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There's no beating the clean look a blanket stitch makes, but let's be clear: it should not be reserved only for blankets. It's useful in so many projects, whether you want to use it on pillowcases and tea towels, to finish embroidery hoops or to attach a decorative piece of appliqué.
Sherri Sylvester
Sew
Give your room a whole new personality just by changing up the curtains. Whether you're making new curtains from scratch or simply adding the tab tops, this design is perfect for stationary panels — and you can customize the look with mix-and-match fabrics or embellishments. Here we go!
Beginner
Turn your kitchen into Santa's workshop and sculpt cute elves for your cupcakes. Fair warning: these little guys are so adorable, you may not want to actually eat them.
Lynlee North Beckett
Whether you're throwing an epic holiday party or just baking something for the fam to enjoy, the holidays are the perfect reason to go all out with your cakes. Get all the Christmas cake design inspo you crave, then head to the kitchen!
Bluprint
Yes, these Santa cupcakes really are good (for goodness sake!). And even if you've never molded cupcake toppers before, the fondant design is totally forgiving and beginner-friendly. Make 'em and you're guaranteed to impress a crowd!
Felicity and Krystle
Once your quilt top is finished, your backing is ready to go and your batting is cut to size, you only have two more steps before you can finally start quilting! Here's how to make your quilt sandwich and baste the layers so you can get going on the good stuff.
Lindsay Conner
Call us crazy, but there's honestly nothing better than a good pair of socks — especially when they're handmade. Though crocheting socks can be tricky if you've never tackled 'em before, when you have a game plan — and these handy tips — you can crush it. A fair warning, though: once you go handmade, you'll never want store-bought socks again.
Kathryn Senior
So you've finally finished knitting that monochromatic sweater, but when you hang it up you suddenly see the bottom of your sweater is a completely different shade than the top! We've all been there. And there's one culprit behind this pesky issue: skeins from different dye lots.
Ashley Little
Hand-dyed yarns are a joy to work with because they're totally unique. But that gorgeous DIY quality can also present its own set of challenges.
Ashley Little
Reading crochet patterns can be totally daunting for beginners, what with all those letters and numbers looking like hieroglyphics. But if you know how to break your pattern down, it's much easier to decipher. These are the tips to get you started — keep 'em handy and soon you'll be able to read any pattern like a pro.
Kathryn Senior
While we wouldn't suggest putting edible cupcakes on your tree, these ornaments are cute enough to do just that. They're sweet, festive and will definitely bring the holiday cheer!
Lynlee North Beckett
If you're not ready to commit to a full-on gingerbread village, get started with a mini gingerbread house cake topper. It's a quick project that will add a festive touch to your favorite cake recipe.
Felicity and Krystle
There are so many sweets to make for the holiday season, but nothing is more stress-free (while still being cute!) than a cupcake wreath. It's fun, seasonal and there are endless ways to decorate it to fit your personal style.
Felicity and Krystle
Sew
If you’re a home sewist, you’re probably used to working with commercial patterns. But if you find yourself constantly adjusting them to fit your size, then drafting your own patterns could be an empowering solution. After all, patternmaking can open the door to new ideas, designs and, of course, great fit!
Bluprint
Let the countdown to Christmas begin! Advent calendars are a fun holiday tradition made even better when you make one yourself. Use these patterns to stitch some holiday cheer the whole fam can take part in.
Lindsay Conner
Fact: the best flowers are buttercream flowers, and the same is true for poinsettias. This holiday design is beautiful, festive and totally deserves a spot on your dessert table.
Erin Gardner
As a maker, your first impulse might be to DIY all the things for everyone on your holiday list. But if you take on too many big projects at once, it can be easy to fall behind. Which is where these small-scale gifts come in. Each one knits up super fast while still staying thoughtful and cute. Talk about a win-win!
Ashley Little
Not all holiday treats need to be big and elaborate. This easy-to-make buttercream is packed with holiday flavor, making it perfect for all your Christmas cakes and cupcakes.
Felicity and Krystle
Make your favorite pie even sweeter by putting it in a chocolate crust! All you do is substitute a portion of flour that traditional pie dough recipes call for with cocoa powder. Seriously — it's that easy.
