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Crochet Tutorial: Winter Chic Slippers

Crochet Tutorial: Winter Chic Slippers

I love to be warm and cozy during the cold winter months. I love chunky blankets, over-sized sweaters and soft, comfy slippers. My Winter Chic Slippers are one way to keep toasty while you curl up on the couch with your crochet or a good book on these longer nights. Thick and warm, made with Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep Yarn in beautiful fall colors, these slippers are great to add to your winter wardrobe. Make these in any combination of colors!! With the holidays right around the corner, red, green, and white slippers would be perfect for kids on Christmas morning! In my video tutorial, I explain how to make these in all different sizes! 

 

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make these slippers:

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials You will need:
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in Suede (3 skeins)
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in Linen (1 skein)
Red Heart Yarns Chic Sheep Yarn in Sunset (1 skein)
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Scissors

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NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-The written pattern is for a size 7.5/8 US Women’s Size Shoe. You can adjust the size for measurements.
-Use 2 strands of yarn at the same time throughout the whole pattern.
-This project uses 860 yards of yarn total.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
5DC Cluster: [YO, Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, Pull through 2 loops] 5 times, YO pull through all 6 loops on the hook. Cluster made.

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Make 2 

**USE 2 STRANDS OF YARN FOR THIS WHOLE PROJECT**
With your main color (Suede):
Ch 36 or any even number that measures the length around your calf

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and across, turn. (35)
(WS) Row 2: Ch up 3 (counts as first DC), 5DC Cluster in very next st, Ch 1, sk 1, *5 DC cluster in next st, Ch 1, sk 1, Repeat from * across, end with DC in last st, fasten off with long tail for sewing and change color. Turn.
(RS) Row 3: Attach color 2 (Sunset) yarn in last DC from previous row, Ch up 1, SC in same st, 2 SC in each ch 1 sp  across, ending with 1 SC between last cluster and last st, and SC in last st, turn (35)
Row 4: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 2
Row 5: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 3
Row 6: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 2
Row 7: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 3
Row 8: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 2
Row 9: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 3
Row 10: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 2
Row 11: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 3
Row 12: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 2
Row 13: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 3
Row 14: (Color: Suede) Repeat Row 2
Row 15: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 3
Row 16: (Color: Sunset) Repeat Row 2
Row 17: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 3
Row 18: (Color: Linen) Repeat Row 2
Fasten off.

Assembly step:
Sew the sides together INSIDE OUT so you have a seam up the back (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Flip Right side OUT and go on to making the top cuff.


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Top cuff:
Attach your main color yarn (Suede) on the back by the seam on the last stitch of the last row on the leg piece.
Rnd 1: Ch up 1, SC in same st, 2 SC in each ch 1 sp  around, ending with 1 SC between last cluster and last st, and SC in last st, sl st to first SC. (35)
Rnd 2: Ch up 2 (does not count as anything), DC in each st around, sl st to first DC. (35)
Rnd 3: CH up 2 (does not count as anything), *FPDC on next st, BPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC.
Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 3
You can continue repeating round 3 if you want your cuff to be longer.
If you are happy with this height, fasten off, weave in ends.
Set this piece aside and go on to making the sole.


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Sole:
With Main color (Suede):
Ch 4
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 2: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 3: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 3 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 4: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 5 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 5: 1 SC in 1st st, SC in next 7 sts, 2 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (11)
Row 6-27: SC across, ch 1, turn (11) (Measures 7.5 inches at this point. If you need to make less rows if your feet are smaller or more rows to make it longer, you can continue until you are satisfied with the length, then go onto the instructions for row 28)
Row 28: SC2TOG, SC in next 7 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (9)
Row 29: SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (7)
Row 30: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts, SC2TOG, Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 31: SC2TOG, SC in next st, SC2TOG, Ch 1, Turn. (3)
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.



