• Before and After,  Home Decor,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew Bar Stool Slipcovers Tutorial

    To fulfill my dream of renovating my kitchen on a budget, I tried my hand at making custom slipcovers for my new-to-me bar stools for the breakfast bar we are creating.  I didn’t buy a pattern to  make these.  Instead, I used my handy measuring tape and dove right in and figured things out as I went along. Each chair took approximately 2 infant nap times to cut out, sew, and staple – nap times are how I count time in my life now, apparently.  Overall, I’m pleased with the results and am happy to share my process with you.  This tutorial will show you how to recover a bar stool that has a…

  • News

    Craftcore Has a New Look! Website Redesign

    If you’re like me, as soon as you’re able to open up the windows and let in the fresh spring air, a sudden urge to give the house a deep clean strikes.  Similarly, I’ve been itching to give my humble ‘ol blog a spring makeover.  I don’t think there was anything wrong with the old look, but sometimes I just want to experience something different. Yesterday, I gave Craftcore a fresh redesign that features larger images and an easier-to-browse navigation.   All blog posts from now on will feature larger, higher-quality pictures, meaning that you’ll be able to get up close and personal with all those crafty details.   Additionally, the…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    1950s Pass-Through Kitchen Renovation Project

    Welcome to my kitchen renovation!  My kitchen is original to the 1950s bungalow, meaning that structurally the cabinets are pretty sturdy but they are bulkier in appearance than most modern kitchens.  The previous owners we purchased the home from had painted the wooden cabinets white – I’m thankful for that being done already.  The kitchen footprint is pretty small so the white gives the illusion of the space being bigger than it is. My kitchen has a fairly small U-shaped layout.  When there are two cooks in the kitchen, we are always bumping into each other.  Here are a few photos of what the kitchen looks like right now to give…

  • Articles,  News

    Canvas Pouch Giveaway Winners Announcement

    I’m pleased as punch to announce that the two lucky winners of the Craftcore Canvas Pouch Giveaway.  Jenny H and Richard B will be receiving a canvas pouch of their choice from my Etsy shop.    Hooray! Jenny and Richard, I’ve sent you an email to arrange prizing.  Check your email! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and supported my new Etsy shop.  Be sure to check out my shop and take a look around at all my available designs. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to keep in the loop about future giveaways and all the activity going on at Craftcore!

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Tea Bag Travel Carrier Sewing Project Reveal – Tea for Two Swap

    My latest completed sewing project is an adorable tea bag travel carrier.  It would be great to throw in your purse as a pouch for up to 4 tea bags.  I’m a member of a Facebook quilting group called the Quilt Cave and we did this project as a swap.  This is the tea bag holder that I’ll be sending to my partner – I hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it! This project comes together quickly and is a great stash-buster.  I used a variety of green and blue fabrics.  I’ve had a stash of these kimono buttons for a long time, so I used them…

  • Articles,  Community,  Reviews

    My Favourite Artisans at the One of a Kind Show (Spring 2017)

    Yesterday I attended the One of a Kind Show in Toronto.  This is my third time attending the show, and it always is a great time.  This season did not disappoint!  I always love seeing what other crafty people are making, and I absolutely love seeing how artisans create their customized booth setups. The Details Craft Show: One of a Kind Show (oneofakindshow.com) Date: Wednesday March 29 to Sunday April 2, 2017 Location: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto Size: 500 artisans My One of a Kind Show Haul I was a spectator this season due to being on an extremely strict budget (maternity leave problems, ha!).  I didn’t expect to…

  • Articles,  News

    Craftcore Announcement & Canvas Pouch GIVEAWAY

    Hello everyone! Last week I soft-launched my Craftcore Etsy shop! I’m so excited to share my yoga leggings and canvas pouches with you, made from fabrics designed by me. After a successful first week (four sales), I feel confident enough to share this with you all here on the blog. To celebrate launching the shop, I wanted to host a giveaway.  I’m giving away a prize to two lucky winners. Each winner will receive a canvas pouch of their choice from my Etsy shop ($15 CAD value).  I currently have more than 45 designs available. I’m also celebrating 300 Facebook fans!  I’m aiming to reach 1000 Facebook followers next.  If…

  • Reviews

    Crafting with a Baby: My Favourite Products for a Crafty Mommy’s Sanity

    I was worried that after I had a baby that I wouldn’t have time to craft anymore. While I’ve certainly had to tone down my time at the sewing machine (my baby always is my priority!), nap time is the perfect time to get away for an hour or so to get a little me-time in. My son is almost 7 months now, and while the first few months were tough, we’ve fallen into a sleeping schedule that both allows baby to be thoroughly rested and mommy to get her crafting time and keep the house (moderately) clean. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. Full disclosure: If you happen…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How Much Fabric Do I Need To Buy for Cutting Out Rectangles?

