Wednesday, 24 May 2017

How to Crochet a Beach Bag

As we are getting towards the holiday season and the weather is improving, thoughts start wandering in the direction of sun, sea, sand and just getting away from work in general. I spotted this "how to crochet a beach bag" recently and as this really chimed with my summer thoughts, I wanted to share this with you.  I love the colours: they are bright and summery but not so unusual that you'll end up being limited as to what you can wear when toting this bag.


You Will Need

2x Caron Cakes

4.5mm crochet hook

Pompom maker/s

Darning needle


Ch = chain

Ch sp = chain space

Dc = double crochet

Ss = slip stitch

St = stitch

Tr = treble


How To Make

The bag is started from the bottom and worked up. The handles and pompoms are made separately and stitched on.
bottom of the bag_Rosina Northcott


Ch 4 . Join ends with a ss to form a circle.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch). *1 tr into ring, 1 ch* Repeat from * to * x11. Join with a ss to the 3rd ch of initial 4 ch. Ss into ch sp. [12 spokes].

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as a tr), 2 tr into ch sp, ch 1, *3 tr in next ch sp, ch 1* Repeat  from * to * around. Join with a ss to top of initial ch 3. Ss next 2 tr and into ch sp. [12 clusters of 3 tr]

Round 3: Repeat round 2.

Round 4: Ch3, 3 tr into ch sp. Ch 1. *4 tr in ch sp, ch1* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a ss to the top of initial ch 3. Ss in next tr and in the middle of first 4ch cluster (between 2nd and 3rd trs). [12 clusters of 4 tr]

Round 5: Ch3, 2tr in middle of 4 tr cluster. 3 tr in next ch sp. *3tr in middle of cluster, 3tr in ch sp* Repeat from * to * around. Join with a ss to top of initial ch 3. Ss in next 2 tr and into ch sp. [24 clusters of 3]

Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as a tr), 2 tr, *3 tr in next ch sp* Repeat  from * to * around. Join with a ss to top of initial ch 3. Ss next 2 tr and into ch sp.

Round 7: Repeat round 2

Round 8 – 9: Repeat round 4

Round 10: Repeat round 5 [48 clusters]

Round 11 – 36: Repeat round 6

Round 37:  Ch 3, 1 tr in each st around. Fasten off and sew in ends.


pompoms_Rosina Northcott


Handles (make 2):

Chain 101

Row 1: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook (for a neater finish, work through the back “bumps” of the chain). Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, 1 tr in same st, miss 2 st. *3 tr in next, miss 2 st* Repeat from * to * along. 2 tr in last st.

Row 3: Ch 3, *3 tr between clusters* Repeat from * to * along. 1 tr in top of 3 ch. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 dc in each st along until the end. Fasten off and sew in ends.

Optional: Wind off a ball of the colour from the beginning and ends of both cakes to have different colours for handles and pompoms.

Attach the handles:

Lay the bag out flat and measure across the top (approx 58cm). Mark 12cm in from each side, and pin handles to the inside of the bag (on both sides). Sew to the main body of the bag using plenty of stitches.

Optional: With leftover yarn, make pompoms in a couple of different sizes and sew them to one (or more) areas where the handles meet the bag.

Crochet Beach Bag_Rosina Northcott

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Although the pom poms are an "optional extra" I actually think they help to bring the whole thing together.  They add that certain, something extra to the design and make the finished product stand out from the crowd.  Worth the additional time to make these and add them on.

If you decide to have a go at making this lovely bag, do send us the photos of the bag in use.  We promise not to be too jealous if the pics show you sporting it somewhere sunny and gorgeous.  Just get in touch using the contacts box below.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Top Sewing Tweets of the Week

Here's our regular round up of those eyecatching tweets spotted this week.


1. All in a good cause

Great to see youngsters getting involved.


2. Sewing Bird

Never seen this before but I kinda want one now!


3. Innovative

Well, I can certainly see the attraction of this solution.  Not quite sure how she looks when she takes off her leggings!  Aren't Sharpies permanent markers ...?


4. Mixed Materials

An unusual use of sewing patterns, methinks.


5. Straight out of the shower and into a dress

This is terrific - and who would have thought of using a shower curtain like this?  And waterproof to boot!


6. A Labour of Love

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

A Crafty Way to Recycle Your Pringles Tubes

Sometimes it's the simpler craft projects which are the most effective.  This infographic shows how you can re-use household waste such as an empty Pringles can, and by applying a spot of découpage, end up with a neat storage receptacle.  You get to enjoy the original contents of the Pringles tube, you reduce your waste and end up with a useful container for spaghetti which looks good on your kitchen shelf.  A win win situation all round!

Image source: click here.

