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  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Girls

    Top Gifts To Quilt & Sew For Girls

    This year, don't buy a gift for the little girl in your life - make one. Use your quilting and sewing skills to make something special for her. There's something for every girl here regardless of ages or interest -  whether she likes baby dolls and purses or wild animals and adventure.

    1. A Three Dimensional Animal Backpack: Sew a backpack unlike anything you can find in store - she will love this fun owl bag! Great to take to school or to sleepovers! Go the extra mile by filling it with a picture book or two about owls and other woodland creatures. Get started on this gift she will love with Woodland Creatures Backpacks.

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    2. A Cozy, Starry Blanket: Young girls will love the bright colors and cozy fleece of this blanket! Great for throwing over the bed, taking to sleepovers, building forts, or whatever else she might get into! Sew this gift that kids will love with Fleece at Home.

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    3. A Kid-Friendly Purse: Little girls will love feeling like an adult when they carry this whimsical animal purse. The cross-body strap makes the bag easy to hold on to and hard to lose, and her hands will be free! Create this cute bag for the girl in your life with Crafty Critters.
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    4. Fun Flower Pillows: Everyone loves a bed full of pillow, and young girls are no exception! Sew these colorful flowery pillows to add to her collection - perfect for relaxing and pillow fights! Great news: You can start on this gift right now with the Flower Power ePattern!

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    5. A Puppy Purse: This utterly charming purse would certainly delight a little girl. Soft fur fabric makes this little "Scottie" irresistible to pet, while a rhinestone strap and collar add a fun touch of glittery elegance. Great for playing dress up! Get started on making this great gift for the little girl in your life with the ePattern.

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    5. A Little Doll Set: Use your sewing skills to make a fun little bed for dolls. Great for playing on the go! Choose fun patterns and colors to add your special touch and make a gift you know your little girl will love! Give her the perfect gift with Best Of Fons & Porter: Quilt Lover's Gifts.
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  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Teen Guys

    Top Gifts To Quilt & Sew Teen Guys

    Are you looking to quilt or sew gifts for teenage boys? When it comes to gift giving, teen guys are always some of the hardest people to please, whether you're buying or making a gift. These unique quilting and sewing designs are here to save the day! Use these unexpected designs to create the perfect gift for any teen guy, whether he likes music, sports, cars, or art.

    1. An Unexpected Quilt: To create the perfect quilt for a teen guy, choose edgy and unique patterns to suit his interest. This musical quilt is perfect for the teen guy who will not put down the guitar. Also great as a wall hanging! Create gifts teen guys will love with Best of Fons & Porter Easy Collection.

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    2. Route 66 Pillows:  Everyone loves pillows, and teen guys who are into cars will be eager to add these to their rooms.  These unique pillows are sewn with black and white denim for an unexpected and masculine twist. Bonus: You can get started on this great gift for teen guys today with the ePattern.

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    3. 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 guy 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 to create a very special gift and fun time spent together! Get started today with T-Shirt Quilts.

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    4. An artsy pillow:  The artistic teen guy will love this abstract, fun pillow. Choose bold, exciting patterns to create a perfectly unique pillow for him.  Great to add to the bed, and one day take to college! Create fun teen gifts for teen guys now with Quilt Blocks Go Wild.

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    5. A sporty quilt:   Teen guys who love watching or playing football will love this football themed quilt. Great to take on the go to games or throw over the couch to decorate. Create guy-friendly quilts to gift this season with Man Cave Quilts.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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  • Crochet Gifts For Your Dog

    Top Gifts To Crochet Dogs

    Crochet a gift for every member of the family this Christmas, pets included!  Dogs and puppies will love playing with new dog toys or sleeping on a new dog bed.  Show your appreciation for man's best friend with these creative gifts - from fun to cozy.

