Sometimes really great appliqué and patchwork projects are hard to find, so this time we did the dirty work for you. These eight tutorials come from eight different sewing superstars, featuring some craftables for the kids and some for you!
Charise has been a fashion designer for over 20 years but has only recently begun designing patterns for sewing and quilting projects. She created this patchwork block above for the Sew Out Loud Quilt Along a few years ago, and we’re still obsessed. Get the pattern for this block and others here!
Alisa Burke is a freelance paint and mixed media artist, who loves to experiment with different materials in unconventional ways. We love the look of this pillow, from the “drawn” stems to the recycled flowers. Find out how to make your own “Recycled Roses” pillow and add a pretty touch to any room.
These six miniature patchwork pincushions are extremely easy to make with the step-by-step instructions from Molly’s Sketchbook featured on The Purl Bee. These would make perfect gifts for quilters, since each pincushion is made like a miniature quilt!
This appliqué headband from Craft Snob (Sara Lanan) is one of the simplest and most affordable projects that totally has a boutique-like quality. A perfect accessory for weddings or every-day pizazz. Sara Lanan has a degree in engineering, but opted for the opportunity to stay home with her kids and get back to her crafting roots. She’s a picky crafter, (hence the name) and makes it her ultimate goal to create pretty projects for herself and others.
We’re totally crushing on this “Retro Caravan Cushion Cover.” Bec (blog-owner of Handmade and Home) uses the same “sketchy” look that we loved on the “Recycled Roses” pillow. Bec has a degree in environmental design, which definitely influences her crafts. We’re ready to jump in and take a ride!
These magic wands are perfect for themed birthday parties or everyday dress-up and make believe playdates. This is just one of the many fantastical crafting tutorials Rhythm and Rhyme has to offer.
Who doesn’t like a good advent calendar? (Obviously a rhetorical question.) I’ll always remember the Christmas-themed calendar my grandma made so I could count down until the big day, with surprises along the way! This “Cool Summer Days Calendar” is the perfect solution for the summertime blues, when the kids are out of school and can’t think of anything to do. Chocolate On My Cranium is an awesome blog to get your daily dose of crafting (and satiate your chocolate cravings)!
We think Jocelyn’s idea of creating a “Quiet Book” is absolutely genius. This interactive book is full of activities that will keep your kids occupied so that you can have a few quiet moments here and there; after all, you deserve it! Once Jocelyn created her own quiet book she decided to share her pattern and create a blog where other crafters could share their creations. Check it out!
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Handmade Charlotte offers a daily dose of DIY craft projects and design inspiration to help families live each day to the fullest. Named one of the Top 50 Design Blogs for Moms by Babble.com, the site has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV, Craftzine.com, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and more.