Monday, June 17, 2013

Build a Monster Quiet Book Pages

As with the dress up quiet book pages, I recently made these pages for someone. As I was putting it together, I began to worry that these pages wouldn't turn out at all. Thankfully, those worries were needless because it's pretty cute! At least in my opinion :)


Similarly to the dress up page, I used a Ziploc baggie to hold all the monster pieces. 


Initially, I was just going to make 3 monsters. However, I felt that wasn't enough. As I was putting them together I was totally inspired. I made each monster double sided to add more fun variety and possibilities to the monster creations!





You can find my monster body drawings here.

Looking for more quiet book ideas? Be sure to check out my Quiet Book Round Up and my Quiet Book Pinterest Board! :D


Friday, June 7, 2013

Dress Up Quiet Book Pages

 I recently made a quiet book for someone's little girl. Here are two of the pages!

When I had the idea to use a Ziploc baggie to hold the clothes, my first reaction was "UGH!" But it seemed so simple and convenient...so I did it. And I dressed it up the baggie with sparkly rick rack so it was less "ugh" and more adorable!



You can find my hand drawn templates here :)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Vintage Crocheted Dress Potholder

Years and years ago, my mom got these charming crocheted potholders. Pink. Vintage. Dresses. Little girl Kersten loved them very much.


Well, little girl Kersten quickly decided she was going to inherit them when her mom died.

My mom is not dying anytime soon, peeps. Not that that's a problem, of course :) But I really wanted to make some of those little dresses for me. I couldn't find a pattern for them. So, I finally just made up my own pattern, using my mom's potholders as a guide. 




Not bad, eh? Here's how I did it :)

First I found some peach and off white size 10 crochet thread. 
Using a size 8 crochet hook and peach, ch twenty. Join with sl st into first ch. Then 
ch 14. Sl st into 10th ch of first chain row.


It looked like this!

Row 1: Ch four (counts as 1 triple crochet) Tr 39 times in ring. Sl st into top of ch 4. (40 tr)
Row 2: Ch 4. Tr in same st as ch. *1 tr in next 2 tr, 2 tr in next tr.* Repeat from * to *around. Sl St into top of ch 4. Finish off. (54 tr)
Row 3: Join off white with sl st. Ch 4, tr in same stitch as ch. *1 tr in next 2 tr, 2 tr in next tr.* Repeat from * to * around. Sl St into top of ch 4. (72 tr.)
Row 4-5: Ch 4, tr in same stitch as ch. *1 tr in next 2 tr, 2 tr in next tr.* Repeat from * to * around. Sl St into top of ch 4. Finish off. (row 4: 96 tr, row 5: 128 tr)
Row 6: Beginning where I finished off, I counted 13 st to the left. Join peach with sl st, ch 1, sc in same tr. *6 tr in next tr, skip 1 tr, sc in next tr.* Repeat from * to * until there are 6 shells. Finish off. 
Row 7: Starting where I finished off, I counted over 29 st. Join peach with sl st, chain 1, sc in same tr. *6 tr in next tr, skip 1 tr, sc in next tr.* Repeat from * to * until there are 8 shells. Finish off.   

It looked like this.

So I folded it in half.

Row 8: Starting with the stitch right after one of the shells, join off white with sl st. Chain 6, skip 2 tr, tr 1 in next tr, chain 2. *Skip 2 tr, tr in next tr, chain 2.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st in top of ch 4.
Row 9-10: Sl st until into ch sp. Ch 3, 1 dc in same ch space, ch 2. *2 dc in next ch space, ch 2.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st in top of 3rd ch.
Row 11-18: Sl st until into ch sp. Ch 3, 2 dc in ch sp, ch 2. *3 dc in next ch sp, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st in top of 3rd ch. Finish off.
Row 19: Starting in any middle dc of 3 dc cluster, join peach with sl st. Ch 1, sc in same dc, 6 tr in next ch space. *1 sc in middle dc of cluster, 6 tr in next chain space.* Repeat from * to * around . Join with sl st in 1st sc. Finish off. 
For the sash, I took 3 longish pieces of my peach thread and braided them together. 


Isn't it pretty? I love it :) It seems like it wouldn't be the most effective potholder, but it's sure a lovely little kitchen decoration!

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