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  • DIY Gifts for the Hard To Shop For People On Your Holiday List

    Hey again, makers! If you haven't gotten in the holiday season yet, then get ready! We have some great ideas for the people on your Christmas list that are hard to shop for. This could be a co-worker, extended family, that new friend you met in your book club, a neighbor, and more! These are small and quick projects that you can make multiple quantities of, so you can check off the people on your list in no time! Plus, we have some bonus ideas for that special pet, or pet lover in your life. Because we all know you can't forget about them! So scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next project.

    Crochet

    Mug Hugs and Coaster Sets - Book #75549

    Cup Cozies - Book #75568

    Cozies and Coasters make the best gifts. They serve as functional and fashionable presents that keep your mugs company and tabletops safe. Go simple with this pattern and add a personalized button from Cup Cozies, or go bold with these snowflake coasters from Mug Hugs and Coaster Sets. Your coworkers and book club buddies would love these little tokens as a holiday present. They work up quickly, so you can make a mass amount to have enough for everyone come Christmas time!

    Bookmarks, the most underrated gift! Everyone knows a bookworm in their life, and you know that they would love this style of crocheted bookmark. This type of corner bookmark prevents pages from getting dog eared, in the fanciest of ways! You can go with simple white, or vibrant blue, the choice is up to you with color. This pattern and all of the other ones inside Beautiful Bookmarks work up quickly, so you can also make multiples of these.

    Knit

    Stitch A Garden - Book #75677

    If you want to make some unique gifts this year, then try these felted bowls and vases from Stitch A Garden! These projects have a great texture to them, and the colors are super fun and vibrant. You can make a bowl or vase and fill it with fun stocking stuffers for a nontraditional stocking or gift basket.

    Craft

    Christmas Carol Songbook Set - Book #7309

    Get out your fruitcake pans and listen to those sleigh bells when you entertain with this Christmas Carol Songbook Set! This would be a great gift for the hostess of the house. Go caroling with confidence with this collection of beloved holiday tunes and lyrics. This set is a one stop shop for all things holiday cheer. This set comes with songbooks filled with the classics, along with recipes and a hostess guide for the ultimate festive soiree. Go caroling with confidence with this collection of beloved holiday tunes and lyrics. If you want to get someone something special, but are unsure of what they like, this gift is the perfect catch-all. who doesn't love a good Christmas carol?

    Make and Give Home Candle Making - Book #7311

    Spread warmth and joy throughout your home as well as those of all your candle-loving friends when you explore the captivating world of Home Candle Making! Stephanie gives you 12 boutique quality projects to choose from, but we think going simple is best for multiple Christmas gifts. This simple lavender candle is perfect for a little pick me up! You can even switch out the herb for rosemary, or another popular scent. Whenever someone lights their mason jar candles, they'll think of you and your thoughtful Christmas gift!

    Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book #7353

    Jewelry is always a great gift to receive during the holidays, and when you throw essential oils in, it makes it even better! Aromatherapy Jewelry gives you a ton of options to craft for your favorite people. Go for simple drop earrings or layered stackable bracelets, and pair them with the inspiring word that you associate with the person you're gifting for. It makes for an adorable little gift with a surprise message!

    Home Soap Making - Book #7310

    Baby flower soaps? We're here for it. Home Soap Making has a lot of small gift ideas that you can make mass quantities of for everyone in the office! Just pick your favorite silicone mold, and start crafting. Just place a small amount in a cute bag with a baby loofah and a bowtie and you have great trinkets to hand out during the holidays. The process is super easy to learn with photo-led instructions from Kimberley Layton.

    Home Apothecary - Book #7386

    Perfume is another fun thing to make that's always appreciated! Mix and match your favorite scents and concoct small perfumes! These are great gifts because they are small enough to be taken on-the-go. Home Apothecary is full of great herbal recipes for things like tub tea, scrubs, and even other beauty products like lip balm, but we thought that this would be the best project to make several gifts from.

    Sewing & Cross Stitch

    Hoops Hooray - Book #7251

    Use these creative ideas for embroidery hoops from Hoops Hooray as a unique approach to giving and gifting. You can use small embroidery hoops as gift tags that someone can keep forever! Even if you're giving gift cards this year, you can make a special house for them like this pattern above (left). They make great small statements, and you can make them in no time.

    50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Book #6883

    If you want to show off your stitching skills this holiday season, break out the mini hoops and give out some Cross Stitch Quickies! This book has 50 adorable and small practice patterns that you can create for someone special! You can deck out your Christmas cards, or elevate the traditional ornament with fun designs like these animal designs! These projects specifically would be great for that special pet lover in your life.

    For Pets and Pet Lovers!

    Loops and Twists - Book #75702

    If you want to learn knitting, and don't know where to start, loop knitting is a great entryway into the yarn craft! Loops and Twists is full of great knit patterns that don't use needles, so it makes for an easier and quicker knit experience. There is this simple black cat bed (above) that is perfect for a first time knitter, that would make a wonderful gift for your furry little friend!

    Knits For Pets - Book #75622

    I mean, this picture above from Knits For Pets is really speaking for itself. What cat wouldn't want a dream cat house like this shark head? You could make this house as bulky and fluffy as you want depending on your weight of yarn. With simple knits and purls, you can make this new bungalow for your little furry friend just in time for Christmas.

    Jelly Roll Rugs -Book #7569

    Jelly Roll Rugs - Book #7569

    Jelly Roll Rugs and More is full of great patterns, especially for pet lovers! this Pet rug and Pet bed really take the cake on creativity with quilting. You can mix and match with colors and patterns, but we really like the pet friend prints used on these fabrics. Jelly Roll is a relatively easy technique that works up quickly, so you have enough time now to make that special pet accessory before Christmas!

