Friday, November 21, 2014

Scrub-tacular Christmas Gift Idea with Gift Tag Printables

It's that time of year again...time to start putting together little neighbor Christmas gifts! I have decided to use my Candy Swirl Scrubbies as gifts this season!


I used white tulle to turn my scrubbies into little peppermint candies. All it took was two lengths of the tulle cut into rectangles. After sandwiching the scrubbie between the tulle, I tied knots up against 2 sides of the scrubbie! Easy peasy!

You can find the printable by clicking here! (Don't worry- my watermark isn't on the printable tags!)


I'm seriously drooling over these. I think I just may have to keep them for myself...but that probably would be rather Scrooge-ish of me, huh?


If candy swirls aren't your thing, you could always try out my Little Square Scrubbies!

I tend to procrastinate putting neighbor gifts together, and I'm feeling a little bit proud of myself for being so prepared this early in the season ;)
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Candy Swirl Crochet Scrubbie

Yes, yes. Another free crochet scrubbie pattern! (If you missed it, I shared my square scrubbie pattern last week!) I couldn't help it! Because seriously, homemade scrubbies are fantastic for getting leftovers off of pots. And if one must be slaving over dishes in the sink, one ought to have the luxury of both a cute and well functioning dish scrubbie. Am I right??



Materials:
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • 2 coordinating nylon netting fabrics, cut into two inch strips

Notes:
  • As far as I'm aware, nylon netting is only available by the yard (if anyone knows differently, let me know! I'd love it in a skein!)  I use my rotary cutter and mat to cut it into two inch strips.
  • To join the nylon strips, I just tie the two ends together. As you crochet, the tied up ends just disappear into your stitching.
  • Finished size is approximately a two and a half inch circle
  • These and the little crochet square scrubbies can be tossed into the washer and dryer to be cleaned when they get grimy. They seem to have a pretty long life!
  • You are welcome to 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.

A hopefully helpful picture tutorial:

With color A, make a magic circle. Ch 1, sc, hdc, dc in magic circle.


Now switch to color B. In magic circle, ch 1, sc, hdc, dc. Pull the magic circle tight. (This can be a bit tricky with the nylon netting sometimes. My advice is to pull slowly and not make the magic circle bigger than necessary to begin with!)


Keep hook in color B. Working the the first sc of color A, 2 dc. Then 2dc in each of the remaining color A stitches.



Switch hook to color A. Working into the color B stitches, work 2 dc in each stitch.


Switch back to color B. 2 dc in each of the next 6 stitches. 


Then, (still working with color B) hdc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, sl st in next stitch. Finish off. Then, going back to the unfinished color A,  hdc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, sl st in next stitch. Finish off.

You'll need to make 2 of these sides. To finish the scrubbie, hold the 2 sides wrong side together and join together with color B. Sc around, join, finish off. Sew in all loose ends and admire your pretty little candy swirl scrubbie :)



I'm thinking that these scrubbies would be so fun in red and white for a more Christmas-y theme too...

But that's a topic for another post coming next week:)

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Little Crochet Square Scrubbie

I really love dish scrubbies. As I was searching for a good pattern, the idea to use a hot pad pattern I'd tried out a few years ago hit me. I thought the technique used to make those hot pads would work great for a scrubbie. And since I LOVE these scrubbies, I think it was a pretty good idea!



Materials:
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Nylon netting, cut into two inch strips

Notes:
  • Be sure to check out my Candy Swirl Scrubbie pattern as well!!
  • As far as I'm aware, nylon netting is only available by the yard (if anyone knows differently, let me know! I'd love it in a skein!)  I use my rotary cutter and mat to cut it into two inch strips.
  • To join the nylon strips, I just tie the two ends together. As you crochet, the tied up ends will blend in just fine!
  • I've heard of people using tulle for dish scrubbies, but personally I'm not a fan and feel that the tulle doesn't clean leftovers off my casserole dishes as well as the nylon netting. But, if you use tulle for this scrubbie let me know how it turns out!
  • Finished size is approximately a 2 and 3/4 inch square. If you want to make scrubbies that are bigger, just add a few chains at the beginning! Or you could try going up a hook size.

Instructions:


Chain 19. SC in second chain from hook and in each chain across. When you reach the end, begin working on the the other side of the chain. SC in each across. I didn't bother joining- I just kept single crocheting around and around. Here are some pictures of what it looked like as I made it:




When the two sides of the scrubbie touch each other (like they basically do in the picture above) that's when it's time to stop crocheting! I pulled the long nylon netting tail that was left through, and used it to sew the opening close. 


After I made a few solid colored scrubbies, I thought I would try to make some striped ones! 


For the striped scrubbies, I just switched colors every other row. Also, I crocheted in the back loops only to make it more bumpy and scrubbie-esque! I'm really pleased with the final result :)


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