Crochet Headband Giveaway! {Giveaway Month}

Headband and Crochet Patterns Giveaway at www.Homesweethomebodies.net

Its time for our second round of giveaways! {In case you missed our first giveaway post, over the next month we are giving away 5 unique and beautiful prizes that you can keep for yourself, or give as a gift to someone special!  Each week we will announce the giveaway package and the requirements to enter.}

Did you know we have an Etsy shop? There are currently 6 crochet headband patterns in the shop, and each one is an instant PDF download (a.k.a. instant gratification!). These beautiful headbands make great gifts, and are easy to make over a weekend (or over the course of a movie, if you’re like me)!

For this week’s giveaway, not one, but TWO lucky readers will win a free headband pattern of their choice, and a THIRD reader will win a handmade Cable Crochet headband (valued at $20 and made by Marissa) in your choice of pink (pictured) or cream.

That’s THREE winners this week, you guys! Each person will have the opportunity to gain multiple entries – check out our Rafflecopter Widget below to see how to enter! Good luck!

(Here’s just a couple of my favorite crochet patterns – check out our shop to see more!)

Anna Crochet PDF PATTERN for Headband headwrap and flower   Cable Crochet PDF PATTERN for Headband headwrap earwarmer and flower

Be sure to check back for more giveaways (and more awesome blog posts too)!

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My Every Day Carry (EDC) Bag

 

My EDC Bag

Today I’m going to show you the contents of my purse. :) Haha, as you can see, it’s not really a purse at all, but my very sturdy, and at least moderately stylish every day carry (EDC) bag. If you ever read “prepper” blogs, you know that an EDC contains the minimum supplies a person considers essential for all their everyday needs as well as emergency situations. Some EDC bags are seriously… involved. expensive. overachieving. unrealistic. Ok, let me back up a bit here before I get too far ahead of myself.

Over the past few years, my husband and I have slowly been joining the “prepping” movement (what’s that, you ask? Here’s an article that might answer your questions). Yes, that includes the eccentric people on Doomsday Preppers, and no, not all preppers are exactly like that, or anywhere near it. My family just believes in being prepared for whatever changes come in our lives- be that natural or man made disaster, unemployment, national health or economic crisis, disability, or any number of other possibilities.  In fact, our church even teaches that we should have at least a 3 month supply of food, and a year’s worth is even better. It teaches us to live providently by getting out of debt, saving money, growing a garden, and preparing spiritually.

We definitely haven’t completed all of those things yet, but we are working on them. Luckily, there are tons of resources for preppers and wanna- be- preppers all over blog land. So many, that it can be overwhelming. So today we are talking about one thing that you can do- today- with the things you have on hand already- to be a little bit more prepared for whatever life throws at you.

Photo by Phil Gradwell https://www.flickr.com/people/philgradwell/ under a Creative Commons license
Photo by Phil Gradwell https://www.flickr.com/people/philgradwell/ under a Creative Commons license

As I was alluding to earlier, some EDC bags you can find online are huge, intimidating, serious business kinds of bags. And that’s awesome. But I believe that your EDC needs to be realistic for you to literally carry around everywhere you go. And some people really do carry all their gear around and they are ready for anything- reflecting their values. So, for me, as a woman, a mother, and an RN, my EDC bag reflects my needs and values. You’ll see what I mean. (Btw, some of the links in this post are affiliate links, some aren’t. When you click an affiliate link and buy an item, it doesn’t change the price of the item, but I get a very small commission- thanks for supporting HSH.)

What's inside my EDC

I wanted something that was comparable in size to the purse I was using previously- not too big or heavy, but big enough for what I wanted to carry. I did a ton of research. I settled on this crossbody knapsack– not high fashion, but cute enough for most outings, hands free, and lots of organization.  I have been carrying it for several months now, and I am very happy with it. It is well constructed and super durable. I like that I can move the strap so that it can be worn on either side. The only thing I would change is to make it so that the strap could be shortened even more. I am 5’1” on a good day, and so even with the strap as short as it goes, it still gaps a bit. I should be able to easily fix it with my sewing machine… if I ever make the time to do it.

So, for the contents. I’m starting out with the normal purse- contents, pictured below. Gotta have ’em.

