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  • School’s Out! You Need Crafts To Keep The Kids Occupied!

    Moms, for real, how many of you are shuddering just a little bit ’cause school’s about to be out for summer? Your precious, darling, baby angels are going to be right there by your side, chanting, “I’m bored…” just any day now! Have you started your search yet for worthwhile activities to keep them entertained?
    Try some of our crafts books for kids!
    Teach Me To Stitch
    Begin a pastime that will last a lifetime! This simple how-to book offers extra-easy instructions, how-to photos, and 15 fun designs for helping youngsters learn to cross stitch using 11 count Aida.
    ‘Teach Me” Plastic Canvas
    Kids will be ready to stitch their first plastic canvas project in no time with this handy guide. They’'ll learn about needed supplies, basic stitches, overcast stitches, and special touches before choosing from 13 easy-to-do projects.
    Scrapbooking with Your Kids
    Looking for fun ways to introduce children to America’s favorite hobby? Scrapbooking is a creative, inspiring, and educational way to encourage children to express themselves, and it’s also a fantastic way for families to spend quality time together! This all-new book from the editors of Creating Keepsakes scrapbook magazine is packed with 200 kid-tested ideas for birthdays, holidays, and every day! Scrapbook favorite family photographs. Make delightful gifts, such as purse notebooks and mosaic frames. Play learning games, like alphabet and word bingo. Fill a rainy day making a secret decoder or playing a treasure hunt game. Create family-friendly projects, such as a gratitude jar or a homework helper. And more!
    From Felt to Fabulous
    Felt crafting is easy, inexpensive, and fun for the whole family—and you can make things that are as practical as they are pretty. How about a Coffee Cup Cozy or a Hair Clip Holder? There’s also a cute iPod/MP3 Player Cozy, a Hunny Bunny, Tote Bag, Purse, Project Envelope, Needlebook, Greeting Card, Garlands, Hair Clips, Necklaces, Pins, Ornaments, Tags, and more. The patterns are interchangeable, and each can be enlarged or reduced to any size, whether it’s for a necklace pendant, ornament, or stuffed toy. Once you get started with these 34 designs by Kimberly Layton, you’ll probably think of dozens of additional ideas to create and share with family and friends! (Available in print or pdf download!)
    Just Duct Tape It!
    “Wild” flowers featuring animal print petals. Bold bracelets, funky flip-flops, and hip purses. Who knew that duct tape could create such cool projects? American teens have embraced this hot trend and will go ga-ga for this creative guide to crafting with duct tape. More than 25 projects for gals and guys include wallets, jewelry, locker decor, flowers, and more. 
    (Available in print or pdf download!)
    You might also check out the craft category at for more cool ideas for keeping those kids busy being creative! Good luck and enjoy the summer!
  • Downloadable Easter Plastic Canvas Patterns Deal Part 2

    Did you see yesterday’s Downloadable Easter Plastic Canvas Patterns Deal Part 1? Well, here we go as promised with our Downloadable Easter Plastic Canvas Patterns Deal Part 2. Check out these very cute designs:

    Easter Ensemble Plastic Canvas Patterns
    Welcome Easter with these “eggs-tra” special accents! The coordinating set will fill your home with springtime delights, such as colorful eggs, a sweet bunny, and a “basket” full of bright blossoms. The designs are stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 and 10 mesh plastic canvas.

    Bunny & Easter Egg Plastic Canvas Patterns
    These little creations are easy to make and versatile to use. Try working stitched pieces on 7 or 10 mesh plastic canvas to decorate baskets, jars, wreaths, bags, and other items. They also can be made into package ties, plant pokes, magnets, coasters, and more.

    Easter Party Ducks Plastic Canvas Patterns
    For an Easter gathering that will delight youngsters, decorate your table with our cute party favors. Terrific treats can be presented in the duck nut cup, and the matching napkin tie is a sweet accent for the place setting. The designs are stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 mesh plastic canvas.

    Easter Bunnies Plastic Canvas Patterns
    Our “hoppy-go-lucky” bunnies will bring charm to your Easter celebrations. Stitched in soft pastels, the stuffed shapes will inspire lots of creative ideas like these plant pokes. You can also add them to an Easter basket or make a garland of bunnies to decorate a wall or shelf. Each is worked on 7 mesh plastic canvas using worsted weight yarn and is stuffed with fiberfill.

