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Meet me at Chicago Zinefest

It’s here! Chicago Zinefest is here! And you know what? Craft Leftovers Volume 5, Issue 1 will be here too (check it out in the CL Shop & on Etsy! I’ll be putting it up for sale in my etsy shop when I get back from the zinefest and I’ll […]

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Free Sewing Pattern: Shop ‘n’ Ride Tote

Love this tote and re-reading this post had me thinking… where did that bag go! It would be excellent to pack my lunch in. This fun little tote was originally made to fit in the basket of my bike in college, then used to carry my lunch once I was […]

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Morning Sketch Book

Lucy is on the cusp of starting her first year of school. So. I did something different. Even though we pay for childcare so I can work 9-5 at the shop Monday – Friday, I opted to leave work early or go in late and grab her out of day […]

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Knit Pattern: Cat Hoodie

The Making me Purr Cat Hoodie. It’s one of those patterns that was so much of a joke between Jason and I that I almost didn’t write it down. I almost didn’t share it. It’s become a classic. Knit from stash yarn and lots of laughs it’s the most popular pattern I’ve ever written to date. Originally published in December 2009. Available for purchase on Ravelry, Etsy, and Here on in my Shop

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Knit Top Notch Simple Socks

As I’m turning the heel of the second sock using this pattern, I thought it was a good time bring it back to life here on Craft Leftovers. It’s my go to pattern for making a classic sock that fits my foot every time. No fancy needle work here. Just […]

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Grandma Mini Sewing Box

I’m still in love with this little box, but can’t find it anywhere. Maybe it’s time I make a new one. I brought two posts together to tell the whole story¬†with a few edits for ease of reading. Originally published 09/07/2009. This weekend I started the daunting task of digging […]

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Siding the House: Part 1

I say part 1, but it’s more like “years one, two, and three”. It’s been a long time in progress. And I have a long way to go, though I’m technically about 2/3 done. Potentially, all my creative energy (and time) outside of the shop and family things has funneled […]

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Studio clean out

It always gets worse before it gets better. I’ve been listening to this book called Decluttering at the Speed of Life and have been… well decluttering. Big time. Talking 3 pickup truck loads to the goodwill from the kitchen, master bedroom, spare bedroom, and living room. It’s not been a […]

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Knit Pattern: Thrummed Lady Moss Mittens

This is one of my favorite winter patterns and I still wear them every cold weather season. I’ve also made them larger for Jason which he refers to as his ridiculously warm mittens. It was first published November 11, 2007 I usually start the summer to fall to winter layering […]

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Instapot Short Ribs in a Pinch

This is a story of how I am definitely not a professional cook and got myself into a bind. You know how you know you should do something and you think of it, sideline it, and then think of it, and sideline it…. and think of it and sideline it. […]

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Craft Leftovers Homecoming

More than a decade ago… whoa. I started a blog called Craft Leftovers to fill a need in my life. I needed some outside accountability in busting my stash. I had my own pile of yarn and fabric as well as all the craft supplies I inherited from my grandma. […]

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Sew A: Felt Skillet Cozy

Jason’s been goading me for, uh, too long to make a handle cover for our skillet. We’ve seen them at the store and while they aren’t expensive, I can’t stand to spend money on something that I have the supplies lying around for and I know would take about two […]

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Studio Tour

Last weekend I opened up our house to be one of 20+ artists participating in a city-wide studio tour. The whole idea was that the general public could tour from studio to studio and see the behind the scenes of some of their favorite artists. Since you all couldn’t make […]

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DIY Instruments Zine

This weekend Ames, Iowa is host to one of the most epic of Midwest music festivals, the Maximum Ames Music Festival. They use traditional and non traditional music venues and organize the hosting of local, national, and international music. It’s amazing. This year a local artist and curator lyndsay Nissen […]