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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For This Ice Cream Snuggle Sack (free pattern)

Crafts December 8, 2017

I’m lactose intolerant, so I don’t typically eat ice cream. That does not stop me, however, from enjoying all the adorable ice cream paraphernalia that abounds in the crafting community. Recently I was looking for a blanket pattern and stumbled across the cutest blanket ever — the ice cream snuggle sack from Bernat. Bonus, it was a free pattern so I downloaded it and looked it over.

While it is rated an “Intermediate pattern”, the only stitches you need to know are chain (ch), double crochet (dc), double crochet front post (dcfp), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet (sc), and slip stitch (sl st), which means that the stitches should be accessible to any level of crocheter. I think the reason it is labeled “Intermediate” is because it is such a huge project, and there are some tricky sections when switching colors for the ice creams.

That being said, if you are a beginner looking for a new challenge, you might find this one enjoyable, and the payoff is at the end you have a snuggly, cozy ice cream blanket that everybody will be screaming about. You can make it whatever colors you want, whether you prefer a sugar cone, waffle cone, or dipped cone; whether you like strawberry and vanilla, chocolate and butter pecan, or mint chocolate chip. Get creative about which flavors and toppings you love and add them to show off your preferences. You can even put a cherry on top. You can also add accessories to make it more “3-D”, such as buttons, lace, rickrack, ribbon, or beads.

The original pattern says it fits children 4-8, but it would also make a great lap blanket if you wanted to go that route. It would make a perfect gift for the ice cream and dessert lovers in your life, whether that’s a sibling, cousin, parent, or child. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it for yourself.

Take make one ice cream snuggle sack, you’ll need 16 skeins of yarn — 4 for the cone, and 6 each for the scoops. The pattern recommends using Bernat’s Baby Blanket yarn, along with a size “L” crochet hook and 3 stitch markers. You’ll also need a good pair of scissors and tapestry needle weave in the ends.

Be sure and read through the pattern beforehand — when I make the mistake of glancing over it and thinking that I’ve got everything in order, that’s when I mess up. I now tend to read the pattern fully first, then make note of whatever stitches I need to brush up on, go watch a few videos, and then gather the materials I’ll need for the project. That way I don’t get aggravated, and slowing down means I’ll make fewer mistakes.

Do you want more ice cream in your life without the brain freeze? Want to make someone’s naptime a bit sweeter? Then the Ice Cream Snuggle Sack might be just the thing. You can find the free pattern, along with some photos, on Bernat’s website. There are lots of free patterns there to inspire you and I recommend bookmarking the site or signing up for their newsletter if you want easy access to their library.

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Use This Tiny Felt Home To House A Few Of Your Favorite Things

Crafts December 8, 2017

I’ve been interested in felt for a long time, but never tried working with it until very recently, when I found this incredibly adorable tiny felt house pattern from Delilah Iris Designs. It was small enough that I didn’t feel intimidated, and cheap enough that I felt I could afford to make mistakes without feeling too badly about it. While I already had notions such as lace, thread, and buttons, I did purchase several pieces of felt for about two or three dollars. Ten pieces of felt will allow you to make several of these tiny houses, which means this craft is thrifty, and if people like your work, you can sell the houses (as long as you credit the designer) and make a nice profit.

Though the original intention for the tiny felt home was to house the felt dolls from Delilah Iris Design’s line (a for purchase pattern available on her site), I found a variety of uses for it, including as a storage area for tea, business cards or recipe cards, and sewing notions. Of course, if you’d like to house little creatures but don’t want to buy the felt doll pattern, you can also use it as a home for Calico Critters and other 3-4″ toys.

To make your own tiny felt home, you’ll need the following materials: felt (2-3 pieces, which can be different colors if you want or simply one color), scissors, an embroidery needle, embroidery thread, lace, and a button. You can also add foam cutouts, ribbon, beads, and Sculpey clay to make your house unique.

I used felt in three different colors — one color for the back of the house, the front, and the door, one color for the sides and bottom of the house, and one for the roof. I cut out an oval shape for the window in the door, and added lace above it. I also included a button doorknob with a ribbon loop to keep it closed.

