28 Jun 2011, 12:51am
$30 Cost Crochet Tutorials
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Crochet Baby Poncho

Guess what time it is?!  That’s right, crochet time!
I have another AMAZING tutorial to pass on to you.  Believe it or not, this was my FIRST attempt at it.  Pardon me for being so exhuberant…it has to do with the fact that this project turned out so cool!

I have a bad habit of browsing crochet patterns on YouTube.  I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this or not, but I am a visual learner.  That means I stink at reading patterns, but show me how to make it and it’s stuck in my head for weeks.  My current favorite teacher is Clare.  She is Australian and a pro at crocheting.  I have no trouble keeping up with her instructions and am even considering trying my hand at a baby sweater I saw on her site.  GASP!  Also, she has tutorials on how to do even the most basic stitch.  Great for beginners to advanced crocheters.

First I’ll show you MY poncho.  Or more aptly, my baby’s poncho.

TADA!  I replaced the crocheted tie with a ribbon.  My favorite part; the scalloped edge.  It looks so professional to me!

Want to see it on the cutest model ever?

Such a little poser…or model…hmm?

This is her, “What do you mean I’m not allowed to yank on the poncho?  It’s on my body.”

Oh, and that AWESOME (cough, cough) chair in the background is my husband’s…in case you were wondering.

Now, for the tutorial links!

The pattern is split up into six videos.  I definitely recommend watching all six before beginning this project.  The last two are dedicated to how to enlarge the poncho to fit any size.  I had to make mine bigger simply because I was using my G hook and my Cascade Pacific yarn.  Oh, by the way, I’m going yarn shopping this week!  I’ll make sure to let you in on my purchases at the end of the week!

Here is video 1.

Here is video 2.

Here is video 3.

Here is video 4.

Here is video 5.

Here is video 6.

Cost:  Free! I already had all of the supplies on hand due to past  projects.  If you count that as cheating then I’ll price things as if you were purchasing them for the first time.

Crochet Hook (size G): $5.99 (I think…)
Yarn: $6.50 per color =  $19.50 (can use as few as one color)
Ribbon:  Too old to know the cost…I’ve had it for a long time.  Also, it is not required.

Total:  $25.49. Not bad for something to keep your baby warm…or yourself…or a doll…husband…friend…the possibilities are endless!

22 Jun 2011, 5:18pm
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Crochet blanket

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I wanted to test out the camera on my Android snd I wanted to show off the cool lap blanket that I found in my grandma’s dresser. Two in one!

Sorry for all of the crochet posts, I have a big crush on crocheting right now.

The camera is not amazing, but it is the best phone camera I have yet to see personally. The colors did not show up nearly aas vibrantly as in person 🙁 .

The blanket is really beautiful and adds an eclectic look to my already “ecelectic” (read: unorganized and without any style sense) living room. Someday I hope to make a similar blanket but do gradation blocks, or squares, instead of random. Perhaps a good project for our Colorado trip?

Tutorial for Crochet Baby Hat

One day, a few weeks ago, I learned how to make a great baby hat using a puff stitch the other day. J.D. and a friend decided to go kayaking down our creek and Hazel was super worn out and decided to take a LONG nap, so I got to complete a hat…my first attempt and it was good enough to give away as a gift!  The mother to be loved it and J.D. was extremely impressed by my mad skills.  He said, and I quote, “You were more productive than I was and I was kayaking!”  He couldn’t get over the fact that I cranked it out in 3 1/2 hours.  I guess I’m pretty proud of myself too!

Since then, I have produced three more hats.  Unfortunately, I already gave one away as a gift so no photo, but it was almost identical to the one above, just different colors.  The next two were so much fun to make.  I decided it was time to branch out and do color variations!  Two colors in one hat…madness!

To learn how to make these hats (and flowers shown in the first photo), follow the links below.

Check out the hat tutorial here! This woman is a wonderful teacher. I only had to watch it twice to pick up the pattern and I love it!  I did tweak the pattern a bit, which I explain below.

For the flower tutorial, click here.  Super easy!  I used crochet thread and a size E5-3.50 mm hook.  I am somewhat surprised I can still see!

Some more info:

  • The yarn I used is called Cascade Yarns – Pacific.  I bought it from a local lady for $6.50 per bunch (is that the correct term?).  Each “bunch” will make at least two hats…so very affordable!
  • I used a US K10.5/6.5 mm crochet hook.  I really like the way it turned out.
  • My hats are small enough for a newborn, I think…I don’t remember how small my baby’s head was.  However, there is SOME stretch to them.
  • After every puff stitch, I only secured it with a slip stitch and then started the next puff, I did not do a second slip stitch.
  • I did not crochet a fancy border on the bott0m of the hat, I just left it “raw” because I liked the look better.
  • I did the puff ball topper on two of the hats, but not the other two.  It all depends on how fancy you want to get…

Please leave any comments if you have questions!  Enjoy!

