Ladybug pillow

You may have seen last week’s post on my ladybug quilt made entirely from gifted scraps of quilting fabric. Well it never really stops there does it. There’s always more scraps to work with. and i had just enough to make this pillow:

ladybug pillow

ladybug pillow

I took the small leftover strips I had from backing the quilt and made the front and back of the pillow. the middle black section looked a little extra blank, so I made three red yo-yos and embroidered lady bug wings and eyes onto them. The pillow is small, perfect for little ladybug to rest her head on.

 

 

ladybug pillow back

ladybug pillow back

The back is just an interesting as the front. I had to use the scraps of making the front of the pillow, which were the scraps of making the back of the quilt, which were scraps of making the front, which were scraps to begin with. That’s scraps to the 5th power!

What scrappy project have you made lately? Leave a comment in below and let me know!

Ladybug Bargello Quilt – a 1 day quilt

I went to visit a friend over the weekend a while back. She’s my best friend since middle school and when we get together we let the children run a little wild and/or rot in front of the TV and we craft.

I brought a few things I was working on but it all went by the wayside when she handed me a giant tub of fabric scraps that she had been given. She cherry picked the fabrics that her kids would most likely want and I got handed the rest. A couple pieces called to me,  my friend saved them out special for me to make sure I saw them.

The light blue fabric with ladybugs buzzing around on it was one of them. My littlest, hereby known as little ladybug has her room decorated in the cute little insect. The stripey fabric matched like it might have been from the same line of fabric. Then as I fished through the big tub, I found the light blue and black quilting cotton and got an idea.

I strip pieced almost charm squares (I think they may have been a little short of 5×5 and been closer to 4.5 x4.5 due to fabric constraints), then cut and sewed them into strips using a bargello pattern, that way the whole quilt has movement like a lady bug too.

ladybug bargello quilt

ladybug bargello quilt

And here’s the finished product.

I quilted it free form trying to mimic a lady bug flight pattern.

It’s 11 squares by 10 squares and perfect for a crib blanket.

I managed to finish this in one day. I got the bulk of the top cut and sewn in a two hour block in the morning, and finished it up after dinner.

ladybug bargello quilt back

ladybug bargello quilt back

I used the leftover scraps and a bit of red I found later in the day for the back. I like how the end of the strip piecing makes a stripe of patches on the back.

I’m still working on getting all my corners to line up and play nice, but it’s cuddly and a good TV watching blanket for little ladybug.

 

 

Don’t forget to vote!

My kids are off school today because the school is a voting building. So I’m thinking we’re going to do some cute little crafts, maybe work on some winter gifts. but I’m also dragging them out to the school at least once today, to vote.

I wonder if they’ll fight over who gets to wear the “I voted” sticker? Maybe we can do a craft with that!

Does anyone have any election themed crafts they’ve done. I’d like to see them.

 

 

Butterfly mask – glows in the dark!

butterfly mask

butterfly mask

Ok, So I was hoping to post this before Halloween but, the best laid plans and all…

So my darling daughter wanted to be a superhero for Halloween, not just anyone, but one she made up. She had a butterfly cape and a butterfly mask, but the mask we had just wouldn’t do.

I found a couple of tutorials of making a make with just glue by painting with the glue on wax paper and letting dry and peeling off the mask. I tried doing it with glow in the dark fabric paint. Fabric paint does not harden the same way fabric glue does. Craft fail!

After that failed epically, I moved on to idea two. I picked up some self adhesive sparkly pink foam and re-drew the pattern in the same glow in the dark paint. If you are interested I got the pattern from taidye original I was a quick an easy project. And the best part was, since it was self-adhesive I just peeled the back and stuck it on her. (I gelled her eyebrows first so they wouldn’t stick) She wore it most of the night. Unfortunately with 8 kids in her Halloween trick-or-treat group I forgot to take any pictures of it in the chaos.

