Babypalooza! 13 Pastel Baby Blankets

Spring is fast approaching, which means one big thing in the world of crochet: it’s time to start making your baby gifts! Spring is a really popular time of year for baby showers, baby birthday parties, and other celebrations (such as Easter) where giving a gift could be appropriate. There’s no better gift for this time of year than pastel baby blankets – new parents could always use a high-quality baby blanket, and this time of year there’s usually still a bit of a chill in the air that makes it a little too cold for a new baby unless they’re bundled up in a soft baby blanket!

To get inspired, I’ve rounded up 13 of our cutest pastel afghan patterns just for you! Pastels are always a big trend for spring (just think of the colors that come to mind when you think about Easter!) and whether it’s a gift for a boy or a girl, you can’t go wrong with working up one of these adorable crochet afghan patterns in a baby-friendly pastel hue. We’re ga-ga for some of these incredible color combinations, and whether you prefer a granny square afghan pattern or something a little larger, these unique designs are sure to please! (And remember that the Pantone colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pastel pink and blue respectively, so you don’t have to feel guilty about working up a pretty pastel afghan for yourself, as well – it’s totally on trend for 2016!)

Babypalooza! 13 Pastel Baby Blankets

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Sweet Pastel Waves Baby Blanket

Popcorn Pastel Crochet Baby Blanket

Pastel Wind Chime Lace Afghan

Rockabye Baby Granny Square

Pastel Ripple Baby Afghan

Pastel Shell Blanket

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Pastel Granny Afghan

Crocheted Pastel Baby Blanket

Pastel Rainbow Baby Blanket

Pastel Roses Baby Blanket

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Heavenly Pastel Baby Blanket

Rainbow of Pastels Baby Blanket

Lacy Shells Afghan

Find more fantastic crochet afghan patterns and craft ideas in the FaveCrafts Quick and Crafty newsletter.

What is your favorite spring color?

How to Make a Washcloth Bunny

The cutest decorations sometimes come from the simplest places. This video tutorial on How to Make a Washcloth Bunny demonstrates how you can upcycle an old washcloth and turn it into one of the most adorable springtime crafts you’ve ever seen!

Not only is this spring craft adorable, it’s also easy to make and cost effective! In less than an hour you can create a fun and easy springtime craft that will cost you under $10 to create. How’s that for a thrifty craft? Try pulling out this project with your kids and grand-kids – they’ll love how easy and interactive it is! Soon you’ll have adorable bunnies littering your entire house. And what better way to celebrate the season than with a herd of the cutest rabbits you’ve ever seen? 🙂

Love it yet? Find Instructions at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com!

Let us know—what’s your favorite way to decorate for spring?

5 Beautiful Beginner Jewelry Projects for Spring

Have you ever wondered how to start making your own jewelry, but don’t know where to start? Well there is no need to wonder anymore with these five fabulous beginner projects to help you start making your jewelry designing dreams a reality. Spring is a time of new beginnings, so there is no better time to start a new project, begin a new hobby, or find a new skill than this season! Designing jewelry is a lot of fun and is a great creative outlet, but it can be a little daunting to get started. That is why we here at AllFreeJewelryMaking have put together a list of five fun and easy projects to lead you in the right direction. From simple statements to beginner woven bracelets, there is a project for everyone to try in this collection. Start the spring season off right with these beautiful beginner jewelry projects.

 

Quick Coral Drop EarringsDIY earrings are one of the easiest ways to start making your own jewelry. These Quick Coral Drop Earrings couldn’t be cuter, or easier to make! Learn how to make bead earrings in just five minutes using supplies you already have lying around with this simple tutorial. These easy earrings are super chic, yet still add a flirty punch of color, keeping the look light and fun and perfect for spring.

 

 

 

 

Ombre Washer NecklaceRecycling fans will love this fantastic DIY jewelry piece. With some recycled washers and a little paint, you can create this lovely Ombre Washer Necklace. Crafting jewelry out of recycled materials is both frugal and fun. This project helps you get the trendy ombre look for a fraction of the cost of many designer and retail jewelry pieces. The only question you’ll have about this fabulous DIY necklace is which color to choose!

