Handmade Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas

I realize that it’s only September, and that some of you may think it’s too early for posting Christmas gift ideas. However, crafters need an earlier start than most people do — because it takes more time to make your gifts than it takes to buy them. If you get started now, you have plenty of time to make handmade Christmas gifts for all the main players on your gift list this year.

We’ve collected a wide range of Christmas gift ideas and craft projects to inspire you, ranging from crocheted treasures to holiday cards. You’ll find free Christmas beading patterns, Christmas card making instructions, and a whole bunch of other free patterns and project instructions to make.

An Edible Christmas Arrangement Featuring Candy Canes

An Edible Christmas Arrangement Featuring Candy Canes

  • Pictured here: A Christmas Candy Cane Dispenser you can make using dollar store craft supplies.
  • Christmas Patterns – Find free knitting and crochet patterns for making a variety of different holiday gifts and decorations.
  • Crocheted Gift Sets – If you’d rather give a handmade gift that can be used year-around, these gift sets might be just what you’re looking for.
  • Don’t forget the giftwrap. You could try wrapping up your gifts in handmade baskets or gift pouches — or you can use this unusual idea for wrapping oddly-shaped gifts in paper giftwrap.

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Happy crafting!

A Free Baby Beanie Pattern to Crochet Using the Back Loops

DIY Baby Beanie Free Crochet Pattern

You can crochet this easy baby beanie by working through the back loops of your stitches. This technique creates the interesting ribbed texture you see in the picture. Click here to get the free crochet baby hat pattern at KnittingandCrochet.net.

Correctly-formed crochet stitches all have components known as “loops”. There are front loops, and there are back loops. You can crochet into these loops in different patterns, a process that can be really interesting to experiment with.

Back loop single crochet stitch is one of the easiest examples of a stitch you can crochet using the back loops. There are many other stitches you can create as well. For more information, you may wish to view the following pages:

Flower Arrangements Can Be More Frugal Than You’d Think

A Cheerful, Colorful Flower Arrangement Featuring a Sunflower

A Cheerful, Colorful Flower Arrangement Featuring a Sunflower

If you either

  • Grow your own flowers, or
  • Buy your flowers at the dollar store,

You can use them to create exceptionally frugal flower arrangements that are every bit as colorful and beautiful as the designs you’d buy from a florist. It takes a little creativity and ingenuity to bring them to life — but don’t worry, we have free instructions to share with you.

This pretty sunflower arrangement is made with a single silk flower stem. It’s easy to make, and doesn’t cost much at all, since the supplies for making it were purchased at the dollar store.

Someone with a bit more experience at flower arranging could use a real sunflower in this sort of design. The sunflowers are blooming right now, so if you have any growing in your garden or yard, be sure to take advantage of them.

Happy crafting!

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Learn How to Sew With Free Sewing Classes on Video

Learn How to Sew by Watching Free Sewing Classes

Learn How to Sew by Watching Free Sewing Classes

Do you want to learn how to sew? Or perhaps you already know how to sew, but you’re not as good at sewing as you want to be. Either way, this month is a great time to learn some new sewing skills. Creative Live is going to offer some of their sewing classes for free. Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’re advanced enough that you want to start your own sewing business, either way there are classes that are likely to interest you.

You’d usually have to pay a small fortune to get access to all these sewing classes — so if you want to learn some new sewing techniques you’ll want to head over to Creative Live and RSVP for the free broadcast of these classes ASAP.

Making Hearts for Valentine’s Day 2016

These hearts are ideal craft projects for Valentine's Day.

These hearts are ideal craft projects for Valentine’s Day. They’re also great to use for wedding crafts, anniversary crafts, birthday crafts or everyday crafts.

Hearts are some of the most popular motifs for crafting — particularly when making Valentine crafts, wedding crafts and anniversary crafts. They’re also fantastic motifs for use in birthday crafts and everyday crafts. Check out the following heart designs and heart patterns if you’re looking for some up-to-date ideas for heart motifs you can incorporate into your craft projects for Valentine’s Day 2016.

Find Free Heart Patterns:

Are You Ready for the Holiday Season This Year?

Holiday Crafts 2015

This photo collage shows bunches of different holiday craft projects. These projects are all current for Christmas 2015, and are ideal for Christmas gifts or decorating your own home for the holidays. Ideas include Christmas tree motifs, wreaths, Christmas blankets and more. These designs are all available as free craft patterns on the Internet.

The holiday season is coming up quickly. September is almost over, and next month is Halloween. Then the following month is Christmas, followed by the New Year.

Are you ready?

Now’s a great time to make a list of all the most important thinks you want to get done before the holiday rush. This is particularly important if you want to make holiday crafts. You can’t do everything, much as you might like to. Having the list prioritized on paper makes it so much easier to remember the most important things, and to not get sidetracked by less important stuff. Your list can also be a helpful motivator for accomplishing your most important goals.

So, what’s going to be on your list?

Our free holiday craft patterns and tutorials could help you with any of these worthy goals. You’re invited to load up on free patterns and instructions for any of the holiday (or other) craft projects we’ve posted.

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Wishing you and yours the happiest, healthiest, most creative holiday season ever!

Blessings,

Amy Solovay

New Craft Giveaway! Free Crochet Books for Lucky Winners

Craft Giveaways! Win 2 Brand New Crochet Books.

Craft Giveaways! Win 2 Brand New Crochet Books.

Bunches of crochet and craft bloggers are hosting giveaways for these 2 spectacular new crochet pattern books. Click here to go to the first giveaway (enter by July 19, 2015.) Then make your way through the list of other bloggers to find even more chances to win!

So far there have only been several entries in the giveaway, so your odds of winning are excellent!

Father’s Day Craft Ideas

Did y’all make any plans yet for Father’s Day this year? If you want to but haven’t yet, you still have some time to figure out what to do, although the date is soon approaching. This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Also important: have you selected some gifts for the dads on your gift list yet?

Perhaps you might like to make a DIY gift for dad. If so, you’re invited to check out our DIY father’s day gift list.

Whatever you decide to make for dad or give him as a gift, here’s hoping he’ll love it.

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Fond Memories of Fabric Collage

I have fond memories of fabric collage, because it was the first type of collage that I remember making as a child. I really wish I had been able to hold onto onto some of my earliest fabric collages; I remember them being quite colorful and creative, and I’d love to take another look at them.

The problem was that I did not use quality adhesive, or appropriate surfaces for creating the collage backgrounds. In most cases, I used either construction paper or white ruled notebook paper, plus ordinary glue. Even at the time, the collages turned out a bit lumpy and imperfect. But in the long run, they did not stand the test of time, and we parted with them long ago.

If you ever make your own fabric collages, I’m hoping you can learn from these mistakes, and avoid them.

Want to learn more about collage? If so, I invite you to check out our pages on the topic of making collage art:

Happy crafting!

Valentine Heart Crafts

Valentine Heart Crafts

Valentine Heart Crafts

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If your Valentine’s Day plans include crafting this year, we invite you to check out these lovely heart patterns:

Some of these designs are components, meaning that you’ll be able to use them for making or embellishing other, larger craft projects. The appliques can be attached to just about any item for a bit of updated, handcrafted chic. The squares can be used to make blankets or other projects. You can apply a bit of imagination and creativity to come up with bunches of different projects you could make. I hope you find these ideas inspiring.

Wishing you a lovely, enjoyable Valentine’s Day!

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