“Cowl” us Crazy! 12 Knit and Crochet Patterns

Just “cowl” us crazy! It’s that time to start making your winter accessories. It’s never too early to start because you want to be prepared for the cold winter weather with all the cozy accessories to keep you warm. One of our favorite cold weather accessories is a warm cowl. Whether you knit or crochet (or both!), these are the latest free patterns you have to see.

“Cowl” us Crazy! 12 Knit and Crochet Patterns

Browse this collection of cowl patterns, and you might discover a new favorite crochet cowl pattern or knitting pattern. Long story short, after you make yourself one of these beautiful patterns, you’ll be wanting to make some more! Stitch up any of these patterns as the perfect DIY gifts for the holidays. They’re so much more special and unique than what you can buy in stores and everyone can always use a new cowl.

In the fall, pair these cowls with your favorite top or light sweater to fight off the chill. Then, when winter comes along, pair them with your most cozy sweater and stay warm all season long. Create one of these knit or easy crochet patterns in the color of the season: marsala. Whether it’s a rich plum or deep burgundy hue, it’s sure to make a statement!


“Cowl” us Crazy! 12 Knit and Crochet Patterns


Woodland Nightfall Knit SnoodFree Knitting Patterns

Winter Seeds Cowl

Woodland Nightfall Knit Snood

Lilac Dream Knit Cowl

Sparkle Lacy Knit Cowl


Back to Scotland Crochet CowlFree Crochet Patterns

Kiss Me At Midnight Cowl

Back to Scotland Crochet Cowl

Diamond Crochet Cowl

All Grown Up Crochet Cowl


Plum Easy Crochet CowlOne Skein Wonders

Purple Passion Knit Cowl Pattern

Crooked Creek Cowl

Plum Easy Crochet Cowl

Chunky Crochet Cowl


What color yarn will you use to make your cowl?



Best DIY Hair Accessories

DIY HairLadies, like makeup, we accumulate a ton of hair stuff. Blow dryers, curling irons (of different sizes and shapes because there is a difference between a wand and an iron), hair creme, hair mousse, anti-friz, heat protector, hair spray, bobby pins…and more bobby pins. That doesn’t even cover the hair accessories! I used to rock a pixie cut. In order to “dress it up,” I would put flower barrettes or sparkly clips in my hair. It was super adorable, a lot of times they were difficult to find without going into the kids’ section at the store. Kids get to have all the fun, right? Wrong! Why should you let retail dictate what you get to wear? You should be making your own clips. And you should also be making these easy hair accessories for you and your child. They will save you money and you can cater to your taste.

Personally, I’ve always adored cute headbands. I have very thick, wavy hair that gets unruly pretty quick. These headbands are the best in the business because you get to make them yourself! My favorite is the upcycled scarf because I have so many scarves that I would hate to get rid of, but can’t wear anymore. In the list below, there is a mixture of both kid and adult craft tutorials. I encourage you to check out both kinds because you never know when inspiration will strike! You can adapt each to your own style and preference.


Featured Hair Pieces


Frozen Elsa HatOkay, so this isn’t quite a hair accessory, it’s a straight up hat, but it is too cute to pass. This Frozen Elsa hat will be a great gift to make for your child who adores the Disney movie. She will love the soft yarn and the long braid that would go perfectly with an Elsa costume. Check out these other Frozen inspired costumes for more cool fun!








Crochet Hair Band

I am constantly on the go. That’s why I love this easy braided headband. It pulls back all the fly-away-hairs and it is adjustable as it gets stretched. These are a 10-minute craft, so you can make one of these DIY headbands in every color.







Beach Pebble BarretteAnd then there’s some days where you want to put your hair up, but, you know, society dictates you look put-together at work (who makes these rules), and you want to go half-up, half-down. This barrette craft is a great homemade hair accessory for when you are looking for a statement piece without too much effort.




