When Halloween decorations are still in the stores, it’s hard to start thinking about the gift-giving holidays – “too early” is what most say! But if you like to make handmade gifts, then it’s time to start planning – and in some cases making! Here are some tips, timelines, and free patterns to help you prep for the holidays this year!
by guest blogger Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
This year I’ll be partnering with SIX super-talented blogger friends and Red Heart Yarn to sponsor the CAL!
We are in our third year of the #12WeeksChristmasCAL event and I’m even more excited than I was the first year! This year I’ve added two more super talented designers, for a total of 6 guest bloggers! Like past events, this one will focus on having fun! Along the way we hope you learn some new techniques, play with some new yarns as well as old favorites and most of all make some like minded friends! The added bonus is that when you are all done, you’ll have some holiday decorations and gifts too! Thank you to Red Heart Yarns for sponsoring this CAL and the weekly and grand prize raffles once again! Continue reading “Welcome to the 12 Weeks of Christmas CAL 2017”
I don’t know about you, but I love food! Especially at Christmas time!!!
Our wonderful graphics department is always extremely busy, but when I suggested giving our Red Heart lovers some gift tags they responded enthusiastically! The 10 designs that they have come up with are perfect for all the hand-made items that I have in the works. We hope you will enjoy using them for your gifty creations!
by guest blogger Karen Freeman
My mother always told me if invited to someone’s house for an event, never go empty handed. Well, I have been invited to a friend’s house throughout the year and have brought different gifts such as wine and chocolate. For the holidays I wanted to bring something that my very crafty friend could not have purchased or made herself. This Sashay tree is the special gift I made for her.
My favorite ornaments are the ones that I remember making with loved ones! So I couldn’t wait to show you this idea for using Sashay yarn to make joyful stars for your tree. It’s easy enough for older kids and even non-crafty friends to get in on.
A popular craft project is wrapping letters with yarn to make holiday decorations. Simply get some cardboard or papier mache letters at your local craft store, and wrap yarn around them to form a personalized message for your home. Read on to for tips on how to choose the perfect word and how to get started.
I like to make small gifts for my group of friends each year. This year, I decided that I would make a snowman ornament for everyone. I couldn’t find a pattern I liked, so I made my own. Here it is!
Need inspiration for your Holiday project list? You have found it with the Make It Merry free eBook from Red Heart. Download the Make It Merry eBook with 34 knit and crochet ideas to delight this holiday season. It begins with a wide range of wonderful ideas for giving your home an enchanted hand-crafted holiday feel including Red & White or Heart-Warming themes. It goes on to ideas for kids and special accessories to give or make ahead for holiday photos with Santa!
With so many projects you are sure to find something to help you plan your gift list with your knit and crochet projects. And don’t forget yourself this holiday season, as this eBook contains ideas for your own holiday or winter wardrobe!
Download the Make It Merry eBook
Sampling of the free projects inside the eBook:
I’ve noticed that as I get older my year seems to get shorter. I feel like I just had a birthday and it is almost time for another one. Wasn’t Christmas a few months ago??