Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Postage Stamp Quilt
Fold and sew as you go method

Tutorial at Patchwork Posse Blog

"The Postage Stamp quilt is a classic. It’s a great one for using your little pieces of fabric….either matching from a line of fabric, or a pile of scraps. Either way the result is the same.  Cute. Simple.  Mindless sewing.  To help with the mindless sewing you will be making a custom grid on muslin for the fabric squares to go on…then sewing them all together row by row.  It’s a pretty slick method".... Read more

Tutorial - Crochet a Ripple Necklace and Bracelet
Get a gradient effect by using progressively darker shades of color

Tutorial at Little Treasures Blog

"Today designing some new patterns for my jewelry, I wanted to use the chevron / ripple stitch and add a little extra to it to make it different, and I came up with this, as I believe, interesting combination consisting of the ripple pattern with a bobble stitch into it. For this project I used sport yarn in 5 colors and 1.9 mm hook".... Read more

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tutorial - How to Sew a Mesh Sports Cinch Bag
Mesh lets the items inside air out

Tutorial at Patchwork Posse Blog

"There are a couple of kids in the house that play sports.  I cannot describe the dirty shoes, or the stinky shoes! and the balls and other goodies we get to haul around.  There is a bunch.  The awesome thing about a cinch bag is they can hold more than they look like they should- and they are easy to stuff full or dump.  The option of wearing it on your back and having hands free is a bonus too. For the kids series we took the simple cinch bag and put mesh on the front!  This is soft screen material you can pick up at your local hard ware store".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Paper Star Decoration
Easy to make party decorations

Tutorial at Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects Blog

"I made these Paper stars initially by following a tutorial by Alix but though it is a super simple project I did run into a few hiccups hence sharing a detailed tutorial with tips. Materials required:Thick Card Stock- For Indian readers I recommend Ivory Card stock available in Stationary shops otherwise you can use the  thickest card stock you get. Good quality double sided pattern paper would look especially cool.Avoid thin paper as it will make your stars floppy".... Read more

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tutorial - Make a Vintage Sewing Pattern Pouch
Two PDF files for a vintage sewing pattern envelope to print on fabric

Tutorial at So Sew Easy Blog

"I just needed a small zipper pouch to carry a few basics and of course it had to be sewing-related.  I went back to the earlier idea of creating my own fabric, and the vintage envelope zipper purse from the printed fabric.  Could I create something like this, but sewing related?  What is that sort of size and shape – a sewing pattern of course.  Light bulb moment!  I wanted to make two pouches, one with the traditional portrait envelope and one, if I could find the right images, that was landscape"... Read more

Tutorial - Make a Cardboard and Bamboo Table Loom
The real joy of this project is in the creation of ‘something from nothing'

Tutorial at SusaWeaving Blog

"This shows how to build a fully functional 4-shaft table loom for weaving using household items and using no tools except for scissors. When I first started weaving I wanted to buy a loom but they are very expensive and I couldn't justify the cost for a craft I hadn't yet learned. I searched for plans on how to build one, but there were only very simple cardboard frame looms, or else the plans were complex and required workshop tools. So I decided to go ahead and make my own! I hope you enjoy it".... Read more

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tutorial - How to Organize Cords and Cables
An easy idea to organize using recycled TP rolls

Tutorial at Creative Khadija Blog

"You might remember my previous post in which I shared a chevron stencil DIY mug.. this was the stencil I were using before but ended up using a chevron design stencil. Peel off the sticker stencil from the sheet, and fix it over the TP roll.  Apply black folk art paint and this will be getting dry soon. peel off from the TP roll then. And you are DONE making a simple organizer for the messy cords".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Plastic Cactus Side Table
Quirky and fun table adds a lot of character to a room

