Hitting The Streets of NYC For Crafts

nyc craft tour

Let me introduce you to Simone Collins, the Editorial Director, Craft Editor, and Social Media Strategist for Prime Publishing. Underneath her impressive titles, she’s a powerful creative force and talent scout. I met Simone a few months ago at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in L.A. and then unexpectedly ran into her last week in New York. I had no plan for the next few hours and asked if she wanted to jump in a cab and check out the Lion Brand studio shop. She agreed and we hailed cab.

nyc craft tour

What was supposed to be a short little visit ended up as an insider’s tour of amazing craft supply shops around the city. Simone took me to M & J, Lion Brand, and scores of little bead shops. We had so much fun designing on the fly and trading craft stories that I had to share my experience and new friend with everyone. I love instant friendships and this was definitely love at first sight.

nyc craft tour

Looking for inspiration? Check out Simone’s top 12 crafts of all time!


  • Tiny Knit Zombies 1 of 12
    Tiny Knit Zombies
    The walking dead has never looked so cute. These tiny crochet patterns won't scare you a bit and come together so quickly with the new Bon Bons mini yarn from Lion Brand.

    visit MochiMochiLand for the tutorial.
  • Golden Birthday Metal Works Necklace 2 of 12
    Golden Birthday Metal Works Necklace
    Add some flash to your wardrobe with this easy metal worked necklace. This statement piece will really have people talking and you can make it yourself with these easy step by step instructions.

    visit Stranger Than Vintage for the tutorial.
  • Interactive Polaroid Card 3 of 12
    Interactive Polaroid Card
    Why send just a flat card when you can make this interactive one? This cute polaroid card not only lights up for the flash but the greeting is dispensed for your recipient. This would be one piece of snail mail that anyone would love receiving.

    visit Oh Scrap! for the tutorial.
  • Kawaii Toast 4 of 12
    Kawaii Toast
    Yep, tiny clay toast! These little creatures can be used to make a super cute charm bracelet or on the end of a chain as a pendant. You just have to decide how toasty you are feeling.

    visit Craft Leftovers for the tutorial.
  • Cross Stitch Pendants 5 of 12
    Cross Stitch Pendants
    These tiny cross stitched pendants are simple and fast to create but really make a statement. You can stick with shapes or even add words if you want to say something in the most creative way.

    visit Danielle Thompson for the tutorial.
  • Totoro Plushie 6 of 12
    Totoro Plushie
    Create your own little Totoro stuffie with this easy tutorial. With a few simple stitches and some felt, you will have your own little plush toy to show off and cuddle with. He will keep you company on the couch and he loves reality television and afternoon naps.

    visit Cheek and Stitch for the tutorial.
  • Strip and Flip Baby Quilt 7 of 12
    Strip and Flip Baby Quilt
    This striped quilt is perfect for any leftover fabric pieces you've been hoarding. Just pull together your bright fabrics and create this beautiful rainbow colored quilt.

    visit Cluck Cluck Sew for the tutorial.
  • DIY Doggie Bed 8 of 12
    DIY Doggie Bed
    My two dogs would love this new dog bed made from an old suitcase and I love the style. You can upcycle an old suitcase and give your furry pals a warm place to rest.

    visit My So Called Crafty Life for the tutorial.
  • Stitched Neon Flats 9 of 12
    Stitched Neon Flats
    Turn ordinary flats into extraordinary just by adding a few stitches. These plain flats come to life with just a little neon thread.

    visit Papernstitch for the tutorial.
  • Doily Rainbow Spinners 10 of 12
    Doily Rainbow Spinners
    Turn boring white doilies into beautiful colorful ones for your next party. These brightly colored spinning doilies will liven up any room.

    visit Aunt Peaches for the tutorial.
  • Triangle Bunting Necklace 11 of 12
    Triangle Bunting Necklace
    Make this tiny bunting necklace with just a few supplies. The little triangles are just precious and the hardest thing about it is deciding what color to make them.

    visit The Dainty Squid for the tutorial.
  • Crafts by Simone Collins 12 of 12
    Crafts by Simone Collins
    An adorable Harry Potter dog costume and lighted paper cubes by Simone Collins. Love!

    visit and Daily Dose of Spazz for the tutorials.


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