Nantucket Paper Basket Favor by The Little Blue Room

This nantucket basket tutorial is a must share!  So many possibilities...picnic or wedding party favor comes to mind.  Click on the images below to be redirected to The Little Blue Room's DIY instructions.


What you'll need:
  • 6x6 square carstock or designer paper
  • 2 one half x 6 inch strips of cardstock or designer paper
  • scoring tool
  • scissors
  • 1" circle punch
  • corner rounder
  • 4 brads
  • adhesive


For more information and images on how to make this paper basket, visit The Little Blue Room page here.


Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns by Addicted 2 DIY

Another fun find, Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns, courtesy of Addicted 2 DIY.  Such a simple, DIY project that will give you a festive, decorative element to any front porch, backyard barbeque or 4th of July party.  All you need is a half gallon and quart-size mason jars.  Click through the images to be redirected to the tutorial.  See our categories list in the right hand column to view all of our Mason Jar Crafts and/or July 4th Party Crafts.



Reversible 1 Hour Tote Pattern by Haberdashery Fun

This is one DIY we have to try and looks relatively easy, even for a beginner.  Click on the image for the direct link to the tutorial and pattern.


  1. Fabric – 2 colors, 1/2 yard each or 2 fat quarters for the outside/same color/pattern and 2 fat quarters for the lining/same color/pattern
  2. Interfacing – I like using Pellon SF101
  3. 1″ Poly webbing – 3 yards. Check out Seattle Fabrics for colors and widths
  4. Disappearing fabric pen
  5. Sewing supplies – thread, pins, scissors
  6. Iron and ironing board
  1. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric. Both main and lining. Place and pin pattern on the fabric. Cut out 2 main and 2 lining pieces.
  2. Place main pieces on top of each other, right sides facing. Pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch side seams and bottom together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat for lining pieces.Press seams. Open seams and press again.
  3. Create boxed corners at all 4 corners. Wiggle bottom to meat side seam. Sit seams directly on top of one another. Place quilting ruler on top and line up at the 45 degree mark and 1″ up from point. Mark a line with the disappearing fabric ink pen. Repeat for each corner. Place into sewing machine and stitch following the line.
  4. Cut off the tip. Leave a 1/2″ seam allowance. Want to learn more? Check out my quick tip tutorial on sewing boxed corners.
  5. Turn main bag right side facing out. Leave lining right side facing in. Place the lining into the main bag and wiggle corners into place. Pin along top edge.
  6. Lay bag flat on working surface. Hand press wrinkles out. Measure along front along front curve and add 1″ to each side. Cut webbing to the length of the front curve. Cut 2 pieces [ one for back and one for front]
  7. Cover center front raw edge with the webbing. Pin and place into sewing machine. Edgestitch webbing along the center front.  Backstitch. Repeat for center back. Trim the ends off.
  8. Create the continuous strap – start at one side seam and cover the raw edge with webbing. Pin in place. Continue up the side seam towards the front top edge curve. Pin to hold in place. Leave 16″ of webbing free and then pin the webbing in place at the other side, top front edge. Pin. Continue around side seam [ covering raw edges] and repeat for the back. Place into your sewing machine and edgestitch along the webbing. Stitch in one continuos loop, including along the 16″ strap. Backstitch at the end. Note: Use a lighter over the webbing ends if it is fraying.


Mason Jar Super Hero Banks by Fireflies + Mud Pies

These Mason Jar Super Hero Banks are the perfect "Super Hero" themed party craft and/or favor.  This is also a fun one-on-one craft to make with your little one, as a tool and/or incentive to save some money.  Be sure to check out Fireflies + Mud Pies tutorial by clicking the image/link below.

Materials Needed:
  • Regular Mouth Quart Jars
  • Coin Bank Mason Jar Caps
  • Self-healing Cutting Mat
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Yellow Duct Tape
  • Blue Spray Paint
  • Black Spray Paint 
  1. Spray paint the jars, caps, and jar rings in a well-ventilated area. 
  2. While your materials are drying, sketch the Batman and Superman emblems on duct tape with a pen (don’t worry about extra pen marks, as a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol will remove those). If you lack artistic skill, print images off the internet, cut them out, and trace. 
  3. Cut out the shapes with the X-ACTO Knife. I layered duct tape to create the Superman emblem (cut out the red shape first, then place it on top of the yellow tape). The duct tape will peel easily off the cutting mat.