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Our Top 5 Tips, Patterns, and Tutorials for Beginning Sewers. As part of the Summer of Basics Make-Along we thought it would be fun to share 5 of our top tips, patterns and tutorials since I know there are a lot of knitters joining in who are new to sewing.

Our Top 5 Tips, Patterns, and Tutorials for Beginning Sewers

We have so many tips, patterns, and tutorials it was hard to choose so you may want to peruse our archives further if you’re looking for more info. Now without further ado… Our Top 5 Sewing Tips for Beginners Pre-wash and dry your fabric according using the same method you’ll use to care for your finished garment. It’s a sad day when you wash your new favorite garment only to discover it’s now only fit for a child due to lack of pre-washing.When choosing your size, if you’re between sizes go up to the next size. 15 Must Know Bag Making Tips and Tricks - The Polka Dot Chair. What Stitch Where: 5 Tips for Selecting Embroidery Stitches – NeedlenThread.com. How to crochet beautiful dreamcatchers. In this video, I'll show you how to make a simple dream catcher where we will crochet around a hoop.

How to crochet beautiful dreamcatchers

This project is fun and easy to customize. You can use as many yarn colors as you'd like and then decorate it with things like feathers, beads, and fringe! DIY Everywhere MaterialsAny weight of yarn in as many colors as you'd like. I used worsted weight in the video.Crochet hook in the size appropriate for the yarn used. Pro tip: It can be tricky to start the first stitch around the hoop. 100+ Free Zipper Pouch Patterns. All posts may contain affiliate links.

100+ Free Zipper Pouch Patterns

Felt Flower Wreath. DIY Felt Flower Wreath Keep the colors of spring on your doorstep and in your home all season long with this felt flower craft from our Home Maker @theurbanacres.

Felt Flower Wreath

We love fresh flowers, but their short life spans often make them hard to use in decorating. Felt flowers are a great way to keep the colors of spring on your doorstep and in your home all season long! 13 inch wicker wreathFelt (25-30 sheets)Floral wire Cut flower petals in various shapes and sizes and one small circle for the center of your flower. Make a small slit into the center of the circle and weave the floral wire through it leaving 5 inches from the bottom. Knitting Yarn Substitution Guide. Choosing Yarns + Substituting Yarns. I’ve split the info on yarns into 3 sections.

Knitting Yarn Substitution Guide. Choosing Yarns + Substituting Yarns

Click on the headings below to go straight to the information you need. 1. Yarn Types: This covers the different weights of yarns from superfine to super bulky as well as the novelty yarns such as tapes and eyelash yarn. There are also some tips on choosing yarns for new knitters. 2. 3. 1. Yarns are classified by their “yarn weight” which has nothing to do with how heavy they are but everything to do with the thickness of the yarn. N.B. The boundaries between the different traditional weight classes are not set in stone, different manufacturers may label yarn differently. Never substitute a yarn based on the traditional name alone. Chart of Yarn Weights, Wraps per Inch, Yarn Names and Typical Tension / Gauge. How to create a magical miniature garden that will add a touch of coziness to any home. A terrarium is a miniature garden grown inside a covered glass or plastic container.

How to create a magical miniature garden that will add a touch of coziness to any home

It is extremely easy to take care of and is an ideal choice for homeowners who have little time for gardening. Moreover, a terrarium is a fun way to make your home seem more cozy and modern. While creating a miniature garden at home may seem a tricky task, with a little bit of creativity and patience you will be able to make an absolutely wonderful terrarium in no time at all. Make an Indoor Water Garden in a Jar for Carefree Greenery. Altered Altoid Tin Tutorial. I promised a couple of months ago to post a tutorial for altering Altoid tins, and I've finally gotten around to writing it.

Altered Altoid Tin Tutorial

Altering tins is really fun and easy to do! I've altered dozens of tins, and have learned a few tricks I'd like share with you. Here's what we're making today: {Altered Poetry Tin} As we enter the month of March, I always think of bulb flowers and blooming things.

{Altered Poetry Tin}

I can’t help but find inspiration from the poems written by Hilda Conkling. I created this altered poetry tin using snips of Hilda’s poetry. I love to use bits of poetry in my artwork and think it stems from a Grandfather who actually wrote poetry. Tin letterpress clock. This is the very last of the altoids tins diy projects, i promise!

tin letterpress clock

They are just so cute. i have several shopping weaknesses, and letterpress art is one of them. a friend of mine sent me this adorable card (by wexford girl)and i have been meaning to frame it. but since wall art is another thing i have kind a lot of, i decided to turn it into a little clock for the kitchen. instead of attaching the clock directly to the card (which you can do), i used the altoids tin for extra support. plus, it hides clock mechanism nicely and gives the clock more weight. i plan to add magnets to the back so it can stick on the fridge. have fun! – kate CLICK HERE for the full project instructions after the jump! What You’ll Need: 1. altoids tin 2 drill 3. card or small artwork 4. scissors 5. spray paint (optional) 6. clock kit (these are available at craft stores for around 5 bucks. get the smallest size.) 7. glue 8. foam core or cardboard scrap (a little smaller than the size of the card)

3" Pencil Pleat Shirring Tape. Let's Make Zinnia Flowers from Pine Cones! Oh, look at all those beautiful zinnias!

Let's Make Zinnia Flowers from Pine Cones!

