Polk Block: Paper-Piecing with Scraps
Intermediate | 16 min 11 sec
Embrace the flexibility and spontaneity of paper piecing with this scrappy block. Carolyn Friedlander shows you how to select a color palette from your leftover bits of fabric and create a precise design using a template. Paper piecing with scraps enables you to use every last bit of fabric, so don't toss your scraps—save them for a project like this one.
Learn how to:
- Select scraps for your project
- Audition scraps on the template for fit and look
- Paper piece your block
- Learn how to utilize leftover bits of fabric by creating a Polk block of your own design
- Detailed supplies list and downloadable PDF templates
- Step-by-step expert instruction from Carolyn Friedlander
- The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
Here’s what you’ll need:Finished Measurements:
The Polk Block is 7" x 7"
- Sewing machine
- Table extension for sewing machine (optional)
- Sewing machine foot with good visibility of sewing area
- Matching cotton thread (50wt)
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Sharp snips
- Iron/ironing surface
- Marking utensil (optional)
- Scraps of desired fabrics (some scraps should be 3 ½” wide for larger portions of block)
- Quilting pins
- PDF Template
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Learn how to make a nautically inspired necklace using twine or decorative rope. Courtney will teach you how to create a small Monkey’s Fist Knot pendant, and then add a vibrant accent with colored cord. This is a great summertime craft for sailors and land-lovers alike.
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.
Painted Canvas PillowsCourtney Cerruti
Give your living room a fun makeover with these hand-painted canvas pillowcases. Inspired by the classic, colorful stripes of Hudson Bay Blankets, you will use primary colors to paint stripes on your fabric. Then, follow along as Courtney demonstrates how to sew and assemble this simple pillowcase.
Painted Wooden SignCourtney Cerruti
Learn how to create an easy, eye-catching sign – perfect for décor or special events. Courtney will show you how to arrange vinyl stickers for your lettering, then create a rustic, salty finish using a combination of water-based and oil-based paint layers.
DIY Felt PennantsCourtney Cerruti
Add color and text to your walls with these easy-to-make felt pennant banners. Courtney teaches two ways to make vibrant pennants: by cutting out customized letters and gluing them in place, or with iron-on letters and a sewing machine. Perfect for parties and seasonal décor, these pennants can be made quickly for spontaneous celebrations.
How to Work Stranded or Fair Isle KnittingEdie Eckman
Knit and crochet expert Edie Eckman demonstrates how to work Fair Isle, or Stranded, knitting. Learn how to follow along with a chart and pick up some helpful tips along the way, like how to hold two yarn colors at once, how to catch yarn “floats," how to work in rows and more.
How to Thread a SergerFancy Tiger
A serger makes it easy to whip up garments quickly, but learning how to thread a serger sometimes stops people from using this handy tool. In this tutorial, the ladies of Fancy Tiger come to the rescue and demonstrate how to thread two different types of sergers: a Brother 1034D and a Juki MO 644D Serger. They also share best practices for maintaining your serger and trouble-shooting tips in case you don't get it right on the first try.
How to Substitute YarnDebbie Stoller
You don’t always have to use the yarn suggested in patterns — but if you do stray from the recommended yarn, you’ll want to keep a few guidelines in mind. Debbie Stoller shares sage advice for substituting yarn, such as using a yarn in a similar gauge and weight and sticking to the same fiber family. Also important, you’ll learn how to calculate yardage requirements for your new yarn so you won’t run out in the middle of the project (or buy far more than you actually need).
Furniture Refinishing: Flea Market TipsBarb Blair
There are lots of treasures to be found in flea markets all over the country, but finding a piece of furniture that is ideal for refinishing takes a specially trained eye. Walk along with Barb Blair of Knack Studios as she peruses the stalls at the Pickens Flea Market in South Carolina. Learn how to look for pieces of furniture that will be a breeze to refinish, and how to identify the pieces that will take more time and effort than they're worth. Best of all, you’ll learn how to use your imagination on the fly, envisioning how you might transform a piece of furniture and where it will fit into your home.
How to EmbossCourtney Cerruti
Have you ever wondered how embossing works? In this quick class, Courtney Cerruti demystifies the embossing process, showing you how to do this simple technique at home. You will need just a few items -- embossing powder, wet ink and a heat gun -- to create professional-looking, glossy designs.
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.
How to Make Binding TapeAshley Nickels
Custom-made binding tape adds a gorgeous finishing touch to your quilts, allowing you to play around with colors and prints. Binding tape is typically used to bind quilts and can be made with fabric that has been cut on the straight of grain. Ashley Nickels demonstrates how to create your own binding tape using any fabric you like and sew the strips together to create one long strip to go all around your quilt. Watch Ashley's class on attaching binding tape to find out how to sew it to your quilt.
How to Attach Binding TapeAshley Nickels
Quilting designer Ashley Nickels demonstrates the traditional method for attaching binding tape to a quilt — a fundamental technique every quilter needs to know. Step by step, you will learn how to pin the binding to the quilt sandwich, attach it using the walking foot on your sewing machine, create mitered corners, join the ends of the binding, and finish with a hand-sewn blind stitch. Watch Ashley's How to Make Binding Tape class for a quick lesson on how to make your binding strips and sew them together.
