Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tutorial - Embroidery Hoop Thread Organizer

An attractive way to organize thread spools

Tutorial at Sisters What Blog

"A couple of years ago I came across this simple and cute a embroidery hoop thread organizer on U-Create done by Yellow Spool. I've been wanting to do it for a while now, but just haven't gotten around to it. But now I have and it was a very quick project, like 10 minutes.  The one thing I did differently (by accident) was get the wrong size dowel. The dowel I got was slightly bigger than the 1/8th used in the actual tutorial, but it still worked out (yes, I was too lazy to go back and get the correct size - sometimes one can only go back to Joanns so many times in a week".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Bridal Veil

Customize your veil with colored tulle, adhere rhinestones, ribbon, or decoration to the comb

Tutorial at By Brittany Goldwyn Blog

"We had a great wedding. It was a low-key afternoon in Colorado with only our parents present. I found my dress secondhand. We did almost everything with a non-traditional approach. But since I wore a wedding dress, I also wanted to wear a veil. I’m not particularly old-fashioned; I just liked the idea of a veil. However, I quickly realized that veils are expensive. I wanted to keep it simple…I didn’t want beading, sequins, lace, or multiple tiers. So, after being unable to find exactly what I wanted, I decided to make my own".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Portable Chair Cushion

Cushions for those times you are sewing away from home and need some extra height

Tutorial at Elizabeth Made This Blog

"My sewing group and I have a wonderful church basement that we get to work in every month.  It’s next to the kitchen, it has tons of natural light, and we regularly get 2 large tables EACH to work with.  Basically, it’s an ideal work situation with one small problem–the chairs are super low, metal folding chairs that are as hard as rocks.  By the end of our long work day, I always have a headache from being ergonomically disadvantaged. Perhaps you, like me have a place where you sew away from home that has equally bad chairs.  But we sew, right? Make your own tie cushion with".... Read more

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Crocheted Cowl

Make this cowl in any size, with any weight of yarn

Tutorial at Anastacia Knits Designs

"The Marina Cowl was originally supposed to be published the beginning of November as a free pattern to crocheters, for a quick stitch item to make for the holidays.  There are two parts to this pattern: a traditionally written pattern for worsted weight yarn in two sizes, OR a recipe / pattern template, to make the cowl OR anything else you'd like made in the round (like legwarmers, boot cuffs, or simple fingerless gloves) with any yarn, using any size hook in any gauge and in any finished size".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Tissue Paper Bottle Art

Jazz up old bottles with this easy tutorial

Tutorial at Homemade Hooplah Blog

"I have a confession to make: I’ve saved all of our empty wine bottles and wine corks for the past 3 years.  Fortunately The Boyfriend and I don’t drink that much wine, but the floor of our spare bedroom is like a boneyard of all the wine we that we have drunk. There are easily 50+ bottles just sitting there, collecting dust. And if that didn’t make make me sound like a hoarder, I also have zip lock bags of wine corks stashed in cabinets and inbetween the couch cushions and all sorts of other odd places.  The only excuse I have for this behavior? Pinterest tells me it’s a good idea. Because “one day” all of these wine bottles and corks will be turn into dazzling displays of DIY art".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Sew a Zipper with Masking Tape

More easily replace a zipper using this tip

Tutorial at Green Issues by Agy Blog

"I'm not very good with repairing zippers or even sewing them but I learned a new technique from a friend at Repair Kopitiam. But let's look at my zip problem. This usually happens after a year or so and occurs when the opening of the zipper head starts to open up thus releasing the teeth".... Read more

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tutorial - Make Upcycled Watch Face Earrings

Turn watch parts into unique earrings

Tutorial at Upcycled Design Lab

"A few weeks ago I posted a tutorial on how to make a picture charm bracelet from old watches.  I have enjoyed making the bracelets enough to make quite a few. I am even hoping to make enough of them and or some other things to be able to participate in my first real craft show. Well all this bracelet making has left me with some extra watch parts.  Many of the actual watch faces are quite pretty and decorative so I knew I needed to use them for something".... Read more

