Monday, November 30, 2015

Mini Tote Tutorial (It's totes reversible!)



For the first time ever, I'm attempting a sewing tutorial.
I'm making a million of these at the moment for teacher gifts and Christmas gifts for the family.

Sew....here we go...

Hang on for the ride and let me know if I slip up anywhere!


1. Find 2 contrasting fat quarters (pre-cut fabric pieces that you'll find at any good fabric or craft store).



2. Iron both pieces.



3. I use a squirt of water for stubborn creases.



4. Place one piece over the other and trim off any excess to ensure both are the same size.
 *Yes, I am a leftie, don't be too freaked out!*



5. Keeping both pieces together fold in half so the short edges are together. Cut a 4½ in (11½ cm) strip and a 4 in (10 cm) strip. 



6. Take one of the 4 in (10 cm) strips to make a strap. Press in half lengthwise.



7. Open it up and press one edge to the middle fold-line.



8. Turn it around and do the same with the other edge so you have both edges pressed to the middle line.



9. Fold it all in half again and give another press.



10. Edge stitch the folded edges together.



11. And then edge stitch the other edge of the strap.

(Repeat steps 6 - 11 with the second 4 in (10 cm) strip to make 2 straps.



12. Take one of the large sections and the contrasting 4½ in (11½ cm) strip. Place long edges together.



13. Stitch together using a ¼ in (½ cm) seam.



14. Press open...



making sure the seam is facing the bottom edge.



15. Fold in half with right sides together and make sure the seam you have sewn is matching.



16. Sew the long edge and bottom together with a ¼ in (½ cm) seam.



17. Clip corners.



18. Turn right side to outside and press the seams flat.

(Repeat steps 12 - 18 with the remaining 2 sections of fabric)



19. Take one of the bag pieces, fold it in half lengthwise, and make a small snip halfway along on the top open edge through all 4 layers.



20. Centre the strap ends over the snips taking care not to twist the strap and pin.
Do the same with the second strap on the other side.



21. Machine baste (using your longest stitch length).



22. Turn one of your bag sections inside out and place the other one inside it.
Keeping raw edges together and matching the side seam, pin and machine stitch using a ½ in (1 cm) seam.



23. As you are stitching around the top, use your longest stitch between the handles on one side only.



24. Only for the section between the handles where you used the long stitch, press both sides of the seam back with your iron.



25. Then unpick the long-stitched section with a seam ripper to make an opening and turn both sections right side out through the opening.



26. Push one section back inside the other and edge stitch around the top, stitching the opening closed as you go.



And there you have it...a totes reversible mini tote!



Try to stop at just one...I couldn't!!



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Crochet Baggy Hat



You will need:-

1 ball 8 ply yarn 100% acrylic, or many colours and change each round
4 mm crochet hook
darning needle

To make:-

Make a magic ring.
Round 1 - 12 sc into ring. Join with sl st.
Round 2 - ch 4, (1 dc 1 ch) into each sc of first round. (12 stitches) Join between ch and 1st hdc.
Round 3 - ch 4, dc into same space, ch1, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1) into each space. (24 stitches) Join with sl st.
Round 4 - ch 4, (1 dc 1 ch) between each dc. Join with sl st into the space.
Round 5 - repeat round 3
Round 6 - repeat round 4
Round 7 - ch 3, 1 dc into same space, ch 1, (2 dc 1 ch) into each space. Join with a sl st.
Rounds 8 to 14 - ch 3, 2 dc into same space, 3 dc into each space. For rounds 6 to 14 join with a sl st. On round 14 join with a sc between 3 ch and dc.
Rounds 15 to 17 - ch 3, 1dc into same space, 2 dc into each space. Join with a sl st.
Round 18 - ch 3, 2 dc in next 4 spaces, 1 dc in 5th space. Continue in this pattern for the round. Fitting in final dc where it sits best.
Round 19 - ch 3, dc in every space. Join with a sl st.
Round 20 - sc between every dc. Join with a sl st.
Round 21 - 3 ch, dc into next stitch, 2 dc into following stitch. Repeat (1 dc into next 2 stitches, then 2dc into following stitch) for the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 22 - 3 ch, dc into every stitch. Join with a sl st.
Round 23 - the same as round 21.
Finish off. Darn ends.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Stocking Stitich Beanie (8 ply)



