Kids Ice Cream Bag

I’ve got bag fever! Now I’ve started I just can’t stop. 


This time round I’ve made a box bag with a fab ice cream print faux leather. I am absolutely loving the bold mustard t-shirt yarn but it had quite a bit of stretch to it which made it a little harder to keep a neat box shape once I’d sewn the pieces together.

I added straps to the bag after taking pictures as I couldn’t decide what to do but in the end I did them exactly as per the Panda Bag.


The best thing about this bag though is that it fits 3 balls of Paintbox cotton yarn in perfectly!! 

As always you can get your little paws on the pattern here and it’s another one with endless possibilities for colour combos and patterns. Don’t forget to share your makes by tagging me as I love to see them. 

Kids Panda Bag

I am absolutely loving all the faux leather I have found. It took me weeks to find a decent supplier of smaller quantities of tan leather for the tribal bag and once I did a whole selection of possibilities was opened up! 

I ordered a few little samples and as soon as they arrived bag ideas flew out of my head. The first of which was this cute kids Panda Bag. Its bold, bright and really fun. Plus if you want you can just make the shoulder strap longer and its a small adult bag too! 


Its made with chunky t-shirt yarn so durable and works up super quick. A perfect evening project and the bag would make a fantastic gift for any little lady. 


The pattern is listed here for just a few of your pennies. The best thing is this design could work with so many colour combos and patterns. Have fun experimenting. 

You could even leave off the strap and have yourself a fun little clutch purse! The possibilities are endless…

Wool Ball Stitch Markers

I came into some Fimo clay recently and knew right away I wanted to make some funky stitch markers. I already had hooks and clips in my stash so it was just a case of deciding on a design.


Seeing as wool and stitch markers go hand in hand it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make little balls of wool, and not one to shy away from a chance to play with rainbows I used every colour to make a full set.


These were so simple to make and once the balls were made it was just a case of popping the hoop into the top and baking them till cured, making them nice and hard. 


I’ve listed this in my etsy shop if you want to skip the hassle and buy them instead 😊 They would make the perfect gift for a yarn lover! 

I also couldn’t resist making a watermelon and pineapple set. 


This set is a little rough around the edges but I’ve been perfecting them recently. 

Geometric Tribal Leather Clutch

This baby was a real labour of love. I had spotted a tribal print bag online somewhere and thought it would be a fab idea to try the same with crochet so I set about giving some tapestry crochet a go.


Firstly I created my design on the computer and then printed it out to work from while writing out the pattern as I went! 

It took a while I’m not going to lie and there was a few tangled moments where I was working with 3 colours joined at once but the finished item was more than worth it.


I worked on the bag in two pieces and joined the panels at the end so then I had to decide on a zip or flap. A leather flap seemed the obvious choice but it took me a good few weeks to hunt down a supplier of leather big enough for the bag but also not sold by the meter (slight overkill for 1 bag I think!) however once in my possession the bag was finished off in an hour.


I’ve seen quite a few crochet/leather tutorials and most seem to work on the basis of joining your crochet to the leather first and then working up your bag from there but I had done things backwards plus I wanted the leather to fold over from slightly further down the back so I have figured out my own method. 


A button pinched from my stash finishes this bag off perfectly.


I love the contrast of the colours and the bold design. I’m even impressed that the inside of the leather matches the mustard yarn 😀

This bag will be getting a lot of use over the summer. Its soft, stylish and big enough to fit a tablet, phone, keys or anything else you need in there. If you want to make your own the pattern is now listed here for you!

Happy Making 

Puff Stitch Cowl

I brought 3 Caron cake as soon as they were available in the UK as I’d been desperate to give them a go for months only to finally receive them and have no clue what to make, so all 3 have sat on my shelf waiting for inspiration to strike since. 

I knew without doubt that rainbow sherbet cake I had needed to be used to make something for the little lady of the house as it was such fun bold kiddie colours. After browsing Pinterest for ideas hoping something might pop into my head I finally decided a scarf or cowl would be the best bet as I only had one cake to work with. 

I wanted something with lots of texture to it and something fun so the puff stitch was called into action! 


There is no subtle colour changes with Caron Cakes so you get nice bold thick stripes.

I worked back and forth in rows creating a zig zag effect with the puffs and it worked out to be the perfect length wrapping twice around for the tiny human and even fits me with one wrap 😉 


Puff stitches use quite a lot of yarn but they do make a really soft and squishy item that drapes and folds beautifully when worn. 


The pattern is available here if you want to make your own but for now I am going to just sit and admire these fabulously bright colours! 

Daisy Barefoot Sandals

I needed a little palette cleanser project. Something quick and simple to work up, that would leave me ready to hit my W.I.P’s pile with enthusiasm again. As we were heading off on holiday soon I figured the pefect make would be some barefoot Sandals I could wear round the pool and on the beach.

With two designs in my head I decided to give both a go. The first pair was these pink and orange burst ones. I really wanted a bright bold look and they definitely give that.


Adding the embellishments came after as I remembered I had some little penny charms and bells in my stash. They finish these off perfectly and make them look far more ‘shop brought’.


You can buy the pattern for these in my Etsy shop here.

The second set was these daisy ones. I love these and they look really cute on.


I kept these super simple letting the daisies do the talking.


I’ve popped the pattern for these below so you can whip a pair up ready for your own holiday/trip to the beach/garden lounging 🙂

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MATERIALS:
Drops Safran in ‘Off White’ and ‘Yellow’
2.5mm Hook
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

ABBREVIATIONS:
ss – slip stitch
ch – Chain stitch
Sc – Single crochet
dc – Double crochet
st – stitch

NOTES:
I used US terms throughout

METHOD:
Flowers (Make 6) –
In gold – Start with a magic circle, sc10 into the mc. Pull tight and join to the first sc with a ss
In cream – join to any stitch.
*sc and dc in the same st, dc and sc in the next st, ss to the 3rd st* this creates your first petal, repeat 4 more times until you have 5 petals.
Join with a ss to the first st.

Ankle straps (make 2)
In cream –
ch25, join with a ss to the 1st st to make toe loop
ch150 then fasten off.
Join at 10th ch from toe loop & ch145. Fasten off, weave in ends and then sew on the flowers using the pictures as a guide but note that they should be on the outer side of the foot.

These are surprisingly comfortable and I know mine will get lots of wear this summer!

Crochet Capped Cardigan

Oooo a little bit of alliteration to start our post off 😀

I’ve been working on this cardigan pattern on and off for a good few months. It started with my rainbow cardigan which I whipped up in 0-6 months and 6-12 months pretty quickly. Its been a firm favourite and sold well but sadly my little lady is no longer a baby so I wanted to scale it up.


I’ve then been working on sizes up to 6 years in a few varying styles one of which is this simple gold capped sleeve version


I kept it simple as its the last age range 5-6 years and will be perfect for the Tiny Human to wear on this years holiday with her new summer dress. 


I love the little capped sleeves as it can be used as a lightweight cardigan in summer to keep the evening chill off or layered up over a long sleeved top or baby grow to add warmth in winter. 


The pattern just needs a few finishing touches and then it will be available for both the rainbow design and a solid colour.


The only thing left to decide is – do I add a few flowers in blush pinks and creams or not?