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Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
3:29 pm
Easy Paper Crafts: How to make Beautiful DIY Floral Craft for Decoration

The lovely paper floral decoration can also be used in a variety of ways for Gift wrapping ideas too! The decorative box can make it as an excellent option for your kid’s school projects! Add charm to your home decor or , take a gift box and decorate it with this bright and perky colored floral decoration. Just grab a few basic craft supplies and get started to make this wonderful paper craft of DIY Floral Craft for Decoration.

Click the image below and find a complete tutorial on how to make an easy decoration Idea.

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
10:05 am
Question about fabric paint?
I have a pair of pants I tried to dye but they pretty much didn't take the dye at all, and I want them to go from a kind of washed-out dark pink to bright/dark red. I was thinking about taking some fabric paint and diluting it then thoroughly soaking it into the item - anyone know if this will work? (Will the fabric paint dilute/is it water soluble? Will it adhere to the fabric?) I got this idea after watching a home & garden show where they diluted a paint/stain with water and then sponged it onto cement...
Friday, December 16th, 2011
2:25 pm
Paint and Sewing
Hello my fellow crafters!

So, I have two questions really:

1.) I have some old paint-by-numbers where the paint has dried up and I'm trying to fix this. I've tried using water, but this didn't work. An FB friend suggested paint thinner, but I thought that this might be too harsh and am unsure, though I may pick some up at the craft store tomorrow when my boyfriend takes me. I really want to do this one cause it's for his parents, and while I do have other paints that I could use (and have tried), they don't have the range of colors that come with the set. Any suggestions would be appreciated! :D

2.) Could you all be so kind to point me in the direction of some good beginning sewing machine tutorials? My mom recently got a new one, so I got her old one, but I've never used a sewing machine in my life (I generally cross-stitch or hand stitch things), so I could use some things to read up on. My local Jo-Ann's Craft Store offers some classes that I'm thinking of taking, but if I could do some reading ahead of time and be a bit more prepared, than that would make it all the better and cooler for me.

Thanks guys! <3

Current Mood: crafty
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
4:42 pm
Monogram Embroidery

It seems like this comm has been quiet for a while, but I hope someone can answer my questions.

I would like to monogram cloth napkins for some friends who are getting married (to go with the picnic basket I'm giving them). I have a sewing machine with an embroidery setting.

I guess I have two questions:

1) The cloth I would like to monogram is navy blue. Can anyone suggest a good way to transfer the monogram outline onto the fabric that would show up against the dark(ish) fabric?

2) Can anyone suggest a good font? I'm looking for something basic (read: easy to embroider) and on the casual side (It's going in a picnic basket, but might get used for other occasions).

Thank you!

I will also post in sew_hip and Craftgrrl, but any other suggestions are most welcome.
Friday, November 5th, 2010
11:18 am
I love to sew, but I am just now getting into the knitting and crocheting craze. I have no clue how to do either, and my friend Brenda is going to teach me-But I have this kit that I inherited from my grandma, and it's supposed to be rather easy, so if you guys might could help me with it, I'd be very thankful.

You see, my grandma had alzheimers and dementia during the last few years of her life, and she somehow thought it would be a good idea to remove the instructions from this box and now I can't find them. It's a circle loom afghan kit that you can make pretty flowers with and turn them into a blanket of sorts.

I truthfully do not even know if this is considered knitting, crocheting or loom weaving, but I'd like to know if anyone could give me a quick tutorial on how to get started.

The wildflower afghan kit & loom includedCollapse )
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
2:59 pm

I'm not sure how to look up these kinds of bracelets by name, so I was wondering if anyone here knew where I could find a tutorial on how to make them. Thank you so much!!

