Making a fabric chain garland from left overs Fabric

It’s always fun making a chain garland, adding colors one after the other and wishing for the garland to grow longer and longer.

I came up with a great fabric garland on LRstiched’s blog and went straight into my huge fabric scrap bag in the Studio. I am always looking for new ideas to reuse these small pieces of fabrics, and immediately went to work. I simplified LRstiched tutorial by just gluing the fabric rings together. I wanted it to be a project that children could easily do by themselves. I tested it with the children in my classes and they all loved it : Cutting, Ironing (children love to iron and feel grown up), and gluing. Enjoy !

fabric strips

Materials for a Fabric chain garland 1.20m

  • 60 Strips of fabric 14×2 cm each
  • 4.50 m of double sided interface tape
  • Fabric glue
  • Scisors or Rotary cutter
  • Iron

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Step 1 

Cut the 60 Strips of fabrics from fabric leftovers 14×2 cm and group them two by two

Cut the double sided interface tape in strips of 14 cm long

Step 2

Place the interface on between two strips with the nice side of the fabric on the outside. Iron. Chani Iron all the strips. You should have 30 strips by the end.

Step 3

Glue the first ring closed with a thin line of glue on the edge of the strip. Then thread the next strip in the first ring and glue it closed. Proceed as above for all the following strips.

Tip : The glue takes a little time to glue, it is best to rest the fabric chain on your working table while gluing the rings.


A creative recycling kids spring camp

IMG_4085 Our spring camp came to an end after a week of colorful and creative recycling activites. Every day, we opened three different activities and the children would move from one an other according to their interest, rythm, and friendships. Some project would take a few days, some were project of one day, each one teaching different technics and mixing different materials. The overall athmosphere was one of creative passion, friendship, mutual help and charing, warmth and joyfulness. A wide range of age group worked together around each table. During this camp we concentrated on recycling activities, and we are happy to share our creative activities for all you that like to create with children. At this point we will be sharing our ideas, and in a next post we will be sharing step by step tutorials of our activities. Enjoy ….

The Egg Carton Mobile IMG_4168 Like a colorful waterfall, the egg carton mobile creates a flowing movement in the room. Made out of cut out egg carton flowers, we painted with acrylic inside-out and finally decorated them with a thin paintbrush over the first coat. IMG_4089 IMG_4075 IMG_4073IMG_4078IMG_4079 This project takes time and patience !!! The end result is worth while. Take into concideration that it take a few days to do it.

Jersey Yarn Hand Bag IMG_4148 This is an easy and fun project to do. Children are quite independant in their work. And they love to work with jersey yarn ! As a base you cut out a hand bag shape out of plastic gardening white grid. The kids cut out strings of equal length from the jersy yarn. They then knot them on the plastic grid and the bag gets filled in quite easily.The end result is this great funkybag. IMG_4101 IMG_4103 IMG_4105

Recycling a tuna can into a Cupcake pin cushion  

tuna can pin cushion

For a while I saved tuna cans for a creative project, it was so inviting … The tuna can transformed into a colorful cupcke pin cushion. This project calls for hand sewing skill (preparing the cushion) and washi tape fun decorating the tuna can.

cupcake tuna can pincushion IMG_4097

The house box made out of a milk carboard bottle

the milk house box

This project demanded quite a lot of technical prepararion as the whole milk carton is covered with bristol paper to avoid transparency when gluing the fabric. It took me about a day to prepare the patterns and develop the technic. I will most gladly soon share the patterns with the help fo my architect daughter ! I tought this project might be complicated for kids, but it turned out to be quite simple once all the patterns and step are well into place. I very much enjoyed making this activity with the children and they did too …




The last project we made during this creative recycling week is the Decopatch Plastic Bottle. 

Easy and fun project. Kids decorate their everyday plastic bottle with Decopatch papers and a coat of Decopatch Varnish, working with the papers as a collage. The end result is so joyfull and I last for  great while ….


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Plastic Bottle Pencil case – A recycling project

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I found this great idea on the internet http://www.atelier-cherry.com/2012/08/estojo-de-garrafa-pet.html, made it and translated the tutorial in English (The original one was in Japanese ) This is great and easy project to make with children !

trousse bouteille

Materials :

Lower half of the platic bottle about 13 cm high

Fabric 15 cm wide x 32 cm long

sewing thread or embrodery thread


Edding 750 Paint markers

hole puncher


decorative beads

How to Make the Plastic bootle Pencil Case

Step 1 

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Make a two centimeter fold of the fabric on the wrong side. Sew along the line close to the buttom edge. You are creating a tunnel to thread the ribbon in at the end.

Step 2

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Below the folded fabric, sew along the side line joining both fabric right side together. Sew 1 centimeter away from the border.

