Feather and Fan Scarf Box
These yarns, available in a wide variety of colors at Yarns by HomePlace Farm in Jacksonville, are made from a combination of fibers. Each box is unique and comes with the pattern for creating the scarf. Don’t know how to knit? The ladies at the store will be more than happy to help you learn. $12-$25 depending on size and fiber content.
Simplicity Deluxe Rotary Cutter and Embossing Machine
This machine, when paired with the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker and the Simpli-EZ Bias Ruler, is the trifecta of crafting gadgets. The rotary cutter cuts strips of fabric or paper from 1/2 inch to 6 inches and has a clear cutting guide bar to help ensure perfectly straight strips. Those strips can then be fed into the bias tape maker, which makes perfectly folded bias tape in minutes (or seconds, depending on how much you need). The ruler, which is extra long, has 45 degree angles to make sure your bias strips are true.
The blade on the cutter can be changed from a basic straight cut to a pinking, wave or scallop edges, just to name a few. The blade can also be removed and replaced with an embossing roll, which makes imprints on paper — perfect for scrapbooking. Embossing rolls are available in hearts, floral circles and scallops.
Buy this entire package and you’ll make some lucky crafter’s dreams come true. Deluxe rotary cutter and embossing machine is $199.99 retail, $140.39 on Amazon.com. Bias tape ruler is $19.99 retail, $17.24 on Amazon. Bias tape maker is $99.99 retail, $70 on Amazon.
Sewing School: 21 Projects Kids Will Love to Make
This new book, written by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle, is full of projects perfect for young crafters. The book, which teaches the fundamentals of hand sewing (how to thread and knot a needle, how to sew a running stitch and a whipstitch, how to sew on a button), is written at a second-grade comprehension level, and the projects are designed for ages 5 and up.
The authors, who teach a sewing school in Memphis, Tenn., say that they’ve seen children improve their fine motor skills and learn how to focus and follow directions while learning to sew. Projects, which range in difficulty (the most difficult has the most steps) fall into different categories: Hug (pillow, stuffies, blankets), Hold It (bags, wallets, totes), Give (small presents), Wear (clothes), Recycle & Repair (hem repair, button attachment) and Vet Clinic (repairing stuffed animals).