DIY- Crochet Dishcloths

IMG_4957The very first, and easiest, of the homemade gifts that I tackled was the crochet dishcloths. There are literally gazillions (is that a number?) of free patterns out there on the internet, and I think I tried about 10 of them before I finally settled into a very simple Double Crochet dishcloth pattern. You can get fancy, but for something that is going to scrub your dishes everyday I really prefer practical and durable.

Materials:

  • 100% cotton worsted weight yarn
  • 5.0 mm crochet hook
  • needle to sew ends in

Terms/Abbreviations:

  • ch-chain
  • dc-double crochet
  • sc-single crochet

Pattern:

  1. Chain 28
  2. 1 dc into third chain from hook, 1 dc into each ch to end (26dc). Turn
  3. Ch2, 1 dc into each dc till end (26dc). Turn
  4. Repeat step 3 (1dc into each dc), 14 more times. (15 row of dc in total)
  5. rotate clockwise On what was previously the left side 25 sc. At the corner 3 sc in same chain. Rotate clockwise and continue the same pattern (25 sc and 3 sc in same chain) until you finish all four sides.
  6. Fasten off, sew in ends.

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Notes:

  • If you are like me and you find it very difficult to keep track of what row you are on justIMG_4954 fold your work in half diagonally, and if it makes a perfect triangle you are ready to finish the edges.
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Homemade Christmas Gifts 2013

I get a little thrill when a gift I give goes over particularly well. It is even more gratifying when the gift is homemade. This year the vast majority of the gifts I gave out were homemade. A big part of the reason was that I couldn’t find anything in the stores that seemed to fit the intended recipient. And I won’t lie, money was a part of it too. I can make a nice gift for a fraction of the price of buying it in the store, even if I have none of the materials on hand. I’ve been so anxious to get this list online and all of the gifts have finally been opened. So….

Finally, the list from this year!

Dish ClothHeating PadsFishing GameOwl OrnamentsBBQ BasketMinecraft Tablet CaseIMG_4932Soft Crochet Ball

If you want to have a homemade Christmas please realize homemade gifts take a lot of time. I started before Thanksgiving, and even working on it every night I didn’t get done until a day or two before Christmas. If it was sewn, it was done by hand with lots of finger poking and exclamations. If it was crocheted I probably had to re-do it once or twice to get it right. I don’t claim to be great at these crafts because I don’t really have a lot of experience, but I think the end result was worth it. I’m proud of my work, and so very thrilled that people enjoyed their gifts.

Dollar store DIY- Minecraft Tablet Case

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This has been the year of homemade Christmas gifts. Most of them because I couldn’t find anything in the store that seemed just right. The tablet case pictured above is all dollar store materials (tablet not included). My son really enjoys minecraft and I just couldn’t find any cases that both fit his interests and would protect his upcoming Christmas present. This case took about 60 minutes and $3.00, and that does include the stylus. It is sewn completely by hand and should protect the tablet from drops and moisture.

Materials:

  • 2pk. of green dusting rags
  • 1 pc. black felt
  • 1 stylus
  • needle & thread
  • velcro (optional)
  • scissors

Odds are you already have some of these things on hand, but if you don’t at worst this project will cost you $5.00.

Step 1.

Cut out your pieces of black felt and sew them to one of the dusting rags.

Step 2.

Sew your velcro to the inside of the two panels. Make sure the pieces line up so you get a nice secure grip when it is closed.

Step 3.

Make a small felt loop to hold the stylus and use a stitch or two to hold it to the case wherever you want it to rest at.

Step 4.

Flip the entire project inside out so the face and stylus loop are on the inside and the velcro is on the outside. Sew the three sides that do not have velcro. Flip it back right side out and enjoy.

(Pictures coming soon.)

Holiday Excitement

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I am already working on Christmas. Maybe it is because I have so much seemingly free time, or maybe it is because I really feel a need to create things… Either way, I am making many of the gifts this year. I really want to tell people and of course I can’t because then the gift receivers may find out what they are getting. It goes without saying that it would probably ruin the ooh’s and ahh’s if they know what is in the gift before they open it. But all the same I am practically bouncing in my seat with excitement. I can share my label, and so I will.

  I am just so excited. I only hope that they like them, because of course with homemade there is no gift receipt. Back to crafting!

Building Block Magnets

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My youngest son, now 14 months old has been having a blast lately with his building blocks. So I got the idea to incorporate the block theme into other activities. My older son’s school sends their lunch calendar home as a magnet so that you can put it on the fridge. So my big idea… Turn last year’s lunch calendar into block magnets! My son and I can stick them on the fridge and he gets more exposure to the all important letters and numbers.Blocks

I went searching for a printable sheet of block images that I could color and cut to glue onto my magnet pieces. I came up with absolutely nothing, so I spent some time during his nap to make my own. Some other possibilities for this handy little file are customized door signs, scrap-booking accents, and tracing pages. If you would like to use the file for your own project the image on the right will link you to my dropbox account where you can download it.

I had a lot of fun coloring and gluing. The cutting was a bit tedious, but I have to say I am quite pleased with the finished product. If I did this again I would probably try to find a way to laminate the surface of the finished magnet because mine are already showing some dirty fingerprints.