Sewing Machine Basics
Beginner | 7 min
Want some help when it comes to learning your way around a machine? Liesl points out the main components of a sewing machine as well as how to thread the machine and wind a bobbin so you will be ready to dive into the sewing process with confidence.
Learn how to:
- Thread your machine
- Wind a bobbin
- An easy-to-follow lesson on the basics of sewing seams
- 1 HD video lesson you can access online anytime, anywhere
- Detailed supply list
- Step-by-step instruction by expert instructor Liesl Gibson
- The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Metallic Leather BraceletElke Bergeron
Leather bracelets have a warmth and luxury to them, and it is easier than you may think to make your own. In this class, Elke shows how to make a stylish wrap bracelet with a chic metallic gold finish. Using leather working tools like a strap cutter and a beveler, she shows you how to cut the leather evenly and bevel the edges, which gives the bracelet a professional, polished look. Once the leather has been cut out, you will paint the strap, punch holes in either end, and attach a button stud to create the closure. The tools and materials required for this project are inexpensive and easy to find, making it a perfect first project for a beginning leather-worker. Cut out several leather strips at once and whip up a batch to give as gifts to friends, or keep the whole stack for yourself!
Crochet Hat FormulaCal Patch
Using basic crochet stitches, Cal Patch shows you how to work in the round and make a hat in any size you like. This customizable hat is the perfect way to practice new skills, like increasing and slipstitching. With this one formula, you can go on to crochet hats in different sizes, yarn weights and colors for all of your loved ones.
Charcoal Blending ToolsLisa Solomon
Learn how to create velvety lines and ghost-like shading with charcoal and blending tools. Lisa Solomon demonstrates the qualities of compressed black and white charcoal and charcoal pencils using blending stumps, a kneaded eraser and a chamois. At the end, you’ll learn how to use them all together to create volume and depth.
Boho Leather CuffElke Bergeron
You’ll never look at leather belts in the same way after this class. Elke shows you how to take an old or thrifted belt and transform it into a modern leather cuff. You can keep the cuff unadorned or add a few rows of delicate beading to give it a boho vibe.
The Physics of SewingNatalie Chanin
In this workshop, Natalie shares some of the old wives’ tales that she’s heard about stitching over the years and the truths that each tale reveals for smoother and easier hand sewing. After watching this workshop, you’ll have a deeper appreciation of the physics that determine how cotton jersey and thread behave and you’ll be ready to get stitching by hand.
Journal of Family LifeAmy Karol
Capture and elevate the small, everyday moments of family life with this workshop. Amy offers her trademark no-stress approach to creating a customized family journal to preserve family photos, jot down milestones, and record special stories. Amy's philosophy is that documenting memories should never be stressful, time-consuming or precious. In this class, she shares her quick and easy approach.
How to Knit DishclothsWendy Bernard
A dishcloth knitted with pure linen transforms an ordinary rag into a luxurious textile. Wendy Bernard demonstrates how to work with linen yarn to create a washcloth with an i-cord loop for hanging. The linen fiber resists mildew, is great for scrubbing, and gets softer with every use. This quick knitting project is a fun way to try out new stitch patterns—several of which are included in the PDF. Make a stack to give as a gift, or keep them for your own daily use.
Beeswax CollageCourtney Cerruti
Learn how to turn simple blocks of wood, photocopies and beeswax into personal works of art. With their lived-in patina, these storyblocks offer endless options to personalize. Courtney will teach you specific techniques, along with how to best select images, and tips for composition and decoration.
Turkish Map FoldJody Alexander
An elegant way to fold paper, this technique has traditionally been used to fold maps. Jody deconstructs the steps to show how one piece of paper can be turned into a pop-up greeting card -- or you can combine many to create an artist’s book, decorative garland or even a crown!
Furoshiki Wine WrapMegumi Inouye
Spend less than five minutes learning Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese art of wrapping objects with cloth. In this workshop, Megumi shows you how to quickly and elegantly bundle two bottles of wine to bring to a picnic or give as a gift. Once you know the principles of Furoshiki, you’ll be looking for more things to wrap.
