Welcome To Tipnut's Craft Room: Ideas / Resources
I know home design trends are always changing and other than throw cushions and maybe a piece of diy wall art, home reno shows never really have much for handmade goods displayed in their re-designs. Yes, they look so gorgeous and fresh and new...but...
I can't be the only one who "ooohs" and "ahhhhs" when I step into a space that has a gorgeous crocheted lap blanket folded on the arm of a sofa, or a pretty yarn bowl on the table with some knitting needles poking out, or delightful hand-stitched tea towels hanging in the kitchen...and don't get me started on farmhouse-style aprons! These charming little touches bring a cheeriness to the space but also make our houses a "home".
Are you spending too much time on the 'net? Or watching TV? Netflix binging out of control? Pick up a crafty hobby and you'll ditch those idle habits in no time flat! You'll start noticing how fulfilled you can be by this new productiveness in making homemade items for around the house and gifts for loved ones. You'll look at odd bits of fabric and lace in a whole new way.
I'm not an expert at any one type of handicraft, but I sure do enjoy mixing it up and getting creative with all sorts of different activities. I like to do a little knitting (I'm better at crochet), greatly enjoy sewing (but mainly smaller projects...clothing is a bit above my skill level) and am so fond of vintage embroidery and collecting a wide assortment of vintage patterns (and I'm happy to share them too!).
This section reflects my appreciation for all sorts of crafty goodness. I've gathered together a wide assortment of handicrafts and techniques...everything from sewing to crochet to paper crafts using all sorts of materials, including repurposing items.
Is there anything more rewarding than filling your home with lovely bits and bobs that you have made yourself? There's no other way to customize the exact color, size and style by making something yourself. Enjoy!
In This Archive
- Baby Goodies
- Crafty Ideas
- Paper Crafts
- Vintage Embroidery
I like having a small cutting mat at the side of my desk to use for all sorts of things: measuring, gluing, assembling small projects & some cutting too. A piece of parchment paper over top will keep it clean for messier tasks.
I really like these blocking mats, they have grid lines, can arrange in custom shapes & break down into invidual squares for easy storage. They don't smell either! (This can be an issue with some brands).
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- 50+ Paper Flower Tutorials & Templates
- The Art Of Smocking: How To Guide
- Making Your Own Cotton Flannel Feminine Pads
- 10 Homemade Playdough & 5 Fingerpaint Recipes
- Homemade Reed Diffusers: How-To & Tips
Quick Tips: Pressing seams as you go is very helpful in sewing.
Snip basting thread at intervals then pull out, don't pull a long thread at once.
Very sheer materials when run through your sewing machine may pucker or draw despite all your efforts. Place a piece of clean paper underneath the material and stitch through. Then pull the paper off, leaving the stitching smooth as can be!
Sometimes the drawstring in pajamas gets the habit of pulling out. Fix this by centering the drawstring in the garment and sewing it fast at the center back.
Tape a paper ruler to your machine if there isn't a measuring guide on it.
When starting needlework, make a few small running stitches along the line to be embroidered, then make one back stitch. (No knots should appear on the wrong side of work.)
When the thread becomes too short, acquires a fuzz or untwists, finish it off as follows: Draw thread to wrong side of work, weave needle in and out of the stitches of the completed embroidery, cut the thread close to work.
The wrong side of work should be as neat as the right side, do not carry thread from one design to another.
Cut two pieces of material about 12 by 12 inches. Sew seams 1/2 inch apart down length as shown.
Cut whole packages of embroidery floss into manageable sewing lengths (most prefer it about 27 inches long).
Lay strands together, fold in half, insert a hairpin at fold and with it thread the entire group of strands through a channel in the cloth. Remove hairpin, and floss is ready for sewing.
To remove thread, pull out one loop at a time.
(Source: The WorkBasket/1952)