Corn Dog Pens

Kid President says mailing corn dogs to people is awesome.  Actual corn dogs seemed a bit messy to me, so I whipped up these corn dogs pens to send instead.Corn Dog Pens

Supplies:
  • Worsted Weight yarn in beige and brown (I use Vanna’s Choice Beige and Honey)
  • Small amount of yellow or red yarn for mustard or ketchup (optional)
  • 3.5 mm / E crochet hook
  • Polyfill for Stuffing
  • Pen (I recommend Bic Round Stic pens)
  • Tapestry Needle for sewing
  • Scissors

For the corn dog stick, using beige yarn:

  1. Chain 6, join to form a ring.
  2. Working in spirals (not joining every round), sc around for length of pen, approximately 22 rows or 4 3/4 inches.
  3. Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.  Sew the top of the stick closed and weave in ends.

For the corn dog, using brown yarn:

  1. Start with a magic ring.
  2. 6 sc in magic ring.  (6 sts)
  3. 2sc in each st around.  (12 sts)
  4. 1 sc, 2sc in next st, repeat around.  (18 sts)
  5. sc around (18 sts)
  6. 5 sc, 2sc in next st, around (21 sts)
  7. sc for 20 rounds
  8. Next, if you want to add mustard or ketchup, surface crochet a wavy line of either color or both, on to your corn dog.  Then, start stuffing your corn dog with polyfill.  You want it to be well stuffed but still leave some open room towards the bottom center where you can insert a pen.
  9. sc 5, dec, repeat around (18 sts)
  10. sc 1, dec, repeat around (12 sts)
  11. Stuff corn dog with more Polyfill as needed.
  12. Dec, repeat around (6 sts)
  13. Finish off, leaving a 8 inch tail for sewing.  Put your stick cozy on your pen.  Then insert the stick into the bottom of the corn dog.  Sew corn dog into position and weave in end.

Now that you’ve made some corn dogs, send ’em to your friends as a surprise and watch their hilarious reactions!

J&JDogs

 

Corn Dog Madness

 

August 30, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Crochet Pattern. Leave a comment.

Wedding Boutonniere Tutorial

BoutonniereHey, folks, it’s me again with another wedding craft for you – boutonnieres and corsages.

Supplies:

  • Knit or Crochet Flowers of your choice (I used the Rose Field Baby Blanket by Tanya Sh on Ravelry)
  • Wool Felt in green or desired backing color
  • Pin Back
  • Embroidery thread and sewing needle
  • Scissors and an optional circle cutter if you have one
  • Pencil, paper and tape
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

First, make your flowers.  Depending on their size, you might want two or three per boutonniere.  Or make more for a corsage.  Instead of sewing in my yarn ends, I chose to leave them loose.  This is totally optional, depending on the look you want.

Next, arrange your flowers together so you have an idea of how you want them placed.

On paper, trace around the bottom or draw a base for each flower.  Cut out these base templates.  If you want leaves, cut leaf templates out of paper also.  Tape them together in the configuration you want.

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templateUse your paper template to cut a final felt version.  I also cut out an additional leaf to cover up the back side of my embroidery.

Using embroidery thread, sew the pin back on to the BACK of the felt.  If you are using leaves, you can optionally embroider veins on the FRONT of the felt.

Hot glue the flowers onto the FRONT of the felt.  I glued the flowers individually, allowing the glue to cool between placing each one.

backThese are super easy to make and could be used for any occasion, such as Easter or graduations.  If you want a matching wedding bouquet, check out my tutorial here.

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July 31, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , . Tutorials. Leave a comment.

