Wednesday, March 10, 2010

May Day Surprise Free Tutorial From Molly of A Bit O' Shine Blog

Wouldn't it be wonderful to wake up one morning and find that someone had left you a wonderful bouquet of flowers? What a delightful way to start the day. Well, Molly of A Bit O' Shine blog has a wonderful tutorial on her blog regarding May Day and a surprise she used to leave for her neighbors.  Molly's May Day Surprise tutorial is shown below.



My mom taught me about this when I was little and for years I took a May Day basket to my neighbor, sneakily hung it on the doorknob, rang the doorbell and disappeared. That's how May Day baskets are supposed to work - like ding dong ditch only with something nice!

Typically this is for children but it's also fun for adults...obviously since I'm still doing it. *grin*

This year I'm blending a few ideas to make this easy and free!

So grab your kids and make a May Day present for your neighbors that celebrates Spring and is something they are sure to enjoy.


Materials:

newspaper
toilet paper tube
scissors
pencil
paint
1" paint brush or sponge brush
small bowl
white school glue
large string or medium sized ribbon
hole punch
large, circular object to trace

I used the largest pan lid I had and traced it onto the local advertisements we get for free. Doesn't really matter what is on there since I plan to cover it up anyway!


Cut out the circle. Kinda looks like a papery pie!


Then fold it in half. Now it looks like you have half a pie. Cut a triangle slice out of the pie.


Now you've got your basic shape and you need color. Make sure you've got a few layers of paper or ads to cover your work surface.

I made a thick wash - by adding just a tiny bit of water to the paint - to cover the paper, but it still has a slightly see-through, rustic quality to it. Once applied, make sure to move your newly painted paper so it doesn't stick down to the work surface and rip. I painted both sides of the paper so the inside of my cone would have color too.


While I was waiting for that to dry, I also applied the thick wash to the inside and outside of the toilet paper tube as well. Drying time is pretty short for something like this, even when doing both sides.

Once you're sure it's all completely dry, apply some glue to the bottom of the toilet paper tube and form your paper cone around it, with the tube sticking up directly in the middle.


The tube is going to add some stability to the cone (since newspaper is pretty floppy!) and at the same time it will contain your flowers in a tighter bunch and keep them from falling down into the cone.


Be sure to glue along your outside seam so the cone doesn't have a gap. It may not want to press down perfectly, but that's okay too!

While this is drying you can hole punch on either side of the cone and thread your string in. I threaded in a thick jute string and knotted it on the inside but if your string or ribbon isn't thick enough you can loop it through and tie it on top.


Still waiting for things to dry? How about making some embellishments! Use your scrap newspaper and cut small circles. Like before, fold in half and then freehand some "petals." When you open it up you'll have a flower shape!


To these I made a new wash using a cheery yellow. You could also try butterfly shapes in keeping with the spring theme. To the embellishments you only need to color one side. Again, make sure to move them after painting so they aren't sticking to the work surface. Let dry completely.


Once everything is dry you can glue on the extras (I used a couple of mine to help keep the seam tacked down).

Now it's time for the flowers! Wander around your yard and gather a variety of colors. For filler greenery I added several sprigs of thyme so not only does it smell good but it adds dimension to the bouquet.


Have fun surprising the neighbors and teaching the kids joyful giving!

They also make really cute chair decorations!


Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Molly of A Bit O' Shine Blog.  Please visit Molly's "Molly The Pirate's A Bit Of Shine" Etsy website at http://mollythepirate.etsy.com and her A Bit O' Shine blog at http://mollythepirate.blogspot.com .

Granny Square and Granny Square Joining Free Tutorial by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog

I just love finding amazing tutorials and Carina Envoldsen-Harris writes some of the best tutorials out there and posts them on her Carina's Craftblog blog.  Well, Carina has two tutorials on her Carina's Craftblog showing you how to make a granny square and then showing you how to join the squares to make a blanket.  If you ever wanted to learn how to make a granny square quilt like your grandmother used to then check out Carina's tutorials.