 

 

 

Beginner's Wrap BraceletSimple bracelets are another easy and fun way to start making your own jewelry. Ease your way into bracelet designs with the Beginner’s Wrap Bracelet. This tutorial features a simple bracelet design that is a great introduction to hemp bracelets. This easy, yet always stylish bracelets are a great way to build your bracelet making confidence.

 

 

 

Mint Statement Necklace in ClayRemember when you were young how much fun it was to play with clay? Well you can have that same enjoyment making this Mint Statement Necklace with Clay. The bright bold color of this statement necklace makes it perfect for spring. Plus, this project requires few materials, so the price to make this beginner statement necklace is perfect for any budget.

 

 

 

Fabric Flower RingLast, but not least, we have a lovely fabric jewelry tutorial just for you. Flowers are an essential part of spring, which means they will also be a staple part of your spring jewelry collection. Grab some scrap fabric and twist, and soon you’ll have your very own Fabric Flower Ring like this one. They are so quick and charming that you’ll want to make a bouquet of them in every color!

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check back at AllFreeJewelryMaking.com for the latest beginner jewelry projects, as well as tips and tricks for beginning jewelry makers!

 

 

Beginning Jewelry Making Books GiveawayEXTRA:  Enter the Leisure Arts Beginning Jewelry Making Books Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of Learn to Make Jewelry, Quick and Easy Peasy Jewelry, and Oh-So-Easy Jewelry. We are giving away a copy of each of these three fabulous books to two lucky winners. Learning how to make jewelry has never been easier than with these three helpful guide books from Leisure Arts. If you are interested in starting to make your own jewelry, these books are for you! Enter today to win this fabulous giveaway prize!  The deadline to enter is March 31st, 2014, at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

 

What was the first jewelry project you made?

Start your Spring Cleaning with Easy Sewing Projects!

Ah, spring cleaning. Every year it is a giant production that uses up weekends of healthy energy. You spend so much time organizing your life during these spring months just to end up right back where you started one year later. Don’t be discouraged! Instead, craft one of these easy sewing projects to keep your home organized! Say hello to warm weather with these spring cleaning ideas.

Get started by sewing a protective Adjustable Apron or one of these other 27 Free Patterns for Aprons. Follow this checklist for successful Spring Cleaning 2014.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

 

1. Take Out the Trash

20 Minute Clothespin Bag Let’s be real: the majority of spring cleaning involves throwing out all of that stuff you really don’t need. Say goodbye to those hoarder-like tendencies with the freeing action of throwing things away. While you’re at it, sew up an excellent new trash bag for disposing your junk in style. Try out the Hanging Trash Bag for a convenient solution. This trash bag is waiting at your side, ready for you to toss stuff into it. Another great option is the 20 Minute Clothespin Bag. Transform a plain old clothespin bag into a simple trash receptacle that’s surprisingly cute and practical.

 

 

 

 

2. Get Organized

Life Saving Collapsible Bin With the remaining items you keep, be sure to organize your home so the clutter doesn’t build like last year! Since we at AllFreeSewing have about a million sewing patterns for organization, I’ll go ahead an list just a few of our best:

1. Make a Bedside Organizer
2. Life Saving Collapsible Bin
3. Door Organizer
4. 8 Awesome DIY Organizers: Sewing Organizer Tutorials eBook

 

 

3. Dust Shelves

DIY Washable DusterNo house is truly clean if there is any lingering dust! Send those dust bunnies on their way with your very own DIY Washable Duster. This project is easy to make and perfect for spring. Don’t throw away this duster when you’ve finished using it! Wash it and reuse it for a green solution to your spring cleaning.

For another great duster that can be used over and over, check out the tutorial for these Reusable Swiffer Duster Cloths. This is the perfect way to use up your scrap flannel. Clean out your fabric scraps from your stash and create a new cleaning supply in the process.

 

 

4. Clean Floors

Washable Flip Mop Pads There’s no use in tidying up your space if your floors remain grimy. Make your own Washable Flip Mop Pads for your favorite floor duster. Instead of purchasing disposable pads for your flip mop, make your own for a fraction of the price. You’ll save money by washing these flip pads rather than throwing them out and buying new ones.

