Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a Piranha Softie
A simple piranha softie kids can make

Tutorial at Coloured Buttons Blog

"Some weeks ago Spotlight asked me to create a simple piranha softie kids can sew for Aaron Blabey’s book Piranhas Don’t Eat BananasI loved the personality of the piranha and designed a simple softie of his character. This softie really is easy to sew…it’s made from only two pieces of felt…and it makes a great activity for mums to sew with or for their kids".... Read more

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a Custom Doormat
Makes a good pet mat too

Tutorial at A Crafty Mix Blog

"We’ve been looking for some doormats to use in our holiday cottage but they were all kinda the boring and the rubber one we’d bought before didn’t really do a good job of keeping the beach sand out. The other problem was the width of the double patio door. We could find small doormats but we needed something a little wider on the patio. Long story short, we decided to make our own doormat using some astro turf aka fake grass".... Read more

Friday, September 30, 2016

Tutorial - Director's Chairs Update
Choose a sturdy fabric in a delightful pattern

Tutorial at Libby's Lifestyle Blog

"My director chairs were looking sad, very sad. What is it about Spring that makes me look at things in a different way, with a different eye? Well, whatever it is, "it" was making me want to do something drastic to my sad and neglected director chairs. I didn't want to throw them out. Realistically, they can easily give me another 20 years of service. Yes, I've had them THAT long. I like director chairs. Always have. They're comfortable and convenient".... Read more

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make an Owl Costume
Simple instructions for a Halloween owl costume

Tutorial at Art with Kids Blog

"Sometimes folks who buy my masks will ask me for suggestions on making a costume that will go with their purchase. So I decided to put together this simple tutorial about making a child's owl costume that is simple and inexpensive and does not require any sewing. Three plusses as far as I'm concerned".... Read more

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tutorial - Crochet a Textured Two Color Scarf
Simple grit stitch crochet scarf. Great for beginners

Tutorial at Olives and Okra Blog

"I found this super fun yarn at Michael’s the other day. It’s Caron® Cakes™, a multi-purpose variegated yarn that comes in 18 shades each of which contains 5 beautiful colors.  I picked up two shades: Cherry Chip and Lilac Frosting. My grand daughter wants a hat and scarf made with the Cherry Chip yarn. I went for the grit stitch scarf. The Crochet Lilac Frosting Scarf (free crochet pattern) is slightly textured and is great for cool weather. The pattern stitch–the grit stitch–creates a dense yet light weight fabric with a slight diagonal pattern. It’s perfect for the mild winters in Central Florida".... Read more

Tutorial - Make Toddler Art Greeting Cards
Create refrigerator-worthy cards with kids art

Tutorial at Just Measuring Up Blog

"There are so many cards out there that creatively use kids' hand and footprints. Although cute, I always had trouble getting one decent hand or footprint from my son. As soon as he was old enough to paint, I had him use cotton swabs, instead of paint brushes, so he could easily dab the paint onto the paper. (Now he uses paintbrushes, sponge brushes and foam stampers). As you can see, his paintings are quite abstract".... Read more

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a Quilled Paper Acorns
Add a natural element to your autumn decor

Tutorial at The Papery Craftery Blog

"Quilling paper acorns, although totally and completely adorable, aren’t really a new design. There are a bunch of quilling paper artists designing and selling paper acorn ornaments that are just lovely! But when I was brainstorming new autumn quilling crafts, it dawned on me….I could make a quilling paper acorn with real acorn caps".... Read more

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tutorial - How to Recycle Christmas Gift Bags
Redesign packaging for other occasions

Tutorial at Upcycled Design Lab Blog

"Next weekend my family is getting together for what we call "fall birthdays."    We have a hard time getting the whole crew together, so it would be impossible to celebrate all of the birthdays individually.   Anyway due to the impending family gathering l find myself in need of a few gift bags.  Is it just me or do you also have a bunch of gift bags stashed away but you still never have the right sized bag with an appropriate design".... Read more

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tutorial - How to Sew Little Monster Toys
Use leftover fleece fabric to make cute monsters

Tutorial at XOXO Grandma Blog

"One of my favorite charities is looking for people to make stuffed monsters for the children's ward.  Working toward my goal of using up the fabric stash I've accumulated, I found some scraps of yellow fleece. So why not use this fleece to make monsters for them? It worked perfectly. If you want to make some little monsters of your own, here are the details".... Read more

Tutorial - Make a Popsicle Stick Soap Dish
Use tea to darken the wood

Tutorial at Exodus Treasures Blog

"My soap is always getting stuck to the sink. It's annoying, it looks bad, and it wastes my precious soap. Thus, I decided to make my own soap dish that looks good and drains water well. Honestly, I mostly made it because I think constantly leaving my soap out was secretly annoying my roommate".... Read more

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tutorial - How to Decorate Spartan Sandals
Embellish your sandals with pom-poms and tassels

Tutorial at Little Treasures Blog

"Pom-pom and tassel embellished sandals were immensely fashionable this summer, so Eva bought these lovely Spartan sandals with the idea to add them a bit of color. We decided to use only pom-poms and tassels although various types of pendants and charms can be added as well. To make the pom-poms I used this method".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Decorate an Old Vase with Twine
Recycle a boring vase with jute twine

Tutorial at Nifty Sheep Blog

"Do you have an old boring vase that you no longer use but still hesitate to get rid of? The best part about this easy tutorial is that you can simply turn even stained, broken and glued together again (my case) vases into beautiful new ones.  It doesn't necessarily have to be a vase that you are decorating. I've also decorated some old olive oil bottle and it turned out beautiful as well".... Read more

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make Minion Deviled Eggs
Have fun making these character themed treats

Tutorial at Happier than a Pig in Mud Blog

"Ha, every once in a while I just have to be silly... I thought these Minion Deviled Eggs would be a fun after school treat for the kids. They turned out goofy but kinda cute. Mix up your favorite deviled egg recipe and decorate.  I used green and black olives, some chive tips and candy eyes".... Read more

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make Sesame Street Baked Goods
Fun activity to do with your toddler for a great party dessert

Tutorial at Just Measuring Up Blog

"The desserts were my favorite part of our Sesame Street party. Based on the rave reviews, I think they were my guests' favorite part too. I just loved how the cake turned out... so much that I was actually sad cutting into it.  It was a 12" two-layer, gluten-free vanilla cake with chocolate icing. Red sprinkles covered the sides of the cake, along with two Elmo face cut-outs - made from cut-out cookies and chocolate melts. The cupcakes were regular vanilla cake with chocolate icing and decorated with sprinkles, icing tubes, and chocolate chip cookie halves to resemble Elmo and Cookie Monster".... Read more

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make an Angry Bird Necklace
Final step is to paint with varnish to waterproof

Tutorial at Anu Rainy Drops Blog

"I am so happy to show another easy craft here.  Today I am going to  give a easy tutorial for  hand made angry bird rakhi.    Needs:  quilling strips, scissors, glue, thread, and some beads.  Make the required shapes for angry bird -big circle, eyes, beak and  feather, and  then assemble it.  Now, angry bird is ready".... Read more