Monday, April 28, 2008

Start Sewing with Ready to Sew Kits!

Ready to Sew Kits make sewing easy & fun! We have a new selection of Sewing Project Kits in the store.  Sew-it kits include patterns, materials, and instructions for completing your sewing projects.

The Softies Kit includes project cards with instructions for completing 15 adorable plush animals and toys called "softies".

This easy sew project kit includes a 24-page instructional booklet, 15 folded project cards with finished photographs & step-by-step instructions, 8 pattern sheets, 2 skeins of embroidery floss, 2 pieces of felt for one softies project, and 1 needle. You'll have everything you need to get started sewing these fun and creative little plush pals!

Learn simple sewing skills with our 3 new learn to sew kits from Wimpole Street Creations. These easy sew kits are from the Sew So Simple! series of sewing project kits. They're designed to teach basic sewing skills and are great for kids and adults. They include patterns, materials, and step-by-step instructions. You'll enjoy learning to sew or teaching someone to sew with these colorful sewing kits!

Apron & Dishcloth Sewing Kit

Bulletin Board Sewing Kit

Zipper Back Pack Sewing Kit

And, make sure to see the Peejay Sock Monkey Kit from Janlynn. This is a complete ready to sew kit with everything you need to make your own 21-inch sock monkey and the little teddy bear too! This is a fun weekend craft project!

We have the Sew-It Kit by Amy Butler. This popular sewing kit includes project cards with complete instructions and beautiful color photographs of the completed projects. You'll find a variety of modern sewing projects for your home.

The Sew-It Kit also includes pattern sheets and enough fabric to complete one of the home decor projects. Learning to sew has never been easier!

Visit the Amy Butler Design web site to see more of Amy's products, including her creative patterns and fabric. Her site is beautiful and you'll be sure to find the inspriation for your next sewing project!

Explore new ready to sew kits at Weekend Kits and get ready to start a creative sewing project on your next Weekend at Home!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Creative Project Kits at Weekend Kits!

We have so many New Product Arrivals to share with you today! Read on to learn about the new kits we've added to the store.

Quilt Kits

Quilters will enjoy our new quilt kits from Fabric Editions, LLC. They're from the Simple Quilts Collection. These Easy Quilt Kits include enough coordinated premium cotton fabrics for the quilt top, backing, and binding. The simple design of these quilts makes them ideal for beginners or an easy weekend quilt project for experienced quilters. The finished size is perfect to use as a decorative throw or lap quilt.

Simple Quilts Kits - French Blue and Blue & Brown

We've also added to our selection of Cuddly Quilt Kits, with 3 new designs you won't want to miss - Pirates, Vintage Baby, and Princess Ballerina. Make sure to see all 9 Kid & Baby themed quilt designs in the Quilt Kits section of the store.

Embroidery Kits

If you enjoy embroidery, you'll want to see our new kits for baby in the Embroidery Kits section of the store. These Stamped Embroidery Kits from Bucilla include everything you need to complete a wonderful handmade gift for baby!

Baby Quilt Stamped Cross Stitch Kit - Snuggle Bunny

Baby Fleece Blanket Stamped Cross Stitch Kit - Fish

Scrapbook Kits

You'll want to see our newest kit in the Scrapbook Kits section of the store. We have the new Berry Sweet Best Friends Mini Book Kit from K&Company.

This mini scrapbook kit is a great way for girls to celebrate their special friendships. Each kit includes 2 mini books for best friends to decorate together - simply add photos and special mementos to the colorful designer pages!

We've also added to our selection of Mini Album Kits from Chatterbox with a new mini book design called Sun Room, ideal for your summer time photos. This kit includes everything you need to complete an 8 page mini scrapbook album to share with family and friends.

You can get more details on all of our new product arrivals at Weekend Kits. Check back often as we continue to add more kits to the store on a regular basis. Kits make it easy and fun to explore many different craft areas. Get ready to try a new craft on your next Weekend at Home!

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Punch Needles Kits in a Variety of Styles

Weekend Kits carries a variety of Beginner Punch Needle Kits with designs ranging from traditional to modern. You'll find easy punch needle kits from Rachel's of Greenfield, Dimensions, and Jeremiah Junction in the Punch Needle Kits section of the store.

