22 Crafting Tutorials and How Tos You Might Have Missed: Part 2

In our last crafting tutorials post, “24 Crafting Tutorials and How Tos You Might Have Missed,” we put together an extensive list of articles to help beginners learn new skills, tips, and tricks. We built an exhaustive post that was devoted to sharing all sorts of neat techniques and great ideas with the crafting world. The list was our own library catalog of all of the fascinating tricks and tips we had collected. It was our magnum opus, and it was a popular resource among our greater crafting family — that means you.

The original crafting tutorials post went live months ago. A lot of things can happen between then (July) and now. One of the changes we’re eager to tell you about is our new list filled with all of the cool skills we’ve picked up in the last few months. Whether you’re completely new to crafting or are here to pick up a few new techniques, these crafting tutorials are super helpful and fun. We hope they’ll inspire all sorts of fantastic and unexpected projects!

22 Crafting Tutorials and How Tos You Might Have Missed: Part 2

22 Crafting Tutorials and How Tos You Might Have Missed: Part 2

  1. How to Clean Paper, Cardboard, and Toilet Paper Tubes
  2. Are Toilet Paper Roll Crafts a Safe and Sanitary Idea?
  3. How to Dye Clothespins
  4. How to Make a DIY Jewelry Organizer
  5. How to Use Polymer Clay: A Guide for Beginners
  6. How to Decoupage Furniture
  7. How to Embroider the French Knot
  8. How to Laminate Cotton Fabric
  9. How to Sew a Stem Stitch
  10. How to Sew a Zipper
  11. Box Stitch Knitting Tutorial
  12. DIY Paper Quilling
  13. One Row Button Holes Knitting Tutorial
  14. Fabric Twine Tutorial
  15. How to Create Different Quilting Patterns Using a Walking Foot
  16. Should You Wash Fabric Before Sewing?
  17. How to Sew a Curved Hem
  18. Hand Towel Sewing Tutorial
  19. Macrame Material Ideas + How to Knot Over a Form
  20. The Ultimate Guide to Paint Brush Types
  21. How to Wrap a Gift with Newspaper
  22. Learning How to Square Up a Quilt Block

What Crafting Tutorials are You Most Excited to Try?

4th of July Wire ring

I find creating holiday oriented accessories and jewelry a challenge, as I like making versatile pieces that can be worn by everybody anytime not just to celebrate a particular holiday or occasion. But dressing up for holidays, is fun and that demands something unique. To make the best of both worlds, I have come up with a simple, classy and sophisticated handmade wire Ring for the fourth of July celebrations that can be worn with everything from suits to summer dresses and still instill a little bit of patriotism in you.

Using basic jewelry tools and a few simple supplies like beads and wire, you can make a wire ring that will make you the cynosure of your Fourth of July party. This project can be done in a matter of minutes, hence these rings can be made in large numbers to be given away as party favors. I have used materials like dyed jades and faux pearl, but if you wear only “real jewelry” then you can create this design using coral and Lapis Lazuli beads with real pearls using sterling silver wire.

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IMG_1009Materials:

  1. 20g artistic silver wire- 18″
  2. Faceted  dyed blue Jade rondrell – 1
  3. Faceted dyed red Jade rondrell – 1
  4. 10mm white faux pearl -1
  5. Tools – Ring Mandrel, nose pliers and wire cutter

Method:

1.String a blue jade followed by the white pearl and then the red jade to a piece of 18″ length of wire.  The length of the wire could be more or less depending on your ring size. Find your desired size on a ring mandrel using one of your existing rings and work with half size larger.
4th of july wirering
2. Center the wire over the mandrel at the desired size marking. Wrap one side of the wire around the mandrel and wrap the other side around the mandrel in the opposite direction. The band should now contain 2 strands of wire at back.
3. Turn the mandrel around so that the curved portion is in the front. Take one edge of the wire around the beads and wrap following with the other wire in the opposite direction. A nest should form underneath the beads holding them in place.
4. Bring both wire up almost at a 90 degree angle and wrap around the jade beads twice. This secures the beads well to the frame.

4th of july wire ring

5. Crisscross the wires and wrap again, this time only around the pearl
6.Pick one wire end and make a loop at the end and bend it to make a spiral. Bring it close to the pearl and press to contain the pearl. If your wire is too long for a proportional spiral, cut it short before you spiral it.
7. Repeat step 5 with the other end. Both your spirals might look different from each other, there is no need to worry as it adds to the charm of the ring. Press the wires gently with your fingers to form them into shape making your  ring look less messy.

Celebrate 4th of July in style with this easy to make patriotic ring.

8 4th of July Sewing Projects You Should Probably Make

Where did the time ago? It feels like a minute ago we were putting up our Christmas trees and now we’re already celebrating the 4th of July. Is it time travel? Witchcraft? No, just life.

