Thursday, May 25, 2017

Archery Quiver - Free Sewing Pattern

For Christmas this year we got our younger two bows (because our oldest had one and it was SOOOO COOL!), and one of their grandparents got each of them a set of extra arrows. Now I went from 1 bow and arrow set (which held the arrows and bow together) to 3 bows and 15 arrows! We tried to go to the archery range nearby, but trying to manage all those arrows became a hassle! I thought quick... I need to make quivers to hold those arrows!

I looked online to see if there were any patterns already, but I didn't see one that was simple, had a way to distinguish whose was who's arrows. So I came up with a pattern myself!



I think it turned out fantastic, and with the awesome little accent piece that each child picked out, they know which one is theirs!

The pattern does get a little tricky when you have to layer the straps to attach them at the top, but I made a nifty little diagram that will hopefully help you.
Post a comment if you would like to see a step-by-step pattern, including your email, and when I get 50 comments on this post I will make the tutorial and give away 5 copies of it for FREE!




Happy sewing!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Diaper Cover Pattern Updated

So I am in the process of going back and editing and updating some of my first (less experienced) patterns to improve some design flaws, make them easier to understand, and provide better photos. This Newborn Diaper cover is the first one that I am sprucing up!

So here you have the new and improved Newborn Diaper Cover!!


The pattern has been updated on the old post, and the revisions include:
  • Improved readability, writing, and corrected stitch calculations
  • Improved pattern design allowing for pattern to be completed with a separate trim (the trim was part of completing the diaper cover before)
  • Updated photos
If you are still having trouble with this pattern, feel free to purchase my photo tutorial for the Newborn Diaper Cover on ETSY. This photo tutorial comes over 100 photos with step by step instructions, added tips, and close up photos on tricky parts. This tutorial will help anyone make it through the creation of this diaper cover.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Egg Cozies

Okay. Seriously. I had no idea these were a thing. EGG COZIES! EGG BEANIES! I just fall in love with anything miniature! This Easter, you should make some of these to add to your decor! Click on the picture to link to the pattern.



Uova con cappellino a uncinetto

Easter cosies



I also found these less Eastery-Themed egg cozies that I just LOVED and had to share!

Dino Egg Cozy, Egg Cozy Crochet Pattern, PDF,  Easter, Instant Download,



http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/minnie-and-mickey---egg-warmers



Which egg cozy/beanie is your favorite?!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Crochet Feather Headpiece - Free Pattern

As many of you might have figured out, I'm a huge fan of Pinterest. I love all Pinteresting things! One of the things that I have loved are these beautiful feather headpieces that babies wear. I love the colors, the style and how adorable they look:

Old Hollywood Feather Headband Black and White - I know this is meant for little girls but it would look awesome with the black and white dress I love.:


how pretty!?!:


Black  Nagorie Feather headband, Feather baby pheadband with rhinestoe cluster and satin bow


Love that blue! So pretty:

As you can see, these are SUPER SUPER cute, and I thought there had to be some cute replica crochet pattern for a nice, dainty feather looking applique, but... I could not find one! So I made up one after playing with several designs, and I decided to settle with a variation of the Irish Leaf traditional crochet pattern with some variations and some different options for sizes and "fluffiness".


This is the regular sized applique suited for children to adults depending on the style you're aiming for.

This is the large applique. This is to replicate the look of the photographs I found on Pinterest. I found a super cute medallion at Michael's Craft Store to embellish these headpieces.

This is the small applique. This was designed for newborns or young children. 

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In my design making, I created several options:

Small, Medium, Large sizes
Regular ends or extra fluffy ends


Materials: 
Size G Hook (this is the set I use)
Worsted Weight Yarn (I use Caron’s Simply Soft Yarn: PinkRobin's Egg, Ocean, White
Yarn Needle 
Scissors 

Gauge: Using G hook and materials listed the large feathers should measure approximately 5” tall and 2.5” wide, medium feathers should measure approximately 4” tall and 2.5” wide, small feathers should measure approximately 3” tall and 2” wide,

Here is the pattern for the different ends. Refer to these when you get to the part of the pattern where it says to complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy]. If you find that this is a little too tricky, or are having trouble with this pattern, feel free to purchase my collection of tutorials for this feather headpiece on Etsy.

Regular Ends pattern: At the end of each row starting in row 2, complete the following to turn the work: ch 3, turn and work in back loops of the sc stitches.
Extra Fluffy Ends pattern: At the end of each row starting in row 2, complete the following to turn the work: ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hk, sc2tog in last two chs. Turn and work in back loops of the sc stitches. 


