You want to look your best this Christmas, but may find that jewelry isn’t in your budget. You’ll never have to worry again as long as you can follow the steps in this tutorial. You’ll learn how you can transform your gift cards after you use them to update your winter fashion. This project courtesy of AllFreeChristmasCrafts takes recycling to a whole new level, and everyone will want to know where you got your jewelry this Christmas.
Before you begin on your jewelry-making adventure, it’s important to learn how to use a crimp bead and make a bracelet closure. Once you’ve got those basic techniques down, the beading world is yours for the taking. This free video tutorial by our friend Eva Ferrebee for AllFreeJewelryMaking will teach you the basics and show you how to make this Basic Beaded Bracelet. It’s a simple bracelet pattern that will go with any outfit. Best of all, it doesn’t take long, so you could make one for you and all your friends. Everyone will be amazed at the beautiful bracelet that you created yourself!
What piece of jewelry are you going to make next?
The pumpkin is an iconic image associated with the fall season, and AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com has found many crafters who have been inspired to create their own interpretations of this festive gourd. You too can learn to bring a modernized look to the pumpkins used in your fall decor with this tutorial. Using only brightly colored paper pieces and your own creative design ideas, you’ll construct a cute little craft that will cost you next to nothing. This tutorial shows you that you don’t need to buy expensive materials or products that you can only use once to create something that’s sure to catch everyone’s attention no matter where you put it.
How to Create a Pumpkin With Paper Strips:
What’s your favorite pumpkin craft? We’d love to hear your ideas, so be sure to comment below.
Welcome to Day 5 of our special National Sewing Month blog series. Today, our friend Melissa Corry from the blog Happy Quilting is here to share a video series on how to finish a quilt after you’ve pieced the top. After you’ve watched her tutorials, leave a comment below the post for your chance to win our mystery prize! Remember, you can enter to win each day of the series so keep coming back to see what’s in store for you!
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Hello FaveCrafts readers! My name is Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting, and I am so excited to get to be posting here at FaveCrafts to celebrate National Sewing Month. Now, by my blog name, you can probably guess that I am a quilter :). So I thought today I would share some basics in quilting . . . well that is, in finishing quilting.
See, whenever you get to the end of a quilting pattern or tutorial it will normally say something along the lines of “Finishing your Quilt – Baste it, Quilt it, and Bind it.” If you are not a longtime quilter, you might need a little more direction :). So that is where today’s post comes in. I have put together a three-part video series on finishing your quilt: the basics of basting, quilting, and binding :). I hope you find these videos helpful on your quilting journey. (And if you laugh at some of my silly stumbles or tripod filming that is great too :))
BASTING YOUR QUILT
(Just remember, always smooth from the center out :))
QUILTING YOUR QUILT
(Practice makes perfect, just keep stitching :))
BINDING YOUR QUILT
(Yup, a little bit of math :))
I hope you enjoyed the videos and found some helpful information in them. And by the way, the quilt that I was working on in the videos is called Spinning or Spiraling. I have a step-by-step of how to make this quilt top on my blog, just in case you want to make one of your own :).
Thank you again to FaveCrafts for having me here today. Until next time, Happy Quilting!!!!
Do you have any tips for finishing a quilt? Share them below!
If you are simply anxious to learn a new way of binding the edges of your quilt, you can now learn the Quilter’s Boot technique with this video.This special and unique technique involves sewing the binding around the entire quilt and then mitering the corners rather than the more usual method of mitering corners as you go. This is a really fun, easy way of sewing your quilt binding, especially on a mini or doll quilt. Using your fancy tool, you simply sew, trim and pluck — it is really that simple! It is so helpful to watch this two-minute video and see exactly how you can make the magic happen by binding your quilt with the Quilter’s Boot method. And remember, you can use this method for kids’ quilts, quilted gifts and even holiday quilts!
How to Bind a Quilt with the Quilter’s Boot:
What’s your favorite binding technique?
Celebrate the ancient Japanese art form of paper folding by making your own Motley Origami Boxes! Origami is one of our favorite crafting techniques at AllFreeKidsCrafts because it allows you to create beautiful sculptures and creations with the simplest of materials: paper! It’s a thrifty craft and it’s kid-friendly because no cutting is required. By folding a simple piece of paper, you can create everything from frogs to flowers, from cubes to cranes. All it takes is a little imagination!
Try this paper-folding tutorial the next time the kids are stuck indoors on a rainy day, or any time you’re looking for a quick and easy craft project to kill some time. Once you’ve mastered the technique, make a bunch of origami boxes and turn them into a cute garland or a hanging mobile. You could also make a bunch in Christmas colors and place them under the tree for a festive holiday display. Such a simple craft with so many creative possibilities!
Watch and learn!
How to Make an Origami Cube
What is your favorite way to craft with paper?
Today’s cinema Saturday is a double feature! We’re sharing two helpful videos with you. We’re always showing you new clothing projects and garments to make, today we’re focusing on mending clothing, especially for children. With the new school year quickly approaching, the kids are going to need some new pieces for their wardrobe. Instead of buying all new, check out these simple videos and learn how to mend clothing. Keep the kids in the clothes they have for a while longer!
How to Mend Clothing
Since kids are constantly outgrowing their clothes, pick up on a few sewing techniques that will keep them in the same clothes longer. Learn how to mend with these simple lessons and you’ll get a little extra wear with your children’s clothing.
This tutorial shows a method for repairing holes in jeans, how to lengthen a dress or skirt, and demonstrates reverse applique for a stained or torn shirt. Give modern mending a try and keep creating the free sewing projects you love.
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Beaded Macrame Bracelets are all the rage lately with celebs and fashionistas. Get in on the trend by making your own square knot beaded bracelets. Once you learn the basic knot, you can get creative by adding different types, colors and styles of beads. Feel free to use any type of cording; these bracelets look great no matter what you use. Best of all, you can make your bracelets reflect your own individual style. They are easy to make, so you can wear one or ten; the choice is yours!
They also make great friendship bracelets, so make a bunch and give them to all the special people in your life. Learn how to make Beaded Macrame Bracelets in this free video tutorial by Eva Ferrebee for AllFreeJewelryMaking. Follow her video instructions, and you’ll be making these stylish bracelets in no time!
What’s your favorite piece of jewelry to wear or make?
Our very own, Simone Collins, Editorial Craft Director here at Prime, shows you how to make flower pins from leftover fabric scraps. Let’s be honest, we all have tons of fabric scraps in our stash (or lying around our homes) that are just dying to be turned into something awesome. Instead of letting those scraps pile up, create some of these fun pins. You can make several and give them away as gifts too!
Watch this simple tutorial and learn how to make lovely flower pins using only leftover scraps from your stash. This no-sew project is super easy and quick, even the kids can join in. Follow the simple step-by-step instructions demonstrated in this video tutorial and create adorable flower pins using leftover fabric scraps.
What’s your favorite thing to do with leftover fabric scraps?
Warm up in any season with this gorgeous truffle pinwheel quilt. While it may be a tough project for a beginner, it is definitely not the hardest! Even if you are a beginner, why not try it out? You will learn how to use the half-square triangle method to create a perfect pinwheel pattern. After the first few steps, you will learn how to sew your block patterns together, and you will have your 36″ x 36″ quilt! Make sure to spice up your quilt by changing up the color! You can even combine colors to make it as bright as a rainbow!