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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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

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!!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Granny Circle Ornaments

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!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas ||Cross-Stitched Gift Tag

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!

Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Picture Frame Ornament

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? 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Yarn-Embellished Gift Wrap

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)!

Monday, December 8, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Embroidered Leather Ornaments

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

Thursday, December 4, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Granny Square Stocking

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.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 Crafts of Christmas || Salt and Pepper Shaker Ornaments

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

Monday, December 1, 2014

Wishlist || Christmas

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!