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Super Easy Knotted Bracelet

Crochet August 30, 2017

Tired of the same old bracelet patterns? Have a million (or three) friendship bracelets? If you’ve braided, crocheted, or knitted too many bracelets to count but still want to stash-bust and make some cute jewelry, you might be interested in this unique macrame bracelet that uses multiple colors to achieve a fun, zany look.

What I love about this super easy knotted bracelet is that it uses macrame as well as multiple colors. Many people are familiar with macrame but most have only used it with hemp or a single color. This pattern uses a trio of colored yarns and various macrame knots to make this bracelet pop.

Although there isn’t a written out tutorial for this pattern, the photos are good quality and provide a clear map for the bracelet. Of course, it doesn’t have to be used as a bracelet – other uses for this technique include bookmarks, keychains, anklets, necklaces, napkin rings, and accessories for dress-up, cosplay, and stuffed animals. Use your imagination and come up with other uses for this technique – it would also look great as an addition to other handmade clothing items (think borders and accents).

You don’t have to stick to the color scheme shown either, although it might be easier at first to do so since there are no written instructions. Once you get the hang of it, you can try other colors, such as holiday colors (black, orange, and grey for Halloween, red, green, and gold for Christmas, red, white, and blue for Independence Day, etc.), sports team colors (either for your kids’ high school team, your alumni team, or your favorite professional sports team), or rainbow colors, your favorite colors, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Yarn doesn’t have to be the main material either – you can use anything from ribbon to leather to chain (old jewelry chains look very cool), or you can mix and match and make a mixed media version of this knotted bracelet. These sorts of items also do well at craft fairs, bazaars, and markets, so if you’re up for making several dozen of these, you could try and make a little side money from this inexpensive craft (be sure and price things beforehand, however – do some research and see what these types of bracelets go for locally as well as online – you don’t want to lowball and make other artists upset, but you don’t want to charge so much that you don’t sell any of them).

These easy knotted bracelets also make great gifts for family members, friends and colleagues. They’re great for stocking stuffers, no-occasion presents, and summer activities for the kids. With how versatile these bracelets are, you might want to pull the materials out several times a year and make your own collection.

If this is something you’d like to try, you can look at the photo tutorials (there are three sets) on We Heart It from Noe Juarez – if you like her entries, you can follow her on We Heart It and see what other photo tutorials she has available. You can also search We Heart It for similar entries which may have written instructions or patterns available for purchase.

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Outdoor Lanterns: You Can Make These Easily

Crochet August 30, 2017

What does one do when a garden party comes together without the proper lighting? How is one supposed to see who’s sitting where and what you’re eating and if a bug has gotten in your drink? If you’ve run out of Tiki torches, citronella candles, or have one of those annoying outdoor lights that flash on as soon as someone moves, you might want to consider this option: the outdoor lantern. And these you can make easily all by yourself!

The nice thing about this project is that you can tailor it to your needs. Want one casual looking lantern for a night sitting around the fire pit? You can try the Fishnet Wrapped Mason Jar. Need a few lanterns to light the way to the outdoor dinner party? You can try the Sisal Rope Bowls or the Macrame Hanging Lanterns. These can also be made with a variety of colors and materials.

Basically, all you need are glass jars or bowls (mason jars are popular, as are small bowls from the dollar store), candles (tee lights, short candles, or pre-used candles you need to get rid of – it’s really up to you), fiber (rope, cord, and chunky yarn are popular choices), scissors, and whatever you want to use to decorate the lanterns – you can fill the bowls with water and place tee lights inside (they make great centerpieces), you can use sand and shells for a nautical theme, you can use pebbles collected from various travels, or marbles, popcorn kernels, rice, beans, buttons, beads, etc. It all depends on your theme.

Another bonus about this project is that it’s cheap to make – everything you need to make it can be found at the local dollar or thrift store. You can also visit the craft store or the local grocery store to find the mason jars. Another way to cut costs is to scavenge amongst your craft supplies or outdoors to find things to fill the jars. You could even ask friends and family if they’d be willing to donate materials – as a thank you, you can provide them with their own lantern.

Once you’ve gathered your materials, it’s a simple, quick trick to wrap the jars or bowls. If you know macrame, you’ll have an easy way to glam the lantern up, but even if you don’t, not to worry – you can wrap the lanterns in rope and call it a day. You can also look at various tutorials and figure out your own way to wrap – you aren’t limited to just rope or cord – you can use fabric, chain, or leather to achieve your preferred look.