How to Pull a Successful Screen PrintHilary Williams
Screen-printing artist Hilary Williams provides pro tips for pulling successful prints, helping you troubleshoot what went wrong and figure out how to improve the quality of each print. You will learn how to add the right amount of ink, what parts of the squeegee to use, how to gauge the correct squeegee pressure, and lots of other helpful pointers.
DIY Room Décor: Color-Blocked Bulletin BoardCourtney Cerruti
Learn how to turn a basic cork panel into a colorful, decorative bulletin board in a snap. Courtney Cerruti shows you how to paint a color-blocked design on cork and add a colorful rope hanger. She then shows you how to spruce up your pushpins by attaching colorful pompoms and paper flowers with hot glue. Hang your finished corkboard in your kitchen or bedroom – it’s perfect for displaying your favorite photos and inspirational imagery.
DIY Room Décor: Decoupaged Jewelry HolderCourtney Cerruti
If your jewelry collection is in need of some organization, this class will help set you straight. Courtney Cerruti shares a quick and easy idea for a jewelry hanger that utilizes decoupage and a little bit of hardware. Courtney shows you how to properly apply Mod Podge to adhere pretty paper to a wooden placard, and how to paint the beveled edges with a foam brush. After that, install some simple hanging hardware and you’ll be ready to display your necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.
DIY Room Décor: Painted Fabric Wall ArtCourtney Cerruti
Learn how to transform painted cotton fabric into bold, abstract wall décor. Using expressive brush strokes in a color palette of your choice, Courtney Cerruti shows you how to paint abstractly on fabric, then “frame” your painted fabric in embroidery hoops. The finished pieces are lightweight and super easy to hang – perfect for sprucing up a bedroom or making any space your own.
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 Mitered CornersAshley Nickels
Learn how to make mitered corners on a single piece of fabric from sewing and quilting instructor Ashley Nickels. Starting with a square piece of fabric and a home sewing machine, you will learn how to press the edges, mark corners, stitch the miters in place and trim away excess fabric. This easy technique is great for creating cloth napkins and table runners or finishing the edges of any sewing project that has a corner.
Beaded CrochetMarly Bird
Marly Bird shares tried-and-true techniques for adding beads to single crochet. You will not only learn how to pre-string beads to add to your work as you go, but also how to add beads spontaneously right onto the stitch. Marly demonstrates her beading techniques on worsted weight yarn and large pony beads, but you can use this technique with any yarn gauge and bead—as long as your crochet hook and yarn can fit through the bead.
Setting Up a Screen Printing StudioHilary Williams
You don’t need an expensive or elaborate studio space to create successful screen prints. Mixed media artist Hilary Williams talks you through setting up a basic home studio space. You will learn how to create a printing board, how to set up your space to make clean prints, what tools you will need have on hand, and how to practice good studio cleanup habits.
Magic Loop KnittingEdie Eckman
Learn how to cast on and work in the round with Magic Loop knitting. This technique is ideal for knitting a small circumference object in the round on one long cable needle—a great option for those who don't love working with double-pointed needles. Edie Eckman shows you how to cast on, join in the round, and continue working in rounds.
Beaded KnittingMarly Bird
Learn how to add beaded embellishments to your knits with Marly Bird. There are several ways to add beads to your knitting, and Marly covers all the basics. You’ll learn how to place beads between the stitches on purl rows and knit rows when you’re working Stockinette, and how to add beads directly to the stitches with a crochet hook any old time you feel like it.
How to Chain Piece FabricAshley Nickels
Learn how to construct a nine-patch quilt block using one of Ashley Nickel’s favorite short cuts: chain piecing. Prepare and cut your nine fabric squares and learn how to piece them together row-by-row without ever snipping threads. You’ll then learn how to sew your chained pieces together by nestling the seams. With this trick up your sleeve, you’ll end up with a flawless nine-patch quilt block in a flash.
How to Cut a Mat and Frame Your ArtworkHilary Williams
Having your artwork and photos professionally framed can be pricey—especially if you have several pieces to frame. In this class, Hilary Williams shows how to professionally mat and frame your artwork at home for a fraction of the price. You will learn how to mount and back artwork of any size and add a dust cover to finish it off. Whether you’re an artist with a collection of pieces that need to be framed, or you simply want to frame your favorite family photos, this class will show you exactly how simple it is to get a professional look at home.
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.
Ohio Star BlockHeather Jones
In this class, Heather Jones shares how to make the iconic Ohio Star quilt block. Using half square triangles and quarter square triangles, you will learn how to precisely sew the pieces together to create this crisp, geometric design. Bind and finish your block to create a quilted wall hanging, or use the block to make a funky, modern throw pillow.
Knitted Lace MittsWendy Bernard
Wendy Bernard teaches you how to knit fingerless mitts featuring a gorgeous Nested Fans lace pattern in this handy tutorial. Fingerless mitts are great for cross-season warmth, plus they’re ideal for typing away on your electronic devices while keeping your hands toasty. In this action-packed class, you’ll learn how to start with a simple ribbed cuff, read a lace chart, shape a thumb gusset and more. The mitts call for very little yarn, and are a great opportunity to use that precious skein you’ve been saving for a rainy day.
