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Fabric Review: Oly*Fun by Fairfield World

July 25, 2014

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  I was given the opportunity to test out and do a fabric review for a new fabric called Oly*Fun. It’s made by Fairfield World, who is better know for making Fiberfill, Polyfill, foams, and batting. The fabric has some special properties that most fabrics don’t. From Fairfield World: “The everything material” This is one of the easiest, […]

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Book Review: Never Been Stitched by Amanda Carestio

June 23, 2014

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I have been sewing a long, long time. More than half my life. But that doesn’t stop me from keeping my eye out for books for beginning sewers, like this book “Never Been Stitched” by Amanda Carestio, with the contributions of others. I have lots of friends who want advice on learning how to sew. […]

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Nancy Zieman Trace n Create Tablet Keeper Pattern

September 18, 2013

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Nancy Zieman Trace N Create Technology Folder

When I was first asked to review the Nancy Zieman Trace n Create Tablet Keeper Pattern, I had mixed feelings. I have a Samsung Galaxy 10 Tablet that needed a new case – it was suffering in an iPad case that was a poor fit. But, I’m not a fan of templates. Still, I thought […]

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24 Ideas to Use Up Fabric Scraps and Earth Month Giveaway #2: Fabric/ Quilting Destash

April 25, 2013

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Another confession: I hoard fabric scraps. Sometimes is the color, sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s just that it’s a bit of a piece of clothing or reminds me of something I can’t let go of yet. So I hold on to a ton of fabric scraps! Today, I have a ton of great ideas […]

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Kid’s Halloween Craft: Glow in the Dark Trick or Treat Tote

October 1, 2012

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Halloween is just around the corner, and my kids are so excited. As a Mom, though, I’m worried about safety after dark. So my son and I came up with a Halloween Craft- a tote bag that he could make (and meet his specifications of  “being cool” ) and I would be happy that it […]

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How-To: Craft a Hanging Scissors Organizer from Recycled Neckties

September 7, 2012

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Hooray! Today we have a guest post from a lady I totally admire for her recycled crafting misson! Thank you Becky for being our guest today on CTD & sharing a totally practical and CUTE craft using recycled neckties.Take it away…  Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe, and I am a freelance writer and […]

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Recycle Crafting: Runway Re-View Challenge

August 8, 2012

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If you’ve been to CraftTestDummies even a handful of times, you know that I love to craft with found/recycled objects. (Or make “outsider art”- we don’t get hung up on semantics here.) I was invited to participate in a challenge for the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo- a “Runway Re-View”! Here were the challenge guidelines: […]

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How-To: Fabric Flower Guest Book

June 19, 2012

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This craft ran last year on CraftsUnleashed.com- but I thought you all might like to see it here on CTD. Get your fabric scrap ready, and make a guest book/open house/autograph book that will be a treasured keepsake! Yesterday I showed you how to use recycled fabric to make shabby-chic flowers. Today, I’m going to […]

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How-To: Recycled Fabric Flowers

June 18, 2012

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  This post originally ran on CraftsUnleashed.com last year- but I thought y’all might like it here, as well! Get your fabric scraps ready and craft it up! I love to be able to recycle- it means I can stretch my money and save more for my craft shopping! Well, this handy-dandy flower is made […]

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How-To: Stenciled Mug Rug featuring Stamper’s Big Brush Pens

June 7, 2012

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Yesterday I showed you how I altered fabric with Gelatos™ Colors from Design Memory Craft and made a sassy sunglasses case. Today I’m gong to continue the fiber arts theme, but focus on a different product from Faber-Castell: Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. Just to refresh you memory, here is some information on Stamper’s Big Brush Pens: […]

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How To: Sunglasses Case From Custom Fabric Featuring Gelatos™ Colors

June 6, 2012

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Have you ever looked at a craft product and wondered “How else could I use it?” I asked myself that very question last week while I was playing around with some Gelatos™ Colors in the Design Memory Craft Collection from Faber-Castell. Now, just as a refresher here’s a bit of info on Gelatos™ Colors from Design […]

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Tee-Shirt Upcycle: Yes, I Am a Roller-Derby Fan Girl

May 1, 2012

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As my post implies, YES- I AM a roller-derby fan-girl! So I had to get my fave teams t-shirt to wear to the next bout. But of course, it was a plain ol’ boxy tee. Not so cute. So I decided to upcycle it. Do you know the difference between “upcycling” and “recycling?” Recycling is […]

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How-To: Luggage Accessories Using Recycled Neckties

April 18, 2012

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It’s no secret- I love recycle/”green” crafts. There’s something about taking something that is headed for the garbage or donation bin and then transforming it into a new, useful or beautiful object. Today’s tutorial is both useful AND  beautiful- we’re going to make luggage handle cozies and tags from old neckties- the wilder the print, […]

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The Best Bean Bag How-To & Dinosaur Train Fabric

April 9, 2012

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Sometimes the things I do are purely for selfish reasons. You see, I have this nephew, and I love it when he smiles. And right now, Dinosaur Train REALLY makes him smile….. so I accepted some fabric from Quilting Treasures so that I could make him something cool with it… so I could get some […]

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Hand Dying with Indigo- Pretty Bird Burlap Tote Tutorial by Melony Bradley

March 5, 2012

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Jenny’s Note: Today we have another fabulous guest tutorial by the talented Melony Bradley on behalf of Jacquard Products! I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to get enough of birds. And burlap. When I created these wool felt bird clips and wedding table markers, I immediately fell in love with them and […]

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Happy Leap Day – Frog Art Celebration

February 29, 2012

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Happy Leap Day! What better way to celebrate then with some great froggy art? So many crafty froggies….. have fun with it!

