Crocheted Infinity Scarf Pattern-Etsy

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Crocheted Infinity Scarf Pattern

I’m really behind on everything Christmas. In fact, I finally got all most of my decorating done today! That’s right folks. 10 days before Christmas! I’ve made an itty bitty dent at a couple batches of cookies, but even one of those batches was embarrassingly simple. When your teenager belongs to every school club under the sun, you end up purchasing unneeded and overpriced items from fundraisers. I ended up with a $16 box of cookie dough that only made about four dozen cookies. Correction. I didn’t even form the cookies. They were already shaped into patties. All I had to do was throw them on the cookie sheet, put them in the oven and set the timer. Easy peasy. But $16?! Come on!! Needless to say, we are rationing those puppies.

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Crocheted Infinity Scarf Pattern

By now you’re probably wondering what that has to do with the title of this post. Well, nothing really…except that I also like to make Christmas gifts. Go figure.

I need to actually shop. I went out after Thanksgiving and made a start. I also did a tiny bit last week, but since life has just gotten in the way, I’ve tried to steal a few minutes here and there to craft a few gifts.

That’s FINALLY what this post is about. The new pattern I just placed in my store on Etsy. It’s a Crocheted Infinity Scarf pattern that utilizes the granny stitch. Shhh! The finished scarves I have made are Christmas gifts.

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 Crocheted Infinity Scarf

So, just in case you missed my shameless plugs throughout this post, click on any of the titles below the photos to get to my store and the pattern listing. It’s only $1. But that’s not all.  I also have a freebie crochet pattern for lacy wrist warmers that was just published.

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 Crocheted Lacy Wrist Warmers

So, click on the scarf titles to purchase the pattern, and click on the wrist warmer title to grab a freebie pattern. The two pieces together will be a beautiful and thoughtful gift set.

Santa’s Union Suit Tutorial and Pattern

Christmas is fast approaching, so I wanted to share my Santa’s Union Suit Pattern. A few weeks ago I posted that I was making them for a craft show, but they are so stinking cute and quick to make, I thought I’d post the instructions.

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Do you need a cute treat bag for a school party, or a small gift bag for something bright and shiny that also does double-duty as a tree ornament? Whip up a bunch of miniature Santa union suits to bring smiles to all who receive one.

Things You Will Need:

Printer
Card stock
Scissors
Red flannel or felt
Marking pen
Ruler
Sewing machine
Straight pins
1/4-inch-wide red ribbon
4 small, white buttons
Craft glue

Print the PDF pattern on card stock and cut out.

union Pattern PDF

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Step 1
Trace one suit pattern and one flap circle onto red flannel or felt and cut out. The suit shape is the back of the suit. Measure down 3 inches from the center of the neckline. Cut a 2 1/2-inch horizontal slit centered between the sides of the suit. Fold the circle in half. Sew around the curve of the half circle 1/4 inch from the edge.

Step 2
Pin the folded edge of the flap just above the slit on the suit. Sew along the folded edge 1/4 inch from the edge.

Step 3
Pin the back of the suit to more red fabric with the flap facing up. Cut a 5-inch length of 1/4-inch-wide red ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half with the cut ends together. Place the cut ends under one shoulder of the suit and pin to secure.

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Step 4
Sew around the suit along all edges, 1/4 inch from the edge. Using the attached shape of the suit as your guide, cut out the stitched suit. Do not cut off the ribbon. Your suit is now constructed. The slit under the flap is your only opening.

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Step 5
Use craft glue to attach two small, white buttons down the front of the suit and two white buttons to each top corner of the back flap.

Fill with candies and enjoy!

 

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Cupboard Door Ice Cream Sign-Tutorial

Don’t toss old cupboard doors from a kitchen redo. They may have been ugly hanging in your kitchen, but with a little paint and a hanger, they can become the canvas for a primitive wall hanging. The recipe on this snowman ice cream sign is real, but even if I never use it, I love the sign for the novelty of it.

Things You Will Need:

Cupboard door
Navy blue acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Pencil
Stencil brush
White acrylic paint
Blush and cotton swab
Black acrylic paint
Wooden skewer
Orange dimensional paint
Black permanent marker
Wrapping paper
Scissors
White paint pen
Drill and small drill bit
Baling wire
Wire cutters
Homespun fabric scraps
Raffia

Step 1
Clean the door. It’s been hanging in someone’s kitchen for years so it probably has a layer of grease and grime. Don’t be afraid to get out the steel wool. Since this is a primitive wall hanging, a few scratches, dents and dings are not going to be a problem.

