Cord Keeper Roll-Up

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Cord Keeper Collage

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to get more organized?  It is definitely a great resolution.  Why not start with all the cords in your living space and use up some of the scraps of fabric you’ve been hoarding at the same time?  We all have tons of electronics and it seems like everyone has a different cord.  I can easily take over multiple drawers.  Make this Cord Keeper Roll-up and get all those cords organized!

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Practicing Cables Cuff Bracelet

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Cabled Cuff Bracelet

Learning to knit with cables can be a bit daunting. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes when it comes to stitching with cables. Crossing the wrong stitches, or holding everything to the wrong side, or even trying to figure out what the abbreviations mean. There is nothing worse than realizing you’ve made a mistake on a big cabling project long after you’ve made it, which seems to always be the case for me. The best way I’ve found to prevent these mistakes from happening is to learn how cables form. I came up with this pattern to help teach why cables make the shapes that they do, and to give you a chance to practice while creating a cute cuff bracelet you’ll love to wear.

Knit Cuff Bracelet

I chose a small braid cable for my example because it gives you an opportunity to learn FC (front cross) and BC (back cross) cabling. Also, it’s a little more intuitive because creating the cable is actually pretty similar to braiding hair. I’ve found that the best way to really master cabling is to learn exactly how it works, so I’m going to try to explain what’s going on with the stitches as we work on the pattern. First of all, here’s what you need to create the cuff bracelet:

Pattern and Cabling Info:

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Overnight Beanie Pattern

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Overnight Beanie Pattern

I was very proud of myself this Christmas, when I was able to successfully finish homemade projects for everyone with a few days to spare. I realized kind of late in December that I had missed a few people because I was so focused on creating these huge impressive pieces for my immediate family. I definitely had a mad craft dash to get all of my gifts finished in time. Thank goodness I had this super easy pattern up my sleeve. It’s called the overnight beanie because I typically start it at night and then finish the next day. All in all, I would say it takes about 6 hours for an experienced knitter to complete, and the recipient will be very happy with the result. The key is to use a thicker yarn than recommended for your needles. This creates a really tight and warm stitch with very little effort. While I know plenty of people who are over the moon happy with the result of this hat using the pattern provided, it’s really easy to switch up to add a little decoration. You can add cables, ribs, color changes, or whatever else you like to make this hat your own.

Adaptable Beanie Pattern that takes hours to knit!

What You Need:

A Note About DPNs: I’ve had a lot of questions about using double pointed needles when knitting hats, and I thought I would clear up the reason that I use them. The answer is pretty simple. I don’t mind knitting with them. I find circular needles to be a little difficult at times because you’re constantly having to move your yarn around and it can sometimes get caught on the cord where it meets the needle. I absolutely recommend circular needles for larger projects, but with hats, I just find it a lot easier to use double pointed needles. It’s essentially just knitting sections of your piece like you would on a straight needle. In addition, I don’t need to switch over to double pointed needles when I get to crown shaping. It’s entirely up to you which works best, but I just find double pointed needles a lot more practical for me when it comes to knitting hats. Don’t be afraid of them, your project will look really complicated, but it really doesn’t take long to get the hang of.

Overnight Beanie

Pattern Directions:

Cast On 80 stitches and distribute evenly among your DPNs. If you’re using circular needles, be sure to add a marker to keep track of rows.

Knit 1, Purl 1 to create a rib stitch until your piece measures 2 inches.

Knit all Rows until your piece measures 5 inches total.

Crown Shaping:

Row 1: Knit 8, K 2 Together (known as k2tog from now on)* Repeat 3 more times.

Row 2 and all other even rows: Knit all Stitches

Row 3: Knit 7, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 5: Knit 6, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 7: Knit 5, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 9: Knit 4, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 11: Knit 3, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 13: Knit 2, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Cut your yarn with a long tail and thread it onto your yarn needle. Thread the end of your yarn through each remaining loop and pull tight. Weave in ends.

It might be the world’s easiest beanie to knit, but it’s a very warm, and very nice hat to receive as a gift or to wear during cold winter months. If you’re new to knitting, definitely give this hat a try!

Beanie Knitting Pattern

Stash Busting Projects for All Crafting Types

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Stash Busting Projects

I think all of us can admit that we have way too many craft supplies. I have tons of leftover odds and ends from finished projects, projects I gave up on, and things I just had to have. Going into the New Year gives us a chance to look at what we have and improve. I’m hoping to clean out my craft space for the coming year, but I don’t want all of those scraps and materials I have saved to go to waste. So, I went on the hunt for some great stash busting projects, no matter what you have too much of.

Use up those Fabric Scraps!

DIY Mug Cozy with Insulated Lining - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Insulated Mug Cozy

If you’re a sewer, chances are you’ve created a lot of fabric scraps. It’s so hard to just throw those scraps away, especially if it’s a particularly nice fabric. I think most sewers tend to hang on to those scraps for a future project, and then just create a neglected pile somewhere in their sewing room. Well, now’s the time to give that pile a little love and create beautiful things along the way!