Granny square tutorial


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

Here's what Carina had to say about her tutorial: As promised, here is the granny square tutorial! I am sorry it's taken me a little while to get it to you, but here it is at last! The best thing about the granny square is that you don't have to fiddle with trying to get the hook into stitches (only a tiny little bit, anyway), it is all crocheting into chain spaces. Which makes it very quick to do once you get the hang of it.

This is of course just one method of doing it - there are plenty others to be found on the interwebs and in books (and maybe from your actual granny?!). But it's the method that works for me. I hope the explanation makes sense. If not, please leave a comment or email me and I'll try to make fix it.




Granny square joining tutorial


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

Here's what Carina had to say about her tutorial:  Just a warning before we get started with the tutorial, there's LOTS of pictures and I may go into too much detail, but that's just what I do. ;-) Anyway, if there aren't enough details or if my description is confusing, please don't hesitate to email me or leave a comment.

There are loads of methods of joining (granny) squares, my method is just one, and may not even be the best. But I like this one because once you get it -and to be honest, there isn't that much to get!- you can do it without much thinking. And I also like how the joining 'seam' looks almost seamless. Especially if you use the same colour as the final round in each square.


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.  Got a question about something on the blog? Want to know a bit about me? Need help with something? Check out the fancy pants FAQ page!

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 © 2006-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog. Please visit Carina's new Carina's Craftblog blog at http://carinascraftblog.wardi.dk ,  her Wardi.dk website, her Carina Wardi Etsy shop, and her Polka & Bloom Etsy shop .

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Flowered Headband Free Tutorial From Molly of Molly The Pirate Blog

Little girls and even big girls like girly girl decoration in their hair from time to time. And, nothing is more girly girl than a flower. Molly of Molly the Pirate blog has a wonderful tutorial for making a flowered headband on her A Bit O' Shine blog and which is shown below:



I've seen these everywhere and totally wanted one. Part of the rule about a strict budget is not spending your money on frivolities. Guh. So I finally got fed up and decided to make myself one.

I looked online for a tutorial for making the flower and couldn't find one (I have since found tons, I don't know what my problem was before!)

I decided I was a smart enough person that I could figure it out for myself. Well...I didn't know how to start - ha! So I remembered seeing this post and decided to see how she did hers (she makes adorable stuff!). She got me started and I semi-deviated from there. If- and this is going to be a riot considering I'm not a sewing person - you want to come along with me I'll show you how I did it.

My starting supplies of what I thought I would need:


Two fabric selections in coordinating colors that match the headband I already had. Some satin ribbon and some tulle. You'll also need felt, a needle and thread and some tacky glue (if you do it like me.) I didn't end up using the ribbon at all.

I started out by cutting a circle template onto paper, cutting it in half and then pinning it to the fabric and cutting around it.


I wasn't sure how many I'd need, so I guesstimated and ended up cutting ten, but I didn't use them all. It's really your discretion, how many you can fit and how full you want it.


Taking my needle and thread I stitched through the bottom and then pulled the thread tight to gather the "petal" - on the same thread I continued until I had enough to look like a flower.


Then I stitched the last two petals together to keep it from falling open.


I really didn't know what I was doing when I did it, just making it up as I went along. And like I told you I am not a sewer! So if I can make this work then so can you!

To make the rest of the flower I cut a circle of my second fabric choice, making sure it was larger than my gathered petals. Once it was cut round, I freehanded some "waviness" to it so it didn't look so stodgy (I did that after the photo). I did the same with a piece of white tulle (not even in the photo). The felt I cut slightly smaller because I don't actually want it showing, I just need it for stability and to attach the whole deal to the headband.

Then I stitched the petaled portion to the wavy background until it felt secure to me. Real technical and professional, me. *wink*


To attach it to the headband I rethreaded my needle and figured out where on the headband I wanted it. Then I stitched through the felt on each side of the hadband all the way up and down and a few more random times until it felt nice and secure. I ended up gluing the tulle and background fabric to the felt - didn't get any photos of this, sorry!

And then you're back to my intro photograph! That wasn't too hard was it?

I'm thinking about covering a little button with fabric and making that the center of my flower but I don't want it to look like a button...hence the fabric part. I dunno. I may have to think about it. Hmmmm. Ponderment.....

