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If you're looking for a cute, quick project that'll use up your scraps, we've got a project you're going to love. This heart block sews together in five simple steps, and it's the perfect project to give to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.
Diane Knott
Handmade cards are lovely, but why stop there when you can DIY the envelope, too? Fabric envelopes are super cute, resuable and so much more personal than their store-bought cousins. Not to mention they're a genius way to use fabric scraps left over from your latest project. Slip in a small gift, an extra-special photo or, obviously, a card that truly sends a heartfelt message.
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It's easy to get caught up in the romance of old-fashioned wax seals — especially when they're edible and used to adorn Valentine's Day cakes and cupcakes. Make 'em this year to send a love-letter in a totally unique way that's 100 percent delicious.
Felicity and Krystle
Heart cakes are basically the cutest dessert you could make for Valentine's Day, and they're actually super easy to pull off. In fact, our method doesn't require any carving at all — just one round cake, one square cake and some nifty Tetris skills to pull it all together.
Erin Gardner
Whether it's Valentine's Day, a birthday or a special anniversary, celebrate love with a fantastic spray of fondant hearts. This project is a fun way to top any cake, and the method can be used with any shape — meaning all those cutters you have on-hand are about to be put to good use.
Erin Gardner
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Lining a garment can seem like a lot of extra work: buying more fabric, cutting out the pattern again and all that extra pinning and sewing. It's enough "extra" to make the idea of skipping this step awfully tempting. But some garments really do require a lining to be functional. Here's what you need to know before starting to sew one.
Julia Garza
Lifestyle
Hey, cupid: Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so it's time to whip up a gift that shows your loved ones just how much you really care. Whether it's a gift for your significant other, child or longtime BFF, we have loads of cute ideas for showing them sweet, sweet love.
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Valentine's Day is all about showing your love, and what better way to do so than with a crocheted gift? These quick-stitch patterns can be made for your sweetheart or BFF, or you could stitch 'em up for a bit of self-love. Whichever you choose to make, you can finish in just a weekend — start early and see how many you can finish by V-Day.
Kathryn Vercillo
There's no better way to say "I love you" than with sugar cookies — especially ones decorated to look this good. This Valentine's Day, celebrate your special someone with beautiful sugary treats.
Callye Alvarado
Every beautifully decorated cookie begins with a solid sugar cookie recipe. It needs to have plenty of butter, as that's what makes it easy to roll and re-roll the dough as you wield your cookie cutter. The cut-outs should also be able to hold their shapes well during baking and not puff too much, regardless of whether they're baked when the dough is chilled or warm.
Ashley Rodriguez
When decorating sugar cookies, color is key. But it's not always easy to find the perfect shade, so knowing how to color royal icing is a must. With a few tips and the correct supplies, it's easy to color red and green for Christmas cookies, or perfect more subtle shades for pumpkin pie sugar cookies, flip-flops and heart-shaped Valentine's Day treats.
Lisa Snyder
If you're into creative cake decorating, meet your next make: gelatin plastic. Once hardened and dry, gelatin plastic maintains a beautiful shape and translucent consistency, which mimics rock candy or even stained glass. It's a simple way to create an avant-garde look to your sweets, especially if you twist it into spirals or a bow.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Sometimes, there's truly nothing better than starting your day with a bagel. Especially a homemade one. But you can make that morning meal even better by DIYing your cream cheese, too. It's easy to pull off, so long as you plan ahead — the recipe below needs to sit overnight, so you can whip it up and enjoy the next day.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Take your sweets to a whole new level this Chinese New Year and top your cupcakes with fondant lanterns. They look fancy, but are actually a cinch to make — you'll be ready to celebrate in no time.
Lynlee North Beckett
No matter your medium, there's a holiday-themed drawing waiting to be put down on paper. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just want a fun, creative project with the fam, there are plenty of festive motifs and scenes to choose from. So go on and crank those Christmas tunes and start drawing!
Margie Moore
Ring in the Chinese New Year with a little bit of (sugary) luck. This fondant topper is simple to sculpt and a festive detail for any celebration.
Lynlee North Beckett
Crafting for the holidays is supposed to be fun — but so often our yarn balls turn into stress balls as we try to meet deadlines and get everything done. But with a little planning, you can keep yourself happily making as the holidays approach. Sounds magical, right?
