Time for a couple more cards…

I saw an idea for a Star card a while ago in Crafts Beautiful magazine and have been meaning to make some like this for a while. I came across some docrafts Papermania Mr. Mister card toppers and paper and some docrafts Papermania Denim Blue dome stickers and twine in my stash and knew that it would be perfect for the Star cards.  


I also used some of the docrafts Papermania Mr. Mister paper and card topper with the docrafts Papermania Denim Blue twine and dome stickers to make another card. 

Little bit of a break from animal blankets with a flurry of cards! 


After weeks of working on animal blankets I decided it was time for a little break, and noticing my card box was looking a little bit empty thought it was about time I made some more cards. It’s been quite a while since I made any and it was great to get out all my card making things and have a good look through at what I actually have – I had forgotten about a lot of what was in there! 
The first few lots of cards are made from a docrafts Papermania Tilly Daydreams card set, I’ve had this set for a little while and have made a good number of cards from it already yet there was still loads of bits left for me to use. The Cotton thread detail I used is some Docrafts Papermania Bakers twine in spots and stripes pastels.



I’ve already got my eyes on some docrafts Papermania Mr. Mister card toppers and papers I’ve spotted in my stash for the next lot of cards!  

Make your very own herd with this Fabric elephant tutorial…

This sewing tutorial uses the lovely bright colours of The Craft Cotton Company’s Indian Garden fabric range.  I love the bright bold colours and patterns of this range, they are perfect for summer.

I don’t think it’s possible to make too many of these, and I think this herd will be growing very soon! 

The tutorial is available for free over on The Craft Cotton Company’s blog: 
https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/free-sewing-tutorials

Paisley Bird pillow tutorial

I completed this sewing tutorial for The Craft Cotton Company using their lovely Paisley Bird fabric range. I love the bright colours and the bird detail of these fabrics, they are sure to brighten up any day. 

The tutorial to make one is available for free over on The Craft Cotton Company Blog:  
https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2017/06/29/Paisley-bird-cushion

From frogs to pigs, these crochet hooded blankets are starting to multiply!

Following on from my crochet hooded frog pattern I have now finished a pig hooded blanket. Pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/515448807
I’ve still got a few more of these on the go too so won’t be long until a few more patterns arrive.

Perfect excuse to jump about like a frog – a crochet hooded frog blanket

 

 

The pattern to make one of these cute and cosy hooded blankets is now available over on my Etsy shop.  A few more patterns for these blankets will hopefully be joining it over the next few weeks – its all gone a bit animal blanket mad over here!.

Time for another Star Wars make, and speedily rolling in is a crochet BB8!

I thought it was about time I made a companion for my R2-D2 so got going on a BB8 pattern.


Crochet BB8 pattern

Materials 
4mm hook

Needle
White/cream DK wool
Black DK wool
Orange DK wool
Grey DK wool

BB8 body
In white/cream make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring

Round 1: 2sc into each sc
Round 2: sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 3: 2sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 4: 3sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 5: 4sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 6: 5sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 7: 6sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 8: 7sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 9: 8sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 10: 9sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 11: 10sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 12: 11sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 13-21: sc around
Round 22: 11sc, sc2tog
Round 23: 10sc, sc2tog
Round 24: 9sc, sc2tog
Round 25: 8sc, sc2tog
Round 26: 7sc, sc2tog
Round 27: 6sc, sc2tog
Round 28: 5sc, sc2tog
Round 29: 4sc, sc2tog
Round 30: 3sc, sc2tog
Stuff
Round 31: 2sc, sc2tog
Round 32: sc, sc2tog
Round 34: sc2tog
Fasten off

BB8 Head
In white/cream make a magic ring, 6sc into ring
Round 1: Round 1: 2sc into each sc
Round 2: sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 3: 2sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 4: 3sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 5: 4sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 6: 5sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 7: 6sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 8: 7sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 9: In the back loops only sc around
Change to grey
Round 10-11: sc around
Change to orange
Round 12L 7sc, sc2tog. Repeat 5 times, then change to white, 7sc, sc2tog
Round 13: 6sc, sc2tog. Repeat around
Round 14: 5sc, sc2tog. Repeat around
Rounds 15-16: sc around
Round 17: 4sc, sc2tog. Repeat round
Round 18: sc around
Change to orange
Round 19: 3sc, sc2tog. Repeat around
Change to white
Round 20: 2sc, sc2tog. Repeat around
Change to grey
Round 21: sc, sc2tog. Repeat around
Stuff
Change to white
Round 22: sc2tog, repeat around.
Fasten off

