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How to Sew on a Button

Knowing how to sew on a button is a valuable skill, even for non-sewers, and is really quite easy once you learn how.

1. Select thread that will make your button. Cut off at least 5 inches of thread with sharp scissors. You want a straight cut.

2. Thread your needle by inserting the thread through the eye of the needle. Licking the thread makes this easier. To reduce the number of times you have to thread the holes in the button, double thread your needle. To double the thread, simply pull the thread through the eye of the needle until you have equal lengths of thread extending from both sides. You can repeat this with another thread for a super-strong quadruple-thread.

3. Tie the ends of the thread together for a beginning knot. If you did not double the thread, tie a knot at the end of the thread.

4. Align the button on the fabric. Make sure it lines up with the button hole on the other panel. If a button was on the garment previously, use the old button holes as a guide.

5. Push the needle through the fabric up from the button through one hole in the button and slowly pull to the knot.

6. Before you start stitching across the button, place a needle, pin, or toothpick across the button and hold it there while you make the first stitches. Removing this pin when finished creates the necessary space between the button and the garment so that it can be buttoned.

7. To match the other buttons on the garment with 4-hole buttons, check whether the stitches are crossed or parallel. For parallel lines, push the needle down through a hole next to the first hole. For crossed X lines, push the needle down through the hole diagonal. For a 2-hole button, you only have one choice!

8. Bring the needle up through a new hole in a 4-hole button, or the first hole in a 2-hole button.

9. Repeat the process until the button is secure, making sure the stitches are equally made. Remember, you have to do this less times with a double or quadruple thread.

10. On the last stitch, push the needle through the material, but not through a button hole, in the area between the fabric and the button. Pull the thread through.

11. Remove the pin or needle and pull up gently on the button to give you some space.

12. To reinforce the thread between the button and the fabric, take the needle and wrap it around the thread five or six times.

13. Push the needle back down through the fabric.

14. To secure the thread, backstitch a couple times. Stick the needle into the fabric near the knot, push the needle over a quarter inch to the left and bring it back up, pulling taut. At the left end of your stitch, repeat this process. Do this a few times. You can also make these stitches at the beginning before sewing on your button.

15. Cut off any excess thread and you are done!

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Candle Making Courses – Nice Beginning For Added Revenue

Among the list of necessary objects in each and every household is candles and also this represents the emotions and feelings of people. Candle making courses can be the best way to come up with some additional funds and also it delivers very good assistance in growing the individual’s candle making enterprise. Candle making is a superb talent which most people like to learn in order to create candles for their own house and also for giving considerate gifts. Together with some forethought and appropriate organization, candle producing lessons are incredibly straightforward to teach and carry out.

The initial necessary step is selecting the right place to conduct candle making classes and there are several possibilities to pick from. It is better to locate open public locations such as a community center that can be leased out for the class. For those who wish to carry out lessons with less cost, conducting in your own home is the better solution. It’s advisable to contact the neighborhood craft retailer which supplies candle making products to discover if there may be any specific price reduction obtainable for volume materials.

Those that have minimal practical experience in conducting candle making courses might understand where they are able to get inexpensive candle making materials, or else it’s possible to look into a local craft shop to purchase resources. The next thing is to set a price for the training and a great way to make the decision on the price is to look around various other craft producing classes and specify a similar cost.

If someone chooses to supply candle producing products for your students, then the cost has to be changed to tie in with the supplies. Your next action should be to promote the courses and this is normally completed by creating a flyer which contains a total outline of abilities which will be taught within the class.

The actual advertisement must contain place, time, price structure, and most definitely the phone number, and one might even publicize in theneighborhood rag and also on classified websites. Last but not least, it is imperative that you make a good lessons program, and this needs to be carefully put-together with course timetable. You ought to write down the steps in a rather easy to understand way and after a easy intro your step-by-step system should be spelled out. After this, one can create a candle in front of the class before requesting the learners to try. Planning in this way will be beneficial in offering courses with full confidence. Candle making lessons are the obvious way to begin their own family based business and turn into their own employer.

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Romantic Valentines Day Gift & Decor Crafts

Valentine’s day buzz is in full bloom, and all the couples are busy brainstorming what to gift their Valentines, that makes it really special for them. There are plenty of eye catching options available in the market, but nothing captures the heart like a handmade gift. A handmade gift is sure to bring a smile on your sweethearts face.

Valentine’s day craft activities are very easy and interesting. Some basic craft stuff can make it really easy for you, to prepare a nice, cute, romantic handcrafted gift for your Valentine. It can be a gift, a decoration piece, a nice handmade gift wrap, a delicious meal, or just even a dessert. Anything lovingly prepared is lovable.

