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Don't let your cakes fall flat — bring the texture and wow party guests with your impressive piping skills. Best part: they'll never know each of these designs is totally beginner-friendly!
There's an easy (and fun!) way to make fabric you won't see anywhere else: block printing. By carving a block and using it to stamp a pattern onto fabric — which you can learn to do in Fabric Design: Block Printing — you'll never stress about finding the perfect material for any sewing, quilting or home decor project ever again. But block printing is only half the fun: what you make with that one-of-a-kind fabric is what'll give you that awesome 'I did it!' moment.
Say buh-bye to the days of searching for that perfect bolt of fabric. Block printing is the easy way to create custom fabrics for one-of-a-kind sewing, quilting and home decor projects. If you're new to customizing fabrics, Jen Hewett, textile artist and instructor of Fabric Design: Block Printing, has must-know tips for beginners.
Paper and machine embroidery collide in all the best ways in this DIY project that's perfect for Valentine's Day. Just find your fave machine embroidery design, have some paper on-hand and hoop up!
This Valentine's Day, think outside the box (of chocolates) and make the sweetest topper for all your festive cupcakes. These truffles might be tiny, but they'll wow any recipient.
Paper cards are so overdone. This Valentine's Day, give your favorite people hearts made with love and fabric.
Valentine's Day is sweet on its own, but you can make it even better with a sugar rush. These cakes and cupcakes will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially when shared.
Everyone loves a good pun, especially when it's on top of a cupcake. Make these adorably sheepish fondant toppers for Valentine's Day and you're guaranteed to spark a few laughs.
Who says you can't teach a robot to love? This little guy is shining with Valentine's Day spirit, and he's guaranteed to look oh-so-cute on top of your holiday cupcakes. Make him while blasting "Love Machine" to truly get in the heartfelt mood.
No, that's not an actual amethyst on a cake. But it sure looks like one, right?! With some food color, rock candy and modeling tools, cake artist Rachael Teufel, owner of Intricate Icings Cake Design and instructor of Bluprint classes including Show-Stopping Pour-Through Cakes, says it's totally possible to create a gorgeous and lifelike geode cake that's more like a work of art than something you'd eat. All you need are her tips and tutorials before getting started.
They say to let sleeping dogs lie, so you may as well give them an adorable pet bed to do it on. Simply grab wool fabric that matches your pet's coat, then needle punch their defining features for the cutest little project. (Or big — you can easily resize this tutorial if you have, say, a Great Dane.)
Forget run-of-the-mill pet beds — your furry friend deserves a custom design. Whether you're making one for Ollie or Spot or Freckles, this needle punched bed is so comfy and cozy it's sure to be put to good use.
Store-bought conversation hearts are cool, but you can make 'em even sweeter in your own kitchen. With this recipe, you can customize colors, flavors and sweet sayings for Valentine's Day — what's not to love?
When you're packing for a sunshine-and-chill vacation, you're not exactly looking to lug around extra stuff — especially not one of those giant woven sun hats that won't even fit in your suitcase. But you'll definitely need to keep out the rays, which is where a lightweight, foldable DIY sun hat comes in. You can stuff this cutie right in your carry-on, not to mention make it to match your swimsuit and amp up your sunny-weather style.
Forget dropping cash on a new vase — you can DIY one using all those yarn scraps you've got lying around. Grab 'em, along with some Mod Podge and a circular container that you'll use as a template. Before you know it you'll have the perfect holder for that Valentine's Day bouquet!
It's almost Valentine's Day, meaning love is in the air and your cake pops. Make a batch of these cuties and gift to your sweet-toothed sweetheart.
Pour your heart out this Valentine's Day, but let a quintessential holiday treat — conversation hearts and an adorable Kawaii character — do all the talking. Whether you bring 'em to a Galentine's Day party or gift 'em to your special someone, these delicious sweets are sure to make everyone swoon.
Valentine's Day is sweet, and these brownies are too. Make a batch for all your favorite people — and save a bunch for yourself, too.
Whether you're DIYing your decor or gifting to your loved ones, it's easy to stitch some warm and fuzzy feelings this Valentine's Day. These patterns have so much love to give, you'll have trouble choosing just one.
Fact: snacks taste better when served on a handcrafted mug rug. Or at least, that's how you'll feel once you stitch these cute coasters and mug rugs.
These coasters are the perfect way to greet your party guests ... and gently nudge them out at the end of the night. Two sides, two messages, one stellar quick-stitch craft!
If there's one party rule we follow, it's to never underestimate the power of handcrafted coasters. They're perfect for using scraps, they stitch up in a flash and the customization opportunities are endless — making 'em conversation starters for your next get-together. And if hosting isn't your thing, DIY coasters just so happen to be a functional and fun quick-stitch gift any host or hostess would love.
