FaveCrafts News: New Best Blogger Craft 2016 free eBook

Best Blogger Crafts 2016 free eBook

Weeks ago we announced the winners to our Best Blogger Contest 2016! These fabulous projects not only won the honor of being the Best Craft of 2016, but cash prizes too! Those lucky and talented bloggers, however, are not the only ones to submit crafts to this thrilling contest. We received over 60 entries to this contest. Want to see them? Lucky for you, we have compiled them into one gorgeous, printable free eBook. With step-by-step instructions and vibrant photos for each project, these ideas will keep you crafting for months to come.

All of the bloggers featured in this eBook are expert crafters that you can trust to show you how to make professional-level crafts that will change the way you craft.

All of the crafts and tutorials featured in this eBook were made from materials from some of our favorite crafting companies. Check out projects that feature top of the line projects from Beadalon, Create and Craft, Design Master, Testors, Plaid Enterprises, Fairfield World, FloraCraft, Leisure Arts, Premier Yarns, Sakura, Simplicity Creative Group, Sizzix, and Therm O  Web.

Check out some of the gorgeous free craft projects featured in our brand new eBook:

Brilliant Nightstand Makeover  Decoupaged Flower Pot Crafts  Tinted Crochet Pillow
This free eBook includes:

  • Home Décor Crafts
  • Homemade Wall Art
  • Paper Crafting Ideas
  • Handmade Cards
  • Sewing Patterns and Ideas
  • Quilting Patterns
  • and plenty more craft project ideas!

Head on over to FaveCrafts to download this brand new eBook and get crafting!

Plus, check out our blog post over on CraftPaperScissors.com about 5 Things that Happened at the #BlogNetworkingEvent2016.

More free eBooks to love:

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Rosemont’s International Quilt Festival: Trends & Hot Topics

Last week AllFreeSewing and FaveQuilts were able to make it to the International Quilt Festival in Rosemont, Illinois. To put it in a word, we were ecstatic. As one would imagine, we’re pretty happy when it comes to seeing what can be pieced together with a needle and thread. Browsing through the amazing finished quilts and cutting edge products had us absolutely giddy.

Janome

Paddycakes

Quilt Display Products

But to keep all of our discoveries and newfound treasures to ourselves would be selfish, so after a few days of calming ourselves down from the madness, we’re here to report the top trends from the International Quilt Festival.

Top Trends from the International Quilt Festival

3D – This is an age of innovation in the world of free motion and hexie quilts. No longer are we confined to keeping things flat with fabric. Ladies and gentleman, it’s time to go big, bold, and home with dimensionality in your quilting projects & products.

 

Handy Caddy

International Quilt Festival Display
Color! Now you might be thinking, “Duh, AllFreeSewing and FaveQuilts, color is always at a quilt festival,” but we’re here to tell you that it was like a color explosion in Rosemont. Brights prominently made their way into every kind of quilt and fabric available at the show.

Fabric Display at International Quilt Festival
Novelty Fabrics – Along with wild colors were uninhibited prints on tons of fabrics we saw available. Movie characters, animals, and even popular Pins made their way to the show this year.

International Quilt Festival Fabric

Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Embroidery – Designs and long-arm machines made our mouths water at the International Quilt Festival. We were particularly excited to see a lot of fabrics that made use of sparkly thread as a detail, similar to inlay thread.

BERNINA         Linda Z's Sewing Center

Needless to say, we’ll be returning next year. Watch out, 2015! Here we come!

International Quilt Festival

 

Have you ever been to a quilt festival?

 

Get Inspired with the June Jamboree from Spellbinders!

This just in: Spellbinders® Paper Arts has announced a brand new expansion to their Die D-Lites and In’spire Product Lines! The expanded line features 19 new Die D-Lites and 8 new In’spire die templates. In order to showcase these new products with a bit of a bang, Spellbinders is hosting the June Jamboree on their blog. Find fabulous paper craft projects featuring the new products every day for ten days in June!

June Jamboree

Spellbinders

Today is Day 8 of the June Jamboree, and designer Lesley Langdon  shares a stunning tri-fold card. The card features the new Dandylion and Celebration Two In’spire die templates, and the finished project is beautiful. Be sure to visit the Spellbinders blog for the full tutorial!

