Do you want to make a card or a gift for your mom, stepmom, grandma or other beloved mother-figure this year? If so, here are a couple of pages filled with free ideas, patterns and instructions you can use.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
If your Valentine’s Day plans include crafting this year, we invite you to check out these lovely heart patterns:
- Fabric crochet heart coasters
- The round striped heart design is a variation of the striped heart square linked below. The pattern hasn’t quite been perfected yet, but feel free to use it for inspiration if you like.
- Basic heart applique
- Striped crochet square with heart design
- Crochet heart square finished with an easy lacy scalloped edging
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!
You’ve probably seen rag rugs crocheted with fabric strips, but did you realize that you can crochet bunches of different projects with fabric instead of yarn? While rugs are ideally suited for making with this technique, there are infinite possibilities for other items that you might want to try making as well. I’ve tried crocheting rugs, tote bags, hot pads, and jewelry, but that doesn’t even begin to cover all the different possible ideas for things you could make.
This technique is often referred to as either “fabric crochet” or “rag crochet.” If you already know how to crochet, you’d use the same basic stitches you already know how to do, but with a few differences.
The most noteworthy difference I have so far encountered: usually, you would have to design and create your own rag balls before you can proceed with crocheting. (Or maybe, if you’re lucky, you could find rag balls available to buy from Etsy or similar “artsy-craftsy” online shops.)
Want to learn more? If so, you might enjoy looking at the following pages online:
- Click here to see our page about the rag crochet technique.
- Check out this page on the topic of fabric crochet, posted at knittingandcrochet.net.
It’s possible to save money on your greeting cards by making them yourself. However, if you want to save more money than you spend, you almost certainly have to work out a system for getting the most out of each dollar that you spend on your supplies.
If you aren’t careful, it’s likely that you will spend more on greeting card supplies than you would have spent on buying a box of cards.
One trick to saving money is scale. You need to focus on buying supplies that will work for zillions of different cards — then working out a system for actually using the supplies, making the cards, and making enough of them that it works out to a savings.
I’ve got this down to a science, and I’m working on posting bunches of articles that will reveal these secrets to you — so that you, too, can actually save more than you spend (if you choose to apply these principles.)
For me, rubber stamps are an important part of the save-more-than-you-spend process. So one of the first installments in this series is an article about how to get the most out of your sentiment stamps.
If you’ve spent a bundle on stamps you never use, and you have “stash guilt,” but no finished cards to show for it, you definitely need to check this out. It could help you turn things around and get inspired to get out those stamps and get creating.
This is also a great article for new crafters who are interested in getting started with card-making.
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 2018.
Find Free Heart Patterns:
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.
If you’d like to learn how to do the back loop single crochet stitch, or try an easy project using this stitch, I recommend this easy ribbed crochet baby beanie pattern for beginners. It’s a quick project that will get you plenty of practice at crocheting through the back loops — plus you’ll end up with a useful project that you can give as a baby shower gift or keep for a little one in your own family.
This holiday greeting card features a snowflake design, several different patterned papers, and some ethereal ribbon tied in a bow.
This year, in the USA, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving one week from today — on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Maybe you celebrate this holiday, and maybe you don’t…Either way, I’d like to point you in the direction of some free, crafty ideas and instructions for setting a lovely table.
- This page features a whole bunch of different napkin rings you could make for your holiday table settings — Thanksgiving or otherwise. Some of these ideas are so super simple that you’ll barely need the tutorials. Others are so complex that your dinner guests will be dazzled by your creativity. Whether you’re looking for quick, easy ideas or projects that or more in-depth, either way, you can’ go wrong with this list.
- Crocheted placemats are ideal for Thanksgiving and other holidays. To make a placemat, crochet a rectangles of any stitch — perhaps half double crochet stitch — and then add a fancy crocheted edgings. To make them extra special, you could also add gorgeous ribbon embellishments in holiday-friendly colors.
- This list of Thanksgiving crafts includes even more fantastic patterns, ideas and inspiration.
Happy Thanksgiving go all our readers in the USA!
Whether or not you’re ready to get started on your Christmas crafting, you might want to grab this free crochet pattern for a Christmas wreath ornament.
If you can’t wait for Christmas, and you’ve already started making Christmas projects, you’ll be able to crank out zillions of these between now and December 25, 2017.
If you aren’t in the mood to get started on Christmas crafts yet, no worries — you can grab this pattern now, file it away in your pattern stash, and you’ll have it handy when you are ready to fire up and get going on your Christmas projects.
