Have you tried ice painting?


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