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 2019

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 2019.

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2018 Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Craft Enthusiasts

Are you wondering what kind of Christmas gift to get for the crafters on your gift list? Or perhaps you’re a crafter yourself, and you’re working on making gifts for your inner circle. Either way, I invite you to check out this Etsy holiday gift guide for craft enthusiasts. The following items are ones you’ll definitely want to know about:

Czech Glass Buttons Make Spectacular Christmas Gifts for Crafters!
Czech Glass Buttons Make Spectacular Christmas Gifts for Crafters!

Czech Glass Buttons

If the crafter on your gift list is drawn to pretty, shiny baubles, consider giving Czech glass buttons as a gift. This is a gift that might appeal to crafters who work in a variety of media — anyone who sews, quilts, knits, crochets or does mixed media art can usually find good uses for buttons.

Be aware that some sellers sell single buttons. If you’re gifting Czech glass buttons to a crafter who makes garments, it’s ideal to find a matching set of multiple buttons — enough to button up a quilted jacket, knitted cardigan sweater or similar project.

You can buy one-of-a-kind dichroic glass pendants similar to this one on Etsy. Independent artists -- like those who sell on Etsy -- are the best sources I know of for buying these pendants. Here you can see the finished necklace I made using a dichro glass pendant I bought online from an independent artist.
You can buy one-of-a-kind dichroic glass pendants similar to this one on Etsy. Independent artists — like those who sell on Etsy — are the best sources I know of for buying these pendants. Here you can see the finished necklace I made using a dichro glass pendant I bought online from an independent artist.

Dichroic Glass Pendants

Does your gift recipient enjoy making unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry, bead knitting or bead crochet projects? And does her sense of style include lots of sparkly, eye-catching details? If you need to find a truly impressive gift for a jewelry making enthusiast, a dichroic glass pendant might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Fiskars Hand Punch With Inks and Paper Craft Project
Fiskars Hand Punch With Inks and Paper Craft Project

Fiskars Punches

Fiskars makes a variety of delightful paper punches available. If you’re shopping for a paper crafter who makes greeting cards, invitations, scrapbook pages, collages or mixed media art, any of these punches could make a useful gift.

Thickers Alphabet Stickers by American Crafts
Thickers Alphabet Stickers by American Crafts

Thickers Alphabet Stickers

Making Christmas cards? Giving a scrapbook album to a loved one as a gift? Shopping for someone who loves to make scrapbook pages, collages or cards? If so, you’ll want to load up on Thickers letter stickers by American Crafts. Thickers alphabet stickers come in an amazing variety of different materials and fonts, so you’re sure to find exactly the right styles for whatever purpose you have in mind.

Bazzill Cardstock

Bazzill is famous for making archival-quality, acid-free textured cardstock papers suitable for any paper craft project that is meant to last. If you’re giving a gift to a paper crafter who enjoys scrapbooking, collage, card making, altered book arts or mixed media arts, this is exactly the gift you want to choose.

Zip Dry Paper Glue

Zip Dry paper glue is a fantastic stocking stuffer type gift for anyone who enjoys paper crafts. It dries perfectly clear, so it’s great for beginning paper crafters who haven’t yet perfected the art of flawless glue application.

Gold Beads

If your gift recipient enjoys jewelry making, beadwork, bead knitting, bead crochet or bead embroidery, gold beads are a gift that’s sure to be appreciated. Look, in particular, for genuine 14 karat gold beads that will have lasting value.

Silver Beads

Silver beads are stylish yet timeless. They, too, make gifts that will have lasting value, particularly if you choose high quality sterling silver beads.

Cascade 220 Yarn
Cascade 220 Yarn

Cascade 220 Yarn

If your gift recipient likes to knit, crochet, weave or make pom pom crafts, you’ll want to consider putting Cascade 220 yarn at the top of your gift list. And if you’re making gifts to give to others, your loved ones are sure to appreciate any gifts you’ll make for them with this soft, sturdy, lovely yarn.