Try making some quilted coasters to decorate your craft room and keep your sewing table looking lovely

Perfect your hexie skills with a fun and colorful bracelet.

Or, if you aren’t a quilter, turn your fabric scraps into one of these trendy bracelets.

Search that pile for some coordinating scraps to create cute potholders for your kitchen.

Add a modern touch to your sewing room with this geometric hexagon clock.

Bust Through that Leftover Yarn!

Crochet Pattern for cute flower coasters from ThinkCrafts.com

Crochet Flower Coasters

My biggest craft stash is definitely my yarn stash. I’ve been an avid knitter for a few years and recently picked up crochet as well. As a result, I have tons of half used skeins of yarn, Leftover yarn from projects I’ve abandoned, and bags of skeins for projects I’ve always intended to work on. I really need to get control of this, and while I still fully intend to use some of that yarn for certain projects (starting them is always the hardest part), I have lots of skeins I just need to turn into something beautiful.

Tame those bad hair days with a pretty knotted headband.

Contain odds and ends in your craft room with a fun yarn bowl your kids can make!

Create a yarn ball mosaic to show off your crafting love in a unique way.

A squishy pom pom rug is a colorful treat for your feet, especially during the cold winter months.

Weave your leftover yarn to create a useful basket.

Repurpose Your Paper Scraps

Punched Heart Garland at ThinkCrafts.com

Punched Heart Garland

Paper is another material that creates a lot of scraps that you think hold a world of potential in the crafting department. It’s almost painful to throw away those scraps of pretty paper. So they stay around, collecting dust in a basket, or on your desk, their colors calling to you, but you don’t know what to create with them. Here are a few fun ideas.

Scraps of all sizes can be used to create colorful Bird’s Nest Bowls.

Run to the hardware store and turn your paper scraps into pretty washer necklaces.

Decorate your kitchen with your favorite paper with these glass gem magnets.

If you’ve got a lot of solid colored paper scraps, completely repurpose them into a brand new sheet of paper.

Turn seasonal paper scraps into wreaths for every occasion!

Trim Down Your Bead Stash

Wire Tree With Beads

Pretty Wire Trees

I feel that beads are a craft supply you can never have too much of – until you suddenly do. You collect every single bead that cathes your eye with absolutely no idea what you create with it. So it sits in a container as “decoration” on your shelf. If you have some sort of overflowing container because you just couldn’t help yourself at the bead store, (guilty) here are some great ways to bust through that stash.

Extra perler beads or pony beads can be melted into fun and festive bowls.

Add beads to a suncatcher and watch them sparkle.

Get creative with your seed beads and make a colorful safety pin bracelet.

Use colorful beads to create this cuff bracelet.

If you have an overwhelming amount of beads, sort them by color, then create a jaw-dropping mosaic.

What are you hoping to accomplish in the craft world this year? Do you need to organize your craft room, finish a big project, do you want to learn a new craft? Let us know at the Craft Resolutions Drawing and you could win a $100 CreateForLess Gift Certificate! Then, stop by the New Year’s Craft Resolution Sale to get started!

“Knitted” Dog Bone Stocking

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Create a Stocking Especially for Your Furry Friend!

I have many crafting talents; knitting is not one of them.  I can knit a pot holder or a scarf but the list pretty much ends there.  However, I love the look of knitted stockings.  I already have store bought knitted stockings that I embellished for the humans in my life, but my dog needed his own stocking to hang by the chimney with care.  I couldn’t find a knitted dog themed stocking in stores, so I set out to make my own.  By cutting up an old sweater, I was able to have a stocking that looks knitted but only required my sewing skills!  So, get ready to make your furry best friend the best “knitted” stocking ever.

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Burlap Ruffled Tree Skirt

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Create a cute ruffled tree skirt with pratterned burlap.

Buying a tree skirt is always filled with problems for me.  The inexpensive ones always look cheap.  The ones the look good are like $50.  Not to mention, there are hundreds of shades of red or green and it’s almost impossible to find your shade of red or green.  I usually walk out of the store feeling frustrated or broke, neither of which are in the Christmas spirit.  So this year, I decided to make my own.  It was cheaper and in my color scheme.  Follow this tutorial to learn how to make your own!

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Reversible Table Runner

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Create your own table runner for all occasions!

The holidays revolve around food in many households.  So, you want your table to look nice for all those meals.  Table runners are a great and easy way to add a bit of flare to your table.  To help you save money, this table runner is also completely reversible.  I put the same fabric on both sides so I can easily hide a stain or spill if I don’t have time to wash it.  However, you could just as easily use two different fabrics and make your guests think you have two different table runners.  I like using upholstery fabric for table runners so it has a weighted more luxurious look.

Materials:

  • 3 yards of fabric (if you’re using the same fabric for both sides, this is all you need. If you want a different pattern on the other side, buy an additional 3 yards of fabric)
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Large Ruler

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