12 Crafts of Christmas || A Child Is Born! Dish Towel

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Well, this is it. The last post in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series! I must admit, there were times during the past month when I wasn't sure I was going to actually make it to 12 crafts! Coming up with 12 blog-worthy crafts was a bit challenging, but it was so much fun! 

I thought I would wrap up the series with a project to remind us all of the reason we celebrate this time of year. It's not about presents or Christmas trees or 12 Christmas crafts. It's about remembering the birth of our Savior. It's about showing love to one another and spending time with family. Please don't get caught up in the rush of Christmastime and forget about what is really important this time of year. 

This pattern was developed from the King James Version of Isaiah 9:6 which says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." I hope this last project will serve to remind you and yours of the true reason for the season! :)

- dish towel (I used a burlap linen dishtowel from Hobby Lobby)
- DMC threads: 310, 935, 936, 924, 926, 3722, 315 (or whatever colors you would like to use)
- embroidery needle
- scissors

- Using two strands of embroidery floss, cross stitch pattern onto fabric. If you use an AIDA fabric, work the pattern across one strand of fabric as usual. If you use a dishtowel similar to mine, you will need to work the pattern across two strands of fabric.

 X = 310 
+ = 935 
0 = 936 
@ = 924 
# = 926 
? = 3722 
% = 315
A printable/downloadable version of this pattern is available here.

Be sure to check out all 12 of the projects in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series!

Twelve: A Child is Born! Dish Towel

I hope you have a very merry Christmas!!!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Granny Circle Ornaments

Friday, December 19, 2014

These simple granny circles are a great way to add some color to your Christmas tree! I like to use colors not typically associated with Christmas. I tend to get bored with the typical bright red and green we've all come to recognize as "Christmas colors." What about you? Are you a Christmas color traditionalist or do you like to stray from the norm as well? :)

Whatever colors you decide to use, these ornaments work up very quickly and would make a great gift. Since they only take a few minutes a piece, you could make a bunch of these guys in no time at all!

- DK weight yarn in a variety of colors
- size F crochet hook
- scissors

- Ch 3 at beginning of a round counts as the first dc.

- With first color, make magic loop.
- Round One: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 11 dc into magic loop. Bind off. (12 st)
- Round Two: Attach second color with a slip stitch in space between two dc. Ch 3, dc into same space, ch 1. *Work (2 dc, ch 1) into space between next two dc.* Repeat from * to * around. Bind off. (24 st)
- Round Three: Attach third color with slip stitch in ch 1 space. Ch 3, 2 dc into same space, ch 1. *Work (3dc, ch 1) into next ch 1 space.* Repeat from * to * around. (36 st)
- Hanger: Slip st to center of next 3 dc group. Ch 20, slip back into center of 3 dc group. Bind off and weave in ends.

Be sure to check out the other projects in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series! If you've made any of the projects, please share them with me!

12 Crafts of Christmas ||Cross-Stitched Gift Tag

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As you found out in my yarn-embellished gift wrap post, I love adding personal touches to gifts at Christmas-time. This cross-stitched gift tag is a quick and easy way to dress up your Christmas presents this year! I love how the simple cross stitch design looks so special and unique on the paper!

- 3 X 3.5 piece of cardstock
- scissors
- DMC thread in green, brown, red, and metallic gold (I used 817, E3821, 433, and 3348)
- embroidery needle
- 1.75 mm crochet hook
- tape
- printed cross stitch template (pdf available here)

- Cut out cross stitch template and tape to cardstock. Use your embroidery needle to pre-punch all of the holes. Remove template.
- Cross stitch the tree design onto the cardstock with the green and brown embroidery floss. (Tutorial available here)
- With red embroidery floss, add french knots randomly throughout the tree to represent ornaments. (Tutorial available here)
- Crochet star (worked with metallic gold and 1.75 mm crochet hook): Make a magic loop. Work (ch 5, sl in 2nd ch from hook, ch3, sc into magic loop) five times. Sl into bottom of original ch. Bind off and sew to top of cross-stitched tree.
- Punch a hole in the top of the card and attach a loop of yarn for hanging.
- Attach tag to a gift and spread some Christmas cheer! :)

Be sure to check out the other projects in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series! If you've made any of the projects this year, I'd love for you to share them with me!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Picture Frame Ornament

