Easy Peasy Messy Bun Crochet Hat Pattern

This hat pattern is crocheted much like a regular beanie, but allows you to leave an opening at the crown to pull your messy bun or high ponytail through.

That means no more hat hair. These are perfect for winter activities like skiing and skating, or just for braving the chilly weather.

You can make this in any color you’d like, and it’s a very beginner friendly pattern.

It’s guaranteed to be a knockout gift for anyone on your list, but I definitely wouldn’t blame you if you kept one all for yourself!

Clay Flower Cones

If you have little sprays of flowers – like lavender, as in the tutorial – or nosegays in tiny jars of water why not try this option? Make an embossed clay cone to hold your flowers. Sam from A Happy Home in Holland has a tutorial for making decorative flower holders from air dry clay and tiny eyelets.

You could tuck a test tube or tiny glass bubble vase in the base of the cone for a few drops of water and turn your cone into a vase of sorts. Or make this cone out of oven bake clay (just make sure the material shaping your cone is just paper crumpled up when you pop it all in the oven).

Sweetheart Dolls From Heart-shaped Lids

Save the lids from those candy boxes and upcycle them into fun Sweetheart Dolls! You need 20 gauge wire, necklace beads, a bit of paper and a face. I used a molded paper clay face but any 1.5″ face will do. Make this gift idea personal and use a photograph of a loved one!  Upcycle craft supplies you have in your hobby room or she-shack now!

Enjoy the candy and save the packaging by turning it into Sweetheart Dolls!

These Sweetheart Dolls are a great idea to do with the grandkids!
Print out some heart-shaped candies with your favorite words and begin decorating these little dolls!
Sweetheart Dolls are made with commonplace items already in your craft room.
Upcycle materials you have in your craft room already, such as washi tape, any beads of your choice, crafting wire, and any other items you wish to add.
Use clay faces or pretty faces from magazines for your Sweetheart Dolls.
Use pretty faces from magazines, or clay faces.
Use leftover craft wire to make the limbs & neck for your Sweetheart Dolls.
Use leftover craft wire to make the limbs and neck for your dolls.

Use craft wire to make the limbs and neck of your Sweetheart Dolls.

Cover the wire with a decorative piece of paper to keep the Sweetheart Dolls looking pretty.

Read Sweetheart Dolls From Heart-shaped Lids by Neokentin on Recyclart!

Cozy Up to This Stranded Knit Cowl

frosty twilight cowl knitting patternI have not yet given up on winter knitting (and am, in fact, finally almost done with my long-awaited Tilted Duster) and, depending on where you live, you might not have, either, so I wanted to share this lovely cowl pattern from knotions.

The Frosty Twilight Cowl will remind you of snow because of the white stranded knitting design, but it’s sure to keep you warm regardless of whether there’s white stuff on the ground (everyone where I live is sad it looks like we’re going to have had two years in a row without decent snow, but that’s another story).

This would be a great project for using a few oddballs, too, because the top and bottom are ribbed in contrasting colors, though of course you could use one background color for the ribbing as well.

[Photo: Knotions.]

Super pretty prayer flags

Have you heard of prayer flags? Well, I hadn’t heard of them but I spotted a pretty banner made from scraps of fabric and I needed to see more. So I did a bit of surfing and they are quite diverse and I came to the conclusion they could be just about anything. These prayer flags featured at Weekend Gypsy Emporium were some of my favorite. A completely different yet still just as beautiful were ones at Mrs. Moen blog.

How to Sew a Lace Kimono

Have you ever sewn with lace? It’s not as hard as it may seem! This non-traditional kimono project is the perfect starter project to get you acquainted with the fabric. In the end, you’ll have a lightweight outer garment that is perfect for a spring and summer layer. So maybe this is my way of wishing spring was already here. Anyone else with me?

This tutorial creates a simple and loose non-traditional kimono with no waist tie, although you could easily add one if you desire. Are you ready to get started?

