30 Plus Free Spring Crochet Patterns

30 Plus Free Spring Crochet Patterns from @savedbylovesThe fact that winter is coming to an end doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the yarn. Today’s round-up is full of beautiful free spring crochet patterns. You’ll find everything from Easter decor to spring scarves and more. Enjoy!

50 Plus Awesome Ways to Upcycle Clothing

[pinit]50 Plus Best DIY Upcycled Clothing Tutorials to make @savedbyloves[pinit]

Before you haul that pile of old clothes off to Goodwill, you may want to check out this collection of 50+ awesome upcycled clothing tutorials! Up the style of your wardrobe with some simple and inexpensive creative ideas to refashion those old clothes. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know. We love a good clothing upcycle!

Saori Technique; How to Weave a Coaster


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I am thrilled to introduce the first of SBLC’s weekly contributor posts!  Welcome Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity.  She is sharing a great cardboard loom weaving technique that you can use to creative beautiful fiber are.  Make unique gifts, and teach your children the technique for an inexpensive and fun kid’s craft.  Cyn shows you how!

Hi! My name is Cyn and I’m so excited to be here today sharing one of my favorite forms of crafting with you. Saori is a modern type of hand weaving that was developed by Misao Jo, a Japanese woman, about 40 years ago. It’s an inexpensive and simple method of weaving that can be done by children and adults alike. It is easily transportable and requires few materials, making it an ideal craft to take along on trips or to appointments. I became aware of it a few years ago and have been experimenting with it ever since. Here are the basics in Saori weaving:

Materials needed: remnants of yarn, a couple pieces of cardboard (one of these will form your loom), a pair of scissors. Optional: You may want a large eyed blunt needle (plastic ones work great for this especially with children), a few pieces of tape to hold loose strands of yarn out of your way, a ruler, and a rotary cutter with cutting mat.

 photo loomcollage1_zps86f69dc1.jpgYou’ll want your piece of cardboard for the loom to be roughly the same size as your finished project. I’m making a mug rug so I made mine about 6-7 inches square. For my next project, I plan to try something a bit bigger and I’m going to make some place-mats. Make little snips along the top and bottom edges of the loom – about 1/8 to 1/4 inch apart. The closer together the little slits are, the tighter the weave will be (and therefore, the more stable it will be!)

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Left: front of loom, Right: back of loom

Begin at one corner of the loom and create your “warp” threads by leaving a bit of a tail about half the width of your loom (you might want to use a little piece of tape to secure it to the loom and get it out of your way). Then hook the yarn through a slit at the top of the loom, down through the slit directly across from it at the bottom of the loom, wrapping the yarn all the way around the back of the loom, and going back up to the next slit at the top of the loom to repeat the process again. When you have gone all the way across the loom, be sure to leave another “tail” of yarn, again about half the width of your loom. A hint: don’t use a yarn that stretches for the warp threads. Also, be careful with very fibrous yarns as some of them are a bit on the delicate side and aren’t strong enough to hold up as warp threads.

 photo loom11_zpsf848cffe.jpgNow, you want to cut a length of yarn to begin weaving with. Saori is considered a very intuitive, “go with the flow” kind of weaving. Just grab whichever yarn strikes your fancy and use it! Some people even use this as a sort of meditative process – it IS very relaxing! Now, start weaving. Under, over, under, over – just like you did with paper weaving as a kid. The big difference here is that in standard weaving, when you get to the end of a row, you just turn around and start heading back in the opposite direction. In Saori weaving, when you get to the end of a row, just wrap the yarn right around the back of the loom and then start your next row directly above where the previous one began. Remember that if you started the first row by going over, under, over, under, you’ll want to start the next one under, over, under, over.

 photo loom12_zps9f698e8d.jpgYou can simply weave using your fingers but you may find that using a needle or creating a shuttle will make it easier. You can fashion a shuttle out of a scrap of cardboard that you wrap your yarn around but my personal preference are the large eyed plastic needles. They’re safe and simple to use for both children and adults. When you get near the end of your weaving, the needle is also better able to make it through the increasingly tighter space. Once you’ve completed all of the weaving, you’ll once again want to leave a tail of yarn that is at least half the width of your loom.

