Crocheted Boot Cuffs

I had:
-some extra yarn in my backpack from a project
-no project to work on during a 45 minute train ride
-and a cold draft rushing down my boots
Which birthed this quick/easy/messy pattern:

With 1st Color, ch 43, (or a ch that fits around you midcalf)
Round 1: dc in 3rd from hook, dc in back of each ch (there will be a ‘split’ at bottom)
Round 2: join 2nd color, slip st in very first dc, ch 3, dc in each dc around
Round 3-10: pick up next color, ch 2, dc in each dc around
(add more rows if needed, until the piece reaches your needs.)
Use a tapestry needed to weave in ends, and fix slit in the bottom.
Ch 100 or so, and weave the chain though the top to tie into a bow around your leg.

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Crocheted Fruit Cozy

My fruit was getting bashed up in my backpack, simple solution, make a fruit cozy!

Fruit Cozy
Start: Ch 4, join to form a loop
Round 1: ch 3, 9 dc in loop, join
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each dc, join
Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc the 1 dc around, join
Round 4-6: ch 2, 1 dc in each dc, join
Round 7: slip st in each dc around
-to make it striped, switch colors at the beginning of each round.

Quick Idea! Reuse & Recycle

My sad old pajama pants are finally too tattered to use, even after much patching. As I was trying to figure out how to reuse/recycle them I reazlied that I’ve really been wanting tight leg warmers, and the legs of these yoga pants are sturdy and tight! I cut them off around the knee, and sewed the inseam a little tighter, and… instant leg warmers! Yay for toasty legs in what our news is calling “artic blast winds”.

Digital Scrapbooking Supplies

When I buy digital scrapbooking supplies, they are usually on sale, because my favorite supplies are free ones…

 

-free supplies links-

Designer Digitals
New Free Item Each Week!
And you can download past weeks as far as a few months back!
http://www.designerdigitals.com/digital-scrapbooking/ideas/showgallery.php?cat=503

Digital Freebies
They have a “Friday freebie” and many archived past freebies
http://digitalfreebies.com/category/freebies/archived-freebies/

Shabby Princess
They rarely have a new free kit, but when they do it’s beautiful!
And in the meantime, you can download all their past free kits!
http://www.shabbyprincess.com/index.php/category/downloads/

Scrap Girls
Occasional new free items, and also archived past freebies
http://store.scrapgirls.com/category.php?cat=21

Digitals
Occasional new free items, and a few archived past freebies
http://digitalscrapbookpages.com/digitals/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=104

Scrapbook Bytes
Requires a login, free to join. Occasional new free items, and many archived past freebies
http://www.scrapbook-bytes.com/chat/local_links.php?catid=5

Studio Fergs
A free kit for joining, other free items through a newsletter
http://www.flergalicious.com/blog/

Traci Reed Designs
A bunch of free downloads for joining, and other ‘free gifts’ through a newsletter
http://tracireed.com/news/free/

Free Fonts
http://www.fontsquirrel.com/

 

-cheap supplies links-

PickleBerryPop
Once a month they offer $1 items at an online event they call the Pickle Barrel.
Sign up for their newsletter and you’ll always know when it’s Pickle Barrel time!!
https://www.pickleberrypop.com/shop

Digital Scrapbook Place
They have a 99 cent item of the week, and good specials or freebies sometimes.
http://store.digitalscrapbookplace.com/

Designer Digitals
They have a few 99 cent items, and good specials sometimes.
http://www.designerdigitals.com/digital-scrapbooking/supplies/specials.php

The Daily Digi
And finally, the best in cheap scrapbooking kit supplier is The Daily Digi! For only $7.50 a month you get many high quality kits from designers that you may never have seen otherwise!
Even when money got tight I would not give up my Daily Digi membership.
https://thedailydigi.com/become-a-member

My very last tip is to be signed up for the emailed newsletter of your favorite designers or websites in time for Digital Scrapbook Day in November!

I hope my guide helps bulk up your personal scrapbooking supplies, and the beauty of digital supplies is that you can use them over and over again in endless combinations!

