Need new ideas for your next project? Check out these free ebooks. From knitting and crochet, to spinning, sewing and weaving, there is something for everyone. Fall is the time for improving ourselves. Why not download one of these free ebooks to expand your skill set. Start working on holiday gifts—especially the big projects like sweaters, throws and quilts. If gifts are not your thing, then use some of these projects to spruce up your home or wardrobe. You need to enter your email address in order to download the books.
Crochet Motifs from Crochet Me
Take your crochet patterns past the basic Granny Square. Crochet Motifs gives you everything you need to make shawls, afghans, and sweaters with motifs. Use squares, circles, and floral patterns to create your next project.
Your guide to handmade beads
Dive into six projects with Your Guide to Handmade Beads. Learn to make your own using silk/fabric, enamel, polymer clay, and mixed media beads. Have you seen the prices of handmade beads in craft stores? Learning to make your own can save you a ton of money on your next project.
Market and tote bag patterns
Take advantage of these three free Market and Tote Bag Patterns to create a tote for every occasion. Not only can you save at the grocery counter, (some stores give you a credit when you bring your own bag), but you will have a handy tote whenever the need arises. Sew one to bring you latest project with you when waiting at the doctor’s office or while traveling.
Knitting increases and decreases
Get the hang of increasing and decreasing stitches with Knitting Increases and Decreases: How to Increase and Decrease Stitches in Knitting. In order to move into the realm of knitted sweaters and socks, you have to learn how to increase and decrease the number of stitches on your needles. This ebook gives you not only the basics but how to make them decorative.
Quilted wall hangings
From the publishers of Quilting Daily comes Quilted Wall Hangings: 5 Free Quilted Wall Hanging Patterns with five free patterns that will fill your walls with fabric art. Learn the techniques you will need to create beautiful wall art. The books covers it all from chain piecing to fused appliqué.
Guide to spinning Alpaca fiber
Wouldn’t it be fun to make a project that was handmade from fiber to finish? A Guide to Spinning Alpaca: Fiber from Huacaya Alpaca to Suri Alpaca (and beyond) shows you how. Learn to spin Alpaca fibers. Alpaca wool is softer and lighter in weight than sheep’s wool. For people who have allergies to sheep’s wool, Alpaca is a great alternative. Learn to spin each type of Alpaca wool to make your next project super special.
4 free Tunisian Crochet patterns
Learn to make hats, ascots, placemats and pillows with 4 Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns. Once you get the hang of Tunisian Crochet—formerly known as the Afghan Stitch—you can make so much more than just blankets. Everyone who crochets and knits can learn this technique.
Three-Dimensional art projects
Check out the four free projects in Three-Dimensional Art Sculptures: Free Mixed-Media Sculpture and Paper Mache Ideas that use wire, paper mache, paper clay, and fiber to create your own unique work of art. Wake up the inner artist in you with these patterns. Have fun learning something new.
Woven baby blankets
Try something new this fall to expand your skill set. If you can crochet, knit, and sew—you can weave. Baby blankets are always a good project to start with. Woven Baby Blankets: Free Projects for a Huck, Plain Weave, and a Waffle Weave Blanket shows you how fun and rewarding weaving can be—why not give it a try.
Projects for refashioning and upcycled clothes
Refashion old sweaters and jeans into a multitude of wearables and items for your home. Upcycling Ideas: 3 Free Sewing Projects for Refashioning and Upcycled Clothes includes a jeans pocket wall hanging for your hallway, revamping and old sweater into high fashion and creating a gift bag out of old jeans.
Lynda Altman learned to crochet at age 10. She loves to crochet and enjoys sharing her craft with others. You can see her work online at her Etsy shop, The Granny Squared. Lynda can be reached at the contact link above or on Twitter @fusgeyer.