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What is WhatTheCraft.com?

WhatTheCraft.com is a source for free sewing and craft information. In my craftventures (sorry, that was cheesy... I'll never use the word again) I've used countless tutorials that awesome people have posted on the internet... now it's my turn to share!

Whether you want to cut up an old t-shirt and turn it into something more flattering, or you're looking for some new places to buy craft supplies, or you just want to chat with some other crafty folks, WhatTheCraft has what you're looking for! Now let's have some Craftventures (gotcha! haha!).

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Who runs WhatTheCraft.com?

That's me! My name is Alexis, and if you're into the "diy" fashion scene, you might know me as SmarmyClothes. I'm a self-taught seamstress and crafter... pretty much everything I learned was by reading tutorials and how-tos, or good, old fashioned trial-and-error. I'm just a passionate craftperson passing on my knowledge.
Currently, WhatTheCraft.com is a one-person endeavor, which is why I'm kinda slow at answering emails, activating forum accounts, and updating with new tutorials. :) So I apologize for constantly keeping all of you waiting.
I do want to thank all the people that help keep WhatTheCraft.com afloat, both money-wise (all of you that have bought advertising slots or donated!)and content-wise (the awesome forum members, people that submit links for the directory, or request tutorials, or ask for clarification). I'm constantly trying to improve and add content, so all of your questions and support help me do so!!

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What is DIY? What is the point of WhatTheCraft.com?

DIY means Do It Yourself. If you made it, it's DIY, and it's insanely rewarding. And that's the point, my friends. I didn't start this site to make money (I'd be one sad girl if I had, haha!), I started this site because I wanted to show people how easy and fun it is to make something rad.

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Are the tutorials here free for anyone to use? If I make an item using one of the WhatTheCraft tutorials, can I sell it?

You don't need to be a member or donate or pay anything to use the tutorials, but any support you can give is much appreciated.
The tutorials are free to use, provided you follow the ground rules:

  • Don't make something from my tutorials and then sell it. No, there's not much I can do to stop you or prove that you've done so, but to be quite honest, if you need to use one of my tutorials to make something, then you're probably not skilled enough to be selling it in the first place. Besides, you're not going to be very successful in design or selling your crafts if all you do is rip off other people's work. This site is intended to help you learn, but if you want to piss in the well, go right ahead. Karma's a bitch.
  • Don't post my tutorials or my example photos elseware without my permission. You can post a link to the content on this site if you'd like to share.
  • If you make something using one of my tutorials and post pictures elsewere on the internet, I'd be much obliged if you could mention WhatTheCraft.com and post a link back here.

For more license information, please click the little button below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Will you make a tutorial for _________?

You are more than welcome to request tutorials, but keep in mind that no matter how much I'd like to think so, I'm not the God of All that is Crafty. I don't know how to do everything, and even if I know how to do it, I might not know how to show you how to do it.
So request away, just be nice... keep in mind that you are asking me for a favor. You might not think so, but these little tutorials take me hours to put together, and I'm not getting paid for it. A little Please and Thank You would be rad.
Also, if I still haven't gotten around to posting a tutorial for something you requested ages ago, I apologize. I get way behind on this stuff. And like I said, I'm not making money doing this, so sometimes you'll just have to be patient.

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Can I buy one of your patterns?

Nope. This site is for tutorials, patterns are a whole different ballgame. Besides, the tutorials are free... FREE!! Who wants to pay for something they can get for free?

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Where do you get t-shirts, fabric, etc?

There is a ridonkulous list of such things here. Unfortunately, if you ask me about something really specific (i.e. "Where did you get the lime green leopard print velour?"), I probably won't remember. I swear I'm not being a jerk and not sharing my sources because I'm greedy or paranoid (I used to be that way, but now I made the aforementioned ridonkulous list, remember?)... I've got fabric and t-shirts coming out of my... uh, rumpus. I have fabric that I've never used that I bought years ago. So you're going to have to do a little searching on your own, but hunting for those rare gems is part of the fun!

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How did you learn to sew?

In a middle school "Life Skills" class. Seriously. After that, my mom taught me how to use a sewing pattern, and then I promptly stuffed it all into the back of my head until years later when I decided it'd be fun to sew again.
How did I get good at it? Practice. A lot of practice. I know it sounds like a B.S., Cheater McPeter answer, but it's the double truth, Ruth. You aren't going to be good at anything without a ton of practice, but don't get discouraged. If you keep at it, you'll be awesome at sewing, plus it's fun! And if it's not fun for you, well... then you should probably find another hobby!
You might consider reading my series of articles about Selling Your Craft. Even if you don't want to sell your stuff, it might give you some insight, anyway!

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I want to be a fashion designer, can you give me some tips?

Done and done! Check out my series of articles regarding Selling Your Craft!

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How can I help/support WhatTheCraft.com?

You. Are. An. AWESOME PERSON! Seriously, though, any help is welcome and much appreciated! You can post a link to WhatTheCraft.com on your website, in your blog, or on myspace. If you post pictures of projects you've made using WhatTheCraft tutorials elsewhere on the 'net, please mention this site! There are banners you can use when linking back here.
You can also buy advertising, make a donation, or just click the Sponsor ads from time to time, and help keep the site alive!

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Do I have to use t-shirts to use your tutorials?

Certainly not! Most, if not all, of the tutorials could be made with any sort of stretchy material (knit, interlock, jersey, lycra, etc.), and lots of them could be made with woven, non-stretch materials with some slight modification (you'll probably want to add a few inches, and consider adding a zipper or buttons to help getting whatever it is on and off).
I know that knits and stretch materials can be a pain to work with if you're not used to them, but it's my fabric and material of choice, so that's why all of the tutorials are kind of geared in that direction.
Worried about the expense? Check out the Directory for some places that carry knit fabrics (almost always cheaper than the local fabric store), or buy some jumbo sized t-shirts at the thrift store!

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I can't make heads or tails of your tutorial. Help?

I'm certainly no expert at teaching or crafting, I'll admit. Feel free to email me at what.the.craft@gmail.com with any questions, or post your question in the forum- that way, you'll get answers from people other than me, since I'm the one that confused you in the first place! :)
If you think there's a particular step of a tutorial that needs clarificiation, please let me know, I'm always looking to improve the site!!

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