Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Ok, now that my mini rant is over... I can get to what I actually intended to post today.

Hopefully this guide isn't coming too late or can at least serve to inspire all my fellow last minute DIY'ers.  Running late seems to be the theme around here.... It feels like every time I try to simplify my life it explodes by ten-fold.  Ahhh!

All right, enough whining here we go:

All Free Sewing.  This is your one-stop collective with patterns from all across the internet.  The patterns are often fully illustrated tutorials and are ranked easy, intermediate and advanced.  Some of the patterns can really be hit or miss, but it's full of endless ideas for everybody and every occassion.    Bags, Jewelry, Scarves, Dresses, Aprons, Toys, Upcycling, etc.

Here are just a few of the finds

Infinity Scarf -This beautiful light weight scarf was designed by Lindsay at The Cottage Home.  This pattern is easy enough for a beginner and it can be made with one yard of fabric.  Though it's recommended to use a two yard piece, it eliminates seaming pieces together.  As a side note the scarf can also be assembled by folding the ends over one another (like a snake eating it's tail) and sewing all the way around except for 3-4".  Flip the scarf right side out and hand stitch the opening.  Ta Da!   

City Cowl  Theoretically Minnesota should be FREEEEZING right now, but for some reason we're not and the grass is actually starting to turn green again???  Anyway, what I'm trying to say is if you want to give someone the gift of warmth check out this stylish pattern from Aesthetic Nest.  This one is quick and all you need is one yard of something cozy.  

Fleece Hoodie  If you find yourself with a little extra time on your hands and a stolen t-shirt from your man's closet... This just might be the project for you!

Knitters and Crocheters
Ravelry  love, love, love this site!  There are not enough good things I can say about it.  Many of the patterns are free, but the best part is the users post pictures and reviews of the design.  That way you can see what a project looks like in different colors, weights and needle sizes.  Also, if you're making clothing you can see how the design may fit on different body types.  This alone is priceless.  Yarn love.

The patterns are literally endless, but here are a few ideas...

Fingerless Mitts 

Easy Scarves, Lace Scarves and Mens Scarves

Slouchy Hats

And once i survive this holiday season, I am making this for myself!
Gap-tastic Cowl

Ok, I lied.  I splurged and bought the materials last night... *guilty*  I know... no excuses, but uhh.. isn't it gorgeous?  That and bulky yarn knits up so quick, it's hard to put down :)

Sorry folks, looks like i'm outta time for tonight.  Stay tune for Part 2 of the DIY Holiday Gift Giving Guide!


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