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    Crafting in a Winter Wonderland

    I was so lucky to find an amazingly fun craft group when I moved to Charlotte, Crown Town Handmade. The free monthly craft workshops are always a great way to unwind and chat with other crafters. For our holiday craft workshop last night I taught a class on little felt ornaments. Here’s what I made, a teeny tacky Christmas sweater! Felt is fun for accomplished crafters and beginners. It’s inexpensive and easy to find at almost every craft or fabric store, as well as easy to work with since it doesn’t fray when cut. I love all the beautiful colors, patterns, and textures available. Other than felt, all you’ll need…

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    Sometimes I Am a Genius

    I can’t believe it took me this long to think of this, actually. I’ve mentioned that I frequently have to hem up skirts I get at the thrift store. Because everyone else is too tall and not because I am kind of short. Anyway, I got this adorable skirt over the weekend that was perfect except for being about a foot too long. The solution to what I could do with the extra fabric just popped into my head. The bottom hem leaves on side already finished. All I have to do is press and sew a small hem on the cut edge. I am entirely too satisfied with myself.

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    Crafting Personal Style: Cute Bottoms

    I bet that’s going to get me some interesting site traffic. I have very much become a skirt person. Skirts are easier to fit and alter, giving me more options when thrifting and making them easier to sew for myself. There are lots of options for silhouettes, which means there are lots of options for finding a style that flatters your body. Do you want your skirt full and flowy, slinky, short and flirty? Look for a scalloped hem, tabs at the waist, bows, and buttons or create them yourself when altering. Thrifted and altered skirt So are you ready to start making your own skirts? Burda Style offers free patterns to download. Or…

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    Fabric Belt

    These fabric belts are super fast and easy, and a great way to throw a little pattern into your outfits or draw attention to your waist if that’s your inclination. I started making these as a way to get rid of some of my stash and I got a little addicted. They are also suuuuper cheap to make, which is always awesome. These instructions make a belt about 3″ wide, but you can adjust the fabric width is you want. Before you start, measure around your waist where you want the belt to sit. Add about 10 inches. Then gather up your supplies. You will need: – Two strips of fabric…

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    Another Tutorial

    Wow, I am terrible at updating. (I think I smell a resolution.) To make up for it, here’s a tutorial!   You will need: -Wooden doll head (the kind with the flattened bottom). I used one with a diameter of about 2.5 inches, but you can scale up or down as you like. -Felt of fleece for the body plus scraps for clothes, tummies, etc -Acrylic paint -Paintbrush -Fine tip permaneant marker -Fabric marking tool -Stuffing -Matching thread -Sharp scissors -Hot glue gun -Sandpaper -Ribbon or small scale trim -2 pipe cleaners -Other bits for decoration (beads, ribbon roses, etc) Steps: 1. Lightly sand the wooden dolls head and wipe…

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    Styrofoam Skulls

    I made these little guys today. They’ll be going on a Halloween wreath I think. You’ll need: – Styrofoam balls (I used 3″, but you can use whatever size you like) – Butter knife – Pencil – White and black paint – Red sequins and pins – Paintbrush – Sandpaper Start by cutting a small slice off the bottom of the ball with your butter knife. Cut another slice parallel to your first, at about a 45 degree angle to the last, making the front and sides rounded and the back squared off. This makes your jaw line. Set the ball so it’s resting flat on the surface made by…