Summer Knitting & Crochet Projects

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In the heat of the summer, it’s really difficult to pick up a lot of my favorite crafts. I’m a huge fan of knitting and crochet. I just finished a giant granny square blanket that was almost torture to complete during the heat wave here in Oregon. It was so big, I basically had to wear it as a blanket to keep stitching. I’m so happy it’s done, and I think it looks pretty great for my first real crochet project.

Giant Granny Square Blanket

I love to work with yarn because it keeps my hands busy and doesn’t require much artistic talent to accomplish. I’d love to continue working with yarn for the rest of the summer months, so I need to get past the blanket I started in the winter and pick up something lightweight that I might actually get some use from even in the 90 degree weather. Here are some projects I’m considering:

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Convertible Swimsuit Cover-Up

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Sew a DIY Convertible Swimsuit Cover-Up!

Summer is a great time for enjoying the beach or the pool.  Cover-ups are great for going to and from the pool or beach.  Depending on your swimsuit you might want a different cover up style to avoid extra tan lines.  This convertible cover-up will allow you to style it to fit your swimsuit style or to just switch it up whenever your feel like it.  Make this convertible cover-up for yourself and keep cool during the dog days of summer!

Materials:

  • Larger T-shirt (the larger the better)
  • Ribbon or Cord (Get approximately your height in length)
  • Thread 
  • Pins

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Pocket T-Shirt DIY

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

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Pocket T-shirts are currently all the rage.  I see people wearing them everywhere I go.  I love how the patterned pockets look on a plain colored T-shirt.  However, they run around $25 to buy, which in my opinion is ridiculous.  The solution is to make your own because it’s so easy.  This project can be done on any size T-shirt, which makes it great for all the people in your life.  I frequently use this project as a scrap buster so all I have to buy are T-shirts!

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Sew Your Own DIY Dog Leash

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By Guest Blogger Courteney from the blog Crafting With Court

Courteney’s blog is full of ideas inspired by Pinterest and brings her own versions to life. With step-by-step instructions for fun crafts, Crafting with Court is perfect for all kinds of crafters.

Sew Your Own DIY Dog Leash with Guest Blogger Court from Crafting With Court

When we adopted this sweet baby a little more than 4 months ago, I knew this name was Padfoot. I mean, look at the similarities!

Dog Leash Picture

Padfoot needed a Gryffindor collar.  I searched around online, and I was shocked with how limited by options were.  As a crafty person, I set out to make my own collar.  I purchased a yard of the All Things Harry Potter fabric from Spoonflower and made a dog collar. My finished product turned out great!  If you want to make your own check out: Dog Collar: Fabric Wrapped.

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Over time, his plain store bought dog leash paled in comparison to his custom collar.  I set out to change that and made a Hogwarts dog leash.

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Camera Lens Wrap

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

DIY Camera Lens Wrap

Protect those expensive camera lenses with these cute wraps. They use old neck ties filled with polyfil quilt batting to make the ties soft. I used old silk ties found at the second hand store. The silk is so soft and the lens can be stuffed into a bag for travel and I have peace of mind that they will be protected. These would make great gifts for all the Camera Bugs in your life.

DIY Camera Lens Wrap from an Old Tie

Supplies

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Stitch Marker For Knitters

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

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Just the thing to make for your favorite knitter. Using beads or charms that fit their personality can really make these a special gift. Stitch markers are used to mark a place in the knitted piece or help count rows. They are useful tools that are easy to make.

Supplies

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Sewing Machine Accessories

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When I was growing up, I spent part of my summers each year at my grandmother’s house where she taught me how to sew. I spent hours in her sewing room learning to press seams, turn hems, baste, rip out, add buttons. Her sewing room was a well organized space, simple, but with everything she needed within arms reach. Once of these days I’d like to have a similar space for my machine so I’ve been busy collecting ideas to help make it into a place of beauty, organization and function. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.

Sewing Thread Holder - The Creative Homemaker

Sewing Thread HolderThe Creative Homemaker

My sewing machine (ahem, one of my machines, I have four, but mainly use one) is a vintage singer and while it runs like a top, I dread filling the bobbin a little, so one of these days I’ll invest in a bobbin winding machine and have a rack like this to hold thread and matching filled bobbins. Plus it will keep me from buying yet another spool of the same yellow thread since I’ll know exactly what I have at a glance!

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