pretty crafty: fabric covered thumb tacks


Reader-fellow blogger Jessica Jones has inspiring project — fabric covered thumb tacks. If you’re like us, you’re always picking up samples of vintage textiles at the flea markets, or have left-over bits you don’t know what to do with. These are easy to make and will turn any corkboard into an eye-popping design. All you need are some Buttons to Cover, fabric scraps, a hot glue gun and simple tacks. Click through to the next page for instructions! (more…)

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idea we love: recycled cashmere blankets


It’s officially spring, but there’s still a chill in the air. Nothing would be cozier during a couch-top cuddle than a Sun Moon Lake handcrafted cashmere quilt. Created by artist-designer Moonching Wu, these cashmere throws are made from discarded cashmere sweaters. Each one is unique, chic, and amazingly eco friendly. Size range from a small baby blanket (30 x 30, $250) to a large throw (55 x 75, $900). Sigh. Too pricey to buy right now? Crafty types, get out your sewing machines. We’d love to see your own re-intepretation.

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reader buy-n-brag: paul smith needlepoint

Our friend Allyson is getting in touch with her inner crafty girl, thanks to a sample sale bargain!


The other day, I reluctantly went to a Paul Smith sample sale, thinking I wouldn’t find anything worth buying. Until I found this cute needlepoint! I was a textile major in college, which means I used to spin and dye my own yarn, weave blankets, felt wool, use knitting machines, silkscreen fabrics and even once-silk screened a needlepoint canvas. After college, I put all my crafting behind me — space and time were no longer available like they used to be. But when I saw this great needlepoint kit — FOR ONLY $5 !!! — my craftster started surfacing again. Angela keeps telling me I need to find her and celebrate! Well, here I go — me and my ‘lil Dodo bird needlepoint. Honestly, I am very excited to get back into it. I can’t wait to finish this one and choose some sassy fabric to back it with to create a great pillow. Unlike the Dodo bird, my inner-craftster is not become extinct! — Ally T.

Angela’s Note: I found the same kit on eBay for $123. Or you could buy a finished version at Fine Cell Work — stitched by prison inmates in England, for about $100! Ally, you totally scored!

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pretty crafty: big footed bunny kit


Now that it’s spring, doesn’t your house need some new bunnies? Why not whip up your own well-dressed, floppy-eared friend? It’s easy thanks to Hilary Lang’s Big Footed Bunny Put-Together book, up for sale in her Wee Wonderful store now. Modeled after one of her most popular creations, the kits come with complete patterns and instructions for a 10-inch stuffed bunny with two outfits. Only $10! When you’ve finished yours, be sure to add a photo of it to Wee Wonderfuls Flickr group.

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monkey business: get a load of this dress!


I have to applaud Minneapolis designer Rebecca Yaker on this impossibly ambitious knit creation. Her primate-packed ball gown (there are 30 monkeys total) was the belle of the Walker Art Center’s un-prom fashion show last year, an event that billed itself as “taking prom by the heels and turning it on its tiara.” Wish you had worn a confection this cool to your high school dance? There’s always the reunion: Yaker will custom-design a gown for any sock monkey junky with $1,500 to spare. Check it out on — Megan K.

Shelterrific readers, please share the craft-art creations that inspire you!

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