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Video Tutorial: Organize Your Embroidery Floss

Video Tutorial: Organize Your Embroidery Floss

Hello, friends! I made you a video tutorial all about organizing embroidery floss (because I’m a giant geek). Hooray! Read more

Recipe: Super-Easy Quick Pickles | Red-Handled Scissors

Recipe: Super-Easy Quick Pickles

For the past two weeks, I have been drowning in cucumbers from my local CSA. So, think of this quick pickles recipe as equal parts… Read more

Project Update: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed with Bernat Blanket Big Yarn | Red-Handled Scissors

Project Update: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed with Bernat Blanket Big Yarn

Remember when I made that crocheted cat bed, and my cats absolutely fell in love? I revisited the project. But, with the most ridiculous yarn… Read more

Pussyhat Upgrade: March for Science Duplicate Stitching | Red-Handled Scissors

Pussyhat Upgrade: March for Science Duplicate Stitching

March for Science + Earth Day: Update your pussyhat to show your support for science-based reality with my March for Science duplicate stitching tutorial! Read more

Tutorial: Basic Pussyhat Knitting Pattern | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Basic Pussyhat Knitting Pattern

Know what the world probably doesn’t need? Another pussyhat knitting pattern. And, yet, here we are. Worked in the round, grafted top, about 4 hrs… Read more

Get Your Geek On: Doctor Who-Inspired Cross-Stitch Valentines | Red-Handled Scissors

Get Your Geek On: Doctor Who-Inspired Cross-Stitch Valentines

Having an “Oh @#$%, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow!” moment? Love a geek? I’ve got you covered with these Doctor Who-inspired cross-stitch valentines. Read more

Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler | Red-Handled Scissors

Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

As a pro crafter and cross-stitch pattern designer, I was pretty much required to design a “Nevertheless, she persisted.” cross-stitch sampler, right? Read more

Pattern: Doctor Who-Inspired Time Lord Cross-Stitch Valentine | Red-Handled Scissors

Pattern: Doctor Who-Inspired Time Lord Cross-Stitch Valentine

Looking for the perfect DIY card for that special Time Lord or Time Lady? Stitch up your own Doctor Who-inspired Time Lord cross-stitch valentine with… Read more

Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP - The Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop + Giveaway | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Lengthen a Too-Short Skirt with EPP – The Diamond-y EPP Blog Hop + Giveaway

Have a skirt that’s just a little too short? English paper piecing can help! (Really!) Lengthen a hemline in true stitcher style with 60-degree diamond… Read more

Tutorial: Beer Bottle Watering Globe for Houseplants and Container Gardens | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Beer Bottle Watering Globe for Houseplants and Container Gardens

Going on a weekend trip? Want to prevent wilting during hot summer weather? Keep thirsty plants happy with a quick and easy DIY beer bottle… Read more

Ode to Thread Heaven: Savior of My Hands and My Sanity | Red-Handled Scissors

Ode to Thread Heaven: Savior of My Hands and My Sanity

Thread Heaven: A magical thread and embroidery floss conditioner that is solely responsible for saving both my hands and my sanity. (With a how-to video!) Read more

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Goldfish Bowl Poodle Skirt with AccuQuilt GO! Big

Disclosure: AccuQuilt kindly provided the GO! Big electric fabric cutter and GO! Big circle die for this project. Love the look of retro 1950s-inspired style?… Read more

Tools: How to Use Thread Snips | Red-Handled Scissors

Tools: How to Use Thread Snips

Thread snips–also called thread nippers, thread clippers, and thread cutters–are-handy little scissors to have in your craft room. Here’s how to use them! Read more

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Half Square Triangle Hand Warmers | Red-Handled Scissors

Last-Minute Gift Idea: Half Square Triangle Hand Warmers

Looking for a last-minute handmade holiday gift? Give your loved ones warm hands and warm hearts with a cozy set of quilting-inspired half square triangle… Read more

Tutorial: Resin Thread Spool Bracelet | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Resin Thread Spool Bracelet

Turn mini wooden thread spools into a custom resin bangle bracelet with this detailed tutorial! Read more

A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit | Red-Handled Scissors

A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit

After spending the summer living in my perfect summer skirt, I decided that it was time to tackle a go-to pattern for a fitted a-line… Read more

Clothes Moths: How to Save Your Yarn Stash, Fabric, Wardrobe, and Sanity During an Infestation | Red-Handled Scissors

Clothes Moths: How to Save Your Yarn Stash, Fabric, Wardrobe, and Sanity During an Infestation

The unvarnished truth about how to save your stuff when a clothes moth infestation is definitely already happening. Read more

Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Simple Fabric Armrest Covers

Fabric armrest covers: the dirty little secret of confirmed cat ladies everywhere! Okay, okay. They’re not really just for cat ladies. Whether it’s pets, kids,… Read more

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants

Can’t bring yourself to throw away beautiful thread ends/floss scraps? Turn those lovely leftovers into resin sewing thread and embroidery floss pendants! Read more

Tutorial Update: Plus Size Fit Guide for the Perfect Summer Skirt! | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial Update: Plus Size Fit Guide for the Perfect Summer Skirt!

