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Feb
8

DIY Pokémon Valentine’s Day Cards

I’ve been really into Pokémon again lately (Pokémon Moon for 3DS and still playing Pokémon Go when I’m out and about) so I designed three Valentine’s Day cards inspired by the games! Here is a DIY tutorial video walking through all of the steps you’ll need to make them yourself.

I’m so happy with the way all of these cards came out! They’re pretty easy to make once you cut out all of the pieces and get them organized. You can download the templates for free right here and print out the PDF to get started!  (more…)

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Feb
4

DIY Mushroom Plush Pincushion

I adore little handmade woodland-inspired decorations and I’ve had so many requests for more plush tutorials! This newest project combines the two in an adorable felt mushroom that doubles as a pincushion if you like to sew. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make your own!

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Feb
1

Things That Make Me Happy – Winter 2017

On twitter, you asked for me to post a happy and silly video! It sounds like you needed this episode as much as I did. I hope my new series, Things That Make Me Happy, feeds your soul so you have more energy to get out there and make the world better.  (more…)

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Aug
25

Blanket Stitch Tutorial

In this new episode of my Stitch Lessons series, I’ll teach you how to sew a blanket stitch by hand! This stitch can be used to add a decorative border to a blanket or other sewing project. Learn how in my video below!

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How would you use this stitch in one of your projects? Leave me a comment or tell me on social media! You can find me @laurenfairwx on twitter, facebook, and instagram.

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Aug
18

DIY: A Culture of Copying

In my newest video blog, I’ll tell you why the seemingly simple phrase, “I could make that!” sends me into a whirlwind of thoughts and frustration.

I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the subject of copying within the DIY community! Leave me a comment down below or tag me @laurenfairwx on twitter, facebook, or instagram.

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Jul
26

New Social Media Username!

Since I started posting online, I’ve had a different username on every social media platform. Keeping track of these can definitely be confusing and difficult, so I’d been meaning to streamline my whole web presence for too long.

So finally, I’m excited to announce that my new username is @laurenfairwx! You can now follow that account on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (plus the occasional Snapchat).

I want to thank my friend Lisa for coming up with this unique and simple way to abbreviate my full name, which is too long for twitter usernames. WX is a common abbreviation (and morse code) for “weather”.

Over the coming months, I’ll be building up my social media content in a handful of different ways! Make sure that you’re following them for news updates, behind the scenes goodies, and more fun stuff related to my youtube channel and music. You can also follow my etsy-specific account, @shopfairweatherfriends on Instagram, for lots of adorable handmade plushies in your feed!

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Feb
26

Make Luna Lovegood’s Radish Earrings

Luna Lovegood is one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series, so I wanted to design my own version of the quirky radish / dirigible plum earrings she wears. Today, I’ll show you how to make them yourself!

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These would make a perfect addition to your Luna cosplay, but I like to wear them with any outfit that could use a subtly nerdy touch. Not everyone recognizes these as a Harry Potter reference, so I love incorporating them into my everyday wardrobe!

Also, if you don’t have pierced ears, you can vary the kind of earring you attach the felt radishes to! Just pick up some clip-on earring bases at your local craft or jewelry supply store instead of the earring wires I’m using.

Watch the video below to learn how to put these together.

To download the pattern PDF you’ll need to make these, click here. It’s free, but please consider posting a tweet or facebook post about the video if you like it!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these:

Materials needed for this project:
Printed out pattern pdf.
-Red and green felt
-Sewing and embroidery needles
-Paper scissors
-Fabric scissors
-Red and green thread
-Wooden chopstick or dowel
-Polyester fiberfill or other stuffing
-White and green embroidery floss
-Clipboard or other method of securing the radish while you braid
-Ruler (optional)
-Earring wire and a jump ring from the jewelry section at a craft store (if your ears aren’t pierced, you can use clip-on earrings instead!)
-Two pairs of pliers (I prefer small ones for jewelry making)
-Sewing pin (optional)

Here are some hand sewing tutorials for the stitches I used in this video, in case you are new to sewing and would like a more detailed step-by-step:

If you make a pair of these, I’d love if you would post a photo on social media using #laurenfairweather! That way, I can see how they came out. I might even share the photos with my audience!

Also, if you like Pinterest as much as I do, pin this graphic I designed! That way, you can remember to come back and make this project when you have free time.

DIY Luna's Radish Earrings

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Feb
12

Turn a Muggle Sweater into a Weasley Sweater!

I’ve always wanted to make my own custom Weasley sweater with my initial on it, inspired by the ones Molly makes for her loved ones in the Harry Potter books. Unfortunately, while I did figure out how to knit house scarves and other simpler knitting patterns, full sweaters really intimidate me.

DIY Custom Weasley Sweater

Thankfully, I figured out a much easier way that involves customizing an existing plain sweater (dubbed a “muggle sweater”) so I was finally able to get my Weasley sweater! This can be a little tricky depending on the sweater you choose as a base (and the letter you want to stitch onto it), but it’s definitely less expensive, less time-consuming, and less difficult than knitting a whole sweater from scratch!

Here’s the video showing you how I made my cozy personalized Weasley sweater:



Materials you need to make this:

1. A solid-colored sweater with the simplest knit stitch pattern you can find. I got mine at American Eagle a long time ago so I’m not sure if they still have ones like it in stores.
2. Yarn in a coordinating color
3. A tapestry needle with an eye big enough to thread your yarn.
4. A chart of the letter you want to stitch on your sweater (you can make this on your computer like I did or draw one out with paper and a pencil – feel free to look up letter knitting charts online if you’re having trouble making your own)
5. Scissors
6. A ruler (optional)
7. A pencil or pen

If you need one, here’s a regular duplicate stitch tutorial, intended for use with stockinette fabric (this would have been easier but I couldn’t find a stockinette stitch sweater to customize).

Make sure to send me pictures of your finished Weasley sweaters! I’d love to see them. Post them to your social media with #laurenfairweather! And, as always, if you love this tutorial, please share it with your friends who love Harry Potter. Here’s a sample tweet, but feel free to put it into your own words.

Also, if you’re as into Pinterest as much as I am, pin this graphic I designed! That way, you can remember to come back and make this project when you find the perfect sweater to alter.

DIY Weasley Sweater Tutorial

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