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DIY of the Month: Braided T-shirt Bracelet - StumbleUpon How To: Give your old t-shirts a second life. Sorry dust rag pile! photos: kirsten for we heart this I love using simple materials to make something fun and innovative. As with most of my DIY’s for wht, this is very customizable. Supplies: • T-shirt scraps • 2 keychain rings • Scissors • Needles and thread • Glue gun • Ruler 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. More Options: • Add a strand of metallic thread into the braid • Add charms to the key rings or actual strips of fabric • Use the colors of your school or favorite sports team, or coordinate it with your latest spring outfit Readers – do you have an favorite T just waiting to be turned into a new bracelet? Kirsten of is currently in graduate school, working towards her Masters of Science in Nutrition.

I Really Wish I Could Sew | Pioneer Woman Home & Garden A sweet friend of mine sent the girls and me a box of adorably adorable owl pillows this week. She doesn’t sell them, doesn’t have an Etsy shop…she just makes them. I think they might be the sweetest things I’ve ever seen, and I think they’ll be precious in the girls’ new room. I don’t know what it is about owl pillows. It must have something to do with the eyes. I love this vinyl detailing. Vinyl? Which brings me to my current fixation: I really wish I could sew. But when I see things like this, all I can think about is that I really wish I could sew. I’d love to be able to grab a pile of fabric scraps and turn them into…an owl. I love this one. Boo! It would take me approximately eighty years to make one of these pillows. That’s because I’d keep taking breaks to go cook. And eat. So maybe it’s best that I don’t know how to sew. If I did, I might be tempted to make things like this. And then nothing would ever get cooked in this house. Maybe even twenty pounds! Yep. Ahem.

25 tutorials for Girl Skirts | Sew Easy If you are looking for sewing inspiration or a tutorial, the internet is hoarded of tutorials. The way it usually works is that we look for the tutorioals every time we need to sew something. Yet, when we want to sew something that we saw a few months ago, the tutorial is usually lost in the shuffle. Thnanks to Stephanie we can publish 25 skirts tutorials that she has gathered in one place online on her blog Every Little Day. 1. 2.Five Minute Skirt from Angry Chicken 3.Milkmaid Skirt from Crafterhours 4.Twirly Skirt from House on a Hill Road 5.Elastic Waist Vday Skirt from Freshly Picked 6.A Simple Skirt from Made 7.Fluffy Pettiskirt from Make it & Love it 8.Easy Skirtfrom Two Little Banshees 9.Yoga Skirt from Sew,Mama,Sew! 10.Lazy Days Skirt from Oliver + S 11.The Circle Skirt from MADE 12.The Petel Tiered Skirt from The Girl Creative 13.Layer Cake Skirt from Prudent Baby 14.Tutu from Doodles 15.Stripe work Skirt from Mother Ginger 16.Corduroy Skirt from Tea Rose Home 17.The Market Skirt from MADE

11 awesome things to make using empty wine bottles Since you're a student we're guessing you've got some empty cans and bottles lying around. Just a hunch. Well, whilst those beer cans might be a bit of a lost cause, turns out your wine bottles may be ripe for reusing. But we aren't just talking recycling here. That's right, it's the craze that's sweeping the internet (or as a lot of people like to call it, Pinterest) and it's all about turning your rubbish in to functional, beautiful stuff. In the case of wine bottles you can make art, light and even water your garden. Freshers Fields is back for 2013! 1. Simply wash them out, soak the labels off and stick in some sweets to make a colourful, and tasty, counter filler. 2. With a bit of clay and some bits and pieces of your choosing you can turn that dull mass-produced bottle into something worthy of display. 3. Trying to find something to do with those fairy lights in the months after Christmas? 4. This one is pretty self explanatory. 5. Want something a little more niche? 6. 7. 8. 9.

