Last Chance to Win! Stencil Ease Home Decor Grand Prize Giveaway

I’ve recently just unpacked the last box after moving into my first home.  Once everything was settled, I immediately set to work decorating.  I quickly learned that decorating can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.  By taking inexpensive items from a home store like Ikea, you can quickly embellish them to create a high end look on a bachelor’s budget with some easy DIY home decor ideas.  My favorite way to jazz up something simple is with Stencil Ease stencils.  Watch the video below to see how simple this can be.

Create DIY home decor ideas you’re sure to love with “13 DIY Home Decor Ideas,” our newest free eBook from Stencil Ease! >>

Posted by FaveCrafts on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Check out 13 DIY Home Decor Ideas for even more great DIY home decor ideas. This eBook is free to download and includes everything you need to redecorate your home and create high-end home decor on a budget. Get your free copy today!

Projects from this Stencil Ease eBook on FaveCrafts:

One of our favorite projects in the eBook is the Parisian Ikea Table.  It is a great way to add your own personalized touch to a simple white side table. Using just a stencil and some paint, you can easily transform the look of any piece of furniture. Stencil Ease’s Parisian Medallion All-Over Painting Stencil features a classic french scroll medallion pattern that will bring a beautiful and elegant touch to any item.


Stencil Ease Home Decor Grand Prize Giveaway
Enter to win the Stencil Ease Home Decor Grand Prize Giveaway values at $110! Prize includes everything you will need to complete the Parisian Ikea Table Project. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time.  Click the picture to the left to find our official giveaway page and enter today!

The Stencil Ease Home Decor Grand Prize Giveaway includes:

  • Stencil Ease Parisian Medallion – All-Over Wall Painting Stencil
  • IKEA LINDVED Side table, white
  • Deco Art Americana 12 oz. Varnish Aerosol Spray
  • Stencil Ease Double Ended Stencil Brush
  • Stencil Ease Repositionable Spray Adhesive
  • Modern Masters Metallic Statuary Bronze, 6-Ounce
  • Modern Masters Metallic English Brown, 6-Ounce
  • Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray, Antique Brass, 11-Ounce


What have you stenciled recently?


Bling Out With Marvy: The Gadget You HAVE To Have

Do you love bling? I love bling. Rhinestones everywhere! That’s why I’m absolutely in love with the Marvy Uchida Easy Crystal Applicator. It’s the perfect way to bling out just about anything!

Whether you want to freshen up your handmade cards, party invitations, or scrapbook layouts and decorations, this handheld tool makes it easy to add bling to your paper crafts. Give your projects an instant makeover with the Swarovski crystals that come with this applicator. Though they are only 3/16 inches wide, these embellishments feature Swarovski’s trademark shine. Small elements work well for monograms and detailed designs like flowers and stars. Every applicator set includes a refill strip with 21 crystals, so bring on the bling! Marvy Uchida carries a selection of gorgeous colors including aurore boreale, amethyst, citrine, crystal, emerald, jet black, rose, sapphire.

Know what else is exciting? We’re giving away the Marvy Uchida Easy Crystal Applicator to one lucky winner! Don’t miss your chance!

What would you #BlingOutWithMarvy?

Enter to win a Marvy Uchida Easy Crystal Applicator! This tool makes it super easy to add a bit of sparkle to all of your paper crafts. The deadline to enter is April 24, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time. Good luck!


12 Easy DIY Projects That Will Restore Your Faith in Crafting

12 Easy DIY Projects free eBookI’ve been in a bit of a Pinterest slump lately. I’ll find a project I like while scrolling through pins only to realize that I either 1.) Can’t find the actual tutorial. 2.) Don’t have the necessary tools or supplies on hand or 3.) I’m simply not skilled in that XYZ area of crafting.

It’s been quite frustrating to go from being inspired to being completely bummed about the idea of crafting.

That’s why I’m so glad that our new free eBook is called 12 Easy DIY Projects. And rightly so. Covering almost every area of crafting, these free tutorials are all in one place and all quite easy to do. That’s the beauty of it!

Featuring projects from Clover, Fairfield, FloraCraft, I Love to Create, Little B, Plaid, Prima Bead, Simplicity, Spinrite, Sizzix, Stencil1, and STYROFOAM™, you’ll find that crafting doesn’t need to be complicated or confusing to produce amazing results. There is something for everyone in this free eBook and we hope you invite your best crafting buddies over to try out these projects together!

