My Idea Of Making A Purse or Bag From Old Jeans

I have had this idea in the back of my mind for a while now. I thought I would try and see what I could do to combine my love of crocheting and the use of some jeans that I am not going to wear anymore.  My mind was going round and round with ideas on how to accomplish this task!

My first task was to cut up the jeans but I did not want to do any cutting until I had an idea of what I wanted to do.  Lets just say I did cut the jeans but did I know exactly what I was going to do? Not really!!                                                                                      DSC00772                              Pictured above is what I have gotten done so far.  As you can see I did cut the jeans off and left the front pockets in tact.  I did remove the back pockets of the jeans.  The yarn that I am going to use to crochet on the bag is Bernat Handicraft Cotton.  The colors of cotton thread that are pictured are the ones that I am going to combine together to make a Bag.

In my minds eye I see this as a Beach Bag! I love the bright colors and they bring to my mind a day of being at the beach.  Of course this bag will be big enough to use for a market bag, an overnight bag or as a big purse!  

The bag so far is 18″ wide. I am uncertain at this time as to what the length of it will be. In order to crochet onto the jeans I took some of the cotton thread to make loops all around the jeans.  I will post more pictures as I continue to progress on this project.

Here is some more ideas on what do do with jeans!  19 Things to Do with Old Jeans | FaveCrafts.com.

If you have any fun ideas on how to reuse old jeans please leave a comment below.             Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Laura 🙂

Little Girl Crochet Fun and Frilly Skirt!

I have been busy coming up with ideas for things to make for spring and summer! I ran across this pattern and thought it was just so cute! 🙂 I decided I would try my hand at making this fun skirt for a little girl.  I am now in the process of making one for my Granddaughter.  She of course wanted a different color than what I had originally made lol

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Here is the finished skirt in a Baby Blue color! I just wish I would have had a little one to model this Pretty little skirt.  It was easy to make and did not take much time to complete. I was able to complete this in a couple of evenings!

Here is the pattern that I found on Redheart. The pattern is in British English and not English from the US.

Country Fun Skirt Free Crochet Pattern from Red Heart Yarns
Crochet
Designed by Linda Dean

What you will need

Red Heart® Miami: 2 (3, 4, 5, 6)
balls 00113 Rosa A
Red Heart® Las Vegas: 2 (2, 3, 3,
3) balls 00370 Pink B
Crochet Hooks: 3.75mm [US F-5]
and 5mm [US H-8]
Stitch markers, yarn needle
TENSION/GAUGE: 22 sts = 10
cm [4”]; 24 rows = 10 cm [4”] in
pattern stitch using smaller hook
and A. CHECK YOUR TENSION/
GAUGE. Use any size hook to
obtain the tension/gauge.
Red Heart® Miami,
Art. 9809606 available
in 50 g (1.76 oz), 120
m (131 yd) balls
Red Heart® Las Vegas,
Art. 9809613 available
in 50 g (1.76 oz), 90 m
(98 yd) balls

Directions are for size 2 years; changes
for sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10 years are in
parentheses.
Finished Measurements
Hip: 60 (65, 70, 80, 85) cm [24 (26, 28, 32,
34)”]
Length: 23 (25, 28, 32, 34) cm [9 (10, 11,
12½, 13½)”]
NOTE
Skirt is worked in a spiral method in
continuous rounds from waist edge to hem.
Place stitch markers for beginning of round.
SKIRT
With smaller hook and A, ch 132 (144, 154,
176, 188), slip st in first ch, taking care not to
twist sts, to form a ring.
Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 1, dc in same space,
*ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from
* around, ch 1, slip st in first dc.
Round 2: Dc in next ch-1 space, place marker,
ch 1, *dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from
* around, slip st in marked st.
Round 3-4: Repeat Round 2.
Eyelet Round 5: Dc in next ch-1 space, place
marker, ch 1, *dc in next ch-1 space, ch 3,
dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from *
around, slip st in marked st.
Round 6: Dc in next ch-1 space, place marker,
ch 1, *dc in next ch-3 space, ch 1, dc in next
ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * around, slip st
in marked st.
Round 7-32 (35, 44, 53, 57): Repeat Round 2.

