You Know You Want to Cuddle Up in This DIY Flannel Throw

DIY Flannel Throw | Cozy up!

Ahh, autumn. You make me want to light bonfires in my backyard, start drinking cocoa on the daily, and cozy up in anything warm and snuggly. This fall I'm exploring my reignited love of flannel (I'm actually wearing a flannel shirt right now as I write this), and with these local Minnesota temperatures ever on the decline, a DIY flannel throw was in order. I just love blankets – you can never have too many, which makes them a wonderful gift. Continue Reading

How to Transform a T-Shirt: Three Ways

T-Shirt DIY Ideas: How to Transform a T-Shirt Three Ways

The moment the temperature outside starts reaching 90º is the same moment I start reaching for my scissors. Not a summer has passed where I haven't cut the sleeves off a tee or turned jeans into jorts (isn't that the best word ever?). With some scissors and a bit of thread, you can turn a boring tee that you may have otherwise thrown out into your new favorite top. There are a million ways to cut up and refashion a t-shirt – here are three of my favorite t-shirt DIY ideas.        Continue Reading

Make This: The Half Hour Half Apron

Easy half apron tutorial (no pattern needed!)

Are you ready for a crazy-quick sewing project? I’m calling this the “half hour half apron” because it’s one of the fastest sewing projects I think I’ve ever completed. Honestly, if I busted out a few more of these half aprons, I believe I could get my time down to 15 minutes. No sweat. My point is, this half apron is a breeze to make. This is a perfect project for beginner sewers. Plus, who doesn’t need an adorable handmade apron in their kitchen?    Continue Reading

Upholstery Class Project: Sister’s Chair Makeover

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Chair makeovers take place daily in my studio. I’m not sure if my students are as excited as I am when I see the transformations. Here, Nikkole is tearing down her sister’s chair with the hope that it will turn out. See what you think. created at: 04/26/2010

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Now we had to get busy with the back and the fabric. My photo journaling stalled out until…

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DIY Yourself a Typographical Tote

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one for ripping off someone else’s great idea for personal gain.  However, taking the essence of this typographically delightful tote and making a unique bag for your own green trips to the market might not ruffle the ethics committee.  The Little Factory sells a limited selection of typographical paraphernalia for your writing, blogging, reading and digit doting friends. If you’d rather order this Serif Tote, it’s only $24.00. Granted, not a bad price. Continue Reading

How To: Sew Leather

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Photo Image: Mary Ray

Feeling skiddish about the prospect of sewing leather with your household sewing machine? Well, here’s the skinny–If your machine leans more towards old and heavy rather than shaky, lightweight and full of plastic parts, chances are you can do it.  Test it out first, but there’s a leather sewing tutorial over on Craftsylish you just have to try. 

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You’ll need to collect some leather scraps or vintage leather garments so you can make a bunch of these important looking journal covers for all your favorite scribing chums.  Continue Reading