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Make making envelopes easier

I've been making envelopes from old books, both for myself to use and to sell in my etsy shop. My current method often inexplicably yields crooked ones, plus I think there's a faster way to do this. Also, I've yet to track down peel-off adhesive strips that I can put on for people to close them. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Sep 15, 2016 - 9 answers

Save me from pain filled cabin fever with a new hobby?

What are some crafty things I can do with worsening chronic pain? What are some things I can do to distract that don't include what I'm already doing? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Sep 12, 2016 - 33 answers

YouTube channels that will inspire my 3-year-old daughter to make stuff

My 3-year-old daughter loves the Nerdy Nummies YouTube channel. It's a baking show with a bubbly host who makes a different pop-culture themed treat every week. I like that she is watching a show about a real person making stuff (instead of yet another cartoon), and it even inspires us to do projects in real life. I am looking for recommendations for similar shows, but for other types of projects she would like, such as papercrafts or painting. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Aug 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Name this font!

I'd like to use this font for a craft project but am not able to figure out what it is. Any ideas? Image is in this link.
posted by isaypotato on Jul 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Where can I buy this kind of silk fabric?

I am interested in purchasing patterned silk fabric, like the kind you see used in J Crew's kid's neck ties. Usually some kind of repeated pattern over a solid colored background. Kind of preppy looking. Does anyone know where you can get fabric like that? Is there some sort of secret underground network of suppliers in Italy or something? Thanks in advance!
posted by hellomina on Jun 20, 2016 - 5 answers

Finding temari in Tokyo

I'll be in Tokyo for a short visit next month and would really like to buy a couple temari, I've seen pictures online of really gorgeous ones, anyone have any idea where to find them in Tokyo?
posted by Cosine on Mar 27, 2016 - 1 answer

What to do with a beautiful old candy box?

I have a couple of empty boxes of Lindt Petites Merveilles which I had been using to store necklaces, but which are now too beat-up for the purpose. How to upcycle? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Mar 9, 2016 - 7 answers

I'll drive to Sandwich for a sandwich

I'm in Central Massachusetts and like stuff like Sowa in Boston. Art, antiques, craft, and food all together! Are there any other places like this within a couple hours of Central Massachusetts?
posted by ReluctantViking on Feb 19, 2016 - 9 answers

What's the title of this book about Valentine's Day crafts?

It was aimed at kids, probably published between the mid-1970s and the mid-80s. [more inside]
posted by Clotilde on Feb 15, 2016 - 5 answers

What is a gender neutral craft I can make from book pages?

I need to make an "I'm sorry" present. What are some gender neutral (or minimally feminine) crafts I can make from pages of a book? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jan 22, 2016 - 18 answers

Food Photography Surfaces

I've started to get into food photography and am interested in finding some cool surfaces to act as backgrounds for variety. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Dec 21, 2015 - 8 answers

It's only a paper flower

Where can I buy crepe paper (heavy sheets of crinkly stuff, not streamers and not tissue paper) and other flower-making supplies (floral wire, tape) in New York City? Today!
posted by the_blizz on Dec 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Knitting 101

Do you knit? Did you have absolutely no experience with knitting before you started? Do you remember how you learned? Knitters of MeFi, please share your wisdom! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Nov 25, 2015 - 32 answers

Can any crafters help me with my felt beasties?

I was wondering if any Metafilter crafters could help my wife out with a sewing problem she's having? Here's her question: "I make felt animals, usually of the jointed variety. I draw my own patterns and sew by hand, and it's been going fine up till now, but the last two creatures I made have both had a weird bunching at the neck. I've tried altering the width of the necks, the gussets, basting in advance, what-all, but I can't figure out what the problem is... [more inside]
posted by lucien_reeve on Nov 14, 2015 - 20 answers

....and a craftyyyyyyy new year!

In an attempt to avoid usual New Years Eve misery, a friend and I are planning a NYE Craft "Retreat". Now we just need to come up with the projects. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Nov 12, 2015 - 11 answers

How Do I Find My People (Who Buy Stuff)?

A spiritual follow-up to this question - I have a hobby that is producing stuff that people occasionally buy from my Etsy shop. After an initial flurry in the spring, sales have dried up over the summer. I feel like My People are out there - how do I find them without spending more time shilling than actually making stuff? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Sep 24, 2015 - 16 answers

making crochet, tying knots in the clothesline

Can you help me put together a list of crochet blogs and instructional videos that explain in painstaking detail -- like, looped super-close-up slow-motion detail -- how to a) stitch something other than Ch, Sc, and Dc and b) make some simple crocheted gifts? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Sep 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Where does the Muji store source their stamps?

