Monthly Archives: February 2010

FujiFilm finepix – Knitted Camera Case Free Pattern

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Knit your own case

FUJIFILM FINEPIX Case

A cute little case for your Fuji camera. This only takes a couple hours at the most, including sewing on some decoration and adding the snap fasteners.

The stitches you need to know are casting on, knit, purl and casting off. If you don’t know how to do any of these stitches I advise you to search for a video tutorial. YouTube is usually a good source for this.

This is an ideal gift because you can use left over yarns and spare sequins and beads from other projects to decorate.

Here is how I did it.

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Knitted Coat Vintage Pattern – Hayfield Yarn

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Pink Striped Matinée Coat

Matinee Coat

Finally finished this awesome matinée coat. I posted about the yarn previously. Here are some images of the coat close up. Not sure if I shall do the bonnet yet but I will probably do the mittens soon.

The King Cole pattern used is pictured below. It just shows you can make an old pattern really modern with great choice of yarn. I was really pleased that this knitted up as stripes as I have a fixation with stripes. Can’t get enough!

King Cole Vintage Pattern

Can’t wait to gift this to my niece.

Coat Front

Coat Back

Angel Bear – Knit bears for UK Children – Charity

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‘…because we care’

Unfortunately, it appears this charity no longer exists. Please check official sources before thinking of contributing.
Angelbear is a non-profit organisation which is the notion that all children in a vulnerable position should own a teddy bear.

The lovely lady who runs this heart-felt project is very helpful when you ask about the bear and it’s pattern. If you need any help, she has a tutorial page that shows you all the basic stitches you need to complete the bear. But rest assured this is a suitable pattern for a beginner and knits up pretty quick.

I felt that I MUST make a teddy bear to contribute to this goal. She’s provides a pattern in which each bear should be based on. But if you have the ability you can change the pattern textures to any you like. This sort of thing really appeals to me so I took it upon myself to create a teddy bear with lots of pattern and texture. I wrote this pattern down. You can find it here. Feel free to use this pattern for non-profit and is suitable for this project too.

Visit the Angelbear website for more information on how to get involved.

All you need is some double knitting yarn in a couple of colours where possible and a pair of 4mm needles, a darning needle and polyester toy stuffing. Non of these items are all that expensive and most crafters will have most if not all of these items already. Just make sure they are new or freshly laundered

An ideal way to use up any leftover yarns you have and put a smile on a child’s face, which is worth more than anything!

My bear is already in the post. I urge you to get knitting too.

Angelbear Knitting Pattern – free for non-profit

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Free Knitting Pattern for www.angelbear.org.uk

Front

The yarn coding refers to the colours I have used so that you can refer to the picture as a helpful guide. If you notice any problems with this pattern please contact me so I can rectify it.
Yarn A= White
Yarn B= Lilac
Yarn C= Green
Yarn D= Pink

HEAD
Yarn A
C/o 18 sts
Row 1= Knit
Row 2= Purl
Row 3= Knit
Row 4= Purl
Row 5= Knit
Row 6= Purl
Row 7= Knit
Row 8= P3, K3, P6, K3, P3
Row 9= K2, P5, K4, P5, K2
Row10= repeat row 9
Row11= repeat row 9
Row12= repeat row 8
Row13= knit and every odd row until and including row 19
Row14= Purl and every even row until and including row 20

Mother Bear Project – Knit a Bear for Charity

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‘Make a bear. Make a difference’

Mother Bear Project

The Mother Bear Project is a non-profit organisation intent on bringing hope and comfort to children, primarily affected by HIV/Aids all over the world. Many will be orphans. These children will be in need of love and comfort and will receive a hand knitted or crocheted bear. Click here to see pictures.

This simple act of giving a teddy bear to a child who has nothing else in the world is truly heart-warming and sends them a message that they are cared for, and that they do matter. I have recently requested a pattern from this wonderful project and can’t wait to start. I urge you to do the same. Please visit the website for more details.

All bears are created from the same pattern. Each pattern you order includes a tag for you to sign and attach to your bear before sending. Once they receive your bear they will sew on a red felt heart before shipping it out to a needy child.

I’ll be posting my contribution as soon as it is made so please subscribe to this blog to receive updates!

Even if you can’t knit or crochet. You can give by sending supplies or donating time or money to this organisation.

To date, 49,650 bears have been sent to children affected by HIV/AIDS through their help!

Valentines gift for him! – Easy Stuffed Magnets

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Valentines Personalized Magnet

Valentine Magnet

What could be more manly than a magnet? Ok, maybe a few things, but as far as valentines go, there isn’t much choice for men. Men, in general, don’t really care about flowers, chocolates and cute teddy bears. So I decided to make a magnet for my hubby.

It was a relatively easy as far putting it together. If you have a crafty stash this will be an ideal project to use those scraps and odd ends up.

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Materials
Sharp Scissors
Small scraps of lightweight fabric
Iron-on fusible webbing
Buttons or embellishments
Embroidery thread
Polyester toy stuffing
2 – 12mm dia  x 3mm thick – (110 grams pulling force each)
Sewing Machine (optional)
Thread
Pins

Directions
Cut out two heart-shaped pieces of fabric, they don’t have to match. You can experiment with different colours or just use a plain coloured fabric on the back.

