Happy Camper Party

Gather your friends and head to craft camp! Print our free decorations, activities, recipes and more as offered in the Spring/Summer issue of Make It Yourself, on newsstands April 11-July 11, 2017.

Can’t find it on newsstands? Order a digital issue here!

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Get invitations, decorations, screen printing patterns, a scavenger hunt game, and recipes to host your own Happy Camper weekend.

Get the free party kit here.

While you’re camping, make your own terrarium featuring cute details!


Downloads from Spring/Summer 2017


Get the free printables offered in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Make It Yourself, on newsstands April 11, 2017–July 11, 2017.


Can’t find it on newsstands? Order a digital issue here!

For full instructions for each download, refer to the page numbers listed below the project pictures.


Chapter: Crafty Comeback

Page: 20 of Spring/Summer 2017 Make It Yourself

Download the PDF here.

By the Book

Chapter: By the Book

Page: 48 of Spring/Summer 2017 Make It Yourself

Download the PDF here.

Simple Sewing Apron

Designer: Joyce Cronkhite

The piecing is simple on this kitchen gadget inspired apron.


  • 4—34-yard pieces of assorted prints in coral, big dot, small green dot, and cream novelty (apron, pocket, lining)
  • 1 yard green rickrack
  • 2—112-yard pieces of 78“-wide grosgrain ribbon: cream and green
  • Water-soluble marking pen


Finished Apron: 21×2812” (overall); 21×2212” (folded)

Quantities are for 44/45″-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 14” seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

1. Cut pieces in the following order.

From coral print, cut:

  • 2—534×30″ strips

From big dot, cut:

  • 2—534×30″ strips

From small green dot, cut:

  • 1—634×14″ rectangle

From cream novelty print, cut:

  • 1—2112×30″ rectangle

From green rickrack, cut:

  • 1—22″-long piece
  • 1—7″-long piece


2. Sew together two coral print 534×30″ strips and two big dot 534×30″ strips to make apron front (Diagram 1). Press seams in one direction. Apron front should be 2112×30″ including seam allowances.


3. Topstitch along one side of each seam (Diagram 2).


4. Layer cream novelty print 2112×30″ rectangle and apron front with right sides together, orienting the prints in opposite directions so that the cream novelty print rectangle is right side up when the top is folded over the front. Sew together around all edges, leaving a 4″ opening along one edge for turning. Trim diagonally across corners.


5. Turn right side out through opening. Press flat and slip-stitch opening closed to make apron unit. The apron unit should be 21×2912“.


6. Topstitch along outer edge of apron unit and remaining side of each seam (Diagram 3).

7. Turn under bottom edge of apron unit 12“; press. Turn under again 12“; press. Sew through all layers close to first folded edge to hem apron unit.


8. Referring to photo, on top, pin 22″-long piece of green rickrack over hem stitching, folding ends over edges. Using contrasting thread, stitch through center of rickrack.


9. Aligning short edges, fold small green dot 634×14″ rectangle in half, right side inside, to make a 634×7″ rectangle. Sew together raw edges, leaving a 3″ opening along one edge for turning (Diagram 4).


10. Turn right side out through opening. Press flat and slip-stitch opening closed to make a pocket.


11. Referring to photo, on top, pin 7″-long piece of green rickrack 1″ from folded edge of pocket, folding ends over edges. Using contrasting thread, stitch to pocket through center of rickrack.


12. Position pocket on right side of apron unit 714” from bottom edge and 218” from right-hand edge; pin. Topstitch side and bottom edges of pocket to make apron body (Diagram 5).

13. Join ends of cream and green grosgrain ribbon pieces to make a tie strip. Press seam open.


14. Using a water-soluble marking pen, draw a line on right side of apron body 6″ from top edge. Align and center top edge of tie strip with marked line; pin. Topstitch tie to apron body along both edges of ribbon to complete apron (Diagram 6). To wear apron, tie ribbon ends around waist. Fold top of apron lining over ribbon tie strip as shown in photo.

Hanging Herb Garden

Designer: Anna Marino

Up to 12 herbs can grow in this clever hanging planter.