Oh, and I almost forgot! With this free eBook this month, we are offering giveaways each day from the sponsors above! How awesome is that?!

Ready for the best surprise announcement ever? This, ALL of this, could be yours!

Aren’t our sponsors the greatest!? Be sure to enter for your chance to win! The deadline to enter is February 28, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time.

What is your favorite thing about crafting?

The Giveaway to “DIY” For + Organizing Hanging Boxes


This month we’re celebrating 15 New DIY Crafts from some fantastic companies. Each day we will be featuring one of these projects along with a giveaway to help you craft your heart out.


Organizing Hanging Boxes

Organizing Hanging BoxesStore your paper craft supplies in style with these Organizing Hanging Boxes. Duct tape craft ideas like this one are fantastic because they’re fun to make and they have a practical use. Start with a basic cardboard box and decorate it with Duck Tape to match your craft room. With the help of trendy chalkboard labels, you’ll be able to sort your craft supplies easily (and find them easily, too)! The hangers are a great way to organize because you can hang the boxes in a craft closet. Get organized in a crafty way with this tutorial.

Crochet Patterns, Painting Ideas, and More:  15 New DIY Crafts free eBook.

You can find this project, as well as many other DIY crafts, in our new Crochet Patterns, Painting Ideas, and More:  15 New DIY Crafts free eBook. Download your own free copy today!


Enter to win today’s prize

Duck Tape Prize

Today’s prize is a variety of ShurTech products. Included in the prize is:

  • FrogTape Shape Tape Chevron
  • 4 Duck Tape Sheets (colors may vary)
  • 1 Duck Prism Sheet
  • 1 Roll Colored Duck Tape (colors may vary)
  • 1 Roll Duck Prism crafting tape
  • 2 Rolls Printed Duck Tape
  • 5 Rolls Duck Tape Ducklings mini rolls (colors and styles may vary)

In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

  1. Like the AllFreePaperCrafts Facebook page here, AND
  2. Like the FrogTape Facebook page here, AND
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:

How do you use Duck Tape in your craft projects?


Thank you all for participating in yesterday’s giveaway! Congratulations to Margaret R. who answered “I used duck tape for my business and also for all my gifts and crafting. Duck Tape is the best.” We agree – and we love all of the tape in this prize! Enjoy!

To see the current giveaway, please check our giveaway schedule.


Don’t forget to enter The Giveaway to “DIY” For! Filled with more than $700.00 worth of amazing prizes from 15 companies, this is the ultimate way to get crafting this month! The deadline to enter is May 23, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time.

The Giveaway to "DIY" For!


  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • You must “like” both the AllFreePaperCrafts and the FrogTape Facebook pages to be eligible.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until tonight, May 5th, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

23 Summer Jewelry Patterns + Awesome Giveaway!

Who’s excited for summer?  I cannot wait for warm weather!  I don’t know about you, but I spent the majority of the freezing cold winter cooped up making brand new jewelry…and I’m so excited to be able to show it off once the weather gets nicer!

From necklaces to rings, I powered through my bead stash and made some awesome accessories that are super sunny and bright…and since I’m so excited to accessorize with color again, I just had to share a few of my favorite summer-themed jewelry DIY’s with you!  And since I’m feeling extra generous, I have an awesome giveaway in store for you as well…

But first, let’s get down to business.  I’ve compiled a list of my favorite summery, beachy, nautical designs that are just perfect for wearing in the summertime.  One of my favorites is the Nautical Knot Necklace, which I love pairing with my new summer sundress.  I also loved making the Bright and Sunny Button Earrings, which I can easily wear year round for fun color accessorizing!

Take a look through my fave’s and let me know which one you like the best!  If you’re feeling extra generous, we’d love to see a picture of your creations!  Share them with us on Facebook so we all can admire your hard work!

jewelry-giveawayAs an added bonus, we’re giving away an entire collection of jewelry books and beads to help you get started with your summer jewelry makeover!  Create tons of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more with the awesome books in this collection!  Here’s a little sneak peek of what you’ll find in this giveaway:

  • Simple Soldering:  A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making includes a bonus DVD!
  • Metal Clay for Jewelry Makers: The Complete Technique Guide
  • Beading Across America:  Jewelry Inspirations from Coast to Coast
  • The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry
  • Paracord Crafts
  • 20 to Make Necklaces
  • Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques
  • Tila Beads:  Bracelets and Necklaces with 2-Hole Tile-Shaped Beads
  • The Art of Jewelry Design
  • PLUS lots of beads and hemp cord to help you on your jewelry making adventures!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment answering the question at the bottom of this post and you’ll be automatically entered to win!  You have until May 9th to enter!

