Monday, April 8, 2013

Crochet Snowflake (christmas craft)


Materials Needed:

Knit-Cro-Sheen white cotton crochet thread
Size E crochet hook
Size 18 tapestry needle
Fabric stiffener
Plastic wrap
Toothpick

Finished Size: Ornament measures 5 inches across.

ABBREVIATIONS:

CH - CHAIN
DC - DOUBLE CROCHET
SC - SINGLE CROCHET
SL ST - SLIP STITCH
SP - SPACE
ST - STITCH


Directions:
Ch 6, sl st in beginning ch to form ring.
Round 1 : work 15 sc in ring; sl st to first sc to join.
Round 2 : *sc in first sc, ch 10, skip 2 ch, repeat from * 4 times, join with sl st to first sc (5 loops).
Round 3 : sl st in next 4 ch, ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and through-out), ( 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first loop; * ch 7, ( 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next loop, repeat from * 3 times, ch 7, sl st to top of first ch 3.
Round 4 : sl st in next 3 sts, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3,  3 dc) in first ch-3 sp, ch 6, * ( 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp, ch 6, repeat from * 3 times, sl st to top of first ch 3.
Round 5 : sl st in next 3 sts, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 3, 4 dc) in first ch-3 sp, * ch 3, 2 sc over center of ch-7 sp of  Round 3 and ch-6 sp of  Round4, ch 3, (4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc) in ch-3 sp, repeat from * 3 times, 3 sc, 2 sc over center of ch-7 sp of Round 3 and ch-6 sp of Round 4, ch 3, sl st to top of first ch 3.
Round 6: sl st in next 4 sts, ch 3, (4 dc, ch 4 , 5 dc) in first ch-3 sp, * ch 4 , 1 sc in next sc, ch 4 , (5 dc, ch 4, 5 dc) in ch-3 sp, repeat from * 3 times, ch 4, 1 sc in next sc, ch 4 , sl st to top of first ch 3. Finish off.
Weave ends in with tapestry needle.
OPTIONAL STIFFENING: Stiffen ornaments to make them rigid so that they'll hang straight on tree branches. Place ornament on plastic wrap and follow manufacturer's instructions to stiffen. Let dry. Remove excess stiffener with damp toothbrush if necessary.


Cow Ornaments (christmas craft)


Materials Needed:

Patterns on this page
Tracing paper and pencil
6-inch x 10-inch piece bleached muslin
scraps of red, white and pink felt
small amount of polyester stuffing
2 black seed beads
pink acrylic craft paint
black acrylic craft paint or wide black permanent fabric marker
paintbrush and toothpick
9 inches of 5/8 inch-wide Christmas ribbon
3/8 inch (10mm) gold jingle bell
9 inches of gold cord
1/2 inch white pom-pom
6 inches of jute twine
tacky white glue
matching threads
water-soluble fabric marker
standard sewing supplies

