Craft Tutorials and How Tos You Might Have Missed: Part 2

Best Yarn for Blankets

Hey guys! As you may remember, in part 1 of “Craft Tutorials and How Tos You Might Have Missed” we helped introduce you to some easy DIY craft ideas for the home. Well, good news-a similar list is back again! These free and simple crafting tips will help make your DIY adventures magical and are helpful to any and all skill-levels. Although you may think that you are doing crafting the easy way, these home craft tutorials will help you avoid common mistakes that every crafter makes.

Learn how to find multiple crafting uses with an old toothbrush with 17 Crafty Uses for an Old Toothbrush and discover which crafting materials are best for your specific project in Mod Podge vs. Glue. If you want to jazz up your wardrobe with tie-dyed t-shirts but don’t want to spend a lot of money then try this beginner-level craft technique Crumple Tie-Dye Technique.

Mod Podge vs. Glue

Any crafter loves a good DIY organizing project and with Pill Bottle Crafts: Reuse Pill Bottles with this Crafty Guide you can learn how to create DIY storage the affordable way! If knitting or crocheting is more your speed, find out what the best yarns are for that DIY afghan with Best Yarn for Blankets.

Pill Bottle Crafts

Even if you are an experienced crafter, having access to free crafting tutorials can never hurt! These simple craft how tos will teach you how to create unique, beautiful pieces for your home without the added stress and expense. Make crafting fun and relaxing again by using this helpful list as a crafting resource for you and your friends! The best way to learn about helpful crafting techniques is by sharing with those around us. So what are you waiting for? Start reading part 2 for priceless crafting insight!

Our Newest Craft Tutorials:

1. Mod Podge vs. Glue
2. Lessons Learned from My First Shibori Dyeing Experience
3. 17 Crafty Uses for an Old Toothbrush
4. Recycled Flower Pots: 29 Water Bottle Planters and More DIY Planter Pots
5. Crumple Tie-Dye Technique
6. Pill Bottle Crafts: Reuse Pill Bottles with this Crafty Guide
7. Best Yarn for Blankets
8. Upcycle Your Old Household Items into Crafts
9. What Is Shibori Tie Dye?
10. How to Choose the Best Craft Glue
11. What Are the Best Knitting Needles for Beginners?
12. How to Wash Craft Felt

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20+ Incredible Crafts For Adults You Need in Your Life

Last Sunday, my husband took the kids to the Field Museum. As much as I wanted to join them, I was battling a bad cold, so I opted to stay home. Let me tell you, it’s been a long time since I had a day all to myself at home, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with my time. I could catch up with my favorite shows on Netflix, but my hands were fidgety and in need of something to do. Surprisingly, the house was already clean. The laundry was done. There were no dishes in the sink. What was I to do? Then it hit me. I needed to find some clever and fun crafts for adults, something simple and unique for me to do!

Our craft room (more like a storage closet) has a ton of different crafting supplies available. With having little kids and being an avid fan of making things myself at home, there were a million and one crafts I could jump at. Any type of project I could imagine was right at my fingertips. At times, having so many options can be overwhelming, so I decided to make a list of some of my favorite crafts for adults. Whenever I find myself repeating last Sunday’s predicament, I just cross another craft off the list. It’s simple and easy, and it keeps me from staring at our crafting supplies for hours on end before I finally decide what it is that I’m going to do with my free time. I hope this list helps you as much as it helps me, and by all means, feel free to add your own amazing additions!

20 Incredible Crafts For Adults

20+ Incredible Crafts For Adults


I’ve shown you my list of crafts for adults. What are some of your favorite crafts to make when you have free time?


27 Home Decor Dollar Store Craft Ideas

You don’t have to go without a stylish home if you’re watching your wallet. In fact, there’s a treasure trove waiting to be found at your local dollar store! Whether you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen, living room, or dining room (or anywhere else in the house!), there are tons of dollar store crafts you can make for your pad that will save you so much money it’s hard to believe. Who said DIY home decor has to be painful and stress-inducing? It doesn’t! Check out these trendy and amazing dollar store craft ideas to get started on your dollar store journey.

