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Stephanie

About Stephanie

Hello everyone. I’m Stephanie and I’m so happy to be the Yarn and Needlework contributor for Think Crafts. A friend taught me to crochet back in 2000 and I’ve been hooked on textile crafts every since. Knitting soon followed, then spinning, needle felting and sewing joined the team. I love making my own clothes and home accessories. Creating fun monsters out of sparkly yarn is my current obsession. I blog about my crafty creations at Twilly 23.

DIY Patch

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Have a cool piece of embroidery that you’re not sure what to do with? This tutorial will show you how to turn it into a DIY patch.

Craft
Sewing

Difficulty
Beginner

Materials

Tutorial

Choose an appealing piece of embroidery. Recently I bought a hot water bottle that came with this adorable cover. My partner loves squirrels so I decided to turn it into a patch for him.

If needed, use a seam ripper to separate your piece of embroidery from its place of origin.

Draw a border around the embroidery. I used a protractor to create a smooth curve.

Cut along your marked line.

Pin the embroidery to interfacing and cut out a matching shape.

Iron the fusible interfacing to the back of the embroidery.

I used my serger to create a border around my patch. If you don’t have a serger you can use the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine.

Now you have a custom patch. Next up is attaching it to your chosen textile object. Patches look great on clothing or bags.

This patch seemed perfect for the back of my partner’s fleece jacket. Pin your patch into place. Sew with a straight stitch and then use a zig zag stitch to attach it more firmly.

After your patch is attached, trim loose threads and then admire your work. Craft on!

Wine Cork Corkboard

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

A bulletin board is a useful tool for your crafty space. I decided to get creative and make my own out of upcycled wine corks. You can save your corks or hit up thrift stores for a big bag to make your own. This tutorial shows you how to create a custom cork bulletin board.

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Upcycled Curtain Ties

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Eastern Oregon is a sunny place so I recently bought black out curtains to help keep my home cool.. They are heavier than normal curtains so I needed curtain ties to hold them open. Instead of buying them I made my own from an old cotton shirt. This tutorial will show you how to make your own.

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Pompom Banner

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Pompoms are easy to make, super cute and make a great gift. With a pompom maker kit and some stash yarn you can quickly make a pompom banner. Make one in your favorite colors to brighten up a room or follow my lead and make one as a child’s birthday present.

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Pompom Maker

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Pompoms are super cute and make a great accessory. You can add them to hats, make curtain ties, earring and more. Yarn comes in so many colors and textures that the type of pompom you can make seems endless. With this pompom maker kit, you’ll be able to make four different sized pompoms.

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Jar Openers

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Have trouble opening up tight kitchen jars? Me too. When I’m cooking my hands are often too wet or too greasy to open up jars. To fix this problem I made my own jar openers with crochet collars. The simple collar gives the openers some flair. This pattern also makes a great last minute housewarming gift.

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