Throwback Thursday

Viruses and tablet covers, originally posted August 27, 2018.

So wow, I’m tired. I have spent two and a half hours today driving on the road.  Why you say? Well, a little background: my child goes to school in one county and I work in another.  It takes 25 minutes for me to get home, then another 25 minutes to get to her school.  I get a call that she’s not feeling well, leave work, 25 minutes later, passing my house, 25 minutes later get to school, 25 minutes later, pass my house, 25 minutes later get back to work (which is her doctor) get her seen. Back on the road 25 minutes later, back at my house.  Whew! I am exhausted, there is nothing more boring then driving somewhere, I wish we had little airplane cars like the Jetson’s, for real. Just so you don’t worry, she has just a virus and I get to stay home the rest of the day! Whoo Hoo!

Any-who, I have completed two projects I’d like to share with you.  They both were crocheted and they are both a cover for an electric device.

Tablet Cover

I found this pattern on littlemonkeyscrochet.com

It’s very cute, good choice of yarn, nice closure mechanism, and I just happen to have a friend who needs a tablet cover, so I decided to make this.iPad & Tablet Cover | Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

The pattern was very easy to understand and work up, quite quickly I might add.  I think I’m a slow crocheter so it took me 3-4 hours spread out here and there. I wasn’t bored out of my mind like some patterns make me, because they are so basic, sc only or hdc only, I like a little twist, something I have to think about. This pattern has a neat looking stitch, not sure what it’s called but its a sc and dc in the same stitch, skip a stitch, repeat.  The nice thing about the pattern is that they give me the tools to make it for any size device I want.  I will definitely be using it again in the future to make more tablet or phone covers for sure.  Might I also add, I had this fabulous yarn that I think was an A+ choice. Here’s my finished product:

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Phone Cover

On to the next pattern: Herringbone phone cover I found on Ralvery via this website: haakmaarraak

Cute huh? Well I just had to try- and I have to say the stitch you have to use was a little hard for me to understand, I got the foundation rows completed but once they started talking about a herringbone hdc things got a little harry.  I tried but did not succeed, it looked bad, but I was still determined to make this phone case, so I used dc’s the whole way.  I switched the colors at one point and added a loop and button, just like the tablet cover.  I think it turned out great even though I didn’t do it exactly like the pattern.  Maybe someone else can try to give me their opinion.  Here’s my finished phone cover:

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Best of all… both patterns were free and totally do-able, so check them out.  Well that’s all for now folks.  Thanks for reading.


Excerpt November 8, 2018: I still love the little monkey’s crochet tablet pattern.  The crochet stitch pattern doesn’t bore me, and I can have one finished in 2-4 hours.  I’m just starting to wonder, do people really use these covers and am I wasting my time making them? I also remember this day, running back and forth for hours, uhg I really hate being in a car for a long period of time. Gotta go, bye for now.


Sherry

Game Day Wristlet- A Sad Story

I’ve been on a hiatus.  I just didn’t have any desire to blog.  Not that I’m depressed or anything, I’ve actually been fervently working in my sewing room on cell phone cases and coasters. I’ve been busy listing items on my Etsy shop including re-listing or de-activating products that have expired listings. Having this shop takes up a lot of my time, but it’s still fun.

I’ve been on a cell phone holder hunt lately, combing thru the internet for anything that can cover or hold a cell phone/tablet.  I found this pattern on Craftsy from Raspberry Sunshine called the “GameDay Wristlet”:

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A cute wristlet for sure, so I downloaded it, and even better it was free! Just like any other pattern’s I do, I had to cut some fabric out, interface it, fold pockets and create a rounded flap.  I decided to use this pink and white stripe fabric with a cat printed fabric (I never use good fabric for first-time tutorial tries).

We’re going good so far.  Then I had to make the pocket that holds the phone.  You fold and press in on the sides, eventually you will have a nice roomy pocket.

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This is the assembly of the second pocket which is flat, long and deep.

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Making my wrist strap and D ring tab:

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I love these clips, they are so helpful and I am getting poked way less by needles than I used to! Here I am assembling everything together.  It will need to be sewn around the outside 1/4″ of an inch, then turned inside out and pressed:

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And that’s when it hit me.  The pattern on the flap is upside down.  Eye roll.  Deep Breathe.  Well that was a big waste of my time, wish I could have seen that coming.  Do not use a one-way pattern on the outside fabric.

