20 New DIY Storage Solutions You Need Immediately

I feel like I’ve never actually hit the potential of how organized I can be. I’ll do really well for a while, and then suddenly my entire night stand is filled with coupons from the last year and a half, and every surface is filled with papers, and various foods are just shoved in the cabinets, and I can’t find my favorite pen.

Recently I learned the magic of actually having a pencil cup on my desk instead of scattering eleven pens across its surface. I also recently discovered this amazing DIY storage solutions below! From precious little boxes to DIY coat racks, baskets, and more, these lovely ideas will help you stay a little more organized (and a lot more organized than me).

Last year, we put together a fantastic collection of 20 Unique Storage Solutions from FaveCrafts, and this year we’re sharing the love. Below you’ll find storage ideas for the kitchen, craft room, living room, and more from all over the web. Learn how to make a great storage solution and display it proudly! Not only will guests remark on how organized you are, but you’ll be able to proudly say you made that storage solution yourself.

DIY Storage Solutions

DIY Storage Solutions: Metallic Rope Throw Basket

  1. 5-Minute Gift Wrap Organizer Ikea Hack
  2. Easy DIY Book Ledge
  3. Industrial Farmhouse Pipe Coat Hooks
  4. DIY Metallic Rope Throw Basket
  5. Fabric Box Tutorial
  6. DIY Wooden Dowel Coatrack
  7. DIY Wood Dowel Blanket Ladder
  8. DIY Gem Pull Boxes
  9. Bling Craft Jars
  10. Easy Crochet Baskets
  11. DIY Modern Key Holder
  12. Vintage Wood Bowl Hanging Planter
  13. Precious Pails Art Supply Storage
  14. Minimalist DIY Necklace Holder
  15. T Shirt Yarn Crochet Rainbow Storage Basket
  16. DIY Leather Handle Boxes – upcycle a BELT!
  17. Unicorn Decoupaged Craft Storage – unicorns are trending
  18. Metallic Gold DIY Crate
  19. DIY Farmers Market Bags (that are avocontrol)
  20. DIY Non-Slip Hangers

What is the storage solution helping you most in your life right now?

14 Actually Pretty Perler Bead Crafts to Melt

The 90s are back in full swing with chokers showing up on store shelves and beautifully bright, neon craft ideas populating the most popular crafting blogs and sites more and more every day. The days of 60s/70s/80s nonstalgia is taking a backseat to the #ThrowbackThursday love for all things 90s-themed. If you’re really looking to craft like it is 1999, consider making perler bead craft ideas. These brilliant little beads were popular back in the 90s and are experiencing resurgence now that we’re starting to look back. Traditional perler bead patterns create charming little designs from melted beads. This list offers perler bead patterns that are used in unexpected ways. Whether you’re making perler bead jewelry or perler bead home décor, you’re sure to love the 14 Actually Pretty Perler Bead Crafts to Melt.

   Unexpected Perler Bead Patterns and More

Petite and Pink Perler Bead Earrings

  1. Checkerboard Can Cozies
  2. Petite and Pink Perler Bead DIY Earrings
  3. Rainbow Perler Bead Keychain
  4. Fully Floral Perler Bead Tray

Fully Floral Perler Bead Tray

  1. Unexpected Key Holder Perler Bead Pattern
  2. DIY Perler Beads Fruit Bowl
  3. Perler Bead Christmas Ornaments
  4. Colorful Cookie Cutter Ornaments

  1. Fun Emoji Perler Bead Patterns
  2. Hama Bead DIY Rings
  3. Personalized Bike License Plate
  4. Fruit Fish Perler Bead Bracelets
  5. Lovely Perler Bead Cuff Bracelets
  6. Wonderfully Wover Perler Bead Planter

Find even more 90s-inspired craft project ideas in our collection of rad rainbow loom ideas, 10 Rubber Band Loom Projects.


What types of unexpected projects have you made with beads?

