Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

Free Recycled Sewing Tutorial - Homemade Pet Potty Pad

I really didn't want to call this a 'puppy potty pad because it was made for 2 rebellious cats.  I call them rebellious because when they went from being outdoor/indoor cats to indoor only cats, they started to do bad acts.

To be closer to my grandchild (and soon to be grandchildren - grandson expected at the end of this month), we moved into a house with a large pond in the back yard.  And this pond comes with duck families and beautiful birds.

Cats being cats, I didn't want to be responsible for going outside and finding any of these beautiful animals dead.  So I designated a closet in one of the rooms as 'the place'.  However, I started noticing an odor around the area.  That's when the realization  

Monday, February 22, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern - Pop Tab Broomstick Lace Bracelet/Cuff

This pattern may not be sold, published, reproduced-mechanically or electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying from any website(s) or electronic mailing lists, etc..  
Please do not offer, sell or distribute this pattern in any way to anyone else.  

I have recently fallen in love with the Broomstick Lace crochet stitch.  I wondered how it would look made with pop tabs.  In less than a half hour, I had a beautiful pop tab bracelet.

Designer Notes:

  • The only 2 stitches you need to know are slip stitch and single crochet.
  • The bracelet/cuff is made for slide on/off.  
  • Whether you are using plarn, tarn or regular yarn, there is stretch which makes the slide on/off comfortable.

Materials used:
Scrap yarn
Ruler or large knitting needle
Pop/Pull Tabs - how many depends on the width and desired fit - 
   Single Broomstick Lace - 1 pop tab x 5 rows =5
   Double - 3 pop tabs x 5 rows =15
   Triple - 5 pop tabs x 5 rows = 25
each Broomstick Lace stitch requires 2 pop tab holes = 4 single crochet stitches
Size F crochet hook
(optional) Needle for weaving ends

Pattern note - As you can see in the pic below, removing the clipped piece from the inside of the pop tab gives a cleaner appearance to the exposed edge of bracelet.

Step 1:  Establishing width - 

Join with a slip stitch in first hole, make 2 single crochet stitches in same hole.  For 1 Broomstick Lace stitch, make 2 single crochet stitches in next hole.  Jump down to Row 2 instructions. 
For wider bracelet - continue to Step 2.

Lay 2nd pop tab behind 1st pop tab as shown in pic below and 2 single crochet stitches into hole through both layers.  

Continue layering 2 pop tabs for each Broomstick Lace for a wider bracelet/cuff.
Step 2:
Pull up a loop from each single crochet stitch made from the previous row by inserting hook into the single crochet stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop sliding it onto stitch holder.  In picture below, a standard ruler was used as the stitch holder.   Most instructions suggest a large knitting needle.   It's really the designer's choice.

Continue pulling up loops across to the last single crochet stitch.

Step 3: Pull all stitches off stitch holder - slide crochet hook through middle of first 4 stitches and chain 1, make 4 single crochet stitches in same 4 loop hole.   Insert hook through the middle of next 4 loops making 4 single crochet stitches.  Continue pattern for every 4 loops.   (This completes the pattern set.  Each set made will be used for desired fit.) 
When end of row is reached, turn.

Step 5:  Starting next pattern set - with wrong side facing you, place the right side of pop tab to right side of piece, pull a loop through first single crochet stitch and first hole of pop tab, chain 1.  Make a single crochet stitch in same stitch and in each stitch across. 

When finished, straighten up pop tabs.  Below pic shows back view.  Chain 2, turn piece with right side facing you.

Make 2 single crochet stitches in each hole across.

 Repeat from Step 2 until desired fit. 

To finish the bracelet/cuff - with wrong side facing you, fold piece in half matching beginning pop tab row with last single crochet row made - repeat Step 5.

As you can see, this design is very versatile. 

I look forward to seeing your finished designs.  Let me know if you have any questions.