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  • March is National Craft Month!

    It's one of our favorite times of the year: National Craft Month! We'll use any excuse to craft but this month we consider it mandatory. Whether you have just a few minutes or days at your disposal, 'tis the season to get creating! All month we'll be showing you some of our favorite projects and products, you're sure to fall in love with one. Let's take a look at some of our classic favorites.

    Diamond Art Freestyle

    Book #7685

    Diamond Art is one of our favorite modern crafts. There's so many things to dot and so little time! Although it's not for everyone, Freestyle is a great way to explore the craft, test your skills, and use up extra Dotz from your finished canvases. If you need a little direction, a book like Diamond Dotting Paper Crafting is the guide for you. With patterns for everything from desk accessories to cards, you'll find your way to Freestyle heaven!

    Crochet

    Book #7720

    Not only is it National Craft Month, it's also the start of spring! Welcome the sunshine and flowers with some crocheted afghans. You'll keep warm during those crisp mornings but feel warm with pride while holding your handmade blanket. Spring Afghans is full of afghans that are perfect for springtime preparation.

    Loom Knitting

    Product #56991

    Whether you want to get into a new craft or you just love looms, this is the bundle for you! Designed specifically for beginners, you don't have to worry about picking anything out or making sure you have everything, it's all here. You'll be covered from top to toe in loom knitted goodies and you'll have enough projects to keep you busy until next National Craft Month!

    Cross Stitch

    Kit #51104

    It's not always about the big, time consuming projects. Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most. This mini maker is perfect for new stitchers, time crunched stitchers, and everyone in between. With step-by-step instructions and diagrams included, you'll have everything you need for your new kitchen wall accent or to give to an avo-obsessed friend.

    Quilting

    Book #7645

    The magic of National Craft Month is undeniable. It's a whole month that's just for crafting! And what better way to celebrate than with a quilting project. Learn something new while spending time with the old in this book, It's Quilt Magic. You'll learn all the tips and tricks to working with triangles while refining and expanding your existing skills.


    This National Craft Month, our team reflected back to last March and all the making we've done since then. While there may be more indoor days in our future, that doesn't mean we can't fill them with exciting crafts and new creations. These projects and more are how we maintain balance and purpose in our lives during hard times. Finding the light in the dark is an essential part of survival, and what a light this month can be! As always, don't forget to tag us in your social media creations with @leisureartsinc and #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your craft corner.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • We Love What You Create! #LeisureArts

    Everyone here at the Leisure Arts office loves to know what you're working on! It makes our day to see all the great photos you share with us on social media. We enjoy them so much, we're dedicating this blog post to some of our favorites!

    Wool You Look At This Adorbs Sweater

    Don't you just want to hug this little hand-knitted cardigan shared by Dilek Karadağ on Pinterest? We love when people take our patterns and make them their own! You can make this for yourself with Adorable Baby Cardigans.

    Adorable Baby Cardigans - 9 Quick Projects knitted from the top down #7290

    Perfectly Pastel Pillow

    We just want to sit back and sink into the welcoming comfort of this pastel pillow. Thanks, Teresa Hudson, for sharing your colorfully gorgeous results! Fashion your own cushy cozy pillow using Crochet for the Home.

    Crochet for the Home - 40 Quick Projects to Add Style to Any Room #7580

    Craftastic Way To Mark Your Page

    Paper crafting designer Lolly Palooza shared these bookmarks on Instagram. She created them using Diamond Art and Diamond Dotz Freestyle. Beautiful and functional.

    Diamond Art and Diamond Dotz Freestyle

    We Think These Are Roarsome

    We're wild about these face-painting designs! Of course, they used Leisure Arts markers and colored pencils to create their intricate and colorful patterns. Check out Face Painting with Paint Time Fun's Facebook page, for even more awesomeness!

    Face-painting designs with Leisure Arts markers and pencils

    Baby's First Cardigan

    Cozy Homes Craft Shop posted this delightful baby crocheted sweater on Facebook. She made one for her firstborn, 18 years ago, and has made it a number of times since then. "It’s such a pretty, classic pattern. This is the first time that I made it in fingering weight. I held 2 strands together of Loops & Threads Woolike Simili-Laine. I love how it turned out, so soft and delicate."

    We love how it turned out too!

    Baby Layette Cardigan: My Very First Layette #6394

    A Potholder To Prickle Your Fancy

    Suzanne Liedloff did a super job on this crochet cactus potholder. We're so glad she shared it with us on Pinterest! Not only will this cactus protect your table and countertop, it adds a whimsical touch to any décor.

    Potholder: Make A Crochet Garden #75669

    Red, White, And Blue

    Just in time for the upcoming July 4th holiday, we're showing off these majestic flag afghans, shared by (from top to bottom) Lisa Park, Stefani Lynn, and Pamela Brazier Seymour. Great job—we salute you!

    Honoring Our Veterans #6081

    Style And Class Are The Words For Today

    This baby blanket by Zmirelda's Homemade Goods is absolutely gorgeous. We love the touches on the border! Looking for more inspiration? Check out Our Best Baby Afghans for more than 50 different patterns.

    Our Best Baby Afghans #2853

    Cat Got Your Project?

