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an easy gift to make: diy drawstring bag!15 Dec 2017

DIY Drawstring Bag / Oh Joy!

Happy Friday! This week has been crazy as we prep to close up for the holiday break next week. Today, I wanted to end the week with a fun little DIY drawstring bag to make for yourself OR as a gift for the holidays. It can even be made and then used to hold another holiday present for an extra special two-in-one gift. Here's how...

DIY Drawstring Bag / Oh Joy!

You'll need...
- fabric (ours is from The Fabric Store)
- cotton cord
- straight pins
- no sew glue
- pom poms
- scissors
- 8.5x11" sheet of paper
- sewing machine


Here's how...
1. Using the paper as your template, trace and cut two rectangles from your fabric.
2. On one end of each piece of fabric, fold down about 1 1/2" (enough to easily fit two strands of the cotton cord through). Pin to secure.
3. If your fabric easily frays, use no sew glue to make a create a clean edge on each end of the fold for the cording.
4. Sew the fold down with sewing machine. Repeat on each side.
5. Lay fabric on top of each other, inside facing outward and pin to secure.
6. Sew all the way around, leaving the opening for the cord open. Turn bag right side out.
7. Measure cord to the length you'd like, then add about 10" extra. Repeat to make a second strand. 
8. String cord through the opening on each side of the bag, and secure by tying a knot. Push knot back into the fold so you can't see it.
9. Repeat with other cord, stringing it through from the opposite end of the first cord. 
10. Finally, use no sew glue to add pom poms to the front!

DIY Drawstring Bag / Oh Joy!

{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, and crafting by Jess Hong.}

Color Adventures: Oh Joy Wears Metallic!14 Dec 2017


I can't believe it's time for our last Color Adventure of the year! Since December is full of celebrations and decorations that sparkle and shine, we picked one of the most festive "colors" around...metallic! It's perfect for all those holiday parties and will help you ring in the New Year with pizzazz. Take a look...


Simple Painted Holiday Houses DIY...13 Dec 2017

Holiday Painted Ceramic Houses DIY...

Christmas is less than two weeks away. And, if you're like me, you still have so many things to do, gifts to get, lists to check, work to get done before you can get a little holiday relaxation in. If you're hosting for the holidays or simply want some last minute cheer to deck the halls, here's a really easy one for you!


oh joy gift guide: gifts for kids!12 Dec 2017


Our last gift guide for this year is all about the kids. With items ranging in price point and both wearable and playable, here are a few of my favorite things for kids!

01. Cabbages and Kings scarf, 02. Nailmatic washable nail polish, 03. knot pillow by Juju and Jake, 04. Custom books by Read Your Story,  05. tees from June & January, 06. Small Lot shoes, 07. Cuddle and Kind stuffed animals, 08. Oh Joy! Band-Aids, 09. Cub Coats, 10. Honor Society merit badges, 11. Bravery Magazine, 12. Olli Ella Holdie House.

oh joy field trip: the happy place!11 Dec 2017

Oh Joy Field Trip: The Happy Place

After the success of Museum of Ice Cream and Color Factory, it's been cool to see more "experience museums" pop up in Los Angeles. We recently took an Oh Joy Field Trip to...the Happy Place! The space is all about things that give you instant joy...candy, rainbows, cake, flowers...you know, all the GOOD stuff...



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