Edging
Round 1: With wrong side facing and larger
hook, join B with a slip st to any ch-1 space
along last row of Skirt, ch 1, dc in same st,
*ch 5, dc in same space, ch 5, dc in next ch-1
space; repeat from * around.
Round 2: Ch 5, dc in next ch-5 space, place
marker, *ch 5, dc in next ch-5 space; repeat
from * around.
Round 3-6: Repeat Round 2.
Fasten off.
Drawstring
Row 1: With A, ch 162 (174, 184, 206, 218),
working in back bump of ch, dc in 2nd ch
from hook and each ch across.
Fasten off.
FINISHING
Weave in ends.
Weave drawstring through ch-3 spaces of
Eyelet Round 5.
Abbreviations
A, B, C = Color A, B, C; ch = chain; cm =
centimeters; dc = double crochet; mm =
millimeters; st(s) = stitch(es); * or ** = repeat
whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

If you want to download the pattern you can here Country Fun Skirt Crochet Pattern | Red Heart. Here is a place for you to look up the a translation of the different Versions of British and US stitches Crochet Pattern Terms Differences Between British and American English.

I had also substituted the yarn for Bernat Baby Sport yarn and Lion Brand Fun Fur for the Ruffle. If you have a little one that you would like to make something for try this cute pattern.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have fun with this pattern 🙂

Crochet Harry Potter Sorting Hat

Now that the Holidays are over I can show you what I have been up to in my Creative Corner of the World! My Sister had told me that she wanted me to try and make a Harry Potter Sorting hat for my Niece and her Friend.  I took on the project by printing out a picture of the Hat. Here are a couple of the pictures I went by to create the Crochet Version of this hat.

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Down below is the starting process of me creating a pattern and getting the hat to be shaped like the pictures above.  The color yarn is different than what I made for my Niece and her Friend. I wanted to just use what yarn I had on hand to create a pattern or I should say my form of shorthand for a pattern. lol  This hat is crocheted in the round.  The eyebrows as I call them were a challenge but I had overcome that challenge and proceeded on to the rest of the hat.

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The next challenge I encountered was getting the mouth to look like I wanted it to.  I wanted to create the hat to look like the original hat in the movie. I will admit I was not going to get it to look exactly like the hat in the movie but I was hoping to come up with a real close facsimile!  With some trial and error it was taking shape.  In the picture below I was at the stage of working on the brim of the hat.  This was after a lot of tearing out and revamping. 🙂 I have to say that happens a lot in my creative process.  Even after going through this process, while I was making the hats for my Niece I was still tweaking the pattern here and there!

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This is the finished product of my version of the Sorting Hat. Here shows the front and back of the hat.  There are ties on the original hat but my Sister did not want those attached to the hat.

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Pictured below is my Niece and her Friend wearing the hats after they received them for Christmas.

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Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my Creative World!  Let me know what you think of these hats and if they do resemble the Hat from the movie!!

Laura 🙂

My Project of A Crochet Baby Sweater

Here is one of the many projects that I have going at the moment.  I am at the moment in the process of finishing up on the gifts that I am making so you will have to wait to see those!

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Here I have different views of the same sweater.  This sweater is going to be a size 0 – 3 months size.  Pictured here I only have the back and one of the front pieces done. As you can see I started on the other half of the front of the sweater.  I am using Bernat Baby Sport yarn. I just love the soft luxurious feel this yarn has.

I am debating on attaching a hood to this baby sweater. I am also running ideas through my head on how to fasten the front of the sweater together.  Anyone that would have any opinions on either of my ideas please feel free to comment. I would love to hear what you think!!!    Stay tuned for more pictures of this project as I finish the sweater.

