Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pete the Cat Party Favor: Rocking in my School Shoes Keychains and Printable


My oldest son tuned 6 yesterday and since his school doesn't allow food/sweets to be brought in for birthdays, we got creative! Pete the Cat books are big hit in his Kindergarten class and so are backpack keychains... luckily I found the cutest chuck sneaker keychains on Amazon which complimented the book perfectly! They come in a pack of 12 and each pack costs about $12. At just about $1 each these make a great birthday party favor! I made a printable that says "Thanks for KICKIN' IT with me on my birthday" that I attached to each one. They were a huge hit with the kids, parents, and the teachers! My son read the book to the class and passed out the keychains to all of his friends. These little shoes are great for kids who are learning to tie their shoes as well. I can also see them being a great favor for a soccer or karate/ninja themed birthday!




Below are the links to where you can purchase the book and keychains as well as the printable!

Cut into strips and fold over key ring. Glue the folded paper strip together.


I purchased from the first two links but I'm including other buying options and ideas :) Make sure you read the details of how many come in a pack before buying! Some of the links only sell 1 or 2 items at a time - not in bulk. (affiliate) Find Karate Kid Kick Keychains HERE.

   


Friday, March 27, 2015

T is for Tractor - Felt Alphabet Book Pattern and Giveaway!


t is for tractor felt alphabet book pattern 

Hello Repeat Crafter Me Readers! I'm Nancy from www.dosmallthingswithlove.com and I am so thrilled that Sarah is allowing me to be with you today. Today is a big day for me. I'm launching a big new pattern--MY ABC ADVENTURE. It is a felt alphabet book for boys. Since Sarah and I are both Moms of boys with curious little minds I thought it'd be fun to share about the pattern here--and give you one of the free templates from the book! The entire pattern is on sale for $5 (half price this week) HERE. Before we get to "T for Tractor", here is a look at all of the pages in this book:

  my ABC adventure--felt alphabet book pattern for little boys 

While creating this book I ran into one major problem--there are too many cool boy words! Like, for the letter "t", do you go with "tractor" or "train"? A boy alphabet book would not be complete without both of those words. The only solution--you go with both tractor and train! As a result this pattern has 28 to-scale templates and you have some choices as you create! But, today "t" is for tractor! Ready for your free template? Here is the pattern for this page. Click the image for a to-scale PDF of the pattern, ready to print.

 Boy Alphabet Book-T 

 To create this page (and any page in the MY ABC ADVENTURE book) you will need:
  • Template printed on regular paper
  • Wool Blend Felt–I get my felt HERE. (You can choose any color combination you'd like, but in my world tractors are green!)
  • 6×6 piece of felt for the base of the page.
  • Matching Embroidery Thread
  • Clear Tape
  • Sharp Scissors
First, cut out your felt pieces. The easiest way I know to get a perfect cut when working with felt is to tape your template directly to the felt you are cutting. Simply cut out the shape on your paper template, then cut a piece of felt slightly larger than the shape you are cutting. Next, using clear tape, tape the paper directly to the felt. Finally, grab some sharp scissors and cut through the tape. This method is much easier and more accurate than using straight pins.

  t is for tractor felt book pattern

Once you have all of your pieces cut out, lay them out. Pay attention to where the pieces overlap. For the tractor page there are a lot of little pieces, so this step is really important. You will begin stitching from the bottom up, so remove the top pieces and begin by stitching the "body of the tractor" piece to the 6×6 page base. After that, stitch down the windows, wheels and other details. The only stitch I used while creating this page is a simple running stitch. The running stitch is the most basic stitch, so this project is great for beginners! For more info on this stitch, check out THIS POST. I should add, if you’d like you can, of course, just glue down the pieces instead of stitching them. If you decide to do this I would recommend using Fabri-Tac, or another permanent fabric glue. However, (and maybe I’m biased) I think stitching is a better option. Yes, it will take longer, but the whole point of this book is to create something beautiful that your little one will cherish for a long long time. Slow down, make it awesome and stitch. Like any crochet project, this alphabet book is a labor of love! "T is for Tractor", of course, is just one page in the MY ABC ADVENTURE book. There are a couple different ways to bind a felt book and I go into how I bound this book here.

