Tuesday, June 30, 2015

More American Girl Doll Clothes

  Here is the blue and silver dress I was working on. I wish it was this quick to make clothes for myself! This dress pattern can be found on ravelry.com. It is Classic Navy Girl Dress by Dash of Bella. The silver chain can be removed and a ribbon or something else can be added to give it a different look. 

  The headband is also by Dash of Bella and is a free ravelry download found at this link. I made a blue one and a silver one since they were so quick to work up. I also added some bling to the silver one to match the shoes. 

  For the shoes, I used part of Whistle & Ivy's free pattern called Little Dot Mary Janes. I used the newborn size. They can be found on the site here. They also have a ton of adorable baby shoe crochet patterns on that site. I've made some before in a previous post






Monday, June 29, 2015

Show & Tell Crochet Tie

Here is a lovely picture from Sue of a tie that was crocheted as a gift for Father's day! Very stylish! She made the bottom of the tie square instead of the triangular shape that the pattern makes. I know I've said it before, but that's what I love about crocheting - the versatility.



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Sunday, June 28, 2015

American Girl Doll Clothes

  Recently I've been reminiscing about my doll playing days. If they were around when I was a kid, I would have wanted an American Girl Doll. It would've been one of those things I really wanted, but could never get because of the cost (kinda like that cabbage patch kid I never got).

  Anyway, I'm here to talk about the cute little outfits I made for my coworker's daughter. She just got an American Girl for her birthday. I told my coworker that I may be able to make something for her, so we looked at some patterns on Ravelry and he had his daughter pick some out. I didn't have a doll, so using a pattern would take all the guess work out of sizing.

  I still wanted a doll, so I could maybe practice my sewing skills sometime and have a little model for sizing. Luckily my neighbor found an 18" doll that's been in her daughter's daycare for a couple months. No one has claimed it, so they said she can have it. She knew I was looking for one so I can take pictures of my work. That worked out really well. Also, since her daughter isn't really into dolls, she parted with it quite easily.

  The pattern that was used for this adorable dress is found on Ravelry.com called American Girl Doll Summer Dress by Danielle Bonacquisti. The hat was inspired by a free pattern called Ice Queen Hat Pattern by Mango Tree Crafts and can be found here. I used the pattern for the base of the hat, then I made a floppy brim to finish it off. The shoes were made with a free pattern as well, but I cannot seem to find it. If I happen to find it again, I will update this post with the link.




  Isn't she adorable? More little clothes to come. I'm working on a blue and silver dress. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Show & Tell Floppy Sun Hat

Check out this lovely Floppy Sun Hat created by Priscilla! Thanks so much for sending the picture!





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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Crochet Baby Shoes

  I've been working on some really cute baby shoes lately. My cousin requested some faux Converse, then some baby boat shoes. Then I got another request for some girly baby shoes, so I made the little mary janes. They are all so cute! You can find links to the free patterns below.



  The Converse shoes were a little intimidating, and being that I haven't had a little one in a while, I forgot how big a 6 month old foot would be. The first pair that I made were way too big. They were most likely a 1 year old size. I used a pattern that I found on Ravelry. The yarn I used was bigger than what the pattern called for and so was my hook. Since it was my first try, they weren't so cute either. I guess they were cute enough that my neighbor wanted to take them home, so now they are gone. On my second try I found another free download on Ravelry. This time the sneakers may be a little on the small side, but at least they will stretch a little. The first pic is unfinished (missing the stripe) but it shows how tiny they are in my hand.




  Next up are the baby boat shoes. My cousin decided that she also wanted some of these little cuties for her little one. The pattern is from Whistle and Ivy. It is an awesome blog well worth checking out. I used the size for a 6-9 month old baby. They are a little bigger than the sneakers, but not much so either I crochet too tight, or they are just right. I guess we'll find out. These shoes took a little assembling, but overall not very difficult. The blog also has links to her videos to go along with her patterns for the visual learners.