Step 3 

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Draw with the edding 750 paint markers on the outside of the plastic bottle, using these pens are fun and teh color is more opaque than regular markers.

Step 4

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Punch holes at a regular distance with the hole puncher. You can also do by melting hole with a hot metal stick. As working with the children I found that the hole puncher is easy for them to use.

Step 5

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Place the fabric right side facing the bottle with the fold on the bottom.

Sew around the bottle two round for all the hole to be sewn in.

Step 6

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Turn the fabric right side up.

Thread the 2 ribbon  strips in the top fabric fold with a safety pin. Each ribbon strip has go fully around each on starting from the other side form each other. So that you can pull each side and the pencil case closes.

Add decorative beads at the end of the theads and tie both ends together so that they don’t disapear inside the fabric.

Projects children Made in the Studio

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Making your own Carnaval Mask and other accessories

Venetian Carnaval Mask

Preparation have started around Pourim, the jewish carnaval. Children come to the sewing class and with curiousity try to find out which costume each one will be wearing. Most children want to keep it a secret and work hard not to reveal their costume. It’s an exciting game full of surprises and dreams come true with a lot of creativity and imagination. Most of my student make their own costumes, sewing bits and pieces from their imagination. As the day of disguise approaches, tension and excitement build in and most of all this great satisfaction of having brought to life this new caracter, personality that they borrow for a few days widening the spectrum of possibilities.

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This year I  explored creating Masks, Magic wands, fairy wands and rattles with Decopatch Papers and I must say it was a real pleasure. It’s easy to work with the papers choosing the color combinations and playing around with the imagination. The end result looks great, elegant and colorful.

It is very important when creating with children that you unable them to create something esthetic, good looking. When preparing a sample for a project it should be the reflection of your true personnality. Children are inspired by the way we create, it opens new realms of creative possibilities .Then they are free to translate it the way they want, creating from their own inside inspiration.

Creating Carnaval Masks and accessories with Decopatch


Papier Mache Masks (from simple paper Masks to elaborate Decopatch Masks),  fairy wand and rattles.

Variety of Decopatch Papers

Decopatch Glue

Paint brush



strass cabochons


How to Make

Step 1 : 

Choose the paper mache mask. If it’s brown, paint it with white base acrylic color.

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If the mask base is white you do not need to paint it !

Step 2 :

מסכת ונציאנית בתהליך

Select the Decopatch papers.

Tear off into pieces the Decopatch Paper with your hands.

Apply the Decopatch varnish glue on a small part of the mask.

Put a piece of decopatch paper on the glued part

Reapply some decopatch varnish glue on the piece of Decopatch Paper, smoothing it from the center to the edges.

Reapeat the process until you completely cover the mask by overlapping the pieces on top of each other.

Step 3 :


Fold the paper inside the holes of the masks (eyes ans decoartive holes) when the paper is still wet from the glue. DO NOT let the glue dry out and then fold them in, it will be much more difficult.

Step 4 :

Decorate the mask or magic wand with feathers, rubons and strass..

simple masks

magic wand



Making a Paper Ball Ornament – Tutorial


making a Paper BallPaper Ornament are beautifull and simple creations to make and hang at home adding a personal creative touch. It seems that I am particulary attrated to paper decorative object because of their lightness, movement, and beauty of simplicity.

This project is quite simple, it just takes one step at the time to put it all together. It’s a mix of collage, origami, paper craft and a great project with kids. Just follow the steps and enjoy ….



White Bristol board  240gr thick  70×100 cm (decorative bristol can also be used instead )

Decopatch Paper

Decopatch Paper Glue

Stick Glue

Glue brush



3″ Round Paper Punch


Gold thread for the pompom

Decorative beads

Steps :

Step 1

Glue the decopatch paper on the bristol

Cut the Bristol Board into 2 boards of 50×40 cm .

Draw with a pencil 10×10 square. You should have 20 10×10 squares paper decorated at the end of step 2.

Step 2 :

Select the Decopatch paper you want to use and cut in 10x10cm squares.

Glue the decopatch paper on the white bristol boards in the predesigned 10×10 squares. They can be either glued in one piece or by tearing the decopatch paper and working as a collage.

Step 3: 

20 3" circles

Punch with the 3″ puncher, 20 circles.

Step 4 :

folding in triangles

Fold all 20 circles around the triangle cardboard as shown. The size of the triangle should be very slightly smaller than the 3″ circle to create perfect angles. In this case each sides of the triangle were 7cm.

Step 5 :

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Assemble the triangles.

Assemble five trangles as shown above. Use the paper glue stick on the sides of the triangle. It is important to well spread the glue for a clean assembling. You should create 2 of the 5 triangle “hats”.