The easiest of the crafts for guys is jewelry. Beaded jewelry is the easiest to craft. Just get some nice beads, and strings, put them together to make some mesmerizing pieces of jewelry like anklets, bracelets, necklaces, armlets etc. Apart from jewelry, most of the gift or decor crafts are not restricted to any particular gender. You can craft nice pink cushion covers, or bed throw covers, with a love message on them. If you are not really good with the needle and the thread, you can easily avail different shapes and designs of cloth patches that you can paste on to the cushion cover. Similarly you can, also craft some nice lampshades. Just get a basic metal lampshade and decorate it with your choice of cloth or jute shade decor accessories. If you are good with colors and the brush, you can get a plain glass lampshade and paint something romantic on it, like a heart, an angel or even a plain cupid. Get creative and splash your colors of love onto a beautiful addition to your bedroom. Another decor craft for the occasion of Valentine’s day can be making heart shaped, flower wreath, decorated with ribbons and other decoratives.

All couples look for a great dining experience to end the day with. A candle light dinner wins hands down. You can add to the charm by dropping a personal touch to these special candles for the night. Make a variety of colored and scented candles for your beloved. Just get some transparent candle gel, candle colors, aroma oils and put them together in a nice wine glass with sequins, shells, flower petals or glitter inside. Decorate them with ribbons, heart stickers and love notes to make it all the more special.

Wall hangings, photo frames, photo albums are also some of the easy things that you can make. Wall hanging depends on what ever you are more comfortable with, cloth painting, silk painting, glass painting, canvas painting or anything. If you are not so talented, crafting a romantic, Valentine’s day cardboard photo frame is also very easy and quick to make. Just put in a nice photograph of you to into it and make a great table top memoir. Photo albums basically fall under the handmade paper crafts category which has a lot of other enticing options. Make a nice photo album using decorative, textured handmade paper, with some of your best pictures put together, and sprinkle a little bit of scent to it!

Some of the handmade paper crafts that look absolutely stunning and aesthetically beautiful, and make great Valentine’s day gifts, are handmade cards, envelopes, paper gift boxes, gift bags, lamps, flowers and more. Making a handmade card or an envelope is a very easy craft. Just choose your style, colors, message and get going. Similarly for handmade paper gift boxes, gift bags and other wrappings. Pour your heart out in the form of romantic poetic writings on these boxes and dedicate these precious gifts wraps to your darling valentine.

You can use these Valentine’s day crafts as table centerpieces, wall decoratives, table tops, gifts and gift wrappings. Just add a personal touch to your special rendezvous with your partner on the romantic Valentine’s day dinner.

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A simple piece of beaded jewelry, a cute, little handmade cushion covers, a small gift, put in a decorative handmade paper gift box, a handmade candle, lampshade and more.

Why You Should Learn How To Make Origami Roses

Origami crafts are VERY popular these days and for good reason.

Originating in Japan and known as the art of folding paper, Origami has captivated the mind and hearts of artists and average Jane’s and Joes. The fact that with Origami, you could create beautiful works of art out of something so ordinary and plain – like paper, has made it a BIG hit.

Not to mention the accurate calculation and sequencing in folding needed to make an origami craft makes it all the more impressive.

And if you’re thinking why you should learn how to make Origami roses instead of just buy a dozen REAL roses from the flower shop, I’ll be showing you 3 reasons why.

Check these out.

Learn How To Make Origami Roses – Reason 1

First and foremost, real roses’ beauty fade within weeks after you’ve bought them. True, they sure look fresher and smell better than those origami roses which look quite artificial. HOWEVER, unlike real roses, origami roses don’t rot away. Their color, their looks, etc. everything stays as it is for the years to come.

Learn How To Make Origami Roses – Reason 2

The fact that great effort, time, and determination was needed to create these origami roses make them look MORE valuable to the eyes of the receiver of these roses. Real red roses can easily be bought in the nearest flower shop. Origami roses on the other hand need a lot of accurate folding and proper sequencing of the folding techniques to be created.

Learn How To Make Origami Roses – Reason 3

Last BUT not the least, it lets your creativity out of the box while saving your hard-earned dollars in the process. You can give your own origami roses a personal twist…give it your personal interpretation. And all that you need is a glue, a pair of scissors, and colored paper.