**Edit**

I did indeed cover a small, normal button with fabric. Just slapped on some tacky glue and stuck on the fabric. Then I sewed it into the middle of the flower. I have to advise though, that with the many layers of fabric including the last one hardened with glue, it wasn't super easy but I like how it looks!


And do you just love my grow-out? I can't for the life of me decide if I want to continue coloring my hair or not...so I just do nothing instead.


Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Molly of A Bit O' Shine Blog.  Please visit Molly's "Molly The Pirate's A Bit O' Shine" Etsy website at http://mollythepirate.etsy.com and her A Bit O' Shine blog at http://mollythepirate.blogspot.com .

Lip Balm Holder Free Tutorial by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog

You'll be happy to know that Carina Envoldsen-Harris has another wonderful tutorial on her Carina's Craftblog blog. This ones shows you how to crochet a lip balm holder. Enjoy!



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

Here's what Carina had to say about her tutorial:  I need my lipbalm close to me at all times. Also when I'm on a plane. Especially when I'm on a plane! But sometimes I forget to put it in my pocket and then poor Tony has to get up and rummage through the carry on bags to find it for me. He's tall, rummaging through stuff in the overhead locker is his job, obviously!

And even if I do remember to put it in my pocket, that is no guarantee that it is easily accesible if you're wearing your seatbelt. And it's not such a good idea to have it in a pocket, so close to your body heat.

Well. I have solved my airplane related lipbalm problem and made a crochet holder/necklace type thing. I thought maybe you could use it too, so there's a pattern for it below. It is really easy and a good little project for using up scraps of yarn.


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.  Got a question about something on the blog? Want to know a bit about me? Need help with something? Check out the fancy pants FAQ page!

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 © 2006-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.

Please visit Carina's new Carina's Craftblog blog at http://carinascraftblog.wardi.dk ,  her Wardi.dk website, her Carina Wardi Etsy shop, and her Polka & Bloom Etsy shop .

Painting Shoes Doll Making Tip From Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse

If you've ever thought about painting different parts of your doll - like shoes - you'll be happy to know that Rivkah Mizrahi has a great tip on her Doll Makers Muse blog to show you how. Thanks for the tip Rivkah.

painting shoes

I'm working on my Penny doll, and just realized I had something to share!  Have you ever encountered GOLDEN paint? Oh I love this brand. The paint colors are delicious with high quality pigments, and they paint on like a dream.


The doll I am working on has feet shaped like high heels. I never made a doll this way before- always made separate shoes to go on them. So this is a nice twist. I'll just paint the feet and make boots.

To paint fabric, it is necessary to prep it first. What do you use?  GESSO (jess-oh). That is the stuff they use when making canvas for painters. The fabric is stretched over the frame, then primed with gesso. For dolls, we just paint it right onto the doll, after it has been sewn and stuffed.

Gesso can be sanded. Therefore, I apply it generously everywhere- especially over any stitches or areas that might have some imperfections.


Let the gesso dry, and sand it a little. Apply more, and sand it again. Repeat this process 3 times or more if needed. Then go ahead and paint ! I'll show you how my boots come out when I am done.

Copyright © 2008 - All Rights Reserved - Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse.


Please respect Rivkah's TERMS OF USE: Tutorial and/or pattern is for Personal Use Only. Dolls made from this tutorial and/or pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes. Tutorial and/or pattern may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or distributed in any manner without the permission of Rivkah Mizrahi.

Rivkah's Bio: Rivkah is a mixed media doll artist residing in Seattle, WA and has been creating art dolls for nearly a decade.

Rivkah works in both cloth and clay mediums and will gladly make a custom doll or set of characters for a library, lobby, school or personal collection.   She can work from a picture or photograph, and her ability ranges from whimsical to fine art. On her Doll Makers Muse website Rivkah offers OOAK Dolls (One Of A Kind), Patterns & E-Classes, Doll Making Kits & Supplies, Workshops and Assistance with sculpting or sewing projects. Rivkah teaches flexible private groups and classroom workshops in and around the Seattle area and is available as a traveling guest instructor for doll clubs.

