Can you believe it? Christmas is coming up quick! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret – there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few – over 150!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come. Continue Reading
You know those rose pillows that are hugely popular these days? The look really was made for re-creation in crochet as evidenced by these two lovely patterns. The first one (pictured above) comes to us from Two Girls Being Crafty. Their inspiration was a pillow they spied at Pier 1. I particularly like the addition of the gigantic button.
So a Chevron rug walks into a bar. He is at once taken by the beauty of Miss Modern Color Palette, who, with her deep navy blues and soothing slate grays, is simply oozing contemporary charm.
Things are really heating up, and before long, a little of that sultry modern lipstick had rubbed off on Chevron’s collar. “Hey, ya know, I look pretty snazzy in these here colors. Gimme some more of that suga, mama.”
And that, friends, is how the contemporary explosion of sleek patterns, geometrical shapes and repetitions of form snuck right into our hearts and homes — for the better. Continue Reading
Tipnut collected 16 free tutorials and patterns for iPad and Kindle covers to help you get moving on those handmade gifts for your friend and family. The gadgets are so close in size, you can adapt the patterns to fit just about any similar sized device.
And, if you’re like me and don’t own an iPad or Kindle, Tipnut has provided the exact dimensions for both gadgets. No excuse for procrastinating.
- iPad Dimensions: Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm); Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm) ; Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
- Amazon Kindle Dimensions: 7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.335″ (for both Wi-Fi and 3G + Wi-Fi); 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″ (for Kindle DX)
And if these don’t inspire you, she’s even got 18 more patterns and tutorials right here.
Don’t tell my local mid-century modern group (Atomic Indy) but I’m kind of loving the whole Moroccan pattern trend. My first encounter was when I accidentally came across the My Marrakesh blog, by the lovely Maryam. Next, I found out about Melanie Royals, a San Diego stencil artist who organized a couple of painting trips to Maryam’s pad in Marrakesh. Then, I discovered that Melanie’s company, Royal Design Studio, now sells a huge variety of fabulous Moroccan stencils. Continue Reading
Let’s say you find a hideously slipcovered chair at a flea market. You like the lines, hate the fabric. When you peek underneath, you only find more hideous fabric worn threadbare. Is it worth buying? It depends. If you don’t mind buying new fabric, absolutely!
OK, it’s not the same chair but you get the picture.
Slipcovers made twenty or thirty years ago were made to fit! Here’s how you can turn an old ugly slipcover into the pattern for a fresh one. Continue Reading
Potholders are a great way to practice your sewing, crocheting and knitting techniques. They take very little fabric/yarn and you can whip one out faster than, say, a scarf or an afghan. The only tough part about making one is choosing which FREE pattern of those Tip Nut has accumulated.
So you want to use patterned fabric but are worried about pattern overload. Domino gives three basic rules to keep in mind to keep your creative design from going just plain crazy.
1. Three's company. Keep your pattern count to three as any more might push your room over the edge.
2. When using stripes–think straight. Domino suggests that the bold stripe on the table in the picture above complements ‘the traditional ticking stripe on the bench cushion without being too matchy.’ Because of their linear nature, they recommend that stripes be used on square or rectangular things like square chair pads and table runners, both of which should run ‘vertically’, echoing the verticality of your table’s legs. Continue Reading
sg-patterns.com has a surprisingly large selection of free stained glass patterns. Not into stained glass? You could use the images for inspiration to piece together cloth, paper, wood, tile…whatever.
MWT* started ripping and planing cedar last weekend to make a park bench. At one point, he tossed a scaled drawing of parts through the back door and said, “Can you make a pattern for these?” and promptly closed the door, not waiting for a reply. Since I suggested he make the bench in the first place, how could I say no?