Holiday Craft Pattern Books You Need to Know About for Christmas 2021

The Holiday Season Is Upon Us! Are You Ready to Get Busy Making Holiday Crafts?

Happy November, everyone! Today is November 1, 2021. Halloween is now over and done with, and that means your local retailers are probably putting up their Christmas displays and getting ready for the holiday rush of shoppers.

For those of us planning to make our own Christmas gifts and Christmas decorations, the pressure is on to get it all finished before December 25 rolls around. On the one hand, there’s plenty of time. On the other hand, there’s never enough time — so there’s no time like the present to get moving on your 2021 holiday crafting.

If you need a little inspiration for what to make for the 2021 holiday season, we invite you to check out our list of the best Christmas craft books. These books all have fantastic Christmas project ideas, plus the patterns you can use for making each project.

I’ll highlight a few of my favorites from the list here in this blog post — but I hope you’ll check out the entire list to find some amazing Christmas knitting books, Christmas crochet books, and other assorted Christmas craft books.

Annie’s Christmas Special 2020: Includes Patterns for Crochet, Sewing and Quilting Techniques

Annie's Christmas Special Edition 2020: 65+ Christmas Patterns for Crochet, Quilting and Sewing

Annie’s Christmas Special Edition 2020: 65+ Christmas Patterns for Crochet, Quilting and Sewing

If I had to choose just one Christmas pattern book to work from, it would be a tough choice — but I think this is the one I’d go for.

Why?

Because, for starters, it has a high number of usable patterns. It also has a fantastic variety of different techniques to try, which could help to keep you from getting bored out of your mind halfway through your gift-making sessions.

Beyond that, the patterns are mostly appealing ones, and there are bunches of easy, beginner-friendly projects included in the book. So far I’ve made one project from this book, and I’m hoping to make a bunch more before Christmas this year.

Learn More About Annie’s Christmas Special Edition 2020: (yes, this was last year’s special edition, but don’t worry, none of the projects are out of date; they’re all still totally current for Christmas 2021.).

Have a Happy Crochet Christmas 2021: Lovely Holiday Patterns for Blankets, Ornaments and More

Have a Happy Crochet Christmas: Crochet World's Christmas 2021 Edition Filled With Patterns for Crocheting Festive Blankets, Christmas Ornaments, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Gifts and More

Have a Happy Crochet Christmas: Crochet World’s Christmas 2021 Edition Filled With Patterns for Crocheting Festive Blankets, Christmas Ornaments, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Gifts and More

Crochet World’s Fall 2021 issue is titled Have a Happy Crochet Christmas 2021. This edition of the magazine offers you 40+ outstanding, “giftable” Christmas crochet patterns. I think this is one of the best Christmas editions ever! It’s loaded with fantastic project and patterns you’re likely to enjoy if you make it a high priority to crochet your own gifts for others during the holiday season.

Projects included in this title include a blankets, table linens, pillows, Christmas garlands, Christmas ornaments, a Christmas stocking and more.

A Merry Crochet Christmas

A Merry Crochet Christmas Pattern Book, Published by Annie's Crochet

A Merry Crochet Christmas, Published by Annie’s Crochet

If you’re hoping to find a whole bunch of appealing Christmas crochet patterns, this is a book you’ll definitely want to take a look at. It includes some seriously fun patterns you can use for making your own Christmas decorations plus crocheting gifts for your inner circle. You’ll find patterns for crocheting afghans, Christmas ornaments, an adorable scarf, and many other wonderful holiday-themed items.

Learn More:

Be sure to check out our complete list of the best Christmas craft books HERE!

BEST DEAL on a 2021 Christmas Photo Album Kit: Includes Page Protectors, Cardstock, Stickers and MORE!

Christmas 2021: Carta Bella Paper 6″ x 8″ Poinsettia Album Kit – 157 Piece Bundle

I went looking for the BEST DEAL on a Christmas photo album, and this is what I found: A Christmas scrapbooking kit that includes a photo album, page protectors, cardstock paper, alphabet letter stickers and a set of dies that says Merry Christmas -- all for $19.99!

