Tutorials, Patterns & How-Tos
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Welcome Holly from Chezbeeperbebe to Whipup, today she is sharing a simple, easy-peasy art supply pouch. My name is Holly and you may have seen me here before–I designed the Library Book Tote tutorial several months ago. I spend a lot of time designing toys from recycled stuff and then make lots of other stuff in between. You can find me at Chez Beeper Bebe where I blog about all the stuff I make and share tutorials for some of it. You can also buy some of the stuff I make in my Etsy shop . Come on over and say hey.
The kids needed water bottle totes for a summer day camp this week, so I came up with this quick and easy pattern. This one has elastic around the top to keep the bottle from falling out and should hold most smaller sizes of plastic and metal bottles (12-18oz). And if you’re interested, you can read this review of BPA-free bottles .
Bias Binding Tutorial Written and Designed by Janet M. Davies Bias Binding is strip of fabric that has been cut at a 45 degree angle to the grain of your fabric. Doing this allows the cut strip to bend slightly and be folded over itself without it puckering. It is a great way if finishing off a neckline or armline on a garment.
One of the main reasons that I started sewing was to make harnesses for Sammy, so it means a lot to me to post this tutorial. Here is my tutorial to make a basic harness vest. I’ve included the patterns that I use for Sammy and Loki, which you can enlarge or reduce as you wish until you have the perfect template for your dog.
I didn’t invent the idea of the fabric basket/bucket–nothing like–but I am certainly more than happy to walk you through how I made the ones I’m using in my studio. After discovering–purely by accident –that a smaller (prototype) bucket fit neatly inside the larger size I settled on, it occurred to me as I prepared to put together a tutorial that a set of nested buckets would be pretty cool. So, here they are: a set of three nested fabric buckets to mix-and-match at will. I’m even thinking the littlest size would make a sweet handbag for the spring, don’t you? I’m really digging on the graduated sizes, and still completely in love with the idea that these can be used as dividers, so that the biggest basket isn’t so super huge that there’s a ton of wasted space.
Ruffles are everywhere. They're taking over the world like a growing fungus, feeding on every shirt and pillow and bag in their path. JCrew and Anthropologie have completely succumbed. Good thing ruffles are so darned pretty. If you'd like to invite some into your existing wardrobe, check out the following tutorials. Most projects are made from refashioned t-shirts or jersey easily found at fabric stores.
I am probably one of the messiest cooks, dyers, crafters, artists, .... name an activity and I'm sure I'm among the messiest! I have an art apron I use when I dye, but it's a little on the thin side and direct hits with splashes often leak through. So I decided I need something heavier - and that would also work for gardening.
Let's talk about transferring embroidery patterns. :) There are lots of ways to do it, different ways work better for different fabrics. Personally, I mostly use a light table (you can also use a sunny window) and fabric pens and just trace the designs onto fabric. You can rinse away the pen lines when you're done. This works well for any light weight, light colored fabric.
I thought I’d share with you how to make my fabric scrap “basket”. It’s VERY simple. I whipped out another two baskets in no time at all. Now I have all of my smaller scraps organized into small, medium and large groupings.
Here’s the project from my guest post on The CSI Project a few weeks back: So now that warm weather has finally arrived, I emptied out my kids’ summer clothes bins and realized my little girl had outgrown all her shirts. No biggie. It’s time for a project! Two boys long underwear shirts (one grey and one white) from my son got a quick trim to make a more feminine 3/4 length sleeve. The raw edges were rolled and tacked in place.
VELCRO may not be very glamorous, but it is very strong, inexpensive and is generally fairly easy for most people to open and close. I consider it a sewing staple. Since you can't pin VELCRO in place (or at least it is very difficult), it is easy for it to get slightly off kilter when you sew it on. Any change in the position of the piece will probably mean it ends up a little crooked. So here are two things you can do to help sew it on straight, and one extra general tip. 1.
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