Sunday, April 23, 2017

Gift Bags/Pouches

Hey y'all!

Long time no see! It has been a very long time since I posted something on this blog. I have been crocheting and crafting, but my school schedule has been crazy busy since I am preparing for all my finals, AP exams, and SAT. However, my junior year in high school is almost over, so I will definitely be blogging more often during the summer and my senior year! :)

Any who...Back to the post... :P

At my church, I help a couple of kids memorize Bible verses at AWANA. Now that summer is approaching and AWANA is coming to an end, I wanted to make some gift bags for them. My plan was to crochet mini pouches and stuff them with goodies. Soooo.....

I started by making four pouches (since I have four kids in my group) each in different colours. For each pouch, I used Patons Grace yarn ( colours: Peacock, Ginger, Blush, and Viola) with a 3.75mm Clover Amour crochet hook. To make the pouch, I just crocheted a long rectangle using the moss/seed stitch, folded it in half, and sewed up the sides

Aren't the colours so pretty?

Next, I ordered a colourful array of zippers from Amazon (I believe it was a pack of 50 zippers for $8).

Before I inserted the zippers, I sewed a lining in the pouches (If you want to learn how to insert zippers and lining into crocheted pouches, you can learn at this post).
In the pink pouch, I inserted a pink lining; in the blue, a yellow lining; in the green, a yellow lining; and in the purple, a white lining. If you can remember, I used the same yellow fabric in the blue and green pouch as I did for my iPad cover.




For the purple pouch, I chose a dark purple zipper; for the pink one, a white zipper; for the blue one, a grey zipper; and for the green pouch, a creme zipper.

Tada! One pouch done! It took me a while to sew and attach the lining and zipper to the pouch, but my trusty sewing machine made it much faster and easier! :D




All pouches done!

In each pouch, I stuffed it with cute goodies. Three of the pouches were for girls, so I stuffed them with a BonBon Bear keychain, some Hi-Chew, and a Tsum Tsum lip balm (found at Target). The last pouch was for a boy, so I stuffed it with a BonBon Bear keychain, Hi-Chew, and a small pack of Pokemon cards. :)


I was really happy with how these pouches turned out. They are super cute and can be used in multiple ways (party favor bags, coin purse, makeup pouch, travel pouch, etc.)

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Till next time, Happy crocheting and crafting!


Anna :)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

DIY iPad Cover

I recently made then unraveled a bright pink beanie. I had no idea what to use the yarn for until my mom told me that I should make an iPad cover for my iPad since I have no idea where its case is. Using this bright pink yarn and my 4.00mm crochet hook, I began to make my iPad cover/case/pouch. I started by ch 35 and crocheting the moss stitch across. I continued crocheting the moss stitch until it was as long as I wanted it to be.
Isn't the moss stitch so pretty?

A few months ago, I took a sewing class with a friend from church and had leftover cloth from a previous sewing project. Isn't the pattern adorable? I love how you can see these adorable sheep and their butts. (lol)

So, I decided to use this cloth as my lining for my iPad cover.
I cut a long strip from the cloth and hemmed the ends with my sewing machine. Next, I sewed it to my crocheted strip with my sewing machine as well. Tada!


Next, I folded the cover in half and sewed the sides shut.
 Tada!! My iPad cover is finished!!
 This is the inside of the pouch:

That's it for today's post! Talk to y'all in my next one. Byeee!
Happy crocheting and crafting! 
Anna

Monday, November 21, 2016

Update on Life

Hey everyone! So sorry it has been a long time since I posted something. Lots of things have prevented me from blogging. Some of them are...

1. New House?
My family and I are in the process of moving. We are hoping to move to an area a lot closer to our church friends, and I am really excited. Although the house is a lot smaller than our current home, it is still really nice, and the location is great.

2. School...
Ugh... It is junior year for me, so I am really struggling with AP and SAT homework and tutoring sessions. Homework and weekly quizzes flood my free time, and I can't seem to find enough time to work on any of my crochet projects. I am surprised my brain has not shut down on me. All my AP tests are later next year while my SAT test date is slowly encroaching upon me. It is really stressful and an emotional roller coaster, but thankfully, I am surviving (kinda...).

