Back to School Pleated Skirt – Free Sewing Pattern

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Love this skirt: So Fall, so girly, so back-to-school. Best of all: easy to make, while sophisticated.   Back-to-School Pleated Skirt – Free Sewing Pattern Photo credit: Sewmamasew Enjoy this free sewing pattern and step-by-step instructions which you can find here at sewmamasew.com.

SHARE IT 24: Linky party + Features

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Hello everyone! Thank you all for sharing with us last week, and welcome back to those who were on vacation! It’s time for our weekly SHARE IT fest to share and review of what we’ve all been up to. This week, I had the honor of being invited to co-host the Creative Muster’s linky party […]

SHARE IT sunday linky party 21 + 2 Awesome Party Features

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Hello! I just want to say thank you for a minute! Thank you all for stopping by and supporting my little blog! You all are truly amazing. Its another week of the SHARE IT sunday Link Party where we love for you to link up your latest craft, pattern, recipe, DIY, decorating, organization blog posts. […]

Make a Recycled Dryer Sheet Envelope

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Great Idea: Make your own Recycled Dryer Sheet Envelope for keepsakes, niknaks and special letters. Jennifer from Sunny Vanilla executed this creative idea that was the brainchild of Paula Spahr. Let me show you her works of art:   How to Make Your Own Recycled Dryer Sheet Envelope Step-by-Step Tutorial Just a few steps to […]

Best Summer Craft Books for Kids

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I am resubmitting this article on the best summer craft books for kids, because it has this wonderful book on the list that would be perfect for …. fathersday! Yeah… It’s called ‘Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects’ and it offers a man’s perspective on craft. These are exactly the kind of projects that my husband […]

All you need for Summer is this Lil White Dress

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:: Pleaded Summer Dress :: Free Sewing Pattern ::   Here’s a fun weekend project for you to hone your sewing skills and get ready for summer too: learn how to make this romantic pleaded summer dress for you.  Find below a free sewing pattern for this and other summer dresses.   Romantic Pleated Summer […]

SHARE IT Sunday Linky Party 7

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Hello my dear wonderful readers! How are you all doing?! It’s linky party time again. I want to thank you all so very much for your abundance of great ideas linked up over the last few weeks, despite the fact that I moved the party from Wednesday to Sunday. Today, this will be the seventh […]

Butterfly Washcloth Knitting Pattern

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Hi all! I have a baby shower to go to this weekend, and so this week – instead of blogging – I have designed a baby butterfly dishcloth. Do you like it?   Just treating you some photos of it today. I will make a couple more of them as they make fabulous, face clothes […]

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words/Dollars

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Hiya all. This is another article in the Friday series ‘How to make money blogging’ for Craft Bloggers.  I hope you’ll apply it and benefit from it. “A picture is worth a thousand words.” is an old adage. You knew that. Now let me rephrase that: a good picture is worth 1000 dollars. Because it […]

2015 Reader Survey

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Will you please spare me a minute and fill out this quick survey? Free pattern for completed responses. I’d like to ask you a favor and respond. Tell me what kind of projects you are after and how I can improve the site for you. I have not yet returned from my parents’ home and […]

Without Breath

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Dear Readers, as you are reading this, I am dealing with the funeral of my father. Sorry, but pretty pink hearts and roses take a second position today/this week in my personal life. Yes, amazingly so, as I am so fond of Valentines Day and all that those sprinkles of love and romance around it. […]

Harlequin Stitch for Crochet Baby Blanket

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Adele from ‘3 Beans in a Pod’ totally delighted me when she shared this absolutely stunning photo of for her crochet baby blanket made in harlequin stitch. It’s a ‘work in progress’- photo for a blanket for her boys. The color combination with the harlequin stitch pattern is glorious for a baby blanket, and more! […]

I Have a Dream – Paper Garland (Mr Luther King Craft)

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Updated Jan 2015 :: Martin Luther King Craft :: I have a Dream :: Tiny Paper Garland :: Yesterday I posted two crochet craft ideas for Martin Luther King Day. But, when I went to bed last night, in my mind’s eye, I saw this adorable paper garland with letters of just a 1/4 inch […]

More Green Ideas: Quilting and Organizing Crafts

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Continued from Green Crafts Embroidery , Quilting & Applique EMBROIDERY/QUILTING/APPLIQUE Falling Leaves Tree Applique by WeeFolkArt Little Mushroom Girl Embroidery Pattern by One Red Robin Stitch a Day: French Knot, by Hand Embroidery Network Sewing Hexagons by All buttoned up at Sew Mama Sew Organizing Craft Bed (or armchair) Caddy by Sew 4 Home Sewing […]

DIY Craft Organizer Box

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Embellish and reuse old shoe boxes. Seems so obvious. But simple organization ideas such as these can result in a complete ‘makeover’ of a craft room. They can be added to a DIY personalized desk set that is lovely to work with. More importantly, creating matching craft organizing boxes can transform prior eye-sores such as […]

