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How to Transform Holiday Tins

At the end of every Christmas season, it seems like I've accumulated a few too many holiday tins. So why not decoupage them into year-round storage containers?

How to Make a Fabric Party Favor Basket

Fabric stiffener makes these festive little baskets surprisingly sturdy. Fill them with candy and other goodies—and they'll double as place cards, too!

How to Craft with Gourds

This unusual and beautiful craft is so much fun! Come learn the basics of cutting, finishing, and decorating a gourd.

How to Make a Magazine Reed Box

If you save old magazines, try tearing out some pages to make these colorful reeds. You can use them to cover all kinds of things, like this pretty storage box.

How to Make a Button-Embellished Notebook Cover

It takes so little to make a run-of-the-mill spiral notebook special: a bit of felt, a little stitching, and a handful of wonderful buttons.

How to Embroider a Greeting Card

Many embroidery stitches take just as well to paper as they do to cloth. This tutorial shows you how to stitch up a pretty card for a special occasion.

How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom

You don't need expensive equipment to start weaving. Dig a piece of sturdy cardboard out of your recycle bin and learn how to turn it into a loom!

How to Make Crafty Photo Ornaments

What a lovely way to showcase a treasured photograph! These felt-framed ornaments are simple to make, and there are so many design possibilities.

How to Make a Button Advent Calendar

Count down the days of December with this little button Advent calendar, designed to sit on your desk. Add a new button ornament to the tree each morning—it gets prettier as Christmas approaches!

How to Make a Woven Scrap Journal

Build a simple cardboard weaving loom, and raid your stash for yarn and fabric to weave up a journal cover. Fill it with pages from your recycling bin, and you have a useful blank book that costs nothing to make.

How to Make Dorset Buttons

These yarn-based buttons look cute on a knitted or crocheted sweater, or make them to decorate a bag, hat, or scarf. They're a great way to use up scrap yarn, and easy to make once you've mastered the basics.

How to Weave an Easter Basket from Recycled Boxes

Raid your recycle bin for cardboard cereal and pizza boxes, and you can create pretty, sturdy baskets in lots of colors

How to Make Fringe Flower Greeting Cards

This fun project makes great use of leftover bits of fringe and decorative paper.

How to Make Necktie Valentines

If you have some neckties around, they're the perfect raw material for a cute Valentine heart that's not too frilly and has lots of crafty uses.

How to Reverse Applique a Tote Bag

Reverse applique involves layering several fabrics together, and then cutting pieces away to reveal what's underneath. This tutorial shows you how.

How to Make a Super-Simple Recycled Quilt

One trip to the thrift store should yield all the supplies you need to make a warm quilt: two pretty sheets and a blanket. And the making couldn't be easier.

How to Make a Fabric Postcard Party Invitation

Whether it's a bridal shower or a Mother's Day brunch, there's nothing nicer than getting your invitation in the form of a beautiful quilted postcard. And they're surprisingly easy to make.

How to Make a Cookie House Village

If you've always wanted to build a gingerbread house but felt like it was too big a project, try this simpler version, which uses graham crackers.

How to Make Hand-Warming Gloves

You can sew up a tiny rice pack to nestle in the palms of your favorite gloves in about ten minutes. Then, pop your gloves in the microwave for a few seconds, and presto! Cozy warm hands!

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Spring Flower Brooch

Empty soda cans yield shiny metal and pretty graphics, and they combine beautifully in this cool floral pin.

How to Make a Business Card Holder . . . From Playing Cards

Here's a great small gift for guys: a compact, water-resistant, cool case for business cards. Once you're familiar with the process, you can make them in minutes.

Crafting with VHS Tapes

You'd be surprised by the number of things you can do with an old videotape. I made bookends, gift wrap, jewelry, flowers, and a notebook.

How to Recycle Magazines into Jewelry

If you have a surplus of old magazines, tear out some pages and whip up a pretty coiled pendant. Each pendant is so quick to make that you can build a whole wardrobe of them.

Necktie Place Mats and Napkin Rings

Neckties take a turn for the better as place-mat borders and napkin rings.