Multi-Color Screen PrintingHilary Williams
After you know how to burn a screen, watch this workshop with Hilary to see how she creates multi-color prints on a pillowcase. Hilary’s designs include one screen that covers a large printing areas, and a second screen with finer details that she prints in two colors. This workshop will spark ideas for grouping screen prints together to take your designs to the next level of sophistication.
One Color T-shirt PrintingHilary Williams
After you know how to burn a screen, watch Hilary screen print a hand-drawn design onto different size tee-shirts. Learn how to mark registration to print on different sizes, and see how to pull textile ink back and forth to work in into fabric, which behaves differently than paper. You’ll be printing your own textiles in no time.
Found NecklaceLisa Coris
This workshop will open your eyes to the possibilities of finding necklace materials beyond the bead store. Lisa’s philosophy of creating bright, accessible jewelry shines through as she teaches you how to creatively repurpose existing necklaces along with tricks for simple strung necklaces.
Herringbone NecklaceLisa Coris
Go on a field trip with Lisa as she sources vintage beads in her favorite bead shop. This simple necklace combines an unusual variety of beads, from brass to coconut to plastic. No jewelry tools required, just a love of exploring color and trust that working without a plan can lead to exciting color and texture combinations.
If you know the knitting basics, but haven’t learned yet how to fix any mistakes you make, this quick workshop is for you. Jill slowly shows you how to remove knit stiches and purl stitches, as well as how to recover dropped stitches in your knitting projects. After you learn these simple techniques, you’ll become a more confident and capable knitter!
Wire WrappingAlix Bluh
Learn how to create your own charms with gems, wire and basic jewelry tools. Alix Bluh will teach you three different kinds of wire wrapping in this workshop that you can then apply to personalize your own jewelry creations.
Carving Rubber StampsChristine Schmidt
With simple carving tools and your design sensibilities, you can carve a custom set of stamps to add personality and zip to stationery, textiles and more. Christine shows you how to transfer a design and which tools to use, to celebrate the charm and imperfections of printing by hand.
Luminaria: Candle ShadesKelly Wilkinson
Bring nature indoors with these simple, sweet lanterns that emit a lovely diffused light for any holiday table. These waxed paper lanterns come together quickly and easily and show off pressed flowers and leaves in a modern, casual way.
Orizomegami is the Japanese art of decorating papers by folding and dipping them into pools of natural dyes. By folding the paper in a variety of ways, patterns emerge which are reminiscent of stained windows and depending on the number and placement of the folds, you can create more complex patterns.
Kaleidoscope Gift WrapMegumi Inouye
If you’re like most of the crafty folks we know, you likely have a lot of scraps of paper in your crafty stash. In this workshop, Megumi shows you how to make a gorgeous (and simple) flat paper “bow” with simple folds. You can limit your palette or mix in a range of patterns for dramatically different effects.
Intro to StencilingNatalie Chanin
Stenciling on cotton jersey is at the core of all of Natalie’s designs for Alabama Chanin. In this workshop, Natalie will teach you how to create the cut stencil and then apply the paint that becomes the guide for all her designs. You’ll see Natalie’s tried-and-true method of air brushing the stencil onto fabric, as well as simple alternatives that use basic materials.
Pom Pom GarlandsHello!Lucky
Dyed pale pink, these ethereal coffee filter pom-poms resemble cabbage roses, and they have a dramatic impact when hung in strands. Because of the dyeing and drying time, start this project early, working in batches — especially if you anticipate needing a large number of strands. Hang them in your living room, over your dinner table, or in your cocktail area for instant DIY delight!
Finger KnittingAmelia Strader
Want to get your craft on with nothing more than a skein of yarn? Amelia shows you how to finger knit chains of yarn that can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, garlands and much more. Wear the chains in stacks for a modern and tactile look. Amelia teaches the sequence in a chunky yarn so it’s easy to follow along. This is a great entry-level craft for kids and kids of all ages.
Tassel NecklaceLiesl Gibson
This tassel necklace adds an opulent note to any outfit, and makes a perfect gift. Liesl shows you how to make perfect tassels and attach them to a necklace – or to the corners of home décor items such as napkins or pillows. The result is a bright pop of luxury and color that will have you looking for items to tassel up.
