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Future Plc to Launch US Edition of Mollie Makes Magazine

Mollie Makes U.S. Edition

Future plc has announced plans to launch a U.S. edition of Mollie Makes magazine, called Mollie Makes U.S. Edition. The magazine will debut on April 29, 2014. Katherine Stevenson is the magazine's editor-in-chief. A website has been set up at

Future plc says the magazine targets the "craftonista." It will feature DIY projects and tutorials on knitting, crocheting, felting and more. The magazine will feature monthly profiles of bloggers, crafters and designers.

Kelley Corten, vice president of Content & Product, Future US, says in the announcement, "The Mollie Makes brand is already hugely popular in Europe and we are pleased to bring a local touch to our own Mollie Makes in the U.S. We know readers will fall in love with the inspiring tutorials that mix modern trends with vintage style. The explosion of Etsy and Pinterest provide the perfect backdrop to feature up and coming artists to share their techniques with Mollie Makes readers. If you love handmade and DIY projects, you're going to love Mollie Makes U.S. Edition.

Photo: Future US

Posted on April 7, 2014

How to Make an Apple Swan

Grant Thomspon, The King of Random, explains how to make an edible Apple Swan in this video and this article on Instructables. The article and video shows why it helps to have a couple extra butter knives when cutting apple wedges. The decorative Apple Swan could be fun for parties. The swan can be made with just one apple. Staggered sized cut outs from the apple help make the wings. Two apple seeds help make the eyes of the delicious swan. Take a look:

Posted on March 31, 2014

Cricut Announces Cricut Explore

Cricut Explore

Cricut has announced the launch of its latest design product, Cricut Explore. Cricut says the system is designed to be the "world's easiest design-and-cut system" for making polished DIY projects. It includes a cutting machine and online design software. The software includes a library of 50,000 images and step-by-step instructions for hundreds of projects. Take a look:

Ashish Arora, president and CEO of Cricut, said in a statement, "A new generation of DIY crafters want the satisfaction of handmade along with the convenience and immediate gratification of digital. They want to make that beautiful project they find on Pinterest, without needing a PhD in crafting. With Cricut Explore, users can go from inspiration to creation in just a few clicks, easily creating handmade projects that are both polished and personal."

Cricut Explore DIY system

Cricut Explore will cost $299. It will debut on HSN in February and will be available in other retail locations starting March 16.

Photos: Cricut

Posted on January 23, 2014

How to Fold Napkins to Resemble Christmas Trees

Here is a video from Handimania that shows you how to fold a napkin into the shape of a Christmas tree. A green napkin is used in the video, but other colors work as well as you can see on the Handmania blog post. Take a look:

Posted on December 19, 2013

Sharknado Costume Tutorial

Here is a video about how to make a Sharknado costume. Sharknado was an entertaining horror movie from Syfy that was a huge hit on Twitter this summer. Some of the items you will need to make a Sharknado costume include a tomato cage, wire cutters, flashing strobe lights, spider webs, plastic wrap, small toy sharks and more. Take a look:

Posted on October 8, 2013

Astronaut Karen Nyberg Makes Toy Dinosaur in Space

Toy Dinosaur on the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg made this cute toy dinosaur in space. She used stuff found on the International Space Station. She says, "It is made out of velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers found here on the International Space Station. It is lightly stuffed with scraps from a used t-shirt."

Nyberg made the toy dinosaur for her son. reports that Nyberg is a self-described crafter. She shared the photo here on Pinterest.

Photo: Karen Nyberg/NASA

Posted on September 29, 2013

Michaels Now Offers Pre-Cut Craft Fabric

Michaels Craft Fabric

Michaels announced that it has added pre-cut craft fabric. The pre-cut fabric includes cotton, canvas, burlap, felt, faux fur, crushed velvet and tulle. It will be available in sizes ranging from a half-yard to two yards.

Michaels Executive Vice President of Category Management Philo Pappas, said in the announcement, "With the addition of crafting fabric to our mix, our customers can find everything they need for their projects in one store. "And because the fabrics are pre-cut, customers can simply select the size they need and be on their way - no waiting for measuring and cutting."

Photo: Michaels

Posted on July 4, 2013

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