DIY Macrame Lampshade Fringe

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DIY macrame lampshade fringe

Gemstones aren’t just for jewellery.

A bit of hemp and a few agate stones was just what I needed to make our bedroom a bit more casual. Our bedside lamps—make-do purchases from IKEA—were a bit sterile for my taste. And it’s a tried and true rule: lighting is the quickest way to change the mood of a room.

DIY hanging fish decor

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DIY hanging fish decoration #sewing tutorial

I made this project catching up on TV last night. Summer means it’s usually too sticky during the day to even think of crafting.

Sunny days in our house involve a constant supply of ice cold pop and an ever-growing stack of outdoorsy magazines. I love how bright and long the days are in summer. It’s my favourite time to make new decorations and try different arrangements in the house.

When Zazzle offered to send me a sample of their new custom fabric range, choosing a design was the hardest part. There are almost 150,000 patterns available. (If you love design, you can even make your own patterns too.)

Since we’re all about the outdoors this season, here’s a quick make inspired by my husband’s fishing habit. Bring the sunshine in!

How to tell if a crochet pattern uses UK or US terms

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How to know if a crochet pattern uses UK or US terms @craftingfingers

Patterns are more abundant and international than ever.

I love how generous the crochet community is in sharing their ideas. Ravelry alone has over 60,000 free crochet patterns. And without Youtube tutorials, I don’t think I would have ever been able to learn to crochet.

There is a catch though. Crochet patterns don’t all use the same regional terms. If you’re a crocheter you’re probably well aware that there are two sets of terms. To make things worse, both sets use the same words to mean different things.

Converting regional crochet terms
UK terms US terms
chain / ch chain / ch
double crochet / dc single crochet / sc
half treble / htr half double / hdc
treble / tr double / dc
double treble / dtr treble / tr
triple treble / ttr double treble / dtr
[/table] Don’t we just love making things tricky for ourselves?

These are methods I use to tell if a crochet pattern uses US or UK terms. 

DIY Clutch with Crochet Band

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DIY last minute clutch tutorial #sewing #crochet @craftingfingers

When I had dinner plans the other week I realised—the day before—that I didn’t have a suitable bag.

When you’re spending the night somewhere, an overnight bag isn’t exactly practical or stylish at a restaurant table.

Instead of rushing to the shop I decided to make my own clutch. Ultimately, it was a much more satisfying choice—this way my bag was one of a kind. My latest craft obsession is combining sewing and crochet. I love how fabric and yarn complement each other.

If you need a last minute clutch too, here’s how to make your own:

DIY Box bottom tote with hidden seams

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DIY box bottom tote with hidden seams

Sewing is one of my favourite crafts.

It’s also the most frustrating.

When I saw the fabric choices for the Hillarys Craft Competition, I knew I had to get my hands on the Rayna Apple pattern. Problem is, I’m a novice. And directional, bold patterns can be pretty intimidating to sew with.

After a few failed ideas, I decided to keep it simple and make a tote. Pretty and practical—my favourite kind of DIY. Good thing is, the Rayna Apple fabric makes even this simple tote look sophisticated. I think I’ve gotten over my fear of using bold patterns!

If you’ve followed my lined tote bag tutorial, this tote is exactly the same except for two key differences:

DIY Macrame Bottle Vases

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Knotted macrame bottle vases #DIY #macrame

Disclosure: This DIY was made in collaboration with Space Station

Feeling knotty?

Macrame is such a quick way to wrap and hang pretty much anything you can think of. (Seriously. People have done it to shoes.) Plant hangers is just the start of it. For a quick and summer-loving DIY I’ve put together this tutorial to make macrame wrapped bottle vases.

It’s the perfect upcycled touch to a summer garden party. Hanging or not, you choose!