Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tutorial - Pom Poms in Five Easy Steps
Colorful pom poms made with just a few materials

Tutorial at My Crafting Nook Blog

"This tutorial is perfect for those kids that love to run around the house or cheer for their favorite shows on TV. It's so easy to make, even they can help you out. What it took: 40 sheets tissue paper = $3.97, 2 toilet paper tubes, any color duck tape = $3.37, scissors, Time: 20 minutes, Cost: $7.34".... Read more

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Coupon Organizer
Can be used as a purse organizer as well

Tutorial at Joy's, Jots, Shots & Whatnots

"I enjoy making these, because of how they "turn out" like magic.  The way you lay the fabrics together is a unique process to other ways I've seen. This is a revised tutorial from one I wrote in 2012 as my very first guest post which was for Whimsy Couture. That post is now hard to find, so I'm reposting here, because I think you might like to try out this new technique".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make an Acrostic Cushion
A way to use those fabric scraps that are too precious to waste

Tutorial at Simple Living Blog

"It all started when I started sewing lots of fabric scraps together and I made some lovely zipper cases with them and gave them for gifts too...So after doing that I had another great idea ...I'll join some other pieces of fabrics together and make cushions, then I decided to make them even more personal and add their name and turn it into an acrostic cushion...So I joined the fabric strips together in a log cabin and in the middle I embroidered their name ...I quilted it onto a piece of cotton batting  then I lined that was the front completed ...Then I made the backing from some more of one of the fabrics on the front to match".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Kangaroo Carousel
Keep the kids occupied by coloring in the kangaroos, adult assemble

Tutorial at Speckled Sydney Blog
"Keep the kids occupied by coloring the kangaroos, adult assemble "Adventure is not outside man; it is within. Well put George Elliot! Clearly you’ve not experienced the ‘adventure’ of life indoors with two kids… during school holidays! Yessir, that’s 14 consecutive days of non stop “mama I’m bored.” And so one must take the adventure outside. We went bush, we went beach, now back home and daughter is still yabbering on about kangaroos and carousels, so we merged the two for this craft activity".... Read more

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Wrap Friendship Bracelet
Perfect project for children to make with their friends

Tutorial at Curly Made Blog

"Hi everyone, for this project I wanted to get back to the basics and this DIY is one of the first friendship bracelets I learned to make. I have a bag full of threads and used to make bracelets for myself and  give to my friends, I've even made some matching ones.  This is super easy to make and great if you are beginner in the thread bracelets department, or if you just want something quick and simple to make with your friends.  I added a clasp to my bracelet to be able to take it off easily, and actually I think it gives a more grown up look".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Ruffled Curtains
Sew simple ruffled curtains in any length

Tutorial at A Vision to Remember Blog

"Ruffle curtains are all the rage right now.  I personally HATE sewing a million ruffles.  The end result is GORGEOUS, but the time that it takes to get there is more than I have to spare. So here is my simple solution to sewing ruffle curtains by using ruffle fabric.  First you will need to decide the length you want your curtain".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Mini Sweet Pepper Tacos
A healthy-low carb way to enjoy Tacos

Tutorial at Make the Best of Everything

"I really LOVE Mini Sweet Peppers.  I buy them all the time now – once I figured out that you can get a bag of them at ALDI for like 2 dollars!  I really enjoy adding them to salads for extra CRUNCH!  Plus my 2-year-old really enjoys snacking on them as well.  Whenever I make a vegetable tray for a party, I like to make sure I include Mini Sweet Peppers.  They are colorful, and really do help make a spread look fantastic!  One day last week, I was using up some of my leftover Nectarine and Salsa Pulled Pork ( that I had in the freezer) when I decided that making a little taco inside of a mini sweet pepper would be adorable.  My lunch DID turn out adorable.  And tasty too"... Read more

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Cardboard Lampshade
Part one of a two part tutorial

Tutorial at One O Blog

"Ok so my bed lamp is actually this ugly thing made of an old wriggly lampshade and a roundish base which I’m not sure if it’s more similar to lunar landscape or lerdammer cheese. Gosh! The only good thing is the color, yellow, but considering the bedroom is orange and blue, well you can imagine. So off we go to make an extreme makeover, which is kind of an experiment as I’m not so sure what the end thing will look like. The tutorial is divided into lampshade and base making as they’re pretty long tuts. To make this polygonal cardboard lampshade you’ll need".... Read more