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1.Wallet/ clutch (received as a birthday gift from a friend) 2. Hard shell sunglasses case and 100% UV protection sunglasses 3. Keys including car/ house/ mail and keychain library cards 4. UVPaqlite keychain (very cool reusable glow sticks) 5. Damsel in Defense Kubaton (bought a few years ago at an expo) 6. DIY Checkbook Cover 7. Galaxy 6 phone with screen protector and this adorable Caseology shock proof case (because I pretty much drop my phone every day- oops)

Below are the “normal emergency” supplies that I think you could find in many purses. These items cover many of the usual needs that might arise, and each item is pretty self-explanatory.

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8. Tissues  9. Mints  10. Paper  11. Pen  12. Sample sized lotion  13. My favorite lip balm  14. Tide or Shout Stain remover  15. Emergency snack for me or a kid (I carry multiples)

Likewise, these last few basic items will cover a wide range of common “emergencies” and even some survival uses, but some of the items need a little explanation.

EDC Basics 3

16. Comb (probably from the dollar store)  17. Sunscreen (I have red hair, and the complexion to go with it, after all. Also invaluable for kids.)  18. Lip gloss  19. a hair band  20. the mighty bobby pin (yes, to pin hair back, pick a simple indoor lock, or make a survival fish hook)  21. norwex microfiber baby cloth (I can get it wet and wipe my kid’s hands, shopping cart handle, restaurant table etc. and not have to worry about germs)  22. tiny toy (emergency entertainment purposes for the toddler i.e. at the doctors office or parent teacher conferences) 23. hair clip  24. matchbox car (same as #22)

Let’s move on to the EDC extra tools I carry. I use these things less often, but am always glad I have them. These speak more to the survival aspect of EDC. Obviously, some of these things are not TSA compliant, so you’ll have to leave them at home when you fly.

EDC Extras Tools

1. Earphones (for convenience and safety when using a phone- lots of hands- free things made possible. I just use the free ones that came with my phone)  2. Paracord survival bracelet with flint and steel (obvious survival uses- enables creating heat/light, possibly shelter, safety, first aid, etc.)  3. Mini cree flashlight (love these, we have about 6 of them, they are only a few dollars and they are very bright) 4. Thumb drive (this can be for those times when you need a way to quickly copy electronic information, or it can contain copies of important documents- make sure to put sensitive information in a password protected, encrypted zip file) 5. Pocket Multi-tool (these are wonderful gadgets, with everything from a knife, to tweezers, pliers, scissors, nail file, to bottle opener) 6. Nail Clippers ( I like that these can be put on a key ring and I never lose them)

EDC Extras first aid

I am a registered nurse. I am trained in first aid and CPR. People come to me fairly frequently to ask if I can bandage up a minor wound, or asking for advice on whether or not to go the the doctor or the ER. I do my best to point them in the right direction. There have been a few times where my skills were needed when I was away from home, and I did the best I could, but I knew I could have done more if I had the right tools. Thus, for me, a well- stocked first aid kit is an essential, and it’s worth it to me to carry around the extra bulk because that is one of my core values, and what makes me feel prepared. Here’s a closer look at what I have in my first aid kit:

EDC First aid kit

I started out with this 85-piece First aid kit; everything you see that is inside the pouch above came with it (an assortment of bandages, scissors, tweezers, tape, gloves, gauze, ointments, etc.). My additions are around it as follows: 1. a sheet of moleskin (for treating blisters or even making the pumps you’re wearing as a bridesmaid more comfortable- true story) 2. eye patch and 3. sterile artificial tears (in the case of eye injury- I have a million of these laying around since I had eye surgery a few years ago) 4. a sewing kit (not really a first aid item in most cases, at least we hope not!)  5. Neosporin spray  6. a childproof medicine bottle with my most- used OTC medications (Advil (including a few children’s chewables), Tylenol, and Benadryl, generics work just fine)  7. Hand sanitizer  8. Emery board (buy from dollar store)  9. Dental floss (dental, first aid, and survival applications) 10. a few less- used but very important OTC meds (GasX, Pepcid, and Immodium) 11. chewable Lactaid for my kids who are lactose- intolerant (I usually buy the generic brand) 12. ammonia inhalant/ smelling salts (prevention/ treatment of fainting) 13. assorted feminine hygiene (tampons would also be great to keep in here- besides their obvious use, pads and tampons can be very useful to stop bleeding in a first aid situation) 14. safety pins (for the triangle bandage, or, you know, wardrobe malfunctions, or any number of survival uses).