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Choosing the Best Lighthouse Collectibles

For lovers of lighthouses, lighthouse collectibles are truly a perfect and very much loved gift. When Bill Younger created Harbour Lights in 1991, he set a new standard in lighthouse collectibles in the United States. He chose the most treasured and awe inspiring lighthouses for his first 17 limited editions. Now, there are over seventy different collectibles, displayed the innate splendor and majesty that is the American, Canadian, and European lighthouses.

Each time one of the glorious lighthouses are set to be created, extensive research on the lighthouse is done by Bill and his daughter, Kim Andrews, to be certain that every tiny detail has been justifiably represented. Every lighthouse they make is designed as a tribute to the timelessness and elegance of the unique characteristics found in each lighthouse. Since every single lighthouse in the world is distinct, they take their time and make sure that they are crafted with the utmost care and attention to every detail, often using parts of the original structure as guides in color, structure, and overall spirit of the lighthouse.

Lighthouses have the singular ability to inspire hope and determination in those that adore them. They represent bravery and strength, both for the physical structures, and the fearless people that risked there lives to make sure that they always stayed lit to aid passing vessels. Ships lost at sea would view these beacons of light from a distance, and know that they would be able to find their way home.

People all over the world enjoy the Harbour Lights International lighthouse collectibles that are available. These limited editions lighthouses are truly stunning to behold, and feature gorgeous lighthouses, like Spain’s La Coruna Lighthouse, the Pharaoh’s Lighthouse of Alexandria, or Saint David’s in Australia. There is also the Mahota Pagoda Lighthouse, constructed in 874 A.D.

They also have a Fresnel Lens Collection that features some of the original lenses that were used in the late 19th century, designed to assist ships into safe harbour. Harbour Lights offers these lenses as keepsakes, to place on a mantle or table, or even to put in a window so that you always know you are heading in the right direction of home.

When you look at the Anchor Bay Collection, you can marvel at the intricate details of the replicas of actual ships that relied on these majestic structures to remain safe and secure. They have yachts, tugboats, lightships, patrol boats, and the USCG Barque Eagle, with is the last square-rigger still being used today.

With the Christmas holidays rapidly approaching, there isn’t a lighthouse lover alive that wouldn’t enjoy the originality and timelessness of lighthouses ready for Christmas, with decorations and glistening snow. It is easy to shop for people that love lighthouses, and with Harbour Lighthouses, they can have finely constructed, one- of- a- kind gifts that they will be certain to treasure for the rest of their lives.

People that truly adore lighthouses, do so because they are not only lovely to behold, but they are representations of strength, hope, and perseverance, for the people that needed the lighthouses, and the ones that made sure that they always stayed lit for ships to see in the darkness.

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Board Games Used for Crafts?

When I was little I used to play Candy Land all the time along with Checkers and Uno. I loved playing board games because who doesn’t? If you’re a child or a grown up board games are always fun. And if you’re an adult, it’s always fun to be a kid again.

I was looking for some neat crafts that I could share with our readers and I finally found something that is so intriguing. I found this site called and it has all these really neat crafting ideas. What caught my eye was a board game. Did you know you can use old boardgames to make crafts? This is such a great idea, I’m so glad I can share this with you.

Out of a game board, scissors, hole punch, and a shoelace you can create a sewing practice card for kids or adults. All you need to do is:

1. Cut a rectangle or a square (or any shape) from a game box or board.
2. Punch holes in it at regular intervals.
3. Using a large shoelace that has been knotted at one end, have the kids practice sewing.

You can make a file box with a game or puzzle box, scissors, and colorful tape. You need to:

1. Stand a game box on its side and sketch a slanted line all the way around one corner of it. Disassemble the box and cut along the lines of both the lid and the base.
2. Reassemble the box (discarding the corner). Stand it on its side again and cut off the top.
3. Tape the edges together to create trim.

I love these ideas. It inspired me to think of some more. You can make birthday cards out of Uno cards as they have the number on there which is perfect for an age. A scrapbook page can be made out of any game. Candy Land can make for a pretty fun page since it has so many fun graphics on it. My favorite idea is to make something using the letters from the game Scrabble. You can make cards, scrapbook pages or even kids crafts with these.

Go ahead, use your imagination and create something unusual out of an old board game. A fun game on our site is kids’ tic tac toe. If you’re looking to reuse old items such as magazines, check out the top 10 crafts with magazines.

Another game I grew up with was called spoons. It’s not a craft, but a great family game to play. Let’s say you have five players. You gather around a table, round or square and put out four spoons stratigically placed in the middle of the table. Everyone gets six or seven playing cards. There’s one dealer who starts the game. The point of the game is to get rid of all your cards before anyone else does. In order to win the game you have to have four of a kind and grab a spoon. The one person who does not get a spoon gets an “S”. Whoever spells out spoon first loses.

