Saturday, December 28, 2013

Quiet Book Round Up {2013}


You know, as I was putting this post together and I really had to think about just how many quiet books I've made this last year...I've decided that I probably need to go into Quiet Book Rehab or something! But hey, at least I've had lots of fun putting them together :)

First, we have my dinosaur quiet book. It was the first project I ever posted on this blog!


And then the dress up quiet book pages...oh what little girl doesn't love to play dress up?


The Build a Monster quiet book pages got put in a quiet book for someone else, so I don't have them anymore but I'm seriously considering remaking these pages for my son!



The Little Sister Quiet Book is one that I made for my toddler aged sister. Seriously, it doesn't get more girly than this.



And my favorite...the LDS quiet book! It is so effective at entertaining my wiggly little one through Sacrament Meeting and out of all of the quiet books I've made, it's definitely paid off the most!



Do you need more quiet book inspiration? You can always check out my quiet book Pinterest board :) Also, The Quiet Book Blog is the ultimate gold mine of quiet book ideas!! Be sure to check out my favorites- the Butterfuly Quiet Book and Amber's Quiet Book.

I can't wait to start crafting this new year! With a baby on the way I'll likely be posting a few baby related crafts so keep an eye out for that :)

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Gender Reveal!

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what our little GIRL is made of!



We used the little girl booties I made a few weeks ago in our photo shoot :)
We are so excited! Our ultrasound this morning was the best Christmas present ever :) And I've already got a few baby girl projects in mind...so stay tuned!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY Musical Instrument: Sunbeam Shakers


I'm putting together a little music box for my son. While I plan on making some more generic musical instruments, I thought it would be fun to have some song specific instruments as well! These little Sunbeam Shakers go along with the classic Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam primary song. It only took me ten minutes to put these little shakers together, and that includes my potty break! 

Materials:
  • 2 shades of yellow felt
  • The template
  • Little jingle bells (mine were size 6mm)


I centered one of the yellow circles over one of the sun shaped pieces and sewed around, leaving a small opening for inserting the bells.


I put 12 bells in each sun, but more or less would work too. Then I sewed the gap shut. Seriously, that's it! 

These sunbeam shakers are already a big hit with my 21 month old. I wish I'd thought of these when I was a nursery leader!
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Newborn Crochet Bitty Booties Pattern



Well, I'm pregnant! And do you want to know my favorite part about being pregnant? Making things for the baby! But I haven't found out which gender we're having yet :( But that hasn't entirely stopped me from making baby things. I love these little booties because they are adorable for either gender and are quick to work up too!

Materials:
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn in 2 coordinating colors
Notes:
  • Size newborn up to 3 months.
  • When you SC decrease, I recommend using the invisible sc decrease. The tutorial I've linked to shows to do it in the front loops, but for this pattern do it in the back loops.
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
  • MC= main color, CC= coordinating color
Pattern:

Round 1: With CC, Ch 9, SC in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5, make 4 SC in last ch. Now, working on the opposite side of ch, SC in next 6, 2 SC in last, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first two stitches, SC in next 5, 2 HDC in next 5, SC in next 5, 2 SC in last two, join, ch 1 
Round 3: SC in next 11, 2 SC in next 6, SC in next 11, join with MC and finish off CC, ch 1
Round 4: In back loops only, SC around, join, ch 2 (34 stitches)
Round 5: In back loops only, HDC around, join, ch 2 
Round 6: In back loops only, SC in next 11, SC decrease 6 times, SC in next 11, join with CC and finish off MC, ch 1
Round 7: In back loops only, SC in next 8, SC decrease 5 times, SC in next 8, join, finish off. Weave in all loose ends.



I can't wait for my little boy or girl to have these booties on it's tiny little feet :)

*Update: I decided to use these booties for my gender reveal pictures!*

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Washcloth Gift Idea for Christmas

I love to make washcloths because they are so easy and they make fabulous gifts! I've decided that I'll be giving out a few washcloths as neighbor gifts for Christmas this year, so I made up a little poem and gift tag. (You can find the links for the gift tags at the bottom of this post.)