-lace *I bought 2 yards and had extra left over (be sure not to buy slick/polyester lace–cotton is great for this project)
-a size 9/65 needle especially for lace
-measuring tape
-your sewing machine

Step One: I know I said I *always* cut with a pattern, but I’m skipping it today. To get started on your kimono, open up your piece of lace completely and then fold in half lengthwise.

Step Two: After you’ve folded your fabric once, we’re going to fold it again. Take your top right corner over to the top left corner so your fabric is split in half again.

Step Three: Let’s figure out some measurements, shall we? You can tweak this project many different ways by changing measurements here and there. Measure your arm length from the center of your neck down one of your arms and decide where you’d like your sleeves to hit. Do the same thing from your neck to your waist or thighs (or wherever you’d like your kimono to hit), and measure your bust. Here are the measurements for my kimono pattern:

-neck to elbow: 22″
-width of armhole: 18″
-top to bottom: 32″
-width of body: 14″

Once you have your measurements, add 1/2″ to sides for seam allowance. Add an additional 1/2″ to arm holes and an additional 1″ to the bottom for hem allowance. Measure out your fabric and mark (feel free to create a paper pattern for this if desired).

Step Four: Once you cut your fabric to your measurements, your piece should look like this. Now it’s time to start folding and hemming!

Step Five: We’ll start our sewing with the armholes. Fold the edge over 1/4″ and fold again. Pin in place. Take your sleeves to the sewing machine. (If you’d like a wider hem, feel free to adjust your measurements to whatever you’re comfortable with.)  Be sure you’re using a needle on your machine that is designed to work with lace as mentioned in the supply list above. This will save you a lot of frustration with snags! If it feels like your presser foot is catching under the lace a lot, try slowing your stitching down and carefully guiding it under as you stitch.

Step Six: Now that your sleeves are hemmed, go ahead and pin the sides and under the arms. Take this back to your machine and stitch it up with a straight stitch! Add a zigzag stitch next to your straight stitch along the edge to keep your lace from pulling or fraying.

Step Seven: Okay, now that we have the sides and arms stitched up and the armholes hemmed, let’s create an opening for our bodies to go in. Lay your kimono out flat and use your measuring tape to find the center of the body. Cut only the top layer from the bottom to the center neck.

**If this makes you really nervous, feel free to cut three different pieces with a pattern and stitch the shoulders together. Remember, there are always several different ways to tackle a project. Do what makes you the most comfortable.

Step Eight: You have just cut down the center of the top piece of your kimono. Measure your neck opening and cut only that at the top fold (see above photo). Fold the pieces over to create a smooth transition from neck to chest and cut those off.

Step Nine: Roll, pin, and stitch all along your edge all the way around (fold 1/4″ and fold 1/4″ again). Once you have finished this, go ahead and stitch up the hem on the very bottom of your kimono. Once you make it through that, you’ve reached the end! Flip that pretty kimono right-side out and wear it proudly!

Don’t you feel incredibly accomplished? The thing about sewing pieces of your wardrobe is that they feel WAY more special than a store-bought this or that. Plus, when you receive a compliment about your super darling outfit, you get to respond with a sweet, “Thank you. I made it myself.” – Katie

Credits // Author: Katie Shelton. Photography: Janae Hardy and Katie Shelton.

Plastic Spoon Chicks for Easter

These sweet Plastic Spoon Chicks are full of color and make a great addition to your holiday table. Make these adorable chicks to grace your table this year!

When we think about cute crafts for Easter, bunnies, and chicks spring to mind. These plastic spoon chicks are full of color and can and should be personalized! Plastic Spoon Chicks for Easter Easter is a holiday where people get together to celebrate family, religious beliefs, and togetherness. The holiday almost always is celebrated with

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Featured Shop: 23janvier

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From the start, France-based artist Marie-Charlotte, founder of the handmade paper goods shop 23janvier, knew better than to confine herself to a single creative interest. As an art history student at the University of Art in Bordeaux, she dabbled in a slew of mediums and techniques, gradually homing in on painting and photography. “But I used color in photography, and photography in painting—I liked to mix both,” Marie-Charlotte says.

