Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tutorial - Crocheted Hearts and Flowers Garland
Soft and pretty crocheted garland

Tutorial at Tanna Gail Vintage Blog

"The origin of my heart pattern is lost in the mists of time. It's written on a crumpled up piece of paper that I have jealously guarded. I like this heart pattern because it works back and forth instead of around. You will notice that as the heart progresses, the top may look sharp instead of rounded. Do not despair! The final edging step will give you a nice rounded heart shape".... Read more

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Welcome Fall Wreath
Welcome Fall with a door greeting made with twigs and berries

Tutorial at Sisters, What Blog

"Are you totally ready for fall? I can't believe September is halfway over! I'm so ready for a change of trees, temperature and atmosphere. I really don't have many fall decorations, but I thought I could flip my front door hello sign over and make a fall version. I decided to do chalkboard paint and use a chalkboard pen to write my phrase on.  Then I saw Kim's, from Made in A Day, Hello Fall Harvest Wreath and just loved what she did by making a wreath around a hello fall sign".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Mini Milk Cartons
Fill with jellybeans, M&Ms, or candy corn

Tutorial at I Try DIY Blog

"Last year, I came up with a tutorial for packaging halloween candy. I wanted to make it an annual thing, so I tried to figure out how these mini milk cartons were made. No printables. No exact measurements. Mostly freehand scoring, snipping and gluing. For this project I used fairly sturdy cardstock (~65lb/175gsm). This particular sheet is 8.5 x 11 inches".... Read more

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make Easy Decorative Pinboards
Turn a cork potholder into an attractive corkboard

Tutorial at The Things She Makes Blog

"I'm a fan on storage / space saving / accessories being decorative as well as functional.  I've made a speech bubble noticeboard before and this project largely follows from that - creating pinboards that are decorative if not in full use, three times lucky.  As the paint was a huge fail [I should have known, these cork pot stands were only ever going to absorb everything] I pondered on what to use instead for a few weeks until I decided sticky back plastic deserved a come-back in my life and found a nice roll of embossed light-gold plastic".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Simple Gathered Skirt
A few straight lines of stitching, add some elastic, and you're done

Tutorial at Threading My Way Blog

"If you've never sewn clothes before, a simple gathered skirt is a good garment to begin with. All that's involved is sewing a few straight lines of stitching and adding some elastic. Today's tutorial will show you just how easy it is to sew a gathered skirt for a little, or not so little girl.  Preparation: Before you cut out your fabric, take two measurements: waist measurement, waist to knee measurement".... Read more

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tutorial - Embroider a Simple Stumpwork Face
Stumpwork ~ raised embroidery for a 3-D effect

Tutorial at Sew in Love Blog

"Mount your main background fabric into a small hoop.  I used one just 10cm/4 inches in diameter.   Cut a 5cm/2inch circle from the contrasting fabric you plan to put behind the face and a 4cm/1½5inch circle from your face fabric.  As you can see here, the kit used evenweave fabrics for all three pieces, but I don't see any reason why plainweaves won't work just as well".... Read more

Tutorial - Decoupage Pumpkin Treat Cup
Recycle a container using scrap paper

Tutorial at About Family Crafts Blog

"Not only would this adorable pumpkin treat cup make a great Halloween decoration, it can also be give to trick-or-treaters or to someone special. If your someone special prefers something other than Cheez-Its, don’t worry! These cups come in a variety of different cookie and cracker options. Why not grab one of each flavor and then grab your catalogs and start decorating them".... Read more

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a TP Tube Butterfly
Fun craft children can make

Tutorial at Creative Me Inspired You Blog

"How fun are these guys? They are also pretty easy to make with the kiddos. They take a little time, but I used scrap paper, recycled toilet paper tubes, wiggle eyes and ribbon. You’ll need a stapler and a little glue or glue dots to add the eyes and ribbon antennae to the butterflies. Gather your supplies:  toilet paper tubes, scrap paper, a couple flower punches and a circle punch. You can do your own flower, you don’t have to use this exact one. Just make sure your circle punch fits into the middle of the flower. First, take a strip of paper that is the right length".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Vintage Style Planner
A fun idea on how to decoupage vintage style journal cover