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You may have noticed that I do not include diapers or wipes in my bag. Nor do I carry around a diaper bag, at least 95% of the time. It’s just a personal preference- I want my bag to be my bag, not full of baby stuff. Instead, I keep this perfectly sized diaper and wipes clutch stocked and it goes with us in the car, in the bottom of the stroller or baby backpack, etc. It can easily fit in our church bag, or could attach to my EDC bag if absolutely necessary. My baby is now a one year old, so there isn’t much else I need to carry for him anyway.

What I have shown you so far is what I carry around with me everyday in my bag, but I have a completely different, more inclusive set of items for my family in my car. I am excited to share those with you in another post!

What kinds of things do you always carry with you? How do you evaluate something to decide if it is essential, or just clutter? I would love to hear about your EDCs! :)

 

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30 Minute Wetbag Tutorial

I’m kind of embarrassed that this project has been complete, with pictures and everything for almost a year… I don’t know what I was waiting for!  This is a pretty simple, small wetbag that works great for mamacloth, nail polish, toiletries or cosmetics.  You could of course do this on a larger scale for cloth diapers etc. although I have not done that. (If anyone has done it, maybe you can share the dimensions in the comments section.)  In mine, I use fused plastic bags as a liner (do a google search to find tons of tutorials on how to do this safely) but you can also use clear plastic, oilcloth, vinyl, or skip the lining altogether.  These make nice gifts, and they are sturdy and functional!  You can bust one of these out in about 30 minutes or so.

Materials needed:
Lining
Fabric
Zipper
Sewing Machine and Notions

First cut your fabric and lining into equal sized rectangles (choose your dimensions to fit whatever purpose you have in mind- this one is about 9″x13″).  Then lay your fabric on top of your lining, right sides together.

Pin the top and bottom in place.

Sew or serge the top and bottom, leaving the side edges raw.

Turn it right side out so the seams are hidden.

Pin the zipper to the edge of the  fabric right on the seam as shown in the picture- no turning or folding necessary, since the raw edges are hidden inside.  Sew along the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  This is basically just a topstitch.

It will look like so!

Now fold up the other side and pin it to the other side of the zipper just like you did in the last step.  It might be a little easier to do this with the zipper unzipped.

Now go ahead and sew the remaining edge to the other side of the zipper.  You’ll probably need to fiddle with the zipper pull a bit- just move it when the sewing machine foot gets near it by zipping it past the foot while the needle is down.  That will keep the fabric from moving and messing up your stitching.  Then continue on to the end.  You now have a tube shape.

If you want a loop handle on the side of the wetbag, cut a piece of fabric into a rectangle about 8″x3″, and make a casing by folding it over on itself with right sides together, turn it right side out and topstitch both sides as in the picture above.  Set this aside for a minute.

Ok- back to the bag… now turn the bag-tube inside out, and pin the raw side edges together.

Take the handle you just made and place it between the two edges, right under the zipper.  So the loop will be poking back inside the bag.  Let the raw edges poke out a little so you can be sure to catch both sides when you sew it up.  The zipper should be completely unzipped.

Sew or serge up both sides.

The next part is optional, but I like it because it allows the bag to stand up on its own, and gives it a nice shape.  Starting at the top left picture above, going left to right, you’re going to pinch the corner, top to bottom, measure in from the corner about 1 inch, and mark a line perpendicular to the seam, about 2 inches long.  Sew along this line.  Repeat for the other side.

Turn your new wetback right side out!

Enjoy it from a few different angles, then go fill it up with… stuff!

Ugly Duckling T-shirt Transformations

Is it just me, or does everyone have a basket/pile/box/bin of clothes that are technically unwearable as-is, but have tons of potential if reinvented?  (I guess I shouldn’t admit that I actually have three bins full of such articles…)  These four unlovely and unloved shirts came from one of my bins.  Two of them were previously- loved shirts of mine (from an earlier fashion- phase), and two were pre- loved shirts from D.I ($1 each).