June Jamboree Day 8

A personal favorite is the Day 7 post from Spellblogger Darsie Bruno. This step card  format really lends to the garden’s look, and the fairies are made all the more whimsical with glitter! Included are the new Fairy Ariana, Flower Box, and Wrought Iron die templates.

June Jamboree Day 7

On Day 6, Linda Lucas shows us how to create this beautiful birdhouse with a helpful video tutorial. This project features the Gate Element die template. Find the video here.

June Jamboree Day 6

On Day 5, Beck Beattie uses the new Row Houses die template to create this charming scrapbook layout. The different colors for the windows in each house are an adorable touch!

June Jamboree Day 5

Day 4’s June Jamboree post is brought to you by Tina McDonald, and her lovely friends handmade card features the Fancy Label Tags One die template.

June Jamboree Day 4

I love trees as a central motif for pretty much any project, and this craft from Day 3 of the June Jamboree features the new Delightful Tree die template. Designer Teresa Horner does such a great job with this project!

June Jamboree Day 4

Show someone that “You make me happy when skies are grey” with the Day 2 project from Marielle LeBlanc. This lovely scrapbook layout features the new Wellies and Umbrella Trio die templates.

June Jamboree Day 2

Finally, the Day 1 paper project which kicked off the June Jamboree features the beautiful Bird Scroll die. Designer Linda Lucas does such a great job with the design of this card!

June Jamboree Day 1

Be sure to visit the Spellbinders blog to see the remaining June Jamboree projects and products!

 

 

How often do you use die cutting templates in your projects? Always, sometimes, never?

 

 

 

 

You Don’t Say! Interesting Survey Results from Our Readers

At AllFreeSewing, we genuinely want to know how to best serve our readers. If you subscribe to our newsletter, Sewing It Up, you may have noticed an opportunity to participate in a survey. We really wanted to know what you liked, didn’t like, and wanted when it came to Sewing It Up. After all, we love making the content, and want you to love reading it!

Take a gander at some interesting responses that we received from you!

Sewing ClothesOur readers sew the most for…

Themselves! We were extremely interested to find that 69% of our readers sew for adults, and given the demographic information that we gathered alongside this, that means themselves! Most exciting. How will AllFreeSewing respond? With more adult patterns and tutorials, of course! It can feel silly to splurge at the store on yourself, but when you actually sew clothing for your closet you can spend some of your creative energy simultaneously.

The second largest age group that our readers sew for is 0-3 year-olds. Deep in our laboratory (at our desks), the editors hypothesized that readers are attracted to sewing for babies and toddlers because of the size of the project and often the skill level. Because of the size, these projects usually take much less time than an adult pattern and obviously they use less fabric.

Bags and PursesOur readers want more…

Bags & purses! Yes, when asked what they’d like to see more of, 49% of our readership responded with bags & purses, and we’re hardly surprised. Top ranking collections on AllFreeSewing include 12 Beautiful Tote Purse Patterns, 27 Patterns to Sew Purses + 6 New Coin Purses, and Sewing Bags: Tutorials You’ll Love & 15 Free Purse Sewing Patterns.

But, editors at AllFreeSewing, that can’t be all your readers want… you’re absolutely right. We learned that apart from the always popular bags & purses, our readers would really appreciate:

 

Patterns for men!          Plus-Sized Patterns!          Tips & Tricks!

 Sewing for Men            Quick Tips: How to Alter A Pattern for...          How to Sew: Sewing Techniques and Easy Projects to Sew for Beginners

Trust us, these patterns are on our radar. We’ve initiated some call-outs for all of these patterns, but we need your help! Menswear and plus-sized tutorials are scarce in the sewing community, so if you know of or have any of these get in touch with us! We’d love to work with you to let these kinds of ideas reach our readership.

Lastly, probably the most important question we asked our readers was if they’d prefer a lifetime supply of chocolate or fabric. 81.04% of readers said fabric, 2.90% of readers said chocolate, and 16.06% couldn’t decide.

Lifetime Suppy ResultsWhat a survey. What results! What shocking information! We appreciate all of our readers and want to extend a big thank you to those that participated in our survey. We still would like to know however,

if you didn’t answer the lifetime supply question…what would you choose? Chocolate or fabric?

