Crochet Rocks

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My family and I had the opportunity/inconvenience of living in a tiny cottage on the top of a hill!  Why?  Because we had a flood in our kitchen and were temporarily moved there.  As you can see, the view was absolutely stunning but living in a remote area had its challenges (especially with a baby.)

While we were there I checked “crochet rocks” off of my project bucket list (because there wasn’t much else to do to be honest!)  There were so many rocks around so I thought, now is the time!  It’s actually quite a quick project if you’re familiar with crochet and do a little research.

A while back I watched a “crochet stones” video tutorial on a website called “Creative Bug“.  Once you subscribe you have access to a number of videos that are of really good quality.  (I ended up unsubscribing because I found the majority of the crochet tutorials catered towards beginners.  If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend it!)  The crochet stones video, in particular, was really great because it taught me how to make the netting that goes around the stone/rock.  See?  the rocks even look cool from the back!

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Later on, I looked up a “crochet doily” video here.   I used the first few rounds of the pattern to make the circle design and then continued with the netting technique I learned from Creative Bug to finish it off.

I thought I’d try another one with a snowflake pattern here.

And, since I wasn’t about to pack two heavy rocks into my suitcase I thought, here is where I made them so here they will stay…bye bye rocks!  Bye bye cottage too because we’re back home safe and sound now.

Let me know if you give it a try!

Happy crochet’ing

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

 

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Daughter’s First Birthday Outfit!

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Has it really been 3 months since my last post?  CRAZY!  A lot has happened in 3 months!  I won’t bore you with all the details however, one very special event for our family was my daughter’s first birthday.  I had a lot of fun sewing up a few outfits and decorations for a little photoshoot and for her small party with family.  I also made a coordinating outfit for her bunny!  Since having our baby girl, sewing has been such a great way to relax after she goes to bed…or after she’s awake from 2am to 3am and I’m wide awake and need something to do.

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For the bunting, I used a FREE bunting pattern here.  I wanted to make it as quick as possible so I just cut out the triangles (for the pink one I used the 6″ triangle and for the purple I used the 4″ triangle) and kept the edges raw.  On the back of each triangle I put a 1/2″ strip of fusible interfacing along the top edge to decrease any puckering in the fabric.  After that, I wedged the triangles in-between a long piece of bias tape and sewed a straight line all the way across the tape.  Done.  Super easy!

For the diaper cover I used an awesome free pattern from MADE Everyday.  You can find the video tutorial here.

I purchased the plain white bib from Carter’s (it came in a pack of 5) and then I appliquéd it!  I applied “heat n’ bond” to the wrong side of the fabric and cut out my desired shapes.  After fusing the shapes to the bib, I sewed around the edges of the fabric to secure them in place.  You can find a tutorial that explains this process in detail here.

For the skirt I used another fabulous MADE Everyday tutorial which you can find here.  I did a rolled hem on each layer of the skirt with my serger.

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The plain white onesies were purchased at Wal-Mart (they came in packages of 2).  I used Premie Size for the bunny and size 3-6 months for my teeny tiny daughter!  I appliquéd the cupcakes to the onesies.

I used a simple yet cute headband tutorial from Create Kids Couture.  You can find it here.

I LOVED how it all turned out however, the appliqué only lasted for the day!  The edges of the fabric frayed!  Luckily, I only really needed the outfit for one day so it didn’t really matter.  Next time, I’ll need to use a zig zag/satin stitch instead of a straight stitch to secure the appliquéd pieces to the bib and onesies.

Until next time,

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

Upcycled Baby Romper and Headband

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I bought this sweatshirt off a clearance rack without trying it on first and it was too big!  I loved the floral print on it so I thought, why not try making it into something new?

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Since it was stretchy fabric, I also got to practice using my serger!

I purchased the PDF pattern on Etsy from “Brindle & Twig patterns” .  You can purchase the pattern here.  The pattern was really nice to read.  It was really clear with detailed photos of every step.  It had nice big font and it even came with photos and terms to help beginners cut out the pieces correctly.

Instead of making fabric straps and snaps like the pattern suggests, I used soft, fold over elastic.

To complete the outfit, I created a matching headband which was really easy to make. Seriously easy.  Like, you can make it in 5 minutes easy.  Here’s how:

  1.  Choose a part of the fabric you’d like to use (in this case, a rose.)IMG_0865
  2. Cut out a piece of heat n’ bond lite approximately the size of the rose and iron on to the wrong side of the fabric with the paper side up.IMG_0868
  3. Cut out the rose with the paper still on the back.IMG_0869
  4. Peel off the paper on the back and place on your backing fabric (in this case, some felt) and iron on using a pressing cloth to prevent the synthetic felt fibres from melting!  I used felt because it gives the rose some added stiffness and texture.

    5. Cut it out and stitch around the rose to secure it to the felt.  If you use Heat n’ Bond Ultra hold however, it can stay in place without stitching.IMG_0876

    6. Tack it to the elastic with a few stitches and sew your elastic to size.  FullSizeRender-1

Voila!

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Let me know if you give it a try!

Happy Sewing,

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

DIY Teepee

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Alas, the teepee is finally finished!

