Handmade Gift Ideas: For Her

December 9, 2011 - Filed under Acccessories, Christmas, How-to, Jewelry, Kniting, Patterns, Sewing

December is officially in full swing, and it’s time to start talking gift ideas! First up in our handmade gift ideas series are gifts for her! Whether that’s your mom, or your sister, your girlfriend or your bestie. We’ve put together a list of easy gift ideas you can make yourself that are sure to impress any woman on your list.

Handmade Gifts For Her

1. Personalized Coffee Sleves: Cute and reversible, the perfect gift for your coffee loving bestie!

2. Rosette Bracelet: A great accessory to dress up jeans or any outfit for your fashionista friend.

3. Stamped Metal Jewelry: A crafty yet stylish way to express yourself, and your friendship.

4. Handmade Lip Balm: Got lots of girlfriends on your list? Lip balm is an inexpensive gift you can make in bulk.

5. Homemade Bath Salts: What girl wouldn’t love some homemade bath salts to help unwind after a busy holiday season.

6. Stenciled Mugs: Dress up plain dishware to reflect your friend’s style and color pallet.

7. Monogrammed Tote Bag: Encourage your family and friends to say goodbye to plastic with this personalized tote bag.

8. Knit Cowl: Spread the love, and warmth this year with a cozy knit cowl.

9. Matching Apron & Tea Towels: Got a foodie on your list? Why not make them an apron with matching tea towels. Check out this screen printing how to.

10. Ruffled Throw: Give someone a bedroom makeover with this unique ruffled throw.

11. Spoon Rings: Looking for a way to recycle extra silverware? How about turning them into rings?

12. Paperclip Earrings: Super simple and super cheap, these paperclip earrings are also super cute.

13. Fabric Clutch: A girl can never have too many handbags, and this easy to sew fabric clutch is no exception.

Posted by: kelly

Crafty Books for Fall: Part 2 – Knittng Books

September 28, 2010 - Filed under Books, Kniting

If yesterday’s sewing books aren’t quite your thing… how about some knitting? Curl up in front of the tv, or a nice roaring fire with one of these books and you’ll soon forget about the yucky weather outside!

Knitting 24/7: 30 Projects to Knit, Wear, and Enjoy, On the Go and Around the Clock
by Veronik Avery

Designed for the busy knitter, this book is full of small, simple patterns that are easily stopped and started so you can knit any time you have an extra five minutes.

Buy this book

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Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability
By Joanne Seiff

Learn how to recycle fabrics and garments into usable yarns – and then what to make with them! This non-preachy book shares some fresh projects and patters as well as teaching you aout using recycled, sustainable or fair trade produced yarns. Also available in E-book.

Buy this book

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Knitting Mochimochi
by Anna Hrachovec

Can you say cute? This book contains 20 patterns for cute and quirky knitted toys and includes tutorials and tips for beginners and intermediate knitters, plus a section on how to design your own knitted toy!

Buy this book

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Coming tomorrow… Books on Felt Crafts!

Posted by: kelly

Reknit – Turn your old sweaters into something new!

January 21, 2010 - Filed under Kniting

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Have you got an old sweater or two, hanging around in the back of your closet that you’re just not sure what to do with? Well look no further… You can send your old sweater to designer Haik Avanian‘s mom and she’ll unravel it, knit it into something new and send it back to you.

Each month Haik’s mom will Reknit a new and useful object, this month she’s making scarves, but you can vote on what you’d like next month’s object to be — a beanie, socks, an iPod case, or cut-off gloves.

Visit the Reknit website to print out a shipping label for your sweater and get Haik’s mom knitting for you!

Check out Reknit

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Posted by: kelly

Cutest Frog Costume!

October 1, 2009 - Filed under Children, Clothing, Halloween, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

Knitted Frog Costume

Ok so today is October first and you know what that means… Halloween is only a month away! In honor of that, and to get your creative juices flowing here is a super cute costume idea for all you knitters out there with little ones!

Frog not your style? Alison Jenkins’ book Wacky Baby Knits, has all kinds of projects, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.

Check out the frog tutorial here

Posted by: kelly

wool and the gang

September 2, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Kniting, Yarn

First off, sorry for the long gap between posting, I’ve been traveling through Southeast Asia, and it’s been a little hard to motivate myself to search out new crafty and cool things, but don’t worry, I’m back and I’ve got a great new site for the knitter in you!

wool and the gang

With fall just around the corner, why not check out one of the DIY kits over at Wool And The Gang and knit yourself something fabulous. Each kit contains a pair of wooden knitting needles, the pattern, a knitter’s sewing needle, a croche hook, and all the yarn you’ll need to make it. Plus you can even choose your colors.

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If you need to brush up on your knitting skills there are loads of how-tow videos and sketch demos, which will teach you the basics as well as a few tips and tricks to get you knitting like a pro in no time.

Not really a knitter but still like the looks? You can purchase the ready made pieces, hand knit by Peruvian women.

Wool And The Gang

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 4: knitted eggs

April 1, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

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More eggs! I know everyone is partial to the chocolate variety, but these knitted ones are pretty sweet. Why not mix it up a bit in this year’s Easter egg hunt, and throw in a couple knitted eggs to ease everyone’s sugar high. Or hang them from a couple of branches and make your very own Easter Tree.

Knitted Egg Instructions

Tomorrow: We get messy with some real eggs.

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 2: finger puppets

March 30, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

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Purl Bee has some very detailed instructions on making these cute little Easter finger puppets. Perfect handmade entertainment for any little ones in your life.

Finger Puppet Instructions

Tomorrow: Fabric Eggs

Posted by: kelly

easter craft week day 1: bunny egg cozy

March 29, 2009 - Filed under Easter, Holidays, How-to, Kniting, Patterns

With Easter only 2 weeks away, I thought I’d dedicate this week to Easter Crafts. Each day this week I’ll feature a cute little craft you can do yourself. Whether you like to knit, sew or get your hands dirty dyeing eggs, there will be something for everyone, so be sure to check back and hopefully you’ll find something to create for your Easter basket.

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Kicking off Easter Craft Week, are these adorable little Bunny Egg Cozies. OK, so I’m not exactly sure what you need a Egg Cozy for, but come on… how cute are these?

Bunny Egg Cozy Instructions

Tomorrow: Easter Finger Puppets

Posted by: kelly

Uppercase Gallery presents Stitch

March 4, 2009 - Filed under Kniting, Paper goods, Sewing

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For those of you in Calgary, just a reminder that Uppercase Gallery is presenting Stitch, a celebration of all things stitched / sewn / knitted / crocheted & embroidered. This is a one-day only and includes works from many local and Canadian craftsters.

Thursday, March 5
5pm – 9pm

UPPERCASE
#204, 100 – 7th Ave SW
Calgary AB Canada T2P0W4
info@uppercasegallery.ca
403-283-5318

Posted by: kelly

artfully crafty music video

February 13, 2009 - Filed under Inspiration, Kniting, Sewing

This video has been out for quite a while but I recently came across it again and wanted to post it here. Every time I watch it I am totally inspired. The video was shot using stop motion animation and the entire set was made out of yarn, wool, buttons and fabric. The walls, the furniture, the instruments, the recording equipment, even the camera were all knit, sewn or crocheted together.

For more information on the video check out this article.

Posted by: kelly