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 has been a big year! I wanted to make a Christmas ornament that will always remind Tyler and I of where we were in 2014. This Christmas, Tyler and I are engaged and it's our puppy's first Christmas! What better way to remind us of this year than with a picture of the three of us?? I love this picture of Tyler, Ned and I and thought it would be perfect for an ornament. :)

The ornament is very easy to make and only takes about thirty minutes. I'm thinking this should become a tradition in our family. Whenever a major event happens in our lives that we want to remember (wedding, kids, etc.), I will make an ornament for our tree. In the end, we will have a bunch of Christmas ornaments reminding us of everything we've been through together!

- Circular "frame": I traced a circle on a piece of cardstock and added a 1/2 in border. When cut out it should look like a ring. (My ring ended up being about 4 in. in diameter,  but use whatever size works well with your photo.)
- Photo, cut into a circle to fit inside the frame
- DK weight yarn
- Size H crochet hook (or size recommended on yarn)
- Embroidery floss (one color that matches the yarn and one white)
- Embroidery needle
- Scissors

- Round One: Sc around the circular frame. It doesn't matter how many sc, it just needs to be a number divisible by six. Make sure you squeeze the stitches in tightly so that the cardstock underneath doesn't show.
- Round Two: *Skip 2 sc, work (2 dc, ch 3, sl in third chain from hook, 2 dc in original sc) in next stitch, skip 2 st, sl in next stitch*, repeat from * to * around.
- Ch 20, slip into top of frame. Bind off and weave in ends.

- Position the photo inside the frame. Using needle and embroidery floss similar to color of yarn, attach the photo to the back of the frame. I just used a running stitch around the edge of the circle.
- Write "2014" in a blank area of the picture. Use back stitch to embroider the numbers. Be careful not to make the stitches too small, because the photo paper is easy to rip.

I hope you enjoy the pattern! What memories do you want to remember from 2014? 

12 Crafts of Christmas || Yarn-Embellished Gift Wrap

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I always love adding personal touches to gifts whenever I can. These yarn embellishments were a quick and easy way to dress up and personalize my Christmas gifts. I love how just a little bit of yarn can make the plain brown paper so much more fun and festive!

- wrapped presents
- DK weight yarn
- size F crochet hook
- scissors
- yarn needle


Bow #1: This bow is worked by making three crochet strands and tying them together. Work the stitches fairly tightly so that the strands will curl naturally.
- Strand (make three):
     - Ch 31.
     - Row One: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and across. Turn.
     - Row Two: Ch 1. Sc in each st across. Bind off and Weave in ends.
- Use one strand to tie the three strands together.

Bow #2: This bow is worked in two pieces and sewn together to form a bow.
- Body:
     - Ch 31.
     - Row One: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and across. Turn.
     - Row Two: Ch 1. Sc in each st across. Turn.
     - Rows Three - Eight: Repeat row two.
     - Holding narrow edges together, slip stitch up the side to form a loop.
     - Bind off and weave in ends.
     - Fold loop so that the slip stitches are in the center of the back.
- Band:
    - Ch 10.
    - Row One: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and across. Turn.
    - Row Two: Ch 1. Sc in each st across.
    - Rows Three - Six: Repeat row two.
    - Bind off leaving long end for sewing.
    - Wrap band around the center of the body piece. Holding narrow ends together, use yarn needle to stitch the two narrow ends together. (This will be a little difficult because the band is so small. It needs to be small, though, so that the bow will pinch together in the middle!)

I'm not going to go into how to make the pom pom because there are literally hundreds of pom pom tutorials out there! I used this tutorial, but feel free to use whichever one you like. :)

Be sure to check out the other posts in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series! If you've made any of the projects, I would love to see them! Just tag me on Instagram (@rlmoore1991) or shoot me an email (handcraftedvintage12@gmail.com)!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Embroidered Leather Ornaments

Monday, December 8, 2014

These yarn-embroidered leather ornaments are incredibly easy to make and I love how natural they look! The combination of the natural leather and the craftiness of the yarn is so unique and special. I always love embroidering on things other than the typical cloth and embroidery hoop. 

