Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fingernail Tutorial by Dessa Rae of Dessa Rae Original Art Dolls

I have always wanted to try my hand at making clay dolls.  I just have never had the time to do so, but would LOVE to.  Well, when it comes to art dolls if you want to learn how to do something you try to learn from a master.  And, Dessa Rae of  Dessa Rae Original Art Dolls is a master at making clay sculpted dolls.  So, you'll be pleased to know that she has created a tutorial on her Dessa Rae Original Art Dolls blog to show you how to make fingernails.



Fingernail Tutorial


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Here's what Dessa Rae had to say about her tutorial:  This tutorial will be a step by step guide on how to make a realistic looking fingernail. This technique can be used on any size doll.

Please respect Dessa Rae's TERMS OF USE: All Rights Reserved. All texts and images are the sole property of Dessa Rae Original Art Dolls. This tutorial is for personal use only, and any reproduction for the sole intent of sale and distribution is strictly prohibited.

Dessa Rae's Bio: I am a self taught Doll Artist, and I have been making all kinds of dolls for 31 years. I started out making cloth dolls, and from there I went to sculpting miniature Babies, Faeries, and Mermaids. My dolls have been featured in Doll Reader, Dolls Magazine, and Doll Crafter. I have won two Dolls Awards of Excellence nominations. The first in 1995 and the second in 1997. I have exhibited at Toy Fair and the Doll and Teddy Bear Expo. I am always happy when I am creating dolls. And I am even happier when one of my creations goes to a good home.

Copyright © 2009-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Dessa Rae of Dessa Rae Original Art Dolls.

Please visit her Dessa Rae Original Art Dolls blog at http://dessaraeartdolls.blogspot.com/ .

Friday, February 26, 2010

How To - Tissue Paper & Cardstock Tutu Invitations Free Tutorial by Dana Huber of Composing Hallelujahs Blog

When I saw the ballerina cupcake toppers on Dana Huber's Fill In The Cake blog I absolutely fell in love with them.  Dana created the most adorable ballerina cupcake toppers and invitations for her daughter's 5th birthday party and created a tutorial on her Composing Hallelujahs blog to show us how to create her tissue paper and card stock tutu invitations.

Please Note:  Unfortunately Dana's free tutorials are no longer available.


How To (#2)- tissue paper & cardstock tutu invitations


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Dana's Bio - Dana is a wife and mother to four home-schooled children, crafter, cake artist, and blogger extraordinaire. If you'd like to read about why Dana blogs as much as she does please read her About page.

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Dana Huber of Composing Hallelujahs Blog.  Please visit Dana's Composing Hallelujahs blog at http://composinghallelujahs.blogspot.com and her Fill In The Cake blog at http://fillinthecake.blogspot.com .

How To Make Paper Dress Cupcake Toppers Free Tutorial by Dana Huber of Composing Hallelujahs Blog

When I saw the ballerina cupcake toppers on Dana Huber's Fill In The Cake blog I absolutely fell in love with them.  Dana created the most adorable ballerina cupcake toppers and invitations for her daughter's 5th birthday party and created a tutorial and video on her Composing Hallelujahs blog to show us how to create them, too.  These are just too adorable for words.

Please Note:  Unfortunately Dana's free tutorials are no longer available.


How to make Paper Dress Cupcake Toppers


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Here's what Dana had to say about her tutorial:  It's the moment you've all been waiting for! what?!? you didn't know you were waiting for it? oh I'm so sorry, you've missed out on the anticipation and excitement of the whole waiting period.

OK, well even if you weren't waiting for it, i have had several requests for the original Ballerina Cupcake toppers from my daughter's 5th birthday party. but to get to the original idea you have to rewind to the invitations.

i knew i wanted to make my own party invitations and i wanted something "ballerina". After a little brainstorming and trial and error, i came up with a little card stock and tissue paper tutu outfit. then in a last minute effort i roped my mom into helping me make more for the cupcakes {she loved every minute of it too}! these little toppers are my most popular upload on cakecentral {a wonderful "all things cake" website}.

i then had the thought sometime later that they would also make absolutely adorable wedding dresses, like for a bridal shower!! lucky me, there was a shower on today and so i jumped at the chance to make some and now you will be able to too!


