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28 August 2014

Meet The Latest Crochet Pals...

Bunny Crochet Pals seem to be popular at the moment in my little crafty shop, here are a couple of recent cuties who have hopped their way to their new little friends...

 New baby Awela's Pal in a new bright orange jumper! She has her name embroidered on his tummy too!


Sewing tails onto bunny bums!

 Here we see Baby Theo's bunny sporting a beautiful bright blue jumper!

I love making these teeny bunnies!

Hello there!

Crochet Pals are made to order and make an ideal gift for a new baby or child.  You can customise them with your choice of fur and jumper colour and even add an embroidered name onto the tummy!  All this for the fantastic price of £15 which even includes beautiful gift wrapping and postage.  

Email me perfecthidingplace@live.com for more info or to place an order.

25 August 2014

Packaging Crafts

I have been super excited lately to have sold a few little crafty makes online, mostly through my Facebook page, which you can find here... https://www.facebook.com/perfecthidingplace 

One of my fave things about buying handmade from independent sellers is the packaging so I have been re-thinking the packaging for my own crafts recently and thought I would share some of my super pretty finds, cos who can resist stationery and packaging, right?

The pretty polka dot gift bags can be found here... I've ordered some in red and blue.

I LOVE washi tape, I could always add some pretty new colours to my collection, you can find these here...
 
These cute stickers would be great for securing the gift bags, they can be found here... 

I love including a little handmade tag with my orders, this lovely stamp would look so pretty...


AAArgh, what about these sweet little cat gift bags? You can buy them here... 


What is it about clouds? Anything cloud shaped I'm obsessed with at the moment, these stickers would look amazing! 

Do you have any suggestions for gift and craft packaging, or have any links to amazing online stores selling cute stationery, I would love to see...

20 August 2014

Crochet Spiderman - FREE pattern

My beautiful Nephew Corey turned 1 last week, 1 whole year old already! So of COURSE he got some crochet pressies from Auntie Jo!  One of his pressies was this little Spiderman, so I thought I would pop my pattern on the blog if you would like to have a go yourself...

I used Lullaby by Stylecraft yarn in 1578 Berry and Sirdar Snuggly DK in Soldier Blue 412, you will also need a 3.5 hook, some black cotton yarn or embroidery thread and a little black and white felt.


Head
Use your red yarn.
  1. Ch 3, join with a ss to form a ring
  2. Work 5 dc into your ring, don't join (5)
  3. Work 2 dc into each st (10)
  4. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* repeat x4 more times (15)
  5. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 stitches* repeat x4 more times (20)
  6. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts* repeat x4 more (25)
  7. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts* repeat x4 more (30)
  8. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts* repeat x4 more (35)
  9. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 6 sts* repeat x 4 more (40)
  10. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 7 sts* repeat x4 more (45)
  11. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 8 sts* repeat x4 more (50)
  12. 50 dc around (50)
  13. 50 dc around (50)
  14. 50 dc around (50)
  15. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 8 sts* repeat x 4 more (45)
  16. 45 dc around (45)
  17. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 7 sts* repeat x4 more (40)
  18. 40 dc around (40)
  19. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 6 sts* repeat x4 more (35)
  20. 35 dc around (35)
  21. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 5 sts* repeat x4 more (30)
  22. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 4 sts* repeat x4 more (25)
  23. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 3 sts* repeat x4 more (20)
  24. Fasten off your end and secure tail.

Body
Start with your blue yarn...

