Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Coconut Shell Box

Use for storing small treasures

Tutorial at Radhika Hobbycrafts Blog

"Here is the tutorial of making the box. Supplies you need are one coconut shell (coconut shell i used is little big than normal one), m-seal,kundans, 3d outliners, black color, 2 plastic lids one large and one small, sand paper, 1st smooth the coconut shell with sand paper then attach the plastic lids to the shells large one for the bottom  stand and small one for the top as lid with M-seal".... Read more

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Raglan Sleeve Dress

Two dress designs from one raglan-sleeve top pattern

Tutorial at What's Mummy Up To Blog

"One of my favourite things to do in my effort to become more creative with my sewing is to find a good base pattern, then play around with it to make it into something else.  That's what I'd like to share today.  Here's a couple of really quick tutorials I've made, using a basic Raglan-sleeve top pattern to make 2 different style winter dresses for my girls.  I used this Raglan top pattern that I found for free on Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom.  If you haven't seen this blog, check it out.  Jamie is one of my faves!  I first used this pattern when I made this Disco Diva top for Bethany, and it's a great pattern, and the sizing is really good too.  I'm pretty sure any raglan-sleeve top pattern would be fine for this project if you already have one you like, or if you're feeling brave you could always try drafting your own".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Welsh Cakes

A family recipe for a favorite treat

Tutorial at Cocojude Blog

"Welsh cakes are something my family obsess about.  When I was little, my sister and I used to make them with my gran, taking it in turns to do the rolling out and sitting on a stool to cook them on the stove.   At the start of each university term, I went with a huge box of welsh cakes which I shared with my friends, who then also got addicted to them.  My husband is obsessed with them, as are his work colleagues.  I have just started a new job and I’m planning to take this stash of welsh cakes into work on St Davids day to make a meeting more exciting. I have never cooked welsh cakes on anything other than a cast iron bake stone".... Read more

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Travel Tissue Cover

Tutorial includes how to personalize these as wedding favors

Tutorial at The Inspired Wren Blog

"This month's tutorial is a quick one as I play catch up from a Summer's-full back-log. But it's one I needed. As we head back to school and into fall, I foresee many sniffles and runny noses. I'll stash a pack of pocket tissues in my bag and another in my coat pocket, so I whipped up these quick, self-binding pocket tissue packet covers from my scrap stash to make me smile every time I have to reach for one. And you can, too".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Hand Bound Mini Album

Decorate the cover any way you desire

Tutorial at One O Blog

"So on Monday Irene showed you a cute way to exhibit your summer pics with small magnets, today we’re again showcaseing photos but in a more traditional way, via an album. The craftycool (word of the day) thing is that we’re going to make the album totally from scratch, completely hand binded, just like old books used to be made (and new ones, but only for premium publications.  To make a DIY hand binded photo album you’ll need".... Read more

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make Painted Wooden Tops

Children and adults alike enjoy this simple craft idea

Tutorial at Vicki Smith Art with Kids

"I painted wooden tops with children at summer art camp. I had a few left over and couldn't resist painting some myself. I started by painting them with acrylic paint, using contrasting colors on the top and bottom. Thank goodness for all the bright colors of nail polish. I went out and picked up a couple of very inexpensive bottles and decorated the tops with dots and wiggly stripes".... Read more

Tutorial - Mom Approved Baby Bib

Free PDF pattern available with tutorial

Tutorial at So Sew Easy Blog

"I’m just so excited to be sewing for my 3 friends who are all expecting.  Gives me a chance to knock out lots of small projects from time to time, and take a break from some of the larger projects, pattern designing and fitting issues that clothes sewing gives me.  I was pestering one of the moms-to-be – what can I sew you, what do you really need, or don’t have enough of, or really used a lot first time round.  Wait a minute she said and came back with – a rag.  Er, what is that and what did you use it for?  Apparently it’s a burp cloth".... Read more

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make Granola

Make tonight for tomorrow's breakfast

Tutorial at My Crafting Nook Blog

"Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.  In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, peanuts, coconut, wheat germ, sugar, and cinnamon.  In another bowl, combine maple syrup, canola oil, salt, and vanilla.  Combine both mixtures until dry ingredients are well coated with the syrupy mixture. Pour onto 2 baking sheets and cook for 1 hour, stirring once after cooking for 30 minutes to achieve an even golden color" Read more