    My Pet Crafts - Book #6862

    These dog magnets are perfect small gifts that can be placed just about anywhere! With different breeds to choose from and loads of creativity, you can make the cute little dog magnets from My Pet Crafts for everyone on your list! It's as simple as using some hot glue and having some patience.

    Like our gift Ideas? Click here to check out the rest of our Gift Giving Guides here.

    If you've made the projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Gifts For Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, and Uncles!

    Hey there, Makers! We've got more gift inspiration coming your way, and this time, we're thinking about the other members of the family. We're talking brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and the good friends that fall in the scope of the family circle. These people want fun and meaningful gifts for the holidays, something small but significant. We've got a wide selection of inspiration for you guys to choose from, so find your favorite craft category, and pick your next gift to start working on.

    Sisters & Aunts

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories - Book #7578

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories is full of patterns for hats, scarves, bags, socks, mitts, and even jewelry (pictured above) that would all make perfect holiday gifts. This is a collection of our favorite patterns that are super easy to follow. They work up so fast, you can probably even make something for yourself, too. We love how simple and sophisticated this earring looks with its geometric design and simple stitch pattern. It mixes crochet and craft to make the perfect holiday gift!

    Pretty Little Plant Hanger - Book #75598

    Go green this holiday season by making your sister or aunt a Pretty Little Plant Hanger! These small and easy crochet projects are perfect for first time crocheters, using bright colors and lacy textures to hold delicate plants like ferns and succulents. You can even hold fake plants in them, if you're gifting it to someone who couldn't garden if their life depended on it.

    Shrugs and Boleros - Book #7226

    If you want to crochet something a little bigger, go for the classic patterns from Shrugs and Boleros like this multicolored bolero! We just love the wintry colors in this design, and you can make it as cozy as you want just by changing the weight of yarn you use. Make any of these patterns as a special holiday surprise, and you're sure to bring smiles and holiday cheer.

    More Dishcloth Dresses - Book #75615

    Adding a little flair to someone's kitchen decor is a quirky gift for the holidays, and these patterns from More Dishcloth Dresses are just downright adorable! We've got all kinds of dress styles for you to pick from inside the book, and you can go as bright or bold as you want to with color. These little patterns make trivial chores like dishes fun, and they make great holiday gifts.

    Casual Weekend Knits - Book #7373

    Casual wear never goes out of style, so of course we have to add in some neutral patterns from Casual Weekend Knits, like this hat and glove set. These patterns work up super fast, so they're beginner friendly for even first time knitters! Make this pattern, or one of the several other patterns in this book, like shirts, scarves clutches, and more!

    Quick and Simple Sewing Bags - Book #7231

    Sometimes it's best to go subtle and simple for a holiday git. this dip dye tote from Quick & Simple Sewing Bags would be perfect for the aunt who's hard to shop for. The simple tote makes the accessory super versatile, so it goes with any outfit! And you can make the dip dye shade any color, or even multiple colors, the choice is yours! It makes for an easy and heartfelt customized gift.

    Textured Pillows - Book #7450

    When in doubt, go with home decor! These projects from Textured Pillows are perfect for the aunt or sister who has endless pillows on their bed (you know who you are). You can create the bold and modern designs with easy techniques like painting, hot glue, and simple stitching. the outcome is a beautiful one of a kind pillow that makes a colorful accent, and crafty holiday gift.

    Brother's & Uncles

    Simply Scarfie - Book #75586

    Go simple with scarves for your brother or uncle this holiday season. Simply Scarfie is self explanatory. You have great crochet patterns to create using simple stitches and a little patience. In the end, you have a cozy little accessory that will keep them warm during those chilly afternoon strolls.

    Woodland Wildlife in Filet Crochet - Book #6917

    Guys love throw pillows, too! Woodland Wildlife in Filet Crochet is perfect for the rustic home, and the patterns feature adorable animals like owls and foxes! These simple black and white patterns would be perfect little addition to a comfy recliner.

    Knit Socks For Those You Love - Book 7369

    You can never go wrong with socks as a gift. Knit Socks For Those You Love has some great men's knit sock patterns that feature geometric stitch patterns and fun cabled textures. You can go bold or subtle with the color, the choice is up to you! All you have to do is start with our easy to follow patterns and use your imagination.

    DIY Mason Jar Crafts - Book #6586

    A perfect go-to gift for your brother or uncle is food! These recipe in a jar ideas from DIY Mason Jar Crafts are simple ways to show how much you care. Put the ingredients of a favorite family recipe inside, or maybe their favorite kind of cookie. After they've made the recipe inside, they have a nice jar to keep! You can even refill the jar with another recipe if they get hungry again.

    Just Gift It! - Book #7583

    If you want some quirky gifts for the uncle or brother that has a lot of hobbies, then these plastic canvas hobby coasters from Just Gift it! are perfect. You can make a set of one individual pattern, or make a bunch of different kinds for a mismatched eclectic set! The yarn over the plastic canvas gives the coasters a unique texture, and they work up super fast, so you can have a fun set ready by Christmas!

    Antique Game Board Set - Book #6492

    Game board sets would be perfect for a brother or uncle that could spend all day playing chess. You can cross stitch this pattern for a unique and antique looking checker or chess board with some patriotic flair. Antique Game Board Set gives you the best of both worlds with a vintage board design that gives a modern take on the classic chess board. It even comes with four coasters for a complete and crafty set!

    Like our gift Ideas? Click here to check out the rest of our Gift Giving Guides here.

