My Mothers Day Gift

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Oh, it’s a cliché:. I know.‘The best gifts in life are free’. Cliché, but true! This was my mothers day gift  today. I think it is the best! This little girl made me a ‘free Mothersday coloring page’ to post on the blog, so I would not have to work for a day! Talk about […]

Quilted Pleated Toiletry Bag Pattern

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This super-sweet quilted toiletry bag design is Ina’s. She’s a trained seamstress from Berlin and it shows. This bag design shows some serious bag design skill. I would never attempt this pleated bag without a pattern like Ina’s. And then, actually, it’s easy. Frankly, if it wasn’t easier than you’d think, I would probably not […]

Elegant Bow Tote :: Free Bag Sewing Pattern

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As far as tote bags go, this beautiful bag has to be one of the classiest ones I have seen. The details of the neat bow over the bag’s top band, and that those crisp folds on the bag’s side panels make this a tote bag to take to town. To ‘go shopping’ rather than […]

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!!! […]

Mothers Day Flowers to DIY

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How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers. We made about a thousand paper flowers around here. In every shape or form possible. In fact, we found that the more paper flowers you make, the more creative you get making them. My favorite one is a red crepe paper flower, which has a yellow heart from recycled […]

TP Stamp Art Cards

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Cool crafts for kids! So simple, even your 2-year-old can do it. Toilet Paper Roll Stamp Art! Toilet paper rolls make instant stamps. Besides stamping the obvious circle, it’s easy to fill each circle with hearts and flower stamps. Pretty!! Make your own Valentines Day card, Mothers Day card, Fathers day card, Get-well card…. Add […]

Dahlia Cupcakes: So pretty!

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‘What’s with my cupcakes recipe obsession???!!! ‘- You might ask.  No, I am not all of a sudden developing a sweet tooth.  I’m preparing a birthday party and the cake has to have something pink. I think my friend will prefer to get the whimsical swimming Pigs in mud Kitkat cake. I, on the contrary, […]

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Hi! Happy Wednesday Everyone. Time for a Party! Thank you so VERY MUCH for sharing your creations last week and I hope you’ll link up your creations again this week! I can’t wait to see what you’ll bring us. As a thank-you, I’d like to feature an exclusive giveaway on our blog this week of […]

Mothers Day Gifts: Necklace GIVEAWAY

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:: Handmade Mothers Day Gifts :: WIN: one-of-a-kind DESIGNER NECKLACE (this post) + MAKE: Free Jewelry-Making Tutorial (see link) + ADMIRE: an new ‘A Stitch Above’-awarded. (see below) MOTHERS DAY GIFTS from Ineseda Today is a special day at Fine Craft Guild. Lots of gifts, sharing and recognition. Let me begin with saying that both […]

Free Crochet Patterns :: Box of Chocolates

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Amigurumi food crochet patterns. Adorable little crochet amigurumi chocolates, each with different design details in a red heart shaped box. Which mom would not love to get this for Mothers’ Day (Valentines day, birthday…)? This kind of chocolate is really the best kind of chocolate as it contains no calories. Can you see mom smile?! […]

iPhone Cover :: Crochet Pattern

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  :: Handmade Christmas Holidays :: My aim is for a well-organized and stress-free handmade Christmas. Some of my gifts are already made, and I hope that my head-start here will enable me to daily share a free or inexpensive gift idea with you.  Those gift ideas can be crochet patterns, knitting patterns, sewing patterns, […]

iPhone Accessories : Earbuds Bag Pattern

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We feature a lot of **** bags **** (and free patterns to make them), but this little pouch for your iPhone | iPad earbuds is not one of them, … yet. Well, we’re adding it today.   Seems like a simple pouch, but .. oh the details: It’s tiny so you cant be tempted to […]

Preppy Pleaded Purse Bag Pattern

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Shoulder straps on roomy bag in vinyl fabric neutrals makes a fabulously functional everyday bag. Add some cute pleats and a contrasting liner and you got yourself a fashion statement to boot. Best of all, easy and fast project to sew.   All you need is Green and white vinyl fabric (less than half of […]

Water Bottle Cozy Knitting Pattern

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Just a quick article, as I’m travelling to the Netherlands today. One of my readers told me I’m no longer allowed to say that it is ‘freezing’ in the northern countries. OK. So let’s just say that travelling north makes me think of things that make me feel warm. Like a water bottle cozy. Got […]

50+ DIY Mothers Day Gifts

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50+ DiY Mothers Day Gifts

:: Personalized Mothers Day Gifts to DIY :: 50+ Beautiful, Easy-to-Make Mothers Day Gifts Pretty, personalized, functional & stylish gifts for moms, and other important women in your world. Make a gift yourself, or give mother the craft materials along with a free printed how-to tutorial as an enjoyable ‘DIY craft project kit’.   Mothers […]

Mothers Day Gifts: Colorful Bookmarks

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Bookmarks: always useful. I like giving these instead of greeting cards. Today I have 3 types of handmade Mothers Day Bookmarks for you to craft:   1. Bejeweled Mother’s Day Bookmarks  Gorgeous  gifts, year-round.  These bookmarks are called book jewels as they hang pretty on the book shelves, as well as being perfect page holders. […]

Mothers Day Gifts: Golden Origami Heart + …

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DAY 2 in “Mother’s Day Gifts”- Week. Was wondering what Mother’s Day gift idea to present to you today, when I spotted a gold-colored chocolate bar wrapper on my desk. Mmm…. an origami heart bookmark to go with a nice gift? Mom’s large golden heart needs to be acknowledged, right?! Materials Use a nice & […]

Mothers Day Cards !

