Sunday, July 05, 2009

"It's Puzzling".... Tags With Puzzle Pieces and More - FREE Tutorial From Romona King of Northbrook Designs

I thought you might all like to know that Romona King of Northbrook Designs has created a wonderful FREE .pdf tutorial on creating "It's Puzzling.... Tags With Puzzle Pieces and More" on her Northbrook Designs blog.


Dress It Up-Quick Ornaments
© 2009 by Romona King of Northbrook Designs

If you'd like to download Romona's tutorial please click on the picture above or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Here's what Romona had to say about her tutorial: This is one of those things that starts slowly and the more you build up on them, the more you want to keep adding. These tags can be as dramatic or basic as you want them. I have chosen them to be somewhere in the middle or perhaps just a bit beyond the middle. As you know, I have a ton of stashed items for my doll making. While I know pretty much what is where, I just think having these lovely tags hanging from boxes will serve to keep me organized and motivated at the same time. What’s better than having something pretty to look at all the time, and know that it came from your creative hands.

Please respect Romona's Terms of Use - Feel free to share this tutorial, but please remember to give me credit for the information contained here.

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Romona King of Northbrook Designs. Romona is a crafter, doll maker, painter, needlework artist, and mixed media artist. You can visit her Northbrook Designs blog online at http://northbrookdesigns.blogspot.com/. You can also visit her Northbrook Designs shop at http://www.northbrookdesigns.com/.

Post It Book With Paper Beads - FREE Tutorial by Romona King of Northbrook Designs

I thought you might all like to know that Romona King of Northbrook Designs has created a wonderful FREE .PDF tutorial on creating a "Post It Book With Paper Beads" on her Northbrook Designs blog.


Post It book With Paper Beads
© 2009 by Romona King of Northbrook Designs

If you'd like to download Romona's tutorial please click on the picture above or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Here's what Romona had to say about her tutorial: This tutorial is adapted from an article found in the magazine “Cloth Paper Scissors” July/August 2007 issue. The artist for the paper beads is Kelli Perkins and I have greatly reduced the technique. If you wish to use more advanced techniques for the paper beads, I highly recommend finding a copy of the magazine above, there is far more information there than what I have included.

I was planning to do something in the way of an art card, but when I started looking through some drawers, I found a little kit to make this post it book and thought it would be perfect for this. I have included directions to make the book and if you like it well enough you’ll be able to make other styles of the same thing by just resizing the paper and hard board to suit your needs. The post it book is an easy surface to work with as would an ATC or whatever your fertile imagination can concoct.


Please respect Romona's Terms of Use - Feel free to share this tutorial, but please remember to give me credit for the information contained here.

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Romona King of Northbrook Designs. Romona is a crafter, doll maker, painter, needlework artist, and mixed media artist. You can visit her Northbrook Designs blog online at http://northbrookdesigns.blogspot.com/. You can also visit her Northbrook Designs shop at http://www.northbrookdesigns.com/.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Joel Free Doll E-Pattern From Debbi Bain of Sweetpeas Prims n Raggedies

I thought you would like to know that Debbi Bain has created another free doll e-pattern on her Aunt Polly's Doll Emporium blog that I think you will enjoy. Debbi creates one of a kind antique style cloth dolls that are just beautiful - and which I, of course, just love. I hope you enjoy Debbi's FREE Joel doll e-pattern.


Joel
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Debbi Bain of  Aunt Polly's Doll Emporium blog.


CLICK HERE or on the picture above for the printable .PDF pattern.


Please respect Debbi's TERMS OF USE: For anyone to enjoy, but please no copying with a view towards distribution and no mass production.

Here's what Debbi had to say about Joel - Got another freebie for you! This is Joel, he's the same size as Gypsy and they look really great together!

Debbi's Bio: Debbi is a doll artist, doll patterns designer and skilled seamstress working with theater costumes and bridal gowns. She specializes in collectible antique, colonial, and vintage dolls. All of Debbi's dolls are handcrafted with hand stitched or painted faces. Their clothing is hand made from authentic looking cotton prints. Please note: Debbi's dolls are designed as collectible items and not intended for use as toys!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Debbi Bain of Aunt Polly's Doll Emporium 

Please visit Debbi's  Aunt Polly's Doll Emporium blog.

Make Your Own Sewing Labels Free Tutorial by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog

Ever wonder how to make your own fabric labels? Well, Carina Envoldsen-Harris has a wonderful tutorial on her Carina's Craftblog blog on making fabric labels. I hope you enjoy Carina's tutorial.



Make Your Own Fabric Labels Tutorial
Copyright © 2007-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.


Here's what Carina had to say about her make your own fabric labels tutorial: As promised, a wee tutorial on how to make your own fabric labels. It is very easy, but requires a little bit of patience. The beauty of this method is that you can customize the text to say whatever you want, with not much effort. The downside is that you only have one very simple font to use. But experimenting with text colour and background colour, I think you can get some pretty sweet results, even if you do have to keep it simple...

Please respect Carina's TERMS OF USE: Please don't use my images and/or words without permission. If you are nice enough to ask, I will probably be nice too and let you use it. Do not use my images (or words) on any site, or in any other context, that deals with politics or religion in any way. Thank you. If you want to use a single image to demonstrate how awesome I am, please go ahead, though. He he. But do link back to me, that only seems fair.

Carina's Bio: Carina is a Danish girl living in Essex, England with her husband. She's an artist and crafter who loves to crochet, draw, sew, paint, and embroider.

Copyright © 2006-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.

Please visit Carina's Carina's Craftblog blog, her Wardi's Sweatshirt shoppe, and her Wardi's Flickr photostream.

Tag Art Ideas and How-To's From Sue Bleiweiss

I thought you'd like to know that Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss  website has a wonderful article filled with ideas for and how-to's on creating tag art.



Tag Art
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss


Here's what Sue had to say about her tag art article: I love to make tags! They're terrific little surfaces for experimenting with different techniques and I like to keep a stack on hand to tuck in with gifts and packages.

Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time I cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on my website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts .

Covered Button Bobby Pins FREE How-To Tutorial by Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags

Cheryl Bosarge has created some wonderful free how-to tutorials for her Bayou Bags website and Lenny DaVinci blog at that I hope you will enjoy. This one is for making boxes from recycled greeting cards.


How-To: Covered Button Bobby Pins

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags and Lenny DaVinci blog.


Here's what Cheryl had to say about her tutorial: This is a quick and easy variation on the covered button hair elastic I showed you a few months ago.

