Innovative Book Structures
Faith Hale
Prepare to be wowed by the exciting structures taught by book binder, Faith Hale, including flag books, floating panel books, and storage books. These innovative structures spark the imagination and stretch the possibilities of what we think a book can be. This class is perfect for any paper arts appreciator who wants to learn some new tricks. All three structures can be easily completed using basic bookbinding tools and papers.
Sewing Essentials: The Gemma Top
Rae Hoekstra
Kicky and classic, this sleeveless top from Made By Rae has you covered for warm-weather wearing. Video instructions are included for the classic tank and a ruffle-bottom variation which uses elastic thread to create even gathers. The class includes a downloadable pattern, which features nine women’s sizes (XXS – XL3) and two bust size variations. Each version shown here features a double-rolled hem and bias-tape finished neck and armholes. The Gemma top stitches up quickly and will be a favorite addition to your sewing repertoire.
Daily Painting Challenge: 31 Animals with August Wren
Jennifer Orkin Lewis
Jennifer Orkin Lewis (also known as August Wren on Instagram) is a champion of daily painting practice, devoting half an hour each day to creating the loose and colorful paintings for which she’s known. In this month-long series, Jennifer applies her signature style to one of her favorite subjects: animals! Working from photo references (included in a PDF with the class), Jennifer shows how to simplify and stylize your animal paintings to make them your own. Each day, Jennifer shows her approach to painting critters of all shapes and sizes – from farm animals to deep sea creatures – providing opportunity for all skill levels to practice.
Design Your Own Needlepoint Canvas
Anna Maria Horner
Love needlepoint? Want to follow your own creative vision rather than stitch a printed needlepoint canvas? Anna Maria Horner teaches you how to design your own! Starting with an artwork reference of your choice, you’ll learn how match your tapestry wool and paint colors to your artwork. Anna Maria then shows you how to trace and paint the design onto your needlepoint canvas, creating your very own custom needlepoint kit.

Want to learn how to needlepoint? Watch Anna Maria’s class on Creativebug.
Make an Altered Box
Mou Saha
Learn how to make a customizable keepsake box, ideal for storing your loose art journal pages and small works of art. Designer and avid art journaler, Mou Saha, shows you how to transform a plain paper mache box into a magical book-like box using collage, stencils, paints and stamps. The finished box will be just as gorgeous as the art journal pages you’ll store inside. Downloadable bookplate PDF included with class.
 
Wardrobe Basics: Sewing Tunic No. 1
Sonya Philip
This simple tunic with drop sleeves and patch pockets can be easily modified to make a veritable wardrobe of garments. Known for her pattern line “100 Acts of Sewing,” Sonya Philip shows how to work through the basic tunic pattern, which features handmade bias tape on the neckline and double-fold hems on sleeves and edges. She then goes on to show how to use the base pattern to make an empire-waist tunic with a gathered skirt and tie-backs and a jacket. The pattern also features cutting lines to make a shorter, shirt-length garment. Experiment with colors and textiles to add your own personal spin on this universally flattering garment. Downloadable PDF included with class in sizes ranging from XS – 4XL.
 
Daily Art Challenge: 30 Flowers in 30 Days
Pam Garrison
Become endlessly inspired with avid art journaler, painter, and artistic explorer, Pam Garrison. On this month-long journey into botanicals, Pam dances from one medium to another via daily prompts that will keep you on your toes. Working at different scales on a wide variety of surfaces, Pam explores the many technique one can use to express a flower. Along the way, Pam shares her passion for painting and drawing flowers, encouraging you to play with pens, markers, watercolor, acrylics and whatever you have on hand to create and capture magnificent blooms.

Be sure to share what you make in our class gallery and on Instagram #cbdrawaday
 
Sewing Essentials: The Cleo Skirt
Rae Hoekstra
Made by Rae sewing patterns are known for having clever details and being super wearable, and the Cleo skirt is no different. Sewist and designer Rae Hoekstra walks you through two versions of this gathered skirt pattern: a knee-length version with contrasting hem and a midi-length. Both versions feature a flat-front waistband and an elastic gather in back. Two pocket options allow for further customization, and the cutout pockets in particular lend a vintage-inspired flair.  Experiment with different textiles to take this skirt from daily to date night. Rae’s thorough instruction and impeccable patience make this pattern easy enough for a beginner to sew. But the ingenious details – not to mention universally flattering fit – make this pattern a must-sew for any stitcher.

