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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Textured Infinity Scarf Pattern

It's kind of hard to believe, but, ready or not, it's time to start thinking about getting started on your handmade holiday gifts. But, guys - deep breaths - it's going to all be okay. 

In fact, today, 14 of my blogger buddies and I teaming up to help you out! We're sharing fifteen great handmade gift ideas to get you going. You will find links to all the other fab gifts at the end of this post, so keep reading! 

For my gift idea, I'm sharing a pattern for this textured crochet infinity scarf. 


A pretty crocheted accessory is a great gift, plus it's a great way to keep your hands busy when you're watching TV at night. I love having a crochet project to work on so I can feel like I'm being productive instead of like I'm just vegging out. ;)

I think if I made the scarf again, I would probably double the stitches in the starting round and make it longer so it could be wrapped around the neck twice.



Materials

Special Stitches
fsc: foundation single crochet, see my tutorial here.
dc dec: double crochet decrease - yarn over, insert hook into next st, yarn over (3 loops on hook); insert hook into next st, yarn over (4 loops on hook); yarn over, draw hook through first two loops; yarn over, and draw hook through remaining two loops.

Round 1: 112 fsc, sl stitch to join.

Round 2: ch 4, *skip 1 fsc, dc in next st, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 4 to join.

Round 3: ch 3, *dc in ch1 sp, dc in next dc, repeat from * around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3 to join.

Round 4: ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3 to join.

Round 5: ch 3, dc dec over next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3 to join.

Round 6: ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3 to join.

Round 7: ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each st around, sl st in top beginning ch to join.

Round 8: ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each st around, sl st in top beginning ch to join.

Round 9: ch 4, dc in previous stitch working behind ch 4 (crossed dc formed), *sk 1 st, dc in next st, dc in previous stitch working behind dc just formed, repeat from * around, sl st to join.

Round 10: ch 3, dc in each dc of previous round, sl st to join.

Round 11: ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each st around, sl st in top beginning ch to join.

Round 12: ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each st around, sl st in top beginning ch to join.

Round 13: ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3 to join.

Round 14: ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3 to join.

Round 15: ch 3, dc dec over next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3 to join.

Round 16: ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3 to join.

Round 17: ch 4, *skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 4 to join.

Round 18: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join. Finish off, and weave in ends.

And that's it!  Wrap that pretty scarf up and give it away!




Check out all these other great handmade gift ideas!




The Makers No. 37

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Her blog name says it all. She is always coming up with really cool and simple ideas like this Fall Bucket List Garland! Kids would love making this and using it wouldn't they?

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Aren't these feather place card holders from Carolyn at Homework so pretty! She is getting ready for entertaining season and has some great tips on setting the table for company too!

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I love what Leslie at House on the Way did with this Chandelier. No it didn't always look this beautiful. Go see what it looked like before!

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This fall wreath from View from the Fridge is one of my faves that I've spotted so far this season. I love the modern feel of it and the colors are perfect!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes

Do-Do-Do-Do-Doot INSPECTOR GADGET! Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Dooooot!



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Today, 80+ blog buddies and I are coming together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including our DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes! I'm teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y'all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

Along with my Gadget and Penny Costumes, I'm sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere!

  101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

But first - Go, Go Gadget Costume!



Gabe and I haven't really dressed up for a couple years now, so it was really fun to put together a couple's costume. If I have time I think I will even make a Brain costume for our one year old. (I love it when they are little and don't have opinions on Halloween costumes yet.)

These costumes really only have a few major DIY elements, which meant it didn't take too long to put together. 

Here's what you will need to make your own:
The main DIY part of the Inspector Gadget costume was the headpiece with the Go-Go-Gadget arms. It is made up of two main pieces: the headband with arms attached and the hat that really just goes over the top.



To make the headpiece, we started by creating the hands. We used wire coat hangers in the fingers of the gloves to shape the fingers, and stuffed the gloves with polyester fiberfill.

To give the glove a cartoon look, I made a running stitch through the bottom cuff of the glove, pulled it tight, and then finished it off. Next, I wrapped another piece of thread around the glove a couple of inches above the glove hem and tied it tight.


At first we had a hard time coming up with a solution for how to create the arms, but when I saw hula hoops at the Dollar Store, I had a feeling they would work perfectly - and they did! We cut the hula hoop into pieces, and attached them to the headband with wire.

We used the cardboard tube from the bottom portion of the hanger to connect the hands to the hula hoop. It was a perfect fit.

We cut the top of the hat up, so it flips up and back. Gabe puts the hat on first and then squeezes the headband on through the top of the hat.

We added a little Inspector Gadget photo and info to the Dollar Store police badge.





Finally, we made Inspector Gadget's hand phone by sticking a piece of wire with a black bead glued to the end into the thumb of one glove.



For Penny's costume, I already had a pair of green capris. I bought a red t-shirt and sewed on a strip of white fabric across the middle (actually my mom was visiting a the time and did that for me - thanks, Mom!).

The main DIY part of Penny's costume was her sweet communicator watch (basically the world's first Apple Watch). I bought a cheap-o watch with a sweet orange band online and created a new face to glue on top.



I sculpted a face and buttons quickly out of air dry clay. Then, I painted the face, and added a picture of Brain to the watch face with decoupage.



Then I just superglued the new face right onto the watch.



Come in, Brain!

To finish off Penny's look, I got a blonde wig with bangs, and pinned it up to look like pigtails. All done and all ready to take on Dr. Claw and M.A.D.




And now it's time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don't forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!

  88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume
2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume
3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume
4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie
5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids
6. A Bee and Her Keeper
7. No Sew Magician Costume
8. Flint Lockwood Costume
9. Pinocchio
10. Marty McFly
11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume
12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume
13. Homemade Toothless Costume
14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option)
15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume
16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes
17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth
18. Family Monsters University Costumes
19. Scooby Doo family costumes
20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume
      88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume
22. Easy Tin Man Costume
23. No Sew Bee Costume
24. Planet Halloween Costumes
25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume
26. DIY Instagram Board
27. Elsa crown
28. Dog Collar Ruffles
29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume
30. DIY Lego Movie Costume
31. Weeping Angel Costume
32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper
33. Easy Pirate Costume
34. Easy Costume Idea - Renaissance Girl
35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume
36. DIY Cat Costume
37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes
38. Easy Frozen Costumes
39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume
40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume
42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume
43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume
44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes
45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask
46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume
47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume
48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume
49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes
50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition
51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume
52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume
53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume
54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume
55. DIY Baymax Costume
56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume
57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume
58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes
59. Instagram Halloween Costume
60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume

88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at ReallyAwesomeCostumes.com 61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie
62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume
63. Viking Family Costumes
64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child
65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket
66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head
67. DIY Harry Potter Costume
68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes
69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume
70. DIY Skunk Mask
71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY
72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial
73. Candy Corn Costume
74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume
75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume
76. DIY Robot Costume
77. Wonder Woman Costume
78. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Costume
79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume
80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume
81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel
82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes
83. Snow White Costume
84. Peacock Princess Costume
85. Scarecrow Costume
86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume
87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume
88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid
89. DIY Baby Koala costume

Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest! Follow Jamie Dorobek {C.R.A.F.T.}'s board “Handmade Halloween Costumes” on Pinterest.
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