Here's a little washcloth
To help you with your dishes
We send with it our love
And lots of holiday wishes!


If you want to whip of some of your own washcloths to give away this holiday season, I've got some of my favorite patterns linked up below. Or you could always just buy washcloths at the store :)

Cute Crocheted Washcloth Patterns:
Tulip Stitch Dishcloth

Cute Knitted Washcloth Patterns:
Waffle Knit Dishcloth
Andalutheean Knitted Dishcloth (featured in picture above)

I created 2 different options for the poem gift tags. Just click on the links below to download them! (Don't worry. My watermark won't be in your way once you download the tags!)

Washcloth Christmas Poem in Blue

Washcloth Christmas Poem in Red


I absolutely love Christmas! It really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it?


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Toddler Crochet Minnie Mouse Earflap Hat


In my Minnie and Daisy quiet book page post, I mentioned that I have a toddler aged sister who loves Mickey Mouse clubhouse. Because I'm the most fabulous and awesome sister ever, I whipped up this darling Minnie Mouse hat for her! The best part? She loves to wear it!

Materials:
  • Size I crochet hook
  • Medium worsted weight yarn in white, pink, black
  • White felt cut into little circles
  • Glue Gun
  • Tapestry Needle
Notes:
  • Ch 2 does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Don't join rounds to top of ch 2. Instead, join the rounds to the 1st DC. 
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
  • This hat fits an approximately 20-22 inch head.

Toddler Minnie Mouse Earflap Hat Pattern:

Round 1: Magic Ring, ch 2, DC 10, pull ring nice and tight, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each DC around, join, ch 2. (20 DC)
Round 3: 
DC in first, DC in next DC, repeat  around, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 
DC in first, DC in next 2 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2.  (40 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC
 in first, DC in next 3 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 9 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (55 DC)
Round 7-12: DC in each around, join, ch 2. Do not finish off! (55 DC) 


Earflap 1:

Round 1: Ch 1, SC in next 10, ch 1, turn
Round 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 3: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 5: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 7: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 8: 2 SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 9: SC decrease, finish off

Earflap 2: 

From where the 1st earflap is finished off, count over 13 or 14 stitches. Join yarn, ch 1
Round 1: SC in next 10, ch 1, turn
Round 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 3: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 5: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 7: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 8: 2 SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 9: SC decrease, finish off

Border:

Round 1: Join pink yarn to any DC. Ch 1, SC in same stitch, *skip 1 DC, in next DC  HDC, (ch 1, HDC) 3 times, skip 1 DC, SC in next SC, repeat from * around hat. Join with slip stitch to 1st SC. 
Round 2: Ch 1,SC in same SC, *slip stitch into next ch 1 space, (ch 3, slip stitch in ch 1 space) 2 times, slip stitch into next SC, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch, finish off.

Ears: (Make 2)
 
Round 1: Magic Ring, ch 2, DC 10, pull ring nice and tight, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each DC around, join, ch 2. (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first, SC in next SC, repeat  around, join. Finish off. (30 SC)

Bow:

Ch 17
Round 1: Starting in 3rd stitch from hook, HDC across. Ch 2, turn
Round 2-6: HDC across, ch 2, turn, finish off

Then using a tapestry needle and some of the pink yarn, I stuck my needle through the center of the rectangle. 

Please excuse the blurry pics- I just snapped them with my phone!

I then wound the thread tightly around the center a few times and wove the thread into it to make it secure.


Braided tails:

I cut 3 strands approximately 19 inches in length from each color for one of the braids. Using my crochet hook, I pulled all the strands the the tip of the earflap. I braided the strands until they reached the desired length. Using a small scrap of yarn, I tied the ends secure and trimmed them!

Finishing: 

Attach ears and bow. Hot glue the felt circles to the bow. Weave in all loose ends.



And there you have it! An adorable Minnie Mouse hat that would make any little girl happy :)

Be sure to check out my Little Miss Stitcher Pinterest Board for more free patterns!