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.
Kool-Aid Dyed YarnMelanie Falick
Put your kids' colorful imaginations to use! Using Kool-Aid is an easy and fun way to create hand-dyed yarn – for your knitting projects, as well as hooking a future generation of crafters. Melanie shows you how to create a palette at home without any special equipment or a tangled mess. She also offers tips for working alongside kids and shows how different fibers take the dye differently.
DIY Kids Knitting NeedlesMelanie Falick
Kids will receive an even bigger rush of satisfaction when they knit with needles they made themselves. Melanie shows you what adults need to do, and when kids can jump into the project. With just a dowel rod, polymer clay and basic tools, you and the burgeoning knitters in your life will whip up a colorful collection of handmade needles.
Ear Wire BasicsShana Astrachan
Buying premade ear wires is easy enough, but making your own gives you the ability to get creative with basic shapes and add custom designs to your earrings. Shana shows you techniques as well as the simple tools you will need to create three different styles. She’ll also show you how to harden the wire, and finish the end for a comfortable fit in your ear so you will have all the skills to make beautiful and strong ear wires for your earring designs.
Riff HatCirilia Rose
Learn how to design your own hat by riffing off a basic pattern with minimal shaping and finishing. All you need are simple math skills and your inner designer. Cirilia teaches you how many stitches to cast on, how to knit in the round, work the body of the hat in an offset rib pattern – as well as binding off and finishing. She also teaches a few stitch variations so you can pick your favorite design and create your own original hat.
Color Image Transfers on WoodCourtney Cerruti
Turn those small, intimate moments from life into a permanent treasure by transferring them onto wood. Working with photos printed out on laser copies, Courtney Cerruti shows you how to create the transfers, offering a few different finishing techniques to customize your miniature works of art. The wood adds luminosity and brings out the beautiful, muted colors in your photograph. Learn more about laser copies here.
Paste PaperCourtney Cerruti
Create original, hand-painted paste paper to use as gift wrap, holiday decorations, or any other use you can imagine. Courtney shows how to create graphic and colorful designs that can be customized in any way. You'll learn how to create patterns and how to layer them for beautiful effect. It's like finger painting for grown-ups!
Drawing with ThreadImprov Sewing
Learn how to doodle with thread to customize and embellish your clothing and home decor. The creative minds behind Improv Sewing will teach you how to make adjustments to your sewing machine and stabilize fabric so you can create different effects on material, including how to draw outlines and make your stitching more bold. This workshop will have you seeing unadorned fabric as a new canvas for whatever motifs you dream up.
Metal StampingAlix Bluh
Make your own custom charms with a metal-stamping set and words or symbols that hold special meaning for you. Alix talks about which metals to use for practice, and once you’re comfortable stamping, she’ll teach you a shortcut to give your charms a lived-in patina.
Dart ManipulationLiesl Gibson
Darts are practical elements of patternmaking that ensure a good fit. In this workshop, Liesl moves beyond the utilitarian and into the creative – showing you how to manipulate the placement of darts to customize your sewing. You’ll learn how to shift a typical bust dart to the neckline or waist, all without sacrificing fit. Along the way, Liesl provides tips for accurate marking and precise sewing. Once you learn the basics of dart manipulation, you’ll be able to sew more custom and creative garments.
Rosita Quilt DesignKaffe Fassett
Be a fly on the wall as Kaffe mocks up a quilt design in his London studio. In this workshop, Kaffe talks about how to work within a rich color palette to create a light-dark zig-zag illusion, as well as how to work with solids and striped fabrics to create motifs from diamond shapes. This workshop shows Kaffe’s process but does not show sewing – a complementary workshop is coming soon showing how to cut and piece this design.
Shrinky Dink JewelryNicole Blum
Create original and wearable works of art with shrinkable plastic. Nicole shows you how to take your own artwork, or use scanned images and fabric to create designs. Then watch them shrink down into miniature versions with intensely concentrated color. The magic and satisfaction works on kids of all ages!