Get That Gold: 15 Gold Craft Ideas

With the Big Event taking up all our TV time, it can be tough not to crave adding some gold to your own life. While gold medals and jewelry are crazy expensive, adding some spray paint or faux gold to your DIY crafts is cheap, easy, and chic! Look out below for some gold craft ideas that you are going to love. Whether you are looking to add faux gold jewelry to your life or a touch of gold to your home décor ideas, this list is full of shining star ideas. Get to crafting immediately with these Big Event-inspired ideas immediately! Add glitter and gold to your world with the DIY crafts in get That Gold: 15 Gold Craft Ideas!

Gold Craft Ideas15 Gold Craft Ideas that Look Like a Billion Bucks

  1. Gold Edged Clay Jewelry Dishes
  2. Star Spangled DIY Earrings
  3. Decorative Globe Anthropologie Knock-Off
  4. Gold Hot Curling Iron Travel Pouches
  5. Luxurious DIY Statement Necklace
  6. Gold DIY Ring Dish
  7. Metallic Duct Tape DIY Candles
  8. DIY Studded Loafers
  9. Rose Gold DIY Necklace Tutorial
  10. Glamorous Golden Sequin Vases
  11. Beautiful Ball Drop Earrings
  12. Clothespins DIY Craft Project
  13. Golden Lacy Crochet Shawl
  14. Golden Shimmer Shawl Crochet Pattern
  15. Gold Chunky Crochet Cowl

What’s your fave metallic to work with: silver, gold, bronze, or something else (like rose gold)?

11 Unexpectedly Simple Embroidery Hoop Crafts

It is no small secret that I am absolutely obsessed with alternative ways to decorate your home. One of my favorite DIY décor ideas is populating gallery walls with new and exciting shapes, sizes, and textures. Hanging printable wall art, canvas art ideas and more can really add some visual appeal to your gallery wall, but to really add eye-popping ideas to your walls, embroidery hoop crafts are the way to go! These DIY cuties allow you to skip the all-square boredom of framed ideas and show off your well-rounded crafting know-how. Adding projects like the 11 Unexpectedly Simple Embroidery Hoop Crafts to your walls easily adds visual interest to your indoor world.

Embroidery Hoop Crafts

11 Unexpectedly Simple Embroidery Hoop Crafts


If you are looking for even more embroidery hoop ideas and crafts, check out our list of 18 Ways to Use Embroidery Hoops.

 


What is your fave wall decor piece you have in your home?

National Coffee Day: 11 DIY Mugs You Need in Your Life

Happy National Coffee Day! September 29, National Coffee Day, is the best day. Why? Coffee. If you love coffee, then this is the day to celebrate! Don’t have a cool coffee mug to show off on a day like this? Then try making any of these easy craft ideas, and get your brew on.

11 DIY Mugs You Need in Your Life

You need these DIY mugs in your life. They’re the perfect DIY gift idea because you can customize these DIY coffee mugs to fit any occasion. Don’t even get us started on monogrammed mugs! Also, you can gift them to yourself. Even better! Avoid pricey store-bought mugs by learning how to decorate a mug yourself in order to perfectly match your kitchen’s décor. Then, display your beautiful DIY coffee mugs on a DIY Mug Rack, so that everyone will see the awesome crafting skills that you possess.

National Coffee Day: 11 DIY Mugs You Need in Your Life

 

1. Quick & Easy Initial DIY Mugs – Make your own initials and gift these mugs to yourself. Or, make someone else’s as the perfect DIY gift.

Quick & Easy Initial DIY Mugs2. Easy Marbled DIY Mugs – These marbled mugs are on-trend and so easy to make yourself.

Easy Marbled DIY Mugs

3. Glam Glitter Mug – Add some glam to your mornings with this sparkle mug.

Glam Glitter Mug

4. Martha Stewart Coffee Mugs – These DIY coffee mugs are colorful, stylish, and fun.

Martha Stewart Coffee Mugs

5. DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug – For the artsy coffee drinker; choose the colors that inspire you.