How to Make a Celebration Candle

With the simplest of materials, you can make a centerpiece candle that's customized for your wedding, party, or celebration.

How to Recycle Fabric Scraps...into Restyled Shoes!

You know those tiny pieces of fabric you've been saving? The ones too small to sew and too pretty to toss? Why not use them to upgrade a pair of old canvas shoes?

How to Turn Blah Buttons into Bodacious Buttons

If you have a lot of plain white plastic buttons in your stash and don't quite know what to do with them, why not try customizing them with paint? This tutorial shows you four methods.

How to Make Singleton Buttons

Here's another handmade button with a long history. Singleton buttons are easy to whip up and a great way to use those precious scraps of pretty fabric.

How to Make an Embossed Photo Frame for Your Pet

Here's a lovely way to display a photo of a beloved pet who isn't with you anymore: a handmade embossed metal frame.

How to Make a Pet Food Tray, Embellished with Duct Tape

Make your pet a customized place for food and water bowls—one that's waterproof and tough as nails—with good old duct tape.

CraftStylish-at-CHA Podcast #3: Indie Crafters at CHA

Our podcast series wraps up with this look at indie crafters' impressions of CHA.

CraftStylish-at-CHA Podcast #2: Crafty Web Resources

In this podcast, we find out about some great online goodies for crafters.

CraftStylish-at-CHA Podcast #1: What's New?

Our podcast series begins with this overview of some exciting new craft goodies that were introduced at CHA.

How to Make a Collapsible Travel Dish for Your Pet

Using cheery oilcloth and a little origami, you can whip up a simple set of bowls that not only hold food and water but also fold flat to tuck into a pocket or bag. Great for travel, long walks, or trips to the vet!

Hambly Screen Prints: Making Buzz at CHA

This family-owned company makes gorgeous papers and rub-ons for all kinds of crafty applications.

CHA Coolness Continues: Artfelt

Check out this easy felting system, which lets you paint with fiber.

Kaleidoscope Kreator: More CHA Innovation

I was bowled over by this crafty image-making software. Imagine, your own custom kaleidoscopes, printed onto fabric or paper!

Yudu Rocks at CHA

Take a look at an elegant new home screen-printing system, just launched at CHA.

How to Recycle Old Holiday Cards into Garland

If you can't bear to toss last year's holiday cards but you don't quite know what to do with them, try making this simple garland. It's a project even little hands can do, and a great way to gather the family for an afternoon of movies, cocoa, and crafting.

How to Make Yarn and Felt Folks

Old-fashioned yarn dolls get a whole new life with this fun project. Dress them up any way you like using our downloadable sheet of clothing patterns!

How to Make Button Cards . . . with Removable Buttons!

This card project is perfect for when you need to give someone just a small gift. It's decorated with an assortment of vintage buttons, which are cleverly attached to the card with pipe cleaners. The recipient can pop them right off and use them for crafting.

How to Make an Easy Needlepoint Gift Box

If you're giving wonderful little gifts for the holidays, why not whip up some equally wonderful little boxes? No wrapping needed!

How to Make a Yo-Yo Handbag

If you love the look of fabric yo-yos, but don't have the patience to make a whole quilt, try this cute bag instead!

How to Make a Crocheted Ring Bracelet

Plastic rings come in lots of sizes. Cover them with single crochet, and you have the makings of some fun, colorful jewelry.

How to Make a Recycled Necktie Scrap Cuff

If you made my Recycled Necktie Scarf, then you probably have a few scraps left over. So turn them into this cute cuff bracelet!

Using Your Crafty Powers for Good

There are so many ways you can use your crafting skills to benefit your community—locally and globally. This article gives you some ideas for getting started with crafting for charity.

Swapping Crafts with Swap-bot

Swap-bot makes it easier to meet crafters all over the world—one swap at a time.

How to Make Woven Ribbon Jewelry

Here's a little weaving project that doesn't require a loom—and you can wear the results on your finger or around your neck!

Crafty Zines: Read Them!

Crafters everywhere are writing and printing zines, which are self-published works of inspiration. Read one! You'll love it.

Discover Mail Art: A Global, One-On-One Art Show

The mail art movement is fascinating: Artists around the world are creating pieces of art to mail to other artists. In fact, the mailing becomes part of the art.