Wedding Bouquet Tutorial

Bouquet

Supplies Needed:

  • Crochet or Knit Flowers from pattern(s) of your choice, approximately 30 but possibly more or less depending on size
  • Worsted Weight Yarn for stem/handle cover and 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Foam Floral Ball, approx. 6 inch diameter
  • Foam Floral Vase Insert,  approx. 2 x 2 inches, by 7 inches long
  • 1/4 inch Wood Dowel, cut to 6 inches, sharpened with a pencil sharpener on both ends
  • Plastic craft knife for cutting foam vase insert (I used a lettuce knife.)
  • Floral pins
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Something pointy to make a hole in foam for the dowel.  (I used a 4mm metal knitting needle.)
  • Ribbon (I used 1 1/2 inch grosgrain), fabric or lace for added decoration (optional)

Safety First!  This project offers a lot of opportunities to burn oneself with a glue gun.  Please, please be careful!  Even better, wear some heat-proof gloves while gluing.

First, make your flowers.  In fact, make lots of ’em.  Use whatever pattern you like.

My friend wanted spiral flowers so I chose the motif from the Rose Field Baby Blanket by Tanya Sh on Ravelry.  I particularly like these flowers because they have a base (that you would normally sew together to form a blanket) which makes them easy to glue on to a foam ball.

Flowers

Once you’ve created all your flowers and sewn in the ends, you’re ready to move on to making the foam base.

  1. Personally, I thought a 7 inch stem was too long, so I started by cutting off about 3 inches off the top (or widest end) of the foam vase insert, using my plastic lettuce knife, making a 4 inch stem/handle.
  2. Using a knitting needle or other pointy object, stab a hole 4 inches deep into the bottom of the foam ball and a hole about 2 inches deep in the top center of the vase insert.
  3. Stick some hot glue in the vase insert hole and stick the dowel in about 2 inches.  Allow to cool.
  4. Stick some hot glue in the foam ball hole and stick the dowel in about 4 inches.  Allow to cool.  Don’t worry if there is a small gap between the two pieces.  I had about a 1/4 inch gap and filled this in with hot glue.

Foam Bouquet BaseComplete Foam Base

Once you have a completed foam base, you’ll want to cover the stem/handle.  I used a crochet cover, but you could also use wrapped ribbon, lace, burlap or other fabric, or anything you like.

Here’s how I crocheted the cover, but you may have to adjust by adding or subtracting rows from the main body to fit your handle.


Crochet stem / handle cover pattern:

Until the last row, this pattern is worked in a spiral instead of joined rounds. With worsted weight yarn and 3.5 mm hook, make a magic circle.

row 1:  6 sc in magic circle (6 sts)
row 2:  2 sc in each st around (12 sts)
row 3:  Through back loops only, repeat *sc 3, then 2 sc in next st* around (15 sts)
row 4:  repeat *sc 4, then 2 sc in next st* around (18 sts)
row 5:  sc around
row 6:  repeat *sc 5, then 2 sc in next st* around (21 sts)
row 7:  sc around
row 8:  sc around
row 9:  2 sc in next st, sc around (22 sts)
row 10: sc around
row 11: sc 10, 2 sc in next st, sc 11 (23 sts)
row 12: sc around
row 13: 2 sc in next st, sc around (24 sts)
row 14: sc around
row 15: sc 10, 2 sc in next st, sc 13 (25 sts)
row 16: sc around
row 17: 2 sc in next st, sc around (26 sts)
row 18: sc around
row 19: sc 15, 2 sc in next st, sc 10 (27 sts)
row 20: sc around
row 21: 2 sc in next st, sc around (28 sts)
row 22: sc around
row 23: sc 17, 2 sc in next st, sc 10 (29 sts)
row 24: sc around
row 25: 2 sc in next st, sc around (30 sts)
row 26: sc around
This is where you decide if your crochet piece fits your handle.  You can either continue alternating increasing by 1 on a row and then sc only on the next row, to lengthen the piece.  Or you can rip back if it’s too long. 

Now for part that attaches to the base of the foam ball….
row 27: sl st to join, ch 2, DC in the same st as join, repeat *DC, 2 DC in next st* around.  Sl st to join.

Finish off.  Weave in ends.


Attach the crochet cover to the handle with glue.  As you can see, I started at the bottom with the cover folded down and progressively added a little glue while rolling up the cover up towards the flower sphere.  Hot glue leaks through crochet stitches pretty easily, so please be careful not to burn yourself.

