Top 10 Craft Ideas from 2018!

Let’s start out 2019 with the most popular craft ideas from last year! The Sitcom continued to grow in 2018 with over 2 million views.  It was also a great year for my husband and I as we continue to travel the country in our RV.  This year, we experienced Montana, North Dakota and the mountains of North Georgia.

In the midst of it all, I have been busy creating many new craft tutorials and free patterns for The Sitcom.

Without you, Suzy’s Sitcom would just be another place on the web.  You are what makes it so special!  We want to thank you for being so awesome!

Lots of fun ideas, lots of crafting, lots new free patterns and so much more happened here this past year!

In November, I introduced my new Sew Along featuring my quilt pattern: Retro Flash! Once a month, I will be walking you through this quilt top step-by-step with tips, and thorough instructions and free templates.  Join this fun sew along and we will make something amazing together!

retro flash quilt pattern

Free Retro Flash block patterns will be offered on the first of the month, with the last being offered on July 1, 2019.  Each block will be available free to all Sitcom Readers until the end of that month.  For more info on this fun sew along, CLICK HERE!

Many new things are in progress for the new year including a new Free Block of the Month Pattern Series beginning on January 15, a new quilt pattern sew along beginning in March, and tons of new craft ideas.  Living on the road has certainly not slowed me down.  The year 2019 looks to be just as exciting as the last.

But first let’s take a look back at 2018 and check out the most popular tutorials for the year.

Top 10 Craft Tutorials in 2018

faux stained glass peacock

1. Faux Stained Glass

I love to peruse my vintage craft books and bring back ideas that seem new to some.  And I stumbled upon an idea to create faux stained glass using only acrylic paint and glue.  What is great about this project is that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like.

This project has been in my top ten ever since it was published in 2011.  Due to it’s popularity, I have created full size pattern and instructions available in my Etsy shop!

2. Creating Mosaics the Easy Way

how to create mosaics the easy way

Creating Mosaics using glass pieces can be difficult.  But I found a great stick on adhesive, and using broken dollar store plates, I was able to revive a boring lazy susan! This is a surprisingly simple project!

3. Easy to make Glass Suncatchers

sun catchers kids craft

You will be surprised at how simple this sun catcher project is!  In fact, it is a great project for the kids on a warm sunny day.  The items to make them can be found at any dollar store or your local Walmart and both you and your kids will have a blast with this one!

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4. Recycled Magazine Art

art made from recycled magazines

Have a bunch of magazines laying around?  Here is a great way to put them to work and create beautiful art at the same time! This paper craft is not only colorful, but very easy to make!  I’ve even thrown in a couple free patterns to help you out! So gather up your old magazines and I’ll show you how to make this recycled craft!

5. Easy Envelope Dog Bed

envelope diy dog bed

My dogs love to cuddle under the blankets.  This inspired my daughter to create a dog bed in the form of an “envelope” to keep the doggies warm and cozy on a cold winter day.  And the best part is that it only takes 3 yards of fleece to make a nice sized bed!

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6. Faux Tin Tiles 

faux tin tiles from disposable cookies sheets

There are many projects now on the Sitcom that are created from disposable aluminum pans, including: The Enchanted FishSleeping MermaidWinter Fairy, and The Partridge & Pear. But by far, my most popular pattern and tutorial for 2017 was the original Faux Tin Tiles Tutorial.

And yes, they are made from disposable aluminum cookie sheets!  The tutorial includes 12 free patterns for you to download too!

7. Free Pot Scrubby Crochet Pattern

I asked my readers what they would love to see in the future on the Sitcom.  And I had so many wonderful suggestions.  This week, I am creating one of those suggestions!  Vicki said:

The one thing I am trying to learn to crochet again to make IF I ever locate instructions is for a scrubby pad. My husband’s grandmother made them to give to all the women each year at Thanksgiving but I never thought to ask if she would write down how she made them exactly and now she’s gone sadly.

Well, you know I love a challenge.  You can find the FREE pattern here!

8. How to do Plaster Casting

My granddaughter was born last year and we were able to spend two full months with my daughter and her family.  Living in our RV makes things like that a bit easier!  The hard part is leaving.  I put together a beautiful LOVE sign with plaster casts that I had made from molds of my granddaughter’s feet.  Click HERE for the full instructions!

9. Making Batik Fabric with Crayons

making batik fabric with crayons

As a quilter, I’ve always had a preference for batik fabrics. I love the vibrant colors! Well, if you have been following my blog for any time, you probably already know that I love me some color. And the idea of using a resist to block color in areas is something that I love doing with my Ukrainian eggs. So, a mix of color and resist dyeing with crayons just seemed right up my alley.

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10. Photo Frame (made with paper tubes!)

I thought it would be nice to put together a hand-made frame for some of my favorite photos. So naturally, my mind went to toilet paper. Yep.  This frame is made from toilet paper tubes!  Want to know how?  Click HERE for the instructions!

See something you want to try?  The Sitcom is just full of fun ideas.  In fact, I have over 200 more craft tutorials if you are in the crafty mood!  Oh, and free patterns, and even quilt patterns!

The year 2019 will be bringing even more changes in life, but rest assured, the Sitcom will still be filling with more crafting ideas.  So stay tuned for much more!

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