How to Make a Recycled Necktie Scarf

There's silk in those old neckties! Take them apart and make this gorgeous, light-as-a-feather patchwork scarf.

Crafty Business Then and Now: An Interview with Meggiecat

Gain some perspective on building a successful craft-fair business from an experienced maker and seller.

How to Emboss a Metal Tin

These shiny tins look impressive, but here's their secret: They're made with ordinary hardware-store metal tape.

Crafting Long Distance

Two friends share their online collaboration with the world and invite other crafters to join in.

PDX Etsy Art and Craft Show

Hey, Portland, Oregon - be sure to visit a very talented group of local Etsy sellers on Saturday, August 9th!

Three Fun Spool-Knitting Crafts to Try

If you're a fan of spool-knitting (or I-cord, as it's also called), then you'll like these fun and quick little projects. If you're new to spool-knitting, it's a snap to learn.

How to Crochet a Bead and Wire Bracelet

This three-strand beaded bracelet is easy to make, even if you have no crochet experience!

Turning Trash Into Craft

Tiffany Threadgould's company, RePlayGround, uses cast-off stuff as the raw material for making useful household goods.

You're a Fabric Designer!

Spoonflower is an eagerly awaited service that will allow you to have your own designs printed onto fabric. Cofounder Stephen Fraser tells us all about it.

Know Your Hand-Sewing Needles

Here's a little primer to the most commonly used hand-sewing needles: how to recognize them and how best to use them.

How to Make Cold Porcelain

Cold porcelain is a wonderful air-drying clay for jewelry-making and modeling, and it's easy to make in your kitchen.

How to Felt Sweaters

Felted thrift-store sweaters make great craft materials! Here are some tips to help you get the best results from felting in your washing machine.

recent comments

Re: My Creations

These came out so cute! You've made my day!

Re: How to Make a Clothespin Cake Topper

Hee hee hee, this is the cutest thing EVER. I may make one for my partner and me in lieu of actually getting married. :-)

Re: How to Make a Rickrack Brooch for Mother's Day

Adorable! And I love any project that gives me an excuse to buy giant ric rac. :-)

Re: How to Brighten a Rainy Day Brunch

Ah, a classically genius Jeff Rudell project! Simple, gorgeous, attainable. You are amazing.

Re: How to Turn a Soda Can into a Spring Flower Brooch

mrsg3, thank you for all the great variation ideas!

eveh, I love the crochet concept - will have to play around with that.

ArtfulAileen, thanks so much for the rusting tips!

Re: How to Make a Top from Your Dad's Silk Ties

Now, THAT's a great necktie project!

Re: How to Turn a Soda Can into a Spring Flower Brooch

SantaClaus - that's an intriguing question. There are paints that create a rusted-look finish, such as:

And here's a natural method that apparently works for tin, so it might be worth a try on aluminum:

I haven't tried either of these myself, so if you do, I'd love to hear how it went.

Re: How to Turn a Soda Can into a Spring Flower Brooch

Maureclaire, I'd say that this design is safe as a brooch, provided that you take some precaution with the edges. The steel wool step is very helpful. I've worn mine several times without incident, but I'd certainly agree that I'd keep it away from small children, just to be extra-safe.

Another interesting way to use the soda can metal is to cut it in simpler shapes like squares and rectangles, and then wrap some metal tape around those edges to soften them.

Re: How Spray-Paint Stencils Saved a Tablecloth

I love how this came out! What a smart idea for hiding stains!

Re: How to Make a Light out of a CD Spindle

That is just super-duper cool! I hope I can use up the rest of my giant 500 CD spindle SOON so I can make one.

Re: How to Make an Out-of-the-Ordinary T-Shirt Quilt: Part Two

This quilt is amazing, Erika! And your quilting tutorial has rocked my world. Who knew about quilting tape?! Or the glove?! Genius.

Re: How to Make a Magazine Reed Box

NancyWard, sure thing - thank you for linking to the tutorial on your blog!