Dealer picks up the first card, if he doesn’t want it he passes it face down to the left for the next player to look at. Dealer then picks up the next card while everyone passes the cards to the left and so on. You have to have the same amount of cards in your hand at all times. Once someone gets four of a kind they reach for a spoon. You can do this quietly so no one notices you are grabbing a spoon or you can be loud about it. It’s more fun when you are quiet about it because sometimes that last person has no idea all the spoons have been grabbed. SPOONS! Have fun!

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How to Make Turkey Time Aprons

If you have kids or if you remember when you were a kid then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Back in the day my mom and I would always put some kind of craft together. I liked painting and I liked making messes, so we would always find some kind of craft where I can do both of those. Every Thanksgiving we would work on a holiday craft, whether it was to give as a gift or decorate our home. We always went to my aunt’s house, so sometimes the gift would be for her.

This year, I found a neat craft that mother’s can work on with their children; it’s a turkey apron. It’s a really easy craft to make and once again, it allows the kids to get messy with fabric acrylics. There are few materials needed in order to make this apron:

* DecoArt Products Required
o SoSoft Fabric Acrylics
* DSS41 – Burnt Sienna
* SoSoft Dimensional Writers
* DD102 – Cadmium Yellow
* DD104 – Festive Red
* DD115 – Black
* Foam plate
* Small round brush
* Paper towels
* Water
* 3/8″ and 3/4″ round foam pouncer brushes
* Natural canvas aprons, Loew-Cornell “Totally You” (APGN-3636, adult; KDAPN-3636)

Here’s how to make it:

You first have to prepare by laying newspaper out as it will get a bit messy. Aprons must be flat on surface. Be sure you have wet paper towels and soap ready to clean hands at sink.

Adult Apron
1. Squeeze and spread Burnt Sienna onto foam plate. With fingers spread slightly, press hand flat into paint and then press hand flat onto apron bib area. If more solid handprint is needed, use small brush to lightly fill in hand shape.

2. Use 3/4″ pouncer brush dipped in Burnt Sienna to stamp random dots over apron surface and around handprint. Repeat with Cadmium Yellow and Festive Red Writers. Allow to dry.

3. Use Cadmium Yellow to create small triangle for beak shape on turkey head; paint lines for legs and feet. Use Festive Red to paint small heart-shaped waddle under turkey head and to paint words below turkey.

4. Use Black Writer to paint dot eye on turkey and curved line for wing shape.

Child’s Apron
1. Repeat same instructions as above, but assist with stamping handprint and use smaller pouncer brush when stamping dots on apron.

This apron reminds me of a time when I was little. You can make this for any special occasion. My three sisters and I made a sweatshirt for Mother’s Day. I believe the only material we used was a sweatshirt, paint and puffy paints.

Here’s what we did:

1. We poured the paint into a tin of some sort, of course it was sitting on a table covered with newspaper so it wouldn’t get too messy.

2. We stuck our hand into the paint to be sure the entire hand was covered.

3. We firmly pressed our hands onto the sweatshirt so the paint would stick and then slowly pulled our hand back as to not mess up the pattern.

4. Once our hands were dry on the sweatshirt we used the puffy paints to design the rest of the sweatshirt with squiggly lines and polka dots. We also wrote happy Mother’s Day on it along with each of our names next to our hand print.

Keep in mind, this can be done for any special occasion. If you want to make a Thanksgiving sweatshirt or apron, you do the same thing. Get paint on your hand and make the handprint. Then use puffy paints to draw in the rest of the turkey. It makes for a nice homemade gift or decoration.

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Maintain Your Sewing Machine In A Few Steps

A sewing machine can bring a lot of joy into your life as you begin to sew and create things on a regular basis. Whether you are somebody who is constantly sewing or just someone who pulls the machine out once in a while there are a few things you should do to keep it in top operating condition. After all, you did spend money on it so it is wise to protect your investment as much as possible especially when it is not difficult to do.

The best place to start with the maintenance steps is in the operator’s manual that came with the machine. The manufacturer has the recommended steps in there to keep the sewing machine from breaking down. While many people fail to even open this book it is important to do, and it’s something that should be revisited periodically.

Add Some Oil

One thing that will be recommended is to periodically oil your sewing machine. However, you cannot use just any oil. You should purchase the clear oil that is specifically made for sewing machines so that you do not damage any of the internal parts. Your operator’s manual will have a section that details how to do this and what oil to use. After you have finished you should run some stitches on it, using some throw-away fabric, incase any of the oil decides to escape out.