Check Out More Best DIY Hair Accessories

Frozen Elsa Hat Crochet Pattern

Back to School Hair Bows

Beaded Victorian Hair Comb

Marbled Silk Hair Bands

Frozen DIY Hair Accessories

Frozen Inspired Headband

Sparkly Hair Clips

Frozen Elsa Crown

10-Minute Crochet Headband Pattern

Scrap Fabric Rosette Barrette

Beach Pebble Barrette

Floral DIY Hair Accessories

Scrap Fabric Rosette

Upcycled Scarf Headband

How to Make Hair Accessories

Colorful Braided Headband

What is your favorite hair accessory?

21 Ways to Crochet, Knit or Sew a Bag

I have a confession to make: I simply love bags. Big totes, small pouches – I don’t care how big it is. If a bag catches me eye, I simply HAVE to have it. While it’s fun to go shopping and check out the latest style, it’s not so fun to watch my bank account dwindle. I’ve realized that I must seek out the best possible DIY projects to recreate my favorite bag patterns.

When you learn how to knit, crochet and sew your own bag, you have the world at your fingertips. Who needs fancy designers when you can bring your own homemade bag to life? My favorite way to make a statement is by upcycling old items like jeans and turning them into memorable handmade bags. Get inspired and get to work – you may never spend money on a handbag ever again!


Free Crochet Purse Patterns

Crochet Tote Bag – Super simple but so much fun to make.

Extra Large Bellagio Tote – Carry all of your essentials plus a few extras.

Beginner Tote Bag – If you’re new to crochet (or just don’t feel like working too hard), try this free crochet pattern.

Mini Knitting Tote – It’s teeny, it’s tiny and it’s PERFECT.

Smiling Sunflower Bag – Rain or shine, this bag will always make you happy. Little kids will also love this pattern (it’s perfect for traveling).

Felt Flower Mini Tote – It’s small but mighty! Who wouldn’t feel glamorous with this purse on their arm?

Little Red Crochet Bag – Get fired up! How cute is this free crochet pattern?

Striped Tote Bag – A bag that’s anything but basic, you’ll want to take this with you everywhere.


Knitted Purse Patterns

BeeBopper Knitted Tote Bag – The bold colors and wide strap make this pattern a unique delight.

Uptown Tote Bag – No matter where you’re headed, you’ll be glad you made this practical bag.

Shetland Cable Knit Bag – Who wouldn’t fall in love with knitted bag patterns like this?

Thrifty Market Bag – Take your bag to the farmer’s market or carry it when you travel. Either way, you’ll be able to fit all of your essentials!





Free Bag Sewing Patterns

Funky Jeans Bag – What do you do when your old jeans don’t fit anymore? Don’t get depressed – make a purse instead (and buy new jeans, of course).

6 Old Jeans Purse Patterns – Once you make the bag above, you’ll want to upcycle all of your old pairs of jeans and make more sewn bags.

Sew Easy Skirt Tote – Save a skirt, make a bag! This fashionable project will help you cut closet clutter.

Upcycled Denim Tote Bag – Go green and save your denim from the trash can. You’ll love the look of this fashionable sewn bag pattern.





How to Make a Purse: 20 Patterns for Sewing Totes, Bags and More – Once you start making your own purses, you might not be able to stop! Luckily, there are a ton of fun and exciting bag patterns in this free eBook. Purses can get super expensive, especially if you plan to buy a fancy handbag. Stay away from that department store and step away from the computer – this free eBook will help you save money and look like a million bucks. Whether you want to make a fancy clutch or a large crossbody bag, we’ve got you covered. Download a copy today.



What is one item you have in your bag right this second?




23 Far Out Tie Dye Patterns

Far-Out-Tie-Dye-PatternsGrab your fortunate son and teach him the ancient, sacred art of tie dying. Okay… maybe it’s not that sacred, but tie dying has been around a lot longer than back when you were California dreamin’. Chill out if you don’t know how to dye a shirt. These tutorials will teach you how to just let it be and start out simple. For what it’s worth, a few Sweet Summer Shirts may be just what you need to get warmed up before you’re ready to tackle more complex patterns. Imagine your kids living in harmony and helping each other make these cool tie dye shirts.

Whether you’re living in San Francisco with flowers in your hair or just dreaming of more peaceful times, making your own tie dye T-shirt can be a fun project to fill some free time. Everybody’s talkin’ about bold colors, so go with the flow and add some wearable art to your closet. It’s okay if you’re not an Aquarius. You can still let the sunshine in with these far out tie dye patterns.