You will need to know the blind stitch, the running stitch, and the blanket stitch to sew the house together. I learned the blanket stitch to do this project, but the other two I was already familiar with. You’ll want to refresh your memory (or get some practice with any new stitches) before beginning because there are some fiddly bits, such as when you are joining the front of the house (the smallest piece) to the sides and the roof.

Cutting out the pattern doesn’t take very long at all, but depending on how fast a sewer you are, putting the house together can take anywhere between a few hours to an afternoon. I did cheat a little and sewed some of it using my sewing machine, but I wouldn’t recommend it as the felt can stretch and then the pattern pieces won’t match. Despite the few little mistakes I made during the first house, this has quickly become a new favorite craft of mine. I made a second house yesterday and used netting and ricrac to spruce it up.

If you’d like to make your own tiny felt house, you can find the free pattern at Delilah Iris Designs

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Make A New Friend With This Free Narwhal Plush Pattern

Crafts December 8, 2017

Lately I’ve been amassing a bunch of free patterns for plushies (or stuffies, as the Canadians say). While I’ve not gone beyond dolls quite yet, I’ve found some easy, beginner plushie patterns that I’d like to use to make gifts for friends and their kids (and who am I kidding — myself as well. I adore plushies). There is one particular pattern maker that I adore because of their simple designs, excellent written tutorials (with several pictures to illustrate), and adorable creations. Choly Knight (or Sew Desu Ne? on DeviantArt) has several free patterns for plushies that include projects for the beginner who has never made a plushie before to those advanced enough to try something a little more ambitious.

I’m particularly fond of the Narwhal Plush, which is rated 2/10 for beginners who have little to no experience constructing stuffed animals. It’s one of the easiest to make and will not take more than a few hours. If you like you can leave the horn off the Narwhal and make it a whale, or you can make it and then make it a buddy with Choly Knight’s free dolphin plushie pattern.

If you’re going to make your own unicorn of the sea, you’ll need the following materials: fabric in two colors (the pattern suggests using slightly stretchy fabrics like fleece or minky, as felt and cotton will not stretch and will make the wrong shape), felt for the eyes, fusible web, sewing notions (scissors, thread, needle, seam ripper, pins, etc.), and a sewing machine. You’ll also need to be familiar with the gathering stitch, the ladder stitch, basting, and sewing darts. If you’re unfamiliar with the ladder stitch, it’s the stitch used by employees at Build-A-Bear to sew up the back of their plushies. Once the string is pulled tight, the seam is pulled close and the thread disappears.

The free PDF comes with the pattern (the pieces appear on the last two pages), so I would suggest either printing the pattern pieces out or putting the whole thing in a sewing notebook for reference and later uses. The trickiest parts according to the tutorial are placing the fins and sewing the smaller pieces together. As long as you take things one step a a time and go as slowly as you need to in order to avoid rushing, you will be able to craft an adorable little pocket friend for yourself and your nearest and dearest.

Do you hear the call of the sea? Do you delight in whimsical creations? Then this little narwhal might be the perfect companion for you. You can try out different fabrics and even add buttons, ribbon, and lace to make it a little more fancy (you can use buttons for eyes which will cut down on the assembly time, and you can add a little lace or ribbon bow to the narwhal to make it feel extra special).

If you’d like to make your own pocket narwhal, you can find the free PDF pattern and photo tutorial on Choly Knight’s website, Sew Desu Ne? Be sure to check out her other free patterns as well as her Etsy shop.

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Make These Printable Pets!

Crafts November 17, 2017

Printable Pets

I have followed the evolution of printables for several years now. I signed up for Anne Vanture’s paper dollhouse minis ages ago because they were so detailed, adorable, and easy to make (if you want free printables for a range of dollhouse sizes, I highly recommend signing up for her monthly newsletter), and then it seemed as if the whole craft world imploded with ideas for printables.

Not all printables are created equal, however, and what you want to look for are high-quality, simple prints that can be printed on good quality paper. You may also want a specific kind of printable, so looking through Pinterest or other craft-heavy sites is a good idea.

