Total Time: 10 hours 34 mins 38 secs
This November, take a minute to slow down, say thanks, and get super duper cozy. We're using our creativity to harness the spirit of Thanksgiving -- think good food, gratitude exercises, and several takes on the fall leaf motif. Join us on our feel-good journey!
November Lookbook Promo // 2017CBTV
In this month's Lookbook promo, Creativebug staffer Faith Hale goes full on fall, testing out online craft hacks and telling you what fun things we have in store for you this November. Feeling inspired? Click here to watch the classes! As Faith says, "Here at Creativebug, we believe you're worth more than 15 seconds."
Living a More Thankful Life: 30 Days of GratitudeCreativebug
Living a More Thankful Life is about much more than saying thanks. In this 30-day creativity series, the staff at Creativebug shares favorite ways of expressing gratitude, helping our community, loving our neighbors, and honoring past, present and future family traditions – all through crafting! Each day, we’ll provide you with a new project idea or exercise that is easy, fast, fun, and will leave those around you feeling warm and fuzzy. Leave inspiring messages on Post-It notes for strangers to find, knit afghan squares for the homeless, stitch cozy beds for shelter animals, and so much more. These are our favorite ways to use creativity to shine a positive light in the world – we hope these ideas inspire you to make something for the power of good and shine your own light.
Cricut Crafts: Fall Leaf GarlandAmber of Damask Love
Bring your tabletop to life with this leafy felt garland, perfect for year-round celebrations. Amber Kemp-Gerstel from Damask Love shows you how to cut out several leaf shapes on the Cricut Maker and assemble them with floral wire for sturdy construction. In the version shown here, Amber uses mostly green leaves with fun pops of color throughout, but you can make your leaves any color you like to suit the season. Get the template free on the Cricut Design Space.
Decorating Chocolate with Transfer SheetsMark Tilling
Fancy chocolates with beautifully patterned surfaces are not just for professional confectioners. By working side-by-side with master chocolatier, Mark Tilling, you’ll learn how to use cocoa butter transfer sheets to create show-stopping desserts and decorations in all shapes and sizes. Use this technique as a finishing touch on a from-scratch masterpiece, or elevate a store-bought dessert with fanciful chocolate decor.
Wardrobe Basics: Sewing Pants No. 1Sonya Philip
Bring fabric to the forefront with the crisp silhouette of Sonya Philip’s Pants No. 1 pattern. Known for her pattern line “100 Acts of Sewing,” Sonya shows how to make several variations of these simple and stylish pants with just two pattern pieces. You’ll learn how to add inches to the rise to add extra room, how to replace the elastic waistband with a drawstring, how to add in-seam pockets, and a ruffle cuff. Stitch them up in linen for an everyday pant or make them in flannel to wear as cozy pajamas. These pants are endlessly customizable and deliver 4-season 24/7 style. Downloadable PDF patterns are provided for all variations and are available in 8 sizes (from 26” waist – 54” waist).
Embroidered Heirloom NapkinsRebecca Ringquist
These embroidered napkins serve as a sentimental record of everyone who has gathered around your table for special meals and holidays. Rebecca shows you what kind of tools to use to gather signatures, and how to embroider those signatures or drawings onto napkins so they can be washed and used and cherished for years to come.
Paper-Pieced QuiltsCarolyn Friedlander
Explore the time-honored tradition of paper-pieced quilting with Carolyn Friedlander. In this two-part class, Carolyn guides you through her process of designing a paper-pieced quilt from beginning to end. Not only will you see how she turns sketches into schematics for paper piecing, but you’ll also learn Carolyn’s techniques for quilting using free-motion and straight-stitching techniques. This fresh take on paper piecing equips you with the knowledge you need to take your skills to the next level.
Creative DoodlingPam Garrison
Stretch your creative muscles and join Pam Garrison in this fun four-part celebration of doodling. In Pam’s classes, mistakes are embraced and you are encouraged to think outside of the box as you play with your designs and develop an expanded visual vocabulary. The great thing about doodling is that anyone can do it, nearly anywhere! If you already doodle while on the phone, in meetings or in the margins of your notebook, Pam’s class will help you take your creative doodling practice even further.
Chop Wood Carry Water MittensJill Draper
Learn the ancient — and very cozy — art of thrumming with these mittens. Jill shows you how to add wisps of wool roving to the mittens to create a super soft and warm interior. You'll learn tips for handling the thrums, as well as how to lock them into the fabric as you knit. This thrummed mitten workshop will have you looking forward to bundling up and staying cozy all winter long. Pattern included - a $6 value!
One Skein Crochet ScarfDebbie Stoller
This project proves just how well a few easy crochet stitches can yield an impressive-looking result. Even if you've never crocheted before, you can take on this wonderful, simple project, with Debbie’s expert guidance. You'll be amazed at how quickly you can complete it – with just a single ball of yarn. Pattern included!
How to Make Pie CrustDevlin 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.
Winter WreathStudio Choo
This holiday season, make a festive wreath with Alethea and Jill of Studio Choo. Using a variety of evergreen branches, berries, pods and pinecones, Jill demonstrates how to snip branches down to manageable pieces and attach them securely to a wire wreath form. As she walks you through the process of building the wreath, Jill shares her signature ideas for combining different kinds of foliage to create a wild, organic look.
Creative Wine WrappingMegumi Inouye
Wine bottles are a favorite canvas of Megumi's for creative wrapping. She shows you how to take items you have around the house to create a unique wrap for a special gift or thank you present for a host. Learn how to use maps, beautiful paper and fabric to turn a bottle of wine into a work of art.
The Wilton Method: How to Make Candy FiligreeWilton Instructors
Personalize your sweet treats with edible candy cake toppers. Stephanie from Wilton teaches you how to work with Candy Melts to create custom designs for year-round celebrations. She demonstrates two different ways to melt the candy, and then shows you how to make a monogrammed letter, a spider web, a snowflake, and two-toned fall leaves. These delicate toppers are all piped from a decorating bag and harden in the fridge in about 15 minutes. They are a great addition to the dessert table at Halloween, winter holidays, birthdays, and seasonal celebrations.
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.
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