DIY Father’s Day gifts are always so special, especially from the youngest kids. (Once we hit voting age or so, those handprint mugs just don’t really cut it in the same way, huh.) So for our next installment of our 2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide, we’ve put together two dozen of the most creative, sweet DIY Father’s Day gifts including crafts, cards, and printables — some new and some favorites from years past. We hope these become treasured keepsakes in your family. Except maybe the food ideas. Those we’d suggest you don’t treasure or keep for too long. More Father’s Day...Read More
By the time I learned how to sew, I was already a mama of two and trying to fit what little sewing ability I had acquired into what little time I had to spare. Needless to say, my output wasn’t exactly abundant. If only I’d learned how to sew as a child I would have already been a whiz by the time my kids were born. And they might have ended up with more than just a pair of pyjama pants, or two. A brand new book, The Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion, is about to make sewists (they don’t call themselves sewers...Read More
Of course we love Westley, even in tiny yarn form. But it doesn’t stop with the crew from The Princess Bride. Whatever your favorite iconic movie is, chances are, the adorable Wee Little Stitches shop on Etsy has a DIY cross-stitch pattern and instructions ready for instant download. In fact there are more than 100, from the geeky to the 80s to a custom design of your family. So grab your needle, you’re going to need it. Does anybody want a peanut? Check out patterns from Star Wars and Doctor Who, to Labyrinth and the Goonies with a quirky shot of The...Read More
If you’re in our neck of the woods, you are looking for lots of indoor activities to keep the kids occupied. While we recently rounded up 12 snow day activities for kids, here’s one more: Printable sewing cards for kids. And these are more than adorable–they happen to be free. Spotted at one of our very favorite craft sites, Handmade Charlotte, you pretty much just need good card stock, scissors, a needle and pin, and embroidery floss. All the instructions are on the site, but your kids will end up with pretty much the cutest sewing cards to play...Read More
Have a budding Martha Stewart on your holiday shopping list? Go ahead and check them off — these sweet little craft kits from Purl Soho (the folks behind The Purl Bee) are just perfect. Knitting, embroidery, and other craft projects are all packed in perfect kits ready for holiday gifting. You’ll find coasters and tea towels, even iPhone covers you can make yourself. I happen to dig the coin purses, embroidery kits and DIY barrette kits, which make excellent stocking stuffers. And oh my goodness, the tiny felt animals (look at the penguin!) are also pretty freaking adorable too. The felted dove craft kit is...Read More
I’ve always been pretty crafty. Problem is, I’ve also always been kind of unmotivated to gather up all the materials required for said craftiness. So I’ll get these great ideas for homemade holiday gifts and then never follow through. Until now! I’ve found an adorable embroidery DIY calendar kit from Heather Lins Home that will leave me with no excuses but to cross-stitch my heart out as soon I get my hands on it. The 2014 Year in Stitches Calendar Kit comes with everything you need to stitch your way through the months of the year. All twelve months...Read More
Even with the magic of Etsy and overnight shipping, we love knowing that with the right PDF file, anything is possible in the costume department. Whether you’re into weird Nordic videos about foxes or need a superhero costume in a pinch, here’s a great shop with unique masks that you can make by hand after a quick trip to the craft store. Does your kid change his mind about Halloween every day? I’m pretty sure my son is going to be either a flying pig, a hippo mole, or Batman. Luckily, OxeyeDaisey on Etsy offers a wide range of...Read More
Even if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can totally sew your own Grumpy Cat plushie. And then pretend he hates you. And Mondays. And everything. And if you like more cheerful critters, the shop has oodles of patterns for owls, seals, polar bears, and other characters capable of actually smiling. Little Hibou Shoppe on Etsy specializes in printable sewing patterns to create your own adorable plush critters. Each purchase includes the PDF, and thorough instructions that will get you sewing even if you’ve never sewn before. There are woodland animals, farm animals, arctic animals, and more. And of...Read More