Tutorial - Make a Bar Necklace with Polymer Clay

Fun, edgy, easy, and affordable necklace

Tutorial at Cute Simple Stuff Blog

"I´ve seen this bar necklaces everywhere online, and I wanted to give it a try, but of course with my own twist to it. There no much to say other than, I love this piece, is so cute, kind of industrial and edgy. Of course size is totally customizable, you can make it as big or as small as you prefer, this is me just sharing how I did it. Materials, and how-to come in this YouTube video, happy crafting and I hope you enjoy".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Refashion and Combine Two Shirts

Includes tips on how to finish to the button plackets so no one would ever know

Tutorial at Makery Blog

"I’d had both these vintage shirts hanging in my wardrobe for a few months. The spoils of a thrifting trip. The stripe one is a vintage Jaeger but was too short and had a straight hem which was not flattering on me at all. I like me a shirt tail hem….which fortuitously…the grey one had….hmmm…no brainer right?! Here’s how".... Read more

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tutorial - Cat in the Hat Pencil Toppers

Make pencil toppers from pipe cleaners and felt

Tutorial at Shades of Tangerine Blog

"March 2nd is the famous author's birthday.  I (like most people) was fascinated by his wild, whimsical stories as a child - especially The Cat in the Hat.  I had so many questions, like: - Why did this mom leave her children home all alone? - Who put Thing 1 & Thing 2 in a locked crate? Isn't that abuse of some kind? and - Why are the rooms in their house so big and empty? Did you ever think about these things".... Read more

Tutorial - Celebrate with a Party Bunting in a Cup

A project that is ready in literally 10 minutes

Tutorial at Little Treasures Blog

"Hi there! Today I am sharing some sparkles with you to lift spirits up. For Eva's birthday I made this heavenly easy party bunting (in a cup) and just as cute. Here's a short tutorial how to make it. What you need: You will also need glue (and a brush".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Baby Blanket

Sew with two yards of fabric and a little time

Tutorial at Mary Martha Mama Blog

"So there are a whole lot of ways to make a baby blanket.  I’ve made a few quilts and fleece blankets and this is by far the easiest blanket I have ever made.  It took me just slightly longer than a nap time to make it but I was playing legos half the time, so it could probably be done in one nap time. Yes, I measure projects in nap times around here. So to make this easy peasy baby blanket you will need a few things".... Read more

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tutorial - How to Crochet a Basket Weave Square

One block in a 12 month Afghan Sampler

Tutorial at The Inspired Wren Blog

"February's Square is the Basket Weave. This stitch is completed using front-post double crochet and back-post double crochet. You achieve the weaved look by alternating four post stitches on the front of the fabric, then four post stitches on the back for three rows; then work the next three rows starting with four post stitches on the back followed by four post stitches on the front. The fabric is made by continuing those 6 rows until the size desired. Easy, right? Here's how it looks formally written up".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Add Borders to a Quilt

Shows how to measure and cut quilt borders

Tutorial at From My Carolina Home Blog

 "This tutorial is to teach the why of putting on a border properly on a quilt.  There are countless new and experienced quilters using what we call the “slap and sew” method instead of the proper “measure and cut” method.  I thought I would show you the difference, and maybe convince you that the slap method isn’t a good one.  In order to do a proper job showing the difference in the two methods, I needed to make a couple of samples to use.  So, I did quarter-square triangles, mainly because it would optimize the bias edges and make the point clearer.  So, I sewed up 18 of them, squared them all up, and set them in rows of three".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make an Apron from Chip Bags

Create a fun and vibrant recycled apron

Tutorial at Vicky Meyers Creations Blog

"Regular readers may remember a post with 8 different ideas for upcycling crisp packets.  At the time my husband suggested an apron, a google search later and it seems no one has made one. I am delighted to say I have created his idea – one DIY recycled crisp packet apron.  I engaged my work colleagues in saving up empty crisp packets for me, to bring a wide variety of colours and designs".... Read more