Total Time: 12 hours 4 mins 22 secs
Hello Sunshine! Kick off summer with crafty fun at Creativebug. Whether you're looking to learn a new skill or keep the kiddos entertained all summer long, look to Creativebug for endless summertime inspiration. Make this summer your craftiest yet!
Veggie Stamp Picnic Blanket
Christine Schmidt
The secret to this hand-stamped picnic blanket is humble root vegetables that have been turned into stamps. In this workshop, Christine Schmidt talks about selecting vegetables, carving them, and applying them to turn a simple length of canvas into a cheerful picnic blanket. To learn how to create your own stamp pad, watch Christine's class DIY Stamp Pad on Creativebug.
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.
How to Make Pie Crust
Devlin Mannle
Homemade pies are beloved by all, but they can be particularly challenging to do well. Whether you're baking for a holiday, a barbecue, or just because, Devlin Mannle will show you how to make a killer pie you'll be proud to share on Instagram. Devlin shares his mother’s recipe for perfectly flaky pie crust, walking you through every step just like he’s in the kitchen beside you. You’ll learn tips and tricks for handling and rolling out the dough, as well as several traditional and decorative pie crust designs that will impress your guests, like lattice crust, cut outs and pretty crimped edges. 
Summer Teepee
Courtney Cerruti
This no-sew teepee can be set up on a porch, living room floor or in a meadow for all kinds of dreamy summer activities, from reading to playing games to hosting a starry slumber party. You determine how big it will be with the size dropcloth you use and the height of the bamboo poles – and then truly make it your own with simple stamps and decorations.
Summer Shrub Drinking Vinegar: 8/8/17
CBTV Live
Use up summer produce to make delicious drinking vinegars. This video originally appeared on Facebook Live on August 3, 2017.
Crocheted Summer Bag
Edie Eckman
This quintessential summer bag is made using several crochet stitch patterns that come together to form a textural sampler. Whether you choose a cheerful summery color or a nautical neutral, this bag will become your go-to everyday tote. And best of all, the size of the bag can be made smaller or larger simply by choosing a lighter weight or bulkier weight yarn -- no pattern adjustments required.
Summer Popsicles: 6/27/17
CBTV Live
Learn three different recipes for delicious summery ice pops. This video originally appeared on Facebook Live on June 27, 2017.
Weaving for Beginners
Annabel Wrigley
Learn the basics of making one-of-a-kind woven tapestries with Annabel Wrigley. This course goes beyond simple warp-and-weft weaving, teaching you how to add long, dramatic fringe, color-blocked shapes, fluffy clouds of wool roving, and loads of texture and color. Best of all, Annabel teaches you how to mix and match all of these techniques so that you can design a unique tapestry of your own in any size you like.
 
Daily Drawing Challenge: 31 Things to Draw with Lisa Congdon
Lisa Congdon
There’s nothing like giving yourself a big creative challenge, and boy do we have one for you: Every single day for a month, we challenge you to draw along with Lisa Congdon. Lisa has hand-picked 31 objects to draw, and demonstrates several ways to render each object using just your imagination. This creative exercise is designed to help you embrace wonkiness and imperfections, all while learning to see everything around you—be it bird or bikini—as artistic fodder.
 
Sew a Reversible Sun Hat
Ashley Nickels
Learn how to make a reversible, floppy sun hat—the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. Ashley Nickels will show you how to measure your head to determine your hat size and how to increase or decrease the length of the brim to make it totally customizable. Best of all, this sun hat can be made with your two favorite fabrics since it’s fully reversible. This class is great for new sewers and for anyone who needs a stylish hat to wear under the warm, summer sun.
Make a Nautical Rope Bracelet
Liana 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.
Linen Caftan
Liesl Gibson
This caftan is an easy-breezy wardrobe staple, made from a single rectangle of fabric with a drawstring to add a lovely shape. Liesl shows you how to sew this as a top, or longer if you’d prefer a tunic or dress. Included in her instruction is how to use interfacing on the neck facing, and hand printing the caftan for a totally customizable, elegant garment.
No-Sew Party Décor
Jenean Morrison
There are lots of ways to have fun with fabric that don’t require sewing. In this inventive class, fabric designer Jenean shares six ideas for making no-sew party decorations. The festive projects include a table runner, a two-tiered chandelier, party hats, fabric lanterns for votive candles, tassels to adorn paper lanterns, and two styles of fabric bunting. Each project is quick to make and uses minimal materials, like fabric scraps, glue and fusible webbing. Have fun picking out your fabrics to get the party look you desire, going soft and subtle or bold and bright—the choice is up to you!
Summer Photo Books: 7/25/17
CBTV Live
Courtney and Liana are joined by special guest and artfully record their sweetest summer memories. This video originally appeared on Facebook Live on July 25, 2017
DIY Fabric Shoelaces
Liesl Gibson
Add a creative zip to your step when you make your own shoelaces. Liesl shows you how to make a quick frayed version, as well as a more finished, sewn version. Both pack extra pizazz with pops of bright artist’s tape and nail polish. You’ll have a creative and fun use for extra fabric in your stash.
Sew a Weekender Bag
Nicole Mallalieu
Expert bag maker and pattern designer, Nicole Mallalieu, shares an array of unique tips and tricks to construct your new favorite weekend-away bag. Featuring copious straps, clasps, and pockets, this roomy bag can be customized using a combination of your favorite fabrics. Although it is highly detailed and includes many steps, Nicole’s expert knowledge and extensive teaching experience will give sewists the confidence to make this skill-building bag step by step.
 
Knit a Linen Stitch Glasses Case
Wendy Bernard
Tossing your eyeglasses into your bag without protection is never a good idea. Wendy Bernard's eyeglass case is a great project for beginner knitters ready to try a new stitch pattern, and for anyone who needs a quick gift idea. Wendy's pattern even includes three different size options, so you can create a case for slim reading glasses, standard eyeglasses, or oversized sunglasses. Using lovely hand painted yarn, Wendy shows how to knit Linen Stitch in the round for the body of the case then work the flap of the case flat. Finally, learn how to make a buttonhole and add a button.