Dana's Bio - Dana is a wife and mother to four home-schooled children, crafter, cake artist, and blogger extraordinaire. If you'd like to read about why Dana blogs as much as she does please read her About page.

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Dana Huber of Composing Hallelujahs Blog.  Please visit Dana's Composing Hallelujahs blog at http://composinghallelujahs.blogspot.com and her Fill In The Cake blog at http://fillinthecake.blogspot.com .

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Halloween Craft- Messy Pumpkin Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

There are all sorts of crafts these days using pumpkins and gourds.  Alisa Burke has a really colorful usage of pumkins and gourds on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog that I think you will enjoy.


Halloween Craft- Messy Pumpkin Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I will be posting lots of tutorials in the upcoming months and today's tutorial is a little inspiration for decorating fall pumpkins! This is a great projects for kids and adults!

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Healed Heart Free Tutorial From Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

I suspect there isn't anyone who has experienced a broken heart at any one point in time in their lives. Well, Alisa Burke has a touching and simple tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to create a healed heart.


Healed Heart Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: For years I have loved the simple shape of the heart and back when I was single it seems that much of my creative subject matter revolved around angry women and broken hearts (very telling about my love life back then!) I've come a long way since those days and when I met my husband my heartache of the past seemed to heal. To this day, I am amazed at how resilient our hearts are- we experience loss, pain and a myriad of life challenges and through care, faith, time and healing our hearts somehow keep loving.

These days being married and little more stable in the love department, I have often tried to visualize what my heart might look like today- colorful? put back together? messy? patched up? spots of shine? Our hearts can be wounded, beat up, broken and lost but amazingly they can be put back together, healed, more beautiful and stronger than before. This simple project is my tribute to the imperfections that come with love and matters of the heart.


Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Fall Fiber Wreath Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

Like a lot of artists and crafters Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I just love the bright, splashy colors. There's just something so riveting about them. Alisa Burke has created a terrific tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to create a fall fiber wreath that would brighten up any household. I'm definitely going to have to make this.


Fall Fiber Wreath Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: Fall is my favorite season but because I live in Southern California I miss all the changing colors of the trees so I decided to create a fall fiber wreath full of all my favorite colors of the season! This is one of those projects that could have many variations and make use of different materials so feel free to put your own spin on it!

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Fall Fiber Place Mat Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

There's nothing like entertaining and setting a table with bright, cheery colors.  Alisa Burke has another wonderful tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog for creating bright and cherry fall fiber place mats.  I just LOVE them and I'm going to have to try this tutorial.


Fall Fiber Place Mat Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I couldn't resist posting another tutorial inspired by my recent fall fiber wreath project! My next online class Haute Holidays started today (yes I am juggling 2 online classes at once!) and I am now in full holiday creating mode and came up with this fall fiber place mat project and thought I would share it here!

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Monday, February 22, 2010

Messy Canvas Calendar Free Tutorials by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

If you love mixed media and altered art items then you're going to love Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog as it is filled with a ton of free mixed media and altered art tutorials like the Messy Canvas Calendar shown below. Enjoy the tutorial.


Messy Canvas Calendar Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I am obsessed with calendars- I carry one with me everywhere I go, I have one in the kitchen, one in my studio and often one in each room. This year I decided to make my calendars instead of buying them and I decided to make my calendar look like a little piece of messy art!.

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Easy Felt Needle Holders Free Tutorial and Pattern by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma Blog

I just love working with felt and creating felt crafts. Well, Melissa Goodsell has some fun filled tutorials on her One Crafty Mumma blog that I think you will enjoy. Here's the link to her Easy Felt Needle Case tutorial and pattern.


Easy Felt Needle Holders


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma blog.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: Thought I'd share some photos (and instructions) for some very simple needle holders that I've been making for the school fair. They are very fast and easy to whip up and best of only cost about 80 cents per needle holder to create.

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma blog at http://melissagoodsell.typepad.com

Recycled Fall Napkin Ring Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

If you like finding different ways to re-use toilet paper holders and paper towel holders Alisa Burke has a tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to create a quick, easy and very colorful napkin ring.


Recycled Fall Napkin Ring Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I have a confession to make...I think that toilet paper and paper towel rolls just be be the greatest things to create and craft with! I have always loved them, in fact, even as a kid I created all kinds of fabulous things from cardboard rolls (I will share that with you later this month!) So for today's tutorial I decided to transform a paper towel roll into colorful napkin rings.