Small Feather Applique:
Foundation chain: ch 6

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk, 1 sc in next 3 sts, sc 4 in last ch, turn slightly to continue working on the bottom of the foundation chain, and sc in each st across.
Row 2: [Working in back loops only from this point forward] ch 3, and sc to the first sc on the opposite side of row 1, working clockwise, and sc in the next two sts. Complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc across, and (1 sc, ch3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp. [one point on each side of feather completed]
Row 3: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]
Row 4-5: Repeat row 3 to create 4 points on each side of the feather to complete the applique.Finish off with a sc in the ch-3 sp, and fasten off. Weave in ends.


Medium Feather Applique:
Foundation chain: ch 8

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk, 1 sc in next 5 sts, sc 4 in last ch, turn slightly to continue working on the bottom of the foundation chain, and sc in each st across.
Row 2: [Working in back loops only from this point forward] ch 3, and sc to the first sc on the opposite side of row 1, working clockwise, and sc in the next 4 sts. Complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc across, and (1 sc, ch3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp. [one point on each side of feather completed]
Row 3: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]
Row 4-5: Repeat row 3 to create 4 points on each side of the feather to complete the applique. Finish off with a sc in the ch-3 sp, and fasten off. Weave in ends.


Large Feather Applique:

Foundation chain: ch 8
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk, 1 sc in next 5 sts, sc 4 in last ch, turn slightly to continue working on the bottom of the foundation chain, and sc in each st across.
Row 2: [Working in back loops only from this point forward] ch 3, and sc to the first sc on the opposite side of row 1, working clockwise, and sc in the next 4 sts. Complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc across, and (1 sc, ch3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp. [one point on each side of feather completed]
Row 3: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]
Row 4-5: Repeat row 3 to create 4 points on each side of the feather.
Row 6: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 4 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 4 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]
Row 7: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]. Finish off with a sc in the ch-3 sp, and fasten off. Weave in ends.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern! Please share with your friends! Come back and share your photos of your finished projects. I love seeing the creativity of my followers as they "live the craft life". 

If you are struggling with the pattern I would recommend you purchase the PDF tutorial on Etsy. It has dozens of pictures for each size and walks you through each step. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Scarf Donation Summary

I've been meaning to post about my latest scarves I've donated to Handmade Especially for You. I try to get a few scarves in here and there throughout the year. I enjoy making something that I know will be loved. It brings my heart great joy to know that someone really appreciates the time and care that goes into making a scarf.

I've been so grateful for the love and confidence that you, my readers, have shown to me. I receive several donations a month to go toward making these comfort scarves for charity. I've fallen a little bit behind, because of other obligations and endeavors, but I continue to work towards making the donations become the scarves they are supposed to be. Since my last donation, I've been able to make 5 additional scarves that I donated to my local affiliate of the Handmade Especially organization.


In the upcoming future, I plan on teaching crochet courses to youth interested in the craft. The goal will be to get them to make comfort scarves for this charity. For now, I'm working on teaching my 8-year-old how to crochet (she's mastered the chain and single crochet for now). I might have her look into loom knitting because it's not as complicated as crocheting can be. But I know she CAN crochet, and she loves doing it because Mom is doing it and she knows that I first learned to crochet when I was about 8 years old. So there is a lot of motivation to learn, and a lot of motivation for me to teach!

With this last donation, I have tallied the donations I received during the 2016 year and I have donated the remaining funds I was not able to turn into Comfort Scarves directly to the charity itself. This totaled 24 scarves, or in cash, $59.75. I completed and donated 14 scarves in 2016. I am grateful for your support, and will continue my efforts to help the cause!
Happy Crocheting!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Buttercup Bags

I was given a bagful of beautiful fabrics from a friend who was trying to decrease her fabric load (like that's ever a real problem, right?!). I had a whole bunch of my own that I had kept for years, because I was waiting for the right project to use. Well, I finally found the right project for a bunch of my fabrics!! Here it is, free Buttercup purses from the free pattern by madebyrae



I very much love how the purse turned out, and the fabric pairing was quite lovely in my opinion! Her pattern is free, and comes with fairly easy to follow instructions. I decided to follow some of the recommendations given in the comments to increase the size of the bag. I did this by printing out the original pattern to 125% using Adobe Acrobat's poster printing feature.

I found the pattern to be so simple to make, I decided to make one for all my family and a few of my friends. Check out the fabrics I chose! Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!!!







Thursday, December 1, 2016

Baby Octopus

This post goes along with my last post. I followed another Pinterest link to make another gift for my sister who is having a baby. She saw this post on Pinterest:

The Friendly Red Fox: Amigurumi Octopus Baby Toy Free Pattern:

So, naturally, I wanted to make one really badly. 

I underestimated the size of this thing. It's so big! The head is almost 5" round. 

I asked my sister what color she wanted, and I suggested matching the blanket, so we matched it with the blanket that I made for her. Because the octopus used a single crochet stitches and the blanket used mostly double crochet stitches, the color looks surprisingly different!

But I still think it is super, super cute! Especially when he looks at you like this:


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