Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tutorial - Turn Old Damaged Books into a Knife Block

Recycled books and bamboo skewers keep your knives sharp

Tutorial at A Crafty Mix Blog

"A few weeks ago Kimm from Reinvented posted a picture on Pinterest of a knife block made from a few books and I fell in love. It was so gorgeous and unique and I had to make one for our kitchen. Just gluing the books together didn’t work to well for us though. I found that some of our knives tore the pages. Probably because I use those knives as screw drivers when I’m to lazy to fetch the real thing Cleaning the knife block was also a bit of a problem. Those sharp knife points keep popping out the bottom and stabbing me. Long story short we had to make some changes to accommodate our bent, all purpose knives. If you’re keen to make one here’s how we did it using old damaged books, skewers and plywood"....Read more

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a T-Shirt Dress

T-shirt dress tutorial and printable pattern for size large

Tutorial at Mary Martha Mama Blog

"I went about my morning, doing this and that, and I descended the stairs to the basement to do laundry.  And somehow, I have no idea how, I accidentally got bleach on my dress.  My t-shirt dress.  Again, not fancy, but the perfect-fitting, comfy, wonderful t-shirt dress of my dreams.  Ruined. Yes, I could go out and buy a new one.  But I looked and they didn’t have them any more.  So I decided that I needed to make a clone.  And that’s just what I did.  So today I’m sharing my tutorial for how I made it".... Read more

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a DIY Herb Garden

Start with two salvaged screens that are the same size

Tutorial at The Sassy Sparrow Blog

"Each year we have a herb garden for our summer cooking and it is just about the most usefully wonderful thing we have ever done! Last year however we had it on our back steps and all the mangy cats that we have running around (we don’t know why they stick around, it must have something to do with the fact that we feed them. Ugh…) kept knocking them off the steps and breaking them. So this year something different was in order. Here’s a quick and easy (If you can run a driver) tutorial on our free standing herb garden".... Read more

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tutorial - Flag Rocks to Celebrate the Olympic Games

Use painted rocks to teach and play games

Tutorial at Non Toy Gifts Blog

"If you’re looking for activities to get you in the spirit for the Olympic and you enjoy crafting with natural elements, you’ll love these flag rocks that manage to beautifully combine the two. The Summer Olympics is the perfect opportunity to teach kids about the flags of the participating countries and help them identify some of them".... Read more

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make Sea Anemone Gift Wrap

Creative gift wrap for a Finding Dory themed present.

Tutorial at Tikkido Blog

"I love creative gift wrapping!  So when we were invited to a Finding Dory party, of course I took advantage of the theme to make some undersea, Finding Dory wrapped gifts. I already had the plain aqua wrapping paper, burlap style ribbon, and air dry clay, and we'd picked up a bunch of shells a couple weeks ago at the beach.  All I needed to buy was a small package of colorful pipe cleaners and an inexpensive package of Finding Dory stickers".... Read more

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make Star Spangled Jewelry

Recycle common household items into jewelry

Tutorial at Upcycled Design Lab Blog

"The project started with two empty tape rolls left over from the a fore mentioned shoe project and some stickers from some old address labels. l started by cutting out a section of the cardboard rolls to make them smaller. Then I used some painters tape around the outside and the inside to secure the new sizing".... Read more

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tutorial - Make an Industrial Chic Display Ladder

Display a throw, a little plant, or other mementos

Tutorial at A Crafty Mix Blog

"Storage and display ladders are all the rage at the moment, but they can be a little pricey and some of them seemed a bit wonky. I’m not really sure if they would be able to hold lots of blankets and the last thing you want is for your display to end up in a heap on the floor.  So we decided to make our own and combine functional storage with a little industrial chic for a unique take on this latest craze.  Our little ladder was really easy to assemble, didn’t cost a lot and adds so much character to our living area".... Read more

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tutorial - How to Sew a Mini Monster

