From crocheted wall hangings to table runners, from crocheted curtains to doilies, a simple hook and crochet cotton can be used to create beautiful crocheted items for your home.
Including photos and instructions, learn how to make reusable fabric bowl covers with this step by step guide. This project is a great way to use up fabric, save money and be kind to the environment.
Christmas tree ornaments are fun projects to knit and wonderful gifts to give to friends or family. This quick knitting pattern creates a little rosy-cheeked snowman with a hat and optional scarf.
You can add colorful decoration to a plain sweater using the craft of needle felting. This tutorial shows the basic technique and tools of needle felting so you can create your own custom design.
A pattern for an easy, one-size, cloche-type hat, knit in the round with bulky yarn and large needles.
Never sewn anything before but want to try? Learn how to easily sew an envelope cushion cover with these clear instructions and a helpful video!
I made elk skin and buffalo leather moccasins. My stitching is sloppy, but they're so comfortable. As my feet have improved from plantar fasciitis I'm wearing minimalist shoes and it's doing me good.
This article is a free crochet pattern of an easily adjustable bracelet that is fastened by a button.
Make an angel wing scrubbie with this free crochet pattern! It's easy to put together and has many potential uses.
Did you know it’s easy to make doll clothes with no sewing skills? Use this method to create and customize designs for any doll and save money while doing it!
This great stash buster also serves to keep your crochet hooks neat and organized. Use whatever materials you have laying around.
The holidays are right around the corner, the party list is growing, and you know that it is impolite to attend a party empty handed, so what are you to do? Well, make some fabric bags that can accommodate any bottled gift.
Have a rhinestone design kit and lost the instructions? Or perhaps received one second-hand or as a hand-me-down? Here are basic instructions on how to use it, how to change the plungers, and how to identify the size of the rhinestones by the size chart.
This article is a free crochet pattern for the Barbie Strapless Bodysuit. It was designed to fit Barbie Model Muse body types.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a serious mental health condition that can cause many problems for the people that suffer from it. It is a form of extreme anxiety that manifests itself in obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It certainly requires diagnosis and treatment by a medical professional. But in addition to that, people with this condition may be able to use the craft of crochet to assist them in managing their symptoms.
Use this free crochet pattern to create a Barbie-sized shopping tote made from granny squares! This is a great stash buster for your size 10 threads.
Here are two free crochet patterns to make small pouch bags. Learn to make lacy shell scallops and openwork staggered shell-stitches!
Lost the instructions or just a bit confused? Try this step-by-step tutorial and you'll be able to teach your children how to use a knitting fork in no time!
Step-by step pattern for making felted flowers, using crochet or knitting. They're very appealing and a fun project to get started with felting.
This is a free crochet pattern for a Barbie Laptop Messenger Bag. It also fits other 12" dolls like those from Monster High and Pullip!
This wet felting tutorial is designed for the intermediate to advanced feltmaker. The end result should be a stunning piece of felt art to wear or use as chemo hat or simply for display.
Wet felting is not an exact science! Sometimes, things really do go wrong. Most times, there is a solution. In this tutorial, you will learn how to needle felt the problem away.
When creating custom printed shirts, there are two popular methods: screen printing and DTG printing. Check out the advantages & disadvantages of both methods to help decide which option is best.
This circular knitting pattern makes a charming tree skirt or doily to accessorize a small table-top Christmas tree. Changing your yarn can tailor this pattern for the holidays or for every day use!
Even if you're new to quilting, this beautiful (and free) pattern is quick and easy. It's the disappearing 4 patch.
Use this free heart-cross stitch pattern to decorate for Valentine's Day! I've also included a brief description and history of the gingham pattern.
This step by step tutorial takes you through the process of making a wet felted Poinsettia. This much loved and popular flower is more associated with Christmas than any other flower in the world.
Seize the day and learn to use your sewing machine! These practical tips will show you how to prepare your sewing machine and make your first perfectly formed stitches. You can do it!