12 Apr 2011, 3:44pm
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Granny Squares

A few months ago, my cousin showed my sister and me how to crochet. She made my daughter, H, a cute little throw blanket and L and I were interested to know how she did it. I had tried my hand at knitting, but at 19 (when I was in college) it gave me arthritis…very odd, so I quit. After that, I learned to weave (I promise a tutorial in the future). I have a loom, and love using it to create amazing pieces such as scarves, rugs, table runners, etc., but it isn’t as easy to find time now that I have a 7 month old. Crocheting allows me to pick it up at odd hours without waking the baby, and it is travel size! I can also work on crocheting while watching H at the same time. The other nice thing is that it isn’t as expensive as weaving…by far!

So, my sister and I went home and bought yarn and a crochet hook and tried to recreate our cousin’s technique. We failed. I looked up tutorials and kind of got the hang of it. My sister claimed I am “naturally better at that stuff” and decided she was done, for now at least. I found that I was not that interested in the simple slip stitch, and remembering my great aunt’s beautiful afghans, went in search of that pattern. It turned out to be called a granny square. I absolutely adore this pattern! I have begun a small blanket for H, and while it is not amazingly good, it is nice for my first attempt. I am hoping to make more in my future!

Cost:  Hook – $3.99, Yarn – $5.99 per color = $15.97 before tax. *  Price will vary on number of colors, size, etc.

*Note: The blanket is going to be one giant granny square. If you make a bunch of small granny squares and join them together, then you get a more traditional pattern.

14 Mar 2011, 11:14pm
$10 Cost Felt Tutorials
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Rose Headband Tutorial

Remember the cute little flowers I made for a headband a while back?  I hope so, because it was only 4 posts or so back!  Anyway, I had this idea forming in my mind ever since I made those and I finally decided to give it a whirl.  I made a giant felt rose to clip onto a headband.

I had gone to Walmart and found some really cool felt.  I typically shy away from Walmart, but this felt screamed “buy me!” so I did.  And the cool thing, it’s recycled from old plastic bottles!

I’m not going to do the entire tutorial again, just tell you how to make the rose and clip.  For more details, click here.

Depending on desired size of rose, cut felt strip.  I made a large one this time so I cut my strips at about 1 inches wide.  I ended up cutting three of these.

Cut semi-circles.  Either free hand, or if you’re design challenged like I am, use a template…I made mine in Photoshop.  It was way more work than I needed to put in because, let’s face it, I could have used a bottle cap and just traced as I went…wow…why didn’t I think of that at the time!

Cut slits in between each of the semi-circles.  Leave about 1/4-1/2 inch of uncut felt.

Now roll!  Don’t forget to hot glue along the way.  Especially when you transition from one piece of felt to the next.

This is the tricky part.  You want to have left the rolling somewhat loose, because now you need to peel back each “petal”.  My rose was a tad tight, and I have had to keep peeling the petals back every now and then, but roses aren’t perfect, so mine fits right in!

I also took one of these nifty clips that I found at Walmart, covered part of it with felt (as shown) (totally not necessary!), and glued it to the back of the rose.  This way, I can change what I clip it to.  Very versatile!

Finished product on the sweetest head I know!

Now, you do not have to use this for a baby craft.  I just can’t pull the look off like she can!

Cost:  Pack of 12 felt – $3.95
Pack of clips – $3.00

Total:                                  $6.95

Obviously, per rose is cheaper, but this is the overall supply cost assuming you don’t already have felt.

2 Mar 2011, 5:36pm
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All Natural Sugar Scrub

I came across a very enticing sugar scrub recipe in a natural parenting magazine a while ago and decided to give it a try.  The ingredients were easily available, not expensive, and the directions were super simple.   It was a near disaster!  The recipe was on an advertisement for organic sugar, and I’m not sure if they tried the recipe out themselves, but I couldn’t believe just how wrong it was!  Too much Canola oil meant your hands felt greasy and not enough essential oil meant no scent other than that of the Canola oil.  So I tweaked it and voila, delicious sugar scrub ready for your hands and feet!

