Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! The practical gifts we're featuring today will not only add style, but will be useful to whoever receives them! With your added personal touch, every time they are used they will think of you!
Clean & Organize
Not only is the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners THE most fabulous and functional place to begin your crochet adventure, it will take care of at least a few people on your list! Before you know it, you’ll be using or gifting one (or all 20!).
Simple to Sew Aprons Sew your way to sooo much functional cuteness with these Simple to Sew Aprons. Thirteen quick and adorable projects await you several cooks on your list!
Best of Quilted Bags has a great assortment of shapes and sizes, with pattern options to reflect many fashion preferences. Large or small, you're sure to find at least a few bags perfect for your friends or loved ones!
Add some sparkle to your organization! With Diamond Art freestyle, you can add a personal touch to everyday items that are great for organization and home décor.
The wild at heart will love these chic desk sets in three exotic patterns: leopard, zebra, and giraffe. Each set Wild for Style includes a tissue box cover, a holder for sticky notes, a desk top caddy, and desktop calendar corners. Also, a coaster set and journal cover show a collage of all three prints! How striking!
All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, organized and clean! They are sure to cherish them for years!
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Hey there, Makers! We've got more gift inspiration coming your way, and this time, we're thinking about the other members of the family. We're talking brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and the good friends that fall in the scope of the family circle. These people want fun and meaningful gifts for the holidays, something small but significant. We've got a wide selection of inspiration for you guys to choose from, so find your favorite craft category, and pick your next gift to start working on.
Sisters & Aunts
The Big Book of Crochet Accessories is full of patterns for hats, scarves, bags, socks, mitts, and even jewelry (pictured above) that would all make perfect holiday gifts. This is a collection of our favorite patterns that are super easy to follow. They work up so fast, you can probably even make something for yourself, too. We love how simple and sophisticated this earring looks with its geometric design and simple stitch pattern. It mixes crochet and craft to make the perfect holiday gift!
Go green this holiday season by making your sister or aunt a Pretty Little Plant Hanger! These small and easy crochet projects are perfect for first time crocheters, using bright colors and lacy textures to hold delicate plants like ferns and succulents. You can even hold fake plants in them, if you're gifting it to someone who couldn't garden if their life depended on it.
If you want to crochet something a little bigger, go for the classic patterns from Shrugs and Boleros like this multicolored bolero! We just love the wintry colors in this design, and you can make it as cozy as you want just by changing the weight of yarn you use. Make any of these patterns as a special holiday surprise, and you're sure to bring smiles and holiday cheer.
Adding a little flair to someone's kitchen decor is a quirky gift for the holidays, and these patterns from More Dishcloth Dresses are just downright adorable! We've got all kinds of dress styles for you to pick from inside the book, and you can go as bright or bold as you want to with color. These little patterns make trivial chores like dishes fun, and they make great holiday gifts.
Casual wear never goes out of style, so of course we have to add in some neutral patterns fromCasual Weekend Knits, like this hat and glove set. These patterns work up super fast, so they're beginner friendly for even first time knitters! Make this pattern, or one of the several other patterns in this book, like shirts, scarves clutches, and more!
Sometimes it's best to go subtle and simple for a holiday git. this dip dye tote from Quick & Simple Sewing Bags would be perfect for the aunt who's hard to shop for. The simple tote makes the accessory super versatile, so it goes with any outfit! And you can make the dip dye shade any color, or even multiple colors, the choice is yours! It makes for an easy and heartfelt customized gift.
When in doubt, go with home decor! These projects from Textured Pillows are perfect for the aunt or sister who has endless pillows on their bed (you know who you are). You can create the bold and modern designs with easy techniques like painting, hot glue, and simple stitching. the outcome is a beautiful one of a kind pillow that makes a colorful accent, and crafty holiday gift.
Brother's & Uncles
Go simple with scarves for your brother or uncle this holiday season. Simply Scarfie is self explanatory. You have great crochet patterns to create using simple stitches and a little patience. In the end, you have a cozy little accessory that will keep them warm during those chilly afternoon strolls.
Guys love throw pillows, too! Woodland Wildlife in Filet Crochet is perfect for the rustic home, and the patterns feature adorable animals like owls and foxes! These simple black and white patterns would be perfect little addition to a comfy recliner.