Finished size: cow ornament measures about 4-3/4 inches high and wide

Directions:
Print patterns and enlarge on this page. Cut the following: two cow bodies from muslin; one hat from red felt; two udders from pink felt; one hat rim from white felt. Place one cow body on top of pattern and trace black stitching lines and eye dots with water-soluble fabric marker.
A 1/4-inch seam allowance is included on the cow body. Stitch seams with a short stitch length, backstitching at the beginning and the end. Felt pieces have no added seam allowances since they are blanket stitched from right side. Use matching threads unless otherwise indicated.
Tie an overhand knot 1/2 inches from one end of the twine, forming the tip of the tail. On the right side of one body piece, pin other end of twine so cut end is even with raw edge of body piece at marking. Stitch securely in place.
Blanket-stitch the two udder pieces together, leaving open where indicated on pattern. With raw edges together, pin right side of same cow body piece, where indicated on pattern. Stitch on seam line.
Place two cow body pieces right sides together, so tail and udder are between pieces. Stitch around body, leaving open between the legs. Trim corners and clip curves. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff head and legs with stuffing, using point of scissors or eraser end of pencil to push stuffing into corners.
Following stitching lines on pattern, use black thread to machine-stitch around head and between each pair of legs. Finish stuffing cow body, then hand stitch closed between legs. Erase markings with cold water and let dry.
Using photo for guidance and remembering that no two cows are alike, paint black spots on front and back of cow using acrylic paint and brush or wide fabric marker. Let dry.
Refer to pattern to sew two seed bead eyes to cow's face. Paint two small dots of pink for nostrils, using handle end of paintbrush or toothpick dipped in paint for each.
Fold diagonal edges of hat together and blanket-stitch side seam of hat. Sew hat rim to bottom of  hat beginning at seam; cut off any excess and stitch ends together. Stitch or glue hat to top of cow's head and white pom-pom to end of hat. Bend the top of the hat forward, apply glue underneath and pin in place until dry.
Form bow from Christmas ribbon, notch ends and glue to front of cow at neck area. Hand-sew gold bell to center bow.
Attach gold cord to top center of cow's body, making sure cow hangs evenly. Form loop, knot ends and trim.
Hang your cow ornament on your Christmas tree or from a wreath.




Santa's Elves (christmas craft)


Materials Needed:
                             Scraps of cardboard
                             Small amount of worsted-weight yarn (white, red and green {main colors}
                             Empty thread spool ( 1-3/4 inches tall)
                             Scraps of pink and red felt
                             1-1/2 inch in diameter Styrofoam ball
                             Red and Green sequins
                             Straight pins
                             Wire- hook ornament hanger
                             Darning needle
                             Scissors
                             White glue

Finished size: Elf measures 7-1/2 inches tall and 4-1/2 inches wide.

Directions:
Cut a piece of cardboard 6 inches wide. Wrap main color yarn around cardboard 17 times to form loops for elf's legs. Cut yarn. Slide yarn loops off cardboard. Tie center of loops together with the center of a 24 inch piece of main color yarn. Using darning needle, pull the two yarn ends up through center of spool.
Wrap main color yarn again around cardboard 17 times to form loops for arms. Cut yarn. Slide yarn loops off cardboard. Center loops on top of spool and wind yarn ends pulled up through spool around loops. Tightly tie with a square knot, pulling yarn loop bundles close to spool.
Tightly tie a small bow of white yarn about 1 inch from the tip of each arm and 1/2 inch from tip of each leg. Trim loops 1/2 inch from ties to make "fingers and toes". Trim ends of bows.
Trace pattern below and cut out hat of red felt. Form into a cone by gluing straight edges together and leaving small opening at the top. Let dry.
Use the darning needle to poke a small hole through the middle of the Styrofoam ball and thread the two main color yarn ends up through top of head; make a knot at top of head after sliding head down against yarn arms. Thread yarn ends through inside of hat and out opening at top. Position cone hat on head and glue in place. Pull up yarn ends and tie a square knot at the top of hat.
From white yarn, make a pom-pom for top of hat by wrapping yarn 20 times around a 1-1/4 inch strip of cardboard. Slip a separate piece of white yarn under wraps at one edge and tie securely. Cut yarn loops at opposite edge.. Trim pom-pom to rounded shape. Tie center of pom-pom to top of hat with the yarn ends. Trim yarn ends to 1/2 inch.
Add facial features to Styrofoam ball by pinning on two green sequins for eyes and one red sequins for nose. Cut out a mouth out of the red felt and two pink felt cheeks. Glue mouth beneath nose and cheeks on both sides of face. Let dry.
Make three dots of glue down center front of spool; press on sequins for buttons.
Hook end of ornament hanger through center of pom-pom and hang elf on holly wreath or your Christmas tree.



Sunday, April 7, 2013

Welcome



Dear Friends,
             
        Welcome to my blog. I hope you will find something new and different on my pages. I will be adding new things on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I can't promise in what order they will be in but I will try to label the crafts by holiday or by seasons to which it can be used in. I will then label my thoughts and families activities as my journal entry's. If you have any comments or thoughts you would like to share, please do so in my comment section. Enjoy!!