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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No purchase necessary. Visit our pages on Facebook and Etsy. Additional entries optional. 3 winners will be chosen at random and announced on  Facebook page on Tuesday, November 17th. We will cover shipping to winners with shipping addresses in the lower 48 states. Winners outside of the lower 48 may need to cover the difference in their own shipping. Thanks for understanding. All entries will be verified. Winners will be contacted within 12 hours after close of Giveaway and have 48 hours to reply with shipping addresses.  We cannot be not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged shipments or entries with incorrect contact information. 

The Homebodies

New Crochet Pattern!

 

I LOVE to crochet.  It is so therapeutic, and so rewarding. I think I just love the fact that I can put my creative energy into some yarn, and turn it into something useful, like a blanket, or scarves, or more recently, headbands. I like that I have something physical to show for my time.  

  I have crocheted since I was about 7… Which is kind of crazy, now that I think about how young I was when my grandma taught me (and how long ago that was.. I’ve been crocheting for over 20 years…whoa).  Every time I sit down to crochet something, I think back to my childhood when I would have “crocheting lessons” from my grandma.  She would work on her AMAZING doilies, and I worked on crocheting scarves and blankets. I didn’t realize then how much I would treasure that crocheting time with her, but I have always remembered that she made the time to teach me something she loved.  It has meant so much to me throughout my life.

Cable crochet headband

I’ve always loved cabled knits, and wanted to learn how to make them. For awhile I have been thinking it would be cool to make a crochet headband pattern with a cabled texture, but I’ve always been intimidated by how fancy the cabled texture looks. But after trying a few cabled crochet patterns and getting comfortable with how they work, I finally sat down and made my own pattern for a cable crochet headband. It is much easier than I expected it to be, and I love how it looks!  This (along with the other headband patterns in my shop), is very quick to make (I can make them in one evening), and makes a great gift! So, with the upcoming holidays in mind, I am now selling the pattern for this headband in the etsy shop here!

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This pattern uses the following stitches (you can easily find tutorials online for each stitch):

– Ch – chain
– Slip stitch
– sc – Single crochet
– dc – Double crochet
– bpdc- back-post double crochet
– fpdc- front-post double crochet
– fptr – front-post treble crochetIMG_1139

Also, check out my other crochet patterns in the shop here, including my best-selling “Anna Crochet Headband“:

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 Happy crocheting!!!

Gift Wrapping on the Cheap

Christmas Double Post: (I promise this is it!)

One of my most favorite parts about the Christmas season is wrapping all the Christmas gifts I’ve gotten for my family. It usually takes me several weeks to pick them all out and/or make them all, but the best day of December is the day I finish my shopping and DIYing, pile all the gifts up and start wrapping.

This year, we underestimated the amount of gifts we’d be wrapping and only bought one roll of wrapping paper and some ribbon. Luckily we had a pretty good stockpile of Trader Joe’s Christmas bags and brown packing paper from the Dollar Store. 
I used a bottle ring to trace circles on the Trader Joe’s bags to make all the gift tags which was fun and I think they turned out cute! 
I also had a bunch of random ribbon, netting and twine, so I used every square inch of my wrapping paper by making accent wrapping paper bows using a tutorial from Ziploc (I couldn’t find the original pin, but it is exactly like this one).

My Christmas Glitter Etravaganza- a little late :)

Yes, I know it’s March, but sometimes life happens and you take forever to write about Christmas. (It’s still winter-ish right? No. It’s spring. Oh well.)

So this Christmas I wanted to give gifts from the heart. I also didn’t want to spend $101,283,047,484.99 on Christmas gifts, because we’re newlyweds. And we have huge families. And sometimes Christmas is hard. So I did what any crafter would do and started looking around my craft room and on Pinterest.

