Category Archives: Needlearts

Thrift Store Crafts

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

In need of a craft project but not sure what to make? Visit your local thrift store and search for unfinished projects. If you can sew, you can finish a handmade coat. Or if you crochet, perhaps you’ll find a box of granny squares like I did. This tutorial will show you how to complete two thrift store finds.

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Beginner Boro

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Boro embroidery has its roots in Japan. It involves using a running stitch to secure a patch over an existing piece of fabric in need of repair. As clothes were repeatedly patched, they were transformed into completely embroidered garments. Though intricate design examples can seem intimidating, Boro is essentially a simple stitch repeated over and over. This tutorial will teach you how to repair a piece of fabric using this technique.

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Patchwork Cushion Covers

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

It’s summer which means prime garage sale season. Furniture can be snatched up at great prices but they don’t always have the best looking covering-or even any covers at all. This tutorial will show you how to make your own patchwork cushion covers for your second hand finds.

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Monster Patch

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

I’m a beginner gardener and recently ripped the knee of my gardening pants while moving a raised bed. Instead of a fabric patch. I decided it would be fun to experiment while mending this rip. This tutorial will teach you how to make a monster patch for those pesky holes.

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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!

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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