Materials
1 ball 100g or 2 balls 50g 8ply wool
Pair 4.5mm needles

Tension
Stocking stitch – 21 sts and 28 rows to 10cm using 4.5mm needles

Using 4.5mm needles cast on 106 sts.
1st row: K2, *P2, K2, repeat from * to end
2nd row: P2, *K2, P2, repeat from * to end
Repeat first 2 rows 4 times …….. 10 rows rib in all
                                                
Work 26 rows stocking stitch beginning with a knit row

Shape crown
1st row:  K1,*K11, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1 (98 sts)
2nd and alternate rows: Purl to end
3rd row:  K1,*K10, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1 (90 sts)
5th row:  K1,*K9, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1    (82 sts)
7th row:  K1,*K8, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1    (74 sts)
9th row:  K1, *K7, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1    (66 sts)
11th row: K1,*K6, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1    (58 sts)  
13th row: K1,*K5, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1    (50 sts)
15th row: K1,*K4, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1    (42 sts)
17th row: K1,*K3, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1    (34 sts)
19th row: K1,*K2, K2 tog, repeat from * to last st, K1    (26 sts)
21st row:  (K2 tog) 13 times
Break off yarn, run end through remaining sts, pull tight and secure.

Make Up
Using mattress stitch, join seam

ABBREVIATIONS
K – Knit                       
P – Purl                       
St - stitch
Tog – together

Stocking stitch – one row knit, one row purl

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Crochet Stubbie Cooler 4 Girls


5 (or however many you choose) different colours of 8 ply yarn
4mm crochet hook

(Change colour every round)

Chain 8 and join to make ring.
Round 1 - 12 sc into ring
Round 2 - 1 dc, 1 ch into each stitch
Round 3 - 2 dc, 1 ch into each space (24 stitches)
Round 4 - 1 dc into dc from round 2, 2 sc into dcs from round 3, repeat to the end of round (36 stitches)
Round 5 - sc into the front of every stitch all the way around, then sc into the back of the same stitches all the way around
Round 6 - sc into each stitch
Round 7 - 1 dc, 1 ch into every second stitch
Round 8 - 1 dc into sc in the space from round 6, 1 sc into dc from round 7
Repeat rounds 6 - 8 four more times
Finish with a round of sc into each stitch

Thursday, February 6, 2014

iPod/Phone Jumper



C8f - slip the next four stitches onto the cable needle, and hold it in the front of your work. Knit the next four stitches on the left needle. Knit the four stitches from the cable needle (C8f made).

Using 8 ply yarn and 4.5mm knitting needles, cast on 24 stitches.

Row 1 - K6, P2, K8, P2, K6
Row 2 - P6, K2, P8, K2, P6
Row 3 - K6, P2, C8f, P2, K6
Row 4 - repeat row 2
Rows 5 to 10 - repeat rows 1 & 2, repeated 3 times
Row 11 - repeat row 3
Rows 12 to 18 - repeat rows 4 to 10 once
Row 19 - repeat row 3
Row 20 - repeat row 2
Row 21 - repeat row 1
Row 22 - repeat row 2
Row 23 - K1, (P2, K2) repeat until last 3 stitches, P2, K1
Row 24 - P1, (K2, P2) repeat until last 3 stitches, K2, P1
Row 25 - repeat row 23
Row 26 - repeat row 24

Cast off in rib

Sew back seam with a yarn needle.
Making sure the seam is centred at the back, sew the bottom seam with a yarn needle.

Make loop by attaching a long piece of yarn with a crochet hook at the top of the centre back.
With the two strands of yarn together ch10 then join a centre back with a slip stitch.
Weave ends into work with a yarn needle.

Attach a button to the front with a yarn needle.
And you're done!

Crochet Cloche Hat



You will need:-

1 ball Patons Lite Inca yarn or 8ply 100% wool yarn
4.5mm crochet hook
darning needle

To make:-

Ch 3, join to make loop.
Round 1 - 12 hdc into loop. Join with sl st.
Round 2 - ch 3, (1 hdc 1 ch) into each hdc of first round. (12 stitches) Join between ch and 1st hdc.
Round 3 - ch 4, dc into same space, ch1, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1) into each space. (24 stitches) Join with sl st.
Round 4 - ch 4, (1 dc 1 ch) between each dc. Join with sl st into the space.
Round 5 - ch 3, 1 dc into same space, ch 1, (2 dc 1 ch) into each space. Join with a sl st.
Rounds 6 to 15 - ch 3, 2 dc into same space, 3 dc into each space. For rounds 6 to 14 join with a sl st. On round 15 join with a sc between 3 ch and dc.
Round 16 - sc between every dc. Join with a sl st.
Round 17 - 3 ch, dc into next stitch, 2 dc into following stitch. Repeat (1 dc into next 2 stitches, then 2dc into following stitch) for the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 18 - 3 ch, dc into every stitch. Join with a sl st.
Round 19 - the same as round 17.
Finish off. Darn ends and attach flower.

