My apologies for a lack of posts, my computer died and it took awhile to get a new one.

Have a late secret Santa gift or just don’t have a clue what to give to a family member or a friend?

Give something truly from the heart,  for anyone who likes to read (print) book, writes in a journal or just needs to keep their place in something! Also if they don’t do any of that, you could always make one to be a necklace (justs be sure its long enough to be wrapped round the neck, to look like a choker, or just drape around one’s neck.


I’ve started making  book thongs this year. I had purchased a couple in the past in Waldenbooks

and a friend gave me one as well (sadly it broke I used it so much! I still have yet to repair it)

In my opinion, they are better than those boring ribbons that are bound in journals (and likely not the color(s) you want), and these are much nicer looking than actual bookmarks. They are like jewelry for your book! They also stay in place better than a book mark (which always sseems to fall out) as they are weighted by the beads and charms.

Here’s a few of the ones I’ve made on your left…

The first one is a holiday gift for a friend who Likes penguins

The one in the middle was part of mom’s mother’s day gift, one year.  Mom said its so pretty it should be earrings (I think she was referring to the bottom part)

The Chinese themed one on the right is mine. I need to get a better picture of it as well as, I should take a picture of the journal(s) it should be with, (see the bottom of post.


To make these you need some beads, some charms, as well as chord/string.

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I have leather like cord as well as some hemp twine.  Just be sure if you are buying the beads specifically for this project, that you make sure all the beads have the same size hole and the chord fits in the beads!

I’ve seen some book thongs (like the one on right)  where people have made them fully beaded (with small seed beads for the spot where it goes in the book, but that will mess up the spine of the book, as well as the book thong won’t stick in the book as it should.)

I have also thought of making my book thongs long enough to be a wrap around necklace/Choker.

One of My favorite things about book thongs is I don’t think I saw any 2 alike in the store. And when you make them for you they have your personality and likes (color, maybe interest like a Harry Potter themed one) Even when you make a gift for someone, likely it’s not just made for their interests and personality nor does it show yours, with these it does both!



If you are giving it as a gift, I came upon this cute little card one could make

I’m going to have to see if I can make some business cards with that on it (or my own version) to stick with mine.

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I sell the book thongs by request, you tell me a color and a theme you want and I’ll see what I have in stock to make it and give you a price on how much it will be. I can also make matching earrings and other things if I have enough of supplies. You can make your requests in the contact form below.


Here are those Journals The Chinese themed bookthong goes with.


Want to order a bookthong?


Inspiration station ~Pop-up recipe (?) book

I’m posting this early as I’m sure it takes a while to plan and prepare. Here’s an idea for a Mothers’ day gift or a shower gift for a mom to be (especially if she will make her own baby food).

You can make it for one recipe throughout the book, or make each page a recipe. Either way this would make a great gift full of love for your mom of her, Yours or everyone in the family’s favorite recipe(s).

Even better, is your daughter getting married? Why not make this for her with the family recipes (especially ones passed down) This makes a lovely gift full of love, for anyone. I love the way they include the ingredients with little mini versions of what you need.

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Bread: An Instructional Pop-Up Book

Bread: an instructional pop-up book

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Search scrapbook Pop up books for inspiration  or for a simpler, not as pretty version (good for school projects)

part ways with your Favorite denim Easier with these clever projects

Have I got some projects for you this year! I cam across this and started to drool.

Instead of getting rid of those old jeans put them away to use for these darling if not daring projects!

What are they, one is a bib, a basket bucket and even a place mat with pocket for napkin and utensils. Let’s not forget the Denim Whale, I wasn’t aware blue whales came from denim! I also like the jeans with the British flag on it

Up the ottoman project to be storage! Use a pail of your liking to store your kids toys or anything that you may need to quick clean when pressed for time when company is coming.

I ‘sew’ want to make those place mats for cookouts!








Fabric tags

Good idea and at the same time I saw this it made me think, why ‘dress up’ the gift pouch when I could just make one with the fabric itself?

Or at least cover it to make a reusable little pouch.  Not to mention that last part in the instructions having the card stock tag Wrapping: (I forget the name of them) over the fabric to me is a waste of time. If you are going to do that, the tag should not fully cover the fabric it should be 1/4 – 1/2  the size

Instead of making a separate paper tag, I’d just use the fabric I used to make a tag and include the person’s name so they can use it as a bookmark or something else. Or use a different pattern/color of fabric.

My idea for fabric tags is highly different than what is here. Why not make a tag you can maybe even put a few candies in (like how some hang a candy cane from a gift) You can even include a couple of dollars in it or instant lotto tickets. Also why not include the person’s name on the tag which in turn if they have a christmas tree they can hang it on as an ornament, or use as a bookmark, and if you include a magnet in it can be used to find messages on the fridge or on a hook and be used on a daily or weekly calendar they are only limited by their imagination.

Most of my ‘scraps’ are used for my Patchwork, but I have used it to make other things for family or friends like the gift bag I made last year for my friend Alisa… she likes horses  and it had some on there with other western accent designs (she lives in Arizona). She just loved it I told her I made the bag for her gift but so she can reuse it for whatever she would need it for.

I got a whole heap of fabric items from my aunt Mary (I think I might be able to open my own store!!)  it was like I think 4 big shopping bags FULL!!!  but one of them was a Horse with Horseshoe design, maybe I’ll use some of it for a ‘tag’ or envelope or make something else with it when I get an idea.

