Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tutorial - Cat in the Hat Pencil Toppers
Make pencil toppers from pipe cleaners and felt

Tutorial at Shades of Tangerine Blog

"March 2nd is the famous author's birthday.  I (like most people) was fascinated by his wild, whimsical stories as a child - especially The Cat in the Hat.  I had so many questions, like: - Why did this mom leave her children home all alone? - Who put Thing 1 & Thing 2 in a locked crate? Isn't that abuse of some kind? and - Why are the rooms in their house so big and empty? Did you ever think about these things".... Read more

Tutorial - Celebrate with a Party Bunting in a Cup
A project that is ready in literally 10 minutes

Tutorial at Little Treasures Blog

"Hi there! Today I am sharing some sparkles with you to lift spirits up. For Eva's birthday I made this heavenly easy party bunting (in a cup) and just as cute. Here's a short tutorial how to make it. What you need: You will also need glue (and a brush".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Baby Blanket
Sew with two yards of fabric and a little time

Tutorial at Mary Martha Mama Blog

"So there are a whole lot of ways to make a baby blanket.  I’ve made a few quilts and fleece blankets and this is by far the easiest blanket I have ever made.  It took me just slightly longer than a nap time to make it but I was playing legos half the time, so it could probably be done in one nap time. Yes, I measure projects in nap times around here. So to make this easy peasy baby blanket you will need a few things".... Read more

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tutorial - How to Crochet a Basket Weave Square
One block in a 12 month Afghan Sampler

Tutorial at The Inspired Wren Blog

"February's Square is the Basket Weave. This stitch is completed using front-post double crochet and back-post double crochet. You achieve the weaved look by alternating four post stitches on the front of the fabric, then four post stitches on the back for three rows; then work the next three rows starting with four post stitches on the back followed by four post stitches on the front. The fabric is made by continuing those 6 rows until the size desired. Easy, right? Here's how it looks formally written up".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Add Borders to a Quilt
Shows how to measure and cut quilt borders

Tutorial at From My Carolina Home Blog

 "This tutorial is to teach the why of putting on a border properly on a quilt.  There are countless new and experienced quilters using what we call the “slap and sew” method instead of the proper “measure and cut” method.  I thought I would show you the difference, and maybe convince you that the slap method isn’t a good one.  In order to do a proper job showing the difference in the two methods, I needed to make a couple of samples to use.  So, I did quarter-square triangles, mainly because it would optimize the bias edges and make the point clearer.  So, I sewed up 18 of them, squared them all up, and set them in rows of three".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make an Apron from Chip Bags
Create a fun and vibrant recycled apron

Tutorial at Vicky Meyers Creations Blog

"Regular readers may remember a post with 8 different ideas for upcycling crisp packets.  At the time my husband suggested an apron, a google search later and it seems no one has made one. I am delighted to say I have created his idea – one DIY recycled crisp packet apron.  I engaged my work colleagues in saving up empty crisp packets for me, to bring a wide variety of colours and designs".... Read more

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Pillow Cover
Basic sewing and quilting skills needed

Tutorial at Fleur de Lis Quilts Blog

"I have been trying to use up some of my old leftovers, so I decided on these strips from a quilt that I made years ago.  I auditioned a couple of fabrics from the stash, and the darker blue won out. In the end, I didn't use much of the strips because I wanted the pillow to have a modern feel to it.  Ignoring the seams, I fussy cut a couple of pieces to get pieces some of the pretty leaves in the picture.  After adding a wide strip in the center of the florals, I cut the block in half and added another wide strip".... Read more

Tutorial - Recycled Storage Container with Clay
Fun, easy storage box design idea

Tutorial at Creative Mind Khadija Blog

"My crafty corner is usually getting messy although I am always busy in arranging my crafty stuff! I have huge collection of my craft supplies which I am unable to fix in my cabinets, drawers & cupboards smartly! I have made many storage solutions & containers in previous years for my crafty stuff specially, mostly are recycling & up-cycled containers, so here today I am sharing another storage solution container decorated with mod podge collage clay".... Read more