Print out a name or a word you want used on the heart, such as; love, xoxo, ur gr8, txt me, nicknames would work great too, etc. What word you use all depends on the size you choose to do. Remember the larger the piece the stronger the magnet you need. To be safe, I used two on mine.

Cut out the letter on fusible webbing and arrange them on your hearts. Make sure you leave room for your seam. ¼″ is usually enough. Press for a couple seconds, long enough for it to bond.

Sew the magnets on the inside of the back heart fabric. I don’t have a picture but just sew over the magnets until they are trapped in a web of thread. This way you won’t have magnets showing or messy glue to deal with.

Back detail

Here is detail of the back so you can see how it looks with the magnets sewn in.

Next you will want to embellish the front of your heart with little ‘X’s’ and ‘O’s’. I used tiny buttons as ‘O’s’ and threaded them on using a coloured embroidery thread. You can embroider anything you feel right to your valentine.

Turn the right sides of the two heart pieces together. Pin to secure and sew straight stitch to seal, remember when you sew up to leave at least an inch so you can turn it out after. I recommend leaving the gap on the straight edge of the heart so it will be easier to sew up. For best appearances trim the inside corners and curved edges, where the fabric is likely to make the outside look crumpled.

Stuff as much stuffing as you would like inside into your mini cushion shape. Sew up the gap.

You’re done! An intermediate sewer could do this within the hour too!

Hayfield yarn – Bonus Fantasy dk – How it knits up

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Awesome Stripes

Hayfield - Bonus Fantasy DK

I wanted to share with you this awesome double knitting yarn. I wanted something that would be interesting to knit so I chose this ball of wool. To my delight it knits up really great with the pattern I have.

The pictures below show you my progress. I will be posting the finished pieces at a later date. I have a coat, bonnet and mittens to complete.

Choosing a more interesting yarn has kept me focused on this long term project. Don’t be put off by how many colours are in this. Definitely will try multi-coloured yarns again!

To view the finished Coat please go Here

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Right Side

Wrong Side

Easy – No Zip – Cushion Cover

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How to make an easy no zip cushion cover

Cushion Cover

A no zip cushion is not only super easy but super safe for toddlers as they can’t scratch their faces on it. Here’s how I put this together.

I found that it was more expensive to buy the oblong shaped cushion inner than a larger square one. So I thought I’d just make one myself from one square inner.

For this cushion I took an Ikea INNER inner cushion 50cm x 50cm (20×20 Inches) and halved it so I could make two cushions for my sons toddler bed. To do this you can mark the centre with a pen both sides. Using running stitch follow the line you’ve drawn and tie off. This will help squish the poly fill down so you can run a machine over it. Make a channel using the line as a guide and cut down the centre of this channel sealing and separating the two halves.

If using different inner cushions for this project you need to measure the longest side and double this number and add 5 inches to get the length of material you will need. Then measure the shortest and add 0.5 inches this will be your width. Otherwise follow the measurement below. I always use a ¼ Inch seam allowance. All my measurement include this unless stated.

Instructions
43″ x 10″ Piece of Fabric of your choice (includes enough for an overlap)
Sewing Thread
Sewing Machine (optional, but would be quicker)
Pins
Measuring Tape

Directions

Step 1

Double over the hem on the 10″ end as pictured. Pin in place. Repeat on the other end of the fabric so both ends are the same. This should cut the length to 42″.

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Boys KRITTER Chair seat cushion cover project

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Checkered Flag Cushion

Children’s Ikea Furniture Foam Seat and Cover

Materials:
1 piece of 10″x10″x1″ Seating Foam
(2)  10.5″ square pieces of fabric
(1)  1.5″ x 42″ strip of fabric
43″ + 23″ length of Bias Binding or piping strips
Black or Red Sewing Thread
Sewing Machine
Sewing Pins

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10x10 Foam

10.5x10.5 Inch Fabric and Long Strip

Binding or Similar Cording

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Instruction Guide:
These are not exact instructions. But hopefully will provide you with enough of a guide to try it out yourself.

Pin pieces together

Pin your pieces together rights sides facing with your cording wedge between them. Remember that the fold in your binding or cording has to be put right edge inside.  So when turned out it is facing the right way.

The shortest length of edging will be at the back. Each of the ties are 6.5 inches in length. The rest of the edging will run from the back  right round the front back to the other side at the back.

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Knitted Baby Mittens – Flower Embroidery

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Flower Embroidered Mittens

Baby Mittens

Made for my niece, I decided that the knitted bib I made needed some accessories.  So I looked for a free pattern. This was the best one I found that was super simple.

Free Knitting Patterns

They are a charity called ‘Bundles of Love’. They collect and create, handmade and bought baby items to help Minnesota families with sick babies. They package up bundles of clothing and baby essentials and give them to those in need.

These mittens were finished with an embroidered flower motif and blanket stitch edging.