You can never go wrong with socks as a gift. Knit Socks For Those You Love has some great men's knit sock patterns that feature geometric stitch patterns and fun cabled textures. You can go bold or subtle with the color, the choice is up to you! All you have to do is start with our easy to follow patterns and use your imagination.
A perfect go-to gift for your brother or uncle is food! These recipe in a jar ideas from DIY Mason Jar Crafts are simple ways to show how much you care. Put the ingredients of a favorite family recipe inside, or maybe their favorite kind of cookie. After they've made the recipe inside, they have a nice jar to keep! You can even refill the jar with another recipe if they get hungry again.
If you want some quirky gifts for the uncle or brother that has a lot of hobbies, then these plastic canvas hobby coasters from Just Gift it!are perfect. You can make a set of one individual pattern, or make a bunch of different kinds for a mismatched eclectic set! The yarn over the plastic canvas gives the coasters a unique texture, and they work up super fast, so you can have a fun set ready by Christmas!
Game board sets would be perfect for a brother or uncle that could spend all day playing chess. You can cross stitch this pattern for a unique and antique looking checker or chess board with some patriotic flair. Antique Game Board Set gives you the best of both worlds with a vintage board design that gives a modern take on the classic chess board. It even comes with four coasters for a complete and crafty set!
We're back at it with #givingandgifting inspiration, makers! We've got some great gifts that you can make for the precious next generation. Whether you're giving these books and patterns to a crafty mom, or making the projects in this blog for your own favorite little one, you'll find a fun and fresh design to get you inspired for the holiday season. So, scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next gift to work on!
Every new mom loves a good stroller accessory, and babies love them even more. This starry stroller set is perfect for a bright and bubbly baby, and will keep them warm and cozy on early morning strolls through the park! Everything Baby Crochet is a collection of 48 of our favorite baby patterns, so it's a one stop shop for crochet baby accessories. So if you don't like this pattern, there are 47 others to choose from, including but not limited to hats, booties, blankets, and more! As an added bonus, there are handy little pockets to keep baby's favorite toys in.
Boots and hats are staples for holiday gifts, and these patterns from Infant Boots and Hats are too good to pass up! There are plenty of colorful and easy to crochet patterns for both boys and girls, so you have a wide range of hat and bootie sets to make for a baby that needs some extra cozy gear.
If you are looking to make an interactive gift for the holidays, try these fun Baby Stacks patterns! You can make adorable animals or delicious donuts, the options are vast and creative. These little stacks are fun and baby-friendly, which makes these stacks the perfect gift to keep baby's attention for hours on end.
Here's another interactive gift, Play and Learn Activity Cubes! These little crochet cubes are learning tools with a cuddly surprise. With different themes and contraptions to attach to the sides like mirrors, pulleys, fishing hooks, and more, the possibilities are endless! These little cubes provide endless entertainment for baby with surprise pockets and playful attachments. Every cube has a story, so pick your favorite and give it to your favorite leading lad or lady as a gift!
For the knitters in our maker groups, we're going heavy on giving and gifting winter fashion. This sweater from Sweet Knits is so adorable, and it looks so cozy and warm too! This is only one of many patterns that are comfy and versatile. I think any one of these sweaters would look good on a boy or a girl.
If you want to go really festive with the winter wear, then try out these onesie sets from Modern Baby! With beautiful cables and muted color palettes, these matching sets are sure to keep baby warm and stylish. Our patterns vary from short to long sleeves, so you have 6 outfits to style your favorite crawler in.
If you're still wanting more cardigans, we've got you covered. What cardigan is cuter than a baby cardigan? These patterns from Adorable Baby Cardigans are perfect as a light layer for baby, and even though these colors seem spring-like, you can always change them to fall or winter palettes.
What if you could give a stuffed animal and a baby blanket in one super cute gift? Animal Lovies has all the animal patterns you need to create an adorable snuggle friend for your favorite little one to run around in. These huggable little blankets with show your baby that they always have a shoulder to lean on when they need it, be it a soft and fluffy one at that.
Keep toddlers quiet and entertained with a colorful felt picture book full of touchable textures and shapes! The Quiet Book has a bunch of nifty ideas for felt books that will entertain babies with fun themes and interactive textures. This is definitely something to put on your crafting to-do list if you want your bundle of joy to be a future bookworm.
