Pocketful of Yarn

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Crocheting to Christmas: DIY Greeting Cards

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Hi! Welcome to the first post of  the Crocheting to Christmas series!

I am a huge fan of unique and creative Christmas cards. I love looking at them at the mall and I never really end up buying them because they can get so pricey. I really like the homemade touch on cards so I thought I would give it a shot. I have seen some of the scrapbooking cards and WOW they look amazing – it just so happens that I have no scrapbooking ability. 😉 I thought since I love yarn so much I’ll do my own cards with a yarn/crochet spin.

There are loads of DIY ideas on the internet and especially on Pinterest. I took a lot of inspiration from Pinterest ideas and thought of ways to add some yarn to the fun. Here’s what I came up with:

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Aren’t they awesome?

For the Christmas present and wreath cards, I just glued single strands of yarn to embellish my cards. I found that if I crocheted a single chain and then made it into a bow, it would be too bulky.  So I ended up just sticking with just a single strand.

On the 2 Christmas tree cards, I just crocheted a long chain and I glued it in squiggles to make my tree shape. I saw a few different tree motif patterns online and I tried a few. I just thought the tree motif looked really thick on the card and some of my trees ended up not looking  like trees 😛 By using crochet chains it was much quicker to do and it saved yarn.

Lastly, on my bunny card, I just crocheted a row of HDC for each pieces of the scarf and it was enough to look pretty cool.

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I wanted these cards to be budget friendly and they totally ended up being so. I found a pack of plain note cards for $4.99 which had 25 cards – definitely enough for my close family and friends! I even lucked out and found some christmas-y stampers that were between $1.50-8.oo. I thought they would be a Christmas investment and bought a few to spice up my cards. The yarn I used was all from my scrap balls and I thought it looked really neat with all the different colors. The little pom poms I used as tree ornaments and the buttons for the wreath were both in packs for a dollar.  Lastly, I had glue and some colored construction paper at home. That’s all the materials I used! So really, depending on your budget, you really don’t need to spend a lot of money on materials. All you need is a little imagination, inspiration, and creativity! 🙂

Let me know if you tried your own DIY yarn/crochet cards!

I just wanted to let you know that I have recently moved my blog to pocketfulofyarn.com. Hope you’ll continue to join me on my crochet journey! Thanks!

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Hardwood Floor? Chair Sock Time!

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We recently got a new patio set for the summer and with all the rain we have been getting, we haven’t actually put it outside yet. We did have multiple get togethers with friends and family so we put our patio table in our dining area. It fit quite nicely and the comfy chair cushions were a nice touch. Then the issue was the scraping of the chairs on my hardwood floor 😦 To be honest, our floors aren’t amazing and we’ve done our fair share of scratching them up – but with the new chairs I decided we needed a prevention strategy. Chair socks!

If you browse around the interwebs, you’ll definitely find lots of neat chair sock/covers that others have made.  I saw a lot of easy patterns for rounded chair leg socks and they were even interchanging color to bring a bit of pop to the chair legs. My chair legs were actually rectangle shaped on the bottom so I came up with my own pattern.

Using Red Heart’s Soft yarn in grape, I crocheted a total 16 little chair socks. This is how some of them turned out 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this nifty easy-to-do home project and as always, happy crocheting!

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Bow-tastic!

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I love bows! I think they are so adorable 🙂 And since they have been popping up everywhere, I decided to attempt a few. They are super easy to make and there are tons of tutorials up online. I just kind of came up with mine while watching Modern Family (I LOVE that show!) Since I don’t have any kids to dress up yet, I decided that my little furbaby Milo would be my model. I don’t think he enjoyed it too much 😉 Esp when I put the bow by his ear and made him look like a girl puppy – too cute!

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What a handsome chap! 😀

I picked up some sturdy hair ties from Sally’s and I’m planning to attach some bows onto them. I love the idea of having a big bow around a bun or straight up ponytail. I think they make lovely hair accessories, not to mention adorable little gifts 🙂

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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A Green Idea

So in honor of Earth week this week, I decided to make something green and eco-friendly. Reusable cotton rounds! Honestly I go through so many in a month – take off my make up, nail polish, applying toner. I had seen a few posts up for crochet cotton rounds so I decided to take a shot at them. They are super easy and quick to make – basically about 2 rounds in a circle and you’re done.

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I used Bernat’s Handicrafter cotton yarn (it comes in so many different colors!) I started off using a magic ring with 6 SC stitches, and then increasing (2HDC in one SC)  with HDC until there are 12 stitches total.

The second round I increased again using DC until I had a total of 24 stitches (2DC in one HDC). All rounds are worked continuously.

Now fasten off and weave your ends in. Your cotton rounds are done!

I’m only using my crochet cotton rounds for make up removal and toner application (I thought taking off nail polish was a little icky). I found a super cute glass jar at a local thrift shop to put all my rounds in – makes it super easy to grab one when I need one 😀

As for washing the rounds, I just put them in a  washing bag with my laundry and voila! They’re ready to be used again!

Hope you guys like this little project! What are some nifty eco friendly projects do you guys do? I’d love to hear about them!

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Project Yoga Bag

So I finally finished my yoga bag! I’m excited to share this project with you guys 🙂 It was my sister-in-law’s birthday this past weekend and she’s been really into hot yoga lately. So a yoga mat bag seemed like a perfect idea for a birthday gift! This bag took me about 4 days to complete (I had to fiddle around figuring my triangles) and I’m super proud of it 🙂 The only thing that I’m not totally happy about is the drawstring cord on the bag. I tried to figure the best way to attach it to the bag without the weight of the mat pulling the bag apart/stretching it. I ended up sewing a attachment crochet piece to the bag and then attaching the cords through it. I really think there’s a better way! I just haven’t figured it out yet 😛 Anywho! Here’s a picture! Image What do you guys think? Love to hear your thoughts and opinions! 😀 Till next time! Cheers!

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