    If you've made the projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Gifts That Are Perfect For Babies

    We're back at it with #givingandgifting inspiration, makers! We've got some great gifts that you can make for the precious next generation. Whether you're giving these books and patterns to a crafty mom, or making the projects in this blog for your own favorite little one, you'll find a fun and fresh design to get you inspired for the holiday season. So, scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next gift to work on!

    Crochet

    Everything Baby Crochet - Book #7575

    Every new mom loves a good stroller accessory, and babies love them even more. This starry stroller set is perfect for a bright and bubbly baby, and will keep them warm and cozy on early morning strolls through the park! Everything Baby Crochet is a collection of 48 of our favorite baby patterns, so it's a one stop shop for crochet baby accessories. So if you don't like this pattern, there are 47 others to choose from, including but not limited to hats, booties, blankets, and more! As an added bonus, there are handy little pockets to keep baby's favorite toys in.

    Infant Boots and Hats - Book #75667

    Boots and hats are staples for holiday gifts, and these patterns from Infant Boots and Hats are too good to pass up! There are plenty of colorful and easy to crochet patterns for both boys and girls, so you have a wide range of hat and bootie sets to make for a baby that needs some extra cozy gear.

    Baby Stacks - Book #75668

    If you are looking to make an interactive gift for the holidays, try these fun Baby Stacks patterns! You can make adorable animals or delicious donuts, the options are vast and creative. These little stacks are fun and baby-friendly, which makes these stacks the perfect gift to keep baby's attention for hours on end.

    Play and Learn Activity Cubes - Book #7367

    Here's another interactive gift, Play and Learn Activity Cubes! These little crochet cubes are learning tools with a cuddly surprise. With different themes and contraptions to attach to the sides like mirrors, pulleys, fishing hooks, and more, the possibilities are endless! These little cubes provide endless entertainment for baby with surprise pockets and playful attachments. Every cube has a story, so pick your favorite and give it to your favorite leading lad or lady as a gift!

    Knit

    Sweet Knits - Book #75720

    For the knitters in our maker groups, we're going heavy on giving and gifting winter fashion. This sweater from Sweet Knits is so adorable, and it looks so cozy and warm too! This is only one of many patterns that are comfy and versatile. I think any one of these sweaters would look good on a boy or a girl.

    Modern Baby - Book #7484

    If you want to go really festive with the winter wear, then try out these onesie sets from Modern Baby! With beautiful cables and muted color palettes, these matching sets are sure to keep baby warm and stylish. Our patterns vary from short to long sleeves, so you have 6 outfits to style your favorite crawler in.

    Adorable Baby Cardigans - Book #7290

    If you're still wanting more cardigans, we've got you covered. What cardigan is cuter than a baby cardigan? These patterns from Adorable Baby Cardigans are perfect as a light layer for baby, and even though these colors seem spring-like, you can always change them to fall or winter palettes.

    Animal Lovies. - Book #6645

    What if you could give a stuffed animal and a baby blanket in one super cute gift? Animal Lovies has all the animal patterns you need to create an adorable snuggle friend for your favorite little one to run around in. These huggable little blankets with show your baby that they always have a shoulder to lean on when they need it, be it a soft and fluffy one at that.

    Craft

    The Quiet Book - Book #7188

    Keep toddlers quiet and entertained with a colorful felt picture book full of touchable textures and shapes! The Quiet Book has a bunch of nifty ideas for felt books that will entertain babies with fun themes and interactive textures. This is definitely something to put on your crafting to-do list if you want your bundle of joy to be a future bookworm.

    Quilt/Sew

    Boo's Nursery Quilt Pattern Pack - Item #37560

    If you want to brush up on your quilting skills, try out this individual Boo's Nursery Pattern from our Pattern Pack Collection on our website. This is a super simple and colorful quilt that would bring a smile to any baby's face. Let them be bundled up in something as sentimental as a hand made quilt, a gift that they will cherish even after they've grown up.

    Baby Quilts - Book #7363

    Baby Quilts are perfect and timeless gifts that will be cherished forever, so start baby's nursery off right with fun patterns and block styles. This Plaid trimmed quilt gives off a rustic vibe that would be so cute hanging over the side of a crib in a nursery.

    Sew Cute Baby Bibs - Book #6915

    Every new mom needs extra baby supplies, so why not craft a few bibs for the little ones? These fun and festive bibs from Sew Cute Baby Bibs make eating fun, with multiple patterns and ideas for transforming the traditional sewn baby bib. This book is gender neutral, so the patterns in this book are for all kinds of messy eaters.

    Like our gift Ideas? Click here to check out the rest of Our Gift Giving Guides here.

    If you've made the projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Holiday Gifts That Mom and Dad Will Love

    We're back again, Makers! Do you hear those sleigh bells faintly ringing? We've been mapping out some great gift ideas over in our neck of the woods, specifically for parents and grandparents. We've got a wide range of things to choose from, for your mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa! So scroll to find your craft category and get your next spark of gift inspiration!

    Crochet

    Fair Isle Crochet - Book #7236

    If you want a festive gift this year, we've got you covered. Fair Isle Crochet is full of colorful holiday-like patterns done in the Fair Isle Technique, where only two colors per row are used, and the previous color is usually worked over. the technique is fascinating, and easy to learn! The book walks you step-by-step through the process. scarf sets would be great for mom and dad, you can even make them matching sets!

    Sportacular Afghans - Book #6828

    For the one who plays poker every weekend, we've got the ace of spades of gift ideas! We love this fun and eclectic afghan from Sportacular Afghans. There are a myriad of other patterns to choose from, depicting multiple kinds of hobbies and sports! This is just scratching the surface of the kinds of patterns you can crochet. Grandpa would just love this poker blanket!

