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  • Cross Stitch Gifts For Men

    Top Gifts To Cross Stitch Men

    Men can be hard to cross stitch for, but found some unique gift ideas for you! Stitch these designs and he is sure to love them, whether he loves hunting or sports, and whether he farms, works in an office, or served in the military. Get started on these unique cross stitch gifts for men today!

    1. A Set Of Stitched Sports Towels: These sport themed towels will be great for him to take to the gym or decorate the bathroom with. There's a design for him here whether he loves soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, or even bodybuilding. Stitch one, or give the whole set. Give the man on your list these unique cross stitch towels from The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.

    Cross Stitch Sports Towels For Men

    2. A Picturesque Scene: Capture the beauty of nature with incredibly realistic detail that the outdoorsman or hunter will be sure to appreciate. This Beautiful cross stitch pieces will make handsome home decor for his den, study, living room, or cabin. Start on this beautiful cross stitch piece today with Wildlife Portraits.

    Cross Stitch Wildlife Portrait For Men

    3. A Witty Quote: Give the gift of wisdom this year with this quick-to-stitch piece. Any man will be sure to get a laugh out of it. Start cross stitching the perfect gifts for the men  on your list now with this easy ePattern.

    Witty Cross Stitch For Men

    4. A Christmas Coffee Set: The Chocolate-Peppermint Coffee Mix recipe stored in a jar with a cross stitch-embellished jar lid will surely perk up a friend during the hectic Christmas season. To add sweetness to your gift, include a few peppermint sticks for stirring the holiday blend. The perfect, easy gift for a man who loves coffee. Try out this unique gift idea now with the Christmas Coffee ePattern.

    Christmas Coffee Cross Stitch For Men

    5. A Patriotic Stitch: Remember those who fought to keep our flag flying with this patriotic cross stitch piece featuring American military men from 1776, 1812, 1848, 1861, and 1900. Patriotic men, or men who have served their country, will love this design. He will hang it up to show how proud he is to be an American! Start this historical cross stitch now with the Lest We Forget ePattern.

    Patriotic Cross Stitch For Men

    6. A Handy List Of Office Excuses: If there is a man on your list in the office, he will totally understand this witty gift. He will love to hang up this list of excuses in the break room or in his cubicle. Some excuses include "I'm waiting for an okay" and "That's the way we've always done it." Perfect for professional slacker - stitch this gift today with the Office Excuses ePattern.
    Office Excuses Cross Stitch For Men

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  • Cross Stitch Gifts For Women

    Top Gifts To Cross Stitch Women

    Looking for something to stitch for a special woman in your life? These fun ideas are sure to please women of all ages, whether they want something pretty, functional, or funny.  Cross stitch a gift for everyone on your list to make this season extra special.

    1. A Funny Warning Sign: Any woman will get a chuckle out of the whimsical warning on this "hoppy" housekeeping sign. She will proudly put this cross stitch up in her house so these endearing bunnies let it be known that her house is in safe hands. Start stitching this fun pattern today with Killer Dust Bunnies ePattern.

    Dust Bunny Cross Stitch For Women

    2. A Kitchen Set For The Coffee Lover: If the woman on your list loves coffee, then she will love this stitched banner and napkin set!  It will be the perfect accent to her kitchen. Start on this great gift idea for women now with Kitchen Essentials.

    Cross Stitch Kitchen Set For Women

    3. A Sentimental Wall Hanging: Stitch sentiments of love, family, and friendship with this charming cross stitch design. A classic wall hanging for any home, made special because it's handmade for you! Celebrate your friends and family with this gift from Loving Hearts.

    Sentimental Cross Stitch For Women

    4. A Cross Stitched Pillow: Give great home decor to the woman on your list this season - bring a little pop of color to her home with the beautiful blooms in this stitch. Great for women who love flowers, gardening, or just nature! Start stitching this gift now with Fabulous Florals.

    Cross Stitch Pillow For Women

    5. A Humorous Stitch For The Cook: Give a humorous gift to get laughs from everyone at the gathering. Any woman will relate to the words of this stitch. She will love to hang it this bit of cross stitch wisdom over your kitchen sink to remind herself to laugh about kitchen duty. Stitch this clever design now with the Kitchen Law ePattern. 

    Funny Kitchen Sign For Women
    6. A Delicate Bookmark For The Bookworm: If the woman on your list loves to read, then a cross stitch bookmark will be a great gift! Fun designs read: "Once upon a time," "A good book is the best of friends," and more - choose the perfect bookmark to give the woman on your list with The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.
    Cross Stitch Bookmarks For Women

    7. A Cute Set Of Coasters: Cross stitch this set of coasters as a gift and she will love how the designs add pizzazz to her tabletop while also protecting her furniture. Perfect for hot beverages when she has company over! Start stitching this gift set for the woman in your life today with Coasters.