Top of Foot:
With your main color (Suede)
Ch 4
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 2: 2 SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (6)

Row 3: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 4 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (8)

Row 4: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 6 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 5: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 8 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (12)

Row 6: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 10 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (14)

Row 7: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 12 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (16)

Row 8: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 14 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (18)

Row 9: 2 SC in 1st st, SC in next 16 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (20)

Row 10-24: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (20)
If you need to make less rows if your feet are smaller or more rows to make it longer, you can continue until you are satisfied with the length, then go onto the instructions for dividing the leg opening.

Divide for Leg Opening:
Right Side:
Row 1: SC in 1st 8 sts, Ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 2-12: SC across, ch 1, turn. (8)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Left Side:
Row 1: Sk 4 sts on Row 24 of foot, SC in remaining 8 sts, Ch 1, turn. (8)
Row 2-12: SC across, Ch 1, turn. (8)
Sl st to each st on right side (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew sole to top of foot piece, INSIDE OUT. (See video tutorial for visual instructions on how to sew these pieces together)
Weave in all ends.
Turn Right Side Out when you are done sewing the pieces together.

Ankle:
SC 35 sts evenly around ankle, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew Cuff to foot ankle part INSIDE OUT. See end of video tutorial for visual instructions.
Weave in all ends.
Make another one to complete the pair!

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Star Stitches and Stripes Chunky Blanket

Crochet Tutorial: Star Stitches and Stripes Chunky Blanket

Chunky blankets are all the rave lately. Perfect for any decor, be it the bedroom, living room, or cozy sitting area, my Star Stitches and Stripes Chunky Blanket will be the ultimate room accessory. A bold statement that is not only striking in any room of your home but also functional.

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Follow along with this video tutorial to make this blanket:

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.
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NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-You will need 966 Yards of yarn for this whole project.
-You can use any type of Worsted Weight, Aran, or Bulky yarn to crochet this blanket
-Different Afghan Sizes can be found in the middle of this page here.

**View the full kit of supplies you will need for this project here!!**

Materials:
Red Heart Yarns Grande in Oatmeal (9 balls)
Red Heart Yarns Grande in Teal (12 balls)
Stitch Marker
-N-12.00mm Crochet Hook (Find cool hooks I usually use in my video tutorials here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape

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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.


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Pattern:

Ch 75 or any multiple of 2 +1

Row 1: In the Second Ch from hook, pull up a loop in each of next 5 chs, YO and pull through the 6 loops on hook, ch 1. *Pull a loop through the “eye” formed by the Ch 1 just made, pull a loop through back of last loop of star st, pull a loop through same ch where last loop of star st was made, pull a loop through each of next 2 chs, YO and pull through the 6 loops on hook, ch 1. Repeat from * to the end of the row, HDC in the last ch, Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: SC in HDC, SC in “eye” of next star, 2 SC in the “eye” of each star stitch across, ending with SC in top of the turning Ch, Ch 2, Turn.

Row 3: Pull a loop through front strand of 2nd Ch from hook, pull a loop through back strand of same Ch, Pull a loop through each of the next 3 Sts, YO and pull through the 6 loops on the hook, Ch 1. *Pull a loop through the “eye” formed by the Ch 1 just made, pull a loop through back of last loop of star st, pull a loop through same St where the last loop of star st was made, pull a loop through each of next 2 Sts, YO and pull through the 6 loops on hook, ch 1, repeat from * to end of the row, HDC in last turning Ch. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 4-70: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 ending with a repeat of Row 2 (Single Crochet Row)

Assembly step:
I changed color every 10 rows. See video tutorial for visual instructions on changing color and if you run out of yarn during your project.


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Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: The Panda Clutch Purse

Crochet Tutorial: The Panda Clutch Purse

I don’t have sisters but a group of best girlfriends who are my “sistys.” These ladies and I have made the panda our honorary group mascot. I’m not sure how that came about, but it has now become our thing. This Panda Clutch Purse design is dedicated to my sistys who are all over the globe from Comoros Africa, to Virginia, to Germany, to Wisconsin. I have been thinking about them and missing them so much lately. I am inspired everyday by these special ladies that are out changing the world. To my Panda, Panda, Panda crew, this one’s for you!

