A first patchwork quilt is a daunting project for many quilters - but it doesn't need to be! You can make a beautiful quilt quickly, by crafting your own block layout and quilting in a simple design.
Knitting I-cord is so relaxing that you may find yourself with yards of it. Here are fun and useful things you can make with it.
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.
Easy to make fingerless gloves. Also includes alternative directions for gloves made on a loom for those who don't crochet. You can even make your own leg warmers for dogs!
Make your own bean bags (cornhole bags) at home to save some money and have a very durable, quality bag.
Tie dying T-shirts is a fun summer activity to do with kids of almost any age. Easy-to-use kits make the process easy and uncomplicated. Kids and adults will love showing off their projects!
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!
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 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,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
Creating customized, batik shirts, pillowcases, aprons, and more has never been easier! Discover how to batik items at home using gel glue.
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.
Wet Felted Dreads are made with Pencil Roving. They are then woven into the holes of a crochet Beanie. The dreadlock chemo hat offers a fun solution for those who are undergoing cancer treatment.
Learn how to Nuno felt a baby girl's circle jacket using merino wool roving and pure silk fabric. This delightful baby jacket is soft and crinkly with a lightweight texture perfect for a newborn.
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
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.
Money-saving and time-saving tips are combined in this wet felting tutorial to make it ideal for those who have a small business or who are interested in making beautiful items fast and for profit.
Why not use up all those left-over yarn scraps to make a brightly-colored crocheted blanket? An easy project for frugal crocheters.
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.
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!
An interview with my grandmother about her passion for quilting. Includes how she began quilting during the Great Depression, her favorite patterns, and how she managed to quilt while raising 9 children through some of the country's leanest times.
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!
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'.
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!
40+ Outstanding yarn crafts for kids, teenagers and adults. Craft project ideas using yarn include snowmen, Santa, trees, angels, dream catchers, weaving art, Christmas and Halloween ornaments, Easter
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.
This great stash buster also serves to keep your crochet hooks neat and organized. Use whatever materials you have laying around.
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.
This is a free crochet pattern for a Barbie Laptop Messenger Bag. It also fits other 12" dolls like those from Monster High and Pullip!
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.
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.
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 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.
If you're in the market for a new summer bag or simply want DIY tote ideas, this tutorial for a messenger bag is worth checking out.
You may know how to make rag doll toys because they are quite simple to make and fun to create. However, making hair for rag dolls that gives them a personality is a unique art in itself.
Learn the basics of using a rectangular loom, round/circular loom, and spool loom. Complete with video tutorials and some beginner project ideas.
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 page shows you how to pull threads in linen cloth, which ultimately allows you to make perfectly straight cuts and edges for your linen projects.
These knitted flowers are colorful accessories that are quick to knit and easy to assemble. They are a fun project, and you can use scrap yarn (yea!). They make great gifts, or even a wonderful little topper for a present. You can make them as sophisticated, romantic, or as funky as you want by adding the button or buttons of your choice as the center of your flower. You can also use these flowers as a decoration on a sweater, hat or headband, purse, pillow, almost anything.
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.
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.
Looking for a free pattern for your daughter's american girl doll or 18 inch doll? Then you will definitely love this step by step tutorial on how to sew bubble skirt for dollies.
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 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!
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...
Use my free shower turban pattern to easily put one together! It'd make a lovely and functional gift for teenage or college girls. Whip up an entire batch to give away for Christmas, graduation, or a bridal shower.
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.
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.
Nothing is more fun than crocheting for babies. Select from this wide variety of free crochet baby blanket patterns. Most are easy enough for a beginner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You don't need a special embroidery machine to do machine embroidery. Machine embroidery can be done with a standard sewing machine. Here are the steps to complete the task.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a free stay-on baby bib pattern with braided cables and seed stitches. It includes step-by-step instructions and how-to-knit videos for beginners.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
This article is a free crochet pattern for Barbie Business Suit. The pattern is split into three parts: blazer, pencil skirt, and tank top.
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!
Make a soft cloth baseball. Suitable for supervised indoor play or for juggling. Not intended for children under 3 or for pets.
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.
This article is a tutorial on how to customize your own wooden teething rings with different crochet ideas.
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.
To hand quilt or machine quilt...that is the question. This article provides advice on which quilting method to use and points out some of the pros and cons of hand quilting versus machine quilting.
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.
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.
This free wet-felting tutorial explores the idea of using cling wrap to separate the layers when creating a tiny 3D sunflower hat for a newborn child. This is the perfect hat for a photoshoot.
Step by step tutorial to crochet your first pair of slipper socks. These can be finished off 4 ways to create warm, stylish, highly fashionable crochet slippers, socks or ankle warmers
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.
