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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Playtime

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! Enrich their holidays and their playtime with these creative and fun projects.

    OMG It's A BFF

    These crocheted Besties dolls are as “best” as it gets! You’ll find seven dolls—each with her own unique style and personality! Choose from any of these unique girls, or design your own by mixing and matching. Caffeinated Cathy, here you come! Or perhaps Yarn-Loving Yancy? No matter which girl we choose to crochet, you’re sure to have a sweet friend for life!

    Besties - Every Girl Needs a Friend - 7 Doll Patterns Allow Mix and Match to Create Your Own Girl #7594

    Seize the Clay

    Teach yourself the fun and easy craft of sculpting with polymer clay! Step-by-step photo instructions will guide you through adorable figures and magnets in fun shapes like animals, bugs, and holiday figures. You'll be a pro before you can say "I Can't Believe I'm Sculpting Clay Figures!"

    I Can't Believe I'm Sculpting Clay Figures #1976

    Sew Focused

    In Fidget To Focus, you'll find cubes, mats and squares for the fidgeters in your life. Plus, the designs are easy enough that you can quickly create each one in no time.

    Fidget to Focus #7219

    Oh Baby, You're Gonna Love These

    Crochet some adorable homemade fun with Sensory Baby Toys! Inside you’ll find three sets of colorful cuteness, each providing hours of enjoyment and engage baby’s sweet little senses. The only challenging part will be choosing which irresistible set to crochet for baby.

    Sensory Baby Toys - 20 Handmade Crochet Cotton Cuties #7654

    Talk About The Purr-fect Gift

    Designer Kristi Simpson shares her daughter Kimmie’s experience at a cat shelter in Cool Cats. Choose from 14 meow-gical projects that represents a cat from the shelter. Each feline has it's own special personality and come in all shapes and sizes.

    Cool Cats - 14 Projects Plus Story of a Child and Stray Shelter Cats #7605

    A Nursery That Packs A Punch

    Designer and Craft Expert, Bérénice Robert spills her heart into each project inside Baby Punch Needle in hopes you’ll find the best for baby. The projects are easy enough for beginners to create, experts to enjoy, and baby to adore!

    Baby Punch Needle - Step-by-Step Instructions for 13 Projects #LEA75728

    Make playtime more personal with these home-made creations they're sure to play with and cherish for years!

    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!

    Stay jolly,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Crochet for Babies & Kids

    What do a crocheted ladybug blanket, a bumblebee cardigan and butterfly hat all have in common?  They're just part of the adorable collection of crochet for babies and kids in Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks.  We love the cuddly cute designs so much that we invited today's guest blogger, Michele Maks, to talk about her fabulous designs in Cute as a Bug. Welcome Michele!

    Oh, how I love to crochet for little ones!

    Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks

    Hi! I’m Michele Maks, the designer of all the cute crochetwear in Cute as a Bug. Don’t you just love to stitch projects that are as cute and fun as the small people you are stitching for? 

    screen-shot-2017-09-20-at-1-38-59-pm Crochet Star-Struck Hat in Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks

    While you'll find crocheted ladybug, butterfly and bumblebee items in Cute as a Bug, you'll also find this adorable Star-Struck set which I happen to think is also cute as a bug! What's not to love about these stars and stripes?

    Star-Struck Cardigan in Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks Crochet Star-Struck Cardigan in Cute as a Bug

    Whether you are stitching for a girl or boy, cute and quick and easy is the way to go!

    I think this colorful crochet butterfly is a great example!  In Cute as a Bug you'll also find a matching hat and blanket for this adorable sweater.

    Crochet Butterfly Cardigan from Cute as a Bug Crochet Butterfly Cardigan from Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks

    And this crochet blanket coordinates with the ladybug and bumblebee sets, not only making it super cute, but practical too!

    In Cute as a Bug, you'll find: blankets,

    Crochet Ladybug Blanket from Cute as a Bug Crochet Ladybug Blanket from Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks

    sweaters,

    Crochet Star-Struck Sweater from Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks Crochet Star-Struck Sweater from Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks

    and hats – oh, my!

    Crochet Ladybug Hat and Cardigan from Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks Crochet Ladybug Hat and Cardigan from Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks

    No Cute as a Bug crochet book for babies and kids would be complete without a bumblebee set to round it out.  This sweater and hat are perfect for both a boy and a girl! Like all the sets in the book, you'll find instructions for sizes ranging from 6 months to four years so babies and kids of many ages can join in on the Cute as a Bug fun!

    screen-shot-2017-09-20-at-1-46-54-pm Crochet Bumbleboee Hat and Cardigan from Cute as a Bug by Michele Maks

    Cute as a bug in a rug; play school will be abuzz about these handmade wardrobe winners!