Home Decor Dollar Store Craft Ideas

Living Room DIY Home Decor

Popsicle Stick Hexagon Shelf


Lilac Rose Petals Luminary


Dining Room and Kitchen DIY Home Decor

Gold Tipped Mason Jar Vases

Cute and Cheap DIY Mugs

DIY Outdoor Decor

Teacup DIY Bird Feeder

Bonus! DIY Organization Ideas Around the House

Dollar Store DIY Desk Organizers

36 Dollar Store Crafts and Cheap Gift Ideas


Want more crafty dollar stores ideas? You’ll love 36 Dollar Store Crafts and Cheap Gift Ideas.


What’s the best dollar store craft you’ve ever made?

26 DIY Rugs You’re Going to Love

There’s nothing quite like creating your very own DIY rug to fill your heart with song…or is that just me? Seriously, if you’re on the hunt for free crochet patterns for rugs or any other rug-related lore, you’ve come to the right place. It turns out that there’s always an excuse to make your own rug because there are so many places to put one in your home!

26 DIY Rugs You're Going to Love

Below you’ll get ideas for every location in your house that could possibly do with a mat. Feel free to mix and match – these rugs aren’t wedded to one particular room in the house, so get creative with it! You’re pretty much guaranteed to have a blast with these groovy homemade rug ideas. Once you start, it might be very hard to stop!

Entryway DIY Rugs
Bubble and Bulge Rug

  1. Bubble and Bulge Rug – Cute, cute, cute!
  2. Modern Outdoor Rug
  3. Crochet Rug Boho Pattern
  4. Simple Stripe Rug
  5. Scrap Squares Rug
  6. DIY Outdoor Rug with Rope – Super easy!


Kitchen and Dining Room DIY Rugs

Easy Hexagon Rug

  1. Easy Hexagon Rug
  2. Crochet Hexagon Rug – This would look awesome in your living room, too!
  3. West Elm-Inspired Painted Rug
  4. Neon Jersey Rug
  5. Easy Mandala Crochet Rug – Really, this is too pretty to resist.
  6. How to Crochet a Round Rug

Bathroom DIY Rugs

Spa Bath Mat

  1. Brilliant DIY Rag Rug
  2. Spa Bath Mat
  3. Old Fashioned Oval Rug – Just like at Grandma’s house!
  4. Infinity Rug
  5. Beautiful Easy Crochet Spa Rug – You will fall in love with this crochet rug!
  6. Quick Bath Mat Upcycle

Accent DIY Rugs

Bold and Beautiful Accent Rug

  1. Bold and Beautiful Accent Rug
  2. Quilt Strip Accent Rug
  3. Lacy Doily T Shirt Yarn Rug
  4. Red Christmas Crochet Rug – Still great for all year round, too.
  5. Striped Rug
  6. Nautical Waves Rug – Easy to make!
  7. Easy Geometric DIY Rug

DIY Rugs for Kids and Pets

Playroom Rug

  1. Checkerboard Game Carpet
  2. Rabbit DIY Rug
  3. Shaggy Dog Rug – I’m totally making this for my fuzzy friend.
  4. Playroom Rug
  5. Faux Sheepskin DIY Rug – Everyone will love this!


Don’t stop there! You’ll find more wonderful DIY home decor ideas in Best Blogger Craft Ideas 2016: DIY Home Decor, Paper Craft Ideas, Sewing Projects, and Unique DIY Crafts free eBook

What’s the best home decor project you’ve ever made?

The World is Your Oyster: 12 Precious Pearl Crafts

Just like lace and flowers, pearls add a dash of femininity to clothing, accessories, home decor, and more. But did you know that these delicate gemstones come from irritated mollusks? That’s right; if a parasite burrows its way into a mollusk, the mollusk grows a pearl around the affected area to prevent it from spreading. Pretty cool stuff! I wish humans had a defense mechanism like that. Unfortunately, we don’t (yet), and natural pearls are super expensive. Luckily, I can use pearl beads to give my wardrobe a ladylike look.

DIY Clothing Ideas for You and Baby

Decked Out Denim VestDecked Out Denim Vest – Have you heard about the denim on denim trend? People are mixing and matching colors and washes of denim for a casual yet polished look. This vest, pictured at left, adds a little glam to this fashion staple.

Baby Couture Onesie – Now Baby can look as fashionable as Mom! The string of pseudo pearls on this onesie is so cute.

Beaded Poncho – Gold-plated pearl beads set off the earth tones in this knit poncho very nicely.

Crochet Pearl Belt – This silvery belt is the perfect addition to a vintage outfit. If you’re looking for a challenge, you can make a matching pair of gloves.


Earrings, Bracelets, and More: DIY Jewelry

Crochet Ribbon EarringsCrochet Ribbon Earrings – Go vintage with these pastel beauties.