Later, she joined the French art school ESA des Pyrénées, where she began to experiment more with papers and shapes in her painting, and developed a passion for Asian painting and paper works—”so delicate, and dedicated to nature, too.” Dividing her time between photography, printmaking, painting, book binding, and graphic design, a cohesive thread began to take shape for Marie-Charlotte: “Through it all, I was always focused on colors and nature,” she says. And thus, the seed for 23janvier was planted.

“After I graduated, I had a lot of ideas in my head, so I created this lovely independent workshop, where I do everything from prints to binding,” she says. And it’s all defined by her distinctly natural aesthetic, centered around patterns formed from flowers and plants. Of course, she still has side projects too, like a multimedia collaboration that combines music, photos, graphic design, and sounds. And why not? As she’s already proven, there’s absolutely no reason to choose just one artistic path.

Read on to learn about Marie-Charlotte’s process and products, then shop the 23janvier collection.

Where do you find inspiration? What do you do or where do you go when you need a creative boost?

I find inspiration in nature, especially in plants—I’m inspired by their colors, their shapes, their delicacy. I spend lots of time picking wild plants, composing my herbarium, and learning about the names for different specimens. I also like to grow plants—everything from vegetables to trees. Long walks in the forest are my creative boost; the outline of a flower can be the beginning of a pattern.

Paper can be the beginning of an idea, too: For example, my Japanese handprinted paper was born when I discovered Japanese washi paper. That’s how I created my botanical stamps, after searching for a way to produce delicate prints to match this delicate material.

When did you begin selling on Etsy, and how has that affected your work or your creative process?

I began selling on Etsy in 2013, less than a year after I started 23janvier. At first, I made original cards based on my photography. Each print was made by me and finished with a name and a little cover. I was already working with paper in that sense, but the idea of making stationery objects came little by little.

Discovering all the creators on Etsy was a great inspiration. And with Etsy, my artistic workshop became a brand. I started to think more as a designer, creating patterns and collections of objects. My love for binding and Asian paper work brought me to experiment with Japanese binding. Eventually, I succeeded in creating a signature binding inspired by the Japanese styles, which I use on my Japanese notebooks.

Tell us about your workspace: Where do you do your creating and what tools do you use?

My workspace is both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, I work at home, in a little workshop stocked with many tools. But I usually begin my work outside, taking pictures and collecting natural elements to use for printing. At home, I finalize designs and patterns on my computer, then I print and build my products. I use inkjet printing for my notebooks and cards, but I also print by hand using stamps, woodblocks, and photogravure.

Which item in your shop is your favorite, and how did that design come into being?

My favorite item is my printed Japanese paper. It’s a white paper, with long, thin fibers that are both delicate and strong. I’ve created a specific printing process for this paper, using natural stamps to create soft, plant-derived prints. I’ve worked with wild flowers, fig leaves, and more to make those natural illustrations.

Every design is available in several colors: blue, green, and pink, tinted with golden ink. Each print is unique, and you can use them for wrapping, origami, or decoration. The white of the paper itself is also important—the pattern doesn’t hide the surface, but rather decorates it. Each print highlights the paper and reveals its beautiful fibers. I love that, and I think that other people like it, too!

What are your hopes and dreams for the future of your business?

I have great hopes for my business, and many ideas. The next step will be creating posters, I think. I would also like to work with natural inks, making my own plant dyes using plants that I’ve grown. Last year I experimented with shibori techniques, a printing process based on folding. I made an exclusive shibori collection for Christmas; I’d like to develop that into a whole permanent collection.

What is your favorite Etsy shop to buy from? Are there other Etsy shops that you love or admire?

There is a shop on Etsy that I especially like called Oak Gallery; it’s the brand of a French graphic designer based in Bordeaux. Her illustrations of leaves are really beautiful, and she also brings some geometry to them. I also like The Link Collective, a Japanese brand of furoshiki textiles. Their patterns are so original and the concept is great: using the same piece of fabric to serve as a beautiful wrap or a bag.

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Photographs courtesy of 23janvier.

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Valerie Rains is a senior editor at Etsy.

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