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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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

  • Christmas in July Crafts That are 100% Santa Approved

    Ho ho ho, makers! We're decking the halls with Christmas (in July) cheer, and we're using the lazy days of summer to start on our holiday projects and décor. During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we barely have time to make the elaborate gifts we want to give, let alone add special handmade touches to our holiday décor. Which is why Christmas in July is the perfect time to start crafting! If you start on projects now, you can have more time during the actual holiday season to relax. So go grab a nice snack, scroll to your favorite craft category, and start making your list to check twice!

    Crochet

    Fair Isle Mittens - Book 7453

    The Fair Isle Technique is a perfect color mixing style that works great for Christmas projects. Which is why you can start making the beautiful projects in Fair Isle Mittens now, so you have wonderful gifts to give during the holidays! These mustard colored fingerless mitts are perfect for texting in the cold, and can be used for multiple seasons. With the beautiful houndstooth patterns and chunky cables, these are the perfect versatile accessory for your wardrobe, and the wardrobes of your daughters, nieces, or granddaughters.

    Retro Christmas Ornaments - Book 7195

    Everyone loves retro, but we want retro with a modern twist. Which is exactly what you get with the projects from Retro Christmas Ornaments! These clothespin angels are so easy to make, you'd think Santa's elves had a hand in helping you! You can create beautiful projects like these ornaments and more with the help of the book's easy to follow instructions. Retro has never been so easy!

    Knit

    The Stocking Were Knit - Book 6533

    You can't forget about the animals! You can create this cat stocking with adorable little doodles at the trim from The Stockings Were Knit. Give your cat some Christmas tidings with a specialized stocking just for them. This is a perfect Christmas in July project for all cat lovers! This book has stockings for every member of the family, animal or human (so don't worry dog lovers, there's one for you, too).

    Beaded Ornaments - Book 6536

    This is definitely a transformation of knitting. You can make these great ornament covers with beautiful beaded accents from our book, Beaded Ornaments. With basic stitches and interwoven glittering beads, you have creative and definitely unique ornaments that will be treasured for many years to come.

    Craft

    Open House Merriment - Book 6872

    General crafts Christmas projects are perfect for the makers who don't know too much about crochet or knit, but still want to be creative with yarn and other mixed media. This wreath made of paper leaves from Open House Merriment is perfect for a door in need of sprucing, or a wall in need of decorating. With easy to follow instructions and tons of inspiration, this book is perfect for the crafter who loves to plan and prep ahead of time.

    Yarn Whimsies - Book 6889

    If you want some non-traditional décor for your tree, then try these little yarn snowcaps from Yarn Whimsies. You don't need to know crochet or knit to be a snowcap pro, it's as simple as common household items like toilet paper rolls and lark's head knots! This is a great way to be creative with yarn, without all the technicalities of fancy stitches. You end up with colorful and creative modern tree ornaments!

    Plastic Canvas

    The Magic of Christmas - Book 7584

    Plastic Canvas is one of those crafts that seems complicated, but it makes for beautiful projects. The Magic of Christmas gives you great step-by-step instructions to follow as you learn how to count threads, create your shapes, and stitch adorable little gift toppers and stocking stuffers like these candy cane climbers. It's small projects like these that can turn a lazy summer day into a productive day!

    Cross Stitch

    Retro Christmas Cross Stitch - Book 6877

    Cross Stitch brings a classic twist to modern projects of all festive proportions, like this wine bottle jacket from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch. With quippy quotes and adorable artwork, you can't go wrong with a beautiful hostess gift like this one! Who doesn't want to dress up their favorite red or white?

    50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Christmas - Book 6883

    If you're thinking ahead of time on Christmas wrapping and accessories, then these little additions from 50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Christmas are perfect for your future presents. Vamp up the traditional name tag with a stitched on Christmas tree, or little Rudolph. These projects work up quickly with color-coded and easy to follow charts, and would make for great first projects for someone who is starting out in cross stitch.

    Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments - Book 7587

    If you come from a family that has a Christmas tree in every room, then our wealth of cross stitch books will give you more than enough inspiration. These adorable stockings from Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments are a great hybrid of classic and modern Christmas designs. Even though they're mini, look at the detail! It's hard to believe that you can fit so much Christmas spirit into something so little.

    Holiday Ornaments Galore - Book 7585

    Even MORE cross stitch inspiration (See what I mean? A wealth of ornaments books). These circular ornaments from Holiday Ornaments Galore are minimalist enough to work for any style of Christmas tree. With quirky designs like robins in beanies and skiing snowmen, you can have an adorable set of colorful designs.

    Coloring

    (from left to right) Color On The Go - Holiday - Books 7305, 7301, 7302, 7304.

    Coloring is a fun and funky distraction for when you just need some crafty and creative time to yourself. Especially during the holidays. You can color in these Color On The Go - Holiday books wherever you go, and use the perforated pages to transform your Christmas cards! Laminate them and make a collage, scan them in and make a digital card, create fun and fancy colorful leaflets that bring a personal touch to your Christmas gifts! With fun designs like ornaments and mittens, you can't go wrong choosing any of these four books. Or better yet, get all of them!

    Santa might be sun tanning and shopping right now, but we've sent a letter to his workshop, and he loves these projects! We received a package of candy canes and sugar plums as a seal of approval. These projects, varied from beginner to advanced, are perfect for you to start now, so you're not bombarded during the holidays with busywork and shopping. If you try your hand at these projects, be sure to share it and tag us @leisureartsinc so we can admire your work and give you a special shout out. So go trade that traditional cup of hot cocoa for a Frappuccino, and craft away!

    Happy making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Valentines - Quick and Crafty ways to Celebrate Love

    Valentine's Day is coming up, Makers! We all know that one person who waits till the last minute to buy a gift, or has a hard time coming up with ideas. This post is for them! We've come up with some cute and quick DIY Valentines that you can make within a week of Valentine's Day, so you can look responsible and romantic.

    So, find your favorite craft medium, and see if you've found the perfect homemade gift for your boo!

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    The Perfect Gift for Book Nerds

    DIY Valentines Beautiful Bookmarks - Book 6687
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    If your special rose is obsessed with reading, then this is the best gift you can give. A subtle way to show that you care about their hobbies goes a long way, especially when you have such Beautiful Bookmarks like these (above). Easy to make and fun to gift, these bookmarks will bring a smile to anyone's face, especially your little bookworm's.

     

     

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    Beaded Bracelets and Yarn Fun!

    DIY Valentines Beaded Bracelets to Knit - Book 4786
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    When you think of jewelry, you might be imagining a bright and beautiful emerald bracelet, or a subtle silver chain. But this year, we want you to think outside the box, and take some inspiration from the spool! these Beaded Bracelets to Knit (above) are beautiful, simple, and breathtaking, making these little bauble perfect homemade gifts for knit enthusiasts to make.

     

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    YouTube Fun! DIY Valentines from the Studio

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    We had some fun in our video studio this week creating these fun, quick, and cute surprises for that special someone On Valentine's Day. Later on this week, we'll show a quick tutorial on our YouTube channel about how fast you can make these little giftables!

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    Cross Stitch Crafts - Valentines for the Soul

    Loving Hearts - Book 6743 Loving Hearts - Book 6743
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    Cross Stitch is a popular craft that is super easy to learn - which is why we included this craft category this week. Try your hand at small little votives like these Loving Hearts Cross Stitch frames. These little buddies look so great on a mantle that they can sit there all year round!

     

     

    If you make any of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc with #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!

    Stay Creative!

