Interested in getting your hands on the various patterns and designs that we've featured in our Crafttuts+ tutorials? You've come to the right place! Just click on any of the pattern graphics below to download the high-res version. Enjoy!
Paper Craft Patterns
Ever noticed that most playing cards have a cute geometric pattern on the back? Play with them in a different way! In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to transform an old set of cards into a gorgeous garland that will fill the house with love and geometric goodness for Valentine’s Day.
Crackers are a much-loved British tradition that are enjoyed in many parts throughout the world as an essential component of any good Christmas celebration. If you’re not familiar with Christmas crackers, they’re basically a paper-based bon-bon that two people pull apart, making a bang and revealing small gifts, jokes and paper crowns. Crackers are a lot of fun to make, and you can personalise them with handmade gifts for your recipients. In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your own Christmas crackers from scratch.
The invitation for your special day gives your guests the first very impression of your wedding, so it's important to make a statement! The paper cut technique is having a moment right now, as people really appreciate the time and effort involved. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make a beautiful hand-crafted invitation that your guests will never forget.
Have you ever been to a party with a photo booth filled with fun costumes and props? Well now you can make your very own, and very easily too. All you need is some card, skewers, and your imagination. Let’s get started!
This is a fun tutorial for making a pretty craft paper box for your lip balm. You can create lots of little boxes to use as packages for presents – simply pop a tube of lip balm in each box for a gorgeous gift. All you need is some craft paper and a bit of glue. You don’t need to buy any new paper – try to reuse leftover scraps from other projects. Let’s get started.
In this tutorial you'll learn how to recreate the magic of pop-up in a quick and easy way. As Easter is coming up, what better way to send a festive greeting than with a gift card that opens up to reveal a special three-dimensional surprise within.
If you thought mobiles were just for kids’ rooms, think again. This mobile of polyhedron paper shapes is a beautiful sculptural addition for any room of your home. Choose colours to suit your space and hang it from the ceiling – or even on a wall.
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and what better way to show your special someone how much you care than with a heart-shaped piñata filled with love notes? Easy to make and assemble, you’ll have so much fun sharing this with your Valentine and watching them bust it open to reveal your sweet sentiments.
This is a lovely and simple tutorial which is great to do as a group holiday activity with kids. Or you could just make them for your own amusement! There are three animals to make and an extra hand really comes in handy when creating the characters.
Not only is Thanksgiving a historical celebration, it is also a time to gather your friends and family and show gratitude for all the good things that make life special. And what better way to welcome loved ones into your home for feasting and fun than with this festive wreath? You can whip up this vibrant door-hanging in a flash between basting the turkey and setting the table – it’s super quick and easy to make. Here’s how!
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to cut out text that flows as though it's written by hand - and you'll make a unique greetings card in the process. It's got a very sweet message so you'll be able to make it time and again. Let's get started.
Have you ever wanted to say something to a special someone in secret code? Send them the message in this super-cute bracelet using International Morse Code! This tutorial will show you how to make your own customised secret code bracelet with a printable code key. You don’t even need any special jewellery skills. Give it a try!
Want to make a statement on Valentine’s Day? This flirty leather heart headband should do the trick – and it’s something you can wear any time of the year. We took inspiration from the runway with our lace print, which has been spotted all over the Spring/Summer 13 collections – from Alexander McQueen to Dolce & Gabbana. Read on for our super-easy how-to.
Want a cool tote bag that you can make yourself? Keep reading! We've collaborated with designer Chris Carey (aka Ikue) who's designed this 'Totes Awesome' embroidery pattern just for you. You can learn how to make the original vector design here. This design is great because it combines an edgy tattoo-style with the texture of various old-school embroidery stitches. Let's get started.
Do you have a stash of gorgeous fabric that's too good to be hidden away? Why not create a beautiful display and showcase your collection on your wall? In this tutorial you will discover how to use embroidery hoops to frame your fabrics. You will also learn how to create a feature hoop with an embroidered word and how to make a double-fabric hoop. Let's get started.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over seven long years since Arrested Development went off the air, but with the revival of the show coming later this year, I stitched up a little homage to Mr. Tobias Fünke. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to embroider an Arrested Development themed piece and how to frame it in an embroidery hoop. Put your denim cut-offs on and make this fun tribute to nevernudes everywhere (there are dozens of us!).
