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          Sew
          One of the biggest differences between regular garment sewing and couture sewing is underlining. Underlining is what gives couture garments their superior overall appearance and elevates any homemade article of clothing to a designer-grade product. But, what exactly is underlining? Why do you need it, and how do you use it?
          Linda Reynolds
          Take traditional embroidery and turn it on its head with one key tool: the punch needle. Also known as needle punching, the craft uses embroidery floss or yarn to create bold texture and beautiful designs on monk's cloth. Fiber fanatics can't got enough of the fun, easy-to-learn technique, so get in on the craze with one (or all!) of the projects below.
          Bluprint
          There are so many reasons to love stockinette stitch. It's smooth, polished and (best of all) simple! It looks great on any project, especially when working with variegated yarns — the simple fabric lets those colors shine! Once you learn to knit it, you'll keep coming back for more.
          Andrea Sanchez
          When you first pick up a pair of knitting needles, it's likely you'll start at square one: the garter stitch. The stitch pattern is easily identifiable by its ridges, and is ideal for newbie knitters because it lies flat and is by far the most beginner-friendly because you just knit every row. But even with its simplicity, there are a few things to keep in mind when working a garter stitch.
          Lisa Gutierrez
          Every get-together needs a burst of color to liven things up, and that's exactly what these color-packed cake pops are for! They couldn't be easier to make, either: there's no sculpting or shaping required, and you can create the rainbow effect with just a handful of candies.
          Bluprint
          Got more canvas tote bags than you know what to do with? Rather than let them pile up in the closet, give 'em new life with a stencil and paint.
          Bluprint
          Create your brunch centerpiece with a baked frittata, an omelette-quiche hybrid that's healthy, crustless and oh-so-customizable. While most frittata recipes start on the stovetop, this method is even easier — just put your ingredients in a glass dish or pie pan, pop it in the oven and relax with your morning coffee.
          Nicole Weston
          Now that you've dyed your Easter eggs, keep the fun going by giving those cuties something to nestle in. These paper egg holders are fun, versatile and insanely simple — so it's a must-make for kids of all ages.
          Victoria Hudgins
          Dessert is all about texture, and these lemon pudding cakes certainly deliver. They start with a fluffy, moist cake layer and finish with a smooth, creamy curd — and they definitely don't skimp on lemony flavor. Whip 'em up for brunch — perhaps on Mother's Day or Easter — to give your guests the perfect final bite.
          Bluprint
          Nothing gets you in the camping mood more than some nature-inspired accessories. With a simple template, yarn and fabric scraps, you can needle punch a frog patch that's cute enough to stitch on any campwear.
          Beginner
          The first rule of camping: you've gotta bring your stargazing A-game. That means having a cozy blanket, preferably one with needle-punched constellations. This design features the Big and Little Dippers on wool fabric — follow our template or go wild and punch the whole Milky Way.
          Stop the hunt — we've found the perfect fondant topper for all your Easter cakes and cupcakes. This chick-shaped Easter basket is cute, festive and (best of all) easy to sculpt.
          Lynlee North Beckett
          This St. Patrick's Day, request a smooch with a shamrock cupcake topper! It's easy, cute and a sweet addition to any cupcake recipe.
          Lynlee North Beckett
          Combine two of the best springtime critters — chicks and bunnies — into one aww-dorable fondant topper. The little one is practically begging to be set on top of all your Easter cakes and cupcakes!
          Lynlee North Beckett
          St. Patrick's Day is all about green clothes, green beer and, for crafters, green quilts. In honor of the Irish holiday, choose any of the patterns below and start stitching a quilt that's sure to leave others feelin' green with envy.
          Bluprint
          How to ID a beautiful Irish knit: Aran cables, tweed yarn and all the different shades of green. (OK, green isn't a requirement, but using it means you'll have great St. Patrick's Day attire.) So go on and grab your knitting needles and keep those cable charts close — with these patterns, it's sure to be your lucky day.
