Jan 20, 2014

How to Make Boot Cuffs from a Re-purposed Sweater

Join Michelle as she teaches you how to make these cute boot cuffs. To follow along you will need these supplies:

  • Sleeves from a sweater
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Two buttons
  • Large jar to wrap sleeves over





Dec 02, 2013

"Joy" Christmas Holiday Burlap Banner


In the spirit of the holiday season, Michelle has created another Christmas banner, this time made out of burlap, a stencil, and some paint. No sewing skills are required! If you would like to follow along with this project gather these supplies:

  • Burlap (3 pieces about 10x10 in.)
  • White paint
  • Gold paint
  • Paint brush
  • Brown Sharpie marker
  • Sticki tac fabric glue (a must have!)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors




Nov 28, 2013

Wrist wraps for weightlifting and Crossfit workouts



My Crossfit friend asked me to make her some wrist wraps to help support her wrists while lifting during her Crossfit workouts. I thought I would share with you how I made them. Because this project is probably for a pretty narrow range of people I am only posting it on YouTube





If you would just like to purchase something like this already made you can visit these websites:



Rock'd Out Wear (An Etsy shop)

Crafted by Us Handmade (My Etsy shop)




Dec 18, 2012

Felt Bird Ornament


Join Michelle as she makes a super cute and easy to make felt bird ornament. To follow along you will need these items: 

  • Wool fabric for body of bird (I used salvaged wool pants)
  • Wool fabric for wings and nose (I used salvaged sweaters)
  • Fabri-Tac
  • Sewing needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Filling material for body of bird (I used wool batting)
  • Piece of ribbon
  • Two buttons
  • Scissors
  • Bird Pattern





May 08, 2012

Creating Prayer Flags to Swap


In this episode we create a set of prayer flags to swap with other crafty people. To create your own flags gather these supplies:

  • Canvass fabric
  • Bits of ribbon and lace
  • Silk ribbon
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Beads
  • Staz-On ink pad (black)
  • Sharpie (Black)
  • Inspirational stamp
  • Scrap fabric pieces
  • Fabri-tac




Mar 17, 2011

Painted Fabric

I have decided to enter the Fabric Swatch Challenge hosted by Cloth Paper Scissors. If you are interested in designing your own fabric check out the January/February 2011 Issue 34. There is still a bit of time. In the first example I used bleached muslin, Stewart Gill paint, and circle type objects and stamps. Normally I would have recorded the process for you but I was still having troubles getting a camera that will work for me. Hopefully that has changed with our latest camera.


I thought it might be interesting to try another piece of fabric with the same paints but with a bit more "focus" and less randomness. This time I only used two colors and painted on unbleached muslin. To create the flowers I used the top and bottom of the cups as stamps for my circles, then I painted them in with paint and water, using the water to spread the paint in varying shades. This took a long time but overall I think it was worth it. I might try something like this again.

I am off to a weekend volleyball tournament but am looking forward to coming back Monday to start a new project/show to share with you. I am hoping to study the books that came with my new camera over the weekend so I can get started right away.

Dec 12, 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 12 - Cute Circle Fabric Pin

Hurray! This is the 12th video in our 12 Days of Christmas series. In the episode Michelle shows you a simple way to create a cute circle fabric pin. If you don't want to make a pin you can easily attach the fabric circle to other items as an embellishment.


To follow along get th


ese things together:

  • Round items to use as circle templates
  • Pen
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Scraps of cotton quilt batting
  • Button
  • Fabri-tac glue
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Pin back

Oct 23, 2009

Fabric and Fiber Friday - Felt Bead Charm Bracelet

For this 50th episode of Crafted by Us we have a fun Fabric and Fiber Friday project. We blend a bit of colorful felt with beads to create charms for a lovely bracelet. To follow along with this episode you will need:

  • Felt
  • Head pins
  • Beads
  • Jump rings
  • "Blank" bracelet
  • Nylon beading thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Wire cutter
  • Round nose pliers (?)
  • Regular pliers
  • Small clamp
  • Paper piecer or awl
  • Scissors

So gather up your scrap felt pieces and beads and lets make a bracelet!


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Jul 12, 2009

Fabric and Fiber Friday - Little Crocheted Bag Necklace

In this episode we create a small crocheted bag which acts as a focal point for a necklace. Using a simple stitch and some basic craft items you will have a one of a kind necklace. To follow along, gather these supplies:

  • #4 metal crochet hook
  • waxed linen thread
  • scissors
  • beads
  • small charm


May 27, 2009

Adding fabric flowers

I belong to this great group called "A Year of Color" hosted by Artsy Mama. One of the tutorials by Tracy B on the Year of Color site was how to make these lovely fabric scrap flowers. A few days ago I drug out my fabric thinking I would make a few purses. Wouldn't you know it? In the tub of fabric were pieces for a purse already cut out. I must have cut it out last year and never finished. So, I decided that I need to finish that first before started a new one. Don't you love the self-control? After making the purse I realized it needed something else. Then, I remembered the flower tutorial. So, here is the purse, with the flower.

I also made another plastic/fabric clutch that I wasn't too fond of either. Then I added a flower. Now I love it.