How to Tie Dye

Sweet Summer ShirtsThere’s a first time for everything, and tie dying is no exception. Here are a few easier tutorials to help get yourself warmed up and feeling groovy. With a few of these cool T-shirts, you will be feeling like a free spirit for the rest of the year. Get ready to ride the storm and take on a Tie-Dye Hurricane Swirl. The possibilities are endless with a blank shirt as your canvas and fabric dye as your paints. Make a few shirts for yourself and another kind woman.


Cool Tie Dye Designs

Purple Lightning Tie DyeThe times they are a-changin’ and you’re getting better at your beginner tie dye techniques. It’s time to move on to something a little more challenging. Try adding a little Purple Lightning Tie-Dye to your skills, or create a Starfire Explosion Bullseye Tee to show your adventurous side.


Tie Dye Techniques for Kids

Desert Sunset Tie Dye T-ShirtKids love letting their creativity loose with tie dye shirt designs. These techniques were designed especially for kids to create and wear for their very first revolution (or just for a bit of summertime fun). Your daughter or son would look adorable in a Desert Sunset Paradise T Shirt, so help get it started and watch your children’s imagination soar.


Sunburst Blossom Pillow




Discover these and more fun tie dye patterns in this collection of 94 Tie Dye Techniques and Patterns. Your inner peace frog won’t be calmed until you try at least one!




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Flip, Meet Flop: DIY Decorative Sandals

Flip-Meet-FlopEverybody knows that good things come in pairs. One earbud isn’t the same as two earbuds, cookies don’t taste as yummy without milk, and if you’re missing a contact lens, you know you’re out of luck. Similarly, every flip needs its flop! Bring your two favorite summer accessories together and make the most out of them. Decorating flip flops transforms boring sandals into cute or glamorous footwear. All it takes is a crafty touch. Don’t let your flip flops run naked this summer, (leave that to the baby running through the sprinkler) and give them some fashionable flair.

Decorating Flip Flops with Summertime Simplicity

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Fab Summer Flip Flops – These cute sandals are a real treat for your poor toes that have been crammed into socks all year.

The Knot So Hard Flip Flop DIY – If you’re not liking what you see in the stores, make your own easy footwear with this tutorial.

Microspun Crochet Fantabulous Flip Flops – There’s no need to throw out your old flip flops.

Yellow Flip Flops – Dress up any pair of flip flops with some cute summertime bling and let the sunshine in.

Rainbow Flip Flops – Decorating your flip flops has never been this colorful or this fun.

Glamtastic DIY Flip Flops

Dazzling Daisy Flip Flops   Knitted Flowery Flip Flops   Finished Feather Slippers

Denim & Lace Flip Flops – Denim and lace look just as cool on your feet as they look on the rest of your body. Your flip flops will be dressed as sharply as you will. Dazzling Daisy Flip Flops – These kid-friendly flip flops are easy to make and fun to wear. (They’re also easy to wear and fun to make.) Flippy Floppy Feathery Slippers – Even though these flip-flops-turned-slippers are more for indoor wear than outdoor wear, they are still plenty of fun and look great on your feet. Feel free to personalize them however you choose, in order to fully pamper your feet. Crocodile Flip Flops –  Don’t worry, these flip flops don’t bite, but they do look great on your feet. Adding some crochet designs is just the extra love that your flip flops need. Flowery Flip Flops – Make sure your sandals stand out and add a few glamorous flowers to the top. Summer flair has never looked this sweet.

How to Decorate Flip Flops for the Home

   Flip Flop Beach Plaque   Crocheted Glass Flip Flops

Flip Flop Wreath – When summer knocks, welcome her in with this cute decoration.

Summer Flip Flop Wreath – The sun is out, the temperature is rising, and everybody knows that the official symbol of summertime joy is the flip flop. Make this wreath to ring in the new season. You’ll be in the summer spirit when you realize how simple and adorable this decoration looks.

Crocheted Glass Flip Flops – These are just what you need to throw a fabulous summer party. Invite your friends over for a night of cocktails, without the water rings.

