CalPatchcal patch, accord, NY, US
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craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, restyle, sewing
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Member Since: 08/27/2008
Why use a machine for what your hands can do better? Making buttonholes the old-fashioned way lends a charming touch to your finished projects!
Any DIY or green celebration can benefit from upcycled commemorative T-shirts, and making them can even be part of the festivities!
Did you know you can use crochet for mending? Here's an alternative to darning that's pretty darn cute!
Don't let patternmaking intimidate you! It's simply drafting shapes based on your measurements. This simple sunhat project is a good introduction to the wonderful world of flat patterns.
The hottest (not to mention coziest) winter accessory of the moment is most certainly the cowl. Good news! It's also about the easiest style to make for those last-minute gifts...
Making clothes for guys doesn't have to be so intimidating. All you have to do is keep it simple!
You don't have to be a spinner to make your own yarn! Cutting old tees into strips yields a super-bulky string that makes gorgeous rag rugs...
These cozy slippers will keep your toes toasty and your conscience happy because they're totally upcycled.
These handy fabric cases can streamline your crafting tools, business cards and more.
A little crochet and a bit of sewing transform an old tee into a cute cardi with a ruffled sleeve. It's a perfect piece for transitioning your wardrobe into spring!
Here's a project you can use to make gifts for him, her, and the little ones, too! And it probably won't cost you a penny.
Your pooch deserves to look stylish, too! An outdated human sweater provides the raw materials for an au courant canine version.
Here's another way to upcycle those old tees into a romantic little throw-on for spring! You'll want one in every color...
A few easy steps turn a frumpy tee into a standout tunic.
Give a vintage coat new life with a new lining.
You probably already have everything you need to decorate something plain with a fun new print! This technique is so simple, even the kids can join in.
This is a quick and cool project that's perfect for short summertime attention spans. You'll want one in every color, and so will all your friends!
Cal talks to Kayte about inspiration, walking, Brazilian fantasies, and the state of the crafty universe.
Is there anything you can't make out of old T-shirts? This takes recycling to a whole new level!
Here's another way to achieve the old, new, borrowed, and blue all in one: a hand-embroidered silk garter.
This project is for the nontraditional bride who wants to look special in a more casual way. Make it for your friend who's getting married, and all the bridesmaids will want one, too!
This project is completely handsewn and made from scraps, and it'll keep your sunglasses scratch-free!
Spring and summer call for an arsenal of strappy tank tops, so here's a restyle to kick off your warm-weather wardrobe! And did I mention there's NO SEWING involved?
This simple project will put your terrarium on display without adding clutter to your table or windowsill.
If you'd like to learn to embroider, make your own sewing patterns, or step up your sewing skills, join me for a class!
Let's see what we can make without buying anything. Think of string, rope, and twine as yarn's big, strong siblings!
You can restyle two old T-shirts into a romantic top reminiscent of the Twenties, with just a few snips and stitches!
Here's a crafty take on the old-school way to identify your belongings as yours.
Make one of these to show off your favorite jewels that just happen to be buttons!
Pin tucks are decorative, but they can also be used to alter the fit and shape of a garment. Try it and see!
Your kitty will love this protective cover that's made just for her! Only you will know the real reason why you made it.
Your little furry friend will love curling up in this cozy bed, and it won't cost you anything to make it.
In my opinion, everyone should carry a pocket-sized sewing kit at all times. You just never know when you might need a needle and thread! This tutorial will show you how to make one for everyone you know.
If you're in the NYC area, you'll want to check out this big bad mama of all craft fairs! You'll be sure to find handmade gifts for everyone on your list.
It's so easy to use this technique for gathering up necklines, cuffs, or waistbands while keeping the stretch. And you won't believe how professional it looks!
A touch of crochet can transform a plain top into a very special piece. This is a perfect way to make quick, easy gifts with a handmade edge!
Here's another cool way to finish edges on your knit tops: fold-over elastic. I'll show you how to use it flat on a neckline and to gather a cuff.
Finishing curved edges is tricky business; you can't just turn and hem as you would a straight edge. Here's my favorite solution.
This comfy color-blocked number is so quick and easy, you'll want to make them for everyone you know.
Turn an outdated tee into a pretty style that's more like a blouse in less than an hour!
Most people are completely unaware that their sewing machine can do a gorgeous invisible hemstitch—and in much less time than it takes to do by hand! My step-by-step tutorial will show you how.
If you'd like to be able to reach in your bag and pull out any item instantly, without even looking, come see how I went about making "a place for everything" that I keep in my bag!
Use up all kinds of fabric scraps to make these quick-and-easy blooms! They're perfect for gifts and embellishing.
With this tutorial, you'll learn how simple it is to add cute and practical inset pockets to virtually any garment.
A few rows of simple stitches can transform your basic project into a masterpiece! It's a high-impact, low-effort technique you'll surely want to try.
You can use this simple finish on all of your knit tops. It's easier than you think and quick, too.
Hello! I am very excited to be a new sewing contributor to CraftStylish!