Crochet Mini Flip Flop Key Chain

Oh my goodness! These Crochet Mini Flip Flop Key Chains are just the cutest things! They are super easy to make and are so fun for the Summer.☀️

You can find the free pattern here at Maki Crochet Patterns. She also includes a video which I highly recommend watching, especially the part about joining the soles together. It’s a little trickier than a simple single crochet, but her video shows exactly how to do it.

I used Artiste #8 Crochet Cotton in turquoise and pink to crochet my flip flops. The pattern calls for a thinner weight cotton thread and to use 2 strands. Since this cotton thread is thicker (#8) I just used one strand with a 3mm hook.

You’ll also need 1 to 1 1/4-inch split key rings. Like the ones you can find here.

Aren’t they just the cutest little flip flops? 🙂

There are so many different color combinations you can make these in – you’re only limited by the colors of crochet cotton thread you can find! They would be adorable attached to your beach bag, purse, or back pack. They would also make fun favors for a Summer birthday party…☀️

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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For You – Happy Birthday

I just love the way this card turned out! The coral and green colors go so well together and the lace adds just a hint of vintage.

The “for you” stamp is an older stamp from Stampin’ Up. This is a cute flower set from My Favorite Things that would work great! You could stamp “for you’ in the center of the flower or leave it blank. The Dots embossing folder is from Sizzix and you can find it here. My “happy birthday” stamp is from Stampendous and I’ve had it forever! Here’s a similar one that I really like.

To make the card, lightly sponge the edges of a white card with green ink. Stamp the for you (or flower) with coral ink and punch with a scalloped circle punch. Layer to a larger scalloped circle punched from green card stock. Stamp happy birthday with green ink on white card stock. Trim into a banner shape and sponge the edges with green ink. Trim a piece of white card stock into a cone shape. Emboss with the dots folder and sponge with green ink, especially on the raised areas.

Attach the embossed cone shape to coral colored patterned paper. Tie a piece of ecru lace around the panel and attach the panel to the card. Attach the flower and banner to the card with foam tape.

With a simple flower and changing the sentiment to “thinking of you” this would make a great everyday card, too!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Farmhouse Inspired Crochet Cotton Coasters

Do you need some new coasters to freshen up your table? I love these sweet little coasters I created. They have a fun farmhouse look and are sort of a cross between a flower and a doily.

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I stitched them up using I Love This Cotton yarn in white with an H/5mm hook. They work up super fast so you can make several in an evening while you’re watching your favorite show on Netflix. 🙂 You can find the pattern below…

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Farmhouse Inspired Crochet Cotton Coasters

I Love This Cotton yarn in white

Size H/5mm hook

Coaster measures about 4-1/4 inches in diameter

Stitches used (US terms)

Chain – ch

Slip stitch – ss

Single crochet – sc

Half double crochet – hdc

Double crochet – dc

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2. 12 hdc in ring. Join with ss to 1st hdc. Pull magic ring closed. (12 stitches)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (24 stitches)

Round 3: Ch 2. Work 2 hdc in same stitch as ss. Hdc in next 2 stitches. *2 hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches* Repeat from * to * around. Join with ss to 1st hdc. (32 stitches)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in same stitch as ss and each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st hdc. (32 stitches)

Round 5: Ch 3. Work 4 dc in same stitch as ss. Skip 1 stitch, ss in next stitch. *Skip 1 stitch, 5 dc in next st. Skip 1 stitch, ss in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * around. Skip last stitch. Join with ss to top of beginning ch 3.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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These coasters are so fun and easy to make – and I Love This Cotton yarn comes in so many different colors if you don’t want to make them in white. Tie a pretty ribbon around a set of these for a great hostess gift!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Crochet Zippered Pouch

Do you follow Megmade with Love? You might want to check out her blog. She has some of the best patterns – like this cute Zippered Pouch!

They are so fun to make – and you can make them as deep as you’d like because you start from the zipper and work in rounds until you want to stop. For this pouch I used I Love This Cotton Yarn in Denim Blue Print from Hobby Lobby. I chose a 7-inch zipper in blue to match the yarn. The free pattern is found here at Megmade with Love..

I made this one for my Mom for Mother’s Day – I added her initial and a “made with love” charm to the zipper pull to personalize it for her. It’s about 7-inches by 4-inches.