    1. Cozy, Shiny Sweaters & More: Whether your dog would rather wear a cozy sweater, an adorable bandana, or a classic collar, they'll love these warm crochet gifts. You'll love these gifts even more because they're crocheted with special light-reflecting thread to help keep your pets safe! Get started on great gifts for your dog with Light-Reflecting Fashions.

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    2. Their Very Own Stocking: Your dog 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!  Crochet this special stocking now with Treasury Of Holiday Crochet.

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    3. Crochet Balls To Chase: Don't buy dog toys from the store this year - play fetch with these crochet balls. This Christmas gift for your dog will provide hours of fun for the whole family!  Start creating them today with Teach Me To Crochet.

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    4. A Comfy Bed For Cold Nights: Give your dog the gift of cozy comfort this year with this crochet dog bed! They will love this gift! Crochet it now with Sweet Pet Comforts.

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    5. A Fun Toy For Tug-O-War: Crochet gifts your dogs will love to play with this year. These cute toys patterns have even cuter designs for matching blankets that your pet will love to cuddle up with! Create the set now with Cuddles To Crochet For Pets.

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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.
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  • Knit Gifts For Teenage Girls

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    Teenage girls can be hard to shop for - the trends and fashions are always changing! Make her a personal, handmade gift she'll love with your knitting skills!

    1. Unique cases for her tech: These knit cases are perfect for busy students or casual dorm living - teenage girls will love getting this knit gift! They're cute, but also soft so they will keep phones, tablets, and laptops safe. Create the perfect knit gift today with Campus Knits.

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    2. Cozy knit boot socks: Any teenage girl would love these trendy knit socks! Great for wear with her favorite boots, and also cozy on cold winter days. Knit a pair or two in her favorite colors to keep her feet warm all winter! Get started on your knit gifts with the Oval Loom Set.

     

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    3. A modern slouchy hat: Hats like these are everywhere this winter - give the teenage girl in your life a special handmade one instead of buying one. She will love the fashionable style and warm yarn.  This holiday season, give her The Comforts of Knitting.

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    4. A chunky knit bracelet: She might already have knit hats, scarves, and gloves .. So add color and sparkle to her life with unique knit jewelry. Use your knitting skills, embroidery floss, and beads to create perfect knit gift, following the easy directions in Beaded Bracelets To Knit.

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    5. A bright and sporty headband: Headbands are a fun and trendy style during the winter. Teenage girls love that they keep their ears warm while being cute. Knit one she will love in her favorite color, while you learn Knitting in the Round.
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    6. An urban messenger bag: This felted knit bag is hip and has plenty of space for everything a teenage girl would want to carry! She will love this knit gift for taking to school or on weekend trips. Get started on your knit gifts now with Awesome Knits For Guys & Chicks.
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    7. A quirky panda hat: Animal hats are all the rage - this knit hat will set the teenage girl in your life apart from the crowd. All her friends will be jealous, plus it will keep her ears warm! Create the perfect knit gifts and expand your skills with I Can't Believe I'm Loom Knitting.

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    7. A cozy knit set: Knit her a whole matching set for the holidays - a headband, scarf, and boot-cuffs.  Choose yarn in her favorite color, or select a neutral color so she can wear the set with anything! She will be delighted with all the cute outfits she can make. Knit the perfect gifts for any teenage girl with Cozy Fashion Accents.

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  • Make Seasonal Magnets from Bountiful Wonders Coloring Book

    It's great fun to bring out seasonal decorations; let Leisure Arts' #6993 - Bountiful Wonders Color Art for Everyone help to brighten your home with an autumnal theme! The familiarity of old treasures combined with a new season can get one excited for many annual celebrations.  This year, why not try incorporating some newly made decorations along with your love of coloring? Using and sharing your creativity makes your craft come alive! Enjoy your coloring and pass it on: love it, make it, share it!

    If you haven't seen Leisure Arts' new Bountiful Wonders Color Art for Everyone coloring book you haven't seen some outstanding designs. It has gorgeous thematic pages filled with drawings that include leaves, pumpkins, turkeys, gourds, and beautiful decorative patterns. I fell in love with it and knew right away that I must incorporate my coloring in to a new seasonal project. I had saved a pin from Pinterest that was the perfect answer to my search for something new to create.