You can also upcycle some old socks to make another variation! The Reusable Swiffer Sweeper is a marvelous way to repurpose a pair of socks that you won’t wear again.

 

 

5. Don’t Forget the Car!

Cool Car Caddy Straps On To HeadrestLet’s not forget the space that serves as your second home! Spring cleaning doesn’t just involved cleaning out your house. Be sure to tidy up the family car, too! Organize your car with a few of these easy sewing projects. Make the Car Caddy for all of your on-the-go crafting supplies. Crafting a is a great way to stay occupied on long road trips, and this is a way to keep those crafting supplies organized! Be sure to keep those road trip snacks organized as well with the Cool Car Caddy Straps On To Headrest.

 

 

 

 

What is the messiest room in your house?

 

Spring Preview: 25 Spring Jewelry Designs

Are you tired of winter weather, and looking forward to warmer, sunnier days? I know I am! Having less hours of sunlight and facing icy winds can leave you feeling very weary. That is why the first signs of spring weather are always a delight. Whether it is the sound of buzzing bees, the sight of gorgeous butterflies, or the smell of fresh flowers, everyone has their favorite thing about spring. Start preparing for this lovely season by creating some fabulous jewelry accessories that will get you in a spring-ready mood. Check out Spring Forward: 25 Spring Jewelry Designs for some of our favorite jewelry projects for spring.

 Spring Forward: 25 Spring Jewelry Designs

Even though we here at AllFreeJewelryMaking are not be able to thaw the ice and snow, we can help you warm things up indoors with some spring-ready accessories. We have compiled a list of some of favorite projects for spring, just for you. From nature inspired necklaces to beautiful flower bracelets, we have something for everyone in this collection.

 

Nature Inspired Projects Crochet Wire Flower Pendant

When you think of spring, you think of nature. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the smell of rain showers is in the air. Get inspired by all of these natural elements, and make lovely jewelry pieces. These Crochet Wire Flower Pendants are so cute, you are going to want to make a full garden’s worth of them. Find this project and other natural jewelry pieces in our list of spring projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Colors of Spring Designs Braided Seed Bead Necklace

Influenced by the sights of blooming flowers and foliage, all of the colorful pieces in this spring collection reflect the fun and excitement of this thrilling season. From a stitched Swirling Pastel Crystals Bracelet to a simple Braided Seed Bead Necklace, you are sure to find the right colorful spring piece for you in the collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Butterflies, Bees, and More Buzzworthy Bee Cuff

Butterflies are so popular in the crafting world for spring, and jewelry makers are no exception to this trend. We have several butterfly designs, as well as this amazing Buzzworthy Bee Cuff bracelet, for you to choose from to create stellar spring jewelry accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

If you still haven’t seen the right spring jewelry accessory for you, don’t fret! We have even more spring projects for you to choose from. Remember, we are always adding projects to AllFreeJewelryMaking.com, so be sure to check in for the latest seasonal projects and trends!

 

 

Wire-Wrapped and Natural Jewelry Pocket Guide GiveawayBONUS: This collection features several wire-wrapped and natural jewelry pieces. Want to expand your skills in these areas? Enter to win the Wire-Wrapped and Natural Jewelry Pocket Guides Giveaway! Learning how to make jewelry has never been easier than with these two helpful pocket guide books. If you have ever wondered how to wire-wrap jewelry, or how to make jewelry inspired by nature, these pocket guides are for you. Enter today to win this fabulous giveaway prize!  The deadline to enter is February 17, 2014, at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

A Year of Quilts: Our Favorite Seasonal Free Quilt Patterns

According to our last site survey, a big number of our loyal FaveQuilts readers only want to spend a few weeks on their patterns. With the right quilt patterns, this could mean a new quilt for every month! Below, you’ll find some cute designs and projects ideas that will make each month special.

FaveQuilts 2014 Calendar

January

Treat yourself to something that’s stylish, useful, and very easy to piece together by making a Chinese New Year Pop Up Hexie Basket. Even if you won’t be celebrating the Chinese New Year beginning at the end of the month, you can make this cute little basket with English paper piecing.

