Creating customized, batik shirts, pillowcases, aprons, and more has never been easier! Discover how to batik items at home using gel glue.
A step by step wet felting tutorial for beginner to advanced felt makers. These simple slippers were created using aqua shoes instead of shoe lasts. No need for expensive polystyrene shoe lasts.
What do you get when you have way too much yarn on your hands and need to do something with it? This hub! Also, a rug!
Learn methods to incorporate a beautiful ombre or color melting effect into your knitting projects. Free beginner knit hat pattern with an ombre color change.
Baby blankets are one of the easiest projects, especially for new or inexperienced knitters. This fun and colorful blanket design has no shaping and can be changed to match any nursery decor.
Use these step-by-step instructions to sew your own casserole carrier. Now, you can have something stylish to carry your covered dishes to those potlucks or Thanksgiving dinners you're invited to. They are great gift ideas as well. Happy sewing!
Master this clever nine-patch variation and you'll have the ket to the quilting kingdom! This simple tutorial show you how to turn a simple nine-patch block into a magnificent quilt.
A simple pieced block using three templates. One-fourth of the block is constructed and rotated. Great for samplers, as a fill-in block, or by itself. Covers pattern, color, and grain of fabric.
Learn the difference between knit and crochet items so you can decide on whether to learn knit, crochet, or both. Each method has pros and cons.
Wet felting, needle felting and knitting techniques are combined in this tutorial to create a very sweet pair of booties for a child. Metal shoe lasts are used as molds on which to shape the booties.
Once you have your crazy fabrics stitched to your base, you start embellishing the seams. That's the fun part of crazy patchwork.
Learn how to felt a tiny coin purse using polystyrene balls. Needle/wet felting techniques are used to create the purse. Finally, a tiny arched metal frame is sewn on to add the perfect touch.
When it's time to replace worn out chair cushions, it's often difficult to find the colors, patterns or size you need when looking at pre-made cushions, so why not make your own?
Keep your ears warm and outfit stylish with 12 unique headband styles you can easily crochet. Find the free patterns below and make ear warmers for yourself or for the special people in your life!
Ever wonder why the first stitch (or sometimes the last) is slipped when you follow a knitting pattern? It's a technique in knitting to form an even edge of the final knitted garment and keep it from curling. Learn how to form an even edge with this technique and why it works.
Wet felting is not an exact science! Sometimes, things really do go wrong. Most times, there is a solution. In this tutorial, you will learn how to needle felt the problem away.
An ancient crafting method has been adopted by modern designers and they are turning out fabulous creations. Learn how shuttle lace came down to us and how it is being used today.
Make elegant decorative curtains using grommets with this simple tutorial and tips from my experience creating them for my patio.
Needle felted/wet felted and hat on a ball felting techniques are combined in this free step by step tutorial to create a delightful felt hat. A tumble dryer is used to speed up the felting process.
Cleaning wool for needlefelting is time consuming, but well worth the effort as you can prepare your wool the exact way you want it, and you may be able to save a couple bucks along the way.
My favorite crochet baby hat patterns, easy and ideal for beginners. The perfect gift for a new baby. Baby hats make a great yarn-stash-busting project you can make in an hour or so.
This easy to make walker tote bag is held on with two strips of hook and loop tape (Velcro). It is a fast sewing project, perfect for beginner sewers who want to sew for charity. The tutorial teaches you step by step how to sew a walker bag.
The short tutorial below describes how to make a 3-D Wet Felted Flower using merino wool roving or wool tops. This large spikey felt flower can be added to compliment a garment or hat.
Knitted cowls are the perfect accessory to keep you warm during cold weather. This easy knitting pattern creates a simple, yet interesting neckwarmer that men, women and children will enjoy wearing!
A step by step tutorial on how to work a half double and double crochet stitch with photos and video.
Play and fun are two essential ingredients for introducing creative fun for children. Add a ball, some wool fibers, hot soapy water and you have found the perfect craft project for a child to do.
If you're looking for an easy prayer shawl crochet pattern (or if you're wondering what a prayer shawl is), you've come to the right place!
Do you ever get to the end of a crochet project and think '... now what?' — these crochet edging patterns will help you get a professional-looking finish and add a touch of individual crochet style!