I used this one found HERE





Monday, April 8, 2013

Crochet Soap Bag



Using 8 ply cotton or cotton blend yarn and a 4mm crochet hook ch6. Join with a slip stitch to first ch to form ring. 
Round 1: Ch1. *Sc in ring. Ch5. Sc in ring. Rep from * 5 times. Join with slip stitch to first sc. This makes 6  loops.
Round 2: Slip stitch in the first ch of the first ch5 loop. Sc, ch5, sc in each ch5 loop. Join with a slip stitch to first sc.
Round 3-10: Rep round 2. Fasten off and weave ends into work.

Drawstring: Ch70 or as long as you want it to be. Weave in and out of final round and tie the ends together.

Variation: Using crochet cotton and a 3mm crochet hook, add an extra chain loop in round one to make 7 loops. And make 12 rounds.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Mug Cosy



c6f  = slip next 3 stitches onto a cable needle, hold at front of work, knit 3 stitches, knit 3 stitches from cable needle

Using 8 ply wool and 4 mm knitting needles cast on 47 stitches.

Row 1: k1, p1, k2, *p6, k2, p1, k2, repeat from * 2 times, p6, k2, p1, k1
Row 2: p1, k1, p2, *k6, p2, k1, p2 repeat from * 2 times, k6, p2, k1, p1
Row 3: repeat row 1
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: repeat row 1
Row 6: p1, k1, p2, *c6f, p2, k1, p2 repeat from * 2 times, c6f, p2, k1, p1
Repeat Rows 1 - 6, 2 times
Rows 19 - 23: repeat rows 1 - 5

Cast off loosely following pattern

Leave a long length of yarn before cutting off

Using a yarn needle stitch the top corners together.
Weave yarn down 1/3 of the cozy, using a 4 mm crochet hook, hook through the edge and ch10, join back to work another 1/3 down and weave end into the cozy.
Using the yarn needle stitch the bottom corners together.
Sew a button in the centre of the opposite edge to the crocheted loop.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Crochet Apple & Pear Cosies

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
8 ply yarn
4mm crochet hook
Embroidery needle
Button
ABBREVIATIONS:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
tc - treble crochet
rep – repeat
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch

NOTE: These patterns use UK double crochet...shown here.
WHAT TO DO:

Variation 1 -

Start with a slip knot. Work 4 chain, join to form a loop with a slip stitch into first chain.
Round 1: 9dc into central loop, sl st into 1st chain to close up the circle.
Round 2: Working in the round, 2dc into each subsequent stitch (approximately 18 sts).
Insert a contrast colour yarn marker (3cm length of yarn positioned horizontally between the last stitch and the first one of the next round) at this point, this will allow you to see when you have completed a 'round' and stops you from worrying about counting stitches.
Round 3: 1dc into each st
Round 4: *2dc into next st, 1dc into following st*, rep from * to * until you reach yarn marker. (27 sts)
Round 5: rep Round 3
Round 6: rep Round 4 (40 sts)
Rounds 7-13: rep Round 3
When you reach the end of round 13, you need to begin working backwards and forwards rather than around and around. This will create the opening at the top of the cozy.
Round 14: ch1, turn the cozy and work in the opposite direction. 1dc into each st. Stop at the last stitch before the 1st chain.
Round 15: ch1, turn cozy,  *1dc in to each of the following 8 stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row.

Round 16: (for apple cozy only ch10 to form a loop for the button, sl st into first ch), ch1 turn *1dc into each of the following 6 stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row.

For apple cozy only cut the yarn and using an embroidery needle, work it into the back of the cosy. Sew the button to the cosy opposite the loop.

For pear cozy continue...

Round 17: ch1, turn cozy, 1dc into each st until you reach the end of the row.

Round 18: ch1, turn cozy,  *1dc into each of the following 4 stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row.
Round 19: ch1, turn cozy, 1dc into each st until you reach the end of the row.

Round 20: ch10 to form a loop for the button, sl st into first ch, ch1 turn *1dc into next 3 of the following stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row.

