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When it comes to machine embroidery, felt is a total rockstar. It can be made from a variety of materials, ranging from recycled water bottles to 100 percent wool. Regardless of which you choose, it's easy to use, has a soft texture and its thickness provides structure and a strong base for machine embroidery stitches.
Gift-giving for men can be tricky, whether it's Father's Day, their birthday or Valentine's Day. But knitting them a hat is always a solid choice. Just pay attention to their style preference — some guys are more adventurous, while others prefer a more classic look. Whatever their deal, you're sure to find a pattern worth stitching below. Now grab those circular needles and get going!
Yes, there's a secret hiding inside this cat cake. Instead of baking a traditional cake and covering it in fondant, there are crispy, crunchy rice cereal treats inside. Using these as a base provides structure and strength, allowing you to really give this cute critter a pop of personality. Serve him up at your next birthday party and guests will be purring with delight.
Haunted houses are typically full of ghosts, ghouls, vampires and zombies. But what about one that's full of cake? This one is scarily perfect for your Halloween party, and it's great for beginners who want to level up their skills with something a smidge more challenging. The best part: haunted houses tend to look like they're falling apart, so perfection isn't the goal — it's all about creating some creepy character!
Clean, straight-line quilting is always the goal, but stitching them can be challenging. The secret to success? Marking your lines correctly. Thankfully, there's more than one way to get 'em just so. Play around with these tools and soon enough you'll have beautifully straight quilting lines every. single. time.
Batting seems like it ought to be a stress-free topic. After all, its entire job is to make things soft and comfy. Yet choosing the right one for your project can be totally confusing. There's cotton versus polyester, tons of different brands, issues like fiber content and loft — the list goes on and on. Luckily, these tips provide the insight you need to navigate the batting aisle like a total boss.
If there's one thing people always think about on the Fourth of July — other than flags — it's fireworks. And if you're a photographer, it's taking amazing shots of said fireworks. Follow these tips and you're guaranteed to capture amazing bursts of red, white and blue.
If food is the way to a man’s heart, these Father’s Day cake pops are sure to tug on Dad’s heartstrings. These treats are a breeze to make, and soon you’ll have a personalized gift that’s both memorable and delicious.
Take advantage of long summer days with an easy project that'll keep the kiddos entertained — not to mention teach 'em a little somethin' somethin' about sunlight. All it requires is a bit of patience and a burst of creative mojo.
Fact: there's no better way for quilters to celebrate the Fourth of July than by stitching a scrappy flag quilt block. Your only decision: whether to make it your only patriotic quilt project, or the first of many!
You can't have a Fourth of July celebration without one very important thing: a quilted patriotic project! Whether you make a full-blown quilt, a star-spangled table runner or a red, white and blue mug rug, these patterns are sure to set off fireworks.
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The Fourth of July is all about having fun in the sun, but you've also gotta keep cool. And these ice cream-cupcake treats make it so easy to do. The best part? You can make 'em well ahead of time, so you can spend the day-of enjoying time with friends and fam.
Fourth of July celebrations are usually an explosion of red, white and blue — and not just with the fireworks. Go all-out with your decor and drinks with these festive cocktails.
Show off your stars and stripes this Fourth of July! These fondant toppers make it easy to transform any cupcake and buttercream concoction into the perfect Independence Day dessert.
Skip the store-bought card this year and give Dad something he'll really love — a card made by you. Gift this one alongside a homemade tie to really stay on theme!
When fitting a sewing pattern, you typically check standard measurements such as the bust, waist and hip — all measurements of circumference. But there's another that's critical to getting the perfect fit: vertical dimension. This measurement isn't usually marked on most patterns, but you should measure and adjust your patterns for it (in both dimensions, actually) to get the fit you need — especially if you're plus-size or full-busted.
If you're going to sew your own clothes — or even alter store-bought ones — you have to know how to hem. The good news is it's a super easy skill to pick up, as the bottom edge is simply turned up and stitched into place. (Things get more complicated when dealing with extras like lining, a kick pleat or a cuff.) The method below can be used whether you're hemming a dress, a pair of pants, a skirt, a sleeve — anything you put your mind to!
No Memorial Day or Fourth of July BBQ is complete without a patriotic dessert, and these cake pops are just the thing to make and share. We stuck with a blue and white color scheme, but you can always customize yours to fit the party decor.
You don't have to trade in your car for a bike or install solar panels on your roof to make a difference for Mother Earth. But you can make a few small changes to your crafting. Doing so is not only a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, it's also a great way to use your stitching skills for good.
Getting the fit just right is one of the most challenging parts of sewing clothes, mostly because the process isn't a singular step. Rather, it begins before the first pattern piece is even cut, and continues throughout your sewing.
Show dad some love with a Father's Day cupcake topper that's as dashing as he is! Regardless of whether he wears sweater vests and top hats, he's sure to love the thought (and taste) behind these fun sweets.
