Crochet Mini Gift Bag

Hi friends,

Is it hot where you are? We are sizzlin’ here in Alabama!! But of course it is July so…

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I’ve got another Christmas in July post for you today. These cute Mini Gift Bags are perfect for gift cards or cash – with a little extra room for some yummy chocolates! 🍫 They measure about 4.25 by 4.25 inches not including the handle, so they are also great for small gifts. 🎁

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Here’s the pattern for making these fun little gift bags. They work up super fast using worsted weight (4) yarn and an H/5mm hook. I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in White, Red, Kale, and Mustard to stitch up my bags – any worsted weight (4) yarn will work.

Mini Crochet Gift Bag

Finished Gift Bag measures approximately 4.25 by 4.25 inches plus the handle

Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors ( I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in White, Red, Kale, and Mustard)

H/5mm hook

Stitches used US terms:

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

Slip Stitch – ss

Back Loop Only – blo

Double Crochet – dc

Front Post Double Crochet – fpdc

Round 1: With color A, ch 11. sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 8 ch. Work 3 sc in last ch. Working in the other side of beginning ch, sc in next 9 stitches. Work 3 sc in last stitch. Join with ss to first sc. (24 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and next 9 stitches. Work 3 stitches in next stitch. sc in next 11 stitches. Work 3 sc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. Join with ss to 1st sc. (28 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. Working in blo, sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (28 stitches)

Rounds 4-5: ch 2. Working in both loops, dc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first dc. (28 stitches)

Rounds 6-9: ch 2. dc in same stitch as ss. *fpdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch* Repeat from *to* around to last stitch, fpdc in last stitch. Join with ss to first dc. (28 stitches)

Round 10: ch 2. dc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first dc. (28 stitches)

Change to color B.

Round 11: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (28 stitches)

The next round will make the handles to the gift bag.

Round 12: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in next 3 stitches. ch 20. Skip next 4 stitches. sc in next 10 stitches. ch 20. Skip next 4 stitches. sc in next 6 stitches. Join with ss to first sc. (2 sections of 10 sc each and 2 sections of 20 ch each)

Round 13: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in next 3 stitches. sc in each of the 20 ch. sc in next 10 stitches. sc in each of the 20 ch. sc in next 6 stitches. Join with ss to first sc. (60 sc stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

I’ve included a link below to a free PDF for easy printing…

Of course, you can also make these bags in just one color – which would make them go even faster and you’ll have fewer ends to weave in. πŸ˜‰

Be sure to save to your Pinterest Crochet Board using the button below so it will be handy when you are ready to get started.

What colors will you use to stitch up your Mini Crochet Gift Bags?

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Wood Snowman Face Ornament

Hi friends,

Happy Christmas in July! πŸŽ„β˜ƒοΈπŸ˜Š

I though it might be fun to share some crafty Christmas ideas this month to help us all get a jump on some handmade gifts and decorations for the holidays. Hopefully, the world will be in a better place by then and we will all be able to celebrate with family and friends. So we’ll want to be ready for that – not rushing around trying to finish up last minute gifts!

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Today I’m sharing this cute Wood Snowman Face Ornament that’s super fun to make. It would be a great project to make with the kids!

You’ll need wood snowflake ornaments (3-4 inches), 1-inch split wood balls, white acrylic paint, an orange and black ultra fine point sharpie, some twine, clear matte sealing spray, and a strong craft glue (I like E6000 clear adhesive).

Here are some links to supplies:

Paint the snowflakes, both sides and the edges, with 2 to 3 coats of white paint – letting the paint dry between coats. Also paint the the split balls with 2 to 3 coats of white paint. Once the paint is completely dry, draw a snowman face on the split balls.

Using a strong adhesive, glue the snowman face to the center of the snowflake. Let dry and the spray both sides of the snowflake with the sealing spray – you’ll want to do this outside! Attach twine to hang your ornament and you’re finished!

These would be a fun addition to a snowman Christmas tree, a cute tag on a plate of homemade treats for friends, a little something for your kids to give their friends, or add it to a gift card for that great teacher.

You could also use red/white bakers twine to hang your ornaments – I think that would be so cute on a jar of peppermint hot chocolate mix for a fun gift. I’m getting so many ideas…I need to make more ornaments. πŸ˜‰

Want some other fun snowman/snowflake ornaments? Check out my Wood Bead Snowman Ornaments and my Wood Snowflake Ornaments.β˜ƒοΈβ„οΈ

Be sure to save to your Pinterest Christmas board using the button below!

