Kid Friendly Knitting Needles

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Between the pool and the park and camp and play dates, summer can be a whirlwind of activity, and even the most energetic kids will sometime need a quiet activity to do in the cool of the indoors. If you have a burgeoning knitter this summer, or a child interested in learning to knit, but you aren’t ready to hand over your good needles, why not put the kids to work making their own knitting needles?

Here’s what you need

Dowels – 1/4 inch and or 3/8 inch
Pencil sharpener
220 grit sandpaper
Rocks, buttons or beads, even small toys
Hot glue or super glue

If you have longer dowels, cut them into pairs of even lengths, 12 inches long works well but you can go shorter depending on your preference.

Using the small hole of the sharpener for the 1/4 inch dowels or the larger hole for the 3/8, sharpen the end of each dowel until you have an almost sharp point.

Sand the sharpened end until smooth, then sand the shaft of the dowel to make sure there are no nicks in the wood to catch on the yarn.

Using either the hot glue or super glue, attach the beads, buttons or rocks to the flat end of the dowel.

Allow the glue to dry before using.

** a 1/4 inch dowel give you a size 10 1/2 knitting needle, a 3/8 inch dowel makes a size 15, both are great sizes for beginning knitters, especially when paired with a bulky yarn.

Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Monday! Someone’s luck is coming in handy today, it’s time to announce our Free Stuff Friday Winner! Congratulations to… Mary! Knit to your heart’s content with the Boye NeedleMaster Set!

Boye the Needlemaster Set

Never look for the right needle again with this interchangeable needle set. Includes needles from size 2 – 15, interchangeable cords to create circular knitting needles, and various accessories.

The winning answer to “Do you watch TV or listen to music while crafting?” is…

“Music is a part of the process for me. The choice of music dictates the mood or energy I want for the project in mind.”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

Free Stuff Friday!!

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It’s Friday again, and we have another wonderful prize to give away! Today, you can enter to win a very handy Boye NeedleMaster Set!

Boye the Needlemaster Set

Never look for the right needle again with this interchangeable needle set. Includes needles from size 2 – 15, interchangeable cords to create circular knitting needles, and various accessories.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week:  Do you watch TV or listen to music while crafting?

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Helpful Craft Tips for National Craft Month

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

March is National Craft Month, and in celebration we’d love to make your crafty lives a little easier. There are so many wonderfully easy craft tips out there to help avoid frustration and make your crafting experience even more enjoyable. Check out some of these ideas to help save you time, energy, and keep you sane through your crafting. If you have any craft tips, don’t forget to enter our National Craft Month Drawing. Your tip could win you a $100 CreateForLess Shopping Spree!

Store Embroidery Floss on Clothespins and other Craft Tips

Store embroidery floss on a clothespin. It’s easier to find the end and it looks pretty set out in a bowl.

I use CD cases with magnetic sheets to store spellbinders dies – Peggy M. from Brandon, SD

Punch through aluminum foil to sharpen dull punches. Lubricate them by punching through wax paper.

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Child Stitches

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Embroidery for Kids

Child Embroidery - Teaching kids to stitch

This is a simple and fun way to teach a very basic idea of using a needle and thread. The stitches are not technical, they are experimental. It helps a child feel confident and not afraid of a needle, as mine was. That was the first hurdle we had to jump, not being afraid of the needle. The second was it will not be perfect the first try. Once we got past those, this project turned into a cute wall hanging we are using for Valentine’s Day.


Start off by having the child lightly draw a design on the muslin or fabric. We chose to do simple hearts. Once the design is on the fabric, place the fabric in the hoop and pull the fabric taut.

Decide on the colors of floss the child is going to use. Cut a length of embroidery floss and tie a knot on the one end and thread the needle with the other. The biggest thing the child has to remember is up and down. The needle starts in the back and ends in the back in an up and down motion. There are many different types of stitches that they can try. The simple one is the running stitch, which is a simple sewing stitch that goes down and up evenly through cloth without being looped. In our pictures my daughter tried her hand at the chain stitch for the heart outline. The chain stitch is a looped stitch resembling chain, a stitch in which each stitch forms a loop through the forward end of the previous one to resemble the links of a chain.

(Remember the string moves up and down through the fabric, never around the edge of the hoop.)

Child Embroidery doesn't have to be perfect

Using whatever stitch style the child wants have them stitch the drawing to the best of their ability.

Once the stitching is done, trim the fabric and tack it to the back of the fabric or hoop and hang the beautiful piece of art.

Child Embroidery Wall Art

Design Your Own Monster Stuffie

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Turn your child's drawing into their very own stuffie!

Get the kids involved with this great project. They don’t need to be great artists for this project.  They just need to have fun. Take one of their silly drawings and make it into a stuffed friend. This project requires some sewing, I used a machine, but if the kids are a little older, they could hand stitch the project.

I have very basic sewing skills, I feel confident that if you have a sewing machine, you can make your own monster. If you can hold a needle and thread I’m sure you could hand stitch these together too!



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Dear Santa…

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Dear Santa Sweepstakes

Did you get everything on your list this year, or did you just ask for too many craft supplies? Here at CreateForLess, we’d love to fulfill all of your crafty holiday wishes. Send us your letters to Santa and you could win a $100 CreateForLess Gift Certificate. Today is your last day to enter, so head over and let us know what you were hoping to get. Here are some great letters from last year…

Dear Santa,

I want to get all my knitting and craft stuff organized this year! Please bring me a big Knit Happy tote bag in bright pink, and lots of good ArtBin boxes like the Hook & Needle Nook for my knitting needles and the Super Satchel with Divided Top & Open Bottom to help me wrangle all my scrapbooking supplies.

Merry Christmas!

Love Pepper

Pepper H. Charlestown, MA

Dear Santa,
Times are tough and crafting has become a necessary way to get by, oh and have fun too! Its a good feeling to say “YES I made it”. Paints and yarn and coloring books for the kids would help soooo much!!!

Linda R. Florence, KY

Dear Santa-
I’ve been relatively good this year though my husband might look at my craft room and say otherwise. Please don’t listen to him- he just doesn’t understand. I has hoped to make a December Daily journal before December started but time got away from me. I’m still taking photos but need to make the album. I’d love to use some of Basic Grey’s Nordic Holiday or Aspen Frost in a simple 8×8″ format. Thanks Santa! Safe travels – hope the cookies are yummy this year!

Warmest regards,

Jen G. Clemmons, NC

Dear Santa,
We have a rule at our house that to receive gifts you must believe in Santa. I will always believe. For some reason there needs to be more yarn in my house. There is always that next sweater to be knitted. Thank you for keeping sparkle in the world

Karen M. North Olmstead, OH

Enter today and we might play Santa for you!

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