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Arts and crafts: Crochet teddy bear

Fill your spare time with arts and crafts!

With so many beautiful arts and crafts tutorials out there it’s easy to find inspiration for your homemade gifts.

I came across this teddy bear when I was looking for ideas for a baby toy. My baby nephew’s 1st birthday was coming up, and I wanted to make something special for his first birthday. After all, you only turn 1 once :D!

This teddy bear is very easy to make if you already know how to knit. To find out how you can make your own, keep on reading.

Supplies

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  • Scrap yarn (if you have some, if not, 1 small skein of each color would be enough)
  • A crochet hook (you’ll need to calculate your gauge)
  • Fiber fill
  • A yarn needle
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Instructions

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This teddy bear is not my original pattern, I found it in this amazing website dedicated to all things amigurumi, crochet, and knitsThe pattern is free, which is super nice and generous of the designer, but you may only use it for your own personal arts and crafts projects.

I know there are thousands of free patterns that you can find online for your arts and crafts projects. But there are several reasons why I chose this particular one.

For example, I love that it’s a Picasso bear! Pablo Picasso is probably one of my favorite artists of all times, and not just because I am from Spain. Actually, I find his art very inspirational.

What makes this bear a “Picasso” bear is the shirt; check out this picture of Picasso wearing his iconic stripes.

Another things that I love about this pattern is that you can find it in both English and Spanish, in case you only speak one of the two languages. Así que si no hablas inglés, o si no sabes hablarlo muy bien, todavía puedes tejer el osito siguiendo las instrucciones en español 😀

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Homemade gift for babies: Bee rattle

A rattle is the perfect homemade gift for a baby

This homemade gift was one of the most satisfying toys that I have ever made. It was my first time making a rattle and I really enjoyed it! I also love that the finished product looks so good. My baby nephew loves it, and the best part is that it cost me exactly $0 because I had everything I needed at home already.

If you want to make your own, keep on reading!

MATERIALS

  • Scrap yarn in yellow, black, and white.
  • A crochet hook (size will vary depending on your yarn, check how to calculate your gauge)
  • Red thread
  • A knitting or darning needle
  • Fiber fill
  • Uncooked rice
  • A ping-pong ball or some small, hollow plastic object (I used this little kid toy that I found at home)

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. First, you are going to fill your plastic, hollow item with rice. If you are using a ping-pong ball, you’ll have to drill a hole in it so you can put the rice inside. Then, seal in the rice using duct tape and set aside. You’ll need it later to fill in the body of the bee.

**Make sure you seal the rice very well to avoid choking hazards!

This will be inside the body of the bee.

2. Then, crochet the bee following the instructions in this crochet pattern.

I modified the original pattern a little bit because I didn’t like the thick, black stripe. Instead, I crocheted alternate rows using yellow and black yarn. Also, I decided to stitch the eyes with black yarn instead of sewing beads because I didn’t want my nephew to choke accidentally.

**Make sure to avoid working with small objects that a baby can accidentally choke on or stick in his/her nose or ears.

3. Last, fill the bee’s head with fabric fill, and place the plastic object full of rice inside the body of the bee. Alternatively, you could place the plastic object in the head of the bee, and use the fabric fill for the body. I decided to use mine for the body because the shape fit the body perfectly.

4. Finally, stitch the bottom of the bee, and you are all done!

I hope you like! Leave a comment and let me know how yours turns out 😀

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DIY home decor: Cactus Pincushion tutorial

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I made this diy cactus pincushion a while ago after discovering this wonderful arts and crafts site, and I was so happy with how it turned out that I decided to make a new one. But this time I wanted to make a diy home decor item for one of my friends. I also wanted something that had an industrial feeling to it, hence the silver spray paint and the black yarn.

If you like it, you can make your own by following the instructions below.

Supplies

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  • Yarn in two contrasting colors
  • Knitting needles (check your gauge)
  • Darning or yarn needle
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Pins (not pictured)
  • Small clay pot and plate
  • Spray paint
  • Lace
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot glue (not pictured)

Instructions

1. Cast on enough stitches to knit a square that would fit inside the small clay pot in the following pattern:

ROW 1: k1, p1 till the end.

ROW 2: purl the knit stitches, and knit the purl stitches. Repeat these two rows until you achieve whichever length will fit your flower pot best.

This first knitted rectangle will be the base of your cactus, and you will be sewing the first section onto it.

2. Next, cast off and make a ball by joining the four corners together and filling it in with fiber fill.

3. Now, you can knit several rectangles of different sizes following the same pattern.

Cast off each rectangle and sew the longer sides together to create a cylinder.

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diy home decor | homemade gifts | cactus pincushion tutorial

4. Next, fill in each cylinder with fiber fill and attach the longest, thickest one to the base of the cactus. This will be your “trunk”.

