Weekend Projects
three cakes decorated like a pineapple, orange and watermelon on three white cake stands
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No, not that kind of fruit cake. These cakes are covered in buttercream and, in one case, potato chips (yeah, you heard that right). Summertime sweets have never looked better!
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Repo Pillow-Fast and Furious Quilting
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Let's be honest: making quilted gifts can be just as much fun as creating full-size quilts. So if you're looking for homemade gift ideas, consider these beauties for the best peeps on your list.
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detail shot of floral hand embroidery pattern around the collar of a gray t-shirt with stabilizer
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It's a given: 88 percent of T-shirts end up in the back of your closet. But before you Marie Kondo said closet, bring those shirts to the forefront. These upcycle projects are simple to make and will refresh your garments so they're oh-so-ready to wear again.
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Old Jeans Upcycled Into New Shorts
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Looking for some instant summer wardrobe gratification? Grab those old jeans out of the dresser and transform them into fun, stylish shorts! With these three quickie tutorials, you'll soon be ready for all the warm-weather adventures.
Beth Galvin
Color Blocked Lined Curtains
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A major reason to fully line your curtains: lined drapes block out way more light than their unlined counterparts, meaning your room stays nice and dark — and you (or your kids!) get plenty of zzzs. But that’s not all: lining also protects the main fabric of your curtains from fading in the sunshine, and adds an extra touch of elegance that makes the whole curtain look more polished.
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three rope baskets painted orange, yellow red and blue on an orange background holding plants and yarn
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Hey crafters, this basket is a lifesaver. Make it in a day, paint it to match your personality, then use it to store all that yarn you've got laying around. Of course, these baskets can be used in all kinds of ways (cute plant cozy, anyone?).
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Starlight Pillowcase
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If you love to sew, there's no such thing as too many pillows — and the same goes for pillow cases! They’re beginner-friendly, fun to make with your kids and, thanks to this burrito method, you can bust one out in just 15 minutes. Stitch up a set for every bed in the house, sew some as a gift, or round up your friends and donate a bunch to charity. The opportunities really are endless!
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Infinity Scarf
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A breezy summer scarf is an instant mood-booster. For this versatile infinity style, we used a cotton voile fabric, which is ideal for warmer weather (as are linen, cotton and chambray). But once you've nailed the how-to, you can easily make the same project in a heavier fabric come winter. (We see you, flannel, French terry and lightweight wool.)
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Woman in Fauna Pajama Pants
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Let's be real: everyone can use more pajama pants. After all, you need a pair at the ready whenever the idea of changing into jeans sounds like the actual worst. Plus, it's a quickie sewing project — especially if you whip 'em up using your own pattern. That's exactly what we did here, right after choosing a fun, floral fabric that simply screams vacation. Pack 'em in your suitcase — along with these embroidered travel accessories — or slip them on at home. Either way, you're guaranteed to feel stylish and comfy.
Julia Garza
woven wall art of a sunset in a wooden frame
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To make this gorgeous woven sunset, you don't need any fancy tools — just a wooden picture frame and a fork from your kitchen (really!). Plus you only need to know two stitches, and we'll teach you both of 'em.
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