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
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
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
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.
Now we had to get busy with the back and the fabric. My photo journaling stalled out until…
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.
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
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.
Making kids’ costumes never lets me down, especially when they get involved. See more photos posted on Flipt Studio of costumes made for kids, and by kids. Helping the young’uns plan and create their own costumes was a joy I’ll not forget.
The students in my beginning upholstery classes never fail to be shocked by how much work is involved in tearing old upholstery off of a deliciously vintage chair. Teardown is bad, no doubt. It is, however,
a very instructional exercise as to how furniture is constructed, padded and upholstered. Check out my full teardown tutorial over on FliptStudio.