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Coming Soon…Christmas in July

Hi friends,

Just popping in with a quick post to let you know that I’m having fun working on some Christmas in July posts! πŸŽ„

As makers we all know just how fast time flies, so I thought I might be able to help you get a jump on your Christmas crafting with some ideas this month.

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Here are a few sneak peeks of what I’m working on…

I’m hoping to have posts with card/tag making, crochet, and crafting along with some ideas included for gifting your creations.

I hope you’ll join me and get started on your holiday crafting, too!

See you soon! πŸŽ„

Anita

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Crochet Double-Sided Tulle Dish Scrubby

Hi friends,

Have you ever crocheted with tulle? This was my first time and it was much easier than I thought it would be. πŸ™‚ You just kind of scrunch the tulle down so you can fit it on your hook as you go along and then crochet just as you would with yarn.

I designed a simple Double-Sided Tulle Dish Scrubby and included the pattern below if you’d like to make your own. It’s about 4-1/2 inches in diameter, so there’s plenty to hold onto while you use it. It also matches my Crochet Square Dishcloth in this post.

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You’ll need 6-inch wide tulle and an N/9or10mm hook. I found my tulle at Hobby Lobby. This great assortment of 10 colors on Amazon would be so fun to mix and match!

Here’s a close up of what I mean by “scrunching” the tulle down to crochet with it.

Here’s my super easy pattern…

Crochet Double-Sided Tulle Dish Scrubby

6-inch wide tulle in 2 colors (about 12 yards of each color)

N/9mm hook

Large eye blunt end needle for weaving in ends

Stitches used US terms:

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Double Crochet – dc

Note: Chains at beginning of rounds do not count as a stitch.

Ch 3, ss in 1st ch to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 1. work 12 hdc in the ring. Join with ss to 1st sc. (12 stitches)

Round 2: ch 2. work 2 dc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st dc. (24 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. work 1 hdc in same stitch as ss. * 2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next stitch * Repeat from *to* around to last stitch. 2 hdc in last stitch. Join with ss to 1 st hdc. (36 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make another scrubby from 2nd color of tulle but DO NOT fasten off after round 3. Weave in end at beginning of 2nd scrubby.

Place wrong sides of scrubbies together, lining up stitches, and ss through both layers all the way around. Fasten off and weave in end.  

Here’s a free PDF for easy printing…

Be sure to save to your Pinterest Crochet board using the button below!

I hope you enjoy this pattern! If you haven’t crocheted with tulle yet, give it a try. I think you’ll like it. πŸ™‚

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Crochet Square Dishcloth

Hi friends,

Can we ever have enough crochet dishcloths? They are quick to make, are a great stash buster, and make a fun gift when you want to give a little something. Roll them up and tie with twine or a pretty ribbon and put them in a pretty jar or basket – a useful and pretty gift. πŸ™‚

There are a lot of crochet patterns out there – I even have several on my blog (type “dishcloth” in the search bar on the right to find them). This one is just a little different from my other patterns. It has a center square in one color with a wide border in another, making it the perfect pattern for using up those left over bits of cotton yarn in your stash.

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Crochet Square Dishcloth

Finished dishcloth measures approximately 7 by 7 inches

I Love This Cotton yarn in 2 colors  (I used Curry, Aqua, and White)

H/5mm hook

Stitches used US terms:

Foundation Double Crochet – fdc

Double Crochet – dc

Single Crochet – sc

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Begin with color A

Row 1: work 15 fdc. Turn. (15 stitches)

Rows 2-8: ch 2 (counts as first dc) Skip first stitch. dc in next stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (15 stitches)

Do Not Turn after Row 8.

Begin working in rounds.

Round 1: ch 1. Work 13 sc along end of rows. Work 3 sc in the corner. sc in next 13 stitches. Work 3 sc in the corner. Work 13 sc along end of rows. Work 3 sc in the corner. sc in next 13 stitches. Work 3 sc in the corner. Join with ss to first sc. (64 stitches)

Change to color B

Rounds 2-7: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. (112 stitches at the end of Round 6)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Here’s a free PDF for easy printing…

Be sure to save to your Pinterest Crochet board using the button below!

This is a great video for learning the Foundation Double Crochet Stitch. You will love how this gives you a great looking edge at the beginning of your project.

I used I Love This Cotton Yarn to make my dishcloths. I love how soft it is and it comes in so many colors. Need new hooks? This looks like a nice set.

