Category Archives: Crafting

DIY Flour & Sugar Canisters

DIY Flour Canisters: CraftHabit.com

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:

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Yoga Mat Bag Pattern

Yoga Mat Bag PatternGet the Yoga Bag Pattern on Craftsy now →

I’m a pretty typical San Franciscan. I love farmers markets, the liberal media, parades celebrating gay people, parades celebrating straight people, expensive coffee, start-ups, gourmet ice cream in 50 degree weather, mindfulness, etc etc etc. There’s one stereotype I haven’t quite bought into until now, and that’s yoga. Why be stuck in a studio when you can jog outside? I resisted until I found out that the studio around the corner from my house offers beginner classes, and now I’m a total convert.

I got tired of schlepping around my yoga mat (even around the corner), so I made this cheerful yoga bag from fabric in my collection, and I’m selling the pattern for it on Craftsy.  Some cool things about this pattern:

  • Made to fit any standard yoga mat
  • Features a colorful contrasting top
  • Made with just 1 1/4 yards of fabric
  • Features a wide strap that can be worn over-the-shoulder or cross-body
  • Ties close with simple cording

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DIY Yoga Bag

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Thanks to the beautiful Sarah for being my model!

DIY Valentines Message in a Bottle

DIY Valentines Message in a Bottle

When thinking about the perfect project to post for Valentines Day, I was coming up empty. I could make a pretty card, some heart decorated t-shirts, or better yet, candy. It just felt as if I had seen all these things done a million times before a million times better. Then, when shopping in my favorite reuse center for a craft class I was going to teach, I came across these tiny glass bottles with flimsy plastic lids. “These would be great,” I thought “if they had a prettier cork to top them off.” I could whittle down a cork to fit and make a simple, adorable message in a bottle for Valentines Day.

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DIY Jewelry Tree

DIY Jewelry Tree - Crafthabit.com

Not too long ago, my lovely sister, Jill,  made her own jewelry tree for her vast collection of necklaces and earrings and she let me post it on this here blog. I guess craftiness runs in the family : ). See materials and instructions after the jump.

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The Best Posts of 2012

Best-of-2012-Crafthabit2012 was a great year filled with paint, fabric and flour. These are my 12 favorite posts from this year including free dress patterns, painting tutorials and more. Enjoy after the jump : )

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DIY Mercury Glass Votives

DIY Mercury Glass Votives

It’s the time of year for cozy blankets and books by candle light. I’ve turned cheap glass votives into imitation silver and gold mercury glass with just a couple materials and few steps.  It’s an affordable project that adds a little charm to your holiday party! More after the jump.

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What I’ve Been up to…

Craft Habit Designs

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been a little remiss (aka absolutely terrible) at updating my blog in the last few months. I’ve been working on an exciting new segment of Craft Habit, housewares and pretty things made by me in the style and aesthetic of this very blog. I call my new shop Craft Habit Designs.

I’ve been working endlessly at my sewing machine for months to get ready for this holiday season and I’ve actually done it. I built my etsy store and gotten my work into three well-know craft fairs in the SF Bay Area. The process has been exciting and stressful, but mostly I’m just proud of myself that I launched in such a short amount of time.

I had a great deal of help from Springboard SF, a program that helps creative people get their side projects or businesses launched. I could not have launched Craft Habit Designs without the tremendous amount of clarity and inspiration the program provided me.

You can catch me weekend at the KPFA Crafts Fair or next at the SF Holiday Market, both in San Francisco. If you don’t find yourself in San Francisco at this very moment, you can still do your holiday shopping on my Etsy shop and I can ship all over the world! There will be more tutorials, patterns and general crafty goodness once all this holiday craziness subsites. I’d like to wish all of my readers the best, most fulfilling holidays and a rocking new year!

One Skein Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Knit an Infinity Scarf

So it’s the warmest time of the year here in San Francisco (aka 85 degrees), but the weather can turn  quickly and drastically. Scarves are a staple in our windy city, and I’ll bet I’ll be needing this one in the next couple of weeks.  I’ve created this simple infinity scarf pattern that can be made from just one yarn skein, based on the cowl scarf tutorial I did earlier this year.  Mine isn’t perfect (I drop a lot of stitches) but I hope you can make it better than I can! Materials and instructions after the jump!

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Colorful Dreamcatcher Tutorial

How to Make a Colorful DreamcatcherIn my spare time, I teach at an after school program for elementary school kids. Every week, I get to come up with fun projects for them to do that take no more than an hour. I’ve revamped the traditional dreamcatcher with neon feathers and fun ribbon. See the tutorial after the jump!

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50+ Fall DIY Projects

Autumn Fall DIY Projects

Fall is very much upon us, even in San Francisco where we’ve been known to have extended warmth into the autumn months. It’s time to bundle up in your hand crocheted booties from Craftsy, collect some acorns for your wreath project and fall into a pile of dried leaves. Enjoy more than 50 curated tutorials and goodies that are just perfect for this time of year. More after the jump…

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