Whippersnapper BlockAnna Maria Horner
This month’s block is gorgeous, graphic and quick to whip up. Textile designer and quilter Anna Maria Horner shows you how to bust your stash of scraps and create precise seams using foundation paper piecing. Learn how to create your own template, audition fabrics and balance light and dark tones.
Acrylic Painting: How to Clean PaintbrushesLisa Solomon
Believe it or not, your paintbrushes and tools can serve you well for years as long as you clean and care for them properly. In this quick class, Lisa Solomon demonstrates how to clean your tools like a pro. You will learn how to scrape your palette clean, and how to thoroughly clean and care for your brushes between uses.
Polk Block: Paper-Piecing with ScrapsCarolyn Friedlander
Embrace the flexibility and spontaneity of paper piecing with this scrappy block. Carolyn Friedlander shows you how to select a color palette from your leftover bits of fabric and create a precise design using a template. Paper piecing with scraps enables you to use every last bit of fabric, so don't toss your scraps—save them for a project like this one.
Make a Leather Key Fob or Wristlet StrapElke Bergeron
Learn how to make a super simple, stylish key fob with basic leather-working tools. Elke Bergeron shows you how to turn your strap into a wristlet, or add a clip to attach it to your favorite clutch. This quick class is a great introduction to leather working, and a fun way to practice your skills.
The Wilton Method: How to Write on CakesWilton Instructors
Stefanie from Wilton demonstrates some simple tips and tricks for mastering the art of lettering with buttercream. Learn about various decorating bag tips, how to do freehand lettering, and how to follow a template to produce cursive letters. With a little practice, you’ll soon be a pro at picture-perfect cake writing.
Mixing Black Using Acrylic PaintLisa Solomon
Instead of using black paint right out of the tube, learn how to mix your own by combining dark brown and dark blue acrylic paints. Lisa Solomon demonstrates how the addition of other colors can create warm and cool tones in your black mixture, adding extra depth to your paintings.
Homage to Josef Albers BlockHeather Jones
Modern quilter and designer, Heather Jones, shares how easy it can be to transform visual inspiration into patchwork goodness. In this class, learn how to construct a bold and contemporary quilt block that pays homage to her favorite artist, Josef Albers, and his series of paintings titled “Homage to the Square.” This crisp design and easy construction allows for creative freedom, so you can scale your block to a different size, or have fun playing with unexpected color combinations.
Unfinished block will be a 7 ½” x 7 ½” square
Finished block will be a 7” x 7” square
Intarsia KnittingEdie Eckman
Intarsia is a knitting technique that produces blocks of color by using separate balls of yarn. Knit and crochet expert Edie Eckman demonstrates this method of colorwork and gives helpful tips on how to read an intarsia chart, avoid creating holes, weave in ends invisibly, and more.
Folk Flower BlockAnna Maria Horner
You don’t have to be an expert quilter to make this eye-catching quilt block. Modern quilter and fabric designer, Anna Maria Horner, shares how to create this folk-inspired flower block using floral print scraps. You will learn how to piece a background, fussy cut fabric, and reverse applique the flower and leaves using a sewing machine (no hand-stitching required). Make multiple Folk Flower blocks and piece them together however you’d like to make a quilt top that is blooming with color and texture.
Final Block Measures 12 ½” x 12 ½”
Final Block Measures 12 ½” x 12 ½”
Calligraphy on Unconventional SurfacesMaybelle Imasa-Stukuls
Take your calligraphy to the next level in this creative lettering class. Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls covers techniques for writing with calligraphy on unconventional surfaces, like wood and chalkboard, using acrylic paint, gouache and chalk. You’ll also learn how to mix custom colors with gouache, allowing you to work with hues other than black and white. If you’re brand new to calligraphy (or just want a refresher), be sure to take Maybelle’s Calligraphy for Beginners class to practice your lettering.
How to Mix Screen Printing InkHilary Williams
To pull a good print, you need to be sure your ink consistency is just right. Screenprinting artist Hilary Williams shows how to determine whether your ink has the correct consistency and what to do if it’s a bit too runny, too thick or too dry. Hilary also demonstrates how to resuscitate ink that’s salvageable with just a splash of water, as well as how to tint ink to make light, pastel colors.
Make an Ice-Dyed TopLesley Ware
Dyeing fabric with ice is like watching magic happen before your eyes. Lesley Ware, a maker and author of three books on sewing and fashion, takes you step-by-step through the fun and fascinating process of transforming a plain white T-shirt with dye. All you need are ice cubes and powdered dye to add a burst of color to your wardrobe and create interest with dynamic patterns.
Jewelry Design with Scotchbonnet!: Creative Product PhotographyTracey-Renee Hubbard
Handcrafted jewelry deserves to be beautifully presented, which is why Tracey-Renee Hubbard, designer behind the jewelry brand Scotchbonnet!, created this class. Whether you’re documenting your work to share with friends or marketing your products for sale, Tracey-Renee shows you how to choose props and consider placement, proportion, and composition to best highlight your pieces. Using her tested methods, you'll learn how to create gorgeous images - right on your cell phone - that you can use for social media, email newsletters, or your online store.
STEAM: Make a Crystal YetiJamie Hudson
Science meets papercraft with this dazzling crystal yeti project. PhD chemist and maker Jamie Hudson teaches you how to use a paper abominable snowman - easily cut on the Cricut - as a surface for growing “fur” crystals. While learning about crystallization, nucleation, and super saturation, you'll enjoy crafting a sparkly new friend.
