Instead of wrapping a wineglass in hastily procured cloth, couples in a Jewish celebration might create an elegant no-sew bag to hold the stemware for the glass-breaking ritual. The fabric can be matched to the look of the ceremony, and the bag should keep shards from flying helter-skelter. Choose a heavy material (we used floral brocade). A remnant from the bridesmaids' dresses is also a sweet idea. And the glass? A thin one that the groom can easily crush underfoot gets our stomp, er, stamp of approval.
Days of winter weather can make kids stir-crazy. When cabin fever strikes, clear some floor space and roll out an indoor hopscotch mat. This ancient British game was used for military training exercises at the time of the Roman Empire; kids eventually became its most passionate devotees, because it's just plain fun.
This pretty satchel is a cinch to put together, and it takes only about an hour. Choose fabrics in colors that coordinate with favorite outfits. We used washable cotton for the exterior and lined the pack with water-resistant nylon for durability.