D.I.Why are Crafts so Hard?

Fancy ScissorsAs much as I like to pretend that I'm crafty and could whip up a reupholstered chair or a new dress in a weekend, the truth is I have a hard time even finishing kindergarten-level crafts like filling in a paint-by-numbers unicorn picture within a reasonable time frame.


The proudest moment of my life was when I made a yarn wreath complete with a fabric scrap banner and a miniature bird. It fell down three days later and shattered into a million little Styrofoam pieces. I've accepted that I'm bad at crafts, but it didn't always used to be this way. I had the best scrapbook on the block when I was a mere 12 years old, and I've resized many XXL band shirts that made their way into my closet because I can't say no to a bidding war on eBay.


This year I am determined to start developing a more creative wardrobe with the help of a few little DIY projects inspired by Balmain's spring 2011 line.


First up, a shredded T-shirt: I was skeptical about the look when I first saw tutorials popping up across the Web, but it seems simple enough. All you need is an inexpensive white T-shirt, a seam ripper and a pair of fancy scissors (the fancy part is optional).


I'm also going to try channeling Balmain through a studded blazer. In high school, I had pink hair and a friend named Davey Danger, so it's no surprise that I have a studded belt lurking in the recesses of my closet. Using old studs with a simple black blazer seems like something I can handle, and I love the outcome.


So how does everyone feel about craft projects? What is the most impressive thing you've ever made?



Posted by

Amanda Mears



Dec. 30, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I am a medium-level crafter. I, too, can alter T-shirts and I sometimes do it with reckless abandon, but I actually don't even own a sewing machine, so my crafting is made up of cutting, tying and sewing by hand. I love hearing about designers who alter all their own clothing, sewing sequin cuffs onto the bottoms of jeans and cutting and fraying men's button-up shirts to make them more feminine. I would love to have that sort of appetite for design.

Dec. 30, 2010 at 12:33 PM

My mom made me learn to sew starting at age 9, and I HATED it. Now, since DIY is so cool and everyone embellishes their clothes or makes their own, I wish I would have paid more attention. Sewing your own clothes wasn't cool when I was a kid. I am very proud of the couch cushions I made with some fabulous Ikea fabric, however, and I love the red jumper I made a few years ago.

Dec. 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I have this thing where I love crafting, but hate crafts. I'm happy to tole paint wooden teddy bears all day, but don't ask me to put that thing up in my house! Crafting for me usually results in a donation run to the thrift store a few days later. I have made a few items I'm happy with, though, and assembling jewelry usually lends keepable results. Pom poms, ribbons, and as many brass buttons and baubles as I can scrape out of my mom's sewing chest have all fallen prey to my manic jewelry making moments. I have yet to try my hand at anything in my wardrobe, but I think that shredded t-shirt may be where I start.

Dec. 30, 2010 at 12:46 PM

I think I still have the gym duffel bag I made in 6th grade home economics class. It impressed me, anyway.

Dec. 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I have bad luck with re-sizing t-shirts. I always end up making them too small and then I end up with the hippest, most expensive dust rags ever. I have successfully made a yarn wreath, however! If you ever want to try it again, use a metal wreath frame, loop yarn around a piece of cardboard (about 4 inches wide) a bunch of times then tie it in the middle, repeat a few hundred times, then tie them all to the wire frame. Ta-da! I used black, orange and white for a Halloween wreath, and I tied a noose on a plastic skeleton and hung him in the middle. Then I used a glue gun to put plastic spiders all over the yarn. I have quite proudly hung it on my front door every year for several years now.

Jan. 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Online tutorials are the BEST when it comes to DIY crafts. I have to leave myself double the amount of time they predict because snags are always inevitable which lead to meltdowns and self-doubt. I swear I'll never attempt something like that ever again, then finish my craft and think, hey, that wasn't so bad. And the cycle continues. These yarn wreaths sound intriguing.

Jan. 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I am a succcessful crafter but have been doing so for many many years, I do it as a means to earn money now that I am diabled, The yarn wreaths are a very easy and rewarding task and can be used as gifts - I have made several and given them as gifts, Christmas ones can be done using white or green yarn and you can hot glue snow covered pine cones to them and small ornaments you can also attach small strands of lights - use imagination you will be pleasantly surprised. I love the Halloween idea! Oh also instead of using the metal wreaths if you cannot afford them, because those can get kind of pricy if you are going to make a few of them, you can also use (2) wire coat hangers and shape them into a circle - this way you already have your hanger **wink** I must say I have not tried my hand at the t-shirt thing but that does sound like fun - thank you, I am new here and have really enjoyed my first time - thank you all.

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