For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I think this is an ideal pattern to have on hand:
- It’s quick.
- It’s easy.
- It doesn’t require much yarn.
- If you used green yarn for any other projects lately, you may even be able to use up your green yarn scraps using this pattern.
- This pattern is great for making ornaments for ornament swaps.
- You can personalize the decorations you put on the wreath — try adding charms, beads, sequins, buttons, bows, pompoms or embroidery. Or keep it simple and go with the decorations suggested in the pattern — whichever you prefer.
- Another Quick Christmas Wreath Ornament to Crochet
- Free Instructions for Unique DIY Christmas Ornaments
- Free Christmas Patterns to Knit and Crochet
- Christmas Color Schemes for Holiday Decorating
This page was last updated on September 18, 2017.
Guess what! The Craft Yarn Council is hosting a fun and creative pompom party today — September 5, 2017. As part of the festivities, we put together a list of fantastic pom pom craft ideas for you to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in finding fun pom pom craft ideas for kids or adults, you’re sure to find suitable tutorials, projects and patterns linked here on this page.
To create this list of free pom pom craft instructions, we first looked through hundreds of pages worth of pom pom projects on the Internet; then we picked the ones that we thought were absolutely the cutest, prettiest, most interesting and all-around best pom pom craft ideas to share with you. We hope you’ll enjoy the list and find it inspiring.
Learn How to Make a Pom Pom With Free Tutorials and Videos
Many of the pom pom craft ideas on this page begin with simple yarn pom poms. You can make these easily using free instructions posted online.
Learn How to Make a Pom Pom With the Clover Pom Pom Maker — This free video is posted at the Knitpicks website. If you need pom pom making supplies, Knitpicks sells yarn, pom pom makers and pom pom craft idea books plus a whole bunch of knitting and crochet supplies too.
DIY Pom Pom Toys
You can make some super cute children’s toys using yarn pom poms and a little creativity. Check out these fun patterns and instructions for DIY pom pom toys:
How to Make a Panda Bear Pom Pom — Want to make a panda pom pom using black and white yarn and a Pom Maker loom? Try this step-by-step tutorial.
How to Make a Bunny Pom Pom — This little bunny looks surprisingly realistic considering he’s made out of yarn. This page includes a free video and step-by-step tutorial teaching you how to make the bunny pom poms entirely out of yarn. You won’t need to hassle with sewing on plastic safety eyes or other pieces.
How to Make a Pom Pom Dog — Learn how to transform yarn into a cute little pom pom that looks just like a bichon frise dog. This page includes a free video and step-by-step photo tutorial that teaches you how to make a dog pom pom you can use as a toy or craft project embellishment.
How to Make Pom Pom Kittens — You can use a medium Doodle-Loom tool to make pom poms and then tranform them into cute toy kitties. In addition to yarn, you’ll need plastic eyes, glue and felt plus a Bucilla Doodle-Loom Tool Kit.
How to Make a Pom Pom Eye — If for some reason you need a disembodied eye made out of yarn (Halloween decorations, maybe?), these instructions for making an eye pom pom might be just what you need. This page includes a video and step-by-step photo tutorial.
Crochet Pom Pom Patterns
Crochet Blanket Edging With Pom Poms — Want to find a cute crocheted edging that’s perfect for finishing off granny square afghans, baby blankets, fleece blankets or all kinds of other fun crochet and craft projects? If so, this edging is one you’ll want to take a look at.
Crochet Baby Hat With Pom Poms — If you’d like to crochet a one-color baby hat and then embellish it with a couple of cute pom poms and other embellishments, this is the pattern for you. The pattern is designed for babies ages 3-6 months old.
Pom Pom Décor
Pom Pom Topiary — Real potted plants are amazing, but what if you can’t have them? Perhaps you’re allergic. Your cat digs them up. Your dog knocks them over. Your apartment doesn’t have enough light for them to grow. You can’t be trusted to water them. Whatever the reason, this cute pom pom topiary could be an interesting substitute.
Where to Buy Pom Pom Makers
If you want to make bunches of pom poms, a good pom pom maker can help you make them look professional. This type of tool can also speed up the pom pom making process significantly. Here are some links to online shops that sell pom pom makers you might want to check out:
- Click here to shop for pom pom makers at Annie’s.
- Click here to shop for pom pom makers at CreateForLess.
- Click here to shop for pom pom makers at Knitpicks.
- Click here to shop for pom pom makers at Amazon.
- Click here to shop for pom pom makers at Scrapbook.com.
This page was last updated on October 14, 2017.