Amp up your loom knitting game by learning how to do the honeycomb stitch! Here are easy-to-follow instructions to help you get started.
Before you can learn how to make crochet stitches, you need gather your supplies, and learn the basics of how to read a pattern, and what exactly gauge means. This article will get you started.
Devoré is a beautiful technique that produces fabrics with sheer areas. Learn to make your own velvet burnout fabrics.
Free curtain patterns for making valances, swags, jabots, café curtains, shades, and drapes. Browse through some of the best curtain sewing pattern ideas for your next window treatment.
For those of you who love rhinestones on clothing and/or just about anything and everything, this hub is for you. I don't know about you, but I sometimes get a little agitated when I see how expensive it can be for something with rhinestones on it....
This article is a tutorial on how to customize your own wooden teething rings with different crochet ideas.
This simple step by step free wet felting tutorial utilizes a tumble dryer, a balloon, a bubble-wrap template and some beautiful brightly colored merino wool roving to create this stunning bird pod.
How to use a needle felting tool with additional woollen fibers to rectify problems such as thin spots which can occur during Wet Felting. Helpful tips, images and techniques are shared here.
Add a new crochet project to your list with these tips for crocheting a rug. Complete guide for following a crochet rug pattern or making your own. Great for beginners too!
Create cute, quirky art quilts with this quick and easy technique. Master design and assembly techniques pioneered by folks from the Chicago School of Fusing! I'll show you how!
This little box is made with polymer clay, an Altoids tin, and some creativity. Great for keeping small items, this would be perfect for a knitter but pretty enough to appeal to almost everyone.
Here are some tips, tutorials, and patterns to crochet your own bracelets. Also includes tips on crocheting, reading patterns, and understanding diagrams for beginners.
If you are thinking about taking up quilting as a new hobby, here are 10 tips that will help you avoid some common mistakes that beginners, and some experts, often make.
Craft a one-of-a-kind quilt from t-shirts to preserve memories, celebrate a graduation, or send off a graduate to college.
This hat idea is really easy to make, it only requires learning to make one stitch, and sewing your handiwork together. Firstly, you will need: 4.5mm knitting needles one ball of yarn or wool in any colour of your choice a thick sewing needle
If you own a mini crib, most likely the Alma Mini Crib, you have found out that there is only one crib sheet available on the market. It is organic, but it it’s only plain white and kind of pricey. Here are easy, step-by-step directions on how to...
For a unique gift, turn a drawing into a one-of-a-kind stuffed toy. The step by step photos and instructions provided will make the process easy.
You can add colorful decoration to a plain sweater using the craft of needle felting. This tutorial shows the basic technique and tools of needle felting so you can create your own custom design.
By cleaning and framing your finished needlework projects yourself, you ensure they are properly framed and cared for, and save a lot of money on professional framing!
Free crochet pattern on how to crochet a cat ears headband or a cat ears hat two different ways. Also included is directions to make a crochet bow to make a Hello Kitty hat or headband.
Make your own bean bags (cornhole bags) at home to save some money and have a very durable, quality bag.
Duct Tape or Gaffer Tape can be used very effectively to create Custom Made Shoe Lasts on which you can make felted Slippers or Boots This tutorial provides a step by step guide on how to make them.
Learn how to make a finely crocheted rag rug with this tutorial from a master rag rugger! Upcycle old fabrics and clothes and produce a colorful creation with this easy circular rug pattern.
Make this super cute, and environmentally friendly apron, by upcycling old jeans. It's easy with these detailed photos and step by step instructions.
Leg warmers are a must-have for dancers. They are great for skaters, and they are also a fashion accessory in the winter. Making your own leg warmers is very easy, if you have basic knitting skills.
Fleece is an incredibly versatile material you can use for craft projects. Engage your creative side with these DIY project ideas for kids, teenagers, and adults!
The free knitting patterns in this hub are perfect for beginners. The coaster patterns are easy and perfect for holiday, handmade gifts. Part 2 will continue with coaster tips and how to knit lessons.
Step-by step pattern for making felted flowers, using crochet or knitting. They're very appealing and a fun project to get started with felting.
Easy crochet edging on flannel fabric makes a delightful baby blanket. Create some to use and a few to give away as thoughtful gifts!