This is one of the most popular yarns ever, and there is a HUGE amount of pattern support available for the yarn. No matter what you want to make with it, you’re likely to find a pattern that’s exactly what you need. Not only that, Cascade 220’s color palette is pretty spectacular. You know how, with a lot of yarns, it can be tough to find the exact color you need? With Cascade 220, you will not have that problem.

Cascade 220 is worth its full retail price, in my opinion; however, Etsy sellers have posted a fantastic selection of this yarn — so you’re likely to find a great bargain on a color your gift recipient will adore. Click here to shop for Cascade 220 at Etsy.

These are my top picks for gifts crafting enthusiasts would be likely to LOVE — but the truth is, there are zillions more excellent possibilities. If you’re shopping for craft enthusiasts, Etsy is a fantastic place to load up on the craft supplies they’ll want to work with. It’s a great source for unique, interesting, one-of-a-kind craft supplies that can’t be found elsewhere.

Christmas Crafts 2018

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, here’s hoping your Christmas 2018 will be the best Christmas ever!

I took a triangle crochet motif and transformed it into a Christmas tree ornament. Modifying the pattern was easy; I simply added a hanging loop made of chain stitches, a tree trunk made of single crochet stitches, and some Swarovski crystal beads. The triangle pattern is from Sandra Eng's book called Crochet Kaleidoscope, pulished by Interweave.
I took a triangle crochet motif and transformed it into a Christmas tree ornament. Modifying the pattern was easy; I simply added a hanging loop made of chain stitches, a tree trunk made of single crochet stitches, and some Swarovski crystal beads. The triangle pattern is from Sandra Eng’s book called Crochet Kaleidoscope, pulished by Interweave.

If you’re ready to kick your Christmas crafting into high-gear, grab your favorite craft pattern books or some free Christmas craft tutorials, patterns, and project instructions from the Internet. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite craft project ideas that are available this holiday season.

Handmade Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas

The countdown to December 25, 2018 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!

DIY Snowflake Christmas Card With Holiday Greeting

This holiday greeting card features a snowflake design, several different patterned papers, and some ethereal ribbon tied in a bow.

Snowflake Christmas Card With Holiday Greeting

Click Here to get free instructions for making this card.

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Crochet a Wreath Ornament for Christmas

You Can Crochet This Wreath Ornament for Christmas Using a Free Pattern From KnittingandCrochet.net.
You Can Crochet This Wreath Ornament for Christmas Using a Free Pattern From KnittingandCrochet.net.

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, 2018.

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.
  • If you need items to sell at Christmas craft sales, try these. According to KnittingandCrochet.net’s terms of use, you’re allowed to sell the ornaments you make with this pattern.
  • 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.

Happy Crafting!

Amy Solovay

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Ideas for Crocheting With Fabric Strips

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Rag Crochet

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:

Crochet Using Beads

If you want to use beads in your crochet work, there are different ways you can approach it.

You can string the beads onto your yarn or thread, and incorporate the beads into your fabric as you crochet.

Another approach: you can stitch or embroider the beads onto the project after you’re finished crocheting.

I recently posted an in-depth step-by-step tutorial for another approach to crocheting with beads. The tutorial is for how to crochet with beads and wire, and it includes a free napkin ring pattern. I think the napkin ring is timely right now, with the holiday season in full swing; we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all coming up in the next several months.

If you’re planning on entertaining guests for any of the holidays, napkin rings are lovely little accents to have on hand for enhancing your holiday table decor.

How to Wire Crochet With Beads -- Free Tutorial With Napkin Ring Pattern

If you celebrate Christmas, this page of Christmas beadwork patterns might also be of particular interest.

These are not the only possible approaches to bead crochet, but they are few of the most popular, and also a few of my favorites. I’ve enjoyed all of these approaches to crochet using beads, and I hope you will enjoy playing around with them too!

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