Re: Crafting with VHS Tapes

Sharli64, I think the macrame would give you a really sturdy watchband. It might be a good idea to back the macrame with some thin ultrasuede. You could probably glue the two layers together, and then use the ultrasuede part to connect to the watch face.

Sounds really cool! I hope you'll post a picture here so we can see!

Re: How to Make a Magazine Reed Box

annquill, you're so right - I use old Martha Stewarts all the time for reeds - they make such beautiful ones!

Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments! Hope you have fun reed-making!

Re: How to Make a Reversible Swiffer Sock

I'm beside myself with excitement over this one. It's pretty, it's useful, AND it's green. Bravo!

Re: How to Make a Belted Skirt from a Men's Dress Shirt

This is wonderful! I love how simple the construction is, and the skirt is really cute!

Re: How to Upcycle a T-Shirt into a Cardigan

Oh, my goodness - I love this so much! Thank you for the clear, easy to follow instructions.

Re: Recycle Your Tin Cans into Mini-Planters!

I love how these look! And the best part is, you'll be able to start new seedlings in them each year.

This totally makes me want to go to the big Asian market here in PDX and snap up all the interesting cans I always ogle there.

Re: The Craftonomics of Our Handmade Nation

I'm glad you're raising these questions, because there are more ways to find income in crafting than to make finished goods for sale. You can also write articles and books, take photographs, teach classes, design projects for manufacturers, create and sell patterns or kits, produce online how-tos - there are so many possibilities.

I think it's always a good idea to diversify - to pursue several different income projects at once. Yes, it's more work, but it also brings more financial security, especially in turbulent times.

Re: How to Crochet a Tawashi

I love this project! Useful, simple, pretty, AND makes good use of scrap yarns. I have so much acrylic leftover from teaching various classes - which I'll now be putting to good use. Thanks for the lovely tutorial!

Re: Make Beach Glass Earrings

Beautiful earrings, and your drilling tutorial is super-helpful!

Re: Crafting with VHS Tapes

aege8th, not to worry. We love the film, too, which is why we got it on DVD. That VHS tape had been played so many times, it was definitely on its last legs.

Re: How to Make Button Embellishments for Shoes!

Those are adorable!

Re: How to Make a Pretty Pincushion with a Button Center

This is adorable! And your instructions for making the crochet edging are fantastic. I think I could actually do that!

Also, I LOVE how you set up your finished-project photo. Beautiful shot.

Re: How to Embroider Your Own Buttons

These are so beautiful, Erika! I envy your mad embroidery skillz.

Do you have any tips for keeping your embroidery centered on the button as you're pushing the front and back together? Mine always seem to go wonky.

Re: How to Use Buttons to Close a Seam

Oooooh... I clearly need a Simflex ruler.

Re: Super Tips on How to Score a Great Interview

These are excellent interviewing tips, Kathy - thanks!

Re: How to Make a Beautiful Button Pillow

This ROCKS! And my first thought was, "Dang!! How long did it take to sew on all those buttons?!" But the end result is stunning, and we all need a good TV craft project.

Re: Make a Button Choker

OMG! I've had a set of little buckles like this in leather for a while now, but haven't figured out anything to do with them. I love this idea! Thank you!

Re: How to Make Cold Porcelain

chrissie1370, I can't find any references to cold porcelain not being compatible with a mixer. I'm not sure how or if it might affect the consistency of the clay, though. If you do try a test batch with this method, I hope you'll share your findings with us!

Re: How to Make a Gridded Button Portrait

Wow, Lee - this is so amazing. And your instructions are so clear, I totally feel like I could make one. Thanks so much!

Re: Is The Craft Industry an Industry Divided?

Well said, bethwalk! I'm fascinated by the question of what these two communities have to offer each other. I think the indie side brings a huge amount of fresh perspective and creative hybridizing to the table, but I also think the traditional side has a lot to teach us in terms of history and craftsmanship. I'd love to see more conversations like this!

Re: CHA Coolness Continues: Artfelt

Roving_Redux, many thanks for posting that clarification!

Re: How to Make a Woven Button Coaster

OMG, Linda - that is insanely cool, And beautiful! So many possibilities, the mind just boggles. Thank you for the beautiful tutorial!

