Monday, April 20, 2015

Sunbonnet Girl with Chickens Free Stitchery Pattern

I am obsessed with vintage embroidery lately!! And I had a vision of a pattern for a floursack towel of a sunbonnet girl feeding her chickens. I searched high and low for pattern that matched this vision but had no success. So I was forced to create my own. It took me forever to do so, but I'm very pleased with it!!

Color Guide:
  • Bonnet and apron outline: 350
  • Dress outline: 3733
  • Flower, shoes, sleeve cuffs to dress: 3832
  • Flower center, grass: 368
  • Arms and legs: 3864
  • Basket: 834
  • Chicken wattle and comb: 3831
  • Chicken outline: 3863
  • Chicken beaks and food: 728
Stitch Guide:
  • I used the lazy daisy stitch for the flower center and chicken feed. The flower petals were made with lazy daisy stitches. I used a classic backstitch for everything else.

I've mentioned before that I would LOVE to own backyard chickens, so this little floursack towel really makes me happy. It looks so happy hanging on my oven handle:) But it isn't very practical right now, since I've announced to everyone that this towel is only to look it. I'm not quite ready for all that hard work to be stained with spilled jam and dirty hands! However, I know my toddler well enough to know that he will clean up something gross with it while my back is turned and I'll have to start actualy using this towel before I know it. That's ok though, because at least it can hang in my kitchen looking pretty for the time being!  

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Crochet Toddler Basic Bear Hat

The other night, I was projectless. Okay, so that isn't entirely true. I always have plenty of projects...but on this particular night I didn't have any crochet projects to work on. And I really just wanted to crochet. I knew that sitting in my overflowing leftover yarn bucket I had a partially used skein of yarn (Vanna's Choice in oatmeal) that I had always thought would be cute for a little boy's bear hat...

  • Size H crochet hook
  • 1 skein Vanna's Choice yarn (I used oatmeal)
  • Tapestry needles

  • Don't crochet? I have a free pattern for a toddler knit bear hat here
  • 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.

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, ch1. 
Round 15: Turn, crab stitch around, join, finish off.

Ears: (make 2)

Row 1: Magic Ring, ch 2, HDC 7, ch 2, turn work.
Row 2: 2 HDC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn work. (14 stitches)
Row 3: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn work.
Row 4: SC in each stitch aross, ch 1, do not turn work.
Row 5: Crab stitch, join, finish off, leaving a long tail. 


Attatch ears using a tapestry needle and the long tail from each ear. Sew in all loose ends. 

It always makes me happy when I make a project from the yarn in my yarn stash. Because then I can continue to justify never parting with any scrap yarn ever;) (Please tell me I'm not the only one who hoards yarn!!) But really, you never know when you'll need that one skein leftover from that one thing you once made years ago! 

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Monday, April 6, 2015

DIY Title of Liberty for FHE

Some of the things my mom came up with to drag family night out as long as possible really drove me crazy!! (Remind me to tell you all about the "compliment time" she made us do before each lesson. UGH!) I always accused of her staying up all night conniving activities, lesson plans, lesson supplements, etc for the sole purpose of making family home evening take up as much time as possible. 

I have become my mother.

My little boy LOVES family night, but he has a longer attention span for the lesson if I'm prepared with visual aides. So, sometimes I stay up way past my bedtime conniving ideas for props for an FHE lesson. And this DIY Title of libery is my latest creation!

(Not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? You can read a brief description of what the Title of Liberty is here. And you can learn more about our faith here!)

  • 2 peices of muslin
  • 1 peice of medium weight interfacing
  • 1" wide wooden dowel 
  • Fabric marker
  • Hot glue gun

First, write the scripture Alma 46:12 on one of your muslin rectangles. I wish I had practiced writing with my fabric marker on some scrap fabric before I did it on my project because I felt really clumsy with it! But my little boy doesn't notice my skiwampus handwriting ;)

Then I sandwiched my interfacing between the two muslin rectangles, making sure my writing was facing the outside. I pinned the peices together on 3 sides, leaving the side on the left of my writing unpinned. 

I made 2 marks about 1" away from the unpinned edge on the top and bottom. Beginning at the mark on the top, I sewed around the three sides. I chose to just do a top stitch because I want the edges to eventually fray. You know, because the real Title of Liberty was made from ripped coat which probably frayed too ;)

I wrapped the edge that was not sewn down around the top of my dowel. Then I hot glued the fabric down.

And because I was so excited I couldn't wait until the next FHE to show my Title of Libery to my son. 

He thought it was pretty sweet!

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