    Make In A Weekend Textured Lap Throws - Book #75673

    If you're looking to polish off your crochet skills, these lap throw patterns from Make In A Weekend Textured Lap Throws speak for themselves. Witch simple stitch patterns that create great textures, you can make someone a really cozy throw for a relaxing weekend morning.

    Wildlife Cable Afghans - Book #7230

    Take the traditional afghan to the next level with this holiday gift! Wildlife Cable Afghans is a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' afghan that allows you to mix and match different parts of all of the patterns included in the book. create your own custom wildlife crochet masterpiece, perfect to keep mom or grandma warm but the fireplace. This would even be a good gift for grandpa or dad too!

    Knit

    Quick & Easy Mittens - Book #75553

    Mittens are always a great go to gift for the holidays, especially since we always have a few cold months to endure after Christmas. These patterns from Quick & Easy Mittens work up quickly, and will keep some nice an cozy from frostbite in fun and vibrant colors!

    Make In A Weekend Comfy Knit Throws - Book #75679

    For the person who loves to unwind with a good Netflix binge, try making them a throw blanket this year! these varied patterns from Comfy Knit Throws are so versatile and easy to make, you'll be a knitting master in no time. Blankets tend to take a little bit longer to make, but these patterns are so simple they can be made in just one weekend! That way, you can practice your skills by making a test afghan, and then have the real one by Christmas!

    Cozy Scarves - Book #7370

    Scarves make great gifts no matter who you ask and these pattern from Cozy Scarves do not disappoint! With easy to follow instructions and versatile patterns meant for all kinds of yarn weights, this book is perfect for the beginner who wants to practice their knitting skills.

    Craft

    Gifts Galore in Plastic Canvas - Book #6620

    If you're not a Yarnist, and more of a crafter, then these projects are perfect for you! This plastic canvas Teabag Holder is perfect for the one who constantly has to have a hot drink by their side. Gifts Galore in Plastic Canvas give you a wide range of projects to create with easy to follow instructions! From tissue boxes, to magnets, to birdhouses, and more, the possibilities are endless!

    DIY Pallet Projects - Book #7239

    If you want a more sentimental gift for the holidays, try this photo collage from DIY Pallet Projects. Start with basic planks of wood of all different styles to give your project some dimension, and then add your family favorites for a personal touch. This would make a beautiful rustic gift that's neutral enough to last through all seasonal decor.

    Modern Woodburning - Book #7524

    Another great wood project is this cutting board from Modern Woodburning. Woodburning seems like a hard craft to get into, but it's just like drawing! Just with an extremely hot pencil. Modern Woodburning walks you through all the basics of pyrography, and even gives you great ideas and inspiration to follow, like this pineapple cutting board design. With a little practice and patience before the holidays, you can create fun and functional gifts for every member of the family!

    Quilt/Sew

    Fashion Quilted Accessories - Book #7019

    For the crafter that's handy with a sewing machine, show off your excellent skills in a cute piece of clothing! This vest from Fashion Quilted Accessories is perfect for an eclectic fashionista. With the beautiful cityscape quilted on the back, this gift becomes a one of a kind fashion statement with extra sentimental value. You can even change up your fabrics to put your own twist on the pattern.

    Pincushions To Sew - Book #7133

    Maybe the person you're making for is a sewing fiend themselves? Then these pincushion patterns from Pincushions To Sew are perfect! With various fun patterns to choose from, made from just a few simple stitches, these small little projects pack a crafty punch! Make one, or are multiple for your secret Santa, the choice is up to you.

    Like our gift Ideas? Click here to check out the rest of Our Gift Giving Guides here.

    If you've made the projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • The Best Gifts To Make for Kids and Teens

    Hey there, Makers! We're getting close to the holidays now, which means that we here at Leisure Arts are brainstorming for holiday makers. We've been compiling some epic lists of gift ideas, in all sorts of categories, and throughout our Giving and Gifting Campaign we'll be releasing blogs that are designed to help you get your head in the holiday game! We're covering the easiest to shop for, all the way to the most difficult. This week? Kids and Teens! These guys fall into both categories, so we made sure to give a wide range of gift ideas that you can make for your favorite little protégé. Scroll to find your next gift to work on!

    Kids

    Whether it's a son or daughter, niece or nephew, grandchildren, or your favorite young hope for the world, we've got you covered with these fun and easy gifts to make.

    Crochet

    Crochet the next Captain Marvel or Flash when you create these Amigurumi patterns from Huggable Superheroes! Kristi Simpson shows us a thing or two about gifting heroism in cute and cuddly ways. Make these little plush buddies for a special superhero lover, and they can take them anywhere they want to go! There's a hero for everyone, and you can get creative with different yarns and colors to your heart's content. Some of the masks are even removable, so kids can take part in the fun and be their own superhero!

    Craft

    Play Mats - Book #7218

    This is a great project that works for both boys and girls! Play Mats is great for creating large and fun scenes for a kid to play in, ranging from rustic farmhouses all the way to glamorous castles! Using simple stitching techniques, included templates, and a little bit of patience, you can create fun little environments for your favorite little one to play in. Isn't this farmhouse pattern super adorable? As an added bonus, some of them are even portable for on the go fun.

    Sewing

    Fidget To Focus - Book #7219

    Fidget spinners may be a fad of the past, but we've got some fidget gear that doesn't get old, especially for your hyper and energetic little ones. This fidget cube from Fidget to Focus is full of nooks and crannies to keep a kid's attention, with bright colors and soft fabrics to boot! This book is full of patterns meant for all ages, but this we thought would be an especially fun holiday gift.

    Teens

    Teens can be hard to shop for, but we've tried to give you guys a wide range of things to create, from fun home décor to cute accessories.