 

Spellbinders President Earns Two Awards for Acheivements in Business

Pull out your papercraft supplies and make a congratulations card for the founder and president of Spellbinders Paper Arts, Stacey Caron. This week, Caron received two prestigious awards at the 10th Annual Stevie Award for Women in Business in New York. The trophies – a Silver Stevie Award in for Female Entrepreneur of the Year and a Bronze Stevie for Innovator of the Year – represent a long history of industry dominance for both Spellbinders and Caron.

Stevie Awards are given to female entrepreneurs, business owners and executives. Anyone is eligible to submit a nomination and this year, Stevie Awards organizers received 1,200 entries from over 18 countries.

This is not the first prestigious award Caron has earned during her prestigious career in Spellbinders. This year she was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and received an Enterprising Women Award in 2012.

FaveCrafts has partnered with Spellbinders for a variety of giveaways, eBooks and craft tutorials. Check out some of our favorites below and get inspired!

Spellbinders Products Featured on FaveCrafts:

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Subscribe and Register to AllFreeSewing: Why and How

Sewing It UpAllFreeSewing is pleased to have thousands of visitors. Whether they’re from Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or just happen upon our site from the World Wide Web, we are happy to welcome every single visitor to our sewing community. However, while tons of sewing enthusiasts make their way to AllFreeSewing, many don’t know about the AllFreeSewing newsletter, Sewing It Up, or that they can register and join our sewing community (all entirely free).

When you sign up for Sewing It Up a crafty publication arrives in your inbox like an e-mail from a friend. And what can you expect when you open an issue of Sewing It Up?

Sewing patterns. Lots and lots of free sewing patterns.

Themed and organized, Sewing It Up lessens the hassle of sifting through a sometimes overwhelming number of projects. You’ll receive a carefully collected roundup of free sewing patterns from an AllFreeSewing editor, plus more. Get the skinny on AllFreeSewing giveaways, eBooks and deals before anyone else does on social media.

Did you also realize you could register with AllFreeSewing? This is different from subscribing to our newsletter, Sewing It Up. Registering with AllFreeSewing means creating your own personal account on our website. This means that whenever you visit www.AllFreeSewing.com, you can log in and do things like select and save your favorite patterns and comment on projects. Did you love that ruffled shirt? Would you make it in a different pattern? Let us know! By creating an account with AllFreeSewing you can easily return to your favorite patterns without searching for them all over again. Plus, you can connect with other users by commenting on our site.

So, how do you do all of this?

How to Subscribe to the AllFreeSewing Newsletter, Sewing It Up

We know it sounds scary, but subscribing to Sewing It Up isn’t tricky. Signing up is simple and free. Just go to our Newsletter Subscriber Page and fill in e-mail information. You can also click “Subscribe” at the bottom of any page at AllFreeSewing.com to get to this sign-up form.

Subscribe to Sewing It Up

You’ll be taken to this page. All you have to do is enter your e-mail address and click on the newsletter you’d like to receive. Ours is called, Sewing It Up.

Subscribe to Sewing It Up

You won’t be charged anything. Plus, you can decide if you want to subscribe to other newsletters with our sister sites such as AllFreeKnitting, FaveCrafts, and so many more! If you want to ever unsubscribe from Sewing It Up or our Special Offers, no problem and no charge! Find all of the information right here.

How Register With AllFreeSewing

It’s simple. First, go to www.allfreesewing.com. At the top of the page, you’ll see “Register Now.”

Register with AllFreeSewing

Click “Register Now.”

When you click “Register Now,” a box will pop up. Don’t be afraid; stick with us. It asks you to give basic information. Again, you will not be charged anything.

Register with AllFreeSewing

To sign in at a later time once you’ve created an account, you can do so easily by clicking on “Log In” at the top of the AllFreeSewing website and filling in your username and password:

Log In

When you want to find those patterns that you saved, you can easily do that right here:

My Sewing Patterns

Any questions? Find all of the answers you’re looking for on our FAQ page. If you’re still not satisfied, you can always contact us as well. Get our newsletters, save your favorite patterns, and post comments with our sewing community. We’d love to have you!

The Results are In for the Create and Celebrate Survey!

We’ve tallied up your responses to our latest survey, and the results are in! Those of you that subscribe to our Create and Celebrate newsletter can find all the preferences and trends of your fellow holiday crafters below.