Recently I was browsing through just such a website and I came across these absolutely adorable guinea pig printables. I’ve never had a guinea pig — I grew up with rabbits, cats, and dogs. But I had several friends who grew up taking care of their own guinea pigs and I’ve always thought them quite delightful. They’re like miniature pigs with their grunts and squeals, they’re soft, and they have quirky personalities. When you’re living in an apartment, however, or you have an older animal or one that wouldn’t get along particularly well with a guinea, you’ve got to resort to other measures — like printing out a few of these!

This is a great craft for older kids, as it does require some dexterity to fold and cut and tape these little guys together. But as long as you have patience and a good pair of scissors, you should be just fine. The first thing you’ll want to do for this project is make sure that you have good, strong paper, such as card stock. Print out the template using this paper and the guinea pigs will be sturdy enough to last quite a long time as long as they’re not handled too roughly.

You can of course experiment with the paper strength as well as color — if you want to make a rainbow family of guineas, go right ahead. The original post shows a photo of one of the guinea pigs that was printed with an earth tone paper, giving the little family a bit of diversity in coloring. This is a great way to use up ends of paper reams (some scrapbook paper is cardstock, but a floral family with regular scrapbook paper would also be cute).

Carefully cut and fold the template together. You can add mod podge over it if you want it to be even more sturdy. Once you’ve cut and folded all the templates, you can put them together for a family photo shoot. The more, the merrier.

These would make a fun craft for middle-school kids on a rainy day, or for someone who loves paper crafts. The guinea pig family can be arranged on a shelf, in a cardboard box “cage”, or in an old goldfish tank. However you decide to display them, and whatever you use them for, they will be cute and cuddly forever. And you don’t even have to worry about feeding them or changing their bedding!

If you want to make your own family of guinea pigs, you can find the template with photos and instructions on The Craft Train.

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These Paper Mache Cups Make The Perfect Centerpiece For Your Next Tea Party

Crafts November 17, 2017

Paper Mache Cups

I’ve long been a fan of paper mache and the beautiful, whimsical creations that arise from it, but have never been able to sit down and make something out of it for myself. However, upon finding this helpful tutorial and gorgeous photos from Ann Wood, I might just have to make some time and put some of these delicate cups together for my next tea party.

If you’re new to paper mache, it is quite a forgiving medium. Nothing has to be perfect. You work at your own pace. And the materials are cheap. It’s a great skill to learn for 3-D art, and there’s plenty of inspiration to find online, particularly on Pinterest. I’ve pinned a few dozen paper mache projects (including animals, dollhouse furniture, and jewelry) and am looking forward to giving this craft a go.

Whether you’re an old hat at this or are beginning your journey into paper mache, these teacups are a great project. There’s a template available from Ann Wood, along with a written tutorial and plenty of photos for the step-by-step process. To make your own teacup (or set), you’ll need the following materials: a template, paste (Ann recommends wallpaper paste), cardboard (thin like cereal and cracker boxes as well as thicker pieces from pizza boxes or Amazon packages), newspaper, scotch tape (invisible isn’t necessary), glue, a pencil, an exacto knife, scissors, and whatever you’ll be using to decorate the teacups, such as scrapbook paper, mod podge, magazine clippings, stickers, fabric, ribbon, etc.

Once you’ve gathered the materials, you’ll need a large, clean work space. Remember to wear older clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Paper mache is for people who like to work with their hands and enjoy getting them dirty. Use the template to cut out your teacup and then slowly turn and tape it into the teacup shape. You can make a handle or not, as you choose. Ann suggests not using paper mache on the handle. You only need one layer, but if you prefer a chunkier teacup, add a few more.

After the paper mache, you can decorate the cup (and add the handle). You can use paint, markers, pastels, whatever suits your fancy. Allow for plenty of drying time between layers, or, if you’re using acrylic, keep some water nearby to refresh your brushes and keep the paint from drying too quickly.

What do you do with these teacups? Well, you can use them as a centerpiece for your next tea party, but they can also be used for other things, like a jewelry case (put your earrings or rings inside), a paperweight to hold your paperclips, a tree ornament for the holidays, as containers for your tea bags, or as organizers for your craft notions. There are dozens of ways to utilize these pretty paper cups, and they also make great gifts — just fill with tea, chocolates, or potpourri and you have a present perfect for friends, family members, teachers, and co-workers.