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Aside from my little mistake, it was a good pattern.  I understood everything and it made sense to me.  It’s a little large of a bag, you can definitely get any cell phone in it, and pens, a small hairbrush, your cards, papers, it’s a pretty good size at 7 3/4″ long by 4 1/2″ wide. Another tip- my pink and white fabric was like a heavy canvas material, therefore its really bulky in the corners and the presses aren’t that great.  I either need to not interface that fabric or just choose something thinner and lighter.  Have a great day everyone! Happy Crafting!

Sherry

Throwback Thursday!

Money Saving Tips on Crafts! (Originally Posted August 26, 2018)

I woke this morning happy I didn’t have to go to work, ready to get some errands done and go to Joanne’s fabric store. Can I just give them a shout out? I love the sales and coupons and if you time your trip just right, you’ll feel like a superstar saver.

Costs for crafting supplies are expensive and I’ve scoured stores and the internet to find the best prices. I want to share some of my favs with you.

Joanne’s fabric store

If you go in here unprepared be ready for some sticker shock but do what I suggest and you’ll be excited to see the next sale email. Get the app, sign up for emails and texts. You’ll stay on top of the weekly sales plus the surprise ones. You’ll also have access to special coupons that you can’t get thru their website. As a bonus, when you have your cellphone on you at the store, they’ll just scan each coupon right from it, so no printing coupons, save ink, save trees, win win. The emails will also keep you up to date on online only deals, pair that with free in store pick up and score! One thing I love about Joanne’s is the remnant bin.  Everything in the remnant bin is marked according to the original price per yard multiplied by how much of fabric there is, then you get 50% off that total.  I’ve found lots of stuff in the remnant bin, it’s good for those little projects that you don’t need over a yard of material.

Michael’s

I’m not a huge fan of this store because it is expensive. However I find things in Michael’s that I can’t get anywhere else. While I’m there I always pull up their store on my cell phone and use their coupons from their website. No need to print before hand, they too will take your phone and scan it. You can always get 40 percent off one item, but beware of the fine print, you can’t use it on everything.( I’ve found this out the hard way).

Walmart

Most Super Walmart’s have a craft/fabric department.  They have a decent selection of fabrics from different kinds of fabrics like cottons, knits, faux leather, mesh, furry, fleece, etc. to many choices of quilting cottons and home decor fabrics, children’s fabrics and inter facings.  The prices are also very nice, you don’t have to wait for a sale to go to Walmart, most prices are $3.00 a yard and up, not to mention less than that from the clearance section.  The ONLY problem with Walmart is this: there is NEVER anyone around than can assist you with cutting the fabric. I inevitably spend 5-10 minutes walking from department to department to find an employee that can page another employee to the fabric department.  So I basically gave up.  As far as other craft supplies go, what crafts they do have are usually better prices than anyone else, so be sure to check Wal-mart.

Tuesday Morning

I don’t know how popular these stores are but we have one in my area and I love it.  It’s like a Marshall’s or Ross but they have a CRAFT SECTION!!!  Because it’s like one of those stores, you know nothing is consistent or the same every time you go.  It’s exciting because you never know what they’ll have when you go in that day.  They have pre-cuts, yarn, rotary cutting tools, scrap booking, painting, stamping, canvas, etc, etc, etc.  Let me tell you the best part, I love pre-cut fat quarters, Joanne’s sell for $9.99-$14.99 each but at Tuesday morning, I’ve scored them for $3.99 each. So if you have one of these stores, go and check it out, you’ll love the whole store.

Missouri Quilt Company

I found this website while I was trying to order different kinds of fabric but I didn’t want very much.  Fabric.com won’t allow you to purchase anything less than 1 yard or it might be 2, Joanne’s a 1 yard minimum, so when I found this website, I noticed that they were comparably priced to fabric.com but would let me order as little as a 1/4 of a yard.  They have a nice large selection and daily deals that are pretty good.  They make my list because I can order whatever size of fabric I want, plus shipping is $5.00 flat, no matter what you order.