Cheryl's Bio: Cheryl is a freelance graphic designer, writer, artist, handbag designer, and paper crafter with a BFA in graphic design, 15 years of quilting experience, and several textile teaching positions. She loves to explore new techniques and materials and utilizing both in new products for her website. She is also a photographer and painter, and occasionally offers art pieces for sale. Cheryl also takes custom textile or fine art orders and can be contacted at cheryl@bayoubags.com .

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags at http://bayoubags.com/ and Lenny DaVinci blog at http://www.lennydavinci.blogspot.com/

Making Dimensional Paint Rubbing Plates Free Tutorial by Terri Stegmiller of StegArt and 3 Creative Studios

Ever wonder how to create a rubbing plate? Well, Terri Stegmiller has a wonderful tutorial on her Terri Stegmiller website for creating rubbing plates that I hope you will enjoy.





Rubbing Plates - Making Dimensional Paint Rubbing Plates

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller 


Here's what Terri had to say about her rubber plate tutorial: What's a rubbing plate? A rubbing p.late is a tool used to create a layer of pattern and texture on fabric or paper. Rubbing plates come in a wide variety of materials and will either have an etched surface or a raised design.

Please respect Terri's Terms of Use:Tutorial, text & images are the property of Terri Stegmiller. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Terri's Bio - After a lifetime of experimenting with all types of crafts, Terri began exploring quilting in the early 1990’s. She discovered pretty quickly that traditional and bed-sized quilts were not quite her style and began experimenting with mixed media and creating her own designs. Known for her innovative combination's of color and pattern she is inspired by nature, cats and the female face and enjoys creating artwork that incorporate these elements. When she is not creating art, Terri also enjoys web site design and graphic design work. Terri is the author of Creative Paper Quilts, co-author of Creative Ways with Fiber and Stitch, sells her art through her website at www.terristegmiller.com/.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller of Terri Stegmiller .

Please visit Terri's Terri Stegmiller  website, her StegArt Etsy Shoppe, and her Terri Stegmiller blog.

Embellished Fabric Pin Free Tutorial by Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags

Cheryl Bosarge has created some wonderful free how-to tutorials for her Bayou Bags website and Lenny DaVinci blog at that I hope you will enjoy. This one is for making an embellished fabric pin.


Tutorial: Embellished Fabric Pin

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags and Lenny DaVinci blog.


Here's what Cheryl had to say about her tutorial: Today we'll make this little fabric pin that I've embellished with Eyelash cord and a fish bead. You really don't need the Eyelash, but it does add some nice texture and interest, so if you have some, go ahead and use it. You can substitute another cord if you have something interesting, or you can skip it altogether.

Cheryl's Bio: Cheryl is a freelance graphic designer, writer, artist, handbag designer, and paper crafter with a BFA in graphic design, 15 years of quilting experience, and several textile teaching positions. She loves to explore new techniques and materials and utilizing both in new products for her website. She is also a photographer and painter, and occasionally offers art pieces for sale. Cheryl also takes custom textile or fine art orders and can be contacted at cheryl@bayoubags.com .

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags at http://bayoubags.com/ and Lenny DaVinci blog at http://www.lennydavinci.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Angelina Fiber Vases Free Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

Looking for a really unique OOAK gift. How about an angelina fiber vase? Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss website has created another wonderful tutorial on making an angelina fiber vase. I hope you enjoy Sue's tutorial.



Angelina Fiber Vases
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss


Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time I cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on my website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts .

Folder-Folio Free Tutorial by Terri Stegmiller of StegArt and 3 Creative Studios

I thought you'd like to know that Terri Stegmiller has a wonderful tutorial on her Terri Stegmiller website on creating a folder-folio that I hope you will enjoy.




Folder-Folio

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller


Here's what Terri had to say about her folder-folio tutorial: This folder is a great carry along item to have if you need to take some paperwork or other important papers to a meeting or appointment. The addition of a notepad creates and even more versatile folder in case you need to take notes.


Please respect Terri's Terms of Use:Tutorial, text & images are the property of Terri Stegmiller. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Terri's Bio - After a lifetime of experimenting with all types of crafts, Terri began exploring quilting in the early 1990’s. She discovered pretty quickly that traditional and bed-sized quilts were not quite her style and began experimenting with mixed media and creating her own designs. Known for her innovative combination's of color and pattern she is inspired by nature, cats and the female face and enjoys creating artwork that incorporate these elements. When she is not creating art, Terri also enjoys web site design and graphic design work. Terri is the author of Creative Paper Quilts, co-author of Creative Ways with Fiber and Stitch, sells her art through her website at www.terristegmiller.com.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller of Terri Stegmiller.

Please visit Terri's Terri Stegmiller website, her StegArt Etsy Shoppe, and her Terri Stegmiller blog.

Cup Of Tea! How-To Tea Stain A Teddy Bear's Collar by Paula Carter of All Bear By Paula Carter

I thought you'd like to know that Paula Carter of Bearing All blog has a wonderful how-to on tea staining a teddy bear's collar.


Cup Of Tea!

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .


Please respect Paula's TERMS OF USE: All rights reserved, including photocopying, downloading, reprinting, mass duplication, and all other forms of reproduction or commercial application, website sharing, Email, or any other means of redistribution. For your personal use only. Any other use is prohibited without the written permission of Paula Carter.

Paula's Bio: Paula is an award winning teddy bear artist and designer whose bears have been published in several magazines. She has been creating teddy bears for more than a decade. All of Paula's teddy bears are unique, hand crafted to exacting standards and designed for adult collectors.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .

Please visit Paula's All Bear by Paula Carter website, her Bearing All blog.

Boxes From Recycled Greeting Cards FREE How-To Tutorial by Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags

Cheryl Bosarge has created some wonderful free how-to tutorials for her Bayou Bags website and Lenny DaVinci blog at that I hope you will enjoy. This one is for making boxes from recycled greeting cards.


How-To: Boxes From Recycled Greeting Cards

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags and Lenny DaVinci blog.


Here's what Cheryl had to say about her tutorial: I promised months ago to post a tutorial on how to recycle greeting cards into tiny boxes, and finally managed to photograph one tonight while I was making it.

Cheryl's Bio: Cheryl is a freelance graphic designer, writer, artist, handbag designer, and paper crafter with a BFA in graphic design, 15 years of quilting experience, and several textile teaching positions. She loves to explore new techniques and materials and utilizing both in new products for her website. She is also a photographer and painter, and occasionally offers art pieces for sale. Cheryl also takes custom textile or fine art orders and can be contacted at cheryl@bayoubags.com .