I’ve added a fancy new plus size fit guide to my Perfect Summer Skirt (with Pockets) tutorial! (Huge thanks to Amy at Knitty for her… Read more

Tutorial: Giant Hexie Flower Lap Quilt - 12 Hexies (or Less) Blog Hop | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Giant Hexie Flower Lap Quilt – 12 Hexies (or Less) Blog Hop

I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite thing to make: the giant hexie flower lap quilt! (Also affectionately known as the big-ass hexie… Read more

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit

Love your English Paper Piecing Travel Kit? Enhance your on-the-go quilting experience with a handy little pincushion designed specifically to snap onto the pocket of… Read more

Tutorial: Perfect Summer Skirt (with Pockets!) | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Perfect Summer Skirt (with Pockets!)

Love a skirt with pockets? Sew a custom summer skirt of your very own with this beginner-friendly elastic-waist skirt sewing tutorial! Read more

Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights | Red-Handled Scissors

Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights

Yarn running amok? Tights looking rough? Great! Keep your balls of yarn tidy in the toes of a pair of (clean) old tights! Read more

Knitting and Crocheting with a Plan | Red-Handled Scissors

Knitting and Crocheting with a Plan

When you’re knitting or crocheting in the real world (read: with all manor of kids, pets, co-workers, friends, and spouses underfoot), there are tons of… Read more

Video Tutorial: Crocheted Metal Washer Pattern Weights | Red-Handled Scissors

Video Tutorial: Crocheted Metal Washer Pattern Weights

What do huge hunks of metal need more than anything else in the world? Cozies. (Obviously.) Solution: My crocheted metal washer pattern weights tutorial! Read more

Pattern: Geometric Color Block Cross-Stitch iPhone Case | Red-Handled Scissors

Pattern: Geometric Color Block Cross-Stitch iPhone Case

When it comes to cross-stitch and embroidery, I’ve always been drawn to geometric and repeating patterns, especially those found in styles like laid work and… Read more

TZoM on Threadbanger: Crochet Basics with Twinkie Chan + Haley | Red-Handled Scissors

TZoM on Threadbanger: Crochet Basics with Twinkie Chan + Haley

What happens when the Threadbanger crew comes over to play? A whole lot of yarn-y awesomeness, that’s what! Check out the super-adorable Twinkie Chan and… Read more

Printable: Watercolor Crochet Stitch Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors

Printable: Watercolor Crochet Stitch Wall Art

I’ve always loved the look of DIY-related illustrations, especially the ones in yarn crafting and embroidery books. So, last week, on the heels of a… Read more

Crafting 101: How to Clean and Oil Your Scissors | Red-Handled Scissors

Crafting 101: How to Clean and Oil Your Scissors

How long has it been since you’ve cleaned and oiled your scissors? (Hint: If you can’t remember, it’s been way too long!) Read more

Knitting Pattern: Easy Grownup Pixie Hat | Red-Handled Scissors

Knitting Pattern: Easy Grownup Pixie Hat

Fact: I am a grown woman, and I wear an adorable hand-knitted pixie hat in public. (I mean, why should kids have all the fun?)… Read more

Tutorial: Simple Lavender Sachets with the AccuQuilt GO! Baby | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Simple Lavender Sachets with the AccuQuilt GO! Baby

Protect your closet, fabric totes, and yarn stash from pesky fiber-eating moths—and keep things smelling clean and fresh while you’re at it—with a set of… Read more

Tutorial: Mini Hexie Necklace

Tutorial: Mini Hexie Necklace

Attention quilting geeks: You need an adorable mini hexie necklace, right? Stitch your own fabric EPP jewelry! Read more

English Paper Piecing Tutorial Series | Red-Handled Scissors

English Paper Piecing Tutorial Series

Just in time for the weather to turn cooler, all three parts of my English paper piecing tutorial series are live and ready for budding… Read more

Tutorial: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit, Hexies Part 3 | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit, Hexies Part 3

Hexie obsessed? Get your quilting fix on the go with part 3 of my English Paper Piecing tutorial series: the English paper piecing travel kit!… Read more

Recipe: Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee | Red-Handled Scissors

Recipe: Mason Jar Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee is my dirty little morning secret: It’s easy, it’s strong, it’s versatile, and it’s a whole lot smoother and less acidic than… Read more

Tutorial: English Paper Piecing, Hexies Part 2 | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: English Paper Piecing, Hexies Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my English paper piecing series! In this tutorial, we’ll be joining seven of the hexagon pieces that you made in… Read more

Tutorial: English Paper Piecing, Hexies Part 1 | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: English Paper Piecing, Hexies Part 1

Got fabric scraps? Get quilting! Jumpstart your hexie obsession with my free 1" hexagon template and part one in my English paper piecing tutorial series!… Read more

Friday Internet Crushes: Dad Craft Roundup | Red-Handled Scissors

Friday Internet Crushes: Dad Craft Roundup

Looking for last-minute gift ideas for Father’s Day? Give a little handmade goodness to the awesome men in your life with my roundup of four… Read more

Organize: Cross-Stitch Storage Canisters | Red-Handled Scissors

Organize: Cross-Stitch Storage Canisters

A few simple, easy-access organization bins can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your craft supplies neat and at the ready, but,… Read more

Friday Internet Crushes: Summer Fabric Printing Roundup | Red-Handled Scissors

Friday Internet Crushes: Summer Fabric Printing Roundup

Start the long weekend out right with four of my favorite fabric printing projects from right here on Red-Handled Scissors! Read more

