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Crocheting: (More) Vintage Popcorn Stitch Cushion Cover

 photo IMG_0709-160427-v2__zpsp81p47cc.jpg After pondering about it for some time, I finally went out and bought a Brothers sewing machine.  It has been nearly 20 years since I touched a sewing machine in school during Home Economics class.  Although the very helpful sales assistant at Courts gave me a 30-minute crash course in how to operate the sewing machine, but unfortunately, less than 30% of what she said stayed with me.  She also gave me her mobile number, just in case I needed “SOS” when using the machine, but I am glad that I have not had to call her yet.

I am not one to read the operating manual of a gadget from start to end.  The best way to learn something (at least for me) is to jump right into it and start doing it.  I decided to sew the fabric piece to another cushion cover that I had completed crocheting.  The last vintage popcorn stitch cushion cover that I had hand sewn together is here.

I watched a couple of Youtube videos on how to hem the edges of the fabric and make seams using the sewing machine, took a deep breath, and turned on the machine.  I managed to thread the sewing machine and wind the bobbin, hem all four sides of the fabric after re-doing it several times.  I could not really control the pedal well so the stitching came out looking uneven and very messy!  Sewing the crochet piece to the fabric was quite challenging because the thread in the bobbin kept getting caught in the machine which meant repeated un-picking and re-sewing.  After what seemed like ages, I finally joined 3 sides of the cushion cover using the machine.  All I had to do was stuff the cushion insert into the cover and hand-sew the last side (which led to even more messiness).

 photo IMG_0710-160427-v2__zpsucu2194g.jpgQuite decent for a first effort but lots more practice is needed in using the machine.  For my next cushion cover, I will learn how to attach a zip to the back.  This is really fun.  🙂

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Crocheting: The Angie Bunny Amigurumi

 photo IMG_0216-160404-v2__zpsjpwzfj0g.jpg I fell in love with this cute Angie Bunny amigurumi designed by CrochetObjet. She also designed a wardrobe – sweater, pajamas, ski boots, shoes, a dress – for the bunny. Every time I see a new photo posted by her of the bunny in a different outfit on Instagram, I feel like making a bunny immediately.

Which I eventually did.

 photo IMG_0223-160404-v2__zpsq90tjuzw.jpgIn addition to the bunny, I also wanted to make the set of pajamas for the bunny but the pattern proved too tedious for me.  I made one leg of the pants and decided to ditch this set of pajamas for a one-piece dress, using another pattern from CrochetObjet. The pajamas pattern is not difficult to follow, just time-consuming, and on this occasion, I needed the gratification of completing the bunny to come sooner.

 photo IMG_0258-160406-v2__zpsqu1l7xtc.jpgTa-dah.  Pink dress. Pink ballet shoes.  Purple crochet flower with a fabric button that I had made myself.  🙂

Using a 2.5mm hook, this bunny measures approximately 24cm in length.  I should have made the dress a little longer.

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Crocheting: Vintage Popcorn Stitch Cushion Cover

 photo IMG_0097-160329-v2__zpsay7enoqe.jpgI have been seeing this lovely popcorn stitch pattern around a lot on Pinterest, and I finally found the pattern online.  The final product has a 3-dimensional, vintage look that gives off a whimsical feel to the cushion cover.  Also, I like crocheting popcorn stitches (I make them using 6 double-crochets which unfortunately ‘eats’ up quite a bit of yarn.)

There is a lot of flexibility in the pattern.  To make a bigger or smaller piece, you could adjust the number of rows of popcorn stitches.

 photo IMG_0087-160329-v2__zpsrslmeqjj.jpgFor the back piece, I decided to use a fabric in a cheery yellow and blue Scandinavian print that I bought in Japan recently.  The problem is that I do not know how to machine-sew the fabric to the crochet piece.  So I sewed both pieces together by hand.  I have not sewed anything for at least 2 decades, and it took me ages to complete this task.

 photo IMG_0099-160329-v2__zpsfyyxsyyh.jpgThe result was rather satisfactory, though the stitching is obviously untidy if you look very closely. I am toying with the idea of taking up sewing classes (noooooo, I shouldn’t take up more hobbies), but in the meantime, I should just enlist my aunt’s help if I need to complete another cushion cover.

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Crocheting: The Never Ending Wildflower

I came across this crochet pattern on a blog called Little Monkeys Crochet and decided to give it a try.  The pattern is easy to follow and produces a beautiful floral crochet.  And before I know it, I had made more than a dozen of the flowers in a variety of colors and sizes.

This is such a versatile pattern.  You could turn the flowers into granny squares and stitch them together to make a cushion cover, or a blanket, or a bag.  For something simpler, you could make accessories such as brooches with them.

