Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tutorial - How to Sew an Envelope Clutch Bag

Make with vinyl,  cotton, or micro-suede

Tutorial at So Sew Easy Blog

"As much as I love fabric bags, sometimes I need something that looks, well, more plain I suppose you could say. Most of my bags are made from quilting cottons and as much as I love the designs of them all, sometimes I need a bag that can go with anything. So I set about using some new materials and playing around with a few designs to see what I could come up with The Envelope Clutch Bag is the result.It’s made from vinyl with a cotton lining, and don’t worry if you’ve heard horror stories about sewing with vinyl, it’s really not that bad.  I’ll give you a few tips to help out" Read more

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make Fabric Birdhouses

Birdhouses make a nice homemade present

Tutorial at Pillar Box Blue Blog

"These Birdhouses look great and they cost very little to make. You don’t need much fabric and you can personalize them by making them with an old patterned dress or shirt. I love to upcycle with old jeans, so I even made one of my birdhouses in mainly denim with bit of Scandinavian fabric. I first made these fabric birdhouses with my friend Wendy, as they looked so cute and were really easy we got a bit addicted to making them, and made six. Displayed together in a clustered they look really good".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Tee Shirt Dress

Perfect for little girls who love to twirl, spin, and cartwheel

Tutorial at Doodle T Blog

"I Love Doodle T Flip Dresses.  Simple to Make.  Easy for Girls to Wear.   Perfect for Any Season.  The Best for Spinning, Twirling and Cartwheels!  Shhh…Here are my Secret Tips for Making a Doodle T… No Pattern.  A little Measuring.  6 Steps.  In 30 Minutes! Step 1 – Select the Fabric.  You can be Mitchy-Matchy or Not.  Go crazy.  Have fun".... Read more

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tutorial - Wicker Furniture Refinish and Pillows

Picnic style table cloth makes water resistant pillow covers

Tutorial at Borei Design Blog

"Have you noticed how many outdoor furniture stores are selling a lot of cheap, plastic looking, faux wicker these days? What is a "real" southern porch without "real" wicker? In lieu of purchasing overpriced junk that I would never be satisfied with, I decided to transform some of the old traditional wicker pieces into exactly what I wanted...the fact that I'm an obsessive upcycler may have also had a "little" to do with that decision as well. cough, cough.  I started with this outdoor wicker love seat I picked up for $5 at a yard sale and added a matching rocker and table duo I snagged through a local Facebook sale".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Homemade Reed Diffuser

Takes only a few inexpensive ingredients

Tutorial at Moral Fibres Blog

"Now, I’m not really crafty, but I’ve got a great DIY for you today.  This homemade reed diffuser tutorial is so simple it’s basically foolproof!  If you can add some liquid to a bottle then this is the DIY for you!  I have a small old bottle collection, and I wanted to use some of them in a practical way, rather than just have them gathering dust on a shelf.  At the same time I was also looking for a way to freshen my bathroom without going down the chemical air freshener route because the smell of standard air fresheners and synthetic fragrances".... Read more

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make Jewelry with Pencils

Turn colored pencils into stylish jewelry

Tutorial at Curly Made Blog

"Even though I'm no longer in school, I could not pass this opportunity to make a themed craft. My two younger sisters start in September, and before starting to buy new supplies this was the perfect timing to brainstorm some upcycling ideas to make with the old ones. We ended up deciding on jewelry pieces (somehow I always end up making some kind of accessory) which consist of front/back earrings, which I am kinda obsessed about, an arrow necklace and a more discreet bracelet".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Cable Tidy

Organize that tangle of cables with fabric tidies

Tutorial at Giraffes Can Sew Blog

"Cable tidies! I’ve never really used them before, but the mess under my desk is getting a bit silly now and the twins are forever pulling at them. I mean the tidies won’t stop the twins (nothing does!) but at least it will all push back nicely rather than a huge tangled mess!  These are quick, easy and another great stash buster – can you see a theme on this blog".... Read more

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Thin Pencil Case

Practical case is a fast, easy scrap buster

Tutorial at Lorelei Jayne Blog

"As always my tutorials come from some need.. if not by me then my friends and family. A friend told me how her daughter wanted this really expensive pencil case that was “nothing special” and not handmade and wouldn’t even fit that many pencils in it.  I being a huge stationary lover can understand it doesn’t have to be that useful… just a little useful and cute! So i thought i would take what she described “a thin pencil case” and interpret that into cuteness and a tutorial for said cuteness.  It’s useful too because this pencil case fits a few pens and it can attach to folders or handbags. Now of course i have a list of people who want one".... Read more