Want to make your own bra bag, linen bag or delicates bag out of an old pillowcase? This very easy craft tutorial has instructions on how to do it at home! Make clothes last longer in the wash.
In this Hub, I'll explain how I stitched a long frock for my daughter Anna during the Christmas season. The frock has lots of fun flairs, and is also easy to make.
Here is how I made my first-ever quilt. It might have been unconventional but it worked, it was (fairly) easy and is a great beginning project.
Six-inch Mattel Kelly dolls were only made for a short time. It is quite difficult to find clothing to fit them. Here is a free crochet pattern to make your own clothing.
Learn how to make a simple yet beautiful 3 D Wet Felted flower with Merino Wool Roving. This very easy Step by Step image tutorial makes it so easy that even a child could be taught to do make one.
Here is a free pattern to make doll shorts or pants with no snaps. While it's written in a general format, the instructions include my notes for Makies doll shorts at the end.
This hub is about crocheting clothes for your Barbie doll. It will also tackle the different body types available to the doll throughout the years. Links will be provided below to help you get started on crocheting for your Barbie doll.
This hub provides a tutorial on how to protect your floors by crocheting chair socks. It also includes a free pattern for a customization done on a chair with circular ends but thin legs. It also has a short tutorial on how to make hole-free magic circles.
This seamless wet felted spiral bag tutorial has been designed to be used by the more advanced felt maker. Cost is minimal as botany waste wool is used together with washed and carded shetland wool.
Why not use up all those left-over yarn scraps to make a brightly-colored crocheted blanket? An easy project for frugal crocheters.
This hub is a free crochet pattern for Barbie Flounce Open-Shoulder High Slit Dress. It is made specifically for Barbie Model Muse body types.
How to crochet baby booties, diaper cover, and baby hat, including tips on how to customize your baby outfit to create cute looks.
I made a Wembley Fraggle Costume several years ago and it turned out AWESOME. This article will walk you through the steps to make your own Fraggle Rock Halloween Costume.
This free wet felting tutorial combines three felting techniques to create a stunning handbag which can be made in several hours with the help of a tumble dryer. It is a quick easy way to make a bag.
For warm and comfortable winter footwear there is nothing better than a pair of soft soled moccasins. I am going to show you how to make moccasins that cuddle your feet...
For most quilters, binding the edges of a quilt is the last major step in completing the project. But how do you bind the edges if the quilt isn't a basic straight-sided shape? Or what if you prefer to have and un-bordered look? One good answer is...
You can give an old tote bag a new look by adding a bunch of knitted flowers made from leftover yarn! Learn how to knit flowers of different sizes to fashion a new bag that you'll be proud to use.
Picking out stitches can save an embroidered garment from apparent disaster. With the proper techniques and enough patience, almost any design can be removed and sewn over.
Here is a free crochet pattern to make a bikini drawstring bag for Barbie. It is also the right size for other 10-12" fashion dolls.
How to crochet a baby hat. Ideal for beginners to crochet. Step-by-step tutorial with images to help you to make your first cute hat. Shows how you can also make larger hats.
The free knitting patterns in this article are perfect knitting ideas for a beginner who is just now learning how to knit. These coaster patterns are quick and easy - perfect holiday, handmade gifts.
What at first looks as if it came from the bottom drawer turns into a professional-looking garment after blocking. This article shows you how to best block your hand-made garments for a great look.
Using a simple knitted i-cord, you can make unique statement necklaces that are tailored to your personal taste and style. Here are the directions for three different necklace designs using i-cords.
This free felting tutorial delivers on every level. Learn how to make delicate, wispy, 4D wet-felted flowers with edging made of mohair knitting yarn. It's fun and it's so very easy.
Sharpies, rubbing alcohol and a plain white t-shirt are all you need for the next rainy or snow day. Try it once and watch yourself looking at every white thing as a canvas for tie-dye adventures.
Starting the yarn craft, crochet, can be challenging with knowing what tools to use and in working out what hook size you should get. This guide explains what beginners need to know.
This purple baby sweater pattern is a very simple design for knitters and can make babies comfortably warm in cold weather.
Leather gloves and leather mittens are warm and cozy. Get started today learning how to make them yourself. They will make a great Christmas present this holiday season.
A brief history and explanation of yarn bombing as well as some ideas on how you can knit, crochet, or sew together your own yarn-bombed pieces.