February

Instead of a generic gift, you can show someone special how much you care with a sweet quilt pattern like the Heart of My Heart Valentine Quilt for Valentine’s Day. It’s the gift that keeps on giving; this heart quilt pattern is small enough to serve as a table decoration or small wall hanging.

March

Spring has arrived, and nothing will suit it better than a quilt pattern with refreshing green fabric. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, decorate your home with a Green Beer Quilted Table Runner. Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, the simple strip pieced design will bring a modest and modern look to any style of decor.

 

 April

Nothing says April like the April Showers Mug Rug; whether it’s storming outside or bright and beautiful, you can enjoy a peaceful afternoon with a hot cup that you rest on this creative mug rug pattern. It’s perfect for scrap quilters looking to start cleaning out their stash in time for spring cleaning.

May

Nature blooms so beautifully during May, and now you can appreciate their beauty in your quilting too with the beautiful and easy Fields of Tulips Quilt. It’ll be a nice change from a vase of flowers, and these will last much longer.

 June

If you have little ones, they’ll finally be home, and your schedule might be thrown for a loop. Even if you only have a few hours, you’ll still be able to make the cute Sunny Santa Monica Quilt and decorate it with your favorite free motion design.

July

Picnic season will be in full swing as soon as things heat up, so be prepared for some fun adventures with the family with your very own picnic quilt pattern like the Ravishing Rail Picnic Quilt. This eye-popping jelly roll quilt looks just as amazing in your home too.

August

Before the warm weather goes away, enjoy one final fun trip to the beach with the handy Seaside Chevron Picnic Quilt, which uses laminated fabric that ensures you’ll be able to enjoy your day and minimize clean up.

September

Another chill is on its way, but your family will always be warm and cozy thanks to a rag quilt like the Fuss Free Rag Quilt.

October

Many quilters don’t want to create a whole new project for Halloween because of how short the holiday is, but a project like the One Hour Pumpkin Hot Pad can be used throughout the season while still making a cute addition to your holiday decor.

November

Nothing’s more important than the table during Thanksgiving, so make sure yours looks its best with a classic table topper like the Cinnamon Spice of Life Tablecloth.

December

No matter what holiday you celebrate during December, the Attic Window Snowman Scene Quilt will be a sweet reminder of how magical the season is.

 

 

 

For more quilting inspiration year round, enter our 2014 Calendars from Landauer Publishing giveaway! We’re giving away two calendars full of beautiful ideas and designs for every month of the year. Enter by tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What month/season inspires your quilting the most?

Beading those Blues Away with Pretty Beading Designs and Patterns

Doesn’t winter feel like it’s been going on forever? Though spring technically rolled in on March 20th, those winter blues may be still nagging some of us. Don’t worry; at AllFreeJewelryMaking, hope springs eternal. Battle the blues by checking out and trying out Beader’s Digest: The 34 Prettiest Beading Designs and Patterns You’ve Ever Seen. Every one of these dynamite DIY jewelry designs is a remedy for the old melancholia.

Just because nature is taking her sweet time getting gussied up for spring doesn’t mean you have to. These DIY jewelry designs manipulate beautiful beads into different bracelet, necklace, ring and earring designs. These are beading designs and patterns that are positively lovely. The tutorials featured in this collection of  jewelry designs will equip you with the skills to spring forth from any lingering winter blues. Step into the new season with a refreshed attitude and awesome accessories to boot.

Yes indeed, ladies and gentleman, our antidote to being down in the dumps will surely revitalize you. If you’re in doubt, here’s a little sample of our prescription.

Beautiful Beaded Bracelets to Kick the Blues

Grace Kelly Woven Bracelet

We recommend bed rest and beading bracelet designs to lift your spirits. These DIY bracelet patterns are a great way to relax and enjoy some “you” time. In these bracelet beading designs and patterns, you’ll find various ways to make a bracelet. Whether you’re fond of stitching or stringing you’ll find a project in this collection that will pep you up. Take this Grace Kelly Woven Bracelet, for example. The name itself is enough to make you smile, let alone the intricate stitches that make up this bracelet.

