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Summer Knitting & Crochet Projects

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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Pocket T-Shirt DIY

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!

Materials:

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Crochet Baby Booties

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

Crochet Baby Booties Adapted Pattern

Adapted Crochet Pattern - Baby Booties

A while back, a friend recruited me to help with her friend’s baby shower, and I made this fab photo display board. As a result, I was invited to the shower last minute. I don’t know the expectant mother all that well, but I figured some homemade baby booties are universal enough, am I right?

I skimmed through Pinterest, and eventually found this pattern as a free download on Ravelry. Gotta love free downloads! And aren’t they darling?!

Crochet Baby Booties

Crochet Baby Booties Pattern

 Here’s what you’ll need: 2 colors of soft worsted weight yarn, size G crochet hook.

I switched up the pattern a bit, particularly when it came to the colors. Here’s what I did:

  1. **These slippers were completed with the 0-3 months pattern.**
  2. I used my accent color (purple) for the first 3 rows, or the base of the booties. I switched to white at row 4 (at the back loops only row).
  3. I switched back to my accent color (purple) for row 7, and repeated row 7 a second time for more purple.
  4. For the strap, I slip stitched along the chain rather than using single crochet stitches.
  5. For the flower, I did a magic ring, [ch 3, sc in ring] 5 times (the pattern called for dc).

The ravelry download has alterations for larger sizes as well, and they’re so small that they work up really quickly! Happy bootie making! 🙂

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

Paracord Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets - ThinkCrafts.com

If you haven’t noticed, October isn’t just about black and orange anymore; pink has joined the party in support of breast cancer awareness month. I know a handful of people who have battled breast cancer, as I’m sure many of you do as well. I do not personally have a family history of breast cancer, but I am a female and I value my breasts! I am also graduating with a health education minor in a couple months, and I am all for supporting breast cancer research and health in general. So ladies, don some pink this month and support your fellow women. Look into self-exams if you’re unaware of them, and read more here about awareness if you like!

DIY Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets

Paracord Bracelets for Breast Cancer Awareness

Stuff You’ll Need550 ParacordPlastic Buckles, lighter, scissors, measuring tape

I knew I wanted to make something pink and white for this month, and when I spotted this pink paracord I thought it would be really fun to play with different paracord bracelet techniques. I  made two different patterns: “Soloman’s Heart” and “Boundless Endless Falls.” I followed this tutorial for the Soloman’s Heart (in white and pink camo) and this tutorial for the Boundless Endless Falls (hot pink and white). But here are some tips the tutorials don’t give you…

  1. When you cut paracord, you need to carefully melt the ends using a lighter to stop it from fraying.
  2. For the Soloman’s Heart bracelet using the white and pink camo paracord, I used 4.5′ of the pink camo and 3.5′ of the white. To make the Soloman’s Heart bracelet, you will need to melt one end of the pink camo cord and quickly, while the cord is still all melt-y, press one end of the white cord into the melt-y end, joining the two cords into one.
  3. To use a paracord buckle, start with the end you buckle into (should have only one cord space). Fold your cord in half and slide the center point through the cord space on the buckle end, then put the cord ends through the loop formed by the cord center and pull tight. When your bracelet reaches your desired length, weave the cord ends up and through the other buckle piece (which should have two cord spaces), weave the cord ends through a few of the knots on the backside of your bracelet, trim the cords and melt the ends. You may find this tutorial helpful.
  4. To use a paracord buckle on the Bondless Endless Falls bracelet (hot pink and white), knot only the white cord onto the buckle to begin and continue the tutorial with the pink cord centered behind the white. Weave both the white and pink cords through the end piece when your bracelet is long enough.

Pink Paracord Buckle Bracelets for Breast Cancer Awareness

If you look closely, you can see that in the Soloman’s Heart bracelet, the pink camo and white cords form hearts! (In these photos the white hearts are right-side up.) I thought that pattern was especially fitting for support of breast cancer awareness month. So whip up some pink bracelets, ladies! I mean, if NFL players can rock pink on the football field, surely we can support with some fun accessories, right? 😉

 

And if you can’t get enough paracord bracelets, check out these pattern books for more ideas!

