Accessorize for Fourth of July With a Handmade Bracelet

Accessorize for 4th of July With a Handmade Bracelet
Accessorize for 4th of July With a Handmade Bracelet

You can make this simple-but-lovely bracelet using metallic floss and round glass beads. If you’ve never crocheted with beads before, this bracelet is a fantastic introduction to the technique; it’s a quick project that proves that bead crochet does not have to be difficult, despite what you may have heard to the contrary.

For those of you in the USA, this bracelet is an ideal way to accessorize for patriotic holidays such as the Fourth of July. It’s a fabulous everyday accessory as well.

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Father’s Day Craft Ideas for 2020

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, 2020.

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.

Free Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

Mother’s Day is approaching. We’ll be celebrating Mom’s special holiday on Sunday, May 10, 2020. 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.

Make Fun Easter Crafts for a Child You Love

Easter Crafts
Easter Crafts: Photo Courtesy of Sebastian Staines at Unsplash.

Wow, can you believe it’s already spring? You know what that means: Easter is coming right up. This year, we’ll be celebrating Easter on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

If your family celebrates the Easter holiday, perhaps you’d enjoy making some fun Easter craft projects for a child you love.

Knitting and crochet are my crafts of choice – so when I find myself with free time available for crafting, I tend to reach for a crochet hook or pair of knitting needles.

There are bunches of different Easter projects that can be crocheted or knitted. For starters, how about making an Easter basket? You can grab a broad variety of different basket patterns that would be suitable for that purpose.

Another idea: Knit or crochet a stuffed Easter bunny toy for your favorite child (or make multiples for your favorite children). You can embroider the eyes on your bunny, or use attachable safety eyes. Some of the available bunny patterns even include instructions for making cute clothing the bunnies can wear — how adorable is that?

You could also make an Easter-themed collage, painting or drawing.

This list of Easter patterns has even more ideas for fun Easter craft projects.

For those of you who don’t celebrate Easter, there are plenty of other spring knitting and crochet patterns you might enjoy. The list includes projects for spring flowers, spring cleaning and the other spring holidays like Mother’s Day.

I hope you’ll enjoy your Easter crafts, and that you and your family will have a blessed Easter 2020.

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Accessorize for Memorial Day With a Crochet Bracelet

Accessorize for Memorial Day With a Crochet Bracelet
Accessorize for Memorial Day With a Crochet Bracelet

This year, our Memorial Day celebration in the United States will take place on Monday, May 25, 2020. This is a day when we honor the men and women who died while they were in the military service of our beloved country.

If you plan to dress in red, white and blue for Memorial Day this year, perhaps you might enjoy making and wearing this simple-but-lovely red and blue beaded bracelet to accessorize your ensemble.

This is an ultra-simple bead crochet project. If you’d like to learn how to crochet with beads, this bracelet is a good way to get started with learning the technique; it’s a fast, low-commitment project that’s not too challenging. You might have heard that bead crochet is hard or complicated, but when you make this project, you’ll quickly see that there isn’t anything mysterious or complex about it.

I hope you’ll enjoy using the skills you learn from this project — and wearing your bracelet — long after Memorial Day has passed.

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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!

Making Hearts for Valentine’s Day 2020

Making Hearts for Valentine's Day -- There are a zillion different ways to do it. If crochet is your thing, this picture shows you 4 different possibilities -- and free patterns for all of these designs are available online.
Making Hearts for Valentine’s Day — There are a zillion different ways to do it. If crochet is your thing, this picture shows you 4 different possibilities — and free patterns for all of these designs are available online.

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 2020.

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Free Crochet Patterns! Mini Checkerboard Afghan Squares for Valentine Blankets, Sampler Blankets and More

Mini Checkered Crochet Square Pattern -- Free Crochet Pattern PDF With Chart  ARe Available Online at KnittingandCrochet.net
Mini Checkered Crochet Square Pattern — Free Crochet Pattern PDF With Chart Are Available Online at KnittingandCrochet.net

If there’s one thing I adore, it’s a crochet checkerboard pattern. I’ve designed so many different variations on the checkerboard that it’s getting hard to keep them all straight. This one you see pictured stands out because it’s the smallest one I’ve ever designed. I’ve found that this one has a whole bunch of different possible uses.

