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DIY Rug Made Of Felt Scraps

If you have a bag full of felt scraps then you easily can make them useful. Depending on how many of scraps you have you can make a mat or even a rug …

15 Clean-Eating No-Bake Snacks

Why is it that we hear the word "snack" and immediately think of things we totally <i>shouldn't</i> be snacking on? I'm talking greasy tater chips, salty pretzels, and loaded chocolate chip cookies. News alert -- it doesn't have to be crunchy, greasy, salty, or sickly sweet to be deemed an acceptable snack!<p>…

Dessert

DIY Puppet Theater

Sometimes crafting is about the making – either the process or the product that results from the tools you use. But sometimes with crafting you move …

DIY in the New Year: Knitting Basics

If learning to knit is on your to-do list for 2015, this fully illustrated knitting basics post from Max on Design Sponge is definitely a good place to start.<p>In Max’s helpful guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started—making a slip knot, casting on, working a knit stitch, and …

Finding Starter Projects: Teacher to Teacher

Sometimes the best way to get started with making in the classroom is to go make friends <i>outside</i> of it! In that spirit, today’s edition of our series on Finding Starter Projects shares some of the many professional development (PD) opportunities out there available to teachers who want to meet other …

How-To: Twig and Ribbon Tree Ornament

Looking for a relatively mess free craft to do with the kids? Try this wonderful twig and ribbon tree ornament from Fireflies and Mud Pies.<p>I love this craft for three reasons:<p>– You can take the kids on a nature walk to collect the perfect sticks to use, and it will make the ornament that much more …

How-To: Homemade Herb and Spice Glycerin Soap

If you’re ready to give soap making a try, this lovely homemade herb and spice glycerin soap tutorial from Hello Natural is a great beginner-friendly introduction that yields very pretty results!<p>Curious? Click here to see the full how-to.

How-To: DIY Clay Cone Trees

People DIY for different reasons. One one hand, it could be because they do not wish to spend their hard earned money buying ready-made items from the store. While on the other hand, creating something unique with their own hands is so much more rewarding than picking up a mass produced …

the one gift for everyone tutorial

With the holiday season rapidly approaching and 'sew' many handmade gifts to make, wouldn't it be nice if there was one easy gift that you could make …

5 Ways to Know if Your Idea Could Become a Business

This story appears in the November 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Gregg Brockway has launched major brands that address chronic problems in the travel sector. But it was the pain of moving house that led the co-founder of Hotwire and TripIt to tackle his latest venture. “We moved several …

Startups

Knitted Glass?

Artist Carol Milne makes knitted glass art. How does that happen? Glass is solid (sort of) and when it is molten and in a state that it can be …

Cybèle Young’s Japanese Paper Sculptures

Cybèle Young is an internationally renowned artist based in Toronto, Ontario. She creates incredibly detailed and sometimes movable sculptures on a teeny tiny scale. Everything is made from fine Japanese paper and very thin wire for structure.<p>To get a sense of the scale and how amazing her skill …

How-To: Batik and Rit Dye Wall Hanging

This gorgeous wall hanging was created using a hot wax painting technique called batik. When the melted wax is applied to the fabric it seeps in to create a resist. When you dye it, the image you’ve painted will remain the original color of your fabric. This project works great for wall hangings. …

How-To: Decorative Polymer Clay Bells

Add some texture and charm to your DIY decor with this neat decorative polymer clay bell tutorial that Rachel from Smile and Wave shared on A Beautiful Mess!<p>These handmade bells look lovely on display, and they’d make a great handmade gift idea for the holidays.<p>Ready to give it a try? Click here to …

Make Handpainted Pillows

<i>Mandy Pellegrin is an avid DIYer. She documents her crafty projects on Fabric Paper Glue and brings fun crafting experiences to the fine folks of Nashville as half of local business Craftcourse. When she’s not blogging or throwing craft parties, you’ll find her doing health policy research (i.e.</i> …

How-To: DIY Marbled Glassware Using Nail Polish

Create your own gorgeous glass designs in custom colors with this DIY marbled glassware tutorial from Kim at Today’s Creative Blog!<p>Try it today—all you need is nail polish and a few other supplies that you probably already have around the house! Click here to see how it’s done.

Alchemy and Artistry

Our computers and smartphones would not operate without the materials science that developed silicon-based integrated circuits. One way or another, chemistry underlies just about everything we do. The roots of chemistry stretch back to people’s early attempts to understand and manipulate the …

Disruption: Watch It Sept. 7

Climate<p>"When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?" This is the question that <i>Disruption</i> investigates in the …

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sewing 101: making a pouf

Add a burst of color to your room with this crafty pouf! At 17” wide and 10” deep, it’s large enough to serve as floor seating or a foot stool. (And …

Sewing Tip: How to Measure Kids for Sewing Projects

Sewing clothes for your kids? Like adults, very few kids fit perfectly within the sizing guidelines for patterns, so Melissa from Melly Sews put together this helpful tutorial for measuring kids for sewing!<p>Melissa also created a free downloadable measurement card to help you keep your little one’s …

The Anatomy of a Weaving Loom

Get acquainted with the art of weaving! Check out this fantastic guide to the anatomy of a weaving loom—including inspiring project examples and a written explanation of each labeled part of the loom—from artist Natalie Novak of Combed Thunder and Mollie Makes!

How to Use PDF Sewing Patterns

I generally prefer buying physical sewing patterns instead of PDFs—especially for clothing—but, sometimes, I’m just too impatient to wait for delivery. Luckily, many pattern companies now offer a handy printable PDF option for those of us who needed to get started, like, yesterday. (This is why I …

How-To: Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon in Custom Colors

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a party, or maybe just making your own gift wrapping supplies, the right ribbon can definitely add a beautiful touch of luxury to an already special day. But, did you know that you can make it yourself?<p>Transform raw silk fabric into silk ribbon in your own custom …

Summer reading for the environmentally-minded

Summer has been flying by, but there’s still time to get out and enjoy the environment we’re all working to defend.<p>Whether at the beach, on a …

Gertie’s Sewing Show

If you’re a fan of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, you’ll definitely want to check out Gretchen Hirsch’s latest sewing-related project: Gertie’s Sewing Show!<p>Gertie is always fun and charming—I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at local NYC sewing events and at the Craft and Hobby Association …

Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine with a Spinning Wheel

On Wednesday Make shared My Poppet’s amazing post, Scrapbusting: Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine. I was really excited about using scraps to make fabric …

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in 10 Easy Steps

After getting over a hundred emails over the course of the past year from readers asking how to paint cabinetry, <br>(I'm apparently not alone in my …

How to Make Scrap Fabric Twine

Whenever I work on a sewing or quilting project, I always end up with leftover bits and pieces of fabric that I simply can’t bear to throw away. (I mean, it might be useful someday!) As a result, I have almost as much scrap fabric in my stash as actual useful yardage. And, it would seem that I’m …