Rivkah's dolls have been exhibited around Israel and in the US. Her dolls have been published in Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine, Art Doll Quarterly Magazine, Doll Crafter and Costumer,  as well as books by Patti Medaris Culea and Li Hertzi.

Copyright © 2006-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse. Rivkah Mizrahi is a mixed media sculpture artist, and art doll artist.

How To Create A Stamp Free Tutorial Part 1-5 by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog

I have always wanted to try my hand at stamping.  Well, if you're like me and if you ever wanted to learn how to create a stamp for stamping crafts then you'll be delighted to know that Carina Envoldsen-Harris has a 5 part tutorial on her Carina's Craftblog blog showing you how to make a stamp. It's an amazing 5-part series.


Part1: carving medium, i.e. erasers etc.
Part 4: inks.
Part 5: carving.


Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.
 
Here's what Carina had to say about her tutorial:  As promised here is the eraser stamp carving tutorial. Or rather the first part. I wouldn't call myself an expert on this subject, but hopefully my trials and errors will help you get off to a good start. I've divided it into 5 parts so I can tell you all that I know without having the post being longer than most people's arm! ;-)

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.  Got a question about something on the blog? Want to know a bit about me? Need help with something? Check out the fancy pants FAQ page!

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 © 2006-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Carina Envoldsen-Harris of Carina's Craftblog blog.

Please visit Carina's new Carina's Craftblog blog at http://carinascraftblog.wardi.dk ,  her Wardi.dk website, her Carina Wardi Etsy shop, and her Polka & Bloom Etsy shop .

Button Cotton Reel Stamp Free Tutorial by Megan Hurford of maximumRABBITdesigns Blog

I just love sewing notions.  Whether they're actually buttons, pins, pincushions, needles, thread - whatever, even sewing graphics.  So, I was so happy to see a tutorial for creating a button stamp on Megan Hurford's maximumRABBITdesigns blog.



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Please respect Megan's TERMS OF USE:  My tutorials are for personal use only.

Megan's Bio - i'm a button-oholic - i just can't stop buying them !!!
So i need to make some space and reduce my button mountain at home {so that i can go straight out and hunt down more!!}

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Painted Egg Carton Organizer Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

I don't think I've ever seen a tutorial or project involving recycling egg cartons and turning them into colorful storage organizers.  Well, once again you can count on Alisa Burke to come up with a unique and imaginative use of an egg carton, which she posted on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog. I just LOVE this idea.


Painted Egg Carton Organizer


Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I am busy over here trying to get caught up and organized in my life and my studio (things are a mess!). And in an effort to not spend money, I decided to raid the recycled bin -again- for some creative organization in my studio! I have TONS of hand made fiber beads that I wanted to separate and organize by color and simple egg cartons, painted with lots of color seemed to be the perfect solution!

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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 .

Lil' bits Christmas Tree Cards Tutorial Free Tutorial From Chasity Gordon of BelleSouth and Belle & Burger Blog

Here's something fun to do with the kids during the holiday season.  Chasity Gordon has a terrific tutorial on her Belle and Burger blog showing you how to make Christmas tree cards.  Have fun with the kids.


Lil' bits Christmas Tree Cards Tutorial


Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved - Written by Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog.


Here's what Chasity said about her tutorial: ~We made super simple cards this year. They were so easy and you probably already have all the supplies. It was a full family affair Daddy designed and cut our trees.I chose all the bits and cut them and put them in separate bins, Finally Burger decorated them this was his first full on free for all glue project. He liked the second round gluing best( on the red squares) You could easily change the colors of the construction paper. Of course your little one may get bored half way through but it is also a fun creative exercise for you.

Chasity's Bio - Chasity Gordon is the owner of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. She makes clothing, accessories, household items, baby clothes and slings, and handmade cards, prints and books. She is a home schooled seamstress and crafty by nature, but trained as a studio print maker studying printmaking and ceramics in college and was drawn to "lowbrow" functional art. She uses pockets, patches, apron bibs and wallet fronts as sort of blank pages to draw and collage with bits of fabric and string.