If you do end up making one or several of these beauties, Ann would enjoy seeing them! You can upload them to Flickr or leave a link in the comments. You can find all the instructions and photos at Ann Wood’s Handmade site. Happy crafting!

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Use A Bead Spinner To Make These Cuff Bracelets

Beading, Crafts November 17, 2017

Use A Bead Spinner To Make These Cuff Bracelets

I remember when technology was not as advanced as it is now — I had to string tiny beads one or two at a time and hope I didn’t move too much in case they popped off whatever I was making. However, now that we are in the 21st century, there is such a thing as a bead spinner. The bead spinner is a simple device (sometimes wooden) that allows you to string tiny beads in mere seconds. Amazing, right? Just think of all the possibilities!

Instead of spending hours on one cuff bracelet, you can make 3-5 in that time. The bead spinner cuts time so you can concentrate on more important aspects of the bracelet, such as color, size, and accents. The Art Bead Scene has a post about making these beautiful cuffs that also includes a video tutorial if you’re interested in how to use the bead spinner to speed up your creation process.

If you’re wanting to make one of these gorgeous cuffs for yourself or a friend, you’ll need to purchase the following items (or locate them in your stash): memory wire (the tutorial recommends 3-5 loops unless you want a smaller or larger size than the original), seed beads (peanut beads and seed beads work the best — try different color combinations such as metallic and earth tones, or royal tones with black), a decorative headpin (optional), a charm (optional — you can purchase pewter, steel, or whatever metal-plated charm suits your color scheme), and a few jump rings. You’ll also need to have pliers (round and chain nose), wire cutters (the tutorial recommends that you use the specific memory wire cutters as the material is different and more difficult to work with if you are using regular wire cutters), and a bead spinner (The Art Bead Scene recommends the Spin-N-Bead).

Once you’ve gathered your tools and materials, you’ll need an area in which to work. First form a loop at the end of the memory wire so that the beads won’t slide off while you’re assembling. Then put your seed beads in the spinner and insert the memory wire. Watch the video beforehand so you know what to expect. This should take just a few minutes. Decide where you want your headpin, bead accents and charm(s) and then attach them to the cuff using the jump rings. And there you are — a fashionable cuff bracelet to wear and show off at parties, work, and during the holidays.

These bracelets would make great gifts for friends during special occasions such as holidays, weddings, and anniversaries. They would also be appreciated by teachers, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and nieces (of course, there are also men who enjoy cuff bracelet jewelry, particularly younger men — maybe your brother, nephew, or son would enjoy one!).

If you would like to watch the video tutorial for the bead spinner or walk through the instructions for the cuff bracelet, you can find them both on the Art Bead Scene blog. It’s also worth bookmarking The Art Bead Scene (they’ve moved to Art Bead Scene Studio) for their monthly challenges, free project tutorials, and inspirational photography.

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DIY Birdhouse … or Bird Trailer

Crafts October 6, 2017

DIY Birdhouse ... or Bird Trailer

My family loves birds. My grandma and grandpa live in the hills between North and South Carolina, and when I call I always ask my grandparents what birds have been around. They usually have chickadees, wrens, cardinals, and tufted titmouses (which happen to be my favorite). My dad loves hummingbirds and has several feeders on the front porch. There’s a feeder out back for the less exotic birds, and we keep an eye on it to make sure the squirrels aren’t hogging it. My in-laws have several houses and feeders, as well as stands for the birds they care for, even going so far as to avoid the corner of the porch where a wren nested for a couple seasons and had a batch or two of babies. I also have several friends that love birds, and we’ve spotted several beautiful varieties while traveling.

With so many bird lovers around me, I’m surprised that I’ve never built a birdhouse for one of them. I painted a birdhouse once at camp, but other than that I haven’t spent any time working on that particular craft. However, this little project just might change my mind. What’s cuter than a vintage-inspired birdhouse? This specific one is modeled after 40’s and 50’s campers, which has become very popular in the last several years. And what’s not to love? It’s a fun shape, it’s two tone with happy, bright colors, and the details make it pop.