For those of you who are fans of pandas and all things related to pandas, this is a great project!
Did you know that pandas are a symbol of peace? In writing this blog, I looked up a few fun facts and came across this interesting blog if you want to learn more! 

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Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this Panda Bag:

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Pattern
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“Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.


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Materials:
***Click here to get the whole KIT!!***

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Light Pink
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Green
Red Heart Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Super Saver in White
I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Buttons

You can buy any of the items in this kit. Buy all or buy one item. Check it out to see the supplies you can get online to make this bag!

NOTES:

-This project uses less than 200 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this bag is 10 inches wide and 7 inches deep, but you can make this as big as you want.


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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Bag:
Ch 31
Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (30)
Row 2-70: SC in each St across, ch 1, turn. (30)
Row 71: SC in 13 sts, Ch 3, sk 4 sts, SC in last 13 sts.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Assembly Step:
Fold rectangle in 3 and sew up the two sides. See video tutorial for visual instructions.
Sew button on bag.

Eyes:
With Black: Make 2
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in same st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in next st, 2 DC in next st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in last st, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (12)
Rnd 3: Ch up 2 (Counts as HDC), HDC in same st, 2 HDC in next st, SC in next 4 sts, 2 HDC in next 2 sts, SC in last 4 sts.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

With White: Make 2
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

With Black: Make 2
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing
Sew a fleck of white in the pupil

Assembly Step:
Sew eyes together and sew to bag (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Embroider Mouth under button on bag using black yarn

Ears: Make 2
With Black
Ch 2
Work in BLO and in continuous rounds
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnds 5-6: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 7: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 8: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew Ears to bag

Cheeks:
With Pink: Make 2
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to 1st sc. (6)
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC), DC in same st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in next st, 2 DC in next st, [HDC, SC] in next st, [SC, HDC] in last st, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (12)

Leaves:
With Green: Make 2
Ch 7
Rnd 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in last, ch 2 (work on opposite side of foundation ch), SC in same st as last st, HDC in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl st in last
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Handle:
FDC 35
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

Assembly Step:
Sew leaves behind ear, Sew handle to bag.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Spring Sun Mandala Vest

Crochet Tutorial: Spring Sun Mandala Vest

You asked. I answered. I hear you! My Spring Sun Mandala Vest is complete! Yes, this makes me as happy as it will you! This was made with Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Ombre in the color Cocoa. Can I say I am completely in love with this yarn without making my fiancé jealous? Let’s hope, because I am!

I made this to fit me. I am 5′ 2″ and I generally wear a size Small/Medium. I have given instructions in the Notes Section and in the video tutorial to alter this pattern to make it larger.


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Something you may not know about my work process, is that I design my pieces off camera first, perfect the pattern, fix all the quirks, and get all my mistakes ironed out before filming my final piece in my tutorials. I first designed my Spring Sun Mandala Vest pattern using Caron Cakes in the color Macaron. This was my original prototype for testing the pattern. I filmed the video in the Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Ombre that I posted above, but if you are interested in seeing how the Cakes work for this piece, this should give you a pretty good idea! No matter what yarn is used, this piece is sure to be a big hit!

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this Mandala Vest:

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.
***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”
***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Please check out the new beginning graphic designed and developed by my brother Nabeel. He and his wife own and operate NFD Graphics. Please hop over to their Facebook page and show them some love! For all your graphic and video/logo design needs be sure to contact them today!
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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

***Click here to get the whole KIT!! ***

Red Heart Super Saver Ombre in the color Cocoa
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Cafe Latte
-J-6.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Brooch Pin

You can buy any of the items in this kit. Buy all or buy one item. Check it out to see the supplies you can get online to make this mandala vest!