Sewing Machine BasicsLiesl Gibson
Want some help when it comes to learning your way around a machine? Liesl points out the main components of a sewing machine as well as how to thread the machine and wind a bobbin so you will be ready to dive into the sewing process with confidence.
Basic Sewing: SeamsLiesl Gibson
Once you understand the basics of the sewing machine, it’s time to sew. From pinning to sewing evenly, Liesl covers straight and curved seams. Joining two pieces of fabric together is the foundation of all sewing, and Liesl sets you up for success with these basics.
Appliqué UmbrellaNicole Blum
Turn your kid’s drawings and designs into a snazzy umbrella with this project, which is sort of like creating custom stickers from nylon. Nicole and her son show how to use a few simple materials to fancy up an umbrella and brighten any dreary day. This works for kids of all ages.
Sew a Perfect 1/4 Inch SeamLiza Lucy
While garments are typically made using a 3/8" seam allowance, patchwork uses a ¼” seam allowance, which can sometimes be difficult to locate on a standard sewing machine. Many quilters have their own techniques for identifying a ¼” seam allowance, and in this quick class, you’ll see Liza’s preferred method.
Found Image PaintingMolly Hatch
Feeling artistic but intimidated because you don’t think you can draw? Molly shares her process of creating a piece of art based on found imagery. She covers where to source material as well as how to group and gather elements into a painting. The final image is translated through your own hand – with all the artistic charm and none of the self-doubt that too often creeps into creating art.
Design on CeramicsMolly Hatch
Transfer a created or found design onto ceramics – either in your own studio or at a paint-your-own pottery studio. Molly shares her trademark technique for applying custom artwork to ceramics, including the best tools for transferring a design and how to achieve dense coloring on your one-of-a-kind piece.
Stenciled GlasswareMolly Hatch
Transform your boring, naked glassware into something more personal and reflective of your style. Molly shows you how to create a contact paper stencil and create a motif from a found image so you don’t even need to know how to draw to add some zip to your drinkware.
Lengthen or Shorten PatternsLiesl Gibson
Got a long, tall kid or a more petite one you sew for? If the little ones in your life don’t measure exactly to pre-determined specifications on a pattern, it can be hard to figure out how to add or remove length while maintaining a garment’s proportions. Liesl will explain how to lengthen or shorten patterns for different types of garments.
Fabric Fishing GameLiesl Gibson
Paint your own fabric and then turn that fabric into fish for this clever game – so you can fish anywhere (no water required!). The fish are magnetized, and the process of creating the fabric and sewing the fish can be applied to making any other shape or size stuffed animal that you can dream up.
Zodiac NecklaceAlix Bluh
This charm necklace subtly reveals your astrological sign, with understated sophistication. Alix shows you how to hand stamp the constellation of your birth sign onto a brass disc with faceted stars. You can add a gemstone or an additional charm with an initial for a necklace that tells a sweet and pretty secret. A template for all twelve constellations is included.
Suminagashi Ink MarblingJody Alexander
Suminagashi, or “floating ink,” is an ancient paper marbling technique that involves alternating ink and a resist to create a beautiful sequence of rings. The effect can be subtle or more pronounced, and the resulting prints can be used for book and art projects. One lovely aspect of this process is how unpredictable it is, with the water determining the pattern so you will be surprised every time.
Watercolor SilhouetteChristine Schmidt
This project appeals to a range of personalities, since you can be loose with creating the watercolor effect and then add structure with a crisp silhouette. Christine shows you different watercolor techniques to build texture and dimension, from layered washes to dry brushing and splattering. The result is a fresh update on the classically Victorian way to capture the likeness of someone you adore.
Stamped Leather BraceletAlix Bluh
Take a simple strip of leather and imbue it with a mantra or meaningful phrase to keep your inspiration close. Alix shows you how to enhance the handsome, natural warmth of leather with a stamped phrase and a patina effect, along with a button stud for a finished look. Make a stack and wear in multiples or give as a heartfelt present.
DIY Fabric ShoelacesLiesl Gibson
Add a creative zip to your step when you make your own shoelaces. Liesl shows you how to make a quick frayed version, as well as a more finished, sewn version. Both pack extra pizazz with pops of bright artist’s tape and nail polish. You’ll have a creative and fun use for extra fabric in your stash.