The Muji stores in Palo Alto and San Jose (possibly others) have a stamp station where you can stamp their stationary, bags, etc. One of the self-inking stamps is an elephant. I want that stamp because it's awesome. But it is not for sale by Muji, and I was unable to locate their source (their employees didn't know either). Does anyone know if I can purchase these stamps, and if so, where?
posted by rjacobs on Aug 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Pet-health experts & leather-dye experts - completely normal question

Is it safe to make dog and cat toys from recycled leather* jackets and bags? Googling is not helping here. I feel like my little buddies would love some leather toys, and I could probably give or sell some to friends/neighbours, but I just want to be on the safe side. [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Aug 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Mystery Knot

I need help identifying a macrame knot so I can make a necklace. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Aug 10, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I add a logo to a tent?

I'd like to add a white logo/slogan to a standard nylon camping tent. What's the best way to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jul 2, 2015 - 14 answers

How can I get cheap used comics for a craft program?

I want to do a découpage program with cut-up comic books at my library. Where should I look in Brooklyn or Manhattan for cheap used comics, and are there other sources I should be looking at? Is it worth it to get a random lot from eBay? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on May 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Arts & Crafts for Artless Clutzes

I'd like to start doing some creative hands-on arts and crafts projects, but I'm pretty clueless and no good with my hands. What are some good, easy ideas for a beginner on a budget with too many popsicle sticks? List of "But"s inside! [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Apr 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Save me from my own big mouth and help me make this little passport

So I agreed to help with a "Library Passport" project which is going to be GREAT except I'm in a bit over my head, could use template help or item sourcing. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Apr 10, 2015 - 13 answers

Childhood arts and crafts I ca enjoy as an adult?

I am looking for things like colouring books, craft kits etc. which are marketed for children but might be more fun now, as a more competent adult. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 19, 2015 - 29 answers

How can I buy or make this type of cork-wrapped flask?

I'm trying to either buy or make a round-bottomed lab flask with a cork-covered neck. The object of my desire looks like this Kontes Kool-Grip round-bottomed model. Unfortunately they appear no longer to be made, at least as far as I can tell. Where can I find one, or failing that how can I put a very similar wrap on the neck of a regular flask? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Mar 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Flat Stanley would be perfect for this

I send monthly letters to my two-year-old nephew, and started included small crafts with them - origami, window stars, coffee filter snowflakes, a friendship bracelet. What are other small, flat-ish things that I can make for him? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Mar 14, 2015 - 15 answers

Movies about fanatics

What are some more movies about lives being consumed by objects or crafts? [more inside]
posted by dimejubes on Feb 27, 2015 - 33 answers

because thats what she like

This Pokémon thread is sort of an in-joke between my partner and I. So, where can I buy or commission a sour poffin for Valentine's Day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2015 - 8 answers

help me become Left Shark for Halloween

you probably now know left shark from the superbowl halftime show. I need to be that shark. help me be that shark. [more inside]
posted by nogoodverybad on Feb 3, 2015 - 12 answers

I got all my sisters with me! (bonding activities edition)

This month, my sisters and I will be living under one roof, for probably the last time. I would really like to make this time special somehow, either through activities, or some sort of commemorative craft. We are very close, but pretty busy during the week, with school and work. I feel like a month will go by fast. Please help me brainstorm, hivemind! [more inside]
posted by warm_planet on Feb 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Trying to sew two halves of two hats together.

I want to cut two hats in half and sew each half to the other (e.g. one half of the hat will be team A and the other half of the hat will be team B). How can I most effectively do this? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Jan 27, 2015 - 19 answers

Saving a baby hand print painted on cloth?

For Christmas, we were given her grandson's baby hand and foot prints painted on by acrylic paint. They are on a few cheap pot holders from Target or somewhere similar. I would like to preserve them but don't know much about crafts, so what would be the best way to save them to ensure they are around for years to come? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Dec 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Displaying my goals so only I can see them.

I'd really like to see my long-term goals every day, but I want to keep them private. How can I display them for myself? Decorative and phone app suggestions all welcome. [more inside]
posted by sockless on Dec 26, 2014 - 22 answers

What's the best glue to bond dry Fimo Air air-dry clay to an acorn cap?

