Monday, May 19, 2014

Wedding Card Box

  Wedding Season is upon us. Have you received any invitations yet? I got two so far. All those lovely brides are busy spending time, money and making arrangements for their special day. Fun times.

   I volunteered my crafting skills to make a card box for my best friend's wedding. I've seen some of those fancy card boxes range anywhere from $20- $80!! Mine didn't cost so much. Fabric, boxes, a little bit of sewing, gluing, and sticking. I love the bright red and silver together. I happened to come across that shiny braided ribbon at Walmart. Well, everything except the boxes came from Walmart. They have a ton of cute stickers in the scrap-booking section for all kinds of occasions.




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Crochet Flat Cap

  A few years ago I was searching the internet for a crochet pattern for a flat cap. The only one I found was a knitted hat and there was no pattern. Eventually I came across Men's Jeff Cap by Ken Jones AKA Crochetguy. It was the best flat cap pattern out there at the time in my opinion. If you've been with me for a while, you might remember that I made this a little over 3 years ago, and as you can see it is a bit small.




Even though I wanted it small, the first one I made was for myself and it was too small as well. I never got around to tweaking the pattern. I found another pattern recently and my hat turned out much more to my liking. It's a free tutorial by OneVirtuousWoman. She said her inspiration was from the Jeff's Cap pattern. I found her tutorial on YouTube. Click here to see it.

Here's my newest flat cap, or as she calls it "Crochango" as in crochet kango. Yea, why didn't I think of that?



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Show & Tell

     I have two to show today. First up is Laresa's cell phone case. It's a lovely spring yellow and the butterfly is too cute! She added a button and a strap. Very nice! Click here for the free pattern.


     Next is Nancy's floppy sun hat. I like how she mixed it up with a different color brim. Click here for this free pattern.


     Thank you so much, ladies, for the lovely pictures! Have you made a project using one of my free patterns? I would love to see it. Email me! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Skirt and Matching Swag

    Here I am messing with my sewing machine again. Isabel actually started making this bag right after I made mine- Funky Little Bag. I used the extra fabric to make a skirt, or attempt to. I don't know what happened, but my measurements were way off and I ended up with a skirt that would fit one thigh and a half... maybe. I was trying to figure out how to save it with the least amount of work. I know, sad but true. So I used some scrap fabric from the circle skirt I made recently. My original idea was to add a piece to each side, but after the first side was added it was just the right size. Remember, we're going for minimal work at this point, so I decided to leave it as is. It doesn't matter how you get to fabulous, just as long as you get there. Right.. Needless to say, I am happy with the outcome.


     Like I said earlier, Isabel started the bag and like most teens with short attention spans, she got bored with it. Whatever her reason, she was taking too long to get back to it and it was taking up space in my craft room, so I finished it for her. I can't force her to like sewing. I added an insert with an inside pocket using the same fabric that I used for the side of the skirt. This bag is the smaller version of the other one I made. If I make another I think longer straps would be better. I think I had an issue with the straps on the other one too. Oh well, you've got to live and learn.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Show & Tell

  Here is Holly's beautiful creation that she made using my Floppy Sun Hat pattern. I love the color changes in this yarn. She used Bernat Mosaic. Thanks so much for the picture!



                 Have you made a project using one of my free patterns? I would love to see. Email me!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Funky Little Bag



   Ok, this was an accomplishment for me. I used a sewing pattern for the first time, and it wasn't a total disaster! I must have bought this pattern about 2 years ago and never got the nerve to actually do it. It's just a bag, so when I brought it home I thought, how hard can this be? I pulled everything out of the package, took one look and put it right back in. It sat in my drawer for all this time. Since I've been sewing more lately, I figured it was about time to give it a try. I took my time (it took all week) and stuck through the frustrating parts. I have to say I'm pleased with the outcome.



   I think I had the most trouble with the straps and figuring out the bottom corners of the bag. The straps were a problem because for some reason I can't sew completely straight. So you can clearly see my lack of sewing skills. I'm still happy with the final piece. All I need now is a liner and it is ready to hit the road. I think I will make the inside bright orange. Since it's an afterthought, it won't be as good as if I had sewn it in before, but it will make the inside look much better. Right now I have fraying ends and seams showing on the inside.
   I thought the zipper was going to give me problems, but it was surprisingly easy. I did watch a video on zipper foots before I sewed mine. That helped a lot.




   I love how the pockets go all the way around in different sections. If I make this again, I might do something different with the straps. Maybe make a long tube, so I don't have that middle (crooked) seam showing all the way through. 


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sewing project

   I think I might be getting the hang of this sewing thing. Of course I could definitely use some more practice. I got some cheap fabric from Joann's the other day. I'm too scared to mess up any good fabric, so I just stick with cheap and recycled for now. After watching multiple videos on different kinds of circle skirt sewing techniques, I made one that I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear in public! The material was a little difficult to work with. It's a 100% polyester bridal satin. I think a jersey knit or something with a little give would have been better. The biggest challenges for me were sewing the elastic and the hem. I didn't give up though, I pushed through. I actually stretched the project out over a few days, but that's ok because I still came back to it and finished.


