A Tip We Should Remember

I recall an outing at a restaurant some time last year. We had an easy-going meal, but the waitress whom was serving us seemed to be having a tough time. She was undeniably friendly, but tired and preoccupied. When the bill arrived at our table, we came to a realization that we had less money than anticipated. While friends were trying to figure out where we were short, I decided to twiddle a bit. I took another dollar from my wallet and folded it into a paper origami heart. Finally, all was settled with the bill and we left-


I decided to leave the heart as an extra courtesy to our waitress. Not two minutes after walking outside the restaurant, the waitress came bolting out the door like a firework. She called out, holding up the money heart and beaming a huge smile. I could tell with just that simple thing, I had made her day a little brighter.

Since smiles are always worth the share, let’s begin our tutorial:

Now, if you are new to money folding, you may want to start with a 6in by 2.5in dollar-shape rectangle.



Congrats! Now you too may impress your waiter/waitress.

Although, I can’t promise they will not unfold it immediately! Still, isn’t that extra effort worth a smile?

Happy twiddling~


DIY Disney

Hello twiddlers.

We should all come to the realization that Disney owns the world as we know it. Still, who can say no to a Disney trip? It’s magical, beautiful and needless to say, fun.

Last month, I went with my sister on a special trip to the Anaheim Dental Convention…hooray… *cough cough*(sarcastically raises flag and waves in the air with little enthusiasm). Now, you may ask yourselves why in the bee-licking world would I put myself through such torture fun.

Obviously, the answer is Disney.

We planned our trip accordingly, until I realized I had no Disney “gear,” most importantly, a hat.

“Why don’t you buy a hat once you get to Disneyland?”
Well my fellow twiddler, I’ll tell you: At $24.00 (low-end price) I figured I would go broke shortly upon arrival. I decided it was time to bust out some low-end craft skills.

is a great business that sells Disney inspired merchandise. I was going to buy a couple of hats, until I realized the one I wanted was sold out (and also $30.00). Time for a re-creation!

First, I picked the designs I wanted. I decided to go with the Cakeworthy inspired Powerline hat, from A Goofy Movie and Cheshire Cat hat, from Alice and Wonderland (seen above).

You will need:

  • Flat brim hat in desired color (I got mine from Ebay, HERE)
  • Fabric paint (color will depend on your desired style. I needed black, yellow, light pink, white)
  • Printed iron-on fabric transfer sheets
  • Painters tape
  • Iron
  • Hot glue gun
  • *Optional* (I do not recommend this, but if you are willing cover your bleeding fingers, or are an embroidery expert) embroidery floss & either heavy canvas or embroidery backing

I found most everything at Michael’s Crafts, but any craft store should do the trick. Once you have your idea and hat, it’s time for the real work.

  1. Start by printing out the design you need onto your iron-on fabric transfer sheet.
    If you are doing the Cheshire cat hat, you will need to print a smile for the bottom of the hat. If you are doing the powerline hat, you will need to print out the powerline logo, and, if you would like, the optional “world tour ’95” for the back of the hat.Other options include the mermaid hat where you would print out the word “Mermaid” or perhaps a Peter Pan hat where you would print out a feather for the side.
    In order to get the dimensions correct for the Cheshire cat smile, and in order to save my iron-on sheets, I cropped an online picture of the cat’s smile, and printed it on regular paper until I had the correct size I needed for the hat. Better safe than sorry.

    Once the designs are printed, follow the iron-on guide to iron the logos to the hats and place the logo based on your design idea (front, side, under the brim, back)

    *If you are going to use embroidery to write or outline your design like I did, I applaud you. Grab your bandages and go at it. Once completed with your embroidered design, hot glue or sew (I prefer the hot glue, as the hat was too thick for me to thread through) the design onto the hat.

  2. Use painters tape to block out stripes around the Cheshire cat hat, or to block out the hair for the powerline under brim. Then paint based on the scheme of your design.
  3. Let the design dry for at least 24 hours before wearing out and THERE YOU HAVE IT! Some pretty cool Disney hats! Easy peasy. Although, my fingers are worse for wear for that embroidery.


    Excluding the embroidery, I had a pretty easy time with this project. Getting the dimensions for the iron-on design was a little tough, but the painting was fun and the final result was rewarding.


    I had a lot of the materials already such as a hot glue gun, painters tape, iron-on sheets, and fabric paint. All I really needed to buy was the hat and (unfortunately) embroidery backing. Therefore, personal project cost for one hat was around $11 but I assume if you do not have the paint, or iron-on, it may be more toward the $15.00 range.

    My sister and I received so many compliments and had a great time at Disney. It’s definitely a project worth trying.

    Please share your recreations in the comments if you decide to test this project.

    Happy twiddling~