As many of our faithful fans and friends know, at AllFreeSewing we’re all about celebrating the holidays with the help of talented designer across the world. Day in and day out we get to scour blogs and websites seeking absolutely astounding sewing tutorials. What with the patriotic madness that is about to ensue in the states, our latest mission was to find 4th of July sewing tutorials. And boy did we find them. If you’re after some furiously fun and easy patriotic projects, we have a whole collection of them plus additional ones below! Some of these finds are no-sew, some use felt, others refashion old clothing, but they all involve fabric and all yield fabulous results. You won’t find the roundup below on AllFreeSewing just yet, so take advantage of our list to create amazing home decor and clothing to celebrate Independence Day.

4th of July Sewing Projects

You Should Probably Make

4th of July Crafts You Shoudl Make

  1. Baby Betsy Ross Dress Tutorial from Melly Sews
  2. Ruffly Patriotic Wreath Tutorial from Capital B
  3. 4th of July Bunting Banner Tutorial from Sugar Tot Designs
  4. Star Garland and Table Runner from Aesthetic Nest
  5. 4th of July Ruffle Pillow Tutorial from Baby Jayne’s
  6. Liberty Wreath from My Sister’s Suitcase
  7. Toddler Tank Dress {Upcycled} from Wine and Glue
  8. Red, white, and blue Bustle Dress from Heart Break Kids

Gorgeous, right? How excited are you to start decorating your home for the fourth? Additionally, you can find even more fabulous patriotic crafts in our collection, 18 Fourth of July Crafts: How to Sew Pillowcase Dresses, Star Pillows and More. In this roundup of tutorials you’ll find clothing for kids, adults, and home decor ideas. Don’t overlook this holiday; it’s an opportunity to go all out in your festivities. In short, it’s an excuse to sew.

How are you celebrating

the Fourth of July?

 

Meet and Make: Mikey aka Michael Sellick

Mikey akA MichaeL Sellick at The Crochet Crowd StudioI am Michael Sellick, online I’m known as Mikey. I am totally consumed by the crafting ideas that bounce in my head. I social network most of the day, every day, and end up crafting in bed at night time watching Netflix. I am the creator of The Crochet Crowd . My website is dedicated to giving away free patterns and tutorials on how to create projects.

10 Fun Facts About Me

  1. I’m addicted to two things; spending a lot of time on the computer creating content and crafting. Thus making what I do true passion.
  2. I listen to the same music playlist on YouTube virtually everyday to fill in the white noise of a quiet house as I work.
  3. Kraft dinner is the best meal ever invented.
  4. When teaching live in person, I’m known to “Queen out and break creativity wide open”.
  5. I sometimes go grocery shopping with my Crocs on… please don’t call the fashion police.
  6. I struggle to back a car into a parking space. Ironically, I used to be a truck driver and could do that fine.
  7. The sound of the cat licking itself is a sound that drives me up the wall.
  8. I love dry, sarcastic and witty humour.
  9. If I could start a collection right now, I would collect high heel stilettos.
  10. Netflix is the next best thing to sliced bread.

Here’s Your Project Today

Beanie Hat For Men with Style

The Crochet Crowd's Design Hat

A new pattern released by Michael Sellick.

Materials

  • Size H or 5.5 MM Crochet Hook
  • 2 Ball of Bernat Mosaic Yarn

Notes

  • I used 2 balls of yarn at the same time to double up the thickness of the yarn to provide better insulation and texture.
  • When using two yarn at the same time, it’s cooler to not have the yarn shade colours to not match each other. This creates a more interesting and unpredictable look to your beanie hat.

Definitions

  • sl st – Slip Stitch
  • beg – beginning
  • sc – single crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • ch – chain

Pattern

    • Chain 4 and sl st to the beg ch.
    • R1: Ch 1, work 6 sc in ring, join with sl st in beg ch.
    • R2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, join with sl st in beg ch, 12 sc.
    • R3: Ch 1, *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around, join with sl st in beg ch, 18 sc.
    • R4: Ch 1, *sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around, join with sl st in beg ch, 24 sc.
    • R5: Ch 1, *sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around, join with sl st in beg ch, 30 sc.
    • R6: Ch 1, *sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around, join with sl st in beg ch, 36 sc.
    • R7: Ch 1, *sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around, join with sl st in beg ch, 42 sc.
    • R8: Ch 1, *sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around, join with sl st in beg ch, 48 sc.
    • R9: Ch 1, *sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around, join with sl st in beg ch, 54 sc.
    • R10: Ch 1, *sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around, sl st in beg ch, 60 sc.
    • R11-22 : Ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in beg ch.
    • Fasten Off. Weave in ends.