Glitter Apocalypse

Ah, the crisp clean air of fall, craft projects and glitter. I just ‘cleaned’ up after a glitter apocalypse. The war zone timeline went something like this:

  • “Oh, what’s this, your teacher wants you to decorate a turkey? Sure we can get some craft supplies. I think I have some feathers somewhere.”
  • My kindergartener and I run upstairs and pilfers through my stash finding all sorts of things to decorate the turkey with, like glitter, nail art shapes, sequins and feathers. So we march downstairs and clear off the battlefield…er..table and bring out the glue. About half way into gluing on blood red and neon orange feathers the little one joins in. She wants to see, she wants to do.
  • “Me too.Me too!”
  • She keeps trying to grab the sequins, complete with the little pointy pins. Then the elmer’s glue, and the glitter.
  • I put everything neatly in the center of the table where she can’t reach.
  • “yes, you do too,” I tell her
  •  I cut her out a little turkey and hand her a glue stick and some of the feathers, even some of the harmless round parts of the sequins. Then the kindergartener wants glitter. she starts with the nail art stuff, burnt orange mica chip looking flakes in the beak and feet.
  • “Me too. me too!” from the little one.
  • “Yes, you do too.”
  • I let her pick from one of my micro vials of nail art. She chooses round grass green bits so  dot some glue on her turkey with her ‘helping’ me. and I sprinkle on a tiny bit of glitter.
  • I cap the glitter and put in back in the center of the table.
  • Then for the final touch before the turkey goes up to dry my eldest wants to put gold glitter on the legs and beak. I have her put glue on the legs and I open the cap of the ginormous gold glitter bottle to take the inner cap off so I can shake it out instead of dump it.
  • “Me too. Me too!” from the little one.
  • “Yes you do too.” I ask her where she wants her glitter.
  • “Oops. Mommy, the glitter made a mess.”
  • I turn to find my precocious child having already glued the beak and took it on herself to put on the glitter…with the cap off. So there’s a little pile of glitter in her turkey.
  • “Ahh!, Ok hold on. we can fix this.” I run for the play room to grab a piece of construction paper. I fold it. I dump the glitter onto the folded sheet of paper to get the glitter back where it goes.  I look for the glitter container.
  • It’s not where I left it.
  • The little one has it. Time to panic.
  • I move in slow motion as she dumps the entire contents over her little turkey, and the table, and her chair, and herself.
  • “Nooooooo!” as only a slow motion ‘no’ can be. I scramble to get her as she starts using like a shiny sandbox.

It’s the law of glitter to be dumped by children and found for the next year or two as bits of shrapnel, memories of a craft war gone by.

But the result was pretty cute. The little one is still working on how the glue stuff works. But it was almost worth it.

glitter apocalypse turkey

Turkey from the glitter apocalypse

 

Crafting with kids is always such an adventure. At least now I have a sparkly floor. A REALLY sparkly floor.

Let me know about your glitter wars, battle and apocalypses in the comments below.

Not so Little Birdie from Reclaimed Yarn

Last week I shared a great pattern with you from jjcrochet.com, I used the pattern to make a little pink birdie from reclaimed yarn. But the problem was, it is just too darn small. At two and a half inches I can’t do anything functional. Now, not everything in the world has to be useful, but it’s nice if it’s both pretty AND useful. So I made a new bird pattern based off off the one I did last week.

Bird from reclaimed yarn

Bird from reclaimed yarn

I had to make it bigger so I changed the DC to TC, which in turn changed how many stitches were need to make a ring. Then I had to add another round to make the bird bigger. After that I had to add a new stitch, because TC just wasn’t enough. But I figured it out, and I thought that if anyone wanted more than just a little birdie, you might want it too.

Free Crochet Pattern – Not so Little birdie

So if you want to make this birdie, that’s big enough to be a scrubby at about 5 inches from beak to tail, I’ve listed the pattern below.

