Quick Quilting Tips: Pinning Alternatives

Welcome to readers of Amy Smart’s Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop! I’m happy to visit today to share my favorite quick quilting tip, along with the other bloggers on the tour.…

Summer Skirts with Simplicity 2606

  Over a year ago, a friend proposed a trade. Jayne would take photos of our family and newborn son and I’d make her a couple skirts. Over a year…

Sew Easy Burp Cloth Tutorial

The other evening, I was trying to pull double duty. I held the baby on one hip while tossing some vegetables in the skillet. My husband walked in the kitchen…

Quick Quilting Tips: Pinning Alternatives

Welcome to readers of Amy Smart’s Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop! I’m happy to visit today to share my favorite quick quilting tip, along with the other bloggers on the tour.…

Fresh Picks for Wednesday, 6.15.11

Knitted Bus Yarn Bomb

Yarn Bombed: We couldn’t forget about National Knit in Public Day last Saturday, thanks to this Knitted Bus image from Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please, via The Telegraph. Amazing!

Corn on the Cob Cupcakes @ I'm a Mom

A Little Corny: What’s not to love about Jaime’s take on Corn on the Cob cupcakes? You’ll never guess what she’s used for butter!

Ice Cream Dress and Bonnet @ Made by Rae

Peekaboo, I See You: She’s done it again. How adorable is this Ice Cream Dress (and Peekaboo Bonnet) at Made by Rae?

Anna Maria Horner

Business Tips: Anna Maria Horner blogs about being in the craft design business, in which she attempts to answer that all-important question, “How do you do it?” Her insights into the years of struggle and perseverance that have led to her dream career are encouraging and enlightening. A must read! (Above photo by Carolyn and Me)

Large Canvas Tote @ Make Lemons

And finally, we are thrilled to see Julie’s take on Mary’s Tote Bag Tutorial, which she posted at her blog, Make Lemons. Fabulous bag, Julie, and roomy enough for stashing summer pool gear!

If you’ve made something from any of the Craft Buds tutorials,
why not link them up at our new Flickr pool?

Tutorials @ Craft Buds

As always, we’ve got some lovely giveaways this week, so stop by and enter to win some handmade goodies or craft supplies!

Free Pattern Features: 4th of July

You still have a few weeks left before the 4th of July to work on those patriotic projects! Here’s our list of free patterns/tutorials for your stars and stripes inspiration.

Autie from ICandy Handmade shares her tutorial for this cute flag pillow over at the Crafting Chicks.

Flag Pillow by Autie at the Crafting Chicks

This child’s pillowcase dress from White Water Crafting is made from Hobby Lobby bandanas! Since the bandanas come pre-hemmed it’s a fast project.

Stars Pillowcase Dress from White Water Crafting

Sugar Bee Crafts used a MADE pattern for these flat front flag shorts with pockets.

Patriotic Flat Front Shorts at Sugar Bee Crafts

And this cute bunting from Surviving Motherhood will add a festive 4th feel wherever you hang it!

4th of July Bunting from Surviving Motherhood

4th of July Bunting from Surviving Motherhood

Simple Summer Headbands Tutorial

It’s been incredibly hot around here lately so between the heat and planting a garden I needed a way to keep my hair out of my face! To solve the problem I designed these two fun and functional adult-sized headbands. They’re a great way to use up scraps of fabrics that you love and didn’t want to throw away! I did a regular headband style that’s reversible and a 3 strand headband, both with elastic at the base.

Three strand headband materials list: three strips of fabric 1″ x 18″, two strips of fabric 1″ x 1 3/4″, one 3 1/2″ piece of 1/2″ elastic (elastic not pictured)

Reversible headband materials list: two strips of fabric 1″ x 18″, two strips of fabric 1″ x 1 3/4″, two rectangles of fabric 2″ x 18″. Fold the rectangles into quarters and cut off the corners (second photo below) to form the headband shape.

Prepping your fabric for either headband:

For either headband, you’ll make double fold bias tape out of the long 1″ strips and single fold bias tape out of the short 1″ strips. To do this, iron the strip in half. Then open it back up, fold both sides toward the center crease and iron again. You now have single fold bias tape. For the two long long strips, fold in half with the raw edges inside and iron one more time.

Sewing the three strand headband:

First, sew shut all 3 long strips of bias tape.

Then sew the three strips together at the ends.

