Archive | September, 2010

project – woven fabric coasters & potholders

raise your hand if you made loom loop potholders as a kid… (i did.) much like the 30 year old me, the 10 year old me also loved making creative little projects that could be put into everyday use. I started thinking about those potholders the other day (here’s an image/how-to to refresh your mind) and actually ordered a couple looms and a big bag of loops on ebay – however… they are coming from the US so it will be another good week before I have the supplies.

…ok, back to the project that has actually already been completed.

similar to the loop loom, i decided to try out making some decorative coasters using a couple different fabrics that i had laying around the house. considering i didn’t have a loom, i improvised by taking a packet of bobby pins and a small box/basket that I had.  i had no idea if this would work, but i decided to give it a go. the results… well, I was very happy… the kind of happy where I found myself staring at the little coaster off & on and setting different little things on it for about 30 mins straight (wow, that sounds a bit pathetic actually typing it out… hmmm).

cost: $5 should make a about 6-10 coasters/potholders (depending on the expense of the fabric
creation time: 30-60 mins each
supplies: fabric (1 or 2 different patterns at 2 meters/yards each), scissors, a bobby pin or needle for the weaving – and a loom… you’ve got options… in the instructions I will use the bobby pin/basket way, but you could also buy a pre-made loom or create one of any size out of wood & nails


  1. cut fabric into 1.5 inch wide x 2 meter/yard long strips (you can tie pieces together into knots if you don’t have cut fabric that long) – you will need two of these (same fabric or different, your choice)
  2. take your basket and get one piece of fabric ready to go. in one corner tie a knot around a bobby pin and secure it to the basket. start to zig zag the fabric back and forth from parallel sides of the basket – each time you hit a side use a bobby pin to secure the fabric to the basket keeping it in place (i used a 5 inch by 5 inch basket and 1o bobby pins on each side).
  3. once the first fabric is laid out and secure, get the other piece of fabric (i recommend putting a bobby pin at the end of this piece of fabric to guide your weaving… it will make the process go a lot faster) and do the same thing on the other sides of the basket. the only difference this time is that you will weave over and under the fabric.
  4. once the second piece of fabric is weaved into the first… you will need to start securing the edges.
  5. starting at two corners with non-looped ends, tie the two pieces together around a loop next to one of them, now start pulling the loop ahead of the loop you are on back through the previous loop…. you will continue this all around the basket, this will weave and secure the edges. at your final corner you will tie a knot and either make a loop for hanging, a bow, or simply cut off the excess fabric. ***

oh… and i do have plans to go to the hardware store soon to get a couple pieces of wood & some nails and make a giant loom for fabric weaving (i’ll update you on how it goes).

the week in review…

1 craft. 2 craft. 3 craft… 7 crafts! yes, count em’ kids 7. this week we kept our minds busy with the ‘how-tos’, ‘dos’ and ‘to-dos’ because this was a good week for handmade on howd.i.y. so, if we’re counting (and we are) – since w.i.r. #2 (that’s what i’m calling these), we’ve had an additional 500 views and added 76 new friends to our facebook page… ‘welcome friends’ – i am sooooooo excited to have you.

the week ahead brings a bit of a twist to our little ol’ blog as we will be introducing a newbie installment focused on intro’ing a whole heap (a word i’ve somehow incorporated into my vocab since moving down under) of eclectic handmade artists, a little bit of q&a and even some giveaways! give us a couple days and we’ll kick off the ‘artist spotlight’ with one of my new found favorite etsy sellers. i have no doubt your going to be awed and inspired.

stay tuned…


o.p.p. – newspaper roses

i’ve been wanting to do a project like this for a while now, and after searching ‘newspaper roses’, i stumbled across this breathtaking photo above of some stunning flowers made from recycled newspaper and what appears to be wooden skewers (*creation/photo from ‘the lower eastside girls club’). there is no how-to instructions for the above in particular, but my best guess is to pull together some scissors, skewers, tape & paper and spend a few hours turning your crafting room into a growers garden. now throw the flowers in an old vintage jar and i’m sure they’ll look pretty spectacular on display!

o.p.p. – decorative hangers

3 projects in 1 coming to you here.  whether you have a wardrobe without doors or you are simply looking to showcase the hardware that’s hanging… all 3 of the hangers seen here are sure to pretty up your closet whether it’s for others to see or simply for your own morning browse. the pics to the side (*taken from combine a few different takes on turning your hanger into art.  1) padded cover 2) fabric wrapping 3) beaded

found @
what: decorative hangers

o.p.p. – paper gift bags

*from making groovy things blog 'paper gift bags'

this project comes directly from my adoptive land of oz via the blog ‘making groovy things’. these paper gift bags instantly caught my eye, as i am a big believer in keeping the wrapping of a present unique and somewhat representative to the tune of the recipient’s style and the gift inside. this is an easy & fun project to make using books, magazines, maps, even turning a thick high quality sheet of wrapping paper into a couple cute bags.

found @ making groovy things
what: paper gift bags

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