Thursday, April 9, 2015

Girl's Crochet Fat Bottom Bag

I've seen a lot of talk lately about crochet charts and I thought now would be a good time to share a project I made using a crochet chart pattern! 


I came across this pattern a while ago when I first got back into crochet. I was so excited, it was so cute and looked to be fairly easy from the picture. Then I clicked on the pattern...a chart!? I had never seen a chart pattern and had no clue how to read it. I set it aside and never attempted it. Since then, I have followed a couple charts to make crochet doilies that I used on my crochet rocks and found it easier than I thought. After you figure out what all those crazy symbols mean, it's really quite easy and the chart helps you to visualize your project better. I finally made this purse this year as a Christmas gift. It was easier than I thought and turned out super cute!

The pattern for this purse comes from Pierrot Yarns(Gosyo CO., Ltd.) and is called 210-32 Flower Bag. I did not design this pattern. The chart pattern is very detailed and can be figured out by a beginner chart pattern reader. This post is meant to accompany the original pattern for anyone who still may be nervous to try it. If you are interested in making this purse, please print the original pattern and instructions and follow along!

I used 3 skeins Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in Lilac and a 4.25 mm hook for the whole project. I didn't change hook size for the handle as the pattern calls for. This pattern uses ch, sc, dc, sl st, and whip stitches. My finished bag measures 6.5x11 inches from opening to bottom and side to side.

Body of bag
To start, ch 62. In the chart it says ch 61 but that isn't including your turning chain.
Row 1: sc in second chain from hook, ch2, dc in same as first sc. *Skip 2, (sc,ch2,dc)...repeat to end of row, sc in last stitch, ch1, turn.

Rows 2-38: rows start with (sc, ch2, dc) in first stitch and in each sc from previous row. End each row with a sc in last. Ch1 and turn.



Mouth of bag
At the end of row 38 ch1 and turn. Work 20 sc across top of body section inserting hook under each ch2/dc space. When I reached the end of row I found I didn't like the little section popping out so I end with a sc dec combining the last ch2/dc and the first sc from the previous row. If you want to do this you will have 19 sc, 1 sc dec. Ch1, turn.



Work 20 sc across for each row, 8 rows total. Tie off. Now tie on to opposite side of body and do the other side of the mouth of bag and tie off.



Sides and handles
Make 2 ch 50 sections and set aside.
Row 1: Tie yarn on to corner and work 20 sc up side of body. Now work 50 sc into one of the ch 50's you made. Continue on to opposite side of bag with 20 sc down other side. Work 50 sc in to second ch 50 section. Sl st into first sc to complete round.

Row 2-9: Ch1, sc in same and in each stitch around. Join each row with a sl st into first sc.

*note: I don't actually think it's necessary to make the separate ch 50 sections. If I make this bag again, I would work 20 sc, ch 50, 20 sc, ch 50, join row. Then in second row I would work into the chain 50's, probably adding an extra row so there would be 10 rows instead of 9.





Finishing
All your crocheting is done! Now for each side of the mouth of bag fold in half towards inside of bag and whip stitch in place. Fold handles and sides in half and do the same, remembering to stitch together the short side of mouth to handles as well. Weave in all your ends. Attach button and loop for closure and sew on any embellishments you choose such as flowers. I free-styled this flower I used for my bag, no pattern, sorry!






This finished bag will be available in my Etsy store!


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Friday, March 27, 2015

DIY Girl's Purse From A Stuffed Animal

I made this sweet bunny purse for my daughter just in time for Easter but you could use any stuffed animal for this cute project!

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

So I wanted to do this after I saw some really cute animal purses at Target. I got to thinking, maybe I could make one with an old stuffed animal. So often kids end up with more stuffed animals than they can ever play with. What a cool way to hold on to a cherished toy and re-purpose it into a fun bag. If you can't bring yourself to cut up one of your own stuffed animals, you can check out the thrift store. I know most people aren't into buying used stuffed animals, but take a look, you never know! I found this bunny at the thrift store. It was clean and in good shape. After a bath in the washing machine she's good as new! 

