Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! The items we're featuring today will make great stocking stuffers.
Toasty Hands, Happy Heart
These 10 easy-to-stitch hand warmers are functional, fashionable, fast, and will stuff perfectly into a stocking! Toasty Hand Warmers is a "Make Your First" book with progressive learning techniques for true beginners. You'll be amazed at how many hand warmers you will want to crochet.
Hand-Knitted Cozy Perfection
Nothing says cozy perfection quite like a hand-knitted garment, and this Best of Knit Accessories collection says it loudest and proudest with more than 40 fabulous projects! From fingerless mitts and lightweight shawls to the warmest scarves, hats, and cowls, you’ll uncover a project for everyone on your list!
Take tie-dye techniques to the next level with Shibori, Ice & Dip Dyeing. You’ll be dyeing your favorite home accents & accessories like this keyring and necklace below! Just imagine the looks on their faces when they find this in their stocking and realize YOU created it just for them!
Versatile, Wondrous Resin Creations
The beautiful coasters found in Resin Creation make great stocking stuffers! Resin is a versatile, wondrous material that can be used in a variety of creative endeavors. So many possibilities! And DIY enthusiast Lily Ardor helps you explore said possibilities and teach you all the ins and outs.
Make Or Gift: You Decide
With this Mini Maker Bracelet Loom, weave your own bracelets to stuff all the stockings, or give the loom as a gift for your budding weavers! Either way, it's sure to bring a smile to their faces on Christmas day!
Try one or all of these quick stocking stuffer projects! Quick and easy for you, and all of them are sure to please!
What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!
October is I ❤️ Yarn Month at Leisure Arts, and we're excited to share projects that will satiate your love for yarn crafts. Baby toys, afghans, fashion for kids and adults and home decor—we've got what you've been yarning for.
I Yarn, Therefore I Yarn
Babies can't get enough of the delightful stacking toys in Baby Stacks. Each one is so easy to crochet, you'll be yarning to make one for each precious baby in your life. Choose from six designs including zoo animals, donuts, flowers, an octopus, and a rainbow.
Surround Yourself With Yarn
Snuggle up by the fire with a gorgeous knit afghan, and gift the other 23 to loved ones! Each solid-color knitted wrap in the Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans offers comforting warmth while adding a welcome spot of color to the gray days of winter.
Have a Yarny Yuletide
Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays shows just how easy it is to transform colorful yarns into festive, whimsical decorations. There are so many fresh and unique projects, you can have endless fun! Create your own holiday cards, a wreath, garland, light covers and other décor!
Yarn Is Cheaper Than Therapy
Crafting with yarn is not only fun, it is good for your psyche. So obviously, you can never have too many yarn hobbies! Modern Punch Needle takes your beloved yarn to a whole new, texture-y level! So easy to master, punch needle crafting is what’s been missing from your life.
Yarn It, Darn It
No matter the outfit—whether casual to dressy—crocheted Lacy Wraps can add plenty of style, flair and a touch of warmth. Choose from eight airy shawl designs for you or as a gift for a loved one.
Coast Into Fun Home Décor
Give your drinks a safe place to land with a set of plastic canvas Coasters. From kittens to succulent strawberries and vibrant sunflowers, you'll find designs for every style.
Great Balls Of Yarn
Make life comfy for kids with the classic sweaters in Knits For Kids! Featuring pretty patterns and lace, or stripes and checks, you destined to create their new favorite tops for the cooler seasons.
No Spinning A Yarn Necessary
We're not spinning a yarn when we tell you how easy and fun these projects are, and how much you will be appreciated when you gift them.
Please share your spook-tacular creations by tagging your photos with #leisurearts or @leisureartsinc on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.
If you're looking for a way to unplug the kids from the internet, TV, or video games, crocheting and/or knitting are sure to do the trick! Both are fun—and productive—hobbies for kids of all ages.
Linking learning with fun is the most effective way to teach. Once your favorite child sees that this fun activity leads to creating something they can keep and cherish, or gift to someone special, their excitement will only grow. Not only that, both knitting and crocheting use real-life math and reading, and helps improve fine motor skills. There's knit a thing to lose and so much to gain!
Getting Down To The Knitty Gritty
Children will love the step-by-step photos and kid-friendly instructions in Cool Stuff—Teach Me to Knit. Soon they'll be hooked, proudly creating their own beautiful and useful projects. Our book includes helpful notes for you while you teach, along with tips & videos to help along the way.