DIY Abstract Brushstroke Mug

Image courtesy of thesweetestoccasion.com

6. Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Mug – These mugs look like anything, but dollar store creations!

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Mug

Image courtesy of babble.com

7. DIY Travel Mug – Need your coffee on-the-go? Customize your travel mug in a few simple steps.

DIY Travel Mug

Image courtesy of flaxandtwine.com

8. DIY Mug Makeover – This mug decorating tutorial proves that gold really is magic and makes everything amazing.

DIY Mug Makeover

Image courtesy of thesarahjohnson.com

9. Metallic Painted Mugs – If you want in on the copper trend, but can’t afford the pricey copper mugs, then this is the solution that’s better than the original!

Metallic Painted Mugs

Image courtesy of designimprovised.com

10. Anthropologie Inspired Mug – So pretty and so floral! Curl up with a book and a cozy throw while drinking your Cup O’ Joe from this pretty creation.

Anthropologie Inspired Mug

Image courtesy of morenascorner.com

11. Two-Tone Dipped Mugs – Consider DIY Christmas gifts solved. Everyone’s getting these cranberry-esque, dipped mugs from us this holiday season.

Two-Tone Dipped Mugs

Image courtesy of thisheartofmineblog.com

How do you take your coffee?

Link Love: 35 Trendy DIY Jewelry

One of the common misconceptions about DIY jewelry is that they don’t look like store-bought or that they aren’t trendy and fashionable. We are here to prove them wrong! Homemade jewelry is absolutely gorgeous and there are endless possibilities with what you can do with it. There’s clay jewelry, metalwork, beaded, wire work, and so many other options for what you can make. As long as you have the right tools and an endless imagination, you can make anything you think of. Can’t find the right leather bracelet? That’s why you make it yourself and use the materials that you are imagining. Stop settling for the options that are given to you, and learn how to make jewelry the way you want it to look.

Trendy Jewelry

I feel like every woman owns at least three full sized jewelry boxes, and a couple trinket boxes. Each one symbolizes the phase that represents of that time in her life. For example, I have a small, about a foot high, box that is labeled for each type of jewelry in bright colors and flower knobs—obviously, that was my childhood phase where I kept everything and it was just the awful kid jewelry. Then I have one that is wooden, same size, and has glass doors that have a hanger to hold my necklaces. My “adult” jewelry box is the full length mirror that opens up to hold all of my nice, jewelry, DIY statement necklaces, wire work projects, and anything that needs a little extra love.

Then again, that might be just me trying to put a reason behind the hoard of boxes I have—an English major problem. I’ll just say it is an attempt to organize jewelry. Everything on this giant list of link love looks like something that has been bought in a store. I love the homemade rings with a sideways gem or incredible metalwork. Statement necklaces haven’t gone away yet, and honestly, I hope they never do. They’re an easy way to add some flair to a plain outfit. There’s something for everyone on this giant list. With all the options for cute DIY jewelry, I’ll have to buy another jewelry box for that period in my life where I go “crazy for crafting” (which is all the time!).

35 Trendy DIY Jewelry

 

Quick! Let me see…

 

DIY Statement Necklaces


Homemade Earrings


Homemade Bracelets


DIY Rings


Jewelry Sets

DIY Statement Necklaces

SIlver and GraySilver and Gray Necklace

 

 

 

Embossed BurlapEmbossed Burlap Necklace

 

 

 

Mint Green ChunkyMint Green Chunky Necklace

 

 

 

Simply StunningSimply Stunning

 

 

 

Something BlueSomething Blue Pearl Statement Necklace

 

 

 

Double TieredDouble Tier Beaded Chain Necklace

 

 

 

Emerald ArchEmerald Arch Necklace

 

 

 

Homemade Earrings

 

Sparkly Drop EarringsSparkly Drop DIY Earrings

 

 

 

Lovely OmbreLovely Ombre Earrings

 

 