   What do you think? I think Isabel likes it. Just watch her twirl! 

video

Monday, February 10, 2014

Crocheting with Family

  I had a fun and busy weekend with my family. One aunt came from Hawaii and will be making her way back to the Philippines. My parents came from Pennsylvania, another aunt, uncle, and cousins came to visit from New York. It was a full house. I got to show off all of my creations, and it felt nice having people here who are genuinely interested. My cousin was my weekend model and posted her "selfies" on Facebook. She even got me a few sales! Thanks cuz!


  I started on my orders and then we had this crochet party going! I showed them how to crochet the hat that my cousin in wearing above. The pattern is a free download from Ravelry.com, called Emm'hat by Mathilde Plus. It's made with chunky yarn and a size N hook. Here we are. My mom on the left, me in green, my aunt next to me and my cousin next to her. My husband was so amused when he saw us here crocheting so he snapped a picture.


  Unfortunately, I only got a picture of one finished product (and that's because it was left behind). This is my aunt's finished hat. She used two strands of worsted weight yarn since I didn't have any more bulky weight. It came out great! I guess she didn't want to take it, because it doesn't go with her outfit, plus it's hot in the Philippines. ;) Love you, Tita, have a safe trip back to PI!



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sparkle Cloche

  I made this sparkly crochet cloche using my free Classic Cloche pattern. The pictures really don't do it justice. It is quite stunning, yet so simple and classy. I haven't found the perfect adornment yet. I'm thinking something in deep red. Maybe a ribbon or a flower. To make this piece, I used Hobby Lobby's I Love this Yarn! Metallic. I added a couple extra rows, and in the last row I added an increase every 10th stitch to give it a little more flair.






Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Show & Tell

  I hope everyone had a great holiday and is refreshed for the new year. My first post of the year, will be a show & tell of projects that were done with my free patterns. I haven't done them in a long time and I have fallen way behind. Please forgive me if I said I will post your pictures and didn't get around to it. The link to my free patterns is at the top of the blog page. Feel free to do as you wish with your finished items. I would greatly appreciate a link back to my blog if you post or sell your items.

  First up is Alice's beanie hats. She used the Quick Easy Winter Beanie pattern for gifts and for donating to Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative.  Want to help donate? Check out her website to find out more about Emily and her project for helping the homeless and working poor.

  Next is Juliana's beautiful headwarmers. The Easy Headwarmer Pattern has a video tutorial to help you crochet along. I love her flowers and black and white theme. I'm not sure what pattern she used for the flowers, but they are lovely.




   Have you made a project using one of my free patterns? I would love to see. Email me! 


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Crochet Neck Tie Pattern




Materials:
·         Worsted weight yarn, I used Caron Simply Soft
·         Size G hook
·         Needle for weaving in ends



NeckTie:
Begin with a magic circle, ch1
 1: 2hdc in circle, ch1, turn. Pull the circle closed. (2 sts)
 2: 2hdc in each stitch, ch1, turn. (4 sts)
 3: 2hdc in first stitch, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches, 2hdc in last st, ch1, turn. Increase made on first and last stitch. (6 sts)
 4: 2hdc in first stitch, 1 hdc in next 4 stitches, 2hdc in last st, ch1, turn.  (8 sts)
 5: 2hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in last st, ch1, turn. (10 sts)
 6: 1 hdc in each st across, ch1, turn. (10 sts)
 7: Repeat row 6 until piece measures about 18.5 inches long from point.
………. Estimated row numbers below (you may be on a different row number)……….
58: 1hdc in first 4 sts, hdc decrease together for next two sts, 1hdc in last 4 sts, ch1, turn.  (9 sts)
59-66: 1hdc in each stitch across, ch1, turn.  (9 sts) Maintain st count over 8 rows.
67: 1hdc in first 4 sts, hdc decrease together, 1hdc in last 3 sts, ch1, turn.  (8 sts)
68-75: 1hdc in each stitch across, ch1, turn.  (8 sts) Maintain st count over 8 rows.
76: 1hdc in first 3 sts, hdc decrease together, 1 hdc in last 3 sts, ch1, turn. (7 sts)
77-84: 1hdc in each stitch across, ch1 turn. (7 sts) Maintain st count over 8 rows.
85: 1hdc in first 3 sts, hdc decrease together, 1hdc in last 2 sts, ch1, turn. (6 sts)
86-170: 1hdc in ea st across, ch1 turn. (6 sts) You can continue to desired length. Mine is about 61 inches long.
Finish off and weave in ends.



Tag Area:
  I wasn’t sure what to call this part. It’s usually where a tag is and it holds the smaller end behind the wide part.
I put mine about 11 inches from the point around row 34.
Join the yarn in one of the stitches near the edge, but not the very edge. Sc in same stitch and one stich next to it, ch1, turn. (2 sts)
Hdc in ea, ch1 turn. (2st)
Repeat last row until you are near the other side but not over the edge of the tie (about 7 rows).
Insert hook into first st on tag, slip stitch into a stitch near the edge of the tie, sl st in next stitch, going through both layers (the tag and edge of the tie).

