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Maybe you've been enjoying another's quilting work for a while now and you've decided to dip your toe into the water and test the temperature but are uninformed about how or where to begin to learn about the tools, materials and even the methods of producing your own personal creations in this popular folk art that has been passed down through generations.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Your quest to begin producing your own colorful, expressive quilts can commence when you examine cotton broadcloth and gingham, which are popular fabrics for quilters of all experience levels. Sidestep the temptation to use different kinds of fabric (which can end up in any lighter kinds of fabric stretched or torn by heavier ones), and select just one kind even though the fabric outlet you visit will probably have all kinds, colors and textures of fabric, and each and every one will seem to be calling your name. When you select fabric by the yard you may decide to begin quilting with cotton broadcloth because it is frequently readily available, comes in a wide scope of colors, styles and print patterns, and is relatively light in weight and easy to work with, even for the novice quilter.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).


If baby quilts are your goal, then you might think about soft-as-silk, tough as leather flannel for your quilting project because it's warmer than cotton broadcloth, colorful and very attractive, although also weightier than broadcloth. Batik fabric is cotton that has been dyed like the hand-tinted patterns common in batik fabrics, and is usually quite durable and colorful, especially in the vibrant blues often associated with this kind of patterning, although bear in mind that batik is a bit more pricey than other cotton fabrics.

You could think about exploring quilting fabric, which is especially designed for quilters, as you explore the many different fabric options available to you in online or brick and mortar stores that usually deal in wide ranges of fabric in every conceivable hue and tint, as well as almost all possible textures and finishes. Usually, quilts are created in three layers, with the quilt top, which is the colorful pattern that you will craft from various pieces of fabric, the batting or wadding, which fills out the center of the quilt and gives it 3-dimensional mass as well as better insulation performance, and finally the backing material, often muslin, is sewn on the bottom of the quilt.

You'll have one last step to execute once you've sewn together the three layers of your new creation and are ready to put the finishing touches on it; this is sewing a binding all along the edges of the piece to make it stronger and to give a more polished, satisfying look.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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