Jun 25, 2014

Crochet Messenger Bag




Homemade Crocheted Messenger Bag
I decided to create my own crochet messenger bag and I have come up with the first draft of this project.  I used a bulky yarn that I had lying around.  It is part wool and part acrylic.  The biggest drawback is that there is a lot of stretch.  Particularly in the handle.  I think I can combat this with a cotton yarn a few changes to my techniques.  All in all I am really excited for how this one turn out.

Pink and Purple Crochet Wallet

I was bored with all my wallets so I decided to make one.  This is what I came up with.  I learned some valuable skills in creating this wallet and I am very happy with my finished results.  I am sharing the pattern for this cute little wallet.   I am not a professional pattern writer so if you find errors or don't understand what I mean, please let me know and I will try and help.

Jun 8, 2014

Buckeyes or Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies

Don't Panic! These candies aren't made with the poisonous buckeye nut, they just look like them.

Buckeyes are a peanut butter candy made primarily with confectioners sugar, peanut butter, and chocolate.

They are similar to a peanut butter cup but only better.

Jun 7, 2014

Crocheting "Forget The Scarf"

Beautiful soft and lacy scarf
Finished "Forget the Scarf"
Well, it is finally finished.  After a little bit of time and dedication, I was able to finish this awesome crochet scarf.  In plenty of time too because it is a Christmas gift for my grandmother.  I know she is going to absolutely love it.

Jun 6, 2014

Learning To Sew A Zippered Pouch

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I learned how to sew by hand when I was old enough to not poke myself with the hook.  I do not remember exactly when this was as it has been so long ago but I had to have been somewhere between 7 and 9.  Anyways I started experimenting with my mother sewing machine around age 14 after learning to sew in my home economics class.  I don't remember exactly what kind of machine it was, she received it as a hand me down.  I think there was something wrong with it as neither she nor I could ever adjust the tension settings properly.  I received a machine for Christmas and after a made a pin cushion, I packed up the machine and didn't pull it out again.....for years....until just the other day.

Jun 4, 2014

Miniature Face Scrubbies


These hardly use up any yarn so they are a great project to use up your scraps.

These little face scrubbers will get all that dry skin off your face without harsh chemicals.  Use them one and then run them through the washing machine so you have a fresh scrubby each and every time. Make sure you use a cotton yarn so they absorb the water and clean easily.

crochet face scrubbies
Miniature Face Scrubbies to  Crochet

Spring Has Sprung Clutch

Spring Has Sprung Clutch Free Crochet Pattern
Crocheted Spring Has Sprung Clutch

I just received a bunch of free yarn so I decided to fiddle around a little bit. I found this mint green wool and it just screamed spring. These pictures really don't do it justice as the color is really pastel.

 After a few hours, I was able to come up with this really cool clutch pattern. I haven't tested this pattern yet so please be patient with me. I am just a beginner designer. If you have any questions I will answer them to the best of my abilities.

To print out this pattern, scroll to the bottom of this page and select the "print friendly" icon.

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

T-Shirt Yarn Tutorial
How To Make T-Shirt Yarn

Have you even seen those really cool chunky crochet projects made with t-shirt yarn and wondered, "How do they do that?" Wonder no more as I am going to demystify the process for you. Once you get started you will dig through all the closets in your house looking for t-shirts to turn into chunky cotton yarn.

For a printer-friendly version of this tutorial scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post.

Materials

  • Old T-Shirt (no seams along the sides) 

Tools 

  • Cutting Wheel 
  • Cutting Mat 
  • Scissors 
  • Ruler 
  • Masking Tape (optional) 

Step One

First start by cutting the top part off of the shirt. We don't need the sleeves or any of that stuff. We just need a cylindrical tube of fabric with no seams. I do this by placing a piece of masking tape from armpit to armpit of the shirt and I cut along the line. Also, cut the bottom seam off of the shirt.

T-Shirt yarn tutorial
Cutting your shirt into a tube

Step Two

Next place the tube of fabric down flat on your cutting surface. The open ends should be on the left and the right, the closed ends should face the top and the bottom.


Step Three

Measure approximately an inch from the top and place a strip of masking tape along the top so that there is a 1-inch margin. This is a guide for when you will cut.

T-Shirt yarn tutorial
Use tape to add a 1-inch margin
when you make your t-shirt yarn for straight cuts

Step Four

Now along the bottom place your ruler. You can also use your cutting mat to assist in this. We want to cut one-inch strips up the fabric to the masking tape. You can use scissors to do this also but make sure they are very sharp and your cuts are as straight as possible.

T-Shirt yarn tutorial
Cut the shirt into strips but don't cut  past the tape

Step Five

Next we will open up the tube of fabric with the slits to that we can handle the margin that was left.

T-Shirt yarn tutorial
Shown is the part of the shirt you didn't cut

Step Six

 Make diagonal cuts as shown in the diagram on the right. The solid black lines represent the cuts you have made while the dotted lines represent the cuts to finish the yarn. We are trying to make one, long, continuous piece of fabric yarn. I suggest using scissors for this step so that you don't accidentally cut one of the slits in half.

Diagram of where to cut so your t-shirt yarn is one
continuous piece.

Step Seven

To finish the yarn give it a little bit of a pull to stretch out the fibers a little

T-Shirt yarn tutorial
Stretch the t-shirt so it looks like yarn

And That's It

Wind up your ball and that is all. You now have your very own t-shirt yarn.

T-Shirt yarn tutorial
Finished Project

Crochet Free E- Book Eight Different Crochet Stitches


This ebook is available for free from Amazon.com for Amazon prime subscribers.  It has text and videos to help to teach you a few new stitches.  There were a couple technique brought up in this guide that I had never heard of or seen before.  The first of these is the vertical crocodile stitch.  That is the stitch that is featured on the cover.  I had seen the horizontal version before but this one is new. Another really cool stitch that I had never heard of before this free book is called the Single Color Crochet Brioche stitch. This crochet stitch uses front post double crochet and back post double crochet to create the illusion of single crochet that is very textured.  The authors claim that both sides of the swatch are desirable.  It is a solid stitch and would be great for a bag or a reversible afghan. This book also explains many other stitches.  It is definitely worth checking out, particularly if you already have an Amazon Prime membership.  If you don't, I highly suggest it.  There are just too many cool things out there to miss.






Jun 3, 2014

Granny Square
Free Crochet Pattern

A Quick Introduction


Granny Squares are my favorite crochet pattern of all time.  This classic has been around for generations.  Even hundreds of years.

No one knows exactly when this pattern first was featured but SAYRAPHIM has done some research into the subject.  She claims to have found documents from a textile company dated back to the 1800's that describes how to make these lacy blocks though they do not refer to them as granny squares in the publication.

Popular in the 70's, these squares are making their revival and today I am going to teach you how to make them.

Almost everyone that knows how to crochet has probably made one of these squares at some point and now you can too.

Have you ever noticed that almost every one of the sitcoms on prime time television feature an afghan made from some type of crochet.  I see it more often now than every before.  Many of the shows that feature a family has an afghan made with these iconic squares on their couch.

My absolute favorite of all time would have to be the afghan seen on the popular 90's television show, Rosanne.

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