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.

How to Sew a Cosmetic Bag

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I’m always looking for a new project or craft to try. After spending a semester learning how to sew various projects (my favorite always involved hand stitching of some sort) I’ve started to look online for new patterns or ideas.

Last weekend, I came across a video tutorial on how to sew a cosmetic bag:

Of course, I had to watch the video a few times to understand the process. I recreated my bag following the instructions, but my bag has different dimensions than the one in the video.

I use a 7-inch zipper for my bag, so I used the zipper to measure how long the fabric had to be for the length. I kept the width the same since you create a seam to assemble the bag.

Pro Tip: Make sure to serge the fabric ends before starting the project. This keeps everything nice and neat and prevents the fabric ends from fraying or tearing.

Here are some pictures of the finished result (available on my Etsy):

I’d recommend this project to someone learning how to sew a zipper for the first time. Happy sewing!

Crossing over to Cross Stitch

Recently, I’ve been bitten by the cross-stitch bug. One of my friends recently learned how to do it, which inspired me to look it up. One Google search led to several Pinterest and YouTube searches and now I’ve got my first cross-stitch kit.

Although knitting is my first love when it comes to crafting, what I like about cross-stitch is that you are able to easily go back and fix a mistake without wanting to rip the whole project apart, which is something I’ve done when knitting (especially blankets).

So I wanted to pass along some of the YouTube tutorials that I found helpful and post a picture of my first cross-stitch project. I’m an Auburn graduate, so naturally I had to cross-stitch our battle cry onto a bookmark.

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Here’s some of the YouTube tutorials I found that helped me learn!

Back to it

This year has gotten off to an incredible start! I’ve moved to a new city in the South and have been acclimating to my new environment. I’ve hardly had a free moment to craft, but it’s been on my mind for the past few weeks.

The hardest thing I had to do was leave behind the majority of my crafting things, including my sewing machine, fabric, sewing kit and most of my yarn. I did get to bring one small bag of yarn and all of my needles, which has allowed me to continue working on the baby blanket I started a few weeks ago.

In fact, that’s been the only project I’ve had time to work on in the last three weeks! I’ve been unpacking, settling in, and knitting whenever I have a few minutes.

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I’m happy with how the pattern is turning out. The body of the blanket looks like popcorn (especially with the color) and it stretches, which is perfect for a baby blanket!

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And I meant to take a picture of the infinity scarf I was working on. I finished it one day after I made the post and didn’t take a photo of it before I gave it away. So I’m making another one in the same pattern in red.

Now that I’m settled in, I’m going to get back to crafting. With the cold weather still coming and spring fast approaching, I’ll be publishing posts about patterns and last-minute gifts you can make for your friends. Stay tuned for new patterns, products and other things!

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!