I recently acquired a TON of different colors of glitter, and I’ve been accumulating blank canvases like a hoarder, thinking I’d remember how to paint some day. That still hasn’t happened, so I’ve had quite the display of white ‘art.’
Lately deer silhouettes have been really popular in home decor, and so awhile back I wanted to do something cute for my office (I’ve been there 6 months and I have nothing on the walls in my office still. People keep asking me if I’m planning on leaving. I’ll get on that ASAP- posts to follow. At least I have a window..).
So I found one of my tiny canvased, printed out and traced a little reindeer silhouette and then I found some Elmer’s glue and my gold glitter. 3 minutes later I had made this cute little bad boy that sits on the bookshelf in my office: (I recently added some twine to it so I can hang it on the wall, but I’ll post on that later too).
Then I forgot about it.
UNTIL Christmas was around the corner. I thought this would be a great Christmas to DIY my gifts, but I completely Pinterest-failed making an ornament wreath for my Mother in Law (it wasn’t terrible, but not Mother-in-Law-gift-worthy. More like hang outside where its mostly dark and nobody-will-look-at-it-closely-worthy). I really like to give Christmas-themed gifts, and then I remembered the glitter deer and a light bulb went off: RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER!!
I found an 8×10 canvas, so all I needed was a printed out version of the silhouette (I used a different reindeer silhouette with a more prominent nose so the red nose would pop), Elmer’s glue and Gold and Red glitter. I think I spent less than $4 and I think it turned out pretty cute! It was a big hit with my Mother-in-law, (and I made one for my parents and sister and a friend too!)
Previous to my reindeer epiphany, I had found the cutest little tiny canvases at Walmart and I really wanted to do something with them. I made ornaments for my husband’s siblings (and I forgot to take photos :(, but they are cute!) and I still had some left over. I thought they might be cute if I attached them to some twine in a banner, so I decided to make this one for Rochelle’s family:
And then I made this one for our youngest sister Anna:
At this point I was having a glitter-frenzy and I was on a roll. Our friend Lindsay got married right before Christmas as well, and we had no time to go buy a gift. I’ve seen cute monogram wedding gifts before, so to finish off my Christmas glitter extravaganza,  I took another canvas I had laying around and made this little number with their wedding date:
Suffice it to say, this Christmas definitely glittered. 

Rock art gift

I was looking through pictures from last summer and came across pictures of a special gift from my son’s fourth birthday party.  I am excited to share this creative gift/activity idea with you!  My parents and some of my younger siblings had been at the beach earlier in the summer and my dad had the idea of collecting the smooth, differently colored rocks from the sand and starting a collection for my son.  Some rocks were big, black, smooth and flat, and others were funny shapes, bright colors, and small.

My dad packaged the rocks up in a cool box and you can see from my son’s face that he thinks this gift is awesome.  “What?  You’re giving me rocks?”

This was a delightful tactile experience for both my boys- the youngest was two at the time so we had to watch him carefully so he wouldn’t put the rocks in his mouth.

“I can make a sandwich!”

“Look at this smiley face!”

In fact, it was so delightful, that pretty soon we had this going on:

Ok, so maybe we’re easily entertained (nothing wrong with that!) but something about this hands-on experience really brought out our creativity.

 

 

Honestly, the adults probably had as much fun as my son did making rock creations, and it was a great memory to make together.  I loved that it was spatially interesting and mentally stimulating (kind of like putting together a puzzle).  Mostly, I loved that my family thought about my son while they were away, and spent a lot of time picking up these rocks that they knew he would love.

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!

Angel Ornament Kid’s Craft

Here’s a quick idea for a fun craft to do with a group of children or just one or two!  I did this with the kids in our neighborhood playgroup last year and they all seemed to enjoy it.

You will need: 1 marshmallow, 2 doilies, a toothpick, some ribbon, red and black sharpies, tacky glue or hot glue, and some yellow embroidery floss or pipe cleaner for a halo.

Directions:  Fold one doily in half, and the other doily in quarters.  Glue the quartered doily on top of the half- doily, as shown in the picture.  Poke the toothpick up through the middle of the half- doily; the marshmallow goes on the exposed toothpick end.  Glue in place.  Cut a small piece of yellow floss or pipe cleaner and make your halo- glue it on.  Use the ribbon to make a loop to hang on the tree- glue that in place too.  Use the sharpies to make a face on the angel.

Fun, easy craft for the kiddos!

This year, I think I am going to have our playgroup make this simple but very cute ornament from Fun Home Things:

What crafts are you planning to do with your kids this year?

No-Socks Slipper-Mocs

I am so excited to share with you a tutorial on how to make these simple, cozy, moccasin- style slippers… a perfect gift idea for Christmas for your husbands/ fathers/ sons/ brothers/ friends!  Of course, you can use more feminine fabric and make these for the women in your life too!

The basic slippers are made from just two pattern pieces.  It doesn’t get much simpler than that!  Let’s get started.

