April 6, 2011

Top 10 Best Crafty Tutorial Sites

This little blog is all about collecting the best crafty tutorials, so I thought it would be good to write about the websites that I turn to when I look for tutorials. If you're a crafter, most of these will probably be familiar to you, but there may be a few surprises.

1. ReadyMade. ReadyMade is my favoriite magazine of all time. I have every back issue ever published and they are displayed proudly on my office bookshelf. But you don't have to subscribe to take advantage of RM's massive collection of DIY project tutorials. You can submit your own projects as well, including submissions to the famous bi-monthly MacGyver Challenge.

2. Craft. I was pretty sad when Craft magazine stopped publishing its print version after a mere 10 issues. But luckily for us, it kept the very popular website -- complete with lots of tutorials -- running. If you follow me on Twitter you'll notice that I like to retweet Craft's tweets a lot. That's because they are sooooo good.

3. Craftster. "No Tea Cozies Without Irony" is the motto of this message board site. It's more than just a place to read and submit tutorials -- it's also a community to meet like-minded crafters and share tips and techniques. The site also hosts monthly craft challenges.

4. Martha Stewart. I'm not ashamed to admit that I love Martha Stewart. If you haven't watched her show lately you might be surprised to find that she does a lot of hip and modern projects. All (or nearly all) of the projects she has done on her shows or featured in any of her magazines over the years are archived on her website. It's an incredible resource.

5. YouTube. It's so obvious that I almost didn't think of it. If you need a tutorial in video form, you might as well go straight to YouTube to search for it. Most videos on other websites these days are also posted on YouTube, so you're likely to find exactly what you're looking for -- and a whole lot more.

6. Etsy.  Etsy is well known as a place to buy things that other people make, but its blog also has a nice assortment of tutorials. And there is a new video tutorial every Tuesday (How-To Tuesday). http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/

7. Make.  Make's projects are a little more technical rather than crafty, but they are never boring. This magazine is by the same company that published Craft and hosts the Maker Faire. The website includes projects from the magazine as well as reader-submitted tutorials.

8. Instructables. This site has a lot of interesting tutorials with lots of pictures and rich detail. My only complaint is that you need a pro (paid) account to download PDFs of the projects.

9. Crafty Pod.  Unlike the other sites mentioned here, CraftyPod's tutorials are all the love children of a single person — a crafty lady who goes by the name Sister Diane. All of her tutorials are lovingly photographed and carefully documented. They are among the best out there, which is why she makes the list with all these big sites.

10. eHow. This website is a little hit or miss. Some of the tutorials are really good, and some are not. But there are so many tutorials here that it is a good place to check if there's something you want basic directions for.

If you have any recommendations of your own, please leave a comment.

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