T-shirt Shopping Bags

As I mentioned yesterday, I saw an ‘free ad’ on craigslist for old unusable t-shirts and sweaters, the sweaters I’m turning into heavy braided rugs, and the worst stained shirts will end up with the same fate… …but some of the tshirts I’m repurposing as shopping bags.

I’m not sure where I saw this idea, but it stuck with me, and it’s quite simple. Follow the cutting example in the photo below, then sew up the bottom of the shirt, and done!

A Huge Braided Rug

I saw an ‘free ad’ on craigslist for old unusable t-shirts and sweaters, and immediately thought Braided Rugs!! With a large cold kitchen floor, and chilly concrete garage floor in front of the washing machine, I got started right away.

Step One:
I googled how to make fabric yarn from shirts, there are all kinds of tutorials out there, the one that helped me most was at the blog My Wild Acres.

Step Two:
I braided the sweaters that I’d cut into ‘yarn’. It was easiest when my hubby would hold the braid tight to keep my tension, while we watched movies. I did find that I could hold it with my foot also.

Step Three:
There are MANY tutorials on this part as well. Unfortunately they are all for t-shirt braided rugs and I didn’t anticipate how hard on my machine sweater fabric would be. Two shattered needles later, I gave up, and my project stalled. Until I discovered heavy duty needles! YAY!

Rainbow Scarf with Hearts

After the rainbow scarf I made for Kay, Meg said she wanted one too! To keep them separate, I crocheted hearts on the end of this one.

The pattern can be found at my post: Rainbow Scarf

Custom Water Glasses, Take 2!

I’m trying to get our family to drink more water! And after the last time I tried to create actual custom water glasses, and failed, I decided that instead of making a certain glass designated for water, I’d make something to mark any glass/cup.

Quick Glass Marking Band
ch 28, join to form loop
slip st in back loop of each ch
weave in ends

Now each member of the family can get a glass down, mark it with their band, place it on the glass tray next to the sink, and use it all day – this way not every cup in the house is dirty and strewn about the house! We are loving it so far!

Workout Progress Chart

I saw a great free download of a chart for tracking progress as you do workouts at Lilypad Store.

I love the idea of tracking progress for motivation, but I wanted to track a bit more than what was on the chart, so I created this four tab excel file of sheets to print out and put in a binder. The workout pages match the game cards that I posted about the other day.

Click here to view the game cards: Workout Exercise Game

Click here to download the excel tracking charts: 2014 Workout Tracking
be sure to look through the tabs of the file.

All Sizes of Cabbage Patch Hat

Lately the only project I’ve been working on are cabbage patch doll hats, LOTS of them, this photo only shows some of the hats I’ve made over the last few weeks. I’m not sure why the hats suddenly became so popular, but it was great timing for me since I needed new shoes and didn’t have the money to buy them!

In crocheting that many hats I finished tweaking my pattern , and have one for each age now. The differences are in bold:

Cabbage Patch Doll Hat
Size 3-6 Month
Hook: Size H crochet hook
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Soft
Round 1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 3, 8 dc
Place a “marker yarn” in a different color to keep track of rounds.
Round 2: 2 dc each dc around. (10 sets of 2)
Round 3: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 4-7: dc in each dc around.
Round 9: sc in each dc around, 1 slip st.
turn the hat inside out, slip st into last sc made, then start loop stitch
Round 10-13: loop stitch in each stitch around.
Round 14: sc in each stitch around.

Making Pigtails
For the pigtails, cut 50 strands of yarn, 15 inches long. Tie a 10 inch string in the middle of the strands with a double knot. Comb pigtail with fingers to straighten it out. Cut a piece of yarn 10 inches long, tie with a double knot three inches from the top of pigtail, let ends hang to become part of the hair. Cut a piece of yarn five inches long, tie with a double knot one inch from the first hair tie, let ends hang to become part of the hair.

Attaching Pigtails
Use the top loose string ends to join to the hat between rows 3 and 4. Trim the pigtail one inch down from the second hair tie. Tie a 12 inch ribbon bow over the mess you made in joining. Repeat for the other side!

