Candy Cane Inspired Crochet Coasters

Hi friends,

Today is my last Christmas in July post for this year. πŸŽ„ I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas inspiration I shared with you this month – I have had so much fun! And I will be back with more holiday projects later this year. πŸ™‚

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I’m ending the month with a fun and simple crochet pattern for Candy Cane Inspired Coasters. They are stitched up using I Love This Cotton yarn with an H/5mm hook. The pattern is below and I’ve included a link to a free PDF if you’d like to print it.

Candy Cane Inspired Crochet Coasters

Worsted weight cotton yarn in Red and White (I used I Love This Cotton yarn)

H/5mm hook

Stitches used (US terms):

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Single Crochet – sc

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Note: Chains at the beginning of each round do not count as stitches (except in round 6).

Make a magic ring with color Red. Ch 2.

Round 1: Work 12 hdc in ring. Join with ss to first hdc. Pull ring tight. (12 stitches)

Round 2: Ch 2. Work 2 hdc in same stitch as ss and each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (24 stitches)

Change to White.

Round 3: Ch 2. Work 2 hdc in same stitch as ss, hdc in next 2 stitches. *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches* Repeat from * to * around. Join with ss to first hdc. (32 stitches)

Change to Red.

Round 4: Ch 2. Work 2 hdc in same stitch as ss, hdc in next 3 stitches. *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 3 stitches* Repeat from * to * around. Join with ss to first hdc. Change to color B. (40 stitches)

Change to White.

Round 5: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in same stitch as ss. Sc in next 4 stitches. *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in each of next 4 stitches* Repeat from * to * around. Join with ss to first sc. (48 stitches)

Change to Red.

Round 6: Ch 2. (counts as first stitch) Work 2 hdc in same stitch as ss, ch 2. *Skip 2 stitches, 3 hdc in next stitch, ch 2* Repeat from * to * around. Join with ss to top of beginning ch 2. (16 hdc clusters and 16 ch 2 spaces).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

These will look so cute on your holiday table! They would also make a fun gift. Stitch up a set of 4 or 6 and add them to a basket with some cute mugs. Include some Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, teas, or coffees – and don’t forget the candy canes! πŸ˜‰

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Christmas Lollipop Ornaments

Hi friends,

I hope you are enjoying Christmas in July! πŸŽ„ The month is going by so quickly, but I wanted to be sure to share this fun Lollipop Ornament with you before it’s over.

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They are fun and easy to make and you can make several in just a short amount of time.

You’ll need some 2 inch chipboard circles. I found mine at Hobby Lobby in a package with 3 different sizes. You’ll also need some red/white bakers twine and lollipop sticks. (These wood circles would also work great if you can’t find chipboard circles. This is another option for the twine.) You’ll also want some 3 by 4 inch clear treat bags to wrap your lollipops and white baker’s twine to tie the bag closed.

To make your lollipops, add some craft glue that dries clear in the center of your chipboard circle. (I used this glue – don’t let the “glitter” in the name scare you, it works great for so much more than adding glitter to your projects!) Make a little coil with your red/white baker’s twine and place it in the center of the circle. Continue wrapping the twine around the circle, adding glue as you go to secure it, until you cover the entire chipboard circle. Cut the twine and secure the end with a dot of glue. Your circle will look like the picture below.

Once the glue is dry, flip your circle over and glue your lollipop stick to the back as shown below.

Slip your lollipop into the treat bag and tie it closed with white baker’s twine. Tie it with a double knot and then tie it into a bow. Cut a small length of white baker’s twine for the hanger and tie the ends together into a knot. Glue the loop to the back of the lollipop directly to the treat bag. I used E6000 glue for this step.

There are lots of different colors of baker’s twine so you can make a whole rainbow of Christmas Lollipop Ornaments. πŸ™‚ (This is a fun assortment of twine colors.)

These sweet ornaments would make a great package tie on. You can also leave off the hanging loop and put a bunch of these together in a glass container for a cute decoration on your table or tiered tray.