Want to try making your own fleet of cool summer DIY lanterns? You can find simple tutorials at the following websites: Poppy Talk has an outdoor lantern post, while Centsational Girl has a rope bowl tutorial if you prefer centerpieces. Brit has a DIY macrame hanger that you can use for lanterns, and Craft Creativity has another macrame hanger tutorial on their BlogLovin site, as does Pop Sugar. If you want a nautical themed lantern, you can try It All Started With Paint’s fishnet wrapped mason jar.

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Crochet a Sleep Mask (Free Pattern)

Crafts February 9, 2017

Crochet a Sleep Mask (Free Pattern)

A crochet pattern for those who need darkness to get a good sleep. For those of us who have a hard time forgetting how bright it is on the other side of our eyelids, if you’re wanting to take on a small crochet project you can DIY your own solution, and make it custom to the colors you like. For those of us without crochet experience, maybe you know someone who wouldn’t mind a new project.

This is a crochet accessory that comes to us by way of Tanya at the Little Things Blog, who made the mask you see in the picture above in mint-colored yarn, and she said it was a fun crochet project to do.

For this DIY crochet sleeping mask project, you will need (crochet supplies):

– 3.5 crochet hook (E/4)
– Yarn in 2 colors (Tanya used mint cotton yarn with silver for the borders in the picture).
– Tapestry needle
– Scissors

Understanding of the pattern:

This isn’t one of those crochets where you start in the middle and do a whorl around to add size. Instead, you’ll start at the top and crochet your way down to the bottom.

In the middle of this is the nose gap, which you have to think about as you go.

At the end, you don’t fasten off; instead, single crochet around the entire mask twice.

Then crochet around 2X more with your second color of yarn (see the double border in the photo above to get an idea).

Fasten off and weave in the end parts. You’re done. For the full crochet pattern, visit Tanya at Little Things Blogged (click here).

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Crochet These Feathers (Free Pattern)

Crochet January 12, 2017

Crochet Feathers (Free Pattern)

Have you ever wanted to try a new crochet technique and been intimidated by the project patterns? How about starting with something smaller, something still useful but small enough to just dip your toe into a new technique? If you’ve been itching to try the crochet stitch but have looked in vain for a smaller project to begin with, you’ve come to the right place. With these Crochet Feathers, you can try out the stitch without having to commit to a lot of yarn or time.

There are a variety of patterns for this project, and we’ve collected video, photo and written tutorials to help you perfect those pretty feathers. Whether you’re going to make one for a bookmark or keychain, or string a bunch together for a garland, or make an entire tail of feathers for a wall hanging, we’ve got you covered.

If you want to watch a video tutorial before you begin, look no further then Craft Addict’s YouTube video on crocheting reversible feathers. The video is in Spanish with English subtitles. You’ll need a crochet hook, yarn, scissors, and a tapestry needle for the project.

If you’d rather look at photos and read a tutorial, Poppy & Bliss have an in-depth tutorial and pattern to make your own feathers, along with several ideas on how to use them, including using them to adorn gifts, making them into jewelry or scarves, adding them to blankets, pillows, and bags, attaching them to greeting cards, and framing one or a collection.

If you prefer to purchase a pattern that utilizes the feathers in a project, Erin Black has a PDF pattern available for sale on Ravelry called the Dreaming of Feathers Wall Hanging, which can be altered to create a child’s mobile.

To make the feathers, you will need to know the following beginner crochet stitches: chain (ch), stitch (st), yarn over (yo), slip stitch (sl st) and loops (lp/s). In addition to those simple stitches, you will need to learn both the Make 1 – Top Bar stitch (M1tb) and the Simple Stitch (Tss).

Poppy & Bliss included a short photo and written tutorial for those who are not familiar with these stitches. The M1tb might be a little trickier than the first example, but with some practice it will get easier as the pattern continues. After you’ve made a few feathers, you’ll fly through the pattern with ease and you’ll have enough feathers to fluff out a pillow! There are plenty of other uses as well, such as a suitcase tag, a hair accessory, hot pads (stitch a few together), napkin rings, or even for cosplay purposes. You could even join several feathers together to make a lap blanket or a table runner. Whatever you decide to do and however you use these feathers, these beauties will be sure to catch peoples’ eyes.