Dancing is all about expressing yourself, so you (or your little one) need a leotard to help show off your punchy personality. Whether you want a funky pattern or prefer to go with a more traditional color, making your own means you get to customize the design, the fabric, the fit, the whole vibe.
Make the perfect fondant toppers for the one who makes your heart flutter. Choose from one of two designs (a heartbeat measure or a stethoscope), pair 'em with pink strawberry buttercream and you've got the ultimate Valentine's Day cupcakes.
Mug rugs may not grow on trees, but they can come out of fabric scraps. This quick and easy project is perfect for summer or fall, and — bonus! — makes an A+ gift for any teacher.
That's right: the cutest pouch you've ever seen is only a few punches away! Take advantage of the punch needle trend and design a one-of-a-kind clutch that'll store your phone, cash and (of course) crafting supplies.
Whether there's a drawer in your kitchen dedicated to mug rugs or you've never made a single one, this folded flying geese design is a must-have. Not only is it beginner-friendly, but it's a great project for practicing a ton of techniques: making folded flying geese, sewing partial seams and using a pillowcase binding. Oh, and guess what? It can be made completely with charm squares!
Spill your heart with cute cake pops that look like conversation hearts but taste way better. These Valentine's Day treats can be made with any cake batter and don't require any shaping, so they're a simple make — even if you've never baked cake pops before.
Intricately sculpted cakes often have a surprise inside: rice cereal treats. Swapping traditional batter for these crispy treats provides structure and strength to modeled cakes that you just can't get with fondant and modeling chocolate alone. And the best part is, the method you use to sculpt the cake afterward isn't that different than when you sculpt a traditional batter-filled cake.
Elastic waistbands are a go-to for comfort, but just like there are different types of elastic, there are different kinds of elastic waistbands you can sew.
Make your morning cup of coffee way more colorful with a rainbow ray mug rug. This project is pure fun — and a great introduction to the sew-and-flip technique on a paper foundation.
When your craft of choice is quilting, Angela Walters needs no introduction. As the host of the ever-popular Midnight Quilt Show and creator of Quilting Is My Therapy, she's traveled the country teaching fellow makers everything from designing with rulers to machine quilting borders, and she inspires thousands with her gorgeous designs.
Whether you're hosting a whole crew of friends or simply serving your favorite dishes for a relaxing night in, there's nothing cuter than setting said meals on top of trivets that totally speak to your personality. These pig's head and lamb's tongue designs from our Maker Knows Best series are easy to make using basic punch needle techniques. Grab the templates, thread your needle and start punching!
In broad daylight, this finished cake may look a bit boring. But once you have it under black lights, you'll get a jaw-dropping cake that positively glows!
Valentine's Day is for recognizing the ones you love, and what better way to do so than through the craft you adore? Cast on and stitch these knits for your favorite people in honor of all those warm and fuzzy feelings.
Here's the thing: you don't need to be a whiz with a paint brush to create beautifully patterned cakes. All you actually need are stencils. They turn smears of buttercream into gorgeous, crisp patterns and create tasty works of art. Once you get the technique down, you can use it with any stencil to make a wide variety of desserts, whether you prefer an all-over pattern or just a few accents.
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to craft alongside your mom or daughter, look no further than Christie and Isa Beniston. As the hosts of Maker Knows Best, this mother-daughter duo bonds over their shared creativity, even though it manifests in two totally different styles. We sat down with these lifelong makers to find out more about the role art has played in their relationship, and how their approaches differ when embroidering, sewing, quilting or punch-needling. (That's right, they're also versatile crafters! )
There's no denying the best gifts are always handmade. These projects range from quirky to cute to romantic, meaning they're perfect for everyone in need of a little extra love come Valentine's Day.
Whip up something sweet this Valentine's Day with heart-shaped strawberry meringues. They're a fun, adorable and delicious dessert to snack on or gift to the one you love. Make 'em even cuter with a quick drizzle of white chocolate you can top off with sprinkles.
Fun fact: Most garment patterns are designed for a B or C cup size. But according to a survey from lingerie retailer Intimacy, the average woman's bust in the U.S. is actually a 34DD. So if you're sewing a top, you might want to take your measurements and compare them to your pattern before you start cutting fabric. Because the reality is you may need to make your pattern a bit bigger.
Love is in the air (and in your craft room) this Valentine's Day. Whether you're a sewist, quilter or prefer machine embroidery, these patterns are sure to make your heart skip a beat.
When you crochet a scarf, some stitches are better than others — especially when you need both warmth and style. Play around with these options and find the one that fits your neckwear needs best.
There are a ton of ways to sew a tote bag — with a lining, without a lining, with pockets on the inside, with pockets on the outside, with a quilted design — the list goes on and on. This tutorial breaks it down to the basics, teaching you how to make a simple tote with three panels. Once you've got that down, you can customize your bag however you want!