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The way I see it, we have 3 Mother’s Day card options: 1/ make your own, 2/ download a greeting card, or 3/ treat her a gorgeous, personalized Mothers day card with embedded photos on nice card stock, that cost no time and is sure to be a keepsake. Pros and cons of each option. […]

Quilting Heart Potholders

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Gift idea: darling quilted potholder. A Gift for mom, a friend or anyone who loves to cook. Can be a Valentine even. Darling Quilted Heart Pot Holders Mandy from the Dixie Chicken designed a winner, we think. :: Learn how to Machine Embroider To learn how to make your own machine embroidery designs is not […]

Mothersday Purse

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Placemat purses that kids can make are also fun bags for grown-ups to make. This easy placement bag pattern creates not one bag, but many bags. Each type of placemat gives a completely different style to your bags. Embellish and add details to suit your taste and the season. Tip: if you happen to have […]

Rose Napkin Fold

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Romantic dinner to plan? Celebration? Mother’s Day!? What to do to make your guest of honor feel really special? Of course, for mom, it’s breakfast in bed. Besides lots of tasty goodies, how about surprising her with this lovely rose napkin. Who would not like to get flowers for Mother’s Day?!   How to Make […]

Hydrangea Cupcakes Recipe: Learn Howto Make Flower Frosting

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Hydrangea Cupcakes Recipe & Pinterest Eyecandy below! Cupcakes adorned with frosting shaped like gorgeous hydrangea flowers that look so real, you have to do a double-take. Don’t they look fantastic?! Learn how to decorate these most amazing cupcakes for an upcoming Spring party from Gloria, the creator of these decorative flowers in creamy, two-tone frosting. […]

DIY ‘Porcelain’ Rose (plastic spoons)

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Isn’t this an awesome glossy porcelain rose? However, it’s made from 13 old plastic spoons instead. Would you believe it?!      Next time you have a party, save those plastic spoons! You’ve got roses to make… Find an excellent, step-by-step tutorial by Gail here, at the “Can’t Stop Making Things”-blog.   ::   Tip […]

Romantic Rose Petal Place Card

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Treat your table guests with a romantic surprise. One of those simple summer crafts that take just 1 minute to put together. A sweet thing that makes summers romantic.   :: Rose :: Name Card :: Table Setting ::             :: Craft How-to :: Pick a garden rose. Add a […]

5 things to Love About Being a Mom

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The thought of you being one with nature (& with the Divine) through this one act of child birth. And, from then on, building generations and generations to follow you. Like a link in the chain of life. It’s rewarding sharing with your kids the best of your understanding of life. To pass on your […]

Mothers Day LINKY PARTY

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Joining DIY & Craft LINKY parties are a great way to share your techniques, tips & howto’s and learn new ideas from others. We’re building a collection of CRAFT & DIY LINKY PARTIES around a range of themes. The party that opens this week is THEMED Mothers Day’. We also feature linky parties below with […]

How to: Monogramming

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Over the years, we’ve posted many DIY projects, that would make good craft gifts, particularly with a touch of personalization through monogramming: sewing, crochet, knitting, and other crafts & home decor ideas.   This is where monogram fonts come in. Monogramming is an easy way to even embellish store-bought basics into homemade treasures that would […]

Embellish Your Uggs

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Sometimes Martha Stewart’s craft tutorials are so good, that the best thing I can do is to simply link to it. Half of Amsterdam is wearing Uggs these days (yes, it’s already Fall here in September!!). So, I thought it would be a good time to feature a tutorial: How to Embellish Your Uggs with […]

Cuteness in the Kitchen: Free Apron Sewing Pattern

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This apron is just perfect for those late summer days that you are doing plenty in the kitchen, making jams & marmalade, and perhaps freezing your produce from the garden. Personally I am not too much into aprons, however, this one with funky retro fabric,… and ruffles, … and pockets, well, it’s just too cute […]

Downloadable Mothers Day Cards

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For procrastinators, busy types and forgetful children of delightful moms, I’ve just made two printable Mothers Day Cards which you can download, print and simply sign at the back.   They are blooms from my garden for lovely moms around the world. Free Downloadable Mothers Day card 1 Free Downloadable Mothers Day card 2   […]