Super Simple Crochet Bows

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Popping in between cleaning and organizing for our impending move. Exciting news is we found a new home! We will be homeowners for the first time and are excited about all the projects we have planned to make it more our own. I’m most excited about creating the perfect craft room! What’s your favorite room in your house?

This tutorial is oh so easy and fun. Use these crochet bows for hair accessories or clothing appliques. Scroll down for the easy instructions!

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Crochet Bows

Supplies:

Step 1:

Make magic circle. My favorite is the double magic ring. Chain 4.

Step 2:

Make 6 treble crochet sts in magic ring.

Step 3:

Chain 4. Slip stitch in magic circle. Chain 4.

Step 4:

Make 6 treble crochet sts in magic ring.

Step 5:

Chain 4. Slip stitch in magic circle. Finish off.

Step 6:

Pull magic circle tight.

Step 7:

Wrap magic circle tail around center of bow 4 times. Tie with the finished tail into a knot on back of bow.

If you want to attach this to a hair clip or headband, simply do so with some hot glue!

Happy Crafting!

Love,
Erin

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Crochet Ruffle Flip Flops for Summer

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On Monday I featured 25 free crochet patterns that can keep you hookin’ through the summer. Feel free to add this one for 26. I think these ruffle flip flops would be fun for a spa day, or as a bridesmaids’ gift. Scroll down for the quick and easy tutorial.

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Crochet Ruffle Flip Flops

Supplies:

Make a slip knot on your hook. Starting about 2.5″ from the back end of the strap begin to single crochet around the strap. You want the top of the stitch to be facing out. When you reach the tip of the thong, make a single crochet around the post and continue single crocheting down the other side; until you have the same amount left on the other side from the stitches to the end. Finish off.

To make the ruffle. Begin in the first stitch by threading the hook through from the top. Chain 3. Then begin 4 double crochets in each single crochet all the way around. Finish off and weave in ends.

Happy Crafting!

Love,
Erin

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Links to Love: Free Warm Weather Crochet Patterns

We’ve reached the 90s here in the desert; but even though the weather is warming up, that’s no excuse to put away those crochet hooks and yarn. Below I have a variety of FREE crochet patterns, that will come in handy this spring/summer. Scroll down to check them out!

Sun hats

Beach Cover Ups

Beach Bags

Sandals

Jewelry

Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

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How-To Sew Easy Knit Baby Headbands

 

Today I have a quick sewing tutorial for these adorable knotted headbands that have been so popular as of late. This is a really quick sew, and doesn’t use a lot of fabric, which makes it a perfect scrap buster. Scroll down for the tutorial!

Easy Knit Baby Headband

Supplies:

  • Knit fabric (nice scrap buster)
  • Sewing Machine or Serger, optional
  • Knot pattern
  • Pencil

Step 1:

Cut two rectangles from your fabric. One 6.5″ x 15″ (cut the length 1″ shorter than head circumference) the second 6″ x 11″. The direction of greatest stretch should go the length of the fabric.

Step 2:

Fold rectangles in half, lengthwise.

Step 3:

Sew along the edge of the 6.5″ rectangle using 1/4″ seam allowance and zig zag stitch. Print the knot pattern, center on fabric of other rectangle and trace.

Step 4:

Sew along line, leaving an opening where indicated. Use this to turn the knot inside out. You can topstitch the seam close, but since knits don’t unravel, I just left it open. Once tied, the opening is hidden.

Step 5:

Turn headband right side out. Then turn wrong side out half way. Line the edges up as shown below. Made Everyday has a great video that explains how to finish these headbands.

Step 6:

Sew round the two edges together, leaving another opening near the seam; then turn the headband right side out. Again, you can topstitch the seam close, but I just leave it open.

Step 7:

Tie your knot around your headband, adjusting so the openings are hidden. This also hides the seam too!

 

Happy Crafting!

Love,

Erin

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A Spring Floral Crown; Quick and Easy DIY

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you know I’m a twin mama. You might also know, it took a lot of work to get these babes here. I spent two months on hospitalized bed rest. The girls were born at 31 weeks and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. So I missed out on some typical pregnancy/new mom milestones. Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t that big of a deal, especially since the girls are now thriving; but I did still want to experience some of them.

One was preserving memories with maternity and newborn photo shoots. I thought I would do a 6 month one instead; and we’re going big. I love the boho trend right now and wanted to wear a floral crown. Being a little underwhelmed by the pricing and options of the ones I found online; I decided to make my own!