Tighten Any Loose Screws

When you are cleaning or just looking over your machine you should also be checking that all screws are tight. Try to have a small screwdriver on hand with you when you perform any maintenance. Make sure you only tighten any regular screws though as there could be some ‘set’ screws that require a hex wrench. These special screws can affect the timing and should only be adjusted by someone who understands the inner workings of the sewing machine. Again, your owner’s manual will help you if you are unsure.

Remove Excess Lint That Builds Up

If you sew often then you will undoubtedly have some lint build up in the hidden areas of your machine. This can lead to wear and tear of some of the parts so it is important to clean this out once in a while. You can even make a habit to do this after each use. Sometimes a special brush or other tool will be included when you purchase your sewing machine.

By just performing some basic maintenance, your sewing machine can last you many years. Whether you use it often or only pull it out of storage once in a while it is important to take care of it. This will protect your investment so you don’t have to prematurely replace it.

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It’s So Much Fun Making Friendship Bracelets

Believe it or not but once you start to make friendship bracelets it is something that you will remember for the rest of your life. This was recently proven to me because my daughter received a gift of a friendship bracelet starter kit and as she had not previously made one of these asked me for some of my advice. This is something I had previously done when I was around the same age as her and I was totally amazed that I actually still remembered how to do some of the more complicated patterns. And my daughter was also pretty excited because now she had somebody could show her the basics so she could get started.

The starter kit that my daughter received is actually quite good because it comes with embroidery floss and a number of different colors, safety pins, scissors, measuring tape and a really good instruction book to get you started. This is way beyond what I had when I started out nowadays it is much easier to source the material and then obviously pop online to various video websites to watch demonstrations of people making the various bracelets. When I started making them everything will become so knotted it would have to cut them off your fingers because you have made such a mess of trying to get it done properly.

When starting out I basically showed my daughter the various knots that are required the forward knot, the backward knot, the forward-backward knot and to totally confuse for the backward-forward knot. Actually these were quite simple once she had the basic concept that was taught in the book the fact that it came with pictures and explained everything was quite interesting.

If you are starting out I’m trying to make friendship bracelets it’s advisable to source a really good beginners guide book or simply go on to the Internet where you can find pictures and video to show you how to do this. There is absolutely no point in getting yourself all knotted up when you can simply follow instructions from many sources that are available. My daughter has only been making bracelets for a few weeks but is now already somewhat of an expert in some of the more complicated patterns. It’s quite interesting to watch for as I can also still remember being at the same stage as for allowing so much fun giving these as gifts to my friends.

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You should spend time looking at friendship bracelet patterns it’s amazing how many different designs you can come up with.

How to Make Caustic Lye from Wood Ash

If you enjoy making soap at home you will probably be using caustic soda bought from a store. Did you know you could make your own caustic or lye using just wood ash and water? Bought caustic soda is usually sodium hydroxide but lye made at home will be caustic potash or potassium hydroxide.

It is similarly corrosive, so make sure you keep well covered when making or using homemade lye. But it is less damaging to make as you can do it on a small scale at home without the need for the transport and chemicals associated with any store bought item.

Also its fun to find ways to use up ‘waste products’ at home. Wood ash can build up so why not use some for your homemade soap?

Lye from wood ash will produce a soft or liquid soap unless salt is incorporated into the soap recipe. But that means it is particularly good for making shampoo and hand wash.

To make lye on a small scale you will need:

  • An old plastic bucket and a larger bucket which can hold the first one.
  • Some ash from burning hard-wood.
  • Some water (preferably rain water).
  • A hand-full of straw.

How to make lye on a small scale:

  • Make a few small drainage holes in the smaller bucket.
  • Put the small bucket into the larger one (to collect the lye water).
  • Put a hand-full of straw over the holes.
  • Fill the bucket 1/3 full with wood ash.
  • Cover with rain water.
  • As the rain water filters through into the outer bucket put it back over the wood ash to concentrate the components it leaches from the ash.
  • Repeat this recycling of the rainwater at least three times over three days.
  • The resulting liquid is lye water.

Testing the Strength of the Lye Water:

  • If a fresh egg floats near the surface with a little lye water above it, the water is the correct strength for making soap.
  • If a fresh egg sinks the lye water is not strong enough and should be passed through the wood ash again.
  • If a fresh egg bobs right on top of the surface the lye is too strong and should be diluted with a little water.
  • A chicken feather will be dissolved by caustic lye at the correct (or higher) concentration.

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