Finished just in time to go on some gifts some sparkly crochet stars 

I have been having great fun with sparkly wool this year, first making the snowflakes and now making some crochet stars! These stars are some of the last few makes I have to get finished in time for Christmas, and it won’t be long until I can have a well earned rest from frantic making! 

  
This pattern is from:
http://woolnhook.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/free-crochet-star-pattern.html?m=1
To create a hanging loop I also completed a line of 15 chain stitches and sewed this on to one of the points. They were so easy to make and came together really quickly. Luckily I don’t have as many of these to make as I did snowflakes! 

  

A drawstring bottle bag, a solution for me to put bottle gifts in this year rather than fighting with a piece of paper!

I always have problems wrapping up bottles as gifts, although to be honest anything that isn’t a square box tends to give me problems! I can never get the paper to look right without it tearing a few times and rather than just buying a paper bottle bag I thought I would make one.  I wanted to make something a bit different to my previous crochet bottle holder that I made so I thought I would do a fabric one using some very cute Craft Cotton Company penguin fabric.

 

I am really impressed with how this came out, I might do some smaller ones for some beer bottles I have as gift too – obviously I don’t have enough things I need to make in time for Christmas already!

Drawstring bottle bag:  

  • Cut a piece of penguin fabric 12 inches long by 11 1/2 inches wide. 
  • Next cut a piece of the red zigzag fabric, 12 inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide.

  

  • Place the zigzag piece right sides together at the top of the penguin fabric with the bottom edge of the zigzag fabric lined up with the top edge of the penguin fabric and sew along to join.

  

  

  • Fold the fabric in half with the red zigzag fabric along the top of the bag and place right sides together.  Now starting 6 1/2 Inches from the top of the fabric sew down the side and along the bottom of the bag.  Turn out the right way.

  

  

  • Fold over the top edge by 1cm, and then on both the front and back side seams, fold in the raw edges by 1 cm.  Next fold the zigzag fabric inwards so it lines up with where you started sewing the front and back together – now pin and sew along the bottom edge. Now sew another line 2cm up from the previous line.

  

 
  
 

  • Thread through the ribbon for the drawstring, fold over the end of the ribbon a few times and sew to stop it fraying.

 

   

  • Slipstitch closed the side seam above the drawstring section.

  

 

   
  
 
 

 

 

 

Third quilt down only one more to go, this arrow quilt was so much easier to make than it looked too, so glad my fears were unfounded! 

I saw this pattern in Love patchwork and Quilting magazine issue 20 and really wanted to make it as a gift this year, however, I was really nervous to get started on it as it looked like it would be quite complicated to make – especially with the problems I have encountered and had to overcome so far with the triangle quilts I have machine made.  
However, the time came when I could no longer put it off and had to face my fears. I couldn’t believe it when I got started – it really wasn’t as bad to make as I had thought it would be! I didn’t encounter any major problems with it at all, it ended up being really great to make.  

I did change the pattern slightly and used individual arrows throughout rather than the long strips at the top in the plain fabric, as a result I also made my own template and cut the arrows out individually, rather than the method they used. I also didn’t add the different coloured fabric strips onto the tops of the arrows.  For the fabric I opted to use patterned fabric for inbetween the arrows rather than just the white used in the magazine.  

 
 I also used a slightly thicker batting than I normally use as I wanted it to be a bit thicker, but this did make it a bit more difficult for quilting but I got their eventually with it. The worst part was the choice of backing fabric I used, I knew when I bought it it might put up a bit of a fight and it certainly did, with it being slightly silky it was slipping about with all the other layers no matter how many pins or tacking stitches I put in. But I got there eventually with it and never again will I pick a fabric like that for backing, especially when using thicker batting as that just added to the problems! 
Only one more quilt make to go, I will be so relieved when they are all finished and on their way to their recipients.  

   
    
 

Perfect for adding an extra bit of Christmas cheer on bottles this year, a crochet bottle hat! 

I have a few gifts this year which are bottles and wanted something other than a bag to make them look nice and Christmassy, so I decided to crochet a hat to go on top of the bottle. These will look great when gifting but also on the table on Christmas, especially if there are a few bottles together! 
  

Bottle hat pattern 

ch20, slip stitch into first ch to make a round 
Rounds 1-10: changing colour randomly every couple of rows: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 11: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog 3dc, repeat around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 12: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 13: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog 2dc, repeat around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 14-17: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 18: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog dc, repeat around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 19-28: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 29: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, repeat around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Round 30-34: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc around, slip stitch into first stitch 
Fasten off
Pom Pom – make a small one of these and sew onto the end of the hat. I have discovered on Pinterest a great technique for making small Pom poms using a fork. I was unsure at first but it’s worked brilliantly, it was a great time saver. 
http://www.jellyfishprints.com.au/diy-pom-pom-garland/

   

  

All finished and ready to be sent to some little helpers, some very cute elf hats!

