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Trick or Treat!

Its Halloween time!  And who doesn’t like free candy?!? Especially all the cute mini humans.  So what better craft for this month than making trick or treat bags? Even if you don’t have your own little ones like myself, they make cute shopping bags for October.

I have to admit this has been my favorite project thus far! These bags just turned out so darn cute I can hardly stand it!!! The best thing about them (besides being this freakin cute) is they are so quick and easy. Now when I say “quick” for crochet, that means you can get it done in a day.

Supplies

  • 1 skein of orange yarn (I used Red Heart with Love – Tigerlily)
  • 1 skein of black yarn for the handles
  • Felt – 1 sheet of black , 1 sheet of yellow, 1 sheet of white
  • Crochet hook (I used a 5.5mm hook)
  • Embroidery Thread (I used the thicker Pearl Cotten kind like this)
  • Needle for sewing
  • Straight Pins

Pattern for “Trick or Treat” bag

This pattern is worked in the round and uses the Half Double Crochet Stitch and assumes you as the maker know general crochet terms. Hook size used it 5.5mm and finished bag is 15″ x 10″.

Abbreviations

  • CH-Chain
  • HDC-Half Double Crochet
  • ST-Stitch
  • RD-Round

Pattern

RD 1: CH 46, working in the back of chain only (see photos below), place HDC in second “bump” from the hook, and repeat until the end of the row – [45 stitches]

To work in the back bumps, simply turn your chain over and look for the “bump” on the back , place your hook under the 2nd bump from the hook and crochet as normal.

                                              Front                                                   Back

When you reach the last ST (ST 45) place two more ST in the same ST for a total of 3 HDC’s in the last ST – [47 stitches]

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Instead of turning our work keep working your round by crocheting on the opposite side, placing HDCs in each ST along the row – [92 stitches]

When you reach the last ST place an additional HDC for a total of two ST in the last ST – [93 stitches]

This should give you about 15″ in width.

RD 2-end – Continue placing a HDC in each ST around until your bag reaches 10″ in height. Once height is reached end your row on the side, making sure both sides of your bag are even, and weave in end.

At this point choose which side of the bag you like better, the inside or the current front side.  The look is slightly varied and can simply be turned inside out!

Handles

Make two – start chain with about a foot of tale for sewing

Row 1 – CH 6, working in back bumps, place HDC in 2nd bump from the hook and across, CH 1, turn [5 stitches]

Row 2-end – HDC in first ST and across row [5 stitches]

Continue until your handle is 12″ in length, leaving 12″ of tail after ending row for sewing.

Attaching Handles

Count 11 stitches from each end of the bag and place a stitch marker as shown below.

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Then from each stitch marker count 5 stitches inward and place another stitch marker.  There should be 11 stitches between each end of the handle.

Sew in ends of the handle being sure not to twist the handles during placement.

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Sew across the bottom of the handle and top of bag about 2-3 times until secure then weave in the tail and repeat for other end and other side of the bag.

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Felt Embellishments

Next cut out your felt letters and candy corn pieces and pin them to your bag, being careful not to pin both sides of your bag together (I may or may not have learned this the hard way…).

Then begin sewing on your letters! This is where all the cuteness happens right before your eyes!

Now theres only one step left… and it’s by far the best step. PUT IN CANDY!

I hope you enjoy making this bag as much as Jen and I did. Even my neighbor’s cat Lily was in love!

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Lily photobombs

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Precious Little Pansy – DIY Felt Flower

Hello again!  I hope the temperature is starting to cool down for you, wherever you’re from, and that the joy of fall’s crisp, cool morning air has become a reality (if you’re into that sort of thing like I am, that is)!

Today I’m going to walk through the process I took in making this felt pansy. It was my first time making one of these, although the photo below is actually of the third and final version (I had two prototypes that I thought were ok and cute enough, but weren’t exactly what I had in mind for this post. That’s why they call it the “creative process” right?!).

I made a video tutorial this time (my very first one ever!) which covers every step in detail, but will outline the information below as well.

As I was preparing for this post, I was trying to think of the best flower to use to attach to one of the headbands Katie made from our last post.  I wanted something that didn’t stick up too high but had a decent amount of detail to it.  The poppy flower from my previous tutorial was out of the question since it indeed would have stuck up to high, and the peony was just too big.  I started searching through Google images for different types of flowers and at first was looking at orchids and daisies when a pansy popped up in my screen.  I never would have thought to make a pansy – In the past I’ve had almost a disdain for pansies (maybe because I remember my mom giving me the chore of planting them in our garden what felt like all of the time when I was a kid lol).  But as I looked through pictures of them, I started to realize just how intricate and diverse they are and found a whole new appreciation for these beautiful flowers!  I love them so much now that may even plant some in my own front yard…maybe.

