How to make a napkin for your kid’s lunch box

How to make a napkin for your kid’s lunch box

I am happy to share with you a simple napkin tutorial, perfect for making cute napkins for your kids’ lunch! You can even make special napkins for holidays and seasons, and the best part-you will reduce waste! Don’t worry, this tutorial is also very suitable for beginners to sewer!

With Lucy starting Kindergarten in just a few more days, we’ve been doing all kinds of back-to-school preparations. She’s got her first day of school outfit all picked out school supplies and lunch boxes are ready to go!  (I’ve even got a fresh box of tissue for myself to wipe away all the tears.)

As I was making my to-do list for the week, I realized Lucy would need some new cloth napkins for her school lunches. (We try our best, although it’s challenging, to reduce the amount of waste we produce. It helps that Lucy’s school encourages the teachers and students to try to use reusable items as much as possible when packing their lunches.)

Back-to-School Craft: Make Cloth Napkins for Your Child's Lunch Box

Then I got to thinking how fun it would be to make the cloth napkins myself! That way I could really personalize them for Lucy by using fabric that she likes and even make some special ones for all the holidays throughout the year. I quickly crossed off “cloth napkins” from my shopping list, and instead of heading to the store, headed to my leftover fabric stash. I grabbed all my pieces of leftover fabric that I thought would make cute cloth napkins!

Back-to-School Craft: Make Cloth Napkins for Your Child's Lunch Box

 

I love how they turned out! I think they’ll make the lunches fun for Lucy to open at school. (She’s already chosen the one she wants for her first day.) And my favorite part was they were free since they were just from leftover scraps!

There’s two different ways to make cloth napkins. I’ll share a tutorial for making mitered corners and just regular corners. (This post contains affiliate links.)

 

How to Make Cloth Napkins

  • Be sure to wash, dry, and iron your fabric before starting.
  • Cut your fabric into a square about an inch larger than you’d like your finished napkin to be. (For example, if you want your napkin to be 20 inches x 20 inches, cut the fabric 21 inches x 21 inches.) Since my scraps of fabric were all different sizes, my finished cloth napkins all are different sizes too. I basically just cut them into whatever sized square I could get out of them. I would say most are about 18 inches x 18 inches.

cut your fabric into a perfect square

For Mitered Corners

1. Place your fabric with the wrong side facing up. Cut off about 1/2 inch from each corner.

snip off the corners of your fabric

 

2. Fold down the edge you just cut about 1/2 inch, and press it down with an iron.

fold edge and press

 

3. Fold one side of your napkin down about 1/2 inch and press. Then fold it about another half inch and press.

 

fold and pin

 

4.  Do this with the remaining  three sides. (If you like things perfect, you’ll really want to take your time making sure each side is folded down the exact same amount. If you’re like me, you will not take your time to measure and just hope for the best. Although the “hope for the best”  method is way easier and less stressful, your corners will not always match up.)

do this for all sides of the cloth napkin

 

5. Use a sewing machine to sew down each side. Trim off the left over thread and you are done!

sew a mitered corner on a cloth napkin

 

For Regular Corners

1. Place your fabric down with the wrong side facing you. Fold down one side of the napkin about 1/2 inch and press down.

 

fold down side of fabric

2. Fold down the same side again about 1/2 inch, press, and pin.

 

press and pin side

3. Do this for the remaining three sides.

do this for all 3 sides

4. Use a sewing machine to sew down each side. Trim off the left over thread and you are done!

sew down each side

So now that I’ve made a little bunch of cute cloth napkins for Lucy to start the school year off with, my next plan is to sew some cloth napkins for special days throughout the year. I’ve already seen some super cute pumpkin fabric at my local fabric store that I’m going to buy next!

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DIY Backpacks with Fabric Markers

DIY Backpacks with Fabric Markers

This school year, let your children make DIY backpacks with fabric markers to show their unique style.

We partnered with Tulip Fabric Markers to provide you with three ways to turn a white backpack into a colorful masterpiece that kids will love.

Galaxy Backpack

Everything in the galaxy is there, and your kids will love this starry backpack decoration idea!

