8 Patterned Pillow Tutorials We Want You to See

You’ve got to admit, pillow tutorials to sewists are mugs to a regular Joe. No matter how many of them you have, you can’t help yourself from collecting one every time it catches your eye. We understand, and we’re here to enable you even more. The editors at AllFreeSewing happen to adore an easy pillow tutorial (and mugs, in fact), and today we’re featuring 8 Patterned Pillow Tutorials We Want You to See.

You won’t find these DIY pillow designs on AllFreeSewing just yet; they’re newly discovered and we’re absolutely in love with them. Best of all, all eight of these handmade pillow tutorials are totally on trend with the latest fad of prints and patterns. Super stylish patterned pillows allow you to keep the major pieces in your house, like couches and chairs, timeless and neutral. Instead of picking a print for your love seat that you’ll hate ten years from now, stick with a solid color and infuse life into your home with DIY pillows. Small but strong accents like those created by these pillows’ prints can keep a room’s décor from feeling overwhelmed and busy while still appearing fresh.

Take a look at the latest in pillow fashion and get inspired to pile on the prints!

 

  1. DIY Pillow Sham Tutorial from Cora Anne Designs DIY Pillow Sham Tutorial
  2. Simple Pillow Sham from DIY DesignSimple Pillow Sham
  3. Easy DIY Envelope Pillow Covers from Lia Griffith Handcraft Your LifeEasy DIY Envelope Pillow Covers
  4. Throw and Pillow Tutorial using HGTV Fabric from JoAnn’s from DIY by DesignThrow and Pillow Tutorial using HGTV Fabric from JoAnn's
  5. Pillow Talk from Voyages of the Creative VarietyPillow Talk
  6. Flora Pillow from Trey & LucyFlora Pillow
  7. Cut out Cushion from Craft Me Happy Cut out Cushion
  8. DIY Pillow Covers from Domestic IngenuityDIY Pillow Covers

What do you think? Do you love these DIY pillow patterns? Are they causing you to jump from your computer, grab your pillows, and refashion them with loud and lovely prints? Maybe you lack the enthusiasm that the editors at AllFreeSewing do for such home dec designs as pillows and pillowcases, but we hope you at least feel inspired to go forth and create from this roundup of pillow ideas. If anything, they’re easier to store than mugs 

Win a copy of Makery!

Win a copy of Kate Smith’s newest collection of crafting tutorials, Makery.

Love making accessories for your home and friends? Then you will absolutely LOVE this adorable book. Full of fun, fancy, cute, creative, and absolutely do-able projects, Kate Smith’s Makery is a crafter’s dream. Enter to win a copy today! Contest ends on June 23rd, 2014 at 11:59:59 P.M. Eastern time.

 

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8 4th of July Sewing Projects You Should Probably Make

Where did the time ago? It feels like a minute ago we were putting up our Christmas trees and now we’re already celebrating the 4th of July. Is it time travel? Witchcraft? No, just life.

As many of our faithful fans and friends know, at AllFreeSewing we’re all about celebrating the holidays with the help of talented designer across the world. Day in and day out we get to scour blogs and websites seeking absolutely astounding sewing tutorials. What with the patriotic madness that is about to ensue in the states, our latest mission was to find 4th of July sewing tutorials. And boy did we find them. If you’re after some furiously fun and easy patriotic projects, we have a whole collection of them plus additional ones below! Some of these finds are no-sew, some use felt, others refashion old clothing, but they all involve fabric and all yield fabulous results. You won’t find the roundup below on AllFreeSewing just yet, so take advantage of our list to create amazing home decor and clothing to celebrate Independence Day.