Craftsy

Did you know they sell craft supplies? I love Craftsy, I’ve gotten so many great patterns on there for free and as far as prices go, they have pre-cuts that are less than anyone else, not to mention pretty nice patterns too.  In addition, every so often they have sales and the prices get marked down even more.  Join Craftsy, it’s free, and you’ll be glad you did.

So these are the few places that I frequent, I hope I’ve enlightened you in one way or another.  I love hearing tips about where I can get craft supplies cheap, sometimes its a rush to get good deals and save lots of money.  If anyone has any tips to share I’d love to hear them.


Excerpt (October 23, 2018) Gosh, I found a lot of grammar and spelling errors, sorry about that.  I love this blog post, its right up my alley.  I love saving money, let me tell you a couple new sources that I came across.  First, I found someone selling home decorating fabric sample books, I got about 14 for $25.00.  It’s not huge pieces of fabric but I can quilt with them to get them larger or use them for small projects. I also have been really lucky to get these huge grab bags of fabric at Goodwill.  I have found quilted fabric that normally costs $16.99 per yard, nice and uncut for $5.99.  That and more including vintage fabrics, it was a good find.  Bargain Hunter should be my middle name.


Sherry

Throwback Thursday

Dish Cloth Disaster (Originally posted August 25, 2018)

Shopping day, that’s what Saturday’s are for me.  My daughter and I trek down to Wal-Mart every weekend to get groceries for the week.  Most women love shopping, not me, at the end of our trip we high-five each other and declare victory over another shopping trip.  The only good thing about shopping day is getting new craft supplies.  Today I picked up a couple skeins of Lily’s Peaches and Creme and more chunky yarn to make another scarf.  Since I’ve been home, and after putting away groceries, I’ve been crocheting.  It has not been successful.  This is the frustrating part of crafts, they don’t always come out like that picture you saw.  Either it’s you (which I’m no expert by any means) or the pattern isn’t written well, so you’re unable to reproduce the finished product.

Today I started with a dishcloth pattern from Yarn Blossom Boutique: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/classic-crochet-dishcloths. The pattern was free and it gives instructions to make 6 different versions of a dishcloth and includes a template to make your own handmade tags or product wrappers. They are really cute:

The first issue I had with this pattern was which stitch do I pick. They have the simple HDC version ( Half-double crochet) but it looked a little too boring for me. So I started with the spider stitch ( that just sounds cool).

My second issue: finished size 13″ x 11″.  Who wants a wash cloth that’s almost the size of a kitchen towel? But I proceeded. This is where my spider stitch end up:

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So as you can see my foundation chain is twisting, but I thought it’ll straighten out (I hope).  Second row:

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Okay, not happy with this, done, taken apart, back to square one. Not giving up yet, there are more options, so I started the moss stitch.  Got a couple of rows done and realized my ending stitches were not lining up straight, done, done, done, unraveling.

So that was my first bad project for the day.  Surely, there will be more.  I’m not saying that the pattern isn’t worth trying and by the pictures it’s obviously do able but I’m not feeling it personally.  I will keep the templates for my handmade products to sell, that was a nice bonus,  thanks Yarn Blossom Boutique.  Might I add she has a lot of cute patterns for free and for sale, it’s worth checking out.


Excerpt October 17, 2018: I can’t seem to find a good crochet dishcloth pattern.  They are either too simple for me (single crochet every row) or they don’t come out nice. I feel like giving up on washcloths but they’re such a good idea.  My new focus is cell phone/mobile devices covers/sleeves/holders. Crochet phone holders seem to keep me occupied without causing boredom.  By the way I’m having a clearance sale at my Etsy store if you’re interested, nice handmade products 50% off! Moonlightingforfun


Sherry

Throwback Thursday

On Thursday’s, I’m going to feature old posts of mine. In addition to re-posting a previous blog, I will also give updated commentary about the post. If the type is in italic then I updated that information. Commentary is at the bottom in green type.

Chain Loop Scarf

My first post…..

It’s a little belated, meaning my first review isn’t as thorough as I would like because I didn’t document more information to show you how it went.  However, this finished product is worth the post.  A little background about me is that I love to look at crafting websites at lunch, on days I don’t work out, I’m looking for new projects to make.  That’s where this pattern came from.