What colors will you make your Square Dishcloths?

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Fun and Easy Birthday Cards

Hi friends,

I pulled out some of my older stamps to make some Fun and Easy Birthday Cards. Sometimes it’s fun to look through the things you haven’t used in a long time and remember why you bought them in the first place. They can spark inspiration where you least expect it! πŸ™‚

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The card below was made using Birthday Wishes Peeps from Unity Stamps – and it’s still available! This is a similar embossing folder to the one I used. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I trimmed the image and layered it to blue card stock. I embossed a panel of green card stock, then layered it to a white card. I added the stamped image to the card with foam tape.

The next card was made using some older stamps and dies from Hero Arts. But I found this great Birthday Balloon stamp set and matching Birthday Balloon die that would work great! I stamped the balloons with coral and green ink on white card stock and then die cut them with the balloon die. I embossed a panel with a Falling Snow embossing folder similar to this one, layered it to a piece of coral card stock, and attached the panel to a white card. I stamped the sentiment with coral ink on white card stock (here’s a similar stamp) and punched it with an oval punch. I attached the sentiment and 2 balloons to the card, then I attached the 3rd balloon with foam tape. I drew 3 strings with a black pen to finish the card.

This card is made with another older stamp from Hero Arts. Any fun balloon stamp will work – there are some cute ones in this set. I stamped the balloon with green ink on white card stock, trimmed it, and layered it to striped paper. I embossed a panel of blue card stock with a large circle embossing folder (here’s a similar one). I tied the panel with green and white twine and attached it to a white card. Then I attached the stamped image with foam tape.

These were fun to make! So look through your stamps and supplies. Pull out the ones you haven’t used in forever and let your imagination go – you might surprise yourself with how much you’ve missed using them. πŸ™‚

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Alton Brown’s Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Hi friends,

I love peanut butter and will eat just about anything made with it! πŸ˜‹ When I stumbled across the recipe for Alton Brown’s Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies I knew I would have to try them!

This is a super easy recipe made without flour so it’s great if you need to avoid gluten. You probably have everything you need in your kitchen to make these yummy cookies right now.

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You can find the recipe here.

The recipe only makes about 16 cookies and I needed more than that so I doubled it. I also mixed up the dough in my KitchenAid Mixer (this is the one I have and I Love it!! I use it all the time) to make it a little easier than using a wooden spoon or spatula. The recipe calls for lining your cookie sheets with parchment paper, but I didn’t have any. I used my silicone baking mats (these are similar to mine) which I use every time I bake cookies – I highly recommend using them! A cookie scoop is another handy tool for your kitchen. Saves time and helps make your cookies more uniform in size.

Before and after baking…

These cookies are incredibly soft and chewy! And they smell amazing while they are baking! The peanut butter lovers in your family will love them with a big glass of cold milk or a hot cup of coffee!

Happy Baking!

Anita

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Vintage-Look Chalk Painted Salt and Pepper Shakers

Hi friends,

Do you like the vintage look? There are so many fun things available that you can add to your decor to get the look just by altering them a little – even if they are new! πŸ™‚ I found these cute salt and pepper shakers at my local grocery store and I just loved the detail on them. And they were only $3.00!! They look so cute just the way they are, but I decided to change them up a bit…

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All you need is a little chalk paint and you can completely change the look of almost anything. I used DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting (white) to paint my salt and pepper shakers. I painted 2 coats, letting it dry completely between coats. I like using these chip brushes to apply the paint.

The left picture is after the first coat, the right picture is after the second coat.

Once the 2nd coat was dry, I used FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint in Rich Black to dry brush over the detail on the salt and pepper shakers. I used a chip brush to apply the paint. Dip your chip brush into a small amount of paint and then brush most of the paint onto a paper towel so your chip brush is mostly “dry”. Brush back and forth over the raised area of the shaker to bring out the design. Repeat the process until you get the look you want. This adds so much detail to your project!

I really love the way they turned out! I will be using them simply as a decoration. Chalk paint will come off a glass surface if it gets wet – which can be a good thing of you don’t like how it looks. Just scrub it off and start over!

What will you turn into fun vintage decor? I would love to see your creations!

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Crochet Simple Summer Wrap

Hi friends,

Summer is in full swing! The days can be sunny and warm, but sometimes the evenings are cooler and you need a little something to wrap around your shoulders – or maybe even indoors when the air conditioning is turned up high. πŸ˜‰ I designed the Crochet Simple Summer Wrap just for those times. I made it with Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn so it is perfect for the Summer season.

