A round up of some free craft tutorials and patterns I’ve found from around the web that don’t take forever and can be done with relative ease.
1. T-shirt yarn: If like me, you’ve always wondered how people make one long strip of yarn from a tshirt, then here is the answer. The tutorial can seem a bit long and daunting but once you get to the bit about cutting you’ll find that its actually quite simple. And once you’ve learnt it, you’ll find yourself drowning in balls of recycled tshirt yarn.
2. Paper Owl : These cute little owls have been designed over at 3eyedbear (just click on the picture on their website to get the pattern). No special supplies needed, just a printer, normal paper, a pair of scissors and some glue. All you need to do is print, cut, fold and stick together.
If owls aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of other patterns to choose from (my favourite has to be the parrots). And all of the patterns on this website are designed to be able to complete within an hour. It’s a great starting place if you want to do something crafty on short notice.
3. Cross Stitch Notebooks: This is a lovely and simple cross stitch idea for jazzing up paper notebooks, bookmarks or maybe a nice special occasion card. The tutorial is in Spanish, but with the many pictures (and maybe some added Google translate}, I think this is a great idea for beginners and avid cross stitchers alike that could look stunning.
4. Felt Rose: This pattern is in Portuguese but the pictures in the tutorial that Gracinhas Artesanto has made are pretty self explanatory. You’ll need some felt in green and whatever rose colour you want to create, some scissors, glue and a needle and thread.