Friday, December 19, 2014

Tutorial - Make a Mason Jar Snowman Decoration
Use a clear ornament and a mason jar to create a snowman

Tutorial at Canary Street Crafts Blog

"We started with a clear plastic ornament and pint size mason jar from Michael’s.  We filled both the ornament and the mason jar approximately 1/4 full with fake snow, then glued the ornament onto the mouth of the jar using E6000.  Once that was dry, I used acrylic paint to hand paint his face.  The acrylic paint can be scrubbed off, so if you don’t get his face right the first time, you can use a wet rag to scrub it off and start over.  Because of this, you’ll want to make sure you either seal his face with something or just package him carefully when you put him away after Christmas.  I opted for the careful packaging"... Read more

Tutorial - Decorate Christmas Cookies
Video tutorials on decorating holiday cookies

Tutorial at Cute Simple Stuff Blog

"Christmas is almost here, and what better way to enjoy the holidays with cookies that say: Merry Christmas.  I actually made these cookies last year, packed them individually in gift bags with pretty ribbons, placed my cookie bags on a very festive tray, in the middle of the table, and it was both a dessert and a pretty center piece to look at. This year I am sharing the how-to. I don´t have any special skills or talents when it comes to decorating cookies that I think are different from any other person who likes decorated cookies as well, so, anyone can do them".... Read more

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Tall Tree Pillow
Sew a huggable pillow with a button-trimmed tree

Tutorial at The Inspired Wren Blog

"This soft, squishy pillow has quickly become The Peanut's favorite huggable (when she's not magnetized to me, that is). With knit fabrics and reverse applique, it has a casual holiday look and makes a great gift. [It also first appeared on Fleece Fun]. This is the same Tall Tree found on the Christmas Forest Pillow, so they make a great coordinating set with their matching trees and button trimmings. You can make this simple pillow with a basic sewing machine, some scraps of fabric, and those extra white buttons you already have on hand. The only thing I purchased for this project was a star-shaped button for the top of the tree, but even that is optional".... Read more

Tutorial - Make a Peppermint Twist Mug Rug
Learn curved piecing with a small project

Tutorial at Patchwork Posse Blog

"Today we are having some fun with the apple core process.  This is a great little project to expose you to the process of making your own template and then sewing something small and super simple with them.  The apple core mug rug is perfect for giving to others during the holidays or a house warming gift.  The fake binding helps make it sew up even quicker.  You can choose to use holiday colors — really of any holiday!  Or just fun fabric combinations.  As long as the fabrics have contrast, they will work just fine.  The blocks are quilted super simple and a whole bunch of these can be sewn in an afternoon".... Read more

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Christmas Bunting
Appliqued bunting with embroidered Snowmen and Figgy Puddings

Tutorial at Sew for Soul Blog

"I've been stitching up bunting this week ready to pop in the post as Christmas gifts for my lovely family.  I used a cute blue dotty fabric to represent snow, combined with some very sweet snowmen and tasty figgy puddings!  Bunting is such a thoughtful gift to give and you could also use Christmas fabric, without the appliqued images, for an even quicker project.  The shops charge a fortune for fabric banners and bunting but if you can sew in a straight line, then you can whip up a festive garland".... Read more

Tutorial - Use Glitter Foam Stars to Decorate Tree
Tree decoration that is easy and budget friendly

Tutorial at Ohoh Blog

"I finally get the Christmas tree done, the kids were so excited. I wanted a little change this year and didn't want to spend a lot of money with new ornaments. So I came up with this simple idea, cutting star into glitter foam sheet. I love how it turns out!  Here is a small tutorial...I'm not even sure it's necessary but just in case.  Draw stars on the back of the glitter foam sheet (you can use cardboard also). I made stars of 3 different size. To complete this project, I used like 5 big foam sheets".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Ribbon Tree Wall Hanging
Tutorial for gift bottle bag is also available