If you want to brush up on your quilting skills, try out this individual Boo's Nursery Patternfrom our Pattern Pack Collectionon our website. This is a super simple and colorful quilt that would bring a smile to any baby's face. Let them be bundled up in something as sentimental as a hand made quilt, a gift that they will cherish even after they've grown up.
Baby Quilts are perfect and timeless gifts that will be cherished forever, so start baby's nursery off right with fun patterns and block styles. This Plaid trimmed quilt gives off a rustic vibe that would be so cute hanging over the side of a crib in a nursery.
Every new mom needs extra baby supplies, so why not craft a few bibs for the little ones? These fun and festive bibs from Sew Cute Baby Bibs make eating fun, with multiple patterns and ideas for transforming the traditional sewn baby bib. This book is gender neutral, so the patterns in this book are for all kinds of messy eaters.
We're back again, Makers! Do you hear those sleigh bells faintly ringing? We've been mapping out some great gift ideas over in our neck of the woods, specifically for parents and grandparents. We've got a wide range of things to choose from, for your mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa! So scroll to find your craft category and get your next spark of gift inspiration!
If you want a festive gift this year, we've got you covered.Fair Isle Crochetis full of colorful holiday-like patterns done in the Fair Isle Technique, where only two colors per row are used, and the previous color is usually worked over. the technique is fascinating, and easy to learn! The book walks you step-by-step through the process. scarf sets would be great for mom and dad, you can even make them matching sets!
For the one who plays poker every weekend, we've got the ace of spades of gift ideas! We love this fun and eclectic afghan from Sportacular Afghans. There are a myriad of other patterns to choose from, depicting multiple kinds of hobbies and sports! This is just scratching the surface of the kinds of patterns you can crochet. Grandpa would just love this poker blanket!
If you're looking to polish off your crochet skills, these lap throw patterns from Make In A Weekend Textured Lap Throws speak for themselves. Witch simple stitch patterns that create great textures, you can make someone a really cozy throw for a relaxing weekend morning.
Take the traditional afghan to the next level with this holiday gift! Wildlife Cable Afghans is a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' afghan that allows you to mix and match different parts of all of the patterns included in the book. create your own custom wildlife crochet masterpiece, perfect to keep mom or grandma warm but the fireplace. This would even be a good gift for grandpa or dad too!
Mittens are always a great go to gift for the holidays, especially since we always have a few cold months to endure after Christmas. These patterns from Quick & Easy Mittens work up quickly, and will keep some nice an cozy from frostbite in fun and vibrant colors!
For the person who loves to unwind with a good Netflix binge, try making them a throw blanket this year! these varied patterns from Comfy Knit Throwsare so versatile and easy to make, you'll be a knitting master in no time. Blankets tend to take a little bit longer to make, but these patterns are so simple they can be made in just one weekend! That way, you can practice your skills by making a test afghan, and then have the real one by Christmas!
Scarves make great gifts no matter who you ask and these pattern from Cozy Scarves do not disappoint! With easy to follow instructions and versatile patterns meant for all kinds of yarn weights, this book is perfect for the beginner who wants to practice their knitting skills.
If you're not a Yarnist, and more of a crafter, then these projects are perfect for you! This plastic canvas Teabag Holder is perfect for the one who constantly has to have a hot drink by their side. Gifts Galore in Plastic Canvas give you a wide range of projects to create with easy to follow instructions! From tissue boxes, to magnets, to birdhouses, and more, the possibilities are endless!
If you want a more sentimental gift for the holidays, try this photo collage from DIY Pallet Projects. Start with basic planks of wood of all different styles to give your project some dimension, and then add your family favorites for a personal touch. This would make a beautiful rustic gift that's neutral enough to last through all seasonal decor.
Another great wood project is this cutting board from Modern Woodburning. Woodburning seems like a hard craft to get into, but it's just like drawing! Just with an extremely hot pencil. Modern Woodburningwalks you through all the basics of pyrography, and even gives you great ideas and inspiration to follow, like this pineapple cutting board design. With a little practice and patience before the holidays, you can create fun and functional gifts for every member of the family!
For the crafter that's handy with a sewing machine, show off your excellent skills in a cute piece of clothing! This vest from Fashion Quilted Accessories is perfect for an eclectic fashionista. With the beautiful cityscape quilted on the back, this gift becomes a one of a kind fashion statement with extra sentimental value. You can even change up your fabrics to put your own twist on the pattern.
