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Crochet Pattern: Flower Buttons

Crochet Tutorial and Pattern: Learn how to make you own flower buttons.I admit, sometimes I get crafter's block and just feel uninspired. That's why I love it when my friends ask, "Hey, Ellen, have you ever made...?"

This time the inspiration came from my friend Maryse. (She's pretty crafty, too and you can find her on Facebook at UnChifon Fon Fon.) She asked if I had ever made crochet flower buttons. The answer was no, but clearly I had to give it a try!

Materials



Directions


The entire piece is worked in the round with the right side facing.

With orchid pink

Rnd 1: form a magic loop, 8 sc in magic loop and pull loop closed, sl st in front loop of 1st sc,
-or-
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in front loop of first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 4 dc in front loop of same sc, [ch 1, drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back in first dc of 5dc group, draw dropped loop through, ch 3, 5 dc in front loop of next sc] 7 times, ch 1, drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back in first dc of 5dc group, draw dropped loop through, ch 3, sl st in 1st dc of rnd. Fasten off.

With frosty green

Rnd 3: Attach green in back loop of any sc from Rnd 1, ch 4 (counts as first tr), 3 tr in  back loop of same sc, [4 tr in back loop of next sc from Rnd 1] 7 times, sl st in first tr of rnd.

Rnd 4: [Ch 3, skip 1 tr, sl st in nest tr] 16 times. Fasten off.
Cut a 12-18 inch piece of either yarn. Weave it up and down through all of the ch 3 loops.
Place the button cover onto the wrong side of the crochet flower.
Pull the yarn snuggly so the green part og the flower wraps around the button cover. Tie the yarn in a knot and trim the tail.

Make sure the flower is centered on the front of the button.
Position the button back.
This next part takes some muscle use the pusher to push the back into the cover.
You'll know it is in place when you here it pop.
Finally, the hard part, decide what you are going to use your pretty, crocheted flower buttons for!

Crochet Tutorial and Pattern: Learn how to make you own flower buttons.

Happy Crocheting!


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Tutorial: Pressed Flower Pendant

Craft Tutorial: How to press flowers and make a simple resin pendant necklace.A few months ago, I bought the most beautiful flower press from BKInspired on Etsy. (If you haven't seen this shop, I highly recommend a visit.) Not only is the press pretty, with an intricate design burned into the wood cover, it also came with a nice set of simple instructions for pressing flowers.

Shortly after my flower press arrived I headed out to the yard to collect some flowers. That was the easy part. The hard part was waiting for nature to take its course and flatten the leaves and petals once they were placed into the press.

Fast forward a few weeks and my flowers were sufficiently flat and ready to be used in some sort of crafty project. What could be better than pressed flower pendants? This project is ridiculously easy and inexpensive, but you do need to have a bit of patience because there is a lot of waiting involved.

Materials


Directions



To begin, you get to go outside on a nature walk and collect a few small flowers or leaves. I used ice flowers and shamrocks because that's what was growing in my yard. You'll need flowers that are roughly smaller than a quarter.
Position your flowers on a sheet of pressing paper and make sure the petals and leaves do not overlap. Close up the press and wait. Depending on the thickness of the plants you are using this could take 2-4 weeks.
Finally, the big reveal. Open your press and check to make sure the flowers are paper thin and completely dried out.
Before you make your pendant, notice that the bezel is not level when you place it on a flat surface. If you put the resin in it like this, the resin will slide to the lowest point. Not good.
Place the bezel on a small stack of coins so that it is level.
Carefully set a flower into the bezel. The petals should all be flat on the bottom of the bezel. If the flower is too big, choose another or carefully trim the petals to fit inside the bezel.
Now it's time to mix the resin. This part goes pretty quick. Make sure to protect your work surface. You don't want to get the resin on your skin or damage your table or counter. It's also good to work in a well ventilated are because the resin does not smell nice.
Carefully squirt the resin into a small, disposable cup. Make sure you have enough to fill the bezel. Use a couple toothpicks to mix the resin for one minute or the length of time recommended on the label.

Try not to make bubbles while you mix.
Carefully pour the mixed resin into the bezel.
You want to use just enough so the resin slightly domes above the bezel, but not so much it overflows.

Wait 8-12 hours for the resin to dry. Don't touch or move the pendant until it is completely dry.
Add a simple chain or cord and you have a lovely pressed flower necklace!

Craft Tutorial: How to press flowers and make a simple resin pendant necklace.

Of course there are a couple variations you could try, besides just using different types of flowers or bezel shapes.

First, the flowers tend to float up slightly in the resin. I think it adds some dimension, but if you would like your flower to remain flush against the bezel you can glue it down with a tiny dot of Elmer's glue. Let the glue dry before you mix and pour in the resin.

Second, the bezels are quite shiny. if you would like a more muted background behind your flowers you can cover the inside of the bezel with a layer of acrylic paint. It's difficult to brush the paint evenly over such a small space, so simply pour a dot of paint into the bezel and use a toothpick to spread it around. Of course, let the paint dry before adding the flower and resin.

Craft Tutorial: How to press flowers and make a simple resin pendant necklace.

Happy crafting!


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Book Review: 200 Crochet Flowers, Embellishments and Trim

Book Review: 200 Crochet Flowers, Embellishments and Trim by Claire Crompton

They say that April showers bring May flowers, so it seems appropriate to start the month off with some pretty crocheted flowers and a great resource for some simple flower designs is 200 Crochet Flowers, Embellishments & Trim  by Claire Crompton.

This is a nice reference to have on hand if you want to quickly add a pop of color or dimension to your project and take it to the next level.