Copyright © 2008-2010 All Rights Reserved - Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. Please visit her Belle South Etsy shop at bellesouth.etsy.com and her Belle and Burger blog at http://belleandburger.blogspot.com/.

Cloth Over Clay Method Doll Making Tip From Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse

I am always in awe of clay doll artists and always wanted to learn how to  create cloth over clay dolls.  Well, Rivkah Mizrahi, who is a mixed media doll artist has a wonderful tip on her Doll Makers Muse blog regarding the cloth over clay method.  Thanks for the tip, Rivkah.

Cloth Over Clay


Recently somebody asked about the "cloth over clay" method of making faces for cloth dolls.

This is a great technique where you sculpt a face from clay, sort of like a mask, and lay it on a flat doll head. When it dries, stretch fabric is laid over the clay. It really gives you artistic freedom in creating a beautiful face that looks like it is entirely made of cloth.

I just wanted to share a couple of pointers I discovered:

Rather than using fabric glue, you can use TEXTILE MEDIUM. It's more flexible than fabric glue, and it does not stiffen the fabric. The beauty of it is, you can brush it onto the OUTER SURFACE and use a tool to get into those hard-to reach crevices- like the lips, nose, and corners of the eyes. You can completely saturate the fabric and sort of "mold it" like clay. And as I just mentioned, it won't leave the fabric stiff. How cool is that?

Try it!


You can even use it when the face is already painted, and mix it with Pigment Powder as needed.


A good resource for learning how to do cloth over clay is a book by Antonette Cely, called Cloth Doll Making. This is a very technical book and should be in every doll maker's library.


If you would like an actual pattern with step-by-step photo instructions for this technique and the flat-faced head, I do have one. It's called Niamh. Your doll's face will turn out however you sculpt it! Cloth over clay is definitely a worthwhile technique to explore.

Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse.

Please respect Rivkah's TERMS OF USE: Tutorial and/or pattern is for Personal Use Only. Dolls made from this tutorial and/or pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes. Tutorial and/or pattern may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or distributed in any manner without the permission of Rivkah Mizrahi.

Rivkah's Bio: Rivkah is a mixed media doll artist residing in Seattle, WA and has been creating art dolls for nearly a decade.

Rivkah works in both cloth and clay mediums and will gladly make a custom doll or set of characters for a library, lobby, school or personal collection.   She can work from a picture or photograph, and her ability ranges from whimsical to fine art. On her Doll Maker's Muse website Rivkah offers OOAK Dolls (One Of A Kind), Patterns & E-Classes, Doll Making Kits & Supplies, Workshops and Assistance with sculpting or sewing projects. Rivkah teaches flexible private groups and classroom workshops in and around the Seattle area and is available as a traveling guest instructor for doll clubs.

Rivkah's dolls have been exhibited around Israel and in the US. Her dolls have been published in Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine, Art Doll Quarterly Magazine, Doll Crafter and Costumer,  as well as books by Patti Medaris Culea and Li Hertzi.

Copyright © 2006-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse. Rivkah Mizrahi is a mixed media sculpture artist, and art doll artist.

Fun Fabric Scrap Napkin Rings Free Tutorial From Chasity Gordon of BelleSouth and Belle & Burger Blog

I just love colorful table settings.   If you're like me then you'll be pleased to know that Chasity Gordon of Belle and Burger blog has a wonderful tutorial on her blog fun fabric scrap napkin rings. I hope you enjoy her tutorial.


Fun Fabric Scrap Napkin Rings tutorial


Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved - Written by Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog.


Here's what Chasity said about her tutorial: ~To be totally honest I will probably never have a table large enough to set with napkin rings, but if a child of mine made these for me, I would sing another tune. I conjured this design as I was drifting off one night. I was trying to figure out a way to display my new stock of recycled fabric napkin sets. I decided it was only fitting if I had made recycled napkin rings as well. So here is what I came up with. I have not tried this with kids but it just strikes me as a fun(messy) project for the munchkins!

