Setting the Table for Earth Day 2020

Setting the Table for Earth Day 2020 With Upcycled Wire Crochet Napkin Rings Made From Pull Tabs

For those of you who didn’t know, today — Wednesday, April 22, 2020 — 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!

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.

Fabric Crochet Coasters

You can upcycle old textiles such as sheets, sarongs or clothing and transform them into rag balls to use for knitting or crocheting. There are countless environmentally friendly projects you can make using these rag balls; I have a whole list of them (plus links to free patterns) on my page about fabric crochet. Some of my favorite fabric crochet projects are coasters you can use for proudly setting the table on Earth Day. Check out these fabric crochet flower coasters and these heart-shaped coasters for a couple of fantastic project ideas.

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Crocheting for Earth Day and Every Day Earth Day 2020 Is Coming Up Soon!

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 Wednesday, April 22, 2020 — mark your calendars!

If you’d like to celebrate Earth day with an eco-friendly crochet project, there are many possibilities 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.

Crochet Scrubbies

If you do still happen to have plastic shopping bags, or produce bags, hanging around your place, don’t throw them away; upcycle them! Our free scrubbie patterns give you the instructions you need for transforming the bags into useful dish scrubbers and pot scrubbers you can use for hand-washing your dishes (which in many cases is more eco-friendly than using the dishwasher, because the dishwasher uses more water.)

Learn About Plarn

If you’re still carrying groceries home in plastic shopping bags, here’s an idea you can use to recycle them: “Plarn.”

More Rag Crochet Projects

Sooner or later, everyone ends up with worn-out textiles — worn out clothing, worn out linens, etc. Once a piece of clothing is stained or torn, you probably don’t want to wear it any more, but you need not throw it away. You can turn old clothes into interesting rag crochet projects including rugs, hot pads, potholders, cat and dog beds and even jewelry. Here are a few ideas and free patterns to get you started:

Pull Tab Napkin Rings

Upcyled Wire Crochet Napkin Rings Made From Pull Tabs -- Perfect for Earth Day!
Upcyled Wire Crochet Napkin Rings Made From Pull Tabs — Perfect for Earth Day!

Upcycle the pull tabs from cat food cans, soup cans, tuna fish cans or soda cans to make cool napkin rings you can use for dressing up your table.

Cloth napkins are environmentally responsible, because you can keep re-using them over and over again. Another nice thing about them: the napkins pay for themselves before long, because you don’t have to keep spending money on disposable paper napkins after you’ve made the initial investment. That saves you quite a bit of cash in the long run.

Once you start using cloth napkins, you’ll probably want to have some nice napkin rings on hand to go with them. The napkin rings linked above are a fun, eco-friendly DIY project that you can make (in part) from recycled materials.

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More Spring Crochet Projects

Get Ready for Spring Cleaning With Crocheted Scrubbers and Dishcloths

Easy Half Double Crochet Dishcloth Pattern for Beginners -- This is an easy crochet dishcloth pattern for beginners.
These pretty cloths could be used as either dishcloths or washcloths.

According to my calendar, today — Thursday, March 20, 2020 — is the first day of spring. You know what that means: Time for spring cleaning. Uggh.

I don’t much enjoy cleaning, although I sure love it when everything is clean. It’s hard to get motivated to start — but since I never need much prompting to get motivated to crochet, I thought I’d try making some projects that’ll help with the cleaning as well. Sometimes, it’s little things like soft, pretty dishcloths or innovative recycled scrubbies that can make all the difference in whether I ever actually motivate to clean anything.

Hey, whatever works, right?

Are you planning on doing any spring cleaning this year? If you’re going to get to work on it, you might as well have some cute crocheted dishcloths and fun crocheted scrubbies to make your tasks more pleasant enjoyable bearable. If you must clean, (and of course you eventually must, right?) please do help yourself to any of our patterns for knitting and crocheting these types of projects.

Check ‘Em Out:

Knitting and Crochet Ideas for Spring

This year, the first day of spring falls on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Looking for a new spring knitting or crochet project to get started on? If so, there are several ways you can browse through patterns and ideas on our website.

I recently collected a bunch of our best spring knitting and crochet patterns and posted them together in one spot; so if you’re not sure what exactly you want to make, and you just want to see a whole bunch of spring-friendly ideas, that’s one possible starting place for you.

Some other pages you might want to take a look at:

Delightful Sunny Sunflower Patterns to Crochet

Easy Crochet Sunflowers

I don’t think, technically, that sunflowers are spring flowers. As far as I know, in most places they bloom either in late summer or early fall. But that hardly matters to me, since looking at them puts me in a sunny, spring-y mood anyway. Their sunny yellow petals radiate warmth and beauty, and they’re lovely to look at any time of year.

While I haven’t seen any real sunflowers blooming in my neighborhood lately, I’m glad I can enjoy the crocheted version all year around.

Want to make some sunny sunflowers for “planting” in your own environment, or embellishing your craft projects?

