Bias Tape Napkins

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

DIY Custom Napkins with Bias Tape

For holiday dinners, I like to use cloth napkins.  I personally think they express that the dinner is special.  I see so many adorable napkins in stores but those “extras” increase the price.  Instead of paying more, I take ordinary and plain cloth napkins and make them look special.  One of the easiest ways to do this is with bias tape.  You can buy it or make it yourself depending on how crafty you’re feeling.  Your guests will surely be impressed with this project.

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Bat Mask

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Easy Bat Mask for Halloween

Did you make the Bat Cape with me or do you just want a spooky mask?  Masks are an essential part of many Halloween costumes.  This Bat Mask will take your costume up a notch.  You can also edit this mask to fit your needs.

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Pretty Little Hand Warmers

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

It’s getting to be that time of year again, friends! Cold weather time! And while I must admit that I love the cooler months of the year, I’m not a big fan of freezing fingers, so hand warmers are a must in our house. But why should they be boring? Never! Here are a few of our favorite DIY hand warmer projects. Psst, they make great holiday gifts! So check them out and get crafting!

Vanilla Cream Cashmere Heart Handwarmers - WormWoole Etsy Shop

Vanilla Cream Cashmere Heart HandwarmersWormeWoole Etsy Shop

So pretty! Am I right? These recycled sweater hand warmers turn old, worn out sweaters into something newly useful and beautiful! Soft and snuggly, I can just imaging them tucked into my pockets, keeping my fingers warm. It must be love!

Mini Heart Shaped Hand Warmers - Haberdashery Fun

Mini Heart Shaped Hand WarmersHaberdashery Fun

And speaking of love, how about these precious heart shaped hand warmers? Adorable, right? Perfect for using up spare bits of fabric, these would make fantastic teacher gifts from your child (but be sure to make them a set as well!).

Homemade Hand Warmers - Repeat Crafter Me

Homemade Hand WarmersRepeat Crafter Me

And these! Ack! Possibly the cutest hand warmers ever made, these little owls are a lovely project for a beginner sewer and a wonderful gift for just about anyone on your list.

Have you made hand warmers for your loved ones? Tell us about your project or send us photos! We love to see them! And check out these and other hand warmer projects on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

DIY Tunic Style Shirt

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By Guest Blogger Kelly from the blog So Much to Make.

Kelly shares something for everyone on So Much to Make. Check out her blog for sewing tutorials, recipes, easy arts and craft tutorials, printables and more.

DIY Tunic Style Shirt

Nothing is more comfy in hot weather than something that feels like you aren’t wearing it at all. Nudity without the embarrassment of exposure—that’s what this tunic-style shirt feels like.

And it was SO easy to make. You make ONE cut. You sew TWO seams. Finish edges, sew in the elastic shirred waist (this isn’t hard, but does take about as long as the rest of the shirt-making combined), and you have a new, fun, flattering top!

Start with the right fabric. I bought this as a remnant, so I don’t know exactly what it is. I’m guessing it’s a rayon challis. You’ll want a fabric that is lightweight, drapes well and isn’t too crisp or thick.

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T-Shirt Infinity Scarf

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Upcycle old t-shirts into a colorful infinity scarf

Do you have a few T-shirts that you want to keep but don’t wear anymore?  It’s a tricky when you have a few because it’s not enough to make a T-shirt quilt with, but it’s too many for a lot of small T-shirt projects.  Well, I have a solution for you.  Infinity scarves are great because you can wrap them around you, and they look great without a lot of effort.  By following this tutorial, you can make a great infinity scarf out of your favorite T-shirts.

Materials:

  • 5-7 T-shirts
  • 1 yard Jersey or Fleece
  • Thread
  • Pins

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DIY Poncho Shirt Tutorial

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By Guest Blogger Kelly from the blog So Much to Make.

Kelly shares something for everyone on So Much to Make. Check out her blog for sewing tutorials, recipes, easy arts and craft tutorials, printables and more.

DIY Poncho Shirt Tutorial I have 6 sisters and one brother. Don’t pity him. A boys favorite thing to do is tease, and he had (and has) all the teasing he could ever want.  Anyway… Two of my sisters have birthdays this month, so I decided to get back into sewing gear (I haven’t done much during summer break), and make them something. This idea for a poncho shirt has been swimming around in my brain for a while. I have a shirt from Charlotte Russe that is similar to these, but is not as long as I would like it to be. I looked at the basic construction of that shirt to come up with my plan for making these.  They are easy and fast to make, and oh-so versatile. I could see them with a cardigan over or a long sleeve under in the fall and winter. Enjoy! Read the rest…

Reversible Fabric Tote Bag

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

DIY Reversible Tote Bag

Tote bags are the perfect bag.  Children can use tote bags to carry their school books or their piano lesson books.  Adults can use tote bags for grocery shopping or as a great bag to keep a lot of stuff in.  During college, I had my life organized by tote bags.  Each activity had a different tote bag ready to go that I could grab quickly and run out the door.  I would have been lost without my tote bags.

Mixing a matching fabric is also a passion of mine.  By combining a love of tote bags and mixing fabrics, this reversible tote bag will be perfect for you.

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