Make Delightful Rag Balls for Fabric Crochet or Knitting

Red, White and Blue Rag Balls for Fabric Crochet or Knitting. Get Free Instructions for Making These Here at KnittingandCrochet.net.
Red, White and Blue Rag Balls for Fabric Crochet or Knitting. Get Free Instructions for Making These Here at KnittingandCrochet.net.

Do you ever get inspired just from looking at pretty materials? I often do. Case in point: I find these rag balls utterly charming. They make me want to pull out my hooks and needles and dive into creating some new projects.

I think these red, white and blue printed rag balls would be smashing if combined in the same project. This would be an ideal color combination for those of you who are fans of Americana designs or country-style decorating.

These colorful rag balls would also make up into charming projects for Fourth of July. I’m imagining sturdy placemats for the picnic table…coasters that look fab, plus protect the table from drippy, icy drinks…potholders to save your hands from those burning-hot-fresh-from-the-barbecue dishes you’ll want to be grilling up this summer…plus fashionable things too — bags, totes, jewelry and more.

Have you ever made a rag ball? Do you want to give it a try? If so, click here for free instructions. They aren’t hard to make at all, just time-consuming. However, it’s well worth the effort if you’re looking to try something a little different than yarn. Or also, if you have a bunch of no-longer-needed linens or textiles accumulating at your place, and you think you’d like to up-cycle them.

There are bunches of different things that you could use your rag balls for:

  • Glam it up with a colorful DIY necklace. (It’s easy!)
  • Try crocheting a rag rug. (A little more challenging, plus time-consuming — but fabulous.)
  • Make yourself a stunning rag bag tote. (You’ll never get tired of hearing “Where did you get that gorgeous bag?”)

If you would like to try making those types of projects, be sure to grab the free patterns from the pages linked here.

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What to Make for Mom This Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday, May 14, 20167. That gives you some time to delight a special Mom (or perhaps a grandmother, mother-in-law, or stepmom) by making a handmade gift to give her this Mother’s Day.

If this is an idea that sounds interesting to you, we invite you to browse through our Mother’s Day gift ideas to find ideas for the perfect gift. Here we’ve presented a roundup of a few fantastic ideas for Mother’s Day craft projects; we hope you’ll be inspired by these suggestions.

Design a Sweater That Your Mom Would Love!

Design a Custom-Knit Sweater Your Mom Will Love With Melissa Leapman's New Book, 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities
Design a Custom-Knit Sweater Your Mom Will Love With Melissa Leapman’s New Book, 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities

Melissa Leapman is an authority on sweater knitting design. She’s enjoyed a successful career as a knitwear designer and has designed sweaters and sweater patterns for bunches of books, magazines and clothing companies. Melissa shares a simple, beginner-friendly, step-by-step sweater design process in a brand new book called 6,000+ Pullover Possibilities. So if you’ve always wanted to design custom-made sweaters to give as gifts to your loved ones, this book will guide you through the process. If your mom knits, the book itself would also be a spectacular gift for her. Click here to shop for the book at Amazon, or click here for more info in my detailed book review of this title.

Knit or Crochet a Shawl for Mom

Learn How to Knit a Variety of Stunning Shawls and Wraps Using the Patterns in Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps 2 by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine. This Delightful Pattern Book Is Published by Sixth & Spring Books.
Find a Variety of Stunning Patterns for Shawls and Wraps in Vogue Knitting Shawls and Wraps 2 by the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine. This Delightful Pattern Book Is Published by Sixth & Spring Books.

Shawls make delightful gifts for moms and grandmas. Shawls can be warm, substantial and comforting; or light, lacy and frivolous. They can be casual or dressy, chic or unassuming, fancy or simple.

Cozy Blankets for Mom

If you’re a fast and dedicated crafter, you have plenty of time left to make a customized blanket just for mom. You could use granny squares or other crocheted squares if that type of blanket would appeal to her. Be sure to add a pretty border or edging to finish it off.