    Cross Stitch Coasters For Women

    8. A Relatable Wall Hanging: Any woman with kids in the house is sure to recognize and appreciate this law. It will get a chuckle from everyone at the party, and from anyone who visits her home after she hangs it on the wall. Stitch the perfect saying today with the Household Geometry ePattern.
    Funny Stitch For Women
    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Cross Stitch.

  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Men

    Top Gifts To Quilt & Sew Men

    Finding great quilting and sewing ideas for men can be hard, but we've got you covered. Whether the man you need a gift for is a lover of sports, fishing, hunting, or just spending cozy nights on the couch, he will love to get these gifts!

    1. A Quilt Fit For A Man Cave: This sports themed quilt is perfect for a hockey lover. Great as a wall hanging in the living room or laid over his favorite chair. Get started on great, masculine quilts with Man Cave Quilts.

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    2. A Game To Play: Create this fun set - a quilt, pillows, and a wall hanging that acts as a game board too! He will love the idea of bringing the quilt out of the bedroom and into the den for game night, plus it will be a fun new holiday tradition to bond and play checkers together! Create this great gift for the guy on your list with Butterfly At The Crossroads ePattern.

    Quilt Checkerboard For Men

     

    3.  A Quilt For The Outdoorsman: Does he love hunting, or just love being outdoors? Then this blanket will be great for him. Choose realistic patterns to create a vibrant, special quilt he will love to show his friends! Get started on this great gift now with Best of Fons & Porter.

    Nature Quilt For Men

     

    4.  A Wall Hanging For The Fisherman: If he loves fishing, then he will love this thoughtful wall hanging. You'll love making them, too - these mini quilts are perfect quick projects to showcase your skills or just to celebrate the love of quilts. Create this gift he will love with Best of Fons & Porter: Quilt Lover's Gifts.

    Wall Hanging For Men

     

    5.  An Easygoing Flannel Quilt: Join the recycling revolution - Flannel shirts are so soft to wear, and they make an even cozier blanket! Get with the guy on your list to turn his old flannel shirts into something new, or stop by your local charity shops for materials. He will love the special, yet timeless design from Easy Timeless Quilts.Flannel Quilt For Men

    6.  Pillows Inspired By Nature: These pillows will be great for adding a nice touch to his favorite room in the house. Men who love nature and hunting will enjoy the fun designs with deer and trees, plus they'll be great pillows for naps! Create these easy-to-sew fleece pillows with Fleece at Home.

    Deer Pillow For Men

     

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  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Teen Girls

    Top Gifts To Quilt & Sew Teen Girls

    Don't stress over buying the right gift for the teenage girl in your life! You can use your quilting and sewing skills to create a perfect, thoughtful gift for any teen girl, whether she's an animal lover or a tech junkie.

    1. A Personalized T-Shirt Quilt:  Teenagers love the idea of having a t-shirt quilt full of their favorite memories, plus it's a great way for you to spend time with the teenage girl in your life! Bond over choosing t-shirts filled with memories to use as fabric - shirts from sporting events, school, concerts, summer camp, or a combination of all these.  The result will be a very special gift and fun time spent together! Get started today with T-Shirt Quilts.

    T Shirt Quilt For Teen Girls

    2. A Quirky Animal Pillow:  She will love these adorable animal pillows!  Choose her favorite animal and sew it today - all her friends will be jealous when they come over and see these cute creatures sitting on her bed! Create a gift any teen girl would love to get with Sew Your Own Pet Pillow.

    Pet Pillow For Teen Girls

    3. A Fun Tablet Cover:  Store bought tablet covers can't compare to the fun design of this tablet cover - the teen girl in your life will love it! Choose bold patterns and bright colors to make it pop. She will love how cute it is, and the added benefit it has of keeping her tablet screen safe! This tablet cover is the perfect gift for any teen girl - create it today with Quilt Tablet Covers.

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    4. A Cute Pillow:  Everyone loves pillows, and teen girls can never have enough plush pillows decorating their beds!  Choose bright colors and soft fabrics to create a pillow she will love to add to her room!  Get started on your creating adorable pillows for all the teen girls in your life with Pillows! Best of Sew News.

