Stash Buster Project
Beaded Coaster or Cover
So, I was given a free book of crochet patterns. It was from the May 2010 ‘Let’s Knit’ Issue. I hadn’t picked up a crochet hook for a long time. Since I struggled to complete a blanket for my unborn son at the time. But as this seemed quite quick, I referred to my ‘how to’ book of crocheting and finished it in a flash! These would make excellent stocking fillers. You could easily convert them to look Christmas-ee. Sorry I mentioned the ‘C’ word already. But hey, you gotta be prepared. So many crafting options, so little time.
The beads I used were glass, but I should have used more or chosen a heavier bead so that they would weigh it down to bring out the shape better. You could, of course, use any colour combination. I just used what I had, and I just happened to only have white in 4 ply. The suggest you can use ribbon, but you could use any yarn you like. Just choose an appropriate hook and if your yarn or yarn substitute is much thicker then make reduce the amount of rounds you make.
If you missed this issue and would like to get this pattern. It can be found in the book ‘Two Balls or Less’ by Jenny Hill. It’s RRP is about £12.99 and has over 30 simple crochet and knitting projects.
As an added note, the hook used is 3.5mm.
Quick Cactus Egg Cosy
If you would like to try this project here are the directions to make one cosy.
What you’ll need
2.5″ x 9″ Green Felt
Scraps of Coloured Felt for the Flower
Selection of Embroidery Thread in Beige and another coloured thread.
45 Silver Lined Sead Beads or whatever colour you would like
Felting Needle will help with the hand sewing, they are pyramid-shaped.
Cut out 3 arches that measure 3″ in width and 2.5″ in height. These templates should print out to size. Read the rest of this entry
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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Checkered Flag Cushion
Children’s Ikea Furniture Foam Seat and Cover
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
10.5x10.5 Inch Fabric and Long Strip
Binding or Similar Cording
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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