This project came together so fast…not only would it be a great craft for a stylized photo shoot, but you could make them for a wedding, too! Scroll down for the quick and easy tutorial!

DIY Floral Crown

Supplies:

You’ll probably want to choose 4-5 different types of florals/berries about 2 smaller flowers and 1-2 statement ones (like the roses and lilacs I used.). I found these at Joann’s. If you are using individual stems, you’ll need about 6 of each. You can also get 1-2 bunches of greenery. I simply used the leaves from my bunches for my floral crown.

Step 1:

Cut a length of the natural wire about the length of the circumference of your head. Gently wrap the wire around your head, twist where the two ends meet. Wrap any excess wire around the circle. Wrap extra all the way around, as needed, this will make the floral crown a little sturdier.

Step 2:

I removed the plastic pieces from the leaves and hot glued them to cover the floral crown.

Step 3:

Clip individual flowers and arrange them in groups of 3-4. Wraps with floral wire, then tape.

Step 4:

Begin glueing the stems to the floral crown. Place one bunch at a time, and then before glueing, place the next to gauge where it should go. To help stabilize and position the flowers a little more, you can wrap portions with a bit of floral wire.

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I love how these turned out, check out my Instagram for update pics from my photo shoot coming up!

Happy Crafting!

Love, Erin

For more spring themed crafts check these out:

Adorable Baby Bonnets +An Amazing Bias Tape Tutorial
Fun & Easy Rainbow Earrings for St. Patrick’s Day
Spring Daisy Pattern Weights; Free Crochet Tutorial

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Make an Easy Spring Ruffle Dress for Baby

The temps are warming up here in the desert, which got me thinking about sundresses. I saw this adorable dress for toddlers on Carters.com, and decided to try and replicate it for my girls who are in 3-6 month clothes.

The best part is when I say easy, I mean easy. I was able to pull this dress together in an afternoon inbetween my girls’ 30 minute catnaps.

Keeping up with them today has me exhausted, but I’m so excited about how this ruffle dress turned out! Scroll down for full tutorial!

Supplies:

  • One yard cotton fabric (I found mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • 1/2″ wide elastic
  • Scissors, safety pin & matching thread
  • Serger, optional

Step 1: Cut two rectangles from fabric

One should measure 32.5″ x 4″ and the other 32.5″ x 11″. Trim a 3/8″ x 3″ rectangle from both the right and left bottom corners of the 4″ wide rectangle (as shown).

step 2: Cut 4 shoulder straps

Each should measure 1″ x 10″. Serge 1/4″ all the way around each. If you don’t have a serger, zig-zag stitch along the edges. Trim seam allowance.

Step 3: Serge/Hem 1/4″ from the bottom of rectangles

Also, zig-zag stitch along the 3″ edge on the sides of the 4″ rectangle. This will keep the ruffle from fraying.

Step 4: sew the top edge of the rectangles together

Place the 4″ wide rectangle face up, then place the shoulder straps wrong side up. The bottoms of the shoulder straps should be placed at 5.25″, 11.25″, 20.75″ and 26.75″ along the top edge of the 4″ rectangle. Then, place the 11″ rectangle on top also face up. Line up the top edges together. Either serge, or sew together with 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 4: Fold the 4″ Rectangle over on Top of the 11″ Rectangle

Press.

Step 5: Sew 5/8″ seam allowance; parallel to top edge

(This will create a place to thread the elastic)

Step 6: cut 16″ piece of elastic

Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and pull through the opening. Be careful to not pull the elastic through! Line up edges of elastic with each end of the fabric, as shown. Clip/pin to keep in place.

Step 7: Fold Raw edges, right sides together

Sew or serge with 1/4″ seam allowance. If sewn, trim seam allowance

Step 8: Turn right side out

Adjust top of dress so straps line up. The seam will be in the back.

This dress is so adorable over a pair of bloomers! The ones pictured are City Threads Ruffle Diaper Cover Bloomers from Amazon.

Happy Crafting!

Love,
Erin

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Sew the Look-Lularoe: Customize Looks you Love

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On Wednesday I shared the pleated midi skirt I made that reminded me a lot of the Lularoe brand’s Madison skirt. (You can read more about the project, here.) That got me wondering if there were more sewing patterns out there that could help me get the Lularoe look. I scoured, and rounded up the best sewing patterns I could find for you. Have a favorite Lularoe style? Scroll down to see if there’s a pattern that will help make the look your own!

