Oh, look! My lipstick matches my spool of thread! (They’re Gütermann thread in color 430 and Burt’s Bees lip crayon in Napa Vinyard, respectively.)
Don’t you just love it when that happens?
Disclosure: AccuQuilt kindly provided the GO! Big electric fabric cutter and GO! Big circle die for this project.
Love the look of retro 1950s-inspired style? Be the belle of the sock hop with this fun and flirty DIY goldfish bowl “poodle” skirt!
It’s surprisingly easy to create your own custom version of the iconic poodle skirt, and, in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make my quirky aquatic variation. But, before we get to the tutorial, I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite toy, the AccuQuilt GO! Big electric fabric cutter. The GO! Big definitely saved me a ton of time on this project—I’m kind of a perfectionist, so circles are probably my least favorite shape to cut out—and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. I was already in love with my AccuQuilt GO! Baby, and, I have to admit, the GO! Big really blew my mind too!
** This post is part of the AccuQuilt GO! Big Blog Hop! Scroll down to the end of the post for 10 whole days of AccuQuilt-inspired fun!**
Thread snips—also called thread nippers, thread clippers, and thread cutters—are incredibly handy little scissors to have around your craft room or sewing studio. Perfect for sewers, multi-crafters, and yarn crafters alike, they’re compact, light, and made to be operated quickly (most are spring-loaded), making them ideal for snipping threads, notching fabric, or clipping yarn ends while you work.
I love my own thread snips so much that I even designed a special scissors holder necklace so I can have them close at hand whenever I’m working. But, like all tools in the sewing room, knowing that thread snips are awesome in theory doesn’t do you a bit of good if you don’t actually know how to use them in practice. (And, at first glance, that’s not always obvious.) So, for those of you who’ve seen thread snips in craft stores and fabric shops but still aren’t quite sure how they work, I put together a couple of GIFs to show you how to hold them, how to move the blades, and how to use them to cut. I hope this helps solve some mysteries!
Attention crafters: Join us TODAY for the Craft Social Twitter chat!
Is 2015 the year that you’re finally going to start that blog? Or maybe you’re already a blogger, and you have advice and enthusiasm to share? Join your fellow Socialites, along with hosts Barbara (@penguintrax) and Haley (@thezenofmaking), this evening (Tuesday, January 27th) from 7-8PM EST to talk platforms, hosting, custom URLs, and the how-tos of blogger life!
Hooray for Giveaways!
To help you jumpstart your blogging career, Craft Social chat participants will be eligible to enter a giveaway for 6 months of website hosting ($50 value), compliments of Lyonshost.com. (One lucky winner will receive the hosting package.)
Using the installers they provide, you can install a blogging platform in minutes, then use what you learned in the Craft Social chat to get your new blog up and running in no time. Join us for the chat to learn how to enter!
Disclosure: Lyonshost is owned by Jonathan Lyons, husband of CraftSocial team member, Barbara Forbes-Lyons.
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See you there, crafty pals!