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    -Leisure Arts Team

     

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  • Merry Christmas in July! Fun Crafts for a Quirky Holiday

    It's the 25th of July, craft family. You know what that means? It's Christmas Day (in July)! We can all agree that this is an odd holiday overall, and while we complain about seeing all of this Christmas stuff way too early, we secretly can't deny how fun it is to see the festive decorations in store every year. Christmas time is supposed to be a joyous holiday filled with family, friends, and love. Why wouldn't you want that a second time in the year? Which is why we love to celebrate it here at Leisure Arts. We have a Giveaway going on until July Currently, where we are granting one lucky individual a chance to win 15 books, and an Oval Loom Kit.

    If you want to enter the Giveaway, Click Here. 

    You can give those books a once over if those interest you, but for this week's post, we're gonna  show you some other great crafts that you can make with the family unit for Christmas in July!

     

    Holiday Crafts For The Kids

    The people you buy the most gifts for are always the little lights of your life: your kids! Well, or nieces or nephews or grandchildren. Check out some of the best selling pattern books for kids that are currently on sale now.

    Kid's Snuggles - SKU # 75678

    Holiday Crafts Mermaid Snuggie
    Holiday Crafts Princess Snuggie

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A fun and popular book for the kids, this is a great pattern book full of gifts that spark imagination! Make nap time fun with character blankets and soft yarn.

     

    Baby Stacks -  SKU # 75668

    Holiday Crafts Bumble Bee Baby Stack
    Holiday Crafts Zoo Animal Baby Stack

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You'll have so much fun making these adorable designs for your little one at home! These baby stacks make for great activities that keep the baby's attention and coordination skills in good shape.

     

    Busy Baby Boxes - SKU # 75672

    Holiday Crafts Fairy Princess Baby Box
    Holiday Crafts Farm House Busy Baby Box

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A fun addition to playtime, these designs are great for keeping the little one's attention and are filled with up to six little crochet finger puppets as an added bonus!

     

    Fun With Crochet

    Crochet is one of our most popular categories, because there is so much versatility! We have a few of our new books in crochet available during our sale, like these two favorites!

    Artisan Jewelry - SKU # 75670

    Holiday Crafts Thread Crochet Fan Necklace
    Holiday Crafts Bead and Tassel Necklace
    Holiday Crafts Chain Link Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thread Crochet is a delicate style of crochet, that can produce amazing results. Jewelry is a phenomenon that you wouldn't expect crochet to fit into, but it does! You can have all different types of unique jewelry from the styles above, from simple baubles to fancy chain links!

     

    Quick Crochet Flowers - SKU # 75684 

    Holiday Crafts Crochet Flower Dream Catcher
    Holiday Crafts Embroidery Hoop Flower Art

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This is a great book full of fun home decor projects. The new designs take crochet to an elegant level that sophisticates your home with DIY Flowers and embroidery.

     

    Extras!

    I know that having all of these books to choose from is a lot to take in, so let us help! here are a few extra books that we love that you should pick up during our sale.

    Oversized Knits - SKU # 75680

    Holiday Crafts Oversized Blue Knit Cap and Scarf Set
    Holiday Crafts Oversized Messy Bun Hat
    Holiday Crafts Oversized Lime Green Shawl

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A book chock full of quirky designs, this is an interesting pattern book that will make you want to pick up jumbo knitting. The designs range from fun winter hats to flirty summer shawls!

     

    Make a Crochet Garden - SKU # 75669

    Holiday Crafts Crochet Cacti Pencil Cup Holder
    Holiday Crafts Hanging Crochet Garden
    Holiday Crafts Succulent Crochet Table Runner

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This pattern book has been one of our most popular this year, and for good reason! The book allows you to create a garden that will never wilt, and bring a unique edge to your usual home decor!

     

    After School Kid's Crafts - SKU # 7238

    Holiday Crafts Small and Soft Owl Satchels
    Holiday Crafts Felty Fun Unicorn Art
    Holiday Crafts Fun Felt and Stitch Tree Art

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A fun book to bring home to the kids! They'll make the coolest school accessories with the designs from this book.

