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  • Printables,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Quilting Basics: HST and QST Printable Cutting Guide

    Two building blocks of quilt patterns are the HST unit and the QST unit: the half square triangle and the quarter square triangle.  Once you have this skill in your arsenal, the world of quilting opens wide! The method I will show you in this tutorial will create two units at once rather than one at a time.  The process goes a lot faster with minimal extra steps, plus there’s less risk of the triangles getting stretched out due to bias cutting. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a little commission at no extra cost to you if you make…

  • Sewing

    Cylinder Pencil Case Tutorial

    One of my favourite things about school as a kid was getting to pack up all my pencils and school supplies into a pretty new pencil case at the beginning of the year.  Even as an adult, there is nothing like new supplies, ah!  This tutorial will teach you how to make soft, cylinder pencil case.  The tube shape is really fun, and the soft sides means that you can squish the case into tightly packed bags when travelling with your art supplies. I designed this fabric myself and sell it on Spoonflower.  I made this from two full Spoonflower swatches plus a part of a third.  You can see and purchase the fabric collection…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Running Gear: Water Bottle Holder

    In 2014, I took up running as a hobby and exercise source.  My lifestyle is pretty sedentary, with a desk job 9-5 and crafting and reading most evenings.  I moved from being unable to run for more than 30 seconds to running a half-marathon within a year.  I’ll just put it out there – I have fallen in love with running! You would imagine that a hobby like running would be pretty inexpensive since it’s just you and the pavement for the most part, but the incremental costs can really add up.  Race entrance fees, decent running shoes, moisture-wicking clothing, energy gels, hydration packs.  I’ve purchased a bunch of different styles of hydration…

  • Sewing

    Repositionable Quilt Planning: Save an Abandoned Sewing Project

    I’ve been working on one particular quilt for just over a year ago now – a brightly coloured 80″x80″ quilt with “Monkey Wrench” quilt pattern blocks in bright blue, orange, green and pink.  I keep getting distracted from this project by other projects, so I’ve finally decided that I just need to force myself through the rest of the blocks to finish this once and for all.  No more distractions! #quilting I’ve made dozens of blocks in the same pattern for the quilt I’m working on, but I think this is my favourite colour combination yet! A photo posted by @pangepange on May 10, 2015 at 1:17pm PDT This is…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Home Decor,  Tutorials

    Painting Laminate Furniture: No Sanding Required

    I received this desk with fantastic bones from my friend Lea who was paring back her space.  Isn’t the shape of the desk great?  I love that it has two rollers; one is a full desk drawer with lots of dividers to keep everything neat and tidy, and one  is a roll-away tray, probably meant for a computer keyboard.  I love using a keyboard tray for scrapbooking. You can start work on a page, have lots of mess on your work surface, then simply push in the tray to keep your workspace tidy yet be ready to roll it out at a moment’s notice to get right back to it. While I loved the shape of…

  • Home Decor,  Quilting,  Sewing

    How to Make a Chevron Quilt from Start to Finish

    If you have never quilted, this tutorial to create a small chevron tabletop quilt will be perfect for you. This project is small but will give you the skills you need to make a basic quilt with half square triangle (HST) blocks. You’ll learn how to do the following: cut out your fabrics assemble half square triangle (HST) unit blocks two at a time assemble the HST units into a chevron pattern assemble your quilt sandwich: quilt top, batting, and backing quilt the sandwich square up your quilt create binding from strips of fabric attach the binding to the quilt with mitred corners and hidden ends It looks like a…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Tiny Zipper Pouch

    While building up my Spoonflower shop, I’ve amassed a collection of 8″ square swatches to test my fabric designs. I also have a pretty big collection of tiny 5″ zippers that I ordered online in bulk back in the day when I was slightly addicted to making zipper pouches. This tutorial will show you how to make a lined zipper pouch using two Spoonflower swatches and a 5″ zipper. If you don’t have Spoonflower swatches, you’ll need two pieces of coordinating fabric measuring 8″x5.5″. I actually don’t own a zipper foot (I sadly lost it while moving years ago and haven’t had a chance to replace it), so my zippers…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Weekly Meal Plan

    I’m sure this predicament is common for many couples: one person arrives home earlier than the other but isn’t sure what the other person is thinking for dinner. I come home much later than my fiance, and he has offered to start prepping dinner so we can enjoy it at a decent hour when I get home. The problem: what to make? I’ve done weekly meal plans taped to the fridge, Google documents, phone calls in the middle of the day, Pepperplate… Nothing has stuck. This time, I’ve decided to go bulletin board style with a recipe name thumbtacked beside a letter representing a day of the week. I didn’t…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    How to Make a D20 Icosahedron Ornament

    What do you call a 3D shape that has twenty sides? If you said an icosahedron, you’re right! From my geeky history, a D20 dice comes to mind more than the technical term. To make this ornament out of paper, you can follow the related tutorial for a 3D Christmas ornament.   The concept is the same: take 20 circles and fold the edges to form equilateral triangles, attaching them edge to edge in order to build the twenty sided shape. The difference between these two processes is that instead of attaching them together with the edges towards the outside, the edges are folded into the inside. First, make sure…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Scrapbook Paper 3D Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