    Easter Rabbit Basket Plastic Canvas Pattern
    A whimsical finishing touch for an Easter basket, this flop-eared fellow will make a cute accent for the rest of the year, too! The design is stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 mesh plastic canvas. The bunny is finished with two 9 mm animal eyes and ribbons and attached to a painted basket.

    Easter Friends Plastic Canvas Patterns
    Hop hop hurray! These fun-loving bunnies are ready to turn your Easter party into a more colorful occasion. Adorning candy cups, a banner, and more, the playful collection will delight youngsters year after year. The designs are stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 mesh plastic canvas.

    Easter Basket Boutique Plastic Canvas Pattern
    Covered with dimensional baskets full of colorful eggs, this tissue box cover brings happy Easter greetings. The unique cover would also make a nice gift for “somebunny” special! The design is stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 mesh plastic canvas and accented with satin ribbon bows.

    Enjoy your Easter creativity! If you need more on sale, downloadable, Easter inspiration, see our Easter Deals!

  • Downloadable Easter Plastic Canvas Patterns Deal Part 1

    I just love plastic canvas projects for Easter decorating. The bright colors and cheerful designs just seem to go with the season for me, and kids love them. Plus most of them are small and quick to stitch which is a bonus for me since I seem to be a last minute crafter. If plastic canvas appeals to you, too, check out Part 1 of our Downloadable Easter Plastic Canvas Patterns. They’re on sale for only $1.00!

    Perky Easter Pair Plastic Canvas Patterns
    This cute bunny frame and coordinating tissue box cover make a delightful duo. Whether displayed together or separately, they’ll bring a touch of happiness to any room for the Easter holiday or even year ’round. The designs are stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 mesh plastic canvas.

    Easter Kisses Plastic Canvas Patterns
    With candy surprises tucked in their cheeks, Mr. and Mrs. Mouse Kiss will add fun to a basket of Easter treats! The designs are stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 mesh plastic canvas.

    Easter Bunny Coaster Set Plastic Canvas Pattern
    With our clever coaster set, you and your guests can toast springtime in the company of the Easter Bunny himself! The cottontail coasters make handy accents that are sure to get your holiday hoppin’! The designs are stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 mesh plastic canvas.

    Easter Surprises Bunny, Duck, Chick & Egg Plastic Canvas Patterns
    Cute for creating a tabletop arrangement or using as party favors, these little spring animals will help you spread the joy of Easter. The ornate egg can be used as a magnet or as an accent on a basket or other item. Each design is worked on 7 mesh plastic canvas using worsted weight yarn.

    Easter Cross Bookmark Plastic Canvas Pattern
    Stitched with pearl cotton in pretty pastels, this elegant bookmark will be a lovely reminder of the hope and joy we feel each spring as the miraculous events of the Easter story are retold. Our design is stitched using #3 pearl cotton and white 10 mesh plastic canvas. Twelve stands of embroidery floss may be substituted for the pearl cotton.

    Mini Easter Baskets Plastic Canvas Pattern
    Have a “hoppy” Easter with these mini Easter baskets! They’re great for holding party favors or for adding colorful accents to your spring table. Each is worked on 7 mesh plastic canvas using worsted weight yarn.

    Easter Chicks Plastic Canvas Patterns
    Let our “egg-stra” special family come roost at your house! Whether used as magnets, wreath accents, or plant pokes, this hen and her spring chicks will have everyone cracking smiles. The designs are stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 mesh plastic canvas. The baby chicks have 8 mm oval moving eyes.

    Easter Favors Plastic Canvas Patterns
    These cute party favors make charming decorations for your Easter gatherings, baby showers, or children’s parties. The little lamb nut cup is a fun way to share tiny treats. And his “baa-shful” buddy adds a playful touch to name tags, place cards, and baskets. For a really sweet idea, use toothpicks to place little lambs on cupcakes! The designs are stitched using worsted weight yarn and 7 mesh plastic canvas.

    Since there are too many fun Easter Plastic Canvas Downloadable patterns on the Leisure Arts site for just one post, come back tomorrow for Downloadable Easter Plastic Canvas Patterns Deal Part 2 or check them all out (including our cross stitch, crochet, and craft downloadable Easter patterns) at Easter Deals! Each one is only a $1.00!!

