Craft

Working Cotton

When Hubby tells you to crochet more dish towels, you hurriedly run to buy cotton yarn because “Oh my! He’s encouraging one of my creative vices! Quick, buy all the yarn before he changes his mind!”

Real life right here. These poor guys got worked!


I’ve crocheted a few dish towels in the past. They were absolutely boring. Double stitch after double stitch. Obviously I wanted something quick but this time was totally different. I scoured Pinterest for crochet dish towel patterns. I planned to make them all different. Make it more interesting for myself. With it being football time, it was a perfect craft to have for couch sitting and subsequent yelling at the tv.


First pattern I did is so my favorite from 5 Little Monsters. It took me a bit to understand the stitches. I probably restarted about three times. It has a fun, twisty texture that I think will be perfect for scrubbing.


The next was almost a shell pattern again from 5 Little Monsters. The groupings are a little poofy, almost like petals in rows. This was much faster. Neither of the first two had borders so once you made it to the end of the last row you were done. Sometimes adding a border feels a bit painful for me. So close to being done but wait, not yet!


Thirdly we have more of a post design CDM Handmade. I think is more of what I think of when I picture a dish towel. It has a small border around the edge. It gives it varying heights between the main body and the edging. I like that it makes each bit stand out.


Lastly, I have a diagonal design from Totally Snappy. What’s funny about this is that I used the same design on a much larger scale previously. I made Hubby (boyfriend at the time) a crocheted blanket that matches it. It took forever but one on a much smaller scale goes super fast!


I made a smaller one too just to use up the last of the yarn.

Hubby beware: next time you encourage Jamie crafty time look out! That shit will get done in a blink of an eye.

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Baby Blanket Blues

My friends are having their third baby. Third… Baby… Eww. I am not a kid person. Never have been. Never will be. I have a niece whom I enjoy terrorizing. Well, she can be cool sometimes… just sometimes though.

I have crocheted a baby blanket for both their girls so now I’ve made a third one for their upcoming third child, a boy. I try to not do the typical style of baby blanket for them. The first was a hot pink, black and white bubble blanket. The second was a rainbow colored star shape blanket. Now for the third, I’m making a basket weave teal and grey blanket. I found the pattern Basket Weave Baby Blanket from Craft Passion.

I went back and forth on deciding the colors for this blanket. You’ve got the typical blue, yellow or green. Blah! I let Hubby decide when we got to the store since I couldn’t make up my mind. Who better to pick colors for a boy blanket than another guy? Right?

The pattern is simple. An always repeating pattern and I can watch tv while I work. It took me a few months to complete, mainly because I can’t stick to one project but bounce around to different ones.

I tend not to pay attention to details when I first start projects. If I had, I would have realized that this afghan pattern is flipping huge. How is this made for a baby!?! I decided the width of the blanket is now the length. I even returned a skein of yarn because I didn’t need to make it as big as instructed.

Without further ado… Baby blanket!

Back Trim
The grey is the trim and it’s the back side.

Front Trim
The front side of the trim. The weaving looks the same on both sides. The trim is the only piece that distinguishes front from back.

Full Blanket
Perfect little blanket for a little man!

Pincushion Ring

Pincushion Ring

I’ve been thinking about this project for awhile now. I finally decided that I would take time out on my lunch and get it made.

I have a habit of moving my pin cushion here and there when I’m sewing or cutting fabric. I know there’s the wrist strap looking pincushion you can make. It really didn’t catch my eye like a pincushion ring.

Circle

I picked up a couple ring blanks from Hobby Lobby. The blank was 22cm in diameter. I wanted something bigger but I figured I could make do. I cut a circle of fabric by using a large mouthed cup and chalk.

Circle Button

After I cut the circle, I serged around it. This kept the edges from fraying and gave me a stitch to pull to start pulling the fabric into a dome. I added the button to the center before stuffing it to make it easier on myself.

Poof WO Ring

I pulled the fabric as tight as I could and stuffed it with fiberfill. I read that you can stuff a pincushion with saw dust, sand or steel wool. I guess it’s really up to you. I finished pulling the fabric closed and stitched until it was completely closed.

Preparing Ring

I added colored floss through the button and down the sides, knotting it on the bottom. This completes the little poof for the ring. I kept sitting the poof on the blank and it didn’t look like enough. I took some ribbon, folded it accordion style, and stitched the one end. Fanning it out made a little ruffle base for my poof. I stitched the ruffle to the poof so it was centered in the bottom.

Blue Ring

Creme Ring

Next was time for the hot glue. I glued the ruffle a bit more to the poof then glued the poof to the ring blank.

Two Ring Cuteness

That’s it! Done and adorable! Just a word of warning, let the ring cool before slipping it on your finger.