I drafted a little pattern for baby leggings and transformed this shirt into a cute pair of lace-bottomed, ruffle-bummed girl leggings (for Marissa’s baby, of course)!

With plenty of leftover fabric, I created this flower headband to match!

Using the same leggings pattern I drafted earlier, I transformed this stretched out sequin trim shirt from “Closet Disco Wannabe” to “Subtle Sparkling Diva”!  Both pairs of leggings were soooo easy to make, since I didn’t have to hem the legs- I just used the fun trims. 

I believe this shirt was previously a men’s size large which had shrunk in the dryer.  I used a T-shirt that I like the size of as a pattern to cut this shirt down to size.  Of the plentiful fabric scraps left over, I made  the flower, stem, and leaves, which I pinned down and sewed over with contrasting thread.

This pink shirt was a women’s size XL which had also shrunk in the washer (I’m assuming, since it fit me just fine when I bought it at D.I.)  I used more of the scraps from the white shirt (which I cut into long strips) to make the swirly designs- you can see how I pinned them onto the shirt on the top right of the picture below.  I also added a little modesty panel because I really hate layering shirts.  I didn’t bother trying to keep the white strips straight; I figured it would have more character if I twisted, and turned the fabric.  I sewed with white thread down the middle of each strip.  This one took a little more time than the rest, but still probably close to an hour, so not too bad!  Since I have worn and washed it a couple times now, I like how the swirls look even more than that “brand new” look.

Want to see some of my other women’s shirt transformations?
Check out this flutter sleeve refashion, this quick modesty refashion, the stripey shirt refashion, this awesome spring shirt refashion, and, should you be interested, a regular T-shirt turned nursing shirt.

Do you have any go-to refashion techniques for shirts?!

Homemade Gifts (better late than never)

I know my posts have been somewhat sporadic lately- but I don’t feel too
bad because I have been busy busy busy with working on reorganizing and
redecorating my whole house!  Sound like I bit off more than I could
chew?  You’re right!  I did.  So it is still in that “worse before it
gets better” mode.  But serious progress is being made, and I’m excited
to share that soon!   Meanwhile, I will share this post that I started right after Christmas and finally finished today!  Wahoo….

February is pretty much over, and I still haven’t shared what I made for Christmas gifts.  I have to admit that while I was really pleased how things turned out, and I spent a ton of time on making gifts, I really didn’t take many pictures of what I made, so I have been kind of procrastinating this post because I felt like I didn’t have much to show.  Oh well.  I am going to show you what I do have pictures of, mainly for documentation purposes!

I crocheted star ornaments for co-workers, neighbors, and family, tutorial courtesy of Jellywares.  I liked the ones done in sparkly, thinner yarn the best.

My boys got these jammies on Christmas Eve.  I just used some of their old PJs as patterns, with Toy Story fleece I got long ago in a discount bin.

“Baby Jammies”
“Big Boy Jammies”

There wasn’t enough Toy Story Fleece left to make a pillowcase (the big boy loves to put his fleece blankets over his pillow to sleep, so I thought a fleece pillowcase might feel nice to a 3-year-old cheek), but I had some coordinating fleece, and I just appliqued cutouts of the characters onto the front of the pillowcase.

My mom strongly hinted before Christmas that she would like one of my adjustable ruffle aprons, so of course I made her one, in music note fabric that she had for years before she gave it to me.

I made her another apron, a chef- style, reversible, adjustable apron, again with fabric she gave me.

I hurried to make this Christmas apron for my mother-in-law when, just a week or two before Christmas, we were cooking in her kitchen and we tried in vain to find an apron.  Plus, I just figured every grandma needs a Christmas apron.  It just seems so… homey, and grandmotherly.

I think she liked it!

I have to show this picture partly because of my 16-year-old brother’s amused face, and partly because my cereal box gift boxes ended up being really useful!  I roughly followed this tutorial from curbly.

I made neckties for my brother Collin, my dad, and my husband using this tutorial and free pattern from Puking Pastilles.

You can’t see it well in this picture, but my son is holding a sock monkey I made from my husband’s old black dress socks (clean of course).  This picture is the moment before he stuck it in his mouth and bit it.  Yep- a sign of love.  Or something.  See my post here about sock monkeys.

