Friday, August 22, 2014

Simple Pencil Pouch Crochet Pattern

This post was originally shared by Persia Lou on Craftaholics Anonymous.

I've got a perfect little back to school crochet project for y'all today: a cutie cute little pencil pouch! You can work this guy up in a couple of hours, and it is totally simple enough for a beginner crocheter. In fact, I made up this pattern when I was teaching some 10 and 11 year old girls to crochet as a first project pattern. 

I like this pattern for a first crochet pattern because it is basically a simple rectangle but it feels a little more fun than a washcloth or scarf. Plus you get to pick out a cute button to go on top! Win win.

To make this pouch, you will need to know how to chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. And that's it!

  • worsted weight yarn (one ball or skein is more than enough. I did one in cotton and one in wool.)
  • size I crochet hook (5.50 mm)
  • 1" button
  • needle and thread


Start off by making a 30 ch st chain.

Row 1: sc in the second ch from the hook, sc in each remaining chain, chain 1, turn (29 total sc).

Row 2: sc in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (29 sc).

Rows 3 on: repeat Row 2 until the piece is about nine inches long.

Final Row (scalloped with button loop): sc in first two stitches, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, ch 10 (if using a smaller button, use fewer chain stitches to make button loop shorter), slip stitch to the top of the previous sc, sc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches. Finish off. Weave in ends.

Now you have a rectangle with scallops and and a button loop on one side. To make the pouch, fold the bottom straight edge up about 3-4 inches, and then fold the top scalloped edge down 1-2 inches, thusly:

(I feel so cool when I make GIFs even if they are kind of crappy. SO cool, guys.)

Next, crochet the edge closed by stitching through all layers. With the front of the pouch facing you, join the yarn in one corner and work single crochet stitches through the open edge of the folded fabric from front to back.

When you get to the scalloped edge, just keep working single crochet stitches through all three layers.

When you reach the end, finish off the yarn and weave in the ends. Then, close up the other side of the pouch using the same method. The single crochet stitches close the pouch up and give you a nice finished edge.

Finally, use the needle and thread to sew the button to the front of the pouch so it lines up with the button loop.

And your pouch is all finished! Yay!

To make the striped pouch, I simply alternated yarn colors every two rows. 

If you like this pattern, I would LOVE if you pinned this image on Pinterest:

Back to School $300 Target Giveaway

This must be the week of awesome giveaways because I have another great one for you all today! (P.S. Check out the ultimate Silhouette giveaway HERE and a giveaway for custom-curated art over on instagram!)

Has school already started where you are or are you still rushing around finishing up your back to school shopping like me? Either way, we could all put a Target gift card to good use, amiright? Yeah, you know that's right.

Good luck!!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Ultimate Silhouette Giveaway

Who's ready for an AWESOME giveaway? Really, though. This one is good. Because you guys know how much I love my Silhouette. I use it all. the. time. And it would make me so SO happy if one of you could win one for yourself!

The Ultimate Silhouette Giveaway

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Glass etching, custom shirts, vintage signs - with this prize package you can do it all.

The Prize:

1 Silhouette CAMEO

1 Glass Etching Starter Kit

1 Stamping Starter Kit

1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit

1 Vinyl Starter Kit

1 Fabric Ink Starter Kit

1 Rhinestone Starter Kit

1 Sketch Pen Starter Kit

1 Double Sided Adhesive Starter Kit

That is right! We are giving away a Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutting machine and one of EVERY starter kit that Silhouette makes! That is a value of over $550, not to mention the ability to craft your heart out for a very long time! Enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter below. And remember if you don't win, you can see the current Silhouette Sale & Promo Code here. Good Luck!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Eclectic Gallery Wall with Art Crate (+ Giveaway!)

I've mentioned a few times here and there that I'm currently (finally) giving our Master Bedroom some love, and my latest project has been creating a new gallery wall.

Our Master Bedroom has a HUGE blank wall on one side. Guys - I mean big. And empty. At least, it was empty. Enter the gallery wall.

I have always loved the collected look of gallery walls. Especially ones that cover entire walls - floor to ceiling, wrapping around doorways and furniture. Eventually, I want that full look for my bedroom wall.

