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by | no responses | August 23, 2014

These embroidered pins are kind of addictive – it’s so much fun to pick the color combinations and stitch patterns that it’s easy to make a bunch. I made them as pins for two reasons – one, I rarely make pins, and two, they’re a little 80′s looking and it’s hard to rock an 80′s look without a few solid badges. That said, it would be easy to finish them as parts for necklaces or bracelets by using the method from the crystal flower tutorial. The technique for making these is a bit like a spirograph, and they’re actually really easy and quick to make.

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by | one response | August 16, 2014

A leather pencil case is something that will last many, many years.  It is durable, secure, and can be made from scraps of leather left over from previous projects. This type of bag can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes to hold anything you like including craft supplies and art supplies.
Leather Pencil Case

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by | 2 responses | August 9, 2014

This crystal flower necklace is made from teardrop shaped crystals that look very ordinary when hanging on strings or tucked into bags in a craft store, but become sparkling flower statement jewelry when arranged just so. Making each piece a little different adds some subtle asymmetry. This necklace is so much easier to make than you probably think it is!

Crystal Flower Necklace

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Technique:

by | no responses | August 2, 2014

How to sew a button well is a useful skill to have whether you sew or not. You never know when a button may fall off a garment or when you may want to refresh a garment with unique buttons.  A couple quick tips will ensure the button works well and holds up over time.
how to sew a button

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by | 2 responses | July 26, 2014

It’s no secret that I love making things with tiny knots. This method for making a macrame bracelet is a lot of fun because it uses rings to hold the ends and a hidden hem on the back to finish the strands. It’s a pretty piece of jewelry that’s easy to wear with lots of looks, and could be made in an endless range of colors to match anything.

Micro Macrame Bracelet With Rings

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by | no responses | July 21, 2014

Sewing darts into a woven fabric is a great way to add shaping and fit to a garment.  They can flatter and shape and are easy to sew well if you know how.
how to sew darts

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by | 4 responses | July 12, 2014

The last time my parents visited we went on a tour of a very beautiful old mansion. At the end of the day I was left with a commemorative sticker and the embarrassing realization that even though I spend nearly all of my time working on DIY projects I didn’t actually have anything dedicated to collecting up the pretty bits of ephemera. Now I do – these notebooks with stitched covers are made from cardstock (from those variety packs I always need every color of.) They’re fun to stitch and sturdy enough that you could stick all kinds of drawings, leaves, feathers, and other things inside of them!

Notebooks With Stitched Covers

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