Archive for the '* TUTORIALS' Category

You don’t know what you’re missing!

4 August, 2008

If you’re haven’t changed your bookmark to link to my new site at http://myhalfofthebrain.com/, you’ve missed out on how to make–

  • a party garland
  • bookmarks
  • furniture graffiti
  • rolled roses
  • fabric vase covers
  • obama embroidery (and hillary and mccain, too)
  • and how to get in on a fabric giveaway just by signing for a mailing list.

The longer you wait, the more you’ll miss! Please change your bookmarks or feedreader to link to http://myhalfofthebrain.com/ or http://myhalfofthebrain.com/feed/.

Don’t forget: I’ve moved

29 July, 2008

Visit my blog at its new location: http://myhalfofthebrain.com to learn where you can get in on regular free fabric giveaways just by signing up on a mailing list.

My Half of the Brain is Moving

28 July, 2008

oops. temporarily down while i figure out how i screwed up.

I’ve got my own domain now. You can find me at http://myhalfofthebrain.com. Please pardon my dust as I learn how to get around my new blog and try out various themes. See you there! Melissa

Alison Swimsuit

20 July, 2008

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  • Post: Alison BS-002
  • Main Site: BurdaStyle
  • Artist/Author: BurdaStyle
  • Registration Required?: No
  • Free?: Yes
  • Via: Stacy Sews
  • Other:

    • Thank You, Suzical!

      19 July, 2008

      When I look at my blog stats, one referrer is almost always near or at the top of the list. Suzical maintains the amazing BIG LIST of SEWING BLOGS, and it must get tons and tons of traffic, because a small but not insignificant portion of it is coming my way. Thanks for maintaining the list, Suzi, and for having me on it.

      By the way, in addition to THE LIST, Suzi herself has a blog, and a tutorial for an iPod cozy—it’s a super easy and well photographed tutorial, that could be easily adapted to other electronics.

      Thanks again, Suzi, for all the new readers you bring my way.

      Felt Garland

      8 July, 2008

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    • Post: Felt Garland/Cozy up with a Blanket
    • Main Site: Anna Maria Horner
    • Artist/Author: Anna Maria Horner
    • Registration Required?: No
    • Free?: Yes
    • Via:
    • Other: so pretty and festive!

      • Felt Food—eggs & orange slices

        8 July, 2008

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      • Post: Felt Food—eggs & orange slices
      • Main Site: One Crafty Mumma
      • Artist/Author: Melissa Goodsell
      • Registration Required?: No
      • Free?: Yes
      • Via:
      • Other:

        • Guitar Bag

          8 July, 2008

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        • Post: My own guitar bag!
        • Main Site: bored and crafty
        • Artist/Author: Meream
        • Registration Required?: No
        • Free?: Yes
        • Via:
        • Other: some other really cool tutorials at her site:
        • how not to make a monogrammed cake stand

          7 July, 2008

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        • Post: definitely don’t do it like in this post
        • Main Site: Finny Knits is the blog written by the person who did it all wrong
        • Artist/Author: don’t screw it up like Finnyknits did
        • Registration Required?: No
        • Free?: Yes, unless you count the first ruined cake stand
        • Via:
        • Other: even her aunt knew she didn’t get it right the first time
        • The Pearl Rucksake[sic]

          2 July, 2008

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        • Post: The Pearl Rucksake[sic]
        • Main Site: Tissuepapers
        • Artist/Author: Tissuepaper
        • Registration Required?: No
        • Free?: Yes
        • Via:
        • Other:
          • in my next life, I want to be the woman in these pictures – is this YOU tissuepaper?
          • this is really a fabulous pattern and I can’t wait to make it. I have some wonderful yardage of dupioni silk in turquoise and purple. I think I’ll have to make a muslin first, and see if I can make the bag entirely reversible.  I wonder how long I need to make the handle if I want it to go over my shoulder and across my chest?

          Homegirl Laptop Sleeve

          29 June, 2008

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        • Post: Homegirl Laptop Sleeve
        • Main Site: Crafty Chica
        • Artist/Author: Kathy Cano-Murillo
        • Registration Required?: No
        • Free?: Yes
        • Via:
        • Other:

          • The meerkats have landed

            29 June, 2008

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          • Post: the meerkats have landed
          • Main Site: roman sock
          • Artist/Author: wibit
          • Registration Required?: No
          • Free?: Yes
          • Via: craftster
          • Other:

            • 16 bright red, XXL t-shirts = one awesome dress

              29 June, 2008

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            • Post: 16 bright red, XXL t-shirts = one awesome dress
            • Main Site: craftster
            • Artist/Author: bleachrainbow
            • Registration Required?: No
            • Free?: Yes
            • Via:
            • Other: weighs ten pounds!

