Make a braided cuff bangle using Hama beads

Make this braided cuff bangle with my tutorial, using just Hama beads (aka Perler beads) and memory wire. It’s a great accessory for under $10, and the perfect craft for older children to do in the school holidays.

 

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You can find my step by step tutorial to make this cuff bracelet on Tuts+

 

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Etsy and abcd Sydney craft party this weekend

Join us this weekend for a fun afternoon giving your old photos new life with collage, embroidery and watercolours. I assist Steph (of Bondville) in hosting abcd socials for creative folk and this Saturday we are excited to be collaborating with Etsy for their worldwide Craft Parties on Saturday 7th June 2014. Bring copies of old photos, share a pot of tea and conversation with other friendly creatives, and get your craft on. As always, abcd socials are free to attend.

 

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Tara from Dudley Redhead, Fiona from Fiona Kate and I will help you with techniques and ideas to transform photos into works of art worthy of framing.

Date:
Saturday 7th June from 3pm – 5pm

Location:
Erskineville Town Hall
104 Erskineville Rd
Erskineville, NSW 2043

RSVP is essential – head here to order your free ticket. If you can’t make it, look out for the #abcdsocial and #craftpartyAU hashtags on social media.

Our always popular abcd social goodie bag will have a craft twist for this event. Bring along some craft supplies from your stash to include in the goodie bag – your small crafty pack could include paper, yarn, fabric, tags… anything that will inspire others. Everyone who participates will go home with a bag full of crafty goodness. To participate in the goodie bag fun you must RSVP by this Thursday 5th June.
We will be just down the road from the Sydney Finders Keepers market, so you can walk on over after you’ve done some market browsing.

Be in the running to win a $100 Etsy gift card.
Simply share your Craft Party pics on social media using the hashtags #CraftParty and #CraftPartyAU and you’ll go in the running to win one of three $100 Etsy gift cards. This competition is open now until June 13 so start sharing your Craft Party prep pics today! Full terms and conditions

Hope to see you at the Craft Party!

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TUTORIAL :: Sew an apron with a patchwork pocket

Make a linen apron for yourself or as a gift – it’s pretty and practical and aprons are cool in a retro revival way. This free sewing pattern uses lovely fabric and trims from Daily Like. I created the tutorial for them, so pop over to the Daily Like blog for the full how to.

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Head to the red thread blog craft tutorials page and be inspired to get creative this week.

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Tutorials :: 15 lovely DIY Mothers Day gifts

It’s not too late to get your craft on before Mothers Day. I went through my archives and found some lovely things you could make for your mum before the weekend.

the red thread MOTHERS DAY tutorial

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TUTORIAL :: Make the cutest Easter bunny softies from socks

Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate – skip the sugar rush (and the aftermath!) and give the kidlets these sweet little Easter bunny softies. Start with a pair of baby’s cotton socks, follow the tutorial, and with a bit of hand sewing you’ll have handmade gifts in no time.

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Hop to it (sorry for the pun) and get making for Easter. All the children that have seen these sock Easter bunny softies have adored them… maybe add a couple of little Easter eggs and you’ll have a guaranteed hit.

 

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