5 Little Monsters: 2021

Grilling Aprons for Dad

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 Father's Day is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about gifts for dads. My husband, like a lot of men, has been doing a lot of grilling as the weather has warmed up so I thought it would be fun to make something for Father's Day that had a grilling theme. 

Crocheted Donuts

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 My daughter asked if we could get donuts as a special treat to celebrate the first day of summer break now that all of the kids are done with school for the year, and I thought it would be fun so we ran to the store early this morning and picked up a dozen donuts. I had no idea it also happened to be National Donut Day, but it was a really fun coincidence. 

Patriotic Perler Bead Designs

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With the school year ending, or already ended for some people, it is time to start thinking of activities to fill the summer. We try to limit how much screen time our kids can have in the summer and I know it won't be long in our house before we start hearing kids say that they are bored and that there is nothing to do. Mostly just as an attempt to get us to give in and let them have more screen time. 

Crocheted Bee Amigurumi

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 Both of the schools that my kids go to happen to have bees as their mascots. Technically one school is the Yellowjackets and the other is the Bees, but they both use bees in their school spirit stuff and both have black and yellow as their school colors. With the school year coming to a close there have been lots of school activities and lots of bee stuff, so bees have been on my mind.

Vinyl Pantry Labels

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This week Cricut announced a new feature in Design Space, Kerning! If you are unfamiliar with what kerning is it is the process of adjusting the spacing in between letters as you type so that it looks nice. If you have tried using fonts in Design Space in the past, especially script fonts, you know that the letters were always spaced weird and needed a lot of adjusting to make them look right, which could sometimes be a little frustrating and time consuming. 

Adding Iron On to a Painted Canvas

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I have made a lot of different types of canvases using my Cricut, including hot mess canvases and reverse canvases. For this projects I wanted to keep it a little more simple. Just putting vinyl on a canvas that I had painted. No deconstructing of the canvas or multiple layers.

Aurora Water Bottle Holder

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 Earlier this year I made a scarf and then later a hat using the same stitch pattern made up of rows of double crochet stitches, double crochet mesh and crossed double crochet stitches. I called the scarf the Aurora Scarf because the yarn I used changed from pink to blue, just like Aurora's dress in Sleeping Beauty. I loved the stitch pattern so much that I made the Aurora Hat pattern shortly after that. 

Infusible Ink USA Coasters

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Today I am once again joining Team Creative Crafts to share some fun craft projects along with several other craft bloggers. The theme of this Creative Crafts round is Patriotic Crafts.

Weed, Weld, Blank? What Do All of These Cricut Terms Mean?

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Sometimes when you are starting a new hobby or joining a new community you hear terms that you aren't quite sure what they mean. I see it happen a lot in crafting Facebook groups where people will talk about something using a term or slang specific to that craft and other people have no idea what they are talking about and it can be confusing. 

Star Wars Infusible Ink Projects

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To celebrate Star Wars Day I thought it would be fun to make some Star Wars projects with my Cricut. I wanted to use Infusible Ink transfer sheets because I love to combine the galaxy prints with  Star Wars designs. 

Infusible Ink Mugs with Children's Artwork

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When I got my Cricut Mug Press one of the first things that I thought of doing was using it to let my kids make mugs to give to people with their drawings on them. With Infusible Ink Pens and markers it is so easy for them to draw pictures that can then be transferred onto a mug for a fun personalized design. 

Crocheted Clothes and Accessories for the Long-Legged Bunny, Bear, and Cat

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When I came up with the idea to make the trio of long-legged animals, the Bunny, Bear, and Cat, I wanted them to be toys kids could really play with. In addition to them just being a stuffed animal I wanted them to have clothes and accessories so that my kids could dress them up and play with them. 

Long-Legged Crocheted Cat

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Finally, the last of my trio of long-legged crocheted animals. This little cat has been on my calendar to post about for a long time, it has been a month since I posted the last one. Other stuff kept coming up and the cat kept getting pushed back, but not anymore, today is finally the day. 

Clay Ring Dishes

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I wanted to share these little clay ring dishes, or trinket this week, because I thought with Mother's Day coming up they would cute gift to make for moms and grandmas. And they are simple enough that kids can help. I know when my kids saw that I bought clay they immediately started planning what colors they wanted to use and what they were going to make. 

Mini Painted Vases and Planters

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A while ago I saw someone share, on Instagram I think, some things that they found at Target in the  Bullseye Playground section. One of the things that they had shared was a little 3 pack of bud vases and when I saw them I thought they would be perfect for a little craft project. Something fun to paint for spring, or for Mother's Day, or anything really.

