Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Recycled Coin Can
Quick project made using leftover supplies laying around the house

Tutorial at Borei Design Blog

"Having a loose change jar in my house is an absolute necessity.  It manages to somewhat cut down on all the loose change taken out of pockets and left here there and everywhere all over the house.  It is also really surprising to see how much those stray pennies amount up to after a while if you start to throw them all in one place.  When it's full, I usually just take it and dump it into a coinstar machine at my neighborhood grocery store when going to shop.  By keeping a change jar I end up with a little less mess around the house and a bonus savings off my grocery bill".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Girl's Bolero Jacket
To resize, use any basic T-shirt pattern

Tutorial at Sovanisa Blog

"So,  the other day I showed you the little knit bolero that I made, and now I want to show you how I made it.  I made this bolero jacket in about a size 6.  (It is slightly too big for my 5 1/2 year old, as are most things in a size 6 for her).  The one I will show you in this tutorial will also be the same size".... Read more

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tutorial - How to Update an Old Chalkboard
Refinish and embellish a chalkboard for a fresh design

Tutorial at Borei Design Blog

"I bought this chalkboard about a dozen years ago....seriously.  It was in such sad shape it couldn't even be written on anymore.  There was lots of chalk built up on an almost nonexistent surface.  It was downright hideous.  Always loving the challenge, I decided to see if I could fix and redesign it in lieu of finally sending it to the garbage.  Here's the overall "before" pic of it, complete with a previously failed attempt at lettering by hand".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Baseball Onesie
Basting before doing the zigzag stitching makes the entire project simpler

Tutorial at Southern Belle Seamstress Blog

"I made an embroidered baseball pillow for a mommy-to-be and had some leftover baseball fabric and I just knew I had to make something with it. I came up with the idea to make a onesie with the letter ‘M’ on it (his first name is Michael) and went to Pinterest to see what other sewers had come up with. I found the baseball stitching idea and I had the perfect gift".... Read more

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tutorial - Recycle Egg Carton into Flower Fairies
Can also create a bouquet of recycled flowers

Tutorial at Cucicucicoo Blog

"I’m so glad to have the chance today to write for a blog which I truly adore, and that I’ve been reading for such a long time; thank you, Lisa! I am also really happy because I’ve been invited to present a tutorial about creative recycling, and that’s definitely one of my favourite artistic topics. There are a lot of recyclable materials out there, but egg carton boxes are for me among the most beautiful and flexible. Today I prepared for you an easy DIY to create decorative flower fairies, perfect for every season".... Read more

Tutorial - Make a Vintage Hankie Baby Quilt
Showcase embroidery hankies, crochet edged hankies, or tatting

Tutorial at Patchwork Posse Blog

"For a while I was a big vintage hankie and fabric collector. I love, love that kind of stuff! I have more than enough and don’t pick up as much as I used to, but they are still fun to search for during the summer at yard sales.  At one point I had made this, but not sure that I ever shared the pattern.  For the background I chose to use some vintage sheets. Mixed in with the hankies it’s super fun. If you’d like though you could make it with more updated and modern fabric. A plainer fabric might be a good option too, so the hankies show off a little more".... Read more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tutorial - Make Upcycled Tie-Dye Denim Shorts
Turn plain shorts into funky tie dye board shorts

Tutorial at Upcycled Design Lab Blog

"I started with this pair of shorts. They fit pretty well.  But they were kind of short and out of style.  So I set out to make them longer.  I had some denim pieces left over from this denim skirt project".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Ruffle Scarf
Easy project that results in a fun, wearable scarf

Tutorial at Nanny Craft 4 U Blog

"I have been asked, over the years, how I manage my crafting and my chronic pain and Fibromyalgia so today I thought I would share with you one of my ‘brainless’ crafts – these are things I can do where I don’t need to be able to think clearly, don’t need to calculate, don’t need to keep count, don’t need to cut with precision etc.  I will show you how I make a Ruffle Scarf. It was a couple of years ago now, that I made my first Ruffle Scarf and I had that aha moment – I can still craft on my bad days if I find the right craft".... Read more

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make Clip on Earrings Wearable
Turn vintage earrings into regular earrings

Tutorial at Plaster & Disaster Blog

"My grandmother didn’t have pierced ears, but she wore earrings every day and had quite a collection. Most of us have probably come across a lot of clip-ons in thrift and vintage stores, and I’m always so intrigued by how fun they are. But man, they’re a pain. How can they be both so tight that they make my ears hurt, and yet so precarious that I’m afraid they’ll fall off at any minute and I’ll lose them? I think I’ve invented a new paradox. Anyway, that’s when it struck me: why don’t I just turn my clip-on earrings into regular old earrings".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Rococo Quilt
Play with the layout a bit to make your own version

Tutorial at Patchwork Posse Blog

"This quilt reminds me of Spring.  Perfect time to get this oldie but goodie back out!  You will be making a series of 8 quilt blocks and then sewing them into the top following a layout.  There are stems and flowers in the quilt– look closely and really if you so wish you could play with the layout a bit and put together your own top".... Read more

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Flared Skirt
Free pattern in hip sizes 34 to 50 inches

Tutorial at So Sew Easy Blog

"I’ve had this skirt design in mind for a while now and with the warm weather coming, now seems the perfect time to show a little leg and put some wiggle in my walk. With this skirt you’ll certainly be swinging your hips and swishing your hemline at every opportunity. It’s fitted to your body in the waist and hips because most of us feel like we don’t need to extra volume there.  Then the skirt flares out to give you a great full hemline".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Skirt with Fat Quarters
Pattern in sizes 3 to 10 for this darling circle skirt

Tutorial at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom Blog

"I used my free Roller Skate Skirt pattern to make this version, but instead of knits, the skirt is made with quilting cotton and an elastic casing for the waistband.Turned out so cute!  Plus I love having another way to use up my stash of fat quarters.  There are 2 ways to cut out the panels and assemble the skirt.  The way you do it is up to you.  (I chose the second way, because I could get 2 panels out of one fat quarter. Size 7 and smaller, with no extra seam allowance, can get 2 panels from 1 fat quarter".... Read more

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Fruit Planters
Create the planter, then add plants to transform into a real looking fruit

Tutorial at Makoccino Blog

"In this cute and happy home decor series, I'm going to show how to make these pineapple and strawberry planters for succulents and other plants! They are easy and fun to make and make any room super cute! Things you will need: Terracotta Pots (I used flower pots of two different sizes so I didn't have to replant the succulents. You can find them in flower shops or craft stores".... Read more

Tutorial - Make Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake
The perfect balance between tart and sweet

Tutorial at Seaman Mom Blog

"I have had such a wicked sweet tooth since I was a little girl. I am going to go ahead and blame it all on my dad! He worked super hard and his one and only vice was to have a piece of cake and a cold soda out of the bottle at the end of the day. That is how we drank our soda back in the good old days! My sister and I would share a piece of whatever delicious cake my mom had made and wash it down with a glass of cold milk. I have also passed this love of all things sugary down to my kids. In order to be healthier, we do not have dessert all the time. I usually save it for the weekend when we are more likely to burn it off! One of our favorites would be my Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake".... Read more

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tutorial - How to Recover Lawn Chair Cushions
Get your outside chairs ready to be used and enjoyed over the coming months

Tutorial at Super Mom - No Cape Blog

"Last summer, I recovered all 5 of our lawn chair cushions.  It was a huge undertaking but the finished result was so worth it. While it’s unlikely that you have the exact same set as I do, I thought I’d share with you how I went about recovering mine.  I’ll start with the fabric I used".... Read more