Monday, March 31, 2014

Frosted Crochet Cookie Pattern



It's almost April Fools Day and with all the tricky food (LIKE THIS!) being posted everywhere,  I felt inspired to make a fun crocheted cookie that look so good they might just fool your family members!

This is a super quick and simple pattern. It only took me about 45 minutes to crochet a half dozen so you could easily whip a batch of these up in no time! They were made to look just like those deliciously soft Lofthouse pink frosted cookies. But my crocheted version is calorie free! Yay!



Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in cream and pink. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Beige and Pink Poodle
- Size H crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Multi color bugle beads
- Gem-Tac glue (or hot glue would work too!)

Abbreviations:
SC= Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet


Cookie pattern (make 2): 
with beige yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 2 and make 10 DC inside ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: Make 2 DC in each stitch around, join, fasten off 
leave a long tail on one of the two cookies

Frosting pattern:
with pink yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 10 HDC inside ring, join to first HDC, chain 1
Round 2: Make 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, fasten off

Note: This would be a good project to use the invisible join. There is a great tutorial on this over at One Dog Woof


With your tapestry needle, sew the frosting onto one of the cookie pieces. You want to sew right under the last crochet stitch in your frosting and then halfway down the last DC stitch of your cookie.



This is what the backside should look like at this point

Now sew the other cookie to the bottom of your frosted cookie. 


Work your tapestry needle under the top of the last stitch in both cookie pieces.


Weave in your ends and there you have it!


Now go ahead and glue on your beads with Gem-Tac (This is the stuff that the Queen of Crochet Food, Twinkie Chan uses!) but I will admit that I got impatient waiting for it to dry so I busted out my hot glue gun :) You can use the long bugle beads or you can use round seed beads. OR if you plan on giving this to a child to play with I would skip the beads all together and use stitch yarn on the frosting BEFORE you sew it to the cookie.


Don't they look so tasty?!


They would make great play food for a child's tea party!



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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pizza Party


My boys pizza party was a success! They had a great time and all the pizza themed crafts and decor came together so nicely on the big day. I thought I would do a round-up of everything I created and purchased in case you ever want to throw your own pizza party. Or these would be great ideas to use at a Ninja Turtles party as well. Especially since the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie opens on May 16th!

First let me show you the location of the party. We held the party at this awesome restaurant called  Papa's Pizza Parlor. It has a huge enclosed play area complete with a large ball pit, ferris wheel, free kiddie carousel, a large play structure, and a smaller structure for the little ones. Their menu has lots of options, but of course they are known for their pizza! 


I designed the invitations and had them printed at Kinkos (2 on a page, single sided, color, on gloss cover paper). You can download the blank invitation file HERE if you would like to use it for your own party! I think you should be able to place it into a Word document and type in your own party info... you could also use Photoshop or PicMonkey. It's a 5x7 jpeg image.


I made felt pizza bunting, inspired by my play food felt pizza. 


It was the perfect decoration hanging above the dessert table.




Now lets talk about the desserts! I came up with an idea to make mini pizza cookies out of Nilla wafers and used them as cupcake toppers. The kids loved these!




I put in a special request for a pizza cake at our local bakery (Beaverton Bakery) and they came through! 
This was very popular with the adults! If you want to make your own pizza cake, here is a fun tutorial from Taste of Home


The boys wore chef hats with their names embroidered on each one. I order them from SewByL on Etsy. We now keep the hats with their dress up clothes and they wear them when they are playing in their kitchen.

I also ordered them 'Pizza Party Animal' shirts off of Amazon. My boys are total pizza party animals!



Here are some of the other items I ordered and goodie bag ideas! Bags are from Oriental Trading.

Make A Pizza Stickers
Kids aprons
Mini Rolling Pins
Play Doh
Mustache Lip Whistles




Hope you are inspired by my semi-homemade pizza party!

Friday, March 28, 2014

How to Finger Weave a Necklace with T-shirt Yarn


Here is a project that is great for kids, tweens, teens and adults! Finger weaving (also referred to as finger knitting) is a simple way of forming a complex looking braid. I am going to show you how to finger weave a necklace, but you could make a bracelet or a variety of other projects LIKE THESE.

Materials:
- One ball of T-shirt Yarn. Tutorial HERE.
- Your fingers :)
- Two wooden beads (optional)


1. Leave a long tail when you start (this will be one end of your necklace strap). Place the tail of yarn between your thumb and pointer finger. Now wrap it behind your pointer finger, over your middle finger, behind your ring finger and over your pinky finger.

2. Now wrap the yarn going back through the fingers but this time behind the pinky, over the ring finger, behind the middle finger and over your pointer finger.

3. Weave yarn through fingers again. Behind pointer, over middle, behind ring finger, and over pinky.

4. Weave back through fingers one more time. Behind pinky, over ring finger, behind the middle finger and over your pointer finger.

5. Now take the loop that is at the bottom of your pointer finger and pull it up and over your finger.

6. Continue to pull the bottom loops up and over each finger. The tighter you keep the loops, the tighter your braid will be.

7. After you have pulled the bottom loops over each finger you are left with one loop on each finger like in picture 7.

8. Now weave the yarn over your middle finger, behind ring finger, over pinky finger, and back again (behind pinky, over ring finger, behind middle finger and over pointer finger).

Now you are ready to repeat steps 5-7 and pull bottom loops over your finger, weave yarn around fingers again and keep repeating until necklace (or bracelet!) is at desired length.

Your braid should start to look like this after awhile.


Now here is how to fasten it off when you are finished.