Tutorial - Earrings from Basic Upholstery Nails
Simple to make, inexpensive, and stylish

Tutorial at Shades of Tangerine Blog

"While wandering the craft store, these generic little upholstery nails caught my eye.  Now - basic upholstery nails like these have been around for a long time - and never once did I consider them anything special.  If you are the crafty type, I'm willing to bet that you may have a few stashed in a junk drawer right now.  Look for a second at the metallic finish and texture.  The pattern is geometric and so detailed, I can almost imagine some artisan hammering that design in by hand.   They have a slight Aztec feel to them, don't you think? For something so inexpensive and basic, I think they are kind of beautiful".... Read more

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tutorial - Recycle Cards into a Tic Tac Toe Game
Tuck into a baggie for a quick travel game

Tutorial at Simply Shoe Boxes Blog

"I always save my greeting cards to find ways to incorporate the bright images in my Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.  A friend passed some on this past holiday season and I had some poker chips left over from my Drawstring Tic Tac Toe Games so I decided to make a super simple tic tac toe game".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Pineapple Mold Art
Upcycle a jello mold into a room decoration

Tutorial at Sister's What Blog

"I kind of have a confession to make, this awesome pineapple art was initially an intended gift for my sister Sierra (you may remember her obsession with pineapple, well we all love pineapple). I found the mold at the thrift store and knew it had potential. After I sprayed painted it gold and put it on some wood I suddenly became selfish. The husband solidified this when he said that he actually liked it  (he is often a skeptic at first of my brilliant ideas). The fact that he liked it made it harder to giveaway, sorry Sierra. Don't worry, I had a second brilliant idea in mind for her also involving a gold pineapple (will be on the blog soon enough), so she didn't lose out".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Mug Shaped Hot Pad
Free pattern for a hot pad - the first in a year-long monthly series

Tutorial at Crafty Staci Blog

"This idea started, like many of mine do, with a page full of scribbling.  I wanted to make a mug-shaped hot pad, but soon my page was filled with other hot pads using the same shape as the cup, but with entirely different themes.  Then I wrote months next to the seasonal shapes, and pretty soon I had a calendar full – and then some.  I can’t wait to show you all of them, but for now, let’s talk about how to make that mug".... Read more

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tutorial - How to Make a Reusable Gift Bag
Step by step instructions for a drawstring bag

Tutorial at Threading My Way Blog

"I know it's only February, but I've made some small, reusable drawstring gift bags ready for Christmas. My aim is to pace myself throughout the year, making at least one item for Christmas each month. Today's tutorial will show you how to make your own small gift bags".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Recycle Old T-Shirts into Yarn
Turn an unwanted T Shirt into a ball of yarn for your next crochet or knitting project

Tutorial at Makery Blog

"Last night, I became aware that I’d got through the day having made nothing. I’m leaning quite heavily on creative pursuits at the moment to keep me calm and sane. (Do you find therapy in DIY?) So last night I was feeling a bit twitchy and decided to try making some T Shirt Yarn. Little did I know how addictive it would be! Now there are more than a few tutorials on this out there. I could have just linked to any one of those but a) that would be a boring post for you! and b) there were a couple of  things that I discovered that I wanted to add into the mix, that I think helped me achieve a better result than my first attempt".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Chicken Rice Pilaf
Use quality ingredients for a delicious taste

Tutorial at The Seaman Mom Blog

"Whenever I feel a little emotional I like to enjoy the little details that give me the feeling of “home” and I found the most effective way is cooking. I particularly like the childhood recipes that my mother used to cook so dearly. She found such great pleasure in seeing our happy faces every time she was serving us her amazing food. This time I thought of a chicken rice pilaf recipe, which doesn’t require much skills or attention but only some quality ingredients to give it a delicious taste. It’s a pretty easy recipe, also very fulfilling and could make a great main dish or a side dish if you skip the chicken. I love pairing it with pickled cucumbers or sweet red pepper. The recipe works best with farm chicken but store bought chicken will do the trick too".... Read more