November 22, 2013
Crafts, Fall, Guest Bloggers, Home Decor, Sewing, Thanksgiving
By Guest Blogger Maria Mercedes
Make your own painted leaves in a variety of colors. Perfect for a Thanksgiving tablescape, or fall decor. You can even paint names on them or attach flags to the twigs to create Thanksgiving place cards.
Steps to Follow:
- Place pattern on the wrong side of the fabric and pin into place. Trace around pattern with pencil, then cut out.
- Sew together, following the drawn line. Leave a small opening on the side of the leaf (as shown on pattern) for stuffing and another small opening on top of the leaf to insert a small twig.
- Turn right-side out and stuff, then hand sew the side of the leaf opening closed.
- Hand stitch the veins of the leaves, the stitches don’t have to be perfect but begin stitching the main vein a little off center so that the twig can slide in.
5. Paint each leaf a different fall color. More than one coat may be necessary. Let dry.
6. Glue twigs into place with a hot glue gun. If desire tie a hoop to twigs for hanging.
November 17, 2013
Crafts, Knitting and Crochet, Needlearts, Seasons
By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.
A while back, a friend recruited me to help with her friend’s baby shower, and I made this fab photo display board. As a result, I was invited to the shower last minute. I don’t know the expectant mother all that well, but I figured some homemade baby booties are universal enough, am I right?
I skimmed through Pinterest, and eventually found this pattern as a free download on Ravelry. Gotta love free downloads! And aren’t they darling?!
Here’s what you’ll need: 2 colors of soft worsted weight yarn, size G crochet hook.
I switched up the pattern a bit, particularly when it came to the colors. Here’s what I did:
- **These slippers were completed with the 0-3 months pattern.**
- I used my accent color (purple) for the first 3 rows, or the base of the booties. I switched to white at row 4 (at the back loops only row).
- I switched back to my accent color (purple) for row 7, and repeated row 7 a second time for more purple.
- For the strap, I slip stitched along the chain rather than using single crochet stitches.
- For the flower, I did a magic ring, [ch 3, sc in ring] 5 times (the pattern called for dc).
The ravelry download has alterations for larger sizes as well, and they’re so small that they work up really quickly! Happy bootie making!
November 9, 2013
Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Needlearts, Techniques and Mediums
By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.
When we went to a museum on our last family trip, my toddler became engrossed with this little weaving loom the museum had as part of their hands-on kid section. Even though his little fingers weren’t quite able to weave the yarn, we couldn’t pull him away from trying.
When we got back from our trip, I thought about ways to make a weaving loom that would be appropriate for his level of hand-eye coordination. For this project I used a wood frame that I picked up for a dollar, yarn, paint, hot glue, and wire.
I started by removing any frame bits from the frame (like the metal brackets that keep the photo in place). I marked where I would drill holes for the wires to fit through. After drilling my holes, I sanded over the entire surface.
The wood frame received a coat of paint then I started inserting the wire through the holes. I suggest covering the ends of the wire with hot glue or some sort of tape as a safety precaution.
I was planning on using a craft stick to thread the yarn but the wooden dowel that came with the frame ended up being an even better fit so I got glued the end of my yarn to it. I did a few rows of weaving as an example before explaining it to my toddler.
October 29, 2013
Craft Trends, Crafts, Knitting and Crochet, Needlearts
Once upon a time I lived in New York City where the lights are bright, the streets are busy, and the yarn bombing is awesome. As a knitter, I can’t help but love yarn bombing. Colorful and fun, it makes me grin every time I see a bike rack or store handle or stop sign covered in yarn. Add a little yarn bombing to your life!
Yarn Bomb Squid Tree – The Dapper Toad
You can go big! Man I bet that was a lot of work! But it’s so awesome! An octopus tree! I want that in my local park.
Or you could go small
Yarn Bomb Candles – Garden Therapy
Chevron Pattern Yarn Bomb – Knit Hacker
You could yarn bomb a bike rack – this one looks pretty modern and artsy, am I right?
Bicycle Skirt Guard Crochet Pattern – Knits for Life
Or a bike (how beautiful is that? No, really. I want that for my bike. I mean, first I have to get a bike. But then I want that for my bike!)
And phone booths on either side of the pond love to be yarn bombed
A Phonebox Cosy Tale – Knit the City
iPayPhone Yarn Bomb - The Dapper Toad
(See, how can you not giggle a little at that?)
Look for a local yarn bombing group in your town or if there isn’t one, start one! Send us your yarn bombs and check out these and other yarn bomby goodness on our Craft Trends Pinboard.
October 16, 2013
Craft Trends, Crafts, Needlearts, Techniques and Mediums
When I was a little girl I fell hard for finger knitting. I must have knit miles of the stuff. I remember my mom hanging it around and around my room, one very long garland that seemed to go on forever. I loved it, but I never really did anything with my finger knitting. Now I have a little girl who loves finger knitting and I’ve been on the hunt for some projects to use her yards and yards of knitting with. Here are some of my favorites.
Woven Finger Knit Hula Hoop Rug – Flax and Twine
This hula hoop run is a double whammy of crafty brilliance. Two projects in one. First with the finger knitting and then weaving the finger knitting into a rug! On a Hula Hoop! So cool. It’s at the top of our to do list this winter.
Finger Knitting a Tent – Growing Up Creative
Or how about these tents made with long strands of finger knitting! These would be so fun in the summer, hanging from the trees. And you could continue to add to them over time.
Knitting Loom – She Knows
If you’ve got the finger knitting bug, why not make the leap to spool knitting with this easy DIY spool knitter. It doesn’t get much simpler than craft sticks, rubber bands and a paper tube but what a fun project!
Superblue: Knitting Nancy – Design Boom
Or maybe you want to go big. REALLY BIG with your finger knitting projects. This giant spool knitter was big enough to swallow yoga balls and the whole thing became a giant outdoor seating arrangement/art installation. So cool!
Do you have a finger knitting fan in your house? What have you been doing with all that knitted material? Let us know! And check out these and other finger knitting ideas on our Craft Trends Pinboard.
October 5, 2013
Crafts, Home Decor, Sewing
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!
Our friend Mark Montano has an easy and affordable way to dress up your bedding in no time. You won’t lose sleep over this chic pillowcase. Find a video tutorial for this project and many more inexpensive upcycles for yourself and your home on Mark’s YouTube Channel.