1. Take loop from pointer finger and move it to the top of middle finger.
2. Take bottom loop from middle finger and pull it over.
3. Take remaining loop from middle finger and move it to the top of ring finger.
4. Take bottom loop from ring finger and pull it over.
5. Take remaining loop from ring finger and move it to the top of pinky finger.
6. Take bottom loop from pinky finger and pull it over.
7. You now have one loop left on your pinky finger
8. Slip it off your finger and draw end of yarn through the loop.

You should now have your intricate finger weave braid with one strand of yarn hanging off both ends.


At this point you are basically done! You can add a bead to either end and knot the yarn to keep the bead in place. I decided to get fancy and cut two long strands of yarn that I pulled halfway through each end creating three yarn strands on either side. You can braid these strands or leave them loose for more texture and bulk to your necklace.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to make T-shirt Yarn


One of my best friends came to stay with us over the weekend and she showed up with a fun little craft project for us to do together. She showed me how to make t-shirt yarn and then how to finger weave a necklace! It was very simple and the possibilities of what you can do with the t-shirt yarn is endless. I can't wait to think up more t-shirt yarn projects.

First things first. You need be a little bit picky about what kind of t-shirt you choose to cut up to make your yarn. You want to make sure that your t-shirt DOESN'T have a seam up the sides (running from the armpit to the bottom of the shirt). You also want to avoid having a printed logo/picture on your shirt. Both of these will leave your yarn lumpy and uneven.

AVOID T-SHIRTS WITH SIDE SEAMS AND LOGOS/PHOTOS/WORDING ON THE FRONT

Now that you have picked out a suitable t-shirt for your yarn, lay it flat and cut off the bottom seam and the top portion, right under the armpits. Discard the top and bottom portions. You will not use these.


Fold what is left of the t-shirt in half but leave about an inch hanging over as in picture below:

Now cut your shirt into about 1 inch strips, STOP cutting right after the first edge. 

You will not cut all the way through the shirt. See picture below on where to stop cutting. Cuts don't need to be perfect so don't stress about it.


Now unfold your strips and start to open up the end of the shirt where it is still connect. Cut diagonally from the end of one cut to the other. Follow where I have marked the arrows in the picture.



When you are done you should have a long strip of t-shirt that looks like this:

Starting with one end, pull the strip through your hand and give it a little stretch. This will cause the edges of the shirt to curl in, making a rounder, stringy yarn.

Be sure to wind your yarn into a ball and you're ready to use it!

You can absolutely crochet with your t-shirt yarn, but check the blog tomorrow for a tutorial on how to make this finger weave necklace! No crochet skills needed :)



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Crochet Frog Hat Pattern


It's Spring! Bunnies, ducks, puddles, planting seeds, baby birds, blossoming flowers, AND FROGS! If you need a quick and cute crochet project, this frog hat is the one for you! Because it basically only uses one color, it works up fairly fast. Great for the cool spring weather and perfect for a boy or a girl. I would love to see the addition of a tiny crown for a frog prince or a little red tongue :)

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Fern green, white, black, and pink poodle (or red) for the cheeks
- Size H Crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Two buttons for eyes (other options listed below)

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial <----- click here
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet

Frog Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6 -14: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below

Size: 3-6 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (50 HDC)
Round 7 -15: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (50 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below

Size: 6-12 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7 -16: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 9 -18: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (60 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below

Size: Child
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 29, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (62 HDC)
Round 10 -20: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (62 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below

Size: Adult
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 9, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (66 HDC)
Round 10 -21: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (66 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below

Earflaps for 0-3 months - Preschooler
Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Second earflap placement: Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap (Refer to earflap placement from the pictures available at the end of my puppy hat pattern).

Earflap 2:
Join yarn, chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, and continue to SC around hat and earflaps, when you get to the top of each earflap: chain 40 (or as long/short as you wish), slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. Continue to SC around the hat and fasten off when you get the entire way around.

Earflaps for Child - Adult:
Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across (8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Second earflap placement: Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap (Refer to earflap placement from the pictures available at the end of my puppy hat pattern).

Earflap 2:

Join yarn, chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across (8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, and continue to SC around hat and earflaps, when you get to the top of each earflap: chain 40 (or as long/short as you wish), slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. Continue to SC around the hat and fasten off when you get the entire way around.


Frog Eye Pattern (back of eye): MAKE 2
Only using green yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 8 HDC in ring, join to first HDC, chain 1 (8 HDC)
Round 2: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (16 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around (24 HDC)
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew front and back of eye together

Frog Eye Pattern (front of eye): MAKE 2
Staring with white yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 8 HDC in ring, join to first HDC, chain 1 (8 HDC)
Round 2: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (16 HDC)
change to green yarn..
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around (24 HDC)
Fasten off and weave in ends



First, sew button onto front eyes. If you don't feel comfortable using buttons, you can crochet a small circle (magic ring, chain 1 and make 6 SC in ring, join and pull tight). OR you can start your front eye with black yarn instead of white for the magic ring round. OR you could use a safety eye.


Take your tapestry needle and long tail... sew the two eyes together by weaving your needle under the top of the last crochet stitches made as in this photo:


Now lay your hat flat and sew the eyes onto the crease of the hat right on either side of your first round. The more of the eye that you sew down, the sturdier it will be.



Frog cheeks:
With pink or red yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1, make 10 HDC inside of ring, join to first HDC, fasten off leaving tail to sew onto hat.

Note: The cheeks and smile are virtually the same as in my gingerbread hat. I have included a video of how to sew on the mouth and cheeks in my Gingerbread Man Hat Pattern Post!


Ribbit Ribbit!



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