Mini Skeins

A recent craze I’ve come across is mini skeins! These are hand dyed hanks of wool in 5-20g weights. For a decent size project you usually need minimum of 1-200g so I wanted to show you what I had got up to with some of mine.

First up was a shades blanket. The idea was each month you got 4 shades on one colour over course of a year- pink, red, orange, yellow, green, lime green, pale blues, darker blues, lilac, purple, grey then undyed for joining. I haven’t finished but here’s my layout plan and progress.

I got a 100g each month in 4 x 25g skeins to make into 16 squares.

This produces a single size blanket approximately if like rectangles or if like squares like me it makes a good couch blanket.

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After that club ended I joined a mini skeins club. This is a random club with no set pattern or ideas but great for those wanting a bit of every hand dyed goodiness they see but without the huge cost. This was month 2’s!! This club only ran for 3 months which is a shame but I managed to collect 25 skeins plus I joined another so in total I have 35!!

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My first project was a miniature doll’s dress. The free pattern can be found here 

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I also made a few newborn headbands with mostly the solid colours. My roundup post can be found here

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Now to think up more ideas!! Many people have knitted or crocheted shawls and blankets so if you’re into colour use your imagination!

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Miniature satchel pattern and tutorial FREE

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Theres something about small cute things so as littlest is off to nursery I made a miniature school satchel

From leather cut the following (W x H)

back/ front (cut 2)- 7 x 6 cm

flap (cut 2)- 6 x 6 cm

straps (cut 2)- 1 x 7 cm

Sew the flap pieces together on 3 sides (left side) , clip corners and turn out. Sew your front and back together just on one shorter side (right side).

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Next job prepare the straps. Fold them in half and sew along cut edge (1). Pin in place on your bag back about 1 cm apart making sure they are central to the piece (2). Mine look of centre because one side is sewn already! Place bag flap in place again ensuring it is central (3)

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Sew the flap and bag straps in place. Lift flap up so seam is folded down but flap is up (4). Making sure handles are facing down onto back of bag (5) sew the seam in place folding the remainder of the bags top edge down (6)

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Secure straps at bottom of bag (7) and sew the other 2 sides of bag back and front together (8)

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Now we need to box the corners. Start by opening up the bag (9) and squashing the corner now ensuring the side seam is inline with the bottom seam (10). Measure across the flattened corner and mark where it measures 2cm across. (11). This is your sewing line. Once complete snip corners off and turn right way out (12). You now have lovely neat corners.

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Wear with pride!

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You can make miniature accesories next. Book & Pencils.

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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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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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Baby gro to baby romper

We all have those baby gros that are too tight in the feet but fits everywhere else, or it’s too long but fleecy so can’t wait to be worn later. Well why not change it to a footless romper and get some use from it! This would work for summer rompers that are too long for shorter children but too short to use as trousers, just add a cuff.

Start by cutting off the foot. Straighten it out and cut above the foot seam at back. If transforming something too long then cut at the right length to hit childs ankle. If it’s a short romper you’re adding to either cut the hem off or unpick it.

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Once you’ve cut the back of foot cut at a slight angle (towards toes) along front.

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Lay the gro out flat, straighten edges and check both new legs are same length. Next try on your baby to determine how much more you need to add. I wanted to make this as a shorts romper but if you’re adding a lot then a funky contrast may work better.

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Measure how wide the legs are this will be the width of your cuff.

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I wanted a 1 inch cuff so I cut 2 cuffs that are  twice the width of leg x twice the depth of cuff wanted plus SA (6 inch width x 2.5 inch depth). We don’t add seam allowance to the width as you want it to be slightly tighter than gro leg and i added 0.5 inch seam allowance to depth.

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Place short sides of cuffs right sides together and sew using 1 cm seam allowance.

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Flatten seam of the cuff and bring the 2 ends together. Fold rest of cuff up so seam is inside and right side of ribbing is inside. You can use jersey or cotton lycra for the cuffs too.

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Turn gro inside out and place cuff into leg so the inside leg seam matches the cuff seam. Stretch to fit  and sew in place.

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You have cute cuffs on your gro now and will last even longer! You could do same with sleeves and create some cute summer pjs cheaply.

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NB- 6 month bonnet and mitts- FREE crochet pattern

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I spend so much time creating patterns that take weeks or months and selling them I thought I would do a nice quick one for free! So here goes

You will need:

  • DK/ 8ply wool
  • 5 mm hook
  • wool needle
  • ruler or tape

BONNET

Shown below are newborn instructions with notes below to size up to 12 months.

  1. In a magic circle, chain 3 (counts as first dc)  12 dc in circle and join to top of chain.(13)
  2. Chain 3, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in all stitches then join to top of chain. (26)
  3. Chain 3, dc in same stitch, *dc in next, 2dc in next* Repeat to end join to chain 3. (39)
  4. Chain 3, dc in same stitch * dc in next 2, 2dc in next stitch* to end and join to top of chain 3. (52)
  5. Chain 3, 3dc in next stitch, *skip 2, sc in next, skip 2, 3dc in next (shell made) chain 1, shell in side of previous shell (see 3 step pictures below)* Repeat till 6 left, you should end with a sc before skipping 2 and placing 4dc in next. Turn.
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  6. Chain 1 (counts as sc) *shell in previous row sc, chain 1, shell in side of that shell,  sc in previous row chain 1* Repeat  to last shell and sc in last dc from previous row.
  7. chain 3, 3dc in same stitch *sc in chain from previous row, 3dc in sc from previous row, chain 1, shell into side.* Repeat to end placing 4 dc in sc(chain 1)
  8. Repeat rows 6-7 2 more times to complete newborn size.
  9. Chain 23 to create tie, 3dc in 4th chain from hook, chain 1, shell into side, skip 2, sc and fasten off.
  10. Reattach yarn to other end and repeat row 9 for 2nd tie.

To create this for bigger size:

0-3 months: make initial circle bigger to measure 4.5-4.75 inches across, repeat pattern rows till bonnet measures 5.5 inches from centre of mc to edge of bonnet when flat.

3-6 months: make initial circle bigger to measure 5 inches across, repeat pattern rows till bonnet measures 5.75 inches from centre of mc to edge of bonnet when flat.

6-9 months: make initial circle bigger to measure 5.25 inches across, repeat pattern rows till bonnet measures 6.25 inches from centre of mc to edge of bonnet when flat.

9-12 months: make initial circle bigger to measure 5.25- 5.5 inches across, repeat pattern rows till bonnet measures 6.75 inches from centre of mc to edge of bonnet when flat.

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MITTENS

Newborn size only.

  1. In a magic circle- chain 2 (does not count as stitch), 6hdc, join to first hdc (6)
  2. Chain 2 (counts as first hdc) hdc in same, 2dc in each stitch and join to chain 2 (12)
  3. Chain 2 (first hdc) hdc around, Join to chain 2 (12)
  4. Chain 2 (first hdc) *2hdc in next, hdc* Repeat around and join to chain 2 (18)
  5. Repeat row 3 (18)
  6. Repeat row 3 (18)
  7. Repeat row 3 (18)
  8. Repeat row 3 (18)
  9. Chain 2 (first hdc) hdc in next *hdc2tg, hdc in 2* Repeat to end , hdc in last 2 and join to chain (14)
  10. Repeat row 3, Fasten off and weave in end. (14)
  11. Thread needle with length of wool and thread through row 9 to create a tie.

Should you need any help just comment below.

tracy