This year, make one of your quilting projects a little greener — and not the color green. Instead of buying more fabric, look for materials you already have around your home. It brings new life to pre-loved clothing, is easy on your wallet and maximizes your resources. What's not to love?
If you love sewing your own clothes, you've probably come across a princess seam. The seams are common design lines on many tops, dresses and jackets. Their slimming effect is flattering on almost any figure, but for them to look just right they need to fit your body properly — which means they need to follow the natural curves of the bust line.
Sometimes simpler is just better, and this crochet necklace proves it. Though it's made entirely from single crochet stitches, the chunky piece is still eye-catching. Oh, and you can make it in under an hour!
Real talk: sometimes crafting can use a lot of materials (that aren't exactly cheap). You can save your bank account some strife and show Mother Earth a lot of love by upcycling what you already have — here's how.
Shrinky dinks may be a blast from the past — they were all the rage in the '70s and '80s — but they're still the best way to turn your favorite memories into beautiful pieces you can wear on your wrist, around your neck or in your ears. All you have to do is pick your photo, trace it onto shrink film and follow the simple steps below.
Say it with us: plarn. It's exactly what it sounds like — yarn made from plastic. You can't find it at your local craft store, but you can make it by recycling all your plastic bags from the grocery store. It's easy, quick and totally eco-friendly. Not to mention it gives a cool effect to lots of fun projects.
March is National Craft Month, so embrace it with a challenge that'll get your creative juices flowing every day (or at least once a week). We're dedicating each day to a different craft — crochet on Mondays, for example — so you can either stick to the stuff you're passionate about, or take the opportunity to branch out and try new things.
You don't need an excuse to make these pretty cake pops, but Mother's Day sure is a good one. Show your momma how much you care with these bite-sized treats — you could even pair 'em with an actual bottle of her favorite scent for an extra-sweet touch.
Real talk: a taco is only as good as its salsa. (This goes double for pre-feast tortilla chips.) And if you think of Mexican salsa as a chunky, tomato-based, lightly seasoned condiment, it's time to broaden your horizons. There are a ton of different varieties out there — sweet, hot, smoky, etc — so go on and challenge your taste buds with a plethora of options at your next Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo fiesta.
You don't need any fancy cake decorating skills to make your mom these awww-dorable cupcakes. The secret is all in the cutters and molds you can use to make your job oh-so-simple. Whip 'em up to celebrate Mother's Day and get ready for all the heart-eye emojis coming your way.
Whether you're spreading it on homemade tortillas or dipping chips into it, guacamole is a must-have for any Mexican meal. And while the classic recipe is mouthwatering, you can turn this salsa on its head by adding two more ingredients: berries and goat cheese.
Great guacamole comes down to one very simple thing: using great avocados. Before you select your mix-ins, you need high-quality, flavorful avocados as a base. But these finicky fruits aren't always easy to handle, which is why renowned chef Rick Bayless gave his top tips for picking the best every time.
Let's be real: you don't need a reason to make a refreshing frozen margarita, but Cinco de Mayo sure is a good one. While a pre-made margarita mix may seem like an easy way to streamline your drink-mixing, margaritas made from scratch blow the bottled stuff away — and it's much easier to make than you'd think.
You don't need a longarm quilting machine to finish your quilt — stitch it with an embroidery machine instead! By quilting in the hoop, you can create quilts block by block, in long strips or stitch 'em whole. And with all the options your embroidery machine has, you can make quilts as simple or complex as you want.
Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for "the fifth of May," is a celebration in remembrance of the Mexican victory over the French Army in 1862. (That's not the Mexican Independence, as many people mistakenly believe.) The commemoration is observed in regions of Mexico, but is also a widely popular holiday in the United States, honoring many people's Mexican heritage.
Having a dedicated space for quilting is like having a little haven in your house. But with constant WIPs and late-night quilting sessions (especially for fans of the Midnight Quilt Show), it's easy for your studio to turn from sanctuary to stressful. But don't sweat — it's simple to keep your quilting room organized, especially if you follow these hacks.
Coloring books are commonly thought to be a pastime for children, but they actually have benefits for everyone regardless of age. In fact, coloring mandalas, words of inspiration and nature scenes helps reduce stress and promote mindfulness, according to the Mayo Clinic. Whether you draw your own coloring pages — you can learn how in our class Draw a Coloring Book — or print out the free ones below, there's no better way to unwind after a busy day.
Let's talk about waffles. The breakfast item is great, but knitters can argue the stitch is even better. It's worked up quickly by alternating knits and purls, resulting in a beautiful texture that has little raised bumps (similar to how a waffle looks when it comes off the iron). Plus, it's easy enough for even true beginners to take on, so you can try it in any project — like in this Waffle Stitch Cowl Knitting Kit — regardless of skill level.
Show a little love to Mother Nature by replacing those paper towels with something a little more sustainable — reusable scrubbers. That's right, with these patterns you can crochet some scrubbies for your bathroom and kitchen, making your day-to-day cleanup more environmentally-friendly.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.