It is that time of year when we all start having more people over and entertaining. As always I am looking for ways to go cheap and creative....I love finding a way to make something that would typically be purchased- Especially when it comes to decorating and entertaining!


Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Recycled Wreath Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

I just love decorating with wreaths all year. Alisa Burke has a tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing how to make a recycled wreath from toilet paper rolls that I think you will enjoy.


Recycled Wreath Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: My love and passion for toilet paper rolls is soaring to new heights this week! I have been filming and creating non stop for my Haute Holidays online class the last couple of days and this means I am in full holiday mode and trying to find new ideas and projects to share! And this also means finding new and different ways to put toilet paper rolls to use! (I promise my next tutorial will not involve anything related to toilet paper!)

Today, I had the bright idea to make a non traditional wreath from cut up cardboard rolls.


Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Felt Food (Ravioli) Free Tutorial and Pattern by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma Blog

Who doesn't love ravioli? I know it was one of my favorite foods as a child. So, you'll be happy to know that Melissa Goodsell has another felt food tutorial on her One Crafty Mumma blog for creating felt ravioli. Yummy!!!!!


Tutorial - Felt Food Ravioli


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma blog.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I'm sorry for the length of time between the felt food tutorials :( I know a lot of you are making these as I post them and I've been feeling bad for not keeping up to date posting one each week. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your emails, comments and seeing the photos of everyone's felt food.

This week's posting is an easy one (well, I think they've all been super easy, but this one is really fast). Pasta Ravioli. Bella has been begging for me to make her some pasta for a little while now......


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Felt Food (Lemon & Tomato Slices + Ice Cream) Free Tutorial by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma Blog

Melissa Goodsell has another wonderful tutorial on her One Crafty Mumma blog for making felt food. Here's the link to her Felt Food (Lemon & Tomato Slices + Ice Cream) tutorial and pattern.


Tutorial - Felt Food (Lemon & Tomato Slices + Ice Cream)


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma blog.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Upcycled Cozy Cowl Scarf Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

Re-purposing old items seems to be all the rage today. If you'd like to see a way to re-purpose old sweaters then Alisa Burke has a tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to create cowl scarfs from old sweaters.


Upcycled Cozy Cowl Scarf Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I am doing lots of travel this winter (all to COLD places) and that means I need lots of cozy accessories to keep me warm! A cozy cowl scarf is not only fashionable but will keep your neck warm! This project is super easy, cheap and makes use of old sweaters that might otherwise get donated.

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Last Minute Recycled Place Card Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

If you like to entertain and like different things for place settings then you'll be happy to know that Alisa Burke has a great tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to create a last minute recycled place card.


Last Minute Recycled Place Card Tutorial


Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only two days away?! While I am not entertaining for the weekend this does mark the beginning a month full of cooking and entertaining for me! A simple set of handmade place cards is the perfect way to personalize your holidays table!

Here is a simple, quick, easy and recycled project for creating place cards for entertaining!


Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Kids Holiday Craft - Pom Poms Free Tutorial by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma Blog

I used to make pom poms as a kid and even still make them for hair for some of my dolls.   If you want to know how to make pom poms Melissa Goodsell has a great tutorial on her One Crafty Mumma blog showing you how.


Kids holiday craft - pom poms


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma blog.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: Bella wanted to make some pom poms today. These are fun, I can remember making them with my Mum when I was little. I think I was pretty slow at them though.....Bella made both of these in half an hour....much faster than her Mummy was!

Here are the instructions if you'd like to do some with your little ones and aren't sure how. Super easy and a quick craft to fill in the afternoon (or half an hour lol).


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Saturday, February 20, 2010

House and Car Pencil Toppers Free Craft Project by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma Blog

If you're looking for something quick and easy to make that children will love you'll be happy to know that Melissa Goodsell has a fun craft projects on her One Crafty Mumma blog for making house and car pencil toppers. 


House & Car Pencil Toppers


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma blog.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: Here are the pencil toppers for the girls that asked for them.