It can be hard to find quality, not-neon-and-rubber-bands craft kits for girls in the ten to twelve age range (not that we don’t love Rainbow Looms!), but these three projects are sweeter than tea and crumpets. [Don’t miss a big exclusive discount for our readers after the jump!] Our pals at Cattiwampus have three sweet craft kits for tween girls from Brit company The Little Experience that are just right for those outgrowing the little kid stuff. The Tea Time Cakes Pincushion Sewing Kit pictured above includes everything needed to make three delicious-looking tea cakes, including felt, thread, needle, pins,...Read More
My son has a very special lovey called Meow that he sleeps with every night. She is still his happy bedtime companion, but after being hugged tightly night after night for almost eight years, she is starting to look a little worse for wear. Gulp. The good news: I recently read the most amazing story about the sweetest little girl and her mother who are doing all they can to make sure all of those beloved–and well-hugged–loveys get the fixing they need to last as long as necessary. Started by Brooklyn’s Rebecca Benghiat and her little girl Amalia, NYC...Read More
If you are juggling a needy infant or a get-into-everything toddler this October, the last thing you probably want to think about is spending hours creating a fancy Halloween costume for your little pumpkin. It’s one of the reasons we love Halloween costumes for babies like this one. But if you’re up for a DIY, fear not! Especially when these ideas are so easy and yet so perfect for Halloween. Promise. With a colorful onesie, some felt, and a pair of scissors, you can pull together one of three simple costumes from NYC’s Pins & Needles: a surprised ghost,...Read More
How do you get the drawstring back in your sweatshirt? With the best silly little gadget thingie, ever
Lost drawstrings are up there at the top of all the annoying scale for me as far as clothing mishaps go. In fact, I just spent the last month frustrated that a small silk drawstring belt came out of a silk dress; I couldn’t figure out how to get it back through without jamming a safety pin in to thread it through, and probably poking holes in the silk. So when I got wind of this brand new doodad that helps you take care of those very lost drawstrings I was like, sign me up to try it out!...Read More
Listen, there are some fabulous clothing companies out there who are making cute kids’ clothes with sensory sensitivities in mind (oh, Soft Clothing, how we love thee). But sometimes your kiddo has to wear something specific, like a school uniform. Or he has a t-shirt he loves because it has that great picture on it, but the tag is itchy, so you cut the tag off for him, but then he complains that where the tag used to be is itchy, and you go through this over and over because he wants to wear it but it “feels funny.”...Read More
Finding a unique yet stylish camera case can be sometimes daunting. When I first invested in a good camera, I felt pressure to use the case that so generously came with the camera, but I hated it. I’m never a fan of lugging around the typical black bag. Happy Sew Lucky has created the perfect solution for us. The Retrotastic camera camera bag pattern creates this iconic design inspired by the Diana camera sold in the 60’s. And because it is a pattern, you are saving dollars and creating a fantastic product with your own hands. One fat quarter...Read More
If you’re a go-getter sewing type who hasn’t quite go-gotten around to making all of your Christmas presents yet, you need to check out two adorable sewing books by Choly Knight. Sew Kawaii! and Sew Your Own Pet Pillows will have you practically delirious from all the cuteness. Seriously. I can hardly type this post because I’m overwhelmed by the all-out adorableness of the jellyfish purse in Sew Kawaii! I haven’t tried any of the projects, but most look doable by a novice like me – only a few are marked as intermediate level. So I love the approachability...Read More
What is it about vintage prints that I am so drawn to? Maybe it’s that the quirky quality, mixed with a nostalgic feel just make happy when I see them. Now there’s an online shop that taps directly into that feeling an an extensive collection of vintage and retro-inspired imported Japanese fabrics. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Girl Charlee was actually a child’s clothing boutique we adored, and mourned when it closed, but now owner Heather Peterson has reopened its doors just for you crafters and stitchers out there. I say “you,” as, sadly, I am...Read More
I’ve often joked that I’m devoid of the crafty gene, but that’s not completely true. I actually do enjoy crafting; it’s just that I don’t often have the time or the individual instruction I need to get me over those challenging humps. Well, thanks to Atlanta-based mom of four Deborah Moebes’ new book Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time, it’s like I’ve got my own private sewing instructor right in my very home. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] Known for her friendly, easy to follow instructional style, Deborah has translated that into...Read More
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