four essentials you need for your crafting arsenal

When you want to start crafting, it can seem like you need a lot of things to get started. While there are a few things that you need in your crafting arsenal, you can add things as you go along. It doesn’t have to cost a lot up front, which is what can put a lot of people off starting to do some DIY. So if you want to get crafting this Christmas, let me share what could help you get started.

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Scissors

As any keen crafter will tell you, you can’t use the kitchen scissors for your crafting. Having a special pair (or two) is a must have for any craft cupboard. They are much more precise and sharp, which is essential for use with fabrics. You don’t want to have your fabric snagging with scissors that aren’t sharp enough. You could even get a few different styles of scissors, as you go along. Crimping shears are a good option, for example.

Sewing Machine

You might start crafting by doing things that aren’t sewing related. It sort of eases you into the hobby. But as you gain confidence, you might like to branch out and try sewing. Then you can really step up your game. The crafting world is your oyster when you can sew. New clothes, baby accessories, bedding and things for the home. So shop around a bit when you are looking for your sewing machine. There are all kinds available for all kinds of budget. I quite like to use a Singer or a Kenmore. Whatever style you choose to get, make sure that you check how easy the parts for the machine are to get. You could look online for Kenmore sewing machine parts, for example.

Paper Trimmer

Having some scissors is, of course, part of a craft kit. But for precision, for things like card making, you need a card and paper trimmer in your life. You can use it for intricate and small details for all of your card craft. They are pretty small to store and quite a low budget item too. If you want to invest more in your craft kit, you could stretch to an electronic die cutting machine. They are quite an investment, though. So maybe invest in one when you are getting serious about your crafting game.

Quality Glues

If you are getting into crafting, then you are going to need quality adhesives to stick everything together. You’ll need a variety, though, depending on what craft you choose. Glues for card craft are things like tacky glue and adhesive strips. Double sided tape is a great idea too. For fabrics and plastics, a hot glue gun is a must. The glue is strong and dries clear, so can help stick together a large number of things. Glue guns and the glue sticks are pretty cheap to add to your collection. Just make sure that you have plenty of them in, for all of the crafting that you are going to do!

** This was a contributed post.

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make this : peter pan collar tee

PeterPanDIY15I am a big fan of Peter Pan collars. Especially after having short hair, I feel like a gamine-like collar and a pixie cut go hand in hand with one another. Not only do Peter Pan collars make your cut appear more feminine, but they also bring attention to your shoulders in a positive way and are a beautiful substitute for where longer hair would normally fall!

Finding a shirt with this type of collar is nearly impossible in the city where I live. Rather than buying yet another one online, I decided that this time I would simply make one. How hard could it be? It turns out that it wasn’t, just surprisingly involved for something so tiny. Yet, the results are priceless.

Here is what you’ll need to make your own Peter Pan Collar Tee:

Peter Pan DIYT-shirt
Scissors
Lace
Sewing machine
Thread
Paper
Marker
Pins

Peter Pan DIY 7-1As for the steps, please watch this link to be directed to a foolproof how-to video.

Peter Pan DIY 13I chose a men’s small t-shirt for my project. Not only was it on sale for $5, but I absolutely adored the colour and it was the only plain tee that I could find in the store. It was also beneficial since I was able to cut it into a crop top, and use the extra fabric for the collar lining. To make it even more effeminate, I made the collar into a bateau neck and sewed the sleeves and the hem of the shirt with ivory thread into a ruched trim. I recommend using a t-shirt that is a little larger, since it will allow you to turn it into your perfect fairy tale top. Get it? Peter Pan … Fairy Tale? I’m so witty. ;-)))

Peter Pan DIY 12I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! My next project is to sew a shirt made entirely of lace.

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quilted potholder : enid’s diy

Potholder DIY 3When we took our trip to America, one of the items that we brought back for my mother-in-law was a packet of fabric ornaments from Devil’s Tower Monument, Wyoming. She and my sister-in-law are incredibly crafty women. In fact, one of the first gifts that I received from Enid was a fabric bag that she had sewed, which was adorned with beautiful stitching. Since then, I have gotten many tailor-made gifts, all of which I love and use. This potholder is the most recent one, and is (secretly) my favourite to date.

