Freebie: Paper Garland

by Heather Holbrook


Freebie: Paper Garland

Down a free printable pattern to trace and cut for a lovely butterfly and flower paper garland over at the Pane, Amore e Creativita blog. (note blog is in Italian but no need to translate just to download the pattern :))

-Heather…

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Polymer Clay Trivia

by Elaine Robitaille


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Isabel Krueger rounded up some of the good notes and (sourced them even) and popped them into a handy polymer clay basics document. You should have a peek and bookmark it. Everyone always has slightly different takes on the basics and the variety out there actually helps each clayer pick their way through to what works best for them.…

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Easy Summer Picnic Quilt

by Scarlett Burroughs


Summer Picnic Quilt Free Pattern Remona

Remona of The Stitching Scientist thinks summer quilting projects should be quick and easy to leave plenty of time for outdoor activities. I agree. With that in mind, she made this fun quilt out of a Jelly Roll and Charm Pack from the Little Apples fabric collection by Aneela Hoey. See her instructions for how to make your own Summer

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Tutorial: Modern house placemats with flatware pockets

Tutorial: Modern house placemats with flatware pockets

Svetlana Sotak of s.o.t.a.k handmade guest blogs at Ellison Lane with a tutorial showing how to make these adorable house placemats.  They’re pieced in two fabrics – one for the main house shape, and one for the roof.  And look at the door – it’s also a flatware pocket!  I’m loving the gingham and …

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Tutorial: Simple summer skirt with pockets

Tutorial: Simple summer skirt with pockets

Emily from Nap Time Creations shows how you can make this breezy summer skirt.  It’s a simple gathered skirt with wide elastic for a waistband, and pockets set into the side seams.  Her tutorial includes a template for making the pockets.  Wear it with a t-shirt or loose fitting blouse and you’ll look dressed up for errand …

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NICOLE is a South African living in Southern California and Hosts “THE FELTED FOX” where she likes to share her diverse Scandinavian minimalism, Californian modernism, and a little bit of a South African love for color and all things recycled.  She is showing us how to make her “Felt Fox Pillow DIY” and it is a cutie!  Use her free …

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Tutorial: Christmas bird ornament

Tutorial: Christmas bird ornament

Karin from Leigh Laurel Studios shows how you can make this handsome Christmas bird ornament. Made from white fabric, he looks like a dove. Or if made from a red, he could be a cardinal.  Or how about making a bunch out of different fabrics and covering your tree in a flock of birdies?  She uses a …

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Project: Neon Card

by Heather Holbrook


Project: Neon Card

Neon colors are really trendy right now! Use neon ink sprays, stencils and stamps for a bright and colorful greeting card. Hero Arts stamps has all the details.

-Heather…

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bridal shower themes

During the summer months, love is in the air! If you know a bride-to-be, Pop Sugar has a fabulous list of bridal shower themes that are sure to be a hit. My personal favorites are the neon circus and glitzy hearts themes pictured below, but there’s a great ’60s beach party shower idea that looks like fun if you’re not embarrassed …

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vintage lace hat free knitting patternThe free Sweater Babe pattern of the month this month is the Vintage Charm One Ball Hat, a cute little lace leaf patterned hat worked with one skein of a super soft chunky 100 percent baby alpaca yarn.

This would be a great one for gift giving or just to warm your head when it’s cold outside.

The pattern …

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Tutorial: Fairy dress-up wings

Tutorial: Fairy dress-up wings

Lainie from Maker*land shows how you can make a pair of fairy dress-up wings for a small child.  These are more substantial than a pair of wire & sheer fabric wings like you’d find at the store, and I think they’d stand up better to active play.  These are made from two layers of quilting cotton, with …

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summer wreathAmy from “Delineate Your Dwelling” has a guest post on “uncommon designs” sharing her design with a step-by-step tutorial for her lovely “Summer Fabric Wreath”!  This is a good way to use up your scraps of fabrics and is light and summery.…

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diy leash accessory This is brilliant! I bet anyone who fosters dogs for adoption would love to have one of these! So whether you are one of the great people who do foster dogs before their adoption of just like to craft for shelters pop on over to the link Erika sent in to the blog Sew Doggy Style for the 2 tutorials

