Make This: Simple Clothesline Basket

Learn to make these minimal clothesline baskets.

If you’re anything like me, you have a running list of projects you want to try. Things you save repeatedly on Pinterest, ideas you scribble down in the back of your planner, or maybe you just keep a mental list in your brain. Clothesline baskets have been on my want-to-try list for forever, and this week I took the plunge. After conquering the first one, I want to make a million of these clothesline baskets. Continue Reading

How to Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cozy Knit Pillow

Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.     Continue Reading

Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art

Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art
Photo:  Faith Towers Provencher

If you love crafting (and I'm guessing you do, if you're looking at Curbly right now!) then perhaps you've heard of an embroidery tool called a punch needle. I hadn't heard of it until recently, but I'm now a convert. It produces a raised texture using small loops, and it goes quite quickly thanks to the ingenious design of the needle. Today I'm sharing what I've learned about punch needle embroidery so you can get started with this fun needle art process!    Continue Reading

DIY This: How To Make Super Sweet Ice Cream Patches

DIY custom patches with a sweet twist - they're all about ice cream!

I scream, you scream, what’s the deal with all this screaming? July is National Ice Cream month, which is just perfect because the temperatures keep rising. A hot day is the perfect excuse for an icy scoop or two. To celebrate my love for all things tasty and sweet, I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve. Or rather, I’m wearing it on my denim vest. Here are three ways to create custom patches, all of which are ice cream themed.   Continue Reading

Handmade Thread Sketches

created at: 03/20/2012

On first glance, this trio of European landmarks looks like quick sketches on aged paper.  But look again a little closer and you’ll see that they are made from something much different.   These ink-less sketches are actually made using thread on your regular sewing machine!  Jessica from Running With Scissors used her creativity to sew these images into tea-dyed fabric.  The secret is using a free-motion foot for your machine. 

created at: 03/19/2012

I admit that as a quilter, I’m fully aware of how this is done (not that I’m any good)… so for those of you who don’t know, a free-motion foot allows you to move fabric in any and all directions by hovering just above the fabric instead of clamping the fabric between the foot above and the machine below.  Continue Reading

DIY Thread LED Tea Light Cover.


From Mrs. Green Tea:”I was messing around with different materials trying to dress up a
little LED tealight, and this is one of the versions I ended up liking
(plus it’s dirt cheap since it’s just thread!). I love me some
textures. This may be useful for those with wedding venues that don’t
allow real flames.” I’m thinking this thread+fabric stiffener combo might turn out all sorts of charmful things. Via.

How To: Sew Paper and Fabric Valentines

created on: 02/02/09

The idea of sewing fabric onto paper always interests me, but I never seem to have the time to plan out a functional project. Molly over


at PurlBee has a fantastic and well photographed tutorial for merging your fabric scraps into simple and chic Valentine’s Day cards.

created on: 02/02/09

I, too, use to get absolutely beside myself when it was time to start constructing the Valentine’s Day bags and cards at school. There are some other great heart projects you should see. Continue Reading

How To: Sewing By Hand.

Sewing machines are mighty handy indeed, but can be expensive or unwieldy for some tasks. This article seeks to cover the basics of hand-sewing: tools needed, threading the needle, knotting the thread, running
stitch, basting stitch, backstitch, slipstitch, blanket stitch, whip
stitch and finishing with knots.

  • Needles – You’ll want to look for “sharps” for basic sewing.
    “Betweens” are used for quilting. “Embroidery” or “crewel” needles have
    larger eyes (an eye is the hole at the top of the needle) and are used
    with thicker threads, like upholstery or embroidery floss.
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How To Make a Spool Spinner From an Old Fan.

Evil Mad Scientist offers an easy hack for using industrial-sized spools on standard home sewing machines. Using an old computer fan and a short length of copper tubing, they created a spool spinner that can adapter.

They say, “In practice, the fan bearing turns freely enough that the sewing machine can spin the spool as needed, but not so freely that it starts to turn and then unwinds the whole spool, so it works quite well.” Continue Reading

DIY Sewing Caddy (Made From Used Pens)!

Here's another project from my quest to re-use old ball point pens. (Here's a first.)


    12 used ball-point pens
    Three pieces of 1” hardwood: 11 1/2 x 4 1/4”; 11 1/2 x 3”; 11 1/2 x 1 3/4”
    Wood glue
    Bar clamps
    Electric Drill and Masking Tape or Drill Press
    1/8” Drill bit
    3/8” Drill bit
    Wire cutters

1. Cut (using a miter saw or miter box) or have the wood cut to size. Continue Reading