Customize Your Beanie Hat in Under 20 Minutes

How to add quick detail to a beanie cap with embroidery

I was in high school when I was first drawn to embroidering. I wasn't inspired by traditional embroidering, like a well-phrased cross-stitch pattern or a picturesque embroidered landscape. It was doodling with thread that got me hooked. I started by stitching random shapes and designs into my favorite pair of jeans, adding new accents at random. But, I stitched them in a way that only made me happy. By that I mean, if I looked down at my pants, all the shapes were right-side up. 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

Make Quick, Easy Embroidered Wall Art With This Secret Weapon: The Punch Needle!

How to embroidery easy wall art using our new favorite tool!

I've been crafting for a fairly long time (I won't say how long because I don't want to date myself). In all my years of making stuff I can't believe it took me this long to discover the embroidery tool I'm using to create this easy wall art. I first stumbled across this technique on social media. Someone had posted a “Work in Progress” video, and they were causally punching away at some fabric, creating embroidered lines at breakneck speed. Continue Reading

Make It: Colorful String-Wrapped Earbuds!

created at: 07/25/2012
Sure, there are earbuds available with a few pops of color on the ends, but the cords are always white or black. BORING. Add some personality and flair (and help keep them tangle-free) with this easy DIY project — you may even find yourself wrapping all your gadgets in string!    

Those fashionable kids at Refinery29 came up with this clever project that’s a throwback to the old friendship bracelet days. The process is super, super simple — check out the photo tutorial right here! Continue Reading