    Fabulous fall foliage plus harvest homage add a special homecoming for this season of giving! Leisure Arts #6993 - Bountiful Wonders Color Art for Everyone. Fabulous fall foliage plus an homage to an abundant harvest add a special homecoming theme for this season of giving! Leisure Arts' #6993 - Bountiful Wonders Color Art for Everyone.

    My new seasonal creation were magnets using at least one of my completed coloring book pages from #6993 - Bountiful Wonders Color Art for Everyone. But to make it a bit more fun, I liked the idea presented in this pin by Average But Inspired showing how to use small paint canvases to help create your magnet.

    Colored leaves using markers. Add more depth to your images with extra dots and strokes. Colored leaves using markers. Add more depth to your images with extra dots and strokes.

    Small paint canvases shown below are 2-inch square board canvases, or 2.5-inch stretched canvases. The board canvases came in black; the stretch canvases were unpainted.

    Two different types of mini canvases. On the left, a board canvas and on the right, a stretched canvas. Two different types of mini canvases. On the left, several board canvases and on the right, one stretched canvas.

    I got the idea of cutting out some of the finished colored leaves from my page instead of cutting a square section of the page for adhering to the canvas. Having individual leaves lets you decide how the leaves will be positioned on the canvas.

    Images from my colored page were cut and measured for each canvas. Images from my colored page were cut and measured for each canvas.

    Having imagined the finished product, I experimented by painting one of my stretch canvases first with acrylic paint before mounting any of the colored leaves onto it. I adhered my coloring book leaves onto the canvases using Mod Podge® by Plaid. Add at least one more coat of Mod Podge® over the canvases; let each coat dry in between applications.

    Now to make your canvases into magnets...turn them over. You can see by their very construction that they are different from each other. The stretch canvas is truly stretched over a wooden frame. The board canvas is a solid piece of board covered with canvas. Purchase your magnets from a craft store.

    On the back of each canvas, one or two magnets were glue on using E6000. On the back of each canvas, one or two magnets were glued on using E6000.

    Helpful hint: The placement of my magnets differ between the stretch canvas and the board canvases. Why? It wasn't a functional reason; the stretch canvas isn't heavier requiring two magnets. It was a visual reason. If I placed one magnet centered on one side of the wooden frame, I could see the top of it when I turned the frame over facing right-side up. It just bothered me to see the round magnet showing above the canvas. So before the glue set, I repositioned the magnet to one corner and then added another magnet in the opposite corner.

    Pretty and useful home decor with a seasonal touch - marvelous leaf magnets! Pretty and useful home or office decor with a seasonal touch - marvelous leaf magnets!

    This project made me happy; it made me smile because I transformed a coloring book page that I truly enjoyed creating into something else that could be shared. Even if the magnets are not given as gifts, by using them in your home or office setting you are sharing them. You are giving a bit of your artistic self to others for everyone's enjoyment.

    Now I have my eyes set on making more themed canvas magnets. Can't wait for the next season coming up!

    See you next time -

    Martha

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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  • Crochet Gifts for Teenage Girls

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    Teenage girls can be hard to shop for, but they will love these handmade crochet gifts. Whether you're shopping for Christmas, Hanukkah, or birthdays, you'll find a gift any teenager will love.  Crochet your favorite teenaged girl a gift from this list and you're sure to see a big smile on her face!

     

    1. A Slouchy, Warm Hat: Crochet the teenage girl in your life something both warm and trendy! Whether she likes to kick up her heels or escape into her daydreams, a slouchy beanie will be a great gift. With cute details ranging from button flaps to cables and chevrons, you'll find the perfect crochet gift for her in Urban Slouch Hats.

