Author Archives: Meagan French

DIY Art Deco Furnature Refinishing

How to Restore an Art Deco Dresser:

I’ve been wanting a “new” dresser for a while now, so when I found this vintage waterfall deco dresser on craigslist for $50, I knew it was for me. The dresser was solid wood and good shape for all it’s years, but I didn’t love the honey color of the wood or the worn finish. I decided to refinish the piece in in a dark tutor stain, which turned out spectacularly. Tutorial after the jump!

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The Search for the Perfect Winter Quilt

Australian Bedroom

I’ve been searching for the perfect, stylish winter quilt to replace the drab fleece blankets that I cozy up with on a cold San Francisco night. The basic fleece blankets are warm, but they have literally no personality (they’re brown and rust red) and look out of place in my colorful bedroom.

I’ve got neutral walls and a white down comforter with pops of color in the furniture and pillows. I took my inspiration from similar rooms.



There were so many choices, many of them quite pricey: Should I go Scandinavian? Tribal? Geometric? Here’s the inspiration. Sources for the inspiration in order: Anthropologie, Create and Barrel, and District 17.


Today, I found it. I was surfing Pinterest and I found a similar post by… where she featured these ikat quilts on sale on Myhabit starting at $68, and I knew this was it. I chose the turquoise green one in the bottom lefthand corner. The sale is on through Sunday, November 17th. What are your good quilt sources? Write in the comments below.

PicMonkey Collage

DIY Zig Zag Tray


DIY Chevron Tray : CraftHabit.omI found this tray on clearance months ago for $5.95(!) at Target, but unfortunately the craft style lettering just wasn’t my taste. I finally got around to prettying it up using this tray I found on Etsy as inspiration:

The Inpiration
The Inpiration

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Stenciled Canister Makeover

Stenciled Canister Makeover :
I remember these canisters sitting on our counter as children. They were filled with the makings of our mother’s cookies and pancakes. But, just like the oak kitchen cabinets in my mother’s house that have since been painted over a modern white, these canisters became a tad worn and outdated, and were shoved into the attic many years ago.  That is until my sister Jill unearthed them again and made them over, giving them new life with some cute lattice stenciling and chalkboard labels. Thanks to Jill for this wonderful tutorial and pics! See materials and instructions after the jump!

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Win a Free Craftsy Class!

Win a Free Craftsy Class :

It’s no secret that I love, love, love I host many of my patterns there exclusively. It’s a fantastic marketplace for professional instructors and people like me who make patterns in their spare time. Anyone can upload their project or pattern and sell it or give it away on Craftsy.

When Craftsy reached out to offer a free class to one of my readers, I was psyched. Just create a craftsy account if you don’t have one already or login here and you’ll be entered to win. For those that don’t know, Craftsy classes are on-demand video tutorials with in depth instruction on everything from sewing to baking.

I’ve also curated a collection of my favorite classes, patterns and projects for you to browse through:

fashion draping
Fashion Draping
sewing with knits
Sewing with Knits
the couture dress craftsy class
The Couture Dress








BUT WAIT, THERES MORE! If you just have to have a class now Craftsy through in a 20% discount on my favorite classes when you purchase through this link, including Sewing With KnitsThe Couture Dress, and Fashion Draping: Bias Design. This contest closes this Thursday at midnight PST so you better get on it!

The fine print:

  • The contest will close on Thursday night Aug 8 at 11:59pm PST
  • You must sign in to your Craftsy account or create an account here to enter the contest
  • Winner will be chosen by and informed via email after the contest closes
  • There will be one winner who gets one free class of their choosing
  • Limit one entry per account
  • No purchase necessary, void where prohibited blah blah blah

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Drop Waist Wrap Dress Pattern

Drop Waist Wrap Dress Pattern

I was so delighted last week when Rheanna from Can She Sew It? contacted me to let me know that she’d adapted my wrap dress pattern to have a drop waist. It turned out so beautifully I decided to feature it here. It makes me happy when I hear from y’all that my patterns are actually being sewn, adapted and made into new things out in the world. You keep me motivated to produce new patterns and tutorials.

Rheanna decided to move the waistline, get rid of the sleeves, and make the skirt a little fuller, all of which are testament to how customizable home sewing patterns, this one are.

You can pick up my original wrap dress pattern on Craftsy, and take a look at Rheanna’s step-by-step instructions here and here.

Happy Sewing Craft Habit community!

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No Spray Painted Hutch

Painted-Hutch-How-ToI’ve been wanting to revamp my overloaded hutch for a long time. I wasn’t able to move it to my courtyard where I usually spray paint my furniture because it was so heavy. I devised a method to make this hutch high gloss with hardly any spray paint because I had to paint it inside.

If you’d like to see some of my other spray paint furniture methods you can take a look at my spray painted desk and coffee table.

Materials and instructions after the jump!

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Free Beach Bag Pattern

Free Beach Bag Pattern

Summer is almost here! That means long days and lots of time at the beach. Pack your towel, sunscreen, snacks and more in this Beach Bag Tote, completely lined and finished off with a magnetic snap. It’s easy to put together and can be made with relatively little fabric. I made mine with some yardage I bought for $1 at my favorite re-use center here in SF, Scrap.

So here’s the important info: This pattern is exclusively available on Craftsy. I love Craftsy as a resource for sewers and makers of all kinds so I like supporting them with the patterns that I make. All you have to do is follow this link, create a craftsy account if you don’t have one already and download the PDF instructions. And the best part is the pattern is 100% free!

Ready to download? Get the PDF Pattern & Instructions Here

DIY Beach Bag
This is a pic of the inside, fully lined!


New on Free Beach Bag Pattern
And one more for good measure…

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DIY Flour & Sugar Canisters

DIY Flour Canisters:

I drink a lot of coffee, and my favorite home made variety is the French Roast from Trader Joe’s. After a while, the empty canisters began to build up, but they were so pretty I couldn’t throw them out. Finally, I opted to recycle them and make colorful flour and sugar canisters I could reuse over and over. Materials and instructions after the jump:

read more » Turns One! Five Tips from My Year in the Craft Blog Trenches

5 tips for new craft bloggersEvery year, change seems to come my way in late February. It’s been four years since I moved to San Francisco, two years since I moved into my lovely Mission apartment, and one year since I got laid off from my corporate job and started this very blog. This post is coming to you late because I was sequestered in the woods on a meditation retreat, but the sentiments remain the same.

This blog has been an invaluable gift and learning process. I’ve taught myself through lots of Googling, Pinterest boards and trial and error to make beautiful things, do my own graphic design and of course make crafts and patterns. I’ll attempt to share some practical advice from my year in the paint and fabric trenches:

Get it out sooner rather than later: I can’t tell you how many times I was delayed in posting a project for weeks because I didn’t have anywhere to photograph or I needed to just edit the post. I can often breeze through the first 90% of a project, but struggle with the finishing touches. If you have just 10% more to finish and think, “I’ll finish it tomorrow.” Days can turn into weeks and before I knew it, nothing new had been posted on my blog in a while. It doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect. The wonderful thing about the Internet is that it’s a living document; it never stops being changed or rewritten. If you wake up to find a big typo in your post, no matter, fix it then. But at least you got it out there. More Tips after the jump!

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