Better Than Naggin’ Crafts

Here are cool crafting links I found & shared by Swapbot Members from the net: 1. Easter Finger Puppet Card: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/rabbit-fingerpuppet-card?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/easter-and-spring-greetings#slide_1 2. Pizza Box Art: http://www.favecrafts.com/Green-Crafting/Pizza-Box-Art# 3. Rainbow Collage Table: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=d0drmf72i8j7h3vreujefiefv7&topi c=307597.0 4. Glasses Case: http://www.bhg.com/crafts/easy/1-hour-projects/colorful-ribbonglasses-case/ 5. Paper Crafts List of Tutorials: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127318.0 6. Lacy Luminaries: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/lacyluminarias?backto=true 7. Recycled Paper Heart Wreath: http://gypsyartscrafts.blogspot.com/2010/01/valentine-wreath.html 8. Wine Bottle Stand: http://www.bhg.com/crafts/home/accessories/diy-wine-bottlestand/ 9. Bread Dough Roses: http://www.inspiredathome.com/creative_studio/alamode/067.htm 10. Twig Lamp: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/do-it-yourself/quick-and-easyprojects/diy-twig-lamp/ For a super-quick project: fleece poncho http://www.drummondnews.ca/fleeceponchopat.html

Make your own knitting needles: http://www.3gcs.com/adcock/free%20patterns/handmade_knitting_needles.htm

Learn how to make wool felt:

http://www.deerrunsheepfarm.com/felting.html

http://www.allfiberarts.com/library/howto/ht00/how_felt.htm

http://gfwsheep.com/flatfelt/flatfelt1.html …people use a variety of items for friction. I find that if you use a matchstick placemat, and roll it up tightly, then kind of roll it around with plenty of pressure – this works great!

While you have the wool fibre out, make a ball! http://members.peak.org/~spark/feltballs.html …a link with links. There are many variations – try all wool; tennis ball core; “jingle ball” with whiffle ball core that you’ve cut to add in a jingle bell; also, non-round items – make a play mouse for your favorite kitty! And since the wool fibre is STILL out – learn to needlefelt! http://www.allfiberarts.com/library/aa05/aa090205.htm Bottlecap pincushions are fun, and make a nice gift, tiny so they’re perfect if you’re exchanging magic yarn balls, etc: http://www.flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/sets/72057594099768007/ What’s not to love, with a fairy bendy doll?: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=5;action=display;threadid=942 Something useful – a rag rug! http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2008/11/secrets-of-no-sew-rag-rug.html All the rage: Scrabble tile necklaces: http://www.makeandtakes.com/links/scrabble-tile-pendant-tutorial

Felt barettes … so cute! http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2007/06/this_house_is_w.html

Well – that’s ten crafts (over ten links) … lemme see if I can come up with a couple more… If you are a wool fanatic like me, you’ll sooner or later want to dye/ handpaint your own: http://gfwsheep.com/rov.inst/rov.inst.html A book cover – I have seen this item on so many peoples’ wishlists! http://moonstitches.typepad.com/photos/book_cover/index.html -shopping bag http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0 produce bag http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-a-reusable-produce-bag/2009/04/09/ monster wreath http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53867.0 freezer paper stencil http://limeandaquastudio.blogspot.com/search/label/tutorials coasters http://www.allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html purl frog http://www.purlbee.com/purl-frog/ pet bed http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthread.php?s=&threadid=70758

retro tie bag http://butterick.mccall.com/free-downloads-pages-1013.php pincushion http://whipup.net/2006/03/01/stickin-it-to-the-pincushion/ pillowcase http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/01/27/pretty-quick-pillowcase-tutorial/ soldering http://gracefuldesigns.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/12/soldering-a-tut.html cute Christmas decorations http://craftblog.com.au/2008/12/05/kawaii-ice-cream-christmas-decorations/ repurposed Christmas decorations http://craftchi.com/blog/?cat=30 button fairy http://www.flickr.com/photos/redwing480/sets/72157603782633768/ cupcake pop http://www.bakerella.com/make-your-cupcakes-pop/ rainbow cheesecake http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193137.0 coffee cozy http://limeandaquastudio.blogspot.com/2008/01/tie-coffee-cozy-tutorial.html reusable swiffers http://www.craftycrafty.tv/2008/03/spring_cleaning_make_your_own.html water bottle carrier