Cabbage Patch Doll Hat
Size 6-12 Month
Hook: Size H crochet hook
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Soft
Round 1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 3, 10 dc
Place a “marker yarn” in a different color to keep track of rounds.
Round 2: 2 dc each dc around. (11 sets of 2)
Round 3: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 4: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 5-8: dc in each dc around.
Round 9: sc in each dc around, 1 slip st.
turn the hat inside out, slip st into last sc made, then start loop stitch
Round 10-13: loop stitch in each stitch around.
Round 14: sc in each stitch around.

Making Pigtails
Cut 50 strands of yarn, 15 inches long. Tie a 10 inch string in the middle of the strands with a double knot. Comb pigtail with fingers to straighten it out. Cut a piece of yarn 10 inches long, tie with a double knot three inches from the top of pigtail, let ends hang to become part of the hair. Cut a piece of yarn five inches long, tie with a double knot one and half inches from the first hair tie, let ends hang to become part of the hair.

Attaching Pigtails
Use the top loose string ends to join to the hat between rows 4 and 5. Trim the pigtail one inch down from the second hair tie. Tie a 12 inch ribbon bow over the mess you made in joining. Repeat for the other side!

Cabbage Patch Doll Hat
Size 2T
Hook: Size H crochet hook
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Soft
Round 1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 3, 11 dc
Place a “marker yarn” in a different color to keep track of rounds.
Round 2: 2 dc each dc around. (12 sets of 2)
Round 3: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 4: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 5-8: dc in each dc around.
Round 9: sc in each dc around, 1 slip st.
turn the hat inside out, slip st into last sc made, then start loop stitch
Round 10-13: loop stitch in each stitch around.
Round 14: sc in each stitch around.

Making Pigtails
Cut 50 strands of yarn, 15 inches long. Tie a 10 inch string in the middle of the strands with a double knot. Comb pigtail with fingers to straighten it out. Cut a piece of yarn 10 inches long, tie with a double knot three inches from the top of pigtail, let ends hang to become part of the hair. Cut a piece of yarn five inches long, tie with a double knot one and half inches from the first hair tie, let ends hang to become part of the hair.

Attaching Pigtails
Use the top loose string ends to join to the hat between rows 4 and 5. Trim the pigtail one inch down from the second hair tie. Tie a 12 inch ribbon bow over the mess you made in joining. Repeat for the other side!

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Frequently Asked Questions
It seems several people have similar questions in the comments, so before commenting please review this FAQ section to see if it has your answer…

IN AN ADULT SIZE, OR ANY LARGER SIZE
You can use ANY beanie pattern, simply google “free crochet beanie hat pattern”, then add the front loops and longer pigtails. Hope that helps :)

A HAT TO BUY
I don’t make the hats anymore since I’ve got too busy these days, however there are still MANY people on etsy.com making them. I have noticed the hats this crafter makes are extremely similar to the ones I made: https://www.etsy.com/listing/249240073/crochet-cabbage-patch-wig-brown-cabbage?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=Cabbage%20Patch%20Hat&ref=sc_gallery_1&plkey=ecd5a156062767da86db25ae3cdb9189c6a036f5:249240073
Good luck finding a good one! :)

THE YARN
I don’t use wool, I use ONE skein of acrylic Baby Yarn (Vanna’s Choice from joanns.), it is “Size 4” yarn, also known as Worsted Weight yarn. This chart might help: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html.
One skein of yarn is sufficient, I often have a little yarn left over. Unless I’m making a 4T, in which case I have perfectly barely enough to make one hat.

THE HOOK
It seems an H hook is also known as a 5mm.

THE LOOP STITCH
There are many crochet videos on YouTube to learn the loop stitch. Happy Crocheting ♥

A KNITTED VERSION
You can use ANY beanie pattern, simply google “free knitted beanie hat pattern”. To add the front loops you can search “knitted loop stitch” on YouTube, then add the pigtails like I say in my pattern. Hope that helps :)

TO SHARE THIS PATTERN
This is a free pattern I made for my friend’s daughter, and you are free to share it with whoever would love it! Also, by all means print as many copies as you need to for making hats to donate. Also, feel free to use the pattern to make hats to sell, I hope you make lots of money! Enjoy! :)

Food Dispensing Cat Toy

A long time ago I read an article about how cats need to be allowed to hunt for their food, using purchased or homemade food dispensing toys, and I’ve always been intrigued by the idea. You can read more about that here: The Benefits of Using Puzzle Feeders for Cats

My cats already like to chew and play with yarn since I’ve made yarn cat toys before, so I freehanded this on the train yesterday… when I got home and pulled it from my backpack my hubby stated the obvious. “That looks like a turd.” I do agree, the choice of color was unfortunate, however it was just scrap yarn I grabbed as I left the house to catch the train.

