Handmade Gift Bags

My Grandmother has been doing recycling projects for as long as I can remember. One of her best ideas has been to make fabric gift bags for Christmas. She and my mom have made several over the past 20 years using all kinds of fabrics and sentimental family pieces (remnants from dresses handmade, doilies from great-grandmothers, fabric from wedding gowns, etc.) I, of course, have enjoyed carrying on the tradition and not just at Christmastime. Making up the basic bag[Read more]

Christmas Crochet Workshop

We had a fun time last Saturday with a group of parents and their children at a local craft store. Everyone learned the basics of crochet and all the children walked out wearing their own Christmas necklace. Some parents even tried moving beyond the chain stitch and tried their hand at single crochet to make a candy cane ornament. (I used a variation of a free pattern I found on-line at www.PlanetJune.com.)Here are some photos of a variety of crocheted[Read more]

Girls Pretty Poncho

Like the shrugs previously published on this blog, here is another project for little girls that we worked on in my latest Hooked on Crochet class (Gifts for Girls). This poncho was a hit since it looks so cute and can be completed very quickly. The pattern in from an old episode of Uncommon Threads. The women on the show explained the basic pattern that can be adjusted to fit any size. The shells are made from treble crochets and[Read more]