Here’s what you need to make a DIY Galaxy Backpack:

  • White backpack
  • Tulip Brush Tip Rainbow Markers
  • Tulip Brush Tip Neon Markers
  • Tulip Opaque Bullet Tip – White, Silver, Purple, and Blue

Use black, blue, dark purple, and light purple markers to paint the backpack in a swirling color to create the appearance of the Milky Way.

Let dry for 24-48 hours. The advantage of Tulip Fabric markers is that they do not have to be heated!

After the background is dry, use opaque markers to draw stars, dots, etc. to complete the appearance of your galaxy.

Let dry and your backpack is ready!

DIY Notebook Doodle Backpack

Turn the white backpack into notebook paper, and let your child draw and doodle as he pleases! I especially like that you can personalize this idea for your child and create a coloring book look!

 

Here’s what you need to create a DIY Notebook Doodle Backpack:

  • White backpack
  • Tulip Opaque Bullet Tip – Bright Blue
  • Tulip Opaque Bullet Tip – Red
  • Tulip Extra Fine Tip Markers
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

 

 

DIY NEON ZEBRA BACKPACK

How fun is this? ! It is so colorful and perfect for tweens or teenagers!

Here’s what you need to make this DIY Neon Zebra Backpack:

  • White backpack
  • Tulip Bullet Tip Neon Fabric Markers
  • Tulip Opaque Bullet Tip Black Fabric Marker

 

Use a black opaque marker to draw zebra stripes on the backpack. Let it dry completely.

Fill the space between the stripes with neon signs to form a pattern to create a rainbow look.

Let it dry completely and your backpack is ready!

Be sure to visit Tulip’s website for more fabric marking projects.

Is your child ready to return to school? Go to our Facebook page and share their photos with us!

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Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer

Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer

Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer is perfect for the office and back to school.  Use colorful Multi-Surface paints and wrapping paper to transform a plain drawer into a fun and functional organizer.

Hello there!  Can you believe that school will be starting in just one month?  Where did this summer go?  I am definitley getting into back to school mode.  Today, I am sharing how to create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies.  All you need are a few colorful multi-surface paints and wrapping paper.

Supplies (affiliate links):

  • Americana Multi-Surface 2oz – Turquoise Waters
  • Americana Multi-Surface 2oz – Flamingo
  • Americana Multi-Surface 2oz – Poppy
  • Americana Multi-Surface 2oz – Purple Sunset
  • Drawer
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Decou-Page Matte 16oz
  • Paint Brushes

Instructions:

I found this white drawer desk organizer at T.J Maxx and thought it would be great for my daughter to use for her school supplies at home.  Next to the drawer was a roll of colorful floral wrapping paper that I wanted to line the inside of the drawer with.  I picked some coordinating multi-surface paints and got started.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

First, I painted the inside of the three smaller compartments with two coats of Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint in Poppy, Turquoise Water, and Flamingo.  Allow the first coat of paint to dry completely before applying a second coat.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

Next, I cut a piece of the wrapping paper to fit suggly inside the large compartment of the drawer.  I used a foam paint brush to apply a thin layer of Decou-Page to the drawer and gently placed the paper down on top.  Use your fingers to smooth out any air bubbles in the paper.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

I removed the hardware from the outside of the drawer.  Then, I applied two coats of Purple Sunset to the outside and inside of the drawer.  Once the paint was dried, I screwed the hardware back on.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

I love the different size compartments of this drawer.  They are great for storing paper clips, twine, pencils, notepads, and all of your office and back to school supplies.

Create a Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer that is perfect for storing and organizing office and back to school supplies using multi-surface paints.

My daughter loves this Colorful Drawer Desk Organizer.  She will be all set for kindergarten to start next month.

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Back-to-School Crafts for Kids

Back-to-School Crafts for Kids

I can’t believe it is almost time for the kids to go back-to-school!