  • Downloadable Irish-Themed Patterns

    Looking for some great low-priced downloadable Irish-themed patterns to work on while you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day? We're got some nice ones for plastic canvas, quilting, cross stitch, and knit:
  • Downloadable St. Patrick's Day Plastic Canvas Patterns

    St. Patrick's Day is coming up soon - March 17th in fact! If you're like me, you're probably thinking about making some little St. Patrick's-themed something to give your friends. Low-priced, instant downloadable patterns are coming to my rescue yet again with some really cute plastic canvas projects!
    All four of these designs would make adorable pins (so you won't leave the house without your green), plant pokes (imagine one of them on a dowel stuck down in a pot of shamrocks), magnets (to add a touch of holiday fun to the fridge), and more!
    And best of all, they're downloadable, so you can start stitching them right now!
  • The February 15 Issue of the Leisure Arts Newsletter

    Just in case you missed it, here’s all the new news that went out in the February 15 Issue of the Leisure Arts Newsletter:

    Early in his design career, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby says, “I had this wonderful realization that, as a designer of hand-stitched garments, I was able to create my own unique fabrics that specifically complimented my original designs. This lightning bolt of revelation has guided me to be fearless when it comes to creating designs and has given me a unique perspective as a crochet designer.” His new Urban Edge fashion book shares some of these design possibilities, including the vibrant green Bangkok Jacket on the front cover. It features a striking Spike-Wedge stitch pattern that enhances the jacket’s asymmetrical lines.

    “In the end, I have worked to create a book that includes exciting and versatile designs that are interesting to make and important instructional materials that help you enjoy the process of stitching those designs for yourself,” Shannon says. “I mean c’mon, what is the point of making a garment that doesn’t energize you?” True to his “fearless” style, Shannon encourages stitchers to step up to a challenge. “Even if a pattern is listed at a skill level above your current knowledge, work on the swatch as a way to learn the skills necessary to create the garments. You soon will have the experience needed to make that garment you want.” Urban Edge is Shannon’s newest project book from Leisure Arts; scroll down for more photos and information. Earlier books include And That’s a Wrap! and Heady Affairs, featuring movie-star fabulous wraps and a collection of cool hats.

    Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but heart designs are always hot! Any time is the right time to make this month’s 3-D Heart Ornaments Free Project. Whether for a gift or for yourself, this simple design from In Love With Paper Crafts is fast and easy to create using pretty scrapbooking papers and a few buttons and beads.

    We’re still buzzing about the award that Leisure Arts brought home from the Craft and Hobby Association 2012 winter trade show! Our original Knook Beginner Set received an Honorable Mention while being featured in the CHA’s Innovations Product Showcase. To learn more about this unique crochet hook that makes it possible to create true knitted fabric without traditional knitting needles, visit our How to Knook page for free videos and patterns. And keep checking back because our new Knook Expanded Beginner Set with more hook sizes and other accessories will be available soon! Our Everyday Life at Leisure blog will bring you the latest news.

    Editor’s Corner: URBAN EDGE CROCHET
    As the designer himself likes to say, WOOHOO!! Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s
    Urban Edge is filled with fabulous fashions such as the trio shown here: A dramatic red Los Angeles coat with ribbon-woven sleeves, a vibrant green Bangkok jacket in a fascinating textured fabric, and a rosy St. Tropez top with relaxed butterfly sleeves. “The visual excitement of the urban lifestyle, the stunning architecture of the city and the versatility and adaptability of the people gave me the inspiration for the designs on these pages and I am beyond thrilled that you will be stitching these patterns for yourself,” Shannon says. To see each design and read Shannon’s inspiration behind it, take our two-part photo tour.

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    In the Spotlight: PLASTIC CANVAS KISSES & MORE
    Squeeze their cheeks and these cute characters will open up to deliver a bite of chocolate or some other little treat! There’s always fun in store when plastic canvas needlepoint designs are involved. Plastic Canvas Kisses is one of seven books this month celebrating designs from our best-selling archives. Others present lots of adorable designs for baby’s room, tissue box covers, coasters, birds, and Christmas decorations.

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    Plastic Canvas Kisses (#5830)
    These playful pals are called kisses because their mouths can hold one small piece of candy, which makes each little animal (and clown and Santa) as sweet as a kiss! Make them for magnets, gift toppers, party favors, stocking stuffers--or just for fun!