These Mary Jane Baby Booties knitting patterns are very easy and basic patterns for beginners. The patterns are described in two methods and available 3 sizes. It also includes how-to knit videos.
Step by step instructions for working the most common increases and decreases., with photos and video.
Seize the day and learn to use your sewing machine! These practical tips will show you how to prepare your sewing machine and make your first perfectly formed stitches. You can do it!
How to patch kid's jeans and add appliques to make cool knee patches. Instead of throwing jeans away, simply patch the hole: it saves the environment and your wallet at the same time!
Waste Merino wool roving, party balloons and a tumble dryer were used to create these wet felted coin purses. Waste pieces of recycled merino wool were blended together to make these cute purses.
Looking for tips, hints and ideas for silk sari yarn? Sari yarn is a unique, brilliantly coloured yarn made from sari silk remnants in India. It comes in hanks (skeins) and pre-prepared balls and each one is unique, due to the ordering of colours, the uneven yarn thickness and the skill of the individual spinner.
Learn how to make a unique denim throw rug out of recycled denim blue jeans. It's easy with this step-by-step tutorial, complete with written and photo instructions.
When you see a finished project created by cross stitch do you think "I could never do that"? Well, think the again - you can and you could produce your first piece of work within a matter of hours.
There is nothing like taking a couple of skeins of yarn and turning them into something beautiful and useful. Double-sided afghans not only turn out beautiful but are very warm during the winter.
Felting with a resist will produce a seamless hollow shape which can be used to make hats, decorative vessels, Pods, pots, vases, cat caves, bird houses, bags, purses, mitts, booties and slippers
Linen pillowcases are expensive, but you can make your own quite cheaply. Here are two projects that require minimal sewing skills, and take very little time.
A step-by-step tutorial (with pictures) showing how to embroider 5 easy and beautiful stitches. You'll be able to make several beautiful designs and learn the skills to make more complex stitches.
Skinny jeans are in. If you just got the memo and you're still dressing like it's 2005 (you're not alone), don't throw those old flare jeans out! Save money by converting them into skinny jeans.
This circular knitting pattern makes a charming tree skirt or doily to accessorize a small table-top Christmas tree. Changing your yarn can tailor this pattern for the holidays or for every day use!
A 'walking' foot for your sewing machine is essential if you are a quiltmaker. This foot has its own feed dogs to move the top layer of fabric, while the machine's feed dogs move the bottom latyer
This is the second part in a two part wet felting tutorial. It is aimed at people who find it difficult to find footwear to fit them. These Duct Tape Shoe Lasts provide a perfect solution.
If you're a new quilter, start with the basics. Master this technique and use to create all kinds of quilts. Start with a simplified Irish chain or craft a delightful disappearing nine patch.
Need a fancy, lettuce edge tulle ruffle for a project? You only need basic sewing skills... just grab your sewing machine, some tulle, and a spool of thick fishing line, and this article will tell you how to get it done!
Make this beautiful quilted table runner with strips of fabric. It is fast and easy with the step by step guide provided.
A hat is one of the easiest ways to learn the art of crochet. Learn how to crochet a hat step by step with pictures and video as well as some of the basics of the art of crochet!
Taking in or letting out a pair of dress pants is not hard and should take you no more than 30-40 minutes. Custom tailor your pants to make them fit just right for a fraction of the cost a professional charges!
Over my years of knitting, I've discovered an easy and safe way to block most of my knitting projects. I hope these hints answer some of the questions that most people face when blocking, explain the different methods, and offer some suggestions on the best technique to finish your favorite knitwear.
Consider adding embellishments to your next quilt. Learn how with this guide that includes step by step video instructions, helpful hints and beautiful examples of embellished quilts.
Craft shows can be a great place to make money selling your knitted goods and apparel. Unique, quality items always sell well, and here are some other popular items to make and sell at a craft fair.
Do your pants fit you like a glove? If they don't, consider trying out one of these techniques and hacks to make them work for you!
Stuck using acrylic yarn because your project is big, it's all you can find, or the only yarn available in the colors you need? Don't fret! You can make it just as soft as some of the pricier yarns.
Use fall colored fabric scraps from your stash to make this unique table runner. It's a snap with this easy-to-follow DIY tutorial, complete with written and photographic instructions.
