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craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, holidays, home decorating, jewelry making, knitting, memory making, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing
Member Since: 05/12/2008
This unusual and beautiful craft is so much fun! Come learn the basics of cutting, finishing, and decorating a gourd.
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.
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!
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.
Raid your recycle bin for cardboard cereal and pizza boxes, and you can create pretty, sturdy baskets in lots of colors!
This fun project makes great use of leftover bits of fringe and decorative paper.
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.
Reverse applique involves layering several fabrics together, and then cutting pieces away to reveal what's underneath. This tutorial shows you how.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Empty soda cans yield shiny metal and pretty graphics—and they combine beautifully in this cool floral pin.
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?
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.
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.
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.
If you have a surplus of old magazines, tear out some pages and whip up a pretty coiled pendant. They're so quick to make, you can build a whole wardrobe of them!
Neckties take a turn for the better as place-mat borders and napkin rings.
With the simplest of materials, you can make a centerpiece candle that's customized for your wedding, party, or celebration.
Fabric stiffener makes these festive little baskets surprisingly sturdy. Fill them with candy and other goodies—and they'll double as place cards, too!
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.
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?
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.
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.
Here's a lovely way to display a photo of a beloved pet who isn't with you anymore: a handmade embossed metal frame.
Make your pet a customized place for food and water bowls—one that's waterproof and tough as nails—with good old duct tape.
Our podcast series wraps up with this look at indie crafters' impressions of CHA.
In this podcast, we find out about some great online goodies for crafters.
Our podcast series begins with this overview of some exciting new craft goodies that were introduced at CHA.
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!
This family-owned company makes gorgeous papers and rub-ons for all kinds of crafty applications.
Check out this easy felting system, which lets you paint with fiber.
I was bowled over by this crafty image-making software. Imagine, your own custom kaleidoscopes, printed onto fabric or paper!
Take a look at an elegant new home screen-printing system, just launched at CHA.
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.
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!
What a lovely way to showcase a treasured photograph! These felt-framed ornaments are simple to make, and there are so many design possibilities.
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.
If you're giving wonderful little gifts for the holidays, why not whip up some equally wonderful little boxes? No wrapping needed!
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!
Plastic rings come in lots of sizes. Cover them with single crochet, and you have the makings of some fun, colorful jewelry.
If you made my Recycled Necktie Scarf, then you probably have a few scraps left over. So turn them into this cute cuff bracelet!
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.
Swap-bot makes it easier to meet crafters all over the world—one swap at a time.
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!
Crafters everywhere are writing and printing zines, which are self-published works of inspiration. Read one! You'll love it.
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.
There's silk in those old neckties! Take them apart and make this gorgeous, light-as-a-feather patchwork scarf.
Gain some perspective on building a successful craft-fair business from an experienced maker and seller.
These shiny tins look impressive, but here's their secret: They're made with ordinary hardware-store metal tape.
Two friends share their online collaboration with the world and invite other crafters to join in.
Hey, Portland, Oregon - be sure to visit a very talented group of local Etsy sellers on Saturday, August 9th!
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.
This three-strand beaded bracelet is easy to make, even if you have no crochet experience!
Tiffany Threadgould's company, RePlayGround, uses cast-off stuff as the raw material for making useful household goods.
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.
Here's a little primer to the most commonly used hand-sewing needles: how to recognize them and how best to use them.
Cold porcelain is a wonderful air-drying clay for jewelry-making and modeling, and it's easy to make in your kitchen.
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.