mitered shawl lion brandLion Brand Amazing yarn is a lot of fun, and I’m kind of in love with this Mitered Shawl knitting pattern that uses that pretty self-striping yarn.

Using mitered squares with multicolored yarn is an easy way to break up the colors and make a project look a lot more difficult than it is because it looks like you changed …

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fifteen love top knittyToday is Knitty surprise day, which means a couple more patterns have been released to get you stitching this season. (Note, if you are reading this on Wednesday, their servers may be a bit slow to load because the patterns are new, but be patient and you’ll get there.)

The Fifteen Love Pullover by Brittany Wilson is a pretty three-color …

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Tutorial: Easter hen egg warmerBirgit from By Number 19 shares a tutorial showing how to make these sweet Easter hen egg warmers.  This would be a fun project for using up your cotton scraps.  You can mix and match pattern and print, and the pieces are all relatively small.  The egg warmers are lined to help keep the heat in.  The lining is super easy …

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This is a constant source of irritation at our house. The under kitchen sink area. It is a mess of cleaners, oddments, scrubbers that do not find a place anywhere else. In short, it is very unorganized.

So imagine my delight at finding this clever idea to manage this space better. You see, the major source of issue is that …

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Tutorial: Gardener's apron with lots of pocketsSpring is gardening season.  There’s a lot of work to do to prep your garden beds, plant your flowers or veggies, and tend them till they’re big healthy plants.  Cheryl from Sew Can Do shows how you can make a gardener’s apron to wear while working out in your beds.  It’s a simple half apron with two rows of pockets to hold diggers and trowels …

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Poppy Seed Easter Lamb

by Carolyn Bickford


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Are you still working on your Easter menu?

Here is a cute tradition brought over from Germany that would make a great start and conversation piece for Easter morning.

Regina at Leelicious shows us a sweet tradition of sweet rolls filled with poppy seed filling. She gives you the recipe for the rolls and the poppy seed filling. She suggests …

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DIY Real Flower Earrings

by Shellie Wilson


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These flower earrings are made from real flowers making them exquisitely beautiful but terribly fragile.  Perfect for wearing to a cool evening dinner party or night at the opera. Just make sure the person sitting next to you doesn’t get hay fever. Real Flower Earrings.…

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DIY Acrylic Tray Hack

by Shellie Wilson


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Acrylic is starting to move it’s way back out of our lives. Before you say goodbye to your acrylic collection how about revamping it with a little  color? This tutorial uses Alcohol inks and a sealer but I think you could give this one a go with some nail polish too. Full tutorial can be found here at Dreamalittlebigger.com. 

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Now that warmer weather has arrived, it’s time to pull all those t-shirts out from the back of your closet and put them front and center.  There are probably a few shirts that you’re unsure whether to keep, so why not refashion them into something else?  If the shirt just seems a little boring, why not add a new …

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Free pattern: Casey the Crab softieAbby Glassenberg from While She Naps, and author of Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, shares a free pattern for making her Casey the Crab softie.  Isn’t he the cutest!!  He has a sweet smile on his face and soft fabric claws and pincers that won’t hurt anyone.  Go to While She Naps to get the free pattern and see how …

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DIY a Knitting Loom and Knit With It
I have seen knitting looms on sale at stores on occasion and have even considered buying one, however, anytime I looked at then I would think I bet I could make one of these. Of course, by the time I get home I never remember my plan to try to make one…  Now I don’t have an excuse!

Heidi, from …

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Tutorial: Flanged pillow shamDena from Hearts and Sharts shows how to make a flanged pillow sham.  The flange creates a subtle border around the pillow and lends a more formal air to your bedding ensemble.  It’s actually an easy detail to add in when making a pillow cover.  Go to Hearts and Sharts for a tutorial showing how to do it.

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Tutorial: Pocket Full of Posies skirt for girlsAngelina from JoJo and Eloise shares a tutorial at Riley Blake Designs showing how to make her Pocket Full of Posies skirt for girls.  It’s a gathered skirt that comes just below the knee and is pieced from panels of coordinating fabrics.  And on each panel is a big, beautiful pocket.  You can have fun giving each pocket it’s own personality.  …

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Freebies: Bunny Images

by Heather Holbrook


Freebies: Bunny Images

Animal Jr. has loads of adorable bunny rabbit images to download for free and use for your spring and Easter paper crafting projects like cards, scrapbook pages and coloring pages for the kids.

-Heather…

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Instagram Photo Banner DIY from The Thinking ClosetLauren at The Thinking Closet shares a tutorial for printing Instagram photos yourself to make them look like Polaroids. it’s part of her amazing post showcasing a Graduation party in a box that she made for her sister. use the Polaroid photos for your pages, or a banner as shown. Be sure to check out all her other ideas

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DIY Library Pocket Kit

by Francine Clouden


DIY Library Kit from Litte Yellow Couch

Make a library pocket kit for a book themed function, or to use for holding journaling on a page. Little Yellow Couch provides a free printable template for the pocket, plus a link to where you can find that gorgeous double sided patterned paper. Click here for all the details.

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Inspiration du Jour - Seriously by mariaje

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This is one of those projects that stands out for it’s usefulness – how to make matching decorator candle sticks for your home using polymer clay. In this case, Nicole uses copper and marble elements in her decorating and then uses clay for one of the accent projects. You could do a similar thing, making matching candle sticks or switch …

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A constant source of irritation in our family is what to have for dinner? The usual “I don’t know” is met with raised eyebrows and frustration. So, a freezer pantry full of yummy and delicious pre-cooked meals is a great way to banish those “I don’t know”‘s to “I will have one of these”. :)

Or at least I hope.

If

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Tutorial: Clipping curves and grading seams for a smoother finishClipping your seams correctly can be the difference between a bumpy, lumpy seam and a professional finish.  Pixie Faire shares a tutorial showing how to clip curves – both convex and concave – as well as how to grade a thick seam, like the kind you get when you attach a gathered skirt to a bodice.  Go to Pixie Faire

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manmanKataryna from Sew Chibi shows that a gender neutral outfit can still be all kinds of fabulous.  The inspiration for this outfit she made for her daughter came from a favorite indie rock band and a favorite blogger friend, Max California.  Shown here is the day-glo color block t-shirt with iron on decals.  There’s also a white t-shirt and …

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Tutorial: Quiet book page with chick and bunny finger puppetsJoy from Joy’s Jots, Shots, and Whatnots shows how she made this Easter page for a Quiet Book, with removable bunny and chick finger puppets.  The finger puppets store in a pocket stitched down to the page.  The slashed circles at the bottoms of the puppets are where fingers can fit through to make the legs.  She made the finger puppets on her embroidery …

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6a00e55007f593883401a5119bd7a7970c-320wi These guys just make me giggle and who doesn’t like making things that make them smile? Pop on over to Craftside for the fun tutorial on how to make little grassy garden gnomes out of recycled nylons and while you are there enter to win a whole Easter basket full of craft books including the one this tutorial is featured …

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Wool Poncho NO SEW

Elsie hosts “A Beautiful Mess” and Kinsey Mhire is a CONTRIBUTOR and they came up with this stunning tutorial for “Wool Poncho” that can be worn year round.  The best part about this project is that it requires absolutely no sewing and it can be done in 30 minutes! Thanks ladies for sharing you efforts and it is just too …

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Fluffy Yarn Easter NestDonni of The Magic Onions is mom to a daughter and son and blogs out of Southern California. Her son had made a yellow yarn chick and then her daughter wanted to make something.  When Donni asked her what she wanted to make her daughter replied: “a soft little brown nest with three speckled robins’ eggs in it”!  Donni had …

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