The book begins with some yarn guides that describe the characteristics of different fibers, colors, textures and weights of yarn and is followed by some basic crochet instructions. And then the real fun begins, an assortment of flowers and leaves with both written instructions and stitch charts which can be useful to those of us who are visual learners.

As implied by the title, this book is not just about the flowers. There are also instructions for some pretty edgings and motifs as well as some all-over stitch designs for fabric. Again there are both written instructions and stitch charts.

If you are still not sure how to incorporate trims and embellishments into your own work, you'll be delighted by the inspirational project photos throughout the pages.

Two designs I like are the Button Carnation and Leaf which I'll be using to spice up a basic bucket hat. Stay tuned because I'll be sharing a recipe for my Summer Mesh Hat in my next post.


Want a peek at what's inside the book?


Happy crocheting!


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Crochet Pattern: Flower Bookmark

Free Crochet Pattern: Make a flower bookmark to celebrate spring and happy reading!
I don't get to read as much as I'd like because I'm usually too busy crafting. However right now I'm finishing up the book "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver. Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors and once again, has not let me down with this beautiful story.

Of course a good book deserves a beautiful bookmark. Since spring is in the air, it only seemed appropriate to make a flower.

This pattern can easily be completed in an evening and would make a thoughtful birthday or Mother's Day, or even bridal shower favors.

Materials



Abbreviations


ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet
st - stitch

Directions


With frosty green, ch 100. Sl st in 3rd ch from hook to form a small loop.

Rnd 1 (WS): 6 sc in loop. Do not turn.

Rnd 2 (WS): [Ch 3, sc in next sc, (ch 3, sc in same sc) twice] 6 times.

Fasten off.

Join orchid pink in any ch 3 space. The petals are worked in continuous rounds with the wrong side (the inside of the flower) always facing.

Rnd 3: Sc in same ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in same ch 3 space, ch 3, [sc in next ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in same ch 3 space, ch 3] 17 times.

Rnd 4: Sc in first ch 3 space of Rnd 1, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 3 space, ch 1, sc in next ch 3 space, [sc in next ch 3 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 3 space, ch 1, sc in next ch 3 space] 11 times.

Rnd 5: [Sc in next sc, 2 hdc in ch 1 space, 2 dc in next dc, 3 tr in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, 2 hdc in ch 1 space, sc in next sc] 12 times.

Rnd 6: [Sc in next 5 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in each of next 3 sts, sc in next 5 sts] 12 times, sl st in next st, fasten off.

Cut an 18 inch length of orchid pink yarn and use a plastic yarn needle to weave it through the ch 3 spaces of Rnd 3. Pull the yarn tightly and tie in a knot. Trim the extra length of yarn.

I also like to tie a small knot at the end of the stem so the flower doesn't accidentally slip out of my book.

Free Crochet Pattern: Make a flower bookmark to celebrate spring and happy reading!

Need something to put your book mark into? Here's a preview of "Flight Behavior".


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Crochet Pattern: Flower Embellished Onesie

My sister-in-law is expecting baby #3 and it has given me an excuse to make some wonderful baby projects. After browsing my yarn stash for scraps from baby projects past, I grabbed a crochet hook to make a simple, five petaled flowers to embellish a basic onesie.

I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton for my flowers, but you could easily make flower onesies from scraps so they coordinate with afghans, washcloths, etc.

Materials


Directions

Hooray! Gauge isn't terribly important for this pattern, so use whatever hook feels comfortable with your yarn.

Ch 6.
Sl st in first ch to form a ring.
(Ch 4, tr3tog, ch 4, sl st in ring) 5 times.

FYI, here's how you tr3tog:
(YO twice, insert hook into the ring, yo and pull through ring, yo and pull through two loops, yo and pull through two loops) 3 times, yo and pull through all 4 loops.
Fasten off.
Weave in your yarn ends.
If you use cotton yarn or any yarn you think may shrink, wash and dry them before you stitch them onto your onesie. You can see that the flower on the right shrunk slightly compared to the one on the left.

Use a needle and thread to attach your flower to the onesie. Crochet flowers are a quick and easy way to embellish something special for baby.



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Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Scoop

Learn how to recycle a plastic bottle into a handy garden scoop.Spring has sprung in Tucson and I hope you are starting to enjoy some warmer weather wherever you are, too! Because of our climate, I do much of my gardening in the winter, but this is a nice time of year to get out in the yard, too.

One thing I always like to have handy when I am planting is a plastic bottle scoop. They are a little larger than a typical hand shovel. I use mine for digging planting holes as well as scooping buckets full of compost to supplement my potting soil.

This project is a quick and easy way to recycle large plastic bottles.

Materials


  • Empty plastic bottle with a handle
  • X-Acto knife or scissors
  • ruler (optional)
  • Sharpie (optional)


Directions


I made my scoop with an empty 2 qt vinegar bottle. You may also be able to use a laundry soap or bleach bottle or maybe even a small milk jug. See what's in your recycle bin.
Wash out your bottle and remove the label. Don't throw away the cap. You should keep that on your bottle.
Use an X-Acto knife or scissors to carefully cut off the bottom of the bottle.
If you want to make sure your scoop is perfectly symmetrical, mark vertical lines equidistant on either side of the handle.

Then mark an angled line that's about an inch and a half wider at the bottom of the bottle.
Do the same on the other side of the bottle.
Carefully cut up one angled line, around the bottle (under the handle), then down the other angled line.
Your scoop should look something like this.

That's it! You are ready to head out to the garden.
You get the joy of being green by repurposing a plastic bottle and saving it from the landfill and the satisfaction of planting some fresh new life.

Learn how to recycle a plastic bottle into a handy garden scoop.


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