Beach Plaque – This project lets you bring out the paints as well as the flip flops.

What accessory gets you in the mood for summer?


More Tees, Pretty Please! DIY T Shirts for the Family

More Tees Please! DIY T Shirts for the Family

Get ready for summer fun by stocking your drawers with a seasonal essential: t shirts! T shirts are lightweight, so they will keep you cool during outdoor activities. Plus, any color or design looks great with a pair of jeans. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a graphic tee that reflects your personality. Instead, you can jazz up a plain tee for your toddler, teen, spouse, or yourself. Check out these fun DIY t shirts and take the indecision out of packing for your summer getaway.

T Shirt Patterns for Kids

Painted Tee Shirt Dress   I Heart Tie Dye Tee   Bass Boy Tee

Painted Tee Shirt Dress –The best part about this easy sewing craft is that your little girl can decorate it however she wants.

I Heart Tie Dye Tee –Spend some quality time with your little princess and make this pink tie dye tee together.

Bass Boy Tee – You don’t have to empty your wallet to make sure your little rock star is ready for the concert! This playful tee shirt design includes a guitar.


DIY T Shirts for Teens

Dashing Doodle Tee Shirt   Houndstooth Tees   Romantic Twilight Tees

Dashing Doodle Tee Shirt – This tee shirt is a unique way to spread the love, whether it’s at a graduation party, birthday celebration, or holiday. Ask your friends and loved ones to write messages and draw pictures on this tee shirt and send it off with your high school grad when she goes to college.

Houndstooth Tees – For an edgy tee shirt design, look no further than this project. Great for girls and guys, this tee shirt craft features a red gradient.

Romantic Twilight Tees – This set of tee shirt designs will please any vampire fan in your family. Featuring clever sayings like “Love Bites,” these DIY tee shirts also have eye-catching graphics.


T Shirt Ideas for Him

Impatient Plaid Tee   Captain America Tie Dye Tee   Home Team Custom Tees

Impatient Plaid Tee – From a distance, this DIY t shirt almost looks like the real deal, but it’s actually a tie dye tee that’s perfect for lounging by the pool.

Captain America Tie Dye Tee – Those Marvel movies aren’t going away any time soon! Learn how to tie dye a shirt that looks like Cap’s patriotic shield. Your hero will love it.

Home Team Custom Tees – Check out this video tutorial to find out how to make a tee shirt that represents your guy’s favorite sports team. A handmade tee shirt makes a great birthday gift or Father’s Day present.


T Shirt Craft Ideas for You

Striped Crochet Tee   Dog Lady Graphic Tee   Pretty Petal Tee Shirt

Striped Crochet Tee – Designed with intermediate crocheters in mind, this shirt crochet pattern calls for lightweight yarn. The spunky stripes evoke the nautical trend that is so popular every summer.

Dog Lady Graphic Tee – Dare to be bold in this cute shirt. With the help of a printable stencil, this DIY tee shirt craft is easier than it looks.

Pretty Petal Tee Shirt – Feminine and floral, this gorgeous tee shirt pattern will liven up your summer wardrobe.


What do you like to make with your old t shirts?





Use Clip-On Earrings to Update Any Outfit In 5 Minutes

This post is brought to you by Brianna Balesso.

Clip-on earrings have so many uses. Okay, I know what you’re thinking- “Really, clip-on earrings?” Yes! Clip-on earrings are making a huge comeback and best of all, you can make a pair yourself without ever leaving home!


If you’re ready to start creating your own fabulous accessories but don’t have any clip-on earrings, don’t worry! I usually get an old pair from my grandmother or mom, but have also found some great hidden vintage treasures at garage sales and thrift stores.  If buying used isn’t your thing, the website Emitations offers affordable clip-on earrings in current and trendy styles.

To make your own trendy clip-ons, you’ll need:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • An old pair of clip-on earrings

Using pliers, simply bend the clip to make it as flush as possible to the earring back.  If the clip is not flush with the back, you may experience some uncomfortable rubbing.

Add your new clip-ons to:

  • Heels / Wedges
  • Scarves
  • Shirt collars
  • Waist belts
  • Clutch / Purse


What clothing items would you decorate with sparkly clip-ons?


