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.

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!

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.

 

 

 

Block Blanket Pattern

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My go-to pattern when it comes to making blankets is something I call the block blanket pattern. It’s simple, easy to follow and a great pattern for projects you can make while watching a movie.

Here are some photos of the most recent block blanket I made. It’s made with Lion Brand Yarn’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Spice Yarn.

BLOCK PATTERN

Materials

Size 15 Needles

Lion Brand Thick & Quick Yarn (8-12 Balls depending on the length you want)

Scissors and Sewing Needle to sew in the ends at the end

Time to Make it

Speed Knitting: Two to Three Days

Taking your Time: One Week

Pattern

Cast On a multiple of 20. Depending on which yarn you pick, 180 to 200 stitches

BORDER SECTION

Row 1: Purl All

Row 2: Knit All

Repeat Until you have 10 rows. END BORDER SECTION

BODY SECTION

Row 1: Purl 10, Knit all until last 10, Purl 10

Row 2: Knit 10, Purl all until last 10, Knit 10

Repeat until you reach the blanket’s desired length.

BORDER SECTION

Repeat border section until last row. Bind off on last row.

Sew in tails when you’re done!

California King Size Blanket

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When I knit, my go-to project is a blanket. Why? Because the longer you knit, the longer the blanket gets, and it’s a project you can do while watching a movie or binge-watching your favorite series.

But this particular blanket was something else. As a graduation gift to my parents, I wanted to make them something they would love and use. So, before I started my last semester, I bought 12 balls of Bernat’s Blanket Yarn and started my usual block pattern.

Yesterday, I finished this blanket. It took several months of knitting, flipping and moving this blanket (and a lot of patience), but it’s finally done! More than 2,000 yards make up this beautiful project and I am proud of it. And, after I spread it out, it seems my dog loves it too.

Other than sewing in the tails, this blanket is finished (and long). The entire blanket hangs off of the back of the chair it’s hanging on. The rest you can see in the front.

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But I wanted to share the blanket’s pattern. Not everyone needs the same length that I did, but if you want to recreate this project, follow the instructions below.

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Materials:

Size 15 Needles

Bernat’s Blanket Yarn (12 to 16 balls depending on the length you want)

Sewing needle and scissors

Time to Make This:

6-8 Weeks (If this is all you work on. It took me longer because I did several other projects at the same time.)

Instructions:

Cast On 240 stitches.

Part One–The Border. The Border is the most important part and helps set up the rest of this blanket.

Row 1: Purl

Row 2: Knit

Repeat until you have 10 rows of this.

Part Two–The Blanket’s Body

Row One: Purl 10, Knit All Until the Last 10 stitches, Purl 10

Row Two: Knit 10, Purl All Until the Last 10 stitches, Knit 10

Repeat until you have the desired length. Because this will build up the body of the blanket, you’ll be repeating this for quite some time. When you have to tie on another ball of yarn, try to tie the ends in the border part (Knit/Purl 10 section) so that you can hide the tails when you sew.

Part Three–The Border

Repeat the Border section. On the last row of the Border, bind off the last row.

I did 12 balls of yarn for this blanket, but you can go up to 16 to have a King XL Blanket.

Sew in the tails when you are done and you’ll have a beautiful blanket!