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Quick Microwave Method

Quick Microwave Method
Update: In January of 2013 I shared a second quick-method for making lace crowns that does not use a microwave. Click HERE for that tutorial. Who wouldn't feel like instant royalty with one of these lovely handmade crowns? I often lament how little time there is left at the end of the day after chores, responsibilities, and my own creative projects, to try any of the amazing crafts I've been inspired by on Pinterest. This project is a beautiful way to repurpose bits of vintage jewelry Because the idea is nothing short of brilliant (in my opinion), creatives all over the blogosphere are adding their own unique spin to this project whose origin I've traced back to Bitter Betty Blogs. I Like Shortcuts...and I'm not ashamed to say it. Here's where my version comes in -- I'm usually short on time. Lace Crowns -- Quick Microwave Method makes ONE 18" crown 1/2 yard crocheted lace(Also look for "Cluny Lace" or "Dyeable Cotton Lace". Step 1: Place lace in a small bowl and cover with fabric stiffener.

DIY Clothes Tutorial: Making an Elastic Harness [DIY Fashion]Monoxious | Monoxious Hello peeps, It’s been long since we had a post on DIY Fashion. We apologise on that part, the past month has been pretty crazy with the holiday season and setting up resolutions and priorities as the year drew to an end. We have load of exciting things lined up for Monoxious this year. Do watch out for them. Today we present something which we have been procrastinating for quite a while (which is not good since fashion waits for no one.) and raved about it back here. These are what you will need. Elastics (approx 5yards)Trimmings with hook and eyePinsBlack threadDress form (not pictured)Optional: Black Sock cat (for entertainment) Start pinning your elastics to the dress form. Just keep doing it until you’re satisfied or run out of elastics. I marked the lines a little further as you can see as elastics are stretchable and you would want the harness to be slightly snug when wearing. Sew all the straps together~!!!! And here’s the completed piece~!!!

DIY Cloth Child's Activity Books A cloth activity book makes a wonderful gift for a child. These books are made from cloth and contain small activities that even the youngest child will enjoy. The books are soft, easy to carry and use. The size of the book you make is up to you. Anything from 21" x 14" to 17" x 9 ½" works great. This is the measurement of the book laying open flat. Think about making the cover of the book from a different fabric than you select for the inside pages. Before embellishing the pages with activities, lightly mark the center of each "page". The pages and activities you do can be simple or complicated. This is a great project for using up smaller pieces of fabric. The designs and ideas for each page are endless. A lamb made from a high pile fabric. These books are wonderful for lots of different occasions. Have Fun!

DIY Fashion Report: Pimp je kraag Het is weer tijd voor een leuk Do It Yourself, oftewel DIY project. Dit keer laten we zien hoe je een kraagje van een blouse pimpt met cd’s! Wat heb je nodig: – blouse met kraag – oude cd’s – schaar – lijm – theedoek – waterkoker – pan Stap 1: Kook heet water met de waterkoker en giet dit in een pan Stap 2: Laat hier een aantal cd’s voor zo’n 5 minuten in liggen Stap 3: Haal de cd’s eruit en leg ze op een theedoek en droog ze af Stap 4: Knip voorzichtig de cd door midden Stap 5 en 6: De bovenkant laat los van de onderkant. Stap 7: Gebruik het glimmende deel en knip hier vormpjes uit Stap 8: Voordat je gaat plakken leg je ze op de kraag zoals je ze graag wilt hebben en ze mooi op elkaar aansluiten Stap 9: Lijm de stukjes cd vast op je kraag Stap 10: En.. klaar! Meer DIY Fashion Reports zien? English version It’s time for another DIY Report! What do you need? – a blouse (with collar) – old CD’s – scissors – glue – dishcloth – electric kettle – pan Step 4: Cut the CD’s in half

Tutorial: Sewing Panties This post is part of the Stretch Yourself series, hosted by Miriam of Mad Mim and Miranda of One Little Minute. It is a two week long series about sewing with knits that have started last week, covering various topics like fabric selection, pattern-making, construction, finishing techniques with various style and projects by 10 guest bloggers. Today I am honored to be one of the guest blogger! Don’t forget to check out Jodi at Sew Fearless who will also posting about using stretch lace. My tutorial is for sewing your own panties, but most especially about using and attaching several types of elastics. Stretch fabric: lycra, jersey. You can also trace them yourself from the ones you already have. For most pattern, you will have three pieces, front, back, and crotch.Fold your fabric and place your pattern pieces. Sandwich the back piece between two crotch pieces, matching all the stitching marks. Stitch the sandwiched layers together using zigzag stitches. Turn the crotch inside out.