3. Puberty:
I am a teen struggling through puberty. It is surprisingly not as bad as I thought it would be, but it is not the most enjoyable experience. But it is also a good time of my life as I am going through growing pains in my physical body and my spiritual life. Hopefully by the end of this experience, I will be a butterfly ready for the real world and adulthood. :P

4. Holidays!!
Ah, winter break... I can't wait to get finals over with so that I can spend three weeks with you, winter break. I am currently studying for three finals, and they are surprisingly going well. I am determined to finish my finals early, so that I can quickly forget about school and embrace my time off. However, my joy will be short-lasting since I will be studying for my SAT. It is coming up soon, so please pray that I will be able to do my best on the SAT and not have to take it again!! :)

Speaking of the holidays, I will be posting updates about my Christmas project, so stay tuned for that!

That's it for today's post. There will be a new post this Saturday, so keep your eyes peeled for it. Till then, happy crocheting and crafting! :D


Anna

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Christmas Project: Stockings!

Yes, I know it is wayyyy too early to think about Christmas, but I have always wanted to make Christmas stockings for my family. For the past 2 years, I have attempted to knit/crochet some, but always failed. However, this year I am determined to successfully knit 4 stockings(one for each family member) and stuff each one with mini gifts for my family.

To make the stockings, I decided to use chunky yarn and big knitting needles to make sure my stocking is extra big and sturdy. The yarn I am using is the same yarn I used to make my shrug sweater. 


I did not want to write or make up a pattern for the stockings since my knitting skills are not as advanced as my crocheting skills. So, I found this awesome pattern on Ravelry. It is originally supposed to be a stocking ornament, but I have already used this pattern to make baby socks. Since I am using chunky yarn and big knitting needles, the stocking will not be as small as it is supposed to be. Before knitting my stockings, I rolled the chunky yarn into one giant ball and one smaller ball.

To make the first stocking, I knitted it with the yarn and size 11 knitting needles. I love this patterns, because you knit the stockings flat, then sew it together at the end.
One stocking done!

To personalize my stockings, I cut out letters from black felt. For my dad, I cut and glued letters that spelled 아빠(abba). For my mom, I cut out 엄마(umma), 언니(unni) for my older sister, and 오빠(obba) for my older brother (good thing I don't have a younger sibling! Cutting out 남동생 or 여동생out of felt would have been a headache! :D)



To make a little loop on the top sides of the stockings to hang them, I just crocheted a chain of 20 sts and sewed it to my stockings. I finished knitting all four!
Then, I glued on the felt letters.


TADA! All done! I am planning on stuffing them with chocolates and other goodies for their Christmas gifts! I will update you what I put in them later. Now, I just have to hide these stockings somewhere till Christmas... :P

Till next post, Happy crocheting and crafting!
Anna

Saturday, September 24, 2016

BonBon Bears!!


Stephanie Jessica Lau from AllAboutAmi.com released her new pattern for these adorable little bears! I love tiny teddy bears, and I knew I had to make these little guys. The yarn Stephanie used was Lion Brand's Bonbon Cotton yarn, but I decided to use my favourite yarn, Patons Grace mercerized cotton yarn in the colours Peacock, Ginger, and Azure with my 2.00mm Clover Amour crochet hook.

I recently ran out or plastic safety eyes, but I did have some black beads that I could sew onto my amigurumi to make eyes.
This was my first time sewing black beads as eyes as I am always using plastic safety eyes for my amigurumi since they are easier to attach.
To practice, I sewed on the beads to a scrap crocheted square
Before stuffing and closing up the head of my bear, I sewed on the bead eyes and was really happy with how they turned out!
Next, I stuffed the head and closed up the hole at the bottom
Then I weaved in all the loose ends.
Next, I made the body, stuffed it, and then sewed it to the bottom of the head.

Then, I made two tiny circles for the ears and sewed them on the top of the head.
To make sewing easier, I pinned the ears before sewing them on. Pinning the ears made it easier to sew the ears on with precision.

Almost done!! The last things to make are the limbs!
Arms done...
Then, I made the legs
To finish off the bear, I cut out an oval out of white felt for the belly and embroidered a little x at the bottom to be his belly button.
Then, I cut out a circle out of white felt and embroidered a straight line for my bear's nose.
Finally, I glued them to my bear with a glue gun

My bear is done!! I wanted to make my bear into a keychain, so I added a keychain with a snake chain. (I got my keychains from amazon.)
Then, I made two more bears! I made a dark blue and a green one

One
Two
Three!
That's it for today's post! I hope you all liked it. :) I have not yet named my bears, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments!

See you in another post!
Happy crocheting and crafting!
Anna