Maybe the person you're making for is a sewing fiend themselves? Then these pincushion patterns from Pincushions To Sew are perfect! With various fun patterns to choose from, made from just a few simple stitches, these small little projects pack a crafty punch! Make one, or are multiple for your secret Santa, the choice is up to you.
Hey there, Makers! We're getting close to the holidays now, which means that we here at Leisure Arts are brainstorming for holiday makers. We've been compiling some epic lists of gift ideas, in all sorts of categories, and throughout our Giving and Gifting Campaign we'll be releasing blogs that are designed to help you get your head in the holiday game! We're covering the easiest to shop for, all the way to the most difficult. This week? Kids and Teens! These guys fall into both categories, so we made sure to give a wide range of gift ideas that you can make for your favorite little protégé. Scroll to find your next gift to work on!
Whether it's a son or daughter, niece or nephew, grandchildren, or your favorite young hope for the world, we've got you covered with these fun and easy gifts to make.
Crochet the next Captain Marvel or Flash when you create these Amigurumi patterns from Huggable Superheroes!Kristi Simpson shows us a thing or two about gifting heroism in cute and cuddly ways. Make these little plush buddies for a special superhero lover, and they can take them anywhere they want to go! There's a hero for everyone, and you can get creative with different yarns and colors to your heart's content. Some of the masks are even removable, so kids can take part in the fun and be their own superhero!
This is a great project that works for both boys and girls! Play Mats is great for creating large and fun scenes for a kid to play in, ranging from rustic farmhouses all the way to glamorous castles! Using simple stitching techniques, included templates, and a little bit of patience, you can create fun little environments for your favorite little one to play in. Isn't this farmhouse pattern super adorable? As an added bonus, some of them are even portable for on the go fun.
Fidget spinners may be a fad of the past, but we've got some fidget gear that doesn't get old, especially for your hyper and energetic little ones. This fidget cube from Fidget to Focus is full of nooks and crannies to keep a kid's attention, with bright colors and soft fabrics to boot! This book is full of patterns meant for all ages, but this we thought would be an especially fun holiday gift.
Teens can be hard to shop for, but we've tried to give you guys a wide range of things to create, from fun home décor to cute accessories.
String art is one of those fun and easy crafts that creates timeless and geometric home decor that will last you a while. Cool String Art is all of that and a bag of chips, with diverse and colorful patterns that would bring a smile to any teen's face. You can play with colors and types of string to make it unique to the person you're gifting it to, and watch as you become a string art master.
If you want to make a fun and versatile gift for your favorite teen, then try this super simple headband from Boho Jewelry.The headband doubles as a necklace, and you can use really smooth fabrics like this blue silk to give this accessory a more luxurious feel. Add your favorite beads or gems, and you have yourself a minimalist and beautiful accessory that can be worn with just about any outfit!
This project from Home Decor Using Grommetsis probably one of the most practical gifts you can make, and it would probably be the most appreciated from the teen that can't breathe without their phone charger around. This sewing pattern uses the classic grommet and takes it to the next level, creating a life hack that would work for any type of phone charger! Just adjust the size of the grommet you need to use to hang off of the outlet in the wall.
Make something unexpected for your favorite son or nephew this season! We've got a wide range of ideas that work for every personality.
Everyone needs a light layer, and this classic pattern from Knits for Kids is working its winter magic. Knit and purl your way through the intricate patterns and ribbed sleeves, and create a cozy masterpiece that will keep your little guy warmer than a fresh cup of hot cocoa.
If you want fashionable and functional gifts this season, then these crochet Animal Backpacks patterns are great! There's a range of adorable animals to choose from - Giraffes, pandas, crocodiles, and more!
Give your favorite little one a great big monster hug with these Adorable Amigurumi Patterns from Huggable Monsters. Make them as small or as large as you want them to be (depending on the yarn you use), and create a buddy that's out of this world! The patterns are easy to follow, and you'll find that they work up quite fast using simple stitches.
Girls just wanna have fun! We've got a great bunch of gift ideas for your queen in training, full of bright colors and styles.
It's getting cold out there, and people are flocking to mittens and cozy caps. This adorable mittens and cap set from The Best of Knit Accessories is perfect for girls of all ages, from itty bitty to full grown! We love the cables and stitch patterns, and this olive green is to die for. This makes for an easy and cozy gift to knit.