Rainbow Jelly Roll Quilt TopHeather Jones
Drape a plush rainbow over your bed or favorite reading chair with this dramatic quilt. The bold visual impact belies its simple construction. To make the quilt top, Heather Jones shows you how to pare down a pack of jelly roll precuts and use simple piecing techniques to create a juicy gradient of color.
Six Pocket Keepsake BookJody Alexander
In this class, Jody shows how to quickly transform a simple piece of paper into a structured six-pocket folder, perfect for stashing sentimental items, photos and papers. The materials are minimal, including a bone folder for creasing and a large piece of paper of any weight, color or design. After making a series of simple folds, the sheet of paper is magically turned into a ready-to-use multi-pocket book.
Keepsake Needle CaseRebecca Ringquist
In this short-and-sweet class, Rebecca Ringquist shares instructions for making a vintage-inspired needle case. The only materials needed are a bit of cotton, felt, and pretty ribbon, and very basic machine-sewing skills are required. The finished case is perfect for organizing embroidery needles, and the wool felt will keep them nice and sharp for future crafting.
How to Knit a Hat in the RoundJill Draper
This hat-making class is perfect for beginning knitters or those who want a refresher on how to knit in the round. Jill walks you through each step of the hat-making process, from determining how many stitches to cast on, to joining your stitches in the round on circular needles, to shaping the crown on double-pointed needles. Also included are tips on how to change colors and weave in the ends when you're finished. In no time, you'll be ready to wear your customized hat (and cast on to make another).
Fabrics 101Liesl Gibson
In this informative class, Liesl of Oliver + S takes you to her favorite fabric store in New York City and shares helpful tips on how to navigate fabric shops. There is a lot to consider when selecting fabric, from understanding the difference between woven and knit fabrics to grasping the fundamentals of drape. Liesl demystifies the basics, and then goes on to discuss the unique qualities of the most popular fibers available: silk, cotton, and wool. You'll walk away from this class with a better understanding of what kind of fabric will work best for the project you're making, and the confidence to experiment with new fibers.
Create Personalized DishesCourtney Cerruti
In this short and sweet Valentine’s class, Courtney teaches you how to make personalized dishware using plain ceramic pieces and porcelain pens. Courtney demonstrates how to adorn mugs and plates with Valentine’s motifs—hearts, arrows, X’s and O’s—in a way that’s sweet (but not too sweet). In fact, these lovely personalized dishes are sure to become year-round favorites for your loved ones. Once you have adorned your ceramics, you’ll simply bake them in the oven to set the ink and then they’re ready to wrap up and give to your sweetheart.
Make a Paracord and Leather Cuff BraceletElke Bergeron
Elke combines two fun, fabulous materials—leather and paracord—to make a sporty, sophisticated cuff. Elke will show you how to cut the materials down to size and attach the paracord to the leather with a little hot glue and sewing. All of the materials needed for this project are readily available at craft stores and come in a wide range of colors to match your mood and style. When the bracelet is finished, simply add a closure and the cuff is ready to wear.
Lumi: Shadow Printed PouchJesse Genet of Lumi
In this class, Jesse shows you how anything that casts a shadow can be used to print a striking, colorful pouch. Jesse uses Inkodye – a light-sensitive fabric dye that develops into rich, permanent colors in the sun. If you coat the fabric in dye and lay an object on top of the fabric to block the sun, you will wind up with a cool “shadow printed” silhouette on your fabric. Jesse provides fun ideas for selecting objects to place on fabric and demonstrates the best way to apply the Inkodye and expose the fabric to sunlight. Look around your house and use your imagination when selecting objects to shadow print.
Lumi: Sunfold Printed ScarfJesse Genet of Lumi
In this class, Jesse shows you how to create vibrant, textural prints on textiles and home décor. To make these prints, Jesse uses Inkodye -- a special light-sensitive fabric dye that comes out of the bottle translucent and develops in the sunlight, resulting in beautifully dyed fabric. Jesse presents her technique for applying Inkodye, and shares several ways to fold fabric to create organic printed designs as well as intricate stripes and swooshes. She also shares ideas for moving beyond the scarf, printing on throw pillows, curtains, and pashminas.