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Rag Curls (Using Freezer Bags) Free Tutorial by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma Blog

I've had  fine straight hair my whole life.  I can remember setting it with those old foam curlers and trying to sleep on them overnight.  Talk about uncomfortable!  Well, the good news is that Melissa Goodsell has a tutorial  on her One Crafty Mumma blog showing you how to create rag curls using freezer bags.  Too bad they didn't have freezer bags when I was a kid.


Rag Curls - Tutorial (Using Freezer Bags)


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma blog.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: Here you go - for Leah, Rachael, Sonia, Cat and anybody else that would like curly hair for a day, lol.

This is a pretty rough guide - I used one freezer bag for Bella's curls but if you want thicker curls experiment and use a whole stack of freezer bags at once (thanks for the tip Kama).


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Felt Food (Egg & Orange Slices) Free Tutorial and Pattern by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma Blog

It always looks like fun and I've been wanting to try this for awhile now. What I'm talking about is making felt food. Well, Melissa Goodsell has some fun filled tutorials on her One Crafty Mumma blog that I think you will enjoy. Here's the link to her Felt Food (Egg & Orange Slices) tutorial and pattern.


Tutorial - Felt Food (egg & orange slices)


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma blog.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: Here's the first felt food tutorial for those that asked. I'll try and do one every week (for a few weeks) until I've covered all the food you asked for.

These are really simple to create and most importantly very fast to sew and I think teamed with a little felt (or fabric) bag to hold the food they would make gorgeous, economical gifts for little ones - especially with Christmas only 6 months away. I'm planning on making a bag at some stage to hold Bella's food - if you would a tutorial on that too, let me know here and I'll work on one.


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Canvas Layers Holiday Wreath Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

I just love fun filled and colorful items - especially items that are really unique. Well, Alisa Burke has a wonderful tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to make a very unique canvas layers holiday wreath.


Canvas Layers Holiday Wreath


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I am so excited that the holidays have officially started and I cannot wait to share creative, easy and unique inspiration during the month of December on my blog and I will have LOTS to share so tune in everyday for tons of original ideas! To kick off the holidays I am starting with another wreath made from canvas, fabric and lots and lots of buttons! This is an easy project but packed full of color! Similar to the fall fiber wreath tutorial this project makes use of a styrofoam wreath and different fabric and canvas.

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

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Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Push Pin Tree Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

I've been making trees of different sorts for year and have to tell you I never thought of using push pins to create a tree. Well, Alisa Burke did and she has a terrific tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to make a push pin tree.


Push Pin Tree Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I am loving the challenge of coming up with new, creative, simple and redefined tutorials for my blog and today's project is simple but a great alternative to spending lots of money on decorative trees. It seems like sparkly, beaded and decorative trees are in all the store (and they are not cheap!!!) So while browsing the mall over the holiday I suddenly thought of a great way to create my own- but using simple materials- push pins and tacks!

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Vintage Inspired Fleece Hat Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

Fleece is always so much fun to work with.  If you like fleece hats Alisa Burke has a wonderful tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to create a girlie girl type fleece hat.


Vintage Inspired Fleece Hat Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: In my never ending quest to figure out cool, simple projects to do with little money I came up with this tutorial after one of my many visits to fabric store (it feels like I am always there!!). I am a little obsessed with looking though the remnants bin- they are cheap and often I find fabric I could never afford in large quantities to use in smaller projects! This week I discovered that it seems this time of of year EVERYONE is buying fleece- I am assuming that winter fleece projects are popular right now? After digging through a huge pile of fleece remnants I found 3 great colors- 1-2 yard at $1.50-2.00 each...what a DEAL!!! I decided right there that I wanted to figure out how to make a hat out of the fleece that I could wear but would also be a great gift idea for all of you out there in blog land!! So here we go!

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Fabric Hair Clips Free Tutorial by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma Blog

Little girls just love hair clips.  And, truth be told, so do some big girls!  Well, Melissa Goodsell has an easy tutorial on her One Crafty Mumma blog to show you how to make fabric hair clips.  Enjoy!



Tutorial - fabric hair clips


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma blog.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: Since some of you asked for more tutorials, I thought I'd share some steps for making these easy hairclips.

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Holiday Ruffled Top Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

Looking for something different for a festive occasion? Well, Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog has a tutorial showing you how to turn and average tee in to a fancy ruffled top.


Holiday Ruffled Top Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I recently noticed that everywhere I go ruffles, applique and unique adorned clothing seems to be everywhere and so far I have not found anything I like under $40.00 (too much $ for a bargain hunter like me!!)

