National Craft Month: Craft Tips

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In celebration of National Craft Month I thought I’d compile a big list of inspiring and helpful craft tips from Craft Experts like you!

Sew Many Ways has brilliant tips for organizing your Sewing and Craft Room. Check out this blog for some crafty inspiration! One of my favorite ideas I found on Karen’s site is this tutorial on how to File Your Fabric.

File Your FabricSew Many Ways

General Craft Tips

“In the spring – I take all the scraps and thread that come from my serger and put them outside along with used dryer sheets and lint and bits of yarn – there are many colourful bird nests in my neigbourhood.” – Susan M. from Gatineau, Canada.

“Before starting any craft that involves ink or even gardening, use a Silicone Glove hand cream. (such as Avon). It will prevent your hands from becoming stained. To remove odors from your hands, simply rub your hands with a tablespoon under cool water. The odor will completely disappear.” -Gay D. from PAHRUMP, NV.

“Scissor Sharpening: Cut through (fine) sandpaper a few times to sharpen your scissors.” -Amanda O. from Kingsport, TN.

Getting Sticky…. Glue Tips!

glue

“Place a little bit of Vaseline to the end of your glue gun to get rid of those long glue strings.” – Dawn P. from Belfast, ME.

“When using my glue gun I always have a small bowl with a sponge in it and just enough water to dampen the sponge. I wet my fingers before I touch the article I am gluing and this way I never burn my fingers.” -Lorraine G. from South Dartmouth, MA.

“Spray adhesives are a wonderful invention, however they can be messy. I made a “spray booth” out of a cardboard box and close it up as much a possible for each project. Saves on inhaling fumes, and protects the rest of the room, table, and sprayer.” -Sharon D. from Laebanon, OR.

“Use a magic eraser to remove excess glue and tape, it cleans it off easily.” -Nancy C. from San Jose, CA.

Sewing & Needlework Tips

A great place to learn new Sewing Tips and tricks is the Cold Hands Warm Heart Crafts Blog.

Sewing Tips for BeginnersCold Hands Warm Heart Crafts

“When sewing with flimsy fabrics, such as silk, crepe or chiffon, pin fabric to freezer paper (available at the supermarket ) before cutting pattern pieces.” – Harriet C. from New York, NY.

“When sewing anything patience and the iron are your friends! Pattern directions are often vague, press after EVERY trip to the sewing machine and your final product will look professional.” -Kelley D. from Orange Park, FL.

“I purchase old teapots at secondhand stores to use for crocheting. They make perfect yarn holders. Can be used for knitting as well. The ball or skein of yarn goes in the teapot and the end is threaded through the spout.” – Linda E. from Clinton, ME.

“When machine embroidering flowers, use variegated thread to cut down on thread changes with a lovely result.” – LeAnne O. from Jacksonville, FL.

“When using brightly colored cotton yarn for dish clothes or wash clothes, before using or washing, give the finished item a soak in a white vinegar solution. This sets those bright colors so they don’t fade.” -JoAnn T. from Columbus, OH.

Srapbooking Tips

The artists at The Crafter’s Workshop have some great tutorials and tips for using their awesome stencils in card making and scrapbooking projects. Here is one of my favorite projects.

Stamping Thru Stencils with SannaThe Crafter’s Workshop

“When you are die cutting, cut a few extras to have on hand for making last minute cards. I have a drawer where I keep these extras so that I always have them on hand when I need to make a quick card.” – Barbara M. from Williamstown, VT.

Decorate all of your pages before installing them into your albums. It’s much easier than trying to do them this way.” – Evoone P. from Corydon, KY

“I like to use all kinds of regular every day ephemera type papers (bags, receipts, wallpaper, stickies, etc.) mixed in with my pretty scrapbook and foil specialty papers in my projects – the juxtaposition of the common and specialty papers creates depth and interest.” -September P. from Port Orange, FL.

“Lightly dust baby or talcum powder when you need to remove stickiness from a removed sticker or an area where there is adhesive. It removes the stickiness and you cannot notice it. It helps alleviate having to redo a card or scrapbook project, which is not what you want to do if you are almost complete with the project.” -Denise M. from Harrisburg, PA.

“I use wax paper to get goo out of my paper punches. And then follow it with aluminum foil to sharpen your paper punches.” -Kim K. from Colorado Springs, CO.

 

Do you have a great craft tip to share with CreateForLess and our community of crafters?  From a time saving tip on a sewing project to simple scrapbook layout tips, we’d love to hear them. Share your favorite craft tip and you could win a $100 CreateForLess shopping spree! Follow this link to enter your best tip! National Craft Month Drawing

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