    Pillows For Teen Girls

    5. A Graphic Quilt:  The black and white prints and pops of pink used in this quilt make it perfect for a teenage girl!  Surprise her with a quilt she will love to hang on her wall or throw over her bed. Create great gifts for teen girls today with Quilts For Kids: From Crib To College.
    Graphic Quilt For Teen Girls

     

    6. A Whimsical Cell Phone Case:  This cute owl case will be great for holding a teen girl's cell phone or sunglasses. She will love the quirky design and how it keeps her valuables safe.    Create fun gifts for teen girls this season with Sew Crafty Critters.
    Cell Case For Teen Girls

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  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Baby

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    Baby gift ideas to quilt and sew have never been this adorable.  Use your quilting and sewing skills to create the perfect gifts for your youngest family and friends this season. These handmade gifts will be loved by baby and parents alike!

    1. A Modern Baby Quilt: New parents will adore this unexpected, beautiful quilt design, and baby will love the bright colors and bold patterns. Create it in bright blue for a boy, hot pink for a girl, or use other bright and fun colors like lime green or orange! Get started on this stunning quilt for baby today with Lap & Throw Quilts.

    Modern Quilt For Baby

     

    2. A Set Of Fun, Soft Blocks: This adorable gift is certain to garner a roomful of "oohs" and "ahhs.". Not only will these add to a baby's room decor, but also to the toy collection. The blocks feature animal images as well as alphabets to start baby on his or her way to creative learning, plus they're soft and safe! Bonus: You can get started on this gift right now with the ePattern.

    Soft Blocks For Baby

     

    3. An Adorable Hooded Kitty Blanket:  Baby's catnap will be a cozy one when he or she is wrapped in this hooded blanket featuring an appliqued kitty face. Great for cute photos, too! Sew the perfect, cozy gift for baby with Soft & Cuddly Fleece For Baby.

    Hooded Cat Blanket For Baby

     

    4. An Personalized Little Quilt:  The bright colors and soft fabrics of this quilt will bring plenty of giggles from Baby, as well as happy smiles from Mom. Great as a blanket, soft play mat, or wall hanging! Create the best gifts for baby this season with Baby, It's You!

    Play Mat For Baby

     

    5. A Fun Diaper Bag and Changing Pad:  Baby and parents can be prepared for anything with this cute set! These hand-sewn travel necessities are the perfect set to take along. The tote can hold one or two diapers, a bottle, and a pacifier. Roll up the panda pad, great for naps and changing, and it fits right in the tote, too! Get started on this great gift today with Easy Fleece For Baby.

    Diaper Bag Set For Baby

     

    6. A Fun Pillow:  This bright and comfortable pillow would be a great addition to a baby boy's room. Accented with playful fringe and made from cushy fleece, it's bound to come to the rescue when baby need a pillow to cuddle. Create great gifts for baby - get started today with Easy Fleece For Baby.
    Car Pillow For Baby

    7. A Cute Bib:  Sew baby a cute little bib to protect his or her clothes during meal-time! Choose fun patterns and colors to add your own special touch.  Get started on baby's gift now with Gooseberry Patch: Sweetly Stitched For Kids. 
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    8. A Charming Quilt & Diaper Bag:  Sew New parents will love this confident and cute diaper bag, and baby will love the cozy matching blanket. Make this great gift, and everyone wins - including you when you experience the ease and convenience of making this set from Quilting With Precuts.
    Quilted Diaper Bag and Blanket For Baby

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  • Crochet Gifts For Your Cat

    Crochet Gifts For Cats

    Crochet gifts for every member of the family this year, including your pets!  Show your favorite kitty love with these fun and cozy gifts. They will love them almost as much as they love playing with your yarn while you make them!

    1. A  Crochet Ball to Chase: Whether old or young, your cat will not be able to resist this catnip infused crochet toy! It combines two of cats favorite things: balls and yarn. They'll love to chase it and bat it back and forth! Give your cats what they want this season with Sweet Pet Comforts.

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    2. A Stocking of Their Own: Your cat will love to have its own stocking this year! Hang this cute stocking along with the rest of your family stockings, and fill it with treats and toys for kitty!  Crochet this special stocking now with Treasury Of Holiday Crochet.
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    3. A Cozy Basket For Winter Nights: Kitty will love to sleep all day in this cozy crochet basket. The yarn and fabric will smell just like home as you make it, so your cat will fall in love immediately! Create this soft, sturdy cat bed now with Baskets.