  My abc adventure felt alphabet book for boys

Like I said at the top of the post, I am launching the entire MY ABC ADVENTURE pattern today–and selling it for only $5 (half price) this week and this week only. For more details on the pattern MY ABC ADVENTURE and a little bit about my sweet little boys that I made it for, make sure to head over to my blog and check it out.
  boy book cover 3d 
This is my second felt alphabet book pattern. The first is very girly and called MY PRETTY ABC's. Because I am so excited about this new pattern I put together a special deal this week and am offering both patterns as a bundle for only $10! Click the image below to get it. Deal ends in one week (4-3-15).

  2 felt alphabet books for $10 this week only

And, last but not least, I am thrilled to be offering one reader a FREE BOOK PATTERN (the ENTIRE PATTERN) AND THE FELT TO MAKE IT! All felt is not equal. I like to use a wool blend felt for all of my projects and feel that no one offers better colors and quality that Renae at BenzieDesign. I used her felt while creating my own book and plan to give one lucky reader the pattern for this felt alphabet book as well as $25 credit to BenzieDesign where you can purchase the felt you will need to make your own book! And, all you have to do to enter is sign up for my newsletter where I will keep you updated on new patterns! Good Luck! The giveaway runs through Tuesday March 31st at midnight–so enter now! a Rafflecopter giveaway Thanks for allowing me to be with you today--and so much thanks to Sarah--for today and every day of this blogging journey!

 All the best,

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Crochet Cupcake



It's a big birthday week here in our house! Big brother turns 6 and little brother turns 4. It's also my brothers birthday as well! My mom and I both gave birth to baby boys on March 24th, 28 years apart :) How cool is that?! Is it silly to hope that someday Zoe also has a March 24th baby?! We've been celebrating with a lot of cake and donuts and I suddenly felt like I need a no-calorie version. This crochet cupcake is going to be perfect for play tea parties and will make a nice addition to the kids little play kitchen. I plan on making a dozen! And if you like this little cupcake you might also like my little crochet cupcake keychains and my crochet cupcake hat!

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in white, brown, red, and little multi-colored yarn scraps for the sprinkles. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice the for the whole cupcake.
- Size G Crochet hook (although you could use a larger hook!)
- Tapestry needle
- Poly-fil stuffing (optional)

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease
French Knot Tutorial

Finished cupcake is about 3.5 x 3.5 inches

Cupcake Pattern:
Starting with white yarn..
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 6 SC in ring, pull tight and join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (12 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, join, chain 1 (18 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 1 (24 SC)
Round 5-6: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (24 SC)
Work in front loops only for Round 7
Round 7: In front loops: in next stitch make 3 HDC, slip stitch in next, *3 HDC, slip stitch, repeat from * around, join, fasten off and weave in ends. You have now made 12 scallops.
Now working in the back loops from Round 7, attach brown yarn and chain 1
Round 8: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (24 SC)
NOTE: At this point you will want to attach your sprinkles and cherry
Round 9-12: working in both loops, SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (24 SC)
Round 13: working in back loops only, SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (24 SC)
Round 14: working in both loops again, SC Decrease, SC, repeat around, join, chain 1
Round 15: SC decrease until closed!

Be sure to stuff with poly-fil before completely closing cupcake. I actually used all of my long yarn ends to stuff it. After weaving in your ends, there is not need to trim them. They make great stuffing!

Cherry pattern:
With red yarn
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 4 SC in ring, pull tight and join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (8 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (8 SC)
Round 4: SC decrease until closed
Use loose ends to stuff and sew onto top of cupcake

Sprinkles:
Make sprinkles using a french knot. I think THIS TUTORIAL explains it well.









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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Birds Nest Cocoa Krispie Treats


I've seen different versions of these birds nest Cocoa Krispie Treats with Cadbury Eggs floating around the internet lately and I thought I would whip a batch for my family to celebrate the start of Spring! These take no time at all to make and are a fun treat for Easter.

Recipe makes 12 nests.

Ingredients:
- 3 cups Cocoa Krispies Cereal
- 1 bag Cadbury Mini Eggs
- 20 Jet Puffed Marshmallows
- 1.5 tablespoons butter
- PAM cooking spray
- Muffin tin
- Wax paper

Directions:
1. In saucepan on low heat, melt butter and then add marshmallows. Stir until melted.
2. Remove from heat, add Cocoa Krispies in, and stir.
3. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray and plop mixture into muffin tins.
4. Spray a piece of wax paper with cooking spray and press down each blob, making a little indent in the middle.
5. Let cool and then drop in 3 mini eggs to each one.