Tutorial includes photos and downloadable PDF

Tutorial at Easy Sewing for Beginners Blog

"I have a love of all things monsters. Mainly cute squishy ones. I have a great collection of monster stuff over on my Monster Inspiration Pinterest board (there’s over 1200 pins on it now ). This led me to develop a monster softie pattern. May I introduce the Mini Monster Mate! He’s super simple to sew, which makes it great for beginning sewers".... Read more

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a Garden Planter

Planter makes it easy to weed and grow vegetables on your deck

Tutorial at Grandma's House DIY Blog

"I took an afternoon to build my wonderful mom a tall planter so she could have a vegetable garden on her deck. Gardens are known for endless hoeing and countless hours day in and day out bent over in back breaking work in the constant battle against weeds. Because we started with organic soil that we brought in we were already way ahead of any weeds or grasses that might try to take over our plants. (As opposed to tilling up a spot in our yard that would be chock full of thousands of different kinds of weeds and grass seeds) So far I can count on one hand the amount of minutes we’ve needed to weed this garden all year".... Read more

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tutorial - Make a Travel Chalk Board Roll

Fun activity for children during long car rides

Tutorial at Wesens-Art Blog

"Traveling can be very boring for kids / toddlers. Whether in a plane, car, train or hotel - this travel chalkboard can be used everywhere! It is easy to make one, and most of the things I've used I had at home".... Read more

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a Soft Stuffed Fabric Ball

Use up colorful scraps in this fun project

Tutorial at Nina Makes Blog
"These Stuffed Fabric Balls are an excellent scrap busting project!  Not only can you use the littlest pieces of scrap fabric you can stuff them with scraps too.  And also a great little gift to sew for boys or girls and I think a baby would love one too!  You could even add a few folded pieces of ribbon as in my Baby Taggie Blanket/Comforter Tutorial for that texture little ones love exploring"....Read More

Friday, July 15, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a Toy Softie

Simple, flexible, and full of creative possibility

Tutorial at Coloured Buttons Blog

"Initially, Sew-a-Softie day posed a design problem for me: how to design a softie that was really really simple-to-make but was flexible and full of creative possibilities. I came up with my Zenkidus. A Zenkidu is a softie that involves only two pieces of felt and some stuffing. They can be any shape but my first Zenki was square, and the tutorial I am giving here is based on a square Zenki because it’s an easy shape for first-time sewers to sew. And of course, every Zenki is an individual and must have a name. The little sweetie below, and the star of this tutorial, is Millie".... Read more

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make an A-Line Skirt

Made-to-measure skirt with pockets and a zipper

Tutorial at Sewing Bee Fabrics Blog

"When this gorgeous Michael Miller fabric (garden bouquet) arrived, I wanted it! The thing I miss most when I wear skirts is having a good pocket, so what better than to make an A line skirt with big pockets out of it. I usually make skirts with an elastic waistband for speed, but if you do that then fill your pockets, it will likely start sliding down, which is why I made a zipper back and a button up top. This is how I made it".... Read more

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tutorial - How to Make a Bean Bag Chair

These are so comfy and easy, you’ll want to make one for each member of your family

Tutorial at Creative Homemaking Blog

"Today’s project could not be easier! This bean bag sewing tutorial is not only an awesome beginners project but a great addition to your home decor. Very handy, particularly if you have kids that love to hang around on the floor or a very large family.  With the help of this easy bean bag sewing tutorial you’ll be able to finish one pretty large bag in about 30 minutes. They’re so comfortable and much cheaper to make yourself".... Read more

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tutorial - How to Upcycle Shoes to Suit the Occasion

Decorate your shoes to match a holiday outfit

Tutorial at Upcycled Design Lab Blog

"When I found them at the thrift store for 7 dollars they looked like this.So I bought some paint and starting painting.  If you have never painted shoes before you should give it a try.  It is very easy and fun and can make such a difference in the look of the shoe.  Of course you do not want start with your favorite pair of expensive shoes but a less expensive slightly worn out pair is the perfect place to start".... Read more