As there is hardly any sunshine in the Netherlands over the past couple of weeks, we need to create some sunshine ourselves. And what´s a better way to do this than by creating some crocheted flowers. Unfortunately I haven´t saved the pattern description to my favourites, so I can´t share the original source where I got his idea. So I googled, and this description shows the instructions on how to crochet such a flower. Enjoy!
I recently rediscovered the blog of Sarah London. In one word it is Awesome. It is such a colourful blog with lots of inspiration for new crochet projects, sewing and other DIY. On her blog I immediately fell in love with her Hawaiian flower blanket and tutorial. As I still have lots of different colours of yarn I could start with my own attempt of this lovely pattern.
The description of Sarah is very detailed and easy to follow. Here's my progress of the first six flowers. Lot's more to come!
A couple of weeks ago I started a new blanket. I found this new yarn, really soft and thick, and just had to buy it. Not that I needed any more new yarn, or a new blankie, but it is always good to have some nice stash to start a new project :)
I created the pattern myself, by modifying the previous ripple pattern I used in the baby blankets. This pattern is a little more open than the one used in the baby blankets. The only problem I have now, is that the grey yarn seems to be sold out in stores. And that is actually the yarn I need most. So I really hope to find some more grey, otherwise this blanket will remain work in progress forever....
During pattern class we created a pattern for a jacket. I modified that pattern to have a cardigan jacket, in my own size. Today I created a cardigan jacket in light blue/ grey, to go with the work in project dress. The latter one will be finished soon. The lining is in bright purple to give a nice contrast. It fits perfectly and I am really happy with it. Looking forward to wearing it soon.
When working on the pillow cover tutorial I created some more pillow covers. See here the one with the faces. Fabric by IKEA.
Today I want to show you how to create a pillow cover with a zipper. There are a lot of YouTube videos out there that more or less show you how to do this (there is a good instruction as well at prudentbaby.com) but I always had the feeling that 'something' was missing. So after many attempts, and unfortunately also many mistakes, I now have the hang of it, and would like to share my experience with you. I actually find this way of working quite simple, and you can create your own pillow cover, WITH zipper, in 30 minutes or less! Advice: Before you start read the entire tutorial, so you get an idea where we are heading.
What do you need:
You need two equal parts of fabric, e.g. 32 by 52 cm. Make sure to add room to create seams on all sides later. In this case I have added 2 centimeters on all sides. This means the actual pillow case will measure 30 by 50 cm.
Next you need a normal zipper, see a picture below.
First both parts of the fabric need to be pinned together, see below.
The line on top in purple has three different parts: A - B - A.
Both parts A measures approximately 5 cm. Sew both parts A in stitch length 3. Part B forms the middle of the purple line, and needs to be sewn in a larger stitch length e.g. 4,5. (Part B needs to be opened up by a ripper after the zipper has been added. This is easier if you use a larger stitch length). Make sure to leave a small space between part A and B (see break in purple line in picture above). By having a space between part A and B it is easier to track back where part B begins and ends, and use your ripper later on. After sewing parts A, B and A via the purple line, the outer and inner side of the pillow case look like this.
The seam on the inner side is flattened by ironing it, creating the following:
Make sure to indicate on the left and right side where your part A starts, as the gap might not be clearly visible anymore due to ironing. See the small purple line in the 3rd picture above. Now the zipper will be added.
Place the zipper exactly in the middle of the seam face down on the inner side.
When pinning the zipper to the seam check regularly to see that the zip is in the middle.
After the zipper has been pinned to the seam, you can sew it using a zipperfoot.
A zipper foot looks like this. The right side will be placed against the zipper, and will follow the zipper nicely when sewing.
Start at the end of the zipper and work your way to the front (part where you can open the zipper).
When you are almost at the end of your zipper, leave the needle in the fabric and lift your zipperfoot. Now push the zip behind the zipperfoot. This might take some effort, but will always work. When the zip is past the zipfoot you can drop the foot again on the zipper/fabric.
Continue towards the end of the zipper. Turn, and continue on the other side. Make sure to make your turn beyond the start of part A, indicated earlier by a purple line (within the 5 cm range of part A).
