From engagement rings to baby clothes, some of the most innovative handmade items can be found on the Internet. And there are plenty of crafters out there who have literally made it their business to market their creative wares online. We’ve got the rundown on some of the most exceptional craft blogs on the web. And whether you want to try your hand at some of their designs or let them do all of the work, there’s a little something for everyone.
Jill Green initially launched her blog, Homemade by Jill
, to share images of her homemade gifts with her mother. Now, this self-taught sewer has over 6,000 members who visit Homemade by Jill regularly. The site features colorful baby clothes, gear and toys (with a few things for mom sprinkled in here and there). Jill also includes detailed instructions on how to make many of her delightful designs.
See Kate Sew
Before she became a self-described “craft-at-home mom,” Kate juggled a full-time job, grad school and a couple of Etsy shops. Since giving birth, Kate has devoted her newfound free time between naps to her blog at See Kate Sew
and has found it to be a refreshing creative outlet. In addition to showcasing her ultra-feminine clothing and accessories, Kate uses her blog to share helpful sewing tips for things like seaming, topstitching and pattern reading. Her jumbo ruffled clutch is a personal favorite!
Sisters 4 Say ... More Is More
How cool is it to have four crafty sisters in one family? The Sisters 4
(Sophie, Elise, Selina and Olivia), who are spread out across the country, started their blog as a way to feel closer to one another. Money was tight in their family, so they grew up knowing how to create fabulous looks for less. Their site showcases their love of finding thrift-store gems and breathing new life into old clothes.
While working in retail, Kristen Turner found most of her paychecks were spent on the latest designer fashions. So rather than spend a lifetime in debt, she decided to put her own homemade spin on the trends. The result was her blog, Glitter ‘N Glue
, which is loaded with tutorials on creating sassy, celeb-inspired clothing and accessories. Most of her interpretations are inexpensive and remarkably close to the real thing—which leaves you with a little extra money for the latest copy of US Weekly
Michelle L. in LA
Michelle L. specializes in vintage collectibles and making funky jewelry out of repurposed materials. Inspired by her L.A. neighborhood and her background as a screenwriter, Michelle believes that all of her materials have a story. You’ll be amazed at the cool creations she fashions on her blog Michelle L.
—everything from plastic hair combs and curler pins to Play-Doh molds and cat toys (yes, cat toys).
A former bookkeeper and accountant, Tamara McFarland realized that her talents would be better served in a more creative environment. Now, this wife, mom and jewelry-maker earns a living designing custom jewelry made from recycled metals and fair-trade gemstones. While she admits the career transition was difficult, it has more than paid off, resulting in a thriving business and a popular Etsy store, McFarland Designs
. McFarland’s pieces are a beautiful, eco-friendly alternative to traditional jewelry.
Image credits (from top): Dreamstime / Monkey Studio Images, homemadebyjill.blogspot.com, seekatesew.blogspot.com, sisters4saymoreismore.blogspot.com, glitternglue.com, mlinla.blogspot.com and mcfarlanddesigns.com