4th of July Sewing Projects

You Should Probably Make

4th of July Crafts You Shoudl Make

  1. Baby Betsy Ross Dress Tutorial from Melly Sews
  2. Ruffly Patriotic Wreath Tutorial from Capital B
  3. 4th of July Bunting Banner Tutorial from Sugar Tot Designs
  4. Star Garland and Table Runner from Aesthetic Nest
  5. 4th of July Ruffle Pillow Tutorial from Baby Jayne’s
  6. Liberty Wreath from My Sister’s Suitcase
  7. Toddler Tank Dress {Upcycled} from Wine and Glue
  8. Red, white, and blue Bustle Dress from Heart Break Kids

Gorgeous, right? How excited are you to start decorating your home for the fourth? Additionally, you can find even more fabulous patriotic crafts in our collection, 18 Fourth of July Crafts: How to Sew Pillowcase Dresses, Star Pillows and More. In this roundup of tutorials you’ll find clothing for kids, adults, and home decor ideas. Don’t overlook this holiday; it’s an opportunity to go all out in your festivities. In short, it’s an excuse to sew.

How are you celebrating

the Fourth of July?

 

Link Love: Outdoor Activities for Your Summer Bucketlist

Here at AllFreeKidsCrafts, we’re no strangers to sticking our hands in the mud and getting grass stains on our jeans. In fact, we encourage it! Spending time outside is one of the best parts of childhood. Now that the weather is officially nice, it’s time to head outside, and there’s no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than spending some quality time with the kids. Finding outdoor activities for kids and adults alike to enjoy might sound tricky, but where there’s a will, there’s a DIY way! Whether you want to encourage your kids to explore nature or simply go outside to play, these fun activities for kids will make your summer (or, end of spring) truly special.

While kids are generally pretty self-sufficient when it comes to entertaining themselves, there are plenty of moments where they demand new ideas for fun. After all, how many times have you heard the dreaded “I’m bored” when you’ve sent the kids to go play? Sometimes simple outdoor activities like making paper bag kites, chalking a life-sized checkerboard in the driveway, or simply making up their own outdoor games will do the trick, but sometimes kiddos need a little something extra to chase their boredom away.

Don’t waste a day of sunshine! With these outdoor activities at your fingertips, you’ll be able to create an unforgettable summer bucket list that the kids will remember all year round. From garden crafts to water games to even a homemade slip ‘n slide, your little ones will be amazed with your genius entertainment ideas. These innovative and fun outdoor activities for kids will help you enjoy your backyard in a whole new way and keep the kids busy for hours on end. Get ready to see a few more grass stains on those knees!

 

Link Love: Outdoor Activities for Your Summer Bucketlist
1. Lawn Scrabble from Constantly Lovestruck
2. Gardening for Letters from No Time for Flash Cards
3. Make Your Own Hula Hoop from Six Sisters’ Stuff
4. DIY Slip and Slide from Inner Child Fun
5. Outdoor Tic Tac Toe from Chicken Scratch NY
6. Giant Outdoor Easel from Fantastic Fun and Learning
7. Nature Scavenger Hunt from Hands On As We Grow
8. Portable Water Walls from Fun-A-Day
9. Garden Sensory Bin from Mess for Less

Link Love: Crafty Ways to Say Thanks

Now that the holidays are over and the new year has arrived, it’s time to express gratitude. Thank you notes and gifts show how much you care and appreciate the important people in your life. There isn’t one wrong or right way to say thanks, so don’t get stuck in a rut! As long as your message comes from the heart, it doesn’t matter what materials or techniques you use.

One of the most popular ways to say thank you is by creating cards. The simple design of the Fancy Flower Thank You Card makes it a quick and simple project. The flower embellishment adds an unexpected three-dimensional element to an otherwise plain layout. The theme of flowers can also be found in the Thanks a Bunch Card. The yellow and blue papers nicely offset the black embellishments while the sentiment is both sweet and sincere. If you’re not interested in crafting with paper but want to leave a lasting impression, create a Mini Thank You Gift Tin. For this project, recycle an Altoids tin and cover it with yarn, paper and other embellishments.