Tutorial at Sewing the Seasons Blog

"I made the tree up into a simple hanging, but also another bottle bag to show the possibilities for this design. Changing the width or type of ribbon, number of 'branches' in the tree, varying the buttons added or even adding mini button decorations make this an ideal starting tutorial limited only by your imagination. My hanging is a simple one whipped up ready for this post & as a special gift, but you could add many more embellishments if you wanted. The lighter green bag has wider ribbon so the tree seems much larger than the one on the darker green bag on the right side".... Read more

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tutorial - Upcycled Tin Can Nesting Dolls
Make with different size cans and free printables

Tutorial at Upcycled Design Lab Blog

"Today's project is perfect to make with your kids.  When you are finished you will have 4 cute little nesting dolls, Santa, Mrs Claus, A reindeer and and elf. Supplies you will need:  Printer and printer paper, Free Template below, Scissors, Tape, Glue, 4 Cotton Balls, 1 Empty 24oz can, 1 Empty 15oz can, 1 Empty 10oz can, 1 Empty 6oz can".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Boxes for a Gift Tower
Fill with sweet treats for a delightful gift

Tutorial at A Joyful Daisy Blog

"These boxes are super simple and can be made in a jiffy.  The best part is probably stacking them all up and adding ribbon but picking out the paper is pretty fun too!  Choose three coordinating scrapbook papers, medium- heavy weight paper works best.  Then choose three coordinating solid papers for the bottoms of the boxes".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Doll's Party Dress
Dress starts with a sequin headband

Tutorial at XOXO Grandma Blog

"Party time around here today.  The dollar store purchase transformation for today is how to make a doll party dress from from a sequin headband.  (If you're just joining me, we're having fun last week and this week turning cheap finds from dollar items into cute doll clothes you can find links to my other tutorials at the bottom of this post). I found this headband at JoAnn's Fabric and Craft Store. They had a lot of colors to choose from but I chose silver because I knew that I had some pretty shimmery purple fabric and I thought it would make a fancy looking skirt once added to this headband".... Read more

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tutorial - Sparkly Ornaments from Juice Can Lids
Frugal and environmentally friendly Christmas ornaments

Tutorial at Grow Creative Blog

"We sold our house and closed on it yesterday!  The weight on my shoulders feels about 20 lbs lighter!  So now I have more free time for Christmas Crafty Adventures. I can't decorate as much as I normally would- living in my in-law's basement has it's limitations- but I've come up with some easy and economical Christmas Ornaments made from juice lids".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Color Block Skirt
A simple pattern for this busy time of year 

Tutorial at So Sew Easy Blog

"Here’s a simple free skirt pattern for a skirt with shaped seams front and back, flattering side panels and a nice comfy fit. Make this skirt all in the one color for a classic knit straight skirt or use the seams to create a color block effect.  Be more traditional with the solid or dark panels on the outside, or go crazy with print".... Read more

Tutorial - Globe Lights with Ping Pong Balls
Beer pong balls work well for this craft

Tutorial at A Joyful Riot Blog
"Globe lights have become so popular and it’s easy to see why, they’re adorable! The clear ones are so cute for party decor or diy marquee lights and it’s getting easier and easier to find them in stores. But, a few years ago that wasn’t the case and that’s when I created these magical little twinkle lights. Even now, though, they still have their place because they are so much cuter than the multi colored ones I’ve been able to find on store shelves".... Read more

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Square Christmas Wreath
Tutorial includes a free printable sign

Tutorial at Sisters, What Blog

"Remember my fall wreath I made in September? Well, after a quick make over I was able to transform it for Christmas. I'm kind of in love with my wreath because it is one wreath that can be versatile for any holiday. I love the rustic, country look of it. The sticks, berries, pine cones and touch of white yarn are just perfect".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Tiny Zipper Pouches
Project uses just a small amount of fabric and is a great scrap buster

Tutorial at So Sew Easy Blog

"I’ve been busily sewing away these teeny tiny zipper pouches for stocking stuffers and for handy gifts for hubby to give to some of his colleagues.  They work in the sun all day, in and out of the water working as diving instructors and these little pouches are ideal.  They can hang them off their bag and have easy access to their lip balm, sun block and lunch money while keeping the rest of the stuff in their bag dry".... Read more