All you need to know to use macrame to make your own hammock. Use it camping, in the back yard, or in your child's room. Make on a smaller scale to hang and organize those stuffed toys in!
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.
I made elk skin and buffalo leather moccasins. My stitching is sloppy, but they're so comfortable. As my feet have improved from plantar fasciitis I'm wearing minimalist shoes and it's doing me good.
A step by step tutorial on how to work a half double and double crochet stitch with photos and video.
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.
Make this beautiful quilted table runner with strips of fabric. It is fast and easy with the step by step guide provided.
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!
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.
This simple easy to follow step by step felting tutorial takes a modern approach to the age old art of making felt. A tumble dryer a balloon and a palm sander are utilized to speed up the process.
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...
Learn how to use the automatic bobbin winder on your sewing machine. This tutorial is perfect for beginners and includes step-by-step instructions and a video.
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!
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.
From crocheted wall hangings to table runners, from crocheted curtains to doilies, a simple hook and crochet cotton can be used to create beautiful crocheted items for your home.
This article is a free crochet pattern for the Barbie Strapless Bodysuit. It was designed to fit Barbie Model Muse body types.
This is a free crochet pattern for a Barbie Strapless Chevron Dress. The pattern is available in both English and Dutch.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to crochet a round basket out of gardening twine using three easy stitches. This basket can be made in an afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This colorful baby blanket and lap afghan knitting pattern looks complicated but is quite simple to make. Featuring a beautiful mosaic design, it is easy to adapt to match any room or nursery décor.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
This purple baby sweater pattern is a very simple design for knitters and can make babies comfortably warm in cold weather.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to thread a sewing machine properly so that you can start sewing quickly and confidently without worry about thread tensions, skipped stitches and other problems.
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
Whether you crochet for the love of the art, to relax, or as a business, this vintage angel ornament is a great project to try.
I created these wet-felted heart cushions to be love tokens for Valentine's day. Use sweet colors like pink, purple, and lilac instead of the traditional red for this project!
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.
With some basic knitting and sewing stitches, you can make a cute little yarn ball bookmark to enjoy with your favorite book. This easy bookmark would make a great gift for any knitter or crocheter!
Learn how to crochet a peplum top and skirt for curvy Barbie. The lacy pattern makes the outfit perfect for special occasions.
Learn how to make quilt binding for all of your projects. This tutorial covers cross-grain, bias tape, and continuous quilt binding as well as instructions for attaching the binding to your quilt.
Do you have a pair of old, faded jeans? Before you throw them away you should consider dyeing them. Learn how to dye your jeans by reading the following tips, techniques, and instructions.
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.
This hub is a free pattern for making some basic socks for Barbie. You can end off earlier to get lower socks or continue on with the pattern for knee high socks.
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.
Weaving and Knitting are two major processes in the garment industry by means of which yarn is converted into fabric. Read on to know more!
Make a reversible towel dress for your oven door! I've created a step-by-step tutorial that you can follow. It makes an outstanding handmade gift or craft item to make and sell.
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...
Knitting diagonally is an easy and sophisticated way to show off new stitch patterns. Here are 3 techniques that can get you started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This step-by-step tutorial is designed to help you create a unique 1920s flapper-style wedding cap. I used recycled vintage tatting, lace, fabric, and ribbons.
Here are some tips, tutorials, and patterns to crochet your own bracelets. Also includes tips on crocheting, reading patterns, and understanding diagrams for beginners.
This table runner features mock cables, some lace, and petal details in columns of different designs that will look great in any room, and at any occasion. This is a fun knit with beautiful results!
These step by step photos and instructions make it easy for you to create your own unique felt hair clips for any occasion.
Have a rhinestone design kit and lost the instructions? Or perhaps received one second-hand or as a hand-me-down? Here are basic instructions on how to use it, how to change the plungers, and how to identify the size of the rhinestones by the size chart.
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.
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!
Create a charming pincushion and notions box out of an Altoids tin, or other small box. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to transform these items into a handy, yet pretty sewing accessory!
A list of some quilts made with squares and rectangles that are ideal for a beginner quilter or an advanced quilter looking for a quick project.
Craft a one-of-a-kind quilt from t-shirts to preserve memories, celebrate a graduation, or send off a graduate to college.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 wet-felt a bar of soap and transform it into an object of real beauty. Not only will it last longer, but it can also be used as a scrubber!
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.
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.
How to crochet baby booties, diaper cover, and baby hat, including tips on how to customize your baby outfit to create cute looks.
Learn how to make a Beret with this easy Step by Step Wet Felting Tutorial. Ring the colour changes and make a unisex beret which can be worn by both sexes with or without the detachable pin.
How to make easy wet felted pixie or elf slippers using merino wool roving and wet felting techniques. This tutorial comes with details for sizing and drawing the template for all sizes.