I found it to be an extremely thoughtful gesture for Enid to use a present that was intended for her, and make something beautiful out of it, and to give it to her son and daughter-in-law. Thus, I asked her to collaborate with me on this post, so I could share it with each one of my amazing readers. Here’s how to make a quilted potholder.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 1.34.42 PMMaterials:

2 pieces 12”x 12” cotton fabric
1 piece 12” x 12” terry cloth (I used a new facecloth)
1 4” x 4” quilt square or any cute border print fabric
Matching thread
Contrasting thread

Potholder DIY 1Steps:

1. Turn quilt square edges under and press.

2. Center the quilt square on the right side of one of the cotton and stitch in place.

3. Place the two cotton squares right sides together.

4. Place your terry cloth square on top of the cotton squares and pin through all layers.

5. Sew around all sides and leave a 4” opening on the last side to turn it later.

6. Remove the pins and the trim extra fabric close to seam.

7. Turn the potholder onto its right side through the opening. I used a ruler to poke the corners out.

8. Press the whole potholder and fold the opening in so that you can sew it shut. I hand sewed the opening shut with matching thread.

9. Then I topstitched around the quilt patch with contrasting thread a few times, and that’s it!

Potholder DIY 4Potholder DIY 6This potholder is totally machine washable and dryable and because it is made of all natural fibers, it will actually get softer and thicker over time.

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a dress for baba + a birthday for me.

IMG_1.jpgtoday’s post is a very bittersweet one. first, i will begin with this dress tutorial.

when my baba passed away two months ago, my mum and i went through her house and began to decide what should stay and what should go. i found myself going through her closet and having a memory for each piece of clothing that was in there. when i came across her favourite plaid shirt, i just knew that i had to take it home and do something with it. we also had some denim in our home, and i thought that the two would make the cutest and trendiest dress. i bought my first pattern, and began to create what i call baba’s dress.

IMG_2.jpgthe first step was to choose a pattern.

IMG_3.jpgnext i cut the sleeves and bottom half off of the shirt.

IMG_4.jpgthen i followed the pattern for the skirt.

IMG_5.jpgi also added pleats (my first ever attempt). it was a success!

IMG_6.jpglast, i sewed it all together, made alterations, sewed some more, altered, sewed, altered, sewed, altered … you get the picture. ;-)))

1.jpg2.jpgi also made a huge mess since i do not have a sewing room. my cat loved it, though! however, perhaps leave this out of your own diy.

IMG_1.jpgIMG_3.jpgIMG_2.jpgIMG_5.jpgnow i can always wear something that once belonged to my baba. for that reason, this has become my most cherished dress.

IMG_6362.jpg IMG_6361.jpgreaders, today is my birthday. while i do not like to celebrate turning a year older (what woman does), i am spending the day with my family, as well as at a museum. that is the best gift that i could ask for.

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urban outfitters dress diy.

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did you ever have one of those days where nothing (and i mean nothing) seems to go your way? today was that sort of day for me. from the moment that i woke up, until now, i felt as if luck was just not on my side. in fact, i am pretty sure that lady luck was having a big ol’ laugh at me!!! 

venting aside, the only thing that is keeping me going is looking at the before and after photos of this dress. what began as one of my favorite, ballerina-inspired items from uo, was after two years turned into a more modern dress style. modern for me, at least. :-)))

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i began by removing the arms, and sewing on lovely, black, semi-sheer fabric in their place. then i used the same fabric to add … you guessed it! a hello scarlett bow, of course!

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no dress of mine is complete without one. ;-)

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then *g* and i had a photo shoot late in the evening, on an extremely windy night, after work, and after i changed in our truck. also, the power was out. even though i am wearing a smile in addition to my newest diy, it was pretty chaotic. however, the photos did turn out, so i was a happy girl in the end.

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well, they turned out for the most part. the bow was actually tucked into my dress the whole time we photographed it! yet, given the day that i had, i could not expect the outcome to have been any different.

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c’est la vie, right?

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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