If you want to make your own Crochet Feathers, you can find the video tutorial at Crochet Addicts, the photo and written tutorial at Poppy & Bliss, and the Dreaming of Feathers Wall Hanging/Mobile is available for purchase on Ravelry.

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Coffee Cup Cozy

Crafts December 17, 2016

Coffee Cup Cozy

Recently my boys school was robbed of some substantial PAC funds. It was quite devastating for the community, as the funds were for the needed playground equipment. Several fundraisers have been launched and succeeded and slowly the funds are starting to be replenished. My husband wanted to do a fundraiser at his work, the community Postal Station.

The only thing is we couldn’t figure out a fundraiser premise. This gave me an idea, why not a crocheted good’s fundraiser? I may not be able to bake or run to raise funds. However, I can crochet something and maybe people will buy them.

So, I know I am going to crochet something but, what? In the past I have crocheted hats, scarves, beanies for preemies and donated them directly to the people who would use the items. This would have to be something people would want to donate money towards. Then the save grace of them all came to mind, the Coffee Cup Cozy. Versatile, easy, trendy and a great gift.

With the basic pattern (see bottom of article) you can create a gift, a fundraising item or something for personal use. I used a heart applique in the first picture below to make a pocket to hold tea or sugar packets. You could use any small applique to make the pocket. You could simply use a monogram initial or a support ribbon for your favorite Foundation.

By adding a simple heart applique, this gives this little cozy a pocket for tea or sugar packets. I added Safety teddy bear eyes (at your local craft store), a set of Ears and a trunk to make a whimsical elephant.

Coffee Cup Cozy

The sky is really the limit. This is just two examples of what you could potentially with this basic Coffee cup cozy pattern. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend project, a fundraiser project or a gift you should give the Coffee cup cozy a try.


Using 6mm hook and any yarn. You will also need a sewing needle to connect the two ends.

Chain 28

Row 1: Chain 2 (counts as single crochet); single crochet in 3 rd chain from hook, and each chain across (27 single crochet)

Row 2: Chain 3 (counts as double crochet); double crochet in 4 th chain from hook, and each sc across (27 double crochet)

Row 3: Repeat Row 1

Row4: Repeat Row 2

Row 5: Repeat Row 1

Row 6: Repeat Row 2

Row 7: Repeat Row 1

Row 8: Repeat Row 2

Row 9 : Repeat Row one and tie off, leaving enough to attach the two ends by sewing with plastic yarn needle.

By Virginia McDougall

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DIY Ribbon Animals! Videos

Crafts October 1, 2016

DIY ribbon animals

How to make this DEER RIBBON bow! Video tutorial. By the way, we started a Ribbon Art Facebook page, which you can easily join and get updates when we do free ribbon art tutorials, click here.

Have you ever thought about making animal ribbon art? Now’s your chance to learn how, as we’ve put together this set of ribbon art tutorials. In this one, you learn how to make a deer ribbon, which can be used in a number of ways, from a bow on top of a present to a hair or clothing decoration, to a table decoration for a festive gathering. This decoration would look especially fitting during the Christmas season, especially when you use green red ribbons. But just change the colors to orange and red or yellow, and you have fall colors!

Here’s a bunch of video tutorials on various animal ribbons. If the videos are too fast, click on the little gearwheel and select a slower speed.

There’s also a gallery of images down at the bottom. These are to show what the ribbon animals look like when finished, and also are good for sharing on social media.

DIY Deer Ribbon: Learn to Make This VIDEO!

Horse Ribbon DIY Tutorial!

Rabbit Ribbon Tutorial

Mouse Ribbon Tutorial

Panda Ribbon DIY Tutorial

Fox Ribbon Tutorial

Bird Ribbon Tutorial

Scottie Dog Ribbon Tutorial

Rabbit Ribbon DIY Tutorial (Alternate)


Ribbon Art Facebook page, click here.

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Chair Socks protect your Floors (free pattern)

Crafts September 12, 2016

Chair Socks protect your Floors (free pattern)

Do you want to know how to make these crochet chair socks? Maybe you rent an apartment and the landlord warned you when you moved in about the hard wood floors, or maybe you own your own house and want to care for your own. Hardwood floors are expensive and many people (not myself) like them completely smooth and unscratched. Here’s a DIY crochet pattern for those who want to protect their floors while also doing a creative crochet project!