Finish off and weave in ends. 

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Crochet Christmas Wreath

  If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably noticed that I've been looking at Christmas wreaths lately- specifically crocheted Christmas wreaths. After looking at some inspiring pins, I started making my own. I used different ideas and patterns that I saw and pieced them together for my wreath.



  Here is a link to the wreath pattern, it comes from a blog called Sew is Me. I didn't have bulky weight yarn so I just used two strands of the worsted weight, green yarn that I had stashed away. Crocheting around the wreath is not much different than crocheting around a small loop for earrings, but it seems more complicated because the wreath is HUGE in comparison. It takes a little getting used to.


  I did a search to find a poinsettia pattern and I loved the look of this one. You can find it on PlanetJune Craft Blog. I only made the smallest flower (style A on her blog). The tiny pearl in the middle is actually a pin and that's how I stuck it to the wreath. I pinned rather than glued all of the adornments so that I can use them in other things later, if I decide to.



  I couldn't resist the candy cane, and it is so easy to make. The video tutorial by Teresa Richardson can be found here on YouTube. I didn't have a pipe cleaner, but I did have some wire handy and it worked just as well.



  My little Sackboy elf is chillin' on the bottom of the wreath. Unfortunately, the free pattern that I found for this a long time ago is no longer available. It was some sort of legal thing and the blogger decided to remove it. My sons are so tempted to play with this guy. If you don't know what a Sackboy is, it's from the Sony Play Station game LittleBigPlanet.


  I had the bow from an old gift and the lettering came from Walmart. I did a lot of changing and rearranging, adding and taking away but I think I'm finally done. At one point, I wanted to make the sackboy look like he was trying to climb up and steal the candy cane, but I settled for this look. I can always change it, but for now it's ready to go on the door. 

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy the holidays and time with loved ones! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Another Infinity Scarf

   Here is another Infinity Scarf that I finished today. This will be a gift for a friend. I don't know what to call the adornment piece that I made to wrap around it. It's just a rectangle piece made with treble crochet stitches. I alternated each row with front post and back post stitches, then sewed the button on. This makes it adjustable and removable.




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Infinity Scarf and Arm Knitting

  I finally learned how to knit. It was maybe my third try, so I was somewhat familiar with it. I do better by watching someone else, so I watched a bunch of YouTube videos one weekend until I got it down. My purl stitch is still rusty, but I'll get it soon. One of the videos I saw was "arm knitting." I thought that was very interesting. All you need is yarn. Your arms are your knitting needles -why didn't I think of that? Well, I did just learn how to knit after all. So I tried it out and made an infinity scarf. Not bad for my first try! Have you tried arm knitting? Here is one of the videos that I watched:  -click here-.

  I love infinity scarves. There are so many possibilities. 









Thursday, October 17, 2013

My "go to" books, Get Your Crochet On!

   I always seem to go back to these books when I'm looking for a new project. I love the styles and of course how you can make it your own, but that can be true with any pattern. My latest projects were straight from the books. The first time I use a pattern, I don't usually make adjustments or changes. There are rare exceptions, but these were followed as written. The first one is from Afya Ibomu's "Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps". It is called Superfly. Ok, I did make one change and that was that I used a chunky yarn instead of using two strands of worsted weight like the pattern says. The hat keeps it's form well and can be molded into different looks. Here is my version of it:


   The second project is a garment from Afya Ibomu's other book, "Get Your Crochet On! Fly Tops & Funky Flavas". This one is called Dashiki. This book features many different tops and accessories to choose from. I was thinking of making another version of this, with tighter stitches so it is not so mesh-like. I used Caron's Simply soft yarn. I love the contrasting colors. There is some purple in there, but it's a little hard to see in between the black and pink.


   If you're interested, I got my books from Amazon and found that they have the cheapest prices for them. Here are links to the books on Amazon if you want to check them out.




Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nina's Skirt

   I completed another skirt. I used the same free pattern as the tan skirt in a previous post. For this skirt, instead of weaving the cord through the stitches on the top, I folded the top on the inside and sewed a casing with the yarn. It makes it a little sturdier when you are pulling the cord tight. This was actually requested by a customer and I think I like it better this way. Here is the completed skirt.




Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Show & Tell Headwarmers

   I've been so behind on my Show & Tell posts. I guess since the government is shutdown I have a little more time for my hobbies.  Sara sent me some pictures of her beautiful crochet head warmers and scarf. She used my free pattern that you can find here. She also had some tips for women with bangs who don't want a wide head warmer. She said "if others ask about narrowing the headband, you can narrow it to 10 dc's wide, and it'll still cover your ears." Great tip!

   The first one is made from two strands of a sport weight wool.


  This warmer and scarf was made from a teal green, Paton's Promise, which is a fuzzy sport weight yarn.



   They look so cozy! Thank you, Sara, for sending the pics. It took forever to post, but I finally got to it.

I love seeing finished products from my patterns. If you want to be featured on my blog with your finished items, just shoot me an email. If you don't want to be featured but are still willing to share your pics, that's great too! Just let me know in the email if you want me to post your pics or not.