Inspired by some photographs on Pinterest, I settled on sewing most of the flowers onto a plain slate grey cushion cover.  It was something different from the crochet cushion covers that I had always been making.

 photo IMG_6756-151119-v2__zpshmwuxrgj.jpgTa-da!  The final product.  I was quite happy with the output though sewing the flowers onto the cushion was quite a tough job.

 photo IMG_6807-160213-v2__zpsukiyvh8q.jpg photo IMG_7447-151207-v2__zpsu81optr7.jpg photo IMG_7374-151205-v2__zpswwm8n9gu.jpgThen I went on to make hair-bands with some of the flowers.

 photo IMG_6516-151110-v2__zps4wxmiuc6.jpg photo IMG_7998-160213-v2__zpse6rnq4c6.jpgFollowed by a brooch for myself (which I seem to have misplaced) and a boutonniere (for a guy friend)!

This is definitely one of my favorite crochet patterns, and one that I highly recommend to crochet beginners.

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Crocheting: Popcorn Stitch Floral Cushion Cover

 photo IMG_8653-160204-v2__zpshuvuftt2.jpg photo IMG_8654-160204-v2__zpsubqggfry.jpgI completed this puff popcorn stitch (I don’t know why I keep referring to this particular stitch as the puff stitch!) floral granny square cushion cover after struggling with it for a couple of months.

I cannot seem to stick to a color scheme that I had decided at the start, and I inevitably end up with a color scheme that is quite different from what I had originally envisioned it to be.

In this piece, I had decided on a baby blue and baby pink theme but midway, I added purple to it (because I got bored with pink and blue and needed a new color to keep me going).  My aunt machine-sewed the back using a piece of Japanese cotton fabric in an ocean wave print.  Otherwise, it would have taken me an even longer time to crochet a back piece for this cover.

Front and back – two totally different looks.  And I think I should learn how to use a sewing machine.

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Crocheting: Cushion Cover In African Flower Hexagon Granny Squares

My second cushion cover. It is much smaller that the first one because I ran out of patience to crochet more granny squares needed for a bigger-sized cushion cover. I have always liked the African flower pattern and have been itching to make something with it.  

 photo DSC_0701-2-150830-v2__zps6nef5mpr.jpg photo DSC_0704-150830-v2__zpsrlxsr4ao.jpgI joined all the squares hexagons on the reverse side using a single stitch, and the cushion insert has also been sewn in, so it cannot be easily removed for cleaning.

This was quite an easy one to make.

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Crocheting: Cushion Cover In Solid Granny Squares

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Didn’t get around to posting a photo of my first hand-made crochet cushion cover

I was thinking about autumn when I first conceived the idea of crocheting a cushion cover.  I don’t think this has a autumn-y feel but I am pleased with how the colors turned out.  The size of this cover is for a 20″ x 20″ cushion insert.  The one from IKEA is a perfect fit for this, if you like your cushion to be soft and cuddly.

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Crocheting: Daisy Vintage Purses

Despite feeling lethargic during the weekends (all I want to do is to lie down on the sofa with a glass of wine), I managed to find some time to crochet a new purse, in July 4th colors of white, blue and red.

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I learnt how to sew a simple daisy from one of my Applemint crochet books.  And sewed a pearl bead onto the blue part of the purse.  

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Fairly simple design.  I just didn’t have the energy to do more.

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Crocheting: Jar Covers

 photo DSC_0693-150104-v2__zps59b6a600.jpgI received a Japanese crochet pattern book called “Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts” for Christmas which contained loads of cute, lovely crochet patterns – coasters, square and round dollies, tissue box covers, coin purse, phone covers, jar covers, baby shoes, pot holders, etc.  

I have been wanting to try my hand at crocheting jar covers because I have a number of empty jam jars that I would like to recycle to use as holders by dressing them up with a nice cover.  The pattern for jar covers in Kyuuto looked easy – just repeating rows of double stitches and single stitches.  You can easily increase or decrease the number of rows for the base to accommodate varying jar sizes.

 photo DSC_0692-150104-v2__zpscc89acb4.jpgA bright and cheery cover for a small Ikea glass that I use to hold a little pot of succulent.  I concealed the ugly joining stitches of the cover with two big wooden buttons that I bought at one of the shops in People’s Park Centre.  This is a good crochet craft to make while watching a Korean drama because I do not have to keep referring to the pattern, or count stitches. 🙂

 photo 760_0Image_zpsa240224b.jpgThis is a really good crochet pattern book, with easy-to-follow patterns in English. It was on my to-buy list, and was so glad to receive it as a gift! So this jar cover went to my friend who gave me the book.

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Vintage Coin Purse In Christmas Colours

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I love these little coin purses.  They are useful for keeping not just coins, but for storing jewelry  in your handbag, or when you are travelling.  I decided to try making one myself using bright green cotton yarn.  The shade of green makes me think of Christmas trees, and thought about added a red flower just to give the purse a pop of color.  It would be even better if I had sewn on a little pearl button in the middle of the flower.  Will have to hunt out some pretty pearl buttons for my next piece.  I had so much fun making this!

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