Friday, February 26, 2016

Crochet Tiered Dress Kit Pattern For Baby and Little Girls

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Crochet Kit - Idlewild Dress (Child)

Sweet details and a modern color palette combine for a timeless, lace-accented dress. With multiple pattern combinations, you’ll choose your own crochet adventure with the option to customize the bodice length, the skirt length and the sleeve style. The Idlewild Dress makes a perfect handmade celebration dress, flowergirl dress or simply, the most adorable peplum top your little one has ever skipped off to school in. Make a matching dress for yourself with the women’s Idlewild Dress pattern!

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Next Generation Dress (Crochet)
Next Generation Dress (Crochet)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Free ABC Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

ABC Baby Blanket - Free Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Use your softest baby yarn to knit this unique ABC Baby Blanket that features A,B,C, a duck, a sailboat, a star, a heart and 2 (4 inch) square blocks. Easy for a beginner to knit. Makes a wonderful gift for a new baby. Garter stitch borders surround 9 classic baby blocks. 
Suggested Yarn - Comfy Worsted Yarn
Size 7 Knitting Needles
Beginner Pattern
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern Easy to Crochet V-Stitch Scrap Yarn Afghan

This Easy to Crochet Scarp Yarn Afghan highlights yarn colors with a V-stitch. I used up my scraps of Caron and Bernat Yarns but this would be pretty using multiples of 3 or 4 colors and alternating them. 

You can crochet this free pattern in any size you want.  I made mine a bit longer to cover a daybed.  According to the pattern you start your first color by chaining 207 stitches but I did about 307 to make it a bit larger.

Abbreviations Details & Instructions 
Ch(s) Chain   Dc (Double crochet)   Sc (Single crochet)
Finished measurements Approx. 50"/127 cm wide x 56"/142 cm long 
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The pattern below is written for 3 colors but you can use a variety of multiple yarns.  If you want a lighter weight afghan try using Caron Simply Soft Yarn or Bernat Lighter Weight Yarn.  Using up your scrap yarns to make this will make the gauge and weight vary.

Gauge - In a pattern stitch, 16 sts and 13 rows = 4"/10cm.
From Scraps to Sensational

COLOR SEQUENCE (Based on 3 Yarn colors)
 Work *4 rows with A, 4 rows with B, 4 rows with C, 4 rows with B; repeat from * for Color Sequence. 

NOTES 1. To change color in the last sc of a row, work last sc of old color to last yarn over, yarn over with new color and draw through both loops on hook to complete stitch. 
2. In the fifth row of the afghan pattern, single crochet stitches are worked into ch-1 spaces 2 rows below the current row. When working these single crochet stitches, take care to draw the loop of the single crochet up to the height of the current row. These single crochet stitches are to be worked over the single crochet 1 row below (into which you would usually work). 
AFGHAN With A, chain 207 (you can alter this for a larger or smaller afghan. 
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—206 sc. 
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
 Row 3 (right side): Ch 2 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in next sc, *ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next 2 sc; repeat from * across, turn—138 dc and 68 ch-1 spaces. 
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each dc and in each ch-1 space across; change to next color in Color Sequence in last sc, turn —206 sc. Fasten off old color. 
Row 5: With new color, ch 1, *sc in next 2 sc; sc in next ch-1 space 2 rows below (working over next sc and taking care to draw up loop of sc to height of current row); repeat from * to last 2 sc, sc in last 2 sc, turn. Repeat Rows 2–5, until piece measures approximately 56"/142 cm. End with a Row 2 worked using A. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Note:  I crocheted a single crochet edge around the afghan.
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ePattern Winter Warmer Afghan
ePattern Winter Warmer Afghan

ePattern Scraps of Beauty Afghan
ePattern Scraps of Beauty Afghan

How to Create Beautiful Jewelry and Gifts for Fundraisers

Lots of designer-artists who use their jewelry-making talents to raise awareness and funds for a cause assemble jewelry that’s quick to make, such as Almost Instant Jewelry®. This line of metal settings is calibrated to specifically fit Swarovski® crystal fancy stones or other components. You’re able to produce a professional-looking piece of jewelry in a matter of 3 easy steps: You can also use the settings as a base for other jewelry media such as Magic-Glos® top coat, Apoxie® Sculpt and your favorite polymer clay. Some settings don’t even require glue. These open-backed settings are held securely closed by stringing onto a chain or cording. Want to switch out the pendant? Unstring the pendant and open the setting back up. With such a vast selection of settings and Swarovski colors/effect, it’s fun to let customers customize their own jewelry. Lay out the options and allow customers visiting your table, booth or event to pick their favorite setting, chain and matching Swarovski crystal. They get a piece of personalized jewelry and your cause reaps the benefits.
Bracelets Full of Charm
Speaking of personalized jewelry, charm bracelets are a fantastic and fun way to show support for a cause. Attach lobster claw clasps to charms such as awareness ribbons plus other dangles in matching colors. Add hearts, angels, affirmations and more for a full selection of charm options. Customers will love being able to quickly and easily create a bracelet that stands for a cause they support. Plus, since the bracelet is interchangeable, charms can always be switched out or have more added later giving you the opportunity for repeat customers.