NOTES:

-This project uses 1100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each round and to learn how to make this BIGGER
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-This Mandala is 43 inches across (112 cm), Arm Holes are 18″ around (46cm), and Shoulders across are 15″ (38cm)
-This project took me approximately 20 hours to complete.
-To make this bigger, you can repeat Round 16 when you get to that point, you can also repeat Round 18 when you get to that point, you can repeat Round 26 when you get to that point, you can repeat Round 28 when you get to that point, and you can repeat Round 31 when you get to that point.
-I used 2 full Caron Cakes, but I was unable to finish the last 2 rounds of the pattern, so I would suggest about 3 Caron Cakes to finish the pattern.

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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
DC3TOG: Double Crochet 3 Stitches Together
DC4TOG: Double Crochet 4 Stitches Together
V-Stitch: [Double Crochet, Chain 2, Double Crochet] in indicated space
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
FDC: Foundation Double Crochet (See video tutorial for visual instructions)


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Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Mandala Vest:

Start with Magic Ring or Ch 6, Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch up 2 (Counts as HDC here and throughout), 15 HDC into ring. Sl st to beg ch up 2. (16)

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout), DC in same st, * CH 2, SK 1 st, 2 DC in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg ch up 3. (8 ch 2 sps, 16 sts)

Rnd 3: Sl st into ch 2 sp, Ch 2, 2 HDC in same sp, *Ch 3, 3 HDC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 2. (24 HDC, 8 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 4: Sl st into Ch 3 sp, Ch 1, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in ch 3 sp, * Ch 2, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in next Ch 3 sp, Repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st SC. (8 petals made)

Rnd 5: Sl st to middle DC of a petal, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 2, V-Stitch in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 2, SC in middle DC of next petal, repeat from * around, Sl st to 1st SC. (8 SC, 16 DC, 24 Ch 2 sps)

Rnd 6: In SC, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Sk ch 2 sp, [4 DC, ch 2, 4 DC] in next V-Stitch, Sk ch 2 sp, SC in next SC, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (8 Ch 2 sps, 64 DC, 8 SC)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, BPSC around 4 sts, *[2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, BPSC around next 9 sts, Repeat from * around, sl st to first BPSC.

Rnd 8: Ch up 3, DC in next 2 sts, *Ch 2, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC in next 3 sts, Ch 3, Sk 3 sts, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3. (48 sts)

Rnd 9: Sl st in each st to get to next ch 2 sp before a SC, Ch 1, 3 SC in ch sp, *SC in next SC, 3 SC in next ch sp, SC in next 3 sts, (Working BEHIND ch sp) DC in next 3 sts sk’d from Previous round, SC in next 3 sts on current round, 3 SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 10: Sl st to middle SC that’s in a SC from prev. round (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch 1, SC in same st, Ch 3, * [3DC, 3TR, 3DC] in ch 3 sp from Rnd 8, Ch 3, Sk 6 sts, SC in next st, Ch 3, Sk 6 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (8 Petals, 8 SC, 16 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 11: Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 7 SC in middle TR of Petal, Ch 7, SC in next SC, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC if you are changing color. If you are not changing color, End with Ch 3, TR in first SC of round. (16 ch 7 sps)

Rnd 12: In Ch sp, Ch up 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 7, SC in next Ch sp, repeat from * around, end with Ch 3, TR in first SC. (16 ch 7 sps)

Rnd 13: Ch 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 8, SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC. (16 ch 8 sps)

Rnd 14: Sl st into Ch 8 sp, Ch up 3 (counts as DC), 9 DC in same sp, *10 DC in next ch sp, Repeat from * around, Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (160 DC)

Rnd 15: Ch 1, FPDC around 1st st, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC. (160 sts)

Rnd 16: Ch 1, FPDC around 1st FPDC, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to first FPDC. (160 Sts)

Larger Sizes: **Repeat Round 16 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 17.