Even if you don’t have the woodworking tools to cut your own pieces for this trailer, or you don’t have access to sheets of aluminum, or recycled materials, there are options if you still want this birdhouse for your backyard or a shelf in your home or the front porch. Of course, you can purchase the trailer already made, but sometimes it’s more fun to put it together yourself, especially if it’s going to be something an animal lives inside.

Of course, if you have the woodworking know-how, all you need to do is create a blueprint and choose the wood you want to work with. You can go to a craft store and pick up some balsa wood, or you can try some pine or other soft wood. With some heavy-duty tools, you should be able to create the pieces in an afternoon. After that, you’ll need to attach them to each other with a strong glue, and then you can decide whether you want to varnish the outside or paint it. If you’re going to keep it inside, you could use something like chalkboard paint and decorate it with doodles and quotes. You can also put it on a stand and wrap it in Christmas lights. You can also hang it on a rafter, or put it out on the front porch, or you can use it as the base of another project, like a centerpiece for the table.

If this sounds like something right up your alley, you can make your own after looking at the inspiration below. If you’d rather buy one pre-made, you can find them on Etsy. Or, you can buy a kit and put it together yourself. There’s one available for purchase on Bird Folk Collective.

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Crochet a Doll House Style RV!

Crafts October 2, 2017

Kate Bruning’s site Greedy for Colour is a must-bookmark for those crocheters who love tiny things, amigurumi projects, and bright colors. There are dozens of projects available, with written instructions as well as plenty of photos to guide you on your own journey of making these adorable creations. If you’ve ever wanted to try amigurumi, then we’ve got the perfect project for you, straight from Kate’s website: a crocheted RV, which you can make into a mini dollhouse, a Christmas tree decoration, a centerpiece, or a stuffed toy.

While the instructions may look a little daunting at first, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Read through the pattern, and then take it one line or two at a time. You don’t need to do all the stitches at once, you just need to put one after the other as you follow along with the pattern. This is something I have to tell myself quite often, as I tend to want to rush ahead and get the thing done, but it’s always more aggravating going about it that way, so take a breath, relax, and do a little at a time. You’ll be done in no time.

To make this cute little caravan, you’ll need the following materials: two skeins of cotton dk yarn (one in white or cream and one in a vintage color such as light green or light blue), and three skeins of 4 ply yarn in black, silver, and pale blue. You can, of course, change up the color palette, but be sure and check your colors against each other in order to ensure that they are complementary. You’ll also need two crochet hooks (the pattern recommends sizes 3.5 and 2.5mm), a black button, a needle, thread, and scissors. If you want to stuff the RV, you will need some type of stuffing. You can also leave it empty, or fill it with potpourri, old t-shirt scraps, or foam pellets.

Once you’ve gathered the materials, you’ll need to look over the pattern and be sure you know the stitches, which include: chain (ch), stitch (st), slip stitch (sl st), and single crochet (sc). If you’re using more than one color, you’ll need to organize them and switch between “color a” and “color b” and so forth. It might be helpful to put them in ziploc bags and mark them as such so you don’t get confused while in the middle of the project.

You’ll be making parts of the RV (the two sides, then the door and windows, etc.), then sewing them together, so be sure you have a regular sewing needle for affixing the button, and a tapestry needle to sew the RV’s seams together. After you finish sewing it together, you can embroider a name underneath the window to further cement it in nostalgia territory.

Does this little RV tickle your fancy? If you want to create your own mini travel van, you can find the full pattern with photos at Greedy for Colour. You may want to follow Kate’s blog, as there are dozens of tutorials to try, from Christmas decorations to toys to miniature food. Enjoy!

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Make a Bird House from PVC

Crafts October 1, 2017

Make a Bird House from PVC

PVC is one of those materials that, like duct tape, that can be used for so many more things than the original intended purpose. I’ve seen PVC used for everything from cosplay to birdhouses. PVC is a strong material, easy to work with, and a hardy product that can withstand plenty of hard knocks and bad weather. If you love birds and want a fun weekend project, you can try this PVC birdhouse – simple, inexpensive (provided you have the right tools, or know where to borrow them from), and really cool.

