Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Little Bit Frilly Crochet Towel Topper

I am a little bit obsessed with kitchen towels. Particularly towels that are holiday themed! After I bought an adorable Easter hand towel, I chopped it in half and whipped up this crochet towel topper pattern to compliment it!

Materials:
  • One kitchen towel cut in half
  • Size D crochet hook
  • Size I crochet hook
  • Coordinating button
  • Coordinating worsted weight yarn
Notes:
  • Be sure to check out my Textured Towel Topper and Quick and Easy Towel Topper patterns as well!
  • Work first row along the raw edge of towel. I do this just by stabbing my crochet hook into the fabric as I go, but I know some people choose to punch holes into the towel before working into it. 
  • You are welcome to make and sell products using 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.

Pattern:

Row 1: Using size D hook, Ch 2,  SC 48 across raw edge of towel
Row 2: Switch to size I hook, Ch 2, turn, HDC across
Row 3-5: Ch 2, turn, skip first HDC, HDC in next. Repeat across. (24 HDC, 12 HDC, 6 HDC)
Row 6-19: Ch 2, turn, HDC across, turn
Row 20: Ch 2, slip stitch into next stitch. Repeat across, turn
Row 21: Ch 2, slip stitch into next Ch 3 loop. Repeat across, finish off. Weave in loose ends. 

And would you like to know what I want to do now? I want to go find lots more cute kitchen towels to crochet toppers to! One can never have enough kitchen towels, right??


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My Favorite FREE Knit Hat Pattern


Several months ago, my cute friend taught me how to knit! I'm kind of obsessed with this new hobby of mine :) As gifts this winter, I decided I really should knit two of my sisters hats!

After much searching, I found a gorgeous hat pattern called Autumn in Garrison. It didn't look too scary, so I decided to give it a shot. 


It was a well written, easy to follow pattern that I have fallen in love with! 

For the first hat I made, I used Vanna's Choice in purple. For the second hat, I used Vanna's Choice in dusty rose. The colors ended up being just perfect for each sister :)

What was that? You want to make one too now? Of course you do. You can find the pattern by clicking here! And be sure to check out my Knitting Pinterest Board for more inspiration :)

Happy stitching :D
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Quilty Minky Baby Blanket


I decided this baby girl of mine is going to need a cozy blanket! This project took me like a gazillion hours, especially because I'm a beginner quilter, but I've decided it was all worth it :) It certainly isn't perfect...but that's okay because babies just poop and spit up on everything anyway. 

Materials:

  • 1 1/3 yard minky. (The fabric I used was mixed in with all the minky fabric at Joann's, but I noticed on the bolt it is technically called "furry fleece." But it feels like minky...so I'm calling it minky.)
  • Unfortunately, I am not entirely sure how much fabric I used for the top. The fabric was actually purchased months ago. Sooo...6 different fabrics that will get you an approx 45 by 45 in quilt top!
  • Coordinating thread
  • Quilt Basting Spray (Optional)

A Hopefully Helpful Tutorial:

First, cut 121 squares that measure 4.5" by 4.5" (I know, I know...that's a lot of squares!)
Then take each square and cut them each into four triangles.
Arrange all the triangles into squares, mixing up the fabrics. Sew two triangles together to form a half square. Do this to all of your triangle pieces and then press seams towards the darker fabric. Then, take 2 half square pieces and match up the center seam. Press.




Now, this is the part where you should square up your blocks. I COMPLETELY forgot to do this...and wish that I had. 
After you square up your blocks, lay the blocks out in 11 rows of 1 blocks each. Sew the blocks into rows. Pin and sew the rows together to finish the quilt top.
Now it's time to get ready to sew your minky to your quilt top! Lay your minky piece and quilt top out on the floor wrong sides together. Because minky is so slippery, I like to use quilt basting spray to hold the top and bottom pieces together. But you could just use pins :)


Then, take your blanket back to your sewing machine. Personally, I just sewed a decorative stitch down the seams of some of the rows (horizontally and vertically) but you can quilt your blanket together however you want! 


Once I'd finished that step, I opted to do a roll over binding. I chose this method because it's simple, fast and far less intimidating that doing some of the other styles of binding! 


Ta-da! And that's my little girl's blanket :) I have a feeling she is going to love it....
 
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Monday, February 3, 2014

How to Send a Heart Attack {free printable included}

Well, my little brother is currently serving an LDS mission and I decided that he was in need of some extra loving this Valentine's Day! And because I'm probably the most amazing sister ever, I am sending him a heart attack!! 



Materials I Used:
  • Free Heart Attack Printable
  • Heart covered tissue paper
  • Colorful cardstock
  • Heart shaped punch
  • Heart shaped stencil (in retrospect, I should have just used my Cricut to cut out my hearts!)
  • Gossner's Root Beer Milk (He loves this stuff and because it doesn't need to be refrigerated until it's been opened it's perfect for shipping!)
  • A few mini chocolate bars. (It's colder this time of year...but I'm still nervous about them melting so I didn't put too many in the package...we'll see how it turns out!)
  • Small cardboard box for shipping
First, I made a little "You've Been Heart Attacked" printable :) (My watermark won't be in your way once you download it.)


I cut out a whole bunch of hearts and wrote mostly lame things on them such as "Be my missionary" and "Your so cute!"


Then I made a little origami box to put the hearts in :) Don't you love that kissy paper?? I'm thinking my brother is going to love it too hehe :) I also punched out a whole bunch of little heart confetti because no heart attack package would be complete without it.


Then I put my tissue paper, root beer milk, chocolate, heart confetti, oragami box and a little card inside my cardboard box. I put my printable on the inside of one of the flaps :)


My husband seems to think that my package will somehow embarrass my brother...but I know the truth. When my brother opens this, he is going to roll his eyes and say in his slightly irritated tone of voice that he saves for me, "Oh my gosh, Kersten." And deep down inside, he is going to LOVE it! 


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