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  • Stash Busting Projects

    Do you have a stash of fabrics, yarns, Diamond Dotz, or thread? Bust that stash! Make room for more as you make something new with these gorgeous projects. There's something for every style and every stash.

    Diamond Dotz

    We're always looking for new surfaces to dot. One of the best ways is when the light can shine right through! Dotting surfaces like vases is a great way to take an ordinary object and make it extraordinary. And there's more where that came from in Glass Sparkle. Nine downloadable projects to make with glass objects around the house will be the perfect way to add a little bit of sparkle to your decor with extra dotz from canvases.

    Crochet

    We all know what happens at the end of a yarn project; you use part of a skein and then you don't have enough for a new project but too much to just throw away. Maybe you just couldn't resist that new color. Too much yarn is the best problem to have! Especially with books like Use Up That Yarn From Your Stash. From coasters to coffee cozies, you'll find something small for all that extra yarn in your basket.

    Sewing

    Whether you need to get rid of some extra fabric or you have old t-shirts to repurpose, masks are a great stash buster! Since they use so little fabric but are a new necessity, it's the best of both fun and function. Breathe Easy is full of different ways to make masks and caps for both COVID era and everyday use. Check out Breathe Easy II for even more design ideas and inspiration on how to use those scraps and stashed fabrics.

    Knitting

    Using up your yarn stash can be as easy as 1-2-3. Simply pick your project, make your project, and you're done! Cowls, tunics, blankets, and more await you with books like Easy As 1-2-3 Skeins. Each project is designed to help you make the most of your stash, no matter how big or small it may be.

    Quilting

    Quilting doesn't always have to be blankets, afghans, and throws. The same stability in a regular quilt can also be applied to smaller projects that work with the size of your stash. Quilted Purses & Totes has everything from wallets to totes to lunch bags, all in a physical or downloadable book. Try one today, it'll tote-ally fit into your closet!


    Having a stash of supplies can always be a good thing for just-in-case scenarios. But when that stash gets too big, a simple project like one of the above is just what you need to bust that stash... and make room for more!

    Don't forget to tag @leisureartsinc and use #leisurearts so we can see what you create! We love to see what's going on in your craft corner.

    Happy stash busting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Color Match: Illuminating & Ultimate Gray! Light Meets Dark With Pantone's Colors Of The Year For 2021

    With so many things being taken away last year, Pantone has double dealt the trends this year! They announced their 2021 color of the year was actually two colors: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. They call the combination, "A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting... practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic." These colors replace Classic Blue from 2020, but are still just as easily incorporated into your life.

    Illuminate Your Life With The Ultimate Craft

    Diamond Dotz® prove time and time again to be the perfect craft for all situations. This intermediate White Horse kit will be the hero of your home. The printed background showcases the hopeful yellow white the shadows and mane of the dotted horse give way to that Ultimate Gray we're going to see popping up all over. Whether you want to add a touch of the ranch style to your home or you have a horse-obsessed child, this trend-matched craft will be fun as a gift or a finished piece.

    Lucky You! Clover Stitches Make The Perfect Weekend Project

    We've still got a few months of chill left before the sun illuminates our lives and wardrobes. Lean into the chill with an easy knitting project. It doesn't matter if you've never knitted before or if you only have a few hours per day to devote, this Clover Cowl kit is perfect for every one on every schedule. The gray is a perfect Ultimate Gray match. With a cowl this cool, you'll be wishing summer were a little chillier.

    Gnome Sweet Gnome: A Tale of Two Trends

    Whether you're an avid gardener or a loyal trend-follower, you're sure to love gnomes. Now there's a perfect kit for everyone! These gnome kits are begging for your personal touch with paint, Diamond Dotz®, inks, and anything else you can dream of. Above is the girl holiday kit, with five holiday sets to cover your year with cheer. From St. Patrick's Day to Christmas, you can have the ultimate combination of trendy colors and crafts. Illuminate is a perfect accent color for Easter, Halloween, or Christmas, and Ultimate Gray is a great base color for the whole year. Post your progress on our Facebook Page and see how your "gnomies" do theirs!

    This Color Boom Will Make Your Crafts Bloom

    What better way to combine tradition with trends! Cross Stitching is one of the most traditional crafts in the industry. Try taking something like cross stitching and using trend-based colors to update it. Above is #6281 Seasonal Wordplay, a series of patterns for all four seasons using words and phrases in seasonal colors and fun fonts to create an image. The spring pattern is perfect for use with Illuminating. You could even change up the colors to match Pantone's choices every year!

    Illuminate Your Embellishments On The Ultimate 2021 Accessory

    Masks are a big part of our lives for the foreseeable future, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. #7741 Breath Easy 2 is full of ways to jazz up your masks with vinyl, stitchery, appliques, and more. The best part about it is that it's completely customizable. You can take Ultimate Gray and Illuminating and make them into the perfect mask for you! Everyone around you will be jealous of how trendy and cute you look in your custom mask.

    Ultimate Gray and Illuminating were chosen as a way to bring balance to an uncertain time. Light and dark, pragmatism and optimism. These colors balance each other in every application. We hope these projects inspire you to get making with these colors. If you've made any of these projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts. We'd love to see what's going on in your craft corner!

    Happy Crafting

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Breathe Easier with these DIY Masks

    In addition to social distancing, wearing cloth face masks out in public has been recommended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. These quick and cute projects will bring you pride while they keep the people around you safe.

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    Wear your DIY masks with pride.

    According to the CDC, masks should 

    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

    Our designers have been working on easy-to-make patterns for masks that fit the CDC recommendations. They are intended for your personal use, and won't take away from the supply of medical masks for healthcare workers. We are offering a free Tie-On Pleated Mask ePattern so you can outfit your family and/or friends.

    Tie-On Pleated Mask - ePattern

    Tie-On Pleated Mask - ePattern

    Masks above: Free Tie-On Pleated Mask #808706

    This pattern is also in Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook, available to download for $5.99. This book includes eight mask and cap designs, with embellishments, special features and extra tips. Cute cat, dog, emoji masks are quick and easy. We threw in some surgical caps as well to inspire some fun options for our healthcare folks.

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    You can personalize the masks with as far as your imagination takes you! Paint or stencil a simple design, use decorative stitches, mix and match fabrics, or sparkle it up with Diamond Dotz.

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    So grab your favorite materials and your creativity and get to masking!

    NOTE: The masks are intended to protect other people from you, so they do not take the place of diligent social distancing and hand washing, etc. Wear a mask, save a life!

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