Link Love Friday: Five Favorite Tutorials

California Summer Blooms
Summer blooms in the garden

Over on CraftyPod, Diane had a fantastic idea: Link Love Fridays. In August she is hosting a theme for each week, this week is for favorite tutorials.

Here’s some fabulously crafty and brilliant ideas from some of the blogs I follow:

Washi Monogram Art

DIY Washi Monogram Art on Lia Griffith’s Handcraft Your Life

There’s so much potential for customizing a monogram like this. And it will give me more ideas for using up my washi tape stash.


Recycled tshirt canvas

Recycled TShirt Canvas Arty by Kim over at The Trashy Crafter

I have a ton of t-shirts I don’t wear but can’t part with because of the sentimental value. Making them into art is a brilliant way to use them. I’m thinking about seasonal decor – football season in particular.



DIY Summer Cocktail Glasses

DIY Summer Cocktail Set over at Remarkably Domestic

Charming set is made with stencils and glass paint. The technique could be used with so many different themes.



Crocheted Balls

Purl Bee’s Whit’s Knits: Crocheted Balls

I look at these and think “Kitty toys!” Plus they’re pretty with the embroidery floss stripes. As always the Purl Bee’s photo tutorials are gorgeous and easy to follow.

Origami Spirit: Origami for Beginners: Butterfly Tutorial | Mariposa

Leyla Torres’ video tutorial takes you step by step to create beautiful butterflies. Her blogpost has some wonderful advice on being a beginner and perseverance.

Head over to Crafty Pod and look at a bunch of other great crafty tutorials.

Knit work in progress – Knitting with recycled jeans

Kollage Riviting - yarn from recycled jeans

I’m working on a cowl from my good friend and fabulous designer Carrie from Irish Girlie Knits. “My kind of Saturday” is a casual and Summery little thing knit with a yarn made from recycled jeans by Kollage Yarns.

Kollage Riviting Yarn - made from recycled jeans

While I loved the concept of upcycling old jeans, I didn’t expect to love knitting with it. I’m much more of a wool kind of gal, and rarely knit with cotton. This yarn has completely won me over.

Irish Girlie Knits Design - My kind of Saturday cowl pattern

And the pattern is simple and only needs one skein so it is a perfect way to test the yarn for yourself.

But you’ll probably be like me and start imagining all kinds of items that would be perfect for it. Like a toddler’s top or a little girl’s dress.

Pattern: My kind of Saturday Cowl
Yarn: Kollage Yarns Riviting

Disclaimer: I took the photos for Irish Girlie Knits and Kollage Yarns and I was given the skien I’m knitting.