Although this worked exactly as I wanted it to, I plan to make a new one when I have time again, in a different color, and perhaps a lot less tapered…. In the meantime, here is the pattern I came up with:

Food Dispensing Cat Toy

Stick
R1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 1, 5 sc in loop, join
R2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, including 1st ch 1
(crochet rows 1 and 2 tightly, as these will be the food holder)
R3 – R13: place marker, 1 dc in each stich around
R14: *1 dc, 1 invisible dc decrease*, repeat from * around
R15 – R20: 1 triple crochet in each stich around
R21: 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sc in each stich around
R22: *1 sc, 1 invisible sc decrease*, repeat from * around

Food Cage
Ch 3, join to form loop, Ch3, 4 triple crochet, leave a long tail

To Attach
Use your thumb to push in the top of the stick to row 4 (to form a small hollow)
Use the long tail of the food cage to sew it over the top of the hollow.

To Use
Push piece of cat food or treats through the triple crochet ‘bars’.
Leave one piece half out, then get your cat’s attention by letting him sniff it.
My cat loved it! He was playing with it all night to get a snack when he was hungry.

Learning New Stiches

I wanted to briefly share a christmas gift kitchen towel I made for my sister-in-law last year. I’m particularly proud of it for the stitching on the scarf which I gleaned from a library book full of embroidery stiches. The kitty’s scarf just would not be the same without that stich.

It was an important reminder for me that you can always learn more about a craft that you feel proficient at!

Christmas Eve Treasure Hunt

A Christmas Eve tradition in our family is to open one small gift on Christmas Eve. I took this a step further with my girls, and they have to go on a treasure hunt for it! I didn’t have time to think of clues this year, so I googled ‘treasure hunt clues’ and ended up viewing an awesome list at RealTreasureHunts.net. There were so many clues at the site, that I prepared a hunt for this year AND next year!

I chose clues relevant to our household, and arranged them to go from room to room. After I print them out I like to use scissors to curl the paper slips, just like curly ribbon, so the girls have to unroll them. Also, the easiest way to do the clues is start at the end to work your way backwards, cutting and curling the clues as you go along. Download the ready to print clues here: Christmas Eve Treasure Hunt Printable Clues

Fairy Kittens for Christmas


I’ve always been enchanted with the idea of a fairy kitten with little wings, and so when I came across a crochet kitten pattern it sparked the idea to make one with wings! That pattern turned out to not be what I was looking for, exactly, so I searched around, I prefer to have a pattern base so that I’m not wasting time, or feel like I’m reinventing the wheel, but I could not find exactly what I was looking for, and then realized that it doesn’t matter for this project, basic head, body, leg shapes will do, so I adapted the pattern from the blog Bethsco, and then I got the butterfly wings from here: By Hook by Hand – Butterflies
Kitty Headband
leave long tail
ch 4, join to form loop
*ch 7, slip st in loop*
repeat from * 4 times around
leave long tail
secure to cat as a headband

My Winter Scarf

My sister sent me some ultra-soft chunky chenille yarn, so I had to make a scarf! I settled on a wrap scarf that I could pull up to protect my cheeks and mouth in winter weather. This is the pattern I used:

Chain 125. Slip stitch to join into the first stitch.
Row 1: Ch 3, dc into fourth chain from the hook, and in each dc around, slip stitch into first stitch to join
Row 2: *Join new color with ch 3, dc in each dc around, slip stitch into first stitch to join*
Row 3: Repeat from *
Weave in ends
This pattern is adapted from the blog Prudent Baby – Chunky Crochet Wrap Scarf Pattern

I also made a matching hair band, loosely based off a pattern at Raverly: Ribbed Earwarmer/Headband by Cheni