Glowforge Projects: Engraved Slate TrayLauren Marcinek
Present food with pizzaz at your next get-together with a beautiful, personalized serving tray. Lauren Marcinek from the Creativebug team shows you how to use the Glowforge to engrave on slate. You'll learn how to choose and upload a design, then how to adjust the correct settings on your machine. There's no need to be daunted by the tricky material as the Glowforge does all the hard work for you. The classic design of the tray fits in with any home, and the personalization makes for a thoughtful and unique gift.
Knitting Techniques: How to Knit FastCarla Scott
Knitting speed increases with time and practice of course, but there are other small factors to take into consideration that can affect your knitting speed in a big way. Professional knitter and knitwear designer Carla Scott demonstrates the specific technique she uses to get so many stitches worked up so quickly.
Knitting Techniques: Keeping Track of Needle SizeCarla Scott
It's all too easy to make a gauge swatch and then promptly forget the size of the needles you've used. When swatching, expert knitter Carla Scott suggests using this simple (and ingenious!) tip to keep track of your needle size.
Knitting Techniques: Using Consistent NeedlesCarla Scott
There are many variables that can change the gauge of your swatch, but you may not realize that the needle material can be one of them. Expert knitter Carla Scott demonstrates how to get consistent gauge across swatches and project knitting by keeping in mind this simple fact.
Sew a Pair of Baby BloomersAshley Nickels
Creativebug all-star Ashley Nickels shows you how to stitch a simple pair of baby bloomers that make the sweetest summery diaper cover. You’ll sew straight seams, then work a double-fold casing for the elastic waist and legs. The included pattern comes in three sizes: 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months. Requiring just a small amount of fabric, these are an approachable stash-busting project that make for an adorable gift.
Galaxy SlimeFaith Hale
There are many ways to make slime but pro-crafter Faith Hale shows you her very favorite method for making a sparkly, swirly version. Using liquid starch, clear glue, nontoxic pigment and fine glitter, we'll make three separate shades before swirling them all together. The slime comes together quickly and clean-up is a breeze.
How to Make Bias TapeAshley Nickels
An essential part of any quilter or sewist’s arsenal, bias tape is helpful for creating stretchy, durable edges. Ashley Nickels demonstrates how to find the bias on ordinary quilting cotton, then how to cut, iron, and pin fabric to an edge. This snack-sized lesson packs lots of information into just five minutes.
Creating a Mixed-Paper SketchbookPam Garrison
A sketchbook featuring a range of fun and colorful papers makes the perfect background for on-the-go sketching, journaling or list making. Learn how to create a mixed-paper sketchbook by gathering together interesting papers and sewing them together with an easy pamphlet stitch. Pam Garrison also shows a few of her own mixed-paper sketchbooks, featuring solid-colored papers, patterned papers and pages on which she’s already drawn or painted.
Doodling on an iPadPam Garrison
When it comes to doodling, paper and pen aren’t your only options. Pam Garrison demonstrates how she likes to use her iPad to doodle using the free app “Paper” by FiftyThree and talks about how it inspires her process. You really don’t have to be a tech expert to use technology for your creations.
Picking Up Stitches Along a Curved EdgeEdie Eckman
Picking up stitches along a curved edge is a little different than picking up along a straight selvedge. In this quick class, Edie shares her tips for creating a smooth, pucker-free edge. This is especially helpful to keep in mind when picking up stitches around a neck edge or the armholes of a sweater.
Crocheted LemonTwinkie Chan
Learn how to make this sweet and zesty crocheted lemon from renowned yarn foodie, Twinkie Chan. This lemon can be made in a flash with simple single crochet and slip stitches. Originally designed for the Craft Yarn Council as a “stress ball” for National Stress Awareness Month, this lemon is the perfect thing to squeeze when you’re having a rough day. If you find yourself hooked on making crocheted fruit, learn how to make other delicious (in)edibles in Twinkie’s Eat Your Fruits and Veggies Crochet-Along!
DIY Valentine's Day Love BugsCourtney Cerruti
Get crafty with the little ones this Valentine’s Day with this fun and simple project. Courtney Cerruti shows you how to make love bugs using pipe cleaners, pompoms and googly eyes. These bugs take no time to make, and are great to hand out as little gifts or to stick onto Valentine cards.
Mixed Media Wall HangingJessie Jennings of Plaid Crafts
Join Jessie Jennings, Plaid Content Creator, for a fun and relaxing class as she teaches you how make a simple mixed media wall hanging. With some FolkArt paint, Mod Podge, and a few basic supplies, Jessie walks you through the process of creating your own beautiful décor piece -- perfect for brightening up any space in your home.
STEAM: Make a Paper ZoetropeJamie Hudson
Scientist and maker Jamie Hudson shows you how to make a handheld paper zoetrope which creates an easy 10-frame animation and demonstrates persistence of vision, which tricks the brain into turning many still images into one moving image. This is how all cartoons and movies are made, and you get to make an animation of your own with a Cricut and some poster board. Putting together this classic piece of movie-making history requires no glue. The Cricut does all the work, and you just need to fold it together and let your imagination do the rest.
