10 Ways to Craft on a Budget

by DIY Maven

10 Ways to Craft on a Budget

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.

  1. Consider buying kits. They give you just what you need without overbuying.
  2. Don’t buy patterns; get them free off the internet. Daphne suggests knitty.com, Sew Mama Sew, Purl Soho, Flickr (for embroidery patterns) and...

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Sewing: Khaki Shorts Mend

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 06/13/08

created on: 06/13/08

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.

created on: 06/13/08

 

created on: 06/13/08

Supplies you need...

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10 cool things to make out of dish towels.

by DIY Maven

created on: 06/09/08

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.

9. Dishtowel dog rope toy.

10. Dishtowel sewing...

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5 Very Good Things to Make Out of Seashells

by DIY Maven

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.

How about making seashell string lights?

5 Very Good Things to Make Out of Seashells

Or perhaps seashell candles?

created on: 06/05/08

Keepsake place cards for a beach side wedding--or beach-themed party--couldn't be more appropriate!

Large shells would make fabulous bookends.

Super simple to...

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DIY: Ten Minute Grommet Workshop

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/23/08

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 want the...

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10 Ways to Reuse Old Sweaters.

by Chris Gardner

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.

10 Ways to Reuse Old 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...

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A Blast From The Past Craft: Pomanders

by DIY Maven

A Blast From The Past Craft: Pomanders

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...

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