Total Time: 9 hours 18 mins 51 secs
Short on time but brimming with creativity? These DIY gift ideas can be completed in an afternoon. You can do this!
Image TransfersCourtney Cerruti
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, learning how to create image transfers will introduce you to a whole new world of using creative imagery in your work. Courtney will show you the best methods for a range of techniques using inexpensive materials, including how to create transparent layers. The resulting images are beautiful for adding dimension and depth to various art projects, from paper arts and collage, to fiber arts and more.
Metallic Leather BraceletElke Bergeron
Leather bracelets have a warmth and luxury to them, and it is easier than you may think to make your own. In this class, Elke shows how to make a stylish wrap bracelet with a chic metallic gold finish. Using leather working tools like a strap cutter and a beveler, she shows you how to cut the leather evenly and bevel the edges, which gives the bracelet a professional, polished look. Once the leather has been cut out, you will paint the strap, punch holes in either end, and attach a button stud to create the closure. The tools and materials required for this project are inexpensive and easy to find, making it a perfect first project for a beginning leather-worker. Cut out several leather strips at once and whip up a batch to give as gifts to friends, or keep the whole stack for yourself!
Homemade ApothecaryAmy Karol
Make your own lip balm, facial oil, deodorant, and more, by looking no further than your pantry or local health food store. Amy expertly demystifies the ingredients you need and offers recipes and ratios that result in delicious smelling, high-quality beauty products that will leave your skin and body radiant.
Accordion Photo AlbumJody Alexander
Get pictures off of your phone or computer and turn them into a beautiful handmade album. Jody shows you how to create an accordion album that is as unique as your photo collection and can be customized with different ways to attach photos and text. This entry-level bookmaking project turns photos into a work of art that can be displayed, given as a gift, or tucked away for posterity.
Distressed Wooden Chalkboard SignCourtney Cerruti
Create a rustic looking chalkboard sign that you can change with the seasons. Using the magic of steel wool and apple cider vinegar, Courtney guides you through aging a wooden frame to perfection. You will learn how to create your own chalkboard backing and then complete the project with a message written in chalk.
Loom Knitting: Make a HatMichele of Simplicity
If you love the look of knitted fabric but don’t feel like picking up your knitting needles, try your hand at loom knitting. This style of knitting is super fast and fun for all ages—plus you can learn how to use the loom in a snap. Michele Muska teaches you how to use a round loom to knit two types of hats: one with a rolled brim and the other with a flat brim. For extra flourish, Michele shows you how to create a faux fur pompom to attach to the top of the hat.
Loom Knitting: Make a CowlMichele of Simplicity
Learn how to create a luxurious, chunky knit cowl on a rectangular knitting loom. Michele Muska shows you how to create cozy double Stockinette stitch fabric, then finish it off with a button closure. There are many variations you can make with this deceptively simple knitting tool, and you and your family and friends are guaranteed to love them all.
Quilt Block Oven MittAshley Nickels
Wondering what to do with your leftover quilt blocks? Make an adorably unique oven mitt! Using Anna Maria Horner's Whippersnapper block, Ashley Nickels shows how to take any quilt block and turn it into a one-of-a-kind patchwork oven mitt. You’ll begin by creating two mini quilts, then cut out pattern pieces using the provided template. Add bias tape to finish the edges and create a hanging loop, then sew together for a cute and functional kitchen accessory.
Make a Classic Macramé Plant HangerEmily Katz
Learn how to create the most iconic of all macramé projects: the Plant Hanger. Emily Katz shows you how to create a hanger out of cotton rope tied into simple square knots and half square knots. This project is totally customizable and can work with planters of any size. Emily will show you how to calculate the proportions of your planter and construct a hanger that will hold the pot perfectly.
How to Sew NapkinsLiana Allday
In this class, Liana Allday shares three different ways to make and finish cloth napkins. Learn how to make playful fringed-edge napkins, faux rolled-hem farmhouse napkins, and classic mitered corner napkins. Whether you’re throwing an extravagant dinner party or making a batch to give as a gift, Liana shares how easy it is to select fabrics that will cater to your occasion. These napkins require minimal sewing, making them the perfect skill-building project for beginners.
Make a Nautical Rope BraceletLiana Allday
Before you take off on your next beach vacation, whip up a batch of easy nautical rope bracelets. These tie-on bracelets are the perfect last-minute accessory and can be made in a snap with just a bit of rope, ribbon, leather cord and hot glue. Have fun mixing and matching your ribbon and rope to make unique pieces for all of your friends.
Stenciled GlasswareMolly Hatch
Transform your boring, naked glassware into something more personal and reflective of your style. Molly shows you how to create a contact paper stencil and create a motif from a found image so you don’t even need to know how to draw to add some zip to your drinkware.