I have one unique stitch in here. (It may have another name but I don’t know it.) I’m calling quadruple stitch (QC). It like TC, but you add another yarn over, so you’ve got three YO’s instead of two. So when you take two strands each time you pull the yarn through a total of four times instead of three. (I hope that makes sense. If not leave a comment and I’ll work on a better explanation )

BODY:
Chain 4. Join with SL st to form a ring
Round 1 – Ch 3 (acts as first TC). 20 more TC into ring (21 sts)
Round 2 – Ch 3, in same stitch TC, *TC, TC twice in same stitch*, repeat the pattern between the asterisks until the round is complete. Sl st closed to form a circle
Round 3 – Ch 1, in same stitch {DC, TC, 3QC} then in next stitch {3QC, TC, DC, SC} (This makes the bird head) SC next 21 stitches. In the next stitch {sc, ch1, dc, tc}, then in next stitch {DC, sc}, then SC remaining sts in round.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

BEAK:
Join yarn at base of bird head. Ch 4, sl st back into same stitch where you joined the yarn.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

EYE:
If so desired take small amount of yarn and weave in where an eye would be. Fasten off and weave in ends.

birds from reclaimed yarn

birds from reclaimed yarn

And just so you can see the size difference between the two birds, look at this photo. The one on top is from the little birdie pattern, and the one on the bottom is the new, bigger pattern.

Hope you like it. It’s the first on the fly pattern I’ve written down. It looks more duck-like than song bird like, but it’s still cute and far more useable.

Di you make a birdie from my pattern? I’d love to see it. Leave a comment below.

Little Birdie Crochet from Upcycled Yarn

So last week I showed you my dishcloths made from upcycled yarn. Well I still have alot of yarn…about two sweaters’ worth. But as I said, I’m still learning crochet. So I made a cute little birdie based off this pattern by jjcrochet.com.

reclaimed yarn crochet birdie

reclaimed yarn crochet birdie

The pattern was easy to follow, even for a beginner like me. I only had to start over once. The whole bird is less than 2 1/2 inches square. The only problem is, now I’m not sure what to do with it. I’m thinking of putting it on a hair clip for one of the girls.

So go check out that pattern. I think it might be addicting. I’m working on something else based off of her pattern. And please leave a comment below. What should I do with little reclaimed yarn birdies like these?

Sherbert upcycled dishcloths -Crochet

I made a couple of dishcloths from some cotton yarn I reclaimed from a pink and a yellow sweater. Once you know how to frog a sweater, you can upcycle the yarn into all kinds of things. (“Frog” means to unravel a knit sweater.)You can learn how over a Crafting a Green world.

upcycled dishcloths

upcycled dishcloths

Both of these dishcloths are simple triple crochet dishcloths. The yellow one was using one strand with a G crochet hook and 22 stitches across. The yellow and pink one was using two strands at a time with a G crochet hook, and it was 32 stitches across.  After 3 rows of triple crochet I switched from using pink and yellow to just using yellow, then switched back after another 3 rows and continued until it was square.  It was less of a design decision, and more of a Make Do Craft. I started with a yellow and pink, then ran out of pink. (I was on vacation so I couldn’t go up to the craft room to get more.) so I started using two strand of yellow. Then a I ran out of yellow the second ball of yellow. So I had to set it down until I got home and got some more pink yarn. (The yellow yarn wasn’t unraveled yet.)

The smaller yellow one is more airy and may end up in my daughter’s play kitchen. The larger one is hefty, generous, and ready for battle with greasy dishes.

I’m just learning crochet. What patterns would you suggest? Do you have a blog with fabulous crochet stuff? Post a link below!

 

Upcycling a Dust Ruffle Skirt – Part 2

If you saw the post a couple of weeks ago, you know I found a great dust ruffle at a thrift store of $2. I made a great twirly type skirt out of it. Well I had one long side left over. I couldn’t let it go to waste.

pokla dot and roses dress

polka dot and roses dress

I paired it with a turtle neck that fit my daughter. But since it’s summer, it probably won’t fit once it gets cold, so I carefully trimmed the sleeves and turtle neck off, leaving just the serged edges. Then I cut it about an inch and a half from the armpit seams. I sewed on the dust ruffle (about 2/3 of it anyway, to make the skirt part of a dress.

Then I took little four inch sections of the black polka dot material and made little rosettes. I added a pearl to the center of each one. Then I added them to the front of the shirt part.

The funny part is I just realized that the baby has an outfit with these same fabrics, Oh dear crafting gods, we could all match! I almost never go for that, but since everything is a different outfit using the same fabric it might just work without being too weird. What do you think?

Please leave a comment below.