Tutorial at Plaster & Disaster Blog

"So by now you probably all know that we were mailed a sawdust-covered plastic cactus which we transformed into a table and used to win the most prestigious competition that we’ve ever competed in.  To say this made our life is an understatement.  If you’re a little fuzzy (hahaha, like our cactus) on the details, here is a quick re-cap: We were selected to be one of 12 competitors in the inaugural Mystery Thrift Off, run by the beautiful, hilarious, sadistic, creative Lindsey of Better After".... Read more

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make Cat Shelves
Allow your cats to climb and lounge in style

Tutorial at Plaster & Disaster Blog

"This past weekend, I finally did it. I built some cat shelves.  I thought long and hard about what I wanted them to look like and changed my mind a bunch, but ultimately I decided I wanted them to be relatively simple but also colorful.  First, I bought some simple wood boards at Home Depot — an 8′ length of 1″x6″ for most of the shelves, plus two 1″x12″x10″ oak pieces for two slightly larger shelves where I hope the cats will actually lay down".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Stencil on Fabric
Personalizing a cute tote bag

Tutorial at Smitta Katti Blog

"Spray the back of your stencil lightly with some re positionable adhesive. This adhesive is lightly tacky and holds the stencil onto the fabric while you work. This way the stencil will not shift its position while you are working on it".... Read more

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Doll Hammock
Step by step directions using sticks, leather cording, a little netting and super glue

Tutorial at XOXO Grandma Blog

"Most children love helping with craft projects. So, this summer, make a fairy hammock with your child out of twigs and a few other supplies you may already have.  Supplies needed: Leather cord, Netting about 8" long, Twigs. Cut 2 sticks that have a "V" shape.  The sticks need to be cut to the same length. 1 stick that's for the cradle base".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Strawberry Basil Smoothie
Refreshing dessert or a pre-work out drink

Tutorial at The Seaman Mom Blog

"We’ve had a lot of strawberries this year. So many that at one point I did not know how to handle them. I mean, there’s only so much one could eat. We’ve used our strawberries in so many recipes, I think I’m all set for a whole year, I don’t need any more strawberries in my diet! One of the great ways we consumed our strawberries was through smoothies and I particularly loved the strawberry basil smoothie recipe with black pepper. I love spicy food and I’m a sucker for refreshing, cooling beverages, things this smoothie delivered in just a few minutes".... Read more

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Pencil Case
Could also be used for make-up or craft notions

Tutorial at Giraffes Can Sew Blog

"Today I bring you the super simple, super easy, super pencil case.  Too many supers?  I was sorting out my 12 year old sons bedroom (the joys of motherhood) and he has so many pens it’s ridiculous. I decided he needed a pencil case and I had the perfect fabric for it! This is so simple I made it up as I went a long, no tutorials which is a first for me. So now, I’m going to share with you. It was so quick and easy I decided I would also make a small make up bag that I’d been promising my little sister for a while using almost the same steps. 1 tutorial, lots of uses".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Lace Brooch
Delicate lace pin to adds a special touch

Tutorial at Strawberry Butterscotch Blog

"As promised, I successfully created a video tutorial showing how to make these lovely lace brooches.  It was a bit of a challenge since I had never made a video tutorial before.  I also have made fairly few tutorials in general.  One of the biggest challenges, besides actually working with the camera, was choosing music.  My first and absolute favorite choice for music was a little too perfect and pristine for my simple video.  It sounded like something for some epic movie.  I might as well have used the 1812 Overture or something".... Read more

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Japanese Knot Bag
Closes without zippers, buttons or snaps

Tutorial at The Chilly Dog Blog

"I have to start out by thanking my friend Cathy for giving me the "pinspiration" for this project. She sent me this pin about Japanese knot bags. I had never seen such a thing before, but was intrigued by the concept and so I set about designing my own bag.  My finished bag is about 11 1/2 inches wide and 10 inches deep. It's a simple yet functional and can be used as a small purse to carry your essentials. I'll be using mine to carry knit and crochet yarn projects when I'm on the go. And did I mention that the bag is reversible".... Read more