http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2006/07/10/whiplash-challenge-water-bottle-carrier/ mouse pad http://funkyanddelightful.blogspot.com/2008/07/quick-craft.html fabric flowers http://calamitykim.typepad.com/calamity_kim/2009/05/how-to-make-fold-twist-fabricflowers.html knitting needle roll http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=139384.0 zen garden http://www.glueguncrafts.com/2009/03/create_a_zen_garden_at_home.cfm bookmaking http://www.flickr.com/photos/katej/sets/72157603357966181/ travel placemat http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2010/03/traveling-placemat-tutorial/ Easter is not too far away... http://fionacarter.typepad.com/my_ramblings/2009/03/day-6-of-the-eggceptionaleggxtravaganza.html I love making lunches for my hubby and myself for when we are out. It saves money and it always tastes so much better. I am also an eco friendly gal so I loved the idea of this reusable lunch bag... http://www.purlbee.com/back-to-school-lunchbag/

How about a reusable sandwich wrap to go with it... http://www.craftstylish.com/item/43227/how-to-make-a-reusable-sandwich-wrap

I love all the super cute pin cushions that are out there. I have become somewhat of a collector. Here is a cute bug one... http://goodygoody.typepad.com/goody_goody/2009/05/bitty-bug-pincushion.html

This link is to a treasure trove of felt food tutorials. I love felt food... http://www.onecraftyplace.com/2009/02/27/felt-food-tutorial-round-up/

This is the best ipod cozy I have seen to date... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206863.msg2210362;topicseen

Batman soap? I am so in!.. http://www.pinktoque.com/craftblog/06/2009/diy-batman-soap-tutorial/

I know Valentine's Day is over but this was too cute to pass up... http://lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com/2009/02/love-letter-for-valentine-tutorial-and.html

This was just too cute.... http://www.instructables.com/id/Baby-Care-Bear-Costume/

Tiny cute pin cushions... http://www.origamimommy.org/2009/08/tiny-pincushion-tutorial.html

This is adorable... http://myfantastictoys.blogspot.com/2010/02/baby-bunka-tutorial.html

Of course there will be a cupcake tutorial in my list.... http://myfantastictoys.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-first-post.html

This site has so many cute things with tutorials the only problem is that it is all in Japanese. I still felt it was worth mentioning... http://atelier.woman.excite.co.jp/?_s=f8ed248768bbcbb86b98ab3dab1febba

I made some of these for my niece and they turned out really cute... http://thiscraftymom.wordpress.com/2008/11/23/how-to-make-a-christmas-tree-hairbow/

This is so freaking cute... http://qdpatooties.blogspot.com/2008/04/suey-super-pig-pattern-and-tutorial.html

Another cutie... http://qdpatooties.blogspot.com/2008/05/new-free-pattern-hot-diggity-dog.html

I just love this wreath.... http://www.pickles.no/wonderful-wreath/

Cute Monster... http://wendolonia.com/blog/2009/03/28/taggie-monster/

Cute Album... http://kelleighratzlaff.com/2009/07/the-complete-boy-freestyle-album-tutorial/

I love these things... http://foldingtrees.com/2008/06/lucky-wishing-stars-tutorial/#more-130

For all you other video game junkies out there, how cute is this?.... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299163.0

This is adorable.... http://www.christinesflowers.com/christines_teacup.html

These tutorials are awesome. We all have some old jeans hanging around.... http://www.favecrafts.com/Green-Crafting/14-Things-to-Do-with-Old-Jeans# -1. Ruffle Pillow - sewing http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-makeruffled-feltpillow.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Ho wAboutOrange+%28How+About+Orange%29 2. Lovely Lace Pillow – sewing or gluing http://www.allthingsthrifty.com/2010/02/tutorialantique-lace-ruffle-pillow.html 3. Mod Podge Shoes – gluing? http://makeitandloveit.blogspot.com/2009/08/modpodge-shoes.html

