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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!

Charlotte’s New “Tutu”

In Clothing, For a Kiddo on May 29, 2013 at 7:12 am

To Charlotte all skirts that are made of lace, tulle, or see-through fabric are tutus. She wears one nearly every day. She had been telling me that she needed a new tutu for her birthday because her other ones were “too tight!”. Here’s the first one that I was able to make for her. The sheer fabric I was able to get for free compliments of Rachel at The Scrap Basket.

I snapped a few pictures along the way so that you can make one for your little girl! This skirt was super easy and came together in well under an hour.

Purple fabric cutCharlotte’s waist is 19″, hips are 21″ and her waist to knee length is 11″. I cut the solid fabric 20″ wide and 11″ long on a fold.

Sheer Fabric for Skirt

The sheer fabric was also cut on a fold, 20″ wide and 10″ long and, two pieces 20″ wide and 4″ long.

Hem

I started by sewing around the base of the purple in a zig-zag to help keep it from fraying then added a 1/2″ hem.

Sheer pieces Gathered

I sewed the two smaller pieces of sheer on one side (1/4″ seem) and then gathered the almost 40″ piece. This piece was then sewn to the main sheer piece. From there I sewed up the sides.

Sheer and Solid Sewn Together

I then pinned the sheer and the purple sides together, front to back, and sewed a zig-zag to again help with fraying.

Sheer Seam

Looking at the piece put together I didn’t like how the two sheer pieces looked once they had been sewn together. I knew that you would be able to see the seem, it just didn’t look nice. Sheer pieces sewn in place

I decided to sew along the seam so that the skirt would lay correctly and the seam would show above the ruffle. I then cut the excess fabric close to the seam line so that it would have a cleaner look.

Sheer Seam Trimmed

Much better.

Waistband

The elastic I have on hand is 1/2″ thick which is perfect for a waistband for Charlotte so I cut a 20″ long strip and made an inch wide hem at the top leaving an opening to feed my elastic through.

**Attach a saftey pin to your elastic end before you feed it through. It is a huge time saver and makes threading your elastic a snap**

Once the elastic was all the way through I sewed the ends of the elastic together (I like the lay one side on top of the other and do a tight zig-zag to keep it flat). Then sewed up the opening to the waistband.

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The bottom piece of the sheer has no fray on it so that I didn’t have to do a second seam. Or at least it would have no fray on it if I could find it. Instead I used Elmer’s blue gel glue.

Charlotte's Tutu Skirt

I love the finished product. I’m hoping she does as well! We’ll find out tomorrow when she opens her presents from us.

Happy Crafting!

Adelaide’s Blankie

In Crochet, For a Kiddo on May 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

My youngest has turned into Linus. It’s adorable and frustrating at the same time. She will be content the moment you give her a crocheted blanket but until that moment she will continue to come unglued.

Big Skein of Yarn

I had started this project because I had a very large skein of yarn that I wanted to be put to use. I am thinking it’s a skein of the homestyle lion brand yarn but when I bought it it did not have a label (joys of clearance buys). With such a thick yarn I used a N-15/10 mm crochet hook.

Close-up of Pattern

I found a pattern in one of my crochet books (side note: when I pulled up the book to add a hyperlink I saw that the kindle copy is nearly $17. I must have bought it on sale because I only paid $3. Go me!). The pattern is called Triple Loop Shells. The skill level says experienced but  once you got going it wasn’t hard to master. After working with this pattern I have decided that it is much easier to follow a chart than to read a pattern, especially for any lace-type project. Google Books actually has the full book and here this the pattern page.

Tail of Yarn

The blanket came together very well. After all was said and finished I was left with a fairly small tail of yarn leftover. I was beyond excited about this because I guesstimated how wide the project should be and worked the rows until I didn’t have enough yarn to finish a row.

Blanket in Crib

For the blanket I started with 74 chains to create the foundation row. The final result was a blanket 27″ x 39″.

I have two small blankies (the size of a handkerchief) for Adelaide to carry in the car and when we go places that were made from the same brand of yarn. This blanket while cuddly soft is way to big to be carrying everywhere! It came together so quickly I really want to make another one!

Happy Crafting!