 

Geometric EarringsEasy Gorgeous Geometric Earrings

 

 

 

Dangling SwarovskiDangling Swarovski Crystal Earrings

 

 

 

Crystal Ball DropCrystal Drop Ball Earrings

 

 

 

Cowrie ShellCowrie Shell Hemp Earrings

 

 

 

Copper CircleCopper Circle Earrings

 

 

 

Homemade Bracelets

Shades of BlueShades of Blue Beaded Bracelet

 

 

 

Classic Crystal Double WrapClassic Crystal Double Wrap Bracelet

 

 

 

Charming DIY LeatherCharming DIY Leather Bracelet

 

 

 

Halfway BeadedHalfway Beaded Bracelet

 

 

 

Aqua Beaded LeatherAqua Blue Pearl DIY Leather Bracelet

 

 

 

Easy WrapEasy Wrap Bracelet

 

 

 

Textured Cuff10 Minute Textured Cuff

 

 

 

DIY Rings

 

Herringbone WireHerringbone Wire

 

 

 

Radiant RoseRadiant Rose

 

 

 

Moonlit Purple Wire Moonlit Purple Wire Wrapped

 

 

 

Ocean BlueOcean Blue Enameled Statement

 

 

 

Dual Band BeadDual Band Bead Ring

 

 

 

PMC LeafPMC Leaf Ring

 

 

 

Bling RingBright Bling Ringlet

 

 

 

Jewelry Sets

 

Treasures of the OceanTreasures of the Ocean Jewelry

 

 

 

Modern Pearl NecklaceModern Pearl Necklace and Earring

 

 

 

Opera Length Opera Length Wire Necklace and Earring

 

 

 

Hex Nut HoneycombHex Nut Honeycomb Jewelry

 

 

 

Marble Stone Marble Gem Stone Jewelry

 

 

 

PPearl Birds Nestearl Birds Nest DIY Jewelry

 

 

 

Pretty Pink CubePretty Pink Cube Bead Set

 

What do you do to organize your jewelry?

Link Love: Macrame Crafts Are Knot Your Average Home Decor

I will be honest, I had never heard of macrame before. I didn’t even know how to use it in a sentence! So it came as a surprise when I typed it into Google and find that it’s just knots. (I’m sorry to those of you who already know what it is, but bear with me for a few lines.) Homemade macrame jewelry is what mostly comes up. Basically, it’s a series of knots assembled in a way to hold stuff of varying sizes. It normally uses cotton, linen, yarn, or rope—what you choose to use for macrame materials usually depends on what you’re doing with it. If you’re making macrame jewelry, then you can use a lighter string with beads. For right now, however, I wanted to explore what other options macrame crafting has to offer.

So what do I go to first? Home decor. Living in the city gives me an awesome urban background to try a hipster/urban-chic decorations. These DIY home decor ideas are a great way to bring a little Bohemian-chic into your home. They may remind you of those corner-hanging-lamps with the tassels and the psychedelic coloring, but the modern world has transformed the hipster decorating ideas. These designs call for basic knot-tying skills such as square knots and overhand knots and are an up-and-coming trend for home decor. Don’t both spending money, let alone attempting to find the exact color and fabric you want, at a store when you can use any fabric, in any color, for your own color scheme.

 

Macrame Crafts Are Knot Your Average Home Decor

 

Macrame Projects

 

Macrame Bottle Vases from Crafting Fingers

Easy DIY Plant Hanger from A Charming Project

Macrame Wheat Grass Eggs from The Merry Thought

Macrame Rope Wall-hanging from Miss Amy Phipps

Macrame Plant Holder from Classy Clutter

Macrame Yarn Garland from A Beautiful Mess

DIY Hanging Macrame Chair from Classy Clutter

Macrame Herb Hanger

 

Although most of the items that the macrame is holding are potted plants, you can use these to hold about anything. You can use a garden gazing globe and create beautiful colored light inside your home. It can be used as a hanging storage place for your child’s stuffed animals. This is a trending craft that will work for whatever setting you have in your home. Even try it outside to hang your hanging plants. Urban, Bohemian, country, rustic… These rope crafts are going to be the hottest thing to make!