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Flip your loom over so that the back of the loom is face up. This is where you use another piece of cardboard. Carefully slide a piece of it under the “weft” threads (the ones you were weaving with) to provide a bit of a barrier between them and your warp threads. This will keep you from accidentally cutting the warp threads! Cut right down through the middle of your weft yarns, using that cardboard to keep your scissors away from the warp threads.

 photo IMG_3092_zpsa71b2fb7.jpgTake 2-4 (depending on how thick they are) of your cut yarns and tie them off using an overhand knot as close to the weaving as you can to secure them. Next you want to cut the warp threads right down the center just as you did with the weft. Leave them hooked onto the loom though and only take a couple off at a time to tie them off.

 photo loom24_zpsb0fd3281.jpgTrim the tied off threads so they are even and at the desired length. This makes a really pretty fringe all around the edges of your mug rug (or other project).

 photo loom25_zps9f9b19a7.jpgOf course, once you get the basics down, it can be a lot of fun to experiment with Saori weaving. Add in some beads to the weaving or the fringe, weave in some non-traditional materials like feathers or wool roving, or try a variety of weaving patterns beyond the typical over-under!

If you enjoyed this project, I’d love to have you visit me over on my blog Creative Cynchronicity. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+.

Over 50 Quick Crochet Patterns for Great Gifts

Over 50 Crochet Gifts to Make


I have been giving you quick, easy crochet patterns here and there, in anticipation of holiday handmade frenzies everywhere. Today I am sharing a collection of over 50 of my favorite crochet gift ideas with free patterns so you can make them yourself!

Great Crochet Gift Idea; Free Pattern Mug Cozy

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Every year about this time, crochet hooks and knitting needles around the globe are busy preparing handmade holiday gifts.  I oscillate between crochet and knitting, but this year it seems to be all about crochet for me.  I wanted to share this great Coffee Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern from Akamatra.  This gift is perfect for a large chunk of those on my list.  With all my vintage buttons, I will be accessorizing each cozy with its recipient in mind.

Check out some of our other Crochet and Knitting projects for more gift ideas and inspiration!


Crochet a Funky Bracelet with Scraps

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I love quick crochet projects, and I think you may have noticed the bracelet obsession here at SBLC.  This crochet bracelet pattern from The Spotted Hook is right up my alley!

For plenty more DIY bracelets, see SBLC’s bracelet tutorials, and our 50+ bracelet roundup!

Make a Cute Crochet Pumpkin


Fall makes me in the mood to crochet and knit, and that remains until the spring.  I am always on the lookout for unique decor to whip up from my gigantic yarn stash.  That is how I came across this precious crochet pumpkin pattern from The Chilly Dog.  Get your hook and make your own fall home decor in no time at all!

Crochet Rug Pattern

[pinit]Crochet mandala rug free pattern at Craft Tuts, featured @savedbyloves



I am dying to make this crochet mandala rug I found at Craft Tuts.  The free rug crochet pattern is pretty simple, and uses t-shirt yarn!

50+ Ways to Upcycle Plastic Bags


50+ projects to make using #recycled Plastic bags #upcycle #repurpose #DIY @savedbyloves[pinit]

Today I am going to blow your mind with over 50 things to make using plastic bags. You know, the kind that are piling up in trash cans landfills in an epidemic fashion? Turns out you can make some amazing jewerly, home decor and other accessories with this abundant and overlooked resource!

Knit Bracelets + Free Pattern

DIY Knitted Cable Bracelet with Pattern by Sascha, featured at savedbylovecreations.com #knitting #DIY #bracelets

Are you looking for fast, easy, inexpensive bracelet that is perfect for fall?  Do you have tons of yarn skein remnants  you have been hoarding for just the right little project?  This post is for you.   Many would be knitters are turned off  by how long it takes to finish a project.  I personally find it way slower than crochet.  That’s why this knitted bracelet pattern from Sascha-Love to Knit is right up my alley.  It feeds my need for instant gratification and my bracelet obsession simultaneously.  What a perfect way to stash bust and knock out some handmade gifts while you’re at it!

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