Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tutorial - Make a Cardboard and Bamboo Table Loom

The real joy of this project is in the creation of ‘something from nothing'

Tutorial at SusaWeaving Blog

"This shows how to build a fully functional 4-shaft table loom for weaving using household items and using no tools except for scissors. When I first started weaving I wanted to buy a loom but they are very expensive and I couldn't justify the cost for a craft I hadn't yet learned. I searched for plans on how to build one, but there were only very simple cardboard frame looms, or else the plans were complex and required workshop tools. So I decided to go ahead and make my own! I hope you enjoy it".... Read more

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tutorial - How to Organize Cords and Cables

An easy idea to organize using recycled TP rolls

Tutorial at Creative Khadija Blog

"You might remember my previous post in which I shared a chevron stencil DIY mug.. this was the stencil I were using before but ended up using a chevron design stencil. Peel off the sticker stencil from the sheet, and fix it over the TP roll.  Apply black folk art paint and this will be getting dry soon. peel off from the TP roll then. And you are DONE making a simple organizer for the messy cords".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Plastic Cactus Side Table

Quirky and fun table adds a lot of character to a room

Tutorial at Plaster & Disaster Blog

"So by now you probably all know that we were mailed a sawdust-covered plastic cactus which we transformed into a table and used to win the most prestigious competition that we’ve ever competed in.  To say this made our life is an understatement.  If you’re a little fuzzy (hahaha, like our cactus) on the details, here is a quick re-cap: We were selected to be one of 12 competitors in the inaugural Mystery Thrift Off, run by the beautiful, hilarious, sadistic, creative Lindsey of Better After".... Read more

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make Cat Shelves

Allow your cats to climb and lounge in style

Tutorial at Plaster & Disaster Blog

"This past weekend, I finally did it. I built some cat shelves.  I thought long and hard about what I wanted them to look like and changed my mind a bunch, but ultimately I decided I wanted them to be relatively simple but also colorful.  First, I bought some simple wood boards at Home Depot — an 8′ length of 1″x6″ for most of the shelves, plus two 1″x12″x10″ oak pieces for two slightly larger shelves where I hope the cats will actually lay down".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Stencil on Fabric

Personalizing a cute tote bag

Tutorial at Smitta Katti Blog

"Spray the back of your stencil lightly with some re positionable adhesive. This adhesive is lightly tacky and holds the stencil onto the fabric while you work. This way the stencil will not shift its position while you are working on it".... Read more

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Doll Hammock

Step by step directions using sticks, leather cording, a little netting and super glue

Tutorial at XOXO Grandma Blog

"Most children love helping with craft projects. So, this summer, make a fairy hammock with your child out of twigs and a few other supplies you may already have.  Supplies needed: Leather cord, Netting about 8" long, Twigs. Cut 2 sticks that have a "V" shape.  The sticks need to be cut to the same length. 1 stick that's for the cradle base".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Strawberry Basil Smoothie

Refreshing dessert or a pre-work out drink

Tutorial at The Seaman Mom Blog

"We’ve had a lot of strawberries this year. So many that at one point I did not know how to handle them. I mean, there’s only so much one could eat. We’ve used our strawberries in so many recipes, I think I’m all set for a whole year, I don’t need any more strawberries in my diet! One of the great ways we consumed our strawberries was through smoothies and I particularly loved the strawberry basil smoothie recipe with black pepper. I love spicy food and I’m a sucker for refreshing, cooling beverages, things this smoothie delivered in just a few minutes".... Read more

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Pencil Case

Could also be used for make-up or craft notions

Tutorial at Giraffes Can Sew Blog

"Today I bring you the super simple, super easy, super pencil case.  Too many supers?  I was sorting out my 12 year old sons bedroom (the joys of motherhood) and he has so many pens it’s ridiculous. I decided he needed a pencil case and I had the perfect fabric for it! This is so simple I made it up as I went a long, no tutorials which is a first for me. So now, I’m going to share with you. It was so quick and easy I decided I would also make a small make up bag that I’d been promising my little sister for a while using almost the same steps. 1 tutorial, lots of uses".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Lace Brooch

