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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.





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!

How to Make a Bar of Soap Halloween Costume

By General Crafts Contributor Victoria from the blog Dazzle While Frazzled.

DIY a bar of soap costume in no time.

Are you headed to a couples Halloween costume party this year? Why not go as a bar of soap and a bath puff and take home the coveted Best Costume prize! (The bath puff costume was created by following an online tutorial.)

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Wine Cork Bath Mat

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A few weeks ago, my mom called me with a wedding present idea for a wine loving cousin that is getting married this fall…a Wine Cork Bath Mat. She asked for help making it, and as any good daughter would do, I took over and decided to make it for her. This bath mat is a little time consuming, I mean you do have to drink a lot of wine to get the corks, but so much fun.

PS. You can buy used wine corks online so you don’t really have to drink all that wine, or just use new cork stoppers.

PPS. If you know said cousin getting married, please don’t tell.

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