Tutorial: Stabilizing Crocheted Buttons | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Stabilizing Crocheted Buttons

Crocheted buttons are a pretty finishing touch to any knitting or crochet project, but they can also be flimsy and hard to use. Luckily, you… Read more

Tutorial: Crocheted Pocket Change Pattern Weights | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Crocheted Pocket Change Pattern Weights

Turn pocket change and yarn scraps into colorful, easy to make sewing pattern weights with this quick and simple crochet pattern! Read more

Earth Week Roundup: 6 Green and Upcycled Projects | Red-Handled Scissors

Earth Week Roundup: 6 Green and Upcycled Projects

Welcome to this year’s Earth Week roundup on TZoM! Here are six of my favorite green and upcycling tutorials from the past year, plus a… Read more

Tessellating TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | Red-Handled Scissors

Tessellating TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern

Geek crafts get a little more grown up with my new Doctor Who-inspired [not quite] Tessellating TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern with printable PDF template!… Read more

Friday Internet Crushes: Embroidery on the Go | Red-Handled Scissors

Friday Internet Crushes: Embroidery on the Go

Keep your embroidery projects clean, organized, and portable with this roundup of six travel-ready stitching tutorials! Read more

Recipe: Awesome Vegan Alfredo Sauce | Red-Handled Scissors

Recipe: Awesome Vegan Alfredo Sauce

I don’t generally post about food, but after receiving tons of requests on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve finally decided to share my recipe for vegan… Read more

Doctor Who Craft Tutorial Roundup | Red-Handled Scissors

Doctor Who Craft Tutorial Roundup

The second part of Doctor Who series 7 starts on Saturday, and I’m definitely excited. (I never could resist a mad man with a box,… Read more

Tutorial: Wine Cork Button Stamp | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Wine Cork Button Stamp

Crafts and booze? What could be better?! Imbibe, then get your make on with this quick and easy wine cork button stamp tutorial. Supplies: *… Read more

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed

Looking for a quirky, modern cat bed for your four-legged favorites? Make a super bulky crocheted cat bed! Read more

Pattern: Dalek Cross-Stitch Valentine | Red-Handled Scissors

Pattern: Dalek Cross-Stitch Valentine

Hello once again, geeky valentines! Need a last-minute card for your favorite companion? Skip the sappy stuff and get straight to the point with my… Read more

Downton Abbey-Inspired Dowager Countess Embroidery Pattern | Red-Handled Scissors

Downton Abbey-Inspired Dowager Countess Embroidery Pattern

“Edith, dear, you’re a woman with a brain and reasonable ability; stop whining and find something to do!”—Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham I’m just… Read more

Tutorial: Measuring Tape Bracelet | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Measuring Tape Bracelet

Show of your DIY cred—and put some of those extra notions to good use—with my measuring tape bracelet tutorial! Read more

Tutorial: Mini Crocheted Snowflake Necklace | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Mini Crocheted Snowflake Necklace

Handy with a steel crochet hook? Add some teeny tiny holiday cheer to your wardrobe with this mini crocheted snowflake necklace pattern and tutorial! They’re… Read more

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas: 4 Projects to Make in 5 Days | Red-Handled Scissors

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas: 4 Projects to Make in 5 Days

Attention last-minute crafters: Christmas may only be 5 days away, but you still have time to give handmade! Here are four DIY holiday gift ideas… Read more

Tutorial: Fancy Felt Soles for Crocheted Slippers | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Fancy Felt Soles for Crocheted Slippers

Add fancy DIY felt soles with no-slip grips to your favorite knitted or crocheted slippers! Read more

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas: 4 Projects to Make in Two Weeks | Red-Handled Scissors

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas: 4 Projects to Make in Two Weeks

Christmas is only two weeks away, but don’t you worry your crafty little head! Here are four DIY holiday gift ideas that you can whip… Read more

Tutorial: Crochet Embroidery | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Crochet Embroidery

Add eye-catching embroidered embellishments to your knit and crochet projects with this simple crochet embroidery tutorial! Read more

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas: 4 Projects to Make in a Month | Red-Handled Scissors

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas: 4 Projects to Make in a Month

With just under a month to go before Christmas, we’re already up to our eyebrows in holiday making. If you’re still looking for a few… Read more

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Acorn Block Printed Napkins

Make a set of autumn-inspired acorn-patterned cloth napkins with my new block printed napkin tutorial and free downloadable template! Read more

Craft Photography Tips: Take Better Tutorial Photos Blog Hop | Red-Handled Scissors

Craft Photography Tips: Take Better Tutorial Photos Blog Hop

As you may have noticed from this week’s photo retouch tutorial, I’m participating in a week-long blog hop of craft photography tips featuring Sister Diane… Read more

Election Day Bonus Craft: Mini "Vote" Bunting | Red-Handled Scissors

Election Day Bonus Craft: Mini “Vote” Bunting

☆ Happy Election Day, fellow crafty Americans! Now, get thee to the polls! ☆ Bonus Election Day craft: Just in case you’re in need of… Read more

Tutorial: Retouching Spots & Stains in Your Craft Photos with iPhoto and Photoshop | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Retouching Spots & Stains in Your Craft Photos with iPhoto and Photoshop