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    4. A Fun Fish Toy & Blanket: Don't buy cat toys this season, crochet your own! Your cat will love to bat around these soft handmade fish toys and then curl up for a nap on the whimsy matching blanket. Add catnip for extra fun! Get started on crochet gifts for your cat now with  Cuddles to Crochet For Pets.
    Crochet Fish For Cats

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Cat Lovers

    Top Gifts For Cat Lovers

    There are so many gifts you could get for your friends, but why not make them something special? A handmade quilting or sewing gift shows how much you appreciate your friends and family, and these DIY gifts will be perfect for the cat lovers in your crew. Whether the cat lovers in your life are kids, teens, or adults, we have something for every cat lover.

    1. A Unique Black And White Kitty Quilt: Black and white quilts have become a hot new trend for quilters of all ages. This modern looking quilt will be well-loved by any cat lover. Great as a wall hanging or to drape over a couch! Create the perfect holiday gift and try the new trend with Quilting In Black and White.

    Quilt For Cat Lovers

    2. Cat Checkerboard Game: Playing checkers will be purr-fectly fun with this patchwork checkerboard mat and stuffed cat game pieces. Sew this fun set for your cat loving friend, and start a new tradition of playing checkers at holiday gatherings! Fun for everyone! Get started today with the Cat Checkerboard Game ePattern.

    Checkerboard For the Cat Lover

    3. Quirky Cat Pillow: Any cat lover would love to get this adorable cat pillow for Christmas. A cute and whimsy addition to any couch or bed, or a great toy for the young at heart! Sew this soft pillow for your friend and they won't be able to stop smiling. Get started with sewing your gifts today with the ePattern.

    Pillow For Cat Lovers

    4. Starry Night With Cats: This whimsical piece creates a great wall hanging or blanket for cuddling up on the couch. Cat lovers young and old will love the fun pattern. Get started now with creating the perfected quilt gifts with Best of Fons & Porter Fun Quilts For Kids.

    Quilt For Cat Lovers

    5. Catnap Cuddle-Ups:  Whether curled among the bed pillows or on the windowsill, this mama cat and her three lovable kittens will add a cozy touch to any home. Cat lovers will be delighted to open their Christmas gifts and find these unique pieces! Get started on your sewing gifts now with the ePattern.

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    6. Cats, Cats, More Cats!  Cat lovers know there's always room for more cats! Create a wreath, string, or basket of cats for your cat loving friend, or come up with your own creative ideas! This sewing pattern gives you room to be creative and make your own decisions with how the stuffed cats can be used. Your friend will love to sit one on a shelf, or get creative themselves. Get the ePattern.
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  • One-Skein Baby Projects

    Please welcome our Guest Blogger, Sharon Silverman.  Sharon is the author of Crochet Refresher, Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets, Tunisian Shawls, and most recently One-Skein Baby Projects.  Her very popular Heirloom Frame Crochet Blanket ePattern gets rave reviews on LeisureArts.com.  She has two brand new ePatterns that you can be among the first to download.  They are a Mosaic Blanket ePattern and a Lacy Crescent Shawl.  Sharon is here today to tell us about her latest Leisure Arts Book: One-Skein Baby Projects.  

    “Good things come in small packages,” the saying goes, and that’s certainly true for babies and for crochet projects.  My goal for One-Skein Baby Projects was to create adorable designs that crocheters could whip up for a special little baby without a large investment of time or money. I’m delighted that Leisure Arts was on board with the concept and gave me the go-ahead.

    Photo 1, book cover One-Skein Baby Projects book cover.

    The first part of my design process was to decide what items to focus on, and to select yarn for each project. I was inspired by Bonbons and Vanna’s Palettes. Both are mini-skein sets from Lion Brand. So cute to have all of those colors in one package! Those seemed ideal for toys.

    Photo 2, Pretzel Rattle Pretzel Rattle

    I used Vanna’s Palettes for the Pretzel Rattle. Why a pretzel? I should probably confess that pretzels have fascinated me ever since I wrote a travel guidebook about my home state, Pennsylvania Snacks: Your Guide to Food Factory Tours. I learned that Lititz, Lancaster County is home to the first commercial pretzel bakery in America, and that the history of the pretzel extends as far back as 610 A.D. That’s the first documented instance of European monks rewarding children who had memorized their Bible verses and prayers with a pretiola, Latin for “little reward.”

    A pretzel-shaped rattle has other advantages, too: lots of places for baby to hold on, and holes that are perfect for peek-a-boo.

    Safety is always my top priority when designing baby items. For the rattle, I used an unopened tube of beads completely encased in clear, waterproof packing tape. It’s positioned in the middle of fiberfill stuffing so it’s completely hidden from view, from feel—and from little teeth. Unless an elephant steps on the rattle and then a tiger rips the packing tape and the bead tube to shreds, the beads pose no danger.  (If you are in regular contact with an elephant and a tiger, omit the bead rattle—although a choking hazard may be the least of your worries.)  