- rectangular pieces of leather (mine were 3 in. X 5 in.)
- worsted weight yarn
- tapestry needle
- scissors
- leather punch kit (I used this one)
- hammer
- cutting board
- marker

- Mark where you want your holes on the back of the leather pieces. It helped me to draw the design out on a notecard, cut it out and use that as a guide for the holes. (Since I'm not that great at drawing symmetrical stars and trees, it also helped me to use a cookie cutter to trace the design.) Don't forget to put a hole in the top for the hanger.
- Use your leather punch and hammer to create the holes. Be sure you use a strong cutting board underneath!
- Use your tapestry needle and yarn to sew on your design. When sewing, the yarn needs to be tight, but make sure it's not so tight that your leather bunches. Tie off the ends.
- Attach a loop of yarn into the top hole for the hanger.

I hope your Christmas season is off to a great start! Be sure to check out all of the other crafts in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series!

Linked to: Little Monkeys Crochet

12 Crafts of Christmas || Granny Square Stocking

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The next craft in my 12 Crafts of Christmas series is this mini granny square stocking ornament. If you've been following my blog for a while, you are probably already aware of my addiction to granny squares. I absolutely love them! The squares are so easy and can be combined to make just about anything. The stocking ends up being about 7 inches tall, a perfect addition to your Christmas tree! :)

- three colors of sport weight yarn (I used Sinfonia's 100% cotton in marino, gris claro, and agua fuerte)
- white DK weight yarn
- size F crochet hook
- scissors

Directions for Squares:
- Begin square either by chaining five and joining with a slip stitch to make a loop or by making a magic loop. (I prefer the magic loop method, it makes your square look much neater in the end.)
- Round One: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc, ch 2, [3 dc, ch2] three times, join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. You should have 4 shells and 4 corner spaces.
- Round two: Slip st to next corner. Ch 3 [2dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same space (corner made).*Ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 corner space. Repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. Bind off.

- Attach squares together into a stocking shape. There are a variety of different methods to join granny square, I prefer this one. You will need to make a front piece and a back piece (opposite of the front), then stitch the two together with right sides facing. Once all of your squares are attached, flip the piece right side out and make sure all of you ends are tucked inside.

- Attach white yarn to the top of the stocking. Evenly work sc around. It doesn't really matter how many stitches, just make sure it looks even. I ended up with 38 stitches.
- Work 10 rows of sc. Bind off, weave in ends, and fold over.

- Ch 21.
- Row One: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each chain across. Turn.
- Row Two: Ch 1. Sc in each st across. Bind off leaving a long tail for sewing.
- Fold hanger in half and sew to inside of stocking. I sewed it on behind the fold of the white section so that the stitches wouldn't show from the outside.

12 Crafts of Christmas || Salt and Pepper Shaker Ornaments

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

For several years now, my mom and I have been turning vintage salt and pepper shakers into Christmas ornaments. We collect them throughout the year from antiques stores and flea markets and then turn them into ornaments at Christmas time. They are always my favorite ornaments on the tree! I love the vintage touch they add.

- vintage salt and pepper shakers
- green floral wires (cut into pieces about 5 inches long)

- Take off the plugs at the bottom of the shakers and make sure there's not any salt or pepper left inside.
- Stick the two ends of your wire through two of the holes at the top of the shaker.
- Pull the ends through the hole at the bottom. It may be helpful to use a crochet hook to pull the ends through, but it isn't necessary.
- Twist the ends together several times.
- Hide your ends inside the shaker and put the plug back in.
- Pull up on your wire loop and twist it a few times at the top of the shaker.
- Hang your vintage ornament on the tree!

Linked to: Take a Look Tuesday

Wishlist || Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

Crochet || Meredith from One Sheepish Girl always has great patterns, and this christmas light garland is no exception. These lights are so fun and festive! I'm also quite jealous of her paper mache moose!

Crochet || This crochet Rudolph pattern from Little Things Blogged is adorable! The sweet little reindeer would look great on my tree.

Embroidery || I love this embroidered photo transfer from Do Small Things With Love. Tyler and I just recently got our engagement pictures back from the photographer. I think I may need to make one of these ornaments to remember our engaged Christmas. :)

Etsy || If you are not familiar with Quill and Fox's Etsy shop, you should go check it out. I love all of their prints. The style of their illustrations make me so happy! This Sir Rudolph card is my current favorite.