People underestimate all of the creative things you can craft with plastic canvas. This adorable Fairy Princess getup fromRule The Kingdom in Plastic Canvasis perfect for the little dreamer with a big imagination! These designs are as simple as counting rows and cutting canvas to stitch beautiful designs onto. With our step-by-step instructions, you can have this accessory set and much more done in as little as 1-2-3! Don't worry, we didn't leave your little knight out of the plastic canvas fun. There are plenty of fun accessories for boys too inRule the Kingdom in Plastic Canvas.
If you're wanting to flex your quilting and sewing skill, make a stylish and creative backpack for the woodland creature lover. This Olympia Owl Pattern Pack gives you all the instruction you need to create this beautiful backpack. mix and match your fabrics and finishes and customize it to your liking! The possibilities are endless, we just give you the best framework possible to start from.
Ho ho ho, makers! We're decking the halls with Christmas (in July) cheer, and we're using the lazy days of summer to start on our holiday projects and décor. During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we barely have time to make the elaborate gifts we want to give, let alone add special handmade touches to our holiday décor. Which is why Christmas in July is the perfect time to start crafting! If you start on projects now, you can have more time during the actual holiday season to relax. So go grab a nice snack, scroll to your favorite craft category, and start making your list to check twice!
The Fair Isle Technique is a perfect color mixing style that works great for Christmas projects. Which is why you can start making the beautiful projects in Fair Isle Mittens now, so you have wonderful gifts to give during the holidays! These mustard colored fingerless mitts are perfect for texting in the cold, and can be used for multiple seasons. With the beautiful houndstooth patterns and chunky cables, these are the perfect versatile accessory for your wardrobe, and the wardrobes of your daughters, nieces, or granddaughters.
Everyone loves retro, but we want retro with a modern twist. Which is exactly what you get with the projects from Retro Christmas Ornaments! These clothespin angels are so easy to make, you'd think Santa's elves had a hand in helping you! You can create beautiful projects like these ornaments and more with the help of the book's easy to follow instructions. Retro has never been so easy!
You can't forget about the animals! You can create this cat stocking with adorable little doodles at the trim from The Stockings Were Knit. Give your cat some Christmas tidings with a specialized stocking just for them. This is a perfect Christmas in July project for all cat lovers! This book has stockings for every member of the family, animal or human (so don't worry dog lovers, there's one for you, too).
This is definitely a transformation of knitting. You can make these great ornament covers with beautiful beaded accents from our book, Beaded Ornaments.With basic stitches and interwoven glittering beads, you have creative and definitely unique ornaments that will be treasured for many years to come.
General crafts Christmas projects are perfect for the makers who don't know too much about crochet or knit, but still want to be creative with yarn and other mixed media. This wreath made of paper leaves from Open House Merriment is perfect for a door in need of sprucing, or a wall in need of decorating. With easy to follow instructions and tons of inspiration, this book is perfect for the crafter who loves to plan and prep ahead of time.
If you want some non-traditional décor for your tree, then try these little yarn snowcaps from Yarn Whimsies. You don't need to know crochet or knit to be a snowcap pro, it's as simple as common household items like toilet paper rolls and lark's head knots! This is a great way to be creative with yarn, without all the technicalities of fancy stitches. You end up with colorful and creative modern tree ornaments!
Plastic Canvas is one of those crafts that seems complicated, but it makes for beautiful projects. The Magic of Christmas gives you great step-by-step instructions to follow as you learn how to count threads, create your shapes, and stitch adorable little gift toppers and stocking stuffers like these candy cane climbers. It's small projects like these that can turn a lazy summer day into a productive day!
Cross Stitch brings a classic twist to modern projects of all festive proportions, like this wine bottle jacket from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch. With quippy quotes and adorable artwork, you can't go wrong with a beautiful hostess gift like this one! Who doesn't want to dress up their favorite red or white?
If you're thinking ahead of time on Christmas wrapping and accessories, then these little additions from 50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Christmas are perfect for your future presents. Vamp up the traditional name tag with a stitched on Christmas tree, or little Rudolph. These projects work up quickly with color-coded and easy to follow charts, and would make for great first projects for someone who is starting out in cross stitch.
If you come from a family that has a Christmas tree in every room, then our wealth of cross stitch books will give you more than enough inspiration. These adorable stockings from Mini Cross Stitch Ornamentsare a great hybrid of classic and modern Christmas designs. Even though they're mini, look at the detail! It's hard to believe that you can fit so much Christmas spirit into something so little.