Below are the hats and a scarf I crocheted for my sons.  They hated them while I was making them and trying them on their heads over and over, but I guess they forgot about it, because they seem to like them and even tolerate wearing them for long-ish periods now.  I can’t seem to find the patterns I used (very loosely, maybe even not recognizably), but I will add that if/ when I find them.

I made a couple of wetbags for nail polish, toiletries etc. for my
sisters, but I only got one semi-decent picture of one of them, which Marissa is holding below.  I used fused plastic bags for the inside, fabric remnants for the outside, and a zipper closure.  I didn’t use a pattern for these, just kinda “wung it”.

My brother-in-law Richard wanted a “cool” billed beanie, and although I was nervous about giving it to him, I think this one fit the bill.  Haha, get it?  The bill?  Ok… moving on… I used this old shrunken sweater with great texture and a plastic restaurant takeout bowl (covered in duct tape) for the bill.  I didn’t really use any pattern for it, but I studied pictures of this type of beanie, checked out the child’s visor beanie tutorial on Eenie Meenie and Moe (previously Creative Maven) and watched the Threadbanger video for inspiration.  It was trial and error the whole way, but I learned a few things… maybe I’ll share in it’s own post.

Shrunken sweater to visor beanie

I loved the simplicity and versatility of these reversible cape/ jacket/ scarf “thingies” which I made for each of my sisters… I’m sure there’s an official name, but I don’t know what it is!  Yeah, you can’t really see what it’s supposed to look like in this picture, so check out the pictures and tutorial over at liaspace.  I think they are so stylish for spring, and I am going to have to make one for myself!

Ok, for the last few pictures, I need to give a little background info.  Each year, my siblings and I (including in-laws) draw names and we make one “gift from the heart” for the person who’s name we drew.  It’s not supposed to be real costly, and we have to put thought and effort into it.  We are supposed to use our talents, and if possible the gift should speak to the talents or interests of the person we give to.

My brother Tayler started playing chess and going to chess club when he was in elementary school or middle school, and he collects unique chess sets from all over the world, so I immediately knew, as soon as I saw the tutorial for this rolled paper chess set from paper, plate, and plane that this is what I would be making him.  It took quite a while to make, but I started early, so I wasn’t stressed.  I love how it turned out with his initials in the middle!  I used my silhouette to cut the board squares and the initials, and I measured and cut all the other strips just with a ruler and my paper cutter.

My husband made this word art for my youngest sister Anna.  He asked each person in the family to come up with at least 5 words that they felt described Anna, and he arranged those words and added little drawings/ pictures using Inkscape.  He used colors that would match her room decor.  The more times people used a certain word about Anna, the larger that word was on the picture.  I love how it turned out!

Richard made this “Older brother award” plaque for my husband.  My husband tends to beat everyone at whatever game they play together, be it tennis, racquetball, ping pong, chess, boardgames, etc- in true older brother fashion.   So in honor of that, and to poke fun of it, he got an award.  Haha.

Marissa crocheted some amazing wool Norwegian house slippers for Cara, since Cara loves all things warm and cozy.  This is a really cool pattern because you just crochet alternating colors into an ‘L’ shape and sew it together a certain way before felting it in the dryer.  I believe Marissa used this tutorial from Mommy Knows.

My brother Tayler wrote a very complementary composition about my youngest brother Collin, and it was enjoyable/ hilarious to hear him read it out loud.

Collin made me a beautiful wooden box in his woodworking class.  I was really impressed with how well-made it was.  He used all sorts of techniques including laminating, turning on a lathe, and a bunch more  that I don’t remember (because really, I don’t even understand what I just said- I know he explained how you laminate pieces of wood together, but I can’t remember.  I’m just impressed).

My sister Anna reverse- stenciled a funny T-shirt and decorated a composition notebook for Richard.  She did a great job!

Cara put together a “Cupcake Decorating” binder with recipes, decorating tips, pictures, and inspiration for Marissa, who has a passion (which we all enjoy) for baking cupcakes.