Pattern included with class, available in sizes XXS– XL and plus sizes 1-3.
Crocheted Carrot
Twinkie Chan
This crocheted carrot is not nutritious or delicious, but it sure is cute! Whip up this seasonal favorite taught by renowned yarn foodie, Twinkie Chan. You’ll learn how to increase and decrease in single crochet to give the carrot its classic tapered shape, and you’ll use easy peasy slip stitches to make the green fronds. If you’re interested in making other crocheted fruits and veggies, learn how to make other delicious (in)edibles in Twinkie’s Eat Your Fruits and Veggies Crochet-Along!
 
Cricut Crafts: Monogrammed Leather Keychain
Amber of Damask Love
Learn how to make a professional looking custom leather keychain using the Cricut Maker. Amber from Damask Love shows how easy it is to use the Cricut Design Space to create your layout. She then shows how to cut out precise leather shapes on your Cricut Maker and assemble the keychain with embroidery floss and leather glue. This quick and stylish project is perfect for anyone learning how to work with leather on their Cricut machine.

Get the project design file on Cricut.com.
Daily Embroidery Challenge: Stitch-a-Day Sampler
Rebecca Ringquist
Master embroiderer and fine artist, Rebecca Ringuist, shares 31 days of stitches in our first ever Daily Embroidery Challenge. Using her “Drawing Stitches” sampler as a basis, Rebecca’s embroidery style is vibrant, original, and simple enough for all skill levels to follow along. You’ll start with basic stitches, then move on to groups of stitches that create textural effects, like confetti, fancy chains, zigzags, flowers, and filling stitches. Each day, you’ll expand your knowledge of embroidery and build on techniques to combine elements that look complex but are easy to execute. Best of all, at the end of the month not only will you have learned loads of new techniques, but you’ll also have a finished sampler!
Playing with Acrylic Mediums
Lisa Solomon
Many people are familiar with acrylic paints, but acrylic mediums are a bit more mysterious. In this pro-series class, artist and educator Lisa Solomon provides a thorough lesson on how acrylic mediums can help you create everything from textured impasto surfaces to smooth resin-like finishes. You’ll learn all about the transparency, translucency and opacity of your paints, and how to combine them with acrylic mediums to create glazes that will add depth and dimension. Along the way, Lisa demonstrates how use a photo as an underpainting and build thin layers of color to create a finished piece. She'll also show you how to collage using matte and gloss gel medium, create resin effects with pouring medium, and work on glass to create acrylic “skins.” Learning about new materials has never been this fun or vibrant.

