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I am horribly, terribly behind in my blogging.  I have projects coming out of my ears and little time to photograph and blog about it, so I’m going to post not one, but TWO different projects today.  First up – the felt iPad sleeve.

I was recently out of town for a week (part of the reason I’m so far behind, along with a wholesale order for 52 hats) and found that I needed a quick and easy-to-make sleeve for my iPad.  I had felt and a half hour of time and whipped one up. 

First, I layered four pieces of felt.  I was limited with colors, and I decided that black would be a good choice so any travel grime didn’t show as much.  I also decided that I needed a double layer of felt, so I went with two pieces of black, and one piece each of red and yellow.  Then I set the iPad on top and trimmed the felt to 8.5″ x 11″.

For embellishment, I traced some rough flower shapes onto the black felt (on the wrong side), and trimmed them out.  I found a real time-saver was to fold the felt lengthwise down the center of the flower petal, and then cut a sort of crescent shape.  Just be careful you don’t cut into the next petal (which I did on one piece…that landed in the scrap pile).  I positioned one of the flower shapes at the edge because I wanted to use the button as part of my closure, and then I sewed the buttons to the center of the flowers. (Forgive this next photo – I was rushing and not paying attention to my camera skills, not that I have any camera skills to speak of…sorry.)

I layered each black outer piece on top of the colored felt and used Fabric-tac to adhere them and then used embroidery floss and blanket stitch to sew three sides together.  That was my first time doing blanket stitch – it’s not my prettiest work, but I wanted something fast and that did the trick.  Finally, I sewed a piece of emboidery thread to the top edge and knotted the end so that I could wrap it around the button to close the sleeve.

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Okay.  So I couldn’t wait until January to start my challenge.  Like everything else, once I get an idea in my head, I can’t let it go.  There are no shortage of ideas clanging around in this head…just a shortage of time.

Crochet is my first love.  Not long after I learned, I jokingly told my husband that I wished I could make a living from crochet.  Thanks to etsy, that dream became a reality.  It’s the perfect job – I work from home around my kids’ schedules and my couch is my office.

I make a LOT of hats.  I’m also a big fan of ease and immediate satisfaction.  I like being able to make something QUICK without too much fuss.  This little chunky beanie is the perfect project for that.  The hat can be made in about 15 minutes and is a great blank slate for embellishment.  I decided to try a felt flower this time because I love the crisp lines in contrast to the softness of the crochet stitches. 

Enough chatter.  Let’s get down to business.  I’m splitting this into two parts – the hat and the flower.

SIMPLE CHUNKY BEANIE

MATERIALS

  • Bulky weight acrylic yarn (I used Deborah Norville Premier Serenity in Pristine)
  • Size P crochet hook
  • Yarn Needle

 SIZES

            0-3 months (3-6 months, 6-12 months)

 NOTES

            Pattern is worked in joined rounds. 

 The first ch3 at the beginning of each round counts as the first dc.

 PATTERN

 Ch 4.

 1:  Make 9 (10, 11) dc in fourth chain from hook. Join with sl st to top of first dc.

 2:  Ch 3, dc in same space.  2dc in each st around.  Join with sl st to top of first dc.  20 (22, 24) sts

 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around.  Join. 

 4:  Repeat previous row 2 (3, 4) more times.

 Finish off and weave in loose ends.

Pretty easy, right?

And now for the flower.

FELT FLOWER TUTORIAL

MATERIALS

  • Craft Felt
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Button

First, I cut the felt into three circles of increasing size.  The circles, once cut into petals, will nest inside one another.

Next, I cut petals into each circle.  I just freehanded this part, but you can use a template it that’s easier.

I also cut out some leaf shapes and then I stacked the petal layers on top of one another. 

I sewed on the button using embroidery floss and I also added some veins to the leaves, and then I sewed the leaves to the flower.

And finally, I sewed the flower to the hat.

That’s all there is to it.  Enjoy! 🙂

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