I designed this afghan square with the intention of using it along with multiple other afghan squares of the same size. I’ve crocheted multiple blankets using the squares in this series, and I have ideas for making bunches more of them. I invite you to fire up your imagination and think of the possibilities for all the things you could make with these squares, too. Perhaps you’re planning on crocheting projects like placemats, pillows, afghans, and these squares would be ideal for those types of projects or just about anything else that can be made up of squares.

This particular square is a fantastic little filler that can be alternated with larger designs instead of using solid-colored squares. Check out an example in this Valentine’s Day themed afghan featuring a heart square:

The most prominent design element in this blanket is the crocheted heart motif -- but the mini checkerboard design is an important supporting design element. This design is ideal for Valentine's Day, especially if you crochet it in red, pink and white as pictured. But you could change the colors to make the look entirely different.
The most prominent design element in this blanket is the crocheted heart motif — but the mini checkerboard design is an important supporting design element. This design is ideal for Valentine’s Day, especially if you crochet it in red, pink and white as pictured. But you could change the colors to make the look entirely different.

If you want to crochet a blanket like this one, you can use free patterns to do it. Here are some links to the different patterns and design elements you need:

Just to give you even more inspiration, here’s a picture of another way I’ve used this particular design. In this blanket, the mini checkerboard is one of many other afghan squares. I call this the “Pattern Sampler Afghan”.

Pattern Sampler Afghan to Crochet -- Free Crochet Pattern Is Available Online
Pattern Sampler Afghan to Crochet — Free Crochet Pattern Is Available Online

This is my pattern sampler afghan — The free crochet pattern for this blanket is available online.

So there you have a couple of examples of ways this checkerboard square could be used in different crochet projects. What will you do with it? There are zillions more possibilities beyond just these…I hope you’ll have fun coming up with even more ideas.

Happy Crocheting!

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Impressive Christmas Giftwrap Ideas You Need to Know About

Wrapping presents can be such a delight if you know how to artistically wrap your gifts to make each one look its most appealing. But if you aren’t confident in your gift wrapping abilities, that aspect of the Christmas season can be a bit of a drag. Whichever camp you fall into, you can never have too many giftwrap ideas — and we’re here to help with some fantastic suggestions for where to find good ones. We have some free pages on the topics of giftwrap plus card making, plus a few suggestions for books with helpful giftwrap ideas too.

Free Instructions for Wrapping Irregularly-Shaped Gifts

Do you have irregularly shaped gifts that need wrapping? Check out these ideas for wrapping things that don’t fit neatly into boxes.

The Make & Give Series of Books Features Excellent Giftwrap Ideas

Want to give your own handmade candles, soaps, or body care products as gifts this Christmas? And would you be interested in finding instructions for making these goodies PLUS giftwrapping them? If so, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the Make & Give series of books published by Leisure Arts. Each book in the series teaches you how to make a specific type of gift and then wrap it up or present it beautifully as a gift for giving to someone you know.

These are some of the prettiest craft books I own; I LOVE the ideas presented in them. I think you’ll be exited to discover these wonderful gift ideas, too.

So far I’ve reviewed 3 of the books in the series:

Find fabulous giftwrap ideas along with spectacular and gift-worthy craft project ideas in the Make & Give series of books published by Leisure Arts.
Find fabulous giftwrap ideas along with spectacular and gift-worthy craft project ideas in the Make & Give series of books published by Leisure Arts.

And if you want to make your own Christmas cards to go with your gifts, check out our page on the topic of how to make Christmas cards.

Happy holidays to you and yours this year!

Handmade Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas

The countdown to December 25, 2019 is underway– but If you get started crafting now, you still have time left to make handmade Christmas gifts for at least some of 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 set for the kitchen including potholders and a dishcloth. Both of these patterns are available for free.
    Crocheted gift set for the kitchen including potholders and a dishcloth. Both of these patterns are available for free.
  • Crocheted Gift Sets – If you’d rather give a handmade gift that can be used year-around, this gift set 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!