Even MORE cross stitch inspiration (See what I mean? A wealth of ornaments books). These circular ornaments from Holiday Ornaments Galore are minimalist enough to work for any style of Christmas tree. With quirky designs like robins in beanies and skiing snowmen, you can have an adorable set of colorful designs.
Coloring is a fun and funky distraction for when you just need some crafty and creative time to yourself. Especially during the holidays. You can color in these Color On The Go - Holiday books wherever you go, and use the perforated pages to transform your Christmas cards! Laminate them and make a collage, scan them in and make a digital card, create fun and fancy colorful leaflets that bring a personal touch to your Christmas gifts! With fun designs like ornaments and mittens, you can't go wrong choosing any of these four books. Or better yet, get all of them!
Santa might be sun tanning and shopping right now, but we've sent a letter to his workshop, and he loves these projects! We received a package of candy canes and sugar plums as a seal of approval. These projects, varied from beginner to advanced, are perfect for you to start now, so you're not bombarded during the holidays with busywork and shopping. If you try your hand at these projects, be sure to share it and tag us @leisureartsinc so we can admire your work and give you a special shout out. So go trade that traditional cup of hot cocoa for a Frappuccino, and craft away!
Halloween is over, Makers. The skulls and cauldrons are being put away until next year, and turkeys and cornucopias are taking their place! Thanksgiving is a holiday that's meant for endless conversation over great food, and even better company. But there tends to be one thing overlooked every year when you plan for your grand feast : the decor! Decorations make or break the ambiance of a dinner, and for a meal as important as Thanksgiving, you definitely don't wanna drop the ball. Which is why we've got your back! We've put together a few fun projects in all types of mediums that will make your Thanksgiving environment so mesmerizing, no one will even notice that you almost burnt the sweet potato pie.
Look for your category, if you're craft specific, or dive in and try out a project in a new craft! The choice is totally yours.
Give Thanks With Crochet Goodies
Nature's Gifts For Baby Pattern
As any great craftsman knows, the best way to give thanks during the holidays is through home made gifts and trinkets! If you're a crochet lover at heart, then you've come to the right blog post. We've got some nifty patterns for you to try out, and give out to the people you love. Just look at the adorable fox hat and matching blanket pattern that you can make for the little ones in your life (above). This getup from Nature's Gifts For Baby will be sure to get loads of attention for Fall, and your baby can be cute and comfortable as they're showered with cheek pinches and waves of "awww".
Little Animals Headgear - Turkey Beanie
Little Animals Headgear - Turkey Headband
If you've got someone a little older that you're making for, check out these Turkey Transformation patterns from Little Animals Headgear (Left). These cute and functional headband and beanie patterns are sure to be a big hit with the family during Thanksgiving Dinner. Plus, if you're not dying of cuteness overload from these pictures, then your heart is made of stuffing, and you didn't eat enough cranberry sauce. The pattern can be adjustable based on how big or small the person you're crocheting for is, so this pattern can be made for a wide age range! It's holiday gift patterns like these that really show that you're thinking outside of the oven for Thanksgiving this year. Not that there's anything wrong with thinking inside the oven, of course. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day for eating! Which is why we have these next few patterns just for the kitchen.
Crocheted Lace Trimmings - Quick Thread Projects
If you've always been known for your upscale Thanksgiving soirees, then this is the project for you. Quick Thread Projects (above) is known for its fun and trendy projects for any occasion, and this Lace Trimming project certainly takes the cake (or pumpkin pie). The lacework can elevate the decor of your event, or give a little extra oomph to that store-bought Jam that you're trying to pass off as homemade (you can't fool me with that unmarked mason jar).
White Lace Runner - Filet Table Runners
This project is specifically for the table. Though your guests might not notice it immediately -because they're focused on the delicious buffet in front of them- it has been a traditional part of Thanksgiving decor for decades, and we can't not include tradition in a classic holiday like this one. We're talking table runners, makers! Specifically, this White Lace Filet Runner from Filet Table Runners(above). They've been the perfect pairing to that apple print tablecloth that everyone remembers they had for at least one Thanksgiving, I'm 89.9% sure of that.
Knit Some Handy Kitchen Helpers for Thanksgiving Dinner
Don't be fooled by all of our cool crochet crafts, we have some awesome knit stuff too. These Thanksgiving themed projects make the perfect handy helpers that are festive and functional!
