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".

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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!

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In This Archive

  • Baby Goodies
  • Crafty Ideas
  • Crochet
  • Knitting
  • Paper Crafts
  • Sewing
  • Vintage Embroidery

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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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Sewing

Fat Quarter Fun: 35+ Project Ideas

Fat Quarter Fun: 35+ Project Ideas Last week was a big update for fabric scrap busters (suitable to use up your fat quarters too), this week…it’s Fat Quarters! These are a favorite with quilters since they can be purchased pre-cut in several different prints without having…

How To Customize Jeans Just The Way You Like: Fit & Style

How To Customize Jeans Just The Way You Like: Fit & Style Did you find that perfect pair of jeans but they’re a bit too long? Or just a titch too short? Maybe you found a pair that fits just-right, but need a little stylish something added to make them perfect. Here’s…

Easy Pajama Patterns For All Sizes: {Tops & Pants}

Easy Pajama Patterns For All Sizes: {Tops & Pants} Here’s a nice assortment of patterns and tutorials to make pajamas for sizes baby to adult. You’ll find several for bottoms (shorts and pants), a few tops and a few nightgowns…most of these are super easy to whip up and…

15+ Women’s Belt Making Tutorials: Crafty Style

15+ Women’s Belt Making Tutorials: Crafty Style Create that perfect fitting belt in just the right color and texture with these easy tutorials. Whether you’re looking for something casual, something frilly or maybe something that screams “fashionista”, you should find an idea or two here to work…

13 Darling Pillowcase Dresses To Sew: {Patterns & Tutorials}

13 Darling Pillowcase Dresses To Sew: {Patterns & Tutorials} This style of dress is not only adorable for young girls, but also comfy to wear with lots of room to accommodate playtime. Traditionally they were made with pillowcases but they can also be made with fabric panels. Here are…

Refashion T-Shirts Into Something Pretty {20+ Ideas}

Refashion T-Shirts Into Something Pretty {20+ Ideas} No need to pay a small fortune for designer tees, here are over a dozen ways you can make pretty tops using t-shirts that just cost a few dollars each. Some full of ruffles, others with lace or petal embellishments.…

Fun With Felt

Fun With Felt Felt is a popular material for crafting since it’s easy to work with (cut edges won’t fray), comes in many colors and even tiny pieces can be used for embellishing. Here are over two dozen different tutorials and ideas for…

Crafty Ideas

20+ Crafts That Can Use Recycled Items

20+ Crafts That Can Use Recycled Items Here’s a bunch of crafty projects you can make using items you might normally toss (plastic milk jugs, ripped sheets, tin cans and more). You’ll also find a bunch of ideas for repurposing old shower curtains at the bottom of…

Make Your Own Bubbles: {8 Recipes & DIY Wand Tips}

Make Your Own Bubbles: {8 Recipes & DIY Wand Tips} You can buy pre-made bubble solutions for cheap, but making your own homemade mix is not only just as inexpensive, you’ll never have to try and stretch a small bottle throughout the day again…make buckets of it yourself for a…

DIY Home Office Supplies & Accessories

DIY Home Office Supplies & Accessories Here’s a mix of projects to make for your home office, you’ll find basic supplies (several made with repurposed items), organizers, decorative desk items and even a couple furniture ideas. I’ve organized the mouse pads in their own section and…

DIY Shoe Makeovers: {Both Casual & Glam}

DIY Shoe Makeovers: {Both Casual & Glam} If you have a favorite pair of shoes that are comfy to wear but have gotten a little scuffed and tired, here are several different ways you can bring them back to life. Try covering them with pretty fabric, re-dyeing,…

Matryoshka: Crafty Russian Dolls To Make

Matryoshka: Crafty Russian Dolls To Make These sweet Russian dolls are loved by many and the crafting community has come up with some really sweet projects for them. Many of these have been featured previously on Tipnut but I thought it was time to put a…

Fall Decor Crafts Made With Acorns: Tips & Tutorials

Fall Decor Crafts Made With Acorns: Tips & Tutorials If you have access to an abundance of free acorns, lucky you! They can be used in a variety of ways and turn out lovely pieces for both Fall and Winter decorations. Here are a few different crafts you can…

Getting Started With Candle Making: Instructions & Guide

Getting Started With Candle Making: Instructions & Guide Whether you’re interested in making your own candles or crafting with ready-made ones, this is the project set for you! In the first section you’ll find nearly 20 different ideas for crafting with them (some working with melted wax, others…

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.