Floating Ghost Necklace

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

DIY Floating Ghost Necklace for Halloween. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I love Halloween. While spooky is always in fashion this time of year, sometimes you need a cute spook to boost your spirits in the cooler fall months. This little ghost is lightweight, easy to make and just plain adorable.

Ghost Necklace Materials

Supplies:

Molded Ghost

Start by taking a piece of clay the size of a pea and mold it into a ghost-like shape. I used the eraser end of a pencil to help my daughter make the shape. We pressed the pea of clay onto the end of the pencil and molded the shape around it. This gave a nice rounded head and a long body. This also made the ghost hollow, so the clay will dry faster and the pendant will be very light.

Pierce Needle

Once the ghost shape has been molded, remove it from the pencil. Using the needle, pierce a hole in the top of its head.

Let the clay air dry. This took 2 days for a nice hard dry. Then use the permanent marker to dot the eyes on, and if you would like, add an “O” for the mouth.

Seed Bead

Next, tie a seed bead in the middle of the clear string. Then string both ends of the clear line through the hole on the top of the head of the ghost. The seed bead is in the inside of the ghost holding it on to the string. This makes the ghost look like it’s floating.

DIY Floating Ghost Necklace Halloween Jewelry | ThinkCrafts.com

Either use a lobster clasp to close the necklace or make it a long enough string to be tied and placed over the head.

National Sewing Month and Halloween

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

As you may have already heard, September is National Sewing Month. I love any excuse to break out my sewing machine. National Sewing Month as so far motivated me to fix my sewing machine and create two small projects, a cup cozy, and a wrist pincushion. With Halloween coming up, It’s really time to brush up on my sewing skills so I can create a beautiful costume! First, I think I’ll try out these easy projects to get me going and in the mood for Halloween.

DIY Felt and Wool Pumpkin. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Rustic Felt or Wool Pumpkin

This little pumpkin can be made from scrap fabric, an old pair of pants, whatever you have lying around. I think a bunch of them would look so cute scattered throughout the house with mismatched prints and colors. They’ll sew up in no time, and you can use them as decorations, place card holders at parties, or even little beanbags for a game! You can even hang on to them through Thanksgiving.

How to Make Easy Animal Ears. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

How to Make Easy Animal Ears

These little ears are perfect for work or school days leading up to Halloween. You don’t want to wear a big, cumbersome costume all day while sitting at a desk! I love how quick these are to whip up and they’re so cute!

DIY Felt Bat Garland. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Felt Bat Garland

Any beginning sewer can whip these cute garlands up in no time. It’ll help you practice sewing in a straight line, and you’ll have a cute garland to hang at the end. You can use this technique with pumpkin, witch hats, ghosts, and any other fun Halloween shapes to create lots of fun decorations!

DIY Mummy Shirt. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Mummy Shirt Tutorial

These shirts are too cute! This is such a creative way to upcycle an old t-shirt and show off your Halloween spirit!

Craft Supplies in Fashion

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

As the DIY revolution continues, so do the unique ways to use our craft supplies to create interesting statement pieces. From googly eyes, to zippers, you’ll be amazed to see what can be created with standard craft supplies and a little imagination. Now, people aren’t even hiding the fact that they’re using craft supplies. The materials are taking front and center in these crafty creations.

An easy and trendy DIY bracelet. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Zipper Bracelet

Take these zipper bracelets for an example. They’re everywhere right now, and they’re not trying to hide the fact that they’re made from a very common craft supply. A colorful zipper bracelet would look great with a white tee and a pair of jeans.

Pencil Cuff Bracelet - Dollar Store Crafts

Pencil Cuff Bracelet – Dollar Store Crafts

With the two ways that this bracelet is made, you can either flaunt that you used pencils, or cover it up with some pretty paint. The geometric style is right on trend.

Lacy Flats Revamp - Dream a Little Bigger

Lacy Flats RevampDream a Little Bigger

Lace is all the rage right now, and you can get in on the action with either leftover lace scraps or some lace trim. You can find lots of colors to create a pair of shoes that is right for you.

Green and Gold DIY Flip Flops - Trinkets in Bloom

Green and Gold DIY Flip FlopsTrinkets in Bloom

Using brass rings as a chic accessory is borderline genius. I had seen them all over in clothing but never put two and two together when it came to making DIY accessories.

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