Category Archives: Tutorials

All How To projects from CraftHabit.com. Chalk full of DIY projects, Crafthabit.com is a craft and sewing tutorial blog with free patterns and step by step instructions for every post!

DIY Art Deco Furnature Refinishing

How to Restore an Art Deco Dresser: CraftHabit.com

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!

read more »

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

See how to make it after the jump! read more »

Stenciled Canister Makeover

Stenciled Canister Makeover : CraftHabit.com
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cabinets in my mother’s house that have since been painted over a modern white, these canisters became a tad worn and outdated, and were shoved into the attic many years ago.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!

read more »

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!

Are you Following Me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook yet?

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!

Are you Following Me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook yet?

read more »

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 CraftHabit.com: Free Beach Bag Pattern

And one more for good measure…

Are you Following Me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook yet?

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:

read more »

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

Get the Yoga Bag Pattern on Craftsy now →

DIY Yoga Bag

Are you Following Me on Pinterst, Twitter, and Facebook yet?

Thanks to the beautiful Sarah for being my model!

25 More Free Dress Patterns

25 More Free Dress Patterns - CraftHabit.com

One thing I absolutely love about the internet is the plethora of free resources on every subject under the sun, including sewing! The first 25 Free Dress Patterns post was so epically popular that I decided to compile another. Big thanks to Susan Akers for contributing my community Pinterest board and finding some awesome free patterns. Sew on, bargin hunters, sew on : )

Are you Following Me on Pinterst, Twitter, and Facebook yet?

read more »

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.

Are you Following Me on Pinterst, Twitter, and Facebook yet?

read more »