Here is a free pattern to make doll shorts or pants with no snaps. While it's written in a general format, the instructions include my notes for Makies doll shorts at the end.
Learn how to make lovely boot-style baby booties! Knitting with two contrasting colors makes simple and beautiful stripes colorwork. It is not only a thoughtful handmade present but also a gift that can charm a new mom.
If you've always wanted to make a round rug, read on for tips and tricks. Follow along with me as I share how I created this rug.
Gorgeous handcrafted gifts can be made from covering soap bars with merino wool fibers. Personalize them by adding a label and turn them into profit at craft fairs or sell them in your Etsy store.
You don't need a special embroidery machine to do machine embroidery. Machine embroidery can be done with a standard sewing machine. Here are the steps to complete the task.
Use my free shower turban pattern to easily put one together! It'd make a lovely and functional gift for teenage or college girls. Whip up an entire batch to give away for Christmas, graduation, or a bridal shower.
Weaving and Knitting are two major processes in the garment industry by means of which yarn is converted into fabric. Read on to know more!
Easy to make fingerless gloves. Also includes alternative directions for gloves made on a loom for those who don't crochet. You can even make your own leg warmers for dogs!
Send your loved ones a handmade Valentine's card this year! I will inspire you to use your crochet skills to make this romantic time of year even more special.
Knitting diagonally is an easy and sophisticated way to show off new stitch patterns. Here are 3 techniques that can get you started.
Six-inch Mattel Kelly dolls were only made for a short time. It is quite difficult to find clothing to fit them. Here is a free crochet pattern to make your own clothing.
Although A Stitch in Time, Volumes 1 & 2 are knitting books, they are also an archive of vintage fashion and a history lesson on the events and people who influenced fashion trends over the years.
noricum People who like to crochet (or who want to learn) often have in mind that they want to learn how to crochet a baby blanket. There are a lot of great reasons to do so. There are also a lot of little tips for making an easy crochet baby...
This article is a plain lacy sleeveless top made specifically for the Barbie Basics doll (or Model Muse).
Crochet a pretty cactus with this easy crochet pattern. This is a written crochet pattern with photos to help you make this cute cactus.
Nothing is more fun than crocheting for babies. Select from this wide variety of free crochet baby blanket patterns. Most are easy enough for a beginner.
Play and fun are two essential ingredients for introducing creative fun for children. Add a ball, some wool fibers, hot soapy water and you have found the perfect craft project for a child to do.
This is a simple project to protect your fingers from severe yarn burn and also use up your scrap thread!
Learn how to thread a sewing machine properly so that you can start sewing quickly and confidently without worry about thread tensions, skipped stitches and other problems.
Make elegant decorative curtains using grommets with this simple tutorial and tips from my experience creating them for my patio.
Wet felting, needle felting and knitting techniques are combined in this tutorial to create a very sweet pair of booties for a child. Metal shoe lasts are used as molds on which to shape the booties.
These step by step photos and instructions make it easy for you to create your own unique felt hair clips for any occasion.
This hub is a free crochet pattern for a Barbie lace casual top and a mini skirt. It is worked separately so it can be paired with other pieces.
I am a fabric hoarder and can't bear to throw away even the smallest scrap. I have heard on the intervines that I am not alone.
Learn how to inexpensively make a duvet cover out of two flat sheets. Let your imagination go wild. You don't even need a sewing machine.
Crochet two pretty hearts with these easy crochet patterns. This is a written crochet pattern complete with a diagram and videos for extra help.
Learn how to crochet a water bottle cozy. The design is made specifically for perfectly cylindrical bottles.
This pretty pincushion can be made with absolutely no sewing required. Once created, there are many ways to personalize and decorate this cushion using no-sew embellishment techniques and designs.
Make this beautiful quilted table runner with strips of fabric. It is fast and easy with the step by step guide provided.