Make a Geode PaintingKyra Balentine of Plaid Crafts
Recreate the dimensional beauty of a geode using an unconventional art material - rock salt. Kyra Balentine, Plaid Craft's Content Studio Manager, demonstrates how to take your paint pouring to a new level with this intriguing technique. The rock salt adds texture and depth to your painting while glitter brings bling to your home decor. Mod Podge - the real workhorse here - holds it all together securely.
Make a Leather Cell Phone BagTreasure of Nikki&Mallory
Treasure is the owner of Nikki&Mallory which specializes in artisan-made leather handbags, accessories, and home décor - plus, she has impeccable style. In her day-to-day life as a designer, she often prefers to skip a bulky purse and carry a slim cell phone bag instead. In this class, she shows you how to make your own bohemian-inspired leather cell phone bag. It can accommodate phones of all sizes, and it has a convenient shoulder strap and front pocket. From sourcing leather, cutting it, to stitching it all together on a home sewing machine, Treasure breaks down each step, making this the perfect project for the beginner leatherworker.
Make Hand and Body SalveArina from BellaCreme
When she couldn't find low-additive body products for her baby daughter over a decade ago, Arina Soler began concocting her own. Since then she has developed her own skincare line, BellaCreme, and has empowered numerous makers to follow in her footsteps by teaching workshops. In this class, Arina explains how to create healing salves using botanical-infused oils, resulting in affordable and customizable nontoxic skin care products that will soothe parched skin. You'll find the process as relaxing as using the products themselves. Dry, sensitive skin - thirst no more!
STEAM: Make a Flying Squirrel GliderJamie Hudson
Let your crafting take flight and make a flying squirrel glider out of wood veneer. PhD scientist and experienced crafter Jamie Hudson will show you just how easy it is to put together a fun glider using the draw-and-print function on the Cricut while also teaching you about airfoil design, center of mass, and of course, actual flying squirrels. Jamie will also help you troubleshoot your flying squirrel and demonstrate how to make adjustments for the smoothest descent.
Make an Herbal Infused Body OilArina from BellaCreme
Arina Soler believes in creating products with care, consciousness, and consideration. As owner of BellaCreme, an all natural skincare company operating out of the Hudson Valley, she handmakes herbal infusions, salves, and soaps using natural colorants, scents, and unrefined, responsible ingredients. Botanical oil infusions allow you the ability appreciate and enjoy the beneficial properties of nature, are simple to prepare and even easier to use. This class will teach you how to begin making your own natural skin products that are both beautiful and resourceful.
Want more ideas of how to use this oil? Watch Arina's Make Hand and Body Salve class!
Want more ideas of how to use this oil? Watch Arina's Make Hand and Body Salve class!
Eat Your Fruits & Veggies Crochet-Along: Orange and SliceTwinkie Chan
Get your daily dose of vitamin C-for-crochet with this orange and orange slice designed by Twinkie Chan. Using juicy shades of worsted yarn, you’ll learn how to crochet an orangey orb, complete with a tiny green stem. Then, stitch up a slice before embellishing with a surface slip stitch.
Glowforge Projects: Engraved Wooden SignLauren Marcinek
Lauren Marcinek from the Creativebug team shows you how easy it is to engrave a customizable wooden sign with the Glowforge. You'll learn how to upload your design and adjust the settings on the machine. Then, see how to make your engraved wood look its very best. With the push of a button, you can add a beautiful touch of handmade to your home or create a one-of-a-kind gift that is perfect for any occasion, from treasured gifts to bridal showers to housewarming parties.
Glowforge Projects: Monogrammed WreathLauren Marcinek
Lauren Marcinek from the Creativebug team shares one of her favorite projects to make on the Glowforge: a gorgeous, monogrammed wreath. She'll show you how to upload your monogram design to the Glowforge, adjust the machine settings to laser cut wood, and turn your wooden letter into an elegant piece of home decor. With lots of opportunity to personalize the colors and embellishments, you can make a wreath for any holiday or all year round.
Glowforge Projects: Engrave a PhotoLauren Marcinek
Learn how to engrave your favorite photo memories onto wood with this easy and impressive Glowforge class. Lauren Marcinek from the Creativebug team guides you through choosing the best photo for engraving, uploading your file to the machine, and adjusting the settings for laser engraving. The Glowforge does the hard work for you -- all you need is a piece of wood to start making beautiful mementos for your friends and family.
Cricut Crafts: Gemstone Favor BoxesJennifer Sbranti
Event stylist Jenn Sbranti from Hostess with the Mostess guides you through constructing 3D paper gemstones that can hold little gifts, serve as a place card, or just brighten up a tablescape. Use your Cricut machine to cut any card stock, then accent your box with metallic gold paint and printable tags. Easily personalized, these gemstones will elevate any event.
Blocking Knits 101Faith Hale
Block your knits is a must-do step to lend polish to your finished project and prepare items for gifting. Expert knitter and pattern designer Faith Hale walks you through her favorite tools and essential items that make blocking a breeze. Know when to use pins, wires, or nothing at all, ideal surfaces for pinning, and the best techniques required for different fibers. You’ll see how satisfying it can be to shape your project into its ideal form.