  Last by certainly not least are the baby mary janes. The pattern is from the same website as the boat shoes so the sole is made similar but this shoe is worked in the round. They were really quick to work up too. I guess the only thing that slowed me down was finding buttons small enough. My mom requested these for someone's baby. These are also made with the size 6-9  month instructions.




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Polymer Clay Lace Necklace

Here is one of the clay projects that I made. I found a video tutorial online for making clay lace. It looks more complicated than it really is. I don't have images of making it, but basically you take a tube of clay and wrap a flat piece of another color around it. Then you take that tube, cut it into smaller pieces and roll them together to form a larger tube. For a visual explanation, check out this video. It's not the one I learned with, but it's the same concept and I think I like it better.

For the actual pendant, I used slices from my clay lace cane and put them together side by side to make the size I wanted. I cut smaller pieces to fill the holes because since they were circles, they didn't fit together. I did it on top of another piece of clay so it would have a black backing. I cut everything out with a small round cookie cutter and baked it on a ceramic tile. Next time I'll try to remember to take more pictures.

The beads are also clay that I just moulded into oval shapes. I like the marble effect, but I'm not sure if they really blend well together with the lace pattern.

Have you experimented with polymer clay? I got my clay at Walmart for less than a dollar per color. You can also get color samples online. If you didn't know, Amazon is my favorite store!




Saturday, March 28, 2015

Zipper Pouch

  Lately I've been playing with clay and practicing sewing with a few projects. I found this video by Melly Sews for creating a lined zipper pouch. She does a great job explaining everything. I made this pouch to hold all my new clay tools. I don't have that many, but I wanted to keep them all together. It would do no good to add more mess to my messy craft room, so a sewing project and a bit of organizing is great for me. I'll show off some of my clay creations in another post.


   I used one of those Single Fat Quarter cotton pieces that you can get at Walmart or you can get them in bulk online at Amazon. The one I used was 18 by 21 inches, and was more than enough fabric. For the lining, I used a piece of cotton from an old bed sheet. The corners next to the zipper are a little weird, but it looks like it was done on purpose, so no biggie.


   Speaking of that old bed sheet... It was a king sized sheet and gave me lots of fabric to practice on. I made a few of these aprons, and I still have more to play with. I used the scraps from my Fat Quarter to make a small pocket. The sheet was going to end up in the trash since it had a huge hole in it, so why not upcycle?




Monday, February 16, 2015

Refashioned Beach Dress



  Do you ever go to the beach and end up buying stuff you'll never use? ..or is that just me? Well, if you haven't guessed, I bought this dress on a beach trip. I don't even remember which beach. Everything seems to look better at the beach. Maybe if you live on a beach you wouldn't think so, but I don't and in fact, it is snowing here, right now.

  I love the fabric, but I didn't really like the top part of this dress. I'm not so busty and can't pull it off, so I decided to turn it into a maxi skirt.



  First, I held the dress against me to the length I wanted it. I folded the top and cut at that point.  It came out to be 3 inches shy of what I would cut a maxi skirt for myself at, but I'm going to use part of the top as a waistband.


  After cutting, I had to make my lines a little straighter and cut one seam so I can make it smaller.


  I made it to be 4 inches smaller than my waist because the material is really stretchy. Then I sewed the band closed again to make a circle and folded in half lengthwise with right side out. I tried to hand baste a loose straight stitch, but ended up taking it out because it didn't allow the material to stretch enough to pin it to the skirt.


  I think this is the hardest part for me - putting these two pieces together. I placed the band on the outside of the skirt and evenly pinned the two together. Sewing was a pain because I had to stretch the band as I went to match up with the skirt. I guess I need more practice with that because I had a couple holes. I had to go back over to get it right.


   I think I got it right, and I'm diggin' my new skirt! I don't know what I'm gonna do with the top part. I'm past the days when I would wear it like that! Maybe I'll make some type of headpiece.



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sweater Refashion

   I realize that to get better at sewing, I'm going to have to practice. I refashioned one of my husband's old sweaters into a skirt. I didn't take enough pictures to make a tutorial, but click here for a link to one with really cute skirts. I should've put elastic in the wasteband, but other than that, I think it looks cute!



