Category: Tutorials

The Collaborate Paint Game for parent and kid design thinking

I have been working with a friend who is a educational technology researcher — and we’ve been exploring how to structure activities for parents and kids to learn…

Philatelic Crafting with Lucy

Painted Tree Blouse

Thanks to Alice for the pillowcases! The fabric markers are great paint markers from Tee Juice, it is very fluid paint in a marker form.

Old tights, what to do

Holiday Card Factory

how to make envelopes, and a template

Fabric Book Covers: Make law school soft

I have three ugly law books in my life,  and Alice sent three boxes of strange and beautiful fabrics, so it was only natural to avoid two nights…

Loop Handle Purses: Masked Avengers and Happy Elephants

Loop Handle Purses!  They are simple & full of potential — reversible, closable and cute (somewhere in between a full blown purse and a wristlet pouch).  I like…

Felted Mason Jar

Ksenia reports that Philly hipsters have brought the Mason Jar back to the streets, them and the Amish, so why not?  A tutorial on felted mason jar insulating…

Scrap Jewelry

At the knitting festival in Pittsburgh a few months ago, they had free tutorials teaching us how to make long scrap necklaces from all the extra bits of…

The Panda Doll : Make Your Own

After getting out Aranzi Aronzo’s “Fun Dolls” from the library, I’ve been going towards pandas.  I found this tutorial for Anna Panda from Lynn Roberts in the UK. …

Aranzi Aronzo Dolls Make Aranzi Aronzo Dolls

The Blue-Purple-Green Dress

With pockets!  I started on Friday night, finished it Sunday evening, with Saturday off.  The pattern, I used BurdaStyle’s free Coffee Date Dress pattern (by Elaine May) as…

DIY Heart Projects

Only a few days left until boom boom boom Valentine’s Day, lots of reason to put hearts on everything.  Threadbanger has collected a bunch of tutorials for small…

Make Your Own Elephant – A Tutorial

Here they are, detailed + illustrated instructions on how to make your very own Elephant!  Find out exactly what you need to do here, at this Make Your…

The Flower Ball, or The Kusudama

Eleven years ago, in Chicago, I discovered modular origami.  I made fourteen pointed stars, swan wreaths, loopy concoctions, and this — my favorite –The Flower Ball, or Kusudama:…

Polymer Clay Tutorial

Alice sent along this series of 12 instructional videos on how to make Polymer Clay Designs.  It’s by Elena Samsonova, spoken in Russian, which if you’re not into,…

How To Make a Framed Photo Collage

For my brother’s Christmas present, I made this framed square photo collage.  It only cost 15 dollars, but working out the planning and the photographs took me a…

How to Make A Monster

I’ve completed my online tutorial of How to Make a Monster — the pattern and instructions are still available for purchase as a PDF booklet at Etsy here…

To Do: DIY Fabric Printing

  In my quest to emblazon all fabric in my vicinity with my mind visions, I’ve compiled a small list of ways to transfer images — digital or…

To Do: Ribbon and Washers Necklace

I love household goods going incognito as jewelry, especially when they’re as discrete and cheap as this ribbon-and-washers necklace from the designer Annie Albers.  I am going to…

To Do: Karen Carpenter Purse

Or any other face of my choosing!  I am going to make some bags out of LP casings.  There’s one over at Web Goddess that is more a…

To Do: Vinyl Record Bracelets

Since all of the 12 record players in my vicinity are officially deceased, maybe it is time to melt and wear all the LPs.  Or just take a…

To Do: Great Purse Ideas

I’ve got a whole backlog of upholstery fabric and felted wool (thank you Catholic Ladies Groups and Great Aunts, who love to give me things, and my basement…

To Do: Collage Board

I want to make some of these, but I’m not sure which pattern to go with: there’s this one from Totally Her, or this one on Sew Mama…

To Do List: The Mutant Baby

This is not a Halloween specific craft.  It would go with any holiday, or any day of the year, really.  Baby mutants, so excellent and so necessary! Click…

Make Your Own Monster!

It is that time!  Time to walk out your door, find some clothes not put to much good use, and cut, cut cut — sew, sew sew!  A…