Quilted Laptop Bag Tutorial

For my birthday this year, my Mister gifted me with a brand new laptop. It was an extravagant gift to say the least, but one of the most thoughtful he’s ever given me. My old computer was a dinosaur and took 20 minutes to load a website. It wasn’t the most efficient way to run an online business! Since the old laptop was such a beast I didn’t take much care when I was bringing it places, I’d just toss it in a bag and off I went. I wanted to make sure my shiny new laptop got proper treatment, so I made it a pretty quilted bag of it’s own! Here’s my laptop bag tutorial if you’re interested in making one for yourself!

Quilted laptop bag tutorial. This is a fun diy sewing project to keep your laptop safe and pretty when you're out and about! A free tutorial for a quilted laptop sleeve.

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I don’t have much experience making quilted items, as it’s a new skill I’ve been developing. It’s rather fun to learn new things! So I’m sure there are things I could have done differently during this project.

This is just my little disclaimer that I’m no quilting expert!

But I’m happy with the result and I use the bag often, it’s super practical. So I figured I’d share my laptop bag tutorial whether it’s perfect or not!

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Ultimate List of Tools for Creative Shop Owners

Are you a creative entrepreneur looking to jumpstart your business? With over 4 years of experience, I've compiled all the best resources and tools for creative shop owners that I personally use. Stand out as a pro in your niche whether you are an online shop owner or stick to craft fairs. There are loads of free tools for creative shop owners out there that will help make your handmade business a success!

I’ve been running The Yellow Birdhouse for about 4.5 years. I have sold my handmade creations either through consignment or wholesale during those 4.5 years in local brick and mortars. I’ve been selling on Etsy for almost 3 years and I’ve run a second Woocommerce shop for about 2 years. So I’ve got some experience under my belt for sure. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’m still learning. But I feel at this point in my journey I’ve got some wisdom to share. Today’s wisdom is all about the various resources and tools I use to run my creative business. These are tools I personally use every day and highly recommend. And many of them are free! This post will be kept up to date as I discover new share-worthy tools for creative shop owners to help you run the business you’ve always dreamt of!

Are you a creative entrepreneur looking to jumpstart your business? With over 4 years of experience, I've compiled all the best resources and tools for creative shop owners that I personally use. Stand out as a pro in your niche whether you are an online shop owner or stick to craft fairs. There are loads of free tools for creative shop owners out there that will help make your handmade business a success!

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Tools for Creative Shop Owners

When you’re running your own small creative business, you have to wear ALLLLL the hats.

You have to think about websites, packaging, accounting, product development, marketing, promotion, shipping and everything else.

It’s a ton of work above and beyond developing your craft.

It’s taken me years to discover all the best resources and I don’t want you to waste that much time on the same struggle.

I want to help you free up time to be your best creative self.

So I’m revealing all my sources!

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27 Totally Cool Kitchen Gadgets You Probably Don’t Need

She fills the microwave with steam to make the cleaning process that much more amusing!

I have a confession to make. I do ALOT of online shopping. 😛 As in, I browse around the sale section of certain websites quite regularly. And buy things I probably don’t need.  While I’ve been doing all this browsing I have come across so many cool kitchen gadgets that I thought I needed to compile them into a list. A list of items you probably don’t need either. But it sure is fun to see what’s been invented! We’ve come a long way from the humble and plain gadgets of our parents!

Every find yourself browsing online and stumbling on all sorts of gadgets that are totally unnecessary? Yup, me too. So I compiled 27 cool kitchen gadgets into one list of items you likely have no use for! Haha!

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Cool Kitchen Gadgets

There seems to be a cutesy gadget for just about any kitchen task you can think of! I’ve been bookmarking them for months every time I spot one while shopping. My husband says my bookmarks are getting out of hand! Haha! Considering I have about 30 tabs open right now, it’s not surprising I also have a kajillion bookmarks.

I wanted to share this kitsch-y list so you can also shop for items you really don’t need. I don’t want to be all alone in this!

There’s likely to be more lists in the future….I have a lot of bookmarks to get through….

 

Piggy Silicon Egg Separator

Squeeeeeze this little piggy to draw out the yolk. Get it on Amazon for $12.96

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51 Free Printables for Kids Rooms

Pretty graphic printables to decorate a nursery. Free decor for kid's rooms.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a whole series of posts rounding up the best in free nursery printables. But while writing those posts, I actually came across another 51 awesome free printables for kids rooms! And I knew I couldn’t leave them out. Now that it’s all said and done, I’ve found over 300 printables! Now that’s a lot to choose from!

 

51 free printables for kids rooms! Adorable nursery decor on a budget, a zero-dollar budget that is! These super cute free downloads are a quick and easy way to add some colorful & kid-appropriate decor to your home.

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There are so many talented designers out there and I’m amazed at all the incredible artwork they are willing to give away for free! Some of these you have to sign up to receive and others you just click to download. Either way they are all free! How nice to know that you’ll be able to decorate your nursery or kid’s room on a budget.

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Nursery Decor Series: Free Printable Alphabet Wall Art

Fun and free alphabet printables for your nursery! 19 Free ABC posters for you to print!

This is supposed to be the last instalment in the Nursery Decor Series, but I’ve found so many more amazing free printables that I’ll probably have to add an extra round-up post after this one! It’s a good problem to have. 🙂 Today I’ve got 19 free printable alphabet wall art pieces for you. Including one designed by yours truly. These super cute ABC posters are a great way to decorate a kid’s room and help them learn their letters at the same time! I love that many of these alphabets are boy appropriate too, so many of the other printables this week, like the monograms, have been more girly and flowery.

19 Super fun and totally free printable alphabet wall art. Free ABC posters for your kiddo's bedroom. Alphabet nursery prints are a fun and creative way to decorate a child's bedroom and help them with their ABC's at the same time! Win!

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I actually had a lot of fun designing this ABC poster for you! It forced me to stretch my creativity muscles, which was much needed. (Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time staring at a screen instead of creating something. I plan to rectify that over the summer months.)

Click here to download it.

And please share a picture in the comments if you do hang it in your little one’s room! It is sized as an 8″x10″.

Free Printable Alphabet Wall Art. Free ABC poster to print and hang in your kiddo's room! Rainbow colors with animals adorn this fun printable alphabet wall art. Free printable ABC nursery prints.

 

Free Printable Alphabet Wall Art

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