Friday, September 30, 2011

The Easiest Crocheted Baby Hat Ever Tutorial

Don't tell me you can't make your baby silly hats. As a matter of fact, this is the easiest baby hat I have ever crocheted. Of course I made it more difficult than I had to by mixing up the stripes, but you don't have to do that. This hat is just a crocheted rectangle.
 1. Crochet a rectangle that measures the length from one temple to the other around your child's head. Make it as tall as the length from your child's chin to the crown of their head. You can use any crochet stitch you like, any hook, any guage...that's up to you. (I bet you could make this out of fleece too if you aren't much of a yarn person)

2. Fold it in half as pictured.

3. Sew the top seam closed. You can crochet it closed as well, but I prefer to whip stitch.

4. Add a decorative stitch to the front edge (if you want) and add the ties to go under the chin. I attach my yarn at the corner then chain down the length I want them to be and then single crochet back up to the hat to make them a little thicker.

5. Try it on your child and take pictures. I love the point in the back on this one!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Link and Princess Zelda

These are my last two brand new designs for a while. I have been asked to make Link and Zelda aprons more than any other character, so I'm glad to finally have them completed. Zelda is made using 100% cotton, a gold polyester fabric, purple satin, and a sheer chiffon that has a color fade in it of both blue and purple. I used this because the decorative element on Zelda's dress fades/changes color a bit and I wanted to create that effect.  I had to leave out a lot of the detail on her dress for practicality, but I tried to keep the general look of it and of course the tri-force. This apron is machine washable, warm, on the delicate cycle. There is a pocket behind the hanging decorative element. It is hidden, but is accessible through the gap between the belt and the top of hanging piece in case you want to hide away any rupees.

 I put this apron on the floor because the chef style men's aprons just don't look right on my petite hour glass lady mannequin. Link was harder to give a distinct look since his usual garb is pretty simple. I copied the general idea, but put a tri-force on his pouch to set this apart from Robin Hood or Peter Pan. The belt, straps, and pouch (which is lined) are all made from suede and have a leathery look. The gold is polyester and the top is made from 100% cotton. I put an additional piece of suede by each appliqued buckle to give the illusion of a functional belt, with the flaps hanging out a bit. The green fabric is twill, which is a light canvas like material. This apron needs to be cold washed and line dried.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fleece Baby Bunting Sewing Tutorial

It's been awhile since I've had time to do a project for my kids, so I'm really excited to post this tutorial!  This is a fairly easy project, although I put a zipper in it, which might be a little tricky for beginners. I have an alternative to putting a zipper in though if that scares you!

1. Get an outfit out that fits your child loosely. It needs to be longsleeved and have legs on it. Lay this on your fleece (double thickness so you'll be cutting out two) and cut around it. Make it quite a bit longer than where the legs of your outfit actually end because you want a lot of kicking and wiggling room for your little one's feet. It should look something like this picture on the right.

 2. Cut a slit down the middle of the front piece the same length (or a little shorter) than your zipper, and then sew in your zipper. Zippers are not my favorite thing but they are really convenient! Here is a a good zipper tutorial. I didn't "hide" my zipper like in this tutorial because I liked the red contrast. My alternative to using a zipper is to leave the bottom of your bunting open, in essence making a gown that you can slip on over your child's head. You can add a drawstring or elastic to the bottom to close it up after you put it on your child (or snap closures or get the idea).

3. Once your zipper is installed, pin the two pieces right sides together and sew from the neck down the top edge of the sleeve on both sides. Then sew from the bottom edge of one sleeve all the way to the bottom, curve it around and back up the other side to the bottom edge of the other sleeve in one continuous line (where the red lines are in my awesome graphic!). After this you can fold back and hem the cuffs of your sleeves.

 4. For the hood, use an existing hood that fits your child (or guess...which is a method I use quite a bit!) and cut around it to get the basic shape. Measure this against the size of your neckhole and make sure the bottom will fit nicely into your bunting. Put your two pieces right sides together and sew around the curved edge to form the hood, then fold over and hem the front opening.

 5. Lastly, attach your hood to the inside of your neck hole...and there you have it! (Here is a tutorial for this process if you want some more detail about how to get the hood in there)
6. Put your baby in it and take cute pictures!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Apron Orders

Hello, just a quick post to say that I'm currently not taking any more custom orders. I'm going to be working on Halloween costumes and then creating all sorts of random things with the insanely large stash of fabric I've accumulated over the years. I've been dying to carve out some time to use it up, and to do some cross-stitch and crochet and other things like making more kilts or kids' viking hats...I wanna learn how to make rugs, and do some more quilting...and you get the idea. I'll be putting some of these projects up on Etsy, but won't be doing much custom stuff for people in the mean time. I will be posting more tutorials and pictures of different projects here though because I love to share what I'm doing and any cool tricks I learn along the way. Crafting is only as hard as you make it, so I try to make it as easy as possible!