Crochet Bobble Dishcloth

Hi friends,

Can you ever have too many crochet dishcloth patterns? The answer is no! 🙂 So I’m sharing my Crochet Bobble Dishcloth pattern below because you need one more! It’s a quick and easy pattern and the bobbles add a fun texture.

I used I Love This Cotton Yarn in Limedot with an H/5mm hook to stitch up my dishcloths. I think the Limedot color way is discontinued, but there are 70 colors of this yarn to choose from – pick your favorite!

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You can find the pattern for my Crochet Bobble Dishcloth below. I’ve also included a link to a free PDF at the bottom of the pattern for easy printing.

Crochet Bobble Dishcloth 

I Love This Cotton yarn 

H/5mm hook

Stitches used in US terms:

Foundation Half Double Crochet – fhdc

Chain – ch

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Bobble Stitch – bobble

Single Crochet – sc

Slip Stitch – ss

Back Loop Only – blo

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.

Row 1: work 23 fhdc. Turn. (23 stitches)

Row 2: ch 1. hdc in first 3 stitches. *work bobble in next stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches* Repeat from * to * across. Turn. (4 bobbles, 15 hdc)

Rows 3-5: ch 1. hdc in each stitch across. Turn. (23  stitches) 

Row 6: ch 1. hdc in first 3 stitches. *work bobble in next stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches* Repeat from * to * across. Turn. (4 bobbles, 15 hdc)

Rows 7-9: ch 1. hdc in each stitch across. Turn. (23  stitches) 

Row 10: ch 1. hdc in first 3 stitches. *work bobble in next stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches* Repeat from * to * across. Turn. (4 bobbles, 15 hdc)

Rows 11-13: ch 1. hdc in each stitch across. Turn. (23  stitches) 

Row 14: ch 1. hdc in first 3 stitches. *work bobble in next stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches* Repeat from * to * across. Turn. (4 bobbles, 15 hdc)

Row 15: ch 1. hdc in each stitch across. DO NOT TURN. (23  stitches) 

Begin working in Rounds. 

Round 1: ch 1. sc evenly around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. 

Round 2: ch 1. working in blo, hdc in each stitch around, working 3 hdc in each corner. Join with ss to first hdc. 

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Finished dishcloth measures about 8 by 7 inches. 

You can stitch up several of these fun dishcloths in no time! What color will you make yours?

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Fun Masculine Birthday Cards

Hi friends,

I don’t know why, but masculine birthday cards seem to always be a struggle for me! 🤷🏼‍♀️ How about you? Please tell me I’m not the only one!!

I’ve got a couple of cards to share with you today that are great for all the boys on your card list.

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This first card is perfect for all those building block lovers whether they are young or a little older. 😉 I know I’ve seen cards like this before, so if you’ve made one like it please know that I’m not trying to claim the idea as my own – I just can’t remember where I’ve seen it! This is my take on your great idea. 😊

I made my building blocks by cutting 2 yellow 1.25 inch squares, 1 blue rectangle (1 by 1.5 inches), and 1 yellow rectangle (1.25 by 2 inches). Using a 3/8 inch hole punch, I punched circles from matching card stock and attached them to the pieces using foam tape.

I embossed a piece of blue card stock with a zig zag embossing folder and attached it to a white card. I layered yellow and red card stock on top of the blue piece.

I stamped “happy birthday” on a piece of white card stock with blue ink and attached it to the card. The stamp is from the Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes set from Unity Stamp Company. I attached the red block to the card and then added the blue and yellow blocks with foam tape.

This next card is super quick and easy to make. First I punched balloon shapes from blue and green card stock. The punch I used is discontinued but this one or this one would work great.

I used a very old stamp from my collection to stamp the background with green ink onto a piece of white card stock, going about half way down. (Here’s a background stamp that would be fun on this card.) Then I stamped “happy birthday” with green ink. This is another old stamp but here is something similar.

