change of heart cowl knittyIt’s hard to believe these are the fall surprises when it’s not even August yet, but the two surprise patterns just released by Knitty are great to knit now and use later (or, in the case of the socks, to use now).

The Thisbe Sock by Nancy Green is a top-down, lace and cable design with a short row heel …

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Yes you can do it and it’s easier than you think.

No, you don’t need a degree in Melittology (scientific study of bees) or be an apiarist (although either of those can’t hurt).

All you really need to do is to learn it by following the step by step guide from the website remove and replace here: Beehive in a Jar

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10 decorative ways to patch your clothes

 

 

Now and then, whether we like it or not, our favorite clothes are going to end up with a hole here or there.  Why not take the opportunity to add a decorative patch rather than giving up on that sweater or comfy pair of jeans?  Felted shapes, embroidery and crochet all add interesting flair while covering up a …

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knit a cute red jumper for a little girlI’m pretty sure I told you before about Red Heart’s Christmas in July pattern collection. A lot of these are crochet, but I saw a new one this week that caught my eye for knitters.

The Red Jumper is a really cute little red dress — though I’m sure it would be lovely in any color! — designed by Lorna …

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55 Great Cleaning Tips

by Larissa Coleman


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While the task of cleaning can be a tedious and overwhelming one, there can be ways to make it a little easier.  These 55 tips can give you a little extra push to get some of those tasks done that you may just have been putting off for a while.  Now, I understand that 55 tips seem like a lot, …

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Tutorial: Water bottle holder with clip

Tutorial: Water bottle holder with clip

Becky from Patchwork Posse shows how you can make this water bottle carrier with a clip to attach it to a backpack or bike handle or even a belt loop.  It’s made from oilcloth or laminated fabric so it’s sturdy and also wipes clean easily.  The criss cross strips makes an easy bottom for the bottle carrier.  …

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Homemade Baby Shampoo

by Shellie Wilson


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Now I have your attention with the most adorable blue eyed baby. This tutorial is for a Homemade baby shampoo that’s gentle and effective. With a mop of hair like this gorgeous baby you are going to need to freshen the hair. Full tutorial here.

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end_fgd_cover_sI love getting new e-books from Helios Glass. They’re always perfect for the moment, as is this new one, Ending Fused Glass Disasters. One of my last slumps had me sighing in sadness since a bulge was right in the middle of what would have been a beautiful platter. Glass can be a cruel mistress. I know what went …

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Polar Ice Fishing Science Experiment
It may be summer time where I live, but I think this wintery science experiment would be perfect to do on a hot day. In fact, on a hot day, you might be able to think of even more fun stuff to do with these over-sized ice cubes.

Deirdre, from JDaniel4′s Mom, froze small toy animals in blocks of ice …

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Floating Moss Letters Tutorial via A Handcrafted Wedding

Moss letters floating in thrifted frames are the perfect decorative element for a rustic, woodland-inspired wedding!. Learn how to make them with a quick and easy tutorial from A Handcrafted Wedding.…

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Free pattern: Boys' reversible mesh shorts

Free pattern: Boys’ reversible mesh shorts

Emily from Nap Time Creations shares a free pattern for making these reversible mesh shorts for boys.  She made the ones you see here for her own boys, and they’ve worn them all summer long.  I’ll take that as their approval! Her free pattern comes in two sizes – size 4T and size 5/6T.  If …

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Rachel from Adventures in Making is sharing a tutorial on how to make these cute Flower Flip Flops! She shows how to make the fabric flowers, as well as painting the flip flops with nail polish!

Get the DIY here: Flower Flip Flops.…

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DIY Burlap Ring Bearer Pillow via Something Turquoise

Printed burlap has been catching my eye at craft and fabric stores lately, but leave it to the crafty geniuses at Something Turquoise to come up with a fun way to use it! In 30 minutes or less you can create a burlap ring bearer pillow with their instructions found here. And it’s no-sew!

For lots more burlap inspiration, visit …

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Here’s your sketch for today

Craft Gossip Summer of Sketches 3 - July 25

Right click to save the image for your files.

Here are two pages using the sketch:

1. Vernell’s page

Craft Gossip Summer of Sketches 3 - Vernell Clouden

2. Francine’s Page 

Craft Gossip Summer of Sketches 3 - Francine Clouden

Follow our linked names to get more info and detail shots of our pages.

Leave a link to your layout if you use the sketch!…

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Tutorial: Twist back top

Tutorial: Twist back top

Gina Michele puts a twist on a basic boxy top.  Literally.  She gives the back of the shirt a twist before sewing it up so it has a drapey open back.  She shares a tutorial showing how to make it.  Use different fabrics (with similar weights) on the front and back for extra fun. Go to

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cro owl blanket 0714

I was browsing through Etsy to see what’s new there and ran across a few things I wanted to share with my readers.  These are patterns that cost money, but they certainly look worth a few bucks to me.  This very cute owl pattern can be found here.

 

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I love the dimensionality of this pretty afghan.  See the …

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Julie Picarello makes fantastic mokume gane and there’s a freebie tutorial on Sculpey.com with instructions for it. The tutorial uses Sculpey’s new Soufflé clay but I’m betting you can tweak the colours in the clay of your choice to make the great southwest colour scheme.…

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Free paper piece pattern typewriter Shape Moth

Joanna of Shape Moth created this inviting quilt block, a typewriter with paper in place. She shares on her blog a paper piece pattern, in two sizes. Get the PP typewriter tutorial and free downloadable pattern.

Image credit: Shape Moth

Via Darra Williamson

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Tutorial: Quilted file pouch

Tutorial: Quilted file pouch

Nicole from Modern Handcraft shares a tutorial at The Sewing Rabbit showing how to make a quilted file pouch that’s perfect for back to school.  The large zippered pouch will keep your papers and files organized, and the zip closure keeps papers from slipping out.  The outside is pieced from several fabrics, so have some fun mixing and …

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basket_lemonCamelot Fabrics shares a tutorial for making this play basket of fruit out of felt.  This would make a cute addition to a child’s play kitchen!  The felt basket is filled with nutritious felt fruit – an apple, a lemon, a pear, a banana, and a slice of watermelon.  They’re put together with simple hand stitches, so no sewing machine required for …

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