Now, let’s get to accessorizing!

23 Summer Jewelry Patterns


Bright-Nautical-Knot-Necklace - CopyNautical Jewelry


BrightAndTasseledBeginnerBracelet - CopyBright and Bold Jewelry


BeachReadyBracelet - CopyBeach Wear


Don’t forget, we’re giving away an awesome set of jewelry books and beads!  Want to win?  Answer this question below…


What are your favorite colors to match when it comes to making your own jewelry? 

I LOVE turquoise and coral…but I need more suggestions!



  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until May 9, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada (Void in Puerto Rico, the Province of Quebec and where prohibited).

The Crafty’s + The Crafty Like a Fox Giveaway

craftysWhat are “The Craftys” you ask? Well, we are here to tell you! (and give you a chance to win a prize to get ya started).

Interested? Good. Because The Craftys are here and they are just for bloggers and crafters just like you. It’s your time to shine!

Launched by, The Craftys will give away thousands in cash and prizes to designers in 10 categories. This is a fantastic opportunity for talented indie designers to gain recognition from a huge online audience that may not know their work. Voters will be asked to choose their favorite entries in each category.

With an amazing panel of judges (including our very own Simone Collins for FaveCrafts), your craft project has the chance to make it all the way to the top in one of the categories. The Craftys Awards start accepting submissions on April 28.

To help kick off the first ever Craftys, we’re hosting a week long giveaway right here to get you ready for some seriously creative fun!

Included in this prize:

  • Red Heart Gumdrop yarn in Grape (2 skeins)
  • Aunt Lydia’s Baker’s Cotton in purple (2 balls)
  • Susan Bates Knitting Needles US8/5mm
  • Susan Bates Aluminum Crochet Hook USI9/5.5mm
  • Aleene’s Permanent Fabric Adhesive Sheets
  • Aleene’s Permanent Fabric Tape
  • Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
  • Tulip Dual-Tip Fabric Markers in Neon
  • Tulip Vibrant Dimensional Fabric Paint
  • Tulip Beads in a Bottle – Sparkle
  • Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit
  • Tulip Fashion Glitter
  • Liquid Fusion


In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

  1. Like the The Craftys Facebook page here, AND
  2. Like the FaveCrafts Facebook page here, AND
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:

Which craft categories will you be rooting for?



Thank you all for entering our Crafty Like a Fox Giveaway! Congrats Joan! She replied “I love both crochet an knitting. I have used both on my projects. Maybe a category making it a combo of the two.” Enjoy this prize and make lots of crafty things!


  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • You must “like” both the The Craftys and the FaveCrafts Facebook pages to be eligible.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until May 2nd, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

Quilting for Life: How to Sew a Quilt

AllFreeSewingWhen people hear the word “quilting,” most automatically assume that it’s an all-encompassing term for the art of sewing together patchwork blankets and nothing more. We over at AllFreeSewing know that isn’t the case and that quilting is so much more than blankets. “Quilting” is the art of sewing together layers of fabric to create a thicker and padded material, and blankets happen to be the most common quilting project. You can make many varieties of home decor and accessories with quilting fabric!

Blankets are the most popular and common, of course, and with good reason. They’re basically one large rectangle that you an create as big or as small as you want, and blankets are always handy in a house, no matter the season. With some sturdier fabric, you can also create a picnic blanket! You can also create smaller quilted pieces, like table runners, place mats, tablecloths, oven mitts, pot holders, and coasters. If you’re also looking to create some great quilted accessories, try your hand at some sturdy quilted bags; they provide the durability of fabric but with added strength.



The classic quilted project – an actual quilt. Whether you’re looking to make a smaller baby quilt or a larger one to fit over an adult bed, you can find all the inspiration you need with these classic quilting squares and patterns.

Starflower BlockButterfly Garden Quilt 

Adorable Pinwheel Quilt

Starflower Block Tutorial

Spin on the Pinwheel Block


Home Decor

Does your kitchen need a makeover? Sew up some great DIY home decor pieces with these easy quilting projects. Choose between table runners, over mitts, and pot holders for a fab new look!

