Friday, January 28, 2011

Cell Phone Case Pattern

A friend of mine asked me to make him a cell  phone case for his Blackberry. So this is how I did it. There are no exact measurements or stitch counts. It all depends on the size of your phone or whatever you decide to put in the case. This would be good for an IPOD too. I had to use another case for my measurements since I didn't have the phone.

  • worsted weight yarn
  • size F hook
  • velcro (sticky or sew on)
  • a phone for perfect measurements

  •  hdc = half double crochet
  •  st = stitch
  •  ea = each
  •  ch = chain


Make a chain that goes across your phone, plus 1. Mine came out to 15 chains.
hdc in second ch from hook and in ea st across.
make a second hdc in the last st.
hdc in the next st and ea st across on the other side of the ch.
it should look like this
do not join. hdc in next hdc and ea st around.
the corners will bunch up which is what we want. 
just push the corner in towards you so you can continue crocheting on the outside of the case.
continue with hdc in ea st, spiraling around until it is the length of your phone. do not fasten off.
now we'll make the the flap. 
hdc in ea st across the back of the case.
ch 1 and turn.
hdc in ea st back down the row.
my count here was 12 sts, yours may be different.
ch 1 and turn.
continue making rows with the same amount of stitches until your flap is as long as you want it.
fasten off. 
to close the case, I used sticky back Velcro. You can use a snap or button or leave it as is. 
I cut about 2 inches of the felt part, rounded it off and stuck it on the case. Then I cut a smaller piece of the other part and stuck that on the flap. I made the flap piece smaller because if the little hooks catch on the yarn it will eventually get all fuzzy and felted. 
Here is a pic of the first case I made for my own phone. It is old, dirty and beat up, but it still does the job. The Velcro looks much better on the black because it blends in. I think a button would have been cuter for the blue one, but I don't think my friend was going for cute.

 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 still want to send me pics, that's great too! Just let me know in the email if you want me to post your pics or not.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gifted Beanies

 Before Christmas, my husband volunteered me to make some of his gifts. How convenient, right? I didn't mind though. He wanted six beanies made. Four with their favorite NFL team colors and two customized beanies. The teams are Ravens, Dolphins, Steelers, and Cowboys. For the custom beanies, one is red white and  blue with an eagle iron on applique and the other has a Harley Davidson iron on. I didn't get pics of all of them right after I made them, but they got together and took a pic for me. The Steelers fan is missing. My husband is sporting a plain navy blue beanie on the right. Thanks for the pic, guys! You look great!

I did happen to get one closeup pic of the Harley beanie. I think it turned out better than I thought it would. I hear he likes it a lot too!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Newsboy cap order

 I've been working on this order for two newsboy caps. It's been a challenge doing the brim. The customer wants the brim to be stiff, so I've been playing with ideas and different brim patterns to be able to somehow put a plastic piece in the brim. The pattern that I used for the main part is the same one that I used before by Mimi Alelis. For the brim, I found a pattern here. I used plastic canvas for the insert. I think it came out pretty good, although it could probably use a little more tweaks. It still leans down a bit too low. What do you think?

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 and a Stylish Blogger Award!

Happy New Year! Time is just flying by. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is well rested. I could use a little more rest, but the show must go on.

I was surprised to see in my comments that I had been nominated a Stylish Blogger Award! Can you believe it?!! Thank you so much Mindy! I'm so happy to accept! Mindy has a blog called In The Loop, where she showcases her beautiful crochet projects and shares herself with the world. Be sure to stop by her blog and leave a comment.

Now I must tell you 7 things about me and pass on the award to 15 other stylish blogs. Hmm, let's see...

1. I'm half Filipino, and Puerto Rican and been to both islands.
2. I was in the Army for almost 8 years. (missing all my old buddies)
3. I met my husband 12 years ago, training in the military and I didn't like him much.
4. I love to sing.
5. I played the trombone and xylophone in the marching band and piano in the jazz band in high school. (I was the coolest band geek, really ;)
6. I went to a Catholic school and wore a uniform.
7. My Jr and Sr year of HS, I worked at Chocolate World in Hershey, PA, and had a sweet discount (literally).

If you'd like to know more, feel free to ask! I pass this award to the following stylish blogs! These fabulous blogs are just a few of my favorites. Be sure to check them out too.

1. CraftFro
2. Centsational Girl
3. Arm Candy For You
4. Crafty Gemini
5. Crochet and Other Stuff
6. Pittypat Paperie
7. Futuregirl Craft Blog
8. Moon's Creations
9. Stitch of Love
10. Handmade by Lilacanglia
11. Double Equis
12. Where Did U Get That
13. Fireflies and Jellybeans
14. craft eNVy
15. Craftaholics Anonymous

For the nominees, accept your award by linking back to my blog, writing up 7 things about yourself, nominate 15 others, and let your nominees know about the award. Congrats, and have fun!