Re-using Pringles containers is highly topical at the moment as the Recycling Association has said that they are one of the most challenging items to recycle given the mix of materials used to produce them.  You may be interested to take a look at this article which appeared on the BBC Website suggesting some different uses for a Pringles tube once the contents have been munched.  Most of the ideas aren't particularly crafty - hence our suggestion above - but I do rather like the re-invention as toys for pets.  Those guinea pigs nibbling away at their treat tubes are very cute!

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Top Tweets of the Week

Here we've gathered together some of the most eyecatching and interesting tweets of the week regarding papercraft in its varying forms.

1. Kemono Friends: Crested Ibis Movable Papercraft

2. Paper Vase and Felt Carnations


3. Cherished Memories


4. Intricate Paper Sculptures

This is just amazing!


5. Climb Every Mountain

No difference as far as I can see!


6. Sometimes, that's just how it goes!



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Friday, 12 May 2017

Easter Dress

It's always great to see what craft and sewing projects people have been working on and this girl's dress for Easter is no exception.  Mum Jess is a just loves sewing and regularly makes clothes for her children.  Here's an excerpt from her blog showing off the Easter dress she made for her daughter, Ava.


Here we go with the Easter dress posts! Are you surprised I made them this year?  Ye me too.

I’m also showing you the last dress I made first, so it’s all over the place here folks. Welcome to my life.  snort.

This kraken. I swear. She does all her poses. The only ones that were suggested by me are the basic shots.  Everything else is ALL AVA.

K anyways. the dress. I actually made another outfit for her for Easter and then strongly disliked how it looked with Sadie and Charlotte’s dresses (I’ll still blog it, I love it but not all of them together), so I whipped this one up Saturday morning before Easter. Luckily it’s definitely a whip-uppable dress! I used my darling friend Melissa’s pattern which I’ve made once before, the Lizzy dress. (oddly enough, the other time I made this pattern it was also for an Easter dress!)


I sewed up a size 5, with the short sleeve option. Love this perfect gold button I found in my stash to use! The fabric was I believe, from Hobby Lobby awhile back. It’s fairly stiff quilting cotton so not perfect for clothes, but for this dress shape it worked fine.

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I think you'll agree that Jess has done a brilliant job and that Ava clearly loves posing in her new dress!


We recommend:

To make a similar girl's dress you may like this polka dot fun fabric available from Minerva Crafts.  Or perhaps this yellow floral print available here.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Top Sewing Tweets of the Week

I have come across several tweets related to sewing in general and though I'd share my favourites with you.  Some people are just so brilliant in what they say and do.  I hope you agree.

1. Oh so true!

This tweet doesn't have a pretty picture for once but I thought the sentiment was oh so true.  It's all a matter of perspective after all ....


2. All my own work ...

Not me, I'm afraid.  But this tweeter seems to have been a busy bunny with a fabulous outcome.


3. With help from puss!

Any excuse for a cute cat picture.


4. We've all been there

I'm sure this picture will resonate with all!


5. Beautiful Birds

These look so delicate and really rather gorgeous.



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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Father’s Day – Embellishments For Your Own Cards

For readers resident in the United Kingdom or the United States, Father's Day is now not far away, occurring on Sunday 18 June in 2017.  Although many may think it as a recent invention, perhaps cynically designed to help the card industry sell lots, it has it has been celebrated on St Joseph's Day (March 19) in Catholic Europe since the Middle Ages.

Rather than buy ready made cards for your father, this celebratory day provides the ideal opportunity to design your own card or use a card design template. You can personalise it with all sorts of embellishments relevant to your loved one.  This is the time to be adventurous and even quirky, adding different levels of detail as you feel inspired.  For some interesting ideas to get you started, you might like to check out other people's handcrafted father's day cards.

You can choose to reflect Dad's interests and hobbies on the card - for example, you could add beer related card toppers for a home brew expert, sports motifs for an athletic dad or even birds for a keen ornithologist.


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="208"]Express Yourself Red and White Football Icons DIY Embellishments Pack Football fans might appreciate a footie themed Father's Day card which could be made using these card toppers.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="212"]Express Yourself Gardening Stick-On Card Toppers 9 Pack If your dad is a keen gardener, this set of card toppers would allow a themed, fun card to be produced.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="217"]Altenew - Best Dad stamp set Rather than using card toppers, if you fancy stamping a card for Dad, you might like to try this set of stamps.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="203"] How about this for a man who likes his golf?[/caption]


I'm sure any father would love to receive a hand made card so why not get your creative juices going and create that personalised, special card?

We'd love to see and share your creations, so why not get in touch with us, via the comments section below?

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Friday, 5 May 2017

Embroidery-Inspired Biscuit Decorating


Hungarian pastry chef and artist Judit Czinkné Poór is the Leonardo da Vinci of the cake and biscuit decorating world.