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Mixed Media Tag Books

February 27, 2012

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I like a challenge. And every now and then, I mark off some time in my schedule to participate in some swaps that get my creative juices flowing. I’ve taken to making tags, and when video went up on Joggles.com about making tag BOOKS, well….. I was in. I used a bunch of my mixed-media […]

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How To: Craft a Chic Bib Necklace from Fabric Scraps

February 21, 2012

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Today I’ve got a show-stopper statement piece that I designed for ConsumerCrafts.com. It was originally featured in their downloadable Jewelry eBook, available by clicking HERE. Bold is IN- and you’ll make a statement with this stunning bib! I used black stones, but you could use any color that matches your outfit. You will need: (6) […]

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Guest Tutorial: Hand Scripted and Painted Bird Ornaments and Giveaway

December 19, 2011

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  If you are looking for a last minute Christmas tree decoration or Christmas gift, here are some chic and fun bird ornaments to make using supplies you likely already have in your stash, plus Lumiere paints from Jacquard Products. Created by Mel Designs, these birds were painted with Lumiere (read Jenny’s review of them […]

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How To Cut Fabric with the Cricut Die Cutting Machine

September 22, 2011

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You know that the Cricut is an amazing tool for cutting paper, and last month I showed you how it can cut polymer clay.  But did you know that you can also use it to cut fabric? With just a little preparation, you can cut fabric appliques with the Cricut to make fun, low-sew projects! […]

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Yo-Yo Embellished Tank Top

September 19, 2011

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I bet if you look around in your closet or dresser, you’ll find it- a blah, boring tank top or tee-shirt. You can transform it in about 2 hours (plus drying time) into a fun, stylish top! You only need a few tools and supplies, so let’s get started. You’ll need: Clover Yo-Yo makers in […]

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Sharpie “Stained” Permanent Fabric Markers

September 9, 2011

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I was so excited when I saw the Sharpie “Stained” fabric markers in my box ‘o stuff to review from Jenny!  I’m a bit of a Sharpie addict, to say the least.  I use them all of the time in my crafting and art journaling.  My husband even knows that if he sees the giant […]

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How to Make A Chronicle Quilt {Recycle Craft}

September 5, 2011

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Chronicle Quilts are so named because they were made by sewing strips of fabric on newspaper- like the Chronicle- to make warm, inexpensive quilts during the Depression. In the time when the motto was “Use it up, wear it out: Just make do, or do without.” ….this quilt can help you “use it up”- all […]

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Upcycle Craft: Halloween Witch Shoes

August 30, 2011

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Last week I played with the new Martha Stewart Paints line, and got really excited- maybe over-enthusiastic- with the glitter paint and Tintable Fabric Medium. The result? Some rockin’ witchy shoes to round out my Halloween costume. Here’s how I did it. First, I mixed the Tintable Fabric Medium with Sugar Cube Glitter Paint by […]

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T- Shirt Quilt for a Grad

May 18, 2011

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Last fall, one of my dearest friends from high school (shout-out to Connie!)  asked if I’d help her with a special project- turning her daughter’s t-shirts into a memory quilt for her graduation. I thought it was a lovely idea to take all of her childhood memories and literally wrap her in a cocoon of […]

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Recycle Craft: Fabric Flowers from Dress Maker’s Scraps

April 25, 2011

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Here’s a tutorial I wrote from CraftsUnleashed.com as part of their design team- but since it’s Earth month, I thought I’d share it here as part of my #GoGreen theme. Most of the materials can be found on ConsumerCrafts.com. I love to be able to recycle- it means I can stretch my money and save […]

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Recycle Craft: Fabric Corsage

April 13, 2011

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I loved reviewing the Clover Flower Frill Template, and it kind of got my creative juices flowing. I started thinking of all the ways I could use the template to upcycle and recycle fabric to make chic, fun hair pins and fabric corsages. I thought I’d share my technique with you, so you can try […]

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Craft Tool Review: Rotary Cutting Machine by Simplicity

March 30, 2011

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I started quilting about 10 years ago, and I quickly learned that tools are important. Rotary cutters made the job of cutting so much easier by ten-fold! So when I learned that Simplicity made an electronic rotary cutter, I figured that it would the best. Tool. Ever. And besides, I know quite a few quilters […]

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Upcycled Mini Notebooks

March 26, 2011

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I go through little notebooks like fishes go through water. I keep one in my car, one in my purse, one in my coat pocket…. well, lets just say you can’t have too many. They are ridiculously easy with Claudine Hellmuth’s Sticky Backed Canvas and they make great gifts, too. Here’s what you’ll need: Mini […]

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Easy 4-Leaf Clover Tee for St. Patrick’s Day

February 25, 2011

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Here’s another fun project I made for the CraftsUnleashed design team. You can find the supplies  at ConsumerCrafts.com at great prices! My family is part Irish, and we love to celebrate St.Patrick’s day with some corned beef and the “wearin’ o’ the green.” That means fun tee-shirts to wear to the parade! Today, I’ll show […]

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