5 Little Monsters: January 2019

Simple Scrunchies Sewing Tutorial

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Today I am excited to be sharing a year long sew along that I am participating in with 11 other bloggers. You can find all of the details on Underground Crafter. The basics are that every other week one of us will be sharing a small sewing project, a "little gift" idea. Something that takes 1-4 fat quarters, or less than 1 yard of fabric to make. They will all work as stocking stuffers, or for any other time you need a small gift. The idea is that by the end of the year you will have lots of little gift ideas perfect for Christmas stockings, or just building up a stash of gifts.

All You Need is Love Valentine's Shirt- with free SVG

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I have been wanting to design my own cut files for a while now. Most of the designs I create and make with my Cricut are made in Cricut Design Space using elements and fonts available there. I don't mind creating things in that way but it is limiting using premade design elements and sometimes I have a specific idea I want to create from scratch, 100% my own.

Kindness Shirt 2: Be Kind Script Circle

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Last week I shared a Be Kind Shirt design and mentioned that I would be sharing one each week for the next several weeks. Today I am sharing my second Be Kind shirt, and I think this one might be my favorite. 

ASL I Love You Frame

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Last year I made a collection of t-shirt designs using ASL. My favorite was the I love you sign and I thought it would be perfect to use in a valentine themed project. 

Frosty Forest Cowl

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I recently had the opportunity to try out some yarn from Kraemer Yarns, their Perfection Worsted yarn. Worsted weight is by far my favorite yarn to use. I love the drape and detail you can get with thinner yarns and enjoy working with them occasionally but I always feel like it takes forever to finish a project. I love the quickness of projects made with bulky yarns, but feel like I am somewhat limited on the detail and types of projects I can make. So although I enjoy working with all weights and types of yarns, worsted weight is definitely my go to yarn weight.

The Aspen Cowl

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Earlier this week I shared a new hat pattern, The Aspen Hat, and today I am sharing the matching cowl pattern. I am excited to be sharing this pattern as part of ELK Studio's Make it for Me event. Check it out to find lots of fun projects for you.

Kindness Shirt 1: Be Kind Type Shirt

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I few months ago I came up with a series of t-shirt designs based around the theme of kindness. I was feeling like I was seeing so much negativity and hatefulness, especially on social media, that it was on my mind a lot. I hated seeing how acceptable it was to say whatever mean things you want just because you happen to disagree with someone, whether it be political, religious, or even just your taste in movies. I want to try to teach my kids to be kind and respectful to others, regardless of whether or not they agree on all things.

Rose Gold Deathly Hallows Sweatshirt

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For Christmas my husband asked me to make him a couple of hoodies with iron on designs on them. I made one with a design from one of his favorite books and another with one of my own designs, which I will be sharing in a couple of weeks. After I made his sweatshirts I decided they looked really comfy and I needed to make one for myself.

The Aspen Hat

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January is not my favorite time of the year. It is so cold and Christmas is over, although there are several birthdays in my family so that is one bright spot. But one thing about a month that is freezing cold is it is a great month for crocheting. And for wearing the things that you crochet.

Dream Big Sign

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For Christmas we put together a little craft area for our oldest daughter. She loves making things and spending time in my craft room playing with all of my supplies. A month or two ago I shared part of the gift we put together for her. We put together a beginner craft kit with lots of supplies so that she could make pretty much anything she wanted without needing to get into my stuff.

Easy Flannel Pocket Hand Warmers

It has been pretty cold this past week. I mean, it was the last week of December so that isn't really surprising. We didn't really have a white Christmas but that night it started snowing and continued off and on for the rest of the week.