Re: How to Make an Embossed Photo Frame for Your Pet

_coda_, I'm so sorry - I've already taken the book back to the library and I can't recall the name! But, take a look at this search page on Amazon - there are so many great motif books out there:

Re: How to Make Pet Photo Magnets

So cute!

Re: How to Make an Egg Dish

Genius as always, Jeffery. What a stunning project. Makes me want to try one where I dye the eggs in a bunch of pastel colors first. (Guess I'll be pestering everyone to save their Easter shells.)

Re: Try These Techniques for Perfectly Beautiful Seams

I'm so happy to see this tutorial - seam finishing is too rarely covered in modern sewing books. Your instructions are excellent. Thank you!!

Re: CraftStylish-at-CHA Podcast #3: Indie Crafters at CHA

Not_So_Plain_Jane - Well, I sure hope that the summer show in Florida will be a huge success, so that maybe Anaheim will be open to the public next year. For now, that one is an industry-only show. You can buy a "day ticket" for about $150.00, but I think you also have to have business credentials. So - let's cross our fingers for success in Orlando!

Re: How to Make a Collapsible Travel Dish for Your Pet

Frumsglassmenagerie and GlacierBlue, your points are very well taken. I'm so grateful to everyone for adding so much good value to this discussion! I love the idea of using a tightly-woven canvas. I might add one caution: it seems to me that sewing along the folded edge of the finished bowl might be a very heavy-duty job with canvas, so I'd definitely recommend some testing with scrap fabric in that case.

...And now I'm all intrigued at the idea of making my own oilcloth!

Re: How to Make a Collapsible Travel Dish for Your Pet

RacyTracy, I believe this dish is safe to use as it's designed. Oilcloth is made from vinyl, which is also used in lots of other pet products, from kennel parts to chew toys. I do recommend leaving the dish out in sunlight for several hours to bleach out the scent of the vinyl, as I mentioned in the post. And I would not recommend using this dish or any plastic dish to heat pet food or water in a microwave, as that can leach toxins from the plastic.

But for occasional use on walks or travel, this dish is a safe vessel for food and water.

Re: How to Make a Catnip Pillow and Blanket

I love this idea SO MUCH! Pushkin has one of these in his near future...

Re: Crafting Your Personality

I loved this post! I've been thinking for a couple days about my crafting personality, and have come to the conclusion that the only answer is: I am something of a crafty multiple-personality. And I like that. :-)

Re: Yudu Rocks at CHA

Fletchbrew, each screen would be a single color. If you wanted to do a multiple-color print, you'd burn a screen for each print and then go though the printing and setting process for each color. That video tutorial is loaded with good info for your hubby!

Re: How to Make Necktie Valentines

morningglories, that is a lovely idea!

Re: How to Make a Valentine from an Onion

Wow... could you BE any more of a genius?

This is a beautiful project, and I loved the framing of your story, and your practice of sending yourself a note on Valentine's Day. This is one of my favorite posts of yours ever.

Re: How to Make Cold Porcelain

Maria13, how interesting... I can't wait to try this in the microwave! Thanks so much for posting the tip!

Re: How to Make a Super-Simple Recycled Quilt

Hagridsmom, thanks so much for the great tip on knot-tying!

Re: How to Make Stuffed Valentine Doll

This is so wonderful - especially those little rolled-up wishes.

Re: How to Make Hand-Warming Gloves

Popoagie, thank you for all the great tips!

Re: CraftStylish Handcrafts the Booth for CHA

Wow, that's spectacular. Can't wait to see!

Re: How to Make a Super-Simple Recycled Quilt

susanbrownknitting, those are great tips for non-seamsters. Thank you so much for posting them!

Re: How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom

SelenaEon, what sounds awesome! I hope you'll post the finished product in the Gallery so we can all see!

Re: How to Make a Super-Simple Recycled Quilt

THAT is brilliant, Linda. Thanks so much for posting that tip. Dang... wish I'd done mine that way!

Re: How to Make Dangly Earrings with Magazine Pages

Super cute!