Summer just flies by, doesn’t it? Help to build excitement and get kids in the right mindset with these adorable school-themed crafts.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL! 25+ School themed crafts & activities for kids! These are adorable! #backtoschool #backtoschoolcrafts #backtoschoolcraftsforpreschoolers #craftsforkids
Back-to-School Crafts for Kids
  • Make a school bus from a paper plate.
  • Make a paper plate apple.
  • Craft a pencil from shapes.
  • Use tissue paper to craft an apple; the kids can give it to their teacher on the first day of school!
25 BACK-TO-SCHOOL CRAFTS FOR KIDS ( the DIY backpack is SO COOL!)
  • Make a handprint apple.
  • Use their little feet to make this adorable school bus.
  • Have kids craft their own back-to-school photo prop; it can be used year after year!
  • Make a wormy apple.
  • Make back-to-school cereal bars together.
  • Use craft sticks to make a giant pencil.
  • Paint a newspaper school bus.
  • Make a school bus photo frame.
  • Print & play Back-to-School BINGO!
  • Have kids make a back-to-school wreath for their new teacher.
  • Use duct tape to make these cool pencil holders.
  • Make a Lego pencil holder.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL! 25+ School themed crafts & activities for kids! These are adorable! #backtoschool #backtoschoolcrafts #backtoschoolcraftsforpreschoolers #craftsforkids
  • Show your artsy side with this denim covered supply can.
  • Make your own back-to-school photo booth.
  • Make these ADORABLE mason jar pencil holders.
  • Let kids decorate their own book bag!
These are adorable! #backtoschool #backtoschoolcrafts #backtoschoolcraftsforpreschoolers #craftsforkids
  • Let kids make & decorate their own apple donuts on the first day of school.
  • Transform a cardboard tube into a toy school bus.
  • Make chalk board rice krispies treats together.
  • Make emoji supply holders.
These are adorable! #backtoschool #backtoschoolcrafts #backtoschoolcraftsforpreschoolers #craftsforkids

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DIY Gold Vinyl Pencil Pouches

DIY Gold Vinyl Pencil Pouches

One of my favorite things about the end of summer was always the back to school shopping. Even though I was never excited about actually going back to school choosing just the right patterned folders, sparkly pens, and the perfect backpack were my favorite. I’m actually starting to miss school just thinking about it!

While I was picking up a few office supplies last week I stumbled upon these clear vinyl pencil pouches for $1 each. And even though I’m not going back to school next month I thought they would be perfect for storing all sorts of supplies. I grabbed some gold adhesive vinyl and cut out a scalloped rectangle using my Silhouette. Ever since creating the little scalloped storage jars I’ve wanted to put scalloped decals on everything! I added polka dots to the other case because you can’t go wrong with gold polka dots (you know I do have them all over our guest bathroom), right?

Download the template to create your own gold vinyl pencil pouches:
– SVG template for use with a Silhouette or Cricut Explore
– printable PDF template

Spruce up a cheap vinyl pencil case with some gold vinyl polka dots! Click through for pattern.w

Head back to school in style with this simple DIY gold polka dot pencil case.

 

If you’re like me and you’re not heading back to school this fall you can always use these pouches for other things, like a makeup bag when you’re traveling or even a business card holder when you’re heading to a conference.

For more information on how https://www.savvynana.com can help you with DIY Gold Vinyl Pencil Pouches, please contact us at +1 808-372-7734, or visit us here:

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Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Kids love to decorate for parties, and setting the table is one of the most important jobs on Thanksgiving!  Handcrafted napkin rings are the perfect final touch to add unique adornment to your holiday table. This craft is suitable for all ages with adult supervision; older children will be able to complete this project with minimal assistance.

You Will Need:

  • Cardboard Tubes (toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, gift wrap, etc.), cut into 1 ½” sections.
  • Felt, fabric, ribbon or twine to cover your cardboard tubes
  • Embellishments to decorate your napkin rings – felt, leaves, buttons, beads, faux flowers
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun (with adult supervision)
  • Binder clips or paper clips (optional)

This craft comes together in two simple steps:

1) Cover your tube sections with your choice of materials. We used the items listed above, but paper, colored tape or paint would also work well. Binder clips or paper clips are handy for holding ends and edges while your glue dries.

2) Embellish your napkin rings to match your Thanksgiving table. Heavier items may need to be glued on with a hot glue gun or stronger adhesive. Insert your napkins, and you’re ready to show off your personalized holiday decorations!

With these lovely child-made napkin rings on my Thanksgiving table, I’ll be reminded of how grateful I am to have the opportunity to share my love of creativity with my children and for the special moments we’ve spent laughing and crafting together!

For more information on how https://www.savvynana.com can help you with Thanksgiving Napkin Rings, please contact us at +1 808-372-7734, or visit us here:

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