    This weekend was our first major snowstorm of the season, and being stuck inside gave me motivation to work on my Christmas tree.   Other than the tree skirt, I realized there was nothing homemade on my tree!  Time to get crafty and make some ornaments out of scrapbook paper: Supplies You’ll Need Round paper punch Three sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper Scissors Double-sided tape Ribbon Punch out 20 circles from scrapbook paper. I layered the three sheets and punched them at once to triple my productivity. Punch out one extra circle and cut out an equilateral triangle from it, as large of a triangle as can fit in the circle. …

  • Photography,  Tutorials

    How to Make A Photography Lightbox for (Basically) Free

    A sharp white background behind a photographed object can turn a snapshot into something more professional – even if the object is photographed with just a smart phone.  The use of a lightbox can help create a seamless white background with few shadows.  Best of all, you can easily make it with stuff around your house in a short amount of time. What You Need: Cardboard Box Box Cutter / X-acto knife Tissue Paper Tape Ruler Pencil Lamps / light source Scissors Matte poster board / sturdy paper approximately twice as long as the box depth Our goal is to create a box with three windows: one facing towards the…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    Framed Prints on Clips Swappable Art

    For almost two years, I’ve had a small amount of this grey-blue drapery fabric leftover from my craft room’s curtains.  The fabric is very sturdy due to a heavyweight blackout lining. While cleaning out my soon-to-be mother-in-law’s basement, I found these two frames that were destined for the trash heap.  I immediately thought of this fabric and knew I could work with them to create an artwork display for interchangeable prints. The best part?  Everything in this project came from my stash, so there was no immediate cost.  Bonus! Supplies wooden frames (recycled) fabric (leftover from old projects) drapery clips ($1 on clearance at Fabricland) small-sized prints thumbtacks ruler (optional)…

  • Events,  Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Cupcake Liner Pom Pom Centrepieces Revisited

    A while back, I wrote a tutorial on how to make cupcake liner centrepieces.  I loved the look of them, but as they sat on my kitchen table among my other wedding prototypes, I noticed a fatal flaw: the finishing nails, due to the small size of the head, are not all that secure.  For longevity, this is an issue: I found that some of the liners started to fall off, while the nail stayed in the ball. It was time for Cupcake Liner Pom Pom 2.0: Thumbtack Edition! Supplies You’ll Need Styrofoam Balls (I used 3″) Flat Shiny Thumbtacks (Cheapest ones in silver I could find were at Walmart)…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Designing a Quilt Using Microsoft Word

    I designed a yoga quilt for my best friend using Microsoft Word for planning. Usually I just doodle a design idea on a napkin, estimate yardage, and go for it, but in this case, wanted to visualize the sashing and figure out how much of each fabric I would need to purchase exactly. This method of quilt planning will work for quilts with simple square blocks. Open Microsoft Word.  I’m using Microsoft Word 2007, so keep in mind the menus might be slightly different if you are using a different version.  Insert a table with the number columns and rows you would like to to have in your quilt.  Insert…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Repeating Pattern for Spoonflower

    Creating a repeating pattern that doesn’t look obvious may seem like an arduous task, but it is not as complicated as it looks. With Photoshop and a little patience, you can turn a drawing into a repeating pattern to turn into a fabric on Spoonflower or even a website repeating background image. What you need: Drawing Photoshop Scanner Creativity Remember to save your progress often! First, you’ll need to create a base drawing for your repeating background. I drew these little pink squids for my fabric design. The key is to make sure that nothing touches the edge of the paper. I’m not great at colouring on paper, so I…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Spinach and Pepper Scrambled Eggs

    My go-to quick and easy breakfast is scrambled eggs. With the addition of a few extra veggies and spices, scrambled eggs jumps from ordinary to extraordinary. Ingredients two eggs tablespoon of milk handful of spinach leaves, chopped finely 1/3 of a pepper (I used yellow), diced 1 stick of celery, diced salt and pepper to taste Vegetable seasoning, to taste Whisk eggs and milk in a bowl. Mix in spinach, pepper, celery, and spices. In a greased, medium-low heated pan, cook until no liquid remains. I usually make these scrambled eggs at the same time as I’m preparing my salad for lunch that way I can dice my vegetables for…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    How to Make an Origami Box out of Scrapbook Paper

    Since my craft supplies end up taking over all my drawers and boxes, I like to compartmentalize them into small origami boxes that are quick and easy to make. The best part is that these boxes only require two sheets of 12×12″ scrapbook quality paper each. You can even adapt these instructions to make mini versions out of any square size piece of paper. Supplies 12×12″ scrapbook paper – cardstock weight works best for the sake of sturdiness Paper cutter or scissors Tape if desired (not required) The most critical tip I have for the creation of this box is to make sure you crease all your folds.  This will…