Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tutorial: Earing Holder

Via the lovely Ms Megan.
1) Okay first your going to want to take your box. I used a Christmas light box.



2) Then you want to cut off the front of the box only.



3) Then glue the sides together so it is nice and sturdy. (I'm out of glue so I used tape but I HIGHLY recommend that you use glue)

4) Next Take your fabric and cut a piece big enough to cover the box.



5) Wrap up the box like a Christmas present. (Once again USE GLUE)



6) And there you have it! A cheap and easy earring holder.



Add embellishments, hang it on the wall, do whatever your heart pleases. Amanda reccomends using hot glue for this, and then finding an old frame or whatnot to (spray) paint some random color and then glue to the box.

Tutorial: Vase from Pony Beads

Via the lovely Ms Bean.

1) First get your stuff together.
Cookie Sheet, Tinfoil, about a pound of ponybeads. (I used mixed clear, but you can use any kind of plastic pony bead as long as it is not a painted ponybead, the paint burns.)



2)Line your pan with tinfoil or parchment paper



3) Put the beads on the pan, standing on end so that holes face up and down. This is the hard part. And, its not really hard just tedious. You can make designs or just do it random.



Do this on a counter close to the oven. I did it on the floor, in my room. Then I had to carry it from there to the kitchen and then I had to restand up some of the beads. Grr.


4) About half way thru this step turn your oven on to 375, and let it preheat.

So, carefully pick up the pan and put it GENTLY in the oven. if the beads fall over and you don't right them you will leave holes. Vases with holes don't hold water. but you can fix that later. but avoid it.

Now, check your pan after 10 minutes. Then after that you need to check it every 5 minutes until the beads are melted. You know its time when the holes are closed. if air bubble exist and you don't like it leave it in a little longer.



5)Okay, so work fast now. Take the pan out of the oven, and flip the melted beads and tinfoil over a wine bottle or whatever you have that you think will give you a good shape. Then using a pot holder work the beads into the shape you want.

See how i have the tinfoil down? SUCKAGE. It gives a better look, but its harder to get off, so its a toss up. Its not impossible, just as a warning. Do it either want.

Let it cool for a little bit, until you can handle it without it changing shape. Pull off all the tinfoil.

Flip it over.

Ta-da!




You are now done.

Unless, maybe you don't like the shape. If you don't like the shape, you can reheat it and try and move it some. Or use a heatgun. But, you could really fuck it up, so be careful and think about what gravity and heat is going to do when you reheat it.

And now you know! Feel free to send us pictures, video, whatever of your crafty creations!

Embroider-what?

So it seems to be a big thing these days, what the hell am I talking about? Embroidery! So seeing as it already exists and I'm too lazy to take pictures of me pulling my hair out as I make holes in perfectly good tshirts, I give you a tutorial via threadbangers. Awesome DIY site, although not always aimed towards the subversive DIYer. 
Of course it features sublime stitching- http://www.sublimestitching.com/
Awesome website for all your vintage-punk-rocka-whatever pattern needs.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Welcome!

Welcome to the official Bitches Sew Stitches blog. Your source of all things crafty with a bit of that edge you need. We're a bunch of crafters from all over, and this here is our attempt to inspire and encourage the DIY spirit that has seemed to fade so much. 
Check back for tutorials and more, with everything including but not limited to sewing (of course), cooking, crocheting, knitting, collage, painting, beading, embroidery, destroying things, creating things, and everything in between.