          Ashley Little
          Forget deviled eggs — Easter is the time to really flex your cake skills. Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to piping buttercream and modeling fondant, the perfect confection is waiting for your dessert table. The Easter bunny is gonna be proud!
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          You don't need an excuse to build a showstopping cake, but Easter sure is a good one! With the pastel colors and big chocolate rabbits, there's so much you can do to make the holiday extra sweet — like making 3D gum paste eggs for an elegant finishing touch. These delicate cuties can be made well in advance of the big reveal, so carve out an afternoon and get in the springtime spirit.
          Erin Gardner
          Indulge in an after-dinner mint — but make it boozy. Grasshopper cocktails were all the rage in the 1950s and '60s, and they're still a go-to today. The ingredients are simple, yet you're rewarded with a rich drink that's the perfect St. Patrick's Day green. Top it off with shaved chocolate for a truly divine sip.
          Nicole Weston
          If you're a fan of bread pudding, it's time you made friends with the Irish variation. The dish doesn't hail from the country, but rather gets its name from the generous amount of Irish cream. Serve it up on St. Patrick's Day or Easter brunch for a table full of satisfied guests.
          Nicole Weston
          With just three ingredients, you can make a decadent St. Patrick's Day dessert. But watch out — these little truffles are so addicting, you may not be able to stop snacking.
          Nicole Weston
          There are so many reasons to adore polymer clay jewelry. For one, the medium couldn't be easier to work with — think of it as Play-Doh for adults. For another, the pieces are totally customizable. Use whatever colors you want, mold any design you want and sculpt any shape you want. The tutorial below walks you through how to make marbled earrings with dangly accents — follow along, then go wild on your own.
          Beginner
          The number one thing you need to remember about drawing realistic hair: don't get caught up in all those individual strands. As with so many aspects of drawing, less is more, and overworking any area can detract from the rest of the image. Instead, you want to use value and shape to define your subject's hair. Here's how.
          Paul Heaston
          No matter what you're baking for St. Patrick's Day, this cute (and lucky!) leprechaun is a must-have decoration. Use it for your cake, cupcakes or anything else getting covered in buttercream.
          Lynlee North Beckett
          It's easy to pick up a bottle of Baileys at the store for some grasshopper cocktails, but it's just as easy — and more delicious — to make the Irish cream liqueur yourself.
          Nicole Weston
          Sew
          As you get deeper into sewing, your needs and investment level may change with time. Maybe you started sewing on a family hand-me-down, and the machine finally bit the dust. Or maybe you learned to sew on a basic model, but now you're ready to upgrade to something higher-quality.
          Christine Haynes
          Crocheting a flat circle seems pretty straightforward: crochet in rounds, throw in some increases and — bam! — you've got a circle. Except, you probably don't actually have a circle. Instead, it's likely you have something a little misshapen.
          Kathryn Senior
          When it comes to drawing facial features, the eyes can be challenging because, well, realistically capturing "the windows to the soul" is no easy task. And while you probably learned a simple formula when you were a child — draw a football with two circles inside for the iris and pupil — no eye actually looks like that.
          Paul Heaston
          The mouth is one of the most expressive features of the face, but it doesn't have to be difficult to draw. First, you want to keep a few things in mind when placing the mouth on the head:
          Sandrine Pelissier
          While the recipe's Celtic origins are questionable, Irish potato candy is a fun and easy treat for celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Essentially, the no-bake treat is candy dough shaped and coated to look like a tiny potato, but it obviously tastes so much sweeter. Trust us, the whole gang will be grabbing 'em by the handful.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          Watch out — these bunnies multiply fast, and you may just find yourself with an entire quilt's worth of blocks after an afternoon of getting lost in your stitching. The best part: it only calls for two fat quarters (yay, precut fabric!) and a few fabric scraps.
          Sherri Sylvester
          Sew
          When it comes to the perfect fit, a princess seam is your BFF. It's a variation of darts, where the darts are manipulated to make a fitted garment using shaped seams. These seams can be in a bodice or skirt, and they create graceful vertical lines that elongate the body and allow adjustments across large sections of the garment.