Start 2014 on a positive note and show your appreciation for the gifts you received during the holiday season. Whether you are saying thank you for a physical present or just want to drop a note to someone you love, take this opportunity to get a little creative and show just how much you care. Let this spirit of gratitude permeate your entire year – you won’t regret it!

thank-you-note-diy-crafts

  1. Cute and Quick Homemade Thank You Cards from Decorator’s Notebook
  2. Hand Embroidered Thank You Cards from Creating Laura
  3. Floral Thank You Note Sets from Apple Crate
  4. Thank You Favor Tags from Hey Love Designs
  5. Watercolor Wax Resist Thank You Cards from Tikkido
  6. Easy DIY Thank You Cards with Metallic Sharpies from It’s Always Autumn
  7. Thank You Album from Happy Hour Projects
  8. Personalized Thank You Cards from Fireflies and Jellybeans
  9. Printable Quilled Thank You Card and Envelope from Paper Zen

 

What is your favorite way to say thanks?

Link Love: Crafty Storage Solutions

Are you feeling a little … scattered? This time of year can be super fun but so stressful. Right now, you’re probably finishing up last-minute gifts, decorating your home, cooking epic feasts and sending out holiday cards – there’s so much to do in a very short amount of time. One way I cope with stress is by staying as organized as possible. When the world gets crazy, I get to work – it helps me cut through the chaos. Plus, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and so many people make a promise to get organized in the new year. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive yet generic items like boxes and baskets. Instead, you can use your crafty skills and make a few of your own!

The more you like the organizational items you make, the more likely you are to want to use them and show them off. Be sure to tailor the colors to match your decor – you can seamlessly integrate the items into your home. Fun n’ Colorful Glass Canisters are completely customizable and so fun to make. Use sponges, stencils and paint to create messages and labels for the jars. You can also upcycle an old wooden bin and add fun touches to create a Decoupage Storage Pin. Dip into your stash of ribbons and buttons to make this piece stand out. If you’re lucky enough to have your own crafting space, you know that it can get a little messy sometimes. Quick and easy projects like the Water Bottle Supply Organizer can help you sort your craft supplies so you never lose anything again! Plus, you can reuse recycled plastic bottles – it’s a great way to go green!

Don’t wait until January to get organized. Take some time now to sort through your craft supplies and put a few items in a safe place. These simple activities will help you stress less and enjoy the holiday season so much more.

diy-storage-solutions

  1. ‘That’s a Wrap’ Fabric Covered Boxes from Caught on a Whim
  2. Craft Room Storage Cabinet from Finding Home Online
  3. Mason Jar Sewing Kit from Juliette Laura
  4. DIY Storage Container from A Bubbly Life
  5. DIY Leather Pencil Case from The Merry Thought
  6. Fabric Covered Magazine Files from Creative in Chicago
  7. Easy Washi Tape Storage from Scattered Thoughts
  8. DIY Storage Box Makeover from Whimsy Darling
  9. Denim Pencil Case from Vanilla Craft

Link Love: Chevron Crafts

Chevron is one trend that just won’t go away … and there’s nothing wrong with that! Those little squiggles seem to be popping up everywhere – from clothing designs to decor motifs. You can also add chevrons to knit and crochet patterns for added texture and dimension.  This is a simple design that anyone can replicate on their own, making it a fantastic choice for beginning crafters.

I like chevron because it can be seamlessly added to almost any craft project. I have a ton of bobby pins lying around, so DIY Bobby Pin Earrings seem like the perfect craft. You can add a chevron design using acrylic paint or nail polish – talk about an easy jewelry craft! I also love the look of Neon Chevron Cards. Why spend money on generic greetings when you can make these bright and sunny cards? You won’t believe how easy it is to create the intricate designs featured on each of these cards. If you’re more comfortable with a crochet hook, never fear – there are plenty of ways to add chevrons to your favorite crochet projects. Start working on a Crochet Chevron Table Setting now so you can use the pieces all winter long. Knitters, don’t think we forgot about you! A Chevron Scarf is a beginner friendly pattern that makes a great gift for the holiday season!