Make Homemade MarshmallowsKaren Solomon
This holiday season, forego the store-bought marshmallows and whip up a batch of these chunky, light, and flavorful treats. Not only are they the perfect topper for your mug of cocoa, but they also toast up perfectly over open flame. In this class, Karen will show you how to use a candy thermometer to ensure perfect texture and prepare the pan so you don’t wind up with a goopy mess. At the end, Karen will show you how to roll the marshmallows in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and toasted coconut, which make for perfect gourmet gifts.
How to Make ZinesCourtney Cerruti
Zines are DIY booklets (“zine” is short for magazine) – perfect for showcasing your artwork and sharing with friends. Zine enthusiast, Courtney Cerruti, shows you how to make four simple zine structures using copy paper and a photocopier, including 8 or 16-page books made from a single sheet, an accordion book, and a pamphlet stitch book. Courtney fills her zines with found photos and doodles, but you can feature anything that sparks your imagination. Drawing from her own collection of zines, Courtney shows examples of each structure to get you inspired.
Quilted Jelly Roll Baby BibsAshley Nickels
Create colorful quilted bibs for the little ones in your life in no time at all using Jellyroll precuts. Taught by Ashley Nickels, this fun, freestyle project features log cabin patchwork and offers a great opportunity to work with precut fabric. Ashley walks you through every step, from piecing the front to assembling the bib and adding decorative quilting touches on the machine.
Sew a Wristlet ClutchAshley Nickels
This easy clutch is a girl's best friend. Ashley Nickels shows you how to sew this simple clutch from scratch, complete with interior credit card slots and a detachable wristlet strap. Though the bag is little, it’s packed with skill-building opportunities, like making bias tape and inserting a zipper. Whether you use it as an every day wallet or take it along for a night out, this bag is sure to come in handy.
Hand Sewn Felt Baby BootiesKata Golda
Learn how to make adorable hand-stitched baby booties with Kata Golda. Working with soft wool felt and embroidery floss, you’ll cut out the pieces and construct the shoes with a decorative blanket stitch. These simple, classic booties are cozy and functional, making them the perfect gift for a newborn baby or mom-to-be.
Hand Sew a Teddy BearKata Golda
Alison Kaplan of Kata Golda shares her signature pattern for making a classic teddy bear. This cuddly bear is stitched up entirely by hand using wool felt and a few easy stitches. Alison shows you how to make each stitch, and gives helpful tips for freehand stitching faces and letters. Templates are provided to make a bear and a bunny, both of which are sewn exactly the same way. And don’t forget to sew up a little wardrobe for your buddy using the overalls and dress templates.
Sew Embellished Photo PillowsAnnabel Wrigley
Learn how to print your favorite image onto fabric and transform it into a personalized pillow. Annabel shares lots of ideas for embellishing your pillow with embroidery and pompoms to add color, texture, and fun. These customizable pillows make wonderful keepsake gifts, perfect for celebrating anything from a special moment to a favorite person or pet.
Make a Fringed ScarfAnna Maria Horner
Using the inherent properties of yarn-dyed fabric, you can create a beautiful, all-seasons fringed scarf. Anna Maria Horner shows you how to identify the warp and weft threads in woven fabric. Then, you'll learn how to sew straight stitch lines along the edges and remove weft threads to create a pretty, delicate fringe.
Make a Macramé Key ChainEmily Katz
This beginner project is the perfect way to learn the basics of macramé. Emily will show you how to create the Bird’s Eye Tassel – a fun, textured piece that you can use as a key chain or wall decoration.
DIY Painted Hardware Accessory RackBarb Blair
Pro furniture refinisher Barb Blair teaches you how to create a sweet accessory rack out of found wood and drawer knobs. This project only takes a few minutes to make, but the resulting rack will hang on your wall for years and years to come. It’s perfect for hanging scarves and necklaces, and it’s easy to customize the size and style with your choice of materials.
Color Image Transfers on WoodCourtney Cerruti
Turn those small, intimate moments from life into a permanent treasure by transferring them onto wood. Working with photos printed out on laser copies, Courtney Cerruti shows you how to create the transfers, offering a few different finishing techniques to customize your miniature works of art. The wood adds luminosity and brings out the beautiful, muted colors in your photograph. Learn more about laser copies here.
The Wilton Method: Colorful Dipped Cookies and PretzelsWilton Instructors
Stephanie from Wilton demonstrates two different methods for dipping cookies and pretzels: an ombre effect and a striped effect. You will learn how to create a custom color palette with Candy Melts and how to dip the cookies to create clean lines of color. You will also learn how to use decorating bags to pipe Candy Melts onto pretzel rods for the ultimate in no-bake treats. Layering color onto cookies and pretzels is a sure-fire way to wow guests at holidays, birthdays, Halloween and celebrations year round. No matter what you are decorating, the results will be colorful–and of course, delicious.
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