I came across this post: Chain Loop Scarf because of this great photo:

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Luckily, I happened to have an untouched skein of chunky yarn which is what the pattern called for, in a baby blue color (that I never thought I would ever get rid of). I worked on this for an hour total, I didn’t time it ( but I will in the future).  It is super simple because all the chains are worked individually and slip stitched at the ends to create loops.  12 loops later you bundle them all up and you’ve got one interesting scarf.

Here’s my finished product:

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This is the yarn I used, in case you would like to purchase it:

I give this a 10 out of 10.

What do you think about this scarf, would you wear it?


Excerpt: You can tell I was a blogging newbie- I had to fix some grammar issues.  As far as the content, I love this pattern because it was so easy and so quick.  I made two, the other one is a black/pink one. They are both in my Etsy store but I have had no luck in selling them. If you’re going to make this scarf, be careful with how tight you chain stitch, it makes all the difference in length, meaning if you chain loose it will be longer rather than tight chains makes it shorter. 

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Key Fobs

Keys. We all use them, from elementary children to the oldest person in the world. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need them, but the reality is that we do. What do we all do with those keys? (other than use them) We embellish them, with whatever it is we like.  In fact, we end up with so much stuff on them that supposedly our ignition switch will break.

Today, I’d like to talk about key fobs.  What is a key fob you say?  It’s a key chain and several other similar items and devices. The word fob is believed to have originated from watch fobs, which existed as early as 1888. The fob refers to an ornament attached to a pocket-watch chain. Key chains, remote car starters, garage door openers, and key-less entry devices on hotel room doors are also called fobs, or key fobs.

Now that we know the definition, let me show you some tutorials on how to make them yourself.  Funny, I am really interested in this because I just bought a whole box of key fob hardware, so let’s go!

From Emmaline Bags: Quick Key Fob Tutorial:

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From Leigh Laure Studios: Quilted Key Fobs

Key fob on box

By Wood Berry Way: Back to School: Fabric Key Fob Tutorial

By Dritz: Hexi Key Fob

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Hexi Key Fob

By A Little Craft In Your Day: DIY Key Fob – with a zipper compartment

By Whistle and Ivy: Crochet Key Fob

FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet Key Fob | Keep your keys handy with this useful and fun crochet key fob. The clip make it easy to attach to your keyring.

By Love Stitches: Crochet Keychain Pattern

By Sizzix: Felt Key Fob

Sizzix Tutorial | Felt Key Fob by Karin Jordan

By A Quilting Life: Patchwork Key Fob

By Amy Latta Creations: Eay DIY Quilted Key Fob

Quilted Key Fob

By Lydi Out Loud:Leather Key Fob

DIY Leather Key Fobs are a perfect 3 year anniversary gift - the year of leather!

I’ve never seen a blog post where key fobs were the subject, this research really opened my eyes to how many tutorials there are about key fobs. I hope you liked these are much as I did, they are all super cute and would make great gifts.  It’s going to be hard to pick only 4 to make, looks like I need more key fob hardware!

Sherry

Here’s a great deal on key fobs at Amazon: (I got mine at a big box store for 4.50 for 4- kicking myself)


BCP 25sets 1 Inch Key Fob Hardware /Wristlet Sets with Key Ring

Pyramid Pouch

To start I need to give you a little background…. I have tried to make these triangular pouches four times already.  I know exactly how many because it is seared in my memory as a group of patterns that are hard to read and hard to understand what they are trying to get across.  Then I found this pattern: Pyramid Pouch by Logan Berry Handmade.

This started out so simple, cut these three pieces this size, your outside fabric, lining and a piece of batting. Then I quilted the fabric/batting like I was told and attached the zipper between the outside fabric and the lining.

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Next step was to do the same thing to the other side of the zipper, done!

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I flipped it inside out and sewed the right side.

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Then I got the tag ready:

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Pin that in place and sew up the other side and voila!

This was a great pattern, thank so much to Logan Berry to make it simple.  I threw out the other two patterns I had, never again! I found the one!

Sherry

Cell Phone Case Tutorial

This is a great tutorial for making a cell phone case. I’ve actually made it twice now, the first time I was using my old iron and the buildup on it (that I can’t get off) came off on my project and ruined the whole thing.  Then I went out and finally bought a new iron, the second effort was easier and came out spectacular.

