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DIY Tunic Style Shirt

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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Mini Flower Wreath

By Guest Blogger Tina from the blog Crafted Living

As the Writer, Photographer, and Creator of Crafted Living, Tina gives step by step tutorials for creative cardmaking, recipes, and inspiration for living crafty.

Mini paper flower wreath

This little mini wreath is a perfect desk accessory to brighten up your office through those dark winter months. Its small size is great for bookshelves, bulletin boards, or anywhere else you need a little color. Don’t have the sweet treats cartridge or a cricut machine? Find some floral paper punches you love and create your own version!

You need the following tools and supplies to create this wreath:

Cut the flowers using the Sweet Treats cartridge at the following sizes: Flower 1 and 5 at 2″ and Flowers 2,3 and 4 at 1.5″.  For Flower 1, punch two circles per flower at .75″ and 1″ with circle punches.  For Flower 2, cut the centers from the cartridge at 1.5″.  For Flower 3, punch a circle at .75″.  For Flower 4, cut the center from the cartridge at 1.5″.  For Flower 5, cut the center from the cartridge at 2″ and punch a circle at 1″.  Run the flower centers through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Put all of the flowers together and adhere to the wire wreath form with hot glue.

This wreath was my first attempt at using the Cricut paper flowers.  I am thrilled with the results and now am a little obsessed with the process.  So many variations and color ways.  The possibilities are endless!  By the way, my mother has displayed it amongst her pressed glass bowls on her sideboard.  Perfect!

Cotton Candy Earrings

By Guest Blogger Katherine from The Retro Lollipop

The Retro Lollipop is full of DIYs with bright colors and a retro feel. These sweet crafts are sure to satisfy your craft cravings!

Cotton Candy Earrings

As a kid, I’d have a huge ear-to-ear grin on my face while munching on a stick of cotton candy.  There was something so irresistible about the deliciously fluffy, sweet and sticky candy clouds on a stick.  I wanted to make a pair of earrings that captured the essence of cotton candy and after a bit of brainstorming, I finally came up with an idea.

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DIY Poncho Shirt Tutorial

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! Continue reading

Spring Paper Flower Wreath

By Guest Blogger Tina from the blog Crafted Living

As the Writer, Photographer, and Creator of Crafted Living, Tina gives step by step tutorials for creative cardmaking, recipes, and inspiration for living crafty.

Spring paper flower wreath

I am little obsessed with these paper flowers. I created this wreath for my front porch and you need the following tools and supplies to create it:

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Winter Snowman Hoop Art

By Guest Blogger Maria Mercedes

Painted Snowman Hoop Art



Hoop and Curtain

Iron fabric if necessary. Place fabric in the hoop and pull tight.  Cut fabric at least 2 inches wider than hoop.


Take the fabric out of the embroidery hoop to paint.  Place pattern underneath the sheer fabric, tape it down and trace. Paint the snowman white, scarf light blue, nose orange and twigs brown. Let dry. More than one coat of paint may be necessary.

Use the black maker to finish off the eyes, smile and buttons and red pastel stick with a brush to color in the cheeks.

Winter Snowman Hoop Art

After all the painting has dried, place sheer curtain back in the embroidery hoop. Turn to wrong side, Trim fabric to edge of hoop and run a small line of glue around the inside hoop.
 Press fabric into glue, all the way around. Allow it to dry.

4 Steps to Selling Handcrafted Items Online

By Guest Blogger Bethan Davies from The Craft Star

The Internet has opened up a world of new possibilities for crafters to market their goods. In order to get top dollar for your handmade crafts, there are several steps you should take to find the perfect selling venue and prepare your items for sale.

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Selecting the Right Marketplace
Several alternatives exist when it comes to online selling. The most popular selling venues are auction websites, internet storefront sites and personally-created websites. Online auction sites like eBay put your items in front of millions of potential buyers, but the site is already crowded with thousands of handmade items, making it hard for the items of an individual seller to stand out. Many sellers find that sites such as etsy, which allow a crafter to set up a customized storefront, work well for their particular items. The third option, creating an individual website, requires additional effort on the part of the seller but permits a personalized approach to selling.

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Prices and Profitability
The next step to selling online is making sure that the goods you offer will be profitable. The total cost of materials, transportation and time spent crafting the items must be considered as well as any fees associated with the particular selling venue. A comparison of similar items offered by other sellers online is a great way to tell if the prices you must charge in order to make a profit are competitive. It is also helpful to watch these similar items to see if they actually sell within a reasonable time.

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Proper Prepping
Preparing accurate, detailed descriptions of items is critical to helping them sell. For example, listings should never be simply worded as “red sweater, size medium,” but should instead include selling points that are unique to your item along with the actual measurements of the item in both English and metric units. High-quality pictures accompanying each description also help catch the eye of potential buyers and can sometimes be all the sales pitch you need.

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Inventory Management
Knowing exactly how many items you need to make to meet demand can be tricky. If an item turns out to be extremely popular, demand can quickly outstrip your ability to supply the item. On the other hand, some items turn out to be unpopular, and you don’t want to be left with a large quantity of unsold inventory. As with price comparisons, demand for your items can be gauged by looking at similar items currently selling online. If you are marketing an item that has additional features or that is completely unique, however, you may be on your own when determining the demand. In that case it is best to adopt a watch and wait attitude by producing items only as quickly as they are sold. A seller must also consider whether to accept pre-orders or only sell inventory as it is produced. Some sales may be missed by adopting this policy, but doing so can keep an individual crafter from getting swamped with backorders or left with unsold inventory.

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