I liked my blue infinity scarf make so much I just had to make another, this time in green! 

I liked my blue infinity scarf make so much I decided to make one for myself. I used a slightly different pattern for this to make it a bit wider and shorter than the blue scarf. I again used Ombre trends by Heather Jacks for the Craft Cotton Company fat quarters to make this, I love this range the colours and patterns are gorgeous and are just so versatile. I think I might have to make one of these scarfs in the pink next!

Infinity scarf pattern 

Materials

Ombré trends by heather jacks fat for the craft cotton company fat quarter set in lime

Thread

Scissors

Needle

Pins

1- Choose your fabric

Out of the fat quarter set pick out three fat quarters you want to use.
2- Cutting out the fabric

Fold the fat quarter in half so it measures 11 inches x 18 inches (if you fold it the other way you will end up with a longer and skinnier scarf). Cut along this fold two to give you two pieces of the fabric. Repeat with the other colours. You will now have 6 pieces of fabric, two of each colour.


3- Sewing the pieces together

First take two of the matching fabric pieces and place them wrong sides together and sew along the short edge, then repeat this with the next two pieces of matching fabric. This gives you a front and back piece.
Now take the final two pieces of matching fabric and sew one of the pieces to the top edge of the front piece and the other to the bottom edge of the back piece the back piece, make sure you place right sides of the fabric together to do this.

4- Sewing the front and back together

Place the front and back pieces right sides together and sew around all the edges, leaving a 3 inch gap at the end for turning out.

5- Turning out and closing the seam

Turn the scarf the right way around and slip stitch close the seam.

6- Completing the scarf
Take the two ends and slip stitch down the seams to sew them together

The grannies are assembling again, I think it may take me a while to get this next set finished – they never like to meet in small numbers in my house!

After the success of my two Minecraft blankets (mooshroom, creeper) I’m on my way with the next one, this time I’m going for a ghast to match the ghast soft toy I previously made a pattern for. I opted to use a different granny square pattern to the Minecraft creeper (traditional granny square) and mushroom cow (solid granny square) blankets, as I wanted to make it a bit different and am using a filet starburst Granny square which is similar to the solid granny square but has a gap in the middle of each side. The pattern for this lovely granny square is available for free over on:

http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2012/06/simple-filet-crochet-starburst-square-pattern.html

Again I need 100 grannies, I never seem to do these in small quantities! So far I’ve got 50 completed, hopefully the next 50 go as smoothly….

Bit of a break from all the birds and a perfect make for Mother’s Day – a lovely flowery infinity scarf 

I’ve still got half made birds bursting out of my crochet bag but thought I would take a little bit of a break from them to make his lovely infinity scarf. This scarf would make a great gift for Mother’s Day, a handmade gift is perfect for making anyone feel extra special. This infinity scarf made using the gorgeous summery colours and flowery prints of the ombré trends fabric is the perfect way to make her feel extra special.
Infinity scarf project:

Materials

Ombré trends by Heather Jacks for the craft cotton company fat quarter set in blue

Thread

Scissors

Needle

Pins
1- Choose your fabric

Out of the fat quarter set pick out three fat quarters you want to use.

2- Joining the fabric pieces

Take the first two of these fat quarter pieces and placing right sides together sew together along the shortest edge, repeat this for the other fabric piece so all three pieces are joined together to form one long piece of fabric.

3- Sewing together

Placing the right sides together fold this long piece in half sideways and sew along the bottom, down the long edge and along the top, making sure you leave a 6 cm gap unsewn for turning.


4- Turning and closing the seam

Turn the scarf the right way around and slip stitch close the seam.

5- Completing the scarf

Take the two ends and slip stitch down the seams to sew them together to complete the scarf.


This tutorial is also featured over on the Craft Cotton Company blog, there are lots of other great free tutorials over on there too.

http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1

Fabric car tidy: Something for keeping a little ones things a bit more tidy in the car

The other day a friend of mine was complaining to me about the state of the back her car with toys, paper, pencils and teddies all over the place, so I suggested a car tidy for her little ones to keep all their things together in.  

She passed over to me some fabric she had leftover from some curtains she had made recently and I got cracking on putting something together using it. I loved the pattern on the pirate fabric (Laura Ashley) and the blue (Laura Ashley) and greeny blue fabric (from Dumelm) complemented it perfectly. I opted to make a tidy with two big pockets as most of the toys and bits to go in it are big. You could make smaller pockets or add extra ones if you wanted.  

These went down a treat with the kids and for now my friends car is much tidier!  

  
Car tidy pattern 
Materials

Press stud 
Thread

Needle

Pins

Scissors 

Fabric: 

Straps 

– Two pieces of fabric 30cm x 10 cm

Tidy

– Backing fabric; 2 pieces 35 cm x 55cm

– Pocket 1; 1 piece 35 x 25cm 

– Pocket; 1 piece 35 x 40 cm 

1- Make the straps 

Take one of the fabric strips, fold it in half with right sides together and sew along the bottom and down the side. 

  
Turn the right way, you now have the top straps 

  
2- Hem the pockets 

Make a hem along the top of pocket 1 and 2 to seal the rough edges.
3- Putting the tidy together 

Take one piece of backing fabric and with the Right side facing up place pocket 1 and pocket two in place, also with right side facing up. Place the fabric straps with the edges of each hanging 1 cm over the top edge of the backing fabric and 6cm from the side edge. Now place the other piece of backing fabric right sides together on top of this and sew around all the edges but leaving a 10 cm gap unsewn, turn right way out and slip stitch the gap closed. 

   
 
  
4- Attach the fastening 

Sew popper to the straps so it can fasten around the seat top 

  

All finished! 

Flying hungrily out of the slowly shrinking bag of bird works in progress to catch some fish one very happy pelican

  
As soon as I saw this pattern in Edwards Menagerie: birds by Kerry Lord I knew I had to make it, and I just had to make some little fishes for him to catch in his beak! 

My bag of bird makes in progress is now slowly starting to thin out a bit, I now only have a flamingo, macaw and a kiwi bird to finish off and put together! After those I think I will be taking a little break from the birds, otherwise I won’t get any of my other makes finished! 
Fish pattern 

Ch2, 2dc into second ch from hook
Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) 2dc into same stitch twice 

Row 2-3: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) dc along row 

Row 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) dc2tog twice 

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) dc along row 

Row 6: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) 2dc into same stitch twice 

Row 7: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) 2dc into same stitch, 2dc, 2dc into same stitch 
ch1 and slip stitch around the edge of the fish 

  

Tapping up quite a racket as it leaves the making nest is a very smart woodpecker

Another great pattern from Kerry Lords book Edwards Menagerie: birds, is this woodpecker. It’s managed to squeeze it’s way out from all the legs, wings, tails and other bird parts I have in progress in my craft basket which was quite a task as it is getting very squashed in there now.  I bet it is glad to get out and stretch its wings!