Craft #1 – Kitchen on the Go – Sarah @ Create Studio
I discovered that many types of oil cloths and plastic-lined fabrics allow harmful chemicals to seep into the food. I made these bags using freezer-safe gallon sized ziplock bags as the liner. To wash, just turn them inside out and rinse!
Craft #2 – The Sophisticated Placemat – Emily @ Skrpbook Mom’s Diary
As a mom of young kids, I often ask them to set the table for me while I’m making dinner and it never fails that they wonder where to place everything. I have seen placemats for kids to help them put the utensils etc. in the right places, but they aren’t really something that fits my style. That’s how I came up with this beautiful placemat…sophisticated enough to leave out on your table all the time!
The top of the placemat is muslin and the bottom side is cotton fabric…so that it can match with whatever decor you have in your kitchen. The outlines of the dishes are done with free hand stitching, twice over for that semi-messy look.
Craft #3 – Menu Board – Jenny @ jennygarland.com
I try to stay on top of menu planning so I can steer clear of the 4pm “What in the world are we going to have for dinner??” panic! And it’s a great way to save money.
Before I made this magnetic menu planning craft, I simply wrote what we were going to eat for the week on a piece of notebook paper. Not cute. And one of the kids would grab it and suddenly our “menu” was MIA!
The menu planning board I made utilizes Scrabble tiles for the days of the week:
It has plenty of space to write your meal plans or use a magnet to attach a recipe you intend to use.
Interchangeably, you could use this project to write your weekly grocery list:
All of the pieces are magnetic and easily removable! This project looks great hanging on the refrigerator or sitting on an easel.
Craft #4 – Reusable Lunch Bags – Kristin @ Pea Pod Creations
Craft #5 – Personalized Face Plates – Kalleen @ At Second Street
Craft #6 – Flower Napkin Rings – Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous
Craft #7 – Recipe Organizer – Shannon @ Shannon Makes Stuff
Craft #8 – Modern Dish Towel – Kim @ The Sassy Crafter
One of my philosophies in life is to elevate the everyday to the extraordinary whenever possible. Take dish towels, for example. I’ve been known to splurge and spend $15 or even $20 for the elegant ones sold at Anthropologie. But despite their beauty, I’ve found that those towels fall short… literally.
Many people (myself included) hang their dish towels from the oven door handle. It’s a convenient spot but not always the most practical. The problem is that every time little hands tug on them or you’re standing at the stove to make dinner, the towels fall to the floor. To solve this issue, I created my own dish towel that is both stylish and practical.
The towel is made from 100% cotton jersey that is super absorbent. I deconstructed two men’s T-shirts and used stenciling, reverse applique, and embroidery to create this look. I was inspired by techniques in Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Stitch book, but the design is entirely mine. A great thing about this project is that the sewing is so simple that even a beginner can do it — you don’t even need a sewing machine.