Tee Shirt Beaded Necklace – Believe it or not, an old white tee makes the perfect necklace chain.

Circles and Pearls Bracelet – Modern and sleek, this bracelet would make a great gift for a teenager.

Ladylike Ribbon Necklace – This beautifully-crafted necklace is sure to get some attention the next time you go out.


 DIY Home Decor: Indoors and Out

Elegant Garden TopiaryElegant Garden Topiaries – You can make these sophisticated topiaries for an Easter brunch, bridal shower, or tea party.

Pearls on Wood Bird – Birds tend to flit away whenever you get too close, but this little guy will stay by your side and brighten up your living room.

Crystal and Pearl Decor – This versatile craft looks great on trees, mantels, and more.

Floral Candleholders – For centerpieces, you can’t go wrong with these chic DIY decorations.



How do you use pearls in your crafting?

Pick a Place: Easy Quilted Placemat Patterns, Quilted Mug Rugs, and More

I hate tablecloths. It seems as though every single time I put a freshly laundered one on the table, someone spills on it. Rather than policing my guests or having small panic attacks every time somebody passes a dish, I’ve decided to take a different tack: placemats. Placemats are simple to make, easy to clean, and are fun additions to your table setting. At FaveQuilts, we have a ton of easy quilted placemat patterns for every season.

Easy Quilted Placemat Patterns

Perfect Patchwork PlacematsIf I don’t have the time to wash my tablecloth after every meal, I certainly don’t have the time to slave away over placemats. Luckily, there are a ton of easy quilted placemat patterns that I can put together in less than an hour. There’s a wide variety of designs, from rustic patchwork placemats to kid-friendly placemats that will keep the little ones entertained throughout the meal.

Perfect Patchwork Placemats
I Spy Quilted Placemat
Charming Charm Pack Placemats

Table Crafts Made from Fabric Scraps

Easy Strip Pieced PlacematsUnless I win the lottery soon, I don’t have as much money as I’d like, so I’m always looking to save a couple bucks. I’m also a bit of a neat freak, so crafts made from fabric scraps are definitely appealing. Give your neglected scraps new life with some of these patchwork placemats. Although they use a mishmash of patterns and colors, these easy sewing projects with scraps can still look gorgeous. Plus, once you’re done crafting, you’ll have a ton of room to start collecting your next batch of scraps.

Scrappy Rainbow Placemats
Easy Strip Pieced Placemats
Scrappy Stripes Quilted Placemats

Quilted Mug Rugs, Quilted Coasters, and More

Colorful Log Cabin Quilt Coasters FaveQuilts has hundreds of sewing crafts for the kitchen like free quilted mug rug patterns, quilted coaster tutorials, table topper patterns, and more. A mug rug is a fun and simple way to dress up your desk at work. Quilted coasters are a surface-friendly alternative to stone coasters, and table toppers give any table setting instant style.

Elegantly Embroidered Mug Rug
Colorful Log Cabin Quilt Coasters
Sunshine Sunflower Table Topper


Home Sweet Quilt: Fresh, Easy Quilt Patterns from Jillily StudioThe projects listed here are only a few of the decorative crafts that quilters can make for their homes. If you’d like to freshen up your home decor, check out Home Sweet Quilt: Fresh, Easy Quilt Patterns from Jillily Studio.

This book contains 12 new quilt patterns organized by room. Within these pages you’ll find patterns for table runners, dish towels, pillows, lap quilts, and more. This book is also full of great tips that will inspire you to design some of your own projects.

Enter to win a copy of Home Sweet Quilt: Fresh, Easy Quilt Patterns from Jillily Studio. Read the full book review here, and check out our giveaway page to enter the contest. The deadline to enter is February 18, so try your luck today.


Do you use a tablecloth or placemats to protect your kitchen table?


Simple Sewing Projects: 16 Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

Simple Sewing ProjectsMy first sewing project was a fabric plush doll similar to the Soccer Sister Doll. Of course, mine wore a dress styled after Little House on the Prairie and was as nonathletic as her maker. But I’ve kept her all these years, and now she sits in a place of honor in my sewing room.

Soccer Sister Doll

Whether you have a child just learning to sew or are a beginner yourself, those first projects will always have a special place in your crafting heart. To that end, AllFreeSewing has your back with our new eBook, Simple Sewing Projects: 16 Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners! This eBook is chock-full of tutorials and how-tos to improve your sewing technique while making gorgeous, stress-free projectsSimple Sewing Projects: 16 Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners includes everything from market purses to scrapbusting coasters — and all on a budget!