When deciding on the animal to use, keep in mind the shape and position of animal. It's going to be hanging there by a strap. You want something that is going to look natural and not like it's hanging on for dear life! This bunny wouldn't have been my first choice. I was actually looking for a dog or cat but this was all I could find at the thrift store that day.

I found a couple tutorials online on how to sew in the zipper and lining. I put mine together by following this one. She even used a bunny too! Here are a couple more to check out...My Darling Rainbow and Knitting-and

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

What you need:
  • stuffed animal
  • zipper
  • something for strap(I used a belt also from thrift store)
  • fabric for lining


In the tutorial I followed, after cutting the opening for the zipper she flipped it right inside out and and sewed the lining and zipper. I wish it was so easy for me! I had to use a combination of sewing machine and hand sewing. It was a bit of a fight! After some harsh words, I figured it out and the bunny and I made up. 

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

Finish sewing the straps on before closing the lining

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

I can't wait to try this again with a different animal. My daughter LOVES purses!

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Crochet Shawl

I don't usually do big projects like afghans or in this case, a large prayer shawl. I mostly enjoy the instant gratification of hats! My mother-in-law has this shawl and her friends wanted ones just like it. After seeing a picture, it looked easy enough to replicate. Although this one below will soon be on its way to Puerto Rico, it would be fantastic for staying cozy warm here in Colorado!

**My shawl was made by copying a photo but if you would like to make one, I found a very similar free pattern at Yarnspirations. If you prefer my larger dimensions, this may help, each of my rows has 11 of the 5DC shells and the length is 111 rows total. I used Michael's Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn, 6.5mm hook.

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple TreeCrochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple TreeCrochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree


Crochet Shawl >> Over The Apple Tree
**I prefer to take my own blog pictures but since I didn't have a model...I was informed I HAD to give proper
photography credit to my husband Jose. Thanks Babe!!


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Crochet Baby Gifts: Afghan and Amigurumi Bunny Set

If you want to give a unique and meaningful gift, you can't go wrong with handmade! 

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

This afghan and amigurumi bunny set is for my soon to arrive niece or nephew. I've always wanted to try a star afghan and as soon as I saw this new pattern book for amigurumi animals, there was no doubt I was trying one of those too!

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Since seven has long been believed to be a lucky or magical number, I was absolutely set on making a seven point star. Unfortunately for me, there are limited patterns to choose from. I ended up finding a pattern in a book called Geometrics: A New Way To Crochet, by Ruthie Marks. I followed the pattern except I did double crochet throughout instead of the front double crochet it calls for.

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree



I also got the bunny pattern from a book. Everyone's been talking about Edward's Menagerie, by Kerry Lord of Toft Alpaca Shop and for good reason...it's beautiful! All the animals in here are super cute and I can't wait to try more! If you decide to try the animals in this book, take a look at Toft Alpaca Shop's YouTube Channel for some great tips. 



Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Baby Gift Set: star afghan with matching amigurumi bunny >> Over The Apple Tree


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

100 Days T-Shirt Idea

We are celebrating 100 days of Kindergarten with 100 snowflakes! 
100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree

So this is my third child going through school and it's the first time there has been a 100 days of school t-shirt request. The teacher suggested we look on Pinterest for t-shirt inspiration and holy cow, there are lots! I wanted something cute and a little girly that my daughter might want to wear again. I figured a winter scene with snowflakes would work great. 

  • dollar store t-shirt
  • dimensional fabric paint
  • acrylic paint
  • fabric medium


 Once in a while you can find exactly what you need at the dollar store. I was so excited they had the right size t-shirt and a color I could work with that day! I put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so there wouldn't be any paint bleeding through. This also gives you a smooth flat surface to work on. 


100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree

100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree

100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree

I mixed a little fabric medium with my acrylic paint and painted on the ground and trees with a paint brush. Next I added the little stick figure with dimensional paint. The last thing to do is add the 100 snowflakes! Little tip here, count as you go! It's kinda hard to count wet, randomly placed snowflakes. I had to start over so many times!
100 days of school t-shirt idea >> Over The Apple Tree
Congratulations, you're 100 days smarter! Happy 100 days of school!


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