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March Finished projects

Here are some things I sewed this month.

Strawberry Shortcake drawstring bag with outside pockets.

I got the pattern for the pocket add-on here at Sew Sweetness.

The pattern for the drawstring bag itself is found here at In Color Order.

I made some with and without interfacing. The ones I sewed with interfacing I sewed to the liner part rather than the exterior side. One of my next ones I make I will have interfacing on both the exterior and interior as I want it to stand up on its own. I'm still trying to decide what to put in at the bottom. However, I won't put in interfacing towards the top where it cinches.

More drawstring bags without pockets.

I love this material I found at Walmart. It came as a five pack of fat quarters for under $10.
It's so bright and cheery!
Strawberry Shortcake - found this fabric at walmart and was originally going to sew crayon rolls with it.
Another variation of bright and cheery. I actually meant to make two identical ones like this, but cut …

Crochet dinosaur spike hat pattern

Found this great blog today after emailing a lady about a pattern she was looking for. Thought I'd post up the pattern link here in case anyone else wanted to make it. Looks like I'm going to have to make one too!

Pixie Heart Strings

and found another version on Ravelry. It's a free pattern too!!

Dinosaur Spikes

Thanks, "J" for the great idea!!

Free Dish cloth patterns

These are a few of my favorite links when I want to knit some dish cloths for friends. When I first started learning to knit, I found this great website for free and paid dish cloth patterns. I really like her patterns. They are so beautiful! If you're not ready to buy a whole book of dish cloth patterns or just want a specific design check here. She has a wide range of designs. And she has oven hangers and placemats too. Oftentimes with a matching dish cloth. The dish cloths are just $2 each! She has some nice free patterns too. Check out the site!

Knits by Rachel

Another place to find some designer dish cloths to knit. I like her hummingbird one the best! She sells other patterns too, like hats, blankets, bibs and  much more!


I also like looking through Designs by Emily patterns. She has some free ones too. Her paid patterns are $1.79 each. I just found an owl pattern and it's so cute! I may have to knit one soon.

Designs by Emily

And lastly, Knitting Knonsense has…

Crocheted Ear Flap Hats

Someone recently pointed out to me that my post: Crocheted Ear flap hats has gone missing. I know when I did my blog update that several posts accidentally got deleted. :-(

So, I thought I'd re-post the link here.

Whenever I have a baby hat to knit for friends, I always find myself going straight to Alli Crafts blog for the pattern.

She has sizes from preemie to toddler. I make this pattern when I'm making for friends and I don't know the size of the child's head. So far, for me (though everyone will vary with tension and gauge) all the hats I made for each child's age, fit just right.

She has lots of other patterns as well. I often will use her flower pattern to adorn the hats I crochet.

I've also used these patterns as well:

Angels crochet
She has larger sizes for adult as well on the same page.

Crochet me 
While the above two, uses worsted weight yarn, this one uses Dk yarn

I've used all three of these patterns. They all turn out a bit differently so you&#…

Easter knits and boxy bags

I knit and crochet these earlier this month. I just need to add a few details to each.
The duck and rabbit pattern came from lion brand and the chicken came from ravelry.
All three were quick to make and fun!

I've been practicing my sewing skills especially with zippers.

There are several free box bag tutorial patterns out there. These three were made by combining certain parts from various tutorials.

I like the size of the No Guts boxy bag tutorial, but I like the how-to from here, at Pretty Modern. They are both fully lined boxy bags. They sew up very quickly.

I made the cherry print to put in the traveling treasure tote I spoke of earlier. I love the lining on the bag. The other two need homes. I may keep them for myself, but for now just enjoying making them.
I found the cute flannel sheep print at Walmart. It came as a five pack of fat quarters for $8.  I only wish more than one piece had sheep on it.

Baked chicken with red potatoes and carrots

Tonight for supper I tried a new recipe. To make-Preheat oven to broil.Pound boneless skinless chicken breast to flatten.  Sprinkle rosemary and parsley (or whatever herbs you have) on chicken on both sides and set aside. Cut slit in chicken and insert garlic clove. Chop red potatoes and carrots into one inch pieces. Place chicken in middle of baking pan and surround with vegetables. Drizzle olive oil on top of everything, sprinkle with salt and pepper and broil until chicken is done. We loved it!