 

Where and what will you use macrame for?

Link Love: Doctor Who Crafts and Free Crochet Patterns

My companions, in all of time and space you will never find such a stockpile of incredible DIY crafts and free crochet patterns.

For those of you who don’t know the TV show Doctor Who, you’re probably going to be slightly lost. I’m sorry, just run with it. This is my second favorite pop culture trend (next to Harry Potter) and it has been getting a lot of attention. Whovians everywhere are making their own DIY costumes for Halloween and Comic-Con, not to mention their everyday representation of the incredible fandom. With the 50th Anniversary being just last year, and our introduction of the War Doctor and 12, fans are going crazy trying to get their hands on easy crafts and free crochet patterns. Let’s be honest, why would we spend our hard-earned money on something we can just make ourselves? Why would we especially spend a ton of money on handmade geeky crafts when you will save when you make it yourself and have the satisfaction of a job well done. You can make your very own Doctor like no one has ever seen with free amigurumi patterns, homemade t-shirts, and DIY crafts.

Link Love: Doctor Who Crafts and Free Crochet Patterns

Doctor Who Crafts and Crochet

If you thought I just talked a lot of gibberish, I thought the same thing before I became a Whovian. I highly encourage you to take the time and watch the show (please don’t be that person who skips 9). Even if you don’t watch the show yourself, there is somebody you know who does. Daughter, son, grandchildren, husband…one person does. I can guarantee it. Maybe they aren’t the incredible crocheter that you are, so a cuddly dalek pattern will be a great homemade gift. Amigurumi figures are small, doll-like figures that are normally crocheted and they are becoming a new trend with the younger population. There are amigurumi patterns that are really easy to follow and they’re so cute!

Now, my crafters, don’t panic. I haven’t forgotten you. I will admit that it was a little more difficult to find full craft tutorials. You can admit that Doctor Who is very much defined by the wardrobe and the faces of the characters. That said, you can easily make their accessories. Whoever (pun intended) is your favorite Doctor, they are each defined by a specific accessory. Think inside the TARDIS box. Your ideas are all there! But if you’re having a little trouble, you’re going to love these easy crafts that you can use over and over again.

 

Free Crochet Patterns

Tardis Amigurumi from Army of Owls on ravelry.com

Dalek Amigurumi from Lucy Ravenscar on ravelry.com

Amigurumi Adipose from Jennifer Christensen on ravelry.com

Fez Toilet Paper Roll Cover from Irish Lace

10’s Sonic Screw Driver from The Bean Patch

Time Traveling Police Call Box Scarf from Happy Hooker

Doctor Who Set of Doctors (1-11) + Tardis from Allison Hoffman on ravelry.com

Doctor Who War Doctor from Allison Hoffman on ravelry.com

Dalek Amigurumi Pattern from Craftster

Rose’s Scarf from Boomtown Pattern from The Worst Crochet Blog

4’s Scarf Pattern from Sandra Petit on ravelry.com

Baby Dalek Dress from Random Ramblings

Free Knitting Patterns

Insulate! Hat from Amy van de Laar on ravelry.com

Free Craft Projects

Homemade Fezzes from Tally’s Treasury

Tardis Needle Case from Craftster

Adipose Plush Toy from Tuts+

Doctor Who Painted Tardis Heels from Doodle Craft Blog

Bow Tie Necklace from 3 Chic Geeks

Tardis Closet from Madin Crafts

 

Interested in more geeky stuff? Check out this collection of easy superhero crafts!

Super Hero Crafts

The Ultimate Superhero Crafts Roundup

Who is your favorite Doctor, and how do you show your Who-love?

30 Free Crochet Bags for Summer

I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter. A few weeks ago I posted a roundup of 20+ Free Knit Bag Patterns, and I decided to share a crochet version today!