Thank you very much for stopping by to take a look!                                                                   Hope you are having a Very Blessed Holiday Season!                                                                      Laura 🙂

The Making of a Princess Sign

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I wanted to do something that combined my Crocheting and Wood together so I thought I would share my project of a hanging sign. I started with a piece of solid pine. It can be any size you want.  This piece happens to be approx 7″ wide, 3″ tall and 1/4″ thick.  I got these from Ben Franklin in a pkg. You can get these at any Craft Store.

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Next I painted the pieces with Acrylic Paint.  I put a couple coats of paint on to cover the wood. You can find Acrylic Paint anywhere you find craft supplies. After the paint dried I used a 1/8″ drill bit to drill holes where I wanted the Ribbon or Twine to attach to the sign.

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I wanted to find an easy way to get the lettering onto the sign. I had used Stencils and did not like using them, so I searched on the internet and found this Come Together Kids: How to do Custom Lettering without a Fancy Machine. I was so excited to find a simple and easy way to transfer lettering.  You will need word processing software. Print up lettering in any size you want to fit the sign.  I have a few examples in the picture above.

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Here I used a drawing graphite pencil but it will also work with a regular pencil.  I cut the lettering out the way I wanted it to appear on the sign. You want to flip the paper over and use the pencil to color over the entire lettering. You do not have to color the whole back of the paper just lettering.

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After coloring the back of the saying I placed it on the sign and taped it down so it would not move while working on it.  I then took a pencil and traced around the lettering to transfer it onto the sign.

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Sorry the picture did not turn out real clear but you can get the picture that it does transfer the lettering onto the wood.  I then proceed to outline with the paint and fill in the lettering. Here is a finished Sign Below!

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As you can see I I cut out the letters for this sign.  I glued the Crocheted Butterflies onto the sign. You can use anything you want to dress it up! If you feel inclined to you can paint a little butterfly, flower or anything you want on the sign. I cut some 1/8″ Ribbon out and ran it through the drilled holes from the back to the front. I then knotted the ends and cut off any extra. You now have a sign for hanging.

Hope you have fun with this project! If you have any questions feel free to ask 🙂

The Spirit of Christmas

As Christmas draws near I am thinking about what brings about the Christmas Spirit. Is it the traditions that people have and do every year or something else? My husband and I were putting up the tree today and having fun with Christmas songs playing in the background. Even had our dog get into the action as you can see 🙂

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As I sit here to write about the Christmas Spirit it reminds me of the time that I was asked by my employer what the Christmas Spirit meant to me. That was while I was working at Swiss Colony in Monroe WI and my children were still young.  My kids are now all grown and I have Grandchildren but I do believe the same things apply to how I feel about Christmas. I will share what I wrote then….

There are so many things that keep the Christmas Spirit alive for me! To start with it is being able to bake the treats that my family loves so well. Cinnamon rolls with that fresh baked smell, the cookies and candies that are made with sugar and all those fattening ingredients.  Then there is the putting up of the decorations the day after Thanksgiving, which has been a tradition in my house for a long time.  The tree comes out of storage along with all the rest of the decorations and that night after the chores are done we all gather around to put up the tree with the Christmas music playing in the background.

The hustle and bustle of trying to get the things that everyone wants on their list. You can actually feel the excitement in the air with people smiling at each other for no apparent reason.  When the first snowfall comes around, that is another exciting part of the joy of the Christmas Spirit especially for my kids! I go around singing too!! Of course what else would it be but Let it Snow! That song has always been one to give me that warm fuzzy feeling.

The thing that I love the most about this time of the year is seeing that special smile from someone that you really care about.  The sparkle that is in a child’s eyes when he or she looks up at you, saying I love you more than you can ever know.  The over abundance of energy that they seem to have this time of year, constantly asking you when Santa is going to be here.  There is also the list that is hung on the refrigerator for all to see of what they want Santa to bring them for the year.

Last, but not least is the openness of giving that happens around this time of year. I love that too! The kisses and hugs that are given, the warm handshakes, the smiles on people’s faces. Now what would really keep the spirit alive is if we as people could accomplish this feeling the whole year through.  Just think what the world would be like then!!

I also love to do crafts for the Holidays for decorations and gift giving! Here are some craft ideas to try!

