From rainbows to Geckos, a few more crochet bookmarks have emerged

I found another bookmark pattern on Pinterest for a gecko which I knew would be perfect for some of my other book gifts, and had a wool in my stash which I have been wanting to use on a project for a while now – always an added bonus when you actually have the right wool already!

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I have made 3 of these little cuties so far and will be doing a few more to go with my remaining book gifts…

Link to the pattern;

http://www.supergurumi.com/amigurumi-crochet-gecko-bookmark

Such a cute little cloud – how could I not make one of these crochet bookmarks!

IMG_2226IMG_2224IMG_2221I’ve got quite a few book gifts this year and wanted to add just a little something with them that I had made so I decided to make some crochet bookmarks after seeing some very cute patterns on Pinterest.

The first is a very cute rainbow and cloud bookmark which I found the link to on Pinterest:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rainbow-bookmark-2

 

I love the face details – especially the rosy cheeks! I will be making one of these for myself next!

Time for some puzzling, mini crochet ball puzzling that is!

I have seen patterns for crochet puzzle balls pop up on my Pinterest feed for a while now and have pinned many in my things to make board – which is getting a bit out of hand! I decided the other day it was time I got on and made one of these balls!

I opted to make a mini version to see how I got on first before tackling the larger sized one – didn’t want to end up in a mess of puzzle bits straight off!

The pattern was by #lookatwhatimade

http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/free-crochet-patterns/mini-crochet-amish-puzzle-ball/

The pattern was brilliant – lots of photos to make sure your on the right track too.

Now that I have successfully mastered on of these little mini ones I will be going ahead and trying one of the bigger ones, however I enjoyed making this little one so much I will be making a few more of these before getting started!

Time for some embroidered hoop making adventures, into the woodland first with this very cute fox

 

I have had an idea for some embroidered hoops for a while now and have finally had a chance to sit down and draw up the patterns and start getting them made. They have come together surprisingly quickly as I thought it would take a lot longer to do the stitching, this is a bonus as it means I will be able to get more made in the time I have!.   I had some green Ombre Trends fabric by The Craft Cotton Company in my stash that was perfect for my first hoop make – a little fox.

 

I first drew out the outline of my fox on paper and went around in a dark marker so I could see the lines through the fabric. Next I traced the outline onto my fabric in pencil. I went around these outlines using a back stitch, and next filled in these outlines using different stitch patterns.

 

Once I had completed the fox I made sure it was aligned correctly in the hoop I wanted to put it in and made sure I tightened the hoop well. I cut away the excess fabric at the back 4cm from the edge of the hoop and stitched around 2cm from the edge, pulling it tight to bring in the raw edges to the middle. To cover the back I cut a piece of felt slightly smaller than the hoop and stitched this onto the back.

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I attached a ribbon loop to the top of the hoop through the hoop fastening along with a ribbon bow.

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I have a few more of these hoops in the making so it wont be long until a few more pop up on here…..

 

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Cable tidy roll Tutorial – perfect christmas gift make

I made this cable tidy roll tutorial for the Craft Cotton Company using their gorgeous Grayson Fat quarter set.  Perfect for keeping all those unruly cables untangled and in one place so you wont loose any.  This would make an ideal Christmas present for anyone who has lots of cables which like tying themselves together!

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The tutorial is available for free over on their blog, along with lots of other great ideas:

https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2017/08/14/Sew-your-own-Cable-Tidy

 

 

Button overload with the christmas presents makes this year! Just a few button cushions….

Each year I tend to follow a theme for my Christmas present makes, from crochet coasters, embroidered cushions and patchwork quilts

IMG_2165This year after realising I could no longer ignore the bursting state of my button box I decided to tackle the issue by making some button themed cushion covers for christmas gifts.   the only downside to this brilliant idea I had was this I slightly underestimated how many buttons I would need and despite having enough buttons to fill a small room I ran out of the colours I was needing so  had to go and buy more to finish them all off…..typical! So now despite making a slight dent in the button mountain I have added some more back in from the leftovers I had after finishing the cushions!

The 3 pictured here were just the beginning…..

To make these cushions I used fabric quarter sets by The Craft Cotton Company in Ombre Trends (green, pink, and blue) and Gold Metallic. I used one fat quarter piece to make the front cushion piece and two more of the fat quarters folded in half to make the two back pieces of the envelope cushion.  Then I sewed my button detail onto the front by drawing the star or heart outline onto a piece of paper and pinning this to the middle of the fabric. I then sewed on the buttons within the outline.  Once I had filled in the outlined area I tore off the paper, which left the buttons behind.

I then placed the button front right side up and placed the two folded fat quarters slightly overlapped on top of this, trimmed any excess then sewed around the edges.  Next I turned the pillow the right way around and sewed a binding around the edge of the pillow which I made from strips of the ombre trends fabric, first sewing the binding around the front placing the raw edge of the binding against the edge of the pillow,  the binding was then folded around to the back and sewed to secure.

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Time for some under the sea fun with a crochet seahorse tail blanket

Little bit of a change from the hooded blankets with this crochet seahorse tail blanket, perfect for escaping away for some under the sea adventures. Fully size customisable from babies to adult based on waist measurement. 
The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/548499618

Crochet Hooded Flamingo Blanket

Ive been working on a few more crochet hooded blankets and the first new blanket out the craft basket is this very bright and happy flamingo!

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The pattern is available over on my Etsy shop along with my other hooded blanket patterns:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/558985559

 

 

Now to get back to finishing the others!

 

 

 

 

Crochet Lego tissue box cover

I don’t think its possible to ever have too much Lego around – ok apart from when its on the floor and gets stepped on…Luckily with this there will be no sharp edges to harm your feet and it will brighten up your plain tissue boxes.

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Materials

   

4.5mm crochet hook

1 ball 100g red DK wool

Darning needle

Tissue box: 12x12x13 cm (12 cm along, 12 cm wide, 13 cm deep). The square boxes you get should be this size. 

  

Box cover

 

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Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of the row.

Rows 2-11: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.

Row 12: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 7sc, ch 7, skip 7, 7 sc to end of the row.




Rows 13-22: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.


Round 1: ch 1, sc into same stitch as the ch1, then sc down the side, along the bottom, up the other side and along the top edge then slip stitch into the sc at the start of the round.


Round 2: sc around in the back loops only.

Rounds 3-29: sc around.

Fasten off.

 

Top circle

  • Side edge

 

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Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of the row.

Rows 2-4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach.

Join the two ends together to make a circle and sew to secure. Next sew the circle into the top of the box cover.

 

 

  • Circle top

Make 2

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

Round 1: 2sc into each sc.

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

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

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

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

Round 6: 2sc into the next sc, sc into the next 5 stitches. Repeat around.

Fasten off leaving long thread.

 

Fold the circles in half to make 2 semi circles and sew onto the circle you sewed to the top of the box cover. Make sure you only sew around the edges to secure and leave the gap between the two semi circles unsewn for the tissues to come out through.