And since this is the season for parties and entertainment, I set out to figure find a way to make a cute ruffled top for under $10.00 that I could wear to one of the many events that I will be attending in the next couple of weeks. While every project I come up with seems to be a favorite- this one is really my favorite!


Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Toilet Paper Roll Angel Free Tutorial By Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

If you like recycling then you'll be happy to know that Alisa Burke has a tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to use toilet paper to make angels. Enjoy!


Toilet Paper Roll Angel Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: Here I go again with my passion for creating with toilet paper rolls! This is a project that I can remember making as a kid during one of the many crafting nights we had as a family. My mom and dad organized all kinds of fun projects for my brother and I every day leading up to Christmas day! I decided that this season I would put my own twist on this project- this is a great one for kids and adults and literally costs next to nothing!

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Recycled Tag Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

If you like recycling then you'll be happy to know that Alisa Burke has a tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to make recycled gift tags.


Recycled Tag Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I have never EVER purchased gift tags- once again why buy when you can create! I have been recycling clothing and merchandise tags for a while now and the holidays are the perfect time for this simple project.

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Felt Holiday Cookie Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

I just love fun crafts - especially fun felt crafts.  And, I just love felt food.  Well, Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog has a Felt Holiday Cookie tutorial that I think you will enjoy.


Felt Holiday Cookie Tutorial


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Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I have a family FULL of foodies - myself and husband included- so on my list of things to make this holiday is food out of fabric to use as present toppers. This project is so easy and the end result might just be the cutest project I have made so far!!!

Please respect Alisa's TERMS OF USE:  I work really hard to come up with my art, tutorials, ideas, classes, inspiration and more. Please understand that everything I post on my blog is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution. Please contact me if you are interested in using anything that I share online-thank you!!!

For more information on Alisa's Terms of Use please CLICK HERE.

Alisa's Bio: Alisa Burke is a freelance painter and mixed media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. With a background in painting and printmaking, a desire to explore and push materials, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and it is not uncommon to find her digging through the trash in hopes of recycling something unique use in her artwork.

Alisa’s paintings have been exhibited in a variety of galleries and her handmade, painted accessories are carried in a number of boutiques across the country. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Where Women Create, Somerset Studios’ Haute Handbags, Art Doll Quarterly, and the University of San Diego Magazine. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nation wide. Alisa appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and book Canvas Remix was released in spring 2008.

Copyright © 2005-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Please visit her Alisa Burke website at http://www.alisaburke.com and her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog at http://www.alisaburke.blogspot.com . Her Alisa Burke Etsy shop is at http://alisaburke.etsy.com .

Friday, February 19, 2010

Embellished Bag Free Tutorial From Susan McClaren of Contemplating My Needle and Thread Blog

It's no secret that I absolutely love creative embroidery. Well, you'll be happy to know that Susan McClaren of Contemplating My Needle and Thread blog has a wonderful tutorial to make an embellished bag. I hope you enjoy Susan's embellished bag tutorial.



I have had some problems posting the pictures for this tutorial on the Focus on finishing blog (link in previous posting), so I decided I would also post the tutorial up on my own blog too with all the pictures.

Materials:

stitched piece, leaving a generous margin around the design. My design was 9 cm x 16cm (3 1/2″ x 6″) and I added a 1-cm seam allowances for this project
fabric of the same size - I tend to cut mine slightly larger
ribbon for the hanger
Beaded trim
lace
sewing thread that matches.

Tools:

ruler or measurer’s tape
scissors
(optional) pinking shears
pins
seam ripper or small pointed scissors
chopstick or whatnot to turn your work inside out and make crisp corners
hand-sewing needle
Sewing machine (optional)

This is a very easy project, and while a sewing machine will make your work go quicker, you can do this by hand. Anyone can do this project


Step 1: Cut backing fabric slightly larger than stitched piece, For this particular design I have allowed 5cm from the edge of the design to the seam and 1cm for my seam. For the top allow the depth of your lace plus a further 5cm for turning over to make the top neat. - As you can see from my picture I didn’t remember to allow extra at the top and so had to make a cuff. Iron both pieces and turn fabric allowed for top over and iron flat.