I attached one blue balloon directly to the stamped piece and then attached the other 2 balloons with foam tape, slightly overlapping the blue balloon. Using a fine tip black pen, I drew the balloon strings. I attached a piece of blue card stock to a white card and then attached the balloon piece.

I hope these inspire you in the struggle to make masculine cards! 😊 They were really fun to make!

Anita

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Crochet Baby Hats for Charity

Hi friends,

Do you have leftover bits of yarn in your stash that are too much to throw away, but not quite enough for most projects? Yeah, me too! Recently, our local pregnancy center was in need of newborn baby beanies and those bits of leftover yarn were perfect for making them.

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I had several colors of Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn left from other projects. I love this yarn and use it often. It is so soft and not as fuzzy as some yarns can be.

I used The Parker Crochet Baby Hat pattern from Sewrella to stitch up my beanies. The pattern includes sizes from newborn through child sizes. I opted to make my beanies in 2 colors, but of course you can make them in one solid color. They work up so quickly – you’ll have several made up before you know it.

These are great to donate to your local pregnancy center or hospital. Just check with them first to make sure they will accept them. I love that this crocheting hobby can bring a little joy to others. 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Thanks Handmade Card

Hi friends,

Sometimes less is more. This simple “thanks” card is a great example of that. It only takes a few minutes to make, but it makes a big impact.

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The stamp I used is an older one from Hero Arts, but this poppy or this tulip would work great on this layout.

To make the card, I colored directly onto the stamp using Tombow Brush Markers. Any water based marker can be used – just make sure it is water based and NOT an alcohol marker. You can also ink your stamp using a dye ink pad or ink cube.

I stamped the flower onto white card stock, trimmed it, and layered it to green card stock. I attached the flower panel to a white card and stamped “thanks” with green ink in the bottom right corner. My “thanks” stamp is no longer available, but I love this “thank you” stamp.

And that’s it – simple and sweet!

If you are looking for adhesive for card making – this Tombow Dots Adhesive is my favorite. There are refills available, too.

Just by changing the sentiment this would make a great birthday, thinking of you, or even a sympathy card.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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NYC Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Hi friends,

I recently made these Classic Vanilla Cupcakes again. They are so yummy! 😋 The recipe is from Magnolia Bakery in New York City. I’ve shared about this tasty treat before, but it’s been a while and it’s just time to do it again! 😊 Be sure to use the frosting recipe with these cupcakes – you won’t be disappointed!

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If you like sweet treats, Magnolia Bakery has some of the best. They have at least a couple of cookbooks available with some of their yummy recipes. This cupcake recipe is in The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old-Fashioned Recipes From New York’s Sweetest Bakery. There’s also an amazing Devils Food Cake recipe in this cookbook.

Another cookbook is titled More from Magnolia which is just that – more amazing recipes you can make in your own kitchen.

It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but I sprinkled white sanding sugar on the cupcakes to add a little sparkle.

Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Yields 2 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  5. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  7. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla.
  8. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.
  9. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended.
  10. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full.
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  12. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

Frosting

  1. Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the vanilla. Gradually add sugar one cup at a time. Scrape down sides of bowl often. When the mixture starts to thicken and appears dry, add 2 tablespoons milk.
  3. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2-4 minutes. Add more milk as needed if you want a thinner consistency. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly.
  4. Store the icing at room temperature. Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

These Classic Vanilla Cupcakes are so easy to make. And if you do a lot of baking, you may want to get one of these 24 cup cupcake pans. You can bake an entire batch of cupcakes at once!

Happy Baking!

Anita

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Candy Cane Inspired Crochet Coasters

Hi friends,

Today is my last Christmas in July post for this year. 🎄 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. 🙂

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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! 😉

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Christmas Lollipop Ornaments

Hi friends,

I hope you are enjoying Christmas in July! 🎄 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 or 2.5 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. 🙂 (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! 🎄

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! 😋

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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 🎄 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? 🤷🏼‍♀️

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? 🎄 These Vintage-Look Christmas Gift Tags are so fun and easy to make – and they can double as ornaments after you gift them. 🙂

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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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