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How to Make a Moss Stitch Washcloth

By Guest Blogger Barbara

My name is Barb, and I started doing crafts during high school while taking a home economics course. The class taught me how to crochet, knit, cross-stitch, macrame and sew. I have been doing these crafts for over 35 years and I still love to learn new techniques and challenging myself. I don’t know everything, but I love to learn and I’m always excited to try new things.

Visit Barb at her blog, One Crafty Gal today! 

I love to make washcloths, not only because they are useful and are so much better than the rough ones you buy at the store, but because they give me an opportunity to try new stitches. Whether it’s crocheting or knitting, making a washcloth allows you to practice a new stitch or one you have not used in a while without making a huge commitment. You can make a small mistake here and there and no one will ever know. Once you finish the washcloth you can confidently take on a larger project because you’ve gotten some great practice.

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Crocheted Back Packs

By Guest Blogger Jasmine

Visit Jasmine at her blog, PinkOlay Crochet, on YouTube here, and be sure to visit her Etsy shop today! 

   

So me and my daughter’s were walking through the mall and they saw these cute little back packs that they wanted, looking at these back packs I said I could make these so I set out to make my own pattern for these back packs, as well as my own graphs. My younger daughter want something simple just zigzags, ( which you can get here) and my older daughter want Bendy and the it Machine, ( mind you I had know idea who this was I had to do a whole lot of research, you can get that here) my daughters love there back packs and can’t get enough of them. Now you can use any graph you like on the front of your back pack these are just the ones my daughters like. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much I did making it. Also don’t forget to check out the video here

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Stenciled Backgrounds With Kaleidacolor Ink Pads

By Guest Blogger Heidi

My name is Heidi and I have been a papercrafter for over 10 years now.  I love the process of finding inspiration and using lots of fun supplies to turn it into a beautiful project.

Visit Heidi at her blog, Blue Scallop Creations today! 

Lately, I’ve been breaking out some older stencils and experimenting with ombre ink blending.  This is my comfort zone as far as mixed media is concerned, LOL!  I love the smooth look of the blended colors.   For this project, I used my Kaleidacolor ink pads along with the Daisy Flower Cluster stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop for even more color variation.

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Rainbow Easter Bonnet Hat Pattern

By Guest Blogger Crystal

Hi, my name’s Crystal!  I’m a wife and stay at home mom to two kids, E & O and we’re expecting baby P very soon.  I have been crocheting ever since my oldest was born.  I had tried to learn for years by reading books with little success, but then one day I came across tutorials on the internet and it finally all made sense!  I’ve never looked back.

I started my blog, Marching North to share what I’ve come up with, as well as things I’ve made following patterns I’ve found online from all the super talented crocheters out there (giving them all due credit of course!)

Easter is right around the corner! My kids have been making me aware of that for a couple of weeks now. My daughter is a big fan of rainbows and colorful things so I thought this rainbow Easter bonnet hat would be perfect for her. I imagine she’ll be wearing it any time it’s cold enough, not just at Easter time! It makes me feel so good when I make them something and they actually want to wear it!

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Forest Animal Crafts

By Guest Blogger Annabelle

Annabelle Short is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. Annabelle is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age 11). Annabelle writes about crafting, sewing, and parenting. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles and writes for Wunderlabel. You can visit her blog to learn more about her and her work.

Crafts are a great way to teach children everything from their colors to their numbers to some of the cutest critters around. And, one of my favorite things to do with my kids is forest animal crafts.

Rather we are creating an adorable, cuddly rabbit or a beautiful, prancing deer – each forest animal craft is unique and gives me the opportunity to teach my children a little bit more about yet another animal lingering in our forests.

Keep reading for the step-by-step how-to instructions for two of my favorite forest animal crafts: the rabbit and the deer.

Rabbit

We love to do this craft around Easter to incorporate the Easter Bunny into our craft. Holiday crafts are just so much fun!

We also always make a cute little felt bunny with a vibrant egg to accompany it.

For these crafts, it is important to note that you can add the details such as the face or design at two separate stages – if you are sewing them on, add them before you sew the front and the back together. But, if you are drawing them on you can simply do that at the very end.

First, start by grabbing your crafting tools. You will need: scissors, felt (colors of your choice), plush animal stuffing, thread, a sewing needle and printed labels to give your bunny a name.

Next, you will start by cutting out the shape of an egg – you will need two pieces so you can have a front and a back. Then, you will also do the same for your rabbit. Cut out the outline of a rabbit – you will need a front and a back.

For this third step, you might need to help your child a bit. This step is where you sew together the front and the back pieces. But, be sure you leave a small section open so you can fill the egg and the rabbit with the stuffing.

So, now comes my favorite part – stuffing the egg and the rabbit. Fill your craft with your plush toy stuffing and watch them come to life!

Lastly, finish sewing them up and add the finishing touches. You can sew more felt pieces to give the rabbit eyes and a mouth and add a design to your egg. Or, you could use glue and other crafting resources. Or, you could even decorate them using a marker.

But, we can’t let our rabbit be all alone in the forest. So, let’s make a deer to keep the rabbit company:

Deer

For the deer, we will follow just about the same steps as we used for the egg and the rabbit. Let’s get started:

Start by grabbing your crafting tools: Scissors, felt, thread, and a sewing needle.

Next, cut out the shape of the deer. Be sure to incorporate little ears into your cut out and also use another color of felt to cut out his antlers – these are a staple part of the project.

Now, it is time to stuff the deer! Just like you did with the rabbit craft, sew the front and back pieces together, leaving a small opening to stuff it.

Finally, close it up and add the finishing touches!

How did yours turn out? Share pictures of your finished product with us in the comments! 

DIY Mixed Media Ornaments

By Guest Blogger Nicole from kinueko.

Nicole Austin is an artist, instructor and designer living in Tempe, AZ.  She teaches mixed media art to people of all levels and interests at in-person workshops, art retreats and online.  Sharing her love of mixed media art continues to be her passion and she truly believes that everyone has the desire to create and develop their own unique style.

Looking for a unique way to add a POP of color to your holidays this year?  Here is a quick and easy tutorial for making beautiful, bright, DIY  ornaments!

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Patchwork Placemats

By Guest Blogger Seisha from Education.com

Create patchwork placemats with your kids for a fun geometry lesson.

When you’re preparing big meals for any occasion, it’s always wonderful to involve your child in any way you can. Looking to spruce up your table? Here’s a placemat your second grader can make, based on the classic frontier tradition of quilt making. Some second graders may be able to handle a needle and thread and a sewing machine, but if yours isn’t quite up to it, don’t worry. This project allows him to create a patchwork piece out of paper, no pins and needles required! To make the piece, he’ll need to practice good math skills of measurement and calculation. This activity also allows your child extra practice in combining geometric shapes, a skill which will continue to help him throughout each grade to come.

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