DIY Decorative Throw Pillows Sewing Tutorial

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Free Ruffle Pillow Sewing Pattern :: This is for a different sort of ruffle pillow: a zigzag ruffled pillow.  Unique and, as far as ruffles go, not too frilly. You know what I mean with that, don’t you? A lot of ruffled stuff is way to frilly to my taste. Anyhow, girly as I am […]

Creating a Finished Quilt Block (Beginners Workshop #5)

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #5 : Tips for Beginners on Creating a Finished Block By Janeen van Niekerk.       Quilting Workshop Class 5 – Introduction In this free online quilting workshop for beginners, we dove right in! In class #1, we learned about fussy cutting. If you wished, you […]

Perfect Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

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:: Free sewing pattern for a perfect tote bag :: Many years ago for Mothers Day, I featured a free sewing pattern for what I considered to be the perfect tote bag. See picture on the right. Much to my dismay, that blog vanished/changed and the tote bag pattern is no where to be found!!! […]

How to Read a Quilt Pattern (Beginners Workshop #4)

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #4 : Tips for Beginners on How-to Read a Quilt Pattern By Janeen van Niekerk. Quilting Workshop Class 4 – Introduction We have come a long way in a short time. We got our feet wet right away in class #1, learning about fussy cutting. If you […]

Ikea Poang Chair Slipcover Pattern

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:: Ikea Furniture Makeover ::  If you are the lucky owner of an Ikea Poang chair than today’s article is for you: it’s a free sewing pattern for an Ikea Poang chair slipcover.   At only $69, the Ikea Poang chair has to be one of Ikea’s most popular chairs. This chair has been around […]

Quilting Fabric Howto :: Beginners Workshop #3

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #3 : Tips for Beginners on Choosing Fabrics for Quilts By Janeen van Niekerk.     How to Choose Quilting Fabric When you are just starting out with quilting, the selection of fabrics can sometimes be very overwhelming.  The objective of today’s quilting class is to take […]

Tools :: Free Beginners Quilting Course, Class 2

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginner Quilters ~ with practical quilting tips you can do at home. By Janeen van Niekerk.   Beginners Quilting Workshops :: Class #2 Fundamentals :: Quilting Supplies & Quilting Tools   Last week we took a look at "fussy cutting" (How to Make a Quilt: Free Quilting Beginners Class) because […]

5 Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns, Animals and Flowers

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:: Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns Animals and Flowers :: It was hard. Hard to pick just a handful favorite quilt blocks from the huge collection of art quilter Janeen van Niekerk’s paper piecing quilt patterns of animals, flowers, lovely woodland trees and more paper piecing goodliness. Saw that opportunity last week on the blog??!: you […]

How to Make a Quilt: Free Quilting Beginners Course, Class 1

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:: How to Make a Quilt for Beginner Quilters – Lesson 1: What is Fussy Cutting? :: This free quilt-making tutorial is the first of a series of free online quilting classes, that will teach the in’s and out’s of making a quilt. This series & techniques of  tips for beginner quilters will be given […]

St Patrick s Day Crafts: Shamrock Crochet Pattern

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Celebrate your St Patrick’s Day with some crafts using this free Shamrock Crochet Pattern. It’s Saint Patrick’s Day. I’m excited. It’s already a fun day. I’m planning to have friends over and we’ll have a little Irish shamrock party! I thought to make something fun & frivolous for everyone, like my personal St. Patrick’s Day […]

Free Knitting Pattern :: Decorative Toy Balls

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Instant love for this 3-colored balls. Looks so sophisticated. But is so easy. Talk about a versatility: Make these hand-knit balls in raffia, hemp, or natural cotton as home décor.  Make them in baby yarn for easy, nearly-free baby gifts, or Use up scraps as a cool crafts for kids. I would think they would […]

Felt Bows!! Free Pattern & Tutorial

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Felt is one of the oldest fabrics known to man. So, for old time sake then, a Felt Crafts Tutorial today: how to make hair bows out of felt. Here is a simple felt bow making tutorial. Once you made your own felt bow, you can use it to embellish just about anything. I have […]

Beatnik Sweater Knitting Pattern

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Love the features of this winter fisherman’s sweater which comes with a free knitting pattern: the intricate cables, the boat neck, the cropped sleeves, and … the crazy photo shoot! The pictures of the original Beatnik sweater made me laugh. Thanks, Chris! I love sweater reviews that make me want to go crazy and have […]

Free Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern for Beginners

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What an easy crochet infinity scarf pattern! I can not think of a simpler one, in fact. And doesn’t she look great in it!? photo credit | pattern :  Deliacreates.com   Yarn for Your Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern Depending on your actual yarn choice and hook size, you could make this easy infinity scarf […]

Coolest Crochet Slippers Patterns for Boys: Sneakers

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  Here’s a photo tutorial for just the coolest crochet slippers that look like low baseball sneakers. Love these slippers for boys and men. Finally something to crochet for them that they will love. Perfect last minute gift idea if you are a fast crocheter and the rest for Christmas is already done… OK. None […]