Fabric Crochet Pendant Necklaces

Easy Fabric Crochet Necklace - Free Tutorial and Pattern

Jewelry makes a great gift for mom, and this pattern allows for a lot of personalization that would make each piece unique and perfect for your mom (or for whoever you want to make it for.)

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A Spa Gift Basket

Crochet a basket for mom. Fill it with fancy, extra-special crocheted washcloths plus scented lotions, beautiful sculpted soaps and a bath puff — or whichever toiletries your mom would find most enjoyable.

More Ideas and Patterns for Lovely Gifts to Make Mom

There are so many things that moms might love that it's hard to fit them all in one blog post. I invite you to browse our website to find even more knitting and crochet patterns, some that mom might love, some to make for Dad for Father’s Day, and hopefully even some to use for making something nice for yourself too.

If you enjoy crafts other than just knitting and crocheting, check out a list of the best Mother’s Day craft ideas at The Free Crafts Website.

Crocheted Flowers for Valentine’s Day 2017 Find Free Crochet Patterns for a Whole Bunch of Valentine-Friendly Flower Motifs

Crochet Flower With Ribbon

This pretty flower applique is useful at any time of year, but it’s especially appropriate for Valentine’s Day. You could pin it to a hat or lapel, or use it to embellish a Valentine gift you’re giving to a friend or loved one.

I’ve crocheted my sample flower in shades of pink and purple, but it would be even prettier in red and white, or pink and white. Or perhaps you could even use red, pink and white all together in this flower, assuming you can find the right combination of button, ribbon and yarn. Any of these options would be ideal color schemes for crocheting Valentine’s Day themed flowers.

If you’d like to crochet a different style of flower motif, you’re invited to visit our index of free crochet flower patterns. You’ll find many more flower designs to choose from.

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Valentine Gift Ideas for 2017

As a child, I adored Valentine’s Day. It delighted me to make paper Valentines for all the other children I knew.

As an adult, I haven’t outgrown my fondness for making Valentines. Nowadays I enjoy adding crocheted edgings to some of them, and putting other artistic touches on them as well. I find it satisfying to make lovely things to give to others, even small things like Valentine’s Day cards.

I’ve discovered that it’s even more fun to make Valentine gifts for my loved ones — or at least, to add handmade touches to my gifts at times when it isn’t practical to create an entire gift from scratch.

If you celebrate this holiday, and you plan on giving Valentine gifts this year, here are some ideas for things you can make:

Enclose Your Valentine’s Day Gift in a Heart-Shaped Pouch

Valentine Crochet Heart Pouch

Let’s say you want to give candy or some small item as a Valentine gift to a sweetheart, friend, or colleague. A heart-shaped pouch would be a fun way to package it.


If you want to see some more ideas for decorating this pouch, I have posted a photo gallery with several other options. Of course, you don’t need to use my ideas considering you probably have plenty of your own. This is one of those designs where you can really showcase your own creativity. But if you want to use any of these ideas, please feel free — that’s why I made ’em available for you. 🙂


If your intended recipient is a guy and the heart idea isn’t quite right for this occasion, you could always choose another pouch design instead.

Crocheted Hats for Him

Men's Slip Stitch Hat and Scarf Set

If your intended gift recipient is a guy, perhaps a crocheted hat would be a nice gift for him. The one pictured here is part of a hat and scarf set that I think is particularly nice for guys. It’s a bit of a time-consuming project, so I wouldn’t recommend it as a gift for casual acquaintances – but for the right guy, I think it’s worth spending the time on it. I can say that, having made the set for my own husband (although not specifically as a Valentine’s gift…) and he got significant, daily wintertime wear out of the hat for years before it got too shabby to make any more public appearances. Which reminds me that perhaps it’s time for me to begin making him another one…

Crocheted Jewelry for Her

If your intended gift recipient is a gal, jewelry might be a nice gift for her.