Food || These sugar cookies from Love Grows Wild look amazing. For as long as I can remember, my mom and I have always made sugar cookies at Christmas time. I can't wait to try out Liz's recipe this year!

12 Crafts of Christmas || Crochet Snowflake

Friday, November 28, 2014

We haven't had our first big snow of the season yet here in Tennessee, but I cannot wait for it to happen! There have been a few dustings, but it hasn't actually snowed yet. I decided to whip up some snowflakes in hopes that it would hurry the snow along.... we'll see how that goes. :) 

Anyways, these snowflakes are fairly easy to make and you can whip up several of them in a short amount of time. I was able to make six of them in about an hour. 

I think the best thing about these little snowflakes is how versatile they are. There are so many different uses for them! I'm planning on using a few as ornaments and the rest to decorate Christmas presents. :) You could also string them up as a garland or use them as a table decoration. There's just so many options! 

Here's the pattern! Hope you like it!

- white worsted weight yarn
- size G crochet hook
- scissors

- Round One: Work 6 sc into magic loop
- Round Two: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sc)
- Round Three: Slip next 2 stitches, *ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 st, (ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 st) twice, sc into remaining 5 ch of original ch 9, slip into next 2 stitches of circle* repeat from * to * 5 more times - you should have 6 flake "posts"
- Round Four: slip up to middle of 1st flake post, *ch 1around the post, ch 3, slip into middle of next flake post*, repeat from * to * around
- Bind off and weave in ends.

If you decide to make some of these guys, I'd love for you to share with me how you used them! Happy Black Friday everyone!

Linked to: Little Monkeys Crochet

12 Crafts of Christmas || Crochet Snowman Card

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I've never been a fan of the generic cards you can pick up at the store. Whenever I can, I always prefer to make my own cards. It's so much more personal that way. This crocheted snowman card is a great way to send a personal touch to your friends and family this year! I can't wait to make up a few more of these and give them out this Christmas! 

Skill Level: Easy

- blank card and envelope
- worsted weight white yarn
- size 3 crochet thread in black, orange, and scarf color of your choice
- crochet hooks (sizes G and E)
- embroidery floss (white, black, and color of scarf)
- scissors
- black marker

- Snowman is worked in pieces, then attached to the card.
- When called for, I used two strands of embroidery floss throughout the pattern.

Crochet Directions:
- Body:
    Round One: With size G hook and white yarn, work 6 sc into a magic loop.
    Round Two: 2 sc in each stitch around (12 sc)
    Round Three: *1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * around (18 sc). Slip into first stitch of                                round, bind off, and weave in ends.

- Head: Work rows one and two of body. Slip into first stitch of round two, bind off, and weave in ends.

- Hat:
    Chain 7
    Row One: Sc in second ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.
    Row Two: Sl first stitch. Sc in next four stitches. Turn.
    Row Three: Ch 1. Sc in next four stitches. Turn
    Row Four: Repeat row three. Bind off and weave in ends.

- Scarf:
    Chain 21
    Row One: Sc in second ch from hood and each ch across. Bind off and weave in ends

- Carrot Nose:
    Ch 2.
    Row One: Sc and slip stitch into second ch from hook. Bind off and leave long ends.


-Using white embroidery floss, attach the body of the snowman to the card.

-Attach the carrot nose to the center of the face. (I pulled the ends through the white circle and tied a knot.)
Place the snowman's face to where it barely overlaps the body. Secure the bottom of the face with a few stitches, then place the scarf behind the neck of the snowman. Continue stitching around the head, securing it to the card.

- Fold the scarf around the snowman's neck and secure it in place with a few stitches using an embroidery floss similar to the color of the yarn.

- Place the hat on top of the snowman's head and secure it in place with the black embroidery floss.
- Now just add your Christmas message and you're done!
- (If you're a perfectionist like me, you may also want to cut another card in half and glue it to the inside of the front cover so that your stitching doesn't show.)

There's just one month until Christmas and two days until Thanksgiving! Happy Holidays, everyone!

Do you prefer store-bought or handmade cards this time of year?

Linked to: Take a Look TuesdayWork It WednesdayWhimsy WednesdayWow Me WednesdayLittle Monkeys Crochet

12 Crafts of Christmas || Deathly Hallows Ornament

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My fiance and I are big Harry Potter fans. So I thought our Christmas tree this year should have something that reflects that! :) This ornament is easy to make and would be a great weekend project! 