Punch needle is an easy and relaxing Needleart craft that can be adapted to many applications and styles. Finished pieces can be framed for home decor or added to fashion accessories, such as a tote bag or pin. There are a variety of creative and colorful punch needle designs for you to choose from in the store.

Traditional Designs - Apple Tree & Pears

Country Designs - Stoneware Crock and Crow & Sunflower

Modern Designs - Vase of Flowers and Better Latte than Never!

Getting Started in Punch Needle

It's easy to get started in punch needle. Kits include foundation fabric, embroidery floss, and instructions. In some kits, the design will already be printed on the fabric. In other kits, a pattern is provided and you follow directions to transfer the pattern to the fabric.

In addition to the materials provided in the kit, you'll need to have a punch tool and an embroidery hoop. There are several factors to consider when selecting a punch tool and hoop for your punch needle project.

Selecting a Punch Tool

It's important to select a punch tool that holds the correct number of strands of embroidery floss called for by your specific design. The kits in our store are designs that use 2 to 3 strands of embroidery floss.

Once you know the correct size of punch tool, you'll need to consider how much you want to invest. There are varying price levels for punch tools and your decision will depend on your current and long term goals. If you're new to punch needle and not quite sure about it yet, you may want to start with a less expensive tool, allowing you to try it out before spending too much.

On the other hand, if you already know you enjoy punch needle and will do more of it in the future, you will probably want to spend more and invest in a higher quality, precision punch tool for the long term.

Selecting an Embroidery Hoop

You'll want to select an embroidery hoop that is sized to accomodate your entire punch needle design. It should hold the fabric taut so that you can easily work your design with your punch tool. The majority of our kits have designs that work well with a 6 inch diameter hoop. A few of the larger designs call for a 10 inch hoop. The Susan Bates Hoop-La Embroidery Hoop has a ridge on the inner ring that locks over the outer ring to hold your foundation fabric securely in place. These hoops work well for punch needle.

You can find punch tools and embroidery hoops for your punch needle kits in the Punch Needle Supplies section of the store.

Punch Needle Resource

The Dimensions Needlecrafts website offers helpful articles to get you started in punch needle and answers many questions for beginners. Visit the Punch Needle Tips section for advice on threading your needle, how to punch, using a hoop, and more.

Punch needle is gaining new popularity as a creative Needleart craft and it's easy to see why with such a colorful variety of designs. Explore Beginner Punch Needle Kits at Weekend Kits and have fun learning & creating something new on your next Weekend at Home.

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Creative Kid's Craft Kits at Weekend Kits!

Kids and creativity go hand in hand. Craft kits make it easy for kids to spend their time being creative. You'll find a variety of craft kits for kids to explore at Weekend Kits.

Knit & Crochet

My daughter learned to knit using the Yarn Craft Activity Kit from Alex. It's a great beginner's kit with everything a child needs to get started knitting right away. This kit includes knitting needles, a crochet hook, yarn needle, and instructions - all contained in a convenient wicker style carrying case.

I've included a snapshot of Kelly's first knitting project using this kit - an adorable yellow scarf with orange tassels. She really enjoyed creating this scarf (which she affectionately dedicated to her favorite Webkinz Google) and was very proud of learning this new skill at 9 years of age! It was a rewarding experience for everyone.

There are several knit & crochet kits for kids in the store - make sure to see them all!

Sewing & Embroidery

You'll want to see the Klutz Simple Sewing Kit and the Klutz Simple Embriodery Kit. These kits teach the basics of how to sew and embroider with clear instructions and diagrams that help guide kids through each project. Basic materials and supplies get them started sewing and embroidering their first project right away. Klutz kits are quality kits that will provide lasting value. Learning new skills builds confidence!

Jewelry Making

Kids enjoy making their own jewelry to wear and kits from Alex make it easy and fun to create one of a kind bracelets & matching rings.

Having their friends join in turns this activity into a fun jewelry making party they can all enjoy together!

Cuddly Pom Animals

Cuddly Pom Kits are so easy - all you need is some glue and scissors on hand and your kids can create their favorite pom animals!

You'll find all of these kits and more in the Kid's Craft Kits section of the store. There's scrapbooking, rug hooking, and drawing & painting kits too! Watch your kids enjoy learning & creating something new on their next Weekend at Home.

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