Tutorial - How to Hem Jeans Like a Pro

A few specialized tools are needed for this tutorial

Tutorial at Sew Maris Blog

"If you own a decent sewing machine, all you need to do is buy a couple of inexpensive tools and you will be all set to hem your own jeans and casual pants. As a matter of fact, you could quickly start charging your friends to do their hemming alterations! Here are the tools/supplies you will need".... Read more

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tutorial - Favorite Team T-Shirt Banner

Create a banner using T Shirts and scrap fabrics. Perfect for tailgates or dorm decor

Tutorial at Maiden Jane Blog

"It's football season and, around here, a few people cheer for O - H - I - O!  I have been thinking about making a banner out of old T shirts for a while now.  Having a few Ohio State shirts in my scrap pile, I decided to make an Ohio State banner.  I was inspired by my son's cross-country meets. All the various schools set up tents for the athletes to gather. Most have tents in their school colors with the school name printed on them. Ours has neither. I offered to make a banner if we could gather old T shirts. We could even take T shirt scraps and paint letters on them. It would be a simple and inexpensive way to show school pride".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Piped Pincushion

Instruction on making piping is included

Tutorial at SewMcCool Blog

"I inherited my mother-in-law’s Bernina 1260 a couple of years ago, and I thought she had purchased every foot imaginable for that machine. So I assumed I had a piping foot! I assumed wrong. But…if you’re like me, without a piping foot, pull out your regular zipper foot (first photo below). That will work just fine!  Now cut your cording to 23in (58cm) and have the 22in (56cm) bias handy. Place the cording inside the bias, right in the fold on the wrong side of the fabric, with a little cord sticking out. Stitch it down, just at the beginning, so you won’t have to worry about pulling it out while you’re sewing".... Read more

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tutorial - How to Alter a T-Shirt for Maternity Wear

Take a regular t-shirt and add fabric to make room for a growing baby

Tutorial at Just Another Project Blog

"I am a stay-at-home mom.  I live in T-shirts.  Most of these shirts end up getting paint, cookie batter, dirt, and ketchup on them through out the day.  I didn't want to spend a lot of money on maternity shirts that were just going to get stained, but the normal shirts I lived in just weren't covering my belly anymore (and this really bothered my two-year-old).  To buy a regular bigger T-shirt to fit over my bump, the shoulders, chest, and arms would be too baggy.  So I found some T-shirts in my size on the clearance racks at Walmart ($3 a piece) and added some fabric to them".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Lego Figure Stenciled Shirts

Tutorial includes stencils for boy and girl figures

Tutorial at Plenty of Paprika Blog

"Last week we started a new homeschool year and to celebrate, we made Homeschool Is Awesome Lego T-shirts.  I made a really simple stencil and it worked great, however I was inspired by my friend's little girl who wanted hair on her Lego figure to improve the stencil design. This time, instead of one big stencil, I broke it down to parts for easy customization. Also, we had issues with paint showing through when the hair was added to the Lego head, after the Lego head was painted. Fixed that as well, with 3 head designs  - hair and face fitting together like a puzzle and a simple block head. We tried it out and my kids really liked how they turned out".... Read more

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Flour Sack Tea Towel

Customize or gift with jams and cookies in a basket

Tutorial at Pieced Brain Blog

"I made this kitchen towel this afternoon and thought I would share the tutorial with you. In my mother's kitchen, we always used flour sack kitchen towels, and the same is true in my kitchen. They are perfect for drying dishes and hands. Also, they add a cozy touch to any kitchen. You will need: Flour sack 2-1/2" (by width of flour sack) strip of fabric,  4" (by width of flour sack) strip of same or matching fabric, sewing supplies (Aurifil thread is my choice for piecing and topstitching".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Whole Wheat Muesli Muffin

Makes a great breakfast with milk or coffee

Tutorial at The Seaman Mom Blog

"Today I’d like to offer you a healthy muffin recipe. This whole wheat muesli muffins recipe has less sugar, whole wheat flour, muesli and lots of fruit. I love it that it’s so easy to make, super quick to prepare and makes a great breakfast next to a glass of milk or coffee. I though of an idea to offer my little ones a healthy breakfast where I get to trick them into eating more fruit and whole wheat.  Guess what, a dessert like recipe always does the trick! The whole wheat muesli muffins were a big hit, they only managed to last until the next day. Fair enough the adults helped a bit with a muffin or two and in some cases a little more than just that".... Read more