First of two patchwork drawstring bags is ready to be wrapped for Christmas, making slow progress on these Christmas makes! 

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It seems to happen every year, no matter how early I start with the Christmas makes I always seem to be running out of time by the end! It’s starting to happen already this year and I am seriously starting to doubt whether I will get all the things I had planned made in time for Christmas.  


On a happy note I have managed to complete the first of two drawstring patchwork bags I had planned for gifts. I saw this pattern in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine (issue 40) and knew it would be perfect for some gifts this year, I love the Pom Pom detail on them it really adds to them. 

This lovely fabric is from atbe penguin ski fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company. 

I’ve got the next one cut and ready to be sewn together so hopefully it won’t be too long until it’s finished. In the meantime I need to speed on with all my other Christmas makes in the hope I manage to just get finished in time! 

Some more Sneaky cross stitch in amongst the crochet and Christmas makes 

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I loved the pattern for these cross-stitch mason jars when I saw it in CrossStitcher magazine issue 279 (June 2014) and I’ve managed to sneak in a little bit of sewing over the last few weeks amongst the Christmas makes chaos to get it completed. I changed the colours slightly from those used in the pattern based on colours I already had in my stash. Now its time to get it framed and up on the wall! 

Fabric storage boxes tutorial 

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These fabric storage boxes are perfect for tidying away all those loose bits and pieces, they also have the added bonus of looking so much better than a plain plastic or cardboard box.  

These would make great Christmas gifts, and are ideal for the crafter that you know with the small square boxes being ideal for small sewing items such as quilting clips, the larger square boxes are great for putting in larger sewing items, and the large rectangular ones are the exact size for keeping your fat quarters all together in one place.  Aside from making great gifts for crafters they are also perfect for non-sewing related storage such as storing make-up or jewellery.
I had great fun making these, I ended up liking the ones I made for gifts so much I ended up making more so I could keep some myself! 

The tutorial for these is available over on the Craft Cotton Company blog: 
http://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2016/11/17/Fabric-Box-Tutorial


Swoop away with a flick of your very own dragon tail 

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After I completed my dinosaur tail I had another idea for a tail – a dragon one, so I got cracking and completed one!

I’ve still got a few more ideas for tails too so hopefully won’t be long until another pattern will appear!
The pattern for this is available over on my Etsy shop along with my dinosaur tail, and if you would like to make both there’s a double pattern available too. You can complete this in any colour combination, and add on more or fewer back spikes if you prefer.  It can also be made to fit any size from baby to adult.


https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/480049616/crochet-dragon-tail-blanket-pattern?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=crochet%20dragon%20tail&ref=sr_gallery_6

The removal of scraping chairs continues – Chair leg covers part 2 – round 

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I recently completed a pattern for some square leg chair covers in an attempt to remove the scraping that was happening on my wooden floor, and they have done the job perfectly. However, as I have two types of chair I needed to complete some round ones as well. I’ve finally got them all completed and here’s the pattern for the round legs.


Materials

5.5 mm hook

Arran weighted wool in grey pink and green

Stitch marker
Circle chair leg covers

Basic pattern

This will give you a base size 4cm in diameter. To increase the size of the base continue to add rounds to the base before starting the sides.
Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring

Round 1: 2sc into each sc (12sc)

Round 2: 2sc into same sc, sc. repeat around

For a bigger base

Extra Round 1: 2sc into same sc, 2sc. Repeat around

Extra round 2: 2sc into same sc, 3sc. Repeat around
Starting the sides

Round 3: Working in the back loops only sc around

Round 4: sc around

Round 5: trb (US double) around

Round 6-7: sc around

Round 8: trb (US double) around

Round 9: sc around

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Grey with thick green and pink stripe

Height when completed 9cm

Complete basic pattern upto round 9

Change to green

Round 10: sc around

Round 11: trb (US double) around

Round 12-13: sc around

Change to pink

Round 14: htrb (US half double) around

Round 15: sc around

Round 16: sc around

Fasten off

Green flower

Height when completed – 6cm

Complete basic pattern upto round 9

Change to green

Rounds 10-11: dc around

Fasten off

In green

Make a magic ring, ch1, 5sc into ring

Round 1: slip stitch ch6 slip stitch into same stitch, then repeat into the next 4 sc. slip stitch into start of the round.

Fasten off leaving thread to attach. Sew flower onto leg cover.