Re: How to Make a Woven Scrap Journal

eveh, you should be able to find those seaming needles in the knitting section of Michael's or Jo-Ann. Or, try your local yarn stores. If you can't find them, a metal tapestry needle with a blunt tip would also work well.

Re: How to Sew a Fabric Bowl

I love your fabric bowls. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Re: How to Recycle a Sweater into a Chair Cover

This is AWESOME!!

Re: Crafting through Grief

So sorry to hear about Mac Daddy. It's an awful thing to lose a beloved pet, and certainly takes time to recover. Crafting is indeed a good balm for a broken heart.

Re: How to Make a Mosaic with Your Old Plastic

Absolutely beautiful! I just cut up and tossed a whole bunch of old cards. Wish I'd waited a few more days - I would have loved to make this!

Re: How to Make Hand-Warming Gloves

Jen1964, In my experience, the heat will last about 15 to 20 minutes, and then your hands will stay warm much longer.

Re: How to Make Hand-Warming Gloves

dnjmama - love your mods!

Re: How to Make Hand-Warming Gloves

LizzieK8 - love the idea of velcro for cleaning!

KC4 - great idea to add aromatherapy!

Re: How to Make Papier Mache Bowls with Your Holiday Leftovers

So pretty! I love this idea!

Re: How to Make a Business Card Holder . . . From Playing Cards

phunkymama, I used what is probably a heavy-duty laminator at my local copy shop. I used 5 mil pouches, which sealed fine at the edges, although I did need to cut the laminate 1/8" from all edges to incorporate a slight gap around the very edges of the playing cards. If you have access to the 5 mil laminate, perhaps that would work better for you. Please let me know!

Re: How to Make a Business Card Holder . . . From Playing Cards

chibimaddy, I've been trying to see your posting, but this link doesn't take me there! Can you give it to me again?

Re: Button Advent progress

Love it! Love the buttons you've used, too!

Re: How to Make a Men's Fleece Hoodie

What a great idea for drafting a pattern!

Re: How to Keep Your Guy Warm in His Baseball Cap at a Football Game

That is absolutely genius! Heck, I need one, too!

Re: Resparkle Your Old Ornaments: Round One

How cute is that? It would catch the Christmas tree lights nicely, too!

Re: How to Make a Custom Clock

Fantastic! And I love seeing all these different versions.

Re: Felt Ornament

I love it! Really like the variation of sewing through the photo.

Re: Holiday Button Napkin Rings

These are beautiful!

Re: How to Make a Garland with Punch

Oh, my goodness. Utterly beautiful. I love it on the wire tree, so you can enjoy the form of the paper to the fullest.

Re: How to Make Cold Porcelain

bluebutterfly - let's talk more by email about what's going wrong with your cold porcelain. Will you email me? diane AT deepideas DOT com.

Re: How to Make Button Cards . . . with Removable Buttons!

craftretiree, I can help you with your printing issue if you email me. diane AT deepideas DOT com. Will you tell me what internet browser you're using, please?

Re: How to Make a Multi-Photo Frame

Wow, simple and ingenious! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Re: How to Make a Collaged Table with a Built-in Game

Super, super awesome!!

Re: How to Make Paperless Origami

That is so genius, I might just have to go lie down. Amazing idea!

Re: How to Make a Surprisingly Simple Paper Wreath

Dang. That is absolutely fantastic!

Re: Make an Embellished Day of the Dead Collage

This is so pretty! I love crafts that are infused with meaning.

Re: How to Craft with Gourds

Linda - if your local farmer's markets don't have any, both Welburn Gourd Farm and Amish Gourds (links above) are lovely to deal with - they ship very fast. Mom and I just bought some amazing "jewelry gourds" from Welburn - they're tiny, like Christmas-ornament size! I can't wait to play with them!

Re: Make a Photo-Strip Garland

What a cute idea! I'm reading a book right now that features these cute 1" x 1" collages - they'd be great in this garland treatment, too! Plus, I love any craft that involves office supplies.

Re: How to Make an Embellished Blanket with Recycled Sweaters

Okay, it must be said: he looks adorable. :-) And I love the blanket!

Re: How to Recycle Yarn from a Thrift-Store Sweater

Beautiful tutorial, Lee - and great to see you here!