Here are just a few of the awesome projects you’ll find in Simple Sewing Projects:

Bib with BiasBib with Bias

There are so many practical uses for this easy DIY bib. The Bib with Bias makes a great gift for baby showers, for one thing; for another, this pattern is incredibly easy to alter to be made doll-size. So if you’re teaching your little one to sew, this is a great place to start.

If you’re a novice sewist unused to working with bias tape, this is definitely the project for you. The shape and design of the bib is super easy to work with, so you’ll get great practice sewing on the bias.

And, of course, it’s adorable. Make a few grownup-sized bibs for the next time you serve lobster!

Big Books Library Bag

Big Books Library BagI love this cheeky DIY tote. And it’s shockingly easy to make! Not only does this tutorial teach you how to make a bag, but how to create the graphic as well. That’s a trick that you’ll use over and over on your sewing journey. From applique to embroidery, adding an overlay makes any pattern uniquely yours.

The Big Books Library Bag is also great for its sheer usefulness. You’ll make a bag that is incredibly sturdy and roomy, the perfect size for almost anything. Need to make a trip to the library to pick up books for a research project? No problem. Need to run to the grocery to cook for your in-laws? No problem. Need to lug around a holiday season’s worth of half-finished crafts to work on at the doctor’s office?

No problem.

Braided Scrap Coasters

Braided Scrap CoastersIf you’ve ever sewn before, you know that every project has leftovers. Don’t throw them out! There are tons of great ideas for scrap fabrics out there, like these Braided Scrap Coasters.

These coasters are super easy to make, use up a bunch of those scraps, protect your counters and tabletops, and they’re absolutely free! It doesn’t get better than that in a DIY home decor craft.

There are so many great projects just waiting for you in Simple Sewing Projects: 16 Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners. Whether you’re teaching or learning, this is the perfect eBook to get ideas for easy sewing projects.


Who taught you to sew?

Use Yarn for These Unforgettable Home Decor Crafts

When you think about yarn, you probably imagine a crochet hook or pair of knitting needle at the same time. Save for a few popular Pinterest projects and trendy DIY ideas (wrapping glue-covered yarn around a balloon and then popping it – haven’t we all tried this craft at least once), yarn is pretty much exclusively left for fiber crafters. Well, we’re here to show you that this isn’t always the case. In fact, there are plenty of inspiring home decor crafts for people who are less interested in crochet and knitting and more interested in changing the look of his or her space. Home decor doesn’t have to include a stressful trip to a big box supply store or a generic design outlet. Use Lion Brand Imagine Yarn along with a few inexpensive craft materials to turn your drab space into a fab retreat.

Our latest eBook, 17 Easy Crafts With Yarn: Make Accessories, Decor and More with Lion Brand Imagine Yarn, features a variety of quick and easy crafts for everyone. Some of the projects require hooks and needles while others simply require a skein of Lion Brand Imagine Yarn. Seriously – for some projects like the Reversible Foldover Cowl only call for a skein of yarn. Does it get much easier than that? These projects are idea for everyone from kids to lifelong crafters, so gather up the entire family and see what you can create.

Purple Haze Plant Hanger

One surprising yet simple project you’ll find in the eBook is the Purple Haze Plant Hanger. Fall is officially here and winter is just around the corner, so you might start to feel those seasonal blues. Brighten up your space (and your mood) but creating a colorful plant hanger. To start, you need a plain flower pot (look at your local garden supply store or home decor outlet) and a sewing needle. Grab a skein of Lion Brand Yarn and get to work! A little cutting and a little stitching go a long way with this craft – you’ll have a complete piece in just a few minutes! This is a great way to add color and excitement to your home. Buy a potted plant and keep it inside – that way to can stop and smell the roses without worrying about frost or other seasonal elements!

Autumnal Wreath

Fall isn’t over yet, so capture the best aspects of the season by creating your own DIY wreath. You’ll want to hang your Autumnal Wreath on your front door to greet guests, neighbors and even the mailman! Use two different skeins of yarn to create a dimensional look that really pops. Another cool aspect of this wreath is the multitude of 3-D bobbles that you create separately and adhere with glue. Everyone will want to know where you scored such a cool-looking wreath – it’s up to you if you want to tell them it’s handmade. You don’t have to just make this craft in the fall, either. Customize the colors and make one in the winter, spring or fall – you’ll love the festive look and rustic feel of this simple yarn craft.

