Thursday, April 24, 2014

Geometric Crochet Basket Pattern


If you've been around here much you probably have noticed that I've been into black and white geometrics lately. (Did you see my kid's new table, by the way?)  So, anyway, I decided to see how I could interpret the trend in crochet. I ended up with this little basket that is a perfect addition to my craft area, which I am currently working on organizing and sprucing up.

This basket has lots of fun texture, so while it may look complex, it really only uses variations of the single crochet. Simple! You can totally make this.

Geometric Crochet Basket Pattern

Materials needed:
  • Cotton worsted weight yarn in two colors (I used one ball each of Lily Sugar N' Cream in black and white)
  • Size H (5.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Leather
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine or Needle
With the black yarn,

Round 1: 7 sc in magic ring, sl st to join.

Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st around (14 sc)

Round 3: ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (21 sc)

Round 4: ch 1, *sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (28 sc)

Round 5: ch 1, *sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (35 sc)

Round 6: ch 1, *sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (42 sc)

Round 7: ch 1, *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (49 sc)

Round 8: ch 1, *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (56 sc)

Round 9: ch 1, *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (63 sc)

Round 10: ch 1, *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (70 sc)

Round 11: ch 1, *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (77 sc)

Round 12: ch 1, *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (84 sc)

Round 13: ch 1, *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times, sl st to join (91 sc)

Round 14: working in back loops only (see photo below) sc in each st around, sl st to join (91 sc)


Rounds 15-21: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join (91 sc). Finish off, weave in ends.

At this point your basket will look like this:


Now it's time to join the white yarn and start adding the geometric pattern and texture. To create the zig-zag pattern, the next row of sc is worked into the previous rows. Below I have pictured how to work a sc into the stitch two rows below the current working row.


When you work the stitch, be sure to pull the yarn up to the top of the piece so it doesn't pull or bunch.

Round 21: with the white yarn, ch 1,* sc, sc in next st 1 row down, sc in next st 2 rows down, sc in next st 3 rows down, sc in next st 2 rows down, sc in next st 1 row down, repeat from * 15 times, sc in next st, sl st to join (91 sc).

Rounds 22- 25: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join (91 sc).

The next round repeats the zig-zag pattern from Round 21 in white yarn to add more texture.


Round 26: ch 1,* sc, sc in next st 1 row down, sc in next st 2 rows down, sc in next st 3 rows down, sc in next st 2 rows down, sc in next st 1 row down, repeat from * 15 times, sc in next st, sl st to join (91 sc).

The final 3 rounds are worked in the back loops only to create a striped texture.


Round 27: working in back loops only, ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join (91 sc). Finish off, weave in ends.
Yay! Now we're nearly done! Here's what it looks like now:



At this point the basket could be complete, but I decided to add a couple of leather handles to finish off the modern look. To make the handles, you will need to cut two pieces of leather to 1 1/4" x 6 1/2".



Finally, sew the handles onto your basket by first sewing a rectangle and then an X through the middle of the rectangle with a heavy duty needle and sewing machine.


And that's it! My new little basket is holding some of my favorite yarns. 





Seeing them displayed in my craft space gets me inspired to get making.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Makers No. 14

Hello!!

You guys. I am all headless chicken over here because tomorrow I'm heading out to my first bloggy conference, SNAP. Ah!!! It is definitely freak out time because I need about two more weeks to finish getting ready. But the good news is that I know I am going to meet a whole bunch of awesome people and learn tons, have a great time, and post about a thousand photos on Instagram.

Anyway - enough about me, let's talk about you. And all the goodness you've been cooking up. Come on, ladies (and gents), strut your stuff!


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Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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Our favorite this week was this Fox Fabric Easter Basket from Sara at Tell Love & Chocolate.
Fox Basket
Over at Tell Love & Chocolate she gives you all of the easy steps to sew your own fabric basket and just wait till you see how she got that fox on there! Seriously, this is one I have to try!
Sara shares simple DIYs and crafts and some recipes too. Here is a taste of what you will find when you visit Tell Love & Chocolate.
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As usual, it was hard to narrow it down to just 5 top picks, but here are the ones that stood out most! So click over and find out more about these awesome projects and don't forget to pin from the original source please.
6 chalkboard
I love this chalkboard wall that Amy at Delineate Your Dwelling came up with for her Easter celebration. It is so pretty and those flowers are the perfect pop of color. You can read all about where she found the inspiration and the details of how she made it happen right here.
SausageandEggWaffleTacos
Um...breakfast tacos? Yes please! My kids would love these for sure. Get the recipe over at The Casual Craftlete.
PomPomPillow3
I pretty much fell in love with this pillow from the second I saw it because of the colors, but when I found out it was made from napkins, I knew it was a project for me. Katie over at View from the Fridge is getting a nursery ready and has a lot of fun projects to show you including this pillow so click on over to check it out!
Mini-Instant-Photo-Frames-and-Magnets
Ever wonder what to do with all of those amazing Instagram photos you take? Well Christine at The DIY Dreamer came up with this fun and easy way to display them using fun colorful Duck Tape®! This would be perfect in an office or a kid's bedroom don't you think?
cheesecake balls
When I saw the words cheesecake and no bake I was all in! This is just one of the amazing desserts that Dana at This Silly Girl's Life has going on for her Spring Desserts Series! You can see this recipe and more yummy stuff right here.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Kids Table and Chairs Makeover

A few months ago a friend posted this little table and chairs for sale on facebook:



They were a little beat-up, but I had been wanting to get a craft table for the kids and since I am a believer in the power of spray paint, I was definitely interested. She ended up giving them to me for free (so nice!), and I started my scheming. I have been wanting to refinish and recover some folding chairs for a long time, so I immediately knew what I was going to do with those babies, but the table was a bit more tricky.



It was covered with sad, ripped vinyl. Since I wanted a hard surface, recovering with new vinyl wasn't a good solution. "Wouldn't it be beautiful with a natural wood top?" I thought to myself. Yes, yes, it would. So I headed off to the hardware store to see what I could come up with.

I did a bit of searching around trying to find something that would be pretty but that wouldn't cost a ton of money. Eventually I found these great poplar "hobby" boards. I loved the variation in the wood grain, and they were nice straight, real wood boards for a couple bucks each. PLUS(!) - my little table was 2 feet square, and the boards were pre-cut to 2 feet long. I did a little quick math in the store and realized I could buy three of the 5.5" boards and 3 of the 2.5" boards and not have to do any cuts. I was sold. (One of these days I'm going to get over my fear of saws.... Maybe. I'm working on it, okay?)



I grabbed the boards, some liquid nails, a couple cans of spray paint, and ran home to tear my table and chairs apart.



A screwdriver is all you need to take these guys apart. Maybe a pair of scissors to help you rip off all that lovely vinyl.



Next, the base of the table and the bases of the chairs all got a few coats of spray paint. For the table base I used Rustoleum Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze. This stuff is seriously kind of amazing. The table base doesn't look painted at all. My son helped me pick out the color for the chairs, and we chose Rustoleum Wildflower Blue in a satin finish.



For the table-top, we attached the boards to the original table top using liquid nails and clamped the boards down. When the glue was set, we gave the new top a good sanding to smooth out any unevenness between the boards.



Finally, we sealed the table top with a couple of coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.

For the chairs, I decided to make my own fabric to recover the seats. I made a stamp and just went to town making my own pattern. I kind of love the way it turned out (you can read more about that HERE).

I used a staple gun and 1/4" staples (longer staples will poke through the seats - ouch!) to wrap the fabric around the seats and backs.



Then all that was left to do was screw everything back together and enjoy! The kids have been really excited about their new little table.
 







Eventually the table and chairs will be living in our loft which is currently being converted to a craft/office space. I'm excited to give the kids a space dedicated to their projects so we can all work together! (Or so I can throw crayons and stickers at them while I'm trying to get some work done, which is probably more realistic.)



All in all, I think I spent about $35 on wood, paint, and fabric for this project, and I have a good amount of paint and fabric left over. So, I think we did pretty good.

What have you all been working on lately?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Stamped Fabric Tutorial

I have been working on a little "weekend" project for the past month or so now. It really hasn't been complicated or difficult, so I'm not entirely sure why it is taking so long to get it done. BUT - we are almost there, and I am excited to show you all soon. For now, I'm giving you a little sneak peak!

I needed some fabric for this project, and as per usual, I had something pretty specific in mind. Rather than search through a bunch of web sites or drive around town trying to find a textile that matched up with my mental picture, I just decided to make my own.

Here's how to create your own completely customizable patterned fabric for whatever project you are working on (or putting off) these days.

I started off by making a stamp. I sketched the shape I wanted onto a scrap piece of craft foam and cut it out. Then I glued the shape onto a piece of cardboard for my backing (a piece of wood would work great too as I did with my tangram stamps).




For stamping fabric you could use a paint or a screen printing fabric ink. 


In the past when I have done freezer stenciling on t-shirts and other fabrics in white, I have found screen printing ink to be more opaque although there wasn't much of a difference in this project:

To get a cleaner stamp, I prefer to brush the paint or ink on to the stamp with a foam brush rather than dipping the stamp. Press the stamp down firmly onto the fabric and carefully peel up. (Make sure to put a piece of paper or something beneath your fabric to protect your work surface!)

And that's it! Just keep going and eventually you will have a lovely piece of stamped fabric. I enjoyed playing around with the spacing and direction of the stamp to create a unique, handmade look.

I'm really digging the way my new textile looks in my little makeover project. Here's a peek:



Have you tried stamping fabric before? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Makers No. 13

It's party time, friends! Link up, browse around, enjoy!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Don't forget to follow your hosts in some way.
Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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This week's featured blogger is actually a duo. Erin and Emily are the sister's behind Elizabeth Joan Designs who shared this gardening Easter basket. What a fun way to teach kids how to garden, and all of the goodies in the basket are so pretty, don't you think?
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Erin & Emily share a wide variety of beautiful DIY projects that you won't want to miss! Here is a sampling of what you'll find when you visit:
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I always struggle with picking just 5 features and want you all to know how much we appreciate you sharing your creativity and inspiration with us! Here are the 5 party features in no particular order. Be sure to give these bloggers some comment love, and please pin from the original source.
renovated-rancher-rainonatinroof
Jenna over at Rain on a Tin Roof always amazes me with her DIY projects and room reveals, and her Renovated Rancher House Tour is no exception! She has an eclectic style that is all her own, and her home is filled with so many unique and beautiful pieces.

green-dresser-shadesofblue
I don't think it's possible to look at this lovely dresser transformation via Shades of Blue Interiors and not smile. Seriously, doesn't this dresser make you happy just looking at it? I love how she styled it too!

blue i style - KnockOffVersusRestorationHardwareVintageIndustrialLetters
If you are a sucker for typography and Restoration Hardware Knockoffs than you will LOVE this tutorial on How to Make Vintage Industrial Letters via Blue I Style!

Spring-Home-Tour-at-The-Happy-Housie
Krista from The Happy Housie is known for the beautiful ways she layers bright colors into her projects and home, and her Spring Home Tour is absolute eye candy!

MyLove2Create-upholstered-bench-made-from-pallets-and-a-crib-mattress
Yup, you read that right, this incredible upholstered bench via My Love 2 Create was made out of old pallets AND a crib mattress! Need I say more?



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