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The crafty Janeite: A roundup of DIY projects

The Jane Austen Summer Program will be here before you know it (I know — we’re excited too!), so if you’re at all crafty — or just want to try your hand at it — here are a few links for DIY projects to get you in the mood, or to show off in June.

Just a few spaces left in a spencer-making workshop at Old Salem in April. Click here for our post on it!

via Darling and Dash

What’s under that bonnet? Duct tape and a Cheerios box, you say? If you’ve got a cereal box, some duct tape and fabric (and okay, maybe a McCall’s pattern), you can check out this tutorial on making a budget bonnet.

Book it: The So Jane” craft book has tons of ideas, including pillows, paper chandeliers and food.

Wear it: If you’re looking to sew your own dress, this Regency pattern could be The One. And don’t worry, procrastinators, there’s a tutorial for you.

via Bird’s Party

Upcycling: Your well-loved book is falling apart. It might hurt to do it, but you could turn the pages into something else like ….


Then you can spread the love to others.

For experienced knitters: The Jane Austen Knits magazines have some fabulous patterns for shawls, socks, cardigans and more.

via Interweave

If you’ve never made a shawl before, the ball is a perfect motivation to try your hand at it! Click here for a tutorial on a beginner’s lace shawl. And these won’t be practical for June, but I really want these mittens right now.

Put on your dancing shoes: Want to decorate your shoes in a manner Emma would approve of? Here’s how.

Turban it up: Here’s a video of how to tie a turban.


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