Valentine Flowers

There are all kinds of interesting things you can do with pretty crocheted flowers. You can attach them to hair accessories like headbands and hair clips. You can transform them into brooches or magnets. You can use them as embellishments on gift packages. Et-cetera!

More Valentine Ideas

Here’s a link to a list of free Valentine crochet and knitting patterns. The list includes bunches more ideas for interesting Valentine and heart-themed projects you can crochet. Happy crafting!




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Crochet a 4th of July Necklace Using Strips of Fabric

Fourth of July Necklace Worked in the Fabric Crochet Technique
Fourth of July Necklace Worked in the Fabric Crochet Technique

(Plus Pendants or Beads for Embellishments.)


To make this project, I enjoyed playing with some of my favorite things — colorful material, sparkly glass pendants, and the fabric crochet technique. I’m delighted to share the free necklace pattern, instructions and step-by-step tutorial with you.

Have you ever tried crocheting with fabric before? If so, I think a necklace like this one would be a piece o’ cake for you to make.

If you’ve never attempted this technique before, and you’d be interested in giving it a try, this is one of the quickest and easiest projects you could choose for getting started. It’s wonderful if you end up loving the technique, but you never know until you try it. If you’re going to end up hating it, I think it’s a good idea to make that discovery using a zippy-quick project like this one — before you spend one zillion hours cutting fabric strips to make a more time-consuming project like a rag rug or rag bag tote.

If you like this idea, I invite you to give the pattern a try.


Crocheting a Necklace in Red, White and Blue for July 4th, or to Wear Any Time at All.
Crocheting a Necklace in Red, White and Blue for July 4th, or to Wear Any Time at All.

If you choose to use red, white and blue materials for crocheting your project, you could create a necklace that’s perfect for wearing on July 4th, Memorial Day or any similar patriotic holiday or occasion. (Or really, any day — because those colors are classic and look great together any time.) However, there are endless different pleasing color combinations you could try, so you can have bunches of fun experimenting to find ones that express your style best.

Pictured here, we have a necklace that I made using red and white batik fabric plus blue and silver wire-wrapped pendants. All of these materials work well for an Independence-Day-themed jewelry piece.


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Make Crochet Potholders for July 4th, 2016 (Or Any Day)

Red, White and Blue Potholders -- A Crochet Project for Fourth of July, or Any Patriotic Holiday. A Free Crochet Pattern Is Available for This Design.
Red, White and Blue Potholders — A Crochet Project for Fourth of July, or Any Patriotic Holiday. Or for That Matter, Any Day at All. A Free Crochet Pattern Is Available for This Design.

Speaking to my fellow Americans — It’s almost July, and that means our July 4, 2016 celebration is coming up soon. Are you ready to take a day off to picnic, party, play and parade like the free-spirited, freedom-loving people that you are?

Maybe picnics and parties are your idea of fun — and maybe they aren’t. Maybe you find it just as enjoyable to relax with a lovely needlework project in hand…Sometimes I do. However you’ll choose to spend the day, here’s hoping your Fourth of July 2016 will be a spectacular one.

Pictured here: red, white and blue striped potholders that make glorious summertime crochet projects — not too time-consuming, and not too hot and heavy for afternoon craft sessions on the veranda.

If you knock out a few of these between now and the Fourth, you can bring ’em with you to whatever potlucks / parties / picnics you’ll be attending. Or maybe just place ’em on your picnic table so nobody burns their hands on the hot-off-the-barbecue dishes that will get passed around.

Some of y’all find holidays motivating; it’s always fun to tie your projects into whatever special day is coming up next. But the truth is, potholders like these are lovely to have on hand year-around. They make great accents for every patriotic holiday: Veteran’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day…and they work for everyday, non-holiday-days as well.

If any of you are outside the USA, you’re invited to make use of this pattern too. If red, white and blue is not the color scheme you have in mind, you are welcome to substitute any other colorway you please.