Tutorial - Make a Reusable Vinyl Bunting Holder

Change out bunting for the season or a special occasion

Tutorial at Fleur de Lis Quilts Blog

"Some time ago I decided to make a bunting as decoration for a party.  Once I began thinking about it, I felt guilty about making something for a one-time event.  After all, sustainability is an important ideal for most of us--not use and toss.  I decided to make a clear plastic bunting that could hold paper or fabric designs.  Those designs could be changed out for the seasons or events as needed.  To make this bunting, you'll need several sheets of regular copy paper for the pattern, clear table covering, and enough double-fold bias tape in the length you want".... Read more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make Souvenir Pressed Penny Jewelry

Commemorative jewelry from a special vacation

Tutorial at A Disney Mom Blog

"I saw these totally awesome pressed penny jewelry ideas a while ago on the Epbot blog and I knew I was going to have to try some designs of my own.  I have two different items I made that I want to share with you today, a necklace and a bracelet.  I am pretty stoked with how both of them came out and I can't wait to test some more designs in the future.  Here are the steps for the bracelet:  Gather your supplies: jewelry pliers".... Read more

Tutorial - Shirred Sundress from a Man's Dress Shirt

Instruction for shirring is included in tutorial

Tutorial at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom Blog

"Nothing like a quick and easy sewing project to satisfy a sewing urge! Even better when you can take something unloved and out of style and transform it into an adorable outfit for your little one. We've had this XL gingham teal button down shirt hanging out in our closet since the late '90's, I'm sure.  I never could quite toss it out.  Then last year, I saw this dress at a Matilda Jane trunk show.  You could probably make the this dress with any fabric and just add a faux button placket later, but I thought the easiest way to recreate the look would be to upcycle a Man's dress shirt.  It already has a placket built in!  (Plus, I love to upcycle, I always get a little thrill to put unloved items to new use".... Read more

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tutorial - Tips, Tricks, and a Micro Macrame Project

Video tutorial on some simple macrame knots

Tutorial at Knot Just Macrame Blog

"Today's the day, folks!  A couple of weeks ago, I promised I would teach you how to do micro macrame and I'm here to do just that.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, you obviously missed this post, but it's okay!  You can still join in whenever you are ready.  If you did catch that post, you should have the supplies and materials all ready to go for this project. Here's how it works.  I've prepared a video lesson to walk you through the steps required to make the pendant shown above.  In the process of making this pendant, you'll be learning how to make larks head knots, square knots, overhand knots and double half hitches".... Read more

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tutorial - How to Mend a Hole in Fabric Quickly

Non-sewist trick to sew a patch on a garment

Tutorial at Apple Green Cottage Blog

"I need to admit: I used a totally unprofessional sewing hack when sewing a jersey patch on a sleeve to make it easier. I'm still a bit ashamed of it. But it was totally worth it!  Want to see what it was? It made my project easy and quick.  There it was one day: a hole in the sleeve of my favorite, softest long-sleeve T-shirt. A quick solution was needed, so I found one".... Read more

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tutorial - How to Decorate Recycled Glass Bottles

Add some bling to a plain bottle

Tutorial at Creative Khadija Blog

"Bottle painting is a fun idea to recycle trash, Soft drink glass bottles are very common during summer season. So I enjoy glass painting and recycling these bottles. Today I will show you how to paint soft drink bottles and decorate with lace beads and rhinestones. I like the smell of glass paints, Do you? It’s similar to any nail polish actually! I know a few of my friends who are allergic to this smell and that’s the reason they are unable to work with glasspaints.  Everyone throw these glass bottles of soft drinks in the garbage but I keep a few just for recycling purpose".... Read more

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make Beads from Clay Cane

Use beads for bracelets, necklaces or earrings

Tutorial at The Chilly Dog Blog
"In my last post I showed you how to make an extruder cane with polymer clay. I like this design because it's dynamic and changes color as you slice the cane into pieces. If you are new to polymer clay crafts, you may be wondering how exactly you transform a cane like this into a bead. One method is to apply thin slices of the cane to a clay core. Let me show you how"....Read more