Monday, January 20, 2014

Lip balm cozies and crayon rolls

Last week I sewed several lipbalm keychain cozies, some crocheted ones with button loop, some smaller crayon rolls and a sewn soap saver.

I was enjoying making the crochet ones at first, but once I found the sewn ones I decided they were more enjoyable to make. Doesn't help that they were quicker!
My favorite thing to make was the sewn soap savers. The funny thing was I posted the link for it a long time ago and never made it back then. I wish I had. It was a lot of fun. I can get almost twenty soap savers from a bath towel for $3! The sewing process is quick too! The hardest part is figuring out how much to fold it. I recommend practicing on rags first!
I haven't had a chance to try it out yet because I need to order some more soap first. The ones I'm making are made to fit a Simply Cleansing soap bar specifically.
I love the idea of soap savers to begin with and the fact that these are made of terry cloth, even better!
The crayon rolls are fun too. You can make two from a fat quarter. I'm so behind on my tutorials but I plan to make one for these someday.

To see the pattern for the lipbalm keychain holders click here. If you have a thrift store nearby, look for cheap purses. I've found they usually have at least two d-rings on them. I made some without the d-ring by making a flap but would have preferred to have the d-ring.

To see the pattern for the crochet ones, click here. These looked hard at first, but were actually quite easy. In fact, I made a few changes. I chained 2, then put 10 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Then, I went around and around until the picture shows to add the button and continued on the rest of the way like the pattern says.

I will work on making up a pattern for the crayon roll or at least some instructions to how I did it. I especially like the new velcro closure that I used. This way kids can open and close it themselves. I used to make them with ribbon ties...

The pattern for the sewn soap saver is already found on my blog.

until next time!

Crochet hook case

I've been having a hard time finding my crochet hooks when I need them, so I decided to sew a case last week for them. I looked up all sorts of tutorials, but couldn't find one that I liked entirely. So, I borrowed ideas from several! I have sewed some in the past before but just sort of made up the sizes as I went along.
I really just wanted a no-brainer project, so I picked a size I liked and went from there.
I plan to sew another one this week or next and thought I'd post up more pictures of the progress.
The original idea came from here. I didn't use any interfacing and my pocket piece was one piece instead of two. I made a few other changes as well.
I love it!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Winner of January drawing.

Thanks to all who entered. The winner is schoolbusrobin. Congratulations! I will contact the winner shortly. Keep posted for more future drawings.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Magic square pot holders

The first one shown is what started it all. I had been happily knitting Grandma's Favorite Dishcloths this past month to use up my cotton yarn stash. Then my friend Kathleen came over and showed me the pot holders she had been crocheting. She's always inspiring me!
She gave me the brown and red pot holder Thursday and I've been crocheting them ever since. I can't stop making them! LOL.
I've been using a size H crochet hook and chaining between 30-36 chains.
They turn out a different size each time but I don't mind.
I make them a bit different than some do. After I chain the number I want, I single crochet in ea chain until the second to last chain. Then, I put 3 sc in the last chain. Following the pattern, I single crochet in each space on the opposite side and when I get to the end, I put 2 single crochets in the last space. After that, I just put 1 sc around. And keep going around and around until the edges touch.
To sew it close, I whipstitch the ends together. So much fun!

January- pattern giveaway is now closed.

This month's pattern giveaway will be for the "Rosy and grey hat" knitting pattern by OwlCat Designs.
Click here to see the pattern. 
I chose this pattern as it is one that I will be starting this month.
I'm excited to try it as I've never knit anything like it before with the color changes.
I haven't decided yet what colors I will make it in.
To enter the drawing which will close on January 6th, 2014 all you need to do is leave a comment below with either your ravelry username or your email address and tell me what colors you would choose.
I will contact the winner and send the pattern electronically.

Cell phone zippered pouches

Last week a friend asked me to sew her a cell phone holder that she wanted to give to a friend. So I took out my supplies and started to d...