Sewing the reversible headband:

With wrong sides together, line up the front and back and sew the strips of bias tape onto the sides.

Finishing both headbands:

Stitch the elastic strap to each side. Wrap your single fold bias tape around the seam where the elastic is sewn on. Fold under the raw edge, pin down and stitch along the top and bottom.

And here’s one last shot of the completed headbands!

Additional notes:

  • I based the size off of a storebought headband that fits me well. When you get to the elastic stage, you may want to safety pin it in place before sewing it down to make any adjustments necessary for a comfortable fit for you.
  • Rather than using homemade bias tape as directed, you could also use store bought.
  • These directions have you make 1/4″ bias tape. If you’ve never used bias tape before or if you find it’s tricky to work with you may want to make yours a bit wider. If you cut your strips to 1 1/2″ rather than 1″, your bias tape will be 3/8″ rather than 1/4″.

Fresh Picks for Wednesday, 6.8.11

Father’s Day is not far off, and we’ve already combed through some of the best free patterns for dads. But this summer is also filled with bright ideas for repurposing common objects, like a watermelon, old maps or boring curtains. Have fun looking through this week’s Fresh Picks!

Watermelon Shark @ Sun Scholars

Shark Attack! Hats off to this great summer snack idea at Sun Scholars, complete with a Jell-o ocean and Swedish Fish.

Gift Tags @ The Chocolate Room

To and From: These gift tags are made from brightly colored tissue paper, recycled maps, paper punches, a label maker and some creativity. Check out more of Shelley’s work at The Chocolate Room!

Painted Curtains

Painted Curtains: We love this tutorial for painted drapes, a knockoff of a West Elm Design. Check them out at PB&J Stories!

Paint Chips bunting

Upcycled Bunting: Lots of ides for repurposing paint chips at the Naughty Secretary Club, like this pretty bunting made from hues of red.

Made It

Made It: Have you heard of the handmade store Made It? It’s the Etsy of Australia, and The Crafty Mummy tells us how she uses her blog to promote Made It sellers!

Giveaways Roundup
If you haven’t stopped by, make sure you check out the Craft Buds Giveaway Roundup, with more than 40 current giveaways to enter! It’s updated each week, and you are always welcome to link up your craft supplies or handmade giveaways.

Free Pattern Features: Dads

With Father’s Day coming up on June 19 you’ve still got some time left to make a gift for that special guy or guys in your life. Here’s a few patterns for some inspiration!

First up, dress up the traditional gift of a tie by making one yourself with this pattern by Puking Pastilles.

Father's Day Tie by Puking Pastilles

If that special guy has a Kindle or e-book reader, make a custom cover to keep it safe and scratch free with this tutorial from Handmade Mommy.

E-book cover by Handmade Mommy

 
And lastly, Bandy Canyon shares this great pattern for a Driver’s Cap that would be perfect for summer when made from lightweight fabrics.
 

Driver's Cap by Bandy Canyon

Traffic Boost: Creating backlinks to your site

If you sell handmade goods or craft supplies on Etsy, why not list your site on the Everything Etsy Directory? A basic listing is free, and takes just a couple minutes to set up!

Whether you are shopping for children, jewelry, or edibles, it’s easy to browse shops and support handmade with the directory.

Backlinks

Besides the traffic you’ll get from being listed in a major handmade directory, your Etsy shop will benefit from having another quality backlink to your site. (In non-techy terms, this means that another craft-related site is linking to your Etsy shop, which helps move your site one notch closer to the top of search engines.)

Backlinks take time to build, but they are crucial in the promotion of your handmade business. Here are some tips on effective ways to build backlinks to your Etsy shop. (This also applies to handmade bloggers!)

  1. Start a blog about your handmade business, and link back to your shop as well as your other favorite Etsy stores.
  2. Open accounts with one or two social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or Youtube), and use these sites to link back to new items in your store.
  3. Find some other handmade sellers to partner with and blog, Tweet or Facebook about their shops. Ask them to do the same for you.
  4. Ask if other handmade bloggers will add your Etsy shop to their blogroll (sidebar).
  5. Add your Etsy shop URL to your signature for posting on forums.
  6. List your website in relevant directories.

Intro To Link Building For Etsy Shop SEO from Everything Etsy on Vimeo.

Giveaway Winner!

Out of 59 comments, the winner of the Memory Miser giveaway is lucky #25, Niki. Congratulations Niki!

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