For Baby

Handmade Cuteness! 35+ Booties & Shoes

Handmade Cuteness! 35+ Booties & Shoes Ready for some cuteness? This is the list for you! Here are dozens of free tutorials for making adorable baby booties, shoes and slippers. I’ve separated the collection into three lists so they’re nicely organized for you: Fabric & Sewn,…

20+ Cute & Crafty Bibs To Sew

20+ Cute & Crafty Bibs To Sew Now this list was fun to put together! Though many are quite similar, there are plenty of cute ideas and lots of inspiration in this collection. Bibs make great homemade gifts for baby and any mom will tell ya…they are…

20 Ways To Make A Burp Cloth: {Tutorials}

20 Ways To Make A Burp Cloth: {Tutorials} Here are over a dozen different ways you can make burp cloths. These are so simple to whip up yet so nice to receive, great stuffer for gift baskets and homemade shower gifts. If you like simple & easy, this…

Fun, Stylish & Functional: Free Diaper Bag Patterns

Fun, Stylish & Functional: Free Diaper Bag Patterns Freshly updated [2019]: It’s been a long time since I’ve searched online to learn how to sew a diaper bag…wow, there are a lot designs to choose from! I had a lot of fun checking out dozens of different projects…

25+ Baby Blankets To Make: {Sewing Collection}

25+ Baby Blankets To Make: {Sewing Collection} Whew! Here’s the last collection of blankets to make, these focus on sewing tutorials and they’re all so lovely and gift-worthy! I’ve separated them into three groups…first is a selection of projects, next are a few ribbon taggy versions and…

Knitting

30+ Stuffed Animal & Doll Patterns

30+ Stuffed Animal & Doll Patterns There are some really sweet projects in this bunch (and they’re all free too), I’ve organized them into two sections for easier browsing (knit and crochet). They’re mainly animal characters and dolls but I plan on adding assorted toys too…you…

Get Out Your Hooks & Needles! 25+ Lovely Shawls & Wraps

Get Out Your Hooks & Needles! 25+ Lovely Shawls & Wraps Whether it’s something light and breezy for summer or cuddly and warm for cool weather, this collection of shawls has it covered. A few are lacey and elegant for evenings out while others are more casual for running errands or…

15+ Cozy Leg Warmer Patterns To Knit (Plus A Few Crochet)

15+ Cozy Leg Warmer Patterns To Knit (Plus A Few Crochet) Whether you’re wanting a pair of leg warmers to help keep off the chill during the winter months or use them to accessorize an outfit, you’ll find plenty of good ideas in this collection (they’re all free too). I’ve sorted…

Dog Clothing & Accessories To Make: {Assorted Designs}

Dog Clothing & Accessories To Make: {Assorted Designs} Need a chuckle today? Check out these adorable outfits for your furry little friend! You’ll find an assortment of coats, sweaters and booties that are either sewn or knit (there is a single crochet project to view), with some repurposing…

40+ Coffee Cup Cozies & Sleeves

40+ Coffee Cup Cozies & Sleeves Whether you want to make a reusable sleeve or cozy for take-out cups or ceramic mugs, this list has you covered. I’ve collected over three dozen different patterns and tutorials for sewn, knit and crocheted projects (all free!) and organized…

Crochet

Lovely Crochet Trim & Edging Patterns For Embellishment

Lovely Crochet Trim & Edging Patterns For Embellishment Here are a dozen different tutorials for making decorative crochet trims, they are a lovely addition to pillowcases, burp cloths, receiving blankets, dish towels, kitchen linens…you name it! They can be worked in both yarn and thread and are pretty…

15 Glorious Granny Square Patterns To Crochet

15 Glorious Granny Square Patterns To Crochet Crocheted granny squares are a hit with crafters since there are so many different items you can make with them: blankets or afghans, scarves, potholders, wraps, totes…the ideas are endless! Here are several different designs to check out, use a…