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags at http://bayoubags.com/ and Lenny DaVinci blog at http://www.lennydavinci.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sewing Machine Mat FREE Tutorial by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog

I thought you'd like to know that Carina Envoldsen-Harris has another wonderful and unique tutorial on her Carina's Craftblog blog on making a sewing machine mat. I hope you enjoy Carina's tutorial.



Sewing Machine Mat

Copyright © 2007-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.


Here's what Carina had to say about her sewing machine mat tutorial: Today I made a mat for my sewing machine. When I push the machine across the table, it leaves black marks, you see, and that's not so good. The mat is really easy to make, but I'm going to tell you how anyway. I added a pincushion, just because that seemed practical. Especially because it is stuck down with velcro, so it stays put. Staying put is an excellent quality in a pincushion of you ask me.

Please respect Carina's TERMS OF USE: Please don't use my images and/or words without permission. If you are nice enough to ask, I will probably be nice too and let you use it. Do not use my images (or words) on any site, or in any other context, that deals with politics or religion in any way. Thank you. If you want to use a single image to demonstrate how awesome I am, please go ahead, though. He he. But do link back to me, that only seems fair.

Carina's Bio: Carina is a Danish girl living in Essex, England with her husband. She's an artist and crafter who loves to crochet, draw, sew, paint, and embroider.

Copyright © 2006-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.

Please visit Carina's Carina's Craftblog blog, her Wardi's Sweatshirt shoppe, and her Wardi's Flickr photostream.

Fabric Gift Card Pouch Free How-To Tutorial by Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags

Cheryl Bosarge has created some wonderful free how-to tutorials for her Bayou Bags website and Lenny DaVinci blog at that I hope you will enjoy. This one is for making a fabric gift card pouch.


How-To: Fabric Gift Card Pouch

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags and Lenny DaVinci blog.


Here's what Cheryl had to say about her tutorial: I sometimes feel like a gift card is a little bit impersonal, but so many people like to receive them, and they're so much easier to send long-distance, so I end up buying quite a few of them. Last night I was getting ready to put one in a card and send it off, when I came up with an idea to personalize it a little bit. The gift card pouch pictured here took only minutes to make, and I didn't have to buy any new materials for it.

Cheryl's Bio: Cheryl is a freelance graphic designer, writer, artist, handbag designer, and paper crafter with a BFA in graphic design, 15 years of quilting experience, and several textile teaching positions. She loves to explore new techniques and materials and utilizing both in new products for her website. She is also a photographer and painter, and occasionally offers art pieces for sale. Cheryl also takes custom textile or fine art orders and can be contacted at cheryl@bayoubags.com .

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags at http://bayoubags.com/ and Lenny DaVinci blog at http://www.lennydavinci.blogspot.com/

Composition Book Cover Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

I thought you'd like to know that Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss  website has another wonderful tutorial on creating a composition book cover. I hope you enjoy Sue's tutorial.



Composition Book Cover
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss


Here's what Sue had to say about her composition book cover: I like using these inexpensive composition book cobvers to keep my notes in. They're a comfortable size to write in but the downside is that the outsides are not very attractive. This easy-to-make cover gives you a lot of options for customizing your own notebook cover.

Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time I cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on my website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Simple Patchwork Pumpkins Tutorial From Rachael of Rachael Rabbit

I thought you might all like to know that Rachael of Rachael Rabbit and Rachael Rabbit Blog has created a wonderful FREE tutorial for creating simple patchwork pumpkins on her blog.


Tutorial: Simple Patchwork Pumpkins

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Rachael of Rachael Rabbit


Here's what Rachael had to say about her simple patchwork pumpkins tutorial:I really love pumpkins and when the Halloween season comes along I squeak like an over excited toddler when ever I see a pumpkin patch. Each year I have been here (did I mention it is 5 now!) I have insisted on carving pumpkins. When we were little no one celebrated Halloween in the UK - in fact if someone did ring your doorbell you didn't answer it for fear of having eggs thrown at you or something horrible like that. So the discovery of dressing up, stupid amounts of candy, tacky decorations (our front lawn was so nearly decorated in polystyrene tombstones last year - until I realized ... at the check out ... tombstones in hand ... that it might lead to divorce) and of course - pumpkins!!

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Rachael of Rachael Rabbit .

You can visit her Rachael Rabbit blog online at http://rachaelrabbit.blogspot.com/. You can also visit her Rachael Rabbit shop at http://www.rachaelrabbit.com/index.html.

Embellisher Cords Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

I thought you'd like to know that Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss  website has another wonderful tutorial on making embellisher cords.




Embellisher Cords
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss


Here's what Sue had to say about her embellisher cords: Here's an easy way to create an original unique cord using your embellisher machine.

Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts.

Circle Stitching Free How-To Tutorial by Terri Stegmiller of StegArt and 3 Creative Studios

Have you ever tried to sew a perfect circle? Well, Terri Stegmiller has a wonderful tutorial on her Terri Stegmiller website to show you how. I hope you enjoy Terri's tutorial.



Circle Stitching Tutorial

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller


Here's what Terri had to say about her circle stitching tutorial: Sewing a perfect circle can be challenging.

Please respect Terri's Terms of Use: Tutorial, text & images are the property of Terri Stegmiller. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Terri's Bio - After a lifetime of experimenting with all types of crafts, Terri began exploring quilting in the early 1990’s. She discovered pretty quickly that traditional and bed-sized quilts were not quite her style and began experimenting with mixed media and creating her own designs. Known for her innovative combination's of color and pattern she is inspired by nature, cats and the female face and enjoys creating artwork that incorporate these elements. When she is not creating art, Terri also enjoys web site design and graphic design work. Terri is the author of Creative Paper Quilts, co-author of Creative Ways with Fiber and Stitch, sells her art through her website at www.terristegmiller.com.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller of Terri Stegmiller.

Please visit Terri's Terri Stegmiller website, her StegArt Etsy Shoppe, and her StegArt blog.

Putting It All Together! Assembling A Teddy Bear FREE Tutorial by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter

If you love to make teddy bears and would love to learn how-to assemble a teddy bear then read Paula Carter's tutorial that she posted on her Bearing All blog.


Putting It All Together!

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .


Please respect Paula's TERMS OF USE: All rights reserved, including photocopying, downloading, reprinting, mass duplication, and all other forms of reproduction or commercial application, website sharing, Email, or any other means of redistribution. For your personal use only. Any other use is prohibited without the written permission of Paula Carter.

Paula's Bio: Paula is an award winning teddy bear artist and designer whose bears have been published in several magazines. She has been creating teddy bears for more than a decade. All of Paula's teddy bears are unique, hand crafted to exacting standards and designed for adult collectors.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .

Please visit Paula's All Bear by Paula Carter website, her Bearing All blog.

Moo Card Gift Tag With Liquid Applique How-To Tutorial by Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags

Cheryl Bosarge has created some wonderful free how-to tutorials for her Bayou Bags website and Lenny DaVinci blog at that I hope you will enjoy. This one is to show you how to create a moo card gift tag with liquid applique.


How-To: Moo Card Gift Tag With Liquid Applique

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags and Lenny DaVinci blog.


Here's what Cheryl had to say about her tutorial: I've already mentioned that I'm trying to use up some of the supplies I already have, and while rooting around in my cabinet I came across an unopened tube of Liquid Applique. I've had this for years, along with a pink tube (also unopened). I probably never used them because once I had them, I really couldn't come up with anything I'd want to use them for. But since the current challenge at make a moo or two is to try something new, I thought I'd give this stuff a go, and I made the little moo-sized gift tag pictured above.

Cheryl's Bio: Cheryl is a freelance graphic designer, writer, artist, handbag designer, and paper crafter with a BFA in graphic design, 15 years of quilting experience, and several textile teaching positions. She loves to explore new techniques and materials and utilizing both in new products for her website. She is also a photographer and painter, and occasionally offers art pieces for sale. Cheryl also takes custom textile or fine art orders and can be contacted at cheryl@bayoubags.com .

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags at http://bayoubags.com/ and Lenny DaVinci blog at http://www.lennydavinci.blogspot.com/

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sweet Doll Ornament Free Tutorial by Terri Stegmiller of StegArt and 3 Creative Studios

I thought you'd like to know that Terri Stegmiller has a wonderful tutorial and pattern on her Terri Stegmiller website for creating a sweet doll ornament. I hope you enjoy Terri's tutorial and doll pattern.





Sweet Doll Ornament

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller

Here's what Terri had to say about her Sweet Doll Ornaments tutorial: A few years ago I saw a scene in a magazine with a Christmas tree. On the tree were some adorable dolls and I fell in love with them so I developed the following pattern so that I could have some great doll ornaments own my own tree.


Please respect Terri's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time we cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on the Two Creative Studios website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Terri Stegmiller. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Terri's Bio - After a lifetime of experimenting with all types of crafts, Terri began exploring quilting in the early 1990’s. She discovered pretty quickly that traditional and bed-sized quilts were not quite her style and began experimenting with mixed media and creating her own designs. Known for her innovative combination's of color and pattern she is inspired by nature, cats and the female face and enjoys creating artwork that incorporate these elements. When she is not creating art, Terri also enjoys web site design and graphic design work. Terri is the author of Creative Paper Quilts, co-author of Creative Ways with Fiber and Stitch, sells her art through her website at www.terristegmiller.com.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller of Terri Stegmiller.

Please visit Terri's Terri Stegmiller website, her StegArt Etsy Shoppe, and her StegArt blog.

Fabric Coasters Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

Want to make something different? Why not try fabric coasters? Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss  website has a wonderful tutorial showing you how to make fabric coasters. I hope you enjoy Sue's tutorial.



Fabric Coasters
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss


Here's what Sue had to say about her fabric coasters: I came up with the idea for these fabric coasters when someone gave me a box of those foam rubber coasters that they got as a promotional give away.

Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time I cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on my website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts.

Beady Hearts Ornaments How-to by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog

I thought you'd like to know that Carina Envoldsen-Harris has a wonderful how-to on her Carina's Craftblog blog on creating beady heart ornaments. I hope you enjoy Carina's tutorial.




Beady Heart Ornaments
Copyright © 2007-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.


Here's what Carina had to say about her beady hearts ornaments tutorial: Hey, here are some super easy ornaments I made a couple of weeks ago (I only just got round to adding the ribbons today, ha!).

Please respect Carina's TERMS OF USE: Please don't use my images and/or words without permission. If you are nice enough to ask, I will probably be nice too and let you use it. Do not use my images (or words) on any site, or in any other context, that deals with politics or religion in any way. Thank you. If you want to use a single image to demonstrate how awesome I am, please go ahead, though. He he. But do link back to me, that only seems fair.

Carina's Bio: Carina is a Danish girl living in Essex, England with her husband. She's an artist and crafter who loves to crochet, draw, sew, paint, and embroider.

Copyright © 2006-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.

Please visit Carina's new Carina's Craftblog blog, her Wardi's Sweatshirt shoppe, and her Wardi's Flickr photostream.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Recycling: Using Paint Chips On Your Cards FREE How-To Tutorial by Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags

Cheryl Bosarge has created some wonderful free how-to tutorials for her Bayou Bags website and Lenny DaVinci blog at that I hope you will enjoy. This one is to show you how to use paint chips on your cards.


Recycling: Using Paint Chips On Your Cards

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags and Lenny DaVinci blog.


Here's what Cheryl had to say about her tutorial: I've repainted a lot of rooms over the years, and I always end up with a stack of these paint chips when the project is over. If it's a color I actually used, I'll file it away in case I need to buy more for touchups, but I really don't need to hang on to the others. Instead of throwing them in the trash, I've been using them on cards and other projects. They come in handy when you don't have cardstock in the colors you need. I especially like the ones with the little window openings, because they make nice frames for small designs.

Cheryl's Bio: Cheryl is a freelance graphic designer, writer, artist, handbag designer, and paper crafter with a BFA in graphic design, 15 years of quilting experience, and several textile teaching positions. She loves to explore new techniques and materials and utilizing both in new products for her website. She is also a photographer and painter, and occasionally offers art pieces for sale. Cheryl also takes custom textile or fine art orders and can be contacted at cheryl@bayoubags.com .

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags at http://bayoubags.com/ and Lenny DaVinci blog at http://www.lennydavinci.blogspot.com/

Simple Hot Water Bottle Cover #1 Tutorial From Rachael of Rachael Rabbit

I thought you might all like to know that Rachael of Rachael Rabbit and Rachael Rabbit Blog has created a wonderful FREE tutorial for creating a simple pillowcase on her blog.