But wait, what do you mean they are actually pine cones?? Yes yes, it's true. These are pine cones pretending to be zinnias. Pine cone bottoms that is! You see, these came about in the most curious and unexpected manner. How to Fix Mistakes in Brioche Knitting. A couple months ago I shared a pattern for an awesomely fluffy cowl in brioche stitch, which a lot of you lovely knitters out there have made (and even adapted!) For yourselves. Tiny Landscapes and Creatures Inside Wooden Boxes by Allison May Kiphuth. Allison May Kiphuth is a diorama artist and a nature enthusiast based in New Hampshire sea coast. She builds these amazing mixed media landscapes populated with miniature creatures inside wooden boxes that are merely a few inches wide.

The owls, foxes, rabbits, whales, hawks, coral, stars, and moon smaller than dimes create magical experience for the viewer. She makes use of fine wire, string and pins to assemble the watercolor and ink layered illustrations of a Lilliputian scale in antique boxes. Her exquisite work can be viewed in person at an exhibition titled “What Goes Around” at Nahcotta Gallery in New Hampshire that started on April 1 and goes on till May 1.

To find more information about the show and timings go here. Mauve and Mustard Scarf. In my mind, Mauve and Mustard is a children's story in which our protagonist, a glasses-wearing, pigtail-sporting, 10-year-old pipsqueak named Mauve, learns to love mustard. Or maybe owns Mustard, because he's her potbellied pig. Yes, that's it, and not only are Mauve and Mustard a dynamic duo who thrive on recreating scenes based on the life of the last empress of Russia, but they also love to knit. Knit For Peace — Knitting Cables: Keeping Track of Your Rows. Kelli Kemery's Thinleaf Jacket (Knitscene, Winter 2014) is simply spectacular. It's a classic cardigan updated with a high neck, offset seed-stitch button band, and a beautiful cable on the back.

And the button band is knit at the same time as the rest of the sweater—no picking up tons of stitches! The knot and braid cable on the back of this cardigan packs a visual punch, but it's not at all hard to knit. Alice's Embrace. Felt Succulents — Creative Kin. How to Make Easy Folded Felt Organizer. Tutorial: fabric bins featuring fort firefly by christina mckinney {a Pellon® & Birch Fabrics partnered project} Bringing you guys a super quick and super useful tutorial today. Made from the dreamy new collection by Teagan White, Fort Firefly, these nesting bins are equally cute & functional!

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m always on the lookout for a cute way to bring a little more organization to my crafty chaos. These would also make an adorable baby shower gift - I can just see them filled with tiny baby socks or as a diaper caddy on a changing table. So many uses!! Loose Bind-Offs for Stretchier Edges. Geo-paper totem!! Free Knitting Patterns. Kindle Cover Tutorial. As promised, here is my Kindle Cover tutorial {sorry for the delay…we had some friends come visit, and I didn’t coordinate my time before their arrival very well – but we had a blast!}. Supplies: 1 Charm pack or assorted scraps {for outside} 5/8 yard print Velcro Elastic {choose a color to match the reader, not the cover – I used black} Buckle {optional} First, measure your reader, my Kindle Fire measures 7 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.

DIY Tutorial Kindle Case and Stand. 4 Ways to Wrap Short Rows with Eunny Jang, from Knitting Daily TV Episode 902. On episode 902's Getting Started segment, Eunny demonstrates four unique ways to wrap your short rows. View.e.knittingdaily. Little Hats, Big Hearts - Philly. Volunteers for the American Heart Association are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting red hats for all babies born in February at participating hospitals. We’re raising awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. 18 Knitting Patterns. 1940s Patterns to Knit. The 1940s in Britain was a high point for hand knitting. Balls to the Walls Knits: Build-Your-Own DK Weight Hat. Eskimimi’s Knitulator knitting increase and decrease calculator. Cascade Yarns.

Comfy Sews: Shawl Collar Sweater Tutorial. Fall Felt Wreath - JoAnn. Fall 2006. Learn to Graft Brioche Stitch Invisibly (and a Free Ear Warmer Pattern!) How to Hang Art Correctly - Emily Henderson. Colorful Blooms Euro Sham Pillow Covers - HOMETOWN BETTY. Embroidery. Shoe lacing with fold over elastic- slip on easy! 26 Clever And Inexpensive Crafting Hacks. KanHeetMain. How to #Crochet a Button - a Moogly Video Tutorial! Find a Pattern with a Picture: Google Reverse Image Search!

Felt Woodland Ornament Tutorials. Stitch-Finder: Lion Brand Yarn. MALABRIGO YARN. Lace window treatment with cornflour. Patterns of Time Costume and Garb Patterns. Little Hearts Matter: A Special Free #Crochet Pattern Collection! Category:Europas bekannteste Schmetterlinge. Free Determinng Fiber Content Burn Test Chart from Fiber Images.

Tutorial : How to Draw Mandalas. Knitting technique tutorials by Lee Meredith. Stellar Four: Outlander: Come for the Scotsmen, Stay for the Hand Knits. 18 Easy DIY Projects That Are Cute as a Button. Snood. Snood. WildCare. Maps.stamen.com. Fabrics-store.com: Linen fabric - Discount linen fabric - Wholesale linen fabric. Animal Series Paper Dolls. A Midsummer Mingle. Collage Candy. Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘N Thread.

Colour Complements. Spoonflower Blog – DIY Fabric, Wallpaper, Decals and Gift Wrap. Downeast Thunder Farm. Color. [Pierrot Yarns]Patterns Club. 9 Best Free Image Editors. Top Ten Websites for Free Cross Stitch Patterns. Papercraft Johan Scherft. 5 Steps To Designing Your Own Scarf.