Step 2
Determine what area of the cupboard door’s front will be painted with the background. My door had a frame built around it, so I used the area inside the frame for the background. If your door doesn’t have a frame, you may choose to mask off the edges to create your own frame, or eliminate the framed look by painting the background to the edges of the door. Once you have decided on the placement of your background, paint it using navy blue acrylic paint. I lucked out with a quart of wall paint I found at a yard sale for 25 cents. Allow the paint to dry and repeat until you have achieved full coverage.

Step 3
Paint the snowman. Remember, this is a primitive design, so perfect lines and shapes are not necessary. I positioned the snowman in the bottom left corner. The top of his head almost reaches the center height of the sign, and the widest part of his body extends to almost the center width of the sign. Lightly trace the outline of the snowman with a pencil. Dip a stencil brush into white acrylic paint, pounce the outline and fill in the body of the snowman. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 4
Apply cheeks to the snowman using blush and a cotton swab. Dip the blunt end of a skewer into black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes and a line of dots in a smile shape for the mouth. Using orange dimensional paint, apply a carrot-shaped nose to the center of the face.

Step 5
Outline the snowman’s body using a black permanent marker. Add a stick arm if desired.

Step 6
Measure and cut a piece of wrapping paper the same size as your sign’s background. Lay the paper on your work surface with the back side facing up. You are making a guide for the placement of the snowman ice cream recipe. Mark off the area on the paper where the snowman would be. Using a pencil, copy the following recipe. Note: For each new line I made on mine I made a new line on the recipe below. Since your door is probably not the same size as mine, you will want to adjust the placement to fit your door.

Turn your frown
upside down
with a big bowl of…
Snowman Ice Cream
Beat 2 c. cream
Add 1/4 c. sugar
1 teas. vanilla
~Mix~ quickly
Stir into 2qts.
of fresh clean
snow. Place
in a big
snowdrift
to freeze.
YUM YUM

Step 7
Using your guide for placement, write the recipe on your door using a white paint pen. Dip the blunt end of a wooden skewer in white acrylic paint and dot the ends and intersections of each letter. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 8
Measure down 1 inch from the top edge of your sign and find the center of the sign’s width. Measure 4 inches from each side of the center and mark with a pencil. Using a drill and a small bit, drill through the door at your marks. Cut an 18-inch length of baling wire using wire cutters. Thread the ends of the wire through the holes from the back to the front. Bend the ends up and twist around the wire that is creating the curved hanger.

Step 9
Rip a couple strips of homespun fabric. Tie the fabric strips and a strand of raffia around the wire.

I like navy blue paint for a snowman background, but a different color could always be used.

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Santa’s Union Suit Ornament

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Actually, in my house, preparing for Christmas is an all-year, on-going process. It has to be. When you sell at craft sales you can’t wait until December to start making merchandise. I have a show this weekend that I originally didn’t think I would be able to do. It runs Friday through Sunday. Friday wasn’t going to work for me, but they are allowing us to come in Saturday morning to set up for the remaining two days. The event is the Habitat For Humanity 4th Annual Festival of Trees in Arkansas City, Kansas. Come check it out.

These Santa union suits are a quickie craft I am whipping up (last-minute) for the show.

I work in assembly line style. I seem to be able to accomplish more in a short amount of time that way.

The attached back flap hides a slit for filling the suit with special treats.

The entire outer edge of the suit is stitched closed. The ribbon hanger is attached at the same time.

After adding buttons to the front…

…and the back…

It is ready to hang on the tree.

Chair Back Snowman Family

Time to show you what I did with those old chairs I showed you a couple of weeks ago.

Chair Back Snowman Family (Chair 1)

Chair Back Snowman Family (Chair 2)

They were chairs I salvaged from “The House“.

They were too rickety to actually be used as chairs, but I loved the spindles and their back story, so I just had to come up with something that would allow them to give a few more years of enjoyment.

I used a jigsaw to cut across the seat. The glue that held the legs in was pretty much gone, or was just a powdery consistency. It took no effort to simply pull the legs out.

The chair with the “solid” seat was cracked. It must have been that way for years, because someone had attached a board across the seat on the bottom to keep the split together. Since this board kinda created legs to one edge of the cut seat, I added another board to prevent the chair back from tipping over.

The other chair back needed no alterations. I was ready to craft.

I painted both chair backs using off white wall paint that I had picked up at a yard sale for next to nothing. Since the wood was pretty old, it soaked it up pretty good. A few coats were necessary.

The inner spindles became the snowmen. The amount of spindles inside the chair back frame determined how many snowmen were in the family.

I added pine garland around the frame…

…and scarves around the snowman necks.

So, are you inspired to go dumpster diving?

Party On!

I WAS FEATURED!!!:)
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