Chevrons have never been more popular, so now is the time to get in on the trend! Experiment with colors and sizes – you can’t go wrong with this simple yet striking design.

  1. Chevron Paper Garland from My Sister’s Suitcase
  2. Gold Placemat from Ruffled
  3. Chevron Glitter Vanity Tray from Craft A Doodle Do
  4. Mixed Metal Chevron Necklace from Erin Siegel Jewelry
  5. T-Shirt Chevron Pocket Update from A Bird’s Leap
  6. Gold Chevron Vase from Le Zoe Musings
  7. Party Bags from Pointless Pretty Things
  8. Inspiration Board from This Is Happiness
  9. Ombre Chevron from A Geek In Glasses

Link Love: Easter Egg Crafts

Whether you’re four or 104, Easter egg dyeing is arguably the best part of Easter. It’s the most fun way to celebrate the end of Lent and usher in spring. You might be used to more traditional methods of Easter egg dyeing, but there are so many other DIY options. In fact, you don’t even have to dye your eggs – you can stick thumbtacks in them, cover them with paint or add a photo to the surface. The more personal and creative the eggs are, the more you’ll want to display them!

Before you celebrate Easter, take some time to decorate Easter eggs using your favorite supplies. Can’t get enough glitz and glamour? Glittered Easter Eggs will surely stick out on your table or mantel. The girly look and simple steps make this a fun afternoon project. Easter eggs don’t have to have a two-dimensional look, either. Find faux flowers at your local craft store and use them to create Pottery Barn Style Floral Easter Eggs. You can place these eggs in a basket or add a ribbon too the top and hang them up – the choice is yours! If you’re looking for even more great Easter egg craft ideas, check out our special collection of 30 Easter Egg Craft Ideas. You’ll find ideas for every kind of Easter eggs (we’re talking wood, Styrofoam and more).

Easter is just weeks away, so now is the perfect time to get crafting. Gather up the family and create a beautiful basket filled with delightful handmade Easter eggs. Turn your crafty adventures into a yearly tradition that you can hold dear for years to come.

 

  1. Jackson Pollock Eggs from Grow Creative
  2. Picture Easter Eggs from By Wilma
  3. Onion Skin Dyed Decorative Eggs from Scissors and Spoons
  4. Flower Glitter Easter Eggs from A Pumpkin and a Princess
  5. Glitter Dipped Easter Eggs from Create Craft Love
  6. Natural Dyed Easter Eggs from Just Short of Crazy
  7. Polka Dot Thumb Tack Easter Eggs from Paper n’ Stitch Blog
  8. Rainbow Easter Eggs from No. 2 Pencil
  9. Faux Gilded Easter Eggs from Just Paint It

Link Love: Decorative Garland Crafts

Sometimes you just need to add a little something to your space. It’s easy to head out to the mall and buy something generic, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, you can create a completely unique decorative piece and hang it on a blank wall. Best of all, you don’t have to break the bank when you’re making a garland. For these projects, you can use scrap yarn, leftover paper or even old keys. Don’t forget a long piece of string or ribbon – that’s what makes your garland come together (literally).

I always thought garlands were meant for Christmas, but there are so many crafts that prove me wrong. It’s nice to be able to add a simple piece to a boring wall or blank mantel, and garlands can be made in no time at all. As began to search for garland projects online, I noticed a major craft trend – pom poms. Grab your most colorful yarn scraps and a pair of scissors – creating pom poms is such a fun and easy activity. Use them to make a Yarn Pom Pom Garland or, if you don’t have yarn, use tissue paper and create a Pom Pom Party Garland using the same technique. I also like the look of garlands that use (often die-cut) paper scraps. An Around the World Paper Chain has a pretty vintage look and would look great with yellow or brown scrapbook paper.