     

    There are plenty more where these came from, Crafters! There are over 560 titles in the Christmas in July Sale section right now, so I would take advantage of it while it lasts!

     

    Shop our Sale, Now! 

    Use code JINGLEJULY at checkout to get the discount.

     

    Happy Crafting!

     

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Retro Christmas Cross Stitch

    Retro Christmas Cross Stitch Christmas is a super fun look at retro Christmas designs that will inspire thoughts of Norman Rockwell paintings and episodes of Leave it to Beaver and I Love Lucy!  We love the throwback cross stitch designs so much that we invited today's guest blogger, Lee Fisher, to talk about the inspiration for her fabulous designs in Retro Christmas Cross Stitch. Welcome Lee!

    Who doesn’t love Christmas?! The colorful lights, the sound of old familiar carols being sung, the stockings hung on the mantle above a crackling fire, the fragrant aroma of turkey or ham filling the house as one by one friends & family arrive. Gathered in the living room with the Christmas tree all a twinkle & trimmed with decorations that span the years, inevitably the conversation will turn to Christmases past and the memories of childhood.

    These were the thoughts running through my mind as I created the designs for Retro Christmas Cross Stitch. I wanted to capture those images which seem so familiar to our own childhood and the Christmases of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

    Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    When I was growing up we had a big, fat, floor to ceiling artificial Christmas tree with tons of decorations but among my favorites were the frosted gingerbread houses. I remember staring at them & being amazed at how real they looked…I wanted to reach out & taste the frosting! With that in mind I designed “Home Sweet Home”, the sweetest little gingerbread house on the block with its peppermint flowers & frosted gumdrop bushes all topped with a bright red cherry. What a wonderful treat for you to enjoy…and guilt free with zero calories!

    screen-shot-2017-07-19-at-3-42-46-pm Home Sweet Home Gingerbread House Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    A personal favorite of mine is “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” because this design is also taken directly from my life. I am pleased to present…my children~ Brandon, Shannon & Natasha. When they were little we often went caroling for the neighbors with the three little ones bundled up in their little onesie snow suits, caps & mittens absolutely butchering all the traditional Christmas carols at the top of our lungs. But our neighbors were gracious…they always clapped when we were done.

    Let Heaven & Nature Sing Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Let Heaven & Nature Sing Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    In the past, as it is now, traveling was always another important event during the holiday season. Going to Grandma & Grandpa's house, visiting friends or even heading out for Christmas Eve services, being all squashed together in the back seat with siblings and packages was just another part of the excitement of Christmas. On these trips I spent my time looking out the window, wide eyed, taking in all the sights & signs we’d pass. I particularly loved the very colorful & graphic advertising designs of the atomic era. These memories were the inspiration for “Happy New Year” and “Eat Drink & be Merry”.

    Happy New Year Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Happy New Year Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher
    Eat, Drink & Be Merry Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Eat, Drink & Be Merry Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    Christmas is always a time when we remember loved ones both near and far. Another tradition many of us like to observe is the sending of Christmas cards. In my home as a child, every card that came in the mail was treasured and put on display. Some setting on shelves, mantels and hanging on the wall strung on colorful ribbon. I remember some as having the cutest pictures of baby animals in the snow, like my design “Hello Old Friend” seeing his reflection in the Christmas ball. Others were decorated with glittering ornaments and candy cane like our “Merry Christmas” design. And some came with a single, simple sentiment like “Warm Christmas Wishes.”

    Hello Old Friend Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Hello Old Friend Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher
    Merry Christmas Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Merry Christmas Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher
    Warm Christmas Wishes Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Warm Christmas Wishes Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    Of course one of the most enjoyable things about Christmas as a kid was…the gifts! Oh the colorful packages piled high and overflowing with spiraling ribbons & bows. And the excitement of checking all the tags to find your very own name. I remember some of these tags being just as ornate as the ornaments on the tree and always wanting to keep them. With that in mind I wanted to create a design that would be perfect for gift giving and “For my Deer Friend” was born. Finishing this one out as a gift bag or wine bottle bag is perfect and adds a delightful touch of whimsy to the occasion.

