Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Flower Headband

My sister and I are making each other headbands to wear with our tichels. I posted the finished product of one of the headbands, and had some requests to write out the pattern for them! They are super easy, and look gorgeous! Here's the pattern!

* Pattern is the property of Raising3Dinosaurs. You may sell any items you make from this pattern, but do not claim the pattern as yours. Please redirect anyone who wants the pattern back to my blog. Thank you!*

Materials: Yarn of any color
Size G-4.0mm hook
yarn needle
pony beads

(Ch enough to fit snuggly around head. I ended up chaining 89 to fit around a tichel, and added 3 chs for the DC. Every head is different, so ch as many as needed to fit snuggly around the head without squeezing. )

Chain desired amount of chains and add 3 more. Do not join.
Row 1: DC in 4th CH from hook and every ch to end. CH 3. Turn
Row 2: DC in 1st st ch 1. Skip next st. *DC in next st, ch 1, skip next st * Repeat * until the end. CH 3 and turn.
Row 3: DC in every DC and SP until end. Fasten off and sew ends together.


Now comes the part for pictures. The Flowers are easy, but hard to explain. I'll take you step by step.

1: Place pony bead onto yarn, and make a Magic Ring. If you don't know how to do a magic ring, please click the link.

2: Wrap the magic ring around fingers, with the bead secure by your fingers. CH 2. Work 4 SC into ring. SL to CH 2. Pull the ring tight to close and fix bead in place.

3: Petal 1 * CH 4, 2 TRC, CH 4, SL* in same stitch

4: For petals 2-5 repeat the same pattern for Petal 1, but SL into the next st to start new petals. Do this for all the rest of the petals. On 5th petal, after finishing the section, SL and fasten off leaving a long tail to secure onto headband.

TIP: To make sure that the bead won't come loose, turn flower around and tie a knot into the back of the flower, using the string you had from the magic ring. Make sure it's a nice a tight magic ring before knotting.

That's it! Have fun making this and making the pretty flowers!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sewing with Miss Mopsy

For Christmas Mopsy received what she had been begging for- a new sewing machine. She also got, from her Uncle D, a sewing basket filled with all sorts of things she will need to use for sewing! To say that she is excited is probably the biggest understatement of the century. I don't think there is a word, yet, that explains how happy she is!

Being that she is only 5 years old, I wanted to get her used to the machine first. We went over the basics of the machine, and how to use it. Obviously I didn't get into details, as she is only 5 and most of the technical stuff will come later.

Mopsy sat in my lap, with the pedal on a stool so she could reach it, and I let her practice controlling the speed, lightly holding the fabric in place, and just getting used to the machine.

She did really good controlling the fabric and the peddle. She took her time and really was focusing on the project! The only issue we had was with the actual machine itself. Seems like the thread tension is severely off. We had the tension setter down to 0 and it was still making the stitches look really weird- like the tension was way too tight. We'll see if we can fix it ourselves, otherwise we'll be exchanging it for another one!

Unfortunately, due to the machine acting up, we were only able to practice a few stitch lines, but she did amazing! I would say it's pretty good for a 5 year old's first time ever using a sewing machine! Now that I know she has the ability to control the peddle and fabric, we'll be making some things next. She's jumping up and down with joy, right now, just at the thought!

Until Next Time,

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