After learning the slip knot and cast on, the first easy-to-take-on project is a knit coaster (or as a simple decorative touch under vases, frames or knick knacks). A few projects later is a soft drink cozy, which can be made to match the coaster. Keep your hands warm and your table dry while drinking a cold can of your favorite 12-ounce beverage, all the while beaming with pride.
Before you can say "To knit or not to knit, now that’s just a silly question," your special youngster will be on the way to being an awesome knitter, making this lap-sized wrap and pillow that will wow everyone!
As if that weren't enough, children will learn to create their own scarf, leg warmers, mittens and hat, to stay nice and cozy through the winter. Just imagine the look of pride on their face when they are out and about wearing their own creations!
Olé, It's Time To Crochet!
If crochet is more your style, Teach Me To Crochet gives similar tips and instructions to make any child a pro. Once they go through the basics of crochet, they'll create a chain loop daisy. Your child will be delighted to display these daisies on their backpack, notebook, hair clip, wherever they want!
Prepare for those nights of homework, reading, or watching TV, with this colorful Round Pillow and Ripple Lap Warmer.
These Ruffled Hair Scrunchy & Loopy Hair Scrunchy are off the hook! Not only will she have fun making these, she'll be pleased as punch to show them off at school or anywhere else.
Does the child in your life have a furry best friend? If so, either of these projects is sure to be a hit!
Your favorite teen will be styling on the go and ready for yoga relaxation.
These coasters, washcloths and scrubbies will help any teen to clean up nicely.
Before you know it, they will soon be crocheting these beautiful and stylish wardrobe additions!
With these projects under their belts, children and teens will be able to take on even more projects that will bring them (and you!) pride and joy. They won't even realize they are actually improving their math, reading and motor skills while making all the things they love. Instead of yawning and telling you how bored they are, they will spend the summer yarning and creating spectacular items. Let us help guide you and the child in your life from beginner to WOW!
As they finish each project, be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their progress as well!
Everyone loves their morning Cup O' Jo, and that term applies to tea drinkers too, or really any hot drink. The one thing we can all agree on, no matter what we are drinking, is that we hate it when our fingertips get stung by the scalding hot temperature of our cup after a few minutes. Or when you set your cup down on that glossy end table, and put a permanent cloudy ring through the first few layers. Which is why this week, we're talking about cozies and coasters, your drink's best friend! Here is our list of some of our favorites.
You can get creative with the ways you keep your coffee warm, like these nature cozies up above, or animal friendly cozies down below! What matters is how much fun you have making it. Most patterns show a basic background, with attachments added to them after the cuff is made. So, these patterns are an easy weekend project that you can just keep adding to whenever you feel like it.
These patterns are sure to make you unique when you're out and about on the town, and you get to brag about your crochet skills when people stop you and ask where you bought it from!
This is my personal favorite, from our book My Pet Crafts. How can you not want to make this adorable raccoon felt cozy! If you're not the crochet type, this is a perfect and sleeker alternative.
You've probably something seen or used one at some point in your life, and if you haven't, I worry about your manners. Coasters are a great way to keep your furnished tables...nicely furnished. These are some great coaster patterns to try out.
Plastic Canvas is a great craft to make coasters from. It's durable, flexible, and overall fun to merge! These coasters are fun and creative, and can show your house guests what you really care about in a fun and practical way.
Pallet wood projects are big right now, and this personalized plate doubles as a crafty coaster. Not only can you fit your gigantic coffee cup (not judging) on your tray, but you can fit breakfast, or a nice book on it too.
Granny squares in their simplest forms are just small blocks of crochet that can be combined to make a larger project. So, why not keep this craft in its simplest form for a soft and practical coaster? As you can see from above, there are limitless variations that you can create, and you can even make a nice cozy if you combine the two together!
Doilies work on the same level! Essentially they're just extra fancy coasters. Which is why they can be so versatile now! This book has a lot of great uses and patterns for the modern doily, and I think you'll find some great ideas or coasters here too.
From one avid coffee and tea drinker to another, having that extra something special with your morning drink can set the precedent for the rest of the day. These fun cozy and coaster projects make for great entertainment, that ends up being functional overall.
Which coaster is your favorite? Let us know in the comments down below. Even better, share your recent projects with us! We love too see what you guys are working on.
Instead of purchasing gifts this year, use your plastic canvas crafting skills to create something personal and unique. Teenagers can be hard to find gifts for, but we've got some ideas for gifts unique plastic canvas gifts they will love.
1. A Set of Plastic Canvas Games: This portable Box of Games will take the "board-om" out of family gatherings and traveling for teenagers. Get them off their phones and start a new holiday tradition with Tic-Tac-Toe, Dominoes, Checkers, and Backgammon. Get started on this unique plastic canvas gift now with the Games People Play ePattern.