A friend of mine saw these on Pinterest and asked if I could make a couple for her little ones. I couldn’t wait to get them made – they looked so good on the picture! I decided to do them all in one colour with a grey band around the base and a grey Pom Pom rather than in stripes. They came together really quickly and I had no problems with the pattern at all – it is a great pattern, even better that there are two sizes – baby and adult. I opted to do the adult size as I didn’t think the smaller size would fit them. 

Here’s the link to the pattern: 

http://two-little-cs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/elf-hat-crochet-pattern.html?m=1

I can’t wait to see these hats on – I’m looking forward to receiving a picture from my friend with them both wearing them on Christmas Eve! 
I’ve already got requests in from other friends for some of these for next year, at this rate I think I am going to need to get started on my Christmas makes even earlier! 
  
   
 

Perfect for either hanging on the tree or for going on gifts, some crochet snowflakes with some Christmas sparkle 

I wanted to make a few snowflake decorations this year that I could put on my tree and some to go on gifts just to add that little extra something, the recipient can also use them as decorations in future years too. I got some lovely wool which had a sparkle running through it in pink white and yellow and set about making some from patterns I found online and on Pinterest.  

I used a few different patterns for these and the links are below; 

Red heart yarn snowflake patterns, I think these ones were my favourite; 
  
http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW4419.pdf
   
 http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW3704.pdf
This pattern was part of the snowflake appeal, I made a few for this as well as some for my gifts; 

  http://www.bellacoco.co.uk/2015/10/snowflake-appeal-bella-coco.html 
  
http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2014/12/15/crochet-snowflakes/?crlt.pid=camp.I4dih8HTZFSS

I have made quite a few of these, think I might have got a bit carried away! 

   
 
 

Finally, after making them for other people all these years I have finally got round to making my own table runner. I can’t wait for Christmas so I can use it!

I’ve always wanted to make my own table runner, but it has been on the back burner for a few years now as I get so busy around Christmas with gift makes that I just run out of time to make it, and it just doesn’t seem right making a Christmas runner in the summer! I had a spare evening the other day and some material that was just perfect for it so I decided to get it made now while I had the time and before I assigned the fabric to another gift!

I decided to do a patchwork stripe table runner with an organza overlay on one side.  This meant it could be used on either side for a different effect; one just the patchwork stripe pattern, the other a patchwork stripe with a snowflake pattern over the top.

For the fabric I used a fat quarter set from the Craft Cotton Company fabric in stripes and stars along with some of their silver organza with a snowflake pattern.  The Reds and greens in this fat quarter set are just perfect for Christmas and the snowflake pattern of the organza just adds a little more Christmas sparkle, I do love a little sparkle at Christmas!



Christmas table runner 

1 – Cut a piece of grease proof paper 130 cm by 26 cm wide, this is the full size of your table runner.  If you want your table runner to be wider or longer just increase the width or length.  Now cut out one piece of organza from this pattern piece but make sure you leave a 5 mm seam allowance when cutting.


2 – Take the pattern piece and cut into strips of different thicknesses, I chose to do 5, 6, 7, and 8 cm strips.

  
3 – Cut out the fabric using the pattern strips allowing a 5 mm seam allowance when cutting.  You will need to cut two pieces of fabric for each pattern piece so you have one for the front and one for the back.

4 – Sew all of the front strips together length ways, first placing the first two pieces right side together and sewing down the long edge, then placing each subsequent piece right sides together with the previous piece and sewing down the long edge.  Then repeat for the back.


5 – Place the front and back pieces right side together with the organza piece in-between them. Pin, and then sew around the edges leaving half of the top edge unsewn.


6 – Turn the runner right way around and hand sew the unsewn edge closed with a slip stitch.


7 – Give the runner a run over with an iron to flatten it out and square the edges – make sure you don’t iron the organza side or you’ll melt it!

You could make this as long or as wide as you want, all you need to do is make your pattern wider or longer than what I have done.
For more ideas using The Craft Cotton Company fabric, check out their blog with free sewing tutorials:
http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1

I’m starting to worry time may be against me but I’ve got the second of four quilts finished for christmas, let’s hope the final two decide to co-operate as nicely! 

For my second quilt I opted to do a rectangle strip one, I have been wanting to do one like this for a while so was really pleased I could do finally do one! I opted for quite a thick rectangle strip as I didn’t want one that was too thin for working with – especially after my difficulties with the fiddly-ness with the small triangles!
This one came together much quicker than the triangles too – as all that I needed to do was sew together the long strips of fabric. I opted to add quilted detail by sewing a straight line down either side of the seam in a dark contrasting green.  
I now have 2 down and only 2 more to go, I’m starting to think I might actually get these finished in time! 
   