I made my wrap using the Taupe color, but the yarn is available in 24 different colors so you can make yours in your favorite hue.

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You’ll need about 20 ounces of yarn (maybe a little less) and a J/6mm crochet hook to complete your Simple Summer Wrap.

If you need instructions on how to Foundation Double Crochet, I really like this video from Moogly. I love starting projects this way – it gives such a clean edge.

Crochet Summer Wrap

Finished size is approximately 16.5 inches wide and 67 inches long before fringe

Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn in Taupe (about 20 ounces)

J/6mm hook

Stitches used US terms:

Foundation Double Crochet – fdc

Chain – ch

Double crochet – dc

Special stitch: V-stitch – (dc, ch 1, dc) in same stitch

Note: chain 2 at the beginning of each row counts as the first double crochet. Keeping that in mind, your last double crochet in each row will be in the top of the chain 2 of the previous row.

Row 1: Work 66 fdc. Turn.

Rows 2-20: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (66 stitches )

Row 21: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Skip next stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next stitch (v-stitch made) *skip next 2 stitches, v-stitch in next stitch* Repeat from * to * across to last 4 stitches. Skip next stitch, dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (20 v-stitches and 3 dc at each end)

Rows 22-30: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Work v-stitch in each ch 1 space across. dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (20 v-stitches and 3 dc at each end)

Row 31: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch. dc in each stitch and ch 1 space across. Turn. (66 stitches)

Rows 32-50: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (66 stitches)

Row 51: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Skip next stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next stitch (v-stitch made) *skip next 2 stitches, v-stitch in next stitch* Repeat from * to * across to last 4 stitches. Skip next stitch, dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (20 v-stitches and 3 dc at each end)

Rows 52-60: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Work v-stitch in each ch 1 space across. dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (20 v-stitches and 3 dc at each end)

Row 61: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch. dc in each stitch and ch 1 space across. Turn. (66 stitches)

Rows 62-80: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (66 stitches)

Row 81: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Skip next stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next stitch (v-stitch made) *skip next 2 stitches, v-stitch in next stitch* Repeat from * to * across to last 4 stitches. Skip next stitch, dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (20 v-stitches and 3 dc at each end)

Rows 82-90: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Work v-stitch in each ch 1 space across. dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (20 v-stitches and 3 dc at each end)

Row 91: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch. dc in each stitch and ch 1 space across. Turn. (66 stitches)

Rows 92-110: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (66 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Attach fringe according to directions below.

Fringe:

Cut 12-inch lengths of yarn. Attach 3 strands of yarn in every other stitch on both ends.

Fold strands in half and pull loop through the stitch. Pull all 6 ends through the loop and pull tight.  

The lighting is a little different in the photos, but I promise the pics are all of the same wrap in the Taupe color!! πŸ™‚

Here’s a free PDF for easy printing…

What color will you make your Simple Summer Wrap?

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Simple Flower Cards

Hi friends,

More cards today using stamps from my favorite company – Unity Stamp Company! They are a great little company in Minnesota where they make all their stamps out of the best red rubber. They have the best images and fantastic sales! I don’t receive any compensation from them…I just LOVE them!

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This sweet sympathy card was made using the Lily Blossom set. Sadly, we will all need to have this type of card at some point and this set is so simple and beautiful.

I stamped the lily image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I die cut the image with a label die similar to this set. I used these Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions to brush the edges with sage ink. I stamped the sentiment with the Rich Cocoa ink, die cut it with a smaller label die, and brushed the edges with sage ink.

To make the card, I embossed a panel of pool colored card stock with an embossing folder. This particular one is discontinued, but this one or this one would be so pretty. I attached the panel to a white card and attached the lily image to the embossed panel. I added the sentiment to the card with foam tape. I finished the card with 3 light turquoise Dew Drops.

I also made a simple birthday card using the Be Unstoppable set. The set includes a beautiful daisy image and several sentiments along with the Tulip image.

I used this 3/4″Striped Stencil set and these Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions to make my background on white card stock. Then I stamped the tulip and sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink over the background. I layered the stamped panel to green card stock and attached it to a white card. I finished the card with 1 pink and 2 green sequins. A super easy card to make, but I love how it turned out!

(Just in case you are interested, this is my favorite tape runner for card making and here are the refills. πŸ™‚ )

Sometimes less is more – and I think that’s just the way these cards turned out!

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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