This page shows you how to pull threads in linen cloth, which ultimately allows you to make perfectly straight cuts and edges for your linen projects.
This article contains a tutorial on how to crochet a backless sundress for Ashlynn Ella and a pair of shorts for Hunter the Huntsman.
Get your Curvy Barbie ready for summer with this free bodycon dress pattern! It features a beautiful scoop neckline, and uses a simple chain stitch pattern throughout.
There is nothing like taking a couple of skeins of yarn and turning them into something beautiful and useful. Double-sided afghans not only turn out beautiful but are very warm during the winter.
I made this knitted basket using Zoë Scheffy's FREE Pinwheel Coaster pattern as a base, then knitting up the sides in a diamond pattern. I love having baskets around the house to hold things and to use as decoration.
Learn how to make a wet felted Gilet for a child using wet felting techniques. You will learn how to trace a template using a commercial sewing pattern and use this as the basis for your design.
When learning a new hobby, you always have to start at the beginning with knowing nothing. In 2010, I decided I wanted to learn how to knit. And trust me - it was not an easy or quick process.
Knit a cute baby shrug to make a lovely summer gift! It's simple to knit because you just need to create a rectangular shape. This is great lace-knitting practice for beginners.
Get your Barbie ready for summer with this ridged sundress! The dress is worked from side to side, forming a vertical ridged pattern along with some waist shaping.
Looking for a free pattern for your daughter's american girl doll or 18 inch doll? Then you will definitely love this step by step tutorial on how to sew bubble skirt for dollies.
Keep your arms warm and stylish by knitting your own armwarmers with these easy to knit patterns and ideas.
I created these wet-felted heart cushions to be love tokens for Valentine's day. Use sweet colors like pink, purple, and lilac instead of the traditional red for this project!
Never run out of starch again! Learn how to make your own spray starch for quilting, crafting, and ironing. All you need is water, corn starch, and an empty spray bottle.
This article is a free crochet pattern for a simple shell-stitched dress for the Mother and Sister critter of Sylvanian Families.
Diane Rose is an amazing Texas woman. She lets very little stand in the way of her dreams, or keep her from being all that she can be! Her zest for life could be an inspiration to us all.
Learn how to crochet a Barbie Backpack and Berry-Stitched Shrug. The accessories are also the right size for other 10-12" fashion dolls.
Do it yourself and make these easy felt flower brooches to sell at markets and fairs, wherever handmade is welcome and hippies wander. A colourful, beautiful, quick craft with a decent profit margin.
Ever wonder why the first stitch (or sometimes the last) is slipped when you follow a knitting pattern? It's a technique in knitting to form an even edge of the final knitted garment and keep it from curling. Learn how to form an even edge with this technique and why it works.
Find out how to make this simple and adorable finger puppet for your little one. This pattern is quick to whip up too.
Make a tissue box cover to fit your home décor! I share how to make them in three different sizes for easy fitting and use. These are lovely gifts you can whip together for Mom, teachers, and friends.
Learn how to Nuno felt a baby girl's circle jacket using merino wool roving and pure silk fabric. This delightful baby jacket is soft and crinkly with a lightweight texture perfect for a newborn.
Compare the double-strand, single-strand method, and flat-panel method of making yarn from plastic bags for crocheting or knitting.
How to crochet a round basket out of gardening twine using three easy stitches. This basket can be made in an afternoon.
A in-depth guide to creating scallop stitches in hand embroidery including tips and tricks on getting the perfect stitch.
Seam sewing for the beginning sewer. Learn how to sew a seam in a few easy steps. Be clever, sew a seam.
Knitting I-cord is so relaxing that you may find yourself with yards of it. Here are fun and useful things you can make with it.
If you're a new quilter, start with the basics. Master this technique and use to create all kinds of quilts. Start with a simplified Irish chain or craft a delightful disappearing nine patch.