Earring Patterns to Cure the Cheerlessness

Victorian Flaire Earrings

If you want to brighten up your day, learn how to make earrings. I always find earrings that I want to buy, but grumble at the price. These easy earring patterns put an end to the grumbling. I found these Victorian Flaire Earrings particularly striking. They look identical to something I’d see at a boutique. Make these DIY earrings, and any of the featured beading designs and patterns, for a fraction of the price you’d find in a store. I can’t help smiling at that.

A Spoonful of DIY Necklace Designs to Conquer the Gloom

Lilac Rosette Seed Bead Necklace

DIY necklace designs are an excellent way to feel like a new woman. If you make any of these featured necklace crafts, you can transform an outfit from glum to glam. I’ve pulled this Lilac Rosette Seed Bead Necklace from the collection of Beader’s Digest: The 34 Prettiest Beading Designs and Patterns You’ve Ever Seen to show how seasonal these crafts can be. Note the beautiful lilac color in this floral-like necklace pattern. It’s the perfect DIY necklace to herald spring.

Remedy Ring Patterns

Circular Brick Stitch Tutorial

Our final remedy for you is this collection of DIY ring patterns. These are my personal favorites. A ring can go a long way in making you love your look. Plus, it’s an excuse to get a manicure. I wanted to sharpen up my stitching skills and found I could from this Circular Brick Stitch Tutorial. These are so much fun to make and look great. The answer to a refreshing attitude lies in Beader’s Digest: The 34 Prettiest Beading Designs and Patterns You’ve Ever Seen. If you try out these jewelry designs you’re going to like the way you feel; we guarantee it.

Do you have a favorite piece of spring jewelry?

 

Sewing Spring Cleaning and Organization Tools

For some of you, spring cleaning may be the most exciting time of the year. For others, myself included, it’s a terrifying confrontation with a year’s worth of junk. For the benefit of crafters and cleaners alike, here are some projects from AllFreeSewing that should serve as home cleaning remedies. Whether you need to organize your house or evict pounds of dust from it, these craft organization ideas should make your journey to spring cleanliness easier. Look around you and admit that some extra ideas for home organization couldn’t hurt. You know that once you effectively master the mess in your home, you can enjoy a guilt-free spring. Ready for some ideas? Here they are:

Do-it-Yourself-CleaningDIY Microfiber Cleaning Slippers

Try out homemade cleaning remedies from AllFreeSewing like this these Washable Flip Mop Pads. There are tons of ways to make your own cleaning supplies. If you’re wondering how to remove dust from your home, these DIY Microfiber Cleaning Slippers from Housing a Forest are also a creative way to do it.

I also love this DIY Washable Duster. DIY Washable DusterOne: because it looks cool. Two: because you can actually reuse this DIY duster instead of throwing it away after every use. It lets you spring clean and be green!

 

Crafting Organization Systems

Closet cleaning is one of the worst kinds. It’s common knowledge that the closet is the real trash can of a room. Like a black hole it swallows an enormous amount stuff, unbeknownst to you. The problem is you can live without most of the items in your closet, but you choose to keep them. This spring is a time to enforce some organization systems into your closet. This Hanging Jewelry Organizer, for example, will keep your jewelry neatly in one place. Learn how to sew pockets to fit every kind of accessory you have. This Mail Organizer is also a clever closet cleaning DIY organizer. Mail Organizer Tutorial

Pretty Painted PegboardI found this awesome Pretty Painted Pegboard from Sew Fearless. If you’re an avid crafter, this project may be worth the work. The weather is heating up so you can make this in your garage and really enjoy spring cleaning!

 

 

Organizational Tips for the Neglected Car

Unfortunately, you may have noticed that your accumulated junk doesn’t only stay in your house. If you’re ever embarrassed to have someone in your car, you know what I mean. A friend slides into the front seat to meet a pile of papers, an ice scraper (even though the snow melted a month ago), a pair of shoes, a sandwich, a roll of toilet paper- these items might be different in your car.