Top Creative Gifts

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1200+ free craft tutorials I guess is enough to find any kind of handmade gift to make. However, if you want to complement that handmade gift with a store-bought goodie, here’s a bit of help on picking the right gift for that one last person on your list.    Bestselling Christmas Gifts Top Gifts for […]

Alternative Christmas Trees

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If you don’t yet have a Christmas tree, well, … that’s perfect ! I have a collection of adorable alternative Christmas trees, that you can make on a dime, and are loved by Mother Nature and your kids alike.   Alternative Christmas Trees From: 1959 white stone publication ‘How to Christmas’ book Probably in the […]

Best Homemade Advent Calendars

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Beautiful Advent Calendars, to Make & To Buy. My friend was cleaning her closets the other day, and asked if I was interested in her old house-shaped letter-box. It looked … a bit dated, odd-shaped and bland. It was plain wood, and … I did not know what to do with it. Mentally, I was […]

Lovely Cabled Baby Blanket :: Free Knitting Pattern

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This is a blanket that you just want to snuggle with. What a perfect baby blanket … for babies … and for me…  (I suppose we could up-size it, couldn’t we?!)  Anyhow, working with this super soft wool in perfect pastel colors is of course THE thing to do this Fall. Comfy!!  Give yourself a […]

Make Your own Table Cloth

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… with this Happy Circus Hot Air Balloon Fabric! I just received it in another free craft supplies package by Wholeport. Unlike other times when it arrives, I vowed myself to make something with it RIGHT AWAY, whatever the package contained. And I did. As soon as I opened the package and saw the nice, […]

22 Beautiful Scarf Patterns

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Make yourself some scarves with these beautiful Scarf Patterns! Today I thought to bring you some of the fabulous crochet patterns that have been posted on my Pinterest community board for the most beautiful crochet patterns. infinity scarf crochet pattern w herringbone weave stitch design. Infinity Scarf Pattern – silk with cotton crochet flower detail. […]

Butterfly Crafts for Kids :: Free Crochet Pattern

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This delightfully happy crochet butterfly crafts just caught my eye and I thought to share the free crochet pattern for it with you. I think I want ten of these and hang them up as Butterfly Wall Decor. Striking and whimsical. Can you see it? Or maybe attach these on a handbag? This crochet butterfly […]

Fall Pinwheel Cardigan :: Free Knitting Pattern

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Pinwheel cardigans are pretty unique. As a knitting pattern, I love that there are no seams to stitch together.   Only knitting required. And beyond that, it’s even just knitting in the round that’s required, i.e. even easier ! If you never have knit in the round, you should try this, and you’ll never go back […]

Which Yarn, what Hook or which Needle?

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A yarn weight table to figure out which crochet hooks and knitting needles you’ll need and so to work out how much yarn you’ll need…? Who of my readers would not want such yarn table??!! Well, dear readers, here it is: CRAFT YARN COUNCIL STANDARD CHARTS How to use this crochet – knitting – yarn […]

Picture Frames :: Free Crochet Patterns

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Ahh… too cool. I should have made these ages ago. In fact I did, but then I lost interest, went on vacation, and could not be bothered anymore. But when I find that half finished project, I shall finish it and share the crochet pattern with you.

DIY Lace Skirt

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Lace to the rescue!   Pretty Ombre Shirt It all began with my pretty, sheer ombre shirt. I bought it almost two years ago. But I’ve never worn it! That is, until today. Because I finally created a skirt to match. I am happy!   How did I do it? See, I had this Banana […]

Gorgeous Feminine Doily-inspired Shrug

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I still can’t figure out the difference between a shrug, bolero or a shawl, and I get them all mixed up, I guess. To me this is a shrug because it covers the arms and it has a closure in the front so it is a garment, whereas a shawl is a rectangle that you […]

Free Knitting Pattern :: Fair Isle Hat

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  Let’s get ready for some Fall- Winter projects… like making hats! For those of you who love classics, this free knitting pattern for a classic fair isle snowflake pattern winter hat is a winner. This hat is both festive and beautiful. An intermediate pattern, that is free for you to download. Knitting Needle Size: […]

Free Cushion Knitting Pattern

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Love this! I do. Particularly since I am the lucky girl, who, about 2 years ago, picked up an off-white knit cotton bed cover at Ikea for … $10 in the as-is section. Someone had the ridiculous idea to return it… (what an earth angel) and I happen to be lucky enough to be browsing […]

Hexagon Quilt Clock Tutorial (Ikea Hack)

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Jodi calls this an Ikea Hack, but her version is more like an Anthropologie-find than a cheap Ikea-type thing. Although the base is really the (dare I say …. ugly) Ikea Smycke Wall Clock, which Jodi used as the base in her quilt clock kit.   But then, Jodi covers the front of the hexagons […]