Links to 29 crafty things from Craft Gossip

Spock quilt

Posted: 27 May 2011 09:02 PM PDT

Spock the quilt by
Carol at Fun Threads,
spotted by Rachel at Craft.
Go to Rachel’s post.
Go to Carol’s post.


Japanese + and X
Quilt Block

Posted: 27 May 2011 07:17 PM PDT

Cathy from Cabbage Quilts just
joined the Japanese + and
X Quilt Along
. This block is getting some buzz in the
blogosphere since it was first spied in a quilt by Setsuko Inagawa at the
2011 Tokyo International Quilt Festival. Get more of the story and a link to
a tutorial to make your own block here.


Bold Expressions
exhibit opens in San Diego

Posted: 27 May 2011 06:24 PM PDT

Kyra from Black Threads is
talking about this exhibit Bold Expressions: African American
Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley

If the catalog cover she shows on her blog
is any indication, just put me on a plane to San Diego and hail me a cab to
the Mingei International Museum.
Read more here
and here.


How to Make Fire

Posted: 27 May 2011 04:50 PM PDT

Fire starters are perfect for
rainy camps, emergency kits and getting fires going in a hurry. We’re going
camping this summer, so I thought I’d get a jump start on preparations. This
project is also a great way to recycle things that would normally get thrown

Supplies for Fire Starters

The supplies you
need are simple and include: an…


Tutorial: Easy ruffle

Posted: 27 May 2011 04:45 PM PDT

Ashley from Make It and
Love It
shows how to make a skirt covered in ruffles.
She used pre-ruffled fabric so there was no cutting and gathering of a
jillion long strips of fabric.  Instead, it was just a few easy
steps.  Get the tutorial.

[photo from Make It and Love It]


Tutorial: Braided

Posted: 27 May 2011 04:38 PM PDT

Disney from Ruffles and
shows how to make a braided vinyl headband.  The
simple lines will make this a go-to hair accessory.  You can purchase
vinyl at the chain fabric stores, or you can repurpose an old purse or
cosmetic bag.  I’m loving the yellow vinyl she used in her
example!  Get the tutorial.



Tutorial: Flower
throw pillow from an old sweater

Posted: 27 May 2011 04:28 PM PDT

Heather from Squeezing It
All In
created this beautiful flower throw pillow –
out of an old sweater.  Love it!  She shares a tutorial so you
can make one, too.  Get the tute.

[photo from Squeezing It All In]

[via Someday Crafts]


Tutorial: Fabric ball
from recycled materials

Posted: 27 May 2011 04:21 PM PDT

Made by Joel shows
how to make a fabric ball out of recycled materials.  The cover is
pieced from denim and felt panels, and it’s stuffed with bits of cut up
t-shirt.  Get the tutorial.

[photo from Made by Joel]


Technique: Fabric

Posted: 27 May 2011 02:10 PM PDT


Stamping on fabric is fun, easy,
not too messy and can add a lot of pop to any fabric project. Visit Elizabeth Allen’s Art Studio blog
for a nice instructional video on how to stamp on fabric.



Recycled Felted
Sweater Cloche Hat with FREE Pattern

Posted: 27 May 2011 01:38 PM PDT

Elizabeth Abernathy
of “Elizabeth Abernathy” has an adorable free Recycled Felted Sweater Cloche Hat
with Pattern
for us to try.  Up with Recycling and
Elizabeth is an expert! Check out her blog for the complete pictorial
tutorial and all her awesome ideas.  For this project you will need an
old wool sweater that has already been felted and…


Edible Forks and

Posted: 27 May 2011 01:24 PM PDT

cracker forks and shortbread spoons means no dishes to wash. Learn more here at Urban Grocer. From the Poilâne
boulangerie and patisserie
. {spotted at Lost at E


Watermelon Hedgehog

Posted: 27 May 2011 01:19 PM PDT

Tee hee. Learn to
make this watermelon hedgehog serving idea HERE at babble. There’s a ladybug, too.


Free Lacing Card

Posted: 27 May 2011 11:01 AM PDT

This Domestic Dork
is one talented cookie! I love her Mama- Storyboard at the bottom of her
post. You can also print out this animal printable to make lacing cards.


Bee Craft

Posted: 27 May 2011 10:58 AM PDT

bee craft is a great starting point for an entire lesson on pollination! I
love the simplicity of this craft. Beyond a
shows you how to make them.  She made one for
each of her preschoolers and they ‘buzzed’ around the room as they learned
about pollination.


Footsteps Keychain-
Father’s Day

Posted: 27 May 2011 10:55 AM PDT


This ‘Following in…Your Footsteps’
Keychain from Everyday Mom
is so precious. It is made using Shrink film, and you
own children’s footprints! I love it! Now the man in your house can carry
their children everywhere they go.