2. Fun Coasters To Match Their Interests: Create colorful, eye-catching coasters to protect the furniture of the teens on your list. They will love the fun designs. Create a palette for the artist or a piano for the music lover. Make unique coasters for the teenagers on your list now with the Big Book Of Coasters.
3. A Little Storage Chest: This plastic canvas keepsake box is a gift that teenagers will actually use. The tiny chest is ideal for holding watches, rings, keys, change, or other trinkets a teenager might have. Create this gift now with the Treasure Chest ePattern.
4. A Little Mandala: Create this cute plastic canvas design for the teenager on your list. Traditionally, the shield's hoop circle, which represents the never-ending balance of life, is decorated with images that hold significance to the owner - So make it a bonding experience, and create these fun pieces together! Get the ePattern.
5. Road Sign Magnets For The Car Lover: Stop! Yield! One Way! Our playful road sign magnets will certainly be a great gift for teens who are just starting to drive. The miniature speed limit sign will also make an amusing gift for a lead-footed friend! Create them now with the Road Sign Magnets ePattern.
Looking for something to stitch for a special woman in your life? These fun ideas are sure to please women of all ages, whether they want something pretty, functional, or funny. Cross stitch a gift for everyone on your list to make this season extra special.
1. A Funny Warning Sign: Any woman will get a chuckle out of the whimsical warning on this "hoppy" housekeeping sign. She will proudly put this cross stitch up in her house so these endearing bunnies let it be known that her house is in safe hands. Start stitching this fun pattern today with Killer Dust Bunnies ePattern.
2. A Kitchen Set For The Coffee Lover: If the woman on your list loves coffee, then she will love this stitched banner and napkin set! It will be the perfect accent to her kitchen. Start on this great gift idea for women now with Kitchen Essentials.
3. A Sentimental Wall Hanging: Stitch sentiments of love, family, and friendship with this charming cross stitch design. A classic wall hanging for any home, made special because it's handmade for you! Celebrate your friends and family with this gift from Loving Hearts.
4. A Cross Stitched Pillow: Give great home decor to the woman on your list this season - bring a little pop of color to her home with the beautiful blooms in this stitch. Great for women who love flowers, gardening, or just nature! Start stitching this gift now with Fabulous Florals.
5. A Humorous Stitch For The Cook: Give a humorous gift to get laughs from everyone at the gathering. Any woman will relate to the words of this stitch. She will love to hang it this bit of cross stitch wisdom over your kitchen sink to remind herself to laugh about kitchen duty. Stitch this clever design now with the Kitchen Law ePattern.
6. A Delicate Bookmark For The Bookworm: If the woman on your list loves to read, then a cross stitch bookmark will be a great gift! Fun designs read: "Once upon a time," "A good book is the best of friends," and more - choose the perfect bookmark to give the woman on your list with The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.
7. A Cute Set Of Coasters: Cross stitch this set of coasters as a gift and she will love how the designs add pizzazz to her tabletop while also protecting her furniture. Perfect for hot beverages when she has company over! Start stitching this gift set for the woman in your life today with Coasters.
8. A Relatable Wall Hanging: Any woman with kids in the house is sure to recognize and appreciate this law. It will get a chuckle from everyone at the party, and from anyone who visits her home after she hangs it on the wall. Stitch the perfect saying today with the Household Geometry ePattern. Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Cross Stitch.
I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I love all the decorations. I like to drive around and look at everyone else’s decorated yards. I leave my decorations up until the day after Day of the Dead. I was looking for something quick and easy project to do. Something that I can work on in and out of the car this week while waiting in the carpool line at school or while waiting on after school activities. I went through all of my Leisure Art Books and found this cute Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin dishcloth in a book called A Dishcloth a Month.
I was just finishing tucking in all my ends when my friend asked me if it was a new coaster for our table at the new knit shop. I said I had not planned on it but why not. It is slightly big for a coaster but it is really cute idea for decorating a table. So I am in the process of making a few more for our knit/crochet table. I am even going to crochet some without the Jack-O-Lantern face. You just follow the pattern and as if you had changed your color from orange to black. My favorite part I will only have four ends to run in or tuck in. Whichever way you want say it. You can even use brown for the stem instead of the green. Since it is fall I can keep the ones without faces through Thanksgiving. It’s a win! Win! I hope that you have had as much fun with this Jack-O-Lantern pattern as I have. I used 100% cotton. I am going to check and see if Sugar n Cream has a variegated fall colored yarn for some of my solid pumpkins. I think that would be really cute.