4. Romantic headbands – sewing [don’t be intimidated by the word “wedding.” Girls are lucky that they don’t need an excuse to look cute/romantic! http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-wedding-headbands 5. Hem Line to Headband + Links to Flowers! – sewing http://www.madebylex.com/2010/03/hemline-to-headband.html 6. Newborn Beanie - crochet http://www.bettysloft.com/default_files/page0007.htm 7. Knit Headband [the ones you’ve been seeing all over] – knit http://tmatthewsfineart.blogspot.com/2010/01/free-knitting-pattern-headband-ear.html 8. Pretty Necklace – crochet http://creativeyarn.blogspot.com/2008/03/free-patternsoutline-for-crochet.html 9 . Vintage Earrings – painting + gluing http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2009/06/vintage-earring-tutorial-andgiveaway.html 10. Makeup Bag - knit http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/WebLetter/39/Issue39.php Kanzashi – Complete and utter patience http://kurokamikanzashi.deviantart.com/art/Kanzashi-Tutorial-Part-I-43067797

1. [Cat Toy Tutorial so you can make kitties something to play with.] http://crafttutorials.net/2010/02/homemade-catnip-toys/ 2. [This is a tutorial for making shopping bags..I am going to have to try this one out myself.] http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/how-to/how-to-make-your-own-reusable-shoppingbag-home-hacks-109697 3. [Cute fabric pin head covers tutorial ] http://melsownplace.blogspot.com/2010/03/pin-head-tutorial.html 4. [Fun Marble Magnets Tutorial. I love these] http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/marblemagnets/ 5. [Extremely simple bookmark tutorial. I know I have just started trying to make my own bookmarks because I love to read so maybe this is handy http://www.make-stuff.com/projects/wallpaper_bookmarks.html 6. [Sprucing up greeting cards with fabric tutorial] http://craftingagreenworld.com/2009/02/25/tutorial-makeover-plain-greeting-cards-withfabric-scraps/

7. [These doll charms are adorable if anyone is good/wants to try out http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/matryoshka-doll-charms

8. [A Monkey Doll Pattern with steps. You have to download the pattern but it was too cute not to include for those that sew and/or make little animals.] http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2008/07/drum-roll-pleasemolly-monkey-pattern.html 9. [Owl Glasses Case out of Felt Tutorial for those that like felt projects or owls.] http://peptogirl.blogspot.com/2009/05/tutorial-pattern-retro-owl-sunglass.html 10. [Something you could make with excess buttons. A ring tutorial from buttons.] http://peptogirl.blogspot.com/2008/08/handmade-for-holidays-easy-button-ring.html 11. [Homemade Sugar Scrub tutorial] http://www.care2.com/greenliving/brown-sugar-body-polish.html 12. [Soap Tutorial. I saw that some of you like working with soap. http://www.pinktoque.com/craftblog/06/2009/diy-batman-soap-tutorial/ 13. [Paper flower tutorial] http://dozidesign.blogspot.com/2008/05/paper-flower-tutorial.html Bird house from a license plate http://www.runnerduck.com/lpbirdhouse.htm (the runner duck web site has HEAPS of tutorials for all sorts of things) Sweet heart crochet pattern http://belladia.typepad.com/bella_dia/2008/02/sweet-heart-cro.html

Chicken pin cushion http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=146037.0

Bunny stuffie http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2009/03/bounding-bunnypins-a-freebie-for-friday.htm l Cos I love bunnies! Very very cute notepad

http://www.maryjanesandgaloshes.com/2010/02/making-notepad-with-freeprintables.html

Little knitted lamb http://www.lulu.com/items/volume_67/907000/907313/8/print/fuzzy-lamb.pdf

Lamb Tails http://www.cantstopmakingthings.com/2009/04/lamb-tails.html This is tooooo cute! There are heaps of other cool ideas on this site! Paper shoe sweet holder http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/articles/free_shoe_template_download Recycled crayon candles http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=14789.0 Zipper purse http://www.twelve22.org/2006/07/zipper_tutorial.html The best zipper purse tutorial ever! But for more of a challenge, how about a heart one! http://www.purlbee.com/heart-shaped-zippered-pouches/ Or you could embroider your fabric first http://bustleandsew.blogspot.com/2010/02/bring-me-sunshine-retro-dandelionpouch.html