This.Sewing.Pattern.Was.Fabulous!  Seriously.  Very clear instructions which I followed step by step and it turned out perfect.  You can find the pattern at TipTopTeepeeShop on Etsy.  If you’re not comfortable with a drill you will need someone to help you drill the holes into the poles.

I used outdoor fabric which I purchased on sale at Fabricland.  It’s sturdy, water resistant and a B*&%h to work with!  haha!  I’m used to sewing with quilting cottons and lightweight fabrics but because of the size and weight of the fabric pieces I needed a little extra help from sewing notions.  Here are some helpful tools I use all the time but definitely couldn’t do without for this project:

Wonder Clips!  I was a little skeptical when a sewing instructor recommended these a few years ago because they were pricey and didn’t seem like much.  I think I paid $30 something but now it looks like you can get them cheaper on Amazon!  I LOVE THEM.  They are so much easier to use than pins and they always hold the fabric right where you want it.  There is no way this thick and heavy outdoor fabric would’ve held a hem with traditional sewing pins.

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GrabARoo Gloves (or any free motion quilting gloves.)  The fabric pieces were not only large but slippery too.  Using these gloves made controlling the fabric a breeze.  They have little sticky pads on the fingers that allow you to grip the slippery fabric easily.  I’ve heard you can also use gardening gloves to help you get a grip!

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I would love to try this teepee again except make an indoor one using cotton!

Let me know if you give it a try!

Happy Sewing,

-AFriendLikeBen-

Crochet Hockey Skate Booties

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After numerous FAILED attempts at baby booties, (first attempt being over a year ago) I finally completed a pair of presentable baby booties and I’m so happy!

I bought the patten from OnePaisleyPig on Etsy.  Although it is tricky to crochet with black yarn (because it makes stitches hard to see), her pattern was pretty easy to follow.  The author also included some photos to help you understand how to join the sole and the tongue to the bootie.

I always go to YouTube for helpful tips because there are so many people out there posting videos.  I searched “crochet baby sole” and found a lot of videos that helped explain what to do for that part.  You can find a video example here.

Another tip is to make sure that all of the black yarn you’re using is from the same dye lot!  Since I used the end of an old black yarn for one boot and started a new skein of yarn (same brand) for the second boot, one came out a little shiny and the other one was matte.  Since I didn’t notice the difference until AFTER I crocheted the bootie, I had to cut off the black part of bootie #1 and start again so they would match…tragic!

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But even with all the trial and error, I can finally say that I know how to complete a baby bootie and I’m so pumped!

I’ve completed 2 pairs so far to use as toppers on diaper cakes for my friends – they were a hit!

Until next time, happy crochet’ing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

Amigurumi Fruit

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I am loving the Boston Sun chunky yarn I’m using lately however, it’s limited in colour choices.  That’s ok, how cute are these fruity buddies?

They all came from different patterns.

Watermelon:  The watermelon is loosely based on a free pattern I found on Ravelry.  You can find it here.  If you’re familiar with crochet terms, the original pattern has you do a base chain of 31 stitches (which was HUGE with the yarn I was using.)  I am not great with sizing down patterns but I made this watermelon with a base chain of 15.  As you can see, it got a little wonky towards the top!  I also added in a row of white – the original pattern doesn’t have that.  So…not exactly my best piece but probably good enough for a baby to play with!  If anyone out there has any tutorials or tips on how to adjust patterns correctly, please send them my way.

Orange/Clementine:  To make this little clementine I used the same pattern that I used for the Two Peas in a Pod that I made recently.  I did the magic ring in green and the rest in orange.  Piece of cake.

Strawberry:  I got the free strawberry pattern from a blog with the address “moist crocheted vagina.”  HAHA!  Although the blog has a little potty mouth, I find it hilarious and the patterns are great!  She has a lot of free play food patterns.  You can find the strawberry pattern here.

To finish off all my projects I learned “the ultimate finish” technique from Planet June.  She also has a great tutorial with how to embroider on faces here.

Happy Crochet’ing

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

 

 

 

Amigurumi Carrot

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Continuing on with my fruit and veggie amigurumi trend that I’ve got going, I made a cheerful carrot!

I’m enjoying making fruits and veggies at the moment because they’re usually only one piece and I’m finding them easy to complete while also learning the ropes of being a new mom.  The best part is that my little one can safely play with them when I’m done.

I got this pattern for FREE from Kristi Tullus’ blog.  You can find it here. THANKYOU KRISTI!  She kindly included all different sizes to make and a great PDF file to refer to.  The pattern was clean looking, easy to follow and included nice photos of the details.  I used the small size pattern but it looks so big because I’m using chunky Boston Sun yarn in neon orange and a 4.5mm hook.  The bumps and texture of each crochet stitch makes it perfect for a teething baby to chew on.

I sewed on the face with black yarn.  You can find great tips on sewing faces from Planet June’s blog here.

I encourage you to check out all the tutorials on both blogs mentioned as I feel they’ve really helped my amigurumi skills.

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Next up, some fruit!

Happy crochet’ing

-AFriendLikeBen-