These are just two of the 17 crafts featured in our latest free eBook. Besides simple home decor projects, this collection featured handmade scarves, kids’ wearable and so much more.


Download a copy of 17 Easy Crafts with Yarn: Make Accessories, Decor and More with Lion Brand Imagine Yarn and check out the rest of the free patterns in this brand new eBook.





What is your favorite way to craft with yarn?



Don’t Miss It: “10 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving” Free eBook!

Give Thanks: 10 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving decorations are seriously underrated. Everyone goes all-out for Halloween and then starts gearing up for Christmas. In honor of everyone’s favorite holiday feast, check out AllFreeSewing‘s free eBook, Give Thanks: 10 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving crafts are always so cute and bring such a cozy touch to a house in mid-autumn, so don’t skimp out on decorations this year! This book is full of Thanksgiving decoration ideas, from homemade table decor to DIY wreaths.

Give Thanks: 10 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving has a variety of crafts and decor for all ages and skill levels. Make stuffed Traditional Turkey Handprints with the kids or throw together a Last Minute Kids’ Thanksgiving Placemat quicker than a 10-year-old can say, “I’m hungry!”

Fall Wreath

 Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

I absolutely love DIY wreaths, so my personal favorite craft in 10 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving has to be the simple but gorgeous Fall Wreath.

This is the kind of DIY home decor that will last a whole season. You can put it on the front door in early September and leave it there until Christmas. How’s that for a long shelf life? The reds, oranges, and golds are so beautiful and the pumpkin detail really gives the wreath a finished look.Scrap Buster Fall Pillow



If you’re like me and love a good scrap busting project, the Scrap Buster Fall Pillow totally knocks it out of the park. This is one of those DIY pillows that looks way more complicated than it is, so all your friends will be super impressed by your sewing skills. The finished pillow has such a wonderful blend of colors and patterns. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving, but you could easily keep this pillow out all year round.

Don’t miss out!

Get these and more Thanksgiving decoration ideas in the free eBook! Give Thanks: 10 Sewing Ideas for Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday addition to your desktop, Kindle, or Nook.

Who are you most grateful to for making you love to sew?

15 Rainy Day Crafts


Is there anything more depressing than a rainy summer day? is bringing you 15 Rainy Day Crafts to turn those tears into cheers. We’ve provided you with a list of a crafts that are perfect for those days when you’re stuck inside the house. Whether you want to cuddle up with a DIY blanket, decorate your home, or keep your little ones occupied with some kids crafts, this list has you covered. Each of these crafts is inexpensive and easy to do. They may even have you wishing for more rain.

With a list like this one, you never have to worry about rainy day boredom. Days inside mean hours upon hours of crafting time!

Rainy Day Crafts for Kids


Summer days are easy. The kids can play outside on the swing set, set up the slip and slide, and ride their bikes all day long. But rainy days can be slightly disastrous if there’s nothing for them to do. A bored kid is not a happy kid, that we are sure of. This list of rainy day crafts are perfect for occupying your kids.

Caterpillar Clothespins

Basket Weave Friendship Bracelet

Happy Hanging Jellyfish Craft

Pick a Stick Boredom Jar

DIY Dinosaur Eggs

DIY Blankets

Starburst Quilt

On a rainy day there’s probably nothing you want to do more than wrap yourself up in a blanket and watch your favorite movie. Even better than that is wrapping yourself up in a blanket that you yourself made. These DIY blankets are so easy to make, you won’t believe how impressive they look. Make this rainy day craft in the morning and cuddle up with it in the afternoon – just hope the sun doesn’t come out!

Adaptable Rag Quilt

Tic Tac Toe Beach Blanket

Vintage Picnic Blanket

Day at the Stadium Blanket and Tote

Starburst Quilt

Home Decor Projects


Chances are when you’re sitting inside on a rainy day, you’re going to notice all the little things you would change about your home decor. This home decor projects will help you spruce up your home without spending too much money. You’ll be amazed at how the little details add so much personality to your home decor.

Ballin’ Baseball Wall Art

Colored Mercury Candle Holders

Ombre Placemat Tassels

Rice Bag Burlap Pillow

Upcycled Trash Can


Which project will you choose when it’s raining crafts and dogs?