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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.
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).
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!
A custom duvet sounds like a major splurge. After all, it's designed to fit your bed perfectly and comes in any color or pattern you want for your dream bedroom. But what if we told you that, in this case, custom is cheaper than off the rack? It's true — because you can make this one yourself!
When you think of traditional Irish quilts, the Irish chain is likely the first to come to mind. While it's widely debated whether the art form is even Irish — some believe it was developed in the United States — there's no arguing it's one of the oldest quilt patterns that continues to be popular today.
Decorate these festive cake pops for some bunny you love this Easter. With the candy melt coating and simple 3D features, these pops are as easy to make as they are adorable.
Real talk: if you sew your own clothes, it's probably because you want a custom fit. And that usually means you adjust the pattern before taking scissors to fabric. But if you're not also fitting while you sew, you're missing out on an opportunity to make your garment as perfect as can be.
If the phrase "drag it through the garden" has you saying, "what the heck?," there's a good chance you're not from Chicago. It's commonly heard in the Windy City, and it stands for one of the most delicious ways locals say you can eat a hot dog: piled high with veggies!
Chinese cravings are borderline impossible to resist, but it doesn't always have to be takeout. Head to the kitchen and whip up your favorites at home, including this to-die-for General Tso's chicken from Diana Kuan's class, Chinese Takeout Favorites: Fresh at Home.
Every Easter spread needs a centerpiece, and this is a strong contender for the most beautiful option. It's a gravity-defying, 3D egg cake decked out with hand-painted details and metallic accents that pays homage to the fine jeweled Fabergé eggs created in St. Petersburg. Make it this year and everyone at your holiday celebration will be wowed.
An exposed zipper instantly makes any top, skirt or dress look totally modern. But in order for them to look stellar, all stitching (which, unlike when sewing an invisible zipper, is done on the right side of the garment) needs to be done with precision and careful planning. Here's how to get all those little details right.
DIYing a clock that both matches your style and gives you an excuse to craft beats buying one any day. Whether you're painting one or stitching on fabric, it's easy to show off your fave hobby and use up some scraps with this fun tutorial.
In cardmaking, there are a few ways to get gorgeous backgrounds. Some common options: painting with watercolors, blending ink and using gelatos.
Decorating Easter eggs is fun, but those pretty things don't last forever. Which is why you should crochet egg-inspired patterns instead! Not only will these last way longer, but you can stitch them as toys for your kids or decorations to go with your Easter amigurumi. These patterns are all easy to whip up too, so choose your fave and get going.
You don't need an occasion to make a card, but Easter sure is a good excuse. Craft these three versions super-quick, then send them to friends and fam in honor of Bunny Day. Bonus points if you pair 'em with a handmade envelope!
Embroidery samplers are fun to make and retro in the coolest possible way. The oldest surviving European versions date all the way back to the 1500s, and they played one basic role: showing off stitches and demonstrating skills. While samplers still serve that purpose — like the mandala sampler from textile artist Kat McTee's class Startup Library: Hand Embroidery — now they double as beautiful hoops all on their own, and are more likely to score a spot on the living room wall than get stashed away in a drawer.
The Lambeth method is a classic cake design that uses a royal icing over-piping technique that creates intricate depth using lots of layers of icing.
Real talk: you can never have too many adorable bunnies in your life. And in just a few steps, you can capture the twitching noses, gazing eyes and long, floppy ears in watercolor. Hop to it!
If you want Easter to be the cutest it can be, you've got to make a few amigurumi projects. With yarn, a hook and some stuffing, you can craft your very own stuffed animals to gift in Easter baskets or use for aww-dorable decoration. So start perfecting that magic ring and pick your favorite pattern below!
The weather is warming up, but don't you dare put those knitting needles away. You can spring into Easter with these colorful knitting patterns. From adorable bunnies and chicks to egg accessories galore, you're guaranteed to find the perfect project for feelin' extra festive.
If you've got more green scraps than you know what to do with, it's your lucky day — this fun four-leaf clover quilt block is a fast, simple project to use every last one.
Let's talk about a good Belgian waffle — crisp exterior, tender inside and deep pockets for catching maximum syrup. Who can resist that? Sadly, these brunch wonders get a bad rep for being hard to make. But not anymore. This recipe only calls for one bowl and simple instructions, meaning you're well on your way to waffle stardom.
No fancy fondant skills or cupboards full of cake decorating tools are required for this narwhal. And that cute whale shape? It's your favorite snack cake hiding under there. Let's make some cake magic!
Irish crochet is instantly recognizable. The common rose and leaf motifs, joined by delicate lace netting, make up a vintage style that dates back centuries — according to Irish Crochet Lab, Irish women used to sell these crocheted items (doilies were often up for grabs) during the potato famine of the 19th century.
Go retro and stitch high-waisted underwear that's totally comfortable and classic, not to mention customizable thanks to the ability to mix and match woven and knit fabrics. And if you have leftover fabric post-project, there's great news: you can use it to make a matching vintage-inspired bralette, meaning you'll never have to scour the lingerie section for perfect-fitting undergarments ever again.
The primrose stitch, a variation on the shell stitch, is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get into intermediate-stitch territory. It's also a go-to for seasoned stitchers, as it helps bring lots of gorgeous texture to projects. Once you've got this skill in your wheelhouse, you're sure to turn to it again and again.
Easter is just a hop away, so it's time to stitch all things bunnies. Choose one of these rabbit-inspired crafts and you'll have a holiday keepsake for years to come.
Handmade mini paper baskets may just be the cutest way to gift candies, decorative eggs and other Easter treats. It's all thanks to a simple technique: paper weaving. Move the strips through one another, secure it with glue, stuff it with colorful artificial grass and say hello to your festive DIY gift wrap.
Reasons to love crochet circle vests: there's no shaping involved, they're cute wardrobe additions and they all follow the same basic formula. If you can crochet a circle, you can make a simple, fashionable vest. But don't stop there — these garments can be made in any yarn and have a ton of variations for total customization.
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.