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Holiday Charm Festive Reindeer Earrings.

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Ball Jars Snowglobe at Joann.com.

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Photo Mat “Believe” Banner.

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Sugared Black and White Tissue Glass Block.

On this one I think I would have a tendency to use more of Red, Green and White colors!  Thank you for taking a trip with me down memory lane on what the Christmas Spirit means to me.  I hope you all are able to reflect on what the Christmas Spirit means to you!  🙂 Have a Great Week!!

Crochet Butterfly and Flower Hair Clips and Headbands

I was busy last week with designing some Hair Clips and Headbands! I wanted to do something fun and simple.  I also found out that I am going to be having another Grandchild! I was so excited to hear the news last night!  Now I can change gears and start thinking about what to make for a baby 🙂  I guess I have gotten off track but wanted to share the news about being Grandma once again!  I can add this to my list of things I am Thankful For!!

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I had fun making these Headbands. Each Headband is made with Cotton Crochet Thread. The Butterflies are made from the same material and sewn onto the headband. I have some crochet Flowers that I have made that will also be sewn onto a headband.  That will have to wait for a later date!

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The idea for the hair clips are from a pattern of a Butterfly that I had seen and proceeded to make and post on Facebook asking for ideas of what to make with the Butterflies. Quite a few of the suggestions were for hair clips and so here is the finished product!

These Butterfly and Flower Hair Clips are made from Cotton Crochet Thread. They are glued onto an Alligator Clip that is partially covered with Ribbon.  The Flower I added a Bead and glued it to the center of the Flower.

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DSC00176DSC00129DSC00113DSC00057 Now onto the next Holiday after Thanksgiving! Christmas is my favorite Holiday of the year!  Let me know what you think of this project of mine!  🙂 These will be available in my Shop at  www.etsy.com/shop/Dunmirecrochetcorner

I hope that Everyone has a Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Crafts

Hi Everyone! Boy November is flying for me. It is already the middle of the month and Thanksgiving will be here soon! I know I am thankful for so much in my life. The love of my Family and Friends and of course my Husband who puts up with me through thick and thin! 🙂  I am very thankful for the support that my customers have given me and have stuck with me through my whole learning process of online marketing and selling!

I have come across some very cute projects that can be done easily and wanted to share them with you!

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Thanksgiving Place Card.

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Thanksgiving Turkey.

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Shortcut Chic Harvest Banner.

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Apple Pilgrim Character.

Here is one that involves my passion of Crochet!

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Kids Table Thankful Turkey.

This one is not a pattern but shows what you can do in Crochet for Fall Decorations.  This is one of my creations! Let me know what you think 🙂

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I hope you have fun with these crafts and creating your own memories! Take a moment and bring to your mind what you are Thankful for this year! Thanks so much for taking a look, Have an Awesome Day!

Recycle Those Unwanted CD’s With These Useful Craft Ideas

Have you ever wondered what to do with those CD’s that won’t work anymore or you just do not want?  I have made some crochet CD Coasters!  I love the way they look and also the way they soak up any extra moisture that comes from the condensation on a glass.

What I do for a CD Coaster is crochet in the round to make a circle. I make 2 of the circles and put the CD in the middle and sew together the outsides and Viola a CD Coaster!  A simple way to use those old CD’s.

Here is a picture of a Coaster I have made but had not put a CD in the middle. This is what they would look like on both sides. I would post a picture of one with a CD in the middle but they are well used! 🙂

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Here are some more great ideas on what to do with those unwanted CD’s. Here are a few of my favorites!

Beaded CD Ornaments | FaveCrafts.com.

Recycled CD Holiday Ornament | FaveCrafts.com.

CD Clock | FaveCrafts.com.

Recycled CD Greeting Card | FaveCrafts.com.

Altered CD | FaveCrafts.com.

Quilted CD Ornaments | FaveCrafts.com.

Recycled CD Letter Holder for Mom | FaveCrafts.com.

CD Case Picture Frame | FaveCrafts.com.

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you have fun with these craft ideas!