A recent survey conducted by AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com revealed the popular interests and habits of holiday crafters like you! This quick survey was taken by a selection of subscribers to the free e-mail newsletter, Create and Celebrate. From these results, the editors of AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com have been able to establish a strong understanding of the craft goals and ambitions of readers like you.

An entire 98.6% of readers are women; 45.1% of which are age 60 and older. These readers prefer to craft for holidays and seasonal occasions. Out of every holiday and occasion, 93% prefer to crafts for Christmas, 63% for birthdays, and 62% for Easter. Out of each holiday and seasonal cause to craft, 90% of readers reported that they never craft for Kwanza, 87% also reported the never craft for Cinco de Mayo.

While some preferences differ according to holiday, the types of crafts created are pretty universal for readers. A total of 85.8% prefer to create decorations, 60% make wearable crafts, and 59.5% prefer to make handmade gifts and party favors. Predictably, the techniques of readers are stable throughout, 68.6% prefer sewing, 56.4% prefer crocheting, and 56.1% make crafts from recycled materials. On a related note, 36.4% of readers reported that they base what types of projects they make on what type of materials are required.

More Fun Stats:

-How much time do you prefer to spend on a single craft project?

1 evening – 20.7%
1-2 days – 54.2%
1 week or more – 25.1%

– What types of projects would you like to see in each issue of Create and Celebrate?

A collection of projects for a specific holiday – 12.4%
A mix of projects for all holidays in the next month or so – 42.0%
A collection of a specific type of craft project (i.e. 15 Crochet Patterns or 22 Mod Podge Crafts) – 16.6%
A collection of projects to fit your skill level or time constraints (i.e. 13 One-hour Projects or 33 Super Easy Crafts) – 29.0%

– How do you stay connected with AllFreeHolidayCrafts?

I subscribe to the Create and Celebrate newsletter from AllFreeHolidayCrafts – 83.8%
I’m a fan of AllFreeHolidayCrafts on Facebook – 15.4%
I’m following AllFreeHolidayCrafts on Pinterest – 12.6%
I follow AllFreeHolidayCrafts on Google+ – 11.4%

– What holiday best represents you?

Christmas – 73.4%
Halloween – 7.6%
Thanksgiving – 5.5%

If  you could live one holiday over and over, what would it be?

Results are In for the Crafty Christmas Ideas Survey!

The results are in! If you subscribe to our Craft Christmas Ideas newsletter then you may recall participating in a survey around May 19th.

Here at AllFreeChristmasCrafts we’ve analyzed your answers to our questions about your habits and preferences when it comes to AllFreeChristmasCrafts and more. Enjoy these revelations about readers’ preferences; we hope you’ll find them both merry and informative.

AllFreeChristmasCrafts

DIY Christmas GiftsWho would have thought…

A staggering 98.8% of Crafty Christmas Ideas subscribers are women, the majority of whom are over the age of 50. We found that these newsletter subscribers tend to craft anywhere from once to a few times a week, with a combined 56.6% preferring to spend as long as an evening or weekend crafting. What does this tell us? You want projects that are short, sweet, and simple.

Angel CraftsNot surprisingly, readers reported that they craft primarily for their family members. Readers reported being most frustrated by the cost of crafting. This is consistent with 34.6% of survey takers who reported that they would like to see more gift ideas on AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com, since those ideas serve as inexpensive alternatives to department store merchandise. Predictably, 80.7% of our newsletter subscribers said that project pages were their favorite part of the AllFreechristmasCrafts site.

Snowmen CraftsWhen asked if they crocheted, knit, or sewed in addition to Christmas crafting, 76.2% of survey takers reported sewing, 65.7% crocheting, and 39.5% knitting as hobbies. One of the most diverting responses from Crafty Christmas Ideas subscribers was their favorite Christmas icon. Interestingly, 27.0% of newsletter subscribers prefer snowmen, 25.5% angels, and 20.2% Jesus. If they couldn’t craft for Christmas? 31.1% said Easter, 32.1% Halloween. Other holidays of interests to traditionally Christmas crafters included Mother’s Day and patriotic holidays.