Softies and Plush Toys
It's Dr Who's 50th anniversary, and to celebrate, you can learn how to make a cuddly plush Adipose toy in this tutorial. The Adipose are a race of slightly humanoid little blobs of fat from the Dr Who universe. The finished softie will be around 17cm tall, perfect for hanging out on your desk or shelf. For more Dr Who 50th anniversary goodness, head over to the Vector section of Tuts+ to learn how to make a vector illustration of an Adipose. Enjoy!
Aren’t yeti monsters so awesome? Over on Vectortuts, you can learn how to make the vector illustration of a cute yeti monster. Now in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn the illustration into a real life 3D softie. When finished, it will be around 25cm (10 inches) tall. It makes a great gift for kids or any monster lover. Let’s get started!
Children love cuddling up to a special pillow at home or in the car, and this cute puppy with his floppy ears and an eye patch could easily become a new favourite. Especially as it’s handmade with love.
Do you have a favourite sweater that you can't wear anymore because it (a) shrunk in the dryer; (b) got a stain or (c) developed a hole? If you can answer 'yes' to one (or more) of the above, don't despair. With this tutorial you will learn how to transform and re-purpose an old sweater (or a charity shop find) into a very sweet Easter bunny plush. Let's get started.
Cross Stitch Patterns
Are you feeling festive yet? I don't mind admitting that I put my Christmas tree up quite some time ago, but there's always room for one more bauble! Stitch up an easy cross-stitch ornament for your tree with this quick and simple tutorial.
Phew, hasn't this year flown by? How it can be November again already? That means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Send your loved ones a sweet-as-(pumpkin)-pie Thanksgiving message with this quick and simple cross-stitch card tutorial.
It took me a shamefully long time to experience the masterpiece that is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but once I saw it I was smitten. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to cross-stitch one of the funniest lines from a very funny movie, and mount it in a frame. This is a great gift for someone you like (or someone you want to cleverly insult!).
"Always two, there are. No more, no less. Master ... and apprentice," as a wise Jedi master once said. With this cross stitch tutorial, you will learn how to stitch up a sampler with a classic sci-fi theme. Don't be scared. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. In a few easy steps, you'll go from cross stitch Padawan to Jedi Knight.
If you love the fanciful and poptastic world of illustrator/designer Mary Winkler (aka Acrylicana), you’ll love the tasty treat we’re serving up in this crafty tutorial. You’ll learn how to take the chart that Mary created of her super-kawaii burger illustration over on Vectortuts+ and transform it into a super-kawaii cross-stitch picture. Read on for the how-to.
Sometimes I lie in bed at night and ponder life's deepest questions. Why are we here? What's the meaning of life? In a Flight of the Conchords battle for romance, who would ultimately win my affections, Bret or Jemaine?
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make a cross-stitched artwork inspired by Flight of the Conchords' legendary song, 'Business Time'. Make it for someone you know and love, even if that person is yourself.
We’re getting stuck into Christmas crafts here at Crafttuts+, and we love to make things that could also make a lovely present. This tutorial ticks both festive boxes.
Glass jam jars are the crafty person’s best friend, so I’ve created a cross-stitched slip cover for a look of contemporary simplicity. Depending on the size of the jar you can use it as a glowy candle holder or a container for a food gift. For these patterns I decided to go with one of the big trends this year – the ombre look.
Geek chic and cross stitch are a match made in heaven. All those tiny pixels are basically just stitches waiting to happen, so retro gaming cross stitch is simple to do. Settle yourself down and in a few short hours, you’ll have whipped yourself up a Tetris iPhone case that will be the envy of all your geeky friends.
Don’t worry if you’ve never cross stitched before – I’ll let you into a trade secret – it’s really easy. If you can count and have basic motor skills, then cross stitch is for you!
Decorative Craft Patterns
Give a coffee mug a dash of your own personality using a porcelain marker. In this tutorial, you will learn how to transfer ready-made designs or create your own free-hand geometric and organic patterns. The design possibilities are endless! Let's get started.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create you own profile outline and use it as a stencil to transform old jam jars into stunning silhouette vases. You could also make gorgeous personalised wedding decorations or tealight holders by using the silhouettes of the bride and groom. Read on for the full step-by-step tutorial.
Easter is just around the corner and this pretty project will inject some colour into your decor. In this tutorial you'll learn how to dye brightly-coloured eggs and embellish them with sweet silhouettes. You can download our free silhouette pattern to make the project super-easy.