              • Laptop bag from a pillow case

                29 June, 2008

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              • Post: Laptop bag from a pillow case
              • Main Site: Craft Chi
              • Artist/Author: Amy
              • Registration Required?: No
              • Free?: Yes
              • Via:
              • Other: actually made from a quilted pillow sham

                • Spock Ears Knitting Pattern

                  29 June, 2008

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                • Post: Yarn Songs
                • Main Site: Yarn Songs
                • Artist/Author: Josie
                • Registration Required?: No
                • Free?: Yes
                • Via: Craftzine
                • Other:

                  • Sally Stitch

                    28 June, 2008

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                  • Post: A series of vintage sewing instruction comics
                  • Main Site: Bitter Betty Blogs
                  • Artist/Author: Bitter Betty
                  • Registration Required?: No
                  • Free?: Yes
                  • Via:
                  • Other: some of the tutorial pages aren’t tagged with “Sally Stitch”, so be sure to do a search on her blog to turn up more pages.

                    • Mexican Dress

                      28 June, 2008

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                    • Post: Mexican Dress
                    • Main Site: http://www.themexicandress.com/
                    • Artist/Author: “the Mexican Dress Lady”
                    • Registration Required?: No
                    • Free?: No, but nearly! $5.00 for pdf download
                    • Via:
                    • Other: In my family, we’ve always called these Mexican wedding dresses—in fact, my not-at-all Latina mother wore one at her wedding in 1980

                      • Little Shopping Bags

                        28 June, 2008

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                      • Post: Little Shopping Bags Tutorial
                      • Main Site: oh fransson
                      • Artist/Author: Elizabeth Hartman
                      • Registration Required?: No
                      • Free?: Yes
                      • Via:
                      • Other: direct link to pattern pdf

                        • Bed Pocket

                          28 June, 2008

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                        • Post: DIY Project—Bed Pocket
                        • Main Site: Five Whys
                        • Artist/Author: Neale McDavitt-Van Fleet
                        • Registration Required?: No
                        • Free?: Yes
                        • Via: stumbleupon
                        • Other:

                          • Tissue Holder Tutorial

                            28 June, 2008

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                          • Post: Lifting the tone…
                          • Main Site: Craftapalooza
                          • Artist/Author: Craftapalooza
                          • Registration Required?: No
                          • Free?: Yes
                          • Via:
                          • Other: Thanks, Craftapalooza for all the linky love!

                            • Sewing Machine Cover: Pimp My Machine

                              28 June, 2008

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                            • Post: Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial
                            • Main Site: not nigella
                            • Artist/Author: Fern Treacy
                            • Registration Required?: No
                            • Free?: Yes
                            • Via:
                            • Other: Fern’s other tutorials

                              • Gumboots to Pixie Puddlers

                                28 June, 2008

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                              • Post: Gumboots to Pixie Puddlers
                              • Main Site: Homefree
                              • Artist/Author: ?
                              • Registration Required?: No
                              • Free?: Yes
                              • Via: email
                              • Other:

                                • Maternity Skirt

                                  28 June, 2008

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                                • Post: Maternity Skirt Tutorial
                                • Main Site: See Mommy Sew
                                • Artist/Author: http://seemommysew.wordpress.com/about/
                                • Registration Required?: No
                                • Free?: Yes
                                • Via: whipup
                                • Other: other tutorials

                                  • Cozy Quick Blankie

                                    24 June, 2008

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                                  • Post: cozy quick blankie
                                  • Main Site: purlbee
                                  • Artist/Author: page
                                  • Registration Required?: No
                                  • Free?: Yes
                                  • Via:
                                  • Other: made with organic cotton fleece from Michael Miller

                                    • How to make a sock monster

                                      24 June, 2008

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                                    • Post: how to make a sock monster
                                    • Main Site: monster-munch
                                    • Artist/Author: Nicky
                                    • Registration Required?: No
                                    • Free?: Yes
                                    • Via: neatorama
                                    • Other:

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