Rnd 17: Ch 5 (Counts as DC + Ch 2 sp), DC in same st, *Sk 1 st, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5. (80 V-stitches)

Rnd 18: Sl st into V-Stitch, Ch 5, DC in same sp, V-Stitch in each V-Stitch around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5. (80 V-Stitches)

Rnd 19-20: Repeat Round 18

Larger Sizes: **Repeat Round 18 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 21.

Rnd 21: Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC in same sp, *3 DC in next V-Stitch, repeat from * around, Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (240 sts)

Rnd 22: In gap between 3DC grouping, Ch 1, SC in same gap, Ch 4, Sk 3 sts, SC in next gap, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC. (80 Ch 4 sps)

Rnd 23: Sl st in Ch 4 sp, Ch 1, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in each ch 4 sp around, sl st to first SC. (80 petals)

Rnd 24: Start in the middle DC of a petal (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch 6 (Counts as DC + Ch 3 Sp), DC in middle DC of next petal, *Ch 3, DC in middle DC of next petal, repeat from * around, Sl st to 3rd Ch of beg. ch 6. (80 DC, 80 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 25: in Ch 3 sp, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), 5 DC in same ch sp, * 6 DC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (480 sts)

Rnd 26: Ch up 3, DC in each st around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (480 sts)

Larger Sizes: Repeat Round 26 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 27.

Rnd 27: Making the Armholes: Ch 3, DC in next 9 sts, Ch 2, FDC 25, Sk 20 sts, DC in next 40 sts, Ch 2, FDC 25, Sk 20 sts, DC in the rest of the sts on this round, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (490 sts)

Larger Sizes: **If you need the armholes to be bigger or smaller, just FDC more or less and skip more or less stitches**

Rnd 28: Ch 3, DC in each st around, Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (490 sts)

Larger Sizes: Repeat Round 28 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 29.

Rnd 29
: Ch up 3, DC3TOG, *Ch 4, DC4TOG, repeat from * around, Sl st to beg DC3TOG stitch.

Rnd 30: In ch 4 sp: Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, *5 DC in next Ch 4 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3. (610 sts)

Rnds 31- 35: Ch up 3, DC in Each St around, Sl st to beg ch up 3. (610 sts)

Larger Sizes: Repeat Round 31 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Winter Snowman Coasters

Crochet Tutorial: Winter Snowman Coasters

These Winter Snowman Coasters will be perfect on any table this holiday! Make this fun holiday accent for your guests. It’s perfect for serving your beverages! Try a new technique of working with cork board to crochet with!

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Some fun suggestions by changing up the color are that you can change the look of the coasters. Going around the coaster with black yarn and putting a beak instead of a carrot nose, you can transform these snowmen into penguins or other varieties of characters. Want to change the shape? Use square coasters or cut squares out of your cork board and work around the squares using the same technique. Also, you can use the same technique on a larger cork and create a single hot pad for your Christmas Tabletop. Have fun with these ideas! They don’t have to be holiday related. You can make a few changes and have them all year round.

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Follow this video tutorial to learn how to make these coasters:

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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials:
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in White
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in Black
Red Heart Yarns Super Saver in Orange
Red Heart Yarns With Love in Holly Berry
E-3.50mm Crochet Hook
Cork Board or Cork Coasters (4 inch coasters)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Ribbon for the scarf

NOTES:
-If you want to use a different yarn, go to YarnSub.com and type in Red Heart Super Saver and equivalent yarns will show up
-Finished size is about 5 inches (15 cm)

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

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Cut Cork into 4 inch circles
Punch holes around cork coaster measuring 1 inch in between them and a half inch into the coaster (see video tutorial for visual instructions.)

With White:
Row 1: Sl st into one hole, ch 3, sl st into next hole, ch 3, repeat around, sl st to 1st sl st. Ch 1.

Row 2: Sl st into ch 3 sp, Ch 1, 3 SC in ch 3 sp, ch 1, 3 SC in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st SC.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st 3 sts, sl st into ch sp, ch 4, TR in same sp, 2 TR in next 3 sts, TR in ch sp, ch 4, sl st in same ch 4 sp, *sc in next 3 sts, 2 SC in ch sp, repeat from * for the rest of the round. Sl st to 1st st.

