Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tutorial - Turn a Branch into a Towel Rack

Bring nature into your bathroom decor

Tutorial at A Crafty Mix Blog

"You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a towel rack, it’s easy to make one from an old branch. Here’s how we made this one. All you need is a sturdy curved branch and some curtain accessories similar to the one shown in the picture below. It’s the bits you screw into the wall that keep the curtain rod up.  We cut the branch down a little and removed the side growths".... Read more

Tutorial - Multiple Items From 1 Yard of Polar Fleece

Make 2 each of hats, scarves, and neckwarmers

Tutorial at Cheryl Lynch Quilts Blog

"Did you know that you don't have to finish the edges because polar fleece doesn't fray? Have you seen all of the bright and fun prints? I am sharing my method/pattern for making polar fleece hats, scarves and neck warmers en masse. Whether you choose to make these as gifts for your friends and family or use this tutorial to make them for the needy, you'll find this a quick and fun method. I designed this a few years ago for my quilt guild's community outreach to make the hat/scarf sets to distribute to the local homeless shelters. It is also a wonderful kids sewing project and a wonderful charity sewing project".... Read more

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tutorial - Hem Pants on a Sewing Machine

Step by step photo tutorial along with a downloadable PDF

Tutorial at Easy Sewing for Beginners Blog

"If you’re short like me chances are you are going to need to take up new pants before you can ever wear them. Booo! In this tutorial I’m going to show you an easy way to take up your pants using a straight stitch on the sewing machine. I’ve include all the steps from working out what the new length is going to be all the way to sewing the new hem on your sewing machine. This method can be easily used for skirts and dresses as well. I hope you find this video useful! It will save you tons of money since you won’t need to pay someone to take up all your new pants for you".... Read more

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a Credit Card Wallet

Wallet has inner plastic window for card viewing

Tutorial at Le Stitch en Folie Blog

"Choose your fabric and iron it so that it lies flat. Cut two rectangular pieces with the following dimensions: Outer face: 10 cm x 23 cm, Inner face: 8 cm x 21 cm.  Lay the front of the inner face on the revert side of the outer face. Centre. Glue (just a few dots of glue to hold the fabrics in place".... Read more

Tutorial - Sew a Reversible Laminated Placemat

Design has subtle visual cues for glass and napkin placement

Tutorial at The Inspired Wren Blog

"As a family we don't dine out often, but we make dinners special by eating together and listening to music while we eat. And in the Summer we do it outside! Of course The Peanut sets the table for us and she still needs cues where to place the glass, the napkin, the fork and knife. So I created these happy, Summer-ready placemats with subtle cues for table setting. Now you can, too".... Read more

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tutorial - Make a Recycled Denim Drawstring Bag

Appliqued hexies add a nice touch

Tutorial at Threading My Way Blog

"Today I'm going to show you how to repurpose a pair of jeans and turn one of the legs into a drawstring bag. Pop a gift inside, and there's no need for wrapping. The bag becomes both a present and the wrapping. Read on for the tutorial.  I'll give measurements for the bag I made, but you can, of course make the bag any size you want, as long as you can find a pair of pre-loved jeans that is the required size".... Read more

Tutorial - Make a Geometric Beaded Necklace

A lovely necklace to wear with summer outfits

Tutorial at Happy Girly Crafty Blog

"Lately I have a thing for necklaces, I like to keep my outfits simple and add a touch of drama with necklaces! But, I don't always want huge dramatic pieces - that's why I love dainty necklaces that are cute and easy-to-wear! Especially if you add geometric elements! So today I'm showing you how to make a (recycled) geometric dainty beaded necklace".... Read more

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a Recycled Storage Container

Hard-wearing and practical storage

Tutorial at Bonjour Handmade Blog

"I got this idea when I was operating a home kindergarten. Laundry detergent bottles are so sturdy!! It’s a shame to throw them away!! We’ve also used them in the sand, to carry objects outside, etc. The handle makes it quite handy for children, and you can use them for anything you wish! So you will need an empty plastic laundry detergent bottle (liquid soap for cleaning clothes). The hardest part in this project is to remove the label! With some warm water, a small knife or a spoon, and lots of patience, you will have terrific results".... Read more

Tutorial - Make a Peppa Pig Pencil Pouch

Cute, easy pouch is a cool craft idea for kids

Tutorial at Stylenrich Blog

"Getting your hands on DIY Easy Kid’s Craft is a fun art and craft activity for kids. In the process of learning how to make a Peppa Pig Pencil Pouch kids can make a smart and systematic storage idea of school supplies. A cool craft, this Peppa Pig Pencil Pouch is an enjoyable activity and is an absolute Do It Yourself at home craft, that kid’s can enjoy making with parents. Learn how to make a cute no sew DIY Peppa Pig Pencil Pouch because it is one easy handmade craft that is very useful".... Read more

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tutorial - How to Sew a Quick Baby Hat

These are a great beginning sewers project

Tutorial at Nina Makes Blog

"Things are finally cooling off around here, and some hats are definitely going to be needed!  This is a very quick and easy baby hat that can be worn for a long time as baby grows by adjusting the size of the fold.  In this tutorial I will give you all the instructions you need to make this hat in any size you like.  This hat is sewn in stretchy knit fabric (don’t be scared…knits are so much fun once you try!) this one is upcycled from a jersey, you only need two rectangles of fabric.  This little hat also has no seams against the baby’s head, so no uncomfortable scratchy seams leaving marks on those precious little heads".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Marble Maze

Enjoy designing and playing with a DIY maze

Tutorial at Frogs and Fairies Blog

"Do you or your kids love to play with marbles? Or maybe solving mysterious mazes? What’s even more fun is a maze made especially for marbles! I should probably warn you, building a maze like this might captivate even adults and before you know it, you could all end up playing with it".... Read more

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tutorial - Apply Bias Tape to a V-neck

Instruction on adding a V-neck to any top

Tutorial at So Sew Easy Blog

"Have you ever wanted to apply a bias tape to a v-neck and did not know how?  This quick and easy tutorial will show you how to do this and is appropriate for woven and knit fabrics. This kind of technique can be use when you do not want to sew a collar to your garment, making the garment lighter and easier to style –which is perfect for the warmer days of summer".... Read more

Tutorial -Turn Image into a Decal for Reverse Stenciling

Decorate something special with a decal transfer

Tutorial at A Crafty Mix Blog

"Decals and stencils are one of the easiest ways to add beautiful detail to furniture but they can be very expensive and 9 times out of 10 I can’t find what I’m looking for anyway so I decided to make my own. I know, I know I could’ve bought a Silhouette or Cricut to make a decal but I don’t have that kind of money and I’m guessing you might not either".... Read more

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tutorial - Hanging Storage for a Flexible Hose

Simple, inexpensive, space efficient solution
Tutorial at Happier than a Pig in Mud Blog

"I've been looking at these flexible hoses for a while now and was even more interested when I saw there is/was(?) a bucket that hangs over the faucet to store it in. The bucket only seems to be on Ebay these days and sells for big bucks. I knew there had to be another idea... Now, in a perfect world this little basket would be white. But this is ~my~ world and sometimes I just have to make do for now".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Map Table Mats

Spark conversation at the diner table reminiscing about previous holidays and city trips

Tutorial at Pillar Box Blue Blog

"Whenever I go on a city break I always come home with a handbag full of free maps. I can’t resist them even on a day trip to Brighton, which I know really well I still put one of the free maps at the station in my handbag. I don’t even need the maps to find my way round a city as there’s an app on my phone for that. But I love the paper maps, I love looking at them working out wherever thing is in relation to each other. Maps are my favourite free souvenir".... Read more