Jessie Oleson Moore
If you find crustless pie highly offensive, we've got good news: you can turn pie crust into cookies that are good for munching all day long.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Soggy crust is the bane of every baker's pie prep. Though often attributed to moist pie filling, most of the time soggy crusts are due to underbaking. This is especially true when it comes to single-crust pies, which don't spend as much time in the oven as double-crust pies typically do. But you can avoid the disappointment with one simple trick: blind baking.
Nicole Weston
There are three types of pie crusts: traditional pastry dough crusts, gluten-free crusts and crumb crusts. Traditional and gluten-free crusts definitely have their place at the dessert table, but crumb crusts are quick, the flavors are customizable and they're the best choice for pies that require blind baking.
Nicole Weston
It's officially soup season, and we're celebrating with all the seasonal flavors. You can use any winter squash you'd like for this recipe, but butternut squash and pumpkin are high on our list of favorites.
Ashley Rodriguez
Going gluten-free for your pie crust is surprisingly simple — maybe even more simple than making traditional pie crusts. Because with traditional crusts, you need to let it rest before you roll it out. But with an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (which you can easily find at Trader Joe's and other grocery stores), you can go directly from the mixing bowl to the pie plate. Talk about a time-saver!
Nicole Weston
Receiving holiday cards is one of the best parts of the season. But let's be real: you can only hang a certain amount on your refrigerator before you run out of magnets. Instead of tucking them away in storage (where they'll never be seen) or throwing them away (even worse!), why not upcycle them instead? Here are a few fun ways to breathe new life into those beloved holiday cards that arrive in your mailbox.
Kimberly Stoney
Create a pie that feeds your stomach and your eyes. Once the dough is made, there are simple ways to give those edges some TLC and shape a fancy crust that you (and your guests) will want to share on social media ASAP.
Bluprint
The weather outside may not be frightful quite yet, but there's definitely a chill in the air — meaning it's the perfect time to whip up with some deliciously seasonal cocktails. Be your own mixologist with these recipes that showcase the best flavors for chilly nights.
Bluprint
The best thing about making your own pretzels isn't the simplicity (though they are pretty dang easy), but how you can customize 'em to squash your specific cravings. Jonesing for something savory? Sprinkle with salt, dip in spicy mustard and serve with pickles. Sweet tooth screaming? Opt for cinnamon and sugar. Wanting a more unique lunch? Use pretzels to sandwich lunch meat for the ultimate midday meal.
Jessie Oleson Moore
There are so many different ways to wield your pen and ink brush. One day you might be looking to draw a realistic, detailed still life, while the next you want to go for something a bit more vibrant and loosey-goosey. Regardless of where your instincts take you, there's a pen and ink drawing you'll love making, all while sharpening your skills.
Bluprint
Cookie crumb pie crust is a simple alternative to traditional pie crust, and it's a no-hassle way to make a pie even sweeter. Made with finely crushed cookies (similar to a graham cracker pie crust), you can use any cookies you like as long as they're crisp and crunchy (though wafers and shortbread cookies tend to work best). Plus, the crust can be stored in the freezer for up to a month, so it's easy prep for a Thanksgiving feast. Trust us, even crust-haters will find this recipe pretty sweet.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Peasant bread is a no-knead yeast creation that should be every novice bread baker's first project. This recipe is made in one bowl, uses just five ingredients and requires no special equipment. The best part: you can make it from start to finish in two hours. So the only question is, why haven't you baked it already?
Nicole Weston
Garlic bread is delicious no matter how you shape it, but there's something about these cute little knots that makes it taste even better. Made with a dough similar to pizza crust, these dinner rolls are brushed with a butter and garlic mixture (not once, but twice) for a huge burst of flavor. And don't let their complex shape intimidate you — they're super easy to bake, so you can serve 'em with all your weeknight meals.
Nicole Weston
Every gardener knows spring is the busy season for planting, but you can save a ton of time by doing some of it in the fall. One of the season's easiest veggies to grow: garlic.
Meredith Skyer
A chocolate martini is the perfect drink to bust out at your annual holiday party or family get-together. Not only is it a bit classier thanks to a dressed-up chocolate sugar rim but, well, there's a lot of chocolate throughout. And everyone could use a little more chocolate, right?
