Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tutorial - Make a Vintage Embroidery Pin Cushion
Turn a needlework project or embroidery into a cute pin cushion

Tutorial at Patchwork Posse Blog

"At some point along the way in my growing up years I was given a purple velvet and small squared needle point or embroidered pin cushion.  I was told it was my great grandma Price’s.  That she had made some for the grandkids and I was one of the lucky recipients. This pin cushion has always been with me since.  It has crushed corners.  It is a little more worn.  But, I love it.  And occasionally I use it".... Read more

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tutorial - How to Crochet a Dish Scrubber
Ready to get to work scrubbing dishes

Tutorial at Patchwork Posse Blog

"I saw a dish scrubber the other day that had little floppy bumps all over one side so it could scrub a little bit better than a flat surface.  After looking and thinking for a bit I decided to give the crochet hook and design a little bit of work and came up with this crochet dish scrubber".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Flower Pincushion
Choose two cute buttons and pretty fabric for your pincushion

Tutorial at Schimalto - Just Handmade Blog

"Cut a circle out of the paper with a diameter of 13 cm/5 inches. Now you can copy the circle onto your fabrics and cut them out. Lay the fabrics right sides together, so the nicer sides face each other. Use some pins to fix it.  Place the presser foot onto your fabrics, so the right sides end together with the presser foot. Stitch around the edge and leave an opening of 3-4cm/5-6 inches, so that you can turn your cusion inside-out".... Read more

Monday, May 25, 2015

Tutorial - Refashion Work Shirts into a Summer Dress
Experiment with tie dying to get this ombre effect

Tutorial at Upcycled Design Lab Blog

"I found myself with some of my clean but completely stained white work shirts.  They were yellowed from too many bleach washes and there were other stains that the bleach just couldn't remove.   If you know anything about my crafting you know I like a challenge and the more trashy an item is the more rewarding it is if you can actually make something out of it.  Well these are heavy weight oxford shirts so the fabric itself is still in good condition and since I still had the dye bath from last weeks project sitting in a pot I set out to re-fashion my unsightly old work shirts".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Custom Facebook Tabs
Personalize to match your blog's design

Tutorial at Curly Made Blog

"Recently I decided to give a bit more of attention to my Facebook page and sharing other blogs brilliant ideas on a daily basis as well as updates on new posts. With this care I decided to add some apps linking my social media and after installing, the thumbnails did not match each other at all, so I did some googling and discovered how easy it actually is to personalize, all you need is a photo editing software, internet and 10 minutes of your time".... Read more

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