Fauxdori (using iron on transfers on leather)

My friend Olivia had been texting me photos of her planners, and it’s made me really want one of my own. She introduced me to the midori traveler notebook, which is basically a leather folder with elastic inside so you can add in and remove notebooks, planners etc. I loved that idea and once you start looking into the world that is midori, you’ll discover all these fauxdoris (or handmade midori style planners) Since there are loads of DIYs showing you how simple it is I decided to try and make my own.
I had recently learned that you could use InkJet Iron-On Dark T-Shirt Transfers to iron images onto leather. So I decided to try and customize mine with images from my recent fabric designs. I am happy to report that I have been using my fauxdori for a few weeks now and the iron on transfer still looks like new. No edge peeling, no flaking, or cracking. I can’t wait to try this method for projects now.
For the inside of my fauxdori I cut some small blank notebooks I already owned down a bit so they would fit inside. I have been using one to plan out things I need to get done each day, another for sketching, and the third for list making. I’d love to sit down and create some printable custom inserts for my fauxdori soon.
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Accessories Bag

I recently took the plunge and invested in a Juki TL-2010Q sewing machine Even though I sew for a big majority of my work, and I’ve been doing this as a career for the past twelve years, I could never bring myself to invest in a proper machine. Instead I’ve burnt out motors on cheaper machines, and just made do over the years. I am so in love with my new machine! The first thing I decided I needed to sew for it was a bag to hold all the accessories and feet that came with it. The Juki doesn’t have an area to store them on the machine, so I knew I needed to take care of that first. Plus I was eager to dive in and sew something up as soon as I figured out threading & oiling.
I used this free pattern by The Sewing Chick for the body of the bag, but then altered it by adding a drawstring bag top because I didn’t want to knock the bag over, or lose anything if I moved it around the studio. This was my first time sewing with Cotton & Steel’s gorgeous fabrics too, such a treat! As you can probably tell I still need to work on getting my tension down for the top stitching, but I was very impatient so I didn’t spend enough time testing it out.
I added one of the little fabric tags I made a few weeks back. You can see a bunch of the ones I made here all together. I used a technique I found here for creating the tags. They were so easy to make and really add something extra to a project!

DIY Easy Valentine’s Banner

Besides printable Valentine cards, with my print-outs you can also make decorative banners. They are easy and fast! Here’s what you need:

InkJet Iron-On Transfers: I like the kind made for dark colors
-red and white felt
Scallop Fabric Shears: these are pricey and with some types of felt you can use scalloped scissors designed for paper instead. Instead I have a by Fiskars (which they no longer seem to make) and I love using them for cutting fabric and felt. They were also a bit pricey when I purchased them, but have lasted me almost five years of cutting fabrics in a scallop shape, and are still going strong. Also please keep in mind you could still get a great shape using fabric pinking shears you might already own to do the decorative edge.


First print out your valentines onto the iron-on paper following the directions on the package. Cut out a valentine with the plain scissors. Iron onto white felt. I then use a combination of my plain scissors and scallop to create a scallop design just around the heart as I cut it out of the white felt.

Use your glue to adhere your valentine to red felt and allow to dry. Cut out leaving a small border of red around the entire thing.


I glued the string to the back upper area of each valentine using a rectangle of leftover red felt. You could also sandwich and glue the string in between your white and red layer of felt, but I wanted mine to be behind the entire thing. Allow to dry and hang up!


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DIY faux frosted cookies

One night laying in bed I was thinking about decorating real cookies and had a moment where I wondered if puffy paint could be used to frost faux cookies. Of course a quick google search and it turns out I am not the first person to have this sort of “a-ha moment” when it comes to puffy paint, but I was still excited to give them a go! Your finished cookies could be turned into magnets, necklaces, ornaments, pins, or stacked onto a pretty serving tray and left out as decorations that the dog won’t try and sneak off the table. Even tiny cookies could be turned into earrings, or faux food for dolls.
Here is what you need to make about 2 cookie sheets of faux cookies:
-2 cups of all purpose flour
-2 cups of table salt
-about 1-2 cups of water
-food coloring
-puffy paint
1. First mix your flour and salt. I used my stand up mixer for this, but you can mix by hand too.
2. Slowly add your water. Start with one cup, then continue adding 1/4 cup increments until your batter is the consistency of play-doh. If your batter ends up too watery or dry add a bit more water or flour until it balances out.
3. Now you can leave your dough as is for pale/white sugar cookies, or add food coloring to tint them dark brown for gingerbread, or a buttery yellow for shortbread. In our experience the cookies lightened during baking and ended up a paler color then what we started with.
4. Next we divided the dough in half (since Molly was over and going to make cookies too) in ziploc bags we could add a little more food coloring and knead the dough around. You can knead it by hand too but the large amount of salt in the dough does dry your hands out.


We used wax paper for rolling our dough, but you could use parchment, tinfoil, or a clean flat surface. My rolling pin worked perfectly and the dough did not need any flour, and did not have any problems sticking in any of the cookie cutters.

Besides cookie cutters you can cut out shapes with a knife to get a particular shape or design. I could not find my Moomin cookie cutters though I really wanted a Little My brooch, so I ended up cutting out her head shape with a knife instead.

Once your cookie sheets are full its time for the LONG bake. In a 250F pre-heated oven these babies need to bake for 3 hours. If you want to make this a craft for a party, I suggest baking all the cookies ahead a time, and having people decorate them at the party instead. Once fully baked let your cookies cool fully. Ours cooled really fast once removed from the cookie sheets. I also suggest having a batch of real sugar cookies on hand for snacking, like we did, because nothing will make you crave cookies more then making a batch of ones you cannot eat.

When it came time to decorate them I ended up liking the look and enjoying decorating the ones that did not have guide lines from cookie cutters pressed into them the most. So if I did it again I would skip any of those type of cookie cutters and stick with plain flat ones, but its all a matter of preference.

You use the puffy paint the same way you would with icing bags. For laying a color over another color its best to let each color dry for awhile so you don’t bump one with the tip and smear color. We found it easiest to practice on a piece of scrap paper to get the flow of the lines before starting our cookies. I found my puffy paint at Michael’s in a set of 20 bottles for $20 (they sell them individually for $1.29) but then I used a 40% off coupon which brought it down to $12 or about .60 each. Once fully decorated allow your cookies to dry flat overnight before turning into jewelry or some other fun thing. We had so much fun making these that I would definitely do it again. If you end up making some faux cookies yourself, I would love to see them!