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

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Amigurumi Mermaid

A Little Mermaid was one of my older sister's favourite movies. She thought Ariel was the prettiest Disney princess. For her birthday, I made her a cute amigurumi mermaid. :)

To start, I used cream, green, light green, red, and dark purple yarn with my 2.00mm Clover Amour crochet hook. 

I wanted to crochet the head, body, and fish tail together as one piece I crocheted the head and worked down. 

After I crocheted the head, I crocheted the body/tail without binding off. 

To finish off the tail, I crochet the fin by making two triangles.

After I finished the head,body, and tail, I crocheted Ariel's arms and sewed them to her body.


Finally, to make her hair, I first grabbed some red yarn and embroidered the mermaid's bangs, then I made her hair by attaching multiple strands of red yarn to the head. After I was done, I trimmed the ends a bit because they were uneven. 


After weaving in the loose ends, I finished Ariel off with her purple seashell bikini top by embroidering it on her chest. Ariel is done! :D


Here is the pattern:

Materials

  • Cream(or beige), green, red, and purple yarn
  • 3.75mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • 9mm plastic safety eyes
  • Plastic needle
Head and Body
Ch2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in the 2nd ch away from hook.
Rnd 2: (inc in every st around.) 12 sts
Rnd 3: (sc 1, inc in the next st) rep around. 18 sts
Rnd 4: (sc 2, inc in the next st) rep around. 24 sts
Rnd 5: (sc 3, inc in the next st) rep around. 30 sts
Rnd 6: (sc 4, inc in the next st) rep around. 36 sts
Rnd 7-13: sc in every st around. 36sts
Rnd 14: (sc 4, dec) rep around. 30 sts
Rnd 13: (sc 3, dec) rep around. (24sts)
Rnd 14: (sc 2, dec) rep around. (18sts) 
Insert plastic safety eyes and stuff the head.
Rnd 15: (sc 1, dec) rep around. (12 sts)
Here we are going to start making the body
Rnd 16: (sc 1, inc in the next st) rep around. 18 sts
Rnd 17:(sc 2, inc in the next st) rep around. 24 sts
Rnd 18-20: sc in every st around. 24sts
Switch to green yarn
Rnd 21-29: sc in every st around. 24 sts
Rnd 30:(sc 2, dec) rep around. 18sts
Rnd 31: sc in every st around. 18sts
Rnd 32: (sc 1, dec) rep around. 12sts
Rnd 33: sc in every st around. 12 sts.
Rnd 34: (dec) rep around. 6sts
Rnd 35: sc in every st around. 6sts
BO 

Arms(make 2)
ch2
Rnd1: In the 2nd ch away from the hook, sc 8.
Rnd 2-8: sc in every st around. (8sts)
BO with long tail fro sewing. 

Fins (make 2) 
ch 2
Rnd 1: In the 2nd ch away from the hook, sc 6.
Rnd 2: sc in every st around. (6sts)
Rnd 3: (inc) Rep around. (12sts)
Rnd 4-6: sc in every st around. (12sts)
Rnd 7: (dec) rep around. (6sts)
Rnd 8: sc in every st around. (6sts)
BO with long tail for sewing. 

Finishing
Sew the arms to the body and sew the fins to the bottom of the tail. Embroider her bangs with red yarn, then attach multiple strands of red yarn to the top of her head (if you are having trouble attaching the hair to the head, here is a great tutorial http://www.thefriendlyredfox.com/2016/09/how-to-attach-hair-to-crochet-doll.html). Note: The hair on my Ariel is curly, because I used yarn from an unraveled project.  
Embroider several horizontal stitches to make her seashell bikini top.
Weave in all loose ends. 

Tada! Ariel is done!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I will see you in another post! 

Happy Crocheting and Crafting! 

Anna