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Etsy Crafts
Not Your Grandmother's Craft Patterns 

Etsy craft patterns are not your grandmother's crafts - unless your grandmother is pretty cool and funky...

Don't get me wrong, grandmother's crafts have their own charm. A lot of us learned our first crafting skills from our grandmothers. My own grandmother taught me how to sew, and embroider, and crochet, and unsuccessfully attempted to teach me to knit (my left-handedness got in the way).

Typically, though, I want to use those skills to create projects with a more modern aesthetic. When I'm looking for a pattern that's fun, modern or a bit quirky, Etsy is the first place I check out.

Here are 10 fun patterns from Etsy sellers. Many are suitable for beginners, so you can try your hand at a new medium, and a few can be used to create finished items to sell in your own shop.

Butterfly girl cross stitch pattern at Taetia
Taetia

Designed by Taetia McEwen, this hand embroidery pattern is simply beautiful. The designer allows crafters to sell finished items made with her patterns, so you can make this lovely Etsy craft for your home, or sell this Butterfly Girl in your own shop.

Owl hat pattern at Adrienne Engar
The Fuzzy Noggin

The Fuzzy Noggin has plenty of adorable hat crochet patterns. This charming owl is my favorite.

DIY spy kit pattern at mmmcrafts
mmmcrafts

My boys would adore spy gear made from this sewing pattern from mmmcrafts. Great fun for Halloween or for playing dress up. This pattern can also be used to create your own handmade spy gear to sell.

World map counted cross stitch at Galaborn Patterns
Galaborn Patterns

Here's a great counted cross stitch Etsy pattern by Galaborn Patterns. The designer, Galina, has a shop that's bursting with fun patterns including maps, initials, and animals. Good thing she offers a buy three get one free special, so there's no need to choose just one.

Knitting patterns at Rian Anderson
Rian Anderson

Rian Anderson's shop is full of colorful and quirky knitting patterns. This zigzagger jacket is one of my favorite projects in her shop. I'm also a big fan of her sheep tea cosy.

Nuno felted shawl pattern at Seamless Fashion
Seamless Fashion

Who would guess this sumptuous cobweb felted scarf is a piece that a beginner felter could create? The tutorial is available at Seamless Fashion on Etsy.

Leather iPad case pattern at Napkitten Pattern
Napkitten Pattern

Here's a stylish leather case you can make for your iPad. This pattern is suitable for beginners in leather work. It can be used to create projects for personal use or finished iPad cases to sell in your own shop.

Modern crocheted blanket pattern at Poppy and Bliss
Poppy and Bliss

The vibrant mix of colors in this blanket crochet pattern from Poppy and Bliss are beautiful. This is a versatile pattern that takes design cues from quilting and allows you to play with your own color combinations.

Wire jewelry tutorial from de Cor's
de Cor's

These lovely wire wrap earrings can be made with just a few simple supplies and tools. It looks to me to be an intermediate level project. If you are a complete beginner with wire wrapping, you can practice the techniques in the tutorial using some inexpensive craft wire before you start working with good silver wire.

Ninja doll sewing pattern from Pattern Hub
The Pattern Hub

Everbody needs a felt ninja in the house! My older son is a bit obsessed with ninjas, so this sewing pattern by Maria Palito at The Pattern Hub is perfect. You can add a ribbon to the top to turn this little guy into a hanging ornament. The Pattern Hub has plenty of sewing patterns that are suitable for beginners and designed to be hand sewn.


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