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I am in the process of re-doing a skirt for one of my son's friends. She bought it online, can't return it, and it is much too small for her. She loves it enough that she asked that I work a miracle. Did I mention that the main fabric is themed from a licensed children's book and that I can't find it anywhere? Oh, yes, I will be a miracle worker if I can pull this off!

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.

To begin, I must completely pull the skirt apart, including the fitted waist and the ruffled and lacy hems. Then, I must add panels, extend the waist and find a way to add more to the ruffles and lace at the bottom before putting it all back together. Without my embroidery machine, I wouldn't even consider it!

My favorite embroidery design gallery has already provided me with an option to create free-standing lace edgings that look almost identical to the original, and I can stitch as much as I need with the help of my huge stash of thread for machine embroidery. I just have to get final approval on several cute designs that resemble the original fabric enough that I can use them to create more fabric. Once this is done, I can get started!

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).

This skirt reminds me of why I love the world of machine embroidery so much. I grew up surrounded by the hand-made finery of the women in my family. Quilts, doilies, crocheted and knitted clothing were just a part of it. As an adult I fell in love with linens and clothing embellished with pretty, feminine embroidery. Of course, I didn't love the prices to buy these things, and I didn't have time to create them myself.

Then, I got my first embroidery machine! Oh, glory!

Does anyone besides me think that flannel sheets are totally unromantic? I love them in the winter, but they don't speak of romance to me. With some wonderful free embroidery designs, I turned my flannel sheets and pillowcases into lovely floral works of art. I'm assuming something like this would be expensive in the stores, but I've never seen anything like them. Score one for embroidery!

And those sheets were just the beginning! My home is now full of the beauty I grew up with. Because I didn't have to use the time to make them completely by hand, I'm less worried about them actually getting used. What's the point of saving pretty things for special occasions? My machine embroidery allows me to make every day special. And, sometimes, it allows me to reproduce the occasional miracle. Creating napkins to match my dishes is one example; pillows to match a priceless Tiffany lamp another!

I'm happy to be able to use my talents, as well as my extensive stash of embroidery supplies, to make this young woman's skirt exactly what she wants it to be! We all see beauty in various parts of our lives. It is my pleasure to help her see hers!

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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