Celebrate the Fall season and Thanksgiving holiday by creating a colorful autumn display with these easy scrap fabric fall leaves. This tutorial makes a festive table decoration and napkin rings.
Learn how to adapt a classic affordable black Hat Shaper to create a giant wet felted top hat which could be worn with pride at a Music Festival or to a Mad Hatters Tea Party.
Learn how to transform a plain tall vase with these simple step by step wet felting instructions. It is guaranteed to become a talking point when it becomes a stunning piece of decorative art.
A free pattern for a crocheted dishcloth worked in variegated kitchen cotton and trimmed with a scalloped edge.
Gorgeous handcrafted gifts can be made from covering soap bars with merino wool fibers. Personalize them by adding a label and turn them into profit at craft fairs or sell them in your Etsy store.
This no-sew fleece blanket is easy to create and has a homemade touch. Fleece fabric is soft—perfect for baby gifts—and can be cut to fit cribs or beds of any size.
Including photos and instructions, learn how to make reusable fabric bowl covers with this step by step guide. This project is a great way to use up fabric, save money and be kind to the environment.
If you haven't tried Tapestry Crochet, you are missing out on a wonderful art form. This page includes How to Do Tapestry Crochet plus free patterns and graphs to use.
A beginner's guide to knitting a scarf. This step-by-step guide teaches you how to knit a homemade scarf with directions for knit and purl stitches, two easy scarf patterns, knitting terminology glossary, and valuable links to related sites.
A beginner’s guide to crocheting with pictures and videos. Learn how to make a slip knot, hold a crochet hook, and make a chain. This guide teaches the four basic crochet stitches: single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet.
This wet felting tutorial is designed for the intermediate to advanced feltmaker. The end result should be a stunning piece of felt art to wear or use as chemo hat or simply for display.
Through my recent experience of dealing with what seemed like a problematic sewing machine, I want to help others who may be having similar problems with their machines. It can be frustrating to have a sewing machine that one minute is working fine...
This article is a free crochet pattern for Barbie Bermuda Shorts. It also includes a bonus pattern for the cropped top, which was previously done for a Pullip doll.
Make a soft cloth baseball. Suitable for supervised indoor play or for juggling. Not intended for children under 3 or for pets.
We all have t-shirts that were just too good to pass up, even though they are a size too big. Why not turn these wanted, but large, t-shirts into racer back tank tops? Follow this tutorial and get ready to hit the beach or gym in unique style.
Put an embroidery hoop to new use by creating a wall pocket wreath to display cheery flowers in your home! This wreath can be hung on the wall, displayed on the front door, or placed on a mantle. This is an easy project that just uses a hoop, some fabric, artificial flowers, and glue.
Adding a quilt label is an necessary step in finishing a quilt. Labeling a quilt will provide important information for you and future owners of the quilt. How to Make a Quilt Label provides several easy ways to label your quilts.
How Is Crazy Patchwork Made? Scraps are applied to a foundation. Seamstresses would completely cover some not-so-good-fabric with scraps of velvet, satin, all sorts of 'good stuff'.
Fringe decoration or tassels are often added to scarves, shawls, pillows and other handmade items. Here are step-by-step directions for adding fringe to your knitting or crochet project.
Flowers made from an old red t-shirt. Jamie Brock For a while now I've been making these pretty fabric flowers out of old t-shirts. They are super easy so I couldn't resist sharing here. If you have an old shirt or any old piece of clothing that...
This cozy baby blanket is a quick knit using bulky or chunky weight yarn. Designed with seven alternating cables and with just a hint of lace, this blanket will be a charming addition to any nursery.
A step by step guide to making a Denim Rag Quilt. With full size pictures. This particular quilt is 60"x70" in size. And will fit a twin size bed easily, But my husband saw what I was doing and has now claimed the quilt for himself, to use in his Big truck sleeper.
Learn how to knit lace and follow easy lace knitting patterns. Tips for beginners to keep even tension and create a beautiful product. Find free knit lace patterns and learn how to follow them in this tutorial.
Wet Felting does not have to be hard work! Learn how to make multiple items quickly with a tumble dryer where very little rubbing and no rolling is required to produce quality items very quickly.