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Crochet Snowball Mini Gift Bag

Hi friends,

I have a fun Christmas in July crochet pattern to share with you today! πŸŽ„

This Crochet Snowball Mini Gift Bag is the perfect size for gift cards, cash, or small gifts. And there’s plenty of room to add some yummy chocolates or wrapped Christmas candies! πŸ˜‹

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It’s s simple pattern that works up quickly with worsted weight yarn. I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn and a G/4mm hook to stitch up my gift bags. You can find the pattern below and I’ve included a link to a free PDF if you’d like to easily print it.

Crochet Snowball Mini Gift Bag

Worsted Weight Yarn in White – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek

G/4mm hook

Stitches used – US terms:

Magic ring

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Single crochet – sc

Double crochet – dc

Back loop only – blo

Bobble Stitch – Bobble

Special stitch: Bobble Stitch – Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops. Repeat 4 times – there will be 6 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. Sc in next stitch to complete the Bobble stitch.

Make magic ring, chain one.

Round 1: work 9 hdc in ring. Join with ss to first hdc. Pull ring closed. (9 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. 2 hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (18 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. 2 hdc in same stitch as ss. *hdc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * around to last stitch. hdc in last stitch. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 4: ch 1. Working in blo, sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Rounds 5-6: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 7: ch 1. Work bobble in same stitch as ss. *sc in next stitch, work bobble in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * around to last stitch. sc in last stitch. Join with ss to first bobble stitch. (9 Bobbles)

Rounds 8-10: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 11: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss. *Work bobble in next stitch, sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * around until last 2 stitches. Work one more bobble. Join with ss to first sc. (9 Bobbles)

Rounds 12-14: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 15: ch 1. Work bobble in same stitch as ss. *sc in next stitch, work bobble in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * around to last stitch, sc in last stitch. Join with ss to first bobble stitch. (9 Bobbles)

Rounds 16-17: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 18: ch 1. Work 2 hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (54 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

For drawstring, chain 60 and fasten off. Weave in and out between stitches of Row 16.

Finished Snowball Mini Gift Bag measures about 5 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide.

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

I named the gift bag “snowball” because the bobbles reminded me of snowballs with the white yarn. Of course you can make this Crochet Snowball Mini Gift Bag in any color you choose. What color will you make your gift bag?

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Gnome Greetings

Hi friends,

Christmas in July πŸŽ„ has to include cards! I’m in love with all the adorable Gnome stamps from Unity Stamp Company! This cute set is called Our Gnome to Yours and it’s just perfect for sending gnome greetings for Christmas.

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I colored these cute little guys in 2 different color combos and I’m having a hard time deciding which one I like best. What do you think? πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

I stamped the gnome images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. Then I stamped the sentiments with red ink on white card stock and trimmed them close.

I die cut around the image using the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics from My Favorite Things. The die set includes 5 sizes of rectangles – I love the detail it adds to my cards.

I covered the front of my white cards with red card stock and added a piece of pattered paper on the first card. On the 2nd card, I embossed a piece of green card stock using the Dotted Lattice embossing folder from Taylored Expressions. If you are looking for embossing folders, I highly recommend the ones from Taylored Expressions. They give such deep, crisp impressions that add an extra layer of texture to your cards.

I attached my stamped image to the card using foam tape. I also attached the sentiment strip using foam tape, overlapping the bottom edge of the gnome panel.

To finish the cards, I added 3 enamel dots – 2 in the upper left corner and 1 in the bottom right corner.

How will you color up your Gnomes? Whatever you choose, they are sure to bring a smile! 😊

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Vintage-Look Christmas Gift Tags

Hi friends,

What’s Christmas in July without gift tags? πŸŽ„ These Vintage-Look Christmas Gift Tags are so fun and easy to make – and they can double as ornaments after you gift them. πŸ™‚

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I found these chipboard tags on clearance at Hobby Lobby after Christmas last year. They also had this pad of vintage-look patterned paper on clearance. I picked them up not really knowing what I would do with them, but the price was right so I added them to my box of Christmas supplies to play with later.

By the way, Hobby Lobby is already putting out their Christmas merchandise and I’m guessing they will have these again this year so hopefully you’ll be able to find them soon. I did find these wood tags that are similar in size – just a little smaller – that have good reviews and would work to make these cute tags as well. There are also tons of patterned papers out there to choose from.

The tags came with a gold cord hanger that I wasn’t crazy about so first I cut that off. Then I flipped my patterned paper over, traced my tag on the back, and cut it out.