Tutorial: Simple Hot Water Bottle Cover #1

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Rachael of Rachael Rabbit


Here's what Rachael had to say about her hot water bottle cover #1 tutorial:
Last year, towards the end of winter, my trusty hot water bottle gave in and developed something of a fatal leak. I'm rather partial to a nice hot water bottle - especially for thawing icy toes or to soothe that tummy ache that won't go away.

Imagine my horror when I tried to shop for a new hot water bottle in NY and was met with many confused looks. To begin with asking for 'a hot water bottle' in my quiet English accent only confirmed (apparently) that I speak a foreign language - once I had entered into a detailed description of what a hot water bottle was - the shop assistants just led me to those air activated heat patches!

So during my recent trip back home to the UK my mother was very kind and gave me her spare hot water bottle. It turns out I'm quite fussy about hot water bottles (sorry Mummy!) I only like the traditional rubber sort. On an afternoon wander we popped into Superdrug ... where I found some small (1L) rubber hot water bottles ... I couldn't resist and purchased three thinking about the perfect stocking stuffers I would now be able to create.

So here is my first tutorial/idea of how to make a simple hot water bottle cover from a old felted sweater.


Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved — Written By Rachael of Rachael Rabbit .

You can visit her Rachael Rabbit blog online at http://rachaelrabbit.blogspot.com/. You can also visit her Rachael Rabbit shop at http://www.rachaelrabbit.com/index.html.

Fabric Folders Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

I thought you'd like to know that Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss  website has another wonderful tutorial on creating a fabric folder. I hope you enjoy Sue's Fabric Folder tutorial.



Fabric Folders
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Here's what Sue had to say about her fabric folders: These fabric folders are so easy and fun to make you won't believe it!

Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time I cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on my website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts.

Ahead By A Nose! How-To Embroider A Teddy Bear's Nose FREE Tutorial by Paula Carter of All Bear By Paula Carter

If you love to make teddy bears and would love to learn how-to embroider a teddy bear's nose then read Paula Carter's tutorial that she posted on her Bearing All blog.


Ahead By A Nose!

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .


Please respect Paula's TERMS OF USE: All rights reserved, including photocopying, downloading, reprinting, mass duplication, and all other forms of reproduction or commercial application, website sharing, Email, or any other means of redistribution. For your personal use only. Any other use is prohibited without the written permission of Paula Carter.

Paula's Bio: Paula is an award winning teddy bear artist and designer whose bears have been published in several magazines. She has been creating teddy bears for more than a decade. All of Paula's teddy bears are unique, hand crafted to exacting standards and designed for adult collectors.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .

Please visit Paula's All Bear by Paula Carter website, her Bearing All blog.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mailable Art - Fabric Postcards FREE Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

ATC's and postcards are so much fun to make. If you'd like to learn how Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss website has another wonderful tutorial on creating mailable art. I hope you enjoy Sue's tutorial.



Mailable Art
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss


Here's what Sue had to say about her mailable art tutorial: Making and mailing fabric postcards has become very popular. Not only are these fun and easy to make and send to your friends but they are a true delight to receive. Why send a boring store bought birthday card when you can make a beautiful handmade postcard that the recipient is sure to treasure and will want to display long after the birthday party ends.

Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time I cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on my website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts.

Sketchbook Cover FREE Tutorial by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog

I thought you'd like to know that Carina Envoldsen-Harris has another wonderful tutorial on her Carina's Craftblog blog on covering a sketchbook. I hope you enjoy Carina's tutorial.



Tutorial: Sketchbook Cover
Copyright © 2007-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.


Here's what Carina had to say about her sketchbook cover tutorial: As promised, here's the tutorial for making the zippered sketchbook cover. This will be very lengthy, with lots of pictures and explanations of things which you might know already, because you're a lot smarter than me. If you have any tips for doing some of the steps quicker/easier in future, please leave a comment or email me; after all, I've never learnt to do this, I'm making it up as I go along. ;-)

Please respect Carina's TERMS OF USE: Please don't use my images and/or words without permission. If you are nice enough to ask, I will probably be nice too and let you use it. Do not use my images (or words) on any site, or in any other context, that deals with politics or religion in any way. Thank you. If you want to use a single image to demonstrate how awesome I am, please go ahead, though. He he. But do link back to me, that only seems fair.

Carina's Bio: Carina is a Danish girl living in Essex, England with her husband. She's an artist and crafter who loves to crochet, draw, sew, paint, and embroider.

Copyright © 2006-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.

Please visit Carina's Carina's Craftblog blog, her Wardi's Sweatshirt shoppe, and her Wardi's Flickr photostream.

Friday, March 13, 2009

How To Add A One-Hole Bow To Your Greeting Cards FREE How-To Tutorial by Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags

Cheryl Bosarge has created some wonderful free how-to tutorials for her Bayou Bags website and Lenny DaVinci blog at that I hope you will enjoy. This one is to show you how to add a one-hole bow to a greeting card.


How To Add A One-Hole Bow To Your Greeting Card

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags and Lenny DaVinci blog.


Here's what Cheryl had to say about her tutorial: The one-hole bow has been around for a while, but just in case you've never made one, I've provided some directions below. What I like about this bow-making method is that the bow is always straight when it's finished. I typically end up with bows that are slanted to one side, but not with this technique.

Cheryl's Bio: Cheryl is a freelance graphic designer, writer, artist, handbag designer, and paper crafter with a BFA in graphic design, 15 years of quilting experience, and several textile teaching positions. She loves to explore new techniques and materials and utilizing both in new products for her website. She is also a photographer and painter, and occasionally offers art pieces for sale. Cheryl also takes custom textile or fine art orders and can be contacted at cheryl@bayoubags.com .

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags at http://bayoubags.com/ and Lenny DaVinci blog at http://www.lennydavinci.blogspot.com/

Flower Theme Paper Quilt FREE Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

I thought you'd like to know that Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss  website has another wonderful tutorial on creating a flower theme paper quilt. I hope you enjoy Sue's tutorial.



Flower Theme Paper Quilt
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss


Here's what Sue had to say about her flower theme paper quilt: Every time I walk through the craft store I get a little shiver when I walk by the aisle filled with all those wonderful papers for scrapbooking and crafting. Lately I have found myself putting the papers into my shopping cart instead of just standing there and ogling them and now that I have a nice little collection I decided that I should start creating some art with them.

Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time I cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on my website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts.