Crochet bags are super fun to make and use. I especially love to crochet bags as the weather gets warmer because they’re portable and can be used year round.

Here are some great patterns to start hooking!

Small Bags

These 3 patterns for small bags can be worked up quickly and used all summer long.

Flower Child Crochet Bag, free pattern by Tera Kulling/Trifles N Treasures.

Flower Child Crochet Bag, free pattern by Tera Kulling/Trifles N Treasures.

The Flower Child Crochet Bag by Tera Kulling is a bright and festive project made with hexagons that are joined together. This project is a great stashbuster!

Precious Owl Pouch. This image courtesy of 1dogwoof.com.

Precious Owl Pouch. This image courtesy of 1dogwoof.com.

The Precious Owl Pouch by One Dog Woof is a fun project that makes a great gift pouch or notions holder.

A Creative Case for Crochet Hooks. This image courtesy of Red Heart Yarns.

A Creative Case for Crochet Hooks. This image courtesy of Red Heart Yarns.

Round up all your hooks and bring them along on your vacation with A Creative Case for Crochet Hooks by Kim Kotary! Make the case in the spring and you can start using it right away.

Market Bags

Summer is a great time for visiting Farmers Markets and strolling on the boardwalk. Bring along any one of these 5 market bags for an impromptu shopping spree!

Sturdiest EVER Crochet Market Bag. This image courtesy of simplycollectiblecrochet.com.

Sturdiest EVER Crochet Market Bag. This image courtesy of simplycollectiblecrochet.com.

The Sturdiest EVER Crochet Market Bag by Simply Collectible Crochet is crocheted holding two strands of yarn together. This bag is just right for anyone living in an area with a plastic bag ban.

Magical Market Bag. This image courtesy of littlemonkeyscrochet.com.

Magical Market Bag. This image courtesy of littlemonkeyscrochet.com.

The Magical Market Bag by Rebecca Langford is crocheted in the round and features button closure details.

Hobo Farmers Market Bag. This image courtesy of cre8tioncrochet.com.

Hobo Farmers Market Bag. This image courtesy of cre8tioncrochet.com.

Lorene Eppolite’s Hobo Farmers Market Bag adds a stylish twist to a classic market bag.

Two Hour Tote. This image courtesy of daisycottagedesigns.net.

Two Hour Tote. This image courtesy of daisycottagedesigns.net.

Personalize your market bag with the Two Hour Tote by Lauren Brown, which includes a lovely flower applique.

Sunrise Market Tote. This image courtesy of calleighsclips.blogspot.com/.

Sunrise Market Tote. This image courtesy of calleighsclips.blogspot.com.

The Sunrise Market Tote by Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations makes a sturdy market bag perfect for carrying heavier produce.

Messengers, Satchels, and Totes

These eight bags are attractive and sturdy, whether you’re going to the beach for the day or packing some reading for your vacation.

2 Tone Tote. This image courtesy of Caron Yarns.

2-Tone Tote. This image courtesy of Caron Yarns.

The 2-Tone Tote by Mary E. Nolfi for Caron Yarns includes detailed instructions for assembly and lining with felt.

Fun in the Sun Beach Bag. This image courtesy of elkstudiohandcraftedcrochetdesigns.com.

Fun in the Sun Beach Bag. This image courtesy of elkstudiohandcraftedcrochetdesigns.com.

The Fun in the Sun Beach Bag by Kathy Lashley features lively stripes to brighten up a trip to the beach.

Genius Crochet Bag. This image courtesy of crochetchiq.blogspot.com.

Genius Crochet Bag. This image courtesy of crochetchiq.blogspot.com.

Mary Kathryn Vaughn’s Genius Crochet Bag is a perfect project for carrying your books or magazines to and from home.

Amazing Grace Crochet Tote. This image courtesy of beatriceryandesigns.com.