Skill Level: Easy

- embroidery hoop (whatever size you want)
- black Aida 14 cloth
- embroidery floss ( I used DMC 3072)
- piece of felt for backing
- hot glue gun
- ribbon for hanging

- Using two strands of embroidery floss, cross stitch pattern onto fabric. Using the pattern below, fit as many Deathly Hallows as you can across the width of the hoop. For the second row of Hallows, I just flipped the pattern upside down. If you are brand new to cross stitch, you can find tutorials here and here.
- To back your work, cut a piece of felt the same size as your hoop. Fold your excess Aida fabric to fit under the piece of felt. With hot glue gun, secure the piece of felt to the back of your work.

- Finish the ornament by attaching a piece of ribbon to the top of your hoop for hanging.

I hope you enjoy your new ornament! Stay tuned for more crafts from my 12 Crafts of Christmas series!

Linked to: Take a Look TuesdayWork It WednesdayWhimsy WednesdayWow Me Wednesday

12 Crafts of Christmas || Hexagon Ornaments

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I realize that I'm jumping the gun a little bit here. It's not even Thanksgiving yet. But... it's never too early to start on some Christmas crafts, right?? My goal this year is to share twelve crafty Christmas projects here on the blog between now and Christmas Eve. I've got some really cool ideas that I cannot wait to share!

My first Christmas craft is these lovely hexagon ornaments! Aren't they cute?? The best part is, you only need very basic hand-sewing skills to be able to make them. I was really surprised how easy they turned out to be!

Skill Level: Easy

- fabric scraps
- felt for backing
- hexagon template (available 
- pins
- sewing thread
- embroidery floss (4 strands)
- scissors

First, you will need to pin your hexagon templates to the back of the fabric and cut around them, leaving about a 1/4 inch trim. You don't need to be super precise here, just make your you have an edge to work with.

Fold your fabric around the corners so that you have a nice, crisp point.

Use two to three small stitches to secure the corner in place. Continue working around until all corners are folded and secure. Once all of the corners are secure, you can remove the pin, but keep the paper in place for now.

Keep working until all of your hexies are done. I know this looks super tedious, but it's actually not that bad. :)

To attach the hexies, hold two together with right sides facing. Use a super tiny running stitch along the edge to join the two together. Try not to stitch through the paper (it's not a huge deal if you do, though). You can attach these in whatever pattern or shape you'd like. I chose to make mine in the shape of a wreath and an icicle, both Christmas tree staples!

One you've attached all of the hexies into the shape you want, you can CAREFULLY remove the papers.

Next, pin the finished shape to a piece of felt. With embroidery floss and running stitch, work your way around the outside edge of the piece. Once you've made it all the way around, trim off the excess felt. (If doing a wreath shape, you will need to work the running stitch around both the outside and inside edge.)

Now all you need to do is attach a little loop at the top of the piece for hanging. I just threaded some embroidery floss through a couple of stitches at the top and tied a knot. 

That's it. Our tree isn't up yet, but I can't wait to see how these ornaments look on the tree! 

I hope you enjoy the tutorial! I would love to see pictures if you decide to make some of these for your own tree! 

Wish List || Grannies + Narwhals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Knitting || Pam Power's Diamonds & Lace Convertible Scarf is just to die for! I purchased the pattern yesterday and cannot wait to head to the yarn store this weekend. I love how the two different sections of the scarf complement each other so well.

Crochet || It is a well-known fact that I'm a sucker for a good granny square. I can't get enough of these Crochet Granny Square Baskets from Vika Moka! I will definitely be making one of these in the very near future. :)

Embroidery || How cool is this cross-stitched sign?? I so want one of these for my wall!

Etsy || I already know where this Knitting Narwhals print is going to go on my wall! The knitting narwhals are absolutely adorable!

Food || This paleo pumpkin banana bread from Paleo Leap is making my mouth water! I'm planning on having a Halloween movie marathon tomorrow, and I think this bread will be the perfect addition! 

Also, here's a little peek at what I'm currently knitting. Hopefully, I'll be done and able to share the finished result sometime this weekend! Have a good rest of the week and happy Halloween!

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