Using a foam brush, I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge to my tags and smoothed on the patterned paper, matching up the edges. Then I used a sponge dauber to add some Memento Rich Cocoa ink around the edges of the tag to give it a vintage look.

I stamped “Merry Christmas” (here’s a similar stamp) with ink to match my papers onto white card stock and punched it out with a scalloped oval punch (here’s a similar punch). I lightly sponged Memento Rich Cocoa ink over the entire oval to tone down the white card stock and add a vintage look. Then I inked then edges of the oval with ink to match the sentiment. I added the oval to the tag with foam tape. I used my Crop-A-Dile tool to punch the hole through my patterned paper, lining it up with the hole in the tag.

I stamped “To: and From:” (these are similar) on the back of each gift tag before adding the hanger.

I cut some natural twine and threaded it through the hole on the tag. I threaded both ends through a natural wood bead and tied a knot close to the bead. Then I tied the ends of the twine together in a knot to make a hanger. I have this set of natural wood beads. It’s a great set with over 1100 beads in 6 different sizes for about $12.00 – so many uses in your craft room.

I added gems or pearl embellishments to the bottom corner of each tag to finish them off.

These Vintage-Look Christmas Gift Tags make a great package tie-on and can be kept and enjoyed for years to come. If you’re not a fan of the vintage look, you can easily make these in bright Christmas colors or cool snowy colors – just change your patterned paper and ink colors and don’t ink the edges with brown ink. I made some bright Christmas tags in this post.

How many gift tags will you be making?

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Crochet Gingerbread Tote Bag

Hi friends,

More Christmas in July! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„

Have you seen the adorable Crochet Christmas tote bags from Repeat Crafter Me? The patterns were released last Summer and I finally got around to making the Gingerbread Tote Bag. The totes stitch up super fast by holding 2 strands of worsted weight yarn together and they are so cute!

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This cute tote bag would make such a fun gift bag this Christmas! You can start now and make several to have on hand when it’s time to start wrapping gifts. πŸŽ„

I stitched up my Gingerbread Tote using I Love This Yarn in Light Taupe. The white yarn is Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek and the red is Red Heart Super Saver – I had both of those yarns left over from other projects and they worked great with the taupe yarn. I used a J/6mm hook to crochet my tote.

My tote ended up a little smaller than the pattern says – it is about 10.5 by 14 inches including the handles. It is still a great size to fill with goodies or to use as a gift bag.

Last year I made the Jack-O-Lantern Tote Bag (details are in this post) and the Snowman Tote Bag (you can find the details in this post).

I used my Jack-O-Lantern Tote Bag as part of my Halloween decor by simply hanging it from a doorknob. I filled 2 of the Snowman Tote Bags last year with lots of fun goodies – just like filling a Christmas stocking – as Christmas gifts for 2 special little girls. I also made a few of the Snowman Tote Bags for my Mom to give as gifts – they were a big hit with her friends. πŸ™‚

Fill the Gingerbread Tote Bag with a homemade cookie or cake mix, spatula, wooden spoon, and hot pad for a fun friend or neighbor Christmas gift! πŸŽ„

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Polka Dot Christmas Stocking Ornaments

Hi friends,

Christmas in July continues with these adorable Polka Dot Christmas Stocking Ornaments. πŸŽ„

I picked up these cute wood stocking ornaments at Dollar Tree last year. They came in a package of 5 – so just 20 cents each! Such a deal!

Dollar Tree usually starts filling their shelves with Christmas craft goodies around September. You’ll need to grab what you want quickly as they always sell out so fast! I have a plastic bin where I store my Christmas crafting supplies that I haven’t used so that 6 months later when I want to start crafting again I won’t forget what I bought. πŸ˜‰

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To make these cute Polka Dot Christmas Stocking Ornaments you’ll need red, green, and white acrylic paint (this is a great set to have on hand) and a foam brush or paint brush. You’ll also need a foam spouncer to add the polka dots.

Paint the bottom of the stocking either red or green. I used a foam brush and painted both sides with 2 coats, letting it dry between coats. Then paint the cuff on both sides with 2 coats of white paint.

After the paint is dry, use your foam spouncer to apply white paint to randomly make the polka dots. I did this on both sides of my ornaments so it won’t matter which way they hang.