Grey with thin pink and green stripe

Height when completed – 7cm

Complete basic pattern upto round 9

Change to pink

Rounds 10-11: sc around

Change to green

Rounds 12-13: sc around

Fasten off


Pink

Height when completed – 6cm

Complete basic pattern upto round 9

Change to pink

Rounds 10-11: dc around

Fasten off

Unleash your under dinosaur with your own dinosaur tail blanket

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I’ve been working on a dinosaur tail and a pattern to make one for a while now, it’s been quite a challenge but I finally got the pattern finished and tested a few days ago.  
The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop: 
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/480048756/dinosaur-tail-blanket-pattern?ref=related_listings

I opted for a green and beige mix, but you could use whatever wool colour combinations you like for this, you can also pick as many spikes you prefer so could opt to put more/less on than I have or use a different variety of the spike sizes available in the pattern. 

It’s been a while but finally I’ve managed to squeeze in an embroidery make – a sneaky bit of blackwork

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I think blackwork is one of my favourite embroidery techniques, but it’s been a while since I completed some blackwork and I have wanted to make a little sampler of different stitches for a long time but just haven’t had the chance to get started on it. I decided the other day it was time to get it made!
I used some patterns from CrossStitcher Magazine issue from April 2012. I love these little sample squares and decided to do a sampler using 16 of them, it was not easy having to pick only a few of them as I wanted to do them all but I only wanted to do a small smaller for now. 


I opted to use black and also put in a green and purple just to mix it up a little bit. I am so glad I have got this finished, I definitely won’t be waiting as long before I start my next blackwork project! Now I just need to find a frame I like and get it all pressed ready to go in! 

Fruity crochet Apple coasters pattern   

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I had an idea to make some apple coasters a long time ago, way way back when I made some apple tags, but I had completely forgotten about this until recently when I came across some green wool in my stash which was the same colour as these previous tags. I wasn’t going to wait any longer to get some made in case they got forgotten about again so I got cracking and put a pattern for some together. I opted to just make three coasters to start, a front and back and a middle piece, but you could add in more middle pieces too if you wanted a few more coasters in the set. I opted to use green but you could use red if you prefer.

Apple coasters pattern:

 

4 mm hook

Green or red Dk wool

Cream/white DK wool

Brown DK wool

 

For the front and back coaster:

Starting in green

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into the ring.

Round 1: 2sc into each sc in the round

Round 2: 2sc into the next stitch, sc. Repeat around

Round 3: 2sc into the next stitch, 2sc. Repeat around

Round 4: 2sc into the next stitch, 3sc. Repeat around

Round 5: 2sc into the next stitch, 4sc. Repeat around

Round 6: sc around

Round 7: 2sc into the next stitch, 5sc. Repeat around

Round 8: sc sround

Round 9: slip stitch around into each sc

 

Fasten off

 

For the middle apple coasters:

 

Starting in cream/white

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into the ring.

Round 1: 2sc into each sc in the round

Round 2: 2sc into the next stitch, sc. Repeat around

Round 3: 2sc into the next stitch, 2sc. Repeat around

Round 4: 2sc into the next stitch, 3sc. Repeat around

Round 5: 2sc into the next stitch, 4sc. Repeat around

Round 6: sc around

Round 7: 2sc into the next stitch, 5sc. Repeat around

Round 8: sc sround

Change to green

Round 9: slip stitch around into each sc

Round 10: slip stitch around again into the previous rows slip stitches.

 

 

Stem:

Insert the hook at the top of the apple into a row down from the last row of the apple, ch 4, slip stitch into the 2nd chain from the hook and the remaining chain stitches, slip stitch at the base.

 

Leaf

Row 1: ch2, 2sc into second ch from the hook

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 2sc into same stitch, sc

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row

Row 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog, sc

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog

sc around the edge of the leaf.

Fasten off leaving a long thread to sew a line down the centre of the leaf and to attach to the stem.

 

Pips

Using the brown wool sew on 4 little pips 4 rounds up from the middle of the apple.

You know Christmas is getting close when your getting ready to sort out the advent calendar! 

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I completed this advent bunting last year for The Craft Cotton Company and had completely forgotten I hadn’t uploaded a link for it on here, it was only when I was  sorting through Christmas bits at the weekend I came across it which reminded me to get it uploaded! It also reminded me I better start getting some sweets ready to put into it – Christmas is quickly sneaking up on us already. 

The free tutorial to make this is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog: 
http://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2016/08/01/Advent-Calendar-Bunting