Sunday March 9, 2014
Scrap Fabric Pincushion With Beaded Crochet Edge - Photo © Amy Solovay
I really enjoyed putting together this list of free pincushion patterns for you. Some of these patterns are cute and fun, some of them are objects of beauty, and all of them are useful to have around. If you need a new pincushion, I'm sure you'll find one you like somewhere on the list.
Pictured here: a pincushion I whipped up using fabric scraps and a few other supplies. This one's quick if you have a sewing machine on hand; the edging is crocheted, but it doesn't take long. If you'd like to make one of these, you can click here to get the free pincushion pattern.
I hope you'll take a moment to browse through the other patterns on the list as well; even if you don't need a new pincushion, there are quite a few really creative designs that are fun to check out.
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Saturday March 8, 2014
Even if you're brand new to crochet, and you don't own a single crochet pattern yet, I want you to know that you don't have to invest a lot of money buying patterns. We've posted a wide variety of free crochet patterns for beginners, plus easy crochet patterns, you are welcome to use. All of our crochet patterns, tutorials and resources are available for free -- no strings attached. No registration required. We hope you'll make good use of everything our website has to offer!
Updated: I just wanted to update this post to mention our brand new crochet email class called Learn to Crochet in One Week. It's one of two resources on our website that does require registration -- only because it's an email class, so we need your email address in order to send you the lessons.
The other resource that does require registration is our free email newsletter, which again, obviously, requires a valid email address in order to be deliverable. The newsletter is a fantastic resource for those of you who like our free patterns and tutorials, but would be prone to forgetting to check our website regularly to find them. We post new stuff every week, and our newsletter is the best way to make sure you'll never miss out on seeing what's new.
Friday March 7, 2014
Dollar Store Towel With Crocheted Edging - Photo © Amy Solovay
If you invest enough time in crochet to get good at it, you'll be richly rewarded in many ways. One of my favorites: crochet gives you a means for making many everyday items look much more special -- for cheap!
The hand towel you see pictured is one example of this. Would you have guessed that I bought this towel at the dollar store? I did! But it didn't look like this when I bought it. I took the plain dollar store towel and then added some crocheted trim along the lower edge to get the look that you see pictured.
For those of you on a tight budget, the dollar store is a great place to stock up on crochet supplies and craft supplies. You never know what you'll find; sometimes you can even find yarn for only a buck a ball!
I find that the dollar store is also a great place to get ideas for what I want to make next. I came up with the ideas for bunches of my projects when I was just looking around at different things for sale at the dollar store. The towel pictured here is one example, but I've posted a list of my dollar store projects here on our website:
I hope you'll find the list helpful and inspiring. And if you shop at the dollar store too, I hope you'll also find lots of worthwhile ideas and supplies there.
Thursday March 6, 2014
Learn How to Whip Stitch - Photo © Michael Solovay
Whip stitch is a hand sewing technique that's popular with crocheters. If you're crocheting anything that utilizes seams, whip stitch is an easy way to sew them up and finish your project. It works particularly well for joining granny squares or crochet motifs together.