Flashback: Woven Map Basket Maps can be amazing design elements, with all their intricately drawn lines and minute details. But what do you do with a regular paper map that is starting to fall apart from use? In CRAFT Volume 05, crafter Jane Patrick suggested we weave maps into baskets, a fun and interesting way to reuse castoffs and weave a little memory into a functional item. Check out her full tutorial here and pick up a back issue of CRAFT Volume 05, the Paper issue, in the Maker Shed.Woven Memory Basket Weave your vacation road maps into an attractive souvenir. By Jane Patrick Think of basketry as three-dimensional weaving. If you ever wove paper as a child, that’s the basis for this plaited basket. Materials 2-3 large road maps Contrasting string or thread Clothespins Cutting mat Rotary cutter Awl or tapestry needle Scissors Small tweezers White glue (optional) to further stiffen the basket Directions Step 1: Prepare the strips. Fold each strip in half lengthwise. You’ve now woven a diamond.
Hooded Towel and Washcloth Set This project is relatively quick and very simple to sew. I think it would make a perfect gift for your next baby shower! Materials To make one 31-inch square towel and two 9-inch washcloths: Please keep in mind that the Terry Cloth used here is a knit fabric so it has a lot more stretch that the sheer floral. Cutting For the towel, cut: One 32-inch square from the Terry ClothOne 32-inch square from the Sheer FloralOne 12-inch square from the Terry ClothOne 12-inch square from the Sheer Floral For the washcloths, cut: Two 10-inch squares from the Terry ClothTwo 10-inch squares from the Sheer Floral Sewing the Washcloths Pin one of the 10-inch Sheer Floral squares to one of the 10-inch Terry Cloth squares with their right sides together. Sew the squares together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving a 2-inch gap on one side unsewn as shown above. Snip off all four corners of the square and turn the piece right sides out through the 2-inch gap. Preparing the Hood Sewing the Towel Together Finishing
creative little daisy: Have you priced vintage blue canning jars lately? Wanna make your own really cheap? I bought these probably five years ago at an antique/consignment store. I think I paid about 12 dollars for a set of four. Now you can expect to pay at least that for just one. Last night I was cruising around the internet and happened upon a link to a tutorial using mod podge and food coloring to make your own. Cool! This afternoon I decided to play around with some mod-podge and food coloring myself. Just pour some mod podge into one of your jars. Add a few drops of water to thin down just a bit. You want to get as much of the mod podge mixture out of the jar as possible so you don't have a big glob of dried gunk in the bottom of your lovely jar. This is how it will look wet. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere about heat setting paint on glassware by baking it at a low temp, so I set my oven on the lowest setting it would allow, 150 degrees and popped them in. I took this after they had cooked for about 20 minutes. And for the finished product, drum roll please..... Not too shabby, eh?
DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars The principle is simple and seductively clever: solar lights that store energy during the day and release light at night. These can be purchased ready-made in a variety of colors (yellow, blue and red) but they can also be built at home. A simple, less-technical approach involves buying a conventional solar-powered yard lamp and then essentially harvesting it for key pieces to put in a jar. A more electronically-savvy individual can take the more complex route and built a solar lamp from the ground up using small solar panels – though the aesthetic result may not be as impressive. Whatever route you choose to go, these are fun and sustainable gadgets that make it easy to go green, automate the process of turning on lights at night and can add some color to your porch, patio, garden or windowsill.
Cozy Kid's Roll-Up Nap Blanket - Sew4Home When we're little, we simply have no idea have wonderful it is to be able nap. I remember how hard I tried to keep my peepers open all day long, and my kids struggled against daytime dreams as well. If only we could still sneak away for nap time now. Not to mention a carton of milk and some graham crackers. This soft and sweet nap time pad with its own built-in blanket just might make afternoon slumbers a little bit easier. The Wee Woodland flannels we chose are by Keiki for Moda Fabrics. The amount of flannel listed below is actually enough to make two cuts from each fabric. We always recommend pre-shrinking, but especially stress it when working with flannel. Thanks to our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for providing the Wee Woodland fabric for this project. Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Memory Craft 5200)Even Feed or Walking foot: optional, but helpful to sew through multiple layers Bind the blanket Create the straps and handle Create the main nap pad Finish the straps
DIY Photo Light Box // Take Better Photos! | Ninth and Bird One thing I've learned during my blogging adventures: You eat with your eyes first! Photography is everything when trying to capture a tutorial for your readers, or make your products look desirable on Etsy.com. And what's the most important part? Lighting! Follow this little tutorial to make your own Photo Light Box for the perfect lighting. Cut a border of 2 inches on each side of the tri-fold display board (the two sides and the back). Use a ruler and an exacto knife to make straight edges. Use masking tape to attach the two pieces to form a box. Finally, cover the two sides and the back with white muslin fabric, attaching it with masking tape. Ta-Dah!
Make a Perpetual Button Calendar for 2011 (and Beyond) By Diane Gilleland I know calendars (and clocks and address books) are quickly becoming computer-centric tools, but I like the old-school charm of this desk calendar. Make it once, and you can use it forever – just move the numbers to their correct location each month, and change the nameplate! Materials Picture frame, 11″x14″ or 16″x20″, see belowSheet of foam board or 1/2″-thick corkRuler Craft knife Piece of woven fabric, about 24″x30″ Spray adhesive Masking tape Scissors 42 large buttons, 3/4″ to 1″ in diameter 42 flat-head thumb tacks 5 sheets card stock, for numbers and nameplatesDownloadable name/number template 3/4″ circle punch, optional E-6000, or similarly strong glue Water-soluble fabric marker Fine-point Sharpie 2 squares of wool or acrylic felt 1 sheet of Friendly Felt, or lightweight chipboard Sewing machine and thread 2 sets Velcro dots plus 22 “loop” style dots (the softer half of a Velcro pair)Greeting card envelope Directions Step 1: First, prepare the background.
Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » sewing 101: making a pouf Add a burst of color to your room with this crafty pouf! At 17” wide and 10” deep, it’s large enough to serve as floor seating or a foot stool. (And if you have pets, I have a feeling they may want to make this their new favorite spot!) This project is a little challenging to sew, but it’s not too difficult, so if you’re comfortable with the basics of sewing, give it a try. I love the idea of making a set of these poufs in a range of sizes, for a sculptural stack of cushions that will become a room element in their own right. CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Finished Dimensions: 17” diameter by 10” tall What You’ll Need ¼ yard each 12 coordinating fabrics (I used quilting cottons) 1 yard muslin 3 pounds fiberfill stuffing 2 large buttons (approximately 1 ½”) 2 flat metal washers, slightly smaller than your buttons 12” upholstery needle (get this where upholstery supplies are sold) fishing line sewing thread hand sewing needle sewing machine sharp scissors iron 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
milk glass In our new place, we have a lot of space over our kitchen cabinets. I knew I wanted to do a little accessorizing up there, but I was trying to figure out what I could do without it looking cluttered or busy. I wanted something light and fresh, that was a little more unexpected. Thus began my love affair with milk glass I knew I needed to get my hands on some beautiful milk glass vases. I figured that the cheapest and fastest (did I mention cheapest?) With the exception of the white pitcher which I already had, I grabbed all these beauties for a grand total of $12. I also picked up a few cans of high gloss white paint threw on some latex gloves to protect my manicure set up shop in my garage, and started spraying away I loved the look of them instantly. When I got them all sufficiently coated and dried, it was time to arrange them. I added a few pieces that I already had, and you can hardly tell the difference between the real and the fake ones.