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Tutorial: Resin Thread Spool Bracelet

Tutorial: Resin Thread Spool Bracelet | The Zen of Making

On my desk sat a jar of mini wooden thread spools, a jewelry resin kit, and a huge list of other projects that I was actually supposed to be working on. So, clearly, stoping to design a resin thread spool bracelet was the only logical response, right? Right. (I’m glad you’re with me on this one!)

Looking for a handmade gift idea for the sewers and stitchers on your list? This sewing-themed bangle bracelet is sure to blow some minds and warm some hearts!

Tutorial: Resin Thread Spool Bracelet | The Zen of Making

As someone who is primarily a fabric and fiber crafter, I am still both utterly fascinated by and more than a little bit afraid of the idea of encasing items in resin. And, because I never do anything halfway, I decided that my first really big project would involve encasing many, many individual pieces of thread-wrapped wood in a bangle bracelet, which presented the danger of releasing air bubbles into the resin and ruining my entire project if I didn’t prepare them properly. (Fun fact: As you might expect, in addition to releasing bubbles, wood also floats in slow-hardening resin!) Luckily, I’d done quite a bit of research when writing my resin sewing thread and embroidery floss pendant tutorial, so I felt pretty confident going in. And now, having dodged the difficulties and found the fixes, I’m ready to walk you through the entire thread spool bracelet-making process in this tutorial!

A little heads up before you get started: Beginners can absolutely make this resin thread spool bracelet, but this is one of those projects where you simply can’t cut corners and end up with a bracelet that you’ll be happy with. You’ll need to carve out a chunk of uninterrupted time away from kids, partners, dogs, and cats when you’ll be able to pay attention to both the instructions and the resin.

(Can I also just say that my hair dye game was really on point in the photo above? It only looked like that for about 24 hours total, but those 24 hours sure were magical.)

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Book Project + Giveaway: Wool Binding Kitchen Rug for Hand-Stitched Home

Book Project + Giveaway: Wool Binding Kitchen Rug for Hand-Stitched Home | The Zen of Making

Photo credit: Burcu Avsar, 2014, used with permission from The Taunton Press

A little more than a year ago, I took a trip to Portland, OR, and had a crazy-fun all-day craft party with some of my very favorite people on the planet. During this melding of creative minds, I finally got to meet my friend Susan Beal—who just happens to be the author of some of my favorite sewing (affiliate link) and quilting (affiliate link) books—in person, and awesomeness ensued. By the end of the day, I had visited the amazing Pendleton Woolen Mill Store, and had agreed to design a wool binding kitchen rug project for her upcoming book from The Taunton Press, Hand-stitched Home: Projects to Sew with Pendleton & Other Wools (affiliate link). I guess you could say it was a pretty great trip! ;P

Book Project + Giveaway: Wool Binding Kitchen Rug for Hand-Stitched Home | The Zen of Making

And, now that the book is out and available for all of your holiday gift-giving needs, I’m so excited that I can finally show you the rug!

Here’s an inside look at the project and design process, plus a chance to win a copy of the book:

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A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit

A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit | The Zen of Making

After spending the summer living in my perfect summer skirt, I decided that it was time to tackle a go-to pattern for a fitted a-line skirt with a zipper closure. Because, elastic waistbands are great and all, but some fabrics and occasions call for a cleaner silhouette and a bit more structure. So, not happy with any of the patterns that I’d tried, I decided to draft a simple a-line skirt pattern that I could use as my winter uniform, and I was determined to get the fit just right. And, while I was working on my skirt, I put together this 5-step fitting guide to help you sew the fabulous a-line skirt of your dreams too! So, grab an a-line skirt pattern in your size—or draft your own, if you’re so inclined—and let’s make some fit magic happen!

A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit | The Zen of Making

A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit | The Zen of Making

Note: This is by no means a comprehensive skirt fitting guide, but these 5 simple tips can help you give your a-line skirts a more flattering fit with minimal futzing.

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Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers

Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers | The Zen of Making

Fabric armrest covers: the dirty little secret of confirmed cat ladies everywhere!

Okay, okay. They’re not really just for cat ladies. Whether it’s pets, kids, thrift store scores, stains, or just extra-comfy seats that have seen better days, it’s amazing how quickly a simple fabric armrest cover can transform a ratty looking couch or chair into a piece of furniture that’s pretty and presentable. So, after my darling Pixel-the-Cat simply couldn’t resist sinking his claws into my poor living room couch like a vicious tiny tiger (oh, would that we had discovered Soft Paws claw caps earlier), I decided that something had to be done to disguise the damage. And, having zero interest in, say, reupholstering my entire loveseat, I whipped up a set of quick and easy DIY fabric armrest covers to hide the offending holes and scratches.

Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers | The Zen of Making

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Want to spiff up your most welcoming rooms before the start of the holiday season? Here’s how to make your own set of custom fabric armrest covers:

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