I Made it with the Library


Have you made something using a book, video, magazine or a class from the Library? Send us a picture of your project along with the title of the source you used and we'll add you to this page. Submit project photographs, descriptions and book titles to: madeitdpl@gmail.com.

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Robot Toy

Wit and Wonder made the attached robot toy for Curious Lotties Dolly Drive for Japan with the help of Knitwit: 20 Fun Projects for Beginners and Seasoned Knitters by Katie Boyette. He's a little rough around the edges, but hopefully he'll bring a smile to a child's face.

Photo Fabric Bag

Suzanne made a very chic looking bag after she attended the Fresh City Life My Branch class "Photo Fabric Art" held at the Bear Valley Branch Library. She bought a canvas bag from the Army Surplus store, and with her new skills from the class, used a photo that she took and re-made the flap with different fabric. Voilà!! — a new bag that is chic, unique and oh so neat!


Annie crafted this gorgeous quilt with an elephant motif and vibrant Bollywood colors using the book Quilts, Baby!: 20 Cuddly Designs to Piece, Patch & Embroider by Linda Kopp.

Wooden Puzzle

Make a simple or challenging wooden puzzle like this one Michael made using ebony, purple heart and zebra wood. Check out Wonders in Wood by Edwin Mather Wyatt, or try your hand at the cocobolo handled magnifying glass with the help of The Pen Turner's Workbook by Barry Gross.


For her friend Ethel's 97th birthday, Lisa knitted the body of this seven-pointed crepe paper crown following a recipe from Leigh Radford's excellent AlterKnits: Imaginative Projects and Creativity Exercises, but added original embellishments and closure. The dime-sized puffy paper stars are made of glow-in-the-dark strips and Lisa "lucetted" the lacing.


Hannah made this mosaic by adapting an ancient design and using vitreous glass and instructional books from the library including Complete Mosaic Handbook: Projects, Techniques, Designs by Sarah Kelly.


Mr. Skull - Using inspiration from The Happy Hooker: Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet by Debbie Stoller, I crocheted a little skull I refer to as Senor Yorick, sewed a snap inside the back of his head and made a variety of bodies for him to enjoy from time to time. The bodies include: the anchorman, the pirate, and the drag queen (don't know if you can see the chest and leg hair around the lovely evening gown.)

Dish Towel

Dish Towel - I crocheted this lovely dishcloth using the chevron pattern in 300 Crochet Stitches published by Harmony Guides.


Matrioshka - I crocheted her a body using inspiration from Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden then fancified her crocheted body using embroidery techniques from Sublime Stitching by Jenny Hart. Using the same techniques I made a button hatch on her bum so that wee matrioshka dolls made of felt could fall out.

Moth Mosaic

Resa made this mosaic of moths against a field of white for the transom space above a door. The design came from Encyclopedia of Mosaic Techniques: A Step-by-Step Visual Directory, with an Inspirational Gallery of Finished Works by Emma Biggs.

Beaded Mermaid

Lisa had to get out her +1.50 bifocals to make these delicate sea creatures out of tiny, tiny beads and wire. Learn how in Beadlings: How to Make Bead Creatures and Creations by Julie Collings and Candice Elton.

Needle Felted Creatures

Can't have pets? Try felting some quiet little creatures of your own. Needle felting is easy and addictive! Stefanie used Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts: Fuzzy Felted Friends to help create this snow goose.

House Sign

Rio made this house number sign with a scroll saw and an awesome book by Scrollergirl Diana Thompson. The library has many other scroll saw pattern books too!

Paper Vase

When you are a paper ninja, you must be mysterious. Tara hides behind the instructions for her sweet paper vase. Tara made this vase from an article in Country Living Magazine.


Diamond saw blades are a girl's best friend! Nan used flagstone, a diamond saw blade and The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers in the construction of her patio.


Oh sweet compost, how I love you so! Rachel got tips on composting from All About Compost: Recycling Household and Garden Waste, Compost and Easy Compost: The Secret to Great Soil and Spectacular Plants.


Now that I can make candles, I can check out that Flight of the Conchords CD everyone's been talking about. It's business time, baby! The Encyclopedia of Candlemaking Techniques.


I never thought I could snowshoe in a T-shirt until I read Snowshoeing Colorado! This book showed me all the best spots to go snowshoeing and now I know how long to plan for, what the terrain will be and whether to worry about avalanches!


Exposure to germs builds immunity, so the bigger the better! Angela made her soft-sculpture germ with tips from Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals.

Container Garden

I used to just have a jade plant, but now I use it as a book display! Thank you Denver Public Library! Container gardening was never so easy! Check out McGee & Stuckey's The Bountiful Container!


Anne has something to lean on and all her fingers are intact after making this dresser with plans from The Biscuit Joiner Project Book: Tips & Techniques to Simplify Your Woodworking Using This Great Tool.

Cat Bed

No Kitty! It's a hypertufa planter for a succulent garden! Michelle made this cat bed with directions from Creating With Concrete: Yard Art, Sculpture, and Garden Projects.