A couple of disclaimers: The photos below are from screen shots of the video, so please forgive their lack of clarity at times. Also, for the video, it is my first one like I said so hopefully I did a decent job and explained my process well!

Supplies

This time around I decided to sew the flower together instead of glue.  This was partially due to the fact that this is for a baby’s headband and I worry that somehow my crazy-strong daughter could pull a glued one apart (I doubt it but that thought did cross my mind), but mostly because I don’t want the extra bulk from the glue. That and I want to use embroidery thread to add details that using glue just wouldn’t accommodate. So here is the list of supplies:

  • Felt (I used 2 colors, but you don’t have to)
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery thread (I used 2 colors, but you don’t have to)
  • Optional:
  • Markers in similar colors to your felt. I used some Tombow brush pens that I already had on deck.

Cutting the felt

Pansies come in a ton of color combinations. I used a light aqua-ish blue and a dark teal for my flower because I want to attach it to a teal headband that Katie made for our first September collaboration project. You can use just about any colors you want though.

Cut out the following from the color you want the front petals to be:

  • 2 medium sized petals
  • 1 larger heart shaped petal
  • Cut out the following from the color you want the back petals to be:

    • 2 medium-large sized petals
  • Optional – for extra detail:

    2 small petals
    1 small heart shaped petal

You can download this pansy flower template if you’d like and use it to get the same shape I have for my flower. Here is what my petals looked like once I cut them out initially.

Below in the Adding Details section, I added steps on adding some curves and movement to them, which is something you may want to do as well.

Adding Details

There are pansies with really clean, crisp petals and some where the petal has waves alllllllll the way around it. There are some that have both crisp petals and wavy petals. Some have multi-colored and others are fairly monotone. Your options are pretty endless on how to make one. For mine, I wanted a monochromatic appearance for the most part but with a soft, organic appearance and a lot of extra detail.

All of these next steps are optional – you can do as few or as many of them as you’d prefer.

Cutting waves

I’m going for a softer, slightly wavy look, so I cut small shallow curves around mine.

Adding lines with markers

Next I added lines in a fan shape, starting at the point and fanning out toward the petals edges. I used some brush pens I have which if I’m being honest was not the best choice. They turned my fingers so very blue as I worked with them because it took forever for the ink to dry! Oh well – love and learn, right?! :oP

That being said, I used a dark blue for the dark teal petals and a light blue for the aqua.

Shaping

Then, I pulled the edges of each petal in all different directions to add movement to them.

And this is where I REALLY started to get blue fingers…if you watch the video, they just get more and more blue as I go along. It washes off within a day, thankfully, but I don’t think I’ll use these particular markers for working with felt ever again lol!!!

Adding embroidered lines

The last step I took was to add some embroidered lines on the petal in the same fan shape as I used to add the marker lines. After I was all finished, I took my dark blue marker and colored some of the thread lines at the base of the flower just to add even more depth.

I walk through the steps of how I added my embroidery lines in the video tutorial.

Putting the flower together

This part is easier than it sounds and actually very quick to do.

I wanted my Pansy to have a yellow center, so I used yellow thread to sew the points from each of the front three petals together. First I placed two petals together face to face and added a few stitches to the just side of the points to secure them. Next I took the third petal and placed it face to face with one of the two I had just sewn together. I added a few stitches to the side of the points (the opposite side on the one that I had previously sewn) to secure them together. I placed the remaining two front petals face to face and stitched them together as well.

Then, I took my needle and thread and embroidered a circle in the flower’s center. I went about 1/4″ from the center to start my stitch and always went back down through the center as shown in the photos below.

With my last few stitches of yellow thread, I attached the two back petals securely using the same method of adding to the yellow circle as I did. And then took a step back to admire the result. I really love the way this flower came out and have a new adoration for pansies that I never thought I would thanks to the process of making it!

Just for reference, here is what it would look like if you chose not to add all of the wavy lines on the petals and used a different method of embroidery.  It was the my first prototype in preparing for the post.  For it I added short stitches for the lines rather than the long stitches in the alternate example.  I also didn’t put the “heart shape” into the bottom petal.  This flower is adorable but is just more “cutesy” than I wanted my final product to be…

Attaching the Flower to Katie’s Headband

The final step I took was to sew the flower onto the incredible headband Katie had made. I secured the center of the flower down first, then tacked the bottom and top petals to the band a bit as well so that the flower didn’t stick up more than I wanted it to. I think it looks SOOOO AMAZING!!! Don’t you?!