    Craft

    Cool String Art - Book #7164

    String art is one of those fun and easy crafts that creates timeless and geometric home decor that will last you a while. Cool String Art is all of that and a bag of chips, with diverse and colorful patterns that would bring a smile to any teen's face. You can play with colors and types of string to make it unique to the person you're gifting it to, and watch as you become a string art master.

    Boho Jewelry - Book #7235

    If you want to make a fun and versatile gift for your favorite teen, then try this super simple headband from Boho Jewelry. The headband doubles as a necklace, and you can use really smooth fabrics like this blue silk to give this accessory a more luxurious feel. Add your favorite beads or gems, and you have yourself a minimalist and beautiful accessory that can be worn with just about any outfit!

    Sewing

    This project from Home Decor Using Grommets is probably one of the most practical gifts you can make, and it would probably be the most appreciated from the teen that can't breathe without their phone charger around. This sewing pattern uses the classic grommet and takes it to the next level, creating a life hack that would work for any type of phone charger! Just adjust the size of the grommet you need to use to hang off of the outlet in the wall.

    Boys

    Make something unexpected for your favorite son or nephew this season! We've got a wide range of ideas that work for every personality.

    Knit

    Knits for Kids - Book #7118

    Everyone needs a light layer, and this classic pattern from Knits for Kids is working its winter magic. Knit and purl your way through the intricate patterns and ribbed sleeves, and create a cozy masterpiece that will keep your little guy warmer than a fresh cup of hot cocoa.

    Crochet

    Crochet Animal Backpacks - Book #7308

    If you want fashionable and functional gifts this season, then these crochet Animal Backpacks patterns are great! There's a range of adorable animals to choose from - Giraffes, pandas, crocodiles, and more!

    Huggable Monsters - Book #7449

    Give your favorite little one a great big monster hug with these Adorable Amigurumi Patterns from Huggable Monsters. Make them as small or as large as you want them to be (depending on the yarn you use), and create a buddy that's out of this world! The patterns are easy to follow, and you'll find that they work up quite fast using simple stitches.

    Girls

    Girls just wanna have fun! We've got a great bunch of gift ideas for your queen in training, full of bright colors and styles.

    Knit

    The Best of Knit Accessories - Book #7579

    It's getting cold out there, and people are flocking to mittens and cozy caps. This adorable mittens and cap set from The Best of Knit Accessories is perfect for girls of all ages, from itty bitty to full grown! We love the cables and stitch patterns, and this olive green is to die for. This makes for an easy and cozy gift to knit.

    Plastic Canvas

    Rule The Kingdom in Plastic Canvas - Book 6916

    People underestimate all of the creative things you can craft with plastic canvas. This adorable Fairy Princess getup from Rule The Kingdom in Plastic Canvas is perfect for the little dreamer with a big imagination! These designs are as simple as counting rows and cutting canvas to stitch beautiful designs onto. With our step-by-step instructions, you can have this accessory set and much more done in as little as 1-2-3! Don't worry, we didn't leave your little knight out of the plastic canvas fun. There are plenty of fun accessories for boys too in Rule the Kingdom in Plastic Canvas.

    Sewing

    Olympia Owl - Pattern #37557

    If you're wanting to flex your quilting and sewing skill, make a stylish and creative backpack for the woodland creature lover. This Olympia Owl Pattern Pack gives you all the instruction you need to create this beautiful backpack. mix and match your fabrics and finishes and customize it to your liking! The possibilities are endless, we just give you the best framework possible to start from.

    Like our gift Ideas? Click here to check out the rest of Our Gift Giving Guides here.

    If you've made the projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • #LeisureArts : Projects From Your Studios!

    Hey again, makers! We have been seeing all of your wonderful tags and hashtags featuring our patterns and products, and we can't stop gushing about them. So, we wanted to show them off here in our first ever #leisurearts feature blog! We want your hard work to be shown off to the masses, so scroll below to see some epic projects from some of your social pages!

    Crochet


    We love the color choices made here in this Rainbow Mandala Afghan!



    Zen Crochet Lab got really creative with our Ice Box Crochet Patterns!



    Kathy Sue Jordan took Doilies to the next level with this pattern from A Year of Doilies !


    Yarn_in_the_hook Got to work on making this adorable Baby Stacks pattern!


    Dawn Tenneson Made a whole zoo with these patterns from Fun Animal Pillows!


    We love this "Colorful posts" stitch repeat pattern from our Crochet Stitch Guide. Great job, Psychedelicdoilies!


    Crochetaladia Made the most adorable little Succulent from Make A Crochet Garden!


    Karen Barnes hit a strike with this Sportacular Afghans Pattern!

    Knit



    Both of these projects are from one of our newest books, Knit Cakery, and boy did offdaycrochet and copper-guild do these patterns justice!



    Look at how bright and fun these socks from Sock Loom Basics are! Great work, Good Knit Kisses.

    Craft


    Loving the vibrancy of these colors. Great job, Juditatoth!


    We love us some decorative planning. Great lettering with our Double Ended Markers, jess.zeoli!


    We see that someone has been swatching out some colors from our Premium Watercolor Pencils. We hope you love them, whi.cre8ed!



    Coloring, Coloring, and more coloring! We just love how creative these guys are at blending and shading. Keep it up!


    Another fun use of our markers! Stampinbugkerry went festive and colorful this season.


    We love our little gnome gardens, and we're glad you guys love them too! Suescreativeworkshop is displaying them so well in this picture.

    Easy Stitchery Fun



    These Mini Maker Succulent Kits are so easy to make, you can have a forever garden in no time! Megmakesandbakes and jessie_athome have some beautiful gardens that they're showing off above.


