New and Featured Tutorials
Step right up, ladies and gentleman, and witness a true miracle. Tangle-free headphone cords! A feat of modern engineering and… well, macrame. If you’ve ever made a friendship bracelet before, then this will be easy peasy. If not, it’ll still be easy peasy, as long as tying a knot is something you consider easy peasy.
What’s up dudes and dudettes? Today I’m going to show you how to make a snuggly soft blanket with quilting cotton on one side and minky on the other. It’s Fall here in Michigan. It’s starting to get chilly at night, so who doesn’t need a super soft blanket to curl up in?
I like to take walks, but I hate taking my purse with me. So I’m usually trying to cram my wallet, phone, keys, and anything else – like dog poop bags – in various pants or hoodie pockets. It’s annoying. If only there were a way to find the perfect bag… a mini bag, if […]
Have you ever been listening to something on your headphones, and you’re trying to do something with your hands – sewing, washing dishes, jogging – and you go to put your phone in your pocket only to realize you don’t HAVE a pocket? So then you try to wedge it in your bra or your […]
Happy New Year, sewing mofos! This step-by-step tutorial is perfect for both beginners and seasoned seamsters, and it makes an especially good project for that new serger Santa brought you. (But a regular sewing machine is also perfectly suitable.)
Deck the halls with random evergreen branches from that mystery bush in your yard! This Christmas-tree-in-a-vase is perfect for small spaces. Add some lights and some shiny balls, and you’re in business.
DID YOU JUST CRAFT YOUR PANTS?
Hi, I'm Lex!
I’m a writer, craft addict, and former professional seamstress/fashion designer.
I started WhatTheCraft in 2006, because I love sharing what I learn. I’m mostly self-taught. And by self-taught I mean there was a lot of time and effort (and lots of trial and error) put into teaching myself how to sew and draft patterns. But there were also a lot of kickass people out there, sharing free tutorials and tips on the internet. So this is also my way of paying it forward.
Through this site I share my projects, tutorials, and DiY tips, and all the other things (cats, food, life) in between.
When I was six years old, I won a giant pumpkin. The town I grew up in had an annual pumpkin carving contest, and one of the activities this particular year (1989) was to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin. My guess was off by about 4 ounces. Beginner’s luck!
I was a little nervous to jump into this pattern. I haven’t used a commercial pattern in over ten years, and the fabric I had my heart set on was a rayon challis, which doesn’t have a reputation for being super easy to work with. It’s very fluid and tends to shift all over the […]
Or more accurately, where have I been? It’s been kind of a doozy of a year, honestly. First, I had surgery earlier this year to remove a cantaloupe-sized cyst from my ovary. It was actually — shockingly — not as traumatic as it sounds.
Learn how to thread a serger the “cheater” way! Discover the secret to hiding your thread tails! Unlock countless mysteries of the sewing universe!
Remember wayyyy back in March *cough* 2015 *cough* when I mentioned I was making this cowl? No? Yeah, I barely remember either. It only took me a year and a half to finish, but I did it! I knit my first “real” thing! Sirius insisted on modeling with it.
“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.