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Crocheted Scalloped Hat Edging

September 22, 2013 4 comments
Crocheted Scalloped Hat Edging


A friend at Ravelry shared this pretty crocheted scalloped hat edging. It just looked so nice on the baby hat she crocheted that I wanted to try it.

You can use any baby or child’s hat pattern you have and just add this crocheted scalloped edging to the beanie once it’s finished. The pink and blue baby hats were crocheted using a basic beanie pattern. I then added the edging to both. The only difference is that the blue hat has a round of single crochet stitching around it before I added the scallop edging round.

Scalloped Edging:
Turn, Sc in back loops only working on the inside of the hat so the scallops face out when folded to the outside of finished hat.[…]

Recycled Dog Food Bag

September 10, 2013 4 comments
Recycled Dog Food Bag

I’ve had recycling a dog food bag on my to-do list for quite some time. I’ve saved several of the plastic webbed food bags and just needed to rinse them out and upcycle them into tote bags. The first step was to remove the dog food odor and clean them.

I opened the bottom seam of the bag as it was just taped closed. I washed them out in the bath tub and then rinsed once with white vinegar and let them air dry. There still was a hint of dog food smell so I sprayed down the inside of the bag using a homemade citrus-vinegar solution. After another rinse and dry, the bags smelled clean with no hint of dog food.

Once the bags are all clean and dry, I was ready to start cutting. For the larger tote, I cut the bottom off just above the writing and details of the bag. I did this to try and eliminate some of the boring part of the bag. I then cut part of the top off and folded over the top edge twice to make a nice hem. The finished size of the recycled dog food tote bag is 17 inches tall, 15 inch wide and 6 inches deep at the base. I used some webbing strap material to add the handles and just folded them under the hem before sewing the top hem in place. This secured the handles in place and hid the ends of the webbing. The finished length of the handles are 10 inches long on my bag shown.

Here is the inside of the tote bag with the bottom sewn […]

Crocheted T-Shirt Yarn Hat

September 1, 2013 5 comments
Crocheted T-Shirt Yarn Hat

Here is my first attempt at a recycled t-shirt yarn hat. I did a little trial and error to get the hat so it fit comfortably on my head. Here is the finished hat that I crocheted from recycled t-shirt yarn.

Here is a photo of the hat taken flat. It’s a comfortable bucket type hat that could be worn to keep the sun off your head and face while fishing, in the garden or at the beach.


Free T-Yarn Bucket Hat Crochet Pattern

Materials needed:
2) T-shirts cut into 3/8 inch wide strips and gently pulled to curl the t-yarn or tarn in two colors if doing the 2-color hat as shown. Click here for my T-Shirt Yarn making tutorial for recycling old shirts into T-yarn.

Hook: N – 9 mm U.S. size metal crochet hook

Finished measurements:
24 inches head circumference and 7 inches long

Rnd 1
With dark blue t-yarn, work 6 Sc in a magic circle. (6) […]


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