Astro OrigamiFaith Hale
Use text-weight paper and a few simple folds to construct an entire galaxy. In this class paper-crafter Faith Hale demonstrates three different structures: a spaceship, a planet, and a small star you'll make handfuls of. Try it now and discover which one is inflatable! With Faith's enthusiastic guidance and clear instructions, you'll make enough stars for your own milky way.
Cricut Crafts: Make an Affirmation ToteNatalie Malan
Natalie Malan uses the Cricut Wild Rose plus patterned iron-on vinyl from her custom line to craft an empowering tote bag. She’ll show you how to take an existing image from Design Space and hide contours, change colors, and resize and center elements. You’ll then use the Cricut to cut out your design. After weeding, you’ll use the Easy Press to adhere the vinyn to your tote bag. Once you’ve learned how to manipulate an existing image, you’ll see how easy it is to create your very own design.
Sew a Butterfly WrapAshley Nickels
Sew a drapey, gauzy, layering piece in next to no time to quickly top any outfit. Sewer Ashley Nickels demonstrates how to use a comfortably-fitting oversized t-shirt to make your own template, cut your fabric, then stitch together with underarm seams. A rolled-hem foot makes finishing the edges a breeze with options provided for a double-fold hem option.
Embroidered ConstellationsFaith Hale
Bring the night sky into your home with hand-embroidered zodiac constellations. Crafter Faith Hale demonstrates you two methods of transferring the patterns included in the class PDF, then how to work the star stitch and the straight stitch using metallic thread.
Cricut Crafts: Phases of the Moon Wall HangingCourtney Cerruti
Create a beautifully graphic wall hanging inspired by the moon. Expert maker and Cricut crafter Courtney Cerruti shows you how to use your Cricut to make precise cuts, then add texture to the faux leather pieces with an easy marbling technique. Keep in tune with the subtle transitions of the moon with this simple wall hanging that can hang vertically or horizontally and adds dimension to your home decor.
Cricut Crafts: Make a Lunar NightlightCourtney Cerruti
Make a twinkly night light cover that doubles as a work of art. Maker extraordinaire Courtney Cerruti demonstrates a simple technique for painting on Yupo paper, creating an enchanting moon that glows when the lights go down. Use your Cricut machine to cut the easily-assembled components, which come together quickly to light up any dark corner of the home.
Cricut Crafts: Make a Custom Pencil PouchNatalie Malan
Artist, illustrator and Cricut aficionado Natalie Malin lends her design expertise to customizing and crafting a custom pencil pouch. She’ll walk you through the three-layer design, then demonstrate how some of her favorite Cricut tools – namely, the Bright Pad and the Easy Press – can really simplify the process. Finally, you’ll learn how to customize type in Design Space to make it your own. Essential for keeping your tools organized or crafting on the go, the resulting pencil pouch is versatile and once you’ve personalized it, totally unique to you.
Crochet Socks for Your ChairCal Patch
Do you fear your chairs catch a chill in the winter months? Crochet Cal will ease your worries by showing you how to quickly stitch a set of four cozy socks for your chair feet. Cal demonstrates how to select yarn that matches the complexion of your chair, take measurements for a perfect fit, and discusses yarn weights so you can create a set of socks for any season. You'll be all set to enjoy this class on April Fool's Day!
Sew an Artist SmockFaith Hale
Every artist needs an apron, and making one couldn't be simpler when you begin with a ready-made button-down shirt. Creativebug staffer and upcycling enthusiast Faith Hale explains how to choose the perfect shirt, then shows how to disassemble it and turn the sleeves into giant patch pockets. This project is great for beginners and quick to sew for the more seasoned sewist. With ample coverage and large pockets for stashing art supplies and tools, the resulting smock is sure to become a studio staple.
Meditative Art JournalingGet Messy
Learn how to make a meditative art journal that serves as a container for your hopes, fears, frustrations and more with the founders of Get Messy. You’ll learn how to free write to get what's in your head onto the page, obliterate it with paint and meditative marks, use watercolor to channel your mood, then add quotes and lettering to complete your page. This small handbound book provides the perfect place to journal and explore your feelings through words and art. Remember to use the hashtag #creativebuggetsmessy on social media to share your work with the Get Messy and Creativebug communities.
Sew a Fabric BasketAmber of Damask Love
This multi-purpose basket is fabulously fast to make and eminently giftable. Amber from Damask Love shows you how to make this simple and sweet project from just two pieces of decorative fabric and pompom trim. With so many organizational uses – try on your desktop, vanity, or even kitchen – you’ll use these all over the house. Plus you’ll see how easy it is to make dimensional creations on your sewing machine!
Post-It Holiday WreathAmber of Damask Love
To make a fabulous temporary wreath for any season, Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love turns to an office supply staple: Post-it Notes. Amber shows you how to save time by cutting leaf shapes in batches, then apply them to nearly any wall or flat, non-porous surface. Choose from Post-it’s diverse color palette to customize for the season, and scale the wreath up or down to fit virtually any space.
Easiest Garter Stitch SlippersFaith Hale
Keep your toes toasty with this easy-to-knit weekend project! The delectably simple slipper pattern was designed by Creativebug’s resident knitter, Faith Hale, and requires knitting just one rectangular piece. Simple increases and just two seams give the slipper its shape, making it a great project for last-minute gifting.
Looking for another great garter stitch project? Learn how to make the Easiest Garter Stitch Hat.
