5 Little Monsters: September 2015

Pieced Pumpkin Pillow

I love Fall, it is by far my favorite season. I love the weather, the colors, the smells, the fact that it is the start of the holiday season, everything about it. It is just my favorite time of year. One thing that totally says fall is pumpkin, I mean, they are ready to harvest in the fall, be carve them for Halloween, use them to decorate all season, eat pumpkin everything, use pumpkin spice scented candles, they are orange a color that totally says fall, everything about pumpkins seems to say fall. So as I was thinking of fall projects I could make I decided that I wanted to make something with a pumpkin. I had an idea to piece together strips of orange fabrics so make a pumpkin shape. I thought the strips would kind of represent the shape and bumpiness of a pumpkin. My son later informed me that I made something that almost looked like a pumpkin, that it wasn't bumpy enough to really look like a pumpkin. I decided to use that idea to make a pieced pumpkin pillow. I thought it would be a perfect thing to throw on the couch or a chair to bring a little bit of fall to the room.

SYTYC Season 18, Week One - Stash Bust + Giveaway

I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in the latest season of So You Think You're Crafty. If you haven't heard of it before it is a competition for craft bloggers, each week there will be a new theme announced on Sunday along with a giveaway, this week the them is "Stash Bust" and the giveaway is for a $100 gift card to JoAnn. You can enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

Harry Potter Outfits and Scarf Pattern

At the beginning of this week I got an email from my daughters teacher explaining that this week was deaf awareness week and they were going to be doing a Harry Potter them all week. On Friday the kids were supposed to dress up as characters from Harry Potter. My daughter was pretty excited and right away decided that she wanted to be Hermione. I started thinking about how I could put together her costume, her brother's white dress shirt, a gray sweater that we happened to have, I could make her a gray skirt really easily. My son's costume was mainly just his church clothes, a white button up shirt and his gray dress pants. We were able to borrow a tie and some glasses from one of the kids cousins who had dressed up as Harry a few years ago so he used those too. I didn't have a tie for Eliza so I made a red and gold scarf for her to wear.

Comic Con Outfits for Little Girls

Simple Superhero skirts and bags for little girls, perfect for comic con or any day. link to tutorial so you can make your own.

Salt Lake Comic Con is this weekend and we usually try to take the kids one of the days, usually Thursday because the crowds are typically a little smaller. Last year we bought the kids Halloween costumes easy so that they could wear them to Comic Con in September and then again for Halloween a month later. This year I decided that I wanted to do something a little different for the little girls. Rather than a costume that they would only wear a few times I decided to make them some little skirts that they could wear anytime. In fact, my youngest daughter has worn hers pretty much every day since I made them last week. She loves her Batgirl skirt that mommy made her. She is even wearing it right now as I write this. I shared the tutorial earlier this week on The Geeky Mormon.

Newborn Football Hats

Free pattern for a newborn size crocheted football hat, with or without braids.

I recently had a request to crochet a newborn size football hat and I figured as long as I was making it I might as well share the pattern here. Especially since football season is just starting up, these would make great baby gifts for any babies born this time of year. The person I was making it for wanted a photo prop type hat so I made it with long braids but I also made a version without braids because I think that if I was just going to put it on my baby when it was cold that is the way that I would want it, or at least with shorter braids. I only made it in newborn size so that is the only size this pattern is available in.

Birthday Doll Clothes & Free Doll Tote Bag Tutorial

My daughter just had her 7th birthday. The day before her birthday we did some things to celebrate as a family and we got her a gift. We explained that that was her birthday gift and she wouldn't be getting anything on her actual birthday and she was fine with that, until later that night when she started talking about what she wanted on her actual birthday. I know my little girl and I know what a big deal her birthday is so I wanted to surprise her with something small for her birthday. The week leading up to her birthday we spent working on moving some rooms around and working on some stuff in the house. Part of that was moving my craft room stuff so I hadn't really had much of a chance to work on a gift the days leading up to her birthday. She is really into American Girl dolls, and by American Girl dolls I really mean the cheaper knockoff versions that you can get at Walmart or Target, so I had planned to make some little clothes and accessories for her doll. I did a search for free doll clothes patterns, printed some off, chose fabrics, cut out some outfits, and did a little sewing.

Boxy Bear

Link to the Boxy Bear crochet pattern. This amigurumi animal is part of a series including a fox and an owl. All three are available as free patterns.

A couple of months ago I shared the Boxy Fox pattern on the Fairfield World site and then a couple of weeks ago I added the Boxy Owl. Now I am completing this little boxy buddy trio with the Boxy Bear. When I first made the fox I drew up designs for several different animals using that boxy shape. I decided on the fox first and thought I might make some more later. This month I decided to add a couple more. I decided that I would stick with kind of woodsy animals. All three of them are made in the same way, with a rectangular base and then crocheted around with the top flattened and sewn or crocheted closed. The differences between the animals are in the color changes and the arms/wings, legs/feet, ears and faces.

Lattice Stitch Dishcloth

It has been awhile since I posted a dishcloth pattern and I have been playing around a lot with crochet cable type stitches lately. Those two things combined to make this pattern that I am sharing today. I have been wanting to try out this stitch, I have another design in mind for it, and I thought a dishcloth would be a perfect way to test it out. It is definitely a very textured stitch and I like texture for my dishcloths so I thought it might work.

Crocheted Doily Trivets on Craftaholics Anonymous

crochet doily trivets free pattern

My post over on Craftaholics Anonymous this month is up and I am sharing another crochet pattern. Ever since I made my doily bunting, my very first post on Craftaholics Anonymous, I have wanted to try making that pattern into a full doily. I like the look of doilies but I really do not like making them with thread, they take forever. By making these doilies with cotton yarn they work up really fast and they work great as trivets or hot pads.

You can find the free pattern HERE.

Enchanted Toddler Cowl

A while ago I received a surprise package from Red Heart containing a couple of skeins of yarn for me to try. About a month ago I shared the pattern for a cowl made from the Twilight yarn. At the time I was working on a project with the other skein of yarn but had gotten kind of stuck trying to figure out how to make it turn out the way I wanted it to, so it wasn't done. I really didn't want to just make cowls or scarves with both skeins of yarn because that just seemed too obvious. I really wanted to do something different.

Boxy Owl Amigurumi

Link to free crochet pattern for Boxy Owl Amigurumi

A month or two ago I shared a pattern over on the Fairfield World for the Boxy Fox. When I was first trying to decide what to make and come up with a design I drew several different animals that I thought I could make using the same boxy shape. This month I plan on making a couple more boxy animals to go along with the fox, the first one being the Boxy Owl. You can get the pattern now on the Fairfield World website.