Amazing Grace Crochet Tote. This image courtesy of beatriceryandesigns.com.

The Amazing Grace Crochet Tote pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs includes helpful assembly photos and detailed instructions for attaching the handles.

Autumn Day Tote. This image courtesy of bhookedcrochet.com.

Autumn Day Tote. This image courtesy of bhookedcrochet.com.

The Autumn Day Tote by b.hooked Crochet is made up of granny squares. The pattern includes video tutorials and a stitch symbol chart.

Work Satchel Crochet Bag Pattern. This image courtesy of oombawkadesigncrochet.com.

Work Satchel Crochet Bag Pattern. This image courtesy of oombawkadesigncrochet.com.

The Work Satchel Crochet Bag by Rhondda Mol includes helpful photos to guide in assembly and tips for reinforcing the bottom of the bag.

Crochet Nautical Tote. This image courtesy of thestitchinmommy.com.

Crochet Nautical Tote. This image courtesy of thestitchinmommy.com.

Are you looking for the the perfect beach bag? Try out Amy Ramnarine’s Crochet Nautical Tote with braided handles.

Cute Kittens Crochet Tote. This image courtesy of poshpoochdesigns.com.

Cute Kittens Crochet Tote. This image courtesy of poshpoochdesigns.com.

Sara Sach’s Cute Kittens Crochet Tote combines stitches to create what looks like small cat faces.  This project is perfect for your favorite “crazy cat lady,” like me!

Clutches and Purses

No one wants to carry heavy bags in the summer. These 14 clutches and purses are great for carrying just the essentials.

Gotta Go Crochet Clutch. This image courtesy of pattern-paradise.com.

Gotta Go Crochet Clutch. This image courtesy of pattern-paradise.com.

The Gotta Go Crochet Clutch by Maria Bittner is a great clutch for carrying your essentials. It would also make a great case for your crochet kit!

Quirky Crochet Handbag. This image courtesy of crochetdynamite.com.

Quirky Crochet Handbag. This image courtesy of crochetdynamite.com.

The Quirky Crochet Handbag byJaime Maraia takes the classic handbag for a spin! The pattern includes a photo tutorial for making and attaching an interfacing lining and attaching the handles.

Mommy and Me Crochet Purse. This image courtesy of mnecrafts.com.

Mommy and Me Crochet Purse. This image courtesy of mnecrafts.com.

The Mommy and Me Crochet Purse Set by Amanda Evanson is a matching set of purses in child and adult sizes. These are closed with Velcro, making it easy for little hands to open and close.

Summer Hobo Bag. This image courtesy of knotyournanascrochet.blogspot.com.

Summer Hobo Bag. This image courtesy of knotyournanascrochet.blogspot.com.

The Summer Hobo Bag by Teri Heathcote features a sturdy bamboo handle. The pattern includes a photo tutorial for inserting a fabric lining.

Floral Purse. This image courtesy of meladorascreations-com.webs.com.

Floral Purse. This image courtesy of meladorascreations-com.webs.com.

This pattern for this lovely Floral Purse by Meladora’s Creations includes right- and left-handed video tutorials, and a photo tutorial.

Crochet Envelope Purse. This image courtesy of Kreinik.

Crochet Envelope Purse. This image courtesy of Kreinik.

The Crochet Envelope Purse is a beginner-friendly pattern by Chris Adams for Kreinik crocheted with ribbon for a sturdy shape.

Cable Purse. This image courtesy of Caron Yarns.

Cable Purse. This image courtesy of Caron Yarns.

If you like cables, you’ll love the Cable Purse by Deb Richey for Caron Yarn!

Tunisian Crochet Crescent Bag. This image courtesy of crochetkim.com.

Tunisian Crochet Crescent Bag. This image courtesy of crochetkim.com.

This stunning purse, the Tunisian Crochet Crescent Bag, by Kim Guzman is felted (fulled) after crocheting to give it added strength.

Sunset Waves Crochet Purse. This image courtesy of thecrochetlounge.com.