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Crochet Toddler Aviator Hat


So, who else loves to pull out their crochet hooks this time of year?! I don't know what it is, but as soon as the leaves start changing colors I don't want to do anything but crochet! With the weather getting colder, I decided my cute little boy needed a hat :)

Materials:
  • Size H crochet hook
  • 1 skein Vanna's Choice yarn (I used colonial blue
  • 1 skein Yarn Bee Cameo Bulky (I used platinum)
  • 2 coordinating buttons

Notes:
  • Ch 2 does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Don't join rounds to top of ch 2. Instead, join the rounds to the 1st DC. 
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
  • This hat fits an approximately 20-22 inch head.

Crochet Toddler Aviator Hat Pattern:

Round 1: Magic Ring, ch 2, DC 10, pull ring nice and tight, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each DC around, join, ch 2. (20 DC)
Round 3:
DC in first, DC in next dc, repeat  around, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4:
DC in first, DC in next 2 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2.  (40 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC
 in first, DC in next 3 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 9 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (55 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (60 DC)
Round 8-14: DC in each around, join. Do not finish off! (60 DC) 

Earflap 1:

Round 1: Ch 1, SC in next 12, ch 1, turn
Round 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 3: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 5: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 7: SC across,  finish off.

Earflap 2: 

From where the 1st earflap is finished off, count over 15 stitches. Join yarn, ch 1
Round 1: SC in next 12, ch 1, turn
Round 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 3: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 5: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 7: SC across,  finish off.

Border and Flap:

Join the fluffy yarn to the 1st SC that is just in front of the left earflap. SC around the entire hat, and join. Ch 1, turn and SC across until you reach the right earflap. Ch 1, turn, SC across. Continue to SC back and forth until you reach the desired length of flap. 

Finishing:

Sew in all loose ends. Secure the flap up with 2 coordinating buttons.


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Saturday, September 7, 2013

LDS Quiet Book: Summary

For this quiet book I decided to make the cover a little bit more elaborate than I have in the past. I kind of made it up as I went, but this tutorial is sort of similar to what I did. I made the quiet book cover a little loose so that I can add additional pages in the future if I want.


Inside view of binding:



Each of the individual pages are 10X10 inches. I then sewed each of the pages onto 10X11 inch pieces of white felt. I sewed two buttonholes on the edge of the page so that I could use binder rings to hold it all together.

You can click on the links below to read more about each of the pages :)

















I just hope my little boy loves it as much as I do! :)

To view more of my quiet book pages, head on over to my Quiet Book Round Up!

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LDS Quiet Book: Help Nephi Build a Ship

My inspiration for this page can be found here!
As I was drawing this page up, I really thought it was going to take me sooo long to put it together. I was wrong! It honestly seemed like one of my quickest pages. Maybe I was just so excited to see it finished I didn't notice the time passing by!


The ship is a three piece puzzle! I used velcro to hold it down. 


Nephi, Laman and Lemuel are attached with ribbon that is stitched to the inside of their pocket so that they don't get lost.



You can find the pattern I drew up here

Friday, September 6, 2013

LDS Quiet Book: Mirror Page


This was another fast, easy page. I stitched up the words "Heavenly Father Loves Me," made a flap out of scrap fabric and hot glued a plastic mirror to the page. It was difficult to find a plastic mirror though. I thought I might have to sacrifice one of my son's baby mirror toys for this page! But thankfully I found I cheap, plastic mirror at my local Joann's. 




Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lds Quiet Book: Nativity Scene

Of course, I really had no choice but to have Nativity pages in this quiet book. It would have felt so empty to leave it out. I found my inspiration here! The pattern is available on Etsy, and it has very easy to follow instructions. Definitely worth purchasing!


When I found sparkly dark blue felt at Hobby Lobby, I had the brilliant idea to use it as the sky color for these pages. I love the way the sparkles look like little stars in the distance!
The shepherds and the sheep on the hills are by far my favorite part of this page! 







When I finished all the darling little finger puppets, it occurred to me that I hadn't really considered how I was going to prevent them from getting lost. I decided to make a pocket in between one of the Nativity pages and another page for the book. To do this, I just used a zipper! By the way, this was my first time installing a zipper. It was nerve-racking, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be!