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!

12 Apr 2011, 3:44pm
$20 Crochet:


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


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
$30 Cost Pampering Tutorials


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!

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.