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DIY Morse Code Bracelets

Photo: HonestlyWTF<p>Got a message that you just gotta get to someone? Why not encrypt some jewelry with a special message for a special someone with this ingenious DIY morse code bracelet tutorial by Erica over at HonestlyWTF?<p>This project is such a thoughtful way to give someone something that has …

How-To: Leather and Bead Wrap Bracelet

Look lovely in leather with these DIY wrap bracelets. If you are not into using leather, or simply can’t find any, this technique would also work with thin cording. This is a nice little project to with friends<p>This project comes to us from Dutch artist Anette at Lebenslustiger. Click on over for …

Sewing Tips: Fabric Grain Demystified

When I was just starting to learn how to sew—and specifically when I was making my first few garments—understanding fabric grain was huge source of stress for me. It’s such an important concept, because knowing how to place your patterns on the fabric before cutting can have a huge impact on the …

5 Tips for Accurate Sewing

When it comes to sewing, accuracy plays a huge role in your final outcome—it’s hard to fudge things like straight seams and neat hems. So, if you’re looking for a few simple techniques that could make a huge difference in your next project, you’ll definitely want to check out these 5 tips for …

How-To: Mid-Century Vintage Day Gloves

If you’re a fan of the coordinated hats, gloves, shoes, and handbags of bygone eras, you’ll love this vintage pattern for sewing mid-century day gloves shared by the ladies over at Pattern Patter!<p>This lovely glove pattern is meant to be hand-sewn, and would make a lovely project for a cold and …

Dinner Hacks: Sew a Baked Potato Microwave Bag

Microwaved baked potatoes are my go-to quick dinner staple for those long days when I just want something warm, filling, and comforting. Requiring basically zero effort, they’re ready to eat in about ten minutes. And, since you can easily personalize the toppings on each individual potato, they’re …

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How-To: Make a Necklace from a Necktie

I have to admit, I have a weakness for collecting men’s neckties. I don’t actually wear them, but I am enticed by the possibilities for crafting with them. I love the wild array of colors, patterns, and textures you can find in these formal accessories. They are easy to find and cheap to pick up at …

Quilting Basics: Slip Stitch for Quilt Bindings and Hems

Love the look of beautiful quilt and blanket bindings or hand-sewn hems applied with nearly invisible stitches, but don’t think you have the skills or the patience to do it in your own work? Allow me to introduce you to the humble—and surprisingly simple—slip stitch!<p>The folks over at The Purl Bee …

Stitch It: Sewing Knits with or without a Serger

Does the idea of sewing knits make you nervous? Overcome your knit fabric anxiety and see how easy it can be to stitch with stretch with this helpful guide to sewing knits with or without a serger!<p>If you’re a knitwear novice, this beginner-friendly guide to sewing with knits that Lucinda at Sew …

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Make Your Own Perfect Fabric Purse Handles

Think you need to buy pre-made handles to get a professional look for your handmade handbags? Think again! Make your own perfect fabric purse handles for any project.<p>This step-by-step fabric purse handle tutorial from <i>Blue Susan Makes</i> will show you all you need to know about making sturdy and …

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Sewing Tips: 4 Ways to Finish and Bind Knit Edges

Now that you’ve sorted out sewing with knits, it’s the perfect time to talk about finishing. If you’ve ever wondered about finishing or binding knit fabrics, you’ll definitely want to check out this helpful guide!<p>Binding has a special place in my heart. I find that binding is often the neatest, …

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Creating Curls in Yarn for DIY Doll Hair

I am so jealous of this head of hair! Okay I know it’s just yarn, but wow what a do! This super curly doll’s wig is made entirely from a skein of yarn. Doesn’t she reminds you of certain wild red headed Disney character? This awesome yarn manipulation technique will definitely step up your doll …

DIY Fashion: Infinity Travel Scarf

Keep cozy while traveling light with this versatile DIY infinity travel scarf that does triple duty as a scarf, shawl, and blanket!<p>Luggage stresses me out, so I’m always on the lookout for items that can help make my bag a little bit lighter. And, I have to say, this awesome infinity traveling …

