Friday, November 28, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make Team Tree Ornaments
Make a favorite sports team tree ornament

Tutorial at Happier than a Pig in Mud Blog

"As time goes on I'm finding more people setting up themed trees, whether for each holiday, a favorite sports team or a special event and I love it! I just made these Home Town Team Ornaments as a little extra gift and thought they might be a fun idea for the sports lovers in your life. It's also a great kids craft! Simply push beads onto pipe cleaners (you do have to make sure the holes in the beads are big enough tough), then twist the pipe cleaner at the top and wrap the extra back down the sides to the beads and snip off the excess pipe cleaner. Work it a little so it's round and the beads look neat-done".... Read more

Tutorial - Jute Twine Garland with Bells
Use garland to decorate a tree, a mantle, etc.

Tutorial at Purple Hues and Me Blog

"I was in a fabric store recently and there was a video showing how to finger crochet or knit.  I often get the two techniques confused.  Anyway, while looking at the video, a light bulb went off in a weird sort of way for me to try to make a garland out of twine using a slipknot. I know, a slipknot!  After getting home, I pulled out my very large roll of jute twine and started making slipknots.  I first tied a knot on one end and then basically tied a knot to form a loop and continued tying knots with loops. This sounds a bit cray cray, but a cute little pattern of loops was forming and I liked how it was looking".... Read more

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Decorated Tin for Cookies
Turn a plain tin into a home decor item to use as storage for cookies

Tutorial at Cute Simple Stuff Blog

"I love decorating cookies, even if my cookies are far from being perfect. I still love the art of decorating them. And because I wanted a pretty “home” for my (according to me) pretty cookies I wanted to do something with a regular cookie box I had. With that in mind, a few months back I was watching Disney´s Alice in Wonderland, and I saw the scene where she picks a cookie and I thought the cookie box or stand was lovely.  Funny enough, I actually never paid attention to the cookie part before, then when I started decorating cookies. I knew I liked that part of the movie for some reason but I never knew exactly why. It’s the cookies and the stand".... Read more

Tutorial - Make Cedar Hangers for Your Closet
Add a nice cedar scent to your closet

Tutorial at Fleur de Lis Quilts Blog

"Do you know why cedar is such a popular scent for closets?  In additional to being really pretty, the wood has a wonderful, woodsy scent that repels insects. Really, the fact that cedar repels bugs is the main reason for having it in your closet.Those repelled bugs includes moths, which love to eat sweaters and coats.  Ask me how I know".... Read more

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Kissing Ball
Make in Christmas colors and add mistletoe for a festive holiday decoration

Tutorial at About Family Crafts Blog

"While many times you will see kissing balls made out of greenery or flowers, we made our kissing balls out of ribbon. We made these for my daughter’s wedding — she really loved the whimsical look of these.  These can be used to decorate for any event or occasion. All you really have to do is change the color of the ribbon used. You can also stick small flowers or greenery in these to mix it up a little bit. What do you think".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Do Ink Wash Typography
Easy typography art - cheap and takes about 20 minutes

Tutorial at Miss P Blog

"Having had "such fun" (as Miranda would say ;) with ink washes on my DIY Wall Art project, I've been brainstorming other ways to incorporate some more into our new home. I like some of the typographic art that's out there but not necessarily the printed kind. Graphic prints are not really my thing. So I decided to have a play at creating my own with a slightly more handmade/arty feel".... Read more

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tutorial - How to Crochet a Granny Square
Each square is about 6″ x 6″

Tutorial at Painting it Purple Blog

"I started my granny square blanket last winter, thinking I would complete it in a few weeks, use it for the rest of the winter and make a few for the fam. Yeah, okay. That definitely didn’t happen. Almost a year later and I have finished it JUST IN TIME. The cold weather has already started here so we have been cuddling up under the newly finished blanket for the past few days".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Turquoise Crystals Earrings
Crystal earrings have macrame knots on wire

Tutorial at Knots and Sparklez Blog

"These earrings are not difficult to make if you have some prior experience with basic macramé knots. I suggest you practice the knots until you feel comfortable with their execution. Follow directions accurately for best results. Once you have acquired enough experience consider making alterations in pattern, colors, bead size to create a different look".... Read more

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tutorial - Pumpkin and Pinecone Turkey
With a little help, children and make this craft