With the remaining 10 triangles assemble a long line. When dry close in a circle line.

Use the clothespins to keep the triangles steady until they dry.

The final assembling part will be done after creating the tassel.



Step 6 : 

Prepare the Tassel to be hanging through and underneath the paperball.

Tassel Tutorial : http://www.lilyallsorts.com/2014/07/how-to-make-tassel.html

Thread a few decorative beads above the Tassel

Step 7 : Final assembling

Thread the tassel through the bottom 5 triangle hat.

Glue the bottom hat to one side of the 10 triangle circle.

thread the tassel through the top 5 triangle hat.

Glue the top 5 triangle hat the the top 10 triangle circle.

Hold with clothespins until dry.

paper ball


Making a Paper Lantern with kids


paper lantern englishI have done this project several times with children and it is always successful ! Children like building with icecream sticks and most of all copying and drawing on transparent tracing paper. This project takes a while and you can work on step at the time…


16 Ice cream sticks

Tracing paper strip 48cm x 12 cm

11,5×11,5 foam board (1cm thick)

Decopatch Paper or other decorative paper

Amos White Craft Glue ( this glue dye’s quickly with is important when working with children)

Scotch tape

Gold Acrylic Paint (Martha Stewart gold Acrylic Paint)

Color markers

Mandala drawings


paper lantern preparation

Step 1 : Building the Ice cream stick windows

Make four squares with the ice cream sticks. It is important that two sticks are parallel on the bottom and two parallel on the top. When dry paint them in gold on one side.

Step 2 : Prepare the base

Cover the foam board square base with Decopatch paper (just the best collage paper to work with) or creative paper you have at hand.

Step 3: Prepare the tracing paper windows

Lay your 4 ice cream stick window side by side on the stip of tracing paper. Trace with a pencil the inside of the windows to mark where to draw.

Step 4: Draw

paper lantern copying on tracing paper

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Print mandala drawing in black and white and let the children copy the drawings. It’s important to hold the drawing with scotch tape for the children so that they copy without having the drawing move. Children LOVE to copy on tracing paper.

First let them do the contour with a black permanent marker . When Dry they fill in with color markers.

Step 5 : Strengthen the corners

Place a strip of scotch tape on the back between the drawn squares to strengthen the corners.

Step 6 : Mounting


Glue the ice cream squares sticks around the drawings.

Step 7 : Build the paper lantern

Glue and join the tracing paper around the base and on the open side.

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Your colorful paper lantern is ready !!




Launching Decopatch in Israel

For the first time, during the artist Festival in Benyamina, where I live and where my studio is, I launched the Decopatch collage papers and collection. It was a huge success !

Three days of the joy of creating. In a country side environment, children, families, adolescents and adults visited our booth. We had organized tables for a decopatch workshop. People chose what they where interested in decorating and just joined the workshop. Tables were full all day long, with a joyful creative atmosphere, people would communicate with one with the other, exchanging ideas and experiences. It was very much fun, and every one loved the Decopatch Product !

If you haven’t heard of the Decopatch paper, I strongly advise you to try them out and discover the ease and colorfulness their is in creating with them, were ever you are in the world. Enjoy…

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The way to openning a Craft Store

Decopatch Store in the Studio

Two month have gone by since my last post ! It has been like a hibernation before major changes have took place in my creative life. During this period I fulfilled a long time dream of opening a craft store, an online store and starting importing and distributing a creative craft product : Decopatch in Israel.

I got to the point where I was ready to let go of my fears, understood they were not serving me anymore. They were just making sure I would not move forward. During this period of change, I was faithful to only one thing : My wish to fulfill my dream of opening a craft store online and offline.

While building my dream, I could hear those regular internal voices sharing the fears I had listenned to for too long. But this time I was aware of them and each time I choose at new not to give in to them. On the whole things went smoothly, doors oppenned where I never though it might be that easy to open them.I found out while developing this project that when reacting in an authomatic way you are not fully aware that the answers to your questions are given to you as you go along. You just tend not to hear them, or not believe it’s possible. In fact most time you know what to do, ideas come flowing through, and possibilities that need to be backed up, given energy to them. So this is the process I have been working with for the last few months :

Stick to the dream and keep it alive during the whole process ( This point is very important, because you always go through ups and downs, so when you understand you are in a down side, go back to the initial dream and bring it alive at new)

Be aware of the automatic habits and fears that make yougo round in circles

Welcome different ideas that you might have once thought impossible and increase your belief that all is possible.

One step at the time in a continuous manner to keep moving, evolving, learning and accomplishing.

And what have I accomplished during these past few month ?