    Bouncy Block uses Lion Brand Bonbons for a bright-colored, highly textured cube that’s fun for little hands.

    Photo 3, Bouncy Block Bouncy Block

    I think crocheters will enjoy making this because each side is different. Instead of fiberfill stuffing, I used washable cotton batting because it is denser and keeps the block nice and plump while retaining its shape.

    Every baby needs a “lovey” to cuddle and snuggle with. The Snow Bear Lovey (Bernat Baby Sport and Patons Astra) is a sweet bear-and-blanket combination. I chose a textured stitch pattern on the blanket to keep it interesting for crocheters and for babies. The head, muzzle, nose, ears, and arms are made separately, then assembled and attached to the center of the blanket. The ears are definitely my favorite part of the Snow Bear’s head. Something about them makes me go, “Awww…”

    Photo 4, Snow Bear Lovey

    Once the toys were finished, I worked on baby garments from head to toe—literally!—the Bubble Hat (Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby), Ribbed Vest (Caron Simply Soft), and Booties for Cuties (Red Heart Baby TLC).

    My own children are in their twenties now and hence no longer suitable models for baby gear, so it was thrilling to see the smiling little boy wearing the Bubble Hat and the Ribbed Vest in Leisure Arts’ photos. Way to make my work look good, buddy!

    The hat is sized for 0-3 months, 6 months, and 12 months; the vest is sized for 0-3 months and 3-6 months.

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    Baby Ribbed Vest Ribbed Vest

    Booties for Cuties are designed to keep little tootsies warm. High cuffs cover the ankle and keep the footwear right where it belongs. This project is sized for 3-6 months and 6-9 months.

    Baby Crochet Booties for Cuties Pink Booties for Cuties - Pink
    Crochet Baby Booties for Cuties Blue Booties for Cuties - Blue

    One other garment, the Hibiscus Top in Lion Brand LB Cotton Bamboo, has very recently been published as a stand-alone ePattern by Leisure Arts on its website.

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    Every parent will tell you that you can never have too many bibs or washcloths. The final three projects in the leaflet are two bibs and a set of washcloths.

    The Bright & Easy Bib (Patons Grace) is worked in single crochet so it’s nice and dense. The ties are worked as part of the neckline so there’s no chance they can come loose.

    Crochet Bright & Easy Bib for Baby Bright & Easy Bib

    The Pullover Bib (Bernat Handicrafter Cotton) has a stretchy neckline that makes it easy to get on and off. A variation on single crochet produces a tight weave to keep messes from getting through. This bib is sized for head circumference 14” and for 16”.

    Baby Pullover Bib to Crochet Pullover Bib

    Sunshine Washcloths (Lily Sugar ’n Cream) brighten up baby’s nursery or bath. Thick and thirsty cluster stitches make these quick cloths pretty and practical. Make a few, roll up and tie with ribbon, and pop them in a basket with baby toiletries for a charming shower gift.

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    It was a pleasure working with Leisure Arts on One-Skein Baby Projects. Along with doing the editing and photography, they added helpful video links to the patterns. What a great way for crocheters to learn something new or to get reacquainted with a technique they haven’t used in a while. In the past I’ve written Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets, Tunisian Shawls, and Crochet Refresher for Leisure Arts; another leaflet, Easy Afghans, will be published this spring. They also offer some standalone ePatterns of my work on their site.

    My hope for One-Skein Baby Projects is that relatively new crocheters will find easy items to suit their skill level, experienced crocheters will enjoy exciting stitch patterns and techniques to hold their interest, and that the finished projects will put a smile on the faces of babies and their parents.

    One-Skein Baby Projects Table of Contents Table of Contents

    To tell you a little bit about me, I’m a lifelong crafter who switched gears from travel writing to crochet design after I rediscovered my love of crochet about ten years ago. I’m a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and a design member of The National NeedleArts Association. I was a featured guest on HGTV’s fiber arts program, “Uncommon Threads,” and have been interviewed on numerous radio podcasts. Recently I expanded my crochet work to include large-scale museum installations, indoors and out. I love to travel and explore the outdoors, especially with my husband, Alan, and our two grown sons. So far I have visited 48 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 9 European countries. You can find me on Facebook and Pinterest at Sharon Silverman Crochet; on Ravelry at CrochetSharon; and on my website, www.SharonSilverman.com. I would love to hear from you!

    Happy crocheting!

    Photo 14, Sharon Silverman Sharon Silverman

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