And is even cuter when you put it on an adorable baby!!! 🙂 I am biased since I’m her mom, but still…..the level of cuteness here is off the charts!!!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Let me know what you think about making it yourself in the comments, and be sure to check out the video version for step by step details. If you give this a try and/or have anything you’d like to share about it, I would love to hear from you!

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Easy Peasy Lemon Peel Fall Headbands

IMG_8597.JPGHello hello hello!!! Can you believe it’s September already?!? Which means it’ll be Christmas before we know it! So what better time to start making gifts and cute cold weather wear??  This is one of the quickest items to make and they turn out so so adorable you can hardly stand it.  I mean just look at my niece / Jen’s adorable baby sporting this seasons’s latest fashion.

Not that the headband by itself isn’t to die for, but Jen wrote a post on how to attach a handmade flower to a headband as well which just makes it even more adorable!  However, first thing first, making this awesome headband.

There are a couple of different ways to make your headband, you can complete it in the round or you can make it straight across and sew the ends together.  I prefer the straight across method because I feel it’s easier to control the tension of the foundation row making both the top and bottom of the headband the same. The pattern that follows will be for the straight across method, if there’s a real want for the in the round method please leave a comment and I will be more than happy to post that method as well.

Easy Peasy Lemon Peel Fall Headband

So the best part about this pattern is you don’t really need to worry about gauge and you can use whichever type of yarn you’d like.  The main thing you have to do is measure the length of your band.  I found this awesome guide for band measurements from The Friendly Red Fox blog:

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Using this graph I made my nieces headband for the 6-12 months, band size 15-17″.  If you’re able to, it’s always best to measure the head of the intended party, but if you’re not able to I would go down the middle.

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook
  • Yarn
  • Measuring Tape
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Stitches for the Lemon Peel Pattern

  • CH-Chain Stitch
  • DC-Double Crochet (video tutorial at end of post)
  • SC-Single Crochet (video tutorial in video section of blog)

Pattern for Lemon Peel Stitch (Video tutorial at end of post)

The main thing to remember for this pattern is that the foundation chain must be an odd number.  So chain however many you need in order to reach your band length. For mine it will be 15″ for my niece.

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After desired length is achieved beside to count how many chains you have, so originally I had 56, but I know I need an odd number so I chained one more to 57. Don’t worry if this ends up being slightly too big, we can adjust that at the end if needed.

Now that we’ve completed our chain we are going to start our Lemon Peel Stitch! I LOVE this stitch, it’s so easy and has so much texture. It’s hands down one of my favorite stitches.  When working our foundation chain for this project we want to work our stitches into the back bump of our chain. This makes sure our foundation chain doesn’t end up tighter than the last row of our work and it also has a more finished look.  If you’re not familiar with working in the back bump hopefully the images below will help you out.

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It’s kind of hard to see, but if you look at the back of your chain there is a little bump, and that is where we want to put our hook.

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, DC, *SC,DC* repeat until the end of the row.  (You should end with a DC)

Row 2-4: SC into previous rows DC (the first stitch), DC, *SC,DC* repeat until the end of the row

*If you want to make an ear warmer for an adult, just keep repeating rows until the desired width has been achieved*

At the end of row 4 you want to leave about 18″ of yarn tail before cutting.  Once cut, yarn over and pull through the last stitch to end your work.

If you have the intended wearer available this is the time to make sure it’s the right size.  If it’s a little too large you can fix it with this step.  Bring the ends of your band together and thread your tapestry needle with the yarn at the end of you work.  Next you’ll sew your ends together, it doesn’t have to be pretty/perfect because this part will be covered.

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Once your ends are sewn together pinch the top and bottom portion of your seems together and place a stitch through them to create the “bow” in the headband.

Once you have made this last stitch, wrap the remaining yarn around the seamed portion of the headband in an even manner until you have a section that looks like this:

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With the remaining tail of the yarn you’ve just used and the tail of the yarn from the beginning of your chain, tie them together in the back.  After you’ve made a nice tight knot, weave in the rest of your ends in the back.  And that’s it!! Besides these headbands being super easy, they don’t use much yarn at all.  In fact, if you’re on a budget you can pick up these little balls of yarn at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents! And if you get them on their sale week their 69 cents, and you can easily make two headbands.

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Videos for Double Crochet and Lemon Peel Stitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py2EbpLBrXM

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