Garlands are a simple project for every kind of crafter. Use materials you have on hand and experiment with sizes, shapes and colors. Before you know it, your home will be covered in color.

  1. Tassel Garland from Calico Skies
  2. CMYK Garland from The Flair Exchange
  3. Key to My Heart Garland from Valley & Co. Lifestyle
  4. Glittery Star Garland from Hazel & Agnes
  5. Book Page Garland from Design, Dining + Diapers
  6. Cheap & Easy Neon Pompom Garland from Dream a Little Bigger
  7. DIY Golden Garland from The Lovely Cardboard
  8. No-Glue, No-Sew 3D Paper Dot Garland from Corinna Wraps
  9. Feather and Lavender Garland from Pointless Pretty Things

 

Link Love: Go Green in 2013

Last year, I made a resolution to go green. For me, this meant setting up a recycle bin at home and making sure to use it, even when it was less convenient. I also made it a point to repurpose recyclable items like jars and plastic bags. To be honest, I didn’t think it would make a huge difference, but I’ve really seen that every eco-friendly effort is completely necessary.

Recycle crafts can be made 365 days a year and tailored to any event. On FaveCrafts, there are free eBooks devoted to the subject (check out 12 Thrifty Trash to Treasure Crafts) and more specific roundups for a variety of materials such as plastic bottles. In fact, you can save the plastic tops from your water bottles and make a Bold Button Water Bottle Bracelet. Green crafting doesn’t end with recyclables, though. You can repurpose an old sock to create a Drawstring Sock Pouch – it’s perfect for carrying little treasures. If you’re a java fanatic, you probably go through plenty of K-Cups. Instead of throwing away all of those little empty cups, turn them into K-Cup Flower Pin Cushions.

There’s never a bad time to start a new habit. Once you start crafting with recyclables, you’ll be amazed how much money you save on supplies. Trim your trash haul and help the Earth – not a bad way to start the new year, don’t you think?

  1. Gift Card Holder from Paper Towel Roll from Nellie Bellie
  2. Recycled Jar Lantern from My Made Up Story
  3. Drinking Straw Bracelets from Mark Montano
  4. Jute Wrapped Recycled Bottles from The Full Moxie
  5. Manuscript Christmas Vase From a Recycled Tin Can from Wag Doll
  6. Wine Cork Stamps from Bespangled Jewelry
  7. Storage Frame from David Leon Morgan
  8. Super-Cute Fabric Bookmark from The Little Greenhouse
  9. DIY Scratch Paper from Recycled Books from Morena’s Corner

Link Love: Country-Style Crafts

Rustic, country-themed crafts are having a major moment right now. Many of these projects incorporate wood in some way and require materials such as twine and thread. What’s nice about rustic crafts is that you don’t have to live on a farm or even in the suburbs to create these projects. Even the most urban city slicker can find the supplies needed to create these down-home projects.

There are so many ways to incorporate touches of the country into your own home decor. Now is the perfect time to capture the season and create your own Rustic Fall Vases. You can upcycle empty jars for this project and fill them with season flowers.

Don’t forget to add a few decorative pieces to your wall as well. A cool gift for a down-home grandpa is the Rustic Cabin Plaque. Transfer a meaningful image onto a piece of wood – it’s a great alternative to giving a simple picture frame and it can be hung on a wall! Even the most urban space can be turned into a country escape with a Carved Wood Frame Plaque. Again, wood plays a huge roll in country crafts, and this project really captures that country feel.

There’s something so refreshing about the simplicity of the lines and shapes of these decorative pieces. People travel to the country to get back to nature and clear their head, and each of these projects really captures that sense of calm. There’s nothing fancy or over the top about a wood box or a frame made from twigs and interestingly, that’s what makes them stand out. Rustic crafts also harken back to a simple time. These are the kinds of pieces you would have found in your grandparent’s country cabin, not in some modern home from 2012.

 

 

Do you like the rustic craft trend? Why or why not?