3-Strand Crochet Thread Dishcloth Pattern

Ever wonder what to do with all that crochet thread you have hoarded when you don’t really like to crochet with it? Yep, that’s me, but I can’t believe I’m the only one.

Like yarn, fabric, paint…
Well, you get the idea…I just can’t pass up a bargain! I have to have it.

The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity, but my husband and I always plan on going to the annual citywide yard sales in Rose Hill, Kansas. This year was no different except that it was raining. We could have just stayed home, but we really needed a day just for us so we went. Even though it was wet, there were still plenty of sales and the bargains were even better because there were fewer customers “saling”. Lightweights. 😉

One of my best bargains was a huge bag of crochet thread for $2. My husband asked me if I really needed it. Pfft! Of course! Actually, I had more than plenty at home, but it was TWO BUCKS. That is less than what one ball costs new. His question did put the pressure on though. I felt like I needed to prove that I needed it so that night I came up with a jewel of an idea.

By holding three strands of thread together I realized this stuff wasn’t too bad to work with. The resulting tweed look and the texture of the sample stitches immediately made me think of dishcloths. And, of course, we all NEED dishcloths. While this pattern is basic, sometimes I just want a basic, no-brainer project.

This is a great project for an evening of movie watching.

Things You Will Need:

  • 3 balls of crochet thread
  • F crochet hook
  • Scissors

Note: The beginning chs count as the first hdc in each row.

What To Do:

Holding three strands of crochet thread together, ch 34.
Row 1: Hdc in the third ch from the hook and in each ch across. (33 hdc)

Rows 2-21: Ch 2, turn. Hdc across. DO NOT fasten off after last row.

Border

Ch 2. DO NOT turn. 2 hdc in the same st (corner).
Rotate the dishcloth and hdc in the end of each row.
3 hdc in the next corner.
Rotate and hdc in each beginning ch of the first row.
3 hdc in the corner.
Rotate the dishcloth and hdc in the end of each row.
3 hdc in the next corner.
Rotate and hdc in each st of Row 21.
Sl st to the top of the beginning ch. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Enjoy!

DIY Shabby Chic Desk Transformation

This desk was pretty rough, but I have definitely restyled worse. I am pretty sure the man at the yard sale thought I was nuts. He couldn’t imagine it was salvageable so he sold it to me for a dollar. Yep, one dollar.

One of the drawers needed to be put back together, it was missing one screw from a handle and the kick bar under the belly drawer was broken. No biggie! Really! All of those fixes took me about 30 minutes to complete. Actually, cleaning it took longer than fixing it.

I got a little bit “in the zone” and forgot to take pics in progress, but I do have close-ups of where I started and where I ended.

All the drawer needed was to be re-glued and clamped until dry. After sanding, the desk got a coat of gray chalk paint and then a lighter coat of gray over the top of that. A little bit of sanding gave it that yummy shabby chic look.

The kick bar just needed new pegs in the ends and then glued back into the peg holes.

Easy Peasy!

The missing screw was a simple fix, but the handles were ugly and didn’t match the makeover.

I spray painted them white and then sanded some shabby chic goodness all over them.

All in all, this was a pretty painless transformation. I did it for Cowley’s Outdoor Market a few weeks ago and it sold.

Enjoy!

Sew Chenille Daisy Pillows

These chenille daisy pillows were the perfect project for recycling vintage chenille bedspreads.

Okay, I may have a problem. Not only can I not pass up a good deal on fabric and yarn where ever I go, but I also can’t pass up a chenille bedspread at an auction or yard sale. Since I seem to have accumulated so many bedspreads, I am always trying to come up with new ideas for using them. This chenille daisy pillow it my latest chenille pattern design.

I totally went low-tech for this design. I pulled a stack of saucers out of my kitchen cabinets and arranged them in a ring on a sheet of newspaper. This provided me with petals that were all exactly the same size. I simply traced around the outside of the ring and cut out the shape. Yay, me! A daisy shape was born.

The next step was nothing special. I simply folded the bedspread with the wrong side facing out and cut out the shape through both layers.

Since the chenille bedspreads I used for this project were a bit thin, I decided to head a problem off at the pass by adding a second layer on the inside of the pillows. This way when I stuffed them they would be smooth instead of lumpy. I pinned the two layers of the chenille daisy to one layer of an old blanket and cut it out.

After flipping it over, I pinned the three layers to another layer of the blanket, but I DID NOT cut out this layer. This was to prevent slippage when sewn.

