How to Reinforce the Bottom of a Backpack

How to reinforce the bottom of a backpack - Muumade tutorial

This tutorial describes an easy, quick, and economical way to reinforce the bottom of a backpack. We treat backpacks rather roughly, often as though they were invincible. We stuff them to their limit, sometimes with heavy objects! We carry them on one shoulder, when they are meant to be carried on both shoulders. We throw […]

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Fulling Wool by Hand

Fulling wool by hand, Muumade.com

Fulling is a great way to upcycle old wool knitwear by shrinking the wool into felt. Finished felt has great texture, as you can see in the above image of a fuzzy grey Simply Simple Dog! The thicker the original piece, the chunkier the resulting felt will be. Also, the looser the knit, the more […]

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Making a Waist Pouch from a Pocket

Making a waist pouch from a pocket - upcycling DIY project

This is a tutorial on how to make a waist pouch from a pocket. The finished waist pouch is a practical and fun accessory.  You can use it to carry around small essentials, such as keys, coins and cell phones. This project is also a great way to upcycle an old pair of pants. They […]

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Decorating Shirts with Your own Appliques

Decorating shirts with your own appliques - a finished T-shirt with a flower applique

  Decorating shirts with your own appliques is a great way to transform boring plain shirts into one-of-a-kind outfits!  This is a fun project for children, as well as for adults.  Then when finished, you can wear your creations!  If the children are old enough to use an iron and sew with a sewing machine, […]

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The New Arrival: The Huggable Doggy!

Huggable Doggy - 3 dogs in arms of a child

  Here is the newest member of the Muumade family: the Huggable Doggy! The Huggable Doggy’s sewing pattern & tutorial is now available from Muumade.esty.com. As shown in the photo, I designed three types of ears, as well as three options for the snout.  Also, instructions and patterns for making a super cute cowboy vest […]

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Redecorating Hair Clips

Redecorated hair clips with felt and fabric

  Redecorating hair clips is a simple and fun sewing project for children and grownups alike.   If you have hair clips with chipped paint or broken decorations, this is a great way to renew them.  In addition, the fact that the finished barrettes are wearable is a big motivational factor for young crafters! As […]

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