This is the first post in a week-long craft photography blog hop featuring Sister Diane from CraftyPod, Megan from RadMegan, Stacey from FreshStitches, Michele from… Read more

Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Striped Slippers

Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Striped Slippers

Make a cozy pair of crocheted slippers with this quick and easy rainbow striped slipper tutorial! Read more

Tutorial: Sewing Awl Bookbinding | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Sewing Awl Bookbinding

Every crafter needs a good notebook on hand for jotting down ideas and planning projects, but did you know that it’s really easy to make… Read more

Tutorial: Modern Block Printed Napkins | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Modern Block Printed Napkins

Make a set of quirky cloth napkins with a modern spoon, fork, and knife pattern with my new block printed napkin tutorial and free downloadable… Read more

Tutorial: Embroidered Typography Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Embroidered Typography Wall Art

I stitched this piece of embroidered typography wall art for my graphic designer husband as a gift for our third anniversary. (It was yesterday! Hooray!)… Read more

Tutorial: Quick and Easy Fabric Printing | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Quick and Easy Fabric Printing

Create your own custom fabric with my quick and easy fabric printing tutorial! I love my bright, bold snail fabric, and I can’t wait to… Read more

Tutorial: Embroidered Needle Case with Scrapbooking Attitude | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Embroidered Needle Case with Scrapbooking Attitude

I’m not usually a scrapbooker, but when I saw Scrapbooking Attitude printable film, I knew it had huge creative potential—even for non-paper crafters! I wanted… Read more

Sewing 101: French Seams Tutorial for CRAFT | Red-Handled Scissors

Sewing 101: French Seams Tutorial for CRAFT

Just in time to celebrate National Sewing Month, I’ve got a new Sewing 101 tutorial up on CRAFT: Sewing 101: French Seams! If you haven’t… Read more

Tutorial: Tea Love Mugs with Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint and Stencils | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Tea Love Mugs with Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint and Stencils

Painting glass just got a whole lot easier with Plaid’s new Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make… Read more

Tutorial: Cold Brew Coffee with Reusable Coffee Bag for CRAFT | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Cold Brew Coffee with Reusable Coffee Bag for CRAFT

My cold brew coffee recipe—complete with reusable coffee bag tutorial—is now up on CRAFT: Project: Cold Brew Coffee with Reusable Coffee Bag Go take a… Read more

Tutorial: 2-in-1 Flower Pincushion | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: 2-in-1 Flower Pincushion

Dreaming of a pincushion that’s both useful and pretty? My 2-in-1 flower pincushion tutorial will show you how to make an appliqued pincushion that attaches… Read more

Tutorial: Colorful Bunting Greeting Card for Craftzine.com

Tutorial: Colorful Bunting Greeting Card for Craftzine.com

It’s always nice to have a handmade card or two tucked away, ready to pull out for special events or handwritten hellos. So, inspired by… Read more

Video: Dyeing Yarn with Sharpie Markers at Lion Brand Yarn | Red-Handled Scissors

Video: Dyeing Yarn with Sharpie Markers at Lion Brand Yarn

Did you know that you can dye your own custom yarn with Sharpie markers and a little bit of water? If the answer is no,… Read more

Tutorial: Altoids Tin Travel Embroidery Kit for Craftzine.com | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Altoids Tin Travel Embroidery Kit for Craftzine.com

My Altoids Tin Travel Embroidery Kit tutorial is now on CRAFT! Altoids tins are an easy way to keep your embroidery supplies organized, no matter… Read more

Tutorial: Washi Tape Barrettes | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Washi Tape Barrettes

Love washi tape? Turn your collection into fun, colorful barrettes with this washi tape barrette tutorial! Paper tape barrettes easy to make, and they’re the… Read more

Tutorial: Block Printed Cat Pattern T-Shirt | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Block Printed Cat Pattern T-Shirt

Try your hand at bold, modern block printing with my block printed cat pattern t-shirt tutorial! This simple DIY method is fun and easy! Read more

Tutorial: Living Air Plant Brooch for Craftzine.com | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Living Air Plant Brooch for Craftzine.com

My air plant brooch tutorial is now on CRAFT: Project: Living Air Plant Brooch. Hooray for wearable air plants! Project: Living Air Plant Brooch From… Read more

Tutorial: Shrink Plastic Nerd Glasses Pendant | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Shrink Plastic Nerd Glasses Pendant

Display your geek pride to the world! Make your own shrink plastic nerd glasses pendant with my free printable PDF pattern and tutorial. Supplies: *… Read more

Craft Tip: 4 Ways to Cross-Stitch Stamp on Fabric | Red-Handled Scissors

Craft Tip: 4 Ways to Cross-Stitch Stamp on Fabric

In addition to paper crafting, did you know that you can use your mini cross-stitch stamp to print on fabric too? In this post, I’ll… Read more

Craft Tip: Perfect Cross-Stitch Stamp Placement | Red-Handled Scissors

Craft Tip: Perfect Cross-Stitch Stamp Placement

You’ve carved your cross-stitch stamp, so now it’s time to learn how to position those stamped stitches. My method for perfect cross-stitch stamp placement for… Read more

Tutorial: Mini Chain Stitch Stamp | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Mini Chain Stitch Stamp

The second stitch in my embroidery stitch stamp series is chain stitch! Carve your own mini chain stitch stamp to add pretty borders and textures… Read more

