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Lish Dorset loves to craft and help others around her craft. She's a contributor to Craft as well as Maker Faire. A lifelong Michigan resident, Lish is a part of Handmade Detroit, a DIY collective that's been hosting the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Michigan's first indie craft fair, since 2006.

Do-It-Yourself Bunting:

"I love flags and I definitely love bunting. Nothing feels more festive than pennants for a celebration, if you ask me! You've probably seen some American flag bunting in your neighborhood as we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July. I wanted to make my own, but give it a twist for my house. Here's an easy tutorial on how to make some modern bunting you can hang outside this weekend," said Lish Dorset.

1. Start out by selecting your fabrics and get them ready for sewing. I used six different patterns, in blue and red shades. Each strip of fabric is 10.5"x30." Once they're cut, press each piece and decide how you'd like the color scheme to be laid out.

2. Sew the first two pieces together, right sides facing each other. I used a 1/4" seam allowance for this project.

3. Continue to sew all six pieces together to make your big piece of bunting. As you go along, press the seams on the back, light to dark.

4. The finished front. Now, time to work on the back!

5. Measure you're finished front and cut a piece to fit the back. I used a cream fabric with a bit of a fabric to back mine. Cut the piece and press.

6. Pin the right sides of the front and backing together and sew together. Leave an opening on one side, a few inches long, so that you can flip the piece right-side out.

7. With right-side pieces folded out, press the piece and top stitch the top. When you get to the opening you left, fold the fabric in, pin, and sew shut.

8. Once the top stitching is done, press again. (Are you noticing a trend, here?) At this point you can add ribbon, trim, etc. I quilted mine and added some ribbon to the bottom of the bunting. I also added some fabric loops as I decided to hang mine off a skinny piece of wood. You could also use tacks and attach directly to the wood.

9. I cut a piece of wood (1x2) the length of my bunting with a little extra on either side. Using eye hooks, screw one in to each end. We added some chain to hang from our swing hooks on the porch.

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Make Your Own Quilt:

Lish Dorset shares her secret to creating beautiful quilts. She shares her must-do tips:

  • Create a big enough workspace, both for cutting and eventually assembling the top
  • Measure twice, cut once!
  • When cutting fabric, I prefer the dining room table. It's at just the right height to put your weight into the cutting.
  • Use a sharp, quality rotary cutter. It makes such a huge difference!
  • Work in stages so you don't feel so overwhelmed. Set time aside to cut, then to piece, and eventually quilt.
  • Take you time - when you're rushing and not paying attention, little mistakes can add up quickly.
  • Make sure you've got the proper equipment - find the right walking foot for your machine and good-quality thread.
  • Keep consistent seam allowances with each piece.
  • Press as you go along - it makes the process faster and ready for the next step once you're done piecing.
  • Have a good time and get excited to see your finished hard work!

Make Your Own Jewelry, Decorating with Shells, Craft Projects

Other segments featured on this episode of Home with Lisa Quinn:

Make Your Own Jewelry
Make Your Own Jewelry
Discover how you can create your own personalized jewelry.
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Fun Kids' Craft Project
Fun Kids Craft Project
Sarah Hodsdon shares a fun kids' craft project.
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Decorating with Shells
Decorating with Shells
Lisa Quinn shows you fun ways to decorate with shells.
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