  • Signed a exclusive distribution agreement with the French Company Decopatch to import and distribute in Israel their creative craft product. Incredible creative papers that enable you decorate all object in all materials from decorative papier mache animals to restoring furniture. It was made possible thanks to my brothers idea of organising a crowdfunding leverage to finance this first stock order. It was a great sucess thanks to all the people that contributed in making this dream happen. www.decopatch.comdecopatch paper
  • Openned a Store / Showroom in my studio to merchandise and sell creative craft supplies.
  • Openning an online Store reflecting the variety of activities that are taking place in the “creativity as a way of life” enterprise. Craft classe / DIY ideas and Tutorials / Creative crat products. www.creativityasawayoflife.com creativityasawayoflife
  • Classes : Continuing teaching craft and sewing classes in the Studiodecopatch in the studioTvia's table
  • Blogs : Reactivating sharing the creative process and ideas on my two blogs (English and Hebrew)
  • And last : Developing a new project linked to my online store… In the works, when this project will be more advanced I will be sharing !

As you can see thing have been bubbling with creativity in the Studio for the last two month with much enjoyment, motivation, and excitement ! I hope you enjoy….





Pencil Case Box Tutorial

pencil case box tutorial

This pencil case box is one of my students favorite sewing project being made during sewing classes. It’s easy, useful and the result is stunning.

The secret of this project is the thickness and stiffness of the quality of the fusible interfacing. It has to be stiff ! I use one ( unfortunately I don’t know it’s name) that is stiff fabric like with the glue side flat and shinny.


Supplies :

(dimension include a 1 cm sewing line)

2 x Outside fabric 28 x 16 cm

2 x inside fabric 28 x 16 cm

2  x stiff fusible interfacing 28 x 16 cm

1 x  35 cm zipper ( I like my zipper to be long to facilitate sewing)

2 x 8 cm ribbon

Sewing steps :

Step 1 : Iron the fusible interfacing on the outside fabric

Step 2 : Sew together the first set of the outside fabric with the inside fabric both right sides of the fabric showing, on the top long edge (28 cm edge). Sew 1/2 cm from the edge. Repeat for the with the next set. Make sure that both sides are facing each othe as shown on the picture.

Pencil case Box - sewing the zipper

Step 3. Fold on the inside 1cm of the top sewn edge and iron. Pin the fabric on both sides of the zipper. Sew along the zipper.

Step 4 : Join all four fabric pieces with the zipper in the middle, right side facing right side. Sew on the bottom of the 28 cm edge at a cm from the edge. Then cut the edge with zig zag scissors  for decorative purposes.

pencil case box - sewing the sides

Step 5 : Fold the fabric for the bottom of the pencil case to lay flat on the zipper. The outside fabrics are on the inside.

Step 6 : fold the 8 cm ribbon in two and insert it between the zipper and the bottom zig zag edged. The ribbon edge sticking slightly out, to make sure it is not sewn to close. At this point the zipper has to be open ! if not you won’t be able to turn the pencil case on the right side. Sew both sides, 1 cm from the edge.

pencil case box - sewing the angles

Step 7 : Sew 4 side corners. The width of the corners are 6 cm with the middle 3 cm lined with the lateral sewing line. I inserted a picture of a other project to show you how to sew corners (don’t take into consideration the size of the corner on the picture). Open the pencil case without turning it over yet. Set flat on side, the iron fold of the long sides meeting the sewed lateral sides you just sewn . Mark the line and sew over it.

Sew four corners. Then cut the extra fabric 1 cm from the sewing line.
making a triangle

Step 8 : you are now done ! you can turn over the pencil case.

Enjoy …

I am sharing pictures of pencil cases that have been sewn in the studio both by adults and children !

pink pencil case

dvora sews for her sonMay 10 - the patchwork pencil case

May 10 years old, sewed this patchwork pencil case !

children sew pencil cases

9 years old girls sew a pencil case

adolescent sew pencil case

Adolescent girls sew their pencil case




Decorating a shoebox – Kids Summer craft activity



Decorating a shoebox This activity was inspired from Alisa Burke‘s work of which I am a big fan.

Easy and fun to make, children from age 6 made these boxes. The older the children, the more they have patience to go into decorative details. Kids are very independent with this activity.

Supplies :

Recycled Shoebox

Black or White Acrylic Paint

White and black Edding 750 Paint Marker.

Optional : Colorful Buttons,cabochons, colorful beads, hot glue

Instructions :

1. Paint the shoe box in all white or black acrylic paint. Let dry.

2. Start drawing geometrical shapes, flowers, spirals with the opposite color from the box back ground.

3. Hot glue buttons, cabochons or colorful beads

decorating a shoebox - buttonsChildren decorate shoeboxessketching on the shoe box

 sketching on a shoe box