    Moderngirl is giving us some modern flair with her finished Stitchery Kit! We love it, great work!


    phat_and_sassy shows off her cross stitch skills with this fun and colorful cross stitch bread cloth pattern!

    Diamond Art


    We love to see everyone working on their Diamond Art Canvases. Smplcylst is making great progress on this Dragon Eye Sparkle Art kit, item 50485 on our website.


    This is a super creative way to use the Rainbow Tree Diamond Art Kit, great job jessie_athome!


    Thediamondpaintingspoonie is showing us her impressive organization skills as she works on her Beginner Sunflower Diamond Art Kit. That's a great way to keep all of your gems together!


    Moogly Crochet did such a great job with this DIY Diamond Art bag using the Beginner Golden Heart Kit!

    Aren't these projects amazing? We love what's going on in your studios, Makers! Keep it coming. Keep on tagging us @leisureartsinc or use #LeisureArts so we can get the inside scoop of your maker space, and see if you end up in our next feature blog (*insert foreshadowing here*).

    Until next time, Makers!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Guard Your Castle With Diamond Art Dragon Eye Home Décor

    You may have already heard (because it's awesome and super relaxing), but Diamond Art by Leisure Arts is a captivating and meditative craft that everyone is becoming addicted to. But you may not have heard that we have a special line of Diamond paintings for ages 8 to 98! Sparkle Art is a fun collection of fresh and fun diamond paintings that are beginner size. They may be small, but they pack a big punch when it comes to sparkle power! Those 13 faceted gems aren't going anywhere.

    So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. Here is a diamond painting up close, featuring our Dragon Eye Kit.

    Dragon Eye Sparkle Art Canvas - Item 50486

    We think that Sparkle Art goes beyond just wall art, and can be made into everyday items like handbags, phone cases, or in this post, sparkling signs! Using easy-to-follow instructions and handy tools like a comfort grip stylus and wax caddy, you can pixel paint your favorite Diamond Art design, and then customize your school supplies to the next level!

    Read on for a tutorial on how to use some DIY magic to make a dazzling beware sign. This is a tutorial that works with almost every kit design we've created, but in this case, we decided to go mystical using our Dragon Eye Kit. 

    Dragon Eye Sparkle Art Canvas - Item 50486

    Supplies

    • A Diamond Art or Sparkle Art Canvas 
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (fabric glue, double-sided adhesives, etc.)
    • Basic Chip Décor/ Wood Block (12X12 inches) (varies by type and size, but MUST have a solid surface, no fur/velvet)
    • Chip Board Letters (2 Inches Tall)
    • Scissors
    • Paint (Red, Yellow, Orange)
    • Paint Brushes (Thick or Thin, Your Preference)
    • OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (stickers, extra gems, etc.)

    Get Started On Your Sign! 

    Dragon Eye Sparkle Art Canvas - Item 50486

    1. Dazzle Your Diamond Art Canvas

    There isn't a big learning curve in terms of starting the craft, just dip, dot, and dazzle! Sparkle Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for later if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or complete it one day next week, the choice is up to you!

    2. Cut Out Your Dazzle Area

    After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to customize! Our fabric frays minimally, so you don't have to worry about mending the edges before placing the design on your sign (but you certainly can if you want to). The Dragon Eye canvas is full drill, so every square inch of canvas is covered in gems. So all you need to do is cut the trim!

    3. Craft Your Sign

    Before you get to work on placing your design, you need to prep your chip board. Go as maximalist or as minimalist as you want! For this project, we kept it fiery with a bright red ombre using long strokes of varied warm paint colors. We glued on some extra chip board letters to make it extra spooky for Halloween. Nothing says "Beware" like a mysterious dragon eye. Now, you're finally ready to place your canvas onto your sign, using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay out the design flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. If you're worried about our gems falling off, don't be! Our adhesive keeps our gems intact with the force of a dragon's fire.

    Dragon Eye Sparkle Art Canvas - Item 50486

    4. Accessorize (Or Don't)! 

    Now that your Sparkle Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your sign one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, going crazy with color combinations, or even adding extra gems here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then voila! It's as simple as that. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Sparkle Art canvas to the fullest! You have a decorative and dazzling sign to ward off the ghosts this Halloween.

    If you try your hand at this, share it to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! or Tag us @LeisureArtsInc for a special shoutout. We'd love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Your wish is our command! Check out our other projects here.

    DIY Diamond Art Phone Case

    DIY Diamond Art Welcome Sign

    DIY Diamond Art Cherry Blossom Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Handbag

    DIY Diamond Art Butterfly Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Elephant Folder

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Throw Some Ultimate Shade With Lion Brand Color Inspiration

    Hello Again, Makers! We've got more color inspiration coming at ya, and this time we're throwing some serious shade, I Love Yarn Month style. We've got the beautiful Shade color to work with from our list of Lion Brand Yarn's colors of the year for 2019, see below!

    Lion Brand's Colors of The Year for 2019 - Shade

    Lion Brand has compiled a list of great colors for 2019, and every month we pick a hue and match some of our favorite Leisure Arts Patterns to the color palette. Here's a little more information on Shade:

    "Grey has been replacing basic black as the go to color for head to toe dressing. Grey has been the most popular color in everything from house paint to Nursery décor. Like its namesake, Shade has an ephemeral quality. It can be a silvery white or a mysterious charcoal."

