Did you know that March is National Craft Month? Neither did I!
Since I didn’t know much (or anything) about this month-long celebration of craft, I decided to do a little digging into its history. It turns out National Craft Month began in 1994 at the hands of the Craft & Hobby Association with the intention of helping people learn about crafting, expanding their creativity by trying new crafts, or even rekindling their love of crafting.
So, in honor of National Craft Month (and the daily national holidays that fill the month of March) I’ve decided to pull together a few small quilting and sewing projects you can work on this month as you celebrate.
This sunglasses case can also be used for reading glasses. If you’ve missed National Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Suess Day (March 2nd), you still have plenty of time to make this contemporary yet quirky padded case for your glasses by the time National Tolkein Reading Day (March 25th) rolls around. Download the free pattern today to get started.
Need something a little more stylish than a brown paper sack for National Pack Your Lunch Day (March 10th)? Grab a yard of printed fabric, some grosgrain ribbon, and make yourself an Artful Eco Bag; you can find the pattern here. If you want to take this project a step further paint, stencil, or stamp your own designs onto the fabric to give your bag a personal touch.
Since it’s still a little early in the season to start gardening, celebrate National Plant a Flower Day (March 12th) by creating this graphic pillow cover designed by Sue Bleiwess. Download the pattern now to get started fabric fusing and free motion quilting your way to a bunch of fun and floral pillows.
Whatever you do, make sure you schedule quilting time on National Quilting Day (March 19th)! Whether you want to perfect your piecing or bind beautifully, this is the day to do it. If you’re looking for a new project to start or a technique to try, check out these free quilting patterns & tutorials.
Practice your fused appliqué technique and celebrate National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day (March 29th) by making the Three Lemons Art Quilt. Download the digital pattern to learn helpful hints about making stitched still life art quilts from Paula Prass.
Since every single day during the month of March is also a national holiday related to food, you can’t go wrong with quilting table runners and/or placemats all month long. Plus, you’ll probably need some new napkins to wipe your hands as you celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day (March 5th) or even to tie around your neck as you partake in National Clams on the Half Shell Day (March 31st).
If you’re looking to expand your crafting horizons outside the world of quilting, check out our National Craft Month Pinterest board. With new pins going up every day featuring everything from sewing and knitting patterns to jewelry-making projects and mixed-media techniques, you’re sure to find something you can’t wait to try!
P.S. If you want to find more information on daily and monthly U.S. national holidays check out the National Day Calendar.