Religious Crafts

Other Interesting Stats:

Favorite part of AllFreeChristmasCrafts site:

Project pages – 80.7%
Collections – 2.5%
eBooks – 12.1%
Giveaways and Reviews – 4.75

Stay connected with AllFreeChristmasCrafts:

Crafty Christmas Ideas Newsletters – 90.6%
Facebook -13.7%
Pinterest – 15.0%
Twitter – 0.6%
Google+ – 6.6%
FaveCraftsBlog – 12.5%

Time of day spent online:

In the morning – 33.8%
In the afternoon – 11.8%
In the evening – 31.6%
I’m online all day – 22.8%

Most Frustrating Thing about Crafting:

The Cost – 49.2%
The time it takes to make projects – 17.6%
Lack of variety – 12.6%
The mistakes along the way – 25.9%

Some of your answers made us laugh, thankfully none of them made us cry, but all of them helped us to determine how we can improve AllFreeChristmasCrafts and Crafty Christmas Ideas going forward. The results have given all of the AllFreeChristmasCrafts editors a better understanding of our readers, their crafting objectives and interaction with the online community. Subscribe to Crafty Christmas Ideas and see how we improve!

Thanks for participating!

What’s your favorite Christmas icon?

Join the Celebration! Michaels Is Officially Over the Hill

Forty years old has never looked this good! This year, Michaels is celebrating 40 years and they are ready to celebrate! If you love Michaels (who doesn’t?) and you want to join in on the fun, there are plenty of ways to participate.

Crafting Through the Decades

Michaels is showing of craft tutorials inspired by the last four decades on their site. This means neon shoes from 80’s, Perler bracelets from the 90’s and so much more! Take a trip down memory lane and discover fun ways to update old school projects using craft materials from your favorite craft store, Michaels.

Share Your Birthday Wishes on Facebook

Stop by the Michaels Facebook page and post birthday wishes! After all, who doesn’t look forward to all of those birthday message notifications on the big day? Post your favorite store memories, craft ideas and more – show Michaels how much they’ve meant to you over the last 40 years!

Save on Supplies

Michaels is celebrating the big 4-0 with an amazing discount! From now until June 8th, you can save 40% on any regular-priced item. Why not stop in and grab a craft supply you’ve had your eye on but couldn’t bring yourself to buy? This is the perfect opportunity. Now you can have your own crafty celebration with help from Michaels – talk about an awesome birthday!

Also, be sure to share your birthday wishes on Twitter! Tweet @MichaelsStores and use the hashtag #MichaelsTurns40!

 

When you go to Michaels, what’s the first aisle you hit?

 

Unbelievable Discount from Zoom Creative Products

FaveCraftsLet’s face it, crafting supplies, while wonderful, can be the teensiest bit expensive. Every crafter knows the crushing disappointment when you check out the tag on some sweet supplies and find it’s out of your price range.

Well no more! We’re thrilled to announce that a hero has stepped forward to save the day with a killer discount. From now until May 31st, 2013, Zoom Creative Products is offering a massive 50% off their products for readers like YOU.

You may be thinking, “But what can a Zoom Creative Product do for me?” Let me tell you, by purchasing from Zoom Creative Products you’re guaranteeing a stress-free, mess-free crafting experience. Don’t just take my word for it, check out this review on Zoom Creative Glitter Stickers if you don’t believe me.

Now I’m as big a fan of glitter as much as the next overgrown and over-aged child, but I still can’t seem to keep it from getting all over my tabletop, face, dog, etc. It spreads faster than the chicken pox in a kindergarten classroom. That’s what’s so special about Zoom Creative Products. Their revolutionary line of Glitter Kits offers glitter sheets and double-sided tape that you can easily subject to your roughest and toughest punches and die cutting tools. Because Glitterfast sheets are so fine, they let you layer and incorporate intricate details into your designs. There are kits for kids and adults alike, so you and your child can get as crafty as you like without worrying about the cleaning consequences later. These are products that dry instantly, which makes for easy, fast and fun crafting.

If you don’t understand what I’m saying, it’s mess-free products and glitter application for half the price. Imagine how much your scrapbooks, homemade cards and decorations will benefit from these amazing products!

Get the Discount!

Again, this offer is available until May 31st, 2013, so hurry! If you want to take advantage of this incredible deal, here are the instructions for using the discount code on their website:

Please enter FC50 at checkout and click ‘apply’ so the discount will be applied.

Enjoy!