Head First! How To Attach A Teddy Bear Head FREE Tutorial by Paula Carter of All Bear By Paula Carter

If you love to make teddy bears and would love to learn how-to attach a Teddy Bear's head then read Paula Carter's tutorial that she posted on her Bearing All blog.


Head First!

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .


Please respect Paula's TERMS OF USE: All rights reserved, including photocopying, downloading, reprinting, mass duplication, and all other forms of reproduction or commercial application, website sharing, Email, or any other means of redistribution. For your personal use only. Any other use is prohibited without the written permission of Paula Carter.

Paula's Bio: Paula is an award winning teddy bear artist and designer whose bears have been published in several magazines. She has been creating teddy bears for more than a decade. All of Paula's teddy bears are unique, hand crafted to exacting standards and designed for adult collectors.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .

Please visit Paula's All Bear by Paula Carter website, her Bearing All blog.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Twin Hearts Door Stopper Free Tutorial From Julia Camilleri of Julia's Place Blog

I just love creative embroidery and crazy quilted creations and love to learn how to create such astonishing creations - especially when the tutorials are from a master of creative embroidery. You'll be pleased to know that Julia Camilleri of "Julia's Place" blog has once again graciously agreed to let us post another one of her fabulous tutorials. I hope you enjoy Julia's Twin Hearts Door Stopper tutorial.



Twin Hearts Door Stopper...Free Tutorial

You must be tired of looking at my quilts by now...here's a little door stopper for you to make.
Makes a great gift with Christmas coming up fast.
I also have one on my dining room french door, and believe me it has saved the glass from breaking many times...when I open the front door and a gust of wind catches the dining room door, slamming it shut!
Sorry the picture is a bit blurred...enjoy.


To see the pattern better... Click on this picture, and it will come up really big,

FINISHED SIZE: 25cm x 15cm (10in x 6in)

Stitches Used: Stem stitch rose, Ribbon stitch buds, Lazy daisy stitch, Featherstitch, French knots, straight stitch, Ladder-stitch

Requirements: 20cm Dusty Pink Pinwale Cord Fabric
20cm Pellon
1 metre Dusty Pink about 1cm wide Double Sided Satin Ribbon
Small amount of Polyester filling
Pencil
Template plastic
15mm Button
No. 20 Chenille needle for the ribbon work
No. 8 Crewel needle for the thread work
No. 8 Straw needle for the French knots
BUCILLA Silk Ribbon: 1 card each of 7mm Blue(600), Light Pink(544) and Cream (501)
DMC Embroidery Floss: 1 Skein each of Green 319 and Gold
Sewing thread to match fabric
General machine and hand sewing requirements

Please read all the instructions carefully before commencing

CUTTING: Make a template of the twin hearts from the design out of the template plastic.
sorry, I can't post the actual size up here, but you may be able to judge the size by the finished measurements and draw a template up your self

From the fabric, cut out two twin heart shapes, one being for the front and one for the back.
Use the pencil to mark in the main flower placements by dotting the spots where they are to go..... The rest is worked freehand.
I like to work freehand as much as possible...then there are no lines and marks to worry about covering

EMBROIDERY: Tack pellon onto the back of the twin hearts to be embroidered.
Stem stitch Roses: Place the 15mm button on the flower placement marks and draw around button with pencil.
Thread the chenille needle with the Blue 7mm silk ribbon and stem stitch in the rose, working from the outside in towards the centre.

Branch out with the same ribbon and ribbon stitch in a group of three buds. Refer to coloured photo.
Work the other stem stitch roses in the same manner using the Pink 7 mm ribbon and the Cream 7mm ribbon also adding buds as before.
Connect the buds to the roses by working a straight stitch in each bud and a fly stitch with an extended holding stitch to form the stem of the bud. Work in a few lazy daisy leaves among the buds and the roses.

To highlight the embroidery. With one strand of the Green DMC (319) thread, work in the featherstitch as shown in picture, then with one strand of the Gold floss add a two wrap French knot to tips of the featherstitch.

TO MAKE UP THE DOORSTOPPER
Cut the satin ribbon in half.
Fold one piece in half and pin the folded end in place at the side of the heart as marked on the design sheet. Refer to photo
Stitch in place to secure. Repeat the same for the other side.
Use small safety pins to pin the ribbons in out of the way so they don’t get caught up in the stitching when sewing the hearts together.
Lay the embroidered piece on the table right side up, place the back piece on top right sides together.
With matching thread, machine stitch a ¼ inch seam right around the outside of the twin heart shape, leaving the two openings as marked on the design sheet.
Clip around the curves and turn the piece through one of the openings to the right side.
Remove the safety pins and with a blunt object carefully poke out the heart points.
With matching thread, machine stitch in the dividing curved line between the two hearts as shown on the design sheet
Refer to the photo
Stuff the twin hearts with polyester fill to a nice rounded shape and ladder-stitch the two openings close.

The twin heart doorstopper is now ready to go on your door.
Tie the doorstopper onto both doorknobs with a pretty bow.
A lovely decorator piece.

Copyright © 2008-2009 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri for her "Julia's Place" Blog.


Please respect Julia's Terms Of Use:
Items made from Julia's tutorials are for personal use only. You may make an item for yourself or as a gift, but items made may not be sold either for small personal profit or commercially. Julia's tutorials cannot be copied, reprinted, emailed, or distributed in any manner without Julia's written permission.

Julia's Bio - Julia is a seamstress who specializes in crazy quilting, silk ribbon embroidery, handbags, quilts, and all things Victorian. She has been published many time and in many magazines. She sells her handmade items on her "Ribbonwiz Etsy Shoppe."

Copyright © 2008-2009 — All Rights Reserved — Written By Julia Camilleri for her "Julia's Place" Blog.

For more crafting tips and techniques visit Julia's "Julia's Place" blog. She sells her handmade items on her "Ribbonwiz Etsy Shoppe." For more pictures of Julia's creations please visit Julia's Flickr site.

Faux Batik Fabric Tutorial by Terri Stegmiller of StegArt and 3 Creative Studios

I thought you'd like to know that Terri Stegmiller of has a wonderful tutorial on her Terri Stegmiller website on creating faux batik fabric that I hope you will enjoy.




Faux Batik Fabric

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller 


Here's what Terri had to say about her faux batik fabric tutorial: Have you always loved the look of traditional batik fabric but thought it was too complex and messy to do? Well, I'm going to show you a technique that will let you create a unique piece of fabric that looks like real batik.

