My Traveling Beading Bag

As crafting becomes more popular more and more people are looking for ways to transport their projects to various gatherings. There is no reason to go out and buy a specialty case for this. Just revamp what you have. This is my bag.

It’s actually a make up bag from 31. It was the free hostess item when I had my party. I had no need for it as I don’t usually use make up and what I have can fit easily in a sandwich size Ziploc if it really needs to travel. Needing to find a use for the bag I realized that my beading projects would fit nicely into it. The bag has an outside zippered pocket and 2 interior sections which can be accessed separately.

The first section has 2 clear zippered pouches which attach to the bag with Velcro. The one on the left has 2 stackable bead containers and the project itself. The other pocket has a variety of things that I would need for most projects. Headpins, clasps, jump rings, extra needles. All that fuss that you usually forget when your packing a project. There is also a flat pocket, not shown, that I keep a piece of folded up felt in. I use the felt as a bead mat. It’s only a few cents at the craft store and works just as well as pricey beading mats.

The second section has one large, clear zippered pouch that attaches with Velcro. This pouch is perfect for holding larger items like my sinew, Firewire, and threads. I also keep larger packages of headpins and findings here. The other side has a pocket with an elastic top. Perfect for my tools, grips and scissors. There is a clear flap that falls over the pocket to help prevent the tools from rubbing against the clear pouch when closed.

This turned out to be the perfect use for freebie bag that I would have otherwise put in the attic and forgot about. If you need a way to store your items go back through your collection of old bags and see if there is something that you can make work. Hope you enjoyed a look in my bag, be sure to share yours in the comments.

How to Make Boo Boo Bunnies

Boo Boo Bunnies

Boo Boo Bunnies are cute little bunnies with a hole in the center for an ice-cube. The bunnies make cute gifts for baby showers or as a project with older kids for the spring. They should not be used with children under 3 without modification to remove and/or secure the small parts. Modifications are listed at the end of the instructions.  It is not recommended that the bunny be stored in the freezer. Instead store the bunny in a dry place and only put the ice into him when it’s needed for a “boo boo”.

These are very easy to make and require only a few easy to find items.

Items needed:

  • 1 – 12 in. X 12 washcloth or piece of terry cloth with finished edges
  • 1 – rubber band
  • 2 – googly eyes
  • 1 – small white or black pom-pom for the nose
  • 1 – large colored pom-pom for the tail
  • 1 – 14 in. piece of ribbon
  • 1 – pair scissors
  • 1 – bottle standard white glue
  • 1 – plastic ice-cube (optional)

Instructions

Layout the washcloth with one point towards you. Fold the bottom upward to make a triangle.

Starting at the bottom (long side) of the triangle roll the washcloth upwards into a tube.

Fold the tube in half.

Holding the tube flat, fold the ends up and back to the first fold.

Secure the second fold with a rubber band. (The ice cube will go into the space behind the ears where the finger is in the image above)

Adjust the ends back up to make the bunny’s ears.

Glue on the eyes, nose and tail. I like to use the same color ribbon as the tail but you can mix and match however you like.

Tie the ribbon around the rubber band to hide it.  For more variety you can use multicolored or patterned washcloths.

Under 3 Modifications

Replace the googly eyes with pieces of felt sewn down or draw the eyes using a Sharpie.

Instead of gluing the tail and nose, sew them securely to the bunny.

Thank you to my dear husband for holding the bunny still for the pictures. While they are simple to make they do require both hands.

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