Try enforcing similar organization systems in your car that you use in your home. For example, this Car Caddy is a sewing project for intermediate-level seamstresses who need a place to put the items in their car. Making car caddies like this one will also teach you how to sew pockets. It’s learning a sewing technique and getting organized at the same time. Cool Car Caddy

In my search for cleaning solutions to the car I also came across this excellent DIY sewing project. The Hanging Trash Bag will serve its purpose dutifully in your vehicle. You always need a place to put greasy take-out containers, napkins or baby diapers on the road. What’s great about this trash bag is it doesn’t even look like a garbage can; it’s actually pretty.

Do you have any spring cleaning tips?

Spring Cleaning Saturday: DIY Gift Boxes for Spring

Reycled Matchbox Gift BoxAdmittedly, the weather outside is a poor reflection of spring. For us DIY-ers, though, that’s not enough to keep us from enjoying spring crafts. What better way to kick-off the season of rebirth and fresh beginnings than by spring cleaning? You don’t have to drown your dumpster in all of your junk. Instead, put it to use with some simple spring crafts. In this DIY gift box, you’ll find a project that you’ll love adding to your paper craft ideas. Read on to find out how to make DIY gift boxes that take care of your mess in a fun and crafty way.

 

DIY Gift Boxes

Recycled Matchbox Gift Box

In case you’ve forgotten already, it’s spring! You know what that means? It means that it’s time to go through your craft closet and get cleaning.  Recycled Matchbox Gift BoxAssuming you’re like most crafters and hoard a lot of everyday materials, you have a lot of empty matchboxes around the house. Face it: you don’t need them. You can, however, revamp and pay them forward to someone else with these enchanting DIY gift boxes.

To complete these springy DIY gift boxes, makes sure you have your matchboxes and some patterned paper. These are your key players in this spring craft. Your creativity should step in when it comes to decorating these divine containers. Use whatever collage materials you have to gussy-up your matchboxes. If you’re willing to share, get the kids involved too! There’s nothing better than spring Recycled Matchbox Gift Boxcrafts for kids that eventually clean up the house.

This project is nothing short of a Cinderella story, transforming the ragtag items lying around into bonnie spring gift boxes.

For other spring crafts that upcycle materials, check these out:

Beautiful Embellished Recycled Springtime Ornaments
Butcher Paper Spring Wreath
Recycled Butterfly Wreath
Recycled Bottle Vase

 

 Do you have a spring cleaning craft of choice?

 

Get 10 Free Flower Tutorials with Our New Flower Crafts eBook!

Paper Flowers eBook

Enjoy all of the perks of spring without having to watch your floral collection fade away this year when you take a few crafty tips from AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com! You’ll have more than just the sunshine to celebrate when you take a peek at our latest eBook, 10 Free Flower Tutorials: How to Make Fabric Flowers, Flowers from Paper, and More. This free eBook is full of different ways to make your own flowers for spring. Including ways to make flowers from paper, fabric flowers, and even a few floral accessories, you’ll have plenty of different ideas to choose from. Plus, if you’re looking for a way to make an even better bouquet for your sweetheart’s birthday, or your mother on Mother’s Day, these flower crafts make wonderful handmade gifts too!

French Twist Fabric Flowers

The projects in the 10 Free Flower Tutorials: How to Make Fabric Flowers, Flowers from Paper, and More eBook includes a selection of our very favorite, and most popular flower crafts for spring. You’ll be sure to love each and every one of these different handmade flower tutorials. Each one of these flower crafts also includes detailed pictures and step-by-step instructions that will teach you “how-to” without the headache. Before you run out to the store for a fresh bouquet to decorate your table, take a look though our newest eBook and find 10 different ways to make flowers that will last forever!

Blossoming-Paper-FlowersWe know how important floral patterns are to the spring season, which is why we have put together this exclusive eBook collection for you. Take your time and find the perfect flower craft to decorate with this spring in the 10 Free Flower Tutorials: How to Make Fabric Flowers, Flowers from Paper, and More eBook. If you want to decorate for a birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, or even a wedding reception, you’ll find flower crafts that are just-for-fun, others perfect for a small party, and some that are meant for formal events in this eBook. Get ready to be surrounded in flowers that will last a lifetime and download your free copy of 10 Free Flower Tutorials: How to Make Fabric Flowers, Flowers from Paper, and More today!