This sewing tutorial is really easy to follow, it is from Ameroonie Designs, here is the link to the tutorial: Splash Resistant Phone Pouch.  I like how each step is outlined without missing a detail.  The original pattern says to use iron on vinyl in order to make the case waterproof but I omitted that.  I basically interfaced all the pieces with medium interfacing to give them some body, except for the lining pieces which I used the fusible fleece like instructed.  The padding and interfacing in this case makes it feel like it might actually protect your phone. I like the idea of the wristlet, which the pattern does not tell you how to make, so I kind of winged that off of a lanyard pattern.  From start to finish, I think it took me about an hour and a half. Good pattern, worth the effort!

Sherry

 

Scarf Love

I’ve got another good pattern for you! I found this pattern for an infinity scarf and I thought this would be a quick sewing pattern.  I’ve been a little in a sewing funk lately, so I had it for like 2 weeks before I even attempted sewing it or anything for that matter.  If you’re like me, you interest in hobbies comes and goes, I start projects and don’t finish them and then when I’m in a good place with a clear mind, I can go back and start again.

Here’s what the scarf should look like:

I found this pattern from Leafy Tree Top Spot: Infinity Circle Scarf Tutorial.  It looked super cute and easy, and I really have been meaning to make some scarfs because they are supposed to sell well if handmade. I had this fabric, lots of it that was bought it in a bundle, so I have no idea what kind of fabric it is.  Let me tell you though, it was a pain in the butt! This fabric is like silk, it’s slinky and slides easily. Cutting this material in 18″ by 42″ lengths was about impossible.  I really want to make another one just like it, but I don’t know if I can muster the nerve to deal with that fabric again.

Any how, that was the worst step, I assumed it would be difficult to sew just like knits but surprisingly it fed through my machine beautifully. When you finally get to the point where you are sewing the end pieces together, it’s a little tricky, but I got it finally and I think it turned out pretty nice:

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It’s nice, silky and lightweight, perfect for a friend of mine! I hope you try this pattern, it’s worth it!

Sherry

Ralvery

Have you heard about Ralvery? If you crochet or knit then you need to know about this.  Ralvery is a website for all things related to yarn.

This is their About Us statement:

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.

Your Account

To set up an account is free and easy.  If you want to set up your profile more detailed you can add information about yourself and add links to your social media accounts.  You’ll get a “notebook” where you can save projects that you’ve personally done. You’re able to make a list of your yarn stash. There’s a queue where you can keep track of future projects you want to make. A favorites section, where all your favorites are saved. You can search and save friends, keep track of groups you participate in, there’s even a spreadsheet to document how many needles you own. That’s not all either, there are even more features you can access.

The Pattern Section

The pattern section is enormous fortunately, you’re able to search for or sort patterns in a few different ways.  They showcase the member’s favorite patterns, and most recent pattern uploads.  Apparently there are 357,551 patterns on their website submitted from their members. Out of that number 26,181 are free crochet patterns and 49,822 are free knitting patterns.  I have been thumbing thru the patterns for weeks now and I’m not even close to being finished looking at them all. It’s nice to be able to mark them as your favorite or send them to your library for future reference. The array and variety of patterns is endless and you can definitely be kept busy with just the free ones.

Yarns

They have a whole section devoted to yarns.  In this section, which is pretty cool, you can see what kind of yarns are the most common in different patterns.  You’re also able to click on yarn types and read about their content and attributes as well as see which colors were used in what patterns. So let’s say you have a ball of yarn at home and you don’t really have any inspiration for it, you can look it up in the database and see the finished projects that have been made from that exact yarn. I am so gonna try this.

People

They have a people section where you can look up/search thru their members.  On the same page you can see finished projects and there’s even a place to post your screwed up projects, which I thought was a little humorous and thankful I’m not the only one who has projects that don’t work out as expected.

Groups

In the Groups section, you can search for a group by location, or a category that interests you.  They also have a swap search, a page that shows you all the groups who swap their yarn. You can even start your own group if you so desire.

Forums

Lastly, they have forums where you can ask questions or read other topics of interest. There’s all kinds of topics with numerous threads, lots and lots of information.

I really enjoy going on Ralvery, I’m surprised so many people are cool with giving their patterns away for free.  If you crochet or knit and haven’t seen Ralvery, you’re missing out on a pretty significant resource for your craft. Try it out and please let me know what you think.

Sherry

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