Chasity's Bio - Chasity Gordon is the owner of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. She makes clothing, accessories, household items, baby clothes and slings, and handmade cards, prints and books. She is a home schooled seamstress and crafty by nature, but trained as a studio print maker studying printmaking and ceramics in college and was drawn to "lowbrow" functional art. She uses pockets, patches, apron bibs and wallet fronts as sort of blank pages to draw and collage with bits of fabric and string.

Copyright © 2008-2010 All Rights Reserved - Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. Please visit her Belle South Etsy shop at bellesouth.etsy.com and her Belle and Burger blog at http://belleandburger.blogspot.com/.

Turn An Old Sheet Into A Ironing Board Cover Free Tutorial From Chasity Gordon of BelleSouth and Belle & Burger Blog

Have you ever wondered how to make an ironing board cover?  Well, if you have then you'll be pleased to know that Chasity Gordon of Belle and Burger blog has a wonderful tutorial on her blog showing you how to make make one. I hope you enjoy her tutorial.


Turn an Old Sheet into a Ironing Board Cover


Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved - Written by Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog.


Here's what Chasity said about her tutorial: ~If your like me your ironing board winds up dealing with some dirty deeds during your crafty multi tasking. I love crafty ironing tactics like Wonderunder and fusible webbing but I hate the gooey residue it leaves on my ironing board cover(I know I should be more careful, but who can be careful when your creative genius has taken over).

So needless to say...one ironing board cover will not suffice( and 2 irons is not a bad idea either, pick up your extra one at the thrift or a yard sale). It just seems silly to spend $10-15 for an ironing board cover for gooey messes when I always have old full size sheets stock piled. I have been meaning to make another cover for about a year. I even had a pattern for it but, that too seemed a little tedious when I wanted to be making clothes or anything else. I recently relocated and reorganized my studio and it just seemed wrong not to give my board a new cover( since my old cover is just a mess). During the last few weeks of trying to sew in a disheveled studio I laid one of my sheets on the board, to protect from the messes. I broke down last night and turned that sheet into a super quick and easy cover. And then I made another one to show you how.


Chasity's Bio - Chasity Gordon is the owner of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. She makes clothing, accessories, household items, baby clothes and slings, and handmade cards, prints and books. She is a home schooled seamstress and crafty by nature, but trained as a studio print maker studying printmaking and ceramics in college and was drawn to "lowbrow" functional art. She uses pockets, patches, apron bibs and wallet fronts as sort of blank pages to draw and collage with bits of fabric and string.

Copyright © 2008-2010 All Rights Reserved - Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. Please visit her Belle South Etsy shop at bellesouth.etsy.com and her Belle and Burger blog at http://belleandburger.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

One Heart -Three Tees Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

If you're anything like me you probably have a ton of tee shirts and tank tops.  Well, you'll be happy to know that Alisa Burke has a tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity blog showing you how to create three separate looking tees with one heart shape. Great idea, Alisa.


One Heart-Three Tees Tutorial


Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: I love unique t-shirts and tanks but don't like spending lots of money! What better way to transform a cheap tee than with a heart! This project makes use of the above heart shape, cut out of fabric and applied to three $5.00 shirts- three different ways!

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 Valentine Collage Sheet Free E-Printable From Deena Davis at EweNmePrintables.com

I thought you might all like to know that Deena Davis has a  wonderful FREE Vintage Valentine Collage Sheet .PDF E-Printable on her Altered Stuff blog.


Please respect Deena's TERMS OF USE: - Mass production, sharing, selling, and re-distribution in part or as a whole is prohibited.

Copyright © 2007 - 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Deena Davis. Deena is the owner of EweNmePrintables.com and AlteredStuff.com.

Deena offers FREE e-printables every month on the FREEBIES page of her EweNmePrintables.com website.

The "Its So Easy Its Scary!!!".... Free Tote Tutorial From Chasity Gordon of BelleSouth and Belle & Burger Blog

I just LOVE totes. They're just so versatile and you can NEVER have enough of them. Well, if you're anything like me and love totes then you'll be happy to know that Chasity Gordon has a terrific tutorial on her Belle and Burger blog for making a quick and easy Halloween tote bag and fall harvest bag. Enjoy the tutorial.