Kathryn Vercillo
Whether you're looking to create an interesting texture or eye-catching color pattern, the crochet V-stitch may be just what you need to pull off your perfect project. The technique is super easy to learn, and the repeating Vs create an openwork pattern that's very visually appealing.
Kathryn Vercillo
If there's one thing to love about embroidery, it's that there are a ton of different forms at your disposal. Stumpwork, goldwork and whitework are all traditional techniques still popular today, but there's another that's quickly re-emerging: blackwork.
Mary Corbet
Real talk: your home could always use a bit more patchwork, especially around the holidays. Finish out the year with fast, festive festive quilting projects — that's right, we're talking tree skirts and stockings galore!
Angela Mitchell
Grab your end-of-the-year scraps and add a little extra festivity to the house with an adorable Christmas quilt block. This design can be sewn into cute pillows or place mats, or you could pair 'em with other designs (like a modern Christmas block) to make an entire Christmas quilt. 'Tis the season to be merry!
Diane Knott
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It totally makes sense if you dread sewing the neck binding on a cotton knit T-shirt. After all, make a sewing mistake and it's literally in your face (or at least right below it). But if you follow a few basic steps and tips, you'll nail the neckline and be able to finish your shirt with no snafus.
Beginner
If you love the look of cables but are hesitant of their complexity, you'll be BFFs with the honeycomb stitch. This technique produces a gorgeous design that's perfect for practicing knitted cables. And while it of course looks good, the dense cabling also makes the fabric warm, with a good stretch for an extra cozy design.
Terry Matz
Stranded knitting uses two or more colors to create stitches. Unlike knitting big blocks of color, stranded knitting changes colors constantly, which can cause floats, puckering and general confusion, especially for those who've never attempted this type of colorwork before.
Ashley Little
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Let's be honest: you can never have too many headbands. Especially when you make them all yourself! Here are some go-to patterns that are easy to stitch and show off.
Veronica Lovvorn
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Swapping pillow covers might be the fastest (and easiest) way to revamp your space. But if you don't get the fit just right (like the pillow above on the right), your corners can end up sticking out and looking weirdly pointy. To make yours look more like the one on the left, follow this step-by-step for perfectly fitted pillow covers.
Beginner
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There's nothing better than listening to Christmas music, sipping on eggnog and breaking out your holiday fabric for the season. Whether you're in the mood to stitch a new tree skirt, some fresh stockings or more holiday decor, we've got a pattern for your perfect project.
Veronica Lovvorn
Whether you're looking for something classic or a bit nontraditional, knitting your own stockings is a no-fail way to show off your holiday style. These patterns range from beginner-friendly to advanced, so no matter where you are on your knitting journey, you can deck the halls with handmade stockings.
Ashley Little
This cake has all the right moves for a modern bash. The winner is the two-toned buttercream, which makes the piping pop and feel extra vibrant. Best part: you only need one piping bag and tip to pull off this simple-yet-stunning design — easy cleanup, for the win!
Lyndsay Sung
Lifestyle
New Year's marks the end of one crafting year — and a wide open beginning for another. Exciting, right? Kick your new year off on the right foot by setting some crafty resolutions that are actually fun to keep!
Ashley Little
While every maker loves the idea of making their holiday gifts, unless you start in, like, July, it's super hard to do — even if you stick with one-skein projects. Luckily, crocheting your own gift wrap is a compromise that won't cause much stress, and it'll make your store-bought gifts a little more personal. Here are some ways to do it.
Kathryn Vercillo
When you're free-motion quilting, there are a handful of snafus you can run into. But don't let frustration get the best of you! With these easy fixes, you'll be able to solve so many problems and be on your merrily quilting way.
Christa Watson
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Zipper-phobia is real (especially for newbie sewers) and the fly front zipper is no exception. But it doesn’t deserve its bad boy reputation. In fact, it's actually one of the easiest to sew because most of the construction is hidden from view. Whether you're sewing one into a pair of custom jeans or fresh dress pants, here's how to sew a fly front zipper — promise it's easier than you think.
Beginner
Everyone always wonders what the best pastries are to buy at pâtisseries (purveyors of fancy cakes and cream-filled treats) and boulangeries (bread specialists). Which is why we deemed it necessary to create this super-fun list, along with a few tutorials for those who want to try their hand at making these baked goodies at home. Whether you go classic or creative, something very buttery and flaky awaits.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Why will you love these quilted bowl cozies? Let us count the ways. Not only are they cute and totally customizable (meaning they'd make a great gift), but this pattern is also microwave-safe, reversible and can cover all sizes of bowls. Plus, it's so easy to make!