When you do your red stitches, I recommend starting with 2 loops on hook, pull through new colour and stitch over your ends to secure in.  Then you will need to take your blue with you, don't fasten off! Simply bring the blue yarn through and stitch over it so it is ready waiting for you when need to change colours again.
  1. Ch 3, join with a ss to form a ring
  2. Work 5 dc into your ring, don't join (5)
  3. Work 2 dc into each st (10)
  4. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* repeat x4 (15)
  5. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 stitches* repeat x4 (20)
  6. 20 dc in each st around (20)
  7. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 stitches* repeat x4 (25)
  8. 25 dc in each st around (25)
  9. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 stitches* repeat x4 (30)
  10. 30 dc in around (30)
  11. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 stitches* repeat x4 (35) Change to your red yarn now.
  12. 35 dc around (35) (done in red)
  13. 35 dc around (35) (done in red)
  14. Change back to your blue, 16 dc blue, 3dc red, 16dc blue (35)
  15. 16 dc blue, 3 dc red, 16 dc blue (35)
  16. 15 dc blue, 5 dc red, 15 dc blue (35)
  17. 14 blue, 7 red, 14 blue (35)
  18. 13 blue, 9 red, 13 blue (35)
  19. Start in blue, 1 dc2tog, 5 dc, 1 dc2tog 2 dc, (you should have 9 blue sts now) change to red, 3 dc, 1 dc2tog, 5 dc, 1 dc2tog, 2dc (should be 12 red sts), change back to blue, 3 dc, 1 dc2tog, 5dc (should be 9 sts blue)  (30)
  20. 9 dc blue, 12 dc red, 9 dc blue (30)
  21. Start in blue, 1dc2tog, 4 dc, 1 dc2tog, 2 dc, (should be 8 blue sts) change to red, 2 dc, 1 dc2tog, 4 dc, 1 dc2tog, 1 dc, (should be 9 red sts) change back to blue, 3dc 1 dc2tog, 4 dc (should be 8 blues) (25)
  22. 8 dc in blue, 9 dc in red, 8 dc in blue (25)
  23. Row done completely in red *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 3 sts* repeat x4 more (20)
  24. In red 20 dc around (20)
  25. In red 20 dc around (20)
  26. Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing together.
Arms
Start with red, make 2 arms the same!
  1. Form a magic ring
  2. Work 6 dc into the ring (6)
  3. Work 2 dc into each st round  (12)
  4. 12 dc around (12)
  5. Change to blue, 8 dc, back to red 4 dc (12)
  6. - 10, repeat as for row 5, fasten off and leave a ling tail for sewing on.
Legs
Start with red, make 2!

  1. Form a magic loop
  2. Work 5 dc into loop (5)
  3. Work 2 dc in each st round (10)
  4. 10 dc around (10) change to blue now, you can cut off red and secure ends. Work rest of rows in blue.
  5. 10 dc around (10)
  6. 10 dc around (10)
  7. 10 dc around (10)
  8. 10 dc around (10)
  9. 1 dc2tog, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 1 dc2tog, 1 dc in next 2 sts (6)
  10. 6 dc around (6)
  11. Fasten off and leave long tails for sewing together.
Decoration

- With your black thread work a spiderweb pattern over head.  Choose the central point and work a line down through the middle, I used back stitch, ensure you go right over head and onto back too.

- For the rest of the lines work from your middle central point, trying to keep the lines balanced on each side.  I started with a contrast colour (use your blue) and sew through the head pulling tight so you have a straight line to follow. 

- I worked each of my horizontal lines individually, just joining up each vertical line and ensuring that the lines created a circular shape.  Really this spiderweb pattern was trial and error and I'm amazed it looks fairly ok! haha.  Do your pattern BEFORE you stuff your head, much easier!  Secure your threads inside head and fasten off.

- Next you will need to make your eyes.  Make an elongated semi circular shape out of paper, and cut out 2 of white felt.  Draw round your paper template a little larger for the black bit template and use this to create 2 black shapes from felt.  I attached the white to the black with white thread then use black thread to attach to head, I used a whipstitch, small stitches so they are not very visible.

- Work your spiderweb pattern over the red bits of your arms too and body too.

- I made my little spider by simply cutting 2 teeny ovals from the black felt and securing to the body with a whipsticth again.  I put the legs on just with a back stitch in my cotton yarn again.

Assembly

  1. Stuff the head and body so they are firm.  Sew together, leaving a little gap, add more stuffing at this stage if needed.
  2. Position your arms, pin them in place before sewing to check they are even on each side and do the same for the legs.
  3. Ensure your ends are tucked in by pushing your needle up through your spiderman and out to the other side.  Then pull the yarn taught and cut off, when you shape your toy back the end will disappear inside.
 Boo his spider is not very central! Oh well!

 Little spidey legs!

What do you think of the finished Spidey? Hehe! Well he's not perfect, but little Corey seems to like him which is all that counts!

If you like this one, why not check out my FREE pattern for The Incredible Hulk
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14 August 2014

Zippy WIP Bag

Scrolling through Instagram the other day, as you do, I came across a picture by user @mumquarr of some super pretty project bags she was making to sell.  What an amazing idea I thought!  I have a box full of all my half finished crochet projects and I'm always loosing the corresponding yarns and patterns etc, if I zip them each away in cute little bags will keep them tidy, plus super quick to pick them up and take on the go!

