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Mother Bear Skirt & Bloomers

February 16, 2016 1 comment
Crocheted Mother Bear Bloomers

If you read my last post, you know that I have been busy crocheting Mother Bears for the organization that sends teddy bears to children in foreign countries. I crocheted a Mother Bear hoodie on one teddy bear and then crocheted this girl bear with a skirt and bloomers.

This bear and her clothing were crocheted using medium weight acrylic yarn. The basic bear was crocheted using the seamless crochet bear pattern found at the Mother Bear Project site. My pattern details are a guideline for adding the skirt and bloomers but make sure you check your fit on your bear as you crochet.

I crocheted the skirt with a G (4 mm) crochet hook. Attach at back of waist on bear and follow pattern directions below. I crocheted the skirt working from the waist down and crocheted with the bear upside down as I added the skirt.

Mother Bear Skirt Pattern
Row 1
Attach yarn and single crochet (Sc) in each stitch around at waistline.[…]

Fun Fur Trimmed Gloves

February 7, 2016 5 comments
Fun Fur Trimmed Gloves

Here is a quick and easy little way to add trim to some kid’s or adult gloves. I used fun fur that I got at the dollar store to trim these simple gloves.

Here are a few photos showing the single crocheting around the edge of the gloves. Click on any of the photos to enlarge the images. This project requires one smaller crochet hook such as an E USA hook and one G crochet hook. You crochet one row of single crochet stitches around the top edge of each glove.

Insert small crochet hook (E hook) into the top edge of glove as shown. Pull up yarn through the hole you make with the smaller hook and then using G crochet hook finish the single crochet (SC) stitch.

I leave the G hook in the prior stitch to hold it in place until I am ready to finish the next single crochet stitch. Just continue around […]

Mother Bear Hoodie

January 30, 2016 4 comments
Mother Bear Hoodie

I am crocheting teddy bears for the Mother Bear Project and have some extra clothing ideas to share. I sent for the crocheted seamless bear pattern and found the pattern very easy to follow with lots of opportunities to make variations on the bear’s clothing. A group over at Ravelry is having a KAL/CAL for the Mother Bears and there are some amazing ideas being shared over there if you’d like to check it out. Here is the link to the group.


After seeing another crafter make an adorable hoodie, I knew I just had to make a bear with a hoodie too. If you knit there are instructions for the Bears in the Hood found here but I only crochet so I had to improvise and create a hoodie for my bear.

So after a little trial and error here are the pattern details for a crocheted Mother Bear hoodie.[…]

Seahawks Inspired Recycled Bag

January 22, 2016 2 comments
Seahawks Inspired Recycled Bag

Here is my latest recycled plastic tote bag. It was inspired by the Seattle Seahawks and I used their team colors when I crocheted the tote. I used what I loving call boring white plastic bags in this crocheted tote bag. White plastic bags are very plentiful but need something to spice them up so blue and apple green acrylic yarn in Seattle Seahawks colors were added for stripes and trim.

I crocheted the tote bag using my flat bottom tote bag pattern. The crochet pattern is free and you just need to alternate some crocheted stripes using your favorite team colors as shown. Adding colorful yarns is a great way to pretty-up those boring white plastic bags and you end up with a cool-looking recycled tote bag.

Here is a photo taken laying flat of the recycled plastic tote bag.

If you are looking for more free recycled plastic yarn or plarn patterns, here is the direct link […]

Yellow Doll Heart Dress

January 12, 2016 8 comments
Yellow Heart 12 inch Doll Dress

I love crocheting little doll dresses. They work up so quickly and only require a small amount of yarn to complete. I used my doll heart dress and added a flare skirt for a different look to the final crocheted dress project.

Here is a closeup of the crocheted heart that adorns this little doll dress. Scroll down below to find the free crochet pattern details for the yellow baby doll dress.[…]

Country Granny Dishcloth

January 4, 2016 5 comments
Country Granny Dishcloth

This is a basic granny stitch dishcloth but with a twist on the beginning round. I crocheted additional stitches to create a wider center to give the dishcloth a flower petal look. Plus it is a great pattern for using scraps of cotton yarn to crochet a cute-looking dishcloth.



Country Granny Dishcloth Pattern

Hook: H (5 mm) US sized crochet hook
Size: 8.5 inch square with one row of edging or 9 inch square dishcloth if two rows of edging trim added.
Materials: 2 ounces cotton yarn (small amount of contrasting color used on last 2 edging rows.

With H hook, Ch 4 and […]

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2015 No comments yet
Christmas Greeting

May the magic of Christmas be with you throughout the coming year. I will be back in the new year to share more crocheting and recycled craft projects. Until then happy holidays everyone![…]

Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

December 16, 2015 1 comment
Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

Here are recycled Christmas cards I crafted into ornaments. These are promotional cards mailed out to advertise Christmas cards that can be ordered. I glued the cards back to back to hide the advertising on the reverse sides of each card. The cards are so pretty and different companies mail out several sets to us each year.

By cutting out shapes from the cards and using a big craft needle and yarn, these make beautiful Christmas ornaments. This is a recycled craft that children especially can enjoy as you just need to stitch around the holes and tie a long strand of yarn at the top for a hanger.

Here is another style of trim I made by crocheting around the edges of the card using a small C crochet hook. I did 2 single crochet stitches in each hole and just worked my way around the ornament. The small crochet hook works best as it fits through the punched holes.

Here is my picture tutorial on how to recycle old Christmas cards into ornaments. Just follow my step by step process […]

Plarn Star Christmas Ornaments

December 7, 2015 1 comment
Plarn Star Christmas Ornaments

Crafting with recycled materials is always a rewarding venture for me. It is truly taking trash or otherwise useless material and creating something new. The new item can be a work of art that is pleasing to see or repurposed into something useful. In this case of recycling plastic bags, I have crocheted some Christmas ornaments that I affectionately call my plarn star Christmas ornaments.

Below I have two different sets of Christmas stars, one is crocheted with recycled plastic bags or plarn and then the other matching one is done in acrylic yarn. The granny stitch stars are both made using the exact same pattern that can be found here[…]


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