Holiday excitement has been replaced with the urge to purge, cleaning out cabinets and closets that is...
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.
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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.
Supplies you need...
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...
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 want the...
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...