New to acrylic painting? Get started with Lisa's beginner's course
Cricut Crafts: Dimensional Word Art
Amber of Damask Love
Literally add a statement to any room with this super-simple word art project. Using the Cricut Design Space, Amber of Damask Love shows you her process for selecting a typeface, seamlessly linking together the letters of your word. Then, using the Cricut Maker, she shows you how to cut out several sheets of chipboard to make a layered, dimensional sign that will pop from the wall. With some sandpaper, glue, and paint, this trendy wooden word art comes together quickly – no woodworking tools required. 
Get the project design file on Cricut.com.
Double Wedding Ring Quilt
Tara Faughnan
Known for her vibrant and harmonious use of color, quilter Tara Faughnan shares her technique for hand-piecing a double wedding ring quilt block. Tara begins by showing how to create your own arc templates that utilize small scraps of fabric. She goes on to teach hand-sewing techniques for piecing and shares loads of information along the way about how colors interact. See how this centuries-old block pattern comes together to create a colorful quilt top with a fresh, modern twist.
Simplicity Sewing: Amazing Fit Pants
Deborah Kreiling
Deb Kreiling is the design development director for Simplicity Patterns, and in this masterful course, she tackles one of the most challenging garments: Pants. Using the Simplicity Amazing Fit Pant pattern, Deb shows you step by step how to sew a pair of pants that will fit any shape and size. Learn crucial elements like how to sew waistbands, pockets, zippers and hems, plus Deb’s tips and tricks from her 40+ years at Simplicity, including what fabrics work best for trousers and how to baste and fine-tune fit. Tackling a pant pattern may seem like a tall order, but with Deb in your sewing studio walking you through each stitch, this pattern will come together with ease.
Daily Painting Challenge: 28 Acrylic Studies
Courtney Cerruti
Whether you’re a casual artist or a seasoned painter, everyone can benefit from a daily painting practice. Artist extraordinaire Courtney Cerruti takes you on a 28-day journey of painting the world around you – from fruits, vegetables, and objects, to complex portraits – all using acrylic craft paints and basic brushes. Learn fundamental skills for working with this versatile medium, including how to add shadows, depth and dimension. No matter your skill level, Courtney’s gentle instruction and daily guidance will invigorate your practice.
Sashiko Sewing
Lisa Solomon
Learn how one stitch can provide you with inspiration for a lifetime of creative practice. Using the running stitch as a base, mixed media artist Lisa Solomon shows you the Japanese tradition of sashiko stitching as well as a plethora of ideas for creative and practical use. You’ll learn how to work with traditional patterns (or make your own designs based on a grid layout) to make decorative pieces or mend and patch garments. No matter the method you choose, you’ll find that sashiko is a great way to slow down and stitch with intention, creating beauty from simplicity. 
Acrylic Ink Painting: Playing with Light and Shadow
Missy Dunaway
Learn how to translate photos into gestural paintings that capture the memory of the moment better than a photograph. Painter, Fullbright fellow and world traveler, Missy Dunaway, will walk you through her process of painting with acrylic inks in Moleskine journals. In this class, she uses an impressionistic approach to create a daylight landscape, adding shadowy details for interest. You’ll learn how to create your very own original painting in layers, mixing color on the page and using evocative brushwork to bring the painting to life. 
Daily Painting Challenge: 31 Painted Patterns with Lisa Congdon
Lisa Congdon
Join us for a month-long creative journey with artist and illustrator, Lisa Congdon. In this 31-day painting challenge, Lisa shares her love of designing colorful patterns and painting with gouache. Each day you will learn how to paint a new pattern, including traditional designs, botanicals, geometric shapes and motifs made from everyday objects. Challenge yourself to draw inspiration from the world around you, working alongside Lisa as you hone your daily painting practice. Be sure to share your paintings in the student gallery and post them on Instagram #cbpatternaday.
Sew a Zigzag Foldover Clutch
Ashley Nickels
This foldover clutch is the perfect mash-up of quilting and sewing techniques. Ashley Nickels shows you how to piece the zigzag patchwork for the exterior of the bag, create an interior pocket and lining, and finish it off with a zipper. Best of all, this clutch does not require a pattern and is a great project for beginning sewers and quilters alike. 
Cricut Crafts: Easy Monogrammed Cosmetic Bag
Amber of Damask Love
It's super easy to whip up a custom monogrammed cosmetic bag with your Cricut Maker. Amber from Damask Love shows you how to design your own monogram and cut it out in vinyl on your Cricut Maker, plus you'll learn how you can use the Maker to cut out all of your fabric pattern pieces. Once the elements are cut out, Amber shows you how to install the zipper, box the corners, and assemble the bag. The glittery vinyl monogram goes on last as a special finishing touch. 
Crocheted Broomstick Lace Bracelet
Marly Bird
This seemingly complex stitch pattern is a clever crochet technique, and Marly Bird makes it super simple to understand. Using a crochet hook and one giant knitting needle, you’ll learn how to work a small band of lace and create a finished cuff in no time!
Hand-Rolled Truffles
Mark Tilling
Making hand rolled truffles at home is easy and yields professional results! Learn from master chocolatier, Mark Tilling, as he shows how to make a classic chocolate ganache that then gets rolled into delicate truffles. You will learn how to add flavors to your ganache and decorate your truffles with cocoa powder or metallic dusting colors. These truffles require only a few ingredients and can be made in advance.
Daily Book Art Challenge: A Month of Book Art Ideas
Faith Hale
What is book art? It is a way to merge art and bookbinding techniques to make a one-of a-kind handmade book. With a Master’s degree in book art and creative writing, Creativebug staffer Faith Hale shares her passion by demonstrating a technique, structure, or prompt every day for an entire month. Working alongside Faith, you will create a totally unique book page by page, building skills and techniques as you go. You’ll learn how to cut flaps, create pop ups and moving pieces, discover inspiration, cull language from found sources, and use text in new and inspiring ways. These pages come together to create a sampler of techniques, and at the end of the month, you will learn how to create a text block, add hard board covers, and bind your book.
 
Freezer Paper Piecing
Tara Faughnan
Colorful quilter Tara Faughnan shares her technique for piecing geometric quilts with freezer paper templates. This technique creates super precise points and makes piecing a breeze – and best of all, the templates can be used over and over again. Along the way, Tara shares her knowledge of choosing fabrics based on color value and interaction, and then goes on to show how to create your own templates. After that, it’s time to piece! Tara demonstrates how to make a diamond-themed mini quilt, but this technique can be applied to quilts of all shapes and sizes.