Sunday, 4 February 2018

Easy Pillow Boxes



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We Used:
Paper Rolls.
Glue (I used hot glue).
Buttons.
Coloured paper or construction paper.
Googly eyes.
Ribbon.
Stickers.
Scissors.
Candy.

Instructions:

Fold in one side of the tube.
Flip tube over and fold the other side in the same way.


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Cut a piece of paper to evenly fit around your tube.
Wrap the paper around the tube. Glue one end to the back of your tube. Lap the other end of the paper over the glued edge. Glue in place. 


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Add your stickers. Glue on your googly eyes or buttons.
For the owl we simply cut out wings, beak and eyes from coloured paper.

Open one end of your box to insert your candy or gift.
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Make sure your ribbon is cut long enough to fit around your box. Tie the ribbon around the box to finish.


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Here's a pillow box we made for Valentine's Day!

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Monday, 29 January 2018

Free Crochet Pattern ~Chihuahua Sweater

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Introducing my little model, Gizmo. Gizmo is my Dear Head Chihuahua. He is approximately 1 1/2 years old. 
      Last night I sat up in bed working on a crochet sweater to fit this little guy. He enjoys it so much that he fell asleep while I took his picture. 

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My Chihuahua's Measurements
Chest = 15 1/2 inches.
Neck = 10 1/2 inches.
Waist 12 1/2 inches.
Shoulder blades to base of tail = 14 inches.
You can try this project on your chihuahua as you work.


Materials Required:
4.5mm Crochet hook.
Row markers.
Darning needle.
Red Heart Super Saver Stripes Yarn. Medium 4. Colour Cool Stripe.
2X 1 inch buttons.
1 Larger button (optional for collar).

Gauge:
Using a measuring tape
Approximately 4 rows = 2 inches.
Approximately  6 hdc = 2 inches.
I measured my gauge on body of finished project.
I've included some measurements along the way.

Special Abbreviations:
Ch = Chain.
Sc = Single Crochet.
Ea = Each.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
Mnr = Mark New Row/Round.
Rnd(s) = Round(s).
Beg = Beginning.
Ss = Slip Stitch.
Hdc = Half Double Crochet.
Bl = Back Loop.


Instructions:
Starting with the collar.
Row 1: Ch 20. Turn. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in ea ch across. (19hdc)
Rows 2-18: Ch 2. Turn. Hdc in ea bl across, forming 'hills and valleys'. (19hdc)
Collar should measure approximately 5 1/2 inches X 10 inches.

Fold project in half, lining row 1 evenly up to row 18. Evenly ss through bl of both rows at same time, forming a tube (collar). 
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Working right to left, ss 6 times across to next 'hill'.

The Body:

Monday, 15 January 2018

Free Crochet Pattern ~Cheeky Little Monkey Hat & Scarf

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Materials Required:
3.5mm crochet hook.
Patons Grace Yarn. Light 3. Color: Sky.
Darning Needle (for sewing in ends).
Scissors.
Row/Round markers.

2017 Hot Fingerlings Interactive Baby monkey


Guage:
Approximately 10 sc = 1 inch.
Approximately 6 rows = 1 inch.

Special Abbreviations:
Ch = Chain.
Sc = Single Crochet.
Ea = Each.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
Mnr = Mark New Row/Round.
Rnd(s) = Round(s).
Beg = Beginning.
Ss = Slip Stitch.
Hdc = Half Double Crochet.


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Instructions:

Hat:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. (6hdc)
Rnd 2: Hdc to join. Mnr. Hdc in same st. 2 hdc in ea st around. (12 hdc)
Rnd 3: Hdc to join. Mnr. Hdc in same st. 2 hdc in ea st around. (24 hdc)
Rnds 4-5: Hdc to join. Mnr. Hdc in ea st around. (24 hdc)
Rnd 6: Hdc to join. Mnr. Hdc in ea st around. Ss to join. Fasten Off. Sew in ends.(24 hdc)


Add a pompom to the top of the hat. You can make your own using the following video (using only 2 fingers) or purchase one. Sew it on.


Scarf
Row 1: Ch 35. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in ea st across. Fasten off. Sew in ends. (35 hdc)

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Free Crochet Pattern ~Cheeky Little Monkey Blanket & Pillow

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I bought my daughter this Fingerling/Happy Monkey for Christmas and she fell in love with him instantly. He is an interactive little monkey that holds onto your finger, makes silly noises when he swings by his tail. He blows back kisses and snores. Now he can snuggle up with his new blanket and pillow and snore happily.
This pattern was fun to make up and didn't take very long to make, using mostly half double crochet(hdc) and single crochet(sc) stitches. My daughter played for hours after I completed this project.

Materials Required:
3.5mm crochet hook.
Patons Grace Yarn. Light 3. Color: Sky.
Darning Needle (for sewing in ends).
Scissors.
Row/Round markers.
Cotton Stuffing.

2017 Hot Fingerlings Interactive Baby monkey


Guage:
Approximately 10 sc = 1 inch.
Approximately 6 rows = 1 inch.

Special Abbreviations:
Ch = Chain.
Sc = Single Crochet.
Ea = Each.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
Mnr = Mark New Row/Round.
Rnd(s) = Round(s).
Beg = Beginning.
Ss = Slip Stitch.
Hdc = Half Double Crochet.


Instructions:

Blanket
Ch 25
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd chain from hook. Hdc in ea ch across. (24hdc)
Rows 2-13: Ch 2. Turn. Hdc in ea st across. (24hdc)
Border
Round 1: Ch 1. Turn. Sc in ea st around, placing 2sc in ea corner st. Ss to join. Fasten off. Sew in ends. (102sc)

Pillow
Ch 16
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd chain from hook. Hdc in ea ch across. (15hdc)
Rows 2-13: Ch 2. Turn. Hdc in ea st across. (15hdc)
Border
Fold project in half. Pin corners together.
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Round 1: Ch 1. Turn. Working through both sides of folded project. Sc in next st. Sc in ea st around, placing 2sc in ea corner st, and leaving a few sts unworked. Stuff the pillow with a bit of cotton. Sc in remaining sts around. Ss to join. Fasten off. Sew in ends. 




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