Is My Head Really That Big??

I love to crochet hats. They work up so fast and it’s always so rewarding to have a pretty, new, hat at the end of the day. But I have one problem… every time I follow a pattern for an “adult size” hat- it seems to be way too small. Is my head that big?!

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I made this hat tonight based on THIS pattern. I love the pattern and it works up quick. But for my head (and my mom’s) it’s too small! I know I just need to add in another row or two of increase, but it’s still frustrating. And it’s nothing wrong with the pattern, because I seem to have this problem with most hat patterns.

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This is a Christmas hat that I made last year using a different (but I’m realizing startlingly similar) pattern. I ended up having to add THREE increase rows to it.

Does anyone else have this problem? Or do I just have a monstrous head? LOL!

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I Finished Something!

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A dear friend of mine asked me a while back if I would make this blanket for her (and I hope she doesn’t mind my posting it now! She hasn’t even been able to get it yet!)

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I’ve made several blankets now with this pattern and various different colors. It is such a fun pattern and I just love the daisies! The pattern I use can be found HERE for free.

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This is another color variation that I have made. Love it!

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Sew Your Own Reversible Drink Coasters!

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So after Annabelle’s fantastic guest post yesterday, I was looking at my drink coasters and decided to take a few minutes (or hours…) and make some fall coasters for myself! And while I’m at it, why not tell you how I did it!

My first version I made a little small. They still are nice, but needed to be just a little bigger. I also hadn’t thought to make them reversible. My new ones are much better!

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Materials:

  • Fabric for the front and fabric for the back. You will need to have enough to make 5 inch squares of both sides for however many coasters you want… I made 4 coasters
  • Fleece fabric or thin batting- also needs to be a 5 inch square for however many coasters you want

Step 1: Cut out all your squares! You will want to cut a 5 inch square of the top fabric, a 5 inch square of the bottom fabric, and a 5 inch square of the fleece or batting for the middle.

  (Note- I ended up using fleece instead of batting because I didn’t have enough batting and was too lazy to run to the fabric store… and it turned out the fleece works great!)

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Step 2: Layer! This is the tricky part. Make sure you layer correctly!! I put the fleece down first, then one piece of fabric right side UP, then the other piece of fabric right side DOWN. Looks weird, but trust me.

Step 3: Sew them together. It’s easier to flip the whole stack over so the fleece is on top (so the feeders don’t get messed up). Then stitch with a 1/4 seam around most of the square- leaving yourself one to two inches in the middle of one of the sides so you can turn.

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Step 3.5: Almost forgot– It lays a lot flatter if you trim the corners before you flip it right side out!

Step 4: Turn right side out. Make sure the fleece part stays on the inside! Pull from in between the two pieces of fabric. I recommend using a pencil or something small to carefully pop out the corners too.

Step 5: Now we need to close up the opening. You can hand stitch the opening closed or if the fabric is long enough you can do what I did and just fold it in and let the top stitching grab it. Then you are going to want to do the top stitching as close as you can to the edges of the square. Make sure it’s straight!!

Step 6: If you want to do any fancy quilting/stitching on the coaster- go for it! Otherwise, enjoy your new coasters!

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Guest Post: 7 Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

Today we have a special Guest Post from Annabelle! Annabelle typically blogs over at Wunderlabel and is pretty awesome! Thanks Annabelle 🙂

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7 Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

Sewing is a craft that is both relaxing and rewarding…

The therapeutic setting offered by the soft thread, the smooth tools, and the feeling of completing a practical piece that can be enjoyed by your or your loved ones is almost unmatched.

However, when you first start out, sewing can be a little more on the frustrating side as you struggle to learn how to read patterns, how to create certain stitches and just the general ins and outs of sewing.

But, I have found that the key to a successful sewing hobby – and one that you actually enjoy – is to start out simple and just practice learning the basics…

Then, work your way up to the more difficult things.

As you master the easier stitches and tricks, the harder things will come much easier.

Rather than starting out sewing personalized shirts with custom tags, start out sewing a simple square pattern that could be used as a coaster.

A few of my favorite easy sewing projects for beginners include:

  1. Coasters: A simple square with the edges sewn together can easily make a great resting spot for your favorite cup of coffee. With just a few stitches and a basic layout, this is the ultimate beginner’s sewing project.
  2. Place Mats: A place mat is simply a larger version of a coaster. These make great gifts for family and friends – especially those who like to host dinner parties. Practice sewing these for a while to master the basics of sewing and just hand them out as gifts so you don’t have place mats filling your sewing room.
  3. Reversible Scarfs: If you are trying to get more into the fashion side of sewing, start with a simple scarf. With just two pieces of fabric sewn together, you can create a beautiful yet simple reversible scarf. Pro Tip: You could even make one side cotton fabric and one side wool so the owner has options of which material is keeping their neck warm.
  4. Beach Cover-Ups: Just about everyone heads to the beach at least once for the summer and a cover-up is a must-have! This project relates closely to the coaster and place mat as it is mainly just a large piece of fabric. Then, the owner can tie it however they would like, therefore making the look their own. It is incredibly versatile!
  5. Framed Quilt Squares: You probably think of sewing pieces being more of something that is worn, however, you can also sew décor. Simply sew a few small quilt squares together to create a bigger, more colorful square then frame it.
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  6. Velvet Glasses Pouches: Once you have mastered the basic fabric square, you can easily fold it over and sew it together to create a pouch. Grab your favorite velvet fabric and create the perfect glasses pouch using your new skill!
  7. Pin Cushions: A pin cushion is a great beginner’s sewing project for yourself or even one of your sewing friends. Sew some fabric together to create a small pouch, stuff it with some stuffing material (commonly used in stuffed animals), then sew it completely shut. Voila! The perfect gift for a sewing enthusiast! (Added Note from Carrie: My pumpkin tutorial from last week is also a fun thing that could be made to be a pin cushion!)Orange Pumpkin

Sewing can be difficult and frustrating as a beginner if you are unsure where to start.

Instead of trying your hand at a major project, start out with one of these simple beginner projects until you get the hang of your new skill.

Plus, your friends and family will enjoy getting these cute little gifts while you practice!

Now, get out there and get your needle moving!

 

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