I went looking for the BEST DEAL on a Christmas photo album, and this is what I found: A Christmas scrapbooking kit that includes a photo album, page protectors, cardstock paper, alphabet letter stickers and a set of dies that says Merry Christmas — all for $19.99!


Are you in need of a Christmas-themed photo album for displaying your holiday photos — or for giving as a Christmas gift to a friend this coming holiday season? If so, I have a suggestion for an album kit I hope you’ll consider: It’s the Carta Bella Christmas Album Kit from Scrapbook.com. This kit is an AMAZING value for the money you spend on it — and it includes ALMOST everything you’ll need for putting your photo album together. (I say almost everything because it doesn’t include adhesive; if you don’t already have an archival-quality, photo-friendly adhesive on hand, you’ll want to make sure you also grab some of that so you’ll have everything you need for putting your album together.)


I went looking for the best deal on a Christmas photo album, and this is the one I ended up buying.


I think this Christmas scrapbooking kit is a truly fantastic value for the money you spend on it. But to be honest, I was a little skeptical about this kit at first, because I’m honestly not a fan of two-ring binders. However, now that I have this one in hand, I’ve had to revise my opinion; it turned out to be a LOT better than I thought it would be.


My first experience with two-ring binders was in the Middle East. All the office supply stores in the Middle Eastern areas I visited had full-sized two-two ring binders available instead of the full-sized three-ring binders I was accustomed to from my school days. The full-sized two-ring binders are not at all ideal for holding loose leaf paper that you use for school or work. My experience was that two-ring notebook paper is much more prone to tearing than three-ring notebook paper is. As it turns out, that third ring somehow seems to alleviate a lot of the pressure on the notebook paper. When using two-ring binders, I had to buy bunches of page reinforcement stickers to use for mending all the torn filler paper in my full-sized two-ring binders — a huge time waster.


So that experience initially soured me on the idea of wanting to ever use a two-ring binder in my scrapbook albums, which need to last much longer than my work notebooks do.


When I first decided to switch over to using 6″x8″-sized photo albums instead of the larger 12″x12″ photo albums I used to use, I initially decided to try a six-ring binder instead of a two-ring binder. The six-ring binder is fantastic! But the biggest downsides with them are the high cost and lack of widespread availability of the page protectors to use with them. I bought two of them, and then the page protectors for them went out of stock at the store where I bought them. I found another source for them and bought the last few packages that source had in stock. Then after that,
I discovered that Scrapbook.com has them in stock, but I decided to hold off on buying more of them in favor of trying a different style of album.


Honestly, I’d prefer to have a simple three-ring binder, but I haven’t yet found a 6″x8″ three-ring photo album I like. (If you know of one, please comment!)


But in this smaller album size — which is 6″ x 8″ — the two-ring binder turned out to not be a deal breaker. I think there are two things saving it from being a disaster:

  • The page protectors you put in it are substantially heftier and stronger than ordinary notebook paper, and so they are less prone to tearing.
  • Although the entire album ends up being heavy, this smaller-sized album isn’t as heavy as a full-sized filled notebook, so there’s less of a burden on the pages in this binder than there is on the paper in a full-sized two-ring binder.

I haven’t had this album long enough to comment on how it will hold up in the long term, but so far it’s doing well. It seems pretty sturdy overall. When it’s filled with layouts and photos, the album turns out to be heavier than you would probably expect, but so far the binder is holding them effectively.


In the end, I decided to give this kit a try because I thought the deal on it was too good to pass up. The poinsettia-print Christmas album alone sells for $12 and change, and the Christmas cardstock pad sells for $18 full price or $9.99 on sale. So for $19.99 total, with this bundle, you also get the page protectors, stickers and dies in addition to the photo album and cardstock pad. Overall, the bundle looked like it would be a really great value for the money, so I decided to give it a try. I’m SO GLAD I did. I liked this kit so much that I’m likely to go back and buy a second one.


The poinsettias printed on the album cover are lovely and festive. This print coordinates beautifully with the prints on the other products in the “Home for Christmas” collection by Carta Bella (which are sold separately). I didn’t buy any of the other products, but if you’re inclined to do so, those look super pretty and festive, too.


The cardstock pad that comes with this bundle offers you a varied selection of Christmas-friendly colors that are all totally usable (although they aren’t an exact match for the colors printed on the cover of the pad. In the cardstock pad I got, there are two reds shown on the color, but there aren’t really 2 reds; the one that looks like the darker red on the cover is really a brown — which is fine with me, as I find browns easier to use in my pages than the reds are).


Overall, this is really a fantastic selection of cardstock colors. The grays, browns and black are totally easy to use, even if you’re a beginner to scrapbooking. If you have cardstock left over when you’re finished putting together your album, you’ll find that these colors work well for designing everyday layouts in addition to your Christmas layouts. Aside from the greens and the one red color, the other colors are all highly usable neutral colors.


The black alphabet letter stickers come in a basic, narrow font. The font is a great size and shape for using on 6×8 pages.


The page protectors are high quality and attractive. You can get them as part of the kit, and you can also buy them separately at Scrapbook.com. The album will hold many more page protectors than the amount that comes with the album — so if you take a lot of photos during the holidays, I recommend picking up an extra pack of 30 page protectors. The page protectors are also available in packs of 10 in case you need a different amount. The album has a 2″ spine and holds bunches of pages. I haven’t tested its upper limits to know for sure how many it will hold, but I’m guessing it would hold around 50 filled page protectors, assuming you make pages that are relatively flat and not too weighed down with heavily textured embellishments.


The die looks like it will be really useful, although I haven’t had a chance to use it yet. In addition to using it for making your scrapbook album pages, you could also use it for making your own professional-looking Christmas cards to send to family, colleagues and friends.


Overall, I’m more than satisfied with my purchase of this Christmas photo album kit. If you celebrate Christmas, I’m delighted to recommend it to you, too.

Where to Buy This Christmas Photo Album Kit:

Click here to shop for the Carta Bella 6″ x 8″ Poinsettia Album Kit – 157 Piece Bundle — at Scrapbook.com.

Over to You:


Have you found a better deal on a Christmas photo album or Christmas-themed scrapbooking kit? If so, please give us the details! We’d love to hear about the Christmas-themed scrapbooking goodies you’re LOVING for Christmas 2021.


Also: If you have had any long-term experience with this album or with two-ring binders in general, how did it work out for you? Thanks in advance for any insights you have to share.

More Christmas Crafts You Might Enjoy:

Big Book of Christmas Crochet, Published by Annie's

Big Book of Christmas Crochet, Published by Annie’s

Posted By: Amy Solovay

Fall Brings Sweater Weather

Autumn is the time of year that many knitters and crocheters most look forward to. We can’t wait to savor pumpkin spice lattes, and we’re excited to cheer for our favorite college football teams. But, best of all, we love to get out our handmade sweaters and flaunt them — and fall is definitely the best season for that.

When the trees decide it’s time to transform from green to rich hues of orange and gold and red, we’re there with our cameras in hand, ready to snap selfies showing off every intricate cable or colorwork motif in our handiwork.

Fashion trends come and go, but sweaters are eternal. And, if you knit or crochet, you can never have too many sweater patterns.

Are you thinking of knitting or crocheting a new fall sweater any time soon? If so, there are some outstanding sweater pattern books you should be aware of.

Traditional Danish Sweaters for Fall and Winter

Traditional Danish Sweaters -- A Knitting Pattern Book Published by Trafalgar Square Books

Traditional Danish Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro, published by Trafalgar Square Books

If you’re interested in knitting warm wool sweaters featuring classic Scandinavian motifs and styling, you’ll definitely want to take a look at a brand new book called Traditional Danish Sweaters. This book is a unique combination of history book, design workbook, sweater knitting pattern book and knitting stitch dictionary. The designs included in this book are all wearable ones that I think will be of interest to knitters who are interested in working sweater patterns.

