Money Origami, Flower Edition: 10 Different Ways to Fold a Dollar Bill into a Blossoming Bloom

The very first banknotes were used by the Chinese in the 7th century, during the Tang Dynasty. Before it was used as a true currency, paper money was used as part of a deposit system in which merchants would leave large amounts of coins with a trusted associate and receive a paper receipt for the transaction. The reason was simple—the copper coins used as currency at the time were heavy.

News: 50 FREE Papercraft Robot Downloads

One of the greatest things about the internet? Free papercraft downloads. Enjoy Botropolis' collection of 50 fun robots. Just download, print, and assemble. My top ten favorites below. Wall-E. Robocop. Optimus Prime. R2-D2. The Terminator. Poseable Toy Robot. Retro Bot. Godzilla. Poco Bot with 6 rotation points. Robot Owl.

How To: Make a blue lamp work bead with Latticino and Frit

One of the coolest beading effects is the kind that suspends various materials - from flowers to Latticinos - in a clear glass case. Swirled or marbeled shapes can also be added for interest, but either way the resulting work is like looking into a prehistoric block of amber and peeking around at such curious fragments.

How To: Tie four basic knots in jewelry design

To tie the overhand knot, make a loop and pass one end of the string through the loop and tighten by pulling both ends. To tie a double overhand knot, make a loop and pass one end of the string through the loop twice before pulling both ends to tighten the knot. To tie a surgeon's knot, take the left string and bring it over and around the right string twice. Then take the right string over and around the left string and pull both ends to tighten, leaving a complete loop of string below the k...

How To: Tie off when sewing by hand

In this video, we learn how to tie off when sewing by hand. First you want to sew your fabric and complete your desired project. Next, you will push the needle into the bottom of the fabric where you won't be able to see the tie off from the front. Now, loop the thread and push the needle with thread through it, before you finish, push the needle through one more loop. Now, pull tightly until there is a tight knot at the bottom of the thread. Now, take your scissors and cut tightly next to th...

How To: Make a four leaf clover pattern

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a four leaf clover pattern. First, fold your paper in half, then fold it in half in the other direction. Next, fold the edges making a point and then cut a half an inch along the edge, making a cone shape. end the shape on the right side, making a heart shape. When you unfold, you will have a four leaf clover! You can use any size of paper to make this, just make sure you use green paper to keep the theme Irish. This is a great project for kids to learn ...

How To: Draft a Basic Bodice Pattern

Unlock the secret to clothing design. If you can draft and sew a basic bodice you can design virtually any kind of t-shirt, blouse or other top! Attach a skirt and you now have a dress! Take your measurements by using the guide in the " How to Take Your Measurements" section and let´s get started! If you would rather just whip up an easier beginners t-shirt go to How to Design a Quick T-Shirt.

How To: Take Your Measurements

These measurments should be taken and recorded before drawing up you clothing design pattern. Wear the bra and panties you will be wearing with the final garment. Another option, especially if you are going to be selling a series of the garments, is to follow a size chart. While sizing is not very standardized in the clothing industry, I like the charts on the Burdastyle website which are in both inches and centimeters. When measuring, the tape measure should be neither too tight nor too loos...

How To: Quilt as you go with your sewing machine

Quilt as you go is becoming one of the most popular quilting methods out there and this video will show you how to do the technique using only your sewing machine. This method allows you to create a quilt in no time flat. You'll need lots of fabric strips, squares or triangles. You'll also need baton and backing, thread and of course a sewing machine. You'll see this project appear before your eyes and your friends will be impressed and amazed!

How To: Throw a paper airplane far

This video will teach you the three most important tips which you will need in order to throw a paper airplane far. First, you will need to use your dominant or stronger hand. Next, you will need to throw the airplane as if you were throwing a baseball, taking a slight forwards step as you throw it as well. Finally, you will need to make sure that you release the paper airplane at the proper point of your throw, at the maximum part of the arc and not when your arm starts arcing downwards. By ...

How To: Quilt as you go

This quilt as you go method is really becoming popular and this video shows how you can get in on the action. It's a simple method and you'll see your craft coming together quickly before your eyes. You'll need some backing, many pieces of fabric - widths can be different, but they'll need to be the same length. Check out the quilt as you go method and show off your new found skill! Quilts are a lovely craft and make for an even better gift!

How To: Sew a perfect jet pocket on a jacket or dress

A welted pocket (also called a jetted pocket or piped pocket) is a pocket where it appears just to be a thin slit in the fabric of the garment. Ideal for when you are making something you want to have pockets, but don't want to necessarily draw much attention to them - such as tailored suit jackets or streamlined dresses. All you need to learn this technique are some basic sewing notions (scissors, pins, etc) and either bias tape or the ability to cut your own bias tape from your fashion fabric.

How To: Sew a great DIY cosplay costume

Sewing your own cosplay costume requires a massive investment of time, energy, and sewing skills. Before you get started, you should watch all of this three-part video tutorial on sewing cosplay costumes. It covers everything from buying fabric to the actual sewing and everything in between, and should have you ready for you next anime convention in no time.

How To: Make a folded-paper cat with origami

Looking to add specimens to your paper menagerie? Make a folded-paper feline (neko) with origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions for making your own cats from a sheet of folded paper. For more information, and to get started making your own paper kittens, take a look!

How To: Knit The Raspberry Stitch

There are many beautiful stitches to learn in knitting. Some are harder than others. Some look hard, but really aren't. The RASPBERRY STITCH (shown in the header) is a quite easy. Once you get into the rhythm of doing it and practice for awhile you'll agree.

How To: Make a Yamaha papercraft motorcycle YZR-M1

Learn how to make your very own Japanese Yamaha paper craft motorcycle YZR-M1! These easy-to-follow instructional paper craft video clips explain everything from basic paper craft techniques and how to make major parts of the realistic paper crafts, right up to the final assembly of your Yamaha motorcycle YZR-M1. These paper craft videos are full of useful tips for efficient construction and superb finish! Watch it, and you'll want to make a realistic paper craft motorcycle yourself!

How To: Make a decorative box out of recycled materials

Newspapers, magazines, and cardboard often end up in the recycling bin or the trash, but you can also give them a new life as a lovely decorative box. You will need a brush, sand paper, scissors, a knife, newspaper or magazines, glue, latex paint, paper, and cardboard. Watch this video crafting tutorial and learn how to craft a box out of recycled materials.

How To: Make a twist turn style card

In this video, we learn how to make a twist turn style card. The card will open with a neat pop out image on the front of the card! First, get an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of card stock and then score it 2 and 3/4 inches from the left edge and 4 inches over from the left edge. Then, turn the card the other way and find the center, then score from the right end to the very first score line. Then flip the card over and score the rest of the center line up to the first line. Now, make a score line fro...

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