This article is a free crochet pattern for Barbie Short Shorts. It is used as the basic pattern for several other designs, including Barbie Basic Leggings.
Learn how to make lovely boot-style baby booties! Knitting with two contrasting colors makes simple and beautiful stripes colorwork. It is not only a thoughtful handmade present but also a gift that can charm a new mom.
Beautiful easy free crochet headbands and earwarmer patterns. Perfect for those brisk cold mornings to keep your head and ears warm and cosy. Stylish and modern designs for headware. Great for skiers.
Learn how to make a wet felted Gilet for a child using wet felting techniques. You will learn how to trace a template using a commercial sewing pattern and use this as the basis for your design.
Looking for a unique and easy Halloween craft to make your party more festive? Then check out this no-sew DIY fabric bowl tutorial. Filled with wrapped candy and fun trinkets, they make great party gifts too.
This is a free crochet pattern for a Barbie Strapless Chevron Dress. The pattern is available in both English and Dutch.
These step by step photos and instructions make it easy for you to create your own unique felt hair clips for any occasion.
Knitting diagonally is an easy and sophisticated way to show off new stitch patterns. Here are 3 techniques that can get you started.
This is a step-by-step guide to crocheting baby booties for the beginning crocheter, including pictures for each step showing how to create stitches that can be a bit confusing.
Carding with a drum carder gives one the ability to produce wonderful art batts at reduced prices. The Classic drum carder makes it very easy to wash and process wool at home with stunning results.
A very easy hat to make that uses only knit and purl. The hat is sized for adults and can be quickly knit and put together in a day.
In this wet felting tutorial, you will learn how to use inexpensive and flexible Aqua Shoes without having to go to the expense of having to buy shoe lasts which can sometimes be very costly.
Crochet patterns for a baby dress. There is nothing sweeter than and little girl all dressed up in a gorgeous crocheted dress. Find my favourite patterns here.
Learn how to crochet an easy baby blanket, ideal for beginners. Simple Double Crochet Stitch (US) or Triple Crochet (UK), step by step use this as an easy quick crochet blanket pattern.
Learn how to make Sunbonnet Sue blocks just like your great grandma made! I'll show you how to trace the templates and put Sue together for your quilt.
A plastic party supplies top hat is the new alternative to buying an expensive wooden hat block or plastic Hat Shaper. These Unisex felt hats were shaped over a plastic hat purchased from Amazon.
Want to start making amigurumi (tiny crochet toys)? Grab some free beginner amigurumi patterns here, and you'll have dozens of cute creations in no time!
A simple basting stitch for hand sewing is really not hard, once you know what steps to follow and what to look out for. This simple stitch will work for mending ripped cloth, sewing on buttons, hand-sewing delicate areas in clothing construction,...
This is an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to casting on for beginning knitters with pictures. The guide also acts as a good refresher for someone who has taken a break from knitting.
When I first published this article I couldn't know how trendy batik-fabrics will become. Do you love fashion? Design your own fabric by doing batiks. They are colorful, a fun project & very en vogue!
Balloons, a tumble dryer and a palm sander are some of the unusual tools utilized to make this delightful wet felted cat cave. A step by step, free tutorial for the more advanced felt maker.
The churidar is more popular than ever these days. While I haven’t studied the stitching from an expert, I did it by trial and error. Learn these steps here.
Learn how to use the automatic needle threader that's attached to your sewing machine. My video tutorial will also show you how to repair the system if it's not working properly.
This page is a DIY cross-stitch guide for mounting and framing your project. I'm a professional picture framer for over 20 years and I'll answer any questions regarding mounting stitchery.
The process of making felt boots has been over complicated. This master class serves to demystify the whole process by providing a free template and helpful resources to enable the best end result.
Babies needs hats for all seasons to cover their small heads. This is an easy pattern to knit a basic baby hat with a step-by-step video to show new knitters how to do it.
A cosy rug can be a useful project for any time of the year. It will help to use up those odd balls of wool and can be a welcome gift - made with love.
These bags are super cute and super easy to make with absolutely no sewing required. If you can do some very simple folding and tie a common knot, you can make these cute bags. A child could do it.
No need to make fingerless gloves when you can kitchen gloves to produce gloves which have fingers and thumbs. This step by step Free Tutorial will guide you every step of the way.