5 Little Monsters: March 2015

My Favorite Dischloths: Moss Stitch Dishcloth

When I was looking for dishcloth patterns for my spring cleaning round up a couple of weeks ago I started thinking that I should share some of my favorite dishcloth patterns. The ones that I have made over and over, that I use everyday in my home, that I have given as gifts. Designing new patterns is a lot of fun and dishcloths are an easy way to try out a new stitch or design because they are small and work up quickly. But there are also those patterns that you seem to go back to again and again, the old standbys, and I thought it would be fun to share some of those.

Crocheted Easter Egg Covers

Easter is just over a week away, probably time to start getting Easter  baskets ready. Luckily these cute little Easter Egg Covers are a quick and easy project and would be a fun addition to any Easter basket. I originally shared these on Craftaholics Anonymous a few weeks ago.

Friday Freebies Roundup Spring Cleaning Edition: 10 Free Crocheted Dishcloth & Scrubbie Patterns

Since today is the first day of spring I wanted to do something spring-related for today's roundup. I decided to go with a spring cleaning theme. I like to use crocheted dishcloths for cleaning, they are great for washing dishes as well as wiping things down and cleaning up little messes. Back at the end of January/ beginning of February I shared four Valentine's dishcloth patterns. Some of those could easily be done in different colors to make them less valentine-y and they could work for any time of year. The v-stitch one could easily be done in any three colors for any holiday or to match your kitchen. 

Spring Scarf: Free Crochet Pattern

Spring will officially be here in just a couple of days and the weather is starting to warm up. I probably won't be posting any more scarf patterns for a while but this scarf is a little more lightweight, crocheted with a stitch that is open and airy so I thought it would still work for springtime. 

Red Heart Yarn Women's Choice Award and Giveaway

It was recently announced that Red Heart won the 2015 Women's Choice Award for America's most recommended yarn brand. You can read about the announcement here. To celebrate this announcement they have given me the opportunity to give one of my readers a prize pack of yarn valued at $50!

Super Simple Crocheted Clovers

With St. Patricks Day coming up I wanted to make some little clovers, or shamrocks, I don't really know what the difference is between the two. I wanted some that were pretty small so they could be attached to a hair clip or a headband or pinned onto something. They aren't the most detailed crocheted clovers you can find, if you want the little heart shaped leaves than these aren't what you are looking for, if you want a really easy, fast, small 3 or 4 leaf clover than you should try these out.

Crocheted Easter Egg Covers on Craftaholics Anonymous

My second post on Craftaholics Anonymous as part of the 2015 Creative Team was posted today. This month I decided to go with an Easter project since Easter is less than a month away now. I made these cute little covers to put on plastic easter eggs. There is a pattern for a bunny, a sheep and a little chick. They are not very big so they work up really fast and would make a fun addition to an easter basket. They fit the regular size plastic easter eggs, the bottom is open so they slide on and off really easily. Just fill the egg with candy or little treats, slide the cover on and it is ready to stick in a basket or give as a little gift. 

I hope you enjoy this months project. You can find the pattern HERE.

Friday Freebies Roundup: 10 Easy Sewing Projects for Kids

A few days ago my daughter asked me if I could teach her to sew something. I have to admit it made me pretty happy to hear her say that, even if it was really just her way of trying to get out of doing her homework. I told her I would think of some ideas and she could pick something she wanted to make. I already had some ideas of the kind of things that I want to start her out with but that gave me the idea to see what I could find online for simple sewing projects to make with kids. So, today's free pattern roundup is some simple, beginner type sewing projects that I thought might be good projects to make with your child who is learning to sew. All of these are machine sewing tutorials that are either intended for kids or beginners or they are simple enough that I thought they could be easily adapted to use with kids. I think that we will start with a little bit of hand sewing first and then work our way up to using the machine. If you are trying to think of some beginner projects to teach your child to sew or maybe even to learn yourself you should check out these tutorials. Click on the picture or the title to find the tutorials.