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Explore 116 projects, 18 articles, 19 galleries, 79 videos, and more

Smocked Sundress

Steps:9
Other Ideas:
Crafting and DIY, Kids, Sewing
Materials
  • 3/4 yard of 45-inch-wide lightweight woven fabric, pre-washed (Any fabric that is lightweight enough to yield to the elastic thread will work. Quilting cottons, gauzes, lighter linens, chambrays, and shirting weights are all ideal.)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • All-purpose thread to match fabric
  • Elastic thread wound around an extra bobbin
  • Water-soluble fabric-marking pen
  • Transparent quilter's ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • 2 yards of spaghetti strap, bias tape (sewn closed), or ribbon for ties, cut into four equal lengths
  • Sewing pins
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Little Red Riding Hood Costume

Steps:5
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Straw Flowers

Steps:9
Make charming straw flowers inspired by vintage crafts of the 1960s, the decade in which Lilly Pulitzer's brightly colored prints first rose to fame.
Materials
  • Synthetic raffia in two colors, raffit.com
  • Flower loom
  • Tape
  • Large craft or tapestry needle
  • Small pointed-tip craft scissors
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Hair clip or pin back (optional)
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Dog Appliqued Infant Bodysuits

Steps:14
Other Ideas:
Baby, Clothes, Crafting and DIY, Kids
Share some puppy love with the baby in your life with these one-of-a-kind appliqued bodysuits.
Materials
  • French Bulldog Template or photo of a dog in profile
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Damp, clean cloth
  • Card stock
  • Patterned fabric
  • Trans-Web or other fusible webbing on release paper
  • Black marker
  • Blank baby bodysuit
  • Machine-sewing thread in a coordinating color for decorative topstitch
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Button in coordinating color (optional)
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Summer Handbag

Steps:7
This no-sew handbag makes a lovely addition to any summer wardrobe.
Materials
  • Ultrasuede fabric, Ultrasuede, ultrasuede.com
  • Scissors
  • Heat-n-Bond paper, Therm O Web, thermoweb.com
  • Iron
  • Press cloth
  • 1/2-inch-wide wooden chisel
  • Hammer
  • Yard stick
  • 2 wooden handles, M&J Trimming, mjtrim.com 
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Glittered Tote Bags

Steps:3
Give a basic tote bag some extra sparkle with a simple glittering and rhinestone-embellishment technique.
Materials
  • Gem-Tac permanent adhesive
  • Small (1/2-ounce) glue bottle with ultra-fine tip
  • Printed tote bag
  • Glitter in a variety of colors
  • Scrap paper
  • Rhinestones (optional)
  • Skewer and beeswax (optional)
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