Pattern Love

Pattern Love

I’ve read several different places that you can make your patterns last longer by ironing interfacing to the back of them. I’ve been really hesitant on doing this because ironing paper, especially flimsy pattern paper seems really sketchy. I was afraid that as soon as I touched the iron to it, it would burst into flames. I didn’t say it was a rational hesitation.

Pattern

I decided to start with my favorite, most used, I’m gonna bawl my eyes out if it ever falls apart pattern. This probably doesn’t sound too smart, but sometimes I’m not very bright. But really, if you’re going to do something, do it with a bang!

Iron

I bought the cheapest interfacing from Jo-Ann’s. It’s a whole $.99 a yard. I plopped on the floor with my iron and board. I first ironed the pattern pieces. I chose one of the lower settings because I was terrified. A couple swipes later I turned the heat up and my pattern pieces were smooth. This is going swell!

Interfacing

Next came the interfacing. I tried to maximize it by putting the pieces as close as I could together. If their edges touched that’s fine because they’ll be cut apart anyways. I rolled out the interfacing on my board, laid out pieces and started pressing. I was careful to get close to the edge but not so close that I would end up with a sticky mess on my iron. Once the pattern and the interfacing were stuck decently together I got out the scissors and cut around the pieces. The edges weren’t bonded together yet but that’s fine. After completely cutting around the piece I ironed the whole piece out. It really shouldn’t make a crinkly noise anymore. If it still has a crinkle sound, it’s not bonded somewhere.

Flexible

I was so surprised at how flexible yet sturdy the pattern pieces were. I used this pattern immediately after doing this. It was easy to pin through the pieces and having the interfacing on the back made the pieces sit still on the fabric when I was laying it out.

I plan on doing this to to a few more of my patterns. It’s not very time consuming, especially if the pieces are already cut from use. The only issue is that the pieces no longer fit in the pattern envelope. I’ll have to make plans to figure out a better system for containment.

River Song Diary

For Christmas I always trying to give my bff Jes something Jamie-Made and something store bought. Last year she received an awesome pixel quilt. Check it out below:

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This year I couldn’t think of anything for the Jamie-Made piece. Eventually I settled on River Song’s diary. I know you can purchase it from Think Geek but I always think things are much more special if you make the present. Plus, I didn’t think the idea of making it seemed like something especially difficult.

I would say that this project took a month and a half to complete. I know that sounds like a long time for a book but I worked on other stuff and you do have to wait for paint, glue and mod podge to dry.

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I bought a cheap diary style book from Wal-mart but I’m sure you can pick one up anywhere. Mine cost about $5. I stripped the book of its shiny and ugly wallpaper style coating. Doing so was rather quick and decently fun. The thought of destroying something to then make it beautiful was at the forefront of my mind.

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The small piece of the book’s spine came off. That was an unexpected twist but easy to deal with.

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I took a small piece of packing paper, some rubber cement and glued that bad boy back on.

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After that it was trying to figure out how to make the detail on the front of the book. It’s very similar to the look of the Tardis. I used a couple cereal boxes, cut them to the size of the front of the book and glued the printed sides together. I had already sketched the design of the diary onto a piece of paper before I marked all over the cardboard. This was the longest process of the whole project. Cutting every little piece out with an X-acto knife and constantly worry about not stabbing myself took a small lifetime. I think it was worth it.

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I did the spine a bit different. I use a single piece of cereal box cardboard. I didn’t want the ridges to be really deep. The great thing about thinner cardboard was that I could cut it with scissors.

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Next I used mod podge. This was the first time I ever used it. I’m not a fan. I used a blue shade because I figured it would be a good base coat of color. This stuff didn’t go on as smooth as I was hoping. I took a piece of tissue paper and mod-podged it all over the book. My reasoning was that the edges of the book and the cardboard would become one. If I hadn’t, the cardboard would easily pop off of the book if it got caught on something and what a crap gift that would be!

Since that didn’t go on very smoothly I was stuck sanding down the book. Yes sanding. Hubby happens to have some uber fine sanding paper for model cars. It worked perfectly!

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Two coats of Tardis blue later…

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It’s starting to look very much like the book you can buy. To give it a bit of a dirty used look, I sanded it one more time in a few spots and painted it with brown watercolor then wiped it off.

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The inside I made a bit more special. I bought a large piece of poster paper from Hobby Lobby in a cream tone. I printed Gallifreyan on the paper, painted yellow and orange water colors, and glued it into the book. I bet the one you can buy doesn’t have that!

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The last step was for Hubby to give the whole book a clear coat. I wanted the book to have a smoother feel and the clear coat was the way to go.

I like to think of myself as a decent gift giver. I would love to keep this book, of course, I felt the same way last year about the quilt. I hope she loves it as much as I do!