These would make great travel bags for makeup or jewelry. Or make them in fun colors to keep pens and pencils handy for students. Or to hold crochet hooks, stitch markers, and scissors in your tote bag. 🙂

I think I need to make more of these…

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Magnolia Bakery’s (in NYC) Vanilla Birthday Cake Cupcakes

We’re still in the middle of our kitchen remodel…and I so wish I could make these cupcakes now!!! They are my favorite vanilla cupcakes and of course I am craving them now when I can’t make them. 😔

But I can share this previous post with all of you and dream of making them when my new kitchen is finished…

There’s a link below to the recipe for these yummy cupcakes, but if you would like the cookbook that includes so many more yummy recipes you can find it here, The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old-Fashioned Recipes From New York’s Sweetest Bakery

There are other Magnolia Cookbooks available, too! 

The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey’s Home Kitchen

More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey’s Kitchen 

At Home with Magnolia: Classic American Recipes from the Founder of Magnolia Bakery

I’m sure they are filled with amazing recipes – I need to add them to my collection! 🙂

You’ll find my original post below…

There is the cutest little bakery on Bleecker St. in New York City. It’s called Magnolia Bakery and we discovered it several years ago during a trip there. (They also have several other locations in NYC, Chicago, LA, and even internationally.) We stood in the line which wound around the corner to order these amazing Vanilla Birthday Cake Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream icing. We loved them so much that we had them for breakfast every day we were there! Vacations are so much fun!!

They had so many yummy looking sweets, but we never did try anything else – just couldn’t get past those amazing cupcakes! 😉

I was so excited to find that they had a cookbook with many of their wonderful recipes – including the cupcakes and icing – so of course I bought it. And the sad thing is I still haven’t tried any of the other recipes after all these years! 😕 I need to be more adventurous…

I recently made these yummy cupcakes once again and discovered that the recipe can be found here on Food.com

Here they are fresh from the oven…and I highly recommend investing in one of these 24 count cupcake pans. You can find them at Amazon,  Hobby Lobby and other craft stores in the baking section. They are around $20, but use a coupon and they are even more affordable!


With the Vanilla Buttercream Icing and red sugar sprinkles…

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Oh my…just so good!!!


Make up a batch of these and I promise you won’t be disappointed!!!!!! 

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet Cotton Face Scrubbies

Have you made any cotton face scrubbies? They are so fun and easy to make! And they are so soft to use. They only take minutes to stitch up.

Here’s my take on these little spa items – the center of each scrubby is 2 layers crocheted together with an edging. My favorite cotton yarn to use is I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby. It is so soft and easy to work with!

Cotton Face Scrubbies

I Love This Cotton yarn in white

Size H/5mm hook

Scrubby is about 4 1/2-inches in diameter

Stitches used (US terms)

Chain – ch

Single crochet – sc

Half double crochet – hdc

Double crochet – dc

Slip stitch – ss

Make a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2. Dc 12 in ring. Join with ss to 1st dc. Pull ring closed. (12 stitches)

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

Round 3: Ch 2. 2 dc in same stitch as ss, 1 dc in next stitch. *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next* Repeat from *to* around. Join with ss to 1st dc. (36 stitches) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make another scrubby but DO NOT FASTEN OFF AT THE END OF ROUND 3.

Round 4: With wrong sides facing, make 1 ss to join the 2 scrubbies together. Ch 1. Sc in same stitch, going through both layers. Sc in each stitch around, going through both layers. Join with ss to 1st sc. (36 stitches)

Round 5: Ch 2. Hdc in same stitch as ss and in next stitch. 2 hdc in next. *1 hdc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * around and join with ss to 1st hdc. (48 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

These cotton face scrubbies can be made in any color and would be great in a spa gift basket with special soaps and lotions. Make several and put them in a pretty jar or tie them with a matching ribbon before adding them to the basket.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Patriotic Crochet Cozies

Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means the unofficial start of Summer! These cute Patriotic Crochet Cozies are just the thing to keep your drink nice and cool at all those picnics and cookouts coming up.

I found the quick and easy pattern here. The cozies work up super fast using double and single crochet. The pattern calls for 5mm hook, but I had to go down to a 4mm because mine were too big – maybe I just crochet too loosely!! 😉

I used Red Heart Soft yarn because that’s what I had in my stash left over from this Red, White, and Blue Afghan. Any worsted weight yarn will work. I found these cute star buttons at Hobby Lobby and they added the perfect finishing touch.

It would be so fun to have a basket of these ready for your guests to use at your next backyard BBQ – you could even send them home as a little gift! Or not 😊 and save them for your next Summer party!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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