Friday, September 13, 2013

Crochet Skirt

   I got this pattern as a free download from It's called EmmaJean's Minty Green Skirt. It took a while for me to finally finish it, but it was worth the time. I used Hobby Lobby's "I Love this Cotton" in Taupe, so mine is not minty green, obviously. This cotton is nice and soft. I didn't make the frill as long as the pattern calls for. (I'm short and so is the person I was making it for) I was actually thinking of continuing and making it a maxi. Hmm. I'll think about it.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Embroidered Name Tag

  My first embroidery project came out better than I expected!

  We got this "hand-me-down" book bag that was in really great shape. My only issue with it was that it had someone else's name on it, as you can see in the picture below. I blurred out the last name, but you can see it goes across the whole top part. My husband told me to just cross it out and put our son's name but I know it would look horrible and it would bother me every time I look at it.

   So I decided to give embroidery a try. It's not so hard. I used felt and embroidery thread. I colored his name on the felt with a sharpie the way I wanted it to look, using some fancy font in Microsoft Word. Then I did a back stitch along the border of the letters, then a fill stitch to fill it in. I don't think fill stitch is the correct term, but it fills in the letters, so that's what I'm going with.

   The border is just single crochet around. I started to do the "fill stitch" around the edge, but it just wasn't working out for me.  I didn't realize that I had yellow felt until after I was finished. Oh well, even though it doesn't match, I think it looks better than crossing out the name. I glued on the finished piece with some hot glue. Wala!