25+ Lovely Crochet Flowers: {Free Patterns & Instructions}

25+ Lovely Crochet Flowers: {Free Patterns & Instructions} Use these little charmers to embellish totes, bags, hats, headbands and whatever else you like. They can be made with cotton yarn, wool, crochet cotton and even embroidery thread. Lots of different styles to choose from in this collection, many…

20+ Free Child Hat Patterns: {Crochet}

20+ Free Child Hat Patterns: {Crochet} So much cuteness all on one page, lol! Here are nearly two dozen crocheted hats you can make for babies, toddlers and young children (many suitable for both girls and boys). Most are designed to fit babies but some include…

25+ Delightful Crochet Hat Styles & Inspiration

25+ Delightful Crochet Hat Styles & Inspiration Here’s a lovely mix of hats to crochet, most are for women but I do have a few tucked in at the bottom for men. All kinds of styles in this bunch, some flirty and fun, others chunky and warm.…

Paper Crafts

Seed Packet Printables & Templates

Seed Packet Printables & Templates Here is a lovely collection of free templates I’ve found online, use them to collect and organize your seeds and to give those you’ve harvested from your garden as gifts. These envelopes are also popular to use as wedding and…

Journaling Freebies & Resources Collection

Journaling Freebies & Resources Collection Here’s a collection of cards, notes, bubbles, talk tags and more that you can download and print…all for free! I also added a few resources that share tips and ideas for both pros and beginners. I’ll be adding more goodies…

Free Chore Charts You Can Craft Or Print

Free Chore Charts You Can Craft Or Print Help children both young and old stay on track with their chores by implementing an easy system that will help them remember to do what needs doing. Most of these are free printables but there are a few crafty projects…

30+ To Do Lists To Help You Get Organized

30+ To Do Lists To Help You Get Organized I had several of these already listed on the assorted printables page and it’s time now to give them their own spot here on Tipnut. You’ll surely find something to fit the job perfectly in this collection, some of the…

Make Decorative Envelopes & Liners: {Tutorials}

Make Decorative Envelopes & Liners: {Tutorials} Here are over a dozen ideas for making your own envelopes or adding something a little extra special to them (with decorative paper, doilies, fabric, etc.). Great inspiration here for holiday cards, wedding invitations, special announcements, whatever you like. Nothing…

20+ Free Thank You Cards & Notes To Save & Print

20+ Free Thank You Cards & Notes To Save & Print No matter what style of card or for what occasion (wedding, Christmas, baby shower or just because), you should find what you’re looking for in this collection. Some designs are quite simple while others are more elaborate, each are lovely…

Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Free Printable Lunch Box Notes Tuck little notes of encouragement, love and cheer into lunch bags and boxes to help brighten any child’s day while they’re away at school with these fun freebies. Lots of different designs, characters and messages to choose from in this…

Needlework

Scissor Pouches, Cases & Fobs: {A Great Mix}

Scissor Pouches, Cases & Fobs: {A Great Mix} Keep your embroidery scissors protected and at your fingertips with these sweet little pouches and fobs, they make lovely gifts for your favorite crafter too. There’s a nice range of designs including beaded, quilted and cross stitched. I’ve also added…

Needle Books & Cases: {Free Patterns & Tutorials}

Needle Books & Cases: {Free Patterns & Tutorials} Here’s a collection of patterns and tutorials for sewing / embroidery needle books & cases. Materials vary, there are felt, fabric & cross stitch covers. Some are simple with sleeves of felt or wool to hold needles, others quite elaborate…

The Art Of Smocking: How To Guide

The Art Of Smocking: How To Guide Of peasant origin, smocking is a decorative means of gathering a wide piece of material into a required measurement. The word “smock” comes from the Anglo Saxon–smoce–meaning a shift or shirt, and from early Saxon days men working in the…

Needlework Blocking, Care, Quick Tips & More

Needlework Blocking, Care, Quick Tips & More These tips were initially published on their own pages and moved here to make one handy reference sheet. You’ll find info for cleaning & care of needlework, transferring patterns, a clever idea for a thread organizer and more. Enjoy! Photocopy…

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.


Thread Organizer: (click image above to view larger size) Here is a great tip for keeping embroidery thread organized while also preventing it from tangling when working on a project...

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)