Looking for another great garter stitch project? Learn how to make the Easiest Garter Stitch Hat.
Sew a Pie CarrierLiana Allday
Make easy work of transporting your freshly baked pie with this simply stitched pie carrier. Sewist-with-a-sweet-tooth Liana Allday shows how two pieces of cotton fabric plus handy cotton webbing straps quickly come together to make a classy bag to tote your torte. Whether the pie carrier is for transporting your own desserts or as a gift to your favorite baker, this project comes together in less than an hour – just enough time to whip up something delicious.
Cricut Crafts: Layering Iron-On VinylAmber of Damask Love
Layering vinyl is an essential technique for creating dynamic projects with your Cricut. Professional Cricut crafter, Amber of Damask Love, explains how to plan your iron-on motif in Cricut’s Design Space, using the slicing and contouring features that make this layering technique possible. Once the vinyl has been cut, Amber shows you how to assemble your layers using the Cricut Easy Press tool. These layered vinyl pieces are perfect for tote and t-shirt designs, and best of all, won’t have any excess bulk!
Lingerie Sewing: The Noelle PantyMadalynne Intimates
Lingerie designer and seamstress Maddie Flanigan of Madalynne Intimates shares with you her secrets for sewing essential lingerie garments. The “Noelle” is a vintage-inspired, high-waisted panty that can be made with fully-lined stretch elastic or a simple jersey material. In this class, you'll learn to work with stretch picot and add a jersey gusset to make a gorgeous handmade undergarment. This confidence-building project can be finished in under an hour and is an ideal entre into the glamorous world of lingerie sewing. Class includes a downloadable pattern PDF in sizes XS (23-25" waist; 33-35" hip) to 3XL (38-41" waist; 46-50" hip).
Intuitive Mark MakingFlora Bowley
Take an experimental approach to creating abstract art with intuitive painter Flora Bowley. In this quick class, you’ll learn how to use nontraditional “tools” – like Gerber daises, mushrooms, and celery – to make unique marks with acrylic paint. Flora’s teaching style is equal parts eye-opening and fun, and her techniques will help you nurture a curious and open-minded approach to painting with acrylics.
Washi Tape DecorAmber of Damask Love
Looking to add a little cheer to your dorm room or a pop of color to your home? Washi tape is a fast and fun way to get vibrant results on a dime. Amber of Damask Love demonstrates a suite of projects: a cheery clock, a frame with crisp mitered corners, and custom stickers perfect for a planner, agenda or notebook. You’ll be able to create endless combinations from the wide array of available washi tape designs, and the finished projects make fabulous gifts.
Roll With It: Back to School Ideas with Scotch TapeCourtney Cerruti
Tape is the unsung hero of the craft drawer, and in this Back-to-School themed class, Courtney Cerruti showcases its many versatile uses. In each segment, you’ll learn tips, tricks and hacks that utilize the unique quality of each of Scotch Brand’s five core tapes: Magic Tape, Super-Hold Tape, Wall-Safe Tape, Double-Sided Tape, and Satin Finish Gift Wrap tape. These mighty adhesives are Ideal for everyday organizing and wear-and-tear repairs, plus they provide the perfect stick for creative art and craft projects. We guarantee you’ll never look at tape the same way again.
Cricut Crafts: Print-Then-Cut Flair PinsAmber of Damask Love
Spruce up your denim jacket with DIY flair pins! Amber of Damask Love shows how easy it is to whip up a batch of pins using any artwork in the Cricut Design Space and your Cricut Maker. The “print-then-cut” feature and knife blade tool make it super easy to cut precise shapes from basswood, and then Amber shows you how to paint and assemble your pins.
Cricut Crafts: Carved Wood FrameAmber of Damask Love
Amber of Damask Love shows how easy it is to make a custom-carved wooden frame with your Cricut Maker. The handy knife blade tool allows you to make woodworking magic by precisely cutting out a template in the Cricut Design Space. After cutting out the basswood pieces, Amber shows how to paint them in cheery shades and insert a favorite photo. These frames make thoughtful, showstopping gifts – especially when you tell the recipient that you made the frame yourself.
Design Your Own Needlepoint CanvasAnna 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.
Want to learn how to needlepoint? Watch Anna Maria’s class on Creativebug.
Crocheted CarrotTwinkie 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 KeychainAmber 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.
Cricut Crafts: Dimensional Word ArtAmber 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.
Cricut Crafts: Easy Monogrammed Cosmetic BagAmber 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 BraceletMarly 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 TrufflesMark 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.
Cricut Crafts: Felt Christmas StockingAmber of Damask Love
Amber from Damask Love shows you how to celebrate the holiday season with modern, bold and colorful felt stockings. You’ll learn how to cut out all of the shapes on a Cricut Maker cutting machine and then sew them together with a few easy seams. These stockings are perfect for your mantle or even as a unique option for gift giving and can be easily customized using Cricut's Design Space software.
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.
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.
Sculptural ChocolateMark Tilling
Transform chocolate into stunning three-dimensional shapes with master chocolatier, Mark Tilling. You’ll learn how to work with chocolate on a cold marble surface and transform it into cigarillos, fans, and other fun geometric shapes, perfect for decorating cakes and topping elegant desserts. Mark begins by showing how to beautifully swirl colors to make two-toned chocolate and shares tips and tricks for working on the marble surface. Whether you scrape it into curls, cut it into stacks or fold it into fans, you’ll have a wealth of new chocolate-making techniques to play with.