Click to download the 4T pattern

Make Your Pattern

I am sharing the pattern I made for my son (approximately size 4T- click the picture above to download), but you’ll have to make your own pattern for any other sizes you might need.  Don’t worry; it isn’t hard- here’s how.

Sole Piece
1. Grab a piece of paper large enough to fit your food and then some.
2. Trace your foot (“your” foot meaning whatever foot you want to make these slippers for!)
3. Round out the toes.
4. Measure and mark 3/4″ to 1.5 inches out from the toes (the smaller measurement for kid sizes, the larger for adult sizes).  Draw a line 1/2″ to 1 inch behind the heel.  Draw a 2″ to 3+” line extending out at about a 170 degree angle (again, depending on if it is child sized, or adult sized).  You may need to experiment a little to get the kind of fit you like.

5. Measure and mark 1″- 1.5″ out from the widest part of the foot, and connect to the 2″ line you just drew.
6. Following the contour of the toe, draw a curve connecting the three measurements you have marked out.

Upper Piece
7. For child sizes, draw a 3.5″ line, with perpendicular lines on the top and bottom- the top line measuring 2.75″, and the bottom line measuring 3″.
8. Connect the lines to make a trapezoid, then round out the corners as shown above.

The picture above shows the abbreviated process for making an adult- sized slipper- for the gals.  The upper piece above includes an option for a longer upper that can be folded up to get the effect shown in the gal’s slipper picture at the top.  For men’s sizes, I would use the upper range of the measurements listed above, and make the sole piece at least 4″ wide depending on the foot measurement.

Gather Materials

Pattern pieces, fabric (I recommend something heavy duty, like an old pair of jeans), scraps of faux- sherpa (or other suitable lining), and fabric of your choice to reinforce the soles (this is optional, but it will really lengthen the life of the slippers.  Alternatively, you can put puffy paint or something on the soles to give it grip and make it last longer), pins, scissors, sewing machine.

I made this pair of slippers for my 2 year old, and I already had this anti- skid gripper fabric, so I went ahead and used it for him.  You could obviously use any other material you wanted, including another layer of denim, perhaps with puff paint on the bottom.

Cut Out Pieces

Cut two each of the sole and the upper in both fabric and lining.  If you are using denim, decide if you like the look of right side in, or right side out better.  Make sure you are cutting out a left and a right foot- flip the pattern or fold the fabric to get two opposite feet.  Also, if you wish, use the tracing of the foot that will be wearing the slippers, and round out the toes a tiny bit to come up with your pattern for the sole reinforcement piece.

Assemble Sole

1. If you are adding a sole reinforcement piece, pin it onto the right side of the fabric, with the heel of the reinforcement piece almost touching the back edge of the fabric.

2. Sew the reinforcement piece down using a wide zig zag stitch.

3. Sew the matching lining fabric onto the sole piece, wrong sides together.  See my skillfully drawn dotted lines on picture 3 above? Sew around the sole piece as shown, from one corner to another, with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

4. Sew the back heel seam by matching up the side corners, lining sides facing each other.  Yes, the seam will be “inside out”.

5. Sew the upper of the lining to the upper of the fabric, wrong sides together. (pictured below)

Attach Upper to Sole

First, pin the middle of the top of the upper to the middle of the top of the sole piece, as shown.

1. Working from the middle, make small, even gathers, pinning after each one.

2. Do the same number of gathers on each side.  Try to make sure they are all the same size.

3. This is what the top looks like.  Stop pinning right before the upper piece starts to curve in.

4. Carefully sew the upper to the sole piece, sewing on top of the existing stitching on the upper piece.

Finishing Touches

You could be done now if you want- the raw edge has its own appeal, especially for the grown-up guys; continue if you like the fluffy edge going around the heel.

1. Cut a strip of your lining fabric that extends all the way around the heel from one side of the upper to the other.  Fold it over the raw edge.

2. Pin the strip at intervals and sew in place.

3. Trim the raw edges so they are even- the strip you just sewed and also the gathered area around the toes.

And, repeat from the beginning for the other slipper!

Now you’ve got some pretty dude-ly moccasin slippers (or sweet, if you made ’em for a gal).  Either way, they are sure to keep toes toasty and happy!  Happy slipper sewing! If you make some No-Socks Slipper-Mocs, I would love to have you share them on our facebook page!