Lisa Tilse
Hello! I’m a designer, maker, blogger and a sometime-stylist. I’ve always been drawn to creative expression and I love making, crafting and being surrounded by beautiful things. I design sewing patterns and kits as the red thread and I'm always making or thinking about creating the next craft project to share. My blog the red thread is all about sharing things I find and craft tutorials I create. My digital magazine, SCOUT, is all that and more. It makes me happy to think that I might inspire others to live a more creative life too.
  • Crafts & DIY
    Make a Stunning Braided Cuff Bracelet With Hama BeadsMake a hama bead cuff preview
    Make a beautiful cuff bangle with memory wire and Hama beads for under $10.Read More…
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    How to Make Easter Bunny Softies From SocksSock bunny tutorial preview
    Skip the chocolate this Easter and make super-cute Easter bunny soft toys from socks. They make adorable gifts for children and are easy and fun to make.Read More…
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    Create Your Own Superhero Soft ToySuper
    Up in the sky, look: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's (your very own) superhero! Learn how to make a fun, super-cute, superhero softie for your favourite little person. Add personalised details for an extra-special gift!Read More…
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    How to Make Beautiful Origami Cards From Tissue BoxesOrigami fold out cards 400
    This fold-out origami card is perfect when a number of people want to add their best wishes, and the best part is you can make it with an empty tissue box and a sheet of office paper. It couldn't be easier! This tutorial can also be used to make perfect little notebooks to carry in your pocket or purse.Read More…
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    Make a Modern Dreamcatcher400px modern dream catcher step7d
    I'll be the first to admit that I've never been a huge fan of dreamcatchers. But as I'm always saying, any craft can be given a fresh spin and a modern interpretation. I've noticed some lovely contemporary dreamcatchers around recently and they've inspired me to make my own version. Read on for the full tutorial.Read More…
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    Sew a Beautiful Colour-Block Pillowcase in Less Than an HourColour block pillow case tutorial400
    Adding new cushions to your sofa is a fantastic way to change the whole mood of your living space. But have you ever thought about making some new pillow shams to achieve the same effect in your bedroom? I like to have a plain white doona cover and mix things up by swapping out the pillow cases. When you make them yourself it's a super fast and cost-effective way to update your decor with a fresh new look.Read More…
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    How to Make a Woven Felt Sleeve for Your iPad 400px ipad woven felt cover
    I love the contrast between tech and handmade, so the idea of making a woven felt iPad sleeve appealed to me. High tech versus low tech is always a nice balance. The lovely woven texture not only looks great, but it will also do a great job safeguarding your iPad from scratches and bumps. Just make sure you pop it in a bag or satchel for extra protection.Read More…
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    Make an Adorable Origami Doll HouseOrigami dolls house 400
    This is a great rainy afternoon project that will engage children in the making, decorating and playing. It's fast to make, fun to decorate and it will fold away flat so you won't have to find space for storage. Let's get started.Read More…
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    Make Your Own Colourful Polymer Clay Necklaces400px polymer clay preview
    Polymer clay necklaces are bang on trend and you can easily make your own to match your outfit or mood. They also make really brilliant gifts. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make an ombre disc necklace and a colourful bead necklace. Read on for the how-to.Read More…
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    Make Gorgeous Lavender and Rose Sachets for Mother's DayRetina 400 scented sachets wrapped
    If you're stuck for a present for Mother's Day, nothing beats a lovely and practical handmade gift. These lavender and rose sachets are perfect for Mother's Day, as a hostess gift, or as a little thank you for a friend. They are a great way to use up scraps from your fabric stash, too. In this tutorial you'll make two sachets, so you could give one to Mum and keep one for yourself!Read More…
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    Make Amazing Pop-Up Origami Dinosaur InvitationsOrigami dinosaur invite 4001
    Many kids seem to go through a dinosaur phase, and often they request a dinosaur birthday cake or party theme. They'll love these pop-up origami dino invitations, and so will you because they are quite simple to make. Just follow our step-by-step folding and cutting instructions and they'll be a roarrring success!Read More…
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    Sew a Cute Puppy Pillow SoftiePuppypillow retina
    Children love cuddling up to a special pillow at home or in the car, and this cute puppy with his floppy ears and an eye patch could easily become a new favourite. Especially as it's handmade with love.Read More…