    Friends for Baby in Plastic Canvas (#5831)
    From Small Fry Frames to a tissue box cover that plays "Peek-a-Boo," here is a cute collection of gifts, shower favors, and nursery decorations to delight Baby and Mom.

    Big Beak Birds in Plastic Canvas (#5853)
    No matter what the weather, these birds will hang around all year long! Perch them on tiny tree limbs, glue them atop wooden skewers or dowels to make plant pokes, or suspend them in the air with clear nylon line.

    Big Book of Coasters (#5855)
    These eye-catching coasters will keep you in stitches! From whimsical to elegant, the 43 designs in our 13 terrific plastic canvas coaster sets are so quick and easy to make that you can craft a set for every room--even the patio.

    Top-Notch Tissue Box Covers (#5828)Create colorful pinwheels, bright bargello, 1940s flamingos--14 fanciful designs in all! They’re great for gifts or to use in your own home-sweet-home!

    A Year of Tissue Box Covers (#5846)
    February hearts, March shamrocks, May roses, and October jack-o’-lanterns are among the choices of tissue box covers to welcome each new month as the year rolls along.

    Christmas Characters in Plastic Canvas (#5829)
    Make a Santa or reindeer tissue box cover. Fashion some very cute ornaments for the tree, or create a panel of Christmas personalities with one of the two character lineups. What a fun way to add more joy to the season!

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  • New Plastic Canvas Pattern Books!

    We just recently added 7 new plastic canvas pattern books to the Leisure Arts website. Thought you might enjoy an overview of these books. They’re filled with some of our favorite projects from our favorite designers:

    Big Book of Coasters
    Years ago (when I was managing the plastic canvas category at Leisure Arts) I loved plastic canvas coasters because they were fast-to-finish and actually useful. This great book features 13 of our favorite coaster designs (fish, butterflies, cats, flowers, fruit, veggies & more) from a wonderful group of designers, including Ann Townsend, Terry Ricioli, Kathleen Hurley, Kathy Wirth, Joan Ray, Sue Penrod, Kathleen Fischer, Teresa Barnett, Cheryl Krepps, Michele Sartain, and James Green!

    Top-Notch Tissue Box Covers by Conn Baker Gibney
    If you're a fan of stitching tissue box covers, then you need this book featuring 14 great designs in your pattern library! You've got pinwheels, flamingoes, zebras, mushrooms, spinnakers, tulips, hearts, and more, all in one book!

    A Year of Tissue Box Covers
    This pattern book of seasonal tissue box covers includes all the major holidays & occasions for your stitching pleasure: Valentine's, St. Patrick's, wedding, Halloween, Christmas, & more.

    Friends for Baby by Dick Martin
    Bunnies, bears, kitties, ducks, a giraffe, and more keep baby company and make a sweet gift for mom in the form of 17 tissue box covers, wall hangings, frames, and more in this delightful pattern book from the master of plastic canvas—Dick Martin!

    Big Beak Birds by Sheri Allsop Krohn
    Goldfinches, blue jays, cardinals, bluebirds, hummingbirds owls, woodpeckers, and blackbirds—you can find them all in this fun pattern book. They make adorable plant pokes, mobiles, and more!

    Plastic Canvas Kisses by Dick Martin
    A favorite design of plastic canvas stitchers for generations, there's no cuter way to give someone a kiss than with one of these fun kiss critters because their mouths can hold a piece of candy (preferably a chocolate kiss)! Kids of all ages will love them!

    Christmas Characters by MizFitz
    Get an early start on your Christmas stitching with the seven designs in this publication from MizFitz, alias John and Rose Fitzgerald. These tissue box covers, ornaments, and character lineups will make great additions to your holiday décor!

    And, just a suggestion, these books would be the perfect way to attract a whole new generation of stitchers to plastic canvas. Teach the kids to stitch these fun designs!

  • Crafty Downloads for Christmas

    It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but just think, there’s only 39 days till Christmas…I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to Christmas gift creating. Do you wait till it’s almost too late sometimes, too? Downloadable patterns have saved me more than a few times! Check out some of these cool little downloadable patterns from Leisure Arts (that you might actually manage to complete before Christmas)!