Tutorial at Creative Khadija Blog

"This planner is mostly near me during most of my working day. Sometimes I am writing my business plans & schedules on it & sometimes my upcoming crafty ideas..oh yeah in a separate side, I also write some yummy recipes which I note from my favorite food blogs & TV channels as well..well this is kind of “all in one” planner.. I love holding it and making random drawings on it. This planner was plain black & I was happy with its plain plastic cover sheet, my eldest brother gifted me this planner once & He suggest me to do something crafty".... Read more

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Scratch Off Globe
Fun way to keep track of your travels

Tutorial at LDP Blog

"I love traveling, and I've been fortunate enough to see a fair few countries in my life. However, as any sufferer of wanderlust will know, seeing a few only makes one want to see more - there's a whole world out there just waiting to be explored!  The idea is to scratch off each country after you visit it, and eventually, one day, scratch it all off. It's a fun craft for any traveler, or a great gift for the wanderlust".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Draft a One Piece Collar
Simple drafting for a perfect collar

Tutorial at Sew Maris Blog

"The first few shirts I made for my husband I did not use a I-piece collar pattern. What was the point, after all? Well, in time, I realized that eliminating the seam on the front edge of the collar produces a smoother line. And the collar and the front placket is your first impression of a shirt. Uh huh. So make it count, people.  Also, my husband loves a good button-down, and eliminating some of the bulk in the collar point area enabled me to create a better-looking buttonhole.  OK, so far that’s 2 points for a 1-piece collar".... Read more

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Mitered Cotton Washcloth
Simple knit pattern for making a fall colored, cotton washcloth

Tutorial at The Chilly Dog Blog

"I have been knitting and crocheting for more than 20 years, and I don't know why it's taken me so long to grab a nice ball of cotton yarn and make a washcloth or two.  Handmade washcloths are so luxurious to use in the bath. They make you feel like you are indulging in a day at the spa. And, they are so quick and easy to make, you won't feel bad about using them everyday in the kitchen.  Another benefit of handmade washcloths is that they are great projects for beginning knitters and crocheters. Cotton yarn is inexpensive, easy to work with and you can easily complete a washcloth in a short amount of time".... Read more

Tutorial - Ring Holder from an Embroidery Hoop
Pretty enough to hang on a wall

Tutorial at One O Blog

"Start by placing the embroidery textile inside the hoop and close it firmly. Cut out the exceeding parts, but don’t go too close the edge as we don’t want it to slip off. To make the embroidery pattern choose 3 similar colours, starting from the lightest one. Measure the center (horizontally) and count 10 squares to the right. That’s your starting point".... Read more

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Recipe Holder
Use an extra large clothespin and some pretty paper

Tutorial at Michael Creations Blog

"I love these little recipe holders! They are super cute, but also serve a very functional purpose. Have you ever had your hands kneading a big bowl of dough only to find that your recipe card has found its way underneath another one of your ingredients? Now you're stuck, grabbing your nice recipe card with messy hands, trying to find a place for it that's both out of the way and accessible. Ugh. These keep your recipe out of the way and easy to see - no grubby fingerprints getting all over your copy of Grandma's Homemade Apple Crisp".... Read more

Tutorial - Headband Decor with Collage Clay
Glitter makes this headband sparkle

Tutorial at Creative Khadija Blog

"People who haven’t yet tried working with collage clay yet, they will may be curious to know, So I should be telling you in few words.  Collage clay is a very soft and fluffy paste which seems like foam, when it dries it sets strongly over the space where its pasted, you can decorate any gadget casing with the same way as I am decorating the headband".... Read more