    These mixtures of icy silver and charcoal are perfect for fall and winter, and we have some really great Lion Brand Yarns on our website to showcase the different colors variations of Shade you can play with! Shawl In A Ball - Metallic - Um Opal is a perfect mix of light and dark that gives dimension to the patterns you'll create. Heartland - Mount Rainer is a charcoal toned member of the Shade family, with more gray and white hues laced throughout the skein. Either yarn would be perfect for crafting something Shade-centric, but feel free to shop for other hues if you want a different gray! As you've probably guessed, Shade has a lot of variations.

    Shawl In A Ball - Metallic - Um Opal - Item 128019

    Heartland - Mount Rainer - Item 126179

    Scroll to find your craft category, and find your next Shade project!

    Crochet

    Ultimate Crochet Collection - Book 7512

    Poufs & Pillows - Book 6886

    You can't resist an oversized scarf, and this scarf from Marly Bird's The Ultimate Crochet Collection is a great way to style with Shade. With the not so subtle pop of blue, this scarf is a statement piece that can go with any outfit. Throw in a matching beanie and you'll have a classy and cozy outfit to go out galavanting in.

    If you're looking for more of a home décor project, then try out this adorable pouf and pillow pattern set from Poufs & Pillows! This kind of yarn gives some added texture to the pattern, and it gives the space a cozy wintry feel. It makes you wanna grab a warm mug of hot cocoa and just relax by a fireplace.

    Knit

    Best of Knit Accessories - Book 7579

    Complete Knit Collection - Book 7577

    If knitting is more your speed, then try out these patterns! Whether it's cowls, mittens or cozy caps, you can't go wrong with a fun fall accessory. The Best of Knit Accessories has a really nice wrap (above) in Shade that even incorporates a lighter accent color, so you can branch out and try different contrast combinations! If you are wanting something modern and cozy, The Complete Knit Collection For Beginners and has a great chunky afghan pattern for warm nights watching Hallmark movies. The texture of this blanket is great, and the pattern itself works up fairly quickly if you use thick yarn. The choice is up to you on how thick or thin you want your afghan to be.

    Craft

    DIY Textured Pillows - Book 7450

    Crazy About Pom-Poms - Book 7277

    It's I Love Yarn Month, so we're in the mood to craft with Yarn! Crazy About Pom Poms shows us that you don' have to learn knit or crochet to be crafty with yarn. This shimmery white chandelier is a great idea for fun and fresh winter decor! So does this minimalist heather gray textured pillow from Textured Pillows. It's as simple as some basic stitches and a pre made throw pillow, and you have a rustic and quaint pillow to add to what I'm sure is already a massive collection. I can already see a winter wonderland forming in your home with these adorable and innovative yarn craft projects.

    Remember, these are just suggestions! You can throw your shade wherever you want. Be as creative as you can be! If you've tried any of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Fall Décor Inspiration- Halloween and More!

    Hey makers! Fall has struck, and we couldn't be happier - because now we can break out that fall décor! We have a bunch of ideas this year to share with you, both festive and just plain fall fun. Almost all of these projects are easy to make and can be finished before the season ends, so you have creative new artwork to show off to your guests. Scroll to find your favorite craft category, and start your next project!

    Crochet

    Kids Snuggies - Book 75678

    Half Moon Rugs - Book 75664

    Whether you're ready for Thanksgiving turkey or Halloween popcorn balls, we've got patterns to fit your seasonal décor style. This sugar skull Snuggie from Kids Snuggies is perfect for the Halloween homebody that loves to stay in and watch Hocus Pocus. You can change up the size of the pattern as needed, but we say that this isn't just a Snuggie for kids. This would be a great spooky surprise for adults too! It's so cozy, you can keep it up even after All Saints Day. If you're looking for hunting cabin décor, or just a simple rustic touch to your home, try this rug from Half Moon Rugs! The antlers really make this rug stand out, even though it's made with neutral yarn colors. This would be a great gift for both guys and gals, and would be a great neutral accent to any home during the fall. Who knows, you might wanna keep it through winter.

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book 7572

    If you're looking for a bigger project to take on, try this falling leaves afghan from Crochet Afghan Revival. Not only is the picture above a whole mood, but the afghan itself is a really great accessory for your loveseat, during and after fall. This is a style of afghan that goes beyond the season, and the pattern itself is long lasting and comfy for those cold fall and winter mornings.

    Knit

    If you're in need of some extra kitchen accessories, then look no further for festive fall décor. These fruit and veggie potholder and dishcloths from Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths are perfect for you! The book title is self explanatory, you can literally make these in just one weekend, they're that easy. in days you can have adorable Corn Cob Dishcloths or Golden Apple Potholders to decorate your kitchen for fall.

    Craft

    Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! - Book 6870

    Home Candle Making - Book 7311

    If you've been waiting to decorate for Halloween since November 1st of last year, then we have some spooky and spell-binding projects that will light up your space brighter than a full moon. Everyone loves a good pumpkin transformation but sometimes you don't want all that mess. Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins has some great transformation ideas that don't require you to gut your pumpkin (see picture above). You can even use fake pumpkins for these ideas, so you can use them year round! Trick or treat with your embellishments with sweet white flowers or scary spiders, and create fun and fancy pumpkin displays to elevate your haunted house.

    If you wanna get witchy with your halloween decor, then this crystal candle form Home Candle Making looks like it came straight out of a witch's cauldron. You can choose what kind of crystals to put into your candle, and even add your favorite essential oils to make it an extra special potion. The choice is up to you! You can look through the book for other fall inspired candles too, there are tons of recipes!