Cut the yarn and using an embroidery needle, work it into the back of the cosy. Sew the button to the cosy opposite the loop.

Variation 2 -

Start with a slip knot. Work 4 chain, join to form a loop with a sl st into first chain.
Round 1: 9dc into central loop, sl st into 1st dc to close up the circle.
Round 2: Working in the round, 2dc into each subsequent stitch (approximately 18 sts).
Insert a contrast colour yarn marker (3cm length of yarn positioned horizontally between the last stitch and the first one of the next round) at this point, this will allow you to see when you have completed a 'round' and stops you from worrying about counting stitches.
Round 3: 1dc into each st
Round 4: *2dc into each st until you reach yarn marker. Sl st into next stitch. (36 sts)
Round 5: Ch3, tc into each st until you reach yarn marker. Join round into top of ch3 with a sl st.
Round 6-8: rep Round 5. 
When you reach the end of round 8, you need to begin working backwards and forwards rather than around and around. This will create the opening at the top of the cozy.
Round 9: ch1, turn the cozy *1dc into each of the following 10 stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row – don't worry if there aren't 10 stitches in the final group.
Round 10: ch1, turn cozy, 1dc into each st until you reach the end of the row.

Round 11: ch1, turn cozy,  *1dc in to each of the following 8 stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row.

Round 12: (for apple cozy only ch10 to form a loop for the button, sl st into first ch), ch1 turn *1dc into each of the following 6 stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row.

For apple cozy only cut the yarn and using an embroidery needle, work it into the back of the cosy. Sew the button to the cosy opposite the loop.

For pear cozy continue...

Round 13: ch1, turn cozy, 1dc into each st until you reach the end of the row.

Round 14: ch1, turn cozy,  *1dc into each of the following 4 stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row.
Round 15: ch1, turn cozy, 1dc into each st until you reach the end of the row.

Round 16: ch10 to form a loop for the button, sl st into first ch, ch1 turn *1dc into next 3 of the following stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row.

Cut the yarn and using an embroidery needle, work it into the back of the cosy. Sew the button to the cosy opposite the loop.


Pattern originally found here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Crochet Baby Hat




Size: 0-3 mos, 6-9 mos, 12-18 mos
Finished Measurements: 35cm, 40cm, 45cm around
Materials:
  • 2 colours 8ply 100% wool
  • 6mm size hook
  • 5mm size hook
  • Tapestry Needle
Directions:
Hat
Rnd 1: With main colour yarn and 6mm hook, ch 3. Make 8 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. (8 hdc)
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st around. (16 hdc)
Rnd 3: (2 hdc in next st, hdc in following st) around. (24 hdc)
Rnd 4: (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts) around. (32 hdc) SMALLEST SIZE ONLY, skip to straight section.
Rnd 5: (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts) around. (40 hdc) MIDDLE SIZE ONLY, skip to straight section.
Rnd 6: (2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts) around. (48 hdc)
Straight Section
Rnd 7: slip stitch into next stitch, ch 3 (this as first dc), dc in same stitch, ch 1, 2dc in same stitch, skip 3 stitches, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next stitch, repeat from * to beginning chain. Slip Stitch to join at top of ch 3.
Rnd 8: Slip Stitch to ch 1 space, (ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2dc) in first chain 1 space, (2dc, 1 ch, 2dc) in each ch 1 space around. Slip stitch to join at top of ch 3.

Rnd 9 - 12: Repeat Rnd 8. Finish off.
Edge: Join using contrast colour between 2 shell patterns, ch1. *(dc, ch 1 in 1 chain space) 3 times, slip stitch into space between next 2 shell patterns, ch 1. Repeat from * around, making last slip stitch into beginning of round to close. Finish off.

Crochet flower
Rnd 1: Using contrast colour and 5mm hook, ch 5, join to form ring
Rnd 2: Make 10 sc into ring. Slip stitch into 1st sc
Rnd 3: (Ch 5, skip next stitch, sip stitch into next stitch) 5 times. Slip st into first stitch to join.
Rnd 4: Into loops made by chain (sc, 5dc, sc) 5 times to form petals. Slip stitch to join
Rnd 5: (At front of flower slip stitch between the two petals at the ring, ch5) 5 times.
Finish off, attach to hat with a button and weave in ends.
And you're done!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Covered Coat Hangers











I've been very busy lately making these for our school fete next month.
Which ones do you like best?
I've still got 8 to make...then I'm doing hanging hand towels.

I'm thinking I might make some of these for my Made It store...



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