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5 DIY Craft Organizers That Will Change Your Life

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Creating an organized workspace from items that already exist in your own home is the equivalent of cooking a gourmet dinner with leftovers: You just feel an extra sense of pride. Not to mention, since you likely didn’t spend a dime, fiscally savvy.

Below are 5 DIY projects that really put the “fun” in functional… and they can ALL be made from items in your home. You heard us.

Prepare for your mind to be blown:

1) Think Outside The (Shoe)box:

shoe box

Do you often find yourself hoarding shoeboxes for no immediate reason? Actually, don’t answer that, we know you do. Presenting your new reason: An organized supplies holder and dispenser! Just poke holes in one side, and stick some brass gromets through so your ribbons can be pulled smoothly through with no snags. Wrap the box in pretty scrapbook paper to match your decor. This DIY project is so effective; and it gives you another reason why we deserve to get those pair of shoes you have been eyeing this month.

2) Threaghetti, Anyone?


This may be one of of our favorite life hacks… and not just because we love spaghetti. (But that’s true also). It’s because it really doesn’t get simpler than this: Take an old colander, put all your yarn in it, and loop the ends through the holes. Seriously, that’s it. Not only does this keep the yarn from getting dirty, but hello easy access! When you don’t have to untangle several feet of yarn before your next knitting project, it’s amazing how much more frequent those projects become. We suggest using a brightly colored colander to make it a welcome accent to your work area.

3) Put A Pin In It


Have a pincushion, a leftover piece of fabric and a few safety pins? Well, then you also have a new thread dispenser. Simply loop the spools of thread together with a piece of yarn (which, ahem, you can easily grab from your colander), and once threaded, safety pin it to each corner of the pincushion. Then, cut a circle out of any old fabric you have laying around, and safety pin that to the pun cushion as well. Warning: depending on how fancy you get with the fabric, you may want this to double as a centerpiece.

4) The Great Wall Of… You


Sure, this one’s a bit more advanced, but the pay off is substantial. Adding a slab of perforated timber or slatboard to a wall is essentially creating a tool shed without having to actually build a thing… plus, you can a decorate it however you want! We like to think of it as a sophisticated version of the cork boards you used to slather with Polaroid’s in your teen years. Once installed, hang everything from spools of thread to shelves for all your little trinkets, paints and tools, use it as your craft vision board; the possibilities are endless. Brighten it up with a fresh coat of paint, and trust us, you’ll never think of “hitting a wall” as a bad thing again.



5) Poppin’ Tags


Cardboard cards or bobbins are the perfect solution for the stragglers, i.e. those pieces of thread or string that don’t warrant an entire spool, but shouldn’t be tossed prematurely. Ideally, poke a hole in each one so you can label it with a tag / color code. Did we mention we just happen to sell these handy cardboard bobbins for this exact purpose? They come in packs of 56, and we feel confident you will use them all. They’re that handy. We also have plastic bobbins with a useful metal ring to keep it organized and accessible.


I Heart Silhouettes

Friday, January 30, 2015

January is coming to a close, that can only mean one thing, Valentines Day!  I love the romantic hues and patterns that Valentine’s Day brings.  Over the next 2 weeks we will be embracing the essence of love and romance with creative projects and tutorials that are sure to ignite some romantic fireworks.feeling stitchy photo

Today I’d like share some gorgeous heart silhouette projects that I found to get you in the mood. I just love this fabulous Valentines Day Coffee Cup Cozy by Feeling Stitchy. Who wouldn’t want to add more spice to their coffee or tea cup after seeing this fun project. Love it!feeling stitchy photo 2

What about this Valentine Treat Bag also by Feeling Stitchy? A similar pattern with multiple possibilities.  Make both, place the cozy into the bag with some candy for a great on a limb photo

Over at Cat on a Limb, Catherine created this gorgeous piece, Tree Love.  Over on her blog you can follow Catherine with her step by step instructions to make your own Tree Love Embroidery Piece. One word: Fabulous!canvas heart art

Canvas Heart Art over at Eighteen 25 is just so fun.  I love how this project combines stretched art canvas and DMC threads.  I could see a whole wall of these for Valentine’s Day or smaller ones as gifts. Visit Eighteen 25 to make your own.

Next week we will have some great Valentine’s Day tutorials on the blog, so excited!



Dazzling Chandelier Project

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Years Eve is here tomorrow and in a few days, students are back at school.  Gearing up to show off their holiday gifts and perhaps jazz up their school lockers.

