Fidget Memory Lap Quilt

08-DSCN7518Fidget Memory Lap Quilt

Exciting news that I can’t talk about yet has kept me from posting too much in the last couple of weeks. Don’t ya just hate that?

Anyway, I will clear my mind of that little tidbit so that I can share a project I made for a special lady for Christmas.

Shopping for someone with memory challenges can be…well,…challenging. Another pair of slippers or a bath robe just didn’t seem appropriate, so I did a little Googling for gift ideas for Alzheimer/dementia patients. Two ideas stuck out. I decided to combine them and make my own version. The fidget memory lap quilt was born.

02-DSCN7512I needed photos. Lots and lots of photos. I started by stalking family Facebook pages to scrape as many photos as I could, then I got out my own albums and scanned what I couldn’t find online. I used old and new photos. Each pic was cropped into a square using my photo software, then I combined several into a collage that would fit a standard sheet of printer paper. When I had all the photos collages ready, I printed them off on t-shirt transfer paper. Note: If you are interested in doing this project, do not forget to flip the collages to a mirror image before printing. My printer did this automatically when I told it what kind of paper I was using, but if your printer doesn’t, you will have to do it either through the photo editing process or when setting your printer’s particulars before hitting the print button.

Each photo was then cut out.

03-DSCN7513The front of the lap quilt is one whole piece of white cotton fabric. To accommodate all the photos I cut the fabric a little larger than a baby blanket. The resulting size was perfect for a lap quilt. Arrange your photos on the fabric and follow the instructions on the packet of transfer paper to adhere.

I had some pieced fabric left over from a previous project that was perfect for the back of the quilt. The backing, batting and front of the quilt were layered and pinned together.

10-DSCN7520The fidget part of the quilt is the fabric strips. I ripped several strips from scrap backing fabric and pinned them in a somewhat organized-chaos between the photos on the front. Using my sewing machine, the middle of each strip was tacked to the quilt. This stitching went through all of the layers to create the quilting. Each strip was then tied into a knot.

I hand-stitched the binding, then top-stitched the binding using my sewing machine.

We do not live close to the special lady who received the quilt, so we don’t know yet if it sparked any memories. I’m kinda anxious to hear.

Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

T-Shirt Crochet Coffee Mug Wrap-Pattern

Mug Wrap 4T-Shirt Crochet Coffee Mug Wrap

Do you need a quick gift? This Christmas season has been crazy-busy, but I promised I would share the pattern for the t-shirt crochet coffee mug wrap, so here it is. Finally!

Mug Wrap 3The thick cord of the t-shirt yarn works up big and fast, making this project a simple project to tackle while watching Christmas movies. Please tell me I am not the only one addicted to them.

Things You Will Need:

One adult-size t-shirt
Scissors
Crochet hook, size N
Straight pin
Large button
Needle and thread

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
sk = skip

Preparing the T-Shirt Yarn:

04-DSCN7390Step 1
Lay an adult-size t-shirt on your work surface. Cut off the hem. Cut across the t-shirt body from one armpit to the other. Set the top of the t-shirt aside. The remaining tube from the body will be your yarn.

05-DSCN7391Step 2
Cut 1/2 inch into one cut edge of the tube at a slant. Cut a continuous 1/2-inch strip around the tube until the entire tube has been cut.

Step 3
Starting at one end of the yarn strip and working to the other, stretch the strip. The stretched t-shirt strip will curl naturally into a yarn cord.

Crocheting the Mug Wrap:

Ch 28

Mug Wrap 6Round 1:
2 sc in second ch from the hook. Sc once in each of the next 25 chs. 2 sc in the last ch.

Working up the other side of the foundation ch, 2 sc in the remaining loop of the first ch. Sc once in each of the next 25 chs, 2 sc in the last ch. Do not join.  You will work in continuous rounds. Attach a safety pin to mark the beginning of the round.