Tutorial at Plenty of Paprika Blog

"I had a few small decorative pumpkins - originally purchased for a Halloween craft - laying around, until J gave me an ultimatum to do something with them or they are going in the garbage. I am not much of a decorator or into making centerpieces,  but figured I can come up with something for the kids. Looking through the craft supplies I found some pinecones, colorful feathers and googly eyes - just enough to make a few turkeys".... Read more

Tutorial - Printable Peg Doll Clothes
Precolored design + blank template to make your own

Tutorial at Plenty of Paprika Blog

"Have you ever wrapped paper around a peg girl doll in hopes of making it fit? If you want to take a minute and try, go for it. It is not easy. As a matter of fact, it is impossible to make it work from 1 piece of paper, no matter how much you measure and cut. Even if you figure it out that 2 separate pieces are needed, it will still take lots and lots of trial and failure (yes, right word) to make it fit just right. It took me weeks to come up with a design that worked".... Read more

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make an Insulated Table Runner
Perfect for hosting the holidays

Tutorial at The Inspired Wren Blog

"Thanksgiving! I haven't forgotten about it. I'm already planning the dishes in my head that I'll be preparing and serving family style. I'm mentally choosing the serving plates and trays I'll be using. And I'm wondering how I'll protect my table from all that hot food. With a table runner-length insulated-trivet/hot-pad, of course! I've been meaning to sew one since I first hosted extended family for a meal and had to use a mish-mash of pot holders and trivets. As I planned to finally sew it I realized I could make it reversible for year-round use; as I sewed I realized I could write down the directions of my version to share here. So here's a bonus Thursday pictorial post, in case you feel like sewing one up before next Thursday".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Fabric Coasters
Machine quilt for an attractive finish

Tutorial at Painting it Purple Blog

"If you are looking for something easy but unique for a Christmas gift this year, these coasters are perfect. They don’t take much time and you can make them to match anyones taste! Just find the right fabric and get to work. You will need: Fabric, Batting, Rotary Cutter, Straight Edge,Thread, Sewing Machine".... Read more

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tutorial - How to Dye Yarn with Madder
Pot and tools should be used exclusively for dyeing

Tutorial at Solene Knits Blog

"I just received a case of big natural wool and decided to start again experimenting with natural dyeing. I dyed a skein with a mixture of plants called "henné noir" but there is no henna nor indigo in it. Well, I got a beautiful brown with it. I dyed another skein with madder. Last time I tried dyeing with madder, I got a very light pink so I was really not satisfied. But this time, I obtained the perfect madder red. Let me show you how I did".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Read a Crochet Chart
Free flower pattern is included with tutorial

Tutorial at Little Treasures Blog

"I get a lot of comments and questions from my customers about my photo tutorials and one thing I've learned so far is that people's feelings towards crochet charts vary from mild fear to utter aversion. Let me tell you one thing. The minute I learned how to follow a crochet chart I didn't turn to written patterns ever again. I mean like never! So I thought it might be fun and a bit educational if I show you how to read the charts - understandably that you are familiar with the basic crochet stitches.  Today I am showing you how to read patterns in the rounds. Next time I will show you how to read a square".... Read more

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tutorial Exchange Opportunity - Bowdabra

Red kit is pictured.  Winners will receive eBook versions of the instructions

Bowdabra Bow Maker

If you enjoy designing and creating original craft projects this is an exciting opportunity.  Up to three  designers will be chosen to receive a Bowdabra Bow maker kit (value $50).  The kit comes with a Bowdabra bow maker, an instructional video, ribbon (color choices - red, gold, or burgundy), and Bowdabra bow wire.  In return the chosen designers will create two original projects for Bowdabra, which will be posted on Totally Tutorials Blog and

If you would like to make and share tutorials using this kit, apply for this opportunity by leaving a comment under this post, along with the URL to your blog or website.  The ideal candidates will be comfortable working with these materials, have a blog or website, and the ability to take clear photos.   This opportunity is open to bloggers within the U.S. only. 

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, November 30th.  I will contact the winners of the exchange by December 1st.  They will then have until January 1st, 2015 to complete their tutorials. 

Thank you to for this amazing opportunity.  Check out their website for project ideas, and tutorials for further inspiration.  Don’t miss your chance to work with the best and easiest to use Bowmaker around,  apply today!