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How To Make a Bag with a Zipper – Sewing Tutorial

You guys have begged and begged, and it only took me five years to put together an updated version of my original bag tutorial that shows how to add a zipper. Since you waited so patiently, I’ll show you how to add a zipper at the top of the bag, but also… ZIPPER POCKETS! Everything is better with zipper pockets.

bagzip_00Check out the video here:


OR continue on for the text/photo version of the tutorial…

And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel. There are more tutorials on the way!

bagziptopLook at that extreme zipper action! Woo!

Alright, let’s do this!

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Posted in 3 Pin (Moderate) Tutorials, My Tutorials, Tutorials + Project Ideas, Video Tutorials Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,

Share and share alike

“Why aren’t we allowed to sell some projects we see on some websites where they post step-by-step… they say it’s only for our personal use, not for selling purposes?”

I received this question in a comment today, and it got me thinking.

I used to have a disclaimer like that here on WhatTheCraft. It’s hard to say why… I suppose part of me felt like I was putting this information out there for free, and so it seemed wrong for someone else to take “my ideas” and use them to make money. I think another part of me, being a handmade seller, felt like I might be “helping the competition” if I showed them how I did things.

Since I started selling my patterns, I have since removed the disclaimer. I make it fairly clear that people are welcome to sell what they make using my tutorials and even my sewing patterns. Again it’s for a lot of reasons. From the practical side, there’s absolutely no way for me to enforce that kind of rule. Even if I did want to troll through other people’s shops, there would be almost no way to prove they’d used one of my tutorials to make something. And even if I was sure (for example, if I knew they’d bought one of my patterns), the best I could do would be to ask them to stop. It’s a waste of time and unnecessary negative energy. I’d rather be making cool shit than worrying that someone might be trying to “steal” my ideas. Read more ›

Posted in Misc

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract – Holiday Gift Recipe Tutorial

A perfect tutorial for the holidays, this step-by-step video will guide you through the process of making your own gourmet vanilla extract!


Check out the video tutorial here:


$40 for 1/2 a pound of beans + $20 for 1/2 gallon of vodka = $60 for a whole HALF GALLON of vanilla extract!

To put that in perspective, it would cost $160 to buy that much single strength vanilla from my favorite spice shop.
The cost per 4 oz bottle (the size shown at the end of the video) is $4.75, including the cost of the bottle itself. (My favorite spice supplier’s 4 oz bottle costs $13!)
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Posted in 1 pin (Easy) Tutorials, My Tutorials, Recipes, Tutorials + Project Ideas, Video Tutorials Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Halloween Giveaway winner

Congrats to our winner, Valerie!

Thanks to everyone that participated. It was fun to read about your favorite part of Halloween.

I hope you’ll all be back for the next giveaway!

Posted in Uncategorized

BOO! Halloween Giveaway!

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, even as a kid. (Sorry, Christmas.)

Dressing up in crazy costumes.


Here’s me dressed as an awkward ballerina.

Carving jackolanterns (and getting to scoop out the cold pumpkin guts with your bare hands).

Organizing your pillowcase full of candy.

What’s not to love? Read more ›

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