Dishcloths for Special Days
Corn Cob Dishcloth - Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths
Apple Potholder - Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths
These crafty potholders and dishcloths from Make in a Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths (right) will brighten up any kitchen space, and make it look like you have an eclectic taste in home decor. That corn cob dishcloth looks good enough to eat! Let these little baubles be your good luck charms when cooking Thanksgiving dinner. If the funky patterns aren't up to your speed, then try these simple and subtle designs from Dishcloths For Special Days! Modern or Classic, you choose which style is best for you and your family.
Festive Coloring - Fun For Everyone
Bountiful Wonders Coloring Sheet
Coloring! The craft that makes you feel like a kid again, but in the best and most relaxing way possible. Adult coloring has become one of those mindless and relaxing crafts that you can enjoy whenever and wherever you want. Which is why you need these festive coloring books for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. No one ever thinks about the down time during family get togethers - when you're waiting for the food to be finished. Even if you did think about it last year, it was probably already too late, and then you became stuck in between channels of boring small talk between your aunts and uncles that will just be repeated when Christmas comes (don't worry, we have Christmas coloring books too).
If you're looking for ways to repurpose those pages after they're colored, check out our DIY Coloring Decor post we did for National Coloring Day.
Bonus : Thanksgiving Fun with Plastic Canvas
Holiday Fancies - Give Thanks Napkin Holder
This is for the festive turkeys that want to go the extra mile this holiday. Plastic Canvas is a fun and addicting craft to start, and what better project to start with than this adorable napkin holder, from Holiday Fancies, perfect for any table. Pair this with your table runners and lace trim, and you've got yourself a swanky Thanksgiving.
Share Your Projects With Us!
Which of these projects do you want to try, Makers? Give us a shout out in the comments or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We love to see what you're working on!
Valentine's Day is coming! This year, use plastic canvas to show your friends, family, and loved ones how much they mean to you. Whether you're looking to make something large and ambitious, or you just want something small to remind them you care, you can find exciting hearts and flowers galore to create the perfect plastic canvas gift this Valentine's Day.
1. An Album Full of Memories: Nothing says love like a photo album filled with your favorite memories together. Create one for your loved one, or simply give this plastic canvas album cover to a friend and let them fill it themselves! This elegant photo album design is unlike anything they will find store bought! Start on this great plastic canvas Valentine's Day gift now with Gifts Galore.
2. An Adorable Heart-Shaped Box: This plastic canvas box is a perfect Valentine's Day gift for loved ones of all ages! It will serve as a great place for holding jewelry or other trinkets. For two gifts in one, fill it with yummy candy or even these Plastic Canvas Candy Hearts! Get an early start on your Valentine's Day gifts with the Sweetheart Box ePattern.
3. A Sign Of Your Friendship: Remind one of your friends how much they mean to you this year on Valentine's Day! This charming handmade memento will nurture a flowering friendship with its fun flowers and quirky buttons. Plus, you can start this great plastic canvas gift now with the If Friends Were Flowers ePattern.
4. A Rosy Tote: Give your friends, family, or loved ones classic roses and pretty flowers this Valentine's Day to show them how you feel. This unique plastic canvas tote is as pretty as it is versatile! You'll love filling it with a fun surprise for a friend or giving it to a young girl to use as a purse. The possibilities are endless! Craft this gift in time for Valentine's Day with the Floral Tapestry Tote ePattern.
5. A Mug Decorated With Hearts: The heartwarming bargello pattern on this mug is simple to create using basic stitches, and it makes a perfect Valentine's Day gift. The muted colors make it a great mug for your Valentine to use year round, and they'll think of you every time! Start creating this pretty mug now with the Bargello Mug ePattern.
6. A Plastic Canvas Kisser: If you love your friends, give them a kiss! These playful pals are called kisses because their mouths can hold one small piece of candy, which makes each little animal as sweet as a kiss! These little creatures are the perfect, quick way to show someone you're thinking of them on Valentine's Day. Perfect for all ages! Pick from one of 25 fun designs found in Plastic Canvas Kissers.
7. A Cup of Tea: Give a plastic canvas Cup Of Friendship - a thoughtful, small gesture to remind someone of your love! Stitch the little cup, and then put a bag of your friend's favorite tea in it. Complete the fun little gift with a tag - this one reads: "A Little Cup of Friendship, with a bag of tea. When you drink this, this of love from me!" Brighten someone specials day with this fun gift from Gifts Galore.
