Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tutorial - How to Do Ink Wash Typography
Easy typography art - cheap and takes about 20 minutes

Tutorial at Miss P Blog

"Having had "such fun" (as Miranda would say ;) with ink washes on my DIY Wall Art project, I've been brainstorming other ways to incorporate some more into our new home. I like some of the typographic art that's out there but not necessarily the printed kind. Graphic prints are not really my thing. So I decided to have a play at creating my own with a slightly more handmade/arty feel".... Read more

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tutorial - How to Crochet a Granny Square
Each square is about 6″ x 6″

Tutorial at Painting it Purple Blog

"I started my granny square blanket last winter, thinking I would complete it in a few weeks, use it for the rest of the winter and make a few for the fam. Yeah, okay. That definitely didn’t happen. Almost a year later and I have finished it JUST IN TIME. The cold weather has already started here so we have been cuddling up under the newly finished blanket for the past few days".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Turquoise Crystals Earrings
Crystal earrings have macrame knots on wire

Tutorial at Knots and Sparklez Blog

"These earrings are not difficult to make if you have some prior experience with basic macramé knots. I suggest you practice the knots until you feel comfortable with their execution. Follow directions accurately for best results. Once you have acquired enough experience consider making alterations in pattern, colors, bead size to create a different look".... Read more

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tutorial - Pumpkin and Pinecone Turkey
With a little help, children and make this craft

Tutorial at Plenty of Paprika Blog

"I had a few small decorative pumpkins - originally purchased for a Halloween craft - laying around, until J gave me an ultimatum to do something with them or they are going in the garbage. I am not much of a decorator or into making centerpieces,  but figured I can come up with something for the kids. Looking through the craft supplies I found some pinecones, colorful feathers and googly eyes - just enough to make a few turkeys".... Read more

Tutorial - Printable Peg Doll Clothes
Precolored design + blank template to make your own

Tutorial at Plenty of Paprika Blog

"Have you ever wrapped paper around a peg girl doll in hopes of making it fit? If you want to take a minute and try, go for it. It is not easy. As a matter of fact, it is impossible to make it work from 1 piece of paper, no matter how much you measure and cut. Even if you figure it out that 2 separate pieces are needed, it will still take lots and lots of trial and failure (yes, right word) to make it fit just right. It took me weeks to come up with a design that worked".... Read more

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make an Insulated Table Runner
Perfect for hosting the holidays

Tutorial at The Inspired Wren Blog

"Thanksgiving! I haven't forgotten about it. I'm already planning the dishes in my head that I'll be preparing and serving family style. I'm mentally choosing the serving plates and trays I'll be using. And I'm wondering how I'll protect my table from all that hot food. With a table runner-length insulated-trivet/hot-pad, of course! I've been meaning to sew one since I first hosted extended family for a meal and had to use a mish-mash of pot holders and trivets. As I planned to finally sew it I realized I could make it reversible for year-round use; as I sewed I realized I could write down the directions of my version to share here. So here's a bonus Thursday pictorial post, in case you feel like sewing one up before next Thursday".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Fabric Coasters
Machine quilt for an attractive finish

Tutorial at Painting it Purple Blog

"If you are looking for something easy but unique for a Christmas gift this year, these coasters are perfect. They don’t take much time and you can make them to match anyones taste! Just find the right fabric and get to work. You will need: Fabric, Batting, Rotary Cutter, Straight Edge,Thread, Sewing Machine".... Read more

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tutorial - How to Dye Yarn with Madder
Pot and tools should be used exclusively for dyeing

Tutorial at Solene Knits Blog

"I just received a case of big natural wool and decided to start again experimenting with natural dyeing. I dyed a skein with a mixture of plants called "henné noir" but there is no henna nor indigo in it. Well, I got a beautiful brown with it. I dyed another skein with madder. Last time I tried dyeing with madder, I got a very light pink so I was really not satisfied. But this time, I obtained the perfect madder red. Let me show you how I did".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Read a Crochet Chart
Free flower pattern is included with tutorial