Your Dad in Clay

Posted: 27 May 2011 10:01 AM PDT


I’m such a caner and bead maker
that sculpting seems like magic to me. Elizabeth Bonura is
a fabulously talented sculptor. This is a portrait
sculpture of someone’s father
. What a lovely father’s day


Bullseye Online
Classes Available NOW!

Posted: 27 May 2011 09:42 AM PDT

I mentioned just
the other day how much I love getting emails from Bullseye Glass
and today’s no different. They are launching online classes today. There’s a
membership fee of $39 but when you see what’s available to view you’ll
definitely want to sign up. And they’ll be adding more classes all of the
time. They were mentioning this…


Mix CD For Father’s

Posted: 27 May 2011 09:22 AM PDT

We are a very musical family, and my husband has a unique musical taste. My girls would love to pick songs that reminded them of their daddy! They would have so much fun creating a unique CD cover as well… what a creative idea that will last long past Father’s Day! Alpha Mom has
the tutorial! They have also…


Puppet Play Book
Giveaway Winners!

Posted: 27 May 2011 09:15 AM PDT


Here are the winners of this
wonderful book, Puppet Play by
Diana Schoenbrun


Our first winner is  Comment #5!  GM said  ”We
have a lot of scrap fabric here.”

Our second winner is Comment # 9 !
Ruth   ‘like puppet play on facebook’

Congratulations to our 2 winners!!
You will be contacted by email!


How to make a
recycled vintage scarf flower

Posted: 27 May 2011 08:20 AM PDT

Check out the fast
and easy tutorial Beth shared at her blog The Modern Lay on how to make a recycled scarf flower that
is her entry into the Iron Craft Challenge.


DIY Chocolate Bar

Posted: 27 May 2011 07:50 AM PDT

While I love the
idea of making your own chocolate bar wrappers to personalize an easy gift, I
love the idea of these vintage-y black and white photos as the wrapping
choice even more. Learn to make your own chocolate bar wrappers HERE at maker*land.


Chocolate Initial

Posted: 27 May 2011 07:40 AM PDT

Find tips and
step-by-steps to make your own chocolate initial lollipops HERE at Jacs of All Trades.


Tutorial: Dress-up
wings on a wrap around skirt

Posted: 27 May 2011 06:28 AM PDT

LiEr from ikat bag shares
a tutorial on her blog
showing how to make a set of play wings for a young child.  They are pure
fabulousness!!  Rather than being attached at the torso, they’re
attached to a skirt (with scalloped hem – yum!).  The wings wrap around
the skirt when not in flight, and then…


Tutorial: Long
sleeves to short sleeves in just 10 minutes

Posted: 27 May 2011 06:16 AM PDT

Susan from Crafterhours
shows how easy it is to turn a long-sleeved tee into a short-sleeved
tee.  The sleeves are ruched with a bit of elastic, for a fun little
detail.  It’s a quick project that can extend the life of a favorite tee
into the warmer months.  Find out how to do it at Crafterhours.

[photo from Crafterhours]


Technique: Batik

Posted: 27 May 2011 06:11 AM PDT

Tami Hartlet shares a fun stamped
batik background technique for a travel ATC that also fits onto a card. Find her instructions here at Hero Arts.



Tutorial: Edelweiss
Dirndl Skirt from old jeans

Posted: 27 May 2011 06:07 AM PDT

Janine from Heidi in
shows how she turned an old (but
favorite) pair of jeans into her Edelweiss Dirndl Skirt.  Lace
pickups on the gathered skirt give it fairy tale charm.  What a
pretty skirt for summer! Get the tute.

[photo from Heidi in Lederhosen]


The winner of the
Toyota Machine is..

Posted: 27 May 2011 05:36 AM PDT


Vicky Turnbull! Congratulations
Vicky. We have contacted you and you have 3 days to send us a reply.

Thanks to everyone who entered
this giveaway. Hopefully, we will have another one soon for our UK readers.
Stay tuned!



Posted: 27 May 2011 05:33 AM PDT

I’m quite attracted to this book,
although I’ve yet to have it in my hands.  It has a fantastic line-up of
designers who have contributed squares for this cause.  It’s inexpensive
and easy to download so you can use one or all of the blocks to create your
own beautiful afghan.  All profits go to crochet artist Pam Gillette who…


Toys Dropped For The
Toy Society

Posted: 27 May 2011 05:09 AM PDT


We thought it would be fun to
participate in the toy society’s mega toy drop here

So we have been dropping toys from
our Craft Creation room all over Brisbane. Here are a few of our drops where
we dropped toys on Nappy Change stations.

We also have some more at the
Mater Children’s…


Blog Series: How to
Get Published

Posted: 27 May 2011 05:00 AM PDT

Little Light
is currently running a series on their blog entitled How to get Published. The series covers
things you need to know from photographing your projects, to writing the submission e-mail, to what
editors are looking for. Guest posters in the series include magazine editors
like Susan Opel from Paper Crafts.



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