Now you can sew the rest of the cylinders to the trunk of your diy home decor cactus. You can also attach different segments to other sections to create ramifications and interesting shapes.

5. And now, it’s time add some flowers to your diy project.

FLOWERS

1. First, check your gauge and select the appropriate crochet hook. Then, use the magic loop method to begin and knit 6sc in the loop.

2. Now, make 2 dbc and 1 slc in EACH of the 6 stitches. When you are done, fasten off.

3. Last, sew your flowers to your cactus.

Finishing touches

All you have left to do now to finish your diy home decor item is simple and fast!

1. First, glue the clay pot to the plate using a hot glue gun.

2. Next, spray paint the outside of the pot, making sure you get the inside of the plate. Wait until it’s completely dry; but don’t worry, it shouldn’t take long. The nice thing about spray paint is that it dries fairly quickly.

3. Once your flower pot is dry, you can glue your cactus to it using the hot glue gun.

4. Your new awesome cactus is now ready to get some pins in place.

5. Finally, you can glue a small piece of lace to the rim using fabric glue. And you are all done!

Enjoy your new cactus pincushion, or gift it to someone you care about! Don’t forget to leave a comment, let me know how your projects turn out!

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DIY knit tutorial: Pillow Covers

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Follow this diy knit tutorial to make your own pillow covers. It’s easy if you know how to knitt. But if you don’t, don’t despair, I will be posting tutorials and tips soon. Stay tuned and keep on crafting!

This diy knit tutorial will show you how to make your own personalized home decor fast, and for little or no money. If you have some extra yarn and a little time, you can make your own too. Just keep on reading to find out how 😀

Materials and supplies

  • Ugly pillows that you’d like to cover up. If you don’t have any, you could fill your pillow covers with poly-fill instead. Another option would be to buy some at a thrift store, but you’ll need to send them to the dry-cleaners first (bed bugs are no fun!).
  • Scrap yarn (I used what I had left from the ottoman covers)
  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn needle

DIY knit tutorial: directions

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1. First, you need to figure out your gauge. Once you know how many stitches you need, cast enough to knit this cable pattern.

2. Then, knit a strip long enough to cover both sides of your pillow. This way, you can minimize the number of seams that you’ll have to sew later. But if you prefer to knit smaller sections, then knit each side of the pillow separately.

3. Then, wrap your knit around your pillow and stitch the edges. You can use a mattress stitch, it always look nice and it gives you a nice, polished finish.

And you are done! Enjoy your new pillow covers, and stay tuned for more fun and easy diy projects!

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DIY knit project: Ottoman cover

Decorate your home with style with this diy knit project

Knitting is possibly my favorite hobby, so whenever I find a diy knot project tutorial for my home, I get super excited! Give me a ball of yarn and needles and I’m the happiest girl on earth. Add in some music and a cat at me feet, and I’m in heaven. Now I may love cats as much as I love knitting, but what I don’t love is how they destroy my furniture.

Well, I was sick and tired of my scratched up furniture, so I decided to find a solution. The nice thing about diy knit projects is that I can make them again when they become weathered. So even if my cats decide to claw these ottoman covers to pieces, I can always make new ones and try different patterns. But I’m hoping this will help fix the scratching problem.

When I came across this knit pattern by Redheart Yarns, I decided to give it a try.

BEFORE

AFTER

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Materials

  • For this diy knit project, you need the following materials:
  • 2 skeins of Redheart Super Saver Jumbo in “Buff” (or whatever color matches your decor)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Knitting needles in size US 13 (9.0 mm.)
  • 2 row counters (or a pen and a piece of paper to keep count)
  • 1 yarn or darning needle
  • Safety pins (at least 10)
  • 1 cable needle
  • Pins
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Directions

1. First, you need to calculate your gauge following the instructions on the pattern. You will need to measure the width and length of your ottoman.

2. You can now follow the instructions on the original pattern. But if you are like me, you may want to modify it a little bit.

Even though sewing is another hobby that I really enjoy, I prefer to avoid seams when I knit. So instead of knitting 5 individual rectangles (or squares, depending on the size of your ottoman), I knitted a long strip to cover the top of the ottoman and two of the sides. Then, I knitted 2 rectangles of equal size to attach to each side of the long strip. If you do that, you will only have two seams to worry about instead of a million of them (or 4).

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3. I wanted to make sure that my finished diy knit project had the adequate dimensions and shape. So I first used safety pins to hold each side in place. Then, I joined the sides with a running stitch and thread in a contrasting color. Now you can carefully place the cover on your ottoman. If you like the way it looks, then you can sew all seams. I used a mattress stitch because it helps achieve a polished, professional finish.

4. Last, I recommend sewing the cover to the bottom of the ottoman to make sure it will stay in place. And you are done! Hopefully the cats will refrain from scratching it. But I doubt it, that seems to be their favorite hobby!

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