I have a little zippy project in mind that I need the practice for, so I decided to have a go at making my very own zippy project bag.


First I chose some fabrics, I raided my fabric stash as I wanted it to be a quick, cheap project. Anyone else stash fat quarters because you are TOTALLY going to get round to that quilt one day!? LOL! Yeah, not going to happen! So I picked out a few, pretty ditsy floral, super cute sheep and some red gingham leftover from my curtains.  I love a bit of Gingham I do!  In the end I went with the ditsy floral for my first one, but will make the sheep one another time.

I folded my fat quarters in half, and then cut off about 5 inches from the bottom so the bag wasn't too long.  I found a small zip from my local market and it fitted perfectly the width of half a fat quarter. So in the end I am left with 2 pieces of ditsy floral, 2 pieces of red gingham cut perfectly the same size.


Now some embellishments! No sewing project of mine is complete without a bit of ric rac, I LOVE LOVE LOVE ric rac, yes even more than Gingham! The brighter the better! Simply sew your ric rac onto the front of one of your outside pieces.

 More ric rac? Oh go on then...

To find out how to make my bag, I turned to YouTube naturally! I'm not going to write out the full pattern as this lady here handily made a video for us...

 Look look, there's my zip all sewed in!


As you can see I have my zip in place with the outer fabric on top and the gingham underneath for the lining.  Now how on earth do I sew it up into a purse???

 I added a little detail of a line of stitches at the top, this helps to keep the zip a little flatter too.

TA DA!!! Here it is my final WIP Bag, I love it!


This is my first attempt at sewing in a zip, no it is not perfect, but hey, its in there and it zips up! The bag is just practice and just for me so who cares anyway!



The perfect size to stash everything I need to work on my latest Crochet Pal. 
 
If you would like your very own, well have a go at making one! Or follow @mumquarr and purchase one of hers through Instagram, they are SO much better and prettier than mine!

11 August 2014

Hello Skinny Bear!

 Meet my latest Crochet Pal, Skinny Bear! You know I think he might just be my favourite yet!

He has long skinny arms, rather like Olivia's Cat Pal, I think I'm still deciding which limbs I like best for my Crochet Pals, short and stocky like Bunny or skinny ones like these?  Which do you prefer?

 As it is Summer (well it was when I made him, its rather Autumn like out there now, how depressing, it's only August!) Skinny Bear is sporting a rather fetching green tank top.

 Here he is along with my hand so you can see just how teeny he is!

Did you know Skinny Bear and his pals Jess Bunny , Percival Pig and Olivia Cat are all made with my original patterns and can be purchased for the bargaintastic price of £15 including beautiful gift wrapping and postage.

You can choose your choice of jumper (or tank top) colour and I can even embroider a name onto his tummy for you.

Simply email me perfecthidingplace@live.com for more info and to order. 

7 August 2014

Crochet Amigurumi Lego Man - FREE Pattern

I recently made a little Crochet Pal for my Goddaughter, she has a brother and sister so I wanted to make them one too.  But would a boy of 9 like a Crochet Pal??? Maybe he would if it was a Lego Crochet pal! So I set about designing a pattern for a cute little Lego Man.

He is not meant to be an exact representation obviously, but a Lego Man in an Amigurumi Crochet Pal style.




So here's the pattern...
I used Stylecraft Special DK and a 3.5 mm hook.  This pattern is worked in a continuous spiral and uses UK terms.
Head
Use bright yellow yarn.
  1. Ch 3, join with a ss to form a ring
  2. Work 5 dc into your ring, don't join (5)
  3. Work 2 dc into each st (10)
  4. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* repeat x4 (15)
  5. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 stitches* repeat x4 (20)
  6. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts* repeat x4 (25)
  7. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts* repeat x4 (30)
  8. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts* repeat x4 (35)
  9. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 6 sts* repeat x 4 (40)
  10. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 7 sts* repeat x4 (45)
  11. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 8 sts* repeat x4 (50)
  12. 50 dc around (50)
  13. 50 dc around (50)
  14. 50 dc around (50)
  15. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 8 sts* repeat x 4 (45)
  16. 45 dc around (45)
  17. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 7 sts* repeat x4 (40)
  18. 40 dc around (40)
  19. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 6 sts* repeat x4 (35)
  20. 35 dc around (35)
  21. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 5 sts* repeat x4 (30)
  22. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 4 sts* repeat x4 (25)
  23. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 3 sts* repeat x4 (20)
  24. Fasten off your end and secure tail.