One of the perks about making this birdhouse from PVC is that you can match the color to your house, although of course you don’t have to. If you want, you can make the birdhouse in any color. Just be sure that the paint and PVC will adhere to each other (also, make sure the paint is weatherproof). If you’re going for the matched look, however, the nest will be safer, as it is better camouflaged.

Another perk is that you can probably find the materials for free – there are plenty of people who always have extra PVC handy, and might be interested in some sort of trade. If you get to use their tools, you just make an extra birdhouse and return the tools along with a birdhouse as a gift. The birdhouse is easy to install too, whether you hang it on the porch, put it in a tree, or attach it to your house underneath the roof.

Before you begin the birdhouse, you’ll want to measure and cut the pieces to fit. Using a permanent marker is preferable, and you can sand off the markings once the cut has been made. Then you can spray paint the pieces in whatever color you choose. After that, you’ll need to use some very strong glue to attach the pieces. Allow them to dry in a garage or outside for a while to solidify the bond. That’s really the entire process. You can make a few birdhouses at the same time without adding a lot of extra time. These would make great presents for the bird watchers in your life.

Now of course, if you don’t have the tools or the materials, but you’d still like to have one of these birdhouses, you can find them for sale on places like Etsy. They’re available in multiple colors, and for a great price. We found a seller who had multiple options for sale for $20. Even if you aren’t a crafty person, you can still enjoy the craft that someone else made. It takes all kinds, as they say.

If you don’t like this particular design but still want to make a birdhouse out of PVC, there are several tutorials with differently shaped birdhouses that you might prefer. Whether you want a written tutorial with photos, or a video tutorial, there are plenty of options available.

Does this sound like something you’d enjoy doing this weekend? If so, you can shop Cedarhill Woodshed on Etsy to purchase your own birdhouse, or you can find a written tutorial with excellent photos at DIY Network. And if you’d rather watch someone put a few together, you can watch DIY Easy Crafts on YouTube.

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Hand Crochet Your Own Rug

Crafts August 1, 2017

It’s always the most beautiful handmade items that you can’t find a pattern for – no matter how long you comb through the internet, weed through Pinterest photos or how many craft sites you sign up for, there’s always that one item that eludes you. Until today, that is – if you’ve been dreaming of making your own rugs and mats, you might have seen this crochet doily rug in your search. Luckily for you, someone took the photos as inspiration, created their own version, and wrote it down so the rest of us could follow suit.

Always Rooney’s beautiful doily rug is made using hand crochet, a technique that makes big projects less formidable, as it conserves both time and effort. The rug is constructed from cotton piping, which is cheap (Courtney on Always Rooney purchased hers for 37 cents a yard) and hardy material for a comfortable yet elegant rug.

While the pattern does begin with a hook, once the first circle is complete, the hand crochet begins and from there it takes about four hours from start to finish. If you like the idea but don’t love the pattern, this one would be easy to alter as it is basically a giant doily. Find a small doily you like and use the piping and hand crochet instead of a hook and yarn and you’ll have your own variation on the rug in no time.

For this pattern, however, you’ll only need to know the following stitches: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (dc), single crochet (sc), skip (sk), and treble crochet (tr). There are only ten rounds to the rug, but if you’re wanting a smaller or larger size, it’s a cinch to leave off a row or add on a few more. You might want to measure the space you plan on occupying with the rug before you begin to ensure the right fit.

If you haven’t tried a hand crochet project before this, there are plenty of options for tutorials available on YouTube. You can, of course, jump right in and craft this rug, but if you prefer to start small, you can hand crochet a scarf before you commit to something larger.

This rug would look adorable in a bedroom, guest bedroom, living room, sunroom, or even on a porch. You could try it in any number of different colors (spring or fall colors, holiday colors, stripes, or variegated would all make for an interesting rug), shapes, and sizes. You could even use this (in a smaller size) as a tabletop decoration, a wall hanging, or a couch throw. And with how easy it is to make, you could always add to your collection as you find different shades and uses. Of course, with how beautifully it turns out, you might be asked to make some of these for friends and family.

Ready to make your own living room rug? Head over to Always Rooney to get started. You might want to check out other areas of the site too, such as the personalized leather goods store or the digital print shop for ideas, inspiration, or even a little shopping spree.

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