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How to Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cozy Knit Pillow

by Rachel Jacks
Upcycled sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.    

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Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art

by Faith Provencher
Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art
Photo:  Faith Towers Provencher

If you love crafting (and I'm guessing you do, if you're looking at Curbly right now!) then perhaps you've heard of an embroidery tool called a punch needle. I hadn't heard of it until recently, but I'm now a convert. It produces a raised texture using small loops, and it goes quite quickly thanks to the ingenious design of the needle. Today I'm sharing what I've learned about punch needle embroidery so you can get started with this fun needle art process!   

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Make This: Simple Clothesline Basket

by M.E. Gray

Learn to make these minimal clothesline baskets.

If you're anything like me, you have a running list of projects you want to try. Things you save repeatedly on Pinterest, ideas you scribble down in the back of your planner, or maybe you just keep a mental list in your brain. Clothesline baskets have been on my want-to-try list for forever, and this week I took the plunge. After conquering the first one, I want to make a million of these clothesline baskets. A million! Additionally, I'm loving the simple stripe in this basket. We're exploring all things Scandinavian this month, and this basket fills the bill with equal parts monochrome and texture.        

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DIY This: How To Make Super Sweet Ice Cream Patches

by M.E. Gray

DIY custom patches with a sweet twist - they're all about ice cream!

I scream, you scream, what's the deal with all this screaming? July is National Ice Cream month, which is just perfect because the temperatures keep rising. A hot day is the perfect excuse for an icy scoop or two. To celebrate my love for all things tasty and sweet, I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve. Or rather, I'm wearing it on my denim vest. Here are three ways to create custom patches, all of which are ice cream themed.  

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DIY Thread LED Tea Light Cover.

by Chris Gardner

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From Mrs. Green Tea:"I was messing around with different materials trying to dress up a little LED tealight, and this is one of the versions I ended up liking (plus it’s dirt cheap since it’s just thread!). I love me some textures. This may be useful for those with wedding venues that don’t allow real flames." I'm thinking this thread+fabric stiffener combo might turn out all sorts of charmful things. Via.

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How To: Sewing By Hand.

by Chris Gardner

Sewing machines are mighty handy indeed, but can be expensive or unwieldy for some tasks. This article seeks to cover the basics of hand-sewing: tools needed, threading the needle, knotting the thread, running stitch, basting stitch, backstitch, slipstitch, blanket stitch, whip stitch and finishing with knots.

How To: Sewing By Hand.

  • Needles - You'll want to look for "sharps" for basic sewing. "Betweens" are used for quilting. "Embroidery" or "crewel" needles...

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How To Make a Spool Spinner From an Old Fan.

by Chris Gardner

Evil Mad Scientist offers an easy hack for using industrial-sized spools on standard home sewing machines. Using an old computer fan and a short length of copper tubing, they created a spool spinner that can adapter.

How To Make a Spool Spinner From an Old Fan.

They say, "In practice, the fan bearing turns freely enough that the sewing machine can spin the spool as needed, but not so freely that it starts to turn and then unwinds the whole spool, so it works quite well."

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DIY Sewing Caddy (Made From Used Pens)!

by Chris Gardner

Here's another project from my quest to re-use old ball point pens. (Here's a first.)

 

DIY Sewing Caddy (Made From Used Pens)!

Materials:
    12 used ball-point pens
    Three pieces of 1” hardwood: 11 1/2 x 4 1/4”; 11 1/2 x 3”; 11 1/2 x 1 3/4”
    Wood glue
    Bar clamps
    Electric Drill and Masking Tape or Drill Press
    1/8” Drill bit
    3/8” Drill bit
    Wire cutters

1. Cut (using a miter saw or miter box) or have the wood cut to size.
2. Disassemble the pens into their component parts...

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