Tutorial - Sundress with a Crocheted Yoke

Step-by-step tutorial with pictures

Tutorial at Tales of a Crafty Mommy Blog

"I have had this turquoise chevron fabric from Hobby Lobby in my stash for over a year. There have been numerous plans to use it, until finally the light bulb went on… As you may have noticed I enjoy combining fabric and yarn into one project as I did for this owl and the owl baby boy outfit.This time, I made a sundress for by baby!!! ½ yard fabric, cotton yarn, I crochet hook,sewing notions,Crochet Collar Pattern".... Read more

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Large Clock
Find a shape you like and design your clock

Tutorial at A Vision to Remember Blog

"My biggest problem is my living room walls are HUGE!  I have cathedral vaults and so it is hard to fill up wall space with a bunch of small frames.  Then it starts to look cluttered.  So I needed a BIG clock.  My other problem is I... AM.... CHEAP!  I hate spending money on decor items.  I worry that in a year I will be bored with it and then where am I?!?  Plus, have you ever looked at buying a clock that is over 2 feet wide?  Lets just say I haven't found one I liked for less than $200, and that one was cheap!  Instead I decided to build myself a clock".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Half Circle Skirt

Choose a pretty cotton print for your half circle skirt

Tutorial at Kalico Fabric Blog

"I was puzzled. There was so much talk on the sewing blogs about how to sew a circle skirt. They’d buy commercial patterns and 5-6 yards of fabric, and cut everything out – only to discover that it’s just not much fun to carry that much fabric weight around on your body all day.  So what about sewing a half circle skirt? There was no half circle skirt in the book, and I knew there had to be an easy way to draft one. The directions for the half circle skirt are easy. The project is less expensive, and more flattering because it takes only 2-3 yards of fabric (depending on the length you choose).  You don’t need a pattern – you draw your measurements right onto the chosen fabric".... Read more

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tutorial - Teacher Appreciation Gift Box
Recycled material makes sweet back to school gift packaging

Tutorial at Sew for Soul Blog

"The children and I got creative over the weekend and made some adorable school themed gift boxes.  They are the perfect size for holding small presents or perhaps a few yummy home baked goodies.  We also designed and printed various tags including 'Back to School', 'First Day of School' and 'Top Teacher' versions. They were very easy to make, simply using the bases of two upcycled fizzy drink bottles.  The little polka dot fabric leaf was free motion embroidered onto a scrap of green felt.  To make it an even more family friendly project, you could draw a leaf shape onto card or paper for a young child to colour".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make Crochet Flower Anklets
Dress up your feet for the beach

Tutorial at Little Treasures Blog

"Here's my new crochet pattern for these adorable flower anklets. A lovely addition to your beach wear - just the right piece to beautify your summer. Put on your bikini, tie the anklets and you are ready to go. I made these inspired by the view I have upon waking up every morning - of a white sandy beach kissed by the turquoise sea and pink oleanders framing the picture. We took the photos at the old and abandoned railroad overlooking the beach where I used to go to with my parents when I was a child. So many good memories".... Read more

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tutorial - How to Make a Flag Pillow
Flip and sew method makes quick work of this cushion cover

Tutorial at Patchwork Posse Blog

"This design has been stewing for a bit.  I finally snuck in a few sewing minutes and put it together.   Lately I have been having a lot of fun with the quilt as you go method.  After sketching a few things, I figured out how to make the flag layout work…… so happy with how it turned out!  I am not one to dec my whole house with holiday stuff, but it’s been awhile since I’ve had anything new for the 4th of July month.  This project is perfect.  It sews up pretty quick, and since it is a pillow cover, can be stored away when not in use".... Read more

Tutorial - How to Make a Glass Paint Jar Vase
A pretty organizer for your brushes

Tutorial at Creative Khadija Blog

"I enjoy recycling & reusing stuff more than creating something with any new material, Reusing & restyling oldie things are just fun! And the interesting thing about it, you don’t need to worry if the result is not so perfect.. as its recycling! So I always recommend to reuse, recycle & restyle small old thingies, which you usually throw away!  My today’s sharing is also a recycle and reuse idea but in a beautiful way! as its summers going on, everyone is using different juices & drinks, here at home Tang orange flavor is mostly favorite of all. One day I saw an empty glass jar of Tang in our kitchen cabinets, So I thought why not to decorate it with some glass paints, as I have some glass paints in my crafty drawers which can may be dry soon".... Read more