I finished my ornaments by using a foam brush to apply a thin coat of Matte Mod Podge on each side to seal them and add just a touch of shine. Make sure to let the first side dry completely before turning them over to do the other side.

The ornaments came with twine that you can use for hanging or you can use red and white baker’s twine like I did.

I think they turned out so fun and whimsical! They will look so cute on your tree or make a great package tie on. 🎁 You can also personalize them by putting a name on the cuff.

Happy Crafting! πŸŽ„

Anita

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Crochet Gnome Towel Toppers

Hi friends,

It’s time for Christmas in July! πŸŽ„Last year I had so much fun giving you inspiration to get started on your Christmas makes that I thought I would do it again this year! We all know how fast time flies and if you want to make things for the season the time to start is now. πŸ™‚

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I wanted to make this adorable Crochet Gnome Towel Topper last year, but time got away from me. So this year, I decided it would be my first Christmas make. He is super quick and easy to stitch up – the free pattern can be found here at Nana’s Crafty Home. She also has a link to a paid printable PDF if that is something you would like to have.

I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in Red, Kale, White, and Blush to stitch up my Gnomes. I used a J/6mm hook. The pattern recommends an H/5mm hook but I found I needed to go larger to accommodate the plastic ring inside the Gnome. We all crochet a little differently, so just adjust hook size as you need to on any project you are working on. πŸ™‚

These are the 3-inch plastic rings that I used to hang the towels from. You’ll need some flour sack towels to make his beard and 3/4-inch white buttons.

Once your Gnome is stitched up, you simply slip the towel through the ring inside and button him over your cabinet or oven handle for a cute – and useful – Christmas decoration. It’s so easy to take the towel out for washing without having to take your Gnome off the handle!

Of course these would be so cute any time of the year – just make them in colors to match your kitchen!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars

Hi friends,

Are you bringing dessert to the 4th of July picnic this weekend? Looking for a quick but fun and festive recipe? These Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars might be just what you are looking for! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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I found the recipe here at Upstate Ramblings. The dough mixes up in just a few minutes and then you bake the whole batch of cookies at once in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan – I love that! After the cookies cool completely, you will frost them with yummy cream cheese icing and add plenty of fun patriotic sprinkles. Cut them into squares and enjoy!

Here’s the dough ready to go into the oven… It’s a thick sticky dough so I lightly sprayed my clean hands with cooking spray to spread it out and pat it in the pan that I lined with parchment paper.

And fresh out of the oven… It smells so yummy!

After they are cooled, frosted, and sprinkled…

The cream cheese in the dough and the icing adds a whole new level of flavor to these tasty sugar cookie bars. I stored my cookie bars in the refrigerator just to be safe due to the cream cheese icing. Simply take them out an hour or so before you want to serve them – or you can serve them cold right from the fridge, too!

These tasty Patriotic Sugar Cookie Bars are sure to be a hit – especially with the kids! πŸ™‚

Happy Baking

Anita

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Hello Sunshine Girl

Hi friends,

Oh my goodness! Unity Stamp Company has the best rubber stamps! This Hello Sunshine Girl is just perfect! I love her vintage vibe and she is so fun to color. πŸ™‚ She also comes with 3 different sentiments.

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I stamped her with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock and colored her with Copic markers. I die cut the image using the Petite Scallop Mini Slim Stacklets dies from Taylored Expressions. I die cut a larger scalloped rectangle using the same die set from patterned paper and layered the image to it. These beautiful patterned papers are from the Kindness is Magic paper pack from Unity Stamp Company. I stamped the sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock, trimmed it, and layered it to yellow card stock.

To make the card, I attached a piece of patterned paper to the front of a white card. I attached the stamped image to the card using foam tape and added the sentiment strip over the image, using foam tape only on the edges so it lays flat along the top of the stamped image. I finished the card by adding 2 enamel dots.

Isn’t she just the sweetest?!?!?

This is my favorite adhesive for card making (you can find the refills here.) And I love this glue for adding small embellishments. I always add a dot of glue even if the embellishment has adhesive on it, just to be sure it won’t fall off the card.

What colors will your Hello Sunshine Girl wear? πŸ™‚

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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