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Craft To-Go Case // TUTORIAL

Happy Tutorial Thursday friends! Today I’m showing you how to make this adorable Craft To-Go Case which is perfect for taking just about any craft with you on the go!

Do you prefer written patterns? 

Get the Craft To Go Case PDF here!

The PDF pattern includes step-by-step written instructions along with graphic illustrations to help make this cute pattern a breeze!

This project finishes at 11″ h x 9″ x 2″ deep, so it’s the perfect size for crafts on the go!

But really this fun little case would be perfect for any type of stitching craft, travel, and even school supplies! I plan to use mine for my English Paper Piecing. That way I can bring my sewing projects with me when I’m driving kids around.

Ready to get started? Watch Erica’s Craft To-Go Case tutorial here


I’ve been working on sewing through my stash this year, so for the video, I chose some fun fabric that I’ve had around for a while for this project. I decided to pull out some of my Tilda fabrics. This line is called Circus Rose and it has the best colors, florals, and has a modern vintage vibe to it.

I also used this adorable scalloped zipper, which gives the front pouch a little something extra.

For stability, I used a Bosal Double-Sided Fusible Foam which worked perfectly! It really gave my bag a nice structure. I also added some patchwork quilting to the front pocket which I think adds to the cuteness but also helps to stabilize the bag even further.

What would you use this fun bag for? Leave me a comment below!

For my second bag, I used some of my Pam Kitty Morning fabric. It’s such a fun colorful line and I used a cheater print for the front. It looks like I put together a patchwork section as I showed you in the video, but it’s actually a panel that is printed to look like patchwork. So all I had to do was add some quilting lines and it looks like I did a lot of work, but it was super easy!

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Knitmas Beanie Knit Advent Pattern

Knitmas Beanie Knit Advent Pattern is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! Last year for advent I created the Knitmas Cowl, and so this year, I wanted to do a matching Knitmas Beanie! The Knitmas Beanie is a super fun and fast project, and is perfect for your mini skeins or scraps you’ve been saving up! So many of you have asked for the pattern, so I so excited to be releasing it for you today!

This pattern is so fun and easy, and I found that I looked forward to sitting down each night and knitting a new section.

I used Yarn Ink 2019 Advent Yarns for this project and I love how the colors came together. The pattern calls for either DK weight or fingering held double and it gives it a nice squishy texture perfect for cold wintry days!

I love doing an advent project over the holidays. I’ve found it gives me something to look forward to each day and helps me to relax and enjoy the time as well. Like I mentioned I used my advent set of mini-skeins, however this would also be a great stash buster as well. Simply gather all of those bits and bobs you’ve saved from previous projects, and you’re all set to go!

The finished size is perfect for a teen or adult with approximately a 20-22″ head circumference. I made a more fitted version, but the pattern includes an extra section if you’d like to make it slouchy.

Each section has a fun new texture to make it unique and it also gives this beanie a lovely squishy look too!

The exact supplies needed are all listed in the pattern. But I wanted to mention my needles because they have made knitting a joy! As most knitters do, I started out with inexpensive needles from a local chain store. I found the cord very difficult to work with and I didn’t enjoy knitting at all! After several recommendations, I switched up to new needles. They’re a bit more pricey, but they really are worth the investment! 

For this project I used Chiaogoo Interchangeable Needles. They are my all time favorite needles, and the interchangeables are perfect for a variety of projects! I honestly haven’t found a better cord, the join is super smooth, and the tips are fast and fluid. Of course you can purchase them individually as well which makes the cost a bit more manageable. 

Of course I wanted to finish it off with a fun beanie! I think I’ve decided to go with the pink one, it’s from McPorter Farms and has a fun snap attachment so you can swap out the pots if you want to! The Grey one on the right is from Life’s Little Things Co in her Fox colorway. Both are so cute I had a hard time deciding!

I really am happy with how these colors blended together! It’s quickly become one of my favorite hats!

Ready to get started? Click here to get the Knitmas Beanie pattern!

And if you’re up for more of a challenge, check out my matching KNITMAS COWL pattern

NOTE: This is a PDF pattern download. You will not be mailed a hard copy of the pattern. To download your purchase visit my stop and click “My Account” then “View” on your purchase.

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Erica’s Craft Podcast Ep. 7 / The Late One

I hope you will all join me for episode 7 of my crafting podcast where I’m sharing all of my quilting, sewing, knitting, spinning, cross-stitch, and acquisitions with you! Plus I have a bunch of fun giveaways too, so make sure to stop by my channel and enter to win!

Watch Erica’s Craft Podcast Ep. 7 here!

Thank you so much to OUTXE, The Complete Boutique, and Applipops for sponsoring this month’s giveaways! Stop by my YouTube Craft Podcast video to enter to win!


*** CROSS STITCH 02:59 *** 

*** KNITTING  08:35 *** 

*** SEWING & Quilting 25:43 *** 

*** SPINNING 38:29 ***


*** GIVEAWAY ***

Thank you so much to OUTXE, The Complete Boutique, and Applipops for sponsoring this month’s giveaways! Stop by my YouTube Craft Podcast video to enter to win!

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The Cumulus Beanie Knit Pattern

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to release this new knit beanie pattern! I’m calling this The Cumulus Beanie after the soft, extra squishy soft grey yarn I used. 

This one features a two different kinds of fun cables and it was so fun and quick to knit! I just may make more for Christmas presents this year! Everybody gets a beanie! Yay!

Even though it looks complicated this pattern is still fairly easy. I would categorize it as a beginner/intermediate level just because you need to know how to use a cable needle.

The instructions are very clear so as long as you know how to knit and purl you should be able to make this cute hat!

I used a soft tonal grey from Juniper Moon Farm. This one is their Cumulus line in the Sandy Castle color way and it may just be one of my all time favorite yarns to knit with!

You can add a pom or not, I think this beanie looks great either way! This delicious pom-pom is from Life’s Little Things Co in her Fox color way, it’s a size Large. It’s literally my all time favorite pom-pom!


  • 4.5mm / US 7 – 16” circular needle 
  • 5mm / US 8 – 16” circular needle 
  • Tapestry/yarn needle (for weaving in ends) 


  • 1 skein DK weight yarn (100g)
  • Optional: Faux Fur Pom 

Sizing: Medium fit for teen/adult with 20”-22” head circumference.

Gauge: 16 stitches per 4 inches (approx. 4 sts per inch on non-stretched ribbed section)

Click here to get the Cumulus Beanie Knit Hat Pattern and get started today!

NOTE: This is a PDF DOWNLOAD. You will not be mailed a paper copy.

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How to Knit: Joining in the Round

Welcome back to my How to Knit series! Today I’ll show you how to join your knitting in the round. Learning how to join in the round is super easy and is perfect for projects like sweaters, hats, socks, etc.

Hopefully my tips will help you on your knitting journey, let’s get started on today’s lesson!

Ready to get started?

Watch my How to Knit: Joining in the Round video tutorial here!

More Knitting Tutorials:

More Knitting Fun!

And that’s it, as you can see the joining in the round is super easy and very helpful so it’s important to learn! Practice this as much as you like and then we’ll meet back up here for the next video in my series!

Stay tuned for more How to Knit videos coming soon! If you have a knitting skill you’d like a video tutorial on, make sure to leave a comment below!

Thanks for joining me today and happy knitting!