Handle CoverComplete Covered HandleNext, I used floral pins to arrange my flowers on the foam ball, making sure I got the color arrangement I wanted.

Then, I unpinned each flower and hot glued it into place.

Pinned Flowers

Finally, I added a ribbon, tied around the handle.  I used a couple of floral pins to attach the bow to the handle at the back, so if the ribbon came untied, it would not be lost from the bouquet.

Tah-dah!   There you have it, folks, a custom wedding bouquet that, unlike fresh flowers, can be a souvenir of the special day for years to come.

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Congratulations to my newlywed friends, Amy and Peter!!!!!  May your life together fulfill all your dreams!!

July 24, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , . Tutorials. 1 comment.

New Baby Yub Nub Free Crochet Pattern!

It’s finally here!  My new Baby Yub Nub free crochet pattern is available for download on Ravelry.com!!!

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January 27, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Crochet Pattern. 3 comments.

Cookie Needle Book

Inspired by a notions swap, I baked up a cute little chocolate chip cookie needle book!  You could easily change the pattern to suit whatever flavor cookies you like:  chocolate sandwich cookies, sugar cookies, etc.

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Supplies:
Worsted Weight Yarn, Small amounts of Tan and Brown
3.5 / E crochet hook
Felt
Glue
Sewing machine or hand sewing supplies

Pattern note:  2scinc means do 2 sc in the same stitch to increase by 1

Cookies (make 2):
Working in a spiral without joining, starting with tan:
Magic Loop
6 sc in loop (6 sc)
2scinc around (12 sc)
[sc, 2scinc] repeat around (18 sc)
[sc, sc, 2scinc] repeat around (24 sc)
[sc, sc, sc, 2scinc] repeat around (30 sc)
[sc, sc, sc, sc, 2scinc] repeat around (36 sc)
Finish Off.  Sew in ends.
Embroider chocolate chips using brown yarn.

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Filling:
Using template, cut two pieces of felt.
Hand or machine sew two felts together along the center line.
Glue or sew outside felt pages to wrong side of cookie pieces.

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Voila!  Now you have a cookie needle book!

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August 10, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Crochet Pattern, Sewing. 4 comments.

Catnip Squids

Check out my latest free ravelry pattern !  It’s a fun little toy for all the furry friends in your life.  These catnip squids are super easy and quick to make.  Plus, this is a great stash buster project for leftover bits of yarn.  My cats go crazy for their squirmy legs!

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July 28, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Crochet Pattern. Leave a comment.

Tiny Candy Corn

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  I love Halloween and mulled apple cider!  I love colorful trees and cool weather that is knitspirational!  Unfortunately, living in Texas, there’s a obvious lack of the seasonal pleasures.  We mostly have warm days and drought deadened plants.  This calls for an artificial simulation of  all things fall, like obsessively crocheting candy corns while watching horror movies and drinking pumpkin spice coffee.  Hey, I’ll take what autumn pleasures I can get.  Speaking of candy corns, here’s my modified version of Alica Kachmar’s safety cone pattern you can use to create these delightful candy friends:

Tiny Candy Corn Photo

Supplies:

Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in white, orange and yellow
3.5 mm hook
6 mm safety eyes
Black embroidery thread
Small amount of stuffing (or scrap yarn)
Embroidery and Yarn needles

With white yarn, magic loop, make 4 sc in loop
2sc, sc, 2sc, sc (6 sts)
2sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, sc (8 sts)
2sc, then sc around (9 sts)

Change to orange yarn
Sc around
2sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc (12 sts)
Sc around
2sc, sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, sc  (15sts)

Change to yellow yarn
Sc around
2sc, then sc around (16 sts)
Sc around

Insert eyes and embroider mouth

Continuing with yellow yarn
Through the back loops:  *sc, sc, dec, repeat from * around (12 sts)
Stuff candy corn
2sc in each st around (6sts)

Finish Off – Sew ends into amigurumi

October 15, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Crochet Pattern. Leave a comment.