The person who came up with the idea — Shahnaz at Wool Street Studio — thought of this crochet idea out of practical necessity, but then it developed into an exercise in attractive crochet.

Level: Beginner crocheter

Needed for this DIY crochet chair sock project:

hook (3mm), any yarn, scissors, sewing needle (probably one of the least demanding

Crochet techniques:

Single, Slip, and Chain

Now there are pattern considerations for making these in solid colors or stripes. The idea is you start in the center of the bottom of the sock and crochet a continuous spiral around and around until you have a crochet chair sock of your desired height. For this crochet pattern, visit Wool Street Studio (click here). Article printed here with permission of Blogunity, the original location of this blog. We are associated with Blogunity.

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Crochet Beenie (Free Pattern)

Crafts September 12, 2016

Does your little oneses heads get cold in the fall and winter? Does your head? Maybe you don’t have a crochet beenie to wear. And if you’re going to wear one, why not have it be one you made yourself? You can give them as gifts. And they’re interesting crafting projects. You can learn how to scale your pattern by head size as you work on things like crochet beenies. Note: may also work as a tea cozy.

Are these cute? What color do you think looks good? You could use up some odd ball yarn making these. Crocheters say it’s easy to crochet these, too. One even said she made preemie ones for her hospital. The crochet patterns are from newborn head size up to adult size 7 head size.

The free pattern comes to us by way of Mango Tree Crafts. It uses a 5 millimeter hook (H) and the ones in the picture used just Caron Simly Soft Acrylic yarn. Any weight of worsted should work, according to Mango Tree Crafts.

It uses several stiches, though. Single crochet, slip stich, cluster stich, and yarn over. Click here for the pattern. Article printed here with permission of Blogunity, the original location of this blog. We are associated with Blogunity.

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These Cozy Crocheted Slipper Boots (Free Pattern)

Crafts August 12, 2016

crochet slipper boots free pattern

In wintertime or even in fall when the wind starts to get frosty and crisp, one of the pleasures is pulling on a crisp, clean pair of cozy knitted or crochet slippers from the closet or drawer. The great thing about slippers is you can wash them just like socks, and you can have several pairs, and you can make them yourself, and you can get them as gifts from friends, and you can… wait, was that just ONE great thing? Bottom line: people enjoy crocheted slippers.

Here we are again at that time of year when a t-shirt isn’t enough, and crocheters get a new opportunity to crochet nice gifts for their friends, as well as custom clothing for themselves. This pair of slippers is a free pattern from SMPCraft. One of their crafters Sarah Goldstein created this pattern as a crochet pattern. She found the pattern herself in one of her old books on her bookshelf on crocheting. The book was called “Simple Crocheting” and it has a bunch of patterns.

Here’s the free crochet pattern: It’s on the SMP website. We have a backup version saved as well, but why not get it from the crafting, crocheting lady herself?

This crafting pattern is rated level 9 for difficulty — that’s pretty difficult. But the project should also, according to the book, help crocheters learn to “decrease working a simple single crochet and increase designing to fit your shoe size.”

It’s a single-crochet stitch pattern, and uses 10 sts and 14 rows to 4 inch (10 centimeters) measured over a single crochet using a K-10 1/2 (7 millimeter) hook.

She calls it a “firm, dense single crochet using a robust, hardwearing British sheep’s breed wool” and calls the slipper-boot the “ubiquitous twenty-first century footwear.”

The slipper boot were modelled from sheepskin boots originally, and were originally made to be worn outdoors as well, and these crochet slipper boots, although they are obviously not rough out of doors wearing footwear, could be modified with simple leather soles in order to be somewhat outdoor — maybe patios and garden paths?

It seems she makes hers using a traditional wood shoemakers foot. Actually, some of the best bootmakers do this as well, rather than the no-foot-model shoes and boots available in most stores.

The size for these crochet slippers is a woman’s 9 and a half (24.5 centimeters), but she includes directions on how to adjust the size.

The pattern: Cozy Crocheted Slipper Boots (Free Pattern). SMP website here. Article printed here with permission of Blogunity, the original location of this blog. We are associated with Blogunity.

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