    Stitchery

    Falling Leaves and Snow Garden Stitchery Kit - Item 49804 & Item 49802

    If you want to go less spooky and more subtle fall vibes, then these Stitchery Kits are great fall projects. These kits really make embroidery easy. You have everything you need to create whimsical and colorful scenes, from needles to multiple colors of floss. The best part about these kits are the pre-printed designs already on the cloth included. It's as simple as securing the design onto the embroidery hoop, and then stitching along the lines! Once you're done you can display them anywhere in your home or office that needs a little autumn magic. Our Falling Leaves Stitchery Kit is extra magical with a translucent fabric as the background, giving an illusion of actual falling leaves. With our Snow Garden Stitchery Kit, you don't have to wait for the snow to fall, you can bring winter mornings to your living room! This kit is a great minimalist addition to our collection and looks really nice next to the falling leaves (pictured above).

    Are you feeling festive yet? If you've tried any of these projects, or any have any other fall decor ideas, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.

    Happy making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Take I Love Yarn Day To The Next Level With These Projects

    Hi makers! For us yarn crafters, our time has come. I Love Yarn Day is approaching (October 12th), and we can't be more excited. For thousands of years, people made their own clothes and relied on skills passed down from their ancestors for survival. Fast forward to today and yarn crafts are mostly practiced as a fun pastime, a way to make money or a stress management tool. In spite of this, skills like knit and crochet are still just as important, especially with the rise of the DIY movement and a desire for sustainability.

    I Love Yarn Day is every year on the second Saturday of October and is a day for yarn enthusiasts across the world to share what they love about fiber arts and why they practice these ancient skills. This year’s virtual event, which takes place on Oct. 12, will encourage yarn crafters to share with people in their lives why they love yarn.

    In fact, we're so excited that we are celebrating the holiday all month long! We love cozy knit and crochet designs, but we’re stepping up the yarn game with weaving, plastic canvas and home décor too. If you enter our monthly giveaway here, then you can win all of these great goodies that we're about to talk about. So let's jump into it!

    Crochet

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book 7572

    Everything Baby Crochet - Book 7575

    We figured a great way to start I Love Yarn Month would be to celebrate some of our favorite patterns. We just recently published large collections of our best selling and easy-to-follow crochet patterns, and we're going to show you some of our favorites from these books! Hopefully you'll be just as inspired as we are! We'll start with patterns that always hit big in the fall - Afghans. Crochet Afghan Revival has an afghan pattern for every season, and this plum pattern is perfect for fall (first picture above). It has a great geometric pattern that will keep you cozy during those chilly months.

    If you're making for baby this season, then Everything Baby Crochet has, well, everything you need. This Tunisian Cocoon and Cap is perfect for keeping your little one snuggled up and protected when they're dreaming of becoming an astronaut. The texture of the Tunisian technique will be soft on the baby's skin, and the blue color is super soothing.

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories - Book 7578

    Amigurumi: An Adorable Collection - Book 7573

    If you're itching for some extra fall accessories, then we've got you covered. The Big Book of Crochet Accessories has this beautiful scalloped fall colored scarf (first picture above) that is a great light layer for any outfit. You can create lacy and textured patterns with easy-to-follow instructions! This is just one of the accessories you can make from this book, there are over 40 to choose from.

    Amigurumi is a hot trend right now with yarn, because you can make some adorable little and large creations. This turtle from Amigurumi: An Adorable Collection is one of our favorite patterns from the book, but you can make so much more! These little plush animals can be great gifts for kids and grown-ups! Who wouldn't want this little turtle as a desk buddy? He even has a matching strawberry!

    Knit

    Another collection of our favorites is The Best of Knit Accessories! We have tons of patterns for you to choose from in the book, but our favorite is this beaded knit bracelet! The accessory doesn't even look like it was knitted together, and the pearlescent beads take the neutral tone of the bracelet and punch it up with blue tones as the beads hit light. You can take this pattern and customize it as you like with different color beads, or with different clasps. This is just one of the ways that you can get creative with a different weight of yarn.

    If you're looking for some casual accessories to create this season, then look no further! Casual Weekend Knits has and adorable mustard colored clutch (above) pattern that is fall staple material. Using easy stitches and a little patience, you'll work up this small clutch quickly, and it will last you well past the fall season. You can even line your clutch with fun fabric for a fun surprise every time you reach for your car keys!



    If you're looking for a fun project with little prep work, then our Mini Maker Books Plus Kits are for you(video above)! For I Love Yarn Month, we recommend the Knit Hat Kit. This kit has everything you need to make an adorable and comfortable knit hat, needles and all! It even comes with project book, so you're not just stuck with one pattern.

    Extras

    Plastic canvas is always a fun go-to yarn project to occupy your time with during I Love Yarn Month. This castle from Portable Playhouse Sets gets you in the perfect Halloween mood! Let the feasting begin as you have your knights gather 'round as the queen looks from her throne. The castle pattern has great brick detail, and even includes banners from two different armies.

    Learn To Weave - Leaflet 56062

    You can learn to weave fast and easy with this laminated leaflet Learn To Weave! This design in particular has a great color palette, using this blush color as a form of neutral. You can play around with shape, texture, and flourishes as you follow along with these step-by-step instructions. You start with a simple surface like the twig shown on the wall hanging above, and work your way down until you have a beautiful and abstract wall hanging full of textures and tassels.

    Textured Pillows - Book 7450

    If you're looking for alternative fall color combos, then this is the pillow for you! Textured Pillows has a lot of great design ideas for dressing up a typical throw pillow, which is perfect for upcycled fall décor. This pillow design also allows you to play with three different textures of yarn. The bright olive green of the pillow pops so well on the pillow, and you can make a similar one with simple stitches and some hot glue!

    These are all really creative ways to get crafty this year with yarn. If you've tried some of these projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios! Be sure to throw in a couple extra skeins for October 12th, and good luck with your projects this month.

    Happy stitching!

    -Leisure Arts Team

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