The Easiest Gift I’ve Ever Made

Disney Princess Fabric Gift Bag
This fabric gift bag turned out to be one of the easiest gifts I’ve ever sewn.

May is a big month for my friend group. There’s the remaining end of April birthdays, May birthdays, wedding anniversaries, graduation, friends going on study abroad. So I’ve had no shortage of demand for gifts for each occasion.

I made more makeup bags for the graduation/study abroad group because I know they’ll need them/use them for packing. And the birthday girls all got brush rolls, cosmetic bags and scrunchies or knitted coaster sets (jewel tones for the fall/winter, pastels for the spring/summer).

But I wish I had found this pattern on Pinterest sooner.

What I love about this pattern is that you can take scrap fabric and repurpose it for something anyone could use. I had two small pieces of scrap fabric leftover from an order of the Disney Princess fabric makeup bags I make for my Etsy. And this was just the right pattern to use.

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What I love about these bags is they can be reused for almost anything. Jewelry bag, party favor bag, a mini-travel bag that can fit into a purse or carry-on, eyeshadow holder, gift wrap.

And it only took me five minutes. The hardest part (barely) had to be the ironing. I had to wait for my iron to get hot. Other than that, it was a simple, straight stitch pattern that I know I’ll be making again in the future. I’m already starting to stock up on some for my June birthday group.

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Pineapple Print

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In the last few months, I’ve come to make several makeup bags. They’ve become the bread and butter of my sewing projects, which is probably why I’ve been able to get each one done in less than thirty minutes.

But since my last trip to the fabric store, I’ve become obsessed with this new cotton print, which I’ll call the Pineapple print. I love the look of this print! The bright colors are what drew me to it initially. But after I finished my first makeup bag with it, I fell in love with it. And so I made a few more projects with it…

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I made a makeup brush roll that can fit up to six brushes (two eye brushes and four normal sized brushes, including a kabuki brush!) and rolls up on itself! It is fully line and took me about an hour to complete.

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I even made one for myself with a zipper compartment for my lipstick. And then I made a pencil pouch:

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I also filled this one with makeup brushes (seven including the kabuki brush) for the photo. But I think that this one can be used multiple ways…

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Pens, pencils, accessories, makeup brushes, hair ties, USB drives…Anything little you need to keep safe/protected really! I made myself a zipper pouch out of a shamrock print for St. Patrick’s Day and I still use it every day to hold pens, sticky notes, and my other office tools.

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And yes, I made another makeup bag. Both are the same size I usually make (8×10 inches) but in the pineapple print. There was even enough for a scrunchie after I made these projects from the one yard.

I know I’ll have to go back to get more of this fabric! I’ve been looking at other sewing projects to try with this print like pillows or headbands.

A Month of Crafting

After taking the month of April to focus on new products to accompany the rebrand, I’m excited to share some of the new things I’ve been working on!

Yes, the makeup bags/travel bags are still my bread and butter. But I’ve been using new fabrics and watching different YouTube tutorials to learn about different fabrics and patterns to play with.

For example, I’ve worked on making the travel bags out of fat quarters like the one below:

Art Deco Bag

This art deco inspired bag has become my new favorite! I love the way this turned out. I’m still using the same pattern I shared in an earlier post, but I think using fat quarters instead of a yard of fabric works better for me!

And I’ve also been working on brush rolls:

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I already love the Disney Princess fabric that I found and have since restocked my supply. After making a few bags in this print for an order, I wanted to try to make something new. So I searched Pinterest until I found a YouTube tutorial and came out with this!

And finally, I loved making the bunnies for Easter. I still have a few hopping around my workspace. But I fell in love with all of the incredible stuffed animal patterns on Pinterest and decided to take on a new animal. Following a pattern that I’ll post soon, I made this:

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This is a baby elephant made from a fat quarter fabric! I’m in love with this pattern and will share it soon!

Going forward, rebrand and all, I want to be able to share more of the creative process that goes into making the surcees. I’ll be posting more knitted items and their patterns as well.

The Easiest Infinity Scarf to Knit

 

summer-dealsEasy Infinity Scarf Pattern

Needle Size: 6.5 or 7

Cast On 24 stitches of your favorite light weight yarn

Purl every row until you reach the desired length (Recommended: 24-30 inches). Bind off last row and sew ends together.

If you’re wondering why the entire pattern is purl, it’s because it gives the scarf a stretchy texture that’s perfect for infinity scarves.

 

By keeping it simple and purling every stitch, the scarf gets the stretchy texture, which makes it easy to wear.

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I’ll post more pictures of this scarf as I continue to work on it! Best of luck knitting!

On the Needles 1.7.17

Project One: Baby Blanket

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When I knit, I try to keep two projects going at a time. I like alternating between the two because I like the variety. When you stitch the same pattern over and over again, especially with blankets, it’s easy to lose the motivation or enthusiasm to continue.

So this week, I’ve started two projects. The first one is a gender-neutral baby blanket.

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I’m twelve rows in so far and I love the way the border is turning out! It’s a twist on my typical block blanket pattern, but after I do the border, I use the seed stitch as the body of the blanket.

Using the seed stitch as the body is more time consuming, but I’m hoping that once I get another 30 rows in and can fully see the pattern play out, I’ll love the pattern and not tear the blanket apart!

One of the tricks I’ve learned is to pull my work early on to prevent the yarn from curling up. This sounds strange, but by pulling your work taut every few rows, you prevent it from curling on the ends, which will help once you bind off your work and take it off the needles.

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Right now, there’s still some curve in my border, but as I continue, the curve will go away.

Project Two: Infinity Scarf

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My grandmother recently gave me a new pair of needles (shown in the picture) and I knew I had to try out a new project on them! I’m using my mother’s favorite yarn to make her another scarf.

If you’re looking for an easy beginner scarf pattern, then this is the scarf for you! What I love about this pattern is that it allows new knitters to practice their purling (a lot) and it allows you to make a homemade gift quickly. I’ll post the pattern in a separate post!

I hope to finish one of these projects by next week! One will go as a gift and the other will go on Etsy. I’ll continue to add patterns on the blog.

 

 

 

Hello!

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Hello! I’ve never been the best at keeping a blog, but I’m going to try. My name is Rachel and I love to craft.

I’ve been knitting for the past two years. My favorite things to make are blankets, scarves and boot cuffs. I’m still learning how to master hats and headbands, and I just learned how to do socks.

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This is a blanket I recently completed. It’s my standard block design, which I’ll put up soon. Most of the blankets I make follow the block pattern but vary in length and weight.

I also know how to crochet. I’m new to crochet, but I’m loving it so far. I consider it to be like free-hand knitting.

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I’m still learning how to do different patterns and tricks, but as I learn, I’ll share with all of you!

Sewing has become my new obsession. This past semester, I took a Costume Construction class and learned some of the basics. I’ve loved learning how to do different stitches and seams, and so I want to continue to learn by completing different projects!

For example, I love making scrunchies! We did this as a class project at first, but I recreated the pattern to fit both children and adults.

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And I also learned how to draft a pattern. So I recently made a Mountain Pillow.

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My goal for this year (and this blog) is to continue to build upon my skills, make crafts for others and help others learn to create cool things! Here’s to a new year, new blog and crafting!