Sunday, March 11, 2018

Crocheted Headband/Ear Warmers

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Have you ever found a crochet pattern or stitch that you love so much you just want to use it all the time?  That is how I feel about the stitch used to make these Mickey Mouse Headbands!  

The band is made with a stitch that combines a single crochet stitch and a double crochet stitch, so if you can make those two stitches and a chain, you can make this headband.  These are perfect to wear when you have your hair in a bun or ponytail, but still want something to keep your ears warm from a cool wind.

How did I discover this stitch?  It is in the book One Skein Baby Projects, and is used to create the blanket in the Teddy Bear Lovely pattern.  I have actually used this stitch several times in the past year to create some full sized blankets.  I just adjusted the number of stitches I used. If you would like to see those projects you can find them HERE and HERE.

For the headbands, I start off with a chain of 55 stitches.  For the circles to make the Mickey Mouse icon made circles in two sizes using the pattern I learned from the Teach Me To Crochet book.  I originally used that book to create an Emoji Pillow from the circle pillow pattern, which you can check out HERE.

After making the circles, I just slip stitched them onto the headband.  I made all of these out of Red Heart with Love yarn.  I love how soft this yarn is!  It comes in a lot of amazing colors too.

I hope that this blog post showed you how you can take what you learn in one or two books from different patterns and combine them into a brand new project that is all your own.

I am also selling these headbands on my Storenvy site and on a Mickey Mouse Facebook group I have.  Come check them out! books used included One Skein Baby Projects and Teach Me to Crochet

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shaped Number Graduation Card

Graduation season is just around the corner, and since my daughter will be graduating high school this year I know we will be going to a lot of Open Houses for her friends.  I wanted to make unique Graduation card from them instead of getting the same ones that everyone else will be getting from the stores.

I was able to easily make this 2018 shaped card in school colors using Cricut Design Space.  I used a font that has several layers, and then I welded the shadow of the white outline together.  After it was welded, I made a copy and mirrored it above the original image and added a score line to it to create the card base.

The next step was the gray outline, which I also welded together.  I made a copy of this and welded a square to the inside of it to create the piece for the inside of the card.  Instead of writing something on the inside, I used my Cricut pens to have the Cricut write a nice sentiment on the inside.

I layered the gray 2018 on the outside of the card

Then I layer the gray piece with the sentiment to the inside of the card.

Next I cut the blue 2018 

And last but not least, I layer the blue numbers on to the front of the card.

This is a simple but fun Graduation card that can be made using any school colors.