January 26, 2015

Knitting Pattern: Textured Washcloth

Free Pattern: Learn how to knit a simple cotton washcloth for the bath or kitchenI've been knitting for well over 20 years, and I have recently discovered the joys of making hand knit, cotton washcloths. It's a simple project that you can easily finish up in an evening or two.

They are quick, inexpensive gifts for baby or bridal showers. But when you discover how nice they are to use and both the bath and the kitchen, you'll need to treat yourself to a set as well.

For a simple washcloth, you could knit a square in stockinette stitch. I like mine to have a little bit of texture, so for this pattern I used a stitch that mimics a basket weave.

Materials




Directions


I didn't really work out a gauge swatch for this project, but 31 sts and 48 rows made a 9 1/4 inch washcloth. Also, you can easily make two washcloths with a single 3 oz. skein of yarn.

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Row 1 (RS): *P3, k1, repeat from * across, p3.
Row 2 (WS): P all sts.
Row 3: P1, *k1, p3, repeat from * across, k1, p1.
Row 4: P all sts

Repeat Rows 1-4 for a total of 48 rows.


Lather, rinse repeat ;)


Free Pattern: Learn how to knit a simple cotton washcloth for the bath or kitchen


January 23, 2015

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #55

I'm excited because the Tucson Gem and Mineral show is just around the corner. It's definitely one of my favorite local events. There are multiple activities and venues that feature everything from fossils and beads to gems and fine jewelry. If you like bling and warm weather, the gem show is the place to be in February.

Even though I don't do a ton of beading or jewelry making, I already have a list of things I'm looking for at this year's event because I like shiny things :)

Which leads me into my favorite items from last weeks link up.

Starfish Bracelet by HollynSage

Turquoise Crystal Earrings by OpheliasJewels

You can get a peek at my favorite items every Tuesday on Wanelo and Twitter and Saturdays on Facebook.




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January 21, 2015

Sewing Tutorial: Decision Cube 2

Sewing Tutorial: Make a decision cube for your classroom to help students select activities or projects that correspond to certain subjects or standardsI love custom projects and I enjoy it when people come up with creative twists on my designs. That's why I was very excited when I was contacted by a professor from Utterly Engaging about my Decision Cube Pillows.

Giving credit where credit is due, my husband actually came up with the original concept. It was basically an over-sized die with different "yes" or "no" options printed on each side.

To improve on the original tutorial, and make it a handy teaching tool, I'm adding plastic pockets so the options on each side can be customized and changed. This decision cube could be used by teachers in the classroom to help kids select activities or projects that correspond to a certain subject or standard being taught.

Materials



Directions


The finished dimensions of this decision cube are 12 x 12 x 12 inches with pockets that hold 5 x 7 inch cards, although you could easily adjust the size to suit your needs.

Cut six sheet protectors into 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 inch rectangles.
I cut from the bottom corner of the protectors so that I would be able to use a double thickness of plastic.

Cut six 13 x 13 squares of fabric.
Center the plastic protectors onto your fabric squares. In case you don't want to do the math, they should be 2 3/4 inches from each side and 3 5/8 inches from the top and bottom.

Use masking tape to temporarily secure the plastic to the fabric since pins would leave holes in the plastic.
Use a medium zig zag stitch to secure the plastic pockets to the fabric by sewing across the two long sides of the pocket and one of the short sides.
Using 1/2 inch seam allowances, stitch the six sides, wrong sides together, as shown so that the pockets alternate directions on each side of the cube.

Finish stitching the cube, wrong sides together, making sure to leave an opening along the final stitched edge.

Turn the pillow right side out, stuff it, and hand or machine stitch the opening.

Once your cube is complete, you can create 5 x 7 inch cards featuring different options and slide them into the pockets. There are endless possibilities for ways teachers can use this decision cube to keep students engaged in the classroom.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a decision cube for your classroom to help students select activities or projects that correspond to certain subjects or standards


January 19, 2015

Printable: Blank Comic Book Pages

Free Printable PDF: 6 blank comic book pages for your resident artists and super hero fansI don't usually make printables, but this idea, courtesy of my neighbor, was to good to pass up. She has an elementary school aged son who likes to draw and asked me if I had ever seen printable comic book pages in my pinning and crafty web-surfing.

In short, no, I had never seen such a thing.

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but I like to think it's mothers who are the mother of invention.

So I created six, blank, printable comic book pages for your kiddos to enjoy. Happy drawing and I hope you get lots of fridge-worthy art.



Free Printable PDF: 6 blank comic book pages for your resident artists and super hero fans


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