   Next was my weekend project. I wanted a cowl neck hoodie. I used a couple sweatshirts that I had as a pattern. I am very happy with how it turned out. Not so bad for a beginner, and it's something that I would actually wear in public! I must say that fleece is very forgiving.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Show & Tell Crochet Tie

  This picture was sent to me this week. She made it her own with slight width variations. I love the colors she used and how they blend together. Check it out! Get the pattern here.







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Monday, January 19, 2015

Tee Shirt Surgery

  A friend of mine brought me a cute tee shirt fom Aruba recently. Unfortunately, it was way too small. It sat in my closet for a while until I figured out what to do with it. I didn't want to just give it away to the thrift store, especially since it travelled all the way from Aruba! I finally decided to add some panels to the sides and see if that would help it fit better. I'll show you how I did it. Here is the before picture.


  The picture doesn't do it justice. It is a really bright, almost neon coral color. The first thing I did was crochet a panel to go in the sides. I used worsted weight yarn and a size J crochet hook. I made a sort of triangle shape using a half double crochet stitch that came out to be about 16.5 inches long and about 5 inches at the widest part. You can use a piece of lace or another kind of fabric if you like. Just cut your panel to be the length of the shirt.


  Then cut the side of the tee shirt, staying as close as possible to the seam. As you can see in the picture, I've already done one side.


  Fold the sides of the tee shirt in so you have the raw part hidden on the inside. Press the fold. This will make it easier to sew.



  Place the panel inside the shirt where you want it then match up one corner of the cut tee to a corner of the panel. It's ok if your tee shirt doesn't match the exact shape of your panel. You can't see the overlap on the inside anyway. If you plan to do your final sewing with a machine, loosely hand sew the tee shirt to the panel using a contrasting thread. (This is also called basting if you didn't know the sewing term.) If you plan to hand sew, then use a thread that matches your tee shirt.


  Here are my basted panels on the shirt. It already looks like I'll be able to breath in it! I love the color contrast too. If you're happy with it, sew it up with your machine if you haven't done that yet and remove your baste stitches.






Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Do you want to build a Snowman?

   One day I was thinking about crocheting a snowman. We don't have any snow right now, but it would be perfect for this time of year. I was looking online for some inspiration and I came across a free pattern for Disney's Olaf from the movie Frozen. Click here to go to the pattern. I love how it came out (after a few boo boos that I had to fix).

   When I put the eyes on, I started my count from the wrong side and ended up with an upside down head. Whoops! I probably would've put it together like that had it not been for my daughter who pointed it out. I almost gave up on it at that point because you can't remove safety eyes without cutting the plastic piece off and the head was already stuffed and closed off. There was no way to get to it. Luckily, the felt piece for the mouth was big enough to cover it. So I glued it on with some fabric glue and you can't even tell where I messed up. (Unless you feel for it.) I opted out of making the crochet arms. They just hung there, and I didn't like that. I had some leftover brown pipe cleaners from my Baby Groot project and stuck it through his body. It took a minute to figure out his fingers. In all the pictures I saw of Olaf, he has 4 fingers, so I cut another piece of pipe cleaner for each hand and twisted them together. Overall he is very top heavy and floppy, but I actually got him to stand up for his photo shoot. I was thinking next time instead of sewing his head on, maybe I'll use velcro so it can be detachable.

   Looking at the bottom half of his body gives me ideas for Baymax from Big Hero 6. Stay tuned.




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tinkering with Wire

  Lately, I've been tinkering with some wire. It's been a long time since I've made any kind of jewelry accessories. There are lots of tutorials and videos out there for jewelry making and I've been taking advantage as well as coming up with my own designs. Here are some of my creations. Everything is made of brass, copper, or aluminum. I haven't made my way to the more expensive metals, since I'm still experimenting.

Ear Cuffs

Ear Cuffs
Love Ring

Bead Rings

Knot Rings

Treble Ring
Perfectly Imperfect

Silver Hearts




Lil' Tree Earrings