Monthly Archives: July 2007

Knitting Help From a Flip Book

Knitting Flip Books

I’ve loved flip books ever since grade school when I used to draw stick figure animations in the margins of my text books. Lately I’ve seen a lot of different ways to make them yourself, or have them made for you from your videos or illustrations. They’re definitely a fun little thing to have around, an interesting novelty, but I have to admit my practical side has resisted them, because really, what purpose do they serve?

The answer is simple: tutorials! These knitting flip books, called Flip Knit, by Annie Modesitt are the perfect practical application of the flip book. Each book shows two different knitting techniques. Flip the book from the front for the first one, and turn it over to flip from the back for the second. Here’s a video of one in action. This is such a great idea, I wonder what other craft techniques could be taught with a flip book?

via The Independent Stitch.




Filed under Knitting, Learn To Knit

Fabric brooch tutorial

How to make a fabric brooch

You will need:

  • Fabric
  • A pen
  • Circular shape
  • Pinking shears/scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Brooch back/safety pin
  • Needle and thread

1. Assemble all your things. I find it easier to select my fabric and ribbon first and then match the buttons to them later.

2. Use your circle shape – I used a sticky tape roll – to draw out a circle on your fabric. Then use the pinking shears to cut it out. If you want more of a “shabby chic” look then just use normal scissors and the edges will start to fray after wearing a few times.

3. Next you need to decide how long you want your ribbon pieces to be. Do they extend over the edge of the circle or stay well within it? Again for a “shabby chic” look use regular scissors rather than pinking shears. Cut your ribbon to the desired length – I cut mine so that they just reach the edge of the circle.

4. Lay your ribbon onto the fabric circle and sew into place – you only need a couple of stitches at this stage as your button will be sewn onto the same place later on. It should look something like this:

5. Next, sew your button on! After this you will need to attach the brooch back/safety pin. I’m using a safety pin as more people are likely to have these lying around. However, for a more professional look, use a brooch back. This is the part that can be quite fiddly. I lay my pin down like this:

I then sew around the back bit of the safety pin (the bit that doesn’t open) and voila your fabric brooch is finished!

Here are some variations.



I just have to add that since I made these I have started to use brooch backs instead of safety pins and they work much better as they are easier to attach and look much more professional.

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Cable without a Cable Needle

This link leads to a tutorial by the famous Grumperina and shows how to cable faster and more efficiently.   If you are tired of always trying to locate tha tiny cable needle, or find it frustrating to deal with an extra needle, then this is the method for you.

When I first began to cable, I used this tutorial and found it easier and quicker to move my stitches around.

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Bias tape tutorial

please visit and watch a very humble tutorial on how to make your favorite fabric bias tape.

hugs, Dominique


Filed under Sew, Tutorial we've tried

Anybody up for a challenge?

Hi there!

Wow this blog has been busy lately, so many awesome posts! Anyway I was wondering if anybody was up for a challenge.

I would like to have a new design for the banner + a button for Craft Tutorials Blog. The size is 770 x 140 pixels and the winner will have his/her design as a banner until the end of the year!

Please post your designs onto our Flickr Group

Good luck! Competition closes 1st of August.



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Pin Cushion Roundup

Eyeball Pincushions

This eyeball pincushion tutorial from Jen made the rounds a few months ago but I didn’t see it listed here on CT so I wanted to make sure everyone knew about it. (Great idea to use Flickr to generate the tutorial!) Jen makes all sorts of beautiful pincushions and thankfully now has an Etsy store if you don’t think you have the time (or patience) for one of these.

Am I the last person on earth to hear about The Pincushion Challenge? Every month there’s a different theme and to participate you just make your pincushion and upload a photo to the flickr group. Lots of great inspiration to be found in the previous months’ photo sets too.

Here’s an awesome tutorial, with tons of great photos, for a square pincushion from paper. string. cloth.

Would you rather knit your pincushion? Wait until you see this wearable poppy pincushion from Sarah with an H.

And in one last bit of pincushion news I noticed that Betz White is working on some new flower pot pincushions and of course they’re adorable!

Question: What do you prefer to use for stuffing your pincushions? I notice lots of people are using poly-fill but I’m wondering what the pros and cons are of using sand or emery?



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Cool Photoshop Effects

Hey all!

I have found a couple of Photoshop effects that I plan to use in my digital scrapbooking over and over again, because they are just so cool. The first is a way to give your photos an old fashioned film look. Thanks to Ebin at

Here are my before and after shots:

astro before


Here is another great one to give your pictures a vintage hand-tinted look.

1. Open your photo. In the layers palette, right-click on the layer name and choose Duplicate layer from the flyout menu. At the top of the layers palette, choose Soft Light blending mode from the dropdown box. Click the eyeball icon next to your background layer in the layers palette to hide it.

2. Right click on the new layer in the layers palette (I had to just right click on my open photo) and choose Duplicate layer from the flyout menu. Target the middle layer and go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Right click on this black and white layer and choose Duplicate layer. Repeat this duplication one more time. You should now have 1 top color layer, 3 middle black and white layers, and 1 bottom, hidden layer.

3. Target the second layer in the layers palette. At the top of the layers palette, choose Screen blending mode. With this second layer still targeted, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. In the Gaussian Blur dialog box, set the blur to 10 pixels. Click ok. (optional: To enhance the dreamy effect a little more, target the third layer and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the blur to 8 pixels.)

Here is the before photo:

And the after photo:


And there you have it!


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