Crochet Headband Roundup

I have been busy making Crochet headbands recently. I own reborn dolls and elastic headbands are just not ‘hair’ friendly so I decided a batch of soft headbands would be great!

Here’s what I made and the links I used to create them.

Heart bow.

I used DK yarn then chained to circumference of the head twice and attach it to the bow with slip stitches. This is an easy make but you do need to concentrate and a few stitch markers may make it even easier.

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Big flower

I used the flower from a hat pattern and again I used DK yarn and made a simple DC (US) band. I then put a bead in the middle of the flower to neaten it up.

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Big bow

This turned out huge using DK yarn so using thinner yarn, smaller hook or even reducing your rows will all change the sizing of this bow.

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Baby Headband

I call this the garter headband because it really does look like one but don’t be put off this is a really nice headband and although looks wide when make it’s a great fit on small heads. I threaded a contrast ribbon through and secured then placed a bow that I layer lace over to hide the join.

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I also made a few bands to put existing bows on. This is a great option for a gentler band but when you want material or ribbon decoration. For children I wouldn’t recommend this but for adults who collect reborns you can pop safety pins on the bottom of bows and interchange your bow using the same band

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Four Strand Plaited Band

You need to chain 4 strands a little longer than will fit round head. As you plait it will shorten.

I started off with a short sc row and attached my chains to that to keep them together and to provide myself with a flat section to join at the end.

Start by plaiting your first 3 strands as you normally would. Then place the fourth strand (right side) under the strand next to it.

Strand 1 over strand 2, strand 3 over strand 1 (in number 2 position) then bring strand 4 under strand 1 (now in number 3 position) and repeat.

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Daisy headband

Every baby called Daisy needs a daisy headband. I used this Daisy pattern for the flower and this dreamweaver headband for the base. You will need to download the base direct on ravelry.

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Easy Lace Headband

This was a great quick project and looks great.

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Mini Skein Projects

I made a few using 5-10g balls of hand dyed yarn. From Left to right: Butterfly (with simple chain band), Chevron, Heart and Simple flower (bottom- download on ravlery)

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Flowery Headband

I sed this Pearly Girl ravelry download as the base

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I then used a variety of flower and lead patterns found for free online to complete as I didn’t like the flowers that came as part of the original pattern.

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Sealife Headband

I used a ripple pattern to make a headband to represent the waves. I then used various parts of patterns to complete the rest: Fish and Seagrass 

The Shell was my own pattern and isn’t written up.

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Little Bow Baby Headband

Super fast make and you could use any yarn to make various sizes. Would look great as a layered bow also and is perfect for newborns as only small.

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Ladybird Headband

For this band I used the applique from these shoes, and the Headband for the Office pattern.

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Peasant Dress Romper- FREE pattern & tutorial


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Before we start this isn’t a comprehensive tutorial because you will be using 2 existing FREE patterns and tutorials to complete this cute romper!

Start by printing off just the top part and sleeves of this Peasant dress by Sew Much Ado . Then you will need these Newborn trousers from Made by Rae but add approx. 1 extra cm to hem. If you use a dress pattern that comes in a full piece cut about 2.5 inches below the armpits.

I made mine in newborn size which would fit 0-3 month size baby too. I found no adjustment was needed to width of dress or trousers should you use a different pattern ensure the waist width when sewn is same as the bottom hem of top section. You of course could make trousers or top wider on purpose and gather  with elastic instead of adding at end. Be sure to check it will fit around the crotch also.

I made the top o the dress as per instructions right up to hemming. The trousers I followed for creating the legs. I then  turned up the hem but left a gap to thread elastic through. If you don’t want gathered legs don’t add the extra and follow pattern except for waist.

Now you will need to turn top inside o and trousers right way out. Match the side seams of both by placing the top over the trousers so the waist of trousers and bottom hem of dress meet. I sewed this in place.

Next I cut some elastic to 16 inches and joined to form a band. I pinned this onto the seam allowance we just created joining the pieces and zigzag into place which at same time finished the edge off. By  joining the elastic to the seam allowance inside you get the joy of an elastic waist without any stitches showing or creating a casing. If you plan for this to be worn without a vest underneath you may need to create a soft casing for the elastic before sewing in.

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Here is same peasant dress used with the bottom section added to complete the actual dress. It’s a lovely simple design perfect for beautiful fabrics.

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Cheap, easy Minecraft gift ~ FREE hama charts

My eldest has been invited to a party this week but as always seems to happen I’m too skint to shell out for a gift. This is where being a crafty mum and kid comes in handy! He has been obsessed with making hama bead things and is very good at it too so I suggested making some funky things for his friend. These are FAB for minecraft items as they tend to have a blocky look to them which coincidentally minecraft does also.

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The easiest option for the face was a creeper face, 2 colours and a happy birthday sticker. I was told it was AWESOOOOME! To make your own use my template: creeper face.

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L-R: Purple diamond, dagger and ghast

I’d had these small canvases sitting around for ages and a project I meant to do never happened. I got them from the works a few years ago. I stuck each one down with silicone glue as it’s all I had to hand but apparently PVA or hot glue would work well also.

To make your own I created easy to follow charts for you using a square bead board.

Excuse the wider boxes on this one it was only way to fit the single bottom square on. Create your gem as if all the boxes were same size : gem

This was done in colours we had but chart is in more accurate colours:  dagger

We used glow in the dark beads but you can use a combination of grey, white and black or just all one colour. The legs are done to imitate them moving: ghast

My eldest loved his friends present so much he made himself a ghast canvas too. These cost me nothing (today) to make and are unique but fun enough to excuse the face they are homemade.

