12.21.2011

12 days of Christmas: DIY tree pin cushion

I made a tree cushion a few years ago to hold my sewing pins and needles but back then I didn't write down my own patterns, so I had to recreate my old tree pin cushion and this time I made sure to write the down the pattern. So today I am going to show you how to make your own tree pin cushion.

You will need:

- I or 5.50 mm crochet hook
- Worsted weight yarn in whatever colors you want your tree to be.
- Stuffing
- Yarn needles
- Pins and needles


Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
St = stitch
Sc = single crochet
Dec = decrease


Instructions:

Tree trunk:
1. Ch 6 sts, sl st to the first ch to form loop. Total = 6 sts.
2. 2 sc into each st. Total = 12 sts.
3. Sc 12 sts, 6 times. Total = 12 sts.
4. Start stuffing.
5. Dec 1 st, sc 1 st, repeat until you reach the end.
6. Cut off.

Leaves or the top part of tree
1. Ch 6 sts, sl st to the first ch to form loop. Total = 6 sts.
2. 2 sc into each st. Total = 12 sts.
3. 2 sc into each st. Total = 24 sts.
4. 2 sc into each st, sc 4 st, repeat 4 times, sc last two sts. Total = 28 sts.
5. Sc 28 sts, 4 times. Total = 28 sts.
6. Start stuffing
7. Dec 1 st, sc 1 st, repeat until you reach the end.
8. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Now start sewing the top part of the tree onto the tree trunk.

Add your pins and needles and you are done!

This is a pretty fast DIY and you can also make it for somebody who likes to sew a lot.

Happy Holidays
X♥X♥
-Michelle

12.17.2011

12 days of Christmas: DIY Angry birds cozy

Today I'm going to share a quick and easy last minute present that is sure to please, inspired by the very popular game Angry birds.

You will need:

- G or 4.25 mm crochet hook
- Red, black, white, yellow, and tan worsted weight yarn
- Yarn needle


Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
St = stitch
Sc = single crochet


Instructions:

Body(make two):
1. Ch 12 sts.
2. Sc starting from the second st from crochet hook, sc the rest of the row. Total = 11 sts.
3. Ch 1, turn, sc 11 sts. Total = 11 sts.
4. Repeat row 3, 13 times. Total = 11 sts.
5. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Face:

Eyes(make two):
1. Ch 6 sts, to form loop.
2. 2 Sc into each st. Sl st on last st. Total = 12 sts.
3. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Eyebrow:
1. Ch 8 sts.
2. Sc starting from the second st from crochet hook, sc the rest of the row. Total = 7 sts.
3. On the last st ch 8 sts, turn and repeat row 2. Total = 14 sts.
4. Connect both rows you just created by making a sl st in the middle of the first row you made. Total = 14 sts.
5. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Beak:
1. Ch 6 sts, to form loop.
2. 2 Sc into each st. Sl st on last st. Total = 12 sts.
3. Sc 12 sts. Total = 12 sts.
4. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Brown body:
1. Ch 12 sts.
2. Sc starting from the second st from crochet hook, sc the rest of the row. Total = 11 sts.
3. Ch 1, turn, sc 11 sts. Total = 11 sts.
4. Repeat row 3, 2 times. Total = 11 sts.
5. Make 2 dec, sc 3 sts, 2 dec. Total = 7 sts.
6. Ch 1, turn, 1 dec, sc 2 sts, 1 dec. Total = sts.
7. Cut off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Arrange all of the parts according on one of the red piece and sew. Sew the brown body, then the beak, then eyebrows, and lastly the eyes. I found this way was the easiest.

Now sew both of the red pieces together and you are done!

This cozy makes a great gift for anyone who is a fan of the game Angry birds. Plus this cozy only takes about an hour to make. I hope you enjoyed this DIY.


Happy Holidays
X♥X♥
-Michelle

12.15.2011

12 days of Christmas: How to crochet hot chocolate


During the colder month's one of my favorite things to do is cuddle up by the fireplace and watch a movie with the family. I usually always have a hot drink in my hands, one of my favorite is hot chocolate. Now I'm not the biggest chocolate fan but
I've grown to love hot chocolate over the years and today I am going to show you guys how to crochet your own cup of cocoa!





What you will need:

- G or 4.25 mm crochet hook
- Worsted weight yarn, in the color you wish your cup to be
- Brown and black worsted weight yarn
- Yarn needle
- stuffing


Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
St = stitch
Sc = single crochet


Instructions:

Cup:
1. Ch 6 sts. sl st into first st to form a loop. Total = 6 sts.
2. 2 Sc into each st, sl st into last st. Total = 12 sts.
3. 2 Sc into each st. Total = 24 sts.
4. 1 Sc into each st in round. Total = 24 sts.
5. Repeat row 4 six times. Total = 24 sts.
6. Cut off


The cup should look like this.


Handle:

1. Ch 9 sts.
2. Sc 9 sts.
3. Cut off

Sew the handle onto the cup.