When you meet the zip again, perform the same trick as earlier to push the zip beyond the zipfoot. Then continue along the zipper towards the end. Turn at the same point where you started and finish off.
The outer side of your fabric should now look like this.
You can use your ripper to open up part B, and your zipper is visible!
Turn the fabric inside out and pin the other three sides together. Leave the zipper open otherwise you cannot turn the fabric to the right side once sewn together. Sew all three sides together.
Cut the corners from the pillow to get really sharp corners after turning inside out. Make sure not to cut your thread, otherwise you get a hole in your work. Your pillow cover is now finished!
Tadaa there is your pillow cover!
Now you know how to make a pillow cover, you can make more!
Fabric used in this tutorial is from IKEA.
Enjoy making your own pillow covers!
A friend of mine bought this lovely dress. I really like the top piece with the pleats. Recently we made a basic pattern for a dress during pattern drawing class. Now I want to see if I can recreate the dress below, to my own size and fabric.
The base pattern that I use to change into this dress looks likes this:
After creating about 4 new editions of the top I think I now have the full pattern that should result in the pleats of the original dress. Back to work!
I´ve sewn all the pieces together and I´m quite satisfied with the first results. Now I still need to create sleeves, a lining, and close it with a zipper.
As it is so much nicer to start a new project, then finish an existing one, I started a new blankie yesterday :)
Because why would you finish 3 dresses, or 3 blankets in progress, when you can pick a new pattern & yarn and start something brand new!
The pattern is from one of my favorite crochet books 200 ripple patterns by Jan Eaton. This time I picked pattern 81 called Ocean Spray or Delicate Lace. You can see two examples from the book below.
For yarn choice I was surprised by a box full of Scheepjes yarn by lislvp. She made the effort to drive 2 hours to Hardenberg to buy wool at this wool heaven. After seeing the collection she came home with I can´t wait to make the trip to Hardenberg myself.
The colours I used are from Scheepjes Roma: 1600 (purple), 1521 (turkoois),1651 (pink) and 1515 (beige/mustard), and crocheted with 4mm hook.
To show how the blankie will slowly grow I have taken pictures per row/ strips. I think this pattern will also make a nice border if you just use one strip.
Rows 1 to 4:
Row 5 added:
New colour strip added:
Three strips are finished now, and the blanket will continue to grow in the same colour order.
And it all started with a pattern...
In a few weeks we will be travelling to Singapore and Malaysia, where it will be nice and sunny, with real summer weather of around 30°C. To be fully prepared for this holiday I picked 7 new projects that need to be finished before the trip starts. How nice to travel with a new summer wardrobe ;) Lots of work still to be done, but I am happy to tell that number 3 has already been completed this weekend.
The pattern of the dress is from the March edition of Knipmode, the summer supplement. The fabric is a light cotton, brown/grey with white and pink flowers.
I am really happy with the end result. The dress has quite a lot of details, with a number of pleats in the front and back. Then there is the belt that is wrapped around the waist, and it has two pockets on the sides. I am really proud of myself with all the fine topstitching on the bodice. Never thought I could sew this neat and even. Also the first collar I made on a dress, and it turned out perfect.
Let the summer begin!!! I am ready for it :)
This weekend I started and (almost) finished a cardigan jacket and a dress. So here I can already share the results :)
I´ll start with the cardigan jacket as that is completely finished. It only needs a wash to remove the crayon marks and lines. The original pattern came from the February issue of Burdastyle, and is actually a childrens model. You can see it here in white.
I adapted it to fit my size and here you can see how it turned out.
The next DIY project is the dress beneath the cardigan jacket in dark blue. This pattern is from Knipmode of March this year. Due to a different fabric used (I used a fabric that is near velvet) the dress looks different then in the magazine. I just have to finish the hem - and then I can take it out to show it the outside world ;)
I have a couple more projects planned, as I want to take a new summer wardrobe with me when we travel to Singapore and Malaysia end of March. More to come soon.....
This is Kookiez. My blog on creative projects I am working on. I love to crochet, sew and knit. And in the summer I also paint occasionally.