New One Minute Sewing Video: How to Make An Apron From Shirts

This is so clever and inspiring!

I love aprons and upcycling so what could be better?

The Renegade Seamstress

Make a new, bright and cheerful spring apron for someone you love or maybe even yourself. So many colors to choose from…
Check out one of my newest videos from eHow.  I can’t tell you enough how much fun I have making these short videos… I hope you like it….

Click here for the full step-by-step apron tutorial.

For more tutorials click here.

Happy Sewing!


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Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern and Video Tutorial

Quick and easy beginners crochet ponytail or messy bun hat pattern. Tutorial video included.

SKILL LEVELimg_0155 Beginner

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st – stitch
sts – stitches
sl st – slip stitch
rpt – repeat


6.5 mm hook
8.0 mm hook
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Marker
1 Skien Loops and Threads Charisma Yarn
Small amount of Cream and Red Charisma Yarn for band

Preteen to Adult – 20” x 8”

3sc = 1 inch


*Hat is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join. Use a stitch marker at the beginning of round for easier counting

Using 8 mm hook work 30 sc around hair elastic

Rnd 1: 1 sc in 1st 4 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 4 sts* rpt from * to * till end of rnd (36)

Rnd 2: 1 sc in 1st 5 sts *2 sc in next st…

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Beaded Bracelet Pattern

I usually share crochet patterns, especially jewelry. However I also knit and this cute beaded KNIT bracelet looks easy enough with minimal supplies!

how i knit to stay sane


Supplies needed:

  • 2 double-pointed needles (referred to as dpns). Gauge isn’t important, but you’ll probably want a size 3, giver or take.
  • Metallic Elastic cord. Find this in the jewelry aisle at Michael’s or other craft stores.
  • #6 beads. Also available widely at craft stores.
  • Optional: A needle and embroidery thread, and a familiarity with my beading tutorial (or any other method of adding beads to a “live” stitch on the needles, as opposed to pre-stringing beads.)

Cast on 5 stitches. The elastic can be a little tricky to knit with. Aim to keep it taut without stretching it. Knit one row. *WITHOUT TURNING, slide the stitches to the other tip of your dpn. Pull the elastic a little more, so that it stretches a little bit, and knit the first stitch. Continue knitting the rest of the stitches without stretching the elastic.* Repeat from * to *…

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Keep Bees Out of Your Drink with This Easy (AND CUTE!) Straw Cover Pattern!

Summer is nearly over but there is still time to make this creative gadget.
You can’t go wrong with something this cute!

Upper Crust Crochet

straw cover

Easy Peasy Straw Cover

Supplies Needed:

Small amounts of Paton’s Grace, but any #3 Light Weight Yarn will work

Size D/3.25mm hook (I crochet very tightly, so you may use a B or C)


MC – Magic Circle (Magic Loop, Magic Ring)

beg – beginning

sc – single crochet

ch – chain

BLO – Back Loop Only

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

slst – slip stitch

FO – fasten off

Start by working 7sc into a Magic Circle.  HERE is a great pic and video tutorial for the magic circle if you don’t know how to do one.  Slst to join in beg sc.

Round 1:  ch 1, in BLO, hdc in each stitch around.  Slst to join to beg hdc. [at this point I sew on the flower, because it’s easier now than later]

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Jody Pyott – Breath Tutorial

This tutorial took my breath away! Just had to say that.😊

Crafty Threads and Yarns

This tutorial has been created following the kind permission given by the designer, Jody Pyott. To purchase Jody’s patterns to get access to her graphs please visit her Ravelry shop or visit Jody’s Etsy shop


The first thing I did was count the number of stitches in each of the pattern pieces. On page 7 of the pattern there is a diagram of how the pattern goes together. I took each section in turn and added together the stitches for each of the pattern pieces for that particular section plus an extra stitch at each end and wrote the number down beside each section as per the attached photo.


The blanket is worked from the bottom up and the graphs are read from right to left.

Abbreviations:  Popcorn stitch (PS) and Single Crochet (SC)

Popcorn Stitch – can either be done in double crochet or single crochet…

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Sophisticated Simplicity

I love crochet jewelry in case I haven’t mentioned that before.

This looks easy and is just lovely!


Sophisticated Simplicity Necklace - Andee Graves/M2H Designs

I am really happy to share my latest beaded chain pattern with all my readers. This was an idea that has been bumping around in my brain for a while. It’s a very simple project to crochet, but does take a bit of coordination.

You’ll need to be comfortable with working chain stitches [ch], beaded chain stitches [bdch] and single crochet stitches [sc]. I have a tutorial on crocheting beaded chain stitches here on my blog (scroll down to the bottom half of the post) for those of you needing a refresher on that stitch.

Sophisticated Simplicity Necklace - Andee Graves/M2H Designs 2

Sophisticated Simplicity Necklace

Designed by Andee Graves

Skill level: Easy


Thread/Yarn:  Sample was made with Kreinik’s Ombre Twist thread, took approximately 45 yards (3 yds per strand), you can get approximately 6 necklaces out of one cone depending on how many strands you decide to have in your necklace.

Hook: Size B/2.25mm

265 glass  beads: Sample was made with Twisted…

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