Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas Stockings

When we found out we were going to have a little Christmas time baby, I decided I wanted to make some Christmas stockings for me, Donald, and the baby. I thought it would be a nice tradition to start, and then I can always make more if we decide to add any more little people to the family in the future.

There are absolutely loads of free stocking tutorials on Pinterest, but I chose this one from Sew Like My Mom but someone had pinned it as the easiest tutorial they had ever used. I'm not super skilled with my sewing machine, so I like to make it as easy as possible.

These can be made out of fat quarters of fabric, so I bought a job-lot of Christmas fat quarters from eBay, as well as some Christmas ribbon, and got going.

First up we have Donald's stocking.

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Next up we have the baby's.

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

And finally, we have mine.

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Now you may notice right away that the ribbon for mine and Donald's is on the wrong side! Whoops! I made the stockings assembly line style, as that's what the pattern suggested, but of course this meant I didn't realise I had done two of the ribbons wrong until I turned it all inside out and arranged it in the stocking shape. I was worried I would ruin some of the neatness if I tried to pull out that much stitching, so I just decided to leave it. To be honest, I'm not sure we have anywhere to actually hang the stockings, so it's not the end of the world with the ribbon on the wrong side. At least I got the baby's one right!

The only other problem I had with the pattern was getting the lining to fit. The pattern suggested moving from quite a big seam allowance on the lining to a tighter one on the cuff and body to make sure the lining didn't bulge on the inside. So while my lining doesn't bulge, it's a bit smaller in some places than it maybe should be, as you can see the toes look a bit empty!

But overall I'm really happy with them. My stitches are neat, they've all got ribbon, they're all lined, and when I turned them out the right way the cuff sits in a really lovely way. I can't wait to get them up when we decorate, even if we don't have a fireplace to hang them on!

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List for 2015. You can check out my progress here

Friday, 4 December 2015

Crochet Mandala

This is definitely one of those projects that I had no real need to make, but I've thinking about for quite a while. We have a big jug on one of our side units, which I've been using to hold flowers since we moved into our new house. Even though I put a cork mat under it when the flowers are actually in there, and make sure I dry it properly when it's empty, it still seems to be leaving a ring on the top of the unit.

I've seen loads of lovely patterns for crochet mandala's on Instagram and Pinterest, so I decided to make one to try and save the sideboard.

I found this lovely selection of Abstract Flower Motifs for free on Etsy, and decided to make the biggest one, which is number 8. I used leftover wool I had from making Captain Toad, so I used a 3.5mm hook to match the yarn.

Crochet mandala

Crochet mandala

Crochet mandala

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, as it's just the right size to fit under the jug. I blocked it lightly to make sure it lay flat, but I love how neat it looks. I would love to make a huge one for use on a big table or something. I just love how all the different stitch combos make sure a cute pattern.

Yarn Used:

  • Scheepjes Catona:
    • 100 Lemon Chiffon.
    • 172 Light Silver.
    • 179 Topaz.
    • 384 Powder Blue.
Raverly Project Page.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Crochet Cat Travel Pillow

Way back in February, I made a pair of cat socks from Simply Crochet which was part of a travel set they had. At the time I bought the wool to make the socks, a cat travel pillow, and some headphone covers.

I've since decided not to make the headphone covers, as I now use those headphones for work, and would probably get annoying having them on all day, instead of just wearing them for about 20 minutes on the bus. However, I realised I had used the wrong wool for the socks. I wanted to make them in rose, but the picture in the magazine was in silver, which confused me!

I bought 5 balls of silver wool (4 for the pillow and 1 for the headphones) and then two balls of rose wool (for the socks) but as I used the silver for the socks by mistake, it meant I didn't have the full 4 balls of silver for the travel pillow. So mine is a bit more multicoloured than it should be, and it's rose and silver!

Crochet cat travel pillow

Crochet cat travel pillow

Crochet cat travel pillow

Crochet cat travel pillow

Crochet cat travel pillow

How cute is it? I actually love how it looks with the rose and silver combo. I decided to double crochet the whole thing together instead of sew it, as I thought it would be neater, though it does mean you can see the stitches on the silver sections, but at least they're neat and visible! Sometimes my sewing together isn't the best, so I'm glad I went with the double crochet.

The pattern was really easy to follow, though there were a couple of number mistakes, though Simply Crochet seem to have a lot of issues with pattern mistakes! However, it was nothing too drastic, and I was able to keep on track.

I just bought a cheap travel pillow from Amazon and popped it inside, so now she's ready for the next time I need a nap on the go!

Yarn Used:

  • Rico Essentials Cotton DK:
    • Rose.
    • Silver.
Raverly Project Page.