Free Patterns To Spruce Up Your Christmas Tree

Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Patterns

Christmas is only two weeks away!  If you are looking for some unique decorations to spruce up your Christmas tree, below are some wonderful free crochet ornament patterns.  These ornaments would also make wonderful stocking stuffers or gifts for family and friends.

1.  Snowman Ornament by Audra Brown.  The pattern for these adorable little snowmen is available as a free ravelry download.

2.  Teddy Ornaments from All About Ami Blog.  These cut little ornaments would look great on a child’s holiday tree.

3.  Little Christmas Socks by Le Monde De Sucrette.  I love these little stockings.  Would look great on a Christmas tree or at your Christmas table.  One year I used stockings similar to this as silverware holders at each place setting.

4.  Quick and Easy Christmas Ornament by Roswitha Mueller.  This angel pattern is available as a free ravelry download.

5.  Snowflake Ornament from Red Heart.  

6.  Christmas Wreath by Doni Speigle

Wool and the Gang: DIY Fashion and High Quality Wool Yarns

Wool and the Gang:  High Quality Peruvian Wool Yarns and Knitting Kits and Ready to Wear Items.

 I recently discovered an online retailer of high quality wool yarns, knitting kits and ready to wear items, Wool and the Gang.  Wool and the Gang was founded by DIY fashionistas, Lisa Sabrier and Carolyn Main in 2008.  They offer stunning ready to wear pieces that have been handmade in the mountainous regions of Peru using their lovely yarns.  

Not only are they an online retailer, they are also a community.  The company describes itself as, “Wool and the Gang is the first DIY fashion brand, it Is the story of a family, it’s a tradition passed from generation to generation, re-invented, self taught, a bond between gang members, a gang of knitters, guys and girls from 7 to 77 years old, all tied together by a piece of yarn…”.  On their website you can find many video tutorials for those who are still learning to knit.  You can also request a lesson if you do not see the video tutorial you need.

If you are familiar with knitting, Wool and the gang offers a variety of DIY knitting kits. Some of their project kits include hats, scarves, vests, sweaters and many more.  The kits come with everything you will need to make the project, even the needles!  The projects are all labeled as to their level of difficultly.   With the holidays right around the corner, these knitting kits would make the perfect gift for the knitter in your life or buy one for yourself and use it to make a homemade gift.  

If you are unfamiliar with knitting, their beautiful wool yarns would also work well in any crochet project. They come in a variety of vibrant colors.  They carry Peruvian wool, prima cotton and baby alpaca yarns.  

Click here to visit, Wool and the Gang



Tutorial: How To Make A Yarn Pom Pom

Tutorial:  How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom

 

Adding a yarn pom pom is a great way to add a little fun to just about any crochet project.  I especially love to add them to winter hats.  Yarn pom poms are quick and simple to make!

All you need is some yarn in your desired colors, your hand and a pair of scissors!

The pom pom I made in the example below only uses one color but you can make a multicolored pom pom by switching colors after every few wraps. 


Step 1:  Start by taking your yarn and wrapping it around a hard surface.  You can use your hand, a small piece of cardboard or any other small surface. 



Step 2:  Continue wrapping the yarn.  The more times you wrap the yarn, the thicker your pom pom will be.  As a point of reference, I wrapped the yarn around my hand 30 times for this particular pom pom.

Step 3:  Slip the wrapped yarn off of your hand or surface and using a separate piece of yarn, tie a knot around the center. 


 Step 4:  Slip scissors through the loops on each end of the pom pom and cut across to create the fringe.

Step 5:  Fluff the yarn to form the pom pom.

Fall Crafts Using Burlap from Gina at FabricStreet.com!

Burlap is a great versatile fabric that can add some autumnal flair to your home without too much effort.
And since during the fall parties go from being porch centered to more living room and kitchen centered, there are a number of things you can do with burlap to add unique touches to your home that will have people asking you where you got them.
Burlap pillows are really simple to make and much cheaper than buying one. I’ve seen burlap pillows for as much as $60 when I know the materials cost less than half that.
Burlap is a pretty porous fabric so you don’t want to simply make the pillow out of the burlap. The best way is to make a plain pillow using a color similar to the color burlap you’ve bought, or you can choose a complementary colored fabric that will just bleed through the holes a little bit to give it another dimension. Plus, if you want to keep the pillows on your couch year-round you can make the pillow form out of a color that matches the rest of the room and re-make the outer covering depending on the time of the year.
You’ll need
·          Pillow form fabric cut into 12 1/2” by 20 ½”
·          Burlap fabric cut into 23” by 15”
·          Pillow filling
You stitch around the outside of the fabric, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing it. Once stuffed you sew the opening closed.
Stitch 1½ inches around three sides of the burlap fabric, insert the pillow form in the open side. Stitch shut.
For a frayed look you can just pull threads from the outside edge of the pillow, or if you’re looking for a more sleek pillow turn the burlap pillow form inside out before inserting the stuffed pillow.

If you want to add some lettering or a image, like in the image shown above, you simply create the banner panel on a third kind of fabric and then sew it in place on the burlap, making sure it’s on the side of the fabric you’ve chosen to be the outside.
Another easy thing to do with burlap is use it to cover a bulletin board or as the backing on a photo collage or frame. Obviously, this is really simple to do. Just get a corkboard or piece of cardboard in the size that you want and cover it with the burlap. You can then make a border with buttons or even decorative pushpins. The holes won’t show through the burlap so you can move things around as much as you want.
It’s also just as easy to make an earring holder from burlap, if you want to do something just for your bedroom. Simply stretch the burlap over a circle or square frame and secure it in place. Depending on the thickness of the burlap you’ve chosen and how heavy your earrings are, you might want to put 2 layers of burlap up.
If you just want to find something to do with those extra pieces of burlap you have lying around from the above projects, burlap tags are a really cute and simple way to use up those scraps.

Just cut the scraps into the sizes you want, spray then with fabric stiffener, wait for them to dry, draw or sew whatever you want on to the scraps and then glue them on to the dowels.These are perfect for a garden, window box, or kitchen window herb garden. 
You can use the same method without the dowels to label picture collages. They look great with autumn themed collages, for example Halloween costume pictures or maybe a Thanksgiving family photo collage.
And speaking of Thanksgiving, the garden labels can also easily be used to help label dishes during Thanksgiving or any party. All you need to find is some kind of base for the dowel rod so that it stands up. It might be a good use for the kids old Play doh that needs to be thrown away anyway! I would make sure to also wrap the base in burlap as well and tie it off with a piece of twine or other thin piece of fabric.
FabricStreet.com has some great affordable fabrics, including burlap.
For more project ideas and great deals on Fabric visit, Fabric Street.  You can also find them on Facebook.

Broomstick Lace Cuff Pattern and Tutorial

Broomstick Lace Cuff Pattern

Yesterday, I finally got around to learning to crochet broomstick lace.  I found the pattern for this crochet cuff bracelet and I really wanted to try it out. 

 Broomstick Lace Tutorial

The pattern also contains a photo tutorial for people who are left handed.  I tried to figure out the stitch from the photo tutorial but couldn’t make it work.  So, I searched the web and found this video tutorial from Crochet Geek for broomstick lace.  After watching this video, crocheting the cuff was very simple!