Reversible Holiday Table Runner Tutorial

This quilted table runner is reversible so you can use it for several months a year! It is a fat quarter friendly project that can be made in a day. It's an adorable solution to holiday decorating.| SimplyNotable.com

Have your tried out our Scrappy Mug Rug pattern yet? If so, I challenge you to make a larger version into a reversible table runner. This table runner is no more difficult than the mug rugs. By making it reversible, you will be able to use the same table runner for several months a year. I made a Fall/Halloween version but you could easily make one for other holidays as well. Some ideas include Christmas (or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah)/Winter, Spring/Easter, Easter/St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day/Easter… you get the idea. What you’ll need: 5-7 fat quarters for each side* 1/4- 1/3 yard for binding* Batting to fit your selected table runner size *The number of fabrics and amount of … [Read more...]

Bunnies in the Wild

laurenstumblingbunnies

I took a few moments to admire the Ravelry projects for our free Tumbling Bunnies pattern this week and was so impressed with the creativity and skill of the knitters out there. I wish I could share them all, but here's a selection of those who were kind enough to allow me to use their photos: It's always fun for me to see the unique variations our Crafty Friends create with our free patterns. It's not surprising that the Tumbling Bunnies are multiplying....just as Bunnies tend to do! … [Read more...]

Dyed Easter Egg Roll

DIY Marbleized Egg Dying With Shaving Cream

When I sewed baby items for a living, I sometimes dyed my fabric using shaving cream and fiber reactive dyes.  The swirly/marble-ized effect was so unique and pretty! Last year we had fun dyeing our imprinted Easter eggs with onion skins, but this year I wanted to try something completely different. It occurred to me that if my marbled fabric was pretty, marbled eggs would be even better! I had to try it! I started by soaking my eggs in full strength white vinegar for a few minutes each so that the food coloring would be more vibrant. While the eggs were being vinegar-ized, I filled the bottom of a shallow baking pan with about 1/2 inch of … [Read more...]

An Egg-cellent Pinata

Homemade pinatas

I remember learning to make piñata's in grade school and thought it would be a fun addition to our family's annual Easter get together. While very patiently watching it dry, my son Corey has asked, "Can I hit the piñata now?", at least 30 times .This is one egg that every kid would love to crack open! To make one at your house, you'll need: Newspaper 1 large latex party balloon tissue paper #2 pencil white craft glue craft wire flour and water. Cut your newspaper into thin strips. It's a good idea to lay down plastic or paper to protect your work surface. In a bowl mix equal parts of flour and water.  I used 1.5 cups flour and 1.5 … [Read more...]

Egg Sox

Easter Egg Sox Free Knitting Pattern

Cover your hard boiled or refillable plastic eggs in sleeves that resemble popular knit sock patterns. Stuff them with jelly beans to fill your baskets, or stitch markers and mini skeins to treat your knitting BFFs! Abbreviations: dd = double decrease  = slip 2 stitches knitwise. Knit next stitch, then pass slipped stitches over knitted stitch. k2tog = knit 2 stitches together YO = yarn over tbl = through the back loop SSK = slip, slip, knit Sl = slip PSSO = pass slipped stitch over Materials: Sock Yarn Scraps Set of 5 US 3, 3.00mm double pointed needles tapestry needle Eggwalker: CO 36 and join to knit in round row 1: Purl around row 2: Knit … [Read more...]

Tumbling Bunnies

Tumbling Bunnies Free Knitting Pattern

Instead of the egg toss, juggle floppy little bunnies this year! These bunnies are tumbly, acrobatic little beanbags to toss into spring baskets for your little, (and not so little), ones.  I made them with dk weight cotton, but they'll work up well in sock and worsted weight also. Gauge is not important for this project, but the knitted fabric should be firm enough so beans won’t be able to be worked out between stitches. Caution! These toys aren’t suitable for children under the age of 3 because of small parts. When making for younger children, use polyfill stuffing and embroidered facial features Materials: set of 4 double pointed needles in a size 2 sizes smaller than … [Read more...]

Dying Imprinted Easter Eggs with Onion Skins

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

Every Easter, as long as I can remember, my Grandma dyed the prettiest leaf and floral imprinted Easter eggs! They were so natural and lovely, but produced with nothing more than an easily concocted natural dyestock and little bits of flora. We lost my Grandma last year and for the first time, Jaydin and I recreated her dye with spanish onion skins, water and a few tablespoons of vinegar. We also purchased a few pair of cheap panty hose and elastic hair bands. Jaydin went on a walk and came back with some leaves and flower petals for our imprints - we also used some herbs in the refrigerator. We first skinned about 10 spanish onions and placed the skins into a medium sauce pan … [Read more...]

The Pursuit of Hoppy-ness

Knit Bunny Patterns for Easter Gifts

I've been looking for cute little bunnies to knit, bunnies to delight my Grandchildren on Easter morning. These little mini bunnies are about the size of jelly beans. They sure made me smile. Once I started I didn't want to stop! The pattern is Tiny Baby Bunnies by Anna Hrachovec. Tiny Baby Bunnies are apparently very popular! There's a contest sponsored by Koigu, and even a Tiny Bunnies Movement! I'm in Tiny Baby Bunny Love!   … [Read more...]

A Tisket, A Tasket – a Fabric Easter Basket!

Ivy Easter Baskets Pattern and Tutorial

Every year I tell myself that I'm going to make Easter baskets for my girls. Every year I fail and end up at the dollar store purchasing cheap baskets and plastic eggs that get thrown in the trash shortly after the big day. Of course, blogging gives me a new-found motivation to get the crafty to-do's done. I'm always excited to share my tips, tricks and tutorials with our crafty friends. This sweet little Easter basket measures 4.5 inches wide X 4.5 inches, tall but you can make any size you'd like with a very simple formula. Decorating ideas for your very own basket are endless! You could make your outer basket out of patchwork, or add applique or embroidery for decoration. I … [Read more...]