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Fall Craft Ideas

This month I’d like to give you some craft ideas for Fall / Halloween and get you started thinking about Holiday gift giving ideas. 

The website has a lot of instructors with great and creative ideas. One of their instructors, Twinkie Chan, has a beginner crochet series of lessons she released this month: Crochet Sampler: A Daily Practice. 

I’m on day nine of the “Sampler Series” and I am enjoying it immensely. The longest lesson in the Daily Practice has been 15 minutes. If you can spare 15 minutes each day, you can learn to crochet and Twinkie Chan makes it fun. Here’s a picture of the sampler: 

There are three things I LOVE about crochet. The first is that the investment into the craft is minimal. You can get started for $10. Buy a skein of yarn and a crochet hook and off you go. The second thing I like is that if you make a mistake, you just pull the project apart (back to a ball of yarn) and start over. The third thing I like about it is you can take it with you wherever you go. 

Halloween Craft Ideas 

Halloween is quickly approaching!

Halloween is typically a fun time for young and old. Since we are not sure how much we’ll be able to celebrate this year, crafts are a great way to get us in that Halloween spirit! 

The website has the cutest crochet cat I’ve ever seen! My daughter and I think it’s adorable and will be doing this as our Halloween project. Twinkie Chan is also the instructor and her videos make the process easy. 

The website had another great Halloween craft idea: “Halloween Broom Candy Bags”. This is super simple and you can use things around the house to complete it. You just need to add the candy! 

Another craft that caught my eye was this “Cardboard Haunted House” on the website 

Holiday Gift Ideas 

If I’m going to make gifts for the holidays, I try to make them early. I’ve started now, to ensure they’re completed by early to mid December. This year I decided to sew a pillowcase! This was, by far, the easiest thing I have ever made. It took less than 30 minutes, start to finish. I purchased the Lola Dutch fabric from Wooden Gate Quilts in Danville. Lola Dutch is a series of children’s books. I plan to give the pillowcase as gifts and I’m going to include a Lola Dutch book with each one. 

Wooden Gate Quilts gave me the instructions for free. There are also many videos online you can follow. Just search for “How to make a pillowcase with French seams”. The fabric choices are endless. 

If you make anything inspired by my articles, please post them on Instagram. I’d love to see them. Use the hashtag #BHLMCrafts 

Happy crafting!

By Michelle Barry, Resident since 2018