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 / Crafts
Make It Yourself

Make It Yourself Spring - Summer 2017

Celebrate the handmade revolution with a brand-new magazine! Make It Yourself features ideas and instructions for more than 60 simple crafts using paper, yarn, jewelry findings, fabric, and upcycled components. Learn how to make projects reflecting the hottest trends, including handmade embroidery projects for personalized holiday, birthday, or baby gifts.

United States
Meredith Corporation
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1 min.
editors’ letter

FUN IN THE SUN Take our advice for the warm weather: Spend more time outdoors, relax with the kids, and renew your creativity. This issue of Make It Yourself™ includes more than 50 projects that are perfect for adding seasonal decor to your home, and for kicking back, getting your hands messy, and having fun learning new crafts. Grab a group of friends for adult craft camp (page 55). You’ll love our sophisticated versions of camp projects and even a hot dog bar. It’s the perfect way to relax and recharge. Keep kids busy with fun crafts using bright baking cups (page 26), or share a popular ‘80s craft—Shrinky Dinks—with them (page 20). They’ll love watching their own designs shrink in the oven. Bring the farmers market home with fresh projects featuring summer’s favorite fruits…

1 min.
social life

Treat Yourself (or a Friend) Create DIY scrubs, fizzes, and salts for a spa kit that makes a perfect gift for a birthday or Mother’s Day! Grab free printables and instructions: MakeItYourselfMagazine.com/SpaDay FIT TO A TEE Think T-shirts are just weekend wear? Transform old tees (or new ones in your fave colors) into trendy items to wear and use. Go to MakeItYourselfMagazine.com/TShirtCrafts for patterns. IT’S A FIESTA! Invite friends over for a Cinco de Mayo party with a taco-shape invite and bright tissue paper accents! Visit MakeItYourselfMagazine.com/Fiesta for free printables and instructions. WATCH AND LEARN Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see fast crafts, party-worthy projects, and easy spring decor like the basket wreath, above. Find us here: Bit.ly/MIYvideos STAY IN TOUCH ! MakeItYourselfMagazine.com facebook.com/MakeItYourselfMag pinterest.com/miymag instagram.com/miymag Bit.ly/MIYvideos…

2 min.
wish list

1. CORK & MESH Give your embroidery a distinctive look by stitching on a sheet of cork or metallic mesh. Each surface is wellsuited for stitching with embroidery floss or perle cotton. $6.99 for a 10×10" sheet; commonthread.us 2. SCALLOPED HOOPS Finally—embroidery hoops with flair! Each of these 3-D-printed, plastic scalloped hoops is available in a variety of colors and sizes, including 11?2" pendant, 41?2", or 6". Prices start at $10; etsy.com/shop/ starsandsunshine 3. BUTTERFLY PATTERN Capture a fluttering butterfly in stitches with this downloadable embroidery pattern. Includes a supply list, instructions to transfer the pattern to fabric, a detailed stitch guide, and stitching tips. $9.50; etsy.com/shop/ cinderandhoney 4. ERASABLE STAMP PAD Turn any rubber stamp into a temporary embroidery pattern using this erasable ink pad. Similar to a watersoluble ink pen, the stamped ink washes away…

2 min.
book club

1. POMPOMANIA Have a ball making imaginative pom-poms. Use the basics to make fun onecolor creations. Then take it to the next level with patterns and multiple colors to make irresistible sushi, pear, emoji, and other clever pom-pom projects. $16.96; Quadrille Publishing Ltd.; quadrille.com 2. CARE PACKAGES There’s no time like the present to brighten someone’s day with a thoughtful yet inexpensive care package. Find recipes for mailfriendly treats, crafty ideas for personalized gifts, and inspiring ideas for wrapping it all up. $24.99; Hardie Grant Books; hardiegrant.com 3. CREATIVE LEATHER JEWELRY Explore color, fashion, and the beauty of leather to create stylish jewelry you’ll love to wear. Cut, stamp, dye, paint, and sew leather to make over 20 projects including feathered, tasseled, and brightly colored earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. $19.95; Lark Crafts; larkcrafts.com 4. KNIT A…

3 min.
fyi with miy: paints and brushes

1. MARTHA STEWART CRAFTS CHALKBOARD PAINT Just two or three coats (with drying time in between) creates a chalkboard surface on your project. Condition the painted area by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over it and erasing it before using it as a chalkboard. 2. FOLKART ENAMEL PAINT Brush this paint directly on ceramic, glass, metal, or tile for an opaque, scratch-resistant color. Bonus: Once dried, it’s safe in the top rack of the dishwasher. 3. AMERICANA ACRYLIC PAINT Water-base and nontoxic, this paint covers most surfaces quickly and cleans up easily with soap and water. Acrylic paints can also come in a variety of specialty finishes, including glitter and metallic. 4. CHALK PAINT DECORATIVE PAINT BY ANNIE SLOAN This decorative paint covers most surfaces in one coat, creating a matte finish. It was…

4 min.
meet the maker

NICOLE DAKSIEWICZ @modernhandcraft Nicole Daksiewicz wasn’t always a quilter. But with a few basic sewing skills and a little one on the way, she faced the happy challenge of outfitting the baby’s nursery exactly the way she wanted. Unable to find readily available options to fit her colorful, modern style, Nicole took a hands-on approach, turning to blogs and free online tutorials to teach herself to make her first baby quilt for her son’s room. Fast-forward a few years, and Nicole has firmly fallen in love with the process of choosing fabrics and creating original, heirloom-quality quilts and patterns. Check out her designs at modernhandcraft.com and etsy.com/ shop/modernhandcraft. You can also follow her on Instagram at @modernhandcraft. How would you describe your style to someone who has never seen your work? “Colorful is the first…