Free Project from Flip Dolls & Other Toys…

September 18, 2013, 09:00 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Fall is almost upon us here in the mountains. The trees are still mostly green, but over the next few weeks they’ll start to turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red. What better way to celebrate than with a free project?

The fun bean bag trees above come to you from Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab, and Go. As you might have guessed, this book contains much more than flip dolls. You’ll find everything from a ukulele with plucky strings and a silly lie detector to horses with wings and crocodiles with zipper mouths.

Want to try a project before you buy it? Follow the link to download this project for free: Stacking Trees



Have you ever opened your cabinet only to be faced with unmarked packages of bulk from the grocery store? Small bags of oats, large bags of brown rice, and assorted dried fruits are all common sights. True, there’s plastic containers. But what fun is that?

One of the many projects in Stencil Me In has just the thing: custom mason jars! With contact paper and spray paint, you can create any design or marking you want. Or, if you want to make the ones with the symbols shown here, you can do that, too. Do the symbols really mean “rice” and “oats?” They do if you want them to!

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Making Mini Books: Free Project

April 17, 2012, 10:18 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Many of my friends and coworkers are excited about the warm weather settling in early this spring. It means they can get out in the garden and get a jump on planting their future harvests. I hear talk of tomatoes, pro-tips for peppers, and all sorts of other gardening chatter. But the fact remains: Some of us aren’t so lucky.

If you, like me, don’t have a gardening space, do not despair! You can still celebrate gardening season with today’s free project from Making Mini Books. With some empty seed packets and homemade wheat paste (recipe included), you can make a modern or vintage-inspired book for yourself or your favorite gardener.

It’s just one of 34 creative miniature book projects in Making Mini Books. The others are winners too: from matchbooks and pocket-sized leather journals to colorful accordion fold zines and block printed notepads. Many of them, like the project below, also utilize found objects (maps, airmail envelopes, vintage fabric, vinyl records). An invaluable illustrated Stitch Library provides the essential steps for key bindings used throughout the book, including pamphlet stitch, Japanese stab binding, long stitch, kettle stitch, and different forms of Coptic stitch.

So go ahead, download the project below and celebrate spring with a mini book!

Download the Perfect Seeds book PDF.


Some of my more tech-savvy friends have long since bought an e-ink reader or a Nook Color. But this year, it seems like even my mom is interested in something to tote around that can do it all. I never thought we’d be talking about things like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet as gifts for her.

But I’m a fan of these hybrid devices. There’s something that just feels right about the 8-inch size. Unlike a smart phone, the regions on the screen are easy for me to tap. No more trying to click a link and feeling like I have lobster claws instead of hands. But as a lifetime paperback reader, the 8-inch size is in some ways preferable to the larger 10-inch tablet screens too. It feels more manageable to hold in different ways and read for a couple hours. I just can’t imagine doing that with a bigger screen.

That brings me to the case. There’s more and more options out there every day for this unique size (I

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Giving Handmade: Felt Blooms Wreath

December 09, 2011, 11:01 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

In December there’s usually a lot of talk about making presents and things to give away. But the truth is, this is also a fine time of year to make some new stuff for yourself.

Ok, so maybe that’s not the traditional holiday spirit. But just one thing here or there doesn’t hurt. Especially when it’s something that makes your house or apartment even more welcoming for guests during the holidays.

Today’s free project is just such a thing. It’s a nice, festive holiday treat that you can justify making for yourself–just think of all the guests who will enjoy it too! And you can always give it away after a party if someone just “has to have it.”

The Felt Blooms Wreath comes from Jennifer Fitzsimmons (you may already know about her store, Itz Fitz).

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Free Project: Medusa Wig

October 26, 2011, 08:00 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Looking for a last minute costume idea? This Medusa wig from Joanne O’ Sullivan’s Halloween will be sure to frighten AND it is very simple to make. A trip to the craft and/or toy store should be all you need to get started (unless you happen to have several fake snakes lying around the house).







Halloween is creeping upon us. It’s time to start thinking about carving pumpkins, gathering ideas for costumes and decorating the house for the witching hour. These charming Pumpkin and Cat decorations are very easy to make and add a spooky touch to your stairway banister or the backs of chairs. You could also use the templates to string together a haunting halloween garland. If you like this project, check out Bethany Lowe’s Folk Art Halloween for more ghoulish projects.Use the link below to download your free project and get started today.

pumpkin and cat decoration


Free Project: Shibori Eggs

April 05, 2011, 11:37 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

This Easter try Lynne Caldwell’s simple and charming adaptation of the Japanese dyeing technique known as shibori. This time-honored craft of resist dyeing has gained popularity through the decades, most notably during the vibrant 1960s, and became commonly known as “tie dye”. Shibori is also making a big comeback this spring on the runway as the top designers are resurrecting the craft.

This project is very easy and requires minimal tools and materials. If you like these shibori eggs, you may enjoy other projects in  The Artful  Egg. enjoy!

Free Project:  Shibori Eggs

A brief history of  how shibori became tie dye after the jump…

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On the Shelves: Making Handmade Books

January 14, 2011, 08:00 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

A year ago I had the chance to work with artist and author Alisa Golden on Making Handmade Books, her new, indispensible guide to bookmaking, and was excited to dive into the world of making books. Now you can too! Released this January, Making Handmade Books is available at a bookstore near you, and is a beautiful, informative, and user-friendly guide to get you started on your own bookmaking journey.

With over 100 bindings, structures, and book forms to try, there’s something for everyone. Even intermediate and more advanced bookmakers can branch out and try some of the more complex techniques inside. Each chapter is organized according to skill level, with careful step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams and photos, so you can work at your own pace. For added inspiration, you’ll also find stories of discovery and inspiration from a host of guest artists.

To celebrate the release of Making Handmade Books, we’ll be giving away one FREE copy of the book for the next three Wednesdays, so be sure to check back in for a chance to win. In the meantime, enjoy this post and freebie project from Travis, the Art Director on the book, which was directly inspired by the X Book project inside Making Handmade Books. Here’s a sneak peek of the layout for this project. Click twice here to see it at full size.


Christmas-garumi Ornament Round-Up

December 16, 2010, 17:08 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

vickiehowellEvery year around this time, work starts to settle down for a few minutes–long enough for me to get the hankerin’ to do a little Christmas crafting for my own home and family. This year, I’ve been in the amigurumi ornament mood (hence, the Amigurumi-tree I recently posted on my blog) so I’ve been trolling the interwebs, spying what are my 10 favorite crocheted ornament finds for the season. I thought I’d share what I found with you. Hooky Holidays!

Amigurum-tree Ornament

Angel, Santa & Snowman (from Sugar ‘n Cream)

Christmas Bear (fromCurly Girl Crochet)

Rory the Reindeer (from Roxycraft)

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