DIY Upcycled Pin Cushion

DIY pincushions by Wise Craft at Creativebug
These upcycled pin cushions are the perfect touch to make for yourself, or as a gift to a friend who sews. Try sticking in some pre-threaded needles, all ready to go for everyday mending. Or maybe some pretty glass head pins. They are made from scrap fabric and those little sake cups and tiny little ceramic cups and vessels I see often at the thrift store. There is usually just one of them, and I thought this was a fun way to use them.
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Halloween Craft, Zombie Barbies

Halloween Craft Zombie Barbies

(photo by Armstrong Pitts Studio)

One of the most popular, most remembered DIY crafts from my first book is the Zombie Barbies for Halloween, in the Fall Chapter of the book. In each of the 4 seasonal chapters, I wanted to create a variety of projects, from fun to more long-lasting. I felt it was also important to have projects that could be done in an afternoon, as well as some that might take a little longer (creating some nice quiet hand sewing moments in our otherwise busy lives).READ MORE

Halloween Wreath Made of T-shirts

Halloween T-shirt Wreath
This is a fun wreath to make with the kids and decorate the house for Halloween. Find black and dark gray (or your favorite Halloween color) t-shirts at the thrift store, or perhaps upcycle some from your closet. Note: I cut all the strips I needed from two men’s shirts. Cut them into strips measuring roughly 1-2″ wide x 3-5″ long. Bend a wire coat hanger into a circle and just start tying strips onto the wire. Keep the strips close together and vary the shades a little for a more interesting look.READ MORE

DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

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These DIY Halloween Trick or Treat bags are made from thrift store t-shirts and are surprisingly sturdy (meaning- they hold a lot of candy). They require a little reverse appliqué, and by using the bright yellow t-shirt I found, the effect of the eyes is very bright against the other colors.
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Fathers Day Gift DIY

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Finding the right Fathers Day gift is not easy, at least not around here. The Dad here seems to have everything he needs, except a boat (and that’s not going to happen). One thing he does like are those classic, LifeTouch-style school portraits that mark every passing grade in such an iconic way. Most photos are digital, but these are everything but. This is a great DIY to help keep all those photos together and brag-worthy. It uses thrift store- bought leather, which I love. In fact, I taught an entire CreativeLive class on how to upcycle leather into your projects. Its usually cheap (if you go for the out of style, unfashionable pieces especially), and often, one piece of clothing can supply leather for many projects. So you can make a brag book for each child!READ MORE