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Protect your crochet, knit and other delicates while washing

Protect your crochet items while washing

Protect your crochet and knit items while washing

Keep your Crochet and Knit Items safe in the wash 

In a perfect world all of our treasured handcrafted knit, crochet or sewn items would be gently and lovingly washed by hand.  Laid to dry flat over a flat drying rack and then carefully placed back into our wardrobes.

Ahhhh…. enter the real world.  With jobs, rushed scheduled and then throw in a few kids and the hand washing days might be a faint memory.   Well, here is one way to help protect your clothing.  Remember those hoisery bags we used to put our nylons and other unmentionables?  Do people even still use those?

Well it turns out those bags are the perfect way to protect all of your handcrafted items.  You work so hard and put so much time and love into creating all of your beautiful things to see them ruined in the wash.  OK, I know we would all just LOVE to be able to hand wash but the reality is that most of us don’t have the time.

Enter the little hoisery bag to the rescue.  Make sure you get a bag that has a zipper.  I think those work best.  Place your crochet items inside the bag (turn it inside out first- if possible).  Now put your bag into your washing machine.  I still recommend you set your washer to a delicate setting.   Then take out your items and place to dry flat on either a towel or flat drying rack.  Some acrylic yarns can be dried in the drying machine just be sure to set on a low temperature and remove promptly to avoid wrinkles and stretching.

This is especially great for people with young children or babies.  It keeps your precious items safe.

I hope you try this tip.  It has helped save many of my clothing items.

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Small Crochet Baskets – Organize your items

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Small Crochet Baskets

 Small Crochet Baskets

Crochet these baskets if you’re looking for a way to contain and organize your small items.  They can be made in various sizes.  They work up quickly and easily.    They also make a great gift for baby showers, just fill them up with baby items, or make a set of 3.   Size shown above is the small size.  Measures 6 1/2 ” by 4 ”

Gauge is not important.  Instructions are for small size.   To increase size of your boxes add an additional 3 -4 ch in your beginning foundation row.   All other instructions are the same.  I used at the same time.  I used the Bernat Blanket Yarn.  It can be purchased at Joann or online at Yarnspirations

 

 

 

 

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Fast and easy Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Make this fast and easy mason jar sewing kit

 In a pinch for a quick, easy and inexpensive gift.   There are so many times I get invited to someone’s house, get-together, etc.  I don’t like to show up empty-handed.  So, here is a quick, easy and inexpensive gift.   I call it my emergency traveling sewing kit.  This little sewing kit in a mason jar makes a great gift.   All supplies can be purchased at your local Walmart, Rite-aid, etc.   This is a great kit to have in your desk at work, while you’re traveling, or for a child going off to college.Photo of Mason Jar sewing kit

You will need the following supplies.
One small mason jar (the kind for jelly)
1 small sewing kit (I bought mine at the dollar store, but you can find them at Walmart, Rite, CVS, etc.)

A little bit of fiber fill
Small piece of fabric
Ribbon
Hot glue gun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First:  Cut your out a fabric piece about an inch larger in diameter than your lid.

Take out inner lid from jar, and insert fabric into opening, lightly stuff with fiber fill.  Insert inner lid (with rubber) on top of your fabric and batting

 


Now tack down the excess fabric with a glue gun.  Be careful not to burn yourself.  Now add the items of your sewing kit.  You can also add a small card.  

Screw lid back onto jar.  Wrap a small ribbon around lid (you can secure with hot glue) and tie into a bow.  Your gift is now ready.
If you are a visual learner and prefer to watch a video tutorial.  Click on the link on the next page.  Enjoy

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How to put in a lining for your Crochet Bag

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Lined Crochet Bag

Learn how to sew a Lining to your Crochet Bag 

In this post I will show you how to sew a Lining to your crochet bag.   Follow these steps to line your bag.  You will need about 1 1/2 yards of fabric.  Please note, this lining fabric will show thru your granny squares so be sure to get a color you like and that coordinates with your bag colors.  For best results please block your Granny Squares BEFORE sewing on the lining.

You can purchase your fabric at your local fabric store.  I purchased my white fabric at Joann Craft and Fabric Store.    Hobby Lobby also have a a nice selection of fabrics.

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Make this Easy Granny Square Crochet Bag- Great for summer

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Crochet Bag made with Granny Squares

Crochet This Easy Bag Made using Granny Squares

I decided to crochet this easy bag which is made using granny squares.  Summer is almost here and so are the outings we all enjoy.  If you enjoy granny squares here is another great project.  You will need to make 3 granny squares with 12 rounds each.  (Each square measure 18″ square). You make make it with any colors of your choice, or all one solid color.  Please note this is a large bag.  It measures about 25 inches by 25 inches without handles.   I am working on a video tutorial and it will be available on my youtube channel on  4/ 15/13 after 7pm PST.

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