Free Project: Dinosaur Bag from Fleece Hat Friends

October 24, 2012, 16:00 pm  Posted by needlearts

Dinosaur BagFleece Hat Friends is chock-full of adorable felt hats that are perfect for Halloween (check out the Feeling Batty hat we’re giving away!), but did you know that the book also offers some super-cute extras? There’s a monkey sweatshirt, a giraffe scarf, and this adorable Dinosaur Bag!

Dinosaur Hat

Perfect to take along on your night of trick-or-treating, the Dinosaur Bag will hold gobs of candy and can be put to all sorts of other good uses year ‘round. Stash library books inside, fill it with toys and puzzles for long car rides, or pair it with the Friendly Dinosaur hat for a terrific little ensemble your kid will love! Download the free PDF pattern right now to get started.

And while you’re downloading the Dinosaur Bag PDF, don’t forget to throw your name in the hat for a chance to win Feeling Batty and a copy of Fleece Hat Friends!

Fleece Hat Friends

Have fun, and Happy Halloween!


Crochet Boutique coverWith Shannon Quinn-Tucker, guest Needlearts blogger

Recently released, Crochet Boutique is filled with fun, trendy wearables and accessories that will take you through this fall and beyond! Here, author Rachael Oglesby shares her thoughts on modern crochet. Don’t forget to download a FREE PDF of Rachael’s Granny Square Cushion at the end of the interview.

Who would you say has been most influential in your life when it comes to crafting, and why? That would certainly be my mom. She’s the one who taught me to crochet to begin with! And it was my grandmother who taught her. I appreciate that I have this link to the women in my family that has made its way down to me.

How would you describe your aesthetic? What inspires you in creating your designs? I would describe my aesthetic as classic with a twist. I love simple, basic items you can wear repeatedly yet are updated in a way that gives them just a little something extra to make them special. It can be something as simple as a color that pops or a beautiful unique yarn.

Rachael OglesbyWhat was your favorite part of authoring Crochet Boutique? My favorite part was selecting the projects for the book and also working with my photographer and friend, Emily Ogden, to bring it all to life. I knew when I was first approached for the book that I wanted Emily on board, and I was ecstatic when she agreed. I also enjoyed fleshing out the initial direction for the book—thinking of my audience and deciding what it was exactly I wanted to accomplish and present.

Crochet Boutique contains a variety of items, some of which people might find more typical of crochet projects (scarves and hats) and some they might find unusual (laptop sleeve). What was your favorite project in this book? The rainbow throw holds a special place in my heart since it’s inspired by a clouds and rainbow motif afghan my mother made in the early 80s. Her blanket is one of my earliest memories of crochet and I remember really loving that piece when she finished it. It’s one of the first pieces that left me wishing I could crochet my own, so my rainbow throw pattern is an homage to hers.

Who are some crochet artists whom you admire, and what is it about each that you find inspirational/exceptional? I am more inspired by the everyday at home crafter than I am by any of the big name artists I can think of. The DIY movement that has rapidly gained strength over the past few years has been empowering and therapeutic for many, myself included, and I believe the online community and the sharing of ideas has fostered that. It’s amazing to be able to share and talk about your craft with so many other crafters at any given moment, and I’ve made some wonderful friends over the past few years through such interactions.

granny square cushionGet inspired to create by downloading a free PDF of Rachael’s Granny Square Cushion! And don’t forget to check out Rachael’s Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/softspoken or her blog, http://softspoken.blogspot.com/, for even more of her fabulous style!



Simple Contemporary Quilts now 60% off!

September 07, 2012, 14:49 pm  Posted by needlearts

Simple Contemporary Quilt coverPLUS: Free project giveaway

By Needlearts blogger Shannon Quinn-Tucker

I don’t know about you, but I’m always the teensiest bit glad when summer starts winding down. For me, these last few days of high temperatures mean I’ll be looking forward to gorgeous fall leaves (love ya, Blue Ridge Mountains!), better hair days (sayonara, humidity!), and cozy nights wrapped up in something warm.

For novices like me, Simple Contemporary Quilts: A Beginner’s Guide to Modern Quiltmaking is the perfect way to try my hand at crafting something to combat those chilly nights just around the corner. And—score!—as of Friday, the book just happens to be on sale for 60% off!

Simple Contemporary Quilts presents 20 gorgeous projects with a modern spin—no frumpy, outdated designs here! No expensive or complicated equipment is required, and the techniques you’ll use are easy and traditional.

Tumbling Leaves Quilt

But wait—there’s more! For absolutely free, you can download a PDF of “Tumbling Leaves.” You’ll have fun at the fabric store choosing your own interesting and unique fabrics to create the quilt’s leaves, and when you’re done, you can snuggle up under its comfy layers with—hmmm—another sewing project, perhaps?

Visit www.bn.com or www.amazon.com to get your copy of Simple Contemporary Quilts, and download “Tumbling Leaves” here.


Free Project Friday: Rainy Day Appliqué

August 10, 2012, 09:47 am  Posted by needlearts

We all know April showers bring May flowers. But what about August showers? We’ve been having more than our fair share around these parts. It seems like only a day or two goes by before thunderstorms roll through again.

