A Little Something for the New Year

If you are anything like me or a million others, you are stepping into the new year with a desire to get organized. Personally, I would love to get my yarn stash organized and plan to spend some one on one time with my piles of chaotic fibers in the coming months in an effort to do just that, get organized!  Ha Ha…I will try and post pictures sometime soon so you can see what I am up against. Perhaps it will give me just the motivation I need to actually get it done. I will have you all to hold me accountable.

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Free Printable Cards!

 

I have decided from this point forward each project I start is going to get a WIP Card. (Free Printable Below) This simple card will be used along with a handy ziploc bag to keep the projects I am working on under control. I tend to be a bit distracted by shiny things, aka new patterns, challenges and ideas that pop up in my newsfeed.

Take for example The Crochet Crowd, in the last three days they have posted their January Challenge along with video tutorials for a Puffy Baby Blanket and a 3 Hour Crochet Baby Blanket!  What’s a hooker to do?!

It just so happens that with all of the yummy yarn I scored at the Spinrite Tent sale last fall I have enough to do them ALL! (Psst. If you missed it, there are still tons of really good buys at the ETENT sale!)

And so it is, I know myself to well. I know that I am not going to stop being distracted. So rather than having a ton of WIP’s laying around that will end up getting frogged because I will inevitably forget what hook size I used or where I go the pattern from, I’m going to put each project in its own bag with one of these cards. Each project will have all the information I need to pick it back up and finish it.

Feel free to grab some for yourself!

WIP CARD FREE PRINTABLE

Hooked With Heart! Templates and Patterns for Free, Oh My!

allprints With craft show season in full swing and the holiday season upon us, it seems everyone is searching for that perfect gift item. Whether you are looking to give it or sell it, the packaging you put on your crocheted items can make a world of difference.Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort to set your projects a step above the rest.

After realizing the difference it made putting my cup cozies on a sleeve, I decided to work up a few other packaging options for some of the more popular selling items this year.

Find the Cup Cozy and sleeve template here: Super Simple Cup Cozy and Template

Boot Cuff Box & Wraps

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One of the top items this year is the boot cuff. I’ve been working with Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs who designed the Simple Stylish Boot Cuff just for us! She has added it to her Ravelry Store, but has given us a code to get it for free until 12/31/14!  Use Code: BootCuffs14

For this pattern, I used a box template. Looks like a french fry box! If you find your cuffs are too short for the box you can put a bit of tissue paper in the bottom. The back has a place for To and From! Gift ready!

These templates are cut out on the outside line and folded on the inside lines. I used double sided sticky tape to hold the sides together.

PDF Template HookedWithHeartBox

PDF Template Boot Cuff Box (This is the same box style template with Boot Cuff written on the front and Handmade with heart on the back.)bootcuffWrapElk

As another option, I created a Boot Cuff Wrap. The Ripple Stitch Boot Cuffs is a free pattern by Kathy Lashley of ELK Studios. It’s as simple as folding your boot cuffs over and wrapping the label around it. These wraps would also work for hats, scarves, gloves or more!

PDF Template Boot Cuff Wrap (Print in Landscape)

PDF Template Hooked With Heart Wrap (Print in Landscape)

I found a fun and Free Pattern for boot cuffs with a video tutorial over at The Crochet Crowd!

Mug Cozy and Template

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Cozies are another of those top wanted items this year. This fun cozy, Mug Love, is another pattern by Sonya Blackstone. You can get it for free too until 12/31/14. Use Code: MugCozy14

Edited to Add: I can’t believe I forgot to post the link to the Mug Cozy!  Mug Love Pattern Here

It’s the perfect size to fit on the Mug Cozy Template. Add some tea, cocoa or a gift card and you’re ready to go!

PDF Template Mug Cozy

A Few Extras!

These little tags are great to attach to any project. The “Hooked With Heart” can be used year round. To and From tags with “Handmade with Love” on the bottom are perfect for gift giving or to pass out with purchases at your craft shows. Giving that little something extra someone else might not have!

The fantastic red head band pattern can be found at Tangled Happy for free! It has a great flower with it too but I had opted out of it for this particular one.

PDF Template Hooked with Heart Tags

PDF Template Holiday Gift Tags

Special Thanks to Deb Johnson of Deb Johnson Illustrations for the use of the Yarn Ball Image It was provided solely for the purpose of these templates and can not be used in any other manner. Thank you!

What is your favorite project to make during the holidays? Do you have a go to item for gift giving? What’s the craziest thing you’ve gotten, or given?