Delicate lace pin to adds a special touch

Tutorial at Strawberry Butterscotch Blog

"As promised, I successfully created a video tutorial showing how to make these lovely lace brooches.  It was a bit of a challenge since I had never made a video tutorial before.  I also have made fairly few tutorials in general.  One of the biggest challenges, besides actually working with the camera, was choosing music.  My first and absolute favorite choice for music was a little too perfect and pristine for my simple video.  It sounded like something for some epic movie.  I might as well have used the 1812 Overture or something".... Read more

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Japanese Knot Bag

Closes without zippers, buttons or snaps

Tutorial at The Chilly Dog Blog

"I have to start out by thanking my friend Cathy for giving me the "pinspiration" for this project. She sent me this pin about Japanese knot bags. I had never seen such a thing before, but was intrigued by the concept and so I set about designing my own bag.  My finished bag is about 11 1/2 inches wide and 10 inches deep. It's a simple yet functional and can be used as a small purse to carry your essentials. I'll be using mine to carry knit and crochet yarn projects when I'm on the go. And did I mention that the bag is reversible".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Boho Tassel Necklace

Attach coin charms along the chain as you like

Tutorial at Happy Girly Crafty Blog

"Long necklaces are ideal for summer time! I've been wanting to make one for a while now and finally I found some beautiful supplies. It has that boho vibe that is a huge trend this summer (as I'm sure I've told you before!) but I wanted it to be minimal too. Here's what I've used"....Read More

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Pillowcase with Cuff

Use some favorite fabrics for this easy project

Tutorial at Patchwork Posse Blog

"A pillowcase is a simple project for kids to learn and practice sewing with the sewing machine on.   It has lots of long straight lines to stitch.  Great for learning to keep the fabric straight, the edges lined up and the seam allowance consistent.This pillowcase is a little bit different as it has a cuff….but there is something inside as well!  It’s a hidden little cuff inside that holds the pillow in place and doesn’t let it scoot out when you are sleeping and snoozing".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Diamond Cement Push Pins

Makes a great gift for co-workers

Tutorial at Plaister and Disaster Blog

"Now that I have totally freaked you out by showing you the horrible, terrifying pictures of my garage, I thought I would pop back in to share a sweet little craft project to assure you that there is still beauty in the world.  However, like most good projects, this one will also get ugly before it gets pretty.  I’ve been wanting to experiment with cement for a long time, and this weekend I finally got to try it out.  Since I was a total novice, I thought I would start out easy and use some silicone ice cube trays which are very easy to work with".... Read more

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tutorial - Make a Last Minute Minnie Mouse Costume

Use common household items for this costume

Tutorial at Upcycled Design Lab Blog

"The reason for Minnie Mouse is an annual moonlight bike ride that the hubby and I have participated in for the last several years. Its quite a lot of fun with thousands of participants and an easy ten mile route. Not everyone wears costumes but many people do. We enjoy the silliness of it all. The hubby has been prepared with his costume for quite some time but I have been struggling with costume ideas for the last few weeks. I finally came up with the Minnie Mouse idea in the middle of the night".... Read more

Tutorial - Repurpose a Spice Rack for Craft Storage

Quick fix for craft tool organization

Tutorial at Nanny Craft 4 U Blog

"Some time ago now, I picked up this Spice Rack – nothing exceptional but I was sure I could make good use of it, so today I am going to re-purpose a spice rack. I thought I would get Poppy to paint it white for me, so while he was off doing that I got thinking!  After searching through the kitchen cupboards, I discovered that I could fit four glass tumblers neatly in the rack.  I thought of covering them with fabric or even contact but was looking for a faster, more simple solution – why not try aluminum foil".... Read more