    Adrienne Szoke posted this adorable photo of her cat, "I'd get a lot more done if he would stay off of my project." 😹 We're betting many of you out there can relate!

    You do have to admit—the purrpetrator is too cute to get mad at!

    The designers and staff here at Leisure Arts cherish the idea that the patterns and products we work on every day help you express your creativity, exercise your talents, and create items you or a loved one will hold dear for years or even generations. Thank you for sharing your magnificent work!

    Now it's time for the rest of you to show us what you're creating! Be sure to post your pics on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your creative treasures!

    -Leisure Arts  

  • Knit Gifts For Teenage Guys

    Top Gifts To Knit Teenage Guys

    This season, use your knitting skills to create the perfect, cozy gifts - even for teenage guys! We know how hard it can be to shop for guys, but we have great gift ideas for any young man. Whether he loves sports or is addicted to technology, you will find the perfect gift to knit him!

    1. A Sporty Knit Blanket: This sports-themed knit blanket is perfect for hard-to-please teen guys. Whether he loves playing sports or just watching them, this blanket will become a favorite of his. Start on this unique knit now with School Colors.

    Sporty Knit Blanket For Teen Guys

    2. An Edgy Headband & Armband: This knit set will be perfect for him to wear to class or to jog on those chilly mornings. Choose which design fits his personality best - a skull, peace sign, or flames. Then knit a matching armband to hold his phone or music player! He will love these knit gifts from Awesome Knits For Guys & Chicks.

    Knit Headband For Teen Guys

    3. A Knit Blanket With Sleeves: Inspired by those popular fleece cover-ups sold on TV, this cozy blanket will be perfect for teen guys who prefer to spend the night on the couch. The sleeves will allow his hands to be free for texting or gaming while he stays warm. Surprise him with this unique gift with the Big Book Of Loom Knitting.

    Knit Sleeved Blanket For Teen Guys

    4. A Cozy Knit Set: This stylish knit beanie and scarf are the perfect gift for a teen guy. The neutral colors keep it simple, while the knit cables are sure to keep him warm on cold days! Knit this great gift now with Hats & More.

    Knit Hat & Scarf For Teen Guys

    5. A Knit Sleeve For His Tech: This tablet cozy is perfect for teen guy who always seems to have the latest tech gear. It is great for protecting his tablet, eReader, or small laptop. He will love how the soft yarn protects the screen from damage. Knit it in his favorite color now for a great gift with Beginner-Friendly Knitting.

    Knit Tablet Cover For Teen Guys

    6. A Stadium Blanket With Handles: This blanket is great for the teen guy who is always on the go with sporting events. Whether he is tailgating or watching a game, this portable blanket is great for any occasion! Knit it in his school colors or his favorite teams colors for a gift he will cherish. Get started on this great gift with University Knits.

    Knit Stadium Blanket For Teen Guys

    7. A Warm Pair Of Socks: Knit a great pair of socks for the teen guy on your list. Use cozy yarn to keep his feet warm and fun colors to show off his unique personality. Great for lounging around or wearing to class. Start knitting this gift now with Campus Knits.
    Knit Socks For Teen Guys

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Knit.

  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Girls

    Top Gifts To Quilt & Sew For Girls

    This year, don't buy a gift for the little girl in your life - make one. Use your quilting and sewing skills to make something special for her. There's something for every girl here regardless of ages or interest -  whether she likes baby dolls and purses or wild animals and adventure.

    1. A Three Dimensional Animal Backpack: Sew a backpack unlike anything you can find in store - she will love this fun owl bag! Great to take to school or to sleepovers! Go the extra mile by filling it with a picture book or two about owls and other woodland creatures. Get started on this gift she will love with Woodland Creatures Backpacks.

    Owl Backpack For Girls

     

    2. A Cozy, Starry Blanket: Young girls will love the bright colors and cozy fleece of this blanket! Great for throwing over the bed, taking to sleepovers, building forts, or whatever else she might get into! Sew this gift that kids will love with Fleece at Home.

    Starry Blanket For Girls

    3. A Kid-Friendly Purse: Little girls will love feeling like an adult when they carry this whimsical animal purse. The cross-body strap makes the bag easy to hold on to and hard to lose, and her hands will be free! Create this cute bag for the girl in your life with Crafty Critters.
    Animal Purse For Girls

     

    4. Fun Flower Pillows: Everyone loves a bed full of pillow, and young girls are no exception! Sew these colorful flowery pillows to add to her collection - perfect for relaxing and pillow fights! Great news: You can start on this gift right now with the Flower Power ePattern!

    Flower Pillows For Girls

     

    5. A Puppy Purse: This utterly charming purse would certainly delight a little girl. Soft fur fabric makes this little "Scottie" irresistible to pet, while a rhinestone strap and collar add a fun touch of glittery elegance. Great for playing dress up! Get started on making this great gift for the little girl in your life with the ePattern.

    Puppy Purse For Girls

     

    5. A Little Doll Set: Use your sewing skills to make a fun little bed for dolls. Great for playing on the go! Choose fun patterns and colors to add your special touch and make a gift you know your little girl will love! Give her the perfect gift with Best Of Fons & Porter: Quilt Lover's Gifts.
    Doll Set For Girls

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