    For My Deer Friend Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher For My Deer Friend Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    One of the most magical memories of my childhood was a snowy Christmas eve when I was drowsily tucked up in bed dreaming of Christmas morning, when all of a sudden I heard bells…Jingle Bells!! I ran to the window and swiped away the frosty fog and down below in a swirly mist of snow were two big brown horses in jingle bell harness trotting down the middle of the street pulling a real sleigh and inside was Santa himself bellowing out “Merry Christmas, and to all a good night~ ho-ho-ho!” Over the years there has been a long running debate as to who it was. But to those of us who believe….there is no question about it and so I honor that memory with “And to All a Good Night”.

    And to All a Good Night Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher And to All a Good Night Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    I do hope you enjoy all of these designs as much as I do and that you too will cherish the memories of your childhood. I wish you and yours a wonderfully Retro Christmas!

    Lee Fisher ~ StitchyFish Designs

  • Cross Stitch Gifts For Valentine's Day

    Top Gifts To Cross Stitch For Valentine's Day

    Cross stitch a little something this Valentine's Day to show your friends, family, and loved ones how much you care! Nothing says I love you like the careful precision of cross stitch, and we've found lots of flowers and hearts to help you celebrate love with fun cross stitch gifts!

    1. A Fun Photo Album Cover:  Organize your favorite snapshots and mementos inside this "toad-aly" awesome cross stitch covered album for a great gift idea. Great for celebrating all the great times you've had with someone! Get the complete instructions, from stitching to attaching to a photo album, with the Toad-aly Awesome ePattern.

    Photo Album Gift For Valentine's Day

    2. A Stitched Cupid:  Forget the card this year, and stitch your loved one a classic little cupid instead! This little guy, complete with wings, bow and arrow, and a sash reading "Be Mine" is the perfect cross stitch expression of your love! This fun handmade gift is much more personal than anything store-bought. Create this great Valentine's Day gift now with The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.

    Cupid Cross Stitch Gift For Valentine's Day

    3. A Cross Stitch Bouquet:  BGive your loved ones beautiful flowers this Valentine's Day - except with this beautiful cross stitch, they'll never die! These flowers are sure to bring a little pop of color to someones home and will look good on the wall year round! Cross stitch this floral Valentine's Day bouquet now with Fabulous Florals.

    Cross Stitch Bouquet For Valentine's Day

    4. A Celebration Of Love:  Celebrate love that has lasted with this adorable cross stitch pillow and sampler. A great gift to your lover or to recently married friends to help them commemorate their love. Stitch names and dates along with "To have and to hold; To love and to cherish" to complete these romantic pieces. Start cross stitching this perfect Valentine's Day gift now with The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.

    Valentine's Day Cross Stitch Wedding Pillow

    5. A Celebration Of Friendship: Sentiments of love and friendship burst from this charming cross stitch design - a great Valentine's Day gift to show your love and appreciation for a close friend! Finish as a wall hanging that will look good on any wall! Cross stitch this great gift for your friend with Loving Hearts.

    Cross Stitch For Friend On Valentine's Day

    6. A Declaration of Your Love: Skip the card this year, and use a cross stitch to declare your love for that special someone. Cross stitch this beautiful sampler, decorated with flowers, hearts, and more, to tell someone "my heart is yours." Get started on your Valentine's Day gifts now with Samplers.

    Cross Stitch For Valentine's Day

    7. Flowers For The Bookworm: For a friend who loves reading, stitch them a flower this Valentine's Day. This floral bookmark is a perfect, quick gesture to show someone you're thinking about them. They're sure to think of you every time they use it! Stitch this great quick Valentine's gift now with Bookmark Medley.
    Floral Cross Stitch Bookmark For Valentine's Day

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Cross Stitch.

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