Tutorial & Pattern: Felt Activity Book Egg Come have a look at what is inside this little book... I've been wanting to make some sort of little creative felt book for a while now, and then last week, in the middle of a completely unrelated meeting at my day job with some boring white guys in suits, I just started having all these ideas for new tutorials I could create around Easter and spring related themes. Not sure where the inspiration was in that scenario, but I came out of that meeting with a whole list of ideas scribbled in the margins of my notebook. I had something sort of traditional in mind at first for this little egg design book, but then just found I loved making the kooky monster and character faces more than anything the shapes I started cutting out from felt became more and more conducive to facial features rather than stripey and dotted eggs. Whatever the case, I love the portability of this book and its open-ended creative potential using just basic felt shapes in a variety of colors.

T-Shirt Underwear I know you've got them, lurking in drawers, the back of the closet, in the "giveaway" pile: those T-shirts that are, for various reasons, both unwearable and indispensable. They are too small, too big, too short, have a stain, a hole, or some other flaw, and yet you cannot bear to part with them. I took my old t-shirts and gave them new life. They were reincarnated as underwear. The Concept My first pair came about because of an ill-shapen tee with a great air-brushed-style kitty face on the front. Late one night I was folding laundry. It's true that, as an undergarment, not many people will ever see this creation. Check out the pattern PDF. select a shirt Find a clean (if you care) shirt that strikes your fancy. sew the major seams SEW THE MAJOR SEAMS First take your crotch piece, and hem the wider end, folding the edge over either once or twice. Fold crotch piece around to the front, so that it lines up nicely with the front section, and pin it in place. try it on prep the edges

Fused Interfacing: Tailor's Tricks Block Fusing is a method that many modern tailors and home-sewists use to apply interfacing to fashion fabric yardage before the pattern pieces are cut out. Have you ever struggled keeping the interfacing layer from slipping off-grain as you attempt to fuse it to your fabric yardage? Next time, try this fast, easy, and accurate method that I learned from a Master Tailor, called "SPOT-FUSING"...And it can be done right on your cutting table! First, we need to prepare the surface of the table. Next, lay out your fashion fabric on top of your "padded" table, WRONG side UP...making SURE it is smooth. Now lay your Interfacing FUSIBLE Side DOWN on the (wrong side) of the fashion fabric, making sure it is smooth and on grain. This is where the Spot-Fusing happens :) USING a thin PRESS CLOTH, and your steam iron set to a low-wool setting, start moving your iron over the interfacing with an UP and DOWN motion. Labels: Professional Sewing Supplies, Sewing Notions, Tips / Techniques

Tatting & nothin' else Yup, well known for it too!!! It's something that Nick and I have in common - a love of bags! Not posh bags, expensive bags, but downright useful bags!! I also make bags - I have a 'thing' about making them too. I honestly can't remember when I made the first bag but it was many, many years ago. Well the week before last we had a 'turning out' of bags. PS - yes, I'm allowed a PS in a blog, I'm sure!! Cro-tat Tatting with a Crochet Hook Please compare the photo of a crochet designed for tatting with a regular crochet hook. The tatting crochet hool has a straight non-tapered shank similar to a tatting needle while a regular crochet hook has a tapered shank and often a wide spot for ease of handling in the center. Tatting with a Crochet Hook Instructions from 1869 Godey's Lady Book Vol. 78, page 271. This page of patterns was rescued from obscurity by Rebecca Hollenbaugh, former editor of Old Time Crochet And these instructions were typed and the scans of the diagrams made usable by Tammy Rodgers. "Tat over the crochet hook, instead of over the thread with a shuttle. The double knots are worked over the hook in the same manner as with a shuttle over the thread, and the latter is drawn through by the hook. the thread goes in it with it double through the knots, and according to Fig. 5, forms a loop before the beginning of the knots, through which, as also shown in Fig. 5, 2d . Any questions?

Free Sewing, Costume, & Quilt Patterns - A Green Guide to Natural Beauty + Mango Citrus Body Butter Recipe It’s time to review our very first Garden Therapy Book Club book, A Green Guide to Natural Beauty: 35 step-by-step projects for homemade beauty by Karen Gilbert. There are many different types of books we will be looking at in Book Club, but when the book is DIY or project-based, then the best way to test it out is to give the projects a try. As the title suggests, A Green Guide to Natural Beauty boasts 35 different natural beauty projects, which made it very appealing given that I’ve been aiming to make as many of my bath and body products as I can. As part of the Natural Skincare Series I’ve shared recipes and tutorials for soap, scrubs, and bath products all made with natural ingredients, and where possible ingredients from my garden. First and foremost this book is beautiful. The rest of the book covers recipes and detailed instructions with photos on Chapter 2: For the Face, Chapter 3: For the Body, and Chapter 4: Bath and Shower. Apricot Face Scrub Recipe p. 60 Review 2/5 Ingredients:

Scalemail Belly Dance Bra Top in knitted by Crystalsidyll