Saturday, November 8, 2008

Look what my clever friend Erin has done! She explains the the easy way to print designs on your own fabric - she used an old bed sheet, fabric paints and a stamp. Check it out on her blog. This definitely goes in my 'someday crafts' pile...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Recycled Sweaters - Part 2

Here is something I first noticed my 15 year old niece wearing and since then I've seem them around: wrist warmers made from an old wool sweater. This is so easy. Now when DH accidentally runs that wool sweater through the washer and dryer at least something can be salvaged. Here is what you do:

1. Put your hands through the sleeves to see if they fit. I like them kind of snug, so I will run the sweater through the wash a second time if they are loose.

2. Decide how long you want them to be. Just past your wrists? All the way to your elbow? After you've decided, cut them from the body of the sweater.

3. Now all you need are holes for your thumbs. Since these are already felted, they aren't going to fray. Grab your scissors and cut out a nickle size hole where your thumb can poke out.

4. Voila! You have made fingerless gloves!

I added little crocheted flowers (because that is what I do) but my niece is big on buttons...lots of buttons.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Flowers made from Recycled Sweaters

What, two posts in one day? Could it be the End Days? No, I just discovered all the great how-to videos on the Make website. I can tell I will be adding LOTS of these videos. (Note to self: use this blog to file all the crafts I want to try someday....) First up - flower pins made from recycled wool sweaters. Aren't these great?

Best of Maker Faire Austin 2008

I found this video at the Make website. The Maker Faire was a blast - and there was so much I didn't even get a chance to see!