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Setting the Table for Earth Day 2016

Setting the Table for Earth Day 2016 With Upcyled Wire Crochet Napkin Rings Made From Pull Tabs

For those of you who didn’t know, today — Friday, April 22, 2016 — is Earth Day. Happy Earth Day, everyone!

I’ve posted some lovely free patterns you can use for dressing up your Earth Day table, or any holiday table for that matter. Check ’em out!

Half Double Crochet Placemats — Free Pattern

Awhile back I designed a place setting featuring this placemat made with organic cotton yarn, an environmentally friendly choice. The green color is an added bonus which ties in nicely with the overall “green” theme. The placemat is finished with a scalloped crochet lace edging and some woven yarn.

Pull Tab Napkin Rings

This project calls for upcycling some pull tabs and transforming them into these beautiful napkin rings, which are pictured above. The instructions for these napkin rings are available online for free.

Best Napkin Fold for Crochet Enthusiasts

If you have napkins with stunning crocheted edgings, this is a great way to show ’em off. Bonus points if the napkins, or edgings, are green.


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Crochet Spring-Friendly Bath Accessories

Crochet Spring Friendly Bath Accessories. Free Crochet Patterns Are Available for These Designs.
Crochet Spring Friendly Bath Accessories. Free Crochet Patterns Are Available for These Designs.

Any time is a fantastic time to crochet a dishcloth or washcloth, but they make particularly wonderful projects for working on during the spring and summer months.

Pictured here: On the right, we have an easy, spring-friendly crochet dishcloth or washcloth worked in an interesting single crochet mesh stitch.

When I was in the planning stages of designing this crochet pattern, I intended for the finished object to be a dishcloth I could use in the kitchen for washing dishes and general cleaning tasks. I figured that such a dischloth would be fantastic for spring cleaning — and indeed it is.

However, when I made the discovery that the finished project is amazingly soft and touchable, I decided to make a few more of them to be used as washcloths. After completing those additional projects, I tested them myself and was delighted to find that they really do make dreamy washcloths too. Hooray!

Pictured at left in the photo above, we have a hand towel with a crocheted edging. My project sample is worked in a delightful lilac color that reminds me of the glorious wisteria flowers that are blossoming all over the place right now.

I’m loving these projects, and I hope some of you will also enjoy making and using these items as well.


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Crocheting for Earth Day and Every Day

Crochet an Eco-Friendly Rag Bag for Earth Day or Any Day
Crochet an Eco-Friendly Rag Bag for Earth Day or Any Day

Earth Day is coming up soon. This year, we’ll be celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 22, 2016 — mark your calendars!

If you’d like to celebrate Earth day with an eco-friendly crochet project, there are many possiblilities to consider. For example, the gorgeous tote bag pictured above is a sustainable DIY project if you choose to upcycle old fabrics or clothes for your materials.

Another similar option is an earth-friendly market bag made using organic cotton. You can get the market bag crochet pattern on the Internet for free.

You could begin working on either of these projects today, and if you start using the bag every time you shop, it’ll result in fewer paper and plastic shopping bags that need recycling.

To see bunches more Earth Day project ideas, you might want to visit the About.com crochet library of projects for Earth Day.


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Crocheting Beautiful Beaded Baubles

I find beads completely fascinating, not to mention irresistible. Do you share this fascination too?


Crochet Heart Applique With Beads

I think beads are gorgeous all on their own — and I enjoy looking at them even when they are unused, sitting on a shelf, packaged in their humble little tubes and containers.


But when you combine them with crochet, and start using them to make beautiful beaded baubles — that’s even better. When you find a combination of beads and thread or yarn that work well together, the results can be spectacular.

This beaded heart applique is one example of a little crocheted trinket that is greatly enhanced by the presence of beads. I picked this particular project to highlight since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon — and it’s an ideal Valentine project. However, there are many beautiful examples of beaded crochet, and many lovely free patterns and tutorials on the Internet.