The problem is that it is not so easy to collect that much great art! I've been saving and making things for months, but I still needed MORE. So, when Art Crate offered to send me a few prints to try out their monthly hand-selected art service, I was definitely interested. Here's how it works: you fill out a style survey to help the Art Crate curators figure out what would work best in your home, then every month you receive a new print in the mail! The easiest way ever to grow your art gallery, right? And if for any reason, you don't like the print you get, you can send it back for free. Easy Peasy.

Wanna see the prints the picked for me? Of course you do!

I received the watercolor feather (that's my fave), the pink and green watercolor hearts, and the gorgeous geometric print in the middle. They totally nailed me with the pretty watercolors, and I think the geometric print provides a great contrast.

Also - the paper quality of these prints is off the charts. When Art Crate says they use premium paper for their prints, they aren't kidding. Can you see the beautiful linen texture on this watercolor feather?

Art Crate packages each print with a little card about the artist who made it, and on the back side that cute little Kitty will help you return the print for free if you aren't in love with it. I love that.

But since Art Crate uses your answers to their decor style survey to pick the perfect prints for you, I'm guessing Kitty doesn't have too much work to do. (P.S. If you think this Art Crate thing sounds awesome - keep reading! There may be a giveaway in your future!)

I filled in the rest of my new gallery wall with a thrifted paint-by-number, an old Georgia O'Keefe print, some of my own art and lettering (like my pixel painting and some others I will be sharing more about soon), and a piece I received from Vincent Serritella as part of his Project 365.

And can I just say - Guys. Gallery Walls - not so easy. I mean seriously. I probably spent at least three hours laying things out on the floor, moving things around, taping paper to the walls...

This is some work. But I do have to say I enjoy nailing through the paper and then dramatically ripping the paper off the wall. THAT is definitely satisfying. (P.S. I got that tip from Emily Henderson. She has some other good ones too, but that was my fave.)

Anyway - I'm really digging the new gallery wall, and I'm excited to keep collecting and filling it up! 

Sooooo.... ready to try out Art Crate for yourself for FREE? Yeah, I thought you might be. Okay, here's the deal: hop on over to instagram and find the Art Crate image in my feed. The instructions for entering the giveaway are there. Good luck!

Art Crate sent me prints for review, but I was not compensated for this post. I just though it was a really cool service you all would enjoy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Makers No. 31

Hey guys! So excited to see what you all have been cooking up!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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And now for the features...
featured at the makers 31

The Makers Link Party
Ok. I know what you are thinking...THAT IS THE FEATURE? No, but this is the before of the most amazing little girl's room that you have seen in awhile.
little girl's room before
I could not pick just one feature photo of this most adorable girl's room, so you'll just have to click on over to The Heathered Nest and see for yourself.
And while you are there be sure to check out some of their other fabulous room reveals!
The Heathered Nest Featured Blogger wk. 31
The Heathered Nest on Social Media: Facebook || Google + || Pinterest

The Makers Link Party
Don't forget that if you want to pin, click through to the original post to pin so you give the fabulous blogger all of the Pinterest love. They worked hard and totally deserve it!
mid century furniture makeover
Bre at BrePurposed is one of my faves when it comes to furniture makeovers and I was so excited to see what she did with this little mid century piece! She has some great tips on what stain to use, so if staining is on your to-do list, head over and read about what stain she used.

The only thing cooler than this fabulous wall that actually exists in the Homemade Ginger's home is how she dressed up these letters with a simple paint technique for her kid's play area! If you haven't seen her kid's space come together, you need to get over there right now, cause she has some fun ideas (including trash cans that she turned into stools.)

summer salad recipe
I've been on a major summer salad kick and this Summer Squash Salad from Natural Chow might be just what I need to stay on track! Ain't it purdy? And that can only mean one thing right? It must be delish!

DIY stenciled curtains
When I first saw these DIY stenciled curtains at Maybe She Made It, I have to admit, I couldn't believe it. They look so perfect and are gorgeous!

back to school mail
I think Colleen from Lemon Thistle wins the Aunt of the year award for this fun idea! She sends the youngins in her life a little goodie box full of fun back to school supplies via snail mail and even decorates the boxes in a really cute way! What kid (or me) wouldn't love this?

Don't forget to grab a button if you were featured!

Tiny Sidekick
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The Makers Link Party
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
>Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by
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