Mug Wrap 8Round 2:
2 sc in the back loop of the first sc. Sc once in the back loops of each sc to the end of the first side. 2 sc in the back loop of the last st on the end. Ch 2. Sk one sc, 2 sc in the back loop of the next sc. Buttonhole made. Sc once in the back loops of each sc to the end of the round. 2 sc in the back loops of the last sc of the round.

Mug Wrap 9Round 3:
Sl st in the back loop of the next sc and in each sc of the round. Sl st to the first sl st made and finish off. Weave in the beginning and ending tails.

Mug Wrap 10Place the wrap around a coffee mug, threading it through the handle. Stretch the wrap and overlap the ends. Place a pin on the end of the wrap that is directly below the buttonhole to mark. Remove the wrap from the mug. Choose a large button from your button collection.

Mug Wrap 5I use large buttons recycled from vintage coats and dresses. Hand sew the button to the marked end of the coffee mug wrap.

Note: Variations in individual tension can effect the size of the wrap. If the wrap is too short to wrap around the mug, stretch and block the wrap to fit the mug with an overlap for the button. If the wrap is too large a bigger overlap is fine.

Mug Wrap 4Place the wrap on the coffee mug and button to secure.

Enjoy!

Crocheted T-Shirt Yarn Dishcloth-Pattern

01-DSCN7393Crocheted T-Shirt Yarn Dishcloth

This crocheted t-shirt dishcloth idea was posted a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t have the pattern written up at that time. Yay, me! I have finally finished it!

It is really very, very simple (blush), but simple is good when life gets busy and complicated. :)

Things You Will Need:

One adult t-shirt
Scissors
Crochet hook, size N

02-DSCN7386Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet

Preparing the T-Shirt Yarn:

04-DSCN7390Step 1
Lay a large adult-size t-shirt on your work surface. Cut off the hem. Cut across the body of the shirt just below the sleeves. The body is now a tube that should produce enough yarn for one dishcloth. If the t-shirt body is not enough for one dishcloth, cut and add smaller strips from the yoke and sleeves of the shirt.

05-DSCN7391Step 2
Cut 1/2 inch into one cut edge of the body tube at a slant. Continue to cut a 1/2-inch strip around the tube until the entire body has been cut.

06-DSCN7395Step 3
Starting at one end of the t-shirt strip and working to the other, pull the length of the strip to stretch. The long, side edges of the t-shirt strip will curl naturally into a yarn cord.

Crocheting the Dishcloth:

Ch 21

Dishcloths 4Row 1
Sc in the second chain from the hook and in each of the remaining chains. (20 sc)

Dishcloths 5Row 2-14
Ch 1 and turn. Sc in the back loops of each sc in the row.

Dishcloths 6Finish off and weave in the ends.

Tips and Ideas:

Stretch and block the dishcloth as you crochet each row, as well as when the dishcloth is complete.

T-shirts with no pictures or design graphics are recommended for t-shirt yarn. Use two or more t-shirts in differing colors to crochet a dishcloth with stripes.

01-DSCN7393Crochet two dishcloths and present them as gifts. Fold each dishcloth and stack them together. Cut a 36-inch length of ribbon or lace. Wrap the ribbon or lace length around the stack and tie it in a bow on top. Trim the ends as desired.

Enjoy!

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Rustic Wood Snowman Head-Tutorial

11-DSCN7069Rustic Wood Snowman Head-Tutorial

The Rustic Wood Snowman tutorial has been published!

06-DSCN7056He is a quick project and great for using up all your scrap pieces. AND he was free!

1-DSCN7273Just like potato chips, you won’t be able to stop at one. Make plenty for gifts. They will be loved. I made several for a craft show and sold out fast.

11-DSCN7069You can find the entire tutorial at All Free Christmas Crafts.

Enjoy!

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree-Tutorial

5-DSCN7037Scrap Wood Christmas Tree-Tutorial and here.

Yay! The Scrap Wood Christmas Tree tutorial has been published.

2-DSCN7028I have had so many requests for specifics on this project, so I am thrilled to finally be able to give them to you.

3-DSCN7278Just in time to craft a whole forest before Christmas.

3-DSCN7033You can find the tutorial at AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com and also right here.

Enjoy!