Row 4: Sl st in each st to ch up 4. Sc in each ch of the ch up 4, HDC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in each of the next 4 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, sc in each of the next 4 ch, sl st in next 3 sts. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Carrot nose: with Orange
Ch 5
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, HDC in last 2 chs, Fasten off, Sew onto head

Eyes: with Black
French Knots for eyes (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Mittens: with Holly Berry Make 2
Ch 5
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across, 2 SC in last st, CH 1, turn (5)
Row 2: 2 SC in 1st st, sc in next 4 sts, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 3: SC in 1st 3 sts, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook and in same st where last sc was worked. Fasten off.
Sew to coaster.

Assembly:
Sew all the pieces to coaster and tie ribbon around neck.

Enjoy!!

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Crochet Tutorial: Rustic Evergreen Ornament

This Rustic Evergreen Ornament is a simple yet festive touch to your country Christmas decor. This darling accent also makes a great gift topper embellishment! Using your scrap yarn, this easy to make project is a lovely touch that will make your home feel warm and welcoming.

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Crochet strips tied and shaped around an everyday stick accented with rich shades of green and brown, topped with a small star make this item one of the easiest and most cozy DIY projects you will make this holiday season!
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Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this ornament:

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials:

**Use all the supplies in this kit to make this ornament**

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in any color you want. (Scraps only in shades of green/tan)
E-3.50mm Crochet Hook
-Twig (Stick from outside)
Thread (to make it into an ornament)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-The smaller the hook, the better
-The stick I used was about 7 inches long
-Be careful tying your knots to not snap the twig in half

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
FHDC: Foundation Half Double Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Tree:

Top Strands: Make 2
FHDC 15, Fasten off. Weave in all ends

Next Strands: Make 2
FHDC 19, Fasten off. Weave in all ends

Next Strands: Make 2
FHDC 23, Fasten off. Weave in all ends

Last Strands: Make 2
FHDC 27, Fasten off. Weave in all ends

You should have 8 strands in total.

Assembly step:
Tie all strands to twig (See video tutorial for visual instructions

Star:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st to 1st st
Rnd 2: *Ch up 5, SC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next ch, DC in last 2 chs, Sk 1 st, sl st in next st, Repeat from * around. Sl st to beginning. (5 star points)
Fasten off, weave in ends

Assembly:
Attach Star to top of tree on twig and tie a strand of thread for an ornament. See video tutorial for visual instructions.

Enjoy!!

 

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Happy Halloween!

This blog is compiled to show the costumes I made for Nate and myself. You can find them all in one place rather than navigating through my blog to find each individual pattern. Here, I have them all in one spot for your convenience. You can click the links in the paragraphs before the photos or you can simply click the photos to view the video tutorials and written patterns for each individual piece for these costumes.

We start with the Beast Hat. It’s perfect not only for a costume (although, I will warn you, it is very warm, and won’t last long in a crowd of people), but also for cold days! It’s an easily adaptable and versatile pattern by changing colors and embellishments to make any animal-istic creature that you fancy!

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Second, you will find the Beast Gloves here. With some simple modifications, you can take these very scary beast gloves and turn them into an easy pair of hand-warmers, just by omitting the finger portion of the pattern. These were made to enhance the crochet costume. Have fun with it!

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Next up, by making a very simple chain, I was able to create this embroidery embellishment detail that I sewed onto the costume jacket. I first traced out the design in a chalk pencil, chained the length needed for each scroll design and sewed it on using a yarn needle. I added some lace and just pinned it inside the sleeves and on the collar.

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Lastly, I made these simple foot coverings. These are a very basic flat panel using double crochet with an ankle cuff that wraps around the bottom of the leg. Once complete, I sewed fur through the stitches to give it a paw-like look that can be worn over shoes. (These do not have a written pattern or a video tutorial)

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For the Princess costume, I created the shirt here. This is one of two pieces for the dress ensemble. I added tulle and embellished the outfit with medium sized flower roses that I used in my Floral Dream Crown tutorial.