Brianna is a recent college graduate working on expanding her portfolio.  While studying to obtain her undergraduate degree, she became an avid crafter and DIY-er in order to stretch her budget as far as it could go.

94 Grown Up Tie Dye Patterns + Giveaway!

Tie dye may appear to be a summer craft, but there are tons of clever ways to use tie dye the whole year through!  From bright school spirit shirts to lovely home decor, these Tie Dye Techniques and Patterns are all grown up, great for giving your wardrobe and your home a classy and colorful makeover!

Tee Shirt Tie Dye Patterns

capt-america-tie-dye-teeTee shirts are perhaps the most popular fabric of choice when it comes to tie dyeing.  Great for kids and adults like, these tie dye tee shirt patterns can be worn any time of year!  This Captain America Tee, for example, is not only great for Halloween, but it makes an awesome gift for Father’s Day or dad’s birthday!  These easy tee shirt tie dye patterns are great for the whole family, and tie dyeing is a great way to spend some quality time together as a whole family!

Tie Dye Projects for the Home

web13_012_2Bring color to your home with these fun tie dye home decor patterns.  From pillows to luminaries, pillows to curtains, these tie dye home decor projects are sure to liven up any room in your home.  This Quote Art Canvas is a great die dye project for young adults and older adults alike.  Customize this canvas to say anything you’d like.  These canvas prints also make great gift ideas for teenagers come Christmas time or birthday celebrations.

Apron Tie Dye Patterns

StylishSpringApronGreat for grilling, cooking, cleaning, or crafting, these apron tie dye patterns are sure to keep you nice and clean in style! Use your favorite tie dye techniques to create a fun-looking apron that’s unlike anything else.  This Stylish Spring Apron makes a wonderful hostess gift and is perfect for keeping your clothes nice and clean no matter what you’re doing.

There’s plenty more where these came from!  Check out our full collection of 94 Tie Dye Techniques and Patterns for a never-ending list of tie dye projects!



Enter to win Tie Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It, a great book filled with “grown-up” tie dye patterns.  From elegant shawls to colorful scarves, these patterns use kid-friendly techniques to create beautiful and stunning designs.  We’re giving away one copy of this awesome book, and the deadline to enter is October 11th, so head on over to the giveaway page today and register to win!


Head Back To School With Style: How to Make a Felt Headband


This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

Triangles are showing up just about everywhere so I figured, why not hair accessories too! I created a signature felt triangle headband and I have to share with you how I created it. It’s super easy and takes just  a few minutes to make.

Here’s what you need:

  • Photo of headband and pieces
  • Felt
  • Plastic headband
  • Sewing machine or embroidery thread and needle
  • Hot glue gun

First, start by hand-cutting your triangle shapes. I didn’t measure or anything. After I got a good triangle that I liked, I use it as my template for the others. You’ll need 6 total.

Next, you want to add a very small amount of hot glue to the center of the triangles and create sandwiches. This just holds it together while you stitch. You can either complete he next step using a machine or use embroidery floss to hand stitch. I love the look of both. Sewing by machine is just faster for me. The embroidery floss gives it a much more handmade feel.

Then, you want to stack your pieces, overlapping  them slightly and gluing it together. Let it cool and then attach it to the headband with a small strip of felt.

Create Simple Felt Hair Bows For A Mini Fashionista


This project is brought to you by Latrice Murphy for Any Occasion.

Today I’m  making something any little girl would love – mini felt bow hair clips!


  • Felt
  • Die or a cutting template to cut by hand
  • Die cutting machine
  • E6000 glue
  • Silver clips
  • Buttons


First off, you want to start off with your felt and die. You’ll need to trim your felt down to fit in whatever machine your cutting on. No need to do that if you’re using a template and hand cutting. Run it through using the correct plate sandwich for thin dies.

Next up gather your other materials and get ready to assemble.

Using the tiniest drops of glue, fold your bow into its shape. Tacking it in the center and then adding the tail and wrapping the center.

Lastly add your button to the center and add the bow to your clip. I always sandwich the clip with a small rectangle piece of felt to hold it tight.