8. A Floral Eyeglasses Case: Featuring a combination of pretty pastels and dainty designs, any one of these eyeglass cases will make a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or just any day at all. Perfect for anyone who wears sunglasses, reading glasses, or eyeglasses. Plus, you can start this great gift instantly with the Lovely Ladies Eyeglass Cases ePattern.
Instead of purchasing gifts for baby, use your plastic canvas crafting skills to create something really special. There are tons of great plastic canvas patterns out there for baby, and we found some of the most unique patterns to help you create the perfect gifts.
1. A Whole Nursery Set: Help new parents decorate the nursery - or just freshen it up - with this unique plastic canvas set. Baby will love the bright colors, textures, and shapes of the captivating mobile. The pretty pastel projects for the nursery include all the basics a mother-to-be could need to surround baby with sweetness, decorated with hearts, bows, and building blocks. Create this great baby gift now with the Sweetheart Nursery ePattern.
2. Adorable Photo Frames: Surprise baby and mom with these bears, ducks, bunnies, and other cute characters from Dick Martin. Babies will love the cute animals, and parents will love to show off cute baby photos in these unique frames. Create this great gift for baby now with Friends For Baby.
3. A Little Bookshelf For A Little Reader: Baby's favorite bedtime stories can be tucked away in the handy plastic canvas book holder, and the matching heart-embellished frame will showcase a photo of Mommy's little darling. Create this great plastic canvas gift for baby now with the ePattern.
4. A Cute Arrival Sign: Whether baby has arrived or will arrive soon, this plastic canvas sign will be cherished by new parents. Baby will love the fun textures, lines, and colors too! A great addition to any nursery. Create it now with Gifts Galore.
5. A Plastic Canvas Baby Bag: This roomy bag for baby's necessities will be a great surprise! Complete with a big front pocket, it can hold diapers, bottles, rattles, and more. Get the pattern for this unique plastic canvas tote to create a great gift for baby. Start now with the Heartwarming Baby Tote ePattern.
6. A Buddy For Baby: Create this cute plastic canvas wall hanging for baby and give them a new friend! Baby will love the cute kitty, bright colors, and fun texture, and you'll love challenging yourself to create this gift from Teach Me To Long Stitch.
Instead of purchasing gifts this year, use your plastic canvas crafting skills to create something personal and unique for the boy in your life. There are tons of great plastic canvas gift ideas for kids, from play sets to small games and other fun trinkets. Make the perfect plastic canvas gifts this year with these fun patterns.
1. A Portable Castle: Create a fun plastic canvas portable playhouse set and his imagination will run free. This fun castle will really come to life when he adds his favorite toy people and animals. Plus, it's easy to pack up and take anywhere - perfect for traveling. The boy on your list will love this plastic canvas gift from Portable Playhouse Sets.
2. A Set Of Plastic Canvas Dinosaurs: Young boys will spend hours pretending they're in "the land before time" with these playful dinosaur characters. These toys can even make learning fun by sparking a child's interest in prehistoric wonders. Create this great gift for boys and get started now with the Super Dinosaurs ePattern.
3. A Fishing Game: The boys on your list will love to go fishing with this fun plastic canvas toy. Create several numbered fish, a fishing rod, and a small pool for a fishing game kids will love! Everyone will be impressed by this unique plastic canvas toy from Gifts Galore.
4. A Camouflage Set: Here are two neat projects a boy will treasure! Stitched with variegated yarn in camouflage colors, the Keep Out sign can be posted on a door to ensure his privacy. And the matching storage box is just the right size for holding his toy soldiers, prized baseball cards, or anything else he wants to keep top secret. Get started on this great boy gift now with the Camouflage Collection ePattern.
5. A Plastic Canvas Game: The boy on your list in for a "toad-ally" good time with this amphibious friend! Create the whimsical plastic canvas board and accompanied game pieces that can be strung on a ribbon for safekeeping. Kids will love this "ribbiting" game for trips and rainy days. Create this great gift now with the Tic-Tac-Toad ePattern.
6. A Sporty Storage Box: Boys who loves sports will have a ball with this plastic canvas case for trading cards or other trinkets! Openings on the back of the lid make it perfect for displaying favorite cards or special pictures. Start this great gift for boys now with the ePattern.