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The Princess Costume Skirt was the second piece I crocheted for this ensemble. As you will see in the pattern, you can make this as big or as small as you want it to be. This can modified to be made in a variety of princess dresses by changing colors or adding different embellishments.

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Lastly, I added the Enchanted Rose Cape that can be found here as a finishing touch to this princess costume. This cape can also be modified into a poncho or a bridal cape.

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Here are the photos of us together in our costumes! Photos do not lead to any patterns.

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Crochet Tutorial: Sun-Kissed Crop Top

I’m feelin’ Pretty in Pink with this crop top!!

Every once in a while, I’m inspired by a fashionable clothing piece that I see online or in the store, and I’m struck by the possibility that I could make something like that. Has that ever happened to you?

Recently, I ran across a cute shrug on Pinterest that inspired me for this project. Although the item was knit, I felt I could create something similar using crochet. Best intentions often go astray because this project was more challenging than I anticipated when I sat down to design it in the studio.

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Earlier this year, I purchased a beautiful Peruvian Pima Cotton from Wool and the Gang and had a summer clothing piece in mind when I chose this yarn. They had a sale on their Shiny Happy Cotton in Hot Pink, and when I bought it, I thought it would be cute for a summer top or a handbag. It was my textile of choice when creating this crop top. I was not disappointed. It worked up beautifully, even if the direction I started out in wasn’t where I ended up.

My design took on a life of its own, and in the process, I created this adorable lacy piece that I christened the name “The Sun-Kissed Crop Top” because of it’s openness in its pattern.

This top is perfect for wearing over a sundress, tank top, or it can make any fashion statement that you desire! You can continue to increase the bodice to create a swimsuit cover-up or longer tunic top. Also, please note, the dolman sleeves can be made longer. Below you will find the instructional video with a step-by-step demonstration on how to make your very own! Do you like reading a pattern better?? Scroll down even more to see the written instructions!

I can’t wait to see your designs and color choices! Let’s all get sun-kissed!!

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Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make this crop top:


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Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

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-Less than 500 yards of Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton in Hot Pink (I used approximately 380 yards) If you can’t get that, you can get any cotton. Here is a good cotton yarn!!
K-6.50mm Crochet Hook (you can use any hook you want to make this but keep in mind,  the larger the hook, the looser the stitch)
Stitch Markers (I used extra strands of yarn to mark my stitches)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-This pattern is made working 2 panels and sewing them together and then creating the sleeves.
-The video tutorial demonstrates a size Small/Medium but if you do more chains you can make this bigger. The video tutorial shares how to make this wider.
-To make this longer, just repeat rows 2-5 as many times as you want.
-To make sleeves longer, just repeat the ribbing pattern until you are satisfied with the length.
-Mine measured 41 inches across (106cm) unstretched and 15 inches long (38cm) unstretched.
-Before making this piece, measure your waist, your neck line, and the length you want to make this so you can mark your stitches for sewing your pieces together.
-This took me about 2 days to make, but you could make this in one day if you work on it constantly.
-The beginning chain length is explained below in the pattern.
-You can use any type of cotton or cotton blend yarn to achieve this style.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
Shell: [3DC, Ch 1, 3DC] in same stitch
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Front and back panel: MAKE 2

Chain 99, 111, 123, 135 (if these chain amounts are not long enough, just add 12 chains to your piece until it measures the length you want it to be. Ex: chain 147, 159, 171)

Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 chs, *ch 3, sk 3 chs, dc in next st, ch 3, sk 3 chs, dc in next 5 sts, repeat from * across ending with 3 dc, Turn.

Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc + Ch 2), Sk the first 3 sts, *Shell in the next DC, ch 5, sk 5 dc, repeat from * across, ending with ch 2, dc in last st, Turn.