Tutorial at Little Treasures Blog

"I get a lot of comments and questions from my customers about my photo tutorials and one thing I've learned so far is that people's feelings towards crochet charts vary from mild fear to utter aversion. Let me tell you one thing. The minute I learned how to follow a crochet chart I didn't turn to written patterns ever again. I mean like never! So I thought it might be fun and a bit educational if I show you how to read the charts - understandably that you are familiar with the basic crochet stitches.  Today I am showing you how to read patterns in the rounds. Next time I will show you how to read a square".... Read more

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tutorial Exchange Opportunity - Bowdabra

Red kit is pictured.  Winners will receive eBook versions of the instructions

Bowdabra Bow Maker

If you enjoy designing and creating original craft projects this is an exciting opportunity.  Up to three  designers will be chosen to receive a Bowdabra Bow maker kit (value $50).  The kit comes with a Bowdabra bow maker, an instructional video, ribbon (color choices - red, gold, or burgundy), and Bowdabra bow wire.  In return the chosen designers will create two original projects for Bowdabra, which will be posted on Totally Tutorials Blog and

If you would like to make and share tutorials using this kit, apply for this opportunity by leaving a comment under this post, along with the URL to your blog or website.  The ideal candidates will be comfortable working with these materials, have a blog or website, and the ability to take clear photos.   This opportunity is open to bloggers within the U.S. only. 

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, November 30th.  I will contact the winners of the exchange by December 1st.  They will then have until January 1st, 2015 to complete their tutorials. 

Thank you to for this amazing opportunity.  Check out their website for project ideas, and tutorials for further inspiration.  Don’t miss your chance to work with the best and easiest to use Bowmaker around,  apply today!

Tutorial - Recycled Glass Window Mosaic
Vintage plates, beach glass, and glass beads sparkle in this recycled project

Tutorial at Serendipitini Blog

"Pictured is glass window art I made from and old window, vintage plates,  recycled bottle bottoms, and recycled glass pieces. I just sold this piece and shipped it to someone in Canada. I love making these and thought I would share my process with you. The finished piece with the packing weighed in at 25 lbs".... Read more

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tutorial - How to Crochet a Holiday Plant Cover
Make a 4" house-plant special for the holidays

Tutorial at The Inspired Wren Blog

"It's almost time to deck the halls with red and green! (I know last week I was all "Halloween, YAY!," and now I'm all "Christmas, WooHoo!," and you're all "I'm getting whiplash over here and what about Thanksgiving anyway?" Welcome to my brain.) The end of November means it's time to change out the crochet planter covers in my kitchen. This month while watch-listening to TV I crocheted up a few Santa-inspired sleeves so my plants can spread the Christmas cheer, and I've written it down so you can, too".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Love Pendant
Make one pendant to keep, and one to gift

Tutorial at Creative Mind Khadija Blog

"In my recent article I shared the sneak peek of my upcoming DIY Love Pendant. Today I will be sharing how I made this pendant, its making is very easy & fun! No need to get lots of supplies and stuff. So have a look & enjoy! As I am in LOVE with my life, so I thought to make a Love pendant which I can wear as well..Not bad idea? okay!! there we go. You will need to have pendant metal base, podgable papers & Mod podge can see all supplies I got from Plaid".... Read more

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Shibori Dyed Shirt
Shibori dyed look using household bleach

Tutorial at Miss P Blog

"I've been wanting to have a dabble with Shibori for a while. I particularly love all the indigo Shibori projects that are popping up all over. But I'm also a fan of using everyday household materials/supplies for creative projects. I guess I just love the idea that if the creative mood strikes, I can just have a rummage in my cupboards and whip something up from what's there. Rather than having to drive 40mins to my nearest craft store or order supplies online and wait with baited breath for them to arrive. This is one such project. Bleach, string, and a cotton kaftan top I had languishing in my stash, and hey presto....bleach Shibori".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Pillow from a Sweatshirt
Recycle favorite sweatshirts into pillows in under an hour

Tutorial at Joyful Daisy Blog

"This is such a fun and super simple project!  It makes a wonderful gift for kids and teens in can be done in an hour!!!  You can buy a new sweatshirt for your pillow or better yet recycle a favorite sweatshirt once the kids out grow it.  This would be a great graduation gift made out of the graduate’s school team sweatshirt"... Read more