Nicole Weston
Spiked eggnog is the creamy, rich, boozy drink you can only enjoy one time a year, so you've gotta do it right. This recipe showcases the classic flavors — mixed with a good amount of bourbon — to keep you feelin' festive all season long.
Bluprint
We all love Thanksgiving dinner, but no matter how good it is, eating the same meal for two, three or even four days can be a real drag. This year, use these recipes to transform those leftovers into something entirely new.
Bluprint
The time has finally come to amp up your mac and cheese. And not with traditional ingredients like bread crumbs or even bacon. Instead, give it a seasonal twist by mixing your cheesy noodles with — wait for it — butternut squash. Sure, it may sound like an odd move, but smothering elbow noodles in a cheesy, gourd-y mix actually creates a rich, comforting flavor that's hard to resist. Who knows — it may even make an appearance on the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Ashley McLaughlin
This Thanksgiving, avoid that too-full feeling and take a walk on the lighter side. These healthier alternatives to classic side dishes will give you more room in your stomach, so you can make more room on your plate!
Jessie Oleson Moore
In our color-saturated world, there's something so pristine and timeless about white-on-white. Which is exactly why whitework embroidery is having a moment. If you want to tackle this elegant style of embroidery, here are the basics you need to know.
Mary Corbet
Sew
Sewing your own tote bag is instantly gratifying. It's one of those fast and easy projects that require hardly any fabric or tools, and it makes for a pretty impressive gift. But you know what makes it even more impressive? Adding a lining. Not only will the bag look way better, but a lining will help it last longer. Who can say no to that?!
Beginner
DIY party decor has never been easier than a simple — yet festive! — paper pennant banner. It makes a gorgeous backdrop for selfies and adds a finishing touch to any other decorations you've set up around the house. And guess what? The whole thing takes less than an hour to put together!
Kerry Buckley
This year, skip the full-blown apple pie and whip up a bite-sized treat for easy serving instead. These mini tarts have the same classic flavor, with some modern flair that makes 'em prime for entertaining your Thanksgiving or Christmas guests.
Kris Galicia Brown
When you think about fall desserts, one flavor always comes to mind: pumpkin. And with so many ways to indulge, there's no better time to try out a new recipe. Add these to your holiday menu or make 'em on a random weekend — either way, you'll be set to enjoy the season's best offerings.
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Sew
If you've noticed your stitches are a little, well, off, it's likely you went straight for the tension. But the truth is there could be a myriad of culprits behind your screwed-up stitches. You could be using an old needle, for starters, or you may even have the wrong one for the job. You could've set your machine's stitch length and width to the wrong setting. Or, like you thought, the machine's tension may need some tweaking.
Christine Haynes
There are so many different types of bread, but only one subgroup boasts a nutty, full-bodied flavor packed with nutrients: whole grain. It's exactly how it sounds — the whole kernel of a grain is included (bran, germ and endosperm), and it can be ground or cracked. But no part of the grain is actually extracted or removed, which is why it retains all its nutritional value.
Jessie Oleson Moore
The key to making a flawless (and stress-free) holiday feast is all in the planning. Essentially, if you can make something ahead of time, you should. And that might mean baking pie crusts for your pumpkin pie a few days in advance.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Autumnal cooking is all about showcasing squash, and sweet butternut squash is always a go-to. Whether you're making it into a winter soup or going all-out with butternut squash gnocchi, the possibilities for this gourd are endless.
Ashley Rodriguez
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If you’re a home sewist, patternmaking (also called pattern drafting) might feel like a distant set of skills you’re not yet ready to tackle. But it’s actually closer than you might think! Master pattern drafter Suzy Furrer — who shows off her expertise in Suzy Furrer on Patternmaking — believes you (yes, you!) can start making patterns, even if you’ve never touched a sewing machine.
Bluprint
Your Thanksgiving dinner plate is about to be perfectly well-rounded, thanks to these delicious (and gorgeous!) cranberry pumpkin rolls. They're sweet, flavorful and, oh yeah, you're going to want them long after Thanksgiving is over.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Cookie or cake? Why decide when you can have both? These giant pumpkin spice cookies are stacked high with a cream cheese filling that's sure to satisfy all your holiday dessert cravings.
Kris Galicia Brown
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