2 Hour Stack and Slash Table Runner
2 Hour Stack and Slash Table Runner

Tea Time Mug Rug

Scrap Happy Table Runner

Reversible Quickie Coaster

Scrapbuster Fall Pillow


Quilted Bags and Purses

A fabric bag is very durable, and it’s very easy to make. In order to be sturdy enough to carry, say, groceries home from the store or market, the fabric needs to be thick and strong. You can even make smaller cosmetic bags to contain all your makeup when traveling.

Chevron Purse

Fat Quarter Bag

Chevron Purse

Quintessential Quilted Bag

Quilted Clutch Purse

Quilted Cell Phone Pouch




A Quilter's Ark
BONUS – Can’t get enough quilt block patterns? AllFreeSewing and Martingale are teaming up to give away A Quilter’s Ark! Full of animal quilt block patterns, A Quilter’s Ark is the perfect pattern book for the animal lover in your life. With over fifty animals to choose from, the quilt possibilities are endless! Enter daily from 4/14 – 4/28 to win!




What’s your favorite quilting project?


Baby Mine, Don’t You Cry: 20 Precious Baby Quilts

Baby Quilt Patterns for Boys and GirlsEverybody loves making baby quilts. They’re the perfect gift for new parents: pretty, practical, and not too overwhelming for the quilter. Plus, baby quilts have the added bonus of being incredibly versatile in terms of style, difficulty level, size, and materials. You really can’t go wrong.

So whether you’re in the mood to make a full bed-size quilt or something small and snuggly, baby quilt patterns are the way to go. If you have any baby showers, birthdays, or announcements coming up, why not sew a baby quilt as a homemade gift idea? Anyone can buy a baby quilt from Target or Crate & Barrel. Make yours with a little love and see it last a lifetime!


free-baby-quilt-patterns20 Precious Baby Quilts

  1. One Color Scrappy Baby Quilt
  2. Priscilla’s Pink Pinwheel Quilt
  3. Borders Baby Rag Quilt
  4. Bullseye Baby Quilt
  5. Baby Bricks Quilt
  6. Baby Bear Paw
  7. Sixteen Patch Baby Quilt
  8. Peter’s Pinwheels Baby Quilt
  9. Simple Stripes Beginner Quilt
  10. Easy Flannel Baby Quilt
  11. Classic Pink Hourglass Quilt
  12. Pinwheel Pizzazz Baby Quilt
  13. Magical Flannel Rag Baby Quilt
  14. A Hundred Hugs Baby Quilt Tutorial
  15. Quick Triangles Baby Quilt
  16. Floating Squares Baby Quilt
  17. Tetris Baby Quilt
  18. Dresden Burst Baby Quilt
  19. Jungle Path Baby Quilt
  20. Butterflies a Flutter Baby Quilt

And don’t forget to download your copy of our FREE eBook, 14 Easy Baby Quilt Patterns for Boys & Girls! Plus, check out our Pinterest board that’s full of lovely baby quilt patterns!
Follow FaveQuilts’s board Baby Quilt Patterns on Pinterest.


This giveaway is now over.

Enter to Win!PLUS: Win the Leo the Lion Applique Cuddle Kit, the Sweet Dreams Boy Wee One Cuddle Kit, or the Scottie Girl Ziggy Cuddle Kit from Shannon Fabrics! These kits will help you make the warmest, coziest, cuddliest baby and young child blankets you can imagine. What’s more, they’re absolutely adorable. The Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Kits combine cute patterns and designs with comfort to keep whoever’s nestled in them happy and warm, no matter how cold winter gets!

Get a closer look at the prizes …

Leo the Lion Applique Cuddle Kit
Sweet Dreams Boy Wee One Cuddle Kit
Scottie Girl Ziggy Cuddle Kit

Win Sew Red and a Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet!

No sewing pattern is complete without fabric, and fabric without a sewing pattern can be tricky to work with as well. We at AllFreeSewing are excited to announce a brand new giveaway of both fabric and sewing patterns! Enter to win a copy of Sew Red and a Jimmy Beans Fat Quarter Fabric Bouquet. This fabulous giveaway is valued at over $100, and it includes a pattern book with over 30 patterns plus a bouquet of seven fat quarters!

Enter to win one copy of Sew Red and a Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet!