Author Cynthia Shaffer lives in sunny California, but she was in a similar state of mind when she designed the socks you see here as a bonus download for Stash Happy Appliqué.

These socks are easy to make (a simple cloud shape and raindrop templates are included!). And since they’re knee-highs, they’re perfect not only for late summer outfits, but drizzly fall days, too!

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Giveaway: Merry Mermaid from We Make Dolls

June 14, 2012, 12:32 pm  Posted by needlearts

Community pools are open, the water is getting warmer at the beach, and we’re ready to make a splash with this week’s free project. That’s right: even the puns around here are summer-themed now that it’s June!

To celebrate the warmer weather, we’re giving away Merry Mermaid from We Make Dolls two ways this week: You can comment for a chance to win the actual project from the book, or you can download a PDF of the project instructions and make it yourself!

Look familiar? Maybe it’s because this popular project comes from Danita Art. Those of you who visit her blog already know she dabbles in many mediums, including mixed-media and jewelry. You probably also know her for her vibrant use of color. If you haven’t already, stop by Danita’s blog or see her colorful cast of characters in her Etsy shop.

To enter for a chance to win the one and only Merry Mermaid, sewn and stuffed as you see here, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Friday, June 15. Monday, June 25. Any comment is fine—though we’d love to hear what you’re planning to make first this summer. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Monday, June 18 Wednesday, June 27. Tina W. is the winner!

Click here for the official rules.

Don’t despair if you don’t win. You can make your very own mermaid! To download the project, just follow the links below.

Download the Merry Mermaid instructions.

Download the Merry Mermaid templates.


Free Project: Soft Sewn Tic Tac Toe Board

February 03, 2012, 12:38 pm  Posted by needlearts


Tic Tac Toe Board from Stash Happy: Appliqué

Tic Tac Toe Board from Stash Happy: Appliqué

Remember trading cute Valentine’s Day messages with friends in elementary school? The classroom was filled with exchanges of colorful little cards, cute candies and chocolates, and even the occasional carnation. Teachers handed out clusters of hearts to paint in reds, whites, and pinks. Vocabulary lists for the day contained words like ‘cupid,’ and everyone seemed just a little extra excited to be in class. Well, today’s free project would be the perfect gift to make Valentine’s Day a little extra special for the youngsters in your life. With sweethearts in the O’s, this soft and portable Tic Tac Toe board from Stash Happy: Appliqué will breathe new life into an old favorite just in time for the holiday.

To download the free pdf project instructions click here.


Giving Handmade: Woolen Tree Trio

December 22, 2011, 11:57 am  Posted by needlearts

Are you hosting the holidays this year? Or are you traveling for them? Either way, a few extra holiday decorations would fit right in. These trees, designed by Lindy Cline (aka PLY Textiles) for Stash Happy: Felt, would make a classy centerpiece, too! Just add a couple handmade wax LED candles to the mix.

Perhaps more than any other project we’ve shared, these are the ultimate stash-buster. Have scraps of felt? Make the medium tree. Only have yarn? Make the big one instead! Or just grab that stray bit of roving and whip up the tiny tree. No matter what you’ve got in your drawers or bins, there’s a (tree) wrap for that.

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Oh, Christmas Trees ornaments designed by Ula Phelep from Fa La La La Felt by Amanda Carestio

Oh, Christmas Trees ornaments designed by Ula Phelep (from Fa La La La Felt)

Can you believe Christmas is only four days away? If you’re feeling the deadline pressure, don’t fret! You can still give handmade with these simple Christmas tree ornaments from Fa La La La Felt. They’ll make perfect gifts for the snazzy, funky folks in your life!

Oh, Christmas Trees project instructions are available here.

Oh, Christmas Trees template is here.

Happy giving, everyone! May your holidays be filled with love and good cheer.


Giving Handmade: Gingerbread Men Embroidered Apron

December 02, 2011, 10:34 am  Posted by needlearts

Have you noticed the sneaky holiday-time invader on the blog this week? He jumps out just after Thanksgiving and then he doesn’t leave until…well, until you eat him!

You may have spotted him on Monday when Linda posted the gingerbread house and gingerbread men tree ornament giveaway. And there was a whole feature about the various gingerbread houses where he lives as well. Today he’s back, taunting you with his famous saying right there on the apron.

“Run, run, as fast as you can!”

If you hadn’t already guessed from the cute factor, this apron project comes from the one and only Cathy Gaubert. You can find it in (and also on the cover of)

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Giving Handmade: Holiday Shopping List Holder

November 23, 2011, 10:45 am  Posted by needlearts

The crowds, the traffic, the cost…shopping around the holidays can always use little things to make the day better.

Of course, around these parts we’re all about making things by hand for gifts (have you noticed that fancy blog header?). But the reality is we all have lots to buy in the next few weeks too. I know even though I’m busy making things, I’ve already been to the grocery store twice this week and it’s not over yet!

Whether you’re headed to grab (yet more) food or downtown, today’s free project is a nice shopping companion. It holds not only your precious lists, but also other important paper scraps: coupons, business cards, sticky notes, etc.

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