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DIY Yarn Container

In Creative Fun, Crochet, Momma Must Have on December 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Paint Can Turned Yarn Container

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down and post something. Life with three children is crazier than I imagined and I have not had the time to post. I have been working on some awesome projects and recipes and I can’t wait to share to them with you.

Today I was at Hobby Lobby checking out their 80% off Christmas items. I saw some see through decorative paint cans and instantly realized that I could turn those into yarn containers. No more having the baby play in the yarn and create terrible knots. No more creating tangles because I wasn’t paying attention and the yarn got snagged under my chair. The pictures are not going to be great because I was in a big hurray to try it out. You know how us crafters are! I think any paint can would do. I choose these because they are fairly see through and they were only $1.40 a piece!

So pretty

So pretty

1. Take your paint can, any clean crafty can will do. The clear ones would be ideal so you can see how much yarn you have left.

Paint Can Top Paint Can Top Close-up

2. Drill a hole in the center of the top. I used a 5.5 drill bit.

Paint Can Top Inside

3. The inside of the lid is going to be rough, as the metal is going to be jagged and pointed. Take a hammer and strike flat against the hole on either side. This will flatten out the metal and make it smooth to the touch.

Paint Can Filled

4. Insert yarn and enjoy!

See how easy that was! Now you can keep your yarn safe and sound. I hope you all benefit from this as much as I am going to. Now that Christmas is over I  can start on projects just for the fun of it. As little man gets older and I get a handle on my new crazy life I hope to be able to share more tips, tricks, projects and recipes in the year to come.

Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!

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Newest Little Crafter

In Crochet, For a Kiddo on July 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Boba Full Body Copyright

I have been horrible about posting but I have been very busy creating baby shower presents, new recipes, and lots of other fun things over the past few months. The biggest item I’ve been working on is our new little man, who was born 7.7.14.

I knew that I needed to create a baby hat for his newborn pictures because I had done it for both of his sisters. The Hubs is a HUGE Boba Fett fan so that became my inspiration. I created my own pattern for the hat and have it available for purchase (just contact me at craftysuburbmomma@gmail.com). I loved how the outfit turned out and; I love my little man even more.

 

Happy Crafting!

Fall Poncho

In Birthday Party, Clothing, Crochet, For a Kiddo on September 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Fall is not quite here yet but I am really itchin’ to get out my fall gear; with that in mind I thought I’d share something I was able to make last year.

My sister had been looking for posing ideas for their family pictures and came across this one on facebook.

 

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She loved the poncho on the little girl and asked if I would be able to make one. I jumped at the chance!  I decided to do blooming granny squares because I wanted to give the poncho a little more of a girly flair to it.  I am also horribly particular when it comes to visual spacing and patterns so the poncho was not made of random squares.

Noel's Poncho

I ended up making the poncho too big. I wanted to make sure that she could grow into it but I don’t even think it will fit her this year. 😦 The poncho is made up from 16 granny squares and are joined with a basic single crochet stitch inbetween the squares. I added a basic picot trim to give it a little more oomph as well.

 

Noel's Poncho Side

The poncho was big on Charlotte but hey, there’s nothing wrong with wearing something you got on your first birthday when you’re three or four is there?

 

Noel's Poncho back

I’m going to try it again one day and just do smaller squares. I used an 8/H crochet hook without thinking about how big it would make my end product. It’s not worth doing if you don’t learn something from your mistake right?

 

Happy Crafting!

Men’s Shirt Refashion Part Three (Putting it Together)

In Clothing, Creative Fun, Crochet, DIY on June 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

So by this point everything is looking good and just needs some final steps!

Attached Lace

I sewed the top of the lace to the base of the collar on the inside of the shirt. Very important. You want the lace on the outside to have a clean nice line and this is the easiest way to hide any bumps.

Cut neckline

After the lace is attached, cut the the shirt at the base of the collar. Be careful not to cut the lace! Do not cut past the lace; in fact cut a little shy of it. You’ll avoid possible fraying from the opening being too large.

Lace Pulled through Neckline

Pull the lace through the opening. And start sewing! Sew along the side edges to be sure that the lace is properly attached to the shirt. I used my zig zag stitch to make life easier.

Lace Sewn on

This is what your shirt should look like. I mentioned in part one that my lace ended up being to long.

Lace Too Long

If your is too don’t worry! Just pull at the base of the lace until your rows match the bottom of the shirt.

Lace Trimmed Down

If you do this after you’ve sewn on the lace it will be easier because it will stop unraveling where the seam is.

Back of Shirt cut

After you’ve corrected the lace (if needed) cut the shirt behind the lace. The seam you created when sewing on the lace will keep the shirt from fraying too much. Just be sure to cut as close as possible!

Shirt back

Ta-da! Isn’t it pretty? I’m sure yours looks even better.

Sleeve Cuff with Lace

Now if you’re wanting to add the lace to the sleeves as well, that parts even easier. Line up the lace with the sleeve based on where you’d like and sew it on! I placed my lace on the underside of the seam so it was inside the shirt just as I did with top of the back lace.

Sleeve Close-up

See? Easy.

Men's Dress Shirt Refashion

The shirt is now finished! Hooray!!

The lace turned out awesome and the shirt did as well. I think I need to make another swatch of this lace in another color to add to another shirt. It really was a fun project! I can’t wait to see what you guys are able to create.

Happy Crafting!

Links:

Men’s Shirt Refashion Part One (The Lace)

Men’s Shirt Refashion Part Two (The Shirt)