Tutorial: Keyboard Key Tie Tack or Lapel Pin | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Keyboard Key Tie Tack or Lapel Pin

Need a handmade gift for your best geeky guy? Check out my Keyboard Key Tie Tack or Lapel Pin tutorial over on FaveCrafts! Geek Crafts:… Read more

Tutorial: Mini Cross-Stitch Stamp | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Mini Cross-Stitch Stamp

Like to get stitchy? Carve your own mini cross-stitch stamp, and add a touch of cross-stitch inspired design to your favorite paper and fabric crafts!… Read more

Tutorial: Modern Tie Dye Striped Summer Scarf | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Modern Tie Dye Striped Summer Scarf

Give your tie dye skills a modern makeover with Tulip Tie Dye and my new striped summer scarf tie dye tutorial! In this project, you’ll… Read more

Tutorial: Wooden Spool Earrings | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Wooden Spool Earrings

Sewing geeks, represent: Enhance your crafty fashion cred with a pair of wooden thread spool earrings made with real mini spools! Wooden spool earrings are… Read more

Tutorial: Ribbon Bow Hair Clips | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Ribbon Bow Hair Clips

Got five minutes and a roll of ribbon? Make a cute set of ribbon bow hair clips with this quick and simple tutorial! Supplies: *… Read more

Tutorial: Faux Turquoise Polymer Clay Beaded Necklace | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Faux Turquoise Polymer Clay Beaded Necklace

Love the turquoise trend? Bake up some big, bold faux turquoise polymer clay beads and create your own stylish summer statement necklace! Supplies: * Polymer… Read more

Tutorial: Painted TARDIS Keys | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Painted TARDIS Keys

Turn your house keys into a geeky work of art with this Doctor Who-inspired painted TARDIS key tutorial! Painted keys are way more fun than… Read more

Roundup: Last-Minute Mother's Day Crafts | Red-Handled Scissors

Roundup: Last-Minute Mother’s Day Crafts

Need a last minute Mother’s Day gift? Here’s a roundup of quick crafts that you can make in an afternoon! Tutorial: Scissor Holder Necklace with… Read more

Video Tutorial: Perfect Straight Stitches | Red-Handled Scissors

Video Tutorial: Perfect Straight Stitches

Learn how to make evenly spaced straight stitches for sewing, embroidery, and appliqué projects with my new video tutorial! This method is especially effective for… Read more

Tutorial: Make Your Own Vanilla Extract | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Store-bought vanilla can get pretty fancy, but absolutely nothing compares to the real thing. Homemade vanilla extract makes for a perfect handmade gift, and with… Read more

Tutorial: Embroidered Shrink Plastic Pendants | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Embroidered Shrink Plastic Pendants

Create your own custom embroidered pendants with shrink plastic! This tutorial below will show you how to make one embroidered shrink plastic pendant necklace. The… Read more

Tutorial: Recycled Wine Bottle Planter | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Recycled Wine Bottle Planter

Make your own recycled wine bottle planter with my special Earth Day tutorial! Supplies: * Empty glass wine bottle, cleaned and dried * Thick rubber… Read more

Tutorial: Recycled DON'T PANIC Drink Set for FaveCrafts | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Recycled DON’T PANIC Drink Set for FaveCrafts

Combine a beautiful glass bottle with a pair thrift store glasses to make a fun Hitchhiker’s Guide-inspired drink set! Read more

Tutorial: Spice Jar Mini Terrariums | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Spice Jar Mini Terrariums

Turn your empty spice jars into mini moss terrariums with this fun, simple Earth Week project. Tiny terrariums are the perfect way to green up… Read more

Earth Week Roundup: Top 5 Upcycling Tutorials | Red-Handled Scissors

Earth Week Roundup: Top 5 Upcycling Tutorials

Welcome to Earth Week on TZoM! To celebrate, I’m kicking things off with my five favorite upcycling tutorials. Take a look around and share the… Read more

Tutorial: Canvas Shoe Kitty Patch | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Canvas Shoe Kitty Patch

Last Wednesday, I was crossing the street and didn’t notice that a misshapen piece of metal was lying in the crosswalk ahead of me. Of… Read more

Tutorial: Upcycled Keyboard Embroidery Hoop Sleeve for FaveCrafts | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Upcycled Keyboard Embroidery Hoop Sleeve for FaveCrafts

Are you crafty and on the move? Protect your stitches from stains and snags with an upcycled keyboard embroidery hoop sleeve. Check out my tutorial… Read more

Tutorial: Scissor Holder Necklace with Removable Pincushion | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Scissor Holder Necklace with Removable Pincushion

Keep your scissors within reach with this super-easy scissor holder necklace with removable pincushion! This scissor holder necklace tutorial uses common craft room supplies, and… Read more

Tutorial: Make a Terrarium Fascinator with Your Own Hair | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Make a Terrarium Fascinator with Your Own Hair

Terrariums are hot these days, and human hair is one of the best growing mediums around for mosses and certain varieties of carnivorous plants. So,… Read more

Tutorial: Downton Abbey-Inspired “Team Dowager” Badge | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Downton Abbey-Inspired “Team Dowager” Badge

When it comes to Downton Abbey, I stand firmly on Team Dowager. From the very first episode, I have been utterly smitten with Dame Maggie… Read more