Dishcloth Week- Pebbles Dishcloth

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Day 5 of Dishcloth Week, the last day, the last pattern for the week. It has been fun coming up with different stitches to use for these dishcloth or washcloth patterns. 

Dishcloth Week- Silt Stitch Dishcloth

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It is day 4 of Dishcloth Week, which means that tomorrow is the last day. Today's dishcloth pattern uses the Silt Stitch. This was a new stitch to me, which was great because I love trying out and learning new stitches. 

Dishcloth Week- Cobble Stripe Dishcloth

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 It is day 3 of Dishcloth Week here on 5 Little Monsters, and today's pattern is the Cobble Stripe Dishcloth. The textured lines in this pattern create a striped effect, and it only uses 2 basic stitches. 

Dishcloth Week- Off the Rails Dishcloth

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Day 2 of Dishcloth Week brings the Off the Rails Dishcloth. This is a stitch I came up with for a pillow I made a few weeks ago, and as I was making it (knowing I had this week planned) I thought it would be a great texture to use for a dishcloth. 

Dishcloth Week- Crossed Doubles Dishcloth

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 I am so excited to be kicking off another week of dishcloth and washcloth patterns. Dishcloths and/or washcloths, I use them interchangeably depending on how I plan on using the actual cloths, are a crochet project I really enjoy making for several reasons. One, they are small and quick. I am a big fan of quick finishes, I love the feeling of accomplishment when you finish a project and that comes a lot quicker with a dishcloth than it does with a blanket. 

Recycled Cardboard Tube Desk Organizer

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With Earth Day coming later this month I am joining a few of my blogging friends to bring you a bunch of recycled craft ideas, and the possibility to win an awesome prize. So join me for Creative Crafts- Recycled Crafts Edition, to get some fun ideas for recycled and upcycled projects you can make, and at the end of this post you enter to win a 10 lb box of Poly-Fil from Fairfield World and a $100 gift card to JOANN. 

Smiling Sun Ribbon Tag Baby Toy

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Today I am joining Underground Crafter and Hooked for Life to share a baby sewing pattern as part of their year long 2021 Baby Sew Along. Each month, on the second Thursday of the month, they share a new sewing or quilting pattern for baby, and if you participate in the sew along you can win prizes at the end of the year. And today it is my turn to join in the fun. 

Everything You Need to Know About Cricut Design Space

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If you have a Cricut cutting machine you will need to use Design Space, so what is it, what can you do with it, and how do you use it. Cricut Design Space is the program you will use to create the projects you will make with your Cricut. Here you will find an overview of what you can do in Design Space, as well as the answers to some frequently asked questions. 

How to Make Stickers with Cricut's New Offset Feature

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When Cricut recently announced that they were adding an offset feature to Design Space I know I wasn't the only one who immediately thought of making stickers. There are lots of projects that this feature will be an amazing addition to, but stickers was the first one I wanted to try. 

How to Use the Cricut Mug Press

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I recently got a Cricut Mug Press and have been testing it out so that I could share a tutorial here with everything you need to know to get started. I have been seeing the mugs people have been sharing on Instagram and was excited to try it out for myself, and I was not disappointed. They turned out so cool!

Easter Perler Bead Designs

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With another holiday quickly approaching I thought it was time for some new Perler Bead designs. This time for Easter. 

Long Legged Crochet Bear

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This little long legged bear goes along with the bunny that I shared a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned that I would have more animals coming and this is the second one in the series. There will be one more animal, then some accessories to go along with them.  

Off the Rails Pillow

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Today I am excited to be participating in the Cozy at Home Crochet Along with CAL Central with my Off the Rails Crocheted Pillow. 

St. Patrick's Day Perler Bead Designs

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St. Patrick's Day is this week so we pulled out our bucket of Perler Beads this weekend to make some fun St. Patrick's Day crafts with the kids. Anytime I am looking for a kid craft that will keep my kids busy for a long time I turn to the melty beads. 

New Cricut Mug Press

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Have you seen the new Cricut Mug Press? I am so excited to be partnering with JOANN to share this fun new product with you. Using the Cricut Mug Press, sublimation mugs, and Infusible Ink you can make professional quality mugs at home. 

Easter Egg Painted Rocks

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My oldest daughter had a Zoom activity a couple of weeks ago with her church youth group where they were painting rocks. They used paint pens to make their rocks, rather than paints and a paintbrush that I normally use. 

Long Legged Crocheted Bunny

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I feel like I have been in a bit of a crochet funk lately. I think with the weather warming up and spring just around the corner I haven't wanted to make any more wintery projects like hats and scarves, even though those are things I typically enjoy making. Not that there aren't plenty of non-winter things you can crochet, it is just a matter of making that shift in my mind. 

