Winter can be a great time to take up a new hobby yourself or with your kids. Let's face it -- winter days are cold; we spend more time indoors, and being creative sure can take the edge off. The following titles offer some inventive and easy craft ideas:
Sew Me, Love Me : Best Stuffed Friends to Make by Hsiu-Lan Kuei makes creating a stuffed animal an easy project. Templates are simple and useful to fashioning a unique animal that is sure to delight the recipient. What a great way to use fabric scraps and extra notions!
Kata Golda's Hand-stitched Felt : 25 Whimsical Sewing Projects not only contains patterns for stuffed animals but others ideas for finger-puppets, pillows, gift tags, journals and even pin cushions. Very cute.
Crocheted Gifts : Irresistible Projects to Make & Give Away by Kim Werker has something for everyone in this instruction-filled, fun to browse, fun to make craft book.
Leigh Radford's One More Skein : 30 Quick Projects to Knit presents suggestions for using leftover yarn and ideas for projects using one or two skeins. Basic projects include hats, sweaters, and blankets.
Rebecca Yaker & Patricia Hoskins' One-Yard Wonders includes simple, stylish projects that can be made with just a single yard of fabric. For each project, the book provides a full-color photograph, easy, instructions, and simple illustrations.