 


 

The "Its So easy its Scary!!!"....Tote Tutorial


Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved - Written by Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog.


Here's what Chasity said about her tutorial: ~Trick or Treat! We have been pretend trick or treating all week long. This is the first year that Burger seems more excited about trick or treating than he does scared of it. So I decided to make him a treat tote since I had this kooky Frankenstein family fabric that he was digging.( we are knee deep in Halloween library books 'round here and burger is loving all the characters that he is discovering.

...I found the owl fabric tucked away in my scrap stash and there you go everything we needed.

~It was such a super quick and easy project,( I did it all in less than one hour) so I thought I would make another to share as a tutorial. This one I made as a fall tote for myself with longer straps.

...I used a pretty vintage table cloth adorned with some of my favorite fall veggies for my outer shell. This is a great project to show case some pretty scraps like this table cloth( that may have some extra wear on them).


Chasity's Bio - Chasity Gordon is the owner of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. She makes clothing, accessories, household items, baby clothes and slings, and handmade cards, prints and books. She is a home schooled seamstress and crafty by nature, but trained as a studio print maker studying printmaking and ceramics in college and was drawn to "lowbrow" functional art. She uses pockets, patches, apron bibs and wallet fronts as sort of blank pages to draw and collage with bits of fabric and string.

Copyright © 2008-2010 All Rights Reserved - Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. Please visit her Belle South Etsy shop at bellesouth.etsy.com and her Belle and Burger blog at http://belleandburger.blogspot.com/.

Vintage Button and Fabric Scraps Brooch Tutorial Free Tutorial From Chasity Gordon of BelleSouth and Belle & Burger Blog

I love buttons - especially old and ornament buttons.  Well, Chasity Gordon has a terrific tutorial on her Belle and Burger blog showing you how to make a vintage button and fabric scraps brooch.  I LOVE it - especially the button part.


Vintage button and fabric scraps brooch Tutorial


Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved - Written by Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog.

Here's what Chasity said about her tutorial: ~I just had a big sale on my new online store and I needed something to send as a "thank you" to all my sweet customers. I usually send a blank handmade card, but several of these ladies were repeat customers so I wanted to do something different. Plus the sale items had all been shirts so I thought brooches would be fun as well as relevant....

This is a fun and super easy project. It is a really nice project to use vintage scraps or quilt pieces with. It is also a great way to showcase some of those pretty vintage buttons you have been hanging on to. (if you are using quilt scraps make sure to use the interface)


Chasity's Bio - Chasity Gordon is the owner of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. She makes clothing, accessories, household items, baby clothes and slings, and handmade cards, prints and books. She is a home schooled seamstress and crafty by nature, but trained as a studio print maker studying printmaking and ceramics in college and was drawn to "lowbrow" functional art. She uses pockets, patches, apron bibs and wallet fronts as sort of blank pages to draw and collage with bits of fabric and string.

Copyright © 2008-2010 All Rights Reserved - Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. Please visit her Belle South Etsy shop at bellesouth.etsy.com and her Belle and Burger blog at http://belleandburger.blogspot.com/.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Dyeing for Mohair Free Tutorial From Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse

Ever wonder how to dye mohair? Well, if you have you'll be happy to know that Rivkah Mizrahi posted a free tutorial on her Doll Maker's Muse blog teaching you how. Thanks for the tutorial, Rivkah.

Dyeing for Mohair

Do you have WHITE MOHAIR locks lying around in your supply stash?

I do. Bags of it.


I don't need white mohair, I need colors! So, I dyed it. It was so easy and cheap to do..... you've got to try this.
First, start with KOOL AID.


Put the kool aid into a glass or earthenware bowl with water. Approximate ratio = one package of Kool Aid : one and a half cups of water.


Add your mohair, one lock at a time. Consider combing each lock out before submerging it.


Add plenty of mohair and mix it all around with a non-metal spoon. You want the water to soak up into the mohair so it absorbs the kool aid as evenly as possible. You'll be suprised how much mohair you can get into the bowl.


Here are Two bowls of mohair- one grape and one cherry.


Let the mohair sit and soak overnight.

Rinse it out with water.

