Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends is an adorable book full of amigurumi patterns for your favorite Sanrio characters.
The patterns are easy to follow if you know how to crochet. If you’re a little rusty like me or a beginner, spend a few minutes on the Lion Brand Yarn site watching their tutorials and you’ll be up to speed. You really only need to know how to do two things–magic circle and single chain stitch.
If you want to start embroidering, Founded by Jenny Hart, Sublime Stitching is a great site to help you get started. You can find instructions, patterns and products all in one place.
While this is technically a “kid’s toy,” it has really come in super handy for crafting. I’ve used it to transfer patterns and designs onto totes and t’s for embroidering as well as for cards and cut-outs.
This could be a fun rainy day/lazy day project for kids. Follow Tanglecrafts’ tutorial to make a matchbox loom and weave a little something. Maybe weave a bunch of squares and sew them into a bracelet or belt.
We’ve posted about making paper bead bracelets before but here’s a whole new take on them–corn on the cob. You could cut styrofoam in the shape of a cob or just make paper cones.
We usually give a little personalized gift to my daughter’s favorite teachers from the previous years. This year, we decided on hand-drawn glasses.
Using Pebeo Vitrea markers, my daughter drew some fun designs and plain pint glasses. We then made them into summer drink kits by filling them with straws, rock candy stir sticks and cold brew iced tea bags.
I needed a quick and easy centerpiece for a graduation lunch and stumbled upon a paper fan one on It’s a Horvath’a Life.
The fans were simple enough to make using plain paper, skewers and glue. I then used a big lollipop to fill out the “bouquet.” Floral foam kept everything in place.