Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Paint Chip Phone Case

Takes less than 30 minutes, and there are endless color possibilities

Tutorial at Plaster & Disaster Blog

"Ready for a super easy and inexpensive project that works for anyone with a smart phone? Great!  Meet my phone. It’s a fine phone. In fact, it’s kind of snazzy because it’s yellow. But the case has seen better days.  All I needed to remedy the situation was a clear case (I got one for $7 on Amazon, but just make sure you get the right case for the phone model you have), a free paint swatch from the hardware store, scissors, and an x-acto knife".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Friendship Cards

Use stamps, papers, and punches to make personalize cards

Tutorial at From My Carolina Home Blog

"Recently I had a bit of a hard time, and I wanted to tell a couple of people how much I appreciated their support and friendship.  You know, one can never have too many true friends, but I am not talking about the social media kind.   Real friends are there for you when you really need a word of support, listen to your rants on the phone, and give you a hug when you need one.  I found these little books at the bookstore with friendship quotations and poems, perfect for a special little gift.   Pulling out my cardstock, I had the perfect colors to go with the covers".... Read more

Monday, August 3, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Cardboard Arc de Triomph

Decorated box provides hours of playtime

Tutorial at Non Toy Gifts Blog

"We had this big collection of boxes in our garage since we moved in our new home, three years ago. I planned on using them for indoor activities with kids but winter went by without me touching any. When I finally started to turn them into fun toys for my boys and created a waterproof cardboard car wash, my husband decided it was time to make room in the garage and threw them all away, except for one. A big box".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Burlap BBQ Decorations

Get checkerboard effect with craft foam stamps you make yourself

Tutorial at About Family Crafts Blog

"This project was actually inspired by my friend Sarah, from Our Daily Craft. When I posted on Google+ about the burlap goodies I had received, Sarah suggested making a summer-themed BBQ bunting. I loved this idea and even took it one step further by creating a pair of BBQ-themed decorations. I thought the burlap vase holder would make a wonderful centerpiece and is perfect for holding napkins and silverware or even condiments".... Read more

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Violin Shaped Card

Embellish your card with ribbon, paper flowers, and beads

Tutorial at Kriya-tive Kaleidoscope Blog

"Hello Friends, welcome to my blog!! As promised in my previous post am here with the details on making the violin shaped card. I made the entire card using canvas paper. They are not only sturdy but  they also have a nice texture on them.Here are the steps I followed in creating a mixed media effect on the card: 1. I started off by applying a thick coat of gesso all over the violin. 2. Then using a modeling paste and stencil I created random textures".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Lace Up Shoes

Turn plain flats into trendy lace ups

Tutorial at Curly Made Blog

"Lace-up shoes are super on trend, and I've been wanting to DIY my own since I saw Pair and a Spare's version. I was not sure how this would work for me, but I manage to complete it with some minor mistakes. Sucess!  Watch the video bellow for a better understanding of my suede cord problem".... Read more

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Denim Tote Bag

Lined tote has inside zippered pockets

Tutorial at Vicky Myers Creations Blog

"Create yourself a stylish large tote bag with this free tote bag pattern. To make: Outside of the bag - layer your fabrics as per your finished bag, creating one long rectangle, this will be approximately 92cm by 54cm. Stitch together allowing 1 cm seam allowance.  Hand stitch with running stitch 3mm from the seam. Embellish the front of your bag by placing your three squares of fabric as is pleasing to you".... Read more

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Mixed Media Canvas

Fun techniques for adding texture and depth to your art

Tutorial at Kalasirjana Blog

"Here is a step-by-step pictorial for making your own canvas. I started with a pre- primed canvas in 8"x10" and used Mini Specimen stencil by crafters workshop and the texture pattern by Faber-Castell.  Have used Texture paste in black and white to create the texture using a spatula. Used heavy Gel medium to attach a lot of found objects and handmade flowers in cold porcelain clay, metal, sea shells, beads etc to create a cluster on the left hand top corner, added drywall tape for some more texture".... Read more

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