Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Toy Softies

I made cat stuffies for two of my granddaughters this weekend. They turned out really cute, and the girls like them.

 The pattern, by Linda Dawkins, is free, and is called Beans the Cat.

If you have a child on your Christmas list, a toy softie might be a perfect gift.  Here are a few designs available on Ravelry.
Bluebird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner, Mouse Sleepy Head by April Lesley, Knit Sleepy Fox Amigurumi by Amanda Michelle,  Hamsterbeans by Emily Stoneking, Monkey Jacobus by Annita Wilschut, Tiny Amigurumi Owls by Kristi Tullus, Mini Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B. Anderson, Sammy the Starfish by Stacey Trock, Dolly the Sheep by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

Happy Crafting ♥

Monday, August 10, 2015

Totally Tutorials - Favorite Posts Part I

My sister blog - Totally Tutorials has featured over 5,000 fun, helpful, and amazing tutorials in the 7 years it has been in operation.  In celebration, I have chosen a few of my favorites from over the years to share.

 from SusaWeaving Blog

from Crafts Alamode Blog

by Make 52 Blog

from Crafty Staci Blog

by Food, Wine, and Modge Podge Blog

by Just Something I Made Blog

from Yours Truly as Shared on the Saturday Evening Post Blog

Look for more favorites in Part II of Totally Tutorials - Favorite Posts.

If you have a tutorial you would like to share from your blog, use the form here to submit your  post.  Of course it will be linked back to your blog, and you will receive increased traffic from our many readers.

And, if you are not already following Totally Tutorials, please do.

Happy Crafting♥

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Pillows

Pillows are practical, fun to make, and can coordinate with any decor.  Think about making one (or more) as Christmas Gifts.  They are certain to be a welcome gift.

Here are a few designs that I found on Ravelry:

Cushion Cover with Cables by Drops Designs, Owl Cushion by Amanda BerryBlooming Flower Cushion by Lucy of Attic24; Sheep in the Meadow Pillow by Carol QuinnReading Rest by Frankie BrownStripes Brigade Easy Mosaic Throw Pillow by Liat Gat The Parkway Pillow by Fifty Four Ten StudioBig Snowy Owl Pattern by Purl Soho; Squares that Look Round by Steve Plummer

Below is a pillow I recently finished:

The pattern was inspired by the Molly Hat.

I sewed a pillow insert out of muslin, and stuffed it with fiberfill from my stash for an inexpensive pillow form.  The next one is promised to my daughter.

Happy Crafting♥

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Placemats, Dishtowels, and Washcloths

We are half way round the year already.  Can you believe it?  How are you doing on your Christmas crafting?

Here are some simple ideas for gifts.  Some take less than an hour

What kitchen wouldn't benefit from a dishtowel?

As you can see, this coordinates with the dishcloths shown above.  They were a gift for my daughter's kitchen.

Placemats take a little longer, but are worth the effort in my opinion.

Make sure you follow the patterns directions on what size to make.  Even though they may look big while you are knitting them, being cotton, they shrink quite a bit.  You don't want all that knitting time to go to waste by ending up with placemats that are too small.  (If that does happen, you can always use them for hot mats).

Here is the start of a set of 5 dishcloths that are on my needles this month.

 Happy Crafting♥

Friday, June 5, 2015

Totally Tutorials Update

Here are a few tutorials that have been on Totally Tutorials recently.

Check my sister blog out for a collection of tips, tricks, tutorials and how-tos on a wide variety of subjects.

Happy Crafting♥