Sunset Waves Crochet Purse. This image courtesy of thecrochetlounge.com.

The Sunset Waves Crochet Purse by “e” Lee is a delightful one-skein project. Choose a self-striping yarn like the one in the sample to mimic the appearance of stripes without any ends to weave in!

Summer Crochet Clutch. This image courtesy of tangledhappy.com/.

Summer Crochet Clutch. This image courtesy of tangledhappy.com/.

The Summer Crochet Clutch by Sara Freisberg is an Anthropologie-inspired, textured clutch. Personalize it by choosing your favorite color for edging.

Crochet Shoulder Bag Tutorial. This image courtesy of rebeckahstreasures.com.

Crochet Shoulder Bag Tutorial. This image courtesy of rebeckahstreasures.com.

Rebeckah Ferger’s Crochet Shoulder Bag Tutorial is a template for a tapestry crochet bag along with helpful hints for designing your motifs or images. Tapestry crochet is suitable for even beginner crocheters.

Snow Queen Ruffled Bag. This image courtesy of crochetaddictuk.com.

Snow Queen Ruffled Bag. This image courtesy of crochetaddictuk.com.

The Snow Queen Crochet Ruffled Bag by Sue from Crochet Addict would look great in white or with vibrant colors on the ruffles.

Sea Glass Crochet Bag. This image courtesy of chocolatemintsinajar.com.

Sea Glass Crochet Bag. This image courtesy of chocolatemintsinajar.com.

The Sea Glass Crochet Bag by Chocolate Mints in a Jar is made up of granny squares. The pattern includes a construction diagram.

Colorful Crochet Clutch. This image courtesy of mooglyblog.com.

Colorful Crochet Clutch. This image courtesy of mooglyblog.com.

The Colorful Crochet Clutch by Tamara Kelly is a great statement piece. The pattern also includes a photo tutorial for adding a zipper and links to a video tutorial for the special stitch.

If you like crocheting with cotton thread, check out my free crochet pattern for the Diagonal Bobbles Clutch!

Diagonal Bobbles Clutch Marie Segares

I hope you enjoyed this roundup and that it inspired you to get your hooks ready for summer!

Link Love: Easy Shawl Patterns

Calling this season “summer” would not suffice. Monsoon season is a lot more accurate. After the intense downpour this morning, the wet mornings, and wet nights for the past two months, I’m ready for some sun. But in the meantime, sweatshirts, coats, and homemade shawls are a must for those summer nights. It’s cool enough out that you need something to keep warm, but then again, it’s warm enough that you don’t want to pull out the fleece. Shawls are the perfect solution. They can be light-weight enough that you won’t feel suffocated; at the same time, they are warm enough to protect you from a cool breeze. Knit and crochet shawl patterns are a warm and fashionable way to achieve both warmth and lightness.

 Link Love: Easy Shawl Patterns

 

Shawls

 

These easy shawl patterns are some great ways to get creative with your shawl. Whether you like to crochet or to knit, there is no competition as to which is better for these free crochet and free knitting patterns. Now, don’t you start thinking that you are “too-young” for a shawl or you “can’t use them anywhere else.” This is where you are very deceived! Instead of using a thick yarn, you can use a thinner yarn to make a lace-looking pattern and you can wear it out to a nice dinner or event to cover your shoulders. Use a wool yarn to make a thick, giant shawl for cozy winter evenings or as a holiday gift.

 

Free Crochet Shawl Patterns

A Crochet Shawl

Simple One Skein Wrap

Downton Abbey Shawl

Goddess Shawl

Summer Wrap

Breezy Shawl

Elegant Crochet Flower Shawl

Free Knit Shawl Patterns

Chunky Long Wrap

Knotted Lace Triangle Shawl

Circular Lace Shawl

Soft Shoulder Shawl

Stella Luna Lace Shawl

Silky Alpaca Lace Wrap

Easy Lace Shawl

 What else do you use shawls for?