The Adhesive Archives: Craft Glue Guide

Fact 1: There are about a million different kinds of craft glue. Fact 2: Even if your adhesives bin is filled to the brim, chances are good that the only glue you won’t have on hand will be the specific kind you need to actually finish the project you’re working on.<p>So, what’s a crafty guy or gal to …

How-To: DIY Washcloth Travel Toiletry Kit

Stay organized while you’re on the go! This handy DIY washcloth travel toiletry kit is a wonderfully inexpensive and compact way to keep your travel necessities together and close at hand whenever you’re away from home.<p>It’s the perfect place to store your toiletries while you travel, it rolls up so …

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Summer Essentials: Hanging Mason Jar Candle Holder

Transform canning jars into perfect summertime lanterns with this mason jar candle holder project!<p>With just a twist of some craft wire and a few realistic-looking LED candles, your patio—or your living room or kitchen—will glow with welcoming light all season long!<p>Ready to give it a try? Check out …

Hanging Dish Towel Hack

Are you constantly picking up fallen dish towels from the kitchen floor? This clever hack will keep them happily perched on your oven or drawer handles.<p>This is a simple little sewing project and a perfect Mother’s Day gift! If you like to be super ahead of schedule, you might as well make a batch …

Knitting Skills: How to Wind a Center-Pull Ball of Yarn

Tired of mid-project tangles and knitting bag nightmares? Wind an unwieldy skein into a neat and convenient center-pull ball of yarn!<p>Winding skeins of yarn into usable center-pull balls is must-know skill for every yarn crafter—it prevents knots, keeps yarn from rolling around while you’re knitting …

Tasty Treats: How to Make Homemade Slushies

Ready to blow your kids’ minds? This weekend, surprise them with the most awesome summertime dessert there is: homemade slushies!<p>We call them slushies here in Chicago and I remember my mom buying them for me at the local mall when I was a kid. They were so much fun and so many flavor options! I did …

Perfect Tassels Every Time

It’s possible that you have seen dozens of other tassel how-to’s before, but this one from the How Did You Make This website is so detailed and full of proper technique tips that it may just rival all others.<p>I can’t get over how gorgeous these tassels are: I love the colors, and the weight of the …

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Wardrobe Basics: Sew a Super-Easy Shirt

Don’t let the idea of sewing your own tops intimidate you! This beginner-friendly shirt tutorial will have you confidently stitching in no time.<p>Inserting sleeves into arm holes has long been a point of stress for all beginning sewers, but the fold-over construction this cute, simple little shirt …

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Garden Magic: Make a Gnome Door

Make your favorite outdoor spot just a little more charming with a DIY gnome door!<p>So one day my sister sends me a text, and I quote, “gnome doors are going to be huge this year.” I had absolutely no clue what she was talking about and so it was explained to me carefully so that I could make her …

Breaking Bead: A Breaking Bad-Inspired Necklace

Lamenting your lack of <i>Breaking Bad</i>-inspired jewelry? There’s a solution for that! This Breaking Bead necklace will help satisfy your craving for TV-loving fashion.<p>The moment I saw this project, I couldn’t help but chuckle and shake my head. Because, sometimes you look at a bag of beads, think …

Sewing Tips: Flat Bias Neckline

Flat necklines can add a beautifully professional finish to hand-sewn garments, especially when you’re sewing with delicate fabrics. Learn how to stitch your own flat bias neckline with this easy-to-follow tutorial!<p>Ready to give your sewing a more high-end look? You’ll definitely want to add this …

Ombre Basket Pattern

I am so amazed at the interest with this basket<p>I used 9 colors and tried to achieve an ombre effect.<p>The size is about three times larger than the …

Flannel Receiving Blankets

I’m starting to think that there is something in the water. Friends, left and right, are turning up pregnant. Thrilled with the good news, I’ve …

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Tunisian Crochet Washcloths

Hi it’s Michelle here again, this time with a tutorial for a <b>Tunisian Crochet Wash Cloth</b>.<p>Tunisian crochet is a deceptively easy technique that is a …