Photo courtesy of Heidi Yates

Break out the crochet hooks and start making your own handmade projects using patterns from Snappy Tots.

Heidi Yates started selling crochet patterns from her home in Brigham City over five years ago and shortly thereafter opened Snappy Tots. Based out of her house, she creates patterns, which can be downloaded on from her online store, ranging from childrens' backpacks to tiger slippers. “Getting started is really easy—you can even learn off of YouTube videos. Or you can get help from local craft stores,” Heidi says, “It’s fun and fairly inexpensive, and it’s something you can pass on to your children."


Photo courtesy of Heidi Yates

In addition to creating patterns Heidi also created Beanies for Bravery, an organization that sends handmade beanies to U.S Troops along with handwritten letters. Crafters from across the country make the hats over the summer at family reunions or summer camps. Then Heidi gathers the hats and sends shipments to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. She began in July 2011 and since then has sent out 2,125 beanies. To contribute next year the pattern can be downloaded for free here.

For those who don’t have the crocheting gene, Heidi also does special orders through her Facebook page. A full list of crochet patterns can be viewed at her online store—prices range from $1.99 to $5.49.


Photo courtesy of Heidi Yates