If so, please help yourself to any of our free crochet sunflower patterns.

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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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Imagical Seasons Crochet Pattern Book GIVEAWAY and Blog Tour

Updated 7-21-2015: — We have a couple of giveaway winners!

Maria commented,

I love the apron top of the volumen 2 and the boleros of volume 1. Both to crochet for mg niece. But in general I loved your designs!!

Maria, congrats on winning Imagical Seasons Crochet volume 1, the spring patterns!

Sara commented,

The headband and lace edgings are really cute! I like the pink lace top for girls, too.

Sara, congrats on winning Imagical Seasons Crochet volume 1, the summer patterns!

Maria and Sara, please be sure to check your email ASAP (including your spam folder, just in case.) I’m hoping to hear back from you before 7-23-2015 at midnight, Eastern time, to confirm your contact information and other details. After I hear back from you, I will forward your info to the book’s publicist so she can connect you with your copy of the book you won.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! Please know that I really appreciate your interest, and I also really appreciate the great response from all of you. Your presence here in this community means a lot to me and Mike!

Welcome to, the First Stop on Alla Koval's Blog Tour for the Imagical Seasons Crochet Pattern Books

Hello everyone! Today is July 13, 2015 and you’ve arrived at the first stop on the blog tour for two of Alla Koval’s latest crochet pattern books. These books are the first two publications in a series called “Imagical Seasons: Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12.”

Do you enjoy any of the following?

  • Crocheting lovely baby blankets or coverlets
  • Crocheting gorgeous, feminine lace projects
  • Crocheting clothing or accessories for girls aged 2-12
  • Crocheting projects for warm-weather using spring or summer crochet patterns

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, I think you’re going to want to get in on this giveaway — and you’ll probably also want to take a closer look at these two new crochet pattern collections that offer you the opportunity to enjoy all of the above options.

Volume 1 of the Imagical Seasons collection is devoted to spring crochet patterns, and Volume 2 is devoted to summer crochet patterns. These books are delightful compilations of lovely, lacy projects including baby blankets, girls’ accessories, girls’ clothing, and components like lace edgings and motifs.

These books include helpful, detailed instructions including symbol crochet charts, schematics and written instructions. So whichever type of instructions you prefer, you’re covered.

Want more info about these books? Please be sure to take a look at my detailed book reviews and the product detail pages at

What We’re Giving Away:

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 1, Spring; and another lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 2, Summer, compliments of the publisher and Alla Koval. The giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law. Winners in the USA and Canada can choose between a paperback copy of the book or a digital copy. Winners outside the USA will receive digital downloads. Winners are responsible for paying any taxes or duties that may be imposed in their country or area.

How to Enter the Giveaway:

The winner will be randomly selected from among qualifying comments on this blog post.

Want to win one of these books? Here’s how to get your entries in the drawings:

  • Take a look at my reviews and the Amazon product pages, linked above.
  • Come back to this page and leave a comment telling us which project in each book you’d be most excited to make!
  • To get up to two extra entries in the giveaway, you can post a link to my book reviews of the Imagical Seasons crochet books in your crochet blog, craft blog or personal blog — then leave an additional comment on this post letting me know where to find your links.

  • Be sure to include a functioning email address (one that you actually check!) when you comment — so we have a way to contact you if you win the book. If you enter your email address in the spot where our blogging software directs you to enter it, it will not be displayed with your comment. For your own privacy, PLEASE do not put your email address in the text of your actual comment.
  • Post your comment any time before July 19, 2015 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time.)
  • If all goes according to plan, we’ll contact the winners by email shortly thereafter — and I’ll try my best to announce the winners on the blog sometime the week of July 20th. I ask that you have patience if the announcement is not made immediately. I am pregnant, and it’s close to the time of my baby’s due date. If my little one decides to make an unexpected early appearance, there will be a delay in making the announcement. Thanks so much for your understanding.

More Highlights From the Blog Tour:

  • Click here to check out some insights crochet designer Alla Koval has shared about this brand new series of crochet pattern books — plus bunches of other interesting tips and tidbits that any crochet enthusiast will find helpful. Alla discusses a variety of topics, including tips for new crocheters, insights about what it’s like to write a book, and the scoop on some of her absolute favorite crochet resources. You won’t want to miss this!

  • SPECIAL DEAL for Blog Tour Participants! — Buy the print edition for $24.95 and receive the digital download for free (retail value $19.95). To take advantage of this deal, use promo code IMAGICAL.
  • Best wishes to all of you with your giveaway entries! Can’t wait to see who the winners will be — and best of all, I cannot wait to see the fabulous projects y’all will be crocheting once you get your hands on these beautiful patterns.


    Amy Solovay

    Photo Credits: Book cover photos are courtesy of Alla Koval/

    Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a review copy of these books. I’ve done my best to express my honest, carefully-considered opinion about the books on this page and in my review. There is no financial relationship, or for that matter any relationship, between me and the publisher, or between me and the author. The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.

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