Today I’d like to share a great project perfect for adding some dazzle to your New Years Eve tablescape and decor. These dazzling chandeliers can also adorn a locker or college dorm, perfect for the student who wants to add some sparkle to their school year. Pink and Silver Chandelier 72dpi 4in wide

These Dazzling Chandeliers are simple to make using-DMC Embroidery Floss, beads, craft foam and general craft supplies.  For extra bling, add some rhinestones, jewelry findings or sequins.  The final piece produces a chandelier that is light enough to hang from a magnetic hook.Pink and Silver Chandelier 72dpi 4in wide 2

Personalize the chandelier by selecting your favorite colors of thread and beads.  Enlarge the chandelier template and create a larger one to hang in your favorite room.

Download the full PDF directions by clicking below.

DMC Dazzling Chandelier Directions

Think boho chic, shabby and sweet, bold and colorful, gilded golds and silver brights! I’d love to see what you create!



More Amazing Embroidery

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fiber artists are continually transforming orindary supplies into something extraordinary using needles, embroidery threads, and a bit of time.

Embroidery and other forms of needlework can add a touch of color and style to everyday objects. Purses, tabletop textiles, clothing and other ordinary fabric items can easily be enhanced with stitching, and scraps of this and that can be combined to create art.

Here are some examples to inspire you…

Yumiko Higuchi features lovely embroidered pouches, handbags and purses on her blog site, and sells her creations on Etsy.

Each one features a theme stitched in either a single, monochromatic color scheme, or a blast of color, depending on the design.

Liz Cooksey uses fabric scraps, hand and machine embroidery to create works of art that can be framed and displayed. Visit her site to see more of her outstanding work. It’s organized into galleries, and you can enlarge each piece for a closer look by clicking on the image.

Prepare to be amazed, because even the simplest design on her page features an abundance of stitches. The lovely garden scene shown here is featured under Current Work.

As Autumn approaches you’ll definitely want to check out the work of artist Susanna Bauer, an artist renowned for making sculptural art from found objects that she gathers on her walks.

In this example, she takes an ordinary dried leaf and turns it into delicate, lacy treasure worthy of a frame using embroidery and crochet threads.

What unusual item will you stitch next?


Summer Jewelry You Can Make!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Looking for jewelry in just the right color to match your summer wardrobe?

Make it yourself using the perfect color of thread!

DMC‘s Designers have created these beautiful French Knit jewelry pieces that you can make using DMC Embroidery Floss and beads.

These fun pieces take just 2 to 3 hours to make, so you can easily make extras for additional outfits or for your friends.

You can get the free instructions from the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store site, and see them in their Memorial Day Sales Ad.


Embroidered Quilts

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

They say all Quilters embroider, but not all Embroiderers quilt. I’m not sure if this rings true or not, but I do know many quilters use embroidery in their quilted creations. Embroidery adds detail, texture, or helps the maker tell a story.

This quilt made by Debby Schnabel -a retired ICU nurse who runs the Debby Quilts blog -has created this masterpiece feauring her favorite psalms, and has used embroidery extensively in her project.

Debby has used pearl cotton to embroider her masterpiece with  a variety of interesting embroidered designs. The artists has used embroidery not only for the lettering in the text, but to also enhance images in the fabric, such as the tree show here, and to accent bold circles of color in the design.

As I look closely at Debby’s photos, I can see that she has painstakingly spaced rows of running stitch and bullion stitch, French knots and straight stitches in her circles, and has enhanced her trees with satin stitched fruit and detached chain stitch leaves.

The embroidered details are worked in basic stitches familiar to nearly anyone who embroiders or quilts, and really make the quilt come alive!

Quilt artist Allison Aller – one of the winners of DMC’s Trips to France –  also uses embroidery to enhance her quilts and add incredible detail to her projects.

She recently completed a piece titled Twenty Years in the Garden, using a variety of embroidery threads and ribbon to stitch the abundance of vegetables, flowers and plants in her quilted garden beds.

In the photo shown here, you can see the marigolds in-progress. Simply gorgeous.

Allison has used so many different hand embroidery stitches in her project that it’s hard to count them all, but I see French knots, straight stitch, stem stitch, detached chain stitch and lazy daisy stitches, running stitch, couching and more.

It’s amazing what embroidery can do for a quilting project, and I can hardly wait to see what these two incredible textile artists create next!


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