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Learn To Quilt by Using Templates

Learn to Quilt

Have you been wanting to learn to quilt but were a little intimidated?  Using templates makes your Learn to Quilt adventure so much easier.  Today thanks to my friends at Nancy’s Notions  I will be sharing a tutorial for using their Dresden Template.  This kit comes with the Dresden template, seam alignment template, and a colorful and information Instruction Booklet.  There are 15 variations that can be made using this template and the booklet gives you full instructions.   Remember, quilt tops aren’t the only uses for these designs.  I chose to make a decorative pillow and also created a small Dresden Plate in order to embellish a small canvas bag I purchased at my local Joann Craft and Fabric Store.

I think the hardest part was choosing my fabric.  Going to the fabric store has been an activity I really enjoy.  I could get lost there for hours.  Walking down the aisles and see all those bolts of fabrics can be mesmerizing.  So many fabrics and so little time.  First, I used my Dresden template to make a pillow top.  I can bring this pillow out to decorate during the holidays.  Place on my front porch chair or take along for a picnic or parade for comfort.  I had previously purchased a small canvas bag from Joann’s when they were on sale.  I decided to make a small Dresden plate using the templates to embellish my plain tote bag.  Now the tote is so much more colorful and will make a perfect gift for carrying crochet or knitting supplies.  I can already see my colorful yarn balls and crochet hooks and knitting needles inside my little canvas tote bag.  It would make a great gift.

Learn to Quilt - Using templates

Dresden Plate quilting design used on a pillow and a canvas tote bad

You can purchase the Dresden Template kit and other supplies here:    Nancy’s Notions  Grab it now while it’s on sale for only $9.99 until July 31, 2017.  That’s a great bargain.

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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

What is better than an Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top?  A beautiful warm summer day to wear it of course.  Summer is around the corner and I can’t wait. I love to crochet and knit but with warm weather,  it is sometimes a challenge.  I have tricks I use to help me combat the heat.  One way to get around that is to create and design items that use lighter weight yarn or are easier to handle in the heat.  I wanted to create something that would be ideal for wearing on those hot summer days.  I designed this crochet halter top using cotton yarn.  Cotton breathes and is more comfortable to wear during warm weather.

This cotton is made by Yarnspirations  It is called Peaches & Creme and I used a solid white color for my top.  I love using this yarn because it’s easy to find and easy on the wallet.  I purchased my yarn at walmart but it can be purchased at other retailers.   I also created a video tutorial if you are more of a visual learner.   It can be crocheted in Woman sizes S – XL.

You can purchase an Ad-Free PDF pattern/instructions here:   Summer Top PDF Summer Top PDF

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

Crochet Summer top – Yolanda Soto-Lopez

 

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Fun, Crochet Summer Handbag

Summer is a great time to crochet and this fun, crochet summer handbag is the perfect project.  I made this crochet summer handbag using t-shirt yarn.    I used a product from  Hoooked Zpagetti.  I was given this product when I attended the Association for Creative Industries (Formerly CHA – Crafts and Hobby Association).    Learning of new products if always a highlight of the event.

There are many video tutorials for making your own t-shirt yarn.  You can find tarn (t-shirt yarn) at many stores.  I’m not beginning to see this material used in many different projects including handbags, rugs and even some stuffed animals.  I hope you enjoy this project.   I have also included a link to the video tutorial for visual learners.

Crochet Summer Handbag

This is a crochet summer handbag made using t-shirt yarn

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Easy Crochet Plus Size top for Women

This Easy crochet plus size top is a result of many requests.  So many of you have requested patterns that are plus sizes for women.  I designed this easy crochet plus size top to be both comfortable and pretty.  This easy crochet plus size top uses rectangular shapes and some easy shaping.  There are only 3 pieces to this top.  I think you will enjoy making and wearing it.  The top should fit most 2XL – 3XL (although everyone is different).  I measured a friend who wears between a 2XL and 3Xl for the sizes.  I understand that not everyone is shaped the same but I designed the top to be pretty forgiving.   I have also included instructions for a medium size, approximately 38″ bust.   Plus, I have also included a link for a YouTUbe video tutorial.

You can purchase an Ad-Free written pattern here:   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plus-size-womans-pullover-top

Easy Crochet Plus Size Top

Easy Crochet Plus size top

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Learn to Crochet Hexagon with Circle Center

In today’s post you will learn to crochet a Hexagon with circle center.  Learning new patterns or stitches is fun but sometimes can be frustrating.  This little hexagon is so easy to crochet and so cute.  It can be used for many projects.  I used a medium weight yarn and a 6mm hook.  You can use any size hook or yarn just be sure the yarn weight is appropriate for the hook you are using and vice versa.

Hexagon shapes give items a unique look.  There are many patterns ranging from afghans, scarfs, sweaters and even some animals that use hexagon shapes.  I have seen hippos, elephants and turtles using this stitch.   The good news is that it is not difficult to make.   Here I will show you how.  If you are a visual learner I have also filmed and uploaded a free YouTube video for you to watch if you prefer.

Crochet Hexagon with circle center

Hexagon with circle center

 

 

Supplies:

Yarn

Crochet Hook

Yarn needle to sew in tail

Scissors

To Begin:  

Chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a circle.

Rnd 1:  chain 3 (counts as double crochet), 17 double crochet into the circle, slip stitch into 3rd chain

Rnd 2:  chain 1, single crochet same stitch, chain 5, skip 2 double crochet stitches, single crochet into the next double crochet, skip next 2 double crochet (repeat 5 times), slip stitch into 3rd chain

Rnd 3:  chain 3 (counts as double crochet), you will work 3 double, 3 chains, 3 double crochets all into each of the next five chain 5 spaces,  3double crochet, ch 3, 2 double crochet into last chain 5 space,  slip stitch into the third chain, fasten off.     Weave in tails

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial I have included it here, Enjoy!

If enjoy learning new crochet patterns here are a few  more you may like:

Sea Foam/ Ocean waves:

http://allcraftschannel.com/2015/06/crochet-motif-tutorial-sea-foam-ocean-waves.html

Crochet Square Motif

http://allcraftschannel.com/2016/03/crochet-square-motif.html

Crochet Granny Ripple

http://allcraftschannel.com/2016/02/learn-to-crochet-a-ripple-granny-video-tutorial-link-included.html

 

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