Friday, March 20, 2015

Yarn Ball Potato Stamp


My kids got out their stamps yesterday and I decided I wanted in on the fun :) With a russet potato, circle cookie cutter, and a knife, I made a little yarn ball stamp! A fun little DIY project that gives you a nice imprint for homemade cards or wrapping paper. Here's the how-to:

Materials:
- 1 russet potato
- Circle cookie cutter (about 1.5 inches)
- Knife
- Carving tool (really any household item that you can scrape with... I used the back of a nail clipper!)


Cut potato in half and stick your cookie cutter about half way in. 


Use your knife to cut up against the cookie cutter.


Carve yarn ball lines! You only need stets of 3 lines going in different directions. 


Start stamping! I used acrylic paint and found it easier to dab it on with my finger instead of dipping the stamp in. Paint on some loose yarn strands if desired.




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

No-Sew Fleece Lion Pillow using the Skip-Stitch Fringe Blade


If you've been following my blog for awhile you guys know how much I love Skip-Stitch blades! I use the #1 original blade for all of my crochet fleece lovey blankets. So you can imagine how excited I was when the Skip-Stitch company released a new product: The Fringe Blade! The fringe blade allows you to make even cuts along the edges of your fleece fabric to make fringe style no-sew blankets. You don't even need to prep your fabric, this blade does all the work for you by perforating the edges perfectly. I made this no-sew fleece lion pillow using the fringe blade! The fringe edge works perfectly as the lions mane. I attached a crochet face to the front of the pillow but you could also use fleece cutouts for the face and sew or even hot glue them on. Scroll down for the how-to!

Materials:
- Skip-Stitch Fringe Blade. You can purchase the blade directly from the Skip-Stitch website HERE. or purchase from the Amazon link below.
- 45mm Rotary cutter
- Fleece fabric in yellow and orange/brown.
- Worsted weight yarn in white and brown
- Two black buttons for eyes
- 36cm (14inch) round pillow. I found mine at Jo-Ann fabrics.
- Size H crochet hook
- Sharp tapestry needle (the smaller sizes have a bit of a sharper point than the large dull ones)
- Scissors
- Large round plate or bowl for tracing


You are going to want to find some thing round (like a plate or bowl) that is larger than your pillow. It will act as an edge to guide your rotary cutter/blade. The plate I used is 14" round and worked perfectly (weird I know because the pillow is also 14"... but the pillow is puffed, not flat so I think that's why the plate "template" worked out).


Double over your yellow fleece fabric and place it on top of a cutting mat. You will be cutting through both pieces at once! Be sure to press hard as you trace around the plate to be sure you make it through both pieces. 




Now using your scissors, cut your fleece fabric into a circle about 1/2 - 1 inch away from your skip-stitch cuts. Don't worry, your circle doesn't need to be perfect.

Now you will need to cut fringe pieces from your orange/brown fabric. Make the strips about 8 inches long (4 inches folded in half) and about 1 inch thick. 


With the folded side of the fleece fringe strip, pass it through both cuts on your round fabric pieces. Loop it through and pull tight. Do a couple of these before you sew on your face. You don't want to separate your fabric because it might be hard to line it back up again.


Now lets work on the crochet face!

Lion Cheeks Pattern: make 2
With white yarn...
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 10 SC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (20 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, join, chain 1 (30 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two, repeat around, join, chain 1 (40 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off leaving long tail (40 SC)

Lion Nose Pattern:
With brown yarn...
Chain 8, SC in second chain from hook and each stitch across, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 3, SC decrease over last two, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (5 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next, SC decrease over last two, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC in each stitch across and continue to SC around the rest of the edges, join, fasten off leaving long tail.

Eyes: make 2
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 5 SC + 2 HDC + 5 SC + 2 HDC all in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around, join, chain 1 (21 SC)
Round 3: SC in first 8, HDC in next 3, SC in next 8, HDC in last two, join, fasten off leaving long tail
(the combination of HDC and SC should give it a bit of an oval shape)
Sew black buttons onto eyes before sewing eyes onto the fleece.

Using your tapestry needle, sew crochet pieces onto the fleece. Your tapestry needle should poke through with a little pressure. 




Create whiskers by tying and knotting strands of brown yarn onto the cheeks. Tie tight and trim short.



Now finish tying on your fringe!


Remember to put the pillow in when you get about halfway around.




Thanks to Skip-Stitch for sharing your awesome products with me! You can find more information and links to purchase the Skip-Stitch Fringe Blade HERE (www.skipstitch.com) or from the Amazon links below!