Friday, February 1, 2013

Pinspired Project - back to school

I LOVE Pinterest.

This site has so many beautiful things and great tutorials I've been wanting to try for ages so this year I am committing to making one Pinterest-inspired (Pinspired) project every month. 

For my January project I thought I would search for some back to school inspiration.

I came across these gorgeous fabric keychains from Craftiness is not Optional that would be perfect for the boys new school bags.

Awesome! I could use up some of my fabric scraps and the lovely Jessica from Craftiness is not Optional even included a step by step tutorial.

So here is my finished project...

Lessons learned along the way...
  • I used the first circular object I came across in the house but you can use any shape you choose.

  • I didn't have any Peltex (and didn't really want to go and buy some) so I used felt in between the two fabric layers.
  •  If you are adding an initial, it's better to trace it in reverse on the back of the fabric or trace with an erasable pen so you don't have to worry about rubbing out lines.

  • If you are pinking around the outside of your keyring do it BEFORE you sew on the keychain.

I also searched for school lunchbox notes to add to lunchboxes for some encouragement during the day.
There were heaps of ready made printables but I decided to print and laminate my own.

There are so many things I could add...lunchbox ideas, organisation etc...

Now I think a RAK to kick off the new year is in order.  (Random Act of Kindness for those who don't know).

I will be making a fabric keychain to give away to one of you lovely people.  If you would like to be in the running to receive this, leave a comment below.  I will draw a name using on Monday night 4th Feb. (prob around 8pm or whenever I can get the kids to bed).  I will post the lucky person's name here and also link it to my facebook page, so keep an eye out.

Happy Handmade New Year!!


  1. You are such a creative soul Nic.....these are SO cute and would make great school bag tags or travel tags to allow you to identify your luggage easily.

    1. Thanks Shazz! I always love projects that help me use up my stash and they were really quick too.

  2. What a unique idea Nic, you could really personalise them with your child's interest too (like soccer fabric, or pic's of dogs, etc) Great idea to add the 'Lessons learnt' as well.

    1. Thank you Grace! You certainly could personalise them any way you choose - shape, colour, pattern, fabric choice etc...

  3. Nic, what a fab idea, you are a very talented and creative person xxx

  4. Thank you for your kind words Crece!

  5. Exactly what i was looking for yesterday! I need to put my daughters name on her black lunch bag as black marker won't work he he, and this is way prettier! Love it.

  6. Definitely much prettier Wendy!

  7. Nic you come up with the most wonderful ideas!! I love heading over to your blog to check them out!!!!!!