Remember scratch and sniff stickers from when we were kids?

Your dolls' hair will smell like that!

One last OPTIONAL step:

If you are worried about colorfasting the mohair, you can add some vinegar to make it set.

Rub the vinegar into the mohair, spray it on with a spray bottle, etc.

Let it air dry.

Have fun!!


Copyright © 2009 - All Rights Reserved - Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse.


Please respect Rivkah's TERMS OF USE: Tutorial and/or pattern is for Personal Use Only. Dolls made from this tutorial and/or pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes. Tutorial and/or pattern may not be copied, reprinted, emailed, or distributed in any manner without the permission of Rivkah Mizrahi.

Rivkah's Bio: Rivkah is a mixed media doll artist residing in Seattle, WA and has been creating art dolls for nearly a decade.

Rivkah works in both cloth and clay mediums and will gladly make a custom doll or set of characters for a library, lobby, school or personal collection.   She can work from a picture or photograph, and her ability ranges from whimsical to fine art. On her Doll Makers Muse website Rivkah offers OOAK Dolls (One Of A Kind), Patterns & E-Classes, Doll Making Kits & Supplies, Workshops and Assistance with sculpting or sewing projects. Rivkah teaches flexible private groups and classroom workshops in and around the Seattle area and is available as a traveling guest instructor for doll clubs.

Rivkah's dolls have been exhibited around Israel and in the US. Her dolls have been published in Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine, Art Doll Quarterly Magazine, Doll Crafter and Costumer,  as well as books by Patti Medaris Culea and Li Hertzi.

Copyright © 2006-2010 - All Rights Reserved - Rivkah Mizrahi of Doll Makers Muse. Rivkah Mizrahi is a mixed media sculpture artist, and art doll artist.

Altered Candy Box Free Tutorial by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke

I just LOVE pin cushions and storage boxes. Well, Alisa Burke has a terrific tutorial on her Alisa Burke - Redefine Creativity showing you how to turn a heart shaped candy box into a pin cushion and storage container. What a great idea.


Altered Candy Box Tutorial


Copyright © 2010 - All Rights Reserved - Written by Alisa Burke of Alisa Burke.

Here's what Alisa had to say about her tutorial: While I find most of the merchandise in stores this time of year pretty darn lame, it is the only time of year when you can get all kinds of heart shaped forms, doo-dads and boxes for super cheap- like those really tacky little boxes of chocolate! I bought a few for $1 each at my local drugstore that I turned it into a cute little box and pin cushion for all of my needles!

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 Calendar Covered Board Free Tutorial From Chasity Gordon of BelleSouth and Belle & Burger Blog

If you're looking for a bright and cheery way to decorate a calendar then you'll be pleased to know that Chasity Gordon of Belle and Burger blog has a wonderful tutorial on her blog showing you how to make a fabric calendar covered board. I hope you enjoy her tutorial.


Fabric covered Calendar Board tutorial


Copyright © 2010 All Rights Reserved - Written by Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog.


Here's what Chasity said about her tutorial: I was searching for a perfect calendar for my new blue kitchen when I decided why not just make one. Yes I realize we are a half a month into the year and many folks probably have their calendars but can't you always use another? ( or better yet one of the variations I discuss at the bottom). I have so many swatches of treasure fabric that would make a perfect focal point for a wall calendar. What was even more appealing about this project than using treasured scraps as the focal point, was that I made the whole enchilada from things I already had in my sewing studio or around my house.

Chasity's Bio - Chasity Gordon is the owner of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. She makes clothing, accessories, household items, baby clothes and slings, and handmade cards, prints and books. She is a home schooled seamstress and crafty by nature, but trained as a studio print maker studying printmaking and ceramics in college and was drawn to "lowbrow" functional art. She uses pockets, patches, apron bibs and wallet fronts as sort of blank pages to draw and collage with bits of fabric and string.

Copyright © 2008-2010 All Rights Reserved - Chasity Gordon of Belle South and Belle and Burger blog. Please visit her Belle South Etsy shop at bellesouth.etsy.com and her Belle and Burger blog at http://belleandburger.blogspot.com/.