Row 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc + ch 3), *5 DC in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, dc in center ch of ch 5 sp, ch 3, repeat from * across, ending with ch 3, dc in last st, Turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 3dc in same st as ch up 3, *ch 5, sk 5 dc, shell in next dc, repeat from * ending with 4dc in last st.

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 DC in same st as ch up 3, *Ch 3, sk 3 sts, DC in center ch of ch 5 sp, ch 3, 5 DC in ch 1 sp of shell, repeat from * ending with 3 dc in last st.

Rows 6-13: Repeat rows 2-5 twice (You can repeat rows 2-5 as many times as you want to make this as long as you want, I just did 2 repeats to make it the length you see in the photos)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Once you have your two panels made, sew them together. Watch the video tutorial at 33 minutes and 15 seconds for measurements and how to make it centered so one sleeve isn’t longer than the other.

Once your pieces are sewn together, you can work on the sleeves:

Rnd 1: Attach yarn to under side of sleeve, ch 3, (counts as dc), DC an odd number around (including ch 3 in this count), I DC’d 28 sts so I had a total of 29 DC’s on this round. Sl st to ch 3 to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, DC2TOG all around, sl st to ch up 3 to join. (14 sts and a ch up 3)
Repeat this round if your sleeve isn’t tight enough around your arm. Then go on to rnd 3.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, DC in each st around, sl st to ch up 3 to join.

Rnd 4-8: Ch 3, FPDC in next st, BPDC in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to ch up 3 to join.
Repeat this round as many times as you want to make your sleeve as long as you want.
Fasten off when you are satisfied with the length.
Repeat this step for other sleeve.
Weave in all ends.

Next steps are optional:
SC around neck and waist openings. (see video tutorial at 1 hour 4 minutes for visual instructions)

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.” ~Helen Keller

~Nadia

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Yarn-Shui: The art of organizing and not obsessing

I have a honeycomb metal shelf where I have color-coded my skeins of standard yarn.

I roll my scrap yarn into balls and have lovely wicker baskets with similar shaped yarn balls for various scrap projects.

I have bins labeled by brand and/or bulk for easy identification.

Lastly, my specialty yarn is stored on display in pretty ways on decorative shelving.

I have been told that I have a slight obsession with yarn and organization. Up until recently, it didn’t occur to me that this could be construed as “a problem.”

Today, I cut ends from a project and put them in a colorful bowl of yarn confetti that, yes, I am saving, because what if a bird needs bits of yarn to build a new nest? It occurred to me, that maybe I was quick to condemn anyone labeling me “obsessed.” I think even the word “yarn addiction” was tossed out at me a time or two. Does anyone else regard their fiber as such a precious commodity? How do you organize your yarn and scraps? Does anyone else save their scraps for “what if” projects?! I have even had dreams of luxurious fibers. Oh goodness, have I gone too far? Help!?

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Share your organizations tactics in the comments below!!
~Nadia

DIY: Repurposing a Rocking Chair

My love of crafts doesn’t start and end with just crochet. I have creative ideas running through my mind 24/7. I think it comes from being part of a family of creative people. My mom is one of the most creative people that exist on the planet. She can see potential in anything and turn it into a masterpiece. My dad is a professional photographer and videographer, My brother, Nyle, is a culinary genius, and he is a professional chef and food artist. My other brother, Nabeel, is an incredibly talented musician and video artist. I am at the tail end of all this talent with a hook and yarn trying to stitch my way through the creative process with a few added detours to do a few other crafty things. Hopefully, my family apple hasn’t fallen too far from the proverbial tree.

Near my home, there is a Bethesda Thrift Shop that periodically has in-store sales. Last Friday, they happened to have a 50% Off on almost all their merchandise! I happened to come across this 1970s rocking chair that had a hint of musty smell coming from the cushions (ewww), hidden back in the corner of the store with a price tag of $8. Did I read that right!? $8.00??!! Does that mean it would be only $4 on the sale?? Surely, that isn’t possible?! Well