How to Make a Dress Form Mannequin Pin Cushion | By The DIY Dish

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Season 4! How to Make a Dress Form Mannequin Pin Cushion | By The DIY Dish

Fantastic idea for jewelry display units, too! You can go to The DIY Dish to download the pattern

Season 4! How to Make a Dress Form Mannequin Pin Cushion | By The DIY Dish

Season 4! How to Make a Dress Form Mannequin Pin Cushion | By The DIY Dish

Essential Home DIY. “Pottery Barn’s in-house expert demonstrates an easy way to repair damaged furniture and re-create beautiful mahogany finishes. These furniture repair techniques will make your furniture look brand new,” Pottery Barn.

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To repair a dented surface (table, shelf, etc), you need:

  • Plastic card
  • Wax fill
  • Touch-up or marker pen
  • Rough pad
  • Soft pad

Rub the wax stick (in the color of your furniture piece, or close enough) on the damaged areas to fill up the small dents. Remove excess with plastic card. To create smooth polish, use hard pad, then soft pad. To mimic the color of the original furniture surface, use touch-up marker in careful small strokes. Leave to dry for a few hours.

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Recycling Old Book Pages. “Learn how to create a piece of stunning, inspirational wall art using simple art supplies,” Potter Barn.

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Video Tutorial | Use a stamp, ink, an old book page, artist’s tape, and a frame to create an organic-looking wall art piece, with a deliberate salvaged, industrial-vintage look

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Golden bunting & pink flowers.

Golden bunting & pink flowers.

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Shabby chic: Crafts & decor for spring

Shabby chic: My un-boho half. The video (above) on Studio 5 is about creating your own shabby nest for home spring decor. Aqua hues & shabby colors all come together to turn items like chicken wire and ribbon into the cutest of table accessories.

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Matchboxes and tins can get a shabby, imperfect update. These lovely designs (above & below) are by: tinkeredtreasures on Etsy.

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This is a cute mason jar update idea by theglitzypear.blogspot.com: Upcycling vintage music sheets, a mason jar, and paper & fabric scraps.

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Using birds in your home decor.

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Inspiration: 21 DIY Mason Jar Crafts

21 DIY Mason Jar Ideas

Mason jars can be upcycled into so many things… including this lovely Mason Jar Sewing Kit from Anthropologie:

" DETAILS:

A handmade pincushion lid tops off everything you need to stitch and mend. Includes two spools of thread, thimble, safety pins, needle threader, straight pins, measuring tape, four sewing needles and scissors.
  • Glass, metal, wood, cotton, polyfill, felt”

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Mason Jars are so versatile.

Plastic animal DIYs. The first one (up) is a pincushion made around a plastic lama; “Craft Tutorial; Plastic Animal Pin Cushion” tutorial found at Small Good Things, who also made the next animal craft thingy.



This lamb used to look like this (below) before it got a smart makeover, right here.

My favorite is this ring jewelry holder made from plastic cats, who received a nice touch up by Small Good Things.

They can be attached to push pins, too!

Beautiful, right?
Now here is another great idea: Repurposing plastic animals to create an all-heads animal jewelry holder… like this one.

Plastic animal DIYs. The first one (up) is a pincushion made around a plastic lama; “Craft Tutorial; Plastic Animal Pin Cushion” tutorial found at Small Good Things, who also made the next animal craft thingy.

Craft Tutorial; Felt on Plastic Animals

This lamb used to look like this (below) before it got a smart makeover, right here.

Plastic animal DIY

My favorite is this ring jewelry holder made from plastic cats, who received a nice touch up by Small Good Things.

Plastic cats repurposed

They can be attached to push pins, too!

Craft Tutorial; Plastic Animal Ring Holder

Beautiful, right?

Now here is another great idea: Repurposing plastic animals to create an all-heads animal jewelry holder… like this one.

Plastic animals DIY - jewelry holder

Handmade pencil display unit - Upcycled Pringles can.
~ By Karboojeh Handmade Jewelry

Handmade pencil display unit - Upcycled Pringles can.