I still get warm fuzzies looking at all these pictures.  I love making gifts, and I am enjoying this season of my life where that is still possible. >happy sigh<

DIY Guy Gifts : A roundup of my favorites

Let’s face it: It’s easy to come up with fabulous handmade gifts for girls and women, and there are even quite a few great handmade gift options for little boys, but thinking of things to make for the men in our lives is… not easy.  I was talking with my friend Danielle about this last week, and after thinking of the things I have already done or have bookmarked to do, and doing a little research, I have come up with a list of my favorite DIY guy gifts.

There are actually a whole bunch of ideas for handmade gifts for men out there, but I’ve found many of them lacking… I realized that I have a few “requirements” that must be met any time I consider making something as a gift for someone.  If these requirements aren’t met, there’s a high probability the gift I lovingly toil over will end up at the thrift store, or in my craft stash, never to be finished.  So to be considered by me, any and all handmade gifts must meet these three requirements: 1. Must be useful or attractive; 2. Not a knick-knack; 3. Must be realistic.  Also, big points for not having to spend big bucks. 

So with that in mind, I am ready to share my favorite DIY guy gifts and the source you can go to for the free tutorial!

Sew

The Best Men’s Tie Pattern @ Puking Pastilles
Neckwarmer Tutorial @ Skip to my Lou
Flannel Shirt Lunchbag -right here @ Home Sweet Homebodies… tutorial to come!
Emergency Car Kit @ Holidash

Sewing Honorable Mentions:
Baseball Applique Pillow @ Better Homes and Gardens
Monogrammed Neckties @ Martha Stewart
Fabric Luggage Tags @ Skip to my Lou
Great Outdoors Fishing Vest @ Sewing.org

Crochet/ Knit

Crochet Mens Slipper Pattern @ Simply Home Made
Extra Warm Men’s Scarf @ Cotton and Cloud

Cook

Spicy Terriyaki Beef Jerky @ FOODjimoto (By the way, jerky can be dried in the oven too.)
BBQ Spice Rubs @ Kojo Designs
“Dessert of the Month” or “Breakfast in Bed” Coupons -see ideas @ Spray Paint Queen

Craft

Lego Belt Buckle and Tie Tack @ Kojo Designs
Car Shirt @ The Blue Basket
iPhone App Magnets @ Infarrantly Creative
Rolled Paper Chess Set @ Paper, Plate, and Plane

Crafting Honorable Mentions:
Upcycled Bicycle Handlebar Bag @ Giver’sLog
DIY Monogram Mugs @ Design Mom

Here are two more great ideas: The first is from Charmed Goals, and she writes about “Boy Balm and Leather Food”- a beeswax & olive oil blend scented with manly essential oils that can be used for lips, dry skin, and polishing leather.  The second is from Fortuosity, and it is too late to do this year, but you could plan to do this for Christmas 2012:  “A year in the making”– this awesome wife bought a hardcover planner and filled it with pictures, mementos, recognitions, and notes all year long for her husband, and presented it to him at Christmas time.  There’s a lot of love behind a gift like that!

By the way, Kojo Designs is also doing a Gifts for Guys series this month, so head over and check out some of the other ideas they are featuring.

I hope this was helpful for those of you planning to handmake gifts for the men in your lives!  If you’ve got a great idea to add to the list, leave a link in the comments so we can all check it out!

Easiest Shower Cap (and so cute!)

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When I was a teenager, I believed you had to shower every day. Well, since I put it that way- I still do, but after my first son was born, I found it was too much work to wash and blow dry my hair every day, and in our arid climate, my hair was getting dry and brittle. In order to save myself time and energy, and to help my hair get healthier, I decided to stop washing my hair as frequently. Of course, trying to just shower without getting my hair wet at all was impossible. My hair would become limp and frizzy and I would have to style my hair all over again. Shower caps were the natural solution, and for a while I used the disposable shower caps you sometimes get in your hotel room.  But those can easily get holes, or the elastic stretched out, and let’s face it- they’re just not cute.  Naturally, I decided to make my own.  I wanted a simple solution- I didn’t want to layer fabrics, or plastics, or have to spray scotch guard.  I didn’t want to hem.  Or iron.  So I trimmed down a vinyl table cloth that was too long for my square kitchen table.  And I cut the extra length into a circle, and I sewed elastic around the perimeter.  Done.  It worked wonderfully, and I even gave some out as gifts a few Christmases ago.  Now, I am ready to make more- I really need one in each bathroom, and I would like to be able to give more as part of a spa- themed gift.  I promise this is easy…. here are the particulars, tutorial style:

 

Gather:

Flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth, scissors, pen, newspaper, pins, 1/4″ or 3/8″ elastic, ruler and/or tape measure, sewing machine.