I sewed around the edge of the pillows without leaving an opening for turning. That was not an “oops”. Leaving an opening on curves usually leaves an ugly line when sewn closed after stuffing. After trimming the all seams and the last layer of blanket to a seam of about 1/8″, I used small scissors with a sharp point to cut an “X” opening through one layer of blanket and the bedspread layer below it. This is where I turned the pillow right side out.

After stuffing I hand-stitched the “X” closed, but I had to figure out how to camouflage the stitching. Since I needed a center, I decided on a large button. The only problem was finding a button big enough. I looked through my recycle craft supply bin and found some chewing tobacco cans. The lids were perfect. After drilling a couple of button holes through the lid, I covered it with a contrasting chenille color. Then it was just a matter of sewing the button onto the billow. I used a long sculpting needle with embroidery floss and sewed from the front of the pillow to the back and to the front again. This gave a nice indent to the center of the flower. I tied the ends of the floss on the front.

And that’s it!

Enjoy!

DIY Shabby Chic Trunk Lid Coffee Table

DIY Shabby Chic Trunk Lid Coffee Table

I love, love, love the way this turned out!

Yep, if you read my previous post you have already seen this photo. That was a collection post of various projects I had made for an upcoming craft show. Now that the show is over I have time to show a few DIYs of those projects. I decided the shabby chic trunk lid coffee table would be first.

Many years ago I found this trunk, along with a couple of others, at an auction in Kansas. This was when we lived in Colorado. My husband was a superhero for figuring out how to strap them to the top of the car to get them home. The trunks came full circle when we moved to Kansas in 2000.

This particular trunk was the largest and the hardest to find a spot for in our home. It became the keepsake trunk. We filled it with wedding, birth, baby, school and other life memorabilia of our family. It was heavy. The best place we found for it’s resting place was in my son’s room. Yes, he was thrilled. Not. We put a television on top of it and treated it like a built in. After we sold our old house I decided it was time for a change. The memories were relocated and the trunk went into storage. After finally getting my storage units completely cleaned out (Yay, me!) I still couldn’t bring myself to get rid of the trunk…, but I had a vision. Hubby became a superhero again. I told him what I wanted and he helped me make it happen.

Try as I might, I could not find a before picture of the entire trunk so I’ll just have to jump in starting with the lid. The lid is really the only thing I needed for this project. I’ll figure out something for the bottom later. 😉

While once upon a time the lid was strong enough to hold a heavy television, I felt it needed stabilizing for a coffee table that might be holding feet or the occasional butt. We cut a thick board and attached it to the underside of the lid.

Next came another coffee table I had picked up at a yard sale. I briefly considered giving it a makeover, but the legs were the perfect style for my trunk lid coffee table. It was meant to be. We removed the top and placed the trunk lid on top. It didn’t thrill me. The size of the frame the legs were attached to was too small. I wanted the legs in the corners of the trunk lid.

No biggie. Instead of removing the legs, we decided to cut the frame apart. Keeping the legs attached to the frame pieces helped create stability.

We simply attached the legs and the frame pieces to the underside of the table with glue and screws.

After that it was just a matter of giving it a paint job. I started with a gray chalk paint and topped that with a light gray paint.

A bit of sanding completed this shabby chic restyle.

Enjoy!

Cowley’s Outdoor Market

Cowley’s Outdoor Market

Cowley’s Outdoor Market is this Saturday (April 22) at Wilson Park in Arkansas City, Kansas. Come join me!

Yep, I’m taking the plunge into an outdoor/spring show once again. I know this will surprise those of you that know me well. Outdoor shows are unpredictable because weather usually doesn’t cooperate. It looks like this Saturday will be no different. Yikes! Wish me luck. The forecast is calling for heavy rain/flooding and wind on Friday. If we are lucky enough to escape rain on Saturday, we will certainly have soggy ground and wind to contend with in our little piece of the park…

…but, I am going for it. I’ve been in creation mode for weeks and the following is just a peek at some of what I’ll have to offer.

Signs…

…Signs

….More Signs
I gave my new Silhouette a workout!

Western Style Bench
I am also selling the little HOME pillows.

Shabby Chic Desk Restyle

Train Case Makeover

Vintage Roller Skates

Shabby Chic End Table

Western Style Frame Crosses

They are priced to sell.

Antique Trunk Lid Coffee Table

This is a favorite OOAK. I’ve had the trunk for a few decades, but since it was so big I decided it needed to go. Well, I really can’t seem to let anything go without rethinking it so I took it apart and restyled the lid into a shabby chic coffee table.

Vintage Sewing Drawers

Of course I have tons more. These are just the things I remembered to take photos of before I packed them.

Cowley’s Outdoor Market-April 22 starts at 8 AM. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy!