Saturday, November 21, 2009

For the Crafty Blog Lover Wannabes

My mom e-mailed me yesterday saying that the Home Ec. teacher at the high school was curious about finding sewing projects her students could do on blogs. So my mom asked that I send her a list of some of my favorite crafty blogs as well as how I find them. I thought some of you might be interested in this as well, so I'll go ahead and share it with you too. Enjoy!

My mom asked me to e-mail you with a list of some of the good sewing blogs out there that I know about. Here we go...

One Pretty Thing- If you don't have a lot of experience with blogs this is an excellent place to start. Every day (and often multiple times a day) the author puts up between 8-12 links (with pictures) of great projects that have tutorials along with them. About once a week or two she also puts up a set of links to craft blogs that give business tips for craft/ art-related businesses. That might be helpful for any students you may have who are interested in making things to sell. Here's the link:

Make It and Love It- This blog is a treasure trove of projects (sewing and otherwise) that include creating something out of existing materials (a.k.a. "upcycling"). The author, Ashley, is constantly posting new project ideas, but she also has an extensive list of links to past projects on the left side of her page (you have to scroll down a little to see it). I've made a handful of things from this blog and each time I've found the projects to be very simple, easy to follow, and relatively quick. You don't need a lot of existing experience to follow her tutorials. Here's the link:

Little Birdie Secrets- This blog is a hodge podge of different crafting projects--sewing, cooking, paper crafts, glue gun crafts, etc. Also has lots of great tutorials that are easy to follow. Here's the link:

U create
- This blog is basically like One Pretty Thing, but with only one or two featured links per day. Here's the link:

Lil Blue Boo- Ashley (author of this blog) does some amazing stuff. She creates her own patterns to sell, but she also does tons of tutorials on her blog (free!). She does a lot of sewing, painting, a combination of both, and some other stuff here and there. Her sweatshirt pattern is what I made my nephew's fireman sweatshirt from. I won the pattern for free on a giveaway on her blog. I think my mom mentioned that she had shown you the sweatshirt I made. If she didn't and you have no idea what I'm talking about, don't worry about it. Anyway, here's the link:

These are probably my top five favorites--the blogs that give me the most inspiration and practical instruction for making things. However, I have a much longer list of crafty blogs that I look at on a fairly regular basis. If you're interested in a longer list, you can visit my blog:

Notes From A Very Red Kitchen- This is my own blog where I'll share crafty things I make and do as well as just thoughts and whatever else I feel like writing about. Mine is certainly not the best for a constant flow of sewing and crafting ideas, but you can find my list of crafty blogs here (on the right side--scroll down a little until you see the title "Crafty Blogs"). Here's the link:

My mom asked me to mention how I search for these kinds of blogs. I would imagine it's fairly easy to do, but I don't actually "search" for blogs. I find it much easier to find sort of "the best of" on One Pretty Thing and then I branch out from there. Often I'll follow a link to a blog from there and then I'll spend a minute looking at the older posts on that blog to see if they only post crafty things every now and then (like me) or if it's the kind of blog that I would want to come back and see again often. When I do find another blog I want to keep track of, I add it to my list of crafty blogs. I don't add blogs very often, but I do sometimes. They have to be at least fairly good for me to add them to my list.
If anyone else has related questions feel free to ask! Happy crafty blogging!


Ashley said...

Hey!!! Thanks so much for linking!

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Wow, what a great list. Thanks so much for linking. All the best!

Emily said...

Yay! I love craft blogs! :)

CK Morgan said...

i love craft blogs! There's a few on here I haven't seen before. I'll have to check them out.

Patricia said...

This should certainly give the teacher lots to choose from!

Emily said...

Katie! I just want you to know that I've been checking out these craft blogs all day and love them! I love having new craft blogs to look at! :) Thanks!!!! said...

Aww, thanks SO much for the shout-out and for mentioning the Crafty Business Resources! What a great list, I'm thrilled to be a part of it!