   
Rectangle quilt 
1- Cut long strips of fabric 4.5 inches wide
2- Cut these strips to different lengths, and lay them out to the size of quilt you want.

  
3- First sew the row strips together, placing right sides together and sewing down the short side.
4- Once the row strips are sewn together you can now sew all of these together, by placing right sides together and sewing down the long side.
5- Layout your backing fabric piece, make sure this is a few inches bigger then the batting and patchwork pieces, next lay your batting on top, then place your patchwork layer on top. Pin like mad to make sure it won’t move while quilting.

6-Add your quilted detail.

7- Bind around the edge by taking the backing fabric and folding it over to the front like you would when making a hem and slip stitch around. 

   
   

New stocking all set and ready for Christmas, I’m definitely ahead of schedule this year – fingers crossed it stays that way!  

I’m flying ahead with my Christmas makes so far this year, although I have made sure I have started nice and early as last year I ran out of time. This stocking is the companion to another patchwork stripes stocking over on the Hobby craft blog http://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/how-to-make-a-patchwork-stocking/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HobbycraftBlog+%28Hobbycraft+Blog%29 made to replace my rather thread bare stockings which I’m surprised managed to survive last year!


This stocking was made with some very cute penguin themed fabric from a fat quarter set from The Craft Cotton Company. I just love this fabric – how can you not with all those penguins! I decided to use the penguin fabrics on the outside to make sure they took centre stage, and a plainer snowflake pattern for the lining.


I’m really pleased I have managed to get both these stockings finished, they will look great hung out for Christmas optimistically waiting for some presents! I just hoping this successful progress with all these Christmas makes continues!



Materials needed

The Craft Cotton Company Penguin fat quarter bundle

Pins

Scissors

Thread

Batting

Lining fabric

Paper for the pattern

Needle

 

1 – Making the stocking pattern.

Draw a pattern outline for your stocking, making it as big or as small as you like.  I fluted mine out a bit at the top as I like it wider at the top for when folding back.  Make 2 copies of this pattern, one is for the lining, batting lining and batting pieces that will be left whole, and the other is for the front and back fabric patchwork. For this piece cut it into three to make the stocking template.

  
2 – Cutting out the fabric.

Make sure you allow 5mm seam allowance throughout.  Using the whole stocking pattern piece cut out the following; two pieces of fat quarter bundle fabric for the lining, two pieces of batting and two pieces of lining fabric for the batting.  Then, from the 3-sectioned stocking template cut out 2 pieces of fabric for each section (one each for the back front so you’ll have six pieces in total).  Make sure when cutting the sectioned pieces and when using different colours for each side of the lining that you have the patterned side of the fabric facing up for the front pieces and the patterned side down for the back pieces.


  
3 – Sew the three separate stocking pieces together.

Place the bottom and middle front pieces right side together and sew down the seam to join them, and then attach the top and middle pieces by placing right sides together and sewing along the seam.  Repeat for the back.


4 – Next to add the quilting detail.

Place the patterned fabric batting and batting lining together and pin to secure in place.  I chose to add a snowflake detailing using a pre-set stitch on my sewing machine, but you could do zig zags, straight lines or any other patterns that you like.  I went down each of the seams with this stitch detail and then diagonally across each of the sections.  I also chose to use two different thread colours, one light blue for going down the seams and a teal colour for the other lines.


5 – Now to make the hanger.

 

Pick one of the fabrics to make the hanger, I chose to use the green snowflake, and cut a strip measuring 24×6 cm.  Next fold the strip in half with right sides facing and sew along the bottom and up the side leaving the top unsewn.  Turn right way out and you have got your strap.  Before sewing the front and back together, fold the strip in half longways to make the loop and pin to the back piece with the ends of the loop hanging 1cm over the edge of the back piece. I chose to place this 10cm down from the top edge to give enough space once the top edge was turned back over.


  
6- Sewing the front and back together.

 

Pin the front and back pieces together right sides together – the loop will be on the inside.  Now sew the whole way around but leave the top edge unseen.  Turn the right way around.

7 – Making the lining.

Take the front and back lining pieces, place them right sides together, and sew around leaving the top edge unsewn.  This lining can now be inserted into the stocking, to attach to the stocking fold the top of the stocking inward by 1cm and fold 1cm of the stocking lining outwards and slip stitch the two edges together.


Now it’s all set and ready to hang out on Christmas eve!

  

 

For more ideas with the Craft Cotton Co. Fabric check out their free sewing tutorials over on their blog:

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