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MBJM Speedy Pants Pattern Review

Please note I chose to review this pattern after testing and using it for my own use. This review was not asked of me.

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I first tried the speedy pants pattern when I tested the pattern before release. My son needed new pants, I had a ton of scraps no good for clothes and I didn’t want to spend £7 on 3 pairs of star wars ones so we agreed he could have funky ones made by me.

The pattern is now released and FREE! You can access it on craftsy or find the MBJM sewing group on facebook and it’s in the files.

The pattern includes pattern for briefs and boxers suitable for both genders aged from 6 months to 12 years. The boxers are one layer throughout but the briefs have a gusset layer for extra comfort.

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Top tip: measure your child to fit these. My son is 8 but fits age 3 in the waist but age 4 & 5 for the rise and a looser fit. You may wish to topstitch them too or give them a good iron to flatten to cuffs.

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He reported them to be very comfy and although the first pair he was unsure of the waist once we put a smaller band on he was happy.

The great thing about these is you don’t need elastic so they fit a lot softer on the skin. You can use jersey, cotton lycra or ribbing for the legs and waist and all work great. Some sewers have even lengthened the boxer leg and gone without ribbing. Below: Pink waist is ribbing, teal waist is cotton lycra and patterned waist is cotton jersey.

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GOOD POINTS

  • Uses scraps of fabric even the tiniest bits
  • great fit and comfy for all ages and genders
  • FREE pattern!!
  • Fantastic range of sizes
  • Great sewing group on facebook to help determine the right size for your child
  • Quick sew- takes me 20 mins per pair and are even easier when make a few at once.
  • Easy, clear instructions
  • Your funky scraps don’t go to waste and you save money in the process (only works if have everything you need 😉 )

BAD POINTS

  • Not so much a bad point but the option to make the boxers without cuffs speed this project up even more plus you wouldn’t need to fuss with flattening them.
  • I’m kinda lazy and like when my patterns include the bands this does not and requires me drawing my own (which I keep losing)
  • Again not a bad point and not a fault of the pattern but may confuse some having to use different sizes for one part and another size for another (i.e. main section and waist band) but I promise it’s really easy to combine sizes.

My boys are 5 years apart in age but only 1-2 in underwear sizing so it can get a little confusing when doing the washing so I popped different ribbon on the outside to help me 🙂

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Making Tab Top Curtains from a duvet set.

My son needed curtains but I didn’t want to pay min £15 for a pair of black out curtains so I decided to use a cheap thin duvet cover instead. I did need to purchase black out material but that cost me under £6 so was still a bargain project. If you use blinds and just  want an extra covering this project will be free!

I started by cutting off the popper strip from the bottom of the duvet cover. I plan to make one curtain that is double layered because it really is very thin. If you need 2 curtains you will need to unpick the seam along the other edges.

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You now need to determine how big to make your tabs. The curtain pole I’m using is fairly close to the top of the window so I needed them as small as possible but still allowing fluid movement so I settled on 3.5 inches adding on an inch for sewing together. I then chose to have 10 tabs approx 2 inches wide adding on 0.5 inch for sewing together. To decide on how many tabs work out the gap they will fit on the pole and ensure they aren’t all bunched up or you’ll not be able to open them

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To create less sewing I cut my tabs on the fold meaning I need 9 squares 4.5 x 4.5 inches. I used the pillowcase to make the tabs and again as it was thin I decided to make the abs using both layers.

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Once sewn iron flat. You will now need to sew your duvet cover up. Sew from the bottom about 2/3 wat up and fasten off. Starting from top sew about 5-10 cm down leaving a gap just enough to turn. Doing the gap part way down means you don’t have any fiddling corners to deal with.

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Turn right side out and iron the seam you just sewed. Tuck under raw edges and top stitch in place as close to edge as possible. You may wish to match your thread to hide this join and when hanging make sure this line is near the top.

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Next up cut out your backing. Most blackout materials don’t fray so you can get away with not hemming which I will as I hate hemming long straight edges. Cut the backing about 0.5 inches smaller than the curtain all around except top edge needs to be almost flush to top.

You need to now pin your tabs into place. Position the raw edge of  tabs max of 0.5 down from the top edge and spread evenly ensuring you have one near both edges no more than 0.25 inches from edge. I  wanted 3.5 inch gap between tabs but found 6 inches  better, as you can see 3.5 inches was just too close and I would have need twice the amount of tabs which wouldn’t have fit on the pole.

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Place backing over the tabs so they overlap min of 0.25 inches and sew into place along the top edge only. You may wish to do an extra line of stitching to secure the tabs.

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You’re done.  You can now hang your curtains happy knowing you did it free or cheaply. Not best picture because when you block the light out it doesn’t work as well for pictures.

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Big clothes made small

One of my most favourite things is making bigger clothes minature always gets a great reaction. So thought I’d share. These are great for scrap projects and so many options you’ll never run out

Made by Jacks Mum Harem romper and eclipse top & dress. You can read my review of the pattern here

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Simple tunic or dress– free pattern! I made this in doll size also

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Bubble romper, sycamore shorts and dungarees– all free!

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Pinafore dress– free pattern! Click first image for a tutorial to how to make your own miniature pay nest.

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Flutter sleeve romper– click HERE for my review

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Further links to help you sew small:

Resizing patterns

Teeny Clothes

Tips for sewing in miniature

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