Step 2: Either hand sew or machine stitch the 2 sides and the bottom together


Step 3: Trim the corner so that when you turn it to the right sides and gently push the corners out they won’t be bulky


Step 4: Turn the bag right sides out. Push the corners out gently.Iron your pouch - its not a bag til the handle is on!


Step 5: Measure the top of your bag (mine was 15cm) and cut your lace that size. Pin or tack your chosen lace to the top of the front of your back, then handsew into place only going through the lace and the front of the bag.


Step 6: Pin or tack your ribbon or cord for the handle (this should be cut to your chosen size), either to the inside of the bag where you can’t see the tails or to the outside of the bag where you will see the tails, then handstitch into place securely.


Step 7: Measure the size of the bottom of your bag and cut the beaded ribbon to size. Pin or tack into place on the back of your bag at the bottom so you can see the beads hanging down. Hand sew into place.


Step 8: I added some tiny glass beads to the ends of my lace for extra adornment. You could do the same.

This type of bag lends itself to all sorts of designs and sizes and trims. Let you imagination run riot instead of beads and lace you could add tassels and pom poms, ribbon and cording etc etc.

Remember too that this is my way of making these bags I’m sure there are other easier ways than this, but this is how I do them.

If you do make a bag please share it with us all so we can see, it would be especially nice if you could post your finished bag on the Focus on Finishing (link in previous post) blog.


Please respect Susan's TERMS OF USE - Please do not copy or reproduce my pictures and tutorial in any way without my permission.

Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Susan McClaren of Contemplating My Needle and Thread blog at http://susimac.blogspot.com.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Super Simple Camera Case Free Tutorial by Ayumi of Pink Penguin Blog

You'll be happy to know that Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog has created another wonderful quilted item tutorial on her Pink Penguin blog.  This one is for a quilted super simple camera case. I hope you enjoy her tutorial.



How To Make a Super Simple Camera Case


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Here's what Ayumi had to say about her tutorial: Ok, let me show you the tutorial. This is absolutely my first time to create a sewing tutorial in English. I might be missing a lot of details... If there is anything not clear, please let me know!

Please respect Ayumi's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials are for personal use only.  Commercial use of my tutorials and pictures in my tutorials or the creation of similar tutorials is prohibited without my permission.  Products made from my tutorials are intended for personal use only.   Commercial use of products made from my tutorials are prohibited without my permission.

For more of Ayumi's terms of use please visit the "Frequently Asked Questions" page of her Pink Penguin blog.

Ayumi's Bio - Since childhood, my life has been filled with fascination of creating things from scratch.My interests in crafts are broad: I have enjoyed making soap and cosmetics, sewing, creating miniature foods, cooking, digital-scrapbooking and so forth.

I grew up in Japan and moved to the U.S. in 2003. I take advantage of being bilingual in terms of acquiring materials from both Japanese and American shops and snatching nice ideas from craft books in both languages.

I love it when my handmade crafts are enjoyed by others.  I hope my crafts on my blog can find someone who enjoys and finds use of them.

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog.   Please visit Ayumi's Pink Penguin blog at http://ayumills.blogspot.com/ and her Ayumills Etsy Shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ayumills . Her Ayumills Flickr Photostream is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayumills/.

Scrap Magnet Free Tutorial by Ayumi of Pink Penguin Blog

You'll be happy to know that Ayumi of Pink Penquin blog has created another wonderful patchwork quilted item tutorial on her Pink Penguin blog.  This one is for a scrap magnet. I hope you enjoy her tutorial.



Tutorial: Scraps + Magnet = Fun?!


Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog.

Here's what Ayumi had to say about her tutorial:  You may have had enough cool tutorials that use up scraps by now, but I made a little quick tutorial anyway, so let me share it here today. This is really one of the quickest things to make that I can think of that is decorative and practical and can be a little last-minute gift.

Please respect Ayumi's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials are for personal use only.  Commercial use of my tutorials and pictures in my tutorials or the creation of similar tutorials is prohibited without my permission.  Products made from my tutorials are intended for personal use only.   Commercial use of products made from my tutorials are prohibited without my permission.

For more of Ayumi's terms of use please visit the "Frequently Asked Questions" page of her Pink Penguin blog.