1. Make your template.
Easy Way: pick a diameter for your shower cap circle (measurements below based on “average” head sizes, perhaps 21 or 22 inches):
18″ diameter (9″ radius) is snug, good for short hair.
19″ diameter (9.5″ radius) is roomy, good for medium- long hair that needs to be clipped up.
20″ diameter (10″ radius) is quite spacious, perhaps for large hairstyles.
22+” diameter is for your bouffant hairdo needs. 😀
FYI, my head measures 22 inches and an 18.5″ cap diameter is perfect for my head.

Hard(er) Way: Measure your head circumference around the largest part.  Let’s call the number you get “A”. Now divide A by PI, or 3.14, then multiply it by 2.65.  That gives us the diameter, or “D”. Divide D by 2 and there you have your radius (“R”).
A/ 3.14* 2.65=D    D/ 2= R
R is the number you need to make your template.

Now that you know the radius of your shower cap circle, let’s go ahead and make the template.  Take a piece of newspaper (or wrapping paper, or whatever you have on hand that’s big enough), fold it in quarters, then in eighths, then sixteenths.  Then take your ruler, and measure and mark your radius measuring from the pointy end.  So, if your radius is 10 inches, then measure 10 inches from the point and mark it at intervals of about an inch.  Then connect your marks and cut on the line.  It really doesn’t need to be perfect.  When you open it up, it will look like a circle even if it is a tiny bit wonky.

2. Cut out your shower cap circle.
Pull out the (preferably cute) tablecloth you’re going to use.  Buy it on clearance, or use one you already have (that could stand to be shortened a bit).

Lay out your shower cap template on the vinyl.  Pin it, and cut the whole circle out.

Now remove the pins and newspaper and admire the circle that will soon be a lovely shower cap.

3. Pin the elastic to the circle.
To make this step easier, you may want to mark eighths around the circle with pen or using pins, as I did below.

Take your elastic and cut a length that is about 3-4 inches less than your head measurement (so, with my head being 22 inches, I cut an elastic that was about 18 inches long).  Sew the two ends together with a zig zag stitch.

If you want, you can make marks on the elastic to correspond with the marks on the circle.  Then pin the elastic in intervals around the circle.

4. Sew the elastic to your circle.
Set your machine to a wide zig zag (just about as wide as the elastic) and start sewing the elastic to the fuzzy (wrong) side of vinyl circle.  I didn’t get a good picture of this step, but just know that you are really going to have to stretch the elastic, and you’ll probably need to pinch the vinyl to make little pleats every inch or two.  This is the most tedious part of the process, but it actually goes pretty quick.  Finish it up with a back stitch, and you will be set to go.

The cap will look great in your shower, and even better on you!  It might even inspire your inner diva, who knows?!

Our First Giveaway!


As many of you know, I recently started an Etsy shop, selling hand-crocheted headbands, earmuffs, and scarves. I have had a lot of fun with it! A few of you mentioned that you would love to have a pattern for my headbands. Well, I have been working on it for the past couple of weeks, and without any further ado, I would like to announce that I have my first pattern written out and up for sale! Now, here is the BEST part:

Because we love our readers so much, I am giving away one of my headband patterns for FREE to 3 lucky people!!!

(Also, for those of you who do not crochet, I am clearing out my shop for the spring, so I am giving all of you a special code for 25% off of everything in my shop! Feel free to share it with your friends! Use HSH25OFF at checkout!)

So, here is what you do to enter the giveaway – you can have a maximum of 3 entries total (comment on this post, telling us what you did):

1. Blog and/or facebook about this giveaway with a link back to this post
2. Blog and /or facebook about our Etsy shop sale (homesweethomebodies.etsy.com)
3. Become a follower of our blog (or just let us know that you are already following!)

**This giveaway has been extended to accommodate more of our wonderful readers! It will now end on March 15! Hurry and enter!!! :)