Make your own awesome Darth Vader amigurumi doll with this free crochet pattern! It'd make a cool gift for any Star Wars fan. The dark side has never looked so cute!
If you're learning to crochet, the first step is getting to know the tools you will be using. From hook types to yarn types, take a look at this in depth article to start you off.
This new method of making 3D wet-felted flowers is the result of many hours of experimentation. The templates shown in this tutorial can be adapted to create a variety of different flowers.
I had a pair of shorts that were too big. They were the perfect length, and I loved that the color went with so many of my tops and shoes. The shorts were a bit too big around the waist and hips, so I pinned them for a quick sewing job that resulted in them fitting like a dream!
Knitting a purl stitch can be tricky to learn, but this video, step by step instructions and pictures will make it easy.
When you see a finished project created by cross stitch do you think "I could never do that"? Well, think the again - you can and you could produce your first piece of work within a matter of hours.
Skinny jeans are in. If you just got the memo and you're still dressing like it's 2005 (you're not alone), don't throw those old flare jeans out! Save money by converting them into skinny jeans.
A lot of history can be found in the art of the time. That includes quilts which was a form of utilitarian art. Changes in technology, fashion, and culture can be found in them.
Leather purses are easy to make, check this out to find out how to make a suede pouch purse (great for little girls) a leather hand purse and a faux leather wallet.
Find a tutorial for sewing a classy colored pencil holder. This project is easily adaptable for crayons.
This patchwork block can be made without a sewing machine and therefore it's a perfect small project to take anywhere you go. It's easy and satisfying to do and the results can be stunning.
Making this practical gift for someone who depends on a walker takes a bit of sewing skill, patience and time, but the end result will bring a smile to the user.
I designed these textured fingerless mitts because I wanted a pair with an interesting design on the back of the hand, but fit snugly around the cuff and was comfortable to wear for everyday use. Perfect for showing off the different colors in variegated or handpainted yarns!
Make your own beautiful, layered infinity scarf with your choice of three ways to finish it. Warm and comfortable, this is an easy project that only takes a few hours to complete. Just keep knitting.
This dishcloth pattern, by Sandi Marshall, includes how-to photos. It is good practice for the crochet techniques of skipping a stitch and for crocheting in a chain space, while making a useful item for your kitchen. ...
How do you knit a nightcap? While the idea of a nightcap may seem outdated, you can actually tailor the basic pattern by incorporating stripes, different types of yarn, bead, pompons, and other embellishments. The basic design of the nightcap makes it a fairly easy project. For this particular project, the finished circumference fits most adults, approximately 23 inches. In order to complete it, you should be able to cast on, do knit stitch, purl stitch, knit in the round, and decrease.
Crochet two pretty stars with these easy crochet patterns. This is a written crochet pattern complete with a diagram and videos for extra help.
This is a tutorial on how to use the lucet to make a basic braid. Lucets, also known as knitting forks, have existed since Viking times and are easy to use.
Learn how to crochet a cute crochet case for your iPhone, iPod touch, or any other mobile phone or MP3 player. This guide will show you how to make a case, cozy, and how to customize your design.
Are you looking for a tutorial for a great homemade baby gift? Homemade gifts are an excellent way to make a new mom feel special and supported. Better yet, this homemade gift is cute and practical!
Pincushions are popular crafts to make, use, collect and enjoy. This tutorial includes easy directions for making a cupcake-style pincushion that can be decorated and embellished in a number of ways.
Whimsical style small bird free printable template for use in both fabric and felt crafts and paper crafts too. Ideas and inspiration with photos on what to make.
Picking out stitches can save an embroidered garment from apparent disaster. With the proper techniques and enough patience, almost any design can be removed and sewn over.
Winter is here, and sometimes a hat is a little much. I have made several of these ear warmers for my Etsy Shop and for a local gift shop. They are easy to make and modify to suit your preferences.