Ayumi's Bio - Since childhood, my life has been filled with fascination of creating things from scratch.My interests in crafts are broad: I have enjoyed making soap and cosmetics, sewing, creating miniature foods, cooking, digital-scrapbooking and so forth.

I grew up in Japan and moved to the U.S. in 2003. I take advantage of being bilingual in terms of acquiring materials from both Japanese and American shops and snatching nice ideas from craft books in both languages.

I love it when my handmade crafts are enjoyed by others.  I hope my crafts on my blog can find someone who enjoys and finds use of them.

Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog.   Please visit Ayumi's Pink Penguin blog at http://ayumills.blogspot.com/ and her Ayumills Etsy Shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ayumills . Her Ayumills Flickr Photostream is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayumills/.

Fabric Basket Free Tutorial by Ayumi of Pink Penguin Blog

Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog makes the most wonderful patchwork quilted items.  She has created another wonderful patchwork quilted item tutorial on her Pink Penguin blog.  This one is for a patchwork quilted fabric basket. I hope you enjoy her tutorial.



Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog.

Here's what Ayumi had to say about her tutorial: Thanks for those of you who asked for a tutorial on the fabric basket project I updated yesterday! This is gonna be my second tutorial on my this blog. If anything isn't clear, feel free to leave me a comment and ask me for help. Remember that all seam allowances are 1/4" throughout the process.

Please respect Ayumi's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials are for personal use only.  Commercial use of my tutorials and pictures in my tutorials or the creation of similar tutorials is prohibited without my permission.  Products made from my tutorials are intended for personal use only.   Commercial use of products made from my tutorials are prohibited without my permission.

For more of Ayumi's terms of use please visit the "Frequently Asked Questions" page of her Pink Penguin blog.

Ayumi's Bio - Since childhood, my life has been filled with fascination of creating things from scratch.My interests in crafts are broad: I have enjoyed making soap and cosmetics, sewing, creating miniature foods, cooking, digital-scrapbooking and so forth.

I grew up in Japan and moved to the U.S. in 2003. I take advantage of being bilingual in terms of acquiring materials from both Japanese and American shops and snatching nice ideas from craft books in both languages.

I love it when my handmade crafts are enjoyed by others.  I hope my crafts on my blog can find someone who enjoys and finds use of them.

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog.   Please visit Ayumi's Pink Penguin blog at http://ayumills.blogspot.com/ and her Ayumills Etsy Shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ayumills . Her Ayumills Flickr Photostream is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayumills/.

How To Make a Stylish Pen Case Free Tutorial by Ayumi of Pink Penguin Blog

You'll be happy to know that Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog has created another wonderful patchwork quilted item tutorial on her Pink Penguin blog.  This one is for a patchwork quilted stylish pen case. I hope you enjoy her tutorial.



How To Make a Stylish Pen Case


Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog.

Here's what Ayumi had to say about her tutorial: Yay! I am writing up a tutorial on this pen case today. Lots and lots of experiments.. but I'm glad now I can finally share the tute with you guys!! I love the shape of this guy. This is a little more time-consuming project than the two other projects I wrote tutorials on, but it's really cute, so I would like you to try! Ok, here is how I made this pen case.

Please respect Ayumi's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials are for personal use only.  Commercial use of my tutorials and pictures in my tutorials or the creation of similar tutorials is prohibited without my permission.  Products made from my tutorials are intended for personal use only.   Commercial use of products made from my tutorials are prohibited without my permission.

For more of Ayumi's terms of use please visit the "Frequently Asked Questions" page of her Pink Penguin blog.

Ayumi's Bio - Since childhood, my life has been filled with fascination of creating things from scratch.My interests in crafts are broad: I have enjoyed making soap and cosmetics, sewing, creating miniature foods, cooking, digital-scrapbooking and so forth.

I grew up in Japan and moved to the U.S. in 2003. I take advantage of being bilingual in terms of acquiring materials from both Japanese and American shops and snatching nice ideas from craft books in both languages.

I love it when my handmade crafts are enjoyed by others.  I hope my crafts on my blog can find someone who enjoys and finds use of them.

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Ayumi of Pink Penguin blog.   Please visit Ayumi's Pink Penguin blog at http://ayumills.blogspot.com/ and her Ayumills Etsy Shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ayumills . Her Ayumills Flickr Photostream is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ayumills/.