Diane Knott
Fact: We all have leftovers. Rather than letting them sit in your fridge for days on end, put 'em to good use. In the first episode of Real Life Cooking, hosts Robin Miller and Katie Workman share one of their favorite ways for using leftover rotisserie chicken. Their from-scratch black bean enchiladas are so good, you'd never guess they were made with yesterday's chicken.
Bluprint
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Take a look at your jeans or a men’s dress shirt and it's likely you’ll spot flat fell seams. On the outside of the garment there's a pair of stitch lines, while the inside is all tidy without any raw seam edges. If you've wondered how it's done, it's not magic — sewing a flat fell seam is a technique every garment sewer can (and should!) learn.
Christine Haynes
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When you set out to sew the perfect jacket or coat, you may not immediately think about the sleeves. (You're probably envisioning a poppin' collar or those beautiful lapels and buttons, which is fair!) But sleeves are an obviously critical component of your design. They need to fit, taper and drape perfectly, as a properly sewn sleeve can be the difference between a coat that looks high-end and a coat that screams homemade.
Beth Galvin
The grid-like look of filet crochet might look fancy, but it's created with only two basic stitches: the chain and double crochet. The double crochet stitches are used to create the grid and fill in spaces, while the empty cells are made with chain stitches between two double crochets. This style of crochet is commonly used in lightweight yarn, but if you have a large-scale project in mind, worsted weight would work well too.
Lisa Gutierrez
The no-fail way to amp up any blanket, sweater or hat: personalization. Crocheting a name or initials into your project makes for an A+ gift, as does stitching an entire phrase or line from their favorite movie or poem. Whatever you decide to write with your hook, there are a few different techniques to help your design look totally custom and cool.
Dedri Uys
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There are two ways to handsew hooks and eyes to garments — the easy, rather straightforward way, and what is considered "the couture way." The primary difference is one looks prettier than the other. And, as you may have already guessed, the pretty one requires a bit more care to sew.
Linda Reynolds
The crochet basketweave stitch consists of sets of front and back post double crochet stitches, creating a fabric with a gorgeous woven texture. It's a wonderful stitch to use for crocheting patterns like scarves, blankets and washcloths — make sure you know how to do it in time for your next project.
Andrea Sanchez
I’ll admit, when I first heard about Viking knitting, I thought it referred to either knitting Viking-like hats, or to Vikings actually knitting. Color me surprised to find out that this is a jewelry wirework technique used to knit wire and make cords. Here, I’ll explain to you what Viking knitting is, where it came from and even share some tutorials on Bluprint to help you create your own items with the unique Viking knitting technique. Let’s dig in!
Emily Vanek
When the announcement of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal engagement came through the wire, royal family watchers and fans wanted to know all the details of their impending wedding, including who was going to design their destined-to-be magnificent cake?
Lyndsay Sung
Sew
One of the best reasons to sew is to make clothing that is as unique and creative as you are — and to have a great time doing it. Combine all these things (uniqueness, creativity, fun) and you might end up exploring one of my favorite types of embellishment: beading!
Marie Koupparis
The Shaker style is one of the most popular and enduring furniture styles in the United States. Woodworking luminaries such as George Nakashima and Wharton Esherick were influenced by the Shakers, and so are many contemporary makers like Garrett Hack, C.H. Becksvoort and Thomas Moser.
Mitch Roberson
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The term "ruching" seems to be fraught with controversy. Oh, the drama we have in the sewing world! But what exactly is it?
Maris Olsen
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Whether you're hosting a formal affair or just a casual family dinner, a tablecloth goes a long way in tying the dining room together. The good news is tablecloths are one of the easiest projects you can sew — here's how to make sure yours is done right.
Linda Reynolds
Once the tree is decorated, it's time to turn your attention to another area of the house that's always in need of a little holiday flavor: the kitchen table. After all, a table runner makes a great centerpiece for your family's holiday meal. These patterns stitch up quick, so you can make 'em in a weekend and have them done well before the big day.
Lindsay Conner
If you've ever stumbled on a crochet pattern that asks you to work in the back loop, you may have wondered why. Crocheting through the back loop only (blo) is used in patterns for a variety of reasons — to help keep your stitches aligned in Fair Isle crochet, to join pieces on amigurumi projects, even to add a purely decorative touch.
Ashley Little
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