Saturday, September 29, 2012

How to make a Scarf Neck Cardigan from a Long Sleeve T-Shirt!


Good morning, crafty people. It's another great Saturday for a new episode of Make Your Mark. Today, I'm showing you all how to turn a long sleeve t-shirt into a cool cardigan worthy of your fave department store. Best part? Simple stitching! This project is SEW EASY, you'll love it!  Here's what I made:
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Final
Full on!  Doesn't this look comfy?
A close-up of the neckline....I'm wearing this to the movies!

Here's What You'll Need:

Sewing Machine
Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Knit Fabric (1 Yard)
Scissors
Matching Thread
Fabric Chalk
Ruler
Straight Pins

Here's how:

1. Fold your t-shirt exactly in half.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 1
2. Carefully cut up the center front of the t-shirt.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 2
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 2a
3. Trim around the neck.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 3
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 3a
4. Measure from hem to hem.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 4
5. Cut a scarf that is 12" wide by 60" long
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 5
6. Pin the scarf evenly around the neckline, starting at the center back.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 6
7. Continue pinning the scarf down the rest of the shirt's center / neckline.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 7
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 7a
8. Stitch the scarf to the neckline.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 8
9. Make a pocket pattern, 4"x 6".
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 9
10. Trace and cut two pockets.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 10
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 11a
11. Fold over 1" on each pocket and pin.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 12
12. Stitch down the fold.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 13
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 13a
13. Pin your pockets onto your cardigan.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 14
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 14a
14. Stitch your pockets onto the cardigan.
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano Stage 15
And that's it!
Scarf Neck Cardigan DIY Tutorial by Mark Montano
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Friday, September 28, 2012

FISKARS FRIDAY IS HERE!


FISKARS FRIDAY, ONLY 3 RULES TO ENTER!  GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! We all know Fiskars has the best cutting tools in town so enter and WIN! 
RULES
1. LIKE and comment on the Fiskars FB page that I sent you!
2. SHARE on your FB page about the contest (by pressing SHARE)
3. Subscribe to my Youtube page and leave a comment on a video.

Happy Fiskars Friday! Leave a comment here and say hello if you want, I'd love to hear from you, too. :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's GLITTER BLAST TUESDAY! Your chance to win some great stuff from Krylon!

Hello all of you amazing people! I've got some great new updates about our bi-monthly contest for Krylon GLITTER BLAST!! Our contest used to be JUST Glitter Blast spray paint! But now Krylon has graciously decided to add a few special pieces to make this the most ULTIMATE CRAFT KIT, ever! So enjoy Glitter Blast Tuesday!  Here's what you get, and how you can enter (and win):  
  1. All of the colors of Glitter Blast spray paint from KRYLON
  2. Several colors of Stained Glass Paint
  3. The amazing Chalkboard paint!
Kadi DeJardin's package from last week.  She photographed it and sent it to us! Kadi DeJardin's Winning Krylon Color Blast Pack Just a few simple rules to enter.  GOOD LUCK!  And may the glitter be with you....

RULES

  1. SHARE this on your FB page (by pressing SHARE)
  2. LIKE and COMMENT on the KRYLON FB page that I sent you!
  3. SUBSCRIBE to my YOUTUBE PAGE and comment on a video.
Keep an eye out for the winner.  I'll post it here and on my FB page. It helps if you can leave a way for me to contact you, too! It's not a rule this week, but subscribe to my blog if you haven't.  I'd love to have you here!

Monday, September 24, 2012

How to Make a Beaded Zip Tie Necklace Tutorial


Who doesn’t love beautiful, colorful necklaces! This project is especially great if you’ve got some extra beads hanging around from your leftover kid’s projects. This project only requires a couple of items, so it’s definitely a must-make if you love making your own bling! Speaking of BLING, if you want more crafty DIY jewelry ideas, be sure to Pre-Order YOUR COPY of the Big Ass Book of Bling, which comes out in November. Here's the video tutorial:




Either way, I still think this necklace looks better on the mannequin than me!!  For those of you that still like bloggy tutorials, here’s the overview on how to make it:

YOU’LL NEED:

Colorful Beads (About 500)
Ribbon
Scissors
Thin Nylon Zip Ties

HERE’S HOW:

1. Place 12-13 Beads on a Zip-Tie!

2. You need 36 Beaded Zip-Ties to finish this project, so keep beading!
3. Close a single Zip Tie to make a link.
4. Cut the excess off.
5. Keep adding links to make a chain, being sure to cut off the excess.
The first chain should be 13 links long.
6. Make a second chain of 12 links.
7. Make a third chain of 11 links.
8. Bead two more Zip Ties with 18 beads each.
9. Link the end of the three chains together with the 18-bead ties
10. Cut two pieces of 20″ long ribbon.
11. Tie them to the two large links.
12. Tie the ribbon in a bow, and voila! Beaded Zip Tie necklace!
For more ideas on crafty jewelry DIY projects, pre-order your copy of the Big Ass Book of Bling here:


Thursday, September 20, 2012

He Crafts She Crafts......Paris Night Light

PARIS NIGHT LIGHT-He Crafts
My friend Stephenie www.mycraftyadventures.com loves to challenge me with the simplest things for our HE CRAFTS SHE CRAFTS blog posts.  Sometimes I'm completely inspired with our objects and other times it's a test of my creative will.  This project was no exception.  You see, Steph has a terrific ability to make everything pretty, lacey, colorful and wonderful.  I almost immediately go for a can of paint and a drill!  This time I decided to use flowers and lace and see if I could marry my two styles with this simple standing frame and turn it in to something interesting.  I came up with a night light.

 REVERSIBLE FRAME-She Crafts
This is what Stephenie came up with and I love it.  It's a reversible frame with photos on each side.  So smart!  Make sure to head over to her blog and see how she made it and leave a comment! We'll pick a winner to receive some goodies (and one of my books)!
www.mycraftyadventures.com
You'll need
Standing frame (this one is from Ikea)
Postcard of a night scene that has some sky
Night light (got mine at the 99c store)
Black Krylon spray paint
E-6000 glue and hot glue
Bows, ribbons, flowers, lace
Small extension cord
Sandpaper
 Sand the image off of the nightlight
 Open your frame
 Cut your postcard down to size
 Poke holes in the sky part of the postcard with a pin
Spray paint your frame and let dry
Frame the postcard and then glue the nightlight to the back of the frame behind the postcard
 Glue on your embellishments with either hot glue or E-6000 and let dry
Add an extension cord and then plug in your night light
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