~ By Karboojeh Handmade Jewelry

Craft show: Table Display & Handpainted Pencils

Tutorial: Homemade fabric solution for transfering print ons

I just found this great tutorial for transferring photos onto fabric - economically. Summary:

Homemade “mixture” to get more vibrant colors when printing on fabric: Mix 2 tablespoons of Alum (found in the spice section of your grocery store), 2 1/2 teaspoons of Washing Soda (found in the laundry section) and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener.  Then add one cup of hot water. Soak 100% cotton in this for 15 minutes. Dry. Iron on freezer paper - sticky side onto fabric. Stick in the printer; fabric side up.

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For More Detail, Here is an Edited Excerpt from the Tutorial I Found at infarrantlycreative.net (for Full Tutorial, go to the same link):

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Custom Bean Bags

IMG_1648Did you know you don’t have to buy those fancy schmancy fabric printer sheets to have quality printed fabric?  Did you know you don’t have to buy that fancy schmancy solution to soak your own fabric in beforehand?  Here is a quick no-fail recipe to get the best results with the most vibrant colors when printing on fabric…

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of Alum (found in the spice section of your grocery store), 2 1/2 teaspoons of Washing Soda (found in the laundry section) and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener.  Then add one cup of hot water.
  • Mix it in a bowl bigger than you think because it foams up when you add the water.  Stir. After a few minutes the foam will disappear.  Next soak your 100% white cotton fabric in your solution for 15 minutes.

IMG_1599 After fifteen minutes is up wring out all the excess liquid.
IMG_1600Wait!!!  Can’t I just print it out on fabric since the bean bags won’t be washed?  The solution gives you more vibrant colors and if they should get wet they won’t bleed.  This recipe is perfect for quilters who want to add pictures to their work as well.

Store the remaining solution in a container and mark it well to use at a later date.

  • IMG_1601 Next dry your fabric.  I hung mine to dry overnight.  But if you are an impatient crafter, you can put it in the dryer. 
  • Next grab some freezer paper (found near the tin foil and Ziploc bag section) and iron your fabric to the shiny side of the freezer paper with a hot, dry iron.

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  • IMG_1627Once your fabric is stuck to the freezer paper cut it into 8 1/2” x 11” rectangles.  Iron one more time after cut just to ensure that the fabric is stuck well.
  • IMG_1628 In whatever program you choose, size your pictures (I chose 4” x 4” images) and print them onto your fabric.  You can change your printer settings to the best print quality on fabric if you have that option.  Make sure you print on the fabric side and not on the back of the freezer paper.

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  • IMG_1632Cut out your printed fabric to size.  I chose to do both sides of the bean bags with a picture.  Of course, you can use just regular fabric on the backside.

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Crafters, DIYers, Artisans…. There is a Tipping Point for everyone. Crafting is hard just before it gets easy.

Crafters, DIYers, Artisans…. There is a Tipping Point for everyone. Crafting is hard just before it gets easy.

Tipping Point for crafters

How to Make Embroidery Hoop Bulletin Boards

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DIY: Magnet Tins & Containers

Creative Ideas for DIY Magnets. When I saw this pic (up), I thought it was brilliant, it brings together two things I love: Magnets & Britain’s iconic bus & phone booth.

Container Magnets

The one’s above are using tin containers as is, no decoupage, no embellishment… just stick a magnet at the back & voila!

The same goes for this one here: Vintage tins, turned into fridge magnets.

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Photo sources in order of appearance:

  1. www.domesticfashionista.com
  2. www.marthastewart.com
  3. www.aprettycoollife.com

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Crafty Details: Fabric inspiration & motifs

Source: flickr.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

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Crafty Inspiration: A bigger picture gives a better picture, especially when it comes to capturing the details of fabric motifs by many handmade artists. Here are a few hand-painted, or at least indie-designed, fabric ideas for those who love to paint or screen-print on fabric.

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Hares: By deebeale on Etsy.

Hares

People Cushion: By Joanna Corney on Folksy.

Joanna Corney

Homes: at Spoonflower.

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Bird: Organic cotton shopper bag, screen printed by hand with our own blue-tit design.

Organic Blue Tit Bag

Letters & Words: By mypipsqueak on Etsy.

etsy

Birds & motifs: at wildandwolf.com.

www.wildandwolf.com

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