Granny Scrap Bag

I must admit that usually projects that I am doing for myself get put on the back burner and are sometimes (often) forgotten.
A while back I started turning my scrap yarns into small granny squares. The color combinations aren’t always pretty, but I hate to throw away yarns–even if they’re not enough to make an entire square!
Sooo, some time ago I made my granny pillow (see previous post) and still had plenty of left over squares and scrap yarns. I always intended to do something with them. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

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Of course I can’t use it as an actual purse due to the fact that I lacked forethought and didn’t line the bag. Uhg. Oh well. We’ll consider it a work in progress and maybe eventually I’ll add a liner and some pockets 🙂

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Awesome Free Tutorial Site!!

I found this wonderful link on Pinterest! Yea!!! So many adorable free patterns/tutorials. I had been trying to figure out what to do with some vintage fabric (yes, really vintage leftover fabric from one of my mom’s old dresses) that was in my stash. This little Snappy Toddler Dress used up the perfect amount and turned out so cute!!! The pattern on the site was for a baby (12-18 months), so I just used the back neckline from the pattern as the front neckline for my 5 1/2 year old and created a new back neckline to fit her. The rest was easy! What do you think???

Next on my list is that adorable Snap Wrap Dress that’s on there…and probably a few more of these tops 🙂 I’m sure I’ll have to adjust a little to accommodate for my daughter’s age/size, but that is a simple fix.

Loooove these simple tops! Thank you Prudent Baby!!!

New Twist on the Classics

I am a fan of vintage design. I love the way that the classics look and the way that I feel when I put them on. Over the weekend, my husband cleaned out some bins that had been stored away and found some of his old shirts from high school and his youth. I have adopted one of them as my own 🙂 It reminded me of those old baseball shirts, you know, the ones with the different colored 3/4 sleeves and collar? Love those. I remember having a few when I was young and loving them back then too. Now if I can just get my hands on some vintage tube socks (My Miami Dolphins colored ones were my favorite back then, what I wouldn’t do to have a pair of those right now!)…

So I started thinking about my crafts and the projects that I’ve done that I love the most. I realized that those projects that are the most fun are ones that have that vintage inspiration OR ones where I take a classic and add a little something to it. Here are a couple that I’ve recently done.

1. Classic Pillowcase Dress. Sooooooooo many of these are around these days. You can find them in stores, on etsy (or other handmade store sites), and pretty much everyone I know (that can sew) has made a pillowcase dress. It is simple and beautiful and–best of all–very versatile. A true classic. So I still love to make these, but what I like even more is adding just that little touch of unique by crocheting a simple trim embellishment. Here is one of my latest that was a custom order and I just love the way these 2 dresses (for sisters) turned out.

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Adding this trim is very simple. My only advice (if you want to try this on your own) is to make sure you crochet a length of trim slightly shorter than the length of the hem of the dress. The crochet trim does stretch and the last thing that you want to do is finish the entire trim, go to pin it and sew it on and find that you have an excess…trust me, getting to that point and having to start over is no fun! So about 1/2″ shorter than the hem is good.

2. Classic #2 and so simple to make is the dishcloth. In this day and age, people are starting to get back to being a little more earth friendly. I think for a while everyone just wanted easy and disposable and forgot that we had to take care of our earth (that is my very gentle tree-hugging reminder to everyone: reduce, reuse, recycle). So if you wash as many dishes as I do and are sick of throwing away those stinky old sponges every couple of weeks, consider making your own (or if you know me, asking me to make you some) dish cloths. I hope that the Red Heart Yarn people will forgive my next comment, but this is about the only thing that I will use their “super saver” yarn for (it is far too rough for me to ever use on a hat or anything else that someone will wear). It is cheap and just the right texture to do an absolutely wonderful job as a dish/pot scrubber. So thank you Red Heart for that 🙂 The best thing about these is that they last SO much longer than sponges. You just throw them in with your towels once a week and wash and dry on hot and you can reuse these things for months and months! I love to make these little scrubbies instead of “dishcloths”, but that is just a personal preference.

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So these are 2 of my favorite takes on the classics. What are some of yours? I would love to hear!