    I’m trying something new on the blog.  I get a lot of questions from readers that I answer privately, but they are often very similar to each other.  I’m going to start answering questions that are not private in nature publicly on the blog so that everyone can learn from the answers.  Let’s share the wealth! Have a question?  Come ask me over on my contact page. Today’s question comes from DJ: HELP!!!! how much fabric would I need for 20 squares that measure 15″ x 16 1/2″? THANK YOU How Much Fabric Do I Need to Buy to Cut These Rectangles? The way I calculate this is very similar to the…

  • How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug - Tutorial by Craftcore
    Sewing,  Tutorials,  Videos

    How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug Quilting Tutorial

    In this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to make this super cute heart mug rug. I’ve made mine in red, white and pinks, giving off a major Valentine’s Day vibe, but you could easily swap up the colours for a totally different look all year round. You can watch my video tutorial or read the transcript below.  I’ve included a few photos for reference but the main tutorial is on the video portion of this posting. How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug – Video Tutorial: This is a great project to use up fabric scraps. You’ll need three fabric prints in total: one dark for the background and…

  • How to Make a 3D Folded Frame Embellishment Greeting Card Tutorial
    Paper Craft,  Tutorials,  Videos

    VIDEO: How to Make a 3D Folded Frame Embellishment Greeting Card Tutorial

    Today I’m going to show you how to make this really simple embellishment frame out of folded card stock. It looks great on the front of a card, but you could apply this to other scrapbook projects for a three dimensional element. It really makes your focal sticker POP with minimal effort! This video features a Christmas card as an example, but you could do something similar for any holiday or event. Are you ready to get started?

  • Valentine's Day Cookies by Craftcore
    Recipes,  Tutorials

    Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Ideas

    Valentine’s Day is next week, so in preparation, I’ve been decorating some Valentine’s Day cookies with various types of icing. I’m no expert cookie decorator, but I enjoy trying.  I watch people who are amazingly talented on YouTube ice cookies, but my experience attempting to recreate those is limited. Here are the results of my baking for Valentine’s Day this year.  I think when you look at them with a sweeping glance they look quite cute!  If you look closely, you’ll see my shaky piping (LOL).  So ignore that! Here are the iced Valentine’s Day cookies: Now my intention when sharing this blog post is not to portray myself as…

  • Knitting and Crochet,  Projects

    Knitting a Baby Hat with Bulky Yarn

    I recently completed my first non-flat knitting project: a knitted baby hat for my infant son.  All the tutorials I found referenced using thin yarn, but I have a ton of bulky yarn in my stash that I needed to use up.  One in particular is the nearly the same shade of blue as my son’s eyes and I knew it had to turn into a baby hat for him no matter what. I’ve never used three needles at once for circular knitting and I wasn’t ready to take the plunge yet (baby steps!), so I searched for instructions for a hat that would be knitted flat then seamed at the…

  • Recipes,  Tutorials

    Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Bites Recipe

    I had some leftover shortening left over from another recipe that I needed to use up, so I changed up some ingredients in another recipe to create these yummy cookie bites.  The cinnamon flavour mixes so well with the apples and oats.  These ingredients combine to form a collection of crumbly but delicious cookie bites!  I hope that you enjoy these as much as my husband and I do. Yields: approximately 4 dozen cookies. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1 cup quick…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Use an Existing Bib to Sew a New Bib Sewing Tutorial

    My son just turned four months old and he is definitely starting the teething stage.  With teething, bibs definitely save a lot of laundry with all that gooey baby drool dripping everywhere.  I’m slowly increasing my bib stash by sewing up my own bibs using existing bibs as a pattern.  This sewing tutorial will teach you how to make a pattern from an existing baby bib to sew a new one.  Two trim options are outlined: contrasting bias binding or self-facing. All you need for this tutorial is an existing bib that you love, some fabric, and some kind of fastener (snaps, velcro, etc). Before You Start the Bib, Decide the…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials,  Videos

    VIDEO: How to Make an Origami Box Out of Scrapbook Paper

    These boxes are awesome! I’ve been making them for years to organize my craft room and to store gifts for friends. They are cost-effective too, only using two sheets of 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper to make. You can, of course, use smaller or larger paper, just note that you’ll want to cut the same 1/4″ strips off the sides of your paper regardless of what size sheets you start with. Would you prefer step-by-step written instructions? You can find those instructions in my original post: How to Make an Origami Box Out of Scrapbook Paper. With the wide variety of scrapbook papers available on the market, the sky is…

  • Projects,  Taming Craft Room Chaos,  Videos

    VIDEO: Craft Room Tour

    In 2015, I posted a craft room reveal on my blog. My craft room lived in the smallest room of the house.  I loved the layout of the room, but I wanted to have more room to grow.  By 2016, I had a knitting machine and a desire to use more of my sewing machine collection more easily.  The room was just too small for the equipment I had in there.  I also wanted to move my office (basically just my computer and printer) from the dreary basement into my craft room too. Welcome to my new craft room!  I had a spare bedroom in my house so I converted the…