Sew Red and Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet Giveaway

Sew Red

Sew Red: Sewing & Quilting for Women’s Heart Health, by Laura Zander, is a compilation of rosy-red sewing patterns designed by Zander and a group of craft celebrities. Laura Zander’s campaign, Stitch Red, is aimed at making women more aware of heart disease and ways they can lower their risk. Along with thoroughly explaining each of 30 beautiful patterns step-by-step, each project’s designer shares encouragement and tips for women on how to take control of their heart health. Read more about Sew Red here.

Get inspired to make some gorgeous red patterns with some of these free ideas already on AllFreeSewing:

Chenille Heart Pillow

Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet

This gorgeous bouquet from Rowan’s Kaffe Classics is perfect to start sewing any pattern you’d like from Sew Red. This bouquet includes seven fat quarters in different patterns and all in shades of red. Because of their coordinating color palette, the different fabrics can be mixed and matched as desired for a lovely look. As a special bonus embellishment, one yard of grosgrain ribbon is tied around the vase to be added to your next project.

Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet


Enter to win one copy of Sew Red and a Jimmy Beans Wool Fabric Bouquet! This contest runs from 2/10/14 – 3/10/14. You may enter once per day, and be sure to see how you can earn bonus entries! The contest entry form can be found here.



What would you make with a fabric bouquet?





Learn How to Knit: 8 Easy Knitting Projects for Kids

“If I can do it, you can do it” is a common phrase of mine when I talk about a new craft technique I’m trying out. I’m not usually a very confident crafter–I prefer to stick to what I know, like painting projects and crafting with clay. But after learning how to crochet (and telling everyone how truly easy it is to learn), I’ve made it my mission to try new crafts and prove that you (and your kids!) can do it, too. This time, we’re talking about knitting.

Knitting might seem intimidating, but don’t be scared away! Knitting is a very worthwhile kids’ craft project, especially when it means you can knit your own winter gear to keep you warm through the chilliest months of the year. Learning how to knit is easier than you might think, so let yourself be surprised and give this craft a try.

P.S.: If you diligently scroll through this post and learn a few new techniques, you might just find a surprise at the end…

Learn the Concept: Finger Knitting for Kids

Easy Finger-Knit ScarfAlright, so finger knitting isn’t exactly the same thing as actually knitting, but it’s a great way to get a basic understanding of what knitting is all about, and it’s a great place to start if thinking about knitting makes you a little nervous. Learning how to finger knit is fun for kids and adults alike, and it’s an especially great boredom buster if you’re looking to keep little ones busy. Plus, there’s so much you can do once you learn how to finger knit! Here are a few popular finger knitting ideas on AllFreeKidsCrafts:

Let’s Begin: Easy Knitting Stitches

Step One: Cast On

What’s casting on? That was my first question, too. Casting on means putting stitches on to the needle so that you can begin your knitting projects. There are a few ways to cast on, but this video tutorial is our favorite. Simply follow the video and then move on to step two.

Step Two: Learn the Stitches

Basic knitting uses two simple knitting stitches, called knitting and purling. There are lots of other stitches you can learn, but knitting and purling are absolutely essential if you want to learn how to knit.

This video tutorial will teach you how to knit:

Got that down? The second stitch you need to learn is purling. Check out this video tutorial:

Do you prefer to follow step-by-step photo tutorials? If so, click here to find a knitting tutorial, and click here for purling.

Step Three: Learn to Read

You don’t have to know everything there is to know about knitting right this second, but this abbreviation guide is enormously helpful when you’re ready to take on your first knitting projects and have to read the pattern. It takes some practice, but as long as you have a guide close by, you’ll be just fine.

Easy Knitting Patterns Kids Can Try

Easy Peasy Dish ClothYou’re well on your way to becoming a tried and true knitter, now that you’ve gotten the basics down. Are you ready to put your new skills to use? Easy knitting projects for kids aren’t hard to find…you just have to know where to look! We have a feeling that once you try one of these easy knitting patterns for beginners, you’ll just have to make them all.

Learn to Knit Kit

Have we inspired you to take up a new hobby? Great! That means you’ll love this Learn to Knit Kit! Complete with needles, practice yarn, and easy instructions, this kit is the perfect way to learn how to knit a scarf and take the leap into the world of knitting. From now until February 17th, you can enter to win your own Learn to Knit Kit! Click here to learn more.


Have you ever tried knitting?