This festive felt ornament is of the best kind of crafty projects: the final product seems intricate and complex, but the actual design simply incorporates a few felt circles and a basic stitch.
Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy.
- Take better photos.
- Make something people actually want.
- Make something other people aren't making.
- Build a cohesive line.
- Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
- Take better...
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Why do they call it "oil"cloth? Probably because the recently advertised "real oilcloth" that is all the rage is made from cotton fabric covered with a petroleum based coating. However, genuine oilcloth, the real thing grandma had on her kitchen table was made from cotton duck, canvas or linen that was
Christian Ristow's Hand of Man
Photo by: Scott Beale of Laughing Squid
For all of you geeks or geek watchers out there, if you missed Maker Faire 2009 this past weekend in San Mateo, California, you missed something spectacular. Fortunately, Scott Beale has caught not only the best of the best, but just about everything that was anything at this year's gathering.
Mercy, how I do enjoy this lamp. Made of stuff procured from the Dollar Store, it cost a measly 5 bucks to complete. Here's your shopping list:
When a certain big Swedish apparel retailer decided to offer a home collection including a hand drawn looking button pillow, it started my wheels turning. It looked completely DIY-able and the collection isn't available in the United States so, what the heck. Here is a step-by-step
One thing leads to another when you travel through blogrolls and then you find coffee filter wall decor from Jennifer Jafarzadeh, a former lifestyle editor for Redbook Magazine. As with the plate arrangement here, the trick with the filters is to tack them to the wall in a way that looks artistic and airy, not contrived. See
With a handy drill bit/door lock bit, you can make your own cute-as-a-button button tray for about $1.99 (not including the drill bit). I was inspired by
Admit it: you haven't really cleaned up from New Year's Eve yet...which is a good thing, cause you don't have to go digging through the trash to grab those little wire thingys that keep your champagne cork under control to make one of these adorable chairs.
All you need is a bottle's leftovers and a pair of needlenose pliers. Have at it, and Happy New Year.
Holiday excitement has been replaced with the urge to purge, cleaning out cabinets and closets that is...
Crafters are showing support for the candidate of their choice and Josh and Sarah at Sewer-Sewist are documenting it via their flickr group, The Obama Craft Project. Rather than being a commercial endeavor, their focus is to highlight ‘work created for personal use in support of the Obama campaign.’ For more information about the project, visit this page. Via.
Note: In the spirit of ‘equal time’, a search was made for such groups in...
Although I’m easily seduced by yarn, glue and paper punches and such, I do live by a few craft-buying money-saving rules. Daphne’s list of ten things to keep in mind when crafting on a budget pretty much sums up my approach.
Tipnut’s Crafters Medley for July is replete with a variety of oh-so-clever projects, you’re sure to find something you just HAVE to try. Tops on my list are the cookbook apron, and the brown paper seed packet business cards tutorial.
Image courtesy of Tipnut.
When you blow out your very fav summer khakis, something has to be done. DON'T discard just because of a little wear and tear. These khakis came with the frayed hem for the broken in look, we won't mess with that. The big problem happened later, as seen below, on the front and back of these well worn shorts. The technique used to mend these tears is exactly like the Ottoman Tear Repair. Same technique-many uses.
Dish towels aren't just for drying dishes anymore. Case in point, TipNut has put together a list of ten clever craft projects using the familiar rectangular cloths.
1. Dishtowel tote bags
2. Dishtowel bibs.
3. Dishtowel chair slip covers.
4. Dishtowl window Valance.
5. Dishtowel potholder.
6. Dishtowel teatime accessories.
7. Dishtowel picnic rolls.
8. Dishtowel Grocery bag holder.
Seashell season is upon us. Instead of bringing them home from the beach and simply depositing them in a clear glass bowl, we might want to try a few of these really cool ideas from the Queen of Good Things.
While helping a friend with her booth for a trade show, we learned how to install grommets simply and frustration-free. If you need grommets installed for a craft, drapes, shower curtains, drawstring totebags, or your handsewn tent, DO NOT think that a grommet kit from a fabric store will be sufficient. Try to get a semi-industrial kit from the hardware store. They are heavier duty and the pricing is more reasonable. If you really...
Once you've mastered the tampon flower bouquet, and throughly appreciated the tampon chandelier, cruise on over to tamponcrafts.com for all sorts of how-tos and crafts using these apparently very maleable hygiene products. My faves include:
The Tampon Shooter
The Tampon Pan Flute
Your winter clothes are out of storage again, and some of your sweaters might not look as presentable as when you put them away last year. Farrah Parkes from DIYLife has assembled some of the best tutorials 'round the 'net for recycling you sweaters.
1. Simple instructions for using sweater sleeves to make extra long gloves
2. Sew knit or felted mittens
3. Create a felted bag
4. A recycled sweater coin purse
5. Turn your old sweater into a...
Remember pomanders? You might have made one when you were ten years old or so, sticking an orange full of whole cloves. It was a tedious project for a kid. After I re-did my front closet a while back, I started thinking about these fragrant balls, as I wanted to add one as a cherry on the top of my make over. So, I took a trip to my grocery store and bought the necessary equipment. Here’s a refresher too-easy-for-a-how-to how-to just in case you...