     

  • Knit Gifts For Girls

    Top Gifts To Knit Girls

    Knit gifts for all the girls on your holiday list.  Give the young girls on your list the coziest and funnest of handmade, knit gifts this season. Whether she likes playing dress up and wearing jewelry, or prefers reading, you can knit the perfect gift for her this year.

    1. A Sock Monkey Pillow: Knit this fun, cuddly pillow. She will love the 3-D element of the ears and hat pompom. Great for play, and great to cuddle up with at night. Challenge yourself to knit with a loom to create this fun gift found in Loom Knitting For Mommy and Me.

    Sock Monkey Pillow For Girls

    2. A Fun Beaded Bag: Little girls who love playing dress-up and other girly things will love this fun, fuzzy purse! It is embellished with fun beads and buttons. Perfect for holding her chapstick and other trinkets! Start knitting this little bag today with Kid's Knitted Sweaters & More.

    Knit Purse For Girls

    3. A Warm, Sparkly Hat: Girls will love this colorful, sparkly scarf and hat. Perfect for heading to school on cool days or for going out on snow days! Knit it in her favorite color and she will fall in love! Find the pattern for this great gift and more in Knit Hats and Scarves For Kids.

    Knit Hat For Girls

    4. Knit Characters From Her Favorite Stories:  If she is always reading, then she will love these classic fairytale creatures! She can play with them alone, or listen to their stories with the included CD. Fun for the whole family! Knit her favorite characters now With Storybook Dolls To Knit.

    Knit Dolls For Girls

    5. Fun, Chunky Jewelry:  Use your knitting skills, embroidery floss, and beads to create fun jewelry pieces for the girl on your list! She will love these fun pink shiny beads - all her friends will be jealous! Learn how to make this girly bracelet now with Beaded Bracelets To Knit.

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    6. A Hat With Ears:  The girl on your list will love this warm knit set! She's sure to stand out and get lots of compliments on the unique earred hat. Perfect for kids who love animals! Knit this great gift now with Beginner-Friendly Knitting.

    Cat Ear Hat For Girls

    7. A Pair Of Warm, Fuzzy Slippers:  These fun, fuzzy slippers will be delightfully warm on cold days. The young girl on your list will love how whimsy and cute they are! All her friends will be jealous at sleepovers. Give her these slippers with Favorites To Knit.
    Fuzzy Knit Slippers For Girls

    7. A Cute Headband:  Imagine how cute the little girl on your list will look with this headband on. Knit it in her favorite color and finish it with a fun bow and beading for a hair accessory she will love to wear! Learn how to knit this great gift with Hats & More.

    Knit Headband For Girls

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

  • Plastic Canvas Gifts For Girls

    Top Gifts In Plastic Canvas For Girls

    Instead of buying toys for the girls on your list this year, find fun plastic canvas creations that they will love just as much! Whether she likes princesses or tractors, you can craft her a plastic canvas gift she will love!

    1. A Princess Castle Of Her Own: Enchant your favorite princess with her very own Fairy Tale Castle. This magical creation -- including furniture and a carriage -- will provide her with hours of make-believe fun! You can even craft a royal wand and a crown for her to wear while she oversees her kingdom. Start creating this perfect gift for girls today with Fairy Tale Castle.

    Plastic Canvas Castle For Girls

    2. A Memory Game: Lots of fun for children of all ages, this colorful memory game could start a new holiday tradition! Create the plastic canvas cards and storage case, then follow the included rules for hours of fun! She will love testing her memory and playing against family and friends. Create this fun plastic canvas game now with the Game To Remember ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Game For Girls

    3. A Whole Plastic Canvas Farm: This plastic canvas set will provide hours of fun playtime for children. Create all the fun pieces for her - fencing, animal pens, a tractor with a driver, a standing farmer, and standing horses, cows, pigs, sheep and goats. She will love this set! Create this great gift now with Barn Yard.

    Plastic Canvas Farm for Girls

    4. A Lady-Like Dressing Room Set: Craft a jewelry box, picture frame, and a trinket box patterned with an alternating scotch stitch and embellished with dainty rose stitches for the little lady on your list. She will feel so adult when she receives this, and she won't be able to wait to get home and fill the boxes with her trinkets. Make this plastic canvas gift now with the Dressing Room Roses ePattern.

    Jewelry Box In Plastic Canvas For Girls

    5. A Set Of Plastic Canvas Dolls:  Inspired by vintage paper dolls, this doll stitched on plastic canvas will provide endless hours of entertainment. Craft several fun outfits and accessories to give to girl on your list, and she will fall in love!  Give this great gift this season with the fun patterns in Paper Doll Dress-Up.

    Plastic Canvas Dolls For Girls

     

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Plastic Canvas Gift Giving Guide.

  • 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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