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Friday, November 28, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Crochet Snowflake

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Crochet Snowman Card

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Deathly Hallows Ornament

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Hexagon Ornaments

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!