          Beginner
          So you've mastered drawing a head — now, perfecting the facial features of your subject is a must.
          Paul Heaston
          This Easter basket is filled with brightly-colored eggs, pink chicks, jewel-like jelly beans and a big chocolate bunny. What could be sweeter? With this simple tutorial, you can dream up your perfect basket, then bring it to life with watercolor.
          Margie Moore
          St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to bake with beer, but these recipes are so good, you're gonna want 'em all year. Whether you enjoy lighter wheat beers or deep, robust stouts, there's a way to bake your favorite brew into any sweet treat.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          Craft worlds collide, and it's never been cozier. Pay homage to a traditional wedding ring quilt block with a punch needle pillow sham. It adds a DIY touch to your bed and makes a romantic gift for your partner on Valentine's Day. So the only question is: why wouldn't you stitch it?
          In the mood to hang, or just want to be alone and give yourself some TLC? Say it with a pillow! Punch an enthusiastic "yes!" on one side and a "no" on the other to tell everyone your mood, then flip and display as needed.
          Beginner
          Infuse some Irish luck into your St. Patrick's Day cakes with green velvet batter. It's succulent and moist, just like a red velvet cake, but the red coloring is swapped for a healthy dose of green.
          Nicole Weston
          Good news: All your rainbow dreams are about to come true with this colorful, tasty cake. Even better news: It's way easier to make than it looks, and no carving tools are needed. Consider it the perfect centerpiece for a birthday bash, baby shower or St. Patrick's Day party.
          Erin Gardner
          Let's be real: you don't have to be a kid to love coloring. Adult coloring books are super popular for good reason — not only do you have a beautiful piece of art when you're finished, but a 2017 study found that coloring reduces stress and anxiety while encouraging perseverance.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          It's hard to find a wardrobe without denim, so why not make your blues one-of-a-kind with a little hand embroidery? Textile artist Kat McTee, instructor of Bluprint classes Startup Library: Hand Embroidery and Hand Embroidery on Denim, shares her must-know tips for personalizing your daywear.
          Bluprint
          If you're new to crochet, patterns probably look like a foreign language to you. "Sc2tog, sc to last 3 st, bpdc." Say what? The first step to decoding all those crazy lines (and starting your first project! ) is figuring out what each abbreviation means.
          Ashley Little
          You don't need another excuse to quilt, but Easter sure is a good one. With the holiday's iconic bunnies, eggs and springtime flowers, there are a ton of different must-make motifs to choose from.
          Sherri McConnell
          Here's the thing: there shouldn't be anything plain about your tote bag. No matter if you've sewn one yourself or bought one at the store, there are a ton of ways you can make it match your style.
          Bluprint
          While your St. Patrick's Day dinner of slow cooked corned beef and cabbage sounds amazing, there's one easy way to make it better: serving it alongside a dense loaf of Irish soda bread. The traditional loaf is usually unsweetened, but this recipe is proof a spoonful (or two) of sugar goes a long way in enhancing the flavor while keeping the bread moist. Here's how to make it — and store it properly — so your holiday festivities go off without a hitch.
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          Sew
          Traditional Easter baskets are so overdone. With this cute bunny tote bag in hand, your kiddo is practically guaranteed to find all the eggs (and look so cute along the way).
          Beth Galvin
          Fresh, fun, scrappy — there's so much to love about this tiny tote bag. Whether you're jumping straight to the appliqué on a store-bought bag or sewing your own from canvas, this bag is just what you need for your next girls' night out.
          Beginner
          Show off your love of books — and devotion to book club — with a bag toting all of your favorite reads. It’s one of those fun projects you can add to as you cross books off your list. Keep your embroidery materials nearby and you can even stitch new titles while discussing the latest read!
          With just a few folds, you can make the coolest lamp for your craft room — no stitching required. Just pick your three fave colors (we went for an ombré vibe) and get started!
          Beginner
          St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to blend alcohol and dessert — and these cupcakes do just that. Whip up a batch for your green-themed party and guests will consider it their lucky day.
          Kris Galicia Brown
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