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featuring Lularoe’s Julia Skirt

1. Amelia

This style presents a little more of a challenge as it combines two separate patterns. The Penelope Peplum pattern provides the fitted bodice and has options for different sleeve lengths. Both pleated skirt patterns are made for woven fabric, but I have had success with B5929 in a knit.

2. Ana or Nicole

Both patterns are great options for recreating the look of these two dresses. The Lady Skater would need some altering, first at the sleeve to replicate the Ana or Nicole’s half sleeves; and second, lengthened for the Ana’s maxi version. The Boundless Knit Dress has the maxi length as an option. Only alteration you might want to make if you’re staying true to the look of the Ana and Nicole is at the neckline.

3. Carly

  • Ebony by Closet Case Patterns

This pattern is very close to matching the Carly. The only thing you would need to add would be an optional pocket.

4. Cassie

This is pretty much the exact same style, a tight fitting pencil skirt with a wide waistband.

featuring Lularoe’s Irma Tunic

5. Madison

Same as with the Amelia, these both offer a box pleated style skirt. Even though they are made for wovens, I have had success with making B5929 from knit fabric.

6. Maxi

A little different as the waistband folds over, but I like this pattern as it captures the swing of the Lularoe Maxi.

7. Classic T

Both a very close match to the Classic T, you might want to shorten 6439’s length a little.

8. Irma

This is the closest match to the Irma I could find. It has a very similar hemline, which would need to be extended. Also the sleeves would need to be shortened. Definitely a project for a more advanced sewist, but it’s a good place to start.

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featuring Lularoe’s Nicole Dress

9. Randy

Both another almost perfect match to the Lularoe Randy. The Rockford has a little more swing to it.

10. Lindsay

Both patterns can give you the look of the Lindsay! Both offer a variety of hem lengths as well to give you more options.

11. Joy or Sarah

I love this pattern hacking line from Simplicity. It offers one pattern with so many options. View 2 for Joy or View 3 for Sarah.

12. Leggings

Last, but not least, the most popular product from Lularoe has to be their leggings. Patterns for Pirates offers a lookalike version and guess what, it’s FREE! Grab some double brushed poly fabric and get sewing!

Happy Crafting!

Love,
Erin

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Spring Wardrobe Challenge: Pleated Midi Skirt

If you’re familiar with the brand Lularoe, you know that they are well liked for their clothes because they have a flattering fit and the fabric is so soft. Since being introduced to the brand, I have loved the look of the Madison Skirt. It’s a pleated midi skirt that has POCKETS! Because Lularoe has been so popular, and relies on consultants to sell their products it can be hard to get your hands on some. So, if you don’t have access to someone that sells Lularoe, then this is where Butterick’s B5929 comes in!

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The pattern is very easy to follow and comes together quick. I combined Views A and B. View A had the pockets, and View B, the waistband. What I love about this pattern is that even though it was made for wovens, it still worked really well with the Double Brushed Poly Knit that I used. THAT is the secret to Lularoe…Double Brushed Poly is what their buttery soft clothes are made from! Since this fabric is still becoming more popular, I think it can more easily be found in individual shops on Etsy vs. chain fabric stores. But I suspect that will change.

I also think that this outfit is the perfect balance; the knit makes it more casual (and comfortable) but the pleats dress it up a little more. Which is great for busy moms that need to get ready fast.

I will definitely make this pleated midi skirt again, to check out my full project summary, keep scrolling!

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Project Summary:

Inspiration: Lularoe Madison Skirt

Pattern: Butterick Patterns B5929 Misses’ Skirt Sewing Template, Size A5 (6-8-10-12-14)*, combo View A (pockets) & B (waistband)

Fabric: Tropical Floral on Black, Double Brushed Poly from Angry Llama Fabrics

Notions: Dritz 9307W Non-Roll Elastic, White, 1-Inch*

Eloflex Stretch Thread 225yd Black* & Stretch needle

Total cost: About $20

Time Commitment: Finished over the course of two days.

Size & Fit: My measurements currently are about 36-35-40. I made size 16.

Modifications: Since the pattern is made for woven fabrics and I used a knit, I took the skirt in a couple inches. In the future, I would cut the pattern a couple sizes smaller for the skirt.

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Helpful Hints: This pleated midi skirt pattern has you install a zipper, and a knit skirt doesn’t need one. So I sewed the back of the skirt completely. Then I sewed the waistband into a tube and threaded the elastic through. Sewed the edges of the elastic and waistband together, then sewed the waistband to the top of the skirt.

Make Again?: YES!

Happy Crafting,

Love, Erin

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