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Friday, August 4, 2017

Scalloped Edge Crocheted Pencil Bag

-This project sponsored by Darice-


When I try to think of stuff I can crochet for back to school time one of the first things I think of is always pencil bags. If you have followed my blog for a while you probably know that I have made several different versions of my basic pencil bag, a monster, and owl, a ninja turtle, and even a TARDIS. This time I decided to go with something simple but a little more girly. I added a scalloped edge to the button flap, I also left it straight instead of angling it in like I did on the others, and added a simple little, loopy flower to the front.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cricut 101: Which Machine is Best?

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If you are thinking of getting a cutting machine it can get really overwhelming really fast as you look at all of the different machines available and try to figure out which one to buy. Not only are there different brands, there are also different machines within each brand. Knowing which one to choose can be pretty overwhelming.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

How to Make Weighted Bases for Crochet Projects

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One of my favorite thing to crochet are amigurumi, or stuffed, crocheted dolls, toys, and figures. Some of these items are meant as decorations and I want them to be able to stand up on thier own. To help them stand up I like to add weighted bases to the bottom of the item. This gives them a nice heavy base so they don't tip over or wobble around. I use Poly-Pellets as the weight for my bases. In the video below I show a couple different ways that I make these bases to add to my crochet projects.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cricut 101: 30+ Cricut Projects (Including Easy Washi Stickers)

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Maybe you just got a new Cricut, or maybe you are thinking of getting one but trying to decide if it is worth it, or maybe you have one but use it for the same types of projects all the time and are wondering what else you can do with it. Whatever the case may be I thought I would talk about some of the many, many things you can use your cricut to make.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Angel: Crochet Nativity Add-On



A couple of years ago I made my crocheted nativity and it has been one of my all time favorite crochet projects. I started out with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, a star, 2 shepherds, a donkey, and a sheep. Then about a year later I added 3 wisemen. Now I have a couple more pieces that I want to add to the set and one of them I am sharing the pattern for today, an angel.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Solid Granny Square Dishcloth with Crab Stitch Edging




I was recently asked to make a video showing how to do the crab stitch or reverse single crochet and rather than just making a sample piece that would never get used for anything I decided that I would make a dishcloth and finish it with the crab stitch edging. Once I made it I figured I might as well post the pattern here. It is a very simple pattern, I started with a solid granny sqaure and edged it with the crab stitch. If you aren't sure how to do the crab stitch, also known as reverse single crochet you can watch my video explaining how to do it.

How to Crochet the Crab Stitch or Reverse Single Crochet


After I made my last video on how to make a magic ring, I asked readers/viewers if there were any specific tutorials they would like to see, any stitches, tips, etc. that would be helpful. One of the request that I had was for a tutorial on the crab stitch, aka reverse single crochet. I decided that that would be my next video so here it is:

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