    Tree Skirt

    Poinsettia Scarf

    Reindeer Afghan (I have to admit that I’ve been working on this particular afghan for about 3 years now. I bring it out at Thanksgiving, crochet a few rows between then and New Years, then put it away again till next year…)

    Twice-As-Merry Coaster


    Cross Stitch

    Festive Mini Ornaments

    Santa Magnets

    Christmas Journey

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    Tree Tissue Box Cover


    Santa Ivy Bowl

    Randolf Reindeer Ivy Bowl

    Bertie Snowman Ivy Bowl



    Or I could try something new and experiment with this Hot Pad & Pot Holder Knook Download Pattern! You can never have too many pot holders, so they make great gifts!

    And there’s more where these came from! Just search downloads on!

  • Top 10 Tuesday: Christmas Books to Inspire You

    Are you shopping for some creative Christmas inspiration in book form or for crafty books to give as gifts to your creative friends? Check out my current (always changing) top 10 favorite Christmas-themed pattern books from Leisure Arts:

    1. The Best of Dick Martin-Christmas features over 60 Christmas projects in plastic canvas. (I’m partial to this book ’cause I helped edit it…)

    2. Christmas Sampler Quilt—I love the vintagy look of this quilt plus the fact that the book comes with a CD filled with holiday images to print for your quilt.

    3. Got to love both of Ursula Michael’s cross stitch ornament books—Ornaments Galore and Ornaments Galore, Volume 2. Between the two, you get almost 100 designs!

    4. Mickey Landau’s The Stockings Were Knit offers up 8 designs for everyone in the family, including the pets!

    5. Creating the Happiest of Holidays & Creating the Happiest of Holidays Book 2 are some of my most favorite Leisure Arts books ever because they share ideas for festive food (I’m all about eating) and creative gift giving!

    6. Christmas Simplified is a fun little book (it’s in our great little book size) just filled with the best quick ideas for gifts and decorations! (Plus, I think I remember helping design some of the projects…)

    7. If you’re looking for a great little quilting project for the holidays, you’ll love the 7 wall hangings in Sandi Colwell’s Little Quilts for Big Occasions!

    8. I just can’t resist the 9 sweet little designs to cross stitch in Judy Whitman’s Sweet Nothings for Christmas! They make me happy!

    9. Attention ultimate cross stitchers and stocking fans, check out this combo of Donna Kooler’s Ultimate Stocking Collection and Donna Kooler’s Second Edition Stocking Collection. Beautiful designs!

    10. Nothing’s prettier than handmade thread crochet ornaments on a Christmas tree. If you agree, you’re going to need The Big Book of Thread Ornaments featuring over 100 projects!

    (Hey, did you catch the sneaky way I got 13 books into a top 10 list??? I’m kinda evil that way…)

  • Top 10 Tuesday: Fall & Thanksgiving Patterns

    Looking for some inspiring Fall & Thanksgiving-themed downloadable patterns to cross stitch, paint, sew, quilt, craft, or stitch on plastic canvas? Check out 10 of my favorites from the Leisure Arts website—

    1. Adapted from an antique postcard, this Blessed Thanksgiving Cross Stitch Pattern will quickly become a treasured holiday heirloom.

    2. For a fun and inexpensive holiday decor accessory or gift, try out our design to paint Thomas Turkey on a bowl to hold candy.

    3. Try these two Autumnal Pillows Sewing Patterns for home decor accents that will take you all the way through Thanksgiving.

    4. Create a beautiful, quilted home decor accent in honor of Autumn with this Pumpkin Patch Wall Hanging.

    5. Celebrate fall with this colorful Maple Leaf Quilt Pattern!

    6. This Pumpkin Turkey pattern will make you giggle while making a great centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table!

    7. Framed Leaf Collages Craft Patterns—Bring a little nature indoors with simple nature-themed collages featuring pressed leaves.

    8. With three distinct leaves—oak, elm, and maple, these Autumn Leaves Plastic Canvas Patterns are a lovely way to “fall” into the season.

    9. Welcome the Thanksgiving holiday to your home with the symbols and colors of Autumn with these Thanksgiving Decor Plastic Canvas Patterns!

    10. Use these unique Thanksgiving Traditions magnets to present a historical tribute to Thanksgiving.

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