Tutorial: Magical 3-in-1 Cat Bed | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Magical 3-in-1 Cat Bed

Simon and Pixel, my two wonderful kitties, are convinced that my worktable is the very best spot for napping. So, to give them a comfy… Read more

Pattern: Firefly Jar LED Embroidery Pattern | Red-Handled Scissors

Pattern: Firefly Jar LED Embroidery Pattern

When my friend Becky from Sternlab.org sent me samples of her awesome LED sewing kits to try out, I did what any girl in my… Read more

Tutorial: Mini Dalek Brooch for FaveCrafts | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Mini Dalek Brooch for FaveCrafts

You know how former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright used to use her brooch collection to express her moods and positions while she was… Read more

Pattern: Geek Love Cross-Stitch Pattern and Geek Crafts Column on FaveCrafts | Red-Handled Scissors

Pattern: Geek Love Cross-Stitch Pattern and Geek Crafts Column on FaveCrafts

My first Geek Crafts column is live on FaveCrafts! Starting today, I’ll be making your Wednesdays a little bit more awesome with a weekly dose… Read more

Video Tutorial: Add a Quick Key Leash to Your Favorite Bag | Red-Handled Scissors

Video Tutorial: Add a Quick Key Leash to Your Favorite Bag

Trouble tracking down your keys? Here’s a five-minute fix that will keep them handy, no matter what’s happening on the bottom of your bag!Supplies:* Fold-over… Read more

Tutorial: Doctor Who TARDIS Phone Charging Station for Craftzine.com | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Doctor Who TARDIS Phone Charging Station for Craftzine.com

Today is my birthday! (Hurrah!) And, in honor of turning the big two-nine, I’m sharing a gift with all of you! (For those of you… Read more

Pattern: TARDIS Cross-Stitch Valentine | Red-Handled Scissors

Pattern: TARDIS Cross-Stitch Valentine

Hello, geeky valentines! Need a last-minute card for that special someone? Surprise your favorite, er, companion by stitching a quick Doctor Who-inspired valentine with my… Read more

Tutorial: Embroidery Floss Travel Box | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Embroidery Floss Travel Box

Organized embroidery floss. On the go. No knots, no tangles—even if it’s bouncing around all day in your bag. (No, seriously.) Inspired by a conversation… Read more

Tutorial: Sewing Kit Valentine Card | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Sewing Kit Valentine Card

Last week, I shared a Valentine’s Day paper craft made especially for sewing geeks over on CRAFT!Project: Sewing Kit Valentines CardGet cute and crafty this… Read more

Tutorial: Perfect Felted Wool Balls and Beads | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Perfect Felted Wool Balls and Beads

For a recent project, I needed a whole pile of fairly uniform felted wool balls. I thought it would be easy enough to make my… Read more

Tutorial: Crochet 101 for Craftzine.com | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Crochet 101 for Craftzine.com

Were you excited about my crocheted snowflake ornaments or double sided dish scrubbers, but totally intimidated by the idea of learning how to crochet? Well,… Read more

Tutorial: Sewable Shrink Plastic Buttons | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Sewable Shrink Plastic Buttons

Did you know that you can make your own custom plastic buttons for just about any project, any time you need them, and for super… Read more

Top Five Tutorials of 2011 | Red-Handled Scissors

Top Five Tutorials of 2011

For me, 2011 has been a year punctuated by awesome changes and opportunities. In just 12 short months, I’ve transitioned into craft writing as my… Read more

Organize: Embroidery Floss | Red-Handled Scissors

Organize: Embroidery Floss

It’s almost the New Year, and I’m hard at work tidying up my studio and getting everything in order for a fresh, organized start in… Read more

Tutorial: Felted Mitten Ornaments | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Felted Mitten Ornaments

In the middle of holiday crafting madness, my fellow CRAFT writers and I decided to take on one more crazy last-minute project: a CRAFT holiday… Read more

Tutorial: Snowman Stocking with Pattern for Craftzine.com | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Snowman Stocking with Pattern for Craftzine.com

My Snowman Stocking Tutorial with Printable Pattern is now available for download on CRAFT!Project: Snowman Stocking With Pattern There are many ways to DIY your… Read more

Tutorial: Crocheted Snowflake Ornaments for Craftzine.com | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Crocheted Snowflake Ornaments for Craftzine.com

My Crocheted Snowflake Ornament Tutorial—including the complete pattern, step-by-step instructions with photos, and a full crochet chart—is now available on CRAFT!Project: Crocheted Snowflake Ornaments My… Read more

Dandelion iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | Red-Handled Scissors

Dandelion iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern

When I was a kid, I spent countless crisp afternoons rescuing wooly bear caterpillars from sunny dirt roads and blowing on dandelions in the fields… Read more

TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern | Red-Handled Scissors

TARDIS iPhone Case Cross-Stitch Pattern

I’ve been on a huge Doctor Who kick lately. So, when I ordered my new iPhone a few weeks ago, I knew that I needed… Read more

Tutorial: Catnip Mousies for your Modern Cat | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Catnip Mousies for your Modern Cat

My cats were particularly well-behaved yesterday, so I made them a new batch of their favorite catnip mousie toys. Each mouse takes only a few… Read more

How-To: Vegan Goldfish Crackers with Plastic Bottle Cookie Cutter | Red-Handled Scissors