BB8 body circles – make 6

Starting in white, make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring
Round 1: 2sc into each sc
Round 2: sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 3: 2sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Round 4: 3sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Change to orange

Round 5: 4sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Sew on details:

For the orange edge detail – in four places sew 6 overstitches from the edge of the circle to 2 rows down on the white section.

Grey details – sew on using over stitches to make the pattern you want.

Black circles

Large
In black , make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring

Round 1: 2sc into each sc

Round 2: sc, 2sc into next stitch. Repeat around
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach

Small

In black , make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Sew the body circles on to the body, then sew on the head and add the black circle details.

I couldn’t resist making just one more of these crochet lightsabers

Since making my third lightsaber (first and second) I have been wanting to make just one more (for now…!) and again opted for a green beam, but this one has a bit more detail and is a bit longer than the previous green lightsaber.


Lightsaber pattern

4mm hook
Grey DK wool

Green DK wool

Yellow DK wool

Black DK wool

Red DK wool
Lightsaber beam:

In green

ch25, slip stitch into first ch to make a round

Rounds 1-25: sc around

Round 26: dc2tog, 4sc. Repeat 4 times, sc

Rounds 27-50: sc around

Round 51: dc2tog, 3dc. Repeat 4 times, sc

Rounds 52-65: sc around

Round 66: dc2tog, 2dc. Repeat 4 times, sc

Rounds 67-74: sc around

Round 75: dc2tog, dc. Repeat 4 times, sc

Rounds 76-80: sc around

Round 81: dc2tog, repeat 4 times, sc.

Fasten off
Lightsaber handle: 

In black

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring

Round 1: 2sc into each sc

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

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

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

Round 5: sc around into back loops only

Round 6: sc around

Change to grey

Rounds 7-25: sc around

Change to black

Rounds 26-36: sc around

Change to grey

Rounds 37-42: sc around

Change to black

Rounds 43-44: sc around

Change to yellow

Round 45: sc around

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach beam.

Black dot: 

In black

Make a magic ring, ch1, 5sc into ring
Round 1: 2sc into each sc
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach

Black band piece 1:

ch9, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc along rest of the row

Rows 2-36: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Black band piece 2:

ch6, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc along rest of the row

Rows 2-36: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Green detail piece:

In green

ch4, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc along rest of the row

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog, sc

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

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Black dot detail on green detail piece:

In black

Make a magic ring, ch1, 5sc into ring

Round 1: 2sc into each sc

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Yellow detail piece:

In yellow

ch4, sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of the row

Rows 2-3: 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

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Red dot: 

In red

Make a magic ring, ch1, 3sc into ring

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach.
Black strips – make 7:

In black

ch14, sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of the row

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along rest of the row

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Black strip to go above the green detail piece:

In black

ch4, sc into 2nd ch from the hook, sc along rest of the row

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row

Stuff the lightsaber handle and sew on the details, their location shown in the pictures.
For the black wrap pieces first wrap the bigger wrap piece around the lightsaber handle (the ch9 one) and sew into place then wrap the smaller piece around on top and sew into place.


Stuff the lightsaber beam and sew onto the handle. You could put some cardboard or plastic tubing inside the beam when stuffing it to make it a bit more sturdy.

Brighten up any post Christmas blues with these colourful sprocket pillows 

I made these sprocket cushions for the Craft Cotton Company, using their Indian garden fabric range. The colours and patterns in this range are gorgeous and they were perfect for using to make these pillows. I started with the biggest first and to start thought I might have made it a bit too small so made the template bigger – turns out though it would have been fine at the first size I was going to use as it came out much much bigger than I was thinking it would! 
I have also completed a tutorial if you would like to make your own, it’s available for free over on The Craft Cotton Company’s blog: 

http://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2016/12/15/Sprocket-Cushion