All About Cricut Materials

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When you are new to using a Cricut, or maybe even not so new, it can be overwhelming to see all of the different materials available to cut and know which one is right for your project. Do you need permanent vinyl or removable? Regular transfer tape or strong grip, or do you even need transfer tape? Everyday iron on, SportFlex, Infusible Ink? What about materials that you can only use with a specific machine? This post is going to answer all of those questions and more.

Baptism Face Masks

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 My family and I are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in our church, for those who are not familiar, children are baptized at 8 years old. One of my girls is turning 8 next month and is excitedly preparing for her baptism. 

Crocheted Clovers Video Tutorial



Several years ago when my blog was still pretty new I shared a pattern to make these super easy 3 or 4 leaf clovers. They only take a few minutes and a tiny amount of yarn to make and are fun embellishments for St. Patrick’s Day. Add them to hair clips, pins, home decor, and more. 

Faux Etched Jars with Frosted Vinyl

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I have had this project on my mind for a long time, pretty much from the first time I saw that Cricut had a frosted vinyl option. I thought it would be the perfect thing to use on glass items for an easy faux etched glass look. 

Aurora Hat

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Earlier this year I shared a new scarf pattern, the Aurora Scarf, made with Red Heart Unforgettable yarn. I really loved the way it turned out and wanted to try to design a matching, or at least coordinating, hat pattern. The only problem is that even though Unforgettable is a very pretty yarn, it is not my favorite for making hats. 

Valentine Reverse Canvas

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Valentines Day is just around the corner, but if you are still looking for a super quick Valentine project to make this one is great. Reverse canvases are easy and inexpensive to make and you can make them with any design you want. 

Easy Valentine Treats and Tags

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My 12 year old daughter was asked to teach a zoom class to some other girls her age teaching them how to make a treat of some kind. With Valentine's Day coming up she wanted to make a Valentine's treat. She ended up coming up with the idea of dipping Rice Krispie Treats in chocolate and decorating them with pink and red sprinkles. They turned out pretty cute and I thought they would be a fun little treat to give to friends so I thought I would make some easy little tags and share how we made them. 

Valentine Perler Bead Designs

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Today I am joining some other craft bloggers to share some last minute Valentine projects over the next couple of days, and a fun giveaway. When I was thinking of something I could make for a quick and easy Valentine project that you be made last minute I decided to turn to my kids favorite craft, Perler Beads. Fun for any age and they definitely fit the quick and easy requirement, although once we get them out my kids can spend hours playing and creating with them. 

Which Cricut Machine is Right for You?

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 I love using my Cricut to make lots of different kinds of projects, it is one of my favorite things in my craft room. There is so much you can do with a Cricut machine, and one of the most common questions I get asked by crafters looking at getting a Cricut is, how do I know which machine to get?

Corner to Corner Heart Square

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With Valentines Day just around the corner I have had heart projects on my mind. A couple of years ago I made a large corner to corner heart design, and by large I mean it was baby blanket size, so not huge but the heart filled the entire blanket. This year as I was thinking of heart themed projects to make I thought about how versatile a small c2c heart square could be and decided to make one. 

Embroidered Canvas Paintings

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I recently bought a big pack of canvases in order to make a Valentine project that I will share soon, but with all of those canvases sitting in my craft room I started getting the itch to paint something. 

Leather Tags for Crochet Projects

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A few years ago I made some leather tags that could be sewn onto crocheted items like hats. I cut them out with my Cricut Maker and then used my Cricut Cuttlebug to emboss the leather with different designs. They turned out kind of cool, the only problem was that I kind of wanted to be able to make more personalized designs than the Cuttlebug embossing folders allowed. 

Criss Cross Cowl

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A couple of months ago I made the Criss Cross Hat and ever since then I have been wanting to make a matching cowl or scarf.

Crochet Project Bag Iron On Designs

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I don't know about you, but I am never working on just one project. I always have multiple projects going at once. Sometimes it makes sense, like one of them is big or has a bunch of little pieces so I really only work on it at home, and another is a small project that I take with me to work on in the car in the school pickup line or other places I will be waiting. But plenty of other times the only reason is because in the middle of one project I get an idea that I just can't wait to try out so I start something new before I finish what I am working on, or I just get bored with a big project and have to break it up with something small.

Aurora Scarf

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 I feel like for most crafters the end of the year is often spent making projects meant for others, whether for gifts for friends and family, or to sell during the holidays. Either way it seems like we don't keep a lot of what we make, so I thought that would be kind of fun to share some projects over the next few days that are things you could make for yourself. Not that you can't make them for others, just that you could make them for yourself if you want.