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
10:03 pm
Survey help?
Hey! I just saw this comm on Spotlight. I'm doing a project in school, coincidentally, on textile recycling, and using pre-loved material to make crafts, promoting a green craft culture here in Singapore. Any proceeds we possibly make in this theoretical project would go straight to charity. We have a survey to find out whether crafters (such as yourself) would encourage our idea. Thus, PLEASE help me out by completing a simple survey here. Thank you so much, this might be entirely hypothetical, but we are passionate about this issue. 

We also made a puppet from pre loved material. 

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
12:31 pm
Need help with wool bracelet
I wanna make a friend a wool bracelet. I found this tutorial http://www.ehow.com/how_5115105_make-wool-bracelet-rasta-color.html but it's confusing to me. Can anybody offer a tutorial or a better explanation. Also I'm not sure where to find a plastic folder, that's needed. Also can I find these wool at like a local craft store or a Jo Anns lol. Thanks for the help
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
9:37 am
Turning a purse..
A friend of mine came across what she feels is the ugly purse in all existence yesterday, and told me if I ever owned it she could not be my friend. Which drives me to buy it and turn it into a flask/water bottle. The problem is that while I may be crafty to some extent I'm not at this level. I don't know what to use to seal the edges, or what I'd use to cover or coat the inside after I've taken the fabric out. The hardest part seems to be how to be able to make the top part re-attachable. I'd appreciate any advice whatsoever!

ps. the link below is roughly what the purse looks like, it's not much larger than a man's fist.
Sunday, June 6th, 2010
9:35 pm
What to do with Pringles cans?

What are some great DIY projects I can do with Pringles cans? I googled it, but the projects are meant for children. I've already thought of wrapping the cans with pretty paper.

Friday, May 21st, 2010
6:46 pm
Hello. I'm a novice seamstress who mostly sew for herself with occasional forays in sewing for other people. I've had the bad luck to be located in a part of the US were Wal-Mart rules, which means all the mom and pop sewing stores are gone, and I live far enough away form a Handcock or JoAnns that I rarely get to them in time for sales. SO all my past sewing has been done with Coat & Clark thread, as that is all I could get locally. But I'm not happy with it, and would like to try some other brands. I know of Gutermann and Mettler... I've heard good and bad on both, plus I'm aware that there are other brands out there... So, please tell me what experiences have been. Is brand better for their silk thread, and another for their cotton? I'll have to buy off line as it's is, os it not like I can just buy one spool of each and try it myself right now.
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
11:13 pm
A two part question.
*Yes, I cross posted this*

Ok, question one. If I wanted to modge podge coloring pages to wood, How would I do so? I assume you'd just glue it onto the surface of what you want it on, let dry, then apply modge podge?

But wouldn't the modge podge cause the paper to wrinkle if you're using it as a sealer like I want to, and how would it interfere with the wax from the coloring crayons used, would it ruin the color job

Question number two.

If I wanted to make magnets out of coloring pages I have printed and colored how would I do that? I know there's magnetic sheets out there, but I doubt you could glue paper to them to well.

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
5:25 pm
Hi, im very new to this comm but looking for help as just searching through google is driving me insane!

Im looking to see if anyone knows where i can get hold of something like this

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Saturday, December 12th, 2009
1:14 am
split rings/jump rings
I'm making bracelets for my aunts for Christmas and I'm having a tough time figuring out if I need a split ring or jump ring to attach a charm. I didn't even know what the rings were called until like 20 minutes ago hah. Also if someone could help me figure out what size ring I need the charms I'm using are 20mm, 24mm and 27mm with 8mm beads surrounding the charm.

I hope this all makes sense!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009
4:00 pm
Taking baby decals off clothing and re attaching them to an adults shirts or clothing.
Now would you want to cut very very close to the decal or leave some of the original fabric around it?

To attach it to my shirt, I am now going to put it on some white fabric, since my shirts white and sew it on there and also use iron on fusable webbing.

if some of you have done this before and have a better way of taking pre existing decals and stuff off baby clothing an putting it on a bigger shirt, so you can wear it please let me know.

