Shabby to Chic - Broad Rim Hat

Hello Crafters~

My mum came up with this new idea of up scaling S old frock in to a chic Broad Rim Hat. I learnt recently that she made one for me when I was young :) 

Materials used: 
  • Old frock (Umbrella shaped frocks are suitable for this pattern)
  • White cotton twine
  • Crochet needle 3mm
  • 1 pearl button
  • sewing thread n needle
  • Elastic 5mm wide
Final Look :D (Little S)
Time: 1 day

Process: 
  • Preparing the fabric: 
  1. Remove the torso of the frock and separate the flowing umbrella fabric. 
  2. Usually there are two parts of fabric joined to make the umbrella shape, remove these joints altogether and also remove the inner lining of cotton 
  3. Place two semi circle fabrics flat on the ground to make a circle. Pin the fabric ends and sew together leaving 1 cm seam allowance. 
  4. This will create a small whole in the centre. 
  •  Crochet the inner circle


  1. Button hole stitch this inner circle with white twine. 
  2. First Round: Insert half treble crochet stitch in each button hole
  3. Second Round: Insert half treble crochet in five chain and skip one chain. Repeat till end
  4. Third round: Insert half treble crochet in four chains and skip one chain. Repeat till end
  5. Fourth Round: Insert half treble crochet in three chains and skip one chain. Repeat till end
  6. Fifth Round: Insert half treble crochet in two chains and skip one chain. Repeat till end
  7. Sixth round: Insert half treble crochet in 1 chain and skip one chain. Repeat till end.
  8. Repeat round six till the circle is filled and bind off the stitches to close the circle.
Preparing the button flower
  1. On a new thread, crochet 5 chains to make a circle. 
  2. Insert 10 single crochets in the hole to make a small flower. 
  3. Attach the round in the centre of the crochet circle. 
  4. Attach pearl button in the crochet round to create a flower. 
Attaching the elastic: 
  1. Elastic should measure 4cm less than the actual size of the head circumference
  2. Draw a circle at a distance of 10cm away from the outer edges of the fabric
  3. Attach elastic on this circle.
  4. The 10cm left on the outer edges of the fabric forms the rim of the hat.
 Tips:
  1. Starch the end product to give some firmness to the hat
  2. If using lining then hide the elastic between the lining and the outer fabric to give finished look
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Rainbow Sweater for Toddler (seamless) — Craftziners

Rainbow Sweater for Toddler (seamless) — Craftziners

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Crochet Dress - Toddler


finished look 1
Hello Friends,

I was busy making this dress for past two weeks for S (I was not ignoring my blog)
It was Makar Sankranti ( bhogi/ pongal) Indian festival on 15th Jan 2012. Traditionally we wear black coloured dress on this day and give Tilgul ( sesame snaps) to our friends and relatives. 

Frock Body-Closer look
closer look at the button/belt section

Embroidery on the frill
Materials used: 
  • Black Fabric from old skirt 
  • Cotton thread black and pink
  • 2 pink buttons
  • Sewing needle
Time: 10 days working 1 hour each day on the project.

Process: 
  1. Add button stitch all around the fabric (at top end)
  2. Start Single Crochet stitch in each button hole
  3. After 2 lines of single crochet, start new colour thread and make bobble crochet in every alternate chain
  4. Add single crochet in the next line.
  5. Using black thread try to reduce the circumference of the work by inserting half crochet in every third chain. 
  6. Ensure the finished circumference matches the finished width required. ( any adjustment can be made at this stage)
  7. Repeat this row till the required width is completed. 
  8. For the back, leave 10 chains from both side. These will form the arms of the dress. 
  9. The chains remaining in between should be crocheted with half crochet. 
  10. Decrease two chains from both ends after every second line, until 12 chains are reduced.
  11. Bind off the work. using pink colour thread use 6 chains from both ends to form 2 belts. 
  12. Measure the length required for the belt and add button hole five lines before binding off. 
  13. Add buttons in the front of the body 
  14. Iron the work to give a finished look
Tip: Try the dress on toddler before starting belts, so to ensure everything is right and also get exact measurement for belts

finished look 2
Enhancements: Add crochet flowers with fancy buttons in the front to enhance the look.  

Happy Crafting! Awaiting your response

Little S modelling the dress







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Blue Baby Blanket - Crochet

Hi All! 
Sorry for not updating blog recently, just busy with work and getting more projects done! 
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!


I created this baby blanket to welcome our niece in September 2011. As we stay overseas I like to give handmade gifts to create more memories for our relatives.  
 
Materials used: 8 ply Wool, blue purple, brown and yellow; 5mm crochet needle.
 
Time: I worked on my projects only 1 hour on weekdays (while travelling on train!) So it took me 4 weeks to complete this gift. 
Pattern: Double Crochet shells 
 




No matter if you have wealth of all worlds but you can never compare the branded clothing with such hand knit blankets. The kids blankets must be warm, cozy and comfortable. I think nothing is good enough than wool blankets. These are soft and exhibits personalized touch that looks incredibly beautiful.

You will enjoy seeing your baby in blanket that is fully safe and warm. Get quick crochet baby blanket right here from our web store which is open 24 x 7 just for you. If you have any question or bulk order requirement, do not forget to request a quote to get started!







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How to Salvage a Project


Original Quilt -1
Knit square which unravelled
 Refer to my previous post here, to know more about this quilt and how it was created!
So after we completed the quilt and washed it ,knitting of one block unravelled exposing the wadding inside!


Disastrous thing to happen considering the amount of time and energy that was invested in it.  Plus we did decide to gift this to one of our friends baby!
Double OOPS!
       After a lot of cribbing and frustration with ourselves we decide to salvage the project with minimum effort.

Crocheted Blue Patch
So we started crocheting same size patch with shades of blue wools ... spares lying in back of the cupboard :) .... 
Removed the previous woollen stitches and applied the new patch. We did not waste time removing the unravelled patch just covered it with the new one and quilted the squares again to match with the rest of the pattern!
Final Quilt with new patch

 Mental notes for myself !
  1. Always wash the knitting samples before quilting
  2. Don't waste time cribbing and frustrating
  3. Spare craft items can always be handy when one needs to salvage the project
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Neddle Craft


This is my first attempt of needle craft kits. The kit includes preprinted design with colour coding and matching cotton silk threads and cross stitch needle(blunt tip with big eye hole). The end results does look impressive but the process was not so much fun and creativity was limited. 

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