Did you play with tangrams when you were little? If you didn’t, now’s the time to have fun with these little mathematical gems. With a nod to the geometry trend as well as hooking into childhood nostalgia, tangrams have never been cooler. Here’s a simple project to create a set of tangram magnets – and we’ve thrown in some cool designs to make with them, too!
Forget the brown and orange swirly patterned string art from the ’70s – this string word art is a fun, contemporary and low-cost way to add art to your walls. Random geometric shapes, an ombre effect and the inclusion of type make this string art right on trend. It looks fantastic, can be completed in an afternoon and doesn’t require artistic ability – just follow the step-by-step instructions and you’ll have a gorgeous new art piece ready to hang. This tutorial includes a printable template so there’s no need for you to do the tricky bit of calculating and measuring for the nail placement. It couldn’t be easier!
Miniature houses are classical decorative items and are often inspired by traditional architectural elements. Meanwhile, tribal and folk-inspired patterns and prints have been trending strongly since 2009. These miniature clay houses are so much fun to make, and the simple white geometric shapes are enhanced by the whimsical geo/tribal/folk-inspired hand-painted patterns. Read on for the full tutorial and template.
I live in an apartment with all white walls and quite a minimal style, but there’s one thing that I’m stuck with and can’t afford to change – the ugly aging beige intercom handset. I’ve given a lot of thought to how I can hide or disguise it, to no avail. So I came up with a solution: instead of trying to hide it, I decided to create this neon wrapped wire speech bubble to place right next to it. Now the handset doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb anymore, it’s become part of a fun art piece.
Add some colour to your Christmas decor with this pretty felt stocking. The stocking is embellished with rows of gorgeous ribbons, ricrac and embroidery, and is topped off with a bunch of fun, fluffy pompoms! I made my stocking in bright candy colours inspired by vintage glass baubles, but you could make yours in whatever colours you fancy...
You’ll love this unique take on the piñata, traditionally from Mexico but now associated with celebrations and party occasions everywhere. With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to treat your loved ones than with a festive trinket box filled with surprises! Inspired by the shape of a Christmas tree, these little decorations are perfect for storing tiny treats and will look great as place settings for the dining table, scattered across a mantelpiece, or even hung from the Christmas tree itself.
Lord of the Rings fans rejoice; the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey screened in Wellington today and it’s only a matter of weeks before the rest of us get to see it for ourselves. I’ve always wanted to make a themed miniature garden, so I thought I might get my Tolkien geek on for Craftuts+ and make a Hobbiton-themed miniature garden.
I sat my crafty self down and developed a pattern for a knitted coffee cozy. Not only is this a fantastic way to keep your hands safe as you sip your coffee delights, it also adds a punch of personality to your daily dose of caffeine.
I think it’s safe to say that there are some days when your average-sized cup of coffee just won’t cut it. You know the kinds of days I’m talking about. The ones with early morning meetings, long work hours and endless errands. On those days, you need to super-size your morning “pick-me-up”, and we’ve got the perfect coffee cozy for your extra large dose of caffeine. Keep your fingers safe and your cup warm and fluffy with this extra large “Reboot” coffee cozy!
Hama and Perler Bead Patterns
Vintage floral prints are bang-on-trend in fashion and homewares this season, and they're the inspiration for these Hama (or Perler) bead coaster designs. Inspired by the kind of vibrant florals you'd typically see in domestic bed linen of the '60s and '70s, these coasters will add a dash of retro playfulness to your decor. Print out the free downloadable patterns and get started!
If you're a fan of Breaking Bad, you might like to crack open the Hama (or Perler) beads and make this fun project, just in time for Sunday night's long-awaited episode. Follow our step-by-step instructions and download our free templates to make an awesome set of Breaking Bad-themed coasters, featuring a cool pixel art version of Walter White and "say my name" Heisenberg, along with a pixellated version of the series logo. Let's get cooking.
Every year on November 1 and 2, families in Mexico and around the world adorn altars with sugar skulls, candles, and other ornate decorations to welcome back their deceased loved ones. This bright and colorful felt sugar skull mask is a great way to dress up for Halloween or celebrate Dia de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead.
Now that the weather’s cooling down in the northern hemisphere, it’s a good time to keep things toasty. What better way than with this cute toast phone cozy? Designed to be easily altered to your phone model (or camera or MP3 player), and made from acrylic felt and cotton, this little cutie will brighten up your backpack, purse, or slide into your pocket.
Patterns & Templates
Interested in getting your hands on the various patterns and designs that we've featured in our Crafttuts+ tutorials? You've come to the right place! Just...