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I just found a very cool website devoted to sewing and crafts, based in Brisbane, Australia. It's called CraftBits, and it can be found at . The site's home page itself looks like a collection of craft bits, with a notebook page as background and lots of small pictures "tacked" onto it, along with commentary notes. Very creative! But the best part is the projects, many of which are unique, beautiful and quirky. Check out the weird and gorgeous lampshade made from a plastic ball and tiny cocktail umbrellas -- who would have ever thought?? Another cool one is a wrist cuff made from recycled buttons, and see also the funky britches made from old dishcloths. And, my personal favorite, a tiny handbag made from ribbons and an old bra. Not much to say about that except -- wow!

The site was started in 1999 by a mother-daughter team, and it offers tons of projects in a dozen different craft areas. All of the featured projects include instructions about how to duplicate them, and many use recycled materials. The site also includes links to other craft sites, as well as a section devoted specifically to sewing crafts (standout projects: an adorable pair of baby shoes and hand puppets made from a pair of garden gloves). The site suffers from an over-abundance of ads, but that's a small quibble. Take a look, and then come back to SWN and tell us your thoughts. Some of the featured projects might spark some new and zany ideas -- tell us about them!


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Comment by Sara on July 30, 2010 at 9:46pm
Hi, just wanted to thank you all for your comments. I'm always curious if people have similar reactions to other sites or projects, so feedback is great to hear. Please let us know if there are other ones out there we should be spreading the word about!
Comment by Robbie on July 30, 2010 at 6:54am
Hello, I too have stumbled on this site in the last couple of months. While I appreciate their efforts, I found alot of their projects to be a little too quirky for me, I subscribe to their newsletter though, in hopes of seeing something that I would like to try.
Comment by Gwynne Hardy on July 29, 2010 at 8:37pm
Hi there;
I agree with you, I found this site awhile back before I joined here and it is a wonderful site with lots to offer. I dabble in Jewelry, Sewing etc. so it offers me a lot to keep me busy.
Comment by Elizabeth Smith on July 29, 2010 at 5:14pm
Just checked out the site. Very cool. Thanks for the info. I make needles safes and bookmarks with ties that I get at the thrift store and I just love the neck tie purse.
Comment by Sadie on July 29, 2010 at 2:33pm
Thanks so much for sharing... I've been to this site before and made an eye mask using their pattern... their platty plushie pattern has been on my long to-do list too!

Its funny how we google for a pattern, find it somewhere, and right over-enthusiastic comments to the blogger and then... forget about the site after a few days after we've printed out the pattern...

What you've written about them is awesome... I think we should really be paying more attention to each contributor and get to know like you did....

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