This cozy cowl features yarn carried in front and knitted stitches moving up and down to look like reindeer tracks. A beautiful pattern to show off the colors of variegated yarn, this cowl also looks great in solid colors. This pattern is easy, but suggested for advanced beginners or experiences knitters who are familiar with knitting terms and slipped stitch techniques.
This free knitting pattern has a lace and cable design that continues around the neck and creates a cozy and comfy cowl. This pattern is fully charted with descriptions of the abbreviations at the bottom of the chart and is designed for experienced beginners or advanced knitters who are familiar with basic terms and knitting cables.
Amp up your loom knitting game by learning how to do the honeycomb stitch! Here are easy-to-follow instructions to help you get started.
Use these step-by-step instructions to sew your own casserole carrier. Now, you can have something stylish to carry your covered dishes to those potlucks or Thanksgiving dinners you're invited to. They are great gift ideas as well. Happy sewing!
This little box is made with polymer clay, an Altoids tin, and some creativity. Great for keeping small items, this would be perfect for a knitter but pretty enough to appeal to almost everyone.
Create a charming pincushion and notions box out of an Altoids tin, or other small box. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to transform these items into a handy, yet pretty sewing accessory!
You can give an old tote bag a new look by adding a bunch of knitted flowers made from leftover yarn! Learn how to knit flowers of different sizes to fashion a new bag that you'll be proud to use.
A sweater snag does not necessarily mean your sweater's natural life is over. With a little care a sweater snag can be fixed by pulling, adjusting, crocheting the opening and securing the excess with a needle and thread. Never fear - just learn how to fix a knit sweater snag, with or without a hole, and keep wearing that great sweater that you love!
A simple basting stitch for hand sewing is really not hard, once you know what steps to follow and what to look out for. This simple stitch will work for mending ripped cloth, sewing on buttons, hand-sewing delicate areas in clothing construction,...
Here is a free crochet pattern to make a bikini drawstring bag for Barbie. It is also the right size for other 10-12" fashion dolls.
This kennel bedding cage mat sews up quickly. I hope you make bunches and bunches of extra mats to donate to the local animal shelter. Better yet, share this tutorial so more animal lovers can help!
Want to make a useful baby shower gift? Or just add some practical baby items to your collection? These bibs are so easy and quick to make, it will only take an hour or two to make a dozen. Using t-shirts to create baby bibs makes this a budget friendly project, while giving your baby some unique accessories.
Easy guide to upholstering with different types of materials, including furniture fabric, faux fur and carpet; examples upholstered includes chairs, stools, sewing box and padded cat flap insulator.
Learn how to use the automatic bobbin winder on your sewing machine. This tutorial is perfect for beginners and includes step-by-step instructions and a video.
This is an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to casting on for beginning knitters with pictures. The guide also acts as a good refresher for someone who has taken a break from knitting.
If you are someone that would like to learn how to sew, you can learn the basics from the easy-to-follow lessons here. With step-by-step instructions, learning to sew is pretty easy.
Celebrate the Fall season and Thanksgiving holiday by creating a colorful autumn display with these easy scrap fabric fall leaves. This tutorial makes a festive table decoration and napkin rings.
This versatile necklace has a bit of a vintage look and can be worn with either the button fastening in the back as a necklace or in the front for more of a collar look. The necklace in the photos is about 27” long. You can add or omit repeats of the pattern to customize the length. I used DK weight yarn for this project, but I think it would also be pretty in a sock weight (adjust needle size as needed).
This article is about colorblocking by carrying the unused colors at the wrong side of the work and introducing new colors only when it starts in the pattern.
I wrote this free crochet pattern for doll overalls. It's designed to fit any doll you have. I've also included my notes for Makies overalls and a simple Makies tube top.
I made a Wembley Fraggle Costume several years ago and it turned out AWESOME. This article will walk you through the steps to make your own Fraggle Rock Halloween Costume.