Please respect Terri's Terms of Use:Tutorial, text & images are the property of Terri Stegmiller. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!
Terri's Bio - After a lifetime of experimenting with all types of crafts, Terri began exploring quilting in the early 1990’s. She discovered pretty quickly that traditional and bed-sized quilts were not quite her style and began experimenting with mixed media and creating her own designs. Known for her innovative combination's of color and pattern she is inspired by nature, cats and the female face and enjoys creating artwork that incorporate these elements. When she is not creating art, Terri also enjoys web site design and graphic design work. Terri is the author of Creative Paper Quilts, co-author of Creative Ways with Fiber and Stitch, sells her art through her website at www.terristegmiller.com.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller of Terri Stegmiller

Please visit Terri's Terri Stegmiller website, her StegArt Etsy Shoppe, and her StegArt blog.

Faux Chenille Pillows FREE Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

Ever wonder what faux chenille is or how to make it? Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss  website has written a wonderful tutorial on creating faux chenille.



Picture of Pillow Cover Created With Faux Chenille Tutorial
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss


Here's what Sue had to say about her faux chenille tutorial: Making faux chenille is one of the easiest ways to create texture with a flat piece of fabric.

Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time I cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on my website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts.

Porcelain Decorations FREE Tutorial by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog

I just love finding unusual and unique tutorials and Carina Envoldsen-Harris has another wonderful tutorial on her Carina's Craftblog blog on decorating a porcelain cup and saucer. I hope you enjoy the tutorial.



Porcelain Decoration Tutorial
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.


Here's what Carina had to say about her porcelain decoration tutorial: Wow, you really like that cup, huh?! :-) Thank you very much for all your comments about it! Seeing as you're asking how I made it, here's a wee tutorial. It is very easy.

Please respect Carina's TERMS OF USE: Please don't use my images and/or words without permission. If you are nice enough to ask, I will probably be nice too and let you use it. Do not use my images (or words) on any site, or in any other context, that deals with politics or religion in any way. Thank you. If you want to use a single image to demonstrate how awesome I am, please go ahead, though. He he. But do link back to me, that only seems fair.

Carina's Bio: Carina is a Danish girl living in Essex, England with her husband. She's an artist and crafter who loves to crochet, draw, sew, paint, and embroider.

Copyright © 2006-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.

Please visit Carina's Carina's Craftblog blog, her Wardi's Sweatshirt shoppe, and her Wardi's Flickr photostream.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hardcover Padfolio Free Tutorial by Sue Bleiweiss

I thought you'd like to know that Sue Bleiweiss of Sue Bleiweiss  website has another wonderful tutorial on making a hardcover padfolio. I hope you enjoy the tutorial.



Hardcover Padfolio
Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss


Here's what Sue had to say about her hardcover padfolio: This hardcover padfolio goes together very quickly and makes a great last minute gift idea. You can personalize and embellish the cover any way you like and you could use a pretty ribbon as a closure instead of the elastic.

Please respect Sue's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time I cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on my website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Sue Bleiweiss. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Sue Bleiweiss of SueBleiweiss.com.

Sue is a Mixed Media Fiber Artist and Instructor. She teaches classes online in mixed media, surface design, fiber arts.

Takeout Box Gift Package How-To Tutorial by Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags

Cheryl Bosarge has created some wonderful free how-to tutorials for her Bayou Bags website and Lenny DaVinci blog at that I hope you will enjoy. This one is for creating a takeout box gift package.


How-To: Takeout Box Gift Packages

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags and Lenny DaVinci blog.


Cheryl's Bio: Cheryl is a freelance graphic designer, writer, artist, handbag designer, and paper crafter with a BFA in graphic design, 15 years of quilting experience, and several textile teaching positions. She loves to explore new techniques and materials and utilizing both in new products for her website. She is also a photographer and painter, and occasionally offers art pieces for sale. Cheryl also takes custom textile or fine art orders and can be contacted at cheryl@bayoubags.com .

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Cheryl Bosarge of Bayou Bags at http://bayoubags.com/ and Lenny DaVinci blog at http://www.lennydavinci.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Eye, Eye! How-To Insert Teddy Bear Eyes FREE Tutorial by Paula Carter of All Bear By Paula Carter

If you love to make teddy bears and would love to learn how-to insert teddy bear eyes then read Paula Carter's tutorial that she posted on her Bearing All blog.


Eye, Eye!

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .


Here's what Paula had to say about her "Eye, Eye!" tutorial: It has been said the eyes are the windows of the soul and of course, this is true for bears too! A teddy bear's eyes help create his personality, so making the right choice of eye for a new design is vital.

Please respect Paula's TERMS OF USE: All rights reserved, including photocopying, downloading, reprinting, mass duplication, and all other forms of reproduction or commercial application, website sharing, Email, or any other means of redistribution. For your personal use only. Any other use is prohibited without the written permission of Paula Carter.

Paula's Bio: Paula is an award winning teddy bear artist and designer whose bears have been published in several magazines. She has been creating teddy bears for more than a decade. All of Paula's teddy bears are unique, hand crafted to exacting standards and designed for adult collectors.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Paula Carter of All Bear by Paula Carter .

Please visit Paula's All Bear by Paula Carter website, her Bearing All blog.

Business Card Case FREE Tutorial by Terri Stegmiller of StegArt and 3 Creative Studios

Ever wonder how to make a mixed media business card case? Well, Terri Stegmiller has a wonderful tutorial on her Terri Stegmiller website for creating a mixed media business card case. I hope you enjoy Terri's tutorial.




Business Card Case

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller 


Here's what Terri had to say about her business card case tutorial: These days, just about everyone carries business cards with them to have ready to give to friends and business associates. Here's a creative way to keep them stored in your purse or your briefcase or whatever you may carry around with you.

Please respect Terri's Terms of Use: For personal use only. Please feel free to make as many as you like for gifts, swaps and donations, however; at this time we cannot provide licensing for readers to sell items made from the patterns provided on the Two Creative Studios website. Tutorial, text & images are the property of Terri Stegmiller. Do not copy or distribute in any form for any reason without my permission!

Terri's Bio - After a lifetime of experimenting with all types of crafts, Terri began exploring quilting in the early 1990’s. She discovered pretty quickly that traditional and bed-sized quilts were not quite her style and began experimenting with mixed media and creating her own designs. Known for her innovative combination's of color and pattern she is inspired by nature, cats and the female face and enjoys creating artwork that incorporate these elements. When she is not creating art, Terri also enjoys web site design and graphic design work. Terri is the author of Creative Paper Quilts, co-author of Creative Ways with Fiber and Stitch, sells her art through her website at www.terristegmiller.com.

