A simple technique lets you turn any expanse of pretty fabric into a welcoming coverlet. Here, a vintage floral linen tablecloth creates the top of the quilt, but any medium-weight fabric will work. We used a piece of linen in a complementary color to create the backing and border.
Looking for some good, clean fun? Try making these colorful, fragrant soaps. You already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen or garden. Because of their fresh ingredients, some of these soaps have a shelf life of several weeks, so plan to use them soon after making them. (But with soaps this appealing, that will hardly be a problem.) Use our easy wrapping ideas to give the soaps as gifts, or just add a splash of color to your hand-washing routine.
Even if you can't make it to a friend or family member’s baby shower, you can still celebrate the joyous event. Enter the themed "shower in a box" -- a gift idea devised by Martha Stewart Living crafts editor Jodi Levine for parents-to-be who live far away. Mail a carton loaded with toys, nursery decor, keepsakes, funky baby staples, cute party things, and thoughtful treats for the mom. Top it all off with a bright helium-filled Mylar balloon to float up and out of the box -- like magic -- when she opens the package.