How-To: Vegan Goldfish Crackers with Plastic Bottle Cookie Cutter

My vegan goldfish cracker adventure began yesterday morning, when I saw this beautiful photo post about making homemade goldfish crackers and using a soda can… Read more

Tutorial: Spellbinders Mod-Inspired Skirt Applique | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Spellbinders Mod-Inspired Skirt Applique

To wrap up National Sewing Month, I wrote a fabric crafting-specific review of the Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cutting machine on Craft Test Dummies! So,… Read more

Tutorial: Modular Colorwork Yarn Holders | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Modular Colorwork Yarn Holders

Attention knitters and crocheters: Sick of having epic yarn knots all up in your project bag? My modular yarn holders tutorial—inspired by my colorwork genius… Read more

DIY-ing the Emmys: Red Carpet Handmade | Red-Handled Scissors

DIY-ing the Emmys: Red Carpet Handmade

This year, when Jeremy got nominated, I got crafty. I considered it the ultimate handmade challenge to bring DIY to the red carpet in a… Read more

Tutorial: Make Your Own Wooden Buttons | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Make Your Own Wooden Buttons

My father-in-law is a violin maker, and he always has a giant box full of beautiful pieces of scrap wood in his shop. For years,… Read more

Tutorial: Cardboard Cat Rocket for Craftzine.com | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Cardboard Cat Rocket for Craftzine.com

My cat rocket tutorial, How-To: Build a Cardboard Cat Rocket, is now up on CRAFT! How-To: Build a Cardboard Cat RocketNo matter how many fancy… Read more

Tutorial: The Walking Taco | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: The Walking Taco

When the weather gets hot, sometimes you just need an extra-easy, extra-portable meal. So, if my childhood trips to summer camp taught me one thing… Read more

Tutorial: Custom Tap Pants for Craftzine.com | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Custom Tap Pants for Craftzine.com

My tap pants tutorial, How-To: Make a Custom Pair of Tap Pants, is now up on CRAFT! How-To: Make a Custom Pair of Tap PantsFor… Read more

Tutorial: Felt Glasses Case | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Felt Glasses Case

For Father’s Day, I dispensed with the usual tie-and-card routine, and made monogrammed glasses cases for my dad and step-dad instead. Supplies:* 7½” x 7½”… Read more

Tutorial: Fabric Rosette Barrette | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Fabric Rosette Barrette

Do you have fabric scraps and 5 minutes? You can make your own rosette barrettes, no sewing machine (or fabric know-how) necessary!Moms out there, take… Read more

Tutorial: Vegan Serving Dish and Utensil Tags for Craftzine.com | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Vegan Serving Dish and Utensil Tags for Craftzine.com

Squeee! My first tutorial for Craftzine.com went live today, and I am beyond excited!How-To: Make Vegan Serving Dish and Utensil TagsIt’s a rule. At some… Read more

Tutorial: Pillowcase Pencil Skirt

Tutorial: Pillowcase Pencil Skirt

Check it out, ladies: a pillowcase that you can totally wear to the office! Read more

Tutorial: Oversized Knitting/Crochet Project Bag | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Oversized Knitting/Crochet Project Bag

I came up with this design at the request of my BFF, who needed a knitting project bag that would be large enough for a… Read more

Tutorial: Pillowcase Sundress: Part 2 | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Pillowcase Sundress: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the Pillowcase Sundress Tutorial! Yesterday, we laid the foundation for a unique upcycled dress. Today, we’ll finish the project, giving… Read more

Tutorial: Pillowcase Sundress: Part 1 | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Pillowcase Sundress: Part 1

Celebrate Earth Day by upcycling 2 pillowcases into a cute, simple sundress!Supplies:* 2 pillowcases with fun patterns (They don’t have to match, but they should… Read more

Tutorial: Crocheted Double-Sided Dish Scrubber Pattern | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Crocheted Double-Sided Dish Scrubber Pattern

I’ve been making and using crocheted dish scrubbers for a while, and I’m totally loving them as an alternative to the gross bacteria-filled sponges and… Read more

Seasoned Chickpeas and Potatoes with Coconut Rice | Red-Handled Scissors

Seasoned Chickpeas and Potatoes with Coconut Rice

I don’t know if I can really call this a recipe—it’s so easy to prepare, you won’t actually feel like you’re cooking. I threw this… Read more

Tutorial: Scissor Saving Tags | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Scissor Saving Tags

Have you ever walked into a room to find that your husband is using your favorite fabric scissors to break down the cardboard packaging from… Read more

Tutorial: 15-Minute Change Purse | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: 15-Minute Change Purse

Jeremy and I are jetting off to Mexico at the end of next week, where much lounging on the beach and exploring awaits us (excited!).… Read more

Recipe: Sweet Potato Leek Soup | Red-Handled Scissors

Recipe: Sweet Potato Leek Soup

Autumn in the CSA can only mean two things: sweet potatoes and apples. I always end up with more of each than I can ever… Read more

Autumn-tastic Pumpkin Soup Recipe | Red-Handled Scissors

Autumn-tastic Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Since my vegan gal pals and I went to Natural Gourmet’s Friday Night Dinner, I’ve been dreaming about pumpkin soup. I have no pumpkin soup-making… Read more

