Chapstick Key Chain Holder

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Sew a Chapstick Holder for Your Keychain

During the winter, my skin and lips are both so dry.  I hate having to take off my gloves to dig around in my purse (drying out my hand more) to find my chapstick.  The easy to make key chain allows me to easily and quickly find my chapstick saving both my skin and my lips.  Make your own and never have to find your chapstick again…unless you lose your keys.

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DIY Baby Gifts

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This month baby showers are on my mind big time. I have a new niece on the way and many friends with babies due in early spring. I’ve been a little disappointed in the baby shower gift registries because the items on those lists always seem so boring and impersonal. So, I got to thinking, what if I made some of my own baby gifts to add to those ordinary practical baby must haves – diapers, bottles, onesies, etc. Here are some really cute ideas I found to inspire my baby shower presents.

 

For those of you  who  are handy and skilled with pallets, this DIY Pallet Moon Cradle is a real treasure. I would love to build my own nursery around a cradle like this one.

DIY Pallet Moon Baby Cradle - 99 Pallets 

For quilters and would be quilters out there, here is a fun Baby Shower Quilt pattern your loved ones will adore.

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Lens Cap Holder

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Sew a Lens Cap Holder

Did you get a new camera over the holiday, or are you already a photography enthusiast?  If so, you may have experienced the problem I constantly have: losing your lens cap.  Lens caps are great.  They keep your expensive lens from getting scratched when you’re not using your camera, but they are so easy to lose.  Yes, a quick google search will reveal countless products you can buy to solve this problem, but I don’t want to spend money and chances are after a season of gift giving you don’t either.  If you’re a crafter, you probably already have all of the materials you need.  If not, you’ll use these materials in many other craft projects, so it is well worth the money.

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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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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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