Working from Mézesmanna, her cake-decorating shop in Ajka, there seems to be no limit to what she can do with biscuits. From complex Hungarian patterns to more contemporary designs, Judit uses her skills as a porcelain painter to take her work to a whole new level.

And believe it or not, she’s only been doing it since 2014. How does she do it? “practice, practice, practice,” she says. I think we’ll be practicing for a very long time!

These videos show a couple of examples of her amazing work

How could you eat these? I'd frame them and hang them on the wall!

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

101 Creative Card Sketches

As someone always on the lookout for inspiration, I came across a book by Gloria Pouch called 101 Creative Card Sketches and thought you might find it helpful if I shared my review of this book.

Inspiring - 101 Creative Card Designs


Gloria is a keen card maker.  But one day she had the card maker's equivalent of writer's block, finding she was completely out of fresh ideas.  She had sat down to make a birthday card for her sister but had zero inspiration and found herself in a bit of a quandry.

As a result of this somewhat panicked moment, Gloria started searching for a solution to her lack of ideas and found that card sketches could be a great source of inspiration.  Since then, she has gone on to produce many sketches which can be used as a template for card design.  These sketches feature in her book along with some sample cards so you can see how the sketches can be used to create a variety of finished designs.


In some ways, 101 Creative Card Sketches is a bit of a manual for card making.  It contains over 100 sketches which the card maker can then use to lay out their design.  Personally, I think this book is inspired and of great benefit to the experienced card maker and beginner alike.  There are some really neat ideas, which when you read them, make perfect sense along the lines of "why haven't I thought of that before?".  And the beauty of this book is that you can use the same layout template over and over again but create a fresh design each time just by varying the cardstock or embellishments used!

There is help for the complete beginner as Gloria breaks down each element of the card layout explaining how these work together and what sort of impact you can have by which design elements you choose.  For example, "the background of your card design will set the tone for the overall card".  Kind of obvious when you think about it.  But it's the sort of pointer that is of great benefit to a newbie, who might be keen to get going with the decorative elements and not pause to think about how the background is key to how the card will turn out.

The sketches provided by Gloria in this book are extremely versatile, with each one being capable of being used in a multitude of ways.  Gloria gives a worked example of this, demonstrating how one sketch can be executed in different ways and thus give completely different outcomes.  If you take a look at the picture below, you can see the template sketch (in the centre) she has used to create the two different cards.  If you were just looking at the finished cards, it would take a while for you to work out that they are essentially the same design!


The great thing about the sketches given in Gloria's book is that they are intended for you to use whatever craft supplies you already have to hand.  There's no reason why you can't treat yourself to some new stock, of course, but the idea is that you don't have to buy anything special to complete a project.

To get you started and inspired to make your own cards, the book contains several sample cards along with the instructions on how to make them.

Overview of Contents

Included in 101 Creative Card Sketches, you'll find:

  • 30 Horizontal Card Sketches
  • 30 Vertical Card Sketches
  • 30 Square Card Sketches
  • 5 Long Horizontal Card Sketches
  • 5 Long Vertical Card Sketches
  • 1 Surprise Card Sketch
  • Over 25 card samples based on these card sketches, plus instructions
  • Handy summary sheets to see all the sketches at a glance
  • Tips and techniques for making the most out of the card sketches

How to purchase 101 Creative Card Sketches

You can buy your own copy of Gloria's 101 Creative Card Sketches from her website which you can access here.  It's priced at $17 and there is a 60 day money back guarantee if you are not completely happy with your purchase.

In addition to receiving this book, there are some bonus elements included for free, such as the Envelope Making Guide (including 6 patterns), Adhesive Guide for Card Makers (providing information on the best adhesives to use with which materials) and 17 Money Saving Tips for Card Makers.

And finally ...

We'd love to hear from you and see your brilliant designs made using the templates supplied in Gloria's book.  Please get in touch using the Comments box below so we can feature your fabulous creations on this site!

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Looking Sheepish!

I absolutely love this time of year.  The short, dark, cold winter days are disappearing into the past and the future of long summer days are rolling towards us.

One of my favourite things of the spring season is seeing the sheep and their babies in the fields.  I'm always on the lookout for fields of "baby lambkins" as I call them (I'm not actually 5 years old, honestly!) as it really lifts my spirits to see the lambs gamboling and frolicking about while their slightly bemused looking mums keep a watchful eye over them.

So, given that I'm a bit of a fan of sheep, I was excited to see a blog post explaining how the writer had been commissioned to make some felted sheep for a mobile to hang above the cot of a friend's baby.  These little sheep are completely adorable and I just know you'll love them too  Take a look at this photo to see what I mean!


To see the full article and other cute felted sheep photos just click here.

I'm sure these must have made a beautiful mobile to catch baby's eye and for parents and visitors to admire too.

Looking Sheepish! was originally published to Crafty Bug