Crafters, what's the best glue to glue an acorn nut made of dry Fimo Air Basic air-dry clay to the underside of an acorn cap? Is hot glue good enough? [more inside]
posted by Askr on Dec 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Message in a (Teeny Tiny) Bottle

What would you put in a tiny glass bottle pendant, sealed with a cork? I'm making them for Christmas presents and so far, one pendant contains tiny fossilized shark teeth and gold glass glitter. Another was filled with tiny river stones. Help me find other fillers! [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Dec 22, 2014 - 24 answers

Major "Antique Roadshow" score, or just plain cute?

Meet "Razzles" (our name for him). My son brought him home from a local (Connecticut) antique/junk shop last Christmas as a gift for his mom. [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Dec 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Beading gifts

My impossible-to-shop-for mother has gotten into beading this year. I know absolutely nothing about beading except that involves beads. What are some good gifts for a beading person -- things that she might not buy for herself? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Needles, yarn ... ??

My wife wants to learn to knit. What do I buy? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Nov 24, 2014 - 33 answers

Hotel crafting with a toddler?

I'm leaving for 20 days in a hotel room with a three year old in tow. At home, we do a lot of crafting, and I'd like to bring something to work on in the evenings that is safe around her, bonus if she can join in.As the three year old loves to unravel my knitting and can only sort-of crochet, is there something else? [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Nov 18, 2014 - 27 answers

Foraging free/cheap scrap hardwood, leather, & bones: where to look?

I have some craft and design projects I'd like to create with *quality* scrap hardwood, *quality* scrap leather, and game animal skulls/teeth/other bones. The bigger the wood/leather scraps the better. Other than Etsy suppliers, where are the best places in my community to try to look for these things and get them for little to no cost? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Nov 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Wooden salad bowls around Boston?

Where can I get a handmade wooden salad set (large bowls + smaller bowls) around the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for a new hobby to do at home, MANY restrictions

I'm casting about for a new at-home hobby, but need something that doesn't take up much space at all, doesn't require staring at a glowing screen or tax eyes much, and doesn't aggravate my RSI. [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 14, 2014 - 32 answers

What are your favorite videos of folks doing folksy things?

I've discovered that the missus and I really come together in our enjoyment of watching documentaries about interesting people doing interesting things in interesting ways. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Sep 27, 2014 - 23 answers

Seeking DIY holiday gifts to create: shoestring budget, expensive taste

I want to get to work ASAP on holiday gifts and am looking for your favorite DIY gift ideas that have fairly broad appeal. Would prefer they not be holiday themed, so that they're gifts people can enjoy year round, or at least longer than the holiday season. They will also need to be tailored to my shoestring budget, but still reflect a sense of 'expensive taste' (I like things to look and be nice, and know this can be done without spending much money). Details on my personal DIY and crafting skills inside, as well as examples of DIY gifts I've made in the past, inside. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Sep 26, 2014 - 16 answers

I want to knit... with wire... and soda tabs... please help me...

So, I've seen some knitting techniques that turn pop tops from soda cans into a nice material type substance for wardrobe accessories. I've also seen a chair someone made out of those same pop tops but with zip ties holding them together instead of the knitting yarn used in fashion items. Can you help me combine the two to make an amazing and unique chair? Specifically I need ideas for what type of wire/material to use for the joining of the poptabs but any help is welcome. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Aug 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Environmentally-friendly craft soap making

I am going to be getting soap making supplies (melt & pour process) as a gift for a family member. I know nothing about soap making - but I do know that the soaps should be as environmentally-friendly and as allergy-safe as possible. What kinds of ingredients should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by expialidocious on May 22, 2014 - 6 answers

I want to rebuild my grandparents' house... in miniature

I have a deeply nostalgic love for my grandparents' former home, a generic but beloved split level they lived in from the 1950s to mid 2000s. As an artist and crafter with an obsessive love for details, I have long noodled with the idea of making an incredibly accurate recreation of the house in miniature... but I struggle with where to start. Architectural models, dollhouses? What is the best route forward? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find these clip clasp thingies online!

I'm looking for a piece of hardware but don't know what it's called, making it very hard to find it online. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Crowdsourcing a quilt?

I want to have a quilt custom-made for a gift - I don't know anyone w/the time for hire, and want to be able to see some of the maker's work up front to get an idea of their skills (reviews from other customers would be a great bonus, too.) Is there a 99 Designs-style site that would let me crowdsource this project?
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 5, 2014 - 2 answers

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