Monday, January 24, 2011

Link/Zelda Apron Set?

It's been a busy week in the apron world and I'm continuously amazed at some of the fun requests that get sent to me. I get to work with some of the coolest and most creative people around and I hope to never take that for granted!

I am currently asking the Internet world at large about taking on a Link/Zelda apron set, and am asking for input on which of these following design inspirations you like best.  You can comment here or on my facebook page with your preference!  (Click on them to view them bigger)

Next up, I thought I'd share a couple sketches I did this morning for some aprons that I *might* be making in the near future:

That's right folks, you're looking at a Panda Bear and X-Men's Rogue.  I haven't committed to either of these yet, but it's fun thinking about them.  I realize now that I forgot to put pockets on Rogue's skirt.  Why a panda?  Sometimes a girl's gotta do something different, and this is one that spoke to me!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Old Projects: Crocheted Christmas Ornaments

 I made some Christmas ornaments this year while on a crochet-kick and ended up with these guys.  First I made these simple tear-drop shaped ones and decorated them with buttons.  This pattern was one I found on craftstylish.com.  The bells were my next projects.  These were both really simple to make!  I found the pattern for the bells here.  I love trying out tutorials I find on the Internet and sharing my results, so I know these are out of season now, but still, here they are.  I actually think the tear-drop shaped ones would make cute decorative gift tags and that the bells could be wedding favors/decorations if done in the right colors.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mug Cozies and Baby Cocoons.

This is a late posting, but I made a large group of Ninja Turtle mug cozies for Christmas gifts, and forgot to take a picture.  I made my husband one as well though, and for his I added an "angry mouth" as per his request.  This is Donatello.  The idea for this is the same as any mug cozy, you just make the tie a different color to create the eye-mask.  I added the eyes and mouth later.  If you are too lazy to make one of these, or just not a crocheter, you can buy one from this nice lady on Etsy who makes better ones than I do.  I didn't use a pattern for this because I didn't have one, but the idea itself wasn't mine originally.

I made all the turtles but still need to make myself one.  I'm a Leonardo girl, but I've been sort of feeling like making a pink Ninja Turtle just to be weird and calling her Georgia O'Keefe or something.

I did make myself this cozy though.  I added a few rows of shell stitching to the top because I wanted it to have a scalloped edge.  I will share the pattern for this one since I created it out of my own head and it fits a standard coffee mug.

Bethany's Scalloped Mug Cozy:

SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Made with hook size J, Red Heart Super Saver yarn.

(If you want to alternate colors after each row like I did, feel free to do so)

Chain 4, then slip stitch to form loop.

Row 1:  DC 10 times in this loop to make your foundation circle then connect with a slip stitch.

Row 2: Chain 3.  * DC twice in next stitch, then make one chain. * Repeat around the ring, connecting with a slip stitch.

Row 3: Chain 3. *DC twice in each DC from the previous row, and once in each chain. *Repeat around the ring, connecting with a slip stitch.

Row 4: Chain 3.  DC around entire ring, connect with slip stitch.  (This row has no increases since you are now forming the body of the mug)

Row 5: Chain 3.  DC around entire ring, stopping then you have two stitches left to complete the row.  This gap is where the base of your mug handle will go.

Row 6-9: Chain 3 and turn work. Do 2 DC in the base of your chain.  * Skip 2 stitches and SC, skip 2 stitches and DC 5 times in same stitch. * Repeat this to the end of the row.

After finishing row 9, chain then length of your desired button loop (approx. 5-10 chains depending on the button size you are using and how far from the handle you want to place the buttons).  Connect this chain with a SC to one side of the middle of the length of the gap for the mug handle.  The chain the same length for the next button hole and connect it with a SC to the same side of the gap at the base.  You should now have two button loops.

Now you can sew on your buttons (or tie them on with yarn).  I went back later and added another button loop to the top of my cozy to connect over the top of my handle to the top button, just to really secure the cozy and keep it from sliding down.  This is totally optional.

If my tutorial is too hard to understand since I'm not very good at writing them, here are a few basic mug cozy tutorials I've found on the web:

Diyods Mug Cozy
Debbie Jeans Mug Cozy
Mimi's Mug Cozy

I also wanted to post pictures of the "baby cocoon" I made for my son yesterday.  I found this pattern here.  I pretty much followed it exactly, except that I added a decorative edge to the top using back-post double crochets and front-post double crochets to give it a ribbed look, and topped it off with one row of blue single crochet.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ahoy Captain! I be feastin' me eyes on the pretty Lady Sailor!


The Lady Sailor is a character that takes me back to high school when I had a similar keychain on my car keys.  Her costume is sort of an interesting one stylistically to put into an apron because of the collar and the large red bow on the chest.  I incorporated both of those elements into this project.

The bow is sewn down (both hand sewn and machine sewn) and the collar is edged in gold ribbon to help highlight the sailor-ness of the whole thing.  I actually wound up thinking this one was pretty cute and got to thinking of other ways to incorporate big bows on future projects!


I took lots of pictures of this one because I found the white body of it somewhat hard to accurately photograph.  I also took a couple "work in progress" photos of this one since I was doing some things I've never done before!


 




Monday, January 3, 2011

Presenting the the Phoenix apron!

 I was recently asked if I could come up with a design for a Phoenix apron.  This apron was made with both cotton and polyester.  I found this really nice gold polyester fabric that is machine washable(!) on warm and can even go in the dryer on low.  That might not seem like something to get excited about, but finding fabrics that have metallic qualities that are user-friendly isn't that easy.  And I'm a fabric dork that gets excited about those kind of things :-)

I really wanted the Phoenix's sash to tie on the hip instead of in the back like on traditional aprons.  This posed a design conundrum, but after some trial and error I came up with a way to do it that I think works.  I liked the apron even without the sash simply because the gold and red looked so polished together.  I'm happy to have it in my collection!