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    2. An Adorable Tablet or Laptop Cover:  Teenage girls will love the cute cabled look of this crochet tablet cover, and the soft yarn will protect her tech! Create the perfect crochet gift for Christmas with Crochet Bags & Backpacks!

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    3. A Cozy Crochet Cardigan: Fashion-conscious teenagers are always searching for the perfect pieces. She will love to get a nice, thick cardigan to keep her warm on the coldest days this winter. Crochet a Christmas gift she will love this season with Crochet It. Love It. Wear It!

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    4. Fingerless Gloves: Fingerless gloves are the perfect gift for a teenage girl - they allow her to text and use her hands while cozy yarn and stitches keeps her hands warm. Plus, they're cute! Crochet her a pair in her favorite colors with the easy designs in Family Favorites.

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    5. A Bulky Scarf with a Pop of Color: Teenage girls will love to wear this bulky scarf all season long. It's neutral, but the colors are eye-catching and fun! Plus, it's easy to make! The stunning gradient of color is created using self-striping colors in the Landscapes Lion Brand Yarn. Get started now with Stripe Savvy.

     

    6. A Cute Afghan for Cuddling up with Netflix:  Any teenage girl's face will light up when she opens this present. Crochet this afghan in bright, eye catching colors for a fun, modern look. It's perfect size to curl up with on the couch. Get the easy pattern now in Easy Afghans.

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    7. An Oversized Tunic:  This oversized crochet sweater will be perfect to pair with leggings and boots. Any teenage girl would be delighted to wear it out and show it to all her friends. Create this great crochet gift in time for Christmas with Relaxed Fashion.

     

    8. A Crochet Crossbody Bag:  Crossbody bags are a perfect small size for carrying all the essentials a teenage girl needs - a cell phone, keys, wallet, & makeup.  Plus, she will love having her arms free! Choose yarn in her favorite color and embellish with cute buttons, as shown in Easy Essential Bags.

     

    9. A Chevron Cup Cozy:  These cute cozies make great gifts to warm hearts and safeguard fingers from hot cups.  Great as a small gift or stocking stuffer, she will love using these around the house or at school! This holiday season, crochet her Cup Cozies.
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    10. A Hip Mustache Pillow:  Who can resist pillows? They soften our world and add decorative accents to lots of different rooms. This pillow will be the perfect quirky accent to her bed, and will be a hit at sleepovers. Crochet a gift she'll love with Pillow Fun.

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    11. A Long Beaded Necklace:  Who This long beaded necklace has so many outfit possibilities - she will love to wear it, and you will love to make it! Use your crochet techniques with beads and nylon cord to make her a gift she will love. Get started today with Beaded Beauties to Crochet.

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  • Crochet Gifts For Cat Lovers

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    Everyone has a friend who is wild about cats! Crochet them a gift they will love this Christmas. We have a fun variety of crochet gifts cat lovers won't be able to resist.  Make your favorite cat lover smile this holiday season or anytime at all with a thoughtful feline themed gift.  Start crocheting today!

    1. A Charming Filet Afghan and Pillow: Your cat lover friend will love curling up with these cozy crochet cats! Looking right at home, the cat motifs make this wrap and pillow combo a "purr-fect" accent for any cat lovers home. Crochet a gift your friend will love with the Kitty Cat Comfort ePattern.

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    2. A Fun Amigurumi Wild Cat: Any cat lover would love to own these crochet wild cats - a panther, a lion, a tiger, and a cougar! Create your friend their favorite big cat, or crochet them all! Get started on your crochet gifts today with Spirit Animals.

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    3. A Cute Cat Cup CozyThese cute cozies make great gifts to warm hearts and safeguard fingers from hot cups. Crochet one as a gift your cat lover friend will cherish! Get started on your crochet gifts today with Cup Cozies.

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    4. A Cat Scrubby:  Crochet your cat loving friend a soft cat scrubby,  perfect for the kitchen or a refreshing bath. Pair it with some soaps for a fun spa day gift! Create this great crochet gift with So-Cute Scrubbies.
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