Sew it yourself Shes Crafty: DIY Multi-Chain &Ribbon Necklace | M.I.S.S. Due to the resounding success of her last She’s Crafty, my friend Pandora from Accessory Source is back with another lovely necklace DIY tutorial that would make a fantastic christmas present for a friend or relative! She says: When it comes to jewelry, I favor big and bold pieces. And while I tend to wear mostly gold, lately I’ve become obsessed with mixing metals like silver and gunmetal (and throwing in some bling for good measure!). My multi-chain necklace has become a staple in my wardrobe because it incorporates it all. You will need the following tools: ScissorsRulerPliers (optional)Ribbon-1 yardTwo jump rings (the size of a nickel). Supplies I chose a mix of metals in various colors and sizes and a few strands with rhinestones. All of my materials were purchased at Toho Shoji. Cut your first strand of chain to 12 inches Step 1: Cut your first strand 12 inches long. Cut your remaining strands each a half inch shorter than the next Pry open your jump ring and attach your longest strand

sharon b's in a minute ago I hope you find this needlework dictionary useful and with it able to improve your hand embroidery skills. To assist those who are new to the craft of hand embroidery I have categorised each stitch as to its degree of difficulty. An icon of a single pair of scissors indicates that the stitch is easy to work and you should not hesitate to try it. If you are new to learning needlework. If you see two scissors, the stitch requires more skill. Three scissors indicate that the stitch needs skill and practice. If you normally have problems following embroidery illustrations the computer can help you. Contents: top Eyelet Stitch Half Chevron stitch Half cross stitch see cross stitch Heavy Braid chain see Heavy chain Heavy chain Herringbone: Herringbone double version 1see Double Herringbone 1 Herringbone double version 2 see Double Herringbone 2 Vandyke chain stitch see zigzag chain Y' stitch see fly stitch Zigzag Chain: Zigzag sham hem stitch see threaded arrowhead Handwork Community Other

How to Make Your Home Sewing Not Look Homemade | Home Sewing Pressing is different from ironing. When most of us iron, we use a back and forth motion, moving the iron over the fabric. In pressing, the iron is lowered to the place to be pressed, then raised off the fabric, and moved to the next area. Ironing board covers should be 100% cotton because the all cotton fabric absorbs the moisture so that the fashion fabric will dry quickly. The traditional ironing covers with the reflective surface, actually reflects the steam, and may cause burn damage to some fabrics and slows down the drying process when you’re shaping with steam. First, be sure you know the fabric content to determine the proper heat setting for the iron, then follow the techniques below as you sew your garment pieces together. has a degree in Home Economics, and has taught hundreds of high school students and adults how to sew for the very first time. For a limited time you can download "Sew-It Like a Pro" Copyright (c) 2008

52 Weeks Project A Fine Seam How to Marbleize Paper and Cards - Martha Stewart Crafts - StumbleUpon Immediately after removing the paper, place it in a pan, and pour water over it. Hang paper to dry, marbleized side up. Do not touch the paper until it is dry (typically within 2 hours, depending on humidity levels). Decide whether to keep or discard your solution (it can be used several times). Circle skirt calculator – for the drafting of full, half and 3/4 skirts. With bonus grading worksheet! | The Snug Bug Special Sunday greetings you naked molerats! Since you’re so naked, I thought you might want to make yourselves some nice little circle skirts. And perhaps, like me, you find yourself with little mole rat patterns just a touch on the small side. OK. Recently I’ve been plotting about two separate circle-skirt related issues in my head. For molerats who are unfamiliar with circle skirts, here’s the difference between the three styles. For a much more interesting comparison, here’s a full circle skirt. {image Whirling Turban} Here’s the oh, so lovely three-quarter circle skirt. And a slightly pixelated half circle skirt… {image Get Go Retro} The other circle-skirt related problem I’ve been mulling over has to do with grading up circle skirts. OK, I admit I usually grade up my circle skirts the ‘wrong’ way. My problem is (hopefully) solved! I made two little handy tools this morning – they both live in the same Excel file – in fact, in the same sheet! Okee dokee. Whew! OK! There we have it!

Avoid the Homemade Look with the Right Sewing Tools Getting asked “Did you make that?” by friends and family is a loaded question: Are they asking us because they know we sew and are making pleasant conversation, or because it looks—horrors—homemade? Michael Kors routinely cuts Project Runway contestants down to size by telling them their fashions look “Becky Home Ecky.” A popular fashion blog recently described a celebrity’s clothes as having “a tendency to look a little home sewn…you can see the darts at 20 paces.” Fortunately there are a number of sewing tools that can help you create clothing that looks better than most ready-to-wear. • Good thread. • A large [clear] quilter’s rule for laying [patterns] on the grain. • I finally bought a really good pair of scissors after struggling with a bad pair. • If the friend is truly going to become a lifelong sewing fanatic, then a rotary cutter and the largest cutting mat she can accommodate. • Small scissors for safely clipping threads. • A really good sewing reference book [or several].