It should look like this.

Hot chocolate:

1. Ch 6 sts. sl st into first st to form a loop. Total = 6 sts.
2. 2 Sc into each st, sl st into last st. Total = 12 sts.
3. 2 Sc into each st. Total = 24 sts.
4. 1 Sc into each st in round. Total = 24 sts.
5. Cut off.

To dress up your cup of hot cocoa you can crochet some whip cream or add marshmallows! Before you sew your cocoa into the cup you can embroider a face on the cup with some black yarn and yarn needle.




Now you can add stuffing and sew the hot chocolate wherever you want your hot chocolate to be, I sew my near the top of my cup to make it look as if the chocolate is overflowing. You are done! Remember to weave in any loose yarn ends.



This is a very quick and cute gift for anyone! It also makes a great stocking stuffer!


Happy Holidays
X♥X♥
-Michelle

12.13.2011

12 days of Christmas: DIY knitted cowl


A Super easy, super fast, super chunky cowl!

This is a great pattern for those new to knitting. All you need to know is the basic knit stitch!

You will need:
size 17 (US) needles
1 ball of super-bulky yarn - I used Lionbrand thick and quick (pink) and Loops & threads cozy wool (gray)
darning needle (or a very thick sewing needle)


Cast on anywhere from 19 to 25 stitches. The whole pattern is in garter stitch, so just knit each row to your heart's content. I measured my piece around my neck as I went along. I knit until it fit snuggly--not too tight, but loose enough. When you're done, bind off and sew together the ends.



I usually wear my cowl folded down.



This makes a great gift and it will take you about a day or less!

Thanks to my sister for the pattern!

Happy Holidays
X♥X♥
-Michelle

11.30.2011

How to: Crochet a French macaroon


The other day I was looking through my inspiration folder and saw a picture of a tiny French macaroon and then decided to crochet one. Now I am going to show you guys how to crochet your own French macaroon. This is a very quick DIY that you can probably make in minutes!

You will need:

-Worsted weight yarn in your choice of color, I used a light pink.
-White or cream colored yarn for the middle.
-Size G or 4.25 hook
-Stuffing
-Yarn needle


Abbreviations:

Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
St = stitch
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Dec = decrease
Flo = front loop only
Blo = back loop only


Instructions

1. Ch 6, sl st into first st to form a loop.
2. DC into each st two times, sl st into first st. Total = 12 sts.
3. DC into one st and sc in one st. repeat 5 times. Total = 18 sts.
4. SC 18 sts. Repeat. Total = 18 sts.
5. Change to white yarn.
6. Sc blo 18 times. Total = 18 sts.
7. Change back to first yarn.
8. Sc flo 18 times. Total 18 sts.
*Add stuffing*
9. Dec 1 st, sc 1 st. Repeat until hole is small enough to be sewn closed
10. Cut off and weave in ends.
Done!


I hope you enjoyed this quick DIY!

X♥X♥
-Michelle

7.01.2011

Travel Series: How to pack a suitcase

I'm leaving on my road trip to California this weekend so I'm thought why not do a mini travel series since its the summer a lot of you are probably leaving on summer vacations. The first of this summer series is on how to pack your suitcase.



First thing you should do before pulling out clothes out of your closet is find out the current temperature of the location you are going to be visiting. Also if you can, plan ahead or find out what you are going to be doing there, like visiting family, shopping, beach, etc. Once you have an idea of what you're going to be doing then you can start pulling out clothes. Before you start folding and storing your clothing items make sure you have some outfits planned out, this will be much easier on you and you will spend less time worrying on what to wear and more time having fun! You can either lay out you clothes over each other or you can also go to and find picture of your clothing items or at least some similar to them and plan outfits, I did this and it was fun!





Now that you have your clothes out and ready to pack its time start folding your clothes. All suitcases vary so make sure you get one with enough space for all your stuff to fit in, I like one with lots of pockets so I can pack all my clothes in the main area. I usually always pack my bras, undies, and socks in the front pockets, I then pack all my shoes in the large inside pocket and then finally pack my clothes and other stuff in side. When organizing my items inside I place the bottoms in one stack then all the tops in another stack and so on, but as you can see I'm only packing one skirt so I just placed it on top of of my dresses, I sometimes pack according to fabric type and color weird I know but I'm OCD about some stuff, haha.

* TIP: Make sure you have some sleepwear planned out, a jacket in case it gets cold at night, and clothes you will be traveling back in. *



By now your suitcase probably looks something like this, I only packed my clothes for this post but I'll show you guys what else I packed in there in a another post. At this point you can put in other things that you will also be taking with you like slippers, I always need slippers, hair dryer, curling iron, straightener, hair products, face products and makeup, I will also be making a whats in my travel makeup bag.

* TIP: When traveling is always make sure you have enough space in your suitcase so you can go shopping and bring back some goodies! *




Happy Hoildays :)
XOXO