Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Zealand Handmade Ornament Swap: Sent

I am all about easy. I love nothing better than making items that are simple to put together but turn out looking so pretty.

For this ornament I used the instructions from here.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Crochet Soap Saver/Scrub Pattern

I have been doing a lot of Christmas crafting lately and one of the items that I have been making is a soap saver/scrub. Pair it with a nice bar of soap and you have a sweet little gift.

They're really easy to make and would make a great beginner project.

Yarn: 100% cotton yarn
Hook: 5mm

ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet

Make an adjustable ring.

Round 1: Ch 2, 12 dc in ring. Gently pull tail to close ring. Sl st to top of ch 2 to join.

Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. 2 dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

Check to make sure it fits the width of your soap. If it's too small, add an extra increase round (ch 2, dc in same stitch. *1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch - *repeat around).

Round 3: Ch 2, dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to the top of ch 2.

Repeat round 3 until desired length is reached. (Keep a bar of soap handy to check fit, you want your pouch to be about 3 cm longer than your bar of soap).

Last round: Sc in each dc around (check to make sure soap fits).
Fasten off  (I like to use this method here) and weave in ends.

Ch 60. Weave your chain through the 2nd to last row of double crochet, then use it to cinch the top closed around your soap.

If you make a Crochet Soap Saver/Scrub using this pattern, I'd love for you to share some photos in the Monkey Makes Three Flickr group or leave a link in the comments.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Linky - Children's Books

I just love losing myself in a good book and reading has always been something that I've wanted Riley to enjoy too. For the last couple of years we've been getting Riley a Christmas book, I think overall we've missed a couple of Christmas's but it's definitely a tradition that I intend to keep up.

I'm not very consistent with when I give it to him but it's always at least a week before Christmas so we have time to enjoy it before the big day.

These are the books that we have so far:

If anyone has any good Christmas book recommendations I'd love to hear them.

This year we are adopting an elf, I can't wait for him to arrive! You can find out all about the Elf on the Shelf here. He comes with a book too, so not only will we be starting a new tradition this year but continuing an old one as well.

Linking up here.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tutorial: DIY Washer Necklace

This is not an original idea and there are heaps of different tutorials around but I thought I would share how I made mine. They were really easy to make and I love how they turned out.

- A washer from the hardware store (choose the size you like best)
- Nail polish in whatever colour you want your washer to be
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- 1 meter of cord
- Beads (optional), keep in mind that the hole in the center of the bead needs to be big enough to pass through two strands of cord.

1. Cover the front of the washer in nail polish, allow to dry. Apply as many coats as you need to get nice, even coverage.

2. Once your washer is completely dry, use a cotton bud and some nail polish remover to carefully clean off any excess nail polish that may have gotten on the back of your washer.

3. Apply a layer of dimensional magic following the instructions on the packaging. If there are any bubbles, just scrape them off with your finger nail.

4. Fold your cord in half and push the loop through the center of your washer from back to front. Thread the ends of the cord through the loop and pull tight.

5. Now if you want to, you can add a bead like I have done, by simply threading it onto both strands of cord.

6. I used this tutorial here to make a couple of sliding knots.

That's it! Super simple and super cute. The dimensional magic was so easy to apply and the finished product looks great.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Creative Space

My creative space has been a hive of activity over the last couple of weeks. I think I must have had a moment of insanity because I've signed up for 3 Christmas swaps this year, so I have been busy, busy, busy getting things ready for those.

Once they're out of the way then I can get started on my own Christmas crafting ....

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tutorial: Pocket Tissue Case

When I first started sewing I went through a phase of making lots of tissue cases. I tried a bunch of different tutorials but I never found one that would fit a whole pack of Kleenex pocket tissues, they were always too small.

So with Christmas coming up I thought it would be a good time to make my own pattern. These would make great little gifts and are really quick to make.

- 8.5" x 6.5" piece of fabric for the outside
- 7.5" x 6.5" piece of fabric for the lining
- coordinating thread

Take your outer and lining pieces and with right sides together, match up the raw edges along one of the short sides. Sew together with a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat for the other side.

Turn right side out and press seams open. 

Press entire piece flat. Since the lining fabric is shorter, the outer fabric will fold in at the edges. Try and keep it even on both sides. Top stitch close to the edge. I use the lining as a guide and sew right next to it.

Fold piece in half and mark the center of each raw edge. Fold in one side and overlap your center mark by 1/2 an inch at both ends. Fold in the other side and match up the line where the outer and lining meet. Pin in place and sew both ends closed with a 1/2" seam allowance. You can use a zigzag stitch or leave the edges raw. I trimmed mine with pinking shears.

Now we're going to box the corners. Start  by opening out your corner. Center your stitch line on top of the folded edge and fold the seam to one side, making a triangle. Pin in place. Measure 1/2 an inch in from the corner and rule a line at right angles to the stitch line. Repeat for all corners and sew along the marked lines (don't forget to secure your stitches at both ends).

It should look like this:

Cut off corners 1/4 of an inch from stitch line. Turn right side out and gently poke out corners. 

Fill with tissues. It may take a bit of wiggling to get your tissues in but it's the perfect fit for the Kleenex pocket tissues, 21 x 21cm (remove the plastic first).

If you make a Pocket Tissue Case using this tutorial, I'd love for you to share some photos in the Monkey Makes Three Flickr group or leave me a link in the comments.