Another great idea for this is why not make your own Halloween treat bags? (or for the kids you know best in the neighborhood or just use them as prizes for a party etc.)

The trick or treat bags are usually 3×6 inches in size and usually have 2 or more pieces of candy or other items in them, unless they are the birthday party LOOT bag size and therefore

The Party bag size should be bigger, prizes should be larger and have some sort of candy, and other item in them (small toys etc)  Besides, they can reuse them for whatever they want and this way its part of the treat!

Make them with holiday designs or if there’s a birthday use a balloon or happy birthday design. Or find the kid’s favorite cartoon or game design on some fabric. and so on. These work for Host gifts for wine bottles (but you may have to pad it a bit)  It’s like 2 gifts in one! They not only get the gift but can use the gift bag you make for them to throw things in for road trips to keep the kids entertained or can be used for a way to organize a purse, back pack, suit case etc. (Depending on the size you make it)  or reuse for another gift.

Make it as a back back, handled or drawstring  design 


I make the ‘Utility’ tags for $5 for one   (that’s with their name, and are the sort that can be used as a bookmark, magnet, ornament etc)

Standard without Names  is $10 for 20

Bags are $5 per bag.  you can contact me here




Sewing Project #2 ~ FABRIC earrings

I’m still working on project #1, I’ve had a problem with my hand, as well as got a different idea for it so I had to undo some of my work.

TIMG_0316his project was inspired by this pair of earrings….

My Aunt had bought them from someone…and I don’t want to copy someone so I put my own style twist on it. I liked the front of them which is the earring on the left.. Yes they have 2 different fabric designs on front & back.  I did mine with just one design and FOLDED the fabric over the heatbond… (& at least for now was  for practice… )


Keep in mind when you see my twist on this  that i HAND SEWED & embroidered them. This way you can make the stitch as small as you want not to mention where you want it (instead of it going through the embroidered part…)

Once I find 2 different types of fabric I think the designs would be cool together then I’ll make the version in the picture.



-sewing  Needle (or machine)


-colored thread      (depends on color of fabric)

-Fat quater  60 Pcs Fabric Cotton 100% Printed Boundle Patchwork Squares of 10*10cm

Or just go get 2 of the ones at Walkmart that are like 99cents (or maybe a little more) you don’t need a whole stack!

Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Light Weight Iron-On Fusible Interfacing-White 20″X36″
I had used the Ultra (heavy duty) but that was because mine was already opened)

-Fiber fill (prefereably in sheets) Fairfield Poly-Fil Traditional White Quilt Batting, Full Size, 81-Inch by 96-Inch, 1 Batting

(*For the photo version you need fabric paint, 2 different designs of fabric)


Step by Step

  1. Cut a piece of the fabric from the square. I cut a long piece to make a few (of various shapes)

2.  cut the heat & bond  to half that size

3. lay heat & bond between the fabric

4. Iron while making sure there are no spots that open (otherwise you may get some fraying.)

5.  Cut to size & shapes you want (so much easier to do after the heat bond..though you may get a few spots that will open at the edges)

6.  if some of the pieces are a bit ‘big’ you can fold in half & use the iron to make it stay

7. Using the design in the fabric and ’embroider’ (which was my idea for it)

medium to dark colored fabric    use bright, or lighter thread colors  (even metallic)

Light colored fabric use dark thread colors

(if it’s a solid piece of fabric.. there’s all sorts you can do but if a gift.. why not monogram

8.  once done with the embroidery   sew around the edge (2-3 sides)

9. take a pinch of stuffing & fill  (if you are able to get ‘poly fill’ as a sheet (quilt batting) that is what you need if you want it ‘quilted’ looking. mine look more like mouse pillows

10. finish sewing the side


11. Make hole  (You might want to use an eye rivet)

12  & include jump ring & fishook earring


13 You’re done!!

p.s once I get the items I need to make the hole and turn it into a earring.. I will post photos or video of that as well…

You can find some of them on my Etsy Shop Kims knock out Customs

(if they are not yet up, please drop a note here or on the site, and I will post them for you to see.)

Make your own reuseable Snack Bags

I had searched for one to use for my purse for when I’m out on errands etc. A lot of the time I end up having to leave the house without eating or I’m just not hungry but after a few stops need something to eat.  Plus in case I forget to put a new granola bar,  Belvita biscuts or whatever else I usually throw in my purse, I will at least have something for back up. Now I didn’t see what sort of lining was usually used, so I had purchased a custom 4×3 size snack bag on etsy from this shop Man I love this thing! I just have to find the fabric so I can make a few as gifts. Currently the shop has some of the reusable snack bags for $3.00 a piece  She uses some sort of not sure if it’s nylon fabric for the inside, but it’s not a regular fabric. I did a search and Found what the fabric is called ~ water resistant ripstop nylon

Here’s one with a sandwich bag 


as for  How to Make Your Own Reusable Snack Bags I looked through this, and frankly it looks like she just uses regular cotton type fabrics, which will likely get messy and frankly your sandwich or snacks to get stale by the time you eat them.

How to make homemade reusable snack bags

I try to avoid using plastic in our home as much as possible, but I understand the convenience of plastic baggies for snacks on the go. When I am out and about with the kids I like to keep some healthy snacks in my purse for when hunger strikes. There are a lot of great…

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