DIY Decorating on a Budget with hand-dyed Hydrangea Blooms

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:: How to hand-dye Hydrangea Blooms and place them into Fall Decorations :: As part of our ongoing series of beautiful decorating on a budget, today, Tammy from One More Time Events, shares some wonderful DIY ideas by re-using and altering some summer accessories as a base for early Fall decorations. Here Tammy focuses on […]

DIY Vignette with Recycled Bottle Candle Holder

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Fun summer recycled crafts project: Quick, Easy and Fun Candle Stick Holder with recycled soda pop bottle.  This DIY project at FineCraftGuild.com is written by contributing author Tammy Henderson from OneMoreTimeEvents.com.     Hi Everyone! Today, I thought it would be fun to share a fun project  using  a recycled carbonated bottle.   While enjoying […]

Tips for Making Beautiful Flower Images

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Do you want to make better pictures of tulips? Or capture the beauty of other flower images? Here are some great tips on how to raise your flower photography from average snaps to excellent flower shots. In Spring, I make a point of visiting tulip festivals. Picture taking seems to naturally attach itself to visiting […]

Half Square Triangles Quilting Technique, Class 15

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This is Class #15 of tips for quilting beginners. In today’s workshop we will learn how to create half square triangles to make dazzling larger triangle quilts out of them. There are some basic techniques for quilting triangles. Over the next few weeks quilting Instructor Janeen van Niekerk will walk us through the various steps […]

Thrifty Craft Supplies

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If my 50+ ‘Earth Day’-crafts & DIY projects got you interested, you probably like this article on using thrifty craft supplies (i.e. recycled, free or inexpensively acquired art supplies). I find personally, that a mixture of ‘already have’, ‘find’, ‘recycle’, and ‘store bought’- craft supplies give you the best results. You can’t recycle glue, so […]

75+ Mason Jar Crafts: Awesome Projects

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Best round-up of the most stunning, unique, clever, beautiful and practical re-purposed mason jar crafts. Mason Jars are today’s most iconic glassware. They used to be called canning jars or recycled jam pots. But today, they are mason jars, and they are craft worthy! In fact, they are barely recycled these days and sold at […]

Quilt Glossary for Beginning Quilters (N-Z)

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This Complete Quilting Glossary for Beginning Quilters constitutes our 14th workshop with Quilting Tips for Beginners. This series of how to make a quilt is taught by Janeen van Niekerk.  We now have the complete quilting glossary for beginners, with the Quilting Terms A-Z for beginners from last week’s class.  Essentially, reading  these new terms […]

Quilting Terms for Beginners (A-M)

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Today’s the 13th free quilting class with tips for beginners, guided by Janeen van Niekerk.  We’re giving everyone two weeks more to catch up on finishing the first three quilting projects: the fussy cutting project, the ‘beginners quilt, or ‘miracle’ quilt as I call it, and the modern quilt or ‘pixel’ quilt, as Janeen calls […]

Easy Handmade Jewelry For Girls :: Beaded Friendship Bracelets

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We have featured several jewelry-making methods of friendship bracelets to date. This beaded friendship bracelet just is a perfect addition now that summer is approaching. Cute girls / teenagers need something to do when they are lazing around on the school or back yard.  And you might want to join in. These easy-to-make friendship bracelets […]

How to Create a Fathers Day Vignette for a Golf Loving Dad

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This article is written by guest writer Tammy Henderson. She’s a regular contributor to FineCraftGuild. We’ll feature a new post by Tammy every Monday morning with how to update your home by creating a seasonal vignette, ideally made with pre-owned and recycled goodies.   When Tammy suggested to teach us how to create a Fathers […]

How to Make a Lap Quilt – Quilting Class for Beginners #11

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:: The quilt-making workshop today is part of a series for quilting beginners. Two weeks ago, we started making a modern lap quilt and today we are going to take the next steps. Next week we’ll finish it off. It will be so exciting seeing the end result of your own lap quilt. I can’t […]

Easy DIY Bottle Vase Centerpiece

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I am sure you saw this guest post yesterday about How to create a Spring Vignette with layers of glass? Such an elegant but homey style. Recycled glass can take on so many different styles however. A while back, I posted these lovely DIY walnut-stained wooden sconces with bottle glass, as vases or candle holders.  […]

LINKY PARTY: Original Fathers Day Cards & Gift Ideas

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Hi All! Today is linky party – DAY. Love celebrating it. I thought of a theme for toay, so you can all hang your hat on something. I came up with Father’s Day. I love the holidays of all kind but when it’s ‘involved’ and has to be handmade, I prefer to start early-ish. Like […]

How to Add Batting & Backing, and Bind a Quilt – Free Class

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Today’s workshop #8 about how to finish a quilt, is really three free quilting classes in one: How to add batting to a quilt how to add backing to a quilt, and how to bind a quilt. Get ready for a ton of illustrations! And with so many step-by-step photos, this is arguably the best […]

Linky Party, Vegan Hummus Bites Recipe + Ombre Celtic Knot Bracelet Tutorial

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Hi All! Today a linky party, prefaced by a free jewelry making tutorial. This Celtic knot bracelet tutorial is too good to pass up so I am sharing it with you today. We are having some really great tutorials at Fine Craft Guild lately. I am sure you have noted our online quilting for beginners […]

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