Learn how to wet-felt a bar of soap and transform it into an object of real beauty. Not only will it last longer, but it can also be used as a scrubber!
Carding with a drum carder gives one the ability to produce wonderful art batts at reduced prices. The Classic drum carder makes it very easy to wash and process wool at home with stunning results.
In this hub you will get to learn how to make a Giraffe like baby rattle. It makes a perfect baby shower gift. With its vivid colors and soothing sound it makes the babies will simply love it.
Of all the different patchwork techniques out there, this must surely rank as one of the fastest and easiest, yet the results can be stunning and the possible permutations are endless.
Tessellation patterns are found in many quilts, with some being quite detailed and intricate. Take a look at these examples of tessellation quilt designs and learn how you can design your own tessellation quilt pattern.
Put an embroidery hoop to new use by creating a wall pocket wreath to display cheery flowers in your home! This wreath can be hung on the wall, displayed on the front door, or placed on a mantle. This is an easy project that just uses a hoop, some fabric, artificial flowers, and glue.
Make an easy pillowcase for a child to tell him or her that you care. Choose a fun fabric design and check out the sewing process to create this project. Using it as a gift is icing on the cake!
Duduza (Comfort) Doll is an easy charity knitting project to bring comfort and solace to children in need, especially in Africa. Learn to make one yourself with the free pattern, videos and links.
This article is a free crochet pattern for Barbie Bermuda Shorts. It also includes a bonus pattern for the cropped top, which was previously done for a Pullip doll.
When it's time to replace worn out chair cushions, it's often difficult to find the colors, patterns or size you need when looking at pre-made cushions, so why not make your own?
This hub is a free pattern for a Colorblocked Panel Sheath Dress for your Barbie Basics doll. It is made specifically for Barbie Model Muse body types.
Knitted cowls are the perfect accessory to keep you warm during cold weather. This easy knitting pattern creates a simple, yet interesting neckwarmer that men, women and children will enjoy wearing!
Free crochet pattern on how to crochet a cat ears headband or a cat ears hat two different ways. Also included is directions to make a crochet bow to make a Hello Kitty hat or headband.
The free knitting patterns in this hub are perfect for beginners. The coaster patterns are easy and perfect for holiday, handmade gifts. Part 2 will continue with coaster tips and how to knit lessons.
This pattern for a cozy knitted scarflet is designed to be warm enough for winter, yet still displays the changing colors of fall or the fresh colors of spring.
My Grandmother used to give her grandchildren a knit chicken that could hold a plastic egg with treats hidden inside. I'll share with you how I recreated her gift, as well as a crochet pattern to make a tiny bunny that can keep the chicken company!
This article is a free crochet pattern for a simple sanitary pad cozy that is secured by a button inserted into a tab.
This free wet-felting tutorial explores the idea of using cling wrap to separate the layers when creating a tiny 3D sunflower hat for a newborn child. This is the perfect hat for a photoshoot.
Free knitting pattern for a headband/ear warmer and matching mitts in horizontal reverse stockinette rib stitch.
Make these free pumpkin crochet patterns and decorate your home for fall, autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving!
Add a new crochet project to your list with these tips for crocheting a rug. Complete guide for following a crochet rug pattern or making your own. Great for beginners too!
The single crochet stitch is the foundation for all other crochet stitches. In this article, learn how to work the single crochet stitch with step-by-step photos and video.
With some basic knitting and sewing stitches, you can make a cute little yarn ball bookmark to enjoy with your favorite book. This easy bookmark would make a great gift for any knitter or crocheter!
This free knitting pattern creates a decorative basket featuring a unique geometric shape. This basket is perfect for holding small items or a plant, or just to display as a beautiful handmade item.
This hub provides a tutorial on how to protect your floors by crocheting chair socks. It also includes a free pattern for a customization done on a chair with circular ends but thin legs. It also has a short tutorial on how to make hole-free magic circles.