Recipe:
1 – 1 1/2 cups Organic Sugar (or regular sugar)
1/2 – 3/4 cup Canola Oil (start with 1/2 and work your way up)
About 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil
10 drops essential oil…or more depending on how scented you want it.
1 16 oz jar

To Assemble:

I used 8 oz jars because I was making these as gifts so 2 8oz = 1 16 oz
The essential oils I used were Sweet Orange and Vanilla and I mixed equal parts to create a creamsicle scent that is out of this world!

Step 1:  Combine all ingredients

This is what your mixture should look like when all ingredients are combined.  The tricky part is getting the ratio of oil to sugar correct…and enough essential oil to make the scent right.  So start with the amounts I list, and add more of each until you get a mostly sugar mixture with a bit of oil floating on the top.

Step 2:  Scoop mixture into jar.

I really like mason jars because they’re easily reusable and they look neat as well.  I picked these up at my local Walmart.

That’s it!  As I mentioned above, I made these as gifts in a swag bag for a girls Oscar night I was hosting at my house.

What more could a woman ask for?  Sugar scrub, bath bomb, candle, chocolate…what a relaxing bath that would be!

You could always dress the sugar scrub up with pretty ribbon or custom tags, but I was trying to keep it as budget friendly as possible!

Cost:  This all depends on what you have on hand.  It could be as cheap as free because you already have all of these on hand, or it could cost you as much as….

Jars:  1 – 4 pack mason jars – $3.95
Vitamin E Oil – $6.99
Essential Oils (multi-pack) – $19.99
Organic Sugar – $7.99
Canola Oil – free (already had on hand)

Total:   $38.92         This total is for all ingredients.  I did not use the entire amount of any of these ingredients so the total does not reflect per jar, just per supply.  I do not possess the math skills                                               to determine what the total cost per jar would be.

8 Feb 2011, 8:59pm
Felt Tutorials
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Mini Flower Headband

Recently I came across a cute tutorial through homemadebyjill for a cute, easy, and cheap little girl headband.  She had found the tutorial here at I am Momma – Hear Me Roar.  It was originally a grown up girl project, but Jill made it into a headband, and I have taken it one step  further.  It was really cute as a giant flower, but even more adorable as a cluster of small flowers!  I am going to attempt to show you how to make the mini flower headband here!

Step 1:  Gather your supplies.  I believe I show all of the necessary items.

You need: 2 or more (or less) felt colors for flowers, 1 piece of green felt for leaves, 1 headband, scissors, pinking sheers, a ruler, a hot glue gun.

Step 2) Cut out your felt!

Here I have cut three strips of my felt, one side with pinking sheers, about 3/4 inches wide and the full length of the fabric.  I bought my felt at Hobby Lobby in the kid’s craft section.  It was 4 for $1…can’t get much cheaper than that!  I also cut out a rectangle about 3 inches by um…2?  I kind of eyeballed it.  You want it to be big enough for everything to be glued to.  You can see that at first I made three lavender strips which I later corrected with one pink.  Also, eyeballed five little leaves but you could easily print out a photo or use a template if you have one.

Step 3) Cut notches all along your felt.

In between each and every “peak”, you need to make a slit.  Leave about 1/4 inch or so at the bottom.  Repeat with other two strips.

Step 4) Roll your strips.

I forgot to take a photo of this step…Basically, you start rolling from one end to the other, hot gluing every 3 inches (on the non cut end) to secure the roll.  Only a little glue is necessary.  Once finished, set aside and roll the other two.  I am sorry I forgot to show this but the end photos show what they should look like!

Step 5) Begin assembly!

Glue your leaves on in any pattern you wish.  I cut slits in the bottom of the leaves as I am Momma – Hear Me Roar suggested.  Don’t worry, you are going to trim the purple felt so just make sure to put the leaves a little inside the border so that the flowers with cover the ends.

Step 6) Arrange the flowers and trim excess felt.

This is a bottom shot after I arranged the flowers and trimmed the bottom.  The bottom doesn’t have to be pretty, just trim as close to the flowers and leaves as you dare!

Step 7) Finishing touches.

At this point, you are basically finished.  If you want to attach it to a cute outfit, or bag, just stitch it on, or pin it.  You could also attach a clip to the bottom so that it is easily removable from whatever headband you choose.  I hot glued it to a black headband and realized that it matches the Easter dress I just bought for my 6 month old girl!

That’s all there is to it!  Enjoy!

Felt: 4 for $1, Headband – $1.49….total project cost – $2.49 (felt can be used for more than one headband which will cut down on cost!)

Oh, here is a photo of the single, giant flower version!