Top of Head - Y'know That little nobble bit that all lego bits have!
  1. Ch 3, join with a ss to form a ring
  2. Work 5 dc into your ring, don't join (5)
  3. Work 2 dc into each st (10)
  4. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* repeat x4 (15)
  5. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 stitches* repeat x4 (20)
  6. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts* repeat x4 (25)
  7. 25 dc around (25)
  8. 25 dc around (25)
  9. 25 dc around (25)
  10. Leave a long end for sewing and lightly stuff.

Body
Start with blue yarn...
  1. Ch 3, join with a ss to form a ring
  2. Work 5 dc into your ring, don't join (5)
  3. Work 2 dc into each st (10)
  4. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* repeat x4 (15)
  5. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 stitches* repeat x4 (20)
  6. 20 dc in each st around (20)
  7. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 stitches* repeat x4 (25)
  8. 25 dc in each st around (25)
  9. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 stitches* repeat x4 (30)
  10. 30 dc in around (30)
  11. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 stitches* repeat x4 (35)
  12. 35 dc around (35)
  13. 35 dc around (35)
  14. Change to red yarn... (To change colour start your next st, and when you have 2 loops on hook pull through the new colour, work your stitches in the new colour over the old colour and the tail of new colour to secure for a few then cut off old colour.
  15. 35 dc around (35)
  16. 35 dc around (35)
  17. 35 dc around (35)
  18. 35 dc around (35)
  19. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 5 sts* repeat x4 (30)
  20. 30 dc around (30)
  21. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 4 sts* repeat x4 (25)
  22. 25 dc around (25)
  23. *dc2tog, 1 dc in next 3 sts* repeat x4 (20)
  24. 20 dc around (20)
  25. 20 dc around (20)
  26. Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing together.
Arms
Start with yellow, make 2!
  1. Form a magic ring
  2. Work 6 dc into the ring (6)
  3. Work 2 dc into each st round  (12)
  4. 12 dc around (12)
  5. Change colour to red
  6. 12 dc around (12)
  7. 12 dc around (12)
  8. 12 dc around (12)
  9. 1 dc2tog in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, 1 dc2tog, 1 dc in next 3 sts (8)
  10. 8 dc around (8)
  11. 8 dc around (8)
  12. 12 fasten off but leave a long end for sewing together
Legs
Use blue yarn, make 2!

  1. Form a magic loop
  2. Work 5 dc into loop (5)
  3. Work 2 dc in each st round (10)
  4. 10 dc around (10)
  5. 10 dc around (10)
  6. 10 dc around (10)
  7. 10 dc around (10)
  8. 10 dc around (10)
  9. 1 dc2tog, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 1 dc2tog, 1 dc in next 2 sts (6)
  10. 6 dc around (6)
  11. Fasten off and leave long tails for sewing together.

Assembly

  1. Stuff the head and decide where you want the eyes to be.  I have used safety eyes but they should not be used for young children.  I would highly recommend embroidering eyes if your Lego man is for a small child.  My lego Man is for a 9 year old so safety eyes are fine.
  2. Make a little mark onto your head where to place the eyes, and mouth or push safety eyes through.  I have positioned mine in the middle of the head and with 5 sts in between each eye.
  3. I now pull the stuffing out of the head to embroider on the facial features.
  4. Embroider on your mouth, I did a row of back stitch using cotton yarn and an embroidery needle.  I then went back over my stitches again to make them more bold. 
  5. Fully stuff the head now.
  6. Attach the body and head together and sew, lining up corresponding stitches on each part and using small stitches.  leave a small gap un sewn, check your stuffing and add a little more if needed, if head perhaps feels a bit floppy on neck.
  7. Position the head nobbly bit where you want it on the head, ensure that it is lightly stuffed, you don't want it over stuffed or it might make a dome shape! Sew onto the top of the head using the same yellow yarn and make small stitches picking up each corresponding stitch on the two parts all the way round.
  8. Position your arms, pin them in place before sewing to check they are even on each side and do the same for the legs.
  9. Ensure your ends are tucked in by pushing your needle up through your lego man and out to the other side.  Then pull the yarn taught and cut off, when you shape your toy back the end will disappear inside.
I hope you have enjoyed this pattern. I would love to see your Lego man if you make one, please tweet or instagram me the pics! @Jo_TPHPBlog

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