Gorgeous knitted cardigans http://www.berroco.com/186/186_estelle.html http://www.berroco.com/292.297/296/296_noa_pv.html http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/ari/ari.html I wish I had the patience to actually get to the end of a project like this, I have a few half started ones! There are heaps of other knitting patterns on this site Spinning down under - dying with food dyes http://kero1au.tripod.com/id10.html This site has heaps of detailed instructions on how to prep fiber, carding, spinning etc Cute apron http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38097.0

The tutorial is just for the pretty pockets. So here are some cute aprons to put those pretty pockets onto! http://projectsforyournest.blogspot.com/2008/01/apron-tutorial.html http://community.livejournal.com/sew_loli/395156.html

Paper toys http://papertoys.com/ This site has the coolest paper toys to print, cut out and glue together. (Not really a tutorial unless you could "fold line", "cut", etc!!!!) Pretty spring napkins http://www.purlbee.com/spring-napkins/ The Purl Bee has a big collection of tutorials for all sorts of pretty things http://www.purlbee.com/herringbone-handkerchiefs/ Plus there are tutorials for the practical things too like http://www.purlbee.com/buttonhole-tutorial/

http://amazingmae.blogspot.com/2010/02/trinket-keepers-tutorial.html

Using bleach to embellish clothing http://whatthecraft.com/category/tutorials-and-how-tos/no-sew/

Ever wanted your own pasties? Make them! Ooh la la! http://www.justabetty.com/2010/01/diy-burlesque-pasties.html Fun and functional! Invisible bookshelves http://lifehacker.com/5245964/diy-invisible-floating-bookshelves Hair accessories http://www.thegreenwife.com/frommetoyou/tutorials/hair-clip-tutorial/ I LOVE this one, it's for push pins, why put up posters or your artwork using boring brass push pins? Bleh... try this instead! http://curbly.com/simplyfunstuff/posts/6988-make-push-pins-with-miniature-tiles

AWESOME! Make your own mailers!

http://www.patchworkposse.com/blog/2009/03/paper-bag-packages-tutorial/

Make your own hardcover mini art journal - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RKnjaJ5WCo

Make an embroidered ring http://www.mylifetime.com/lifestyle/home-crafts/craft-ideas/needle-arts/makeembroidered-ring#id=1

Play with your food! Fun for kids :) http://ewspider.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/edible-origami-crispy-cranes/

I like this one for Breast Cancer Awareness month: http://www.craftbits.com/project/bra-purse

Handmade purses,totes,catch all's http://diybaglover.blogspot.com/

No sew cube for those of us who embroider or cross stitch http://hannahxs.blogspot.com/2007/11/no-sew-cube-tutorial.html

Stitcher's Book http://www.violarium.com/index.php?main_page=extras&sivu=50&language=en

Friendship Bag http://www.psiquilt.com/2009/08/friendship-bag-tutorial.html

Tea Wallet http://blog.christyscreations.com/tea-wallet-tutorial/ Coolest Owl Stuffie http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/03/introducing-owlivia-sewing -companion.html#more Pin/Brooch http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/2009/01/tutorial-heart-to-heartvalentine.html

Owl Bookmark http://weefolkart.com/?q=node/171

The most amazing stuffie http://houseofpugish.blogspot.com/2009/10/free-pattern.html

Fabric Bowl http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl

Toadstool Pincushion http://lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com/2008/04/toadstool-tutorial.html

4 patch Doll Quilt http://rattiemom.blogspot.com/2008/10/come-make-mini-with-me.html

Elephant cat toy http://www.suzyqhomemaker.com/blog/free-pattern-elephant-kitty-stuffie/

Craft Tutorials - Great site that is on facebook.I love facebook.LOL Totally Tutorials What the Craft Craftzine Crafter-Ohalic Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Sweet Heart Crochet Pattern Elegant Easter Egg Craft St Patricks Day Wreath

St Patricks Day Door Hanger Cut Out and Keep I am so gonna try the green tea cupcakes! They sound yummy! :) How to Make a Friendship Book How to Make An ATC How to Make a Dotee Doll How to do a matchbox swap

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