New to chocolate making? Make sure to begin with Mark’s foundation class: Mastering Chocolate at Home.
New to chocolate making? Make sure to begin with Mark’s foundation class: Mastering Chocolate at Home.
Mastering Chocolate at HomeMark Tilling
Working with chocolate is an art unto itself, and there’s no better person to learn from than master chocolatier, Mark Tilling. The first step in any chocolate making project is learning how to temper chocolate. This process perfects the crystallization structure, ensuring that, when cooled, your chocolate will be glossy and have a great snap. The tempering process can make or break your chocolate creation, so it’s important to temper it correctly for successful results. In the first part of this class, Mark teaches how to melt chocolate in a microwave or double boiler and how to troubleshoot common mistakes along the way. Once you understand how to temper chocolate, making your own chocolate bars is a quick next step. Mark shows you how to use a bar mold and delicious mix-ins, like dried fruits and popping candies, to create custom bars featuring dark, milk, and white chocolates. In addition to showing how to combine flavors, Mark also demonstrates how to color and marble chocolate, and work with cocoa butter gold coloring to paint your darkest bars. Once you understand the fundamentals of working with chocolate, you’ll have a basis upon which to expand your skills.
Single Block Projects: Quilt Block PillowAshley Nickels
Wondering what to do with all of the gorgeous blocks in our Block of the Month series? Ashley Nickels shows how to expertly set any quilt block in a posh pillowcase, featuring sashing to frame the block and a hidden zipper. She demonstrates the technique using Carolyn Friedlander's Polk Block, but you can use any block you please to create custom pillows for your home.
Hand-Stamped Round Coin PurseJen Hewett
Create one-of-a-kind coin purses with this simple tutorial. Printmaker Jen Hewett shows you how to create custom stamps and print fabric with geometric designs. You will then learn how to assemble the bag by sewing the curved edges, adding a lining, and finishing with a decorative zipper pull.
Adding Duplicate Stitch to KnitsMarly Bird
Learn how to add customized monograms to your knits with the magic of duplicate stitch. Marly Bird shows you how this simple hand-sewn stitch is applied to knitted fabric, mimicking the knit stitches in order to create a seamless embellishment. Best of all, this stitch can be added to any finished knitting, so you can choose to embellish your project even after you’ve bound off. Downloadable PDF with monogram charts included with class.
Pop Rocks BlockAnna Maria Horner
The Pop Rocks Block is as fun as it sounds, using subtle and intense fabrics from your stash to create playful contrast. Anna Maria Horner’s scrappy design is a modern take on a 9-patch block, with random pops of color sprinkled throughout. Round up your light and dark fabric scraps and start putting them together to create these unexpected blocks.
Knitted Cocoon CardiganMarly Bird
Designed by Marly Bird, this soft and cozy cardigan wraps you in warmth and style. The oversized shape flatters any body type, while the fitted cuffs add a dose of structure. Make this cardigan in a bright, bold color for a statement piece, or in a neutral for everyday wear.
Churn Dash BlockHeather Jones
The charming Churn Dash block dates back to the early 1800s. (The block design resembles an overhead view of a butter churn, as the story goes.) Modern quilter and designer Heather Jones gives this traditional block a contemporary refresh using a cheeky print. Follow the step-by-step instructions here to make a set of your own modern Churn Dash Blocks.
Knit a Super ScarfFaith Hale
Bundle up in style with a gloriously bulky super scarf. Designed by Yarnspirations, this oversized scarf features a 12-row stitch pattern that creates a gorgeous overall texture. Faith Hale shows you how to get started, work the Dew Drop pattern, and make super-sized tassels to finish off the corners. Worked in a super bulky yarn, the scarf knits up quicker than you might think. For even more Super Scarf inspiration, check out 12 more fabulous knit and crochet patterns from Yarnspirations here.
Double Star QuiltFancy Tiger
The Double Star Quilt top features a striking combination of light and dark fabrics, with a star-within-a-star motif radiating from the center. Using a mix of special prints and half-square triangles, Amber from Fancy Tiger Crafts shows you how to use free-form patchwork to grow the quilt from the center out. In the class, Amber shows how to make a 54” quilt top, but instructions are included for making a larger 90” queen-size quilt top.
Howard BlockCarolyn Friedlander
Learn how to make this architectural block with paper-piecing expert, Carolyn Friedlander. This simple process makes it easy to achieve precise, linear piecing—perfect for this geometric design. Make one paper pieced block or several, playing with pattern and color to see how it changes the overall effect.
Sew a Sleeping BagAnnabel Wrigley
Learn how to turn a ready-made duvet cover into a snuggly sleeping bag, perfect for sleepovers. Instead of a zipper, Annabel Wrigley shows you how to customize with contrasting side ties, making for a surprisingly quick-to-stitch project.
Serrated BlockAnna Maria Horner
Textile designer and quilter Anna Maria Horner shows you how to create a stair-step “serrated” pattern out of solid and printed fabrics. To make this block, you’ll learn how to use an inventive template for cutting pieces and Anna’s technique for piecing it together. At the end, Anna discusses how to combine blocks to create a large all-over pattern using this design.
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