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Beach-bag-main-1Marni from Haberdashery Fun shares a tutorial at Momtastic showing how to make this beach bag with cord straps.  It’s easy to make – just a simple rectangular tote with cording and jumbo eyelets for straps.  The size she shows makes  a cute beach bag, but you can adjust the dimensions to make it in any size you like.  You …

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10 Classroom Themes

by Kym Terranova


10 class room themes

 

August is quickly approaching and it’s time to start planning classroom themes.  These ten whimsical themes will add fun and excitement to your learning space.  What child wouldn’t love to sit back and read a book while sitting by the ocean or in a cozy nook at Hogwarts?  Students will look forward to working under their favorite truffula tree or …

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backyardideas

If you have a backyard and are looking for ways to add a little more fun to your decor, check out this post from Buzzfeed.  These 51 ideas for great backyard DIY’s are both practical, and functional.  With things ranging from ideas for backyard games, decor, and a mix of both where your decor can be a game, you will …

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Easy Chocolate Tart

by Carolyn Bickford


Easy Chocolate Tart

How decadent does this look? Easy too!

Confused Barwarchis created this easy no bake chocolate tart. They made it using two mini spring pans and no eggs. They also used a gingersnap cookie for the crust, but you could choose a cookie of your liking.
What a wonderful dessert to bring to a cookout or party.

Click on the webpage …

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Tutorial: Girls' Pip Skirt with contrast pocket panels

Tutorial: Girls’ Pip Skirt with contrast pocket panels

Jenn from A Jennuine Life shares a tutorial for making her Pip Skirt.  It’s a girl’s gathered skirt, but with deep pockets sewn into contrast side panels.  It’s a super cute style that’s easy to make.  Her tutorial gives cutting dimensions to make the skirt in girl’s sizes 2 to 12.  Her …

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bobbypin8

If you are like me and loose around 100 of these a month then this might be a solution. Embellishing your bobby pins will not only make your hair look pretty (fast) but will also help stop them from slipping into oblivion. Do you have a bobby pin idea? Share it here. Check out these other projects on Craftgossip that …

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new vintage lace giveawayI hate the phrase “not your grandmother’s knitting” and yet I’m tempted to say the patterns in New Vintage Lace by Andrea Jurgrau are not your grandmother’s doilies. Except they might be. Sort of.

These projects are inspired by vintage lace doilies and other classic projects, reinterpreted into modern shawls and hats.

The patterns are pretty, though a lot of …

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DIY Stick Fort Kit

by Sherri Osborn


DIY Stick Fort Kit
Learn how to make this fun fort kit you can bring out the next time the kids are bored. Gather together some dowels, styrofoam balls, and a few other supplies and let the kids go to town. For added fun, let the kids paint the styrofoam balls bright colors!

Follow these directions shared by Agnes: DIY Stick Fort Kit

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Tutorial: Tracing printable PDF patterns without a printer

Tutorial: Tracing printable PDF patterns without a printer

The convenience of printable PDF patterns (free or purchased) is that you can download them whenever you like and print them right then and there at your house.  But you have to have access to a printer!  When my printer is knocked offline for some reason or another, I’m unable to print …

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I stumbled across this list of 8 Craft Fair Trends that are popular right now. Things like using trunks and hat boxes to display your art, or using wooden crates. If you’re doing any craft shows this summer, take a peek at this list!

View them here- 8 Craft Fair Trends You Must See.…

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doilytshirtBeth from The Renegade Seamstress shows how you can make this lace back t-shirt.  It’s an easy project when you use a doily for the lace applique. She shares a tutorial at eHow showing how you can do it.  Go to eHow for the tute.

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Project: By The Sea Card

by Heather Holbrook


Project: By The Sea Card

Sometimes you have so many wonderful pattern papers and embellishments laying around you don’t even need any stamps to make a fabulous card. Directions for this pretty By The Sea card is a great example, find directions for making it over on the Scraps of Life blog.

-Heather…

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