Yes I have cross posted to other crafts to get a wider arena of replies, in case nobody replies in one group, or someone in another group has done or heard of what I am doing, and the other groups have not.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
12:13 pm
Can you use glass paint to paint the glass candle holders thenp our wax in and make a candle?

I was thinking about it and then it'd look maybe like stained glass or something really neat. Would pouring wax next to the glass paint once dry mess it up in any way, I'd assume maybe it'd look cloudy against the white of the hand poured candle wax, I would like it if you'd all like to brain storm making your own candle and decorating the glass holders with me.

Also I put stickers on the glass an they were not meant for glass and sometimes they stay really well but sometimes they peel and ruin, so how doI seal them onto the glass and make them more resistant to handling and moister, I could do modge podge I think but that don't seem like it'd work.

What about coating the stickers in a heavy pour on varnish like Envirotex epoxy?

I'd just need to make sure the stickers were not damaged or discolored by what ever I used.

and yes I cross posted to a different group to get the best coverage possible so if you see this twice ignore it.

I hope I have been as plain as possible and you can understand what I am asking I tend to confuse the shit out of people and not even know it or realize it.
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
9:48 am
I need some help with pricing. Again, Mods, I hope this is an okay to put this, I won't mention my selling place.

I just started selling online - well, I had a blog, but then upgraded to a more professional site. Anyway, in the past, I always priced my jewelry by the cost of the materials and 40%. Then several of my friends, who were taking full advantage of me *lol*, said, "You're stuff is too good, you need to price it higher!!" So I upped it to 50%.

They still gave me a hard time about not pricing, and my one friend who is a very, very good artist said, "You need to sell materials plus 100%."

I just did the price work up for one of my pieces. The materials are all really good materials and once I tack on the 100% "crafter's fee" the piece comes to $60.00! I think it's worth it, but I'm worried my customers will be like, "What the hey?"

I'd love to hear your views on pricing your crafts. I want my customers to be able to purchase my pieces, but at the same time I don't want to undervalue my work.
Monday, July 6th, 2009
12:28 pm
Cross Stitching Help
I'm not a cross-stitcher. I've tried, but unless the pattern is printed on the cross-stitch fabric all my stuff comes off lopsided.

So, I'm in need of someone to cross-stitch me a silly sampler. Should I go to Etsy and see if someone does requests? Or can I request here, mods?

Or maybe someone can point me in the direction of a good sampler pattern for beginners.

My husband's  toilet will run unless you pull the handle back up after you flush. Even though we tell our friends to always pull up the handle after flushing, they forget. And we've asked our apartment complex to fix it and they just keep forgetting and and and...please just ignore the logistics and why it doesn't work.

Anyway, I would love to have an antique-y looking sampler that reads: After you flush, pull up the handle. With the sampler alphabet and cute little things all around as if my grandma stitched it. (My grandma would never have stitched anything - she was too busy swing dancing and belly dancing to anything domestic.)

Any suggestions?
Friday, June 19th, 2009
4:59 pm
adhesive question
I'm looking for a sturdy glue that will bind plastic and resin to metal. I tried Tacky Glue, but that didn't work at all. Would a hot glue gun work? If not, what? TIA!

ETA: I read in the memories something about E6000. Would that work well? They've got it on artbeads.com (I highly recommend them- they have free shipping, no minimum to get that!)
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
11:39 am
Candyland purse?
Good morning everyone!

I am cleaning out my house and found my 1980s Candyland boardgame board (and two gingerbread kids.) I would REALLY like to make a tote out of it, like the book purses I have seen recently, but I have no idea where to begin! I have watched a few tutorials on making book purses that help with the sides/handles, but my main concern is the bottom of the bag. I'm not sure what materials are best, and what would withstand the everyday weight of my wallet, ipod, camera, and a paperback or two. One other vice is that I'm no sewing diva; there may be no way for a novice crafter like me to pull this off! If you have any ideas though, I'd really like to hear them.

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