Re: How to Make a Doily Bowl

What a great project! I love the idea of threading decorative stuff through the doilies!

Re: A Gorgeous Collection of Free Crochet Stitches Online

Lordy - that is freakin' wonderful. Thank you so much for the link! It makes me weep just a little. :-)

Re: How to Make Woven Ribbon Jewelry

susanstars - OOh, seriously! Love that idea!

Re: Crafty Zines: Read Them!

digibudi, I hope you do make a zine - it would be fabulous!

Re: How to Turn Fabric into a Sparkly Embellishment

Now, THAT's super-cool! *Adding to my To Craft List*

Re: How to Make a Belt Inspired by Quilting

Beautiful! This really gets my wheels spinning. Love the stitch pattern and thread combined with the leather colors.

Re: How to Add Crochet Trim to Any Fabric Edge

Awesome - thanks for the great photos. I totally feel like I could do this now!

Re: How-to: English Paper Piecing Project

What a great tutorial! And I love this project. Thank you!

Re: How to Embellish a Picture Frame with Buttons

Super cute idea! Makes me wish I had more wall space. :-)

Re: How to Make a Recycled Necktie Scarf

beverlyb9, sure thing - the scarf top can be pieced any way you like. If you decide to make one with the narrower angled stripes, will you post a picture to the Gallery so we can all see?

Re: How to Emboss a Metal Tin

Merilyn, if you cut the cardstock about 1/8" smaller than the top of the tin, then believe it or not, the adhesive on the tape will hold the cardstock down to the tin just fine. It's a very strong adhesive - just burnish the edges well with a plastic spoon and you're all set. If you prefer to glue the cardstock down first, then you might find something like double-stick tape to be easy and effective.

Re: How to Reverse Applique a Tote Bag

denese - You know, you certainly could machine-stitch the edges of the applique. The look would be different, of course, but it would definitely be quicker to do that way. I suppose then you'd need to press the edges of the applique first, so they wouldn't move while you sewed them. The nice thing about the hand-stitching is that you can make lots of tiny adjustments to the shape of the applique as you sew.

If you try this way, I hope you'll post a picture to the Gallery so we can all see!

Re: How to Crochet a Bead and Wire Bracelet

Apologies, everyone! The basic wire crochet tutorial is at

Re: How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

I love the idea of framing the t-shirt pieces in other fabrics - the mix is really fun, and also makes this more elegant than any other t-shirt quilt I've seen. Nice work! And, good luck at school!

Re: How to Make Perfect Paper Daisies

So lovely and simple. Thank you for this excellent tutorial!

Re: Last Minute Gift to Make-Woven Ribbon Scarf

This is lovely, and what a great idea!

Re: How to Make Cards and Tags with Stripes and Dots

I love these! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Re: Be A Crochet Insider with this great Web Zine

That's awesome - thanks for the link! I hadn't heard about this, and I love the projects in the current issue.

Re: How to Felt Sweaters

elizart. I haven't heard about using it for felting, but I sure have seen people use the leftover fluff to stuff toys. Works great!

Re: How to Crochet with Fabric

Awesome tutorial! I can't wait to give this a try.

Re: Crochet your own Orb

Wowee, this is an awesome concept! *adding to overlong To-Make list...*

Re: How To: Make a Popsicle Stick Purse

This is beautiful - it looks so modern, even with the vintage technique. And I'm pretty darn impressed with that craftsmanship!

Re: How to Make a Beaded Crochet Pendant

How lovely! And what a great tutorial!

Re: Which Ink is Right for Your Project

This is super-helpful - thank you!

Re: Get Addicted to Designing Your Own Flowers

This is WAY cool. I love how you can contribute your flowers to a public garden. Thanks so much for sharing the link!

Re: Money-Saving Tip: Don’t Buy Duplicate Hooks

That's dandy! I just realized the other day that I have about 15 hooks in sizes G through I. I can't wait to use this - thank you!!

Re: Take a Peek at Portland's Vibrant Crafty Scene

Yay, P-Town! That certainly was a fun, crafty day. I thought I'd add, too: anyone who's interested in crafty things going on in Portland can also check out my local website: