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  • Melt Your Old Candles into New Candles
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    Video: How to Melt Your Old Candle Wax into New Candles

    When I started stashing away my nearly empty candle jars, I had good intentions of repurposing the jars for storage or decor purposes.  Before I realized it, I had so many candle jars. There’s always those few millimeters of unusable wax at the bottom that I wanted combine together to form a new candle. I’ll show you how my husband and I  turned 30 spent candle jars into 4 fresh candle jars.  The yield will depend on how much wax was left in each jar, so your mileage may vary. Before we begin, just a quick disclaimer to try this technique at your own risk. Always take care when handling…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Video: Singer 127 and Singer 128 Threading and Identification Guide

    In this video threading guide, I’ll be showing you how wind the bobbin, how to prepare the shuttle, and how to thread the Singer 128 and Singer 127 sewing machines. If you have a knee pedal version, I’ll also show you how to to install the knee bar lever. I’ll perform the demonstration on my model 128. The model 128 can be considered the little sister of the model 127, which is the same machine except at ¾ the size.  There are another pair of similar machines, model 27 and model 28, which are often confused.  If you’re not sure which one you have, scroll to the bottom of this…

  • White ESP Model 4000 Sewing Machine Guide
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    White ESP Model 4000 Computerized Sewing Machine Guide

    The latest sewing machine in my sewing machine collection is the White ESP model 4000 sewing machine. What attracted me to it was its small size – it’s no Featherweight, but while this sewing machine is in its case, it measures only 6 inches deep and 12.5” inches tall. After doing some research online, I learned that it was one of the first, if not THE first computerized sewing machines made by the White Sewing Machine Company, produced in the 1970s. This isn’t the type of sewing machine I usually seek out (I usually want them older), but I was pleasantly surprised with the smooth operation. I was walking down…

  • Singer Futura CE-200 - AUTOPUNCH Feature
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    How to Use the Autopunch Feature on the Singer Quantum Futura Embroidery Machine, CE-200

    I’ve wanted an embroidery machine for years, but the cost of these fantastic machines had always prevented me from taking the plunge.  That’s why when I saw this Singer Quantum Futura Embroidery machine pop up for auction on a local buy and sell group on Facebook with a starting bid of $150 back in October, I knew I wanted to get in on it. I heard that this was a good beginner machine, but the reviews were mixed online. This was the listing photo that pulled me in:   After the 24 hour auction with $1 increments was over, I won the bid at a whopping $152. Whoohoo! Getting the machine…

  • The Singer 66 - How to Thread, How to Wind the Bobbin
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    How to Thread the Singer 66 and Prepare to Sew

    I’ve written about my Singer 66 before, but I wanted to share some videos I prepared about this fantastic, reliable vintage sewing machine.  If you don’t have the manual, it can be tricky to thread the machine and wind the bobbin.  I’ve created a video series that showcases the steps required get the Singer 66 vintage sewing machine up and running, from opening the cabinet, to threading and operating the machine, to winding the bobbin.  I shared the threading video on my channel five months ago and finally finished up the bobbin video today. Video 1: Opening and Closing the Singer 66 in Cabinet 40 (with knee pedal) This video…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Videos

    Video: Diagonal Slice Quilt Block Tutorial

    My go-to baby quilt for gifting is the diagonal slice quilt block. I love that this quilt looks so complicated yet comes together so quickly.  Here is an example of one single block: I’ve created this tutorial as a video to show you just how easy it is to make your own diagonal slice quilt.  However, if you prefer written instructions, you can view my text and image only tutorial here.  This video will teach you how to create the diagonal slice quilt block and how to assemble it into the quilt top. I’m using a slicing technique that turns simple fabric strips into a complicated design. This baby quilt…

  • Donvier Ice Cream Maker - Retro Review
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    Retro Review: Donvier Ice Cream Maker

    I love going thrifting. Beyond salvaging sewing machines, I also love examining household products, the more retro the packaging the better. When I came across this Donvier Ice Cream Maker for just $2.99 at Value Village, I had to try it out. Donvier Ice Cream Maker Parts I opened the packaging in the store and thought it was all there, but unfortunately it was missing one part. The Donvier should come with the following pieces: The Case (essentially the outer plastic shell) The Chillfast Cylinder The Blade The Ring The Lid The Handle The Cap Mine was missing the ring, which is used as a seal between the case and…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Paper Patchwork Heart Scrapbook Embellishment

    Today I’m going to show you how I made this adorable heart embellishment out of scrapbook paper.  It’s a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day cards or scrapbooking layouts, but you could use it any time of year.  Hearts are so versatile! The approximate size of the embellishment will be 6 inches wide by 5.5 tall, depending on how much you space out your pieces. Use a paper cutter to cut out two different patterned (but colour-coordinating) strips from a 12×12″ piece of paper, three quarters of an inch wide each. Cut down those strips into three quarter inch squares. You’ll need 10 squares total out of each print to…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Pillow Pals Spoonflower Cut & Sew Project Sewing Demonstration

    Earlier this week, I posted a video on the Craftcore YouTube channel demonstrating how easy it is to make cut-and-sew projects from fat quarters purchased from Spoonflower. So fast! So easy! You can order the cut & sew fabric that I used for this project from Julien & Emily on Spoonflower – the specific design is Red Fox but there are many great designs to choose from in their shop. When you order one of the Pillow Pals project fat quarters, the fabric features the pieces you’ll need to make one pillow pal, plus a few mini pals too. Watch how easy it is to put together a cut-and-sew project in…

  • Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Gift Idea – How to Make a 3D Pocket for a Box of Candy in a Greeting Card

    If you want to give a friend or loved-one a candy bar for a job well done, this card craft is for you. I’m going to show you how to create a card with a 3D pocket.  You can tuck a box of candy or a chocolate bar inside. I was inspired by a box of Nestle Smarties, one of my favourite Canadian chocolate candy-coated treats.  I came up with the sentiment “Good Luck Smartie Pants!” for the front of my card and “You’ve Got This!” for the inside.  This would make a great card for someone heading back to school or starting a new job. Of course, you can do…

  • How to Identify Simanco Sewing Machine Feet
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    How to Identify Simanco Singer Sewing Machine Feet

    So you’ve just picked up a vintage Singer sewing machine from a thrift store, and you’re lucky enough to have all or some of the original attachments that came with the machine. But wait. What are all these things? If you are a new sewer, some of these won’t be familiar. How can you determine what they are? If the machine is Singer and if the attachments are authentic, they will have a Simanco part number on them. How to Identify Simanco Sewing Machine Attachments Video: After you find the number, visit the Accessory Part Numbers page on the Singer Sewing Info site. Match up the Simanco number from your…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    The Microwave Incident – Microwave Apple Crisp

    Right before the microwave incident occurred, I joked with my husband that what I was about to do was going to kill our poor old microwave.  I really didn’t believe what I was going to do was going to hurt it, honest. Honest! I had a ton of apples on hand that I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat before they went bad.  I had purchased a giant pack of “imperfect” apples that were in various states of freshness and quality.  It was a warm night and I didn’t want to heat up my oven, so I turned to my microwave as a keep-cool option.  Who knew that microwaving…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew Bar Stool Slipcovers Tutorial

    To fulfill my dream of renovating my kitchen on a budget, I tried my hand at making custom slipcovers for my new-to-me bar stools for the breakfast bar we are creating.  I didn’t buy a pattern to  make these.  Instead, I used my handy measuring tape and dove right in and figured things out as I went along. Each chair took approximately 2 infant nap times to cut out, sew, and staple – nap times are how I count time in my life now, apparently.  Overall, I’m pleased with the results and am happy to share my process with you.  This tutorial will show you how to recover a bar stool that has a…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How Much Fabric Do I Need To Buy for Cutting Out Rectangles?

    I’m trying something new on the blog.  I get a lot of questions from readers that I answer privately, but they are often very similar to each other.  I’m going to start answering questions that are not private in nature publicly on the blog so that everyone can learn from the answers.  Let’s share the wealth! Have a question?  Come ask me over on my contact page. Today’s question comes from DJ: HELP!!!! how much fabric would I need for 20 squares that measure 15″ x 16 1/2″? THANK YOU How Much Fabric Do I Need to Buy to Cut These Rectangles? The way I calculate this is very similar to the…

  • How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug - Tutorial by Craftcore
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    How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug Quilting Tutorial

    In this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to make this super cute heart mug rug. I’ve made mine in red, white and pinks, giving off a major Valentine’s Day vibe, but you could easily swap up the colours for a totally different look all year round. You can watch my video tutorial or read the transcript below.  I’ve included a few photos for reference but the main tutorial is on the video portion of this posting. How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug – Video Tutorial: This is a great project to use up fabric scraps. You’ll need three fabric prints in total: one dark for the background and…

  • How to Make a 3D Folded Frame Embellishment Greeting Card Tutorial
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    VIDEO: How to Make a 3D Folded Frame Embellishment Greeting Card Tutorial

    Today I’m going to show you how to make this really simple embellishment frame out of folded card stock. It looks great on the front of a card, but you could apply this to other scrapbook projects for a three dimensional element. It really makes your focal sticker POP with minimal effort! This video features a Christmas card as an example, but you could do something similar for any holiday or event. Are you ready to get started?

  • Valentine's Day Cookies by Craftcore
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    Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Ideas

    Valentine’s Day is next week, so in preparation, I’ve been decorating some Valentine’s Day cookies with various types of icing. I’m no expert cookie decorator, but I enjoy trying.  I watch people who are amazingly talented on YouTube ice cookies, but my experience attempting to recreate those is limited. Here are the results of my baking for Valentine’s Day this year.  I think when you look at them with a sweeping glance they look quite cute!  If you look closely, you’ll see my shaky piping (LOL).  So ignore that! Here are the iced Valentine’s Day cookies: Now my intention when sharing this blog post is not to portray myself as…