Copyright © 2008-2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Terri Stegmiller of Terri Stegmiller .

Please visit Terri's Terri Stegmiller  website, her StegArt Etsy Shoppe, and her StegArt blog.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Bluebirds Sewing Caddy FREE Tutorial From Julia Camilleri of Julia's Place Blog

I just love creative embroidery and crazy quilted creations and love to learn how to create such astonishing creations - especially when the tutorials are from a master of creative embroidery. You'll be pleased to know that Julia Camilleri of "Julia's Place" blog has once again graciously agreed to let us post another one of her fabulous tutorials. I hope you enjoy Julia's Petal Bluebirds Sewing Caddy tutorial.


Bluebirds Sewing Caddy...my gift to you!


It's Friday here in Australia...enjoy my birthday gift to you!

BLUEBIRDS ARMCHAIR CADDY
Caddy Size: 61cm x 31cm (24in x 12in)

Stitches Used: Straight stitch, Stem stitch, Lazy Daisy stitch,

Cutting: From the main fabric cut :
2 (24in x 12in) 61cm x 31cm pieces being for front and lining
Matching ric-rac for front stitchery

From Calico cut:
1 (15in x 12in) 43cm x 31cm for the large pocket
1 (16in x 12in) 41cm x 31cm for the twin underneath pocket piece
1 (10in x 12in) 28cm x 31cm for the Triple pocket piece
1 (6 ½ in x 10 ½ in) 16.5cm x 27cm for the Pincushion
1 (6" x7") for the front stitchery

From the Pellon cut: 1 (24in x 12in) 61cm x 31cm for top Front Piece
1 (7 ½ in x 12in) 22cm x 31cm for large pocket
1 (4in x 12in) 10cm x 31cm for twin pocket piece
1 (5in x 12in) 13cm x 31cm for triple pocket piece
1 (6" x 7") for front stitchery

Please read the preparation and making up instructions carefully before commencing...♥
PREPARATION: Using a marker and ruler, mark in Horizontal lines 2" apart down the length of the front fabric piece
Tack or pin Pellon onto the back of this piece and machine stitch Pellon and fabric together down the marked lines with matching thread....set aside.

I hope that by double clicking on the design transfer picture it will come up to actual size for you to print off...if not you may need to enlarge it a little...



Trace the Bluebirds onto the front fabric stitchery piece, back with Pellon... and embroider with your choice of threads...refer to pic for inspiration..

Attach the bluebird stitchery to the right hand side of the front piece by stitching around the stitchery, and finish off with your choice of ric-rac around the outside edge.

Keeping in mind that the 12 inches is the width, fold pocket pieces in half and press.
Keeping in mind that the fold line is the top of pocket, position the pattern sheet under one half of each pocket piece.




With a sharp HB pencil transfer the design outline of the letters, scissor and heart shape onto the fabric.
Place the heart on the triple pocket in the centre of fabric, position the scissor shape to the right leaving enough allowance at the side for seams, the button letters to the left also leaving room at the side for seams.


Using the fold line as a guide for the top of the pocket and making sure you have the designs the right way up, trace in The “I ♥ TO SEW” letters about 1½ inches down from the fold line.


Please refer to the pics for guidance...

Tack Pellon pieces onto the back of each corresponding pocket halves

I have embroidered a very simple stitchery with just a few lazy daisy flowers and leave....You may embroider in as little or as much as you like...

BUTTONS POCKET: Using one strand of DMC thread stem stitch the letters.

If you wish...Scatter and work in lasy daisy flowers and leaves among the letters.
HEART: With one strand of the DMC green thread, stem stitch the heart, again work in lazy daisy flowers and leaves to one side of the heart...trailing up and down.

SCISSOR POCKET: Stem stitch the scissor handle with one strand of Black DMC thread, then stem stitch the scissor blades with one strand of grey DMC thread.
Work in lazy daisy flowers and leaves around the scissors if you wish..

LOVE TO SEW POCKET: Using one strand of the black DMC thread stem stitch the letters.
Work in lazy daisy flowers and leaves up and down through the the heart



BLUEBIRDS SWAG: Trace off the bluebirds swag onto the large pocket piece..approximately 2" down from the fold line.
Embroider the design, ..It's best not to draw in the flowers and leaves, as you may not be able to cover up the pencil marks...embroider them in free hand..


This picture shows the outside and inside lining pieces of the caddy...



Place the "I ♥ to Sew "pocket in place on the inside lining piece of fabric...

First stitch down the "I ♥ to Sew" pocket down the middle to the lining..
Then place the Heart, scissor and buttons pocket on top....Fold back out of the way. the lining fabric so as not to catch in the stitching....stitch down the two seams on either side of the heart to the other pocket underneath...

Lay back down the the lining with pockets flat in place... see picture above.
Place the front outside piece flat on table, right side down. Lay the lining piece with pockets in place on top...lining up the raw edges together, trim off any excess... pin in place and stitch around the outside edge to hold in place....


Starting from the middle ..Mark and machine stitch three rows of stitches 2½ inches apart across the width in the middle ...this will be under where the pincushion will go.




PIN CUSHION: Fold the pincushion piece of fabric in half and stitch up the three sides leaving a small opening to turn through. Turn right side out and stuff with polyester fill, sew up the opening. Attach the pincushion to caddy with a button on each corner.
COTTON REEL HOLDERS: Cut two pieces of narrow ribbon 12 inches long, fold each piece in half and stitch down onto the caddy next to the pincushion... thread one half of the ribbon through the cotton reel and tie with a pretty bow... see pics..
Straighten and trim raw edges.
BINDING: Cut binding 2 1/2 inches wide , press in half lengthwise and sew onto right side of caddy; turn over to wrong side and hand stitch down to the back.
If you wish you can make ties out of left over main fabric and attach to front of caddy.


Your Bluebirds Armchair Caddy is now ready for you to use and enjoy. It is ideal to take small projects in when travelling...or place on your favourite armchair and have everything handy by your side...

All care and effort has been taken to ensure Pattern and instructions are as clear and easy to understand and follow as possible. ...if you have any questions please email me.

Enjoy...♥
The front bluebird design is a free download design from Needlecrafter
This caddy design is subject to copyright©... to make for your own personal use or for gifts...♥


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