Not all charm bracelets are full of dangles. Large-hole beads are favorites for creating personalized jewelry. Dione® Easy-On Chains have threaded ends that twist off and on for put-ting on or taking off beads. There are even ring settings specifically made to accommodate a large-hole bead and are created simply by unscrewing the decorative top, adding the bead and securing the top back on. You aren’t limited to just using metal bases though. If you’re a fan of custom cords such as macramé and kumihimo, make colorful cords at least 3mm in diameter and large-hole beads slide on perfectly.

Metal-Free Zone
Other non-metal options include cord and simple loops or knots. Some metals can cause allergic reactions to metal-sensitive individuals, so having a selection of metal-free jewelry ensures no one gets left out. Knot closures are an added benefit as well since they slide to fit a range of neck or wrist sizes. Fundraiser attendees can then purchase jewelry not only for themselves, but also as gifts for friends and family without worrying about the jewelry not fitting. On the other end use a lark’s head knot to attach gemstone donuts, go-gos and other shapes with center cutouts. This type of jewelry is also a fan favorite with males--further expanding the reach of your cause.

For the Girls and Boys
Want more ways to appeal to both the male and female demographics? Consider quick-and-easy pendant jewelry. Choose pre-made colorful multi-strand necklace cords or metallic chains including ever-popular ball chain. Then let customers select a pendant to match. Voila! Other potential sale opportunities for men also include tie tac and cuff link settings made handsome by simply gluing a flat-backed component on the pad with a strong jewelry-making adhesive.While we’re on the subject of gluing, bails turn beads, donuts, cabochons and more into pendants with just a dab of adhesive. You’ll be able to create more, in less time, for your favorite charity or community fundraising event. Decorative bail options give you and attendees more to choose from so everyone gets a piece of jewelry they’ll wear again and again. Want even simpler? Try pinch bails. No glue required. Simply select a bead, charm, drop or other component with a hole and align the prongs of the bail. Squeeze with a pair of pliers and you have an instant pendant to attach to earwires or slide on chain as a pendant.Now that you’re prepared to create for the next event, what should you expect? There are 3 possible outcomes. Some people will walk away--that’s okay. Some people will offer a donation without wanting a piece of jewelry--that’s great. Some people will buy your jewelry to support the cause and spread awareness by wearing it--super! Not only do you end up helping your cause, but you also end up meeting a lot of caring people. You’ll also form a newfound appreciation of your own talents as you create fundraising design lines. Charity events and community fundraisers are sure to attract attention for your cause when tables are lined with your sparkling jewelry creations to buy or bid on. With a new year upon us, make it a mission to engage in deliberate acts of kindness and use your jewelry-making talents to foster a better community, nation and world one jewelry design at a time.

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Almost Instant Jewelry
Dione large-hole beads
Gemstone donuts and go-gos
Flat backs
Cuff link findings
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Ball chain
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Enter to Win the 30 Days of Maker Giveaways on Zazzle

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As a crafter myself I always enjoy seeing what other artists create and are able to promote and sell online. Zazzle is offering us a chance to enter and win their creative talented makers giveaway everyday for 30 days!

Zazzle is running the most amazing giveaway of the year - 30 Days of Maker Giveaways! Each day they will be featuring one Zazzle Maker and giving away their product to one winner. At the end of the 30 days we'll be selecting one winner for the grand prize - $1000 shopping spree on Zazzle!

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Monday, February 22, 2016

The Convertible Reversible Bag Sewing Pattern 4 Bags in One

The Convertible Reversible Bag Sewing Pattern 4 bags in one Pattern
By combining 2 bags into one this creative sewing pattern can make a bag for you to carry all day long and use as 4 different styles of bag.  Plus you can easily sew it into two different colorways. Great for everyday use, travel, converting into an evening bag, use for larger items that you need to carry on a daily basis a medium size purse and more!  Make more than one to use to match your favorite outfits or one for each season.  
This little bag will take you from desk to dancing, traveling to touring, and everything in between!

By combining two bags into one, it can be converted into four different types of bags in two different colorways or styles. It is sure to be perfect for any outfit or occasion and is ideal for travel! Finished size is 9 x 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" 

Both regular and laminated cottons work beautifully with this design. The patterns also includes instructions to make a removable liner to keep the inside of your bag clean and to make bag changes easy.
The Convertible Reversible Bag Pattern

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