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World Maker Faire New York 2012

World Maker Faire New York 2012 | The Zen of Making

Are you in the New York area this weekend? Get thee to Maker Faire New York!

World Maker Faire New York 2012 | The Zen of Making

I’ll be there covering the craft beat for CRAFT, so make sure you say hello if you see me around! (Just in case you’ve never seen me in non-icon form, here’s what I look like. I’ll be the gal in the gray scissors dress and red shoes!) Here’s a list of all of the MAKE/CRAFT reporters who will be on hand. Make sure you show us some love!


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World Maker Faire New York
New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
Saturday, September 29, 2012 – 10am – 7pm
Sunday, September 30, 2012 – 10am – 6pm

Head over to the Maker Faire website for ticket information and a schedule of events.

Sewing 101: French Seams Tutorial for CRAFT

Sewing 101: French Seams Tutorial | The Zen of Making
Just in time to celebrate National Sewing Month, I’ve got a new Sewing 101 tutorial up on CRAFT: Sewing 101: French Seams!

If you haven’t already discovered the beauty, strength, and anti-fraying power of french seams, now’s the perfect time to learn. It’ll be simple and painless—I promise!


Sewing 101: French Seams

French seams are a simple and versatile way to create strong, professional-looking seams in any sewing project. A french seam uses two lines of stitches to encase the raw, unfinished fabric edges within the seam itself, which hides the edges from view, prevents fraying, and creates a clean and elegant look that’s perfect for anything from trousers and jeans to delicate foundation garments and lingerie. I use french seams just about every time I sew—especially when I want to be sure that fabric won’t unravel when a finished piece is worn or used. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to utilize the french seam method in your own sewing projects!

Step 1: With the WRONG (unprinted) sides of the fabric facing, align the edges of the fabric to be sewn together. Use fabric clips or straight pins to hold the pieces in place.

Step 2: Use your sewing machine to sew down the length of the fabric edge with a ¼" seam allowance. This line should be sewn on the RIGHT (printed) side of the fabric


french seams tutorial
Ready upgrade your sewing skills? Head over to CRAFT to see the full french seams tutorial!



Tutorial: Cold Brew Coffee with Reusable Coffee Bag for CRAFT

My cold brew coffee recipe—complete with reusable coffee bag tutorial—is now up on CRAFT: Project: Cold Brew Coffee with Reusable Coffee Bag

Go take a look. You can thank me in the morning!


Project: Cold Brew Coffee with Reusable Coffee Bag

From the moment I saw this recipe in the New York Times, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with cold brew coffee. Not only is cold brew delicious and easy, it doesn’t require electricity or any special equipment, so you can make it just about anywhere—even when you’re camping or traveling!

I’ve spent a lot of time streamlining the process and perfecting my brew, so I’m really excited to pass my morning coffee routine along to you. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own reusable drawstring coffee bag, then I’ll walk you through the cold brew basics. When we’re done, you’ll be ready to make a fresh cuppa joe just about anywhere.

Step 1: Wash and dry the muslin thoroughly, then press with an iron to remove any wrinkles. Cut one 4" x 6" rectangle.

To begin, tape the wax paper to your workspace (just the corners will do), then use your ruler and a permanent marker to draw a 4½” x 3″ rectangle in the center.

Step 2: To prepare the coffee bag for sewing, fold and press the fabric as shown above.

a. Fold both 16" sides toward the center ¼", then press in place with an iron.

b. With the sides still folded from step a, fold both 4" edges toward the center ¼", then press the crease



Ready to make your own? Head over to CRAFT to see the full tutorial!



Tutorial: Colorful Bunting Greeting Card for Craftzine.com

My bunting card tutorial is now on CRAFT: Project: Colorful Bunting Card for Any Occasion. Send out some DIY smiles—any excuse will do!


Project: Colorful Bunting Card for Any Occasion

Send out a cheerful greeting for any occasion with this colorful bunting card with string writing!

It’s always nice to have a handmade card or two tucked away, ready to pull out for special events or handwritten hellos. So, inspired by the beautiful summer bunting that’s been popping up just about everywhere lately, I designed this fun little card that can be used for just about any joyful occasion. Make one today, and send out some serious DIY smiles!

Step 1: First, we’re going to make the string letters.

To begin, tape the wax paper to your workspace (just the corners will do), then use your ruler and a permanent marker to draw a 4½” x 3″ rectangle in the center.

Step 2: A mixture of white glue and water is used to create the string letters and make sure that they hold their shape.

To prepare the glue, combine 2 TBS of white glue with 4 TBS of warm water in the mixing bowl, then stir them together with a toothpick until thoroughly incorporated. When the glue mixture is ready, carefully submerge the embroidery floss in the liquid, taking care not to twist or knot the string


Ready to make your own? Head over to CRAFT to see the full tutorial!