Free Beer Glass Greeting Card Template for Silhouette SD | Red-Handled Scissors

Free Beer Glass Greeting Card Template for Silhouette SD

My friend Sammy is getting married. But, as she lives in Chicago and I live in Brooklyn—and nobody has gotten around to inventing a teleportation… Read more

Tutorial: Modern Baby Changing Pad | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Modern Baby Changing Pad

Since everyone I know is suddenly having babies, I had to come up with a good shower gift fast. So, the night before I flew… Read more

Tutorial: Hand-Stiched Pocket Square | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Hand-Stiched Pocket Square

A pocket square was the very last accessory that Jeremy needed to complete his tux before the Creative Emmys this coming weekend, but somehow one… Read more

Tutorial: Custom Cardigan Sweater | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Custom Cardigan Sweater

My pal Amanda is a sweater designer, which means that there is never a shortage of cute sweaters in my closet. (I know, you’re totally… Read more

Tutorial: Upcycle a T-Shirt to Underpants | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Upcycle a T-Shirt to Underpants

I recently rescued a whole stack of my husband’s old t-shirts from certain death in the trashcan. There were a few small holes in all… Read more

Recipe: Saturday Night Chickpea Tacos in 3 Easy Steps | Red-Handled Scissors

Recipe: Saturday Night Chickpea Tacos in 3 Easy Steps

Jeremy and I have been trying to cook together more often, so we’ve been focusing on building a collection of fast, simple meals that we… Read more

How to Make a Memorial Day Picnic Lunch | Red-Handled Scissors

How to Make a Memorial Day Picnic Lunch

For Memorial Day, Jeremy, Melissa, and I had our second annual picnic. The goal was to keep it simple (But, seriously, when do I ever… Read more

Tutorial: Air Plant Chandelier | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Air Plant Chandelier

If you’ve been following my blog over the past couple of weeks, you are already well aware of my love for air plants. The moment… Read more

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Lasagna Ever | Red-Handled Scissors

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Lasagna Ever

Whenever my friend Brooks comes to town, we always update our running list of foods that we can both eat, and spend a lot of… Read more

Tutorial: Simple Pants Hemming | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Simple Pants Hemming

Contrary to popular opinion, hemming pants can be spectacularly easy, and doesn’t need to involve cutting of any kind. This tutorial started out as a… Read more

Vegan Broccoli and Teese Soup | Red-Handled Scissors

Vegan Broccoli and Teese Soup

As part of the Teese Vegan Cheese Challenge, the awesome folks at Chicago Soy Dairy sent me not one, but two kinds of Teese vegan… Read more

Vegan Chick'n Noodle Soup | Red-Handled Scissors

Vegan Chick’n Noodle Soup

For me, vegan chicken noodle soup is one of those recipes that seems like such a good idea in theory, but always ends up being… Read more

Bean Soup and Cornbread | Red-Handled Scissors

Bean Soup and Cornbread

Tonight, I threw together an easy, hearty meal that really hit the spot after a long, chilly Monday: Bean soup with cornbread on the side.… Read more

A Mug of Hot Chocolate: No Mix Required | Red-Handled Scissors

A Mug of Hot Chocolate: No Mix Required

It’s bitterly cold and windy in Brooklyn tonight. A little while ago, I ventured out into the snow and wind to pick up dinner from… Read more

Traditional Holiday Cookies, Vegan Style | Red-Handled Scissors

Traditional Holiday Cookies, Vegan Style

The kitchen was a mess. Red and green spatters were on the walls and our faces, edible glitter and sprinkles were underfoot, and every surface… Read more

Potato and White Bean Winter Soup | Red-Handled Scissors

Potato and White Bean Winter Soup

My best friend Melanie refers to this recipe simply as “the soup.” For as long as I’ve been cooking for my pals, it has been… Read more

Tutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Paper and Thumbtack Wall Art

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a photo of wall art made with doilies and thumbtacks on Apartment Therapy. I loved the look, and… Read more

Brussels Sprout Chips | Red-Handled Scissors

Brussels Sprout Chips

Until a month or so ago, I was a Brussels sprout virgin. Though there are few vegetables that aren’t great friends of mine, I’d somehow… Read more

Tutorial: Vermicomposting: Don't Forget to Feed the Worms | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Vermicomposting: Don’t Forget to Feed the Worms

I cook a lot from scratch, and always prefer to use fresh produce rather than canned or frozen. With our CSA share and at least… Read more

Tutorial: Fabric Scrap Catnip Mousies | Red-Handled Scissors

Tutorial: Fabric Scrap Catnip Mousies

When preparing for my September wedding, I got mighty crafty. One of my larger projects was making the tablecloths for our reception. This turned out… Read more

Lentil Soup Success | Red-Handled Scissors

Lentil Soup Success

Lately, I’ve been busy at work and stressed out in life. Last night, I had the realization that, no matter how I arranged my evening,… Read more

CSA Love or The Mall Cookie | Red-Handled Scissors

CSA Love or The Mall Cookie

I am not a fan of Tuesdays. For me, Tuesday means no yoga, no gym, and having to rush out of work to pick up… Read more

Mac & "Cheese" Like Mom Never Used to Make | Red-Handled Scissors

Mac & “Cheese” Like Mom Never Used to Make

Every vegan gal has a longed-for favorite food from her pre-vegan days. You remember how it smelled, how it tasted, how your mother used to… Read more

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