easter craft week day 2: finger puppets

March 30, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

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Purl Bee has some very detailed instructions on making these cute little Easter finger puppets. Perfect handmade entertainment for any little ones in your life.

- Finger Puppet Instructions

Tomorrow: Fabric Eggs

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 1: bunny egg cozy

March 29, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

With Easter only 2 weeks away, I thought I’d dedicate this week to Easter Crafts. Each day this week I’ll feature a cute little craft you can do yourself. Whether you like to knit, sew or get your hands dirty dyeing eggs, there will be something for everyone, so be sure to check back and hopefully you’ll find something to create for your Easter basket.

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Kicking off Easter Craft Week, are these adorable little Bunny Egg Cozies. OK, so I’m not exactly sure what you need a Egg Cozy for, but come on… how cute are these?

- Bunny Egg Cozy Instructions

Tomorrow: Easter Finger Puppets

Posted by: kelly

spring cleaning…… your sewing machine

March 25, 2009 - Filed under How-to

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’tis the season when everyone has spring cleaning on their minds… ok so not everyone, but I’m sure a few of you do. And so because of that, I wanted to let you all know about this great how-to on cleaning your sewing machine.

It’s not as scary as it sounds… and I’m sure most of you are probably over-due… so head on over to Craft Nectar, to get a jump start on your spring cleaning!

>> How to clean your sewing machine

Posted by: kelly

fat quarter handbag tutorial

March 9, 2009 - Filed under Acccessories, Fabric, How-to, Sewing

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There’s a fantastic tutorial over at sew mama sew for a handbag made from a fat quarter. So simple and easy you can make one to match every outfit.

For those of you who aren’t quilters or don’t know what a ‘Fat Quarter’ is here’s the basics.

Most quilt-weight cotton is 44″ doubled over on a bolt. A yard is 36″, which means that a regular quarter-yard ends up being one long skinny piece measuring 9″x44″.

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For a fat quarter, you typically cut half a yard from the bolt and then cut along the fold leaving you with two pieces measuring 18″x22″. Or one full yard cut into quarters.

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Basically a fat quarter offers you more flexibility, especially when dealing with large prints. Many shops sell pre-cut fat quarters with coordinating solids making them super easy to work with. If you haven’t previously worked with fat quarters, once you do you’ll start seeing the endless possibilities for them.

Posted by: kelly

fabric flowers

March 7, 2009 - Filed under Fabric, How-to

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Spring is just around the corner and I’m trying to get you inspired. If you thought yesterday’s paper flowers were easy, why not step it up a notch and try some fabric ones. Pick your favorite fabrics in coordinating colors and make yourself a bouquet.

Check out this easy tutorial courtesy of Laurie Cinotto.

Posted by: kelly

paper flowers

March 6, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Paper goods

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Why not brighten up your gloomy winter day, by making your own paper flowers. This super simple project takes only about 5 mins and is sure to brighten any room. Add them to twigs or branches for an instant bouquet or simply throw them in a bowl.

Originally created by Martha Stewart, Wendy from DoziDesign has whipped up a quick tutorial. Head on over there and start making flowers to your heart’s content.

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Pictures from Dozi & Jen Elisebeth.

Posted by: kelly