The Crochet Closet

The Crochet Closet: A Crochet Sweater Pattern Book by Lisa Gentr

The Crochet Closet: A Crochet Sweater Pattern Book by Lisa Gentry, Published by Leisure Arts. Photo Courtesy of Leisure Arts.

The Crochet Closet is not a new book, but it features lovely crocheted sweater designs that look as fresh and new now as they did when they were originally published.

One of the best things about this book is the inclusive size range. The book includes sweaters patterns that have been graded for a broad range of sizes, including extra large sizes.

If you enjoy crocheting sweaters, this book is definitely worth your consideration.

Learn More About The Crochet Closet Book by Lisa Gentry

Enjoy the sweater weather this year, my friends! Happy knitting and crocheting!

Are You Ready for the Holiday Season This Year?

This photo collage shows bunches of different Christmas crochet projects. These projects are all current for Christmas 2021, and are ideal for Christmas gifts or decorating your own home for the holidays. Ideas include Christmas tree motifs, wreaths, Christmas blankets and more. These designs are all available as free crochet patterns on the Internet.

This photo collage shows bunches of different Christmas crochet projects. These projects are all current for Christmas 2021, and are ideal for Christmas gifts or decorating your own home for the holidays. Ideas include Christmas tree motifs, wreaths, Christmas blankets and more. These designs are all available as free crochet patterns on the Internet.

The holiday season is coming up quickly. We’re more than halfway through September, and next month is Halloween. Then the following month is Christmas, followed by the New Year.

Are you ready?

Now’s a great time to make a list of all the most important thinks you want to get done before the holiday rush. This is particularly important if you want to make holiday crafts. You can’t do everything, much as you might like to. Having the list prioritized on paper makes it so much easier to remember the most important things, and to not get sidetracked by less important stuff. Your list can also be a helpful motivator for accomplishing your most important goals.

So, what’s going to be on your list?

Our holiday craft patterns and tutorials could help you with any of these worthy goals. You’re invited to load up on patterns and instructions for any of the holiday (or other) craft projects we’ve posted.

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Wishing you and yours the happiest, healthiest, most creative holiday season ever!

Blessings,

Amy Solovay

An Early (Crocheted) Snowfall!

Crochet Snowflake Trivet: Free Pattern and Step-By-Step Tutorial

Crochet Snowflake Trivet: Free Pattern and Step-By-Step Tutorial

It’s September. Is it snowing yet?

No?

Well, who cares? I love crocheting snowflakes.

Free Crochet Pattern — Beginner-Friendly Snowflake Trivet:

Snowflakes sometimes look complicated, but they need not be complicated to crochet. This one is so easy that even a total beginner could make it. I’ve posted both the free crochet snowflake pattern, along with a step-by-step tutorial showing work-in-progress photos of how the project came together. I’ve also included detailed instructions which will help you make your own snowflake trivet if you’d like to — even if you’ve never crocheted before.

Snowflake Appliques:

If you look carefully at the photo, you’ll see that the snowflake trivet is 3-dimensional; the project incorporates metal bottle caps, which give it most of its shape. If you’d prefer to make flatter snowflakes that can be used as appliques, I suggest trying this easy crochet snowflake applique.

More Crocheted Snowflakes:

Here at KnittingCrochetCrafts.com, the humble snowflakes is one of our favorite design themes. There’s something irresistible about snowflakes; every time I see one, it seems to me that their symmetry and their intricacy just beg to be captured in crochet. We’ve posted plenty of crochet snowflake patterns, including patterns for beaded crochet snowflakes and more. I hope you’ll take advantage of these and all the other crochet patterns and free resources we’ve made available for you, and that you’ll enjoy them.

See Also:

Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step Book

Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step Book

More Craft Resources You Need to Know About:

Big Book of Christmas Crochet, Published by Annie's

Big Book of Christmas Crochet, Published by Annie’s

Check Out More Craft Techniques and Project Ideas HERE!

Posted By: Amy Solovay

This page was last updated on 9-5-2021.