Upcycling: Transform Your Wardrobe with DyeMarisa Lynch
Learn how to give old garments a dye-bath makeover with upcycling expert, Marisa Lynch. In this class, she shares a wealth of knowledge about how to dye clothes – whether they’re made from natural fibers, synthetic fibers, or a blend of both – all using commercial dyes. The best part of all is the big reveal at the end, where you’ll see the varying degrees of saturation and spectrum of hues that occur when the same dye is used on garments made from various fibers.
Tape 101Courtney Cerruti
Ever wondered why there are so many different types of tape? In this overview, mixed media artist Courtney Cerruti explains the characteristics of the most commonly available tapes—like masking, painter’s, duct, double-sided, decorative washi, and glue dots—and demonstrates the best uses for each. You will learn which tape is best for taping papers, photos, card stock, and other mixed media, as well as fun ideas for using these common tapes in entirely new ways.
Glitter 101Courtney Cerruti
Learn everything there is to know about glitter in this quick (and sparkly) class. Courtney Cerruti demonstrates the proper way to apply glitter to glue, and best practices for getting the excess back in the jar. All types of glitter are covered here, from kids craft glitters, to specialty crushed glass, and spray paint.
Canning the Best Blueberry JamKaren Solomon
In this class, our resident jamming expert, Karen Solomon, shares a simple recipe for a classic favorite: blueberry jam. Karen demonstrates exactly how to make this stove-top recipe, and she also walks you through the basics for properly canning the jars, ensuring a long shelf-life. If you would like to veer away from the classic, Karen provides lots of ideas for add-in flavors, like fruity liqueurs, fresh herbs, citrus zest and extracts.
Glue 101Courtney Cerruti
Mixed media artist Courtney explains the basics of glue, including: Elmer's Glue, PVA (Poly Vinyl Acetate), Glue sticks, Mod Podge & gel medium, Tacky Glue, specialty glues, wood glue, heavy duty glues, hot glue guns, and glue dots. This class is perfect for anyone interested in collage, mixed media, image transfers, and using glue in general. Courtney explains how each type of glue works, as well as its ideal crafting use. You don't need every type of glue that exists, so watch this video to see which ones you'll want to include in your craft kit.
How to Make an EnvelopeCourtney Cerruti
Learn how to make customized paper envelopes with Courtney. You'll begin by making a cardstock template so you can create multiple envelopes in various sizes. Courtney explains which types of papers work best for envelopes and shares how to make a decorative liner. With a few folds and a couple swipes of glue stick, you'll have a perfect envelope for birthdays, thank you cards, and holidays.
Cricut Paper Flowers: Make a HydrangeaLia Griffith
In this class, Lia shows how to make exquisitely detailed hydrangeas using a Cricut Explore machine. The Cricut is especially perfect for this project since you’ll need to cut out lots of small, intricate pieces of paper to make the flowers. Once your leaves and petals are cut out, Lia will show you how to assemble the hydrangea blooms on floral wire, adding dimension to each piece to create perfectly rounded 3-D branches
Cricut Crafts: Color Splash Sticker LabelsCourtney Cerruti
In this class, mixed media artist Courtney Cerruti shares a fun, super simple way to create colorful decorative labels on the Cricut Explore. You will use pens, markers, and pencils to cover sticky-backed paper with painterly scribbles, then cut out clean shapes on the Cricut for adhering to packages. This project is fun for kids and adults alike, and the finished labels are great to have on hand for last-minute gift giving.
Cricut Crafts: DIY BookplatesLia Griffith
In this class, Lia demonstrates how to create monogrammed bookplates in the Cricut Design Space. This project utilizes the “Print Then Cut” feature, so you will begin by printing out the design, and then you will cut out shaped labels using the Cricut Explore. Whether you personalize the books in your own library or create a bookplate for a gifted book, this is the perfect project for all book lovers!
Canning Basics: How to Can TomatoesKaren Solomon
Learn how to preserve the taste of late-summer garden tomatoes with canning pro, Karen Solomon. Karen will teach you the basics of selecting and peeling perfectly ripe tomatoes, then show you how to safely can and process them so you can enjoy the taste of summer sunshine all year long. These whole canned tomatoes are perfect for soups, sauces, and everyday cooking throughout the year.
How to Use Paper PunchesCourtney Cerruti
Paper punches are available in all shapes and sizes, and in this class, mixed media artist Courtney teaches you tips and tricks for using some of the most common varieties. From standard hole punches to decorative shapes to awls, paper punches are perfect for making confetti, gift tags, or pretty garlands.
The Wilton Method: Three Ways to Ice a CakeWilton Instructors
In this quick class, Emily teaches three easy ways to ice a cake with buttercream: using an icing comb, a fork, and a spoon. Each of these techniques creates gorgeous, textured effects. Use them to decorate any cake, creating a unique, stunning presentation.
How to Use a Bone FolderCourtney Cerruti
In this quick class, Courtney demonstrates the proper way to use a bone folder. Traditionally a bookbinder's tool, a bone folder can be used to score paper, make perfectly crisp folds, and neatly tear papers. Once you see all that a bone folder can do, you'll wonder how you ever crafted without one.
Make a Geometric Paper CollageLisa Congdon
Learn a unique way to create collage from celebrated artist and surface designer, Lisa Congdon. In this beginner-friendly class, Lisa plays with diamond-shaped collage elements, bringing them together to create exquisite multi-colored stars. Experiment with different colors and paper varieties to make your own patchwork stars, and then bring them together to create a harmonious piece of artwork.
Make a Leather TasselElke Bergeron
Leather tassels are not only a great beginner leather project — they are also the perfect adornment for purses, keychains, and necklaces. In this quick lesson, Elke shows us an easy way to make tassels using just a little bit of leather, tacky glue, a rotary cuter, and brass hardware.
Make Homemade MarshmallowsKaren Solomon
This holiday season, forego the store-bought marshmallows and whip up a batch of these chunky, light, and flavorful treats. Not only are they the perfect topper for your mug of cocoa, but they also toast up perfectly over open flame. In this class, Karen will show you how to use a candy thermometer to ensure perfect texture and prepare the pan so you don’t wind up with a goopy mess. At the end, Karen will show you how to roll the marshmallows in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and toasted coconut, which make for perfect gourmet gifts.
Spray-Painted VotivesCourtney Cerruti
Whether you're hosting a dinner party or a special holiday gathering, we all know that lighting is key. Learn an easy way to transform plain glass votives using paper doilies and spray paint – perfect for adding sparkle to a dinner table or cozy nook.
DIY Dream CatcherEmily Katz
Macramé artist Emily Katz demonstrates how to weave a modern version of the classic dream catcher. Learn how to create an overall web design, and then personalize your project by incorporating found objects and treasured keepsakes. Once you’re done, hang your dream catcher over your bed to ward off bad dreams, or display it in your home as a piece of art.
DIY Yarn BannersCourtney Cerruti
Add color and texture to any space with these simple, decorative yarn banners. Courtney will show you two ways to make these vibrant banners: with knots for a textured look or with glue for a seamless look. This class is a perfect way for anyone to get crafty with yarn, both knitters and non-knitters alike.
Make Tissue Paper PompomsCourtney Cerruti
Paper pompoms bring a colorful and textured floral touch to any celebration, especially weddings and parties. Courtney demonstrates how to create a gorgeous, oversized pompom from tissue paper, and also gives ideas for customizing color, shape and size.
How to Fold a Paper BoxLiana Allday
Create custom-sized boxes using decorative paper with Liana from Creativebug. These pretty paper boxes have their roots in origami, coming together with a series of simple folds. You'll learn how to make box tops with matching bottoms, which make cute gift containers for any occasion.
How to Sew ZippersLiesl Gibson
Whether you are working with invisible zippers or regular zippers, Liesl will show you all of the basics, from shortening the length to pinning and sewing. You will learn lots of finishing techniques, too, like how to sew the remainder of a seam and finish a waist facing once the zipper is installed.
Make a Monkey’s Fist Knotted NecklaceCourtney Cerruti
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.
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