  • 47×50″ piece of chalkboard fabric
  • 2—35×38″ pieces of landscape fabric
  • Tape: masking or duct
  • Heavy-duty sewing thread: black
  • Heavy-duty sewing machine needle
  • Crafts knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal straightedge
  • 112“-diameter dowel 50” long
  • Chalk
  • Herb starter plants


1. Lay chalkboard fabric right side up on work surface with 47″ sides at top and bottom.

2. Referring to the Fabric Marking Diagram, measure 612” from the top edge of the fabric. Using a pencil, mark an A line across the width of the fabric.

3. Measure 512” in from each side edge and mark D lines along the length of the fabric.

4. Measure 5″ down from the A line and mark a B line across the fabric from D line to D line.

5. Measure 512” above bottom edge of the fabric and mark a C line across the fabric from D line to D line.

6. Measure 11″ below the B line, and mark an E line from D line to D line. Measure and mark another E line 11″ below the first E line.

7. Measure 9″ from a D line and mark a vertical F line from B line to C line. Measure and mark two more F lines so all are 9″ apart, making a grid of 12 rectangles.


1. Referring to Diagram 1, measure 5″ from the top of each grid rectangle and mark a 6×1″ rectangle in the center (112” from D Line and F Line). Repeat for each rectangle.

2. Turn fabric over with right side facedown. Measure 412” from the bottom edge and mark a line across the width of the fabric.

3. Referring to Diagram 2, lay one piece of landscape fabric on the wrong side of the chalkboard fabric with a 38″ edge of the landscape fabric centered along the marked line. There should be 4″ space between chalkboard fabric and landscape fabric edges along each side. Tape all landscape fabric edges to wrong side of chalkboard fabric.

4. Turn chalkboard fabric over with right side up. To secure layers, stitch on marked 6×1″ rectangle through both fabric layers in each of the 12 grid rectangles (Diagram 3).

5. Place layered piece with chalkboard fabric right side up on cutting mat. Using a crafts knife and a straightedge, cut through center of a stitched 6×1″ rectangle as shown in Diagram 4, angling cuts to each corner of stitching; cut right up to, but not through, the stitching. Repeat in each grid rectangle.


6. Referring to Diagram 5, fold under the cut edges inside each 6×1″ rectangle to make an opening. Topstitch around each opening through both fabric layers. Repeat for all 12 grid rectangles.


7. Turn layered piece over with landscape fabric side up. Repeat Step 3, positioning the second piece of landscape fabric on top of the first.

8. Turn layered piece over with chalkboard fabric side up. Stitch along all D and F lines; then stitch all B, E, and C lines to complete grid.

9. Turn layered piece over with landscape fabric side up. Turn and sew a 12” hem along each side edge. Sew a 1″ hem along bottom edge.

10. On wrong side of chalkboard fabric, measure and mark 612” from top edge (same as A line on front). Fold top fabric edge down to A line. Sew edge in place to create a hanging sleeve.

11. Insert dowel into hanging sleeve. Label each grid pocket using chalk. Insert herbs starter plants into grid slits. Embellish with chalk lettering as desired.

Wood Triangle Necklace

Designer: Jodi Harris

Tiny triangles cut from wood veneer make a cheery banner-style necklace when strung together with jump rings and chain.


  • Iron-on wood veneer tape
  • Fabric scrap for backing
  • Acrylic paint: light blue, medium blue, dark blue, white
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray sealer
  • 11 gold jump rings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Gold chain
  • Gold lobster clasp
  • Download the triangle pattern here.

1. Cut a 10″ length of veneer tape. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use an iron to press fabric onto rough side of tape. Trace triangle pattern onto white paper. Trace eight triangles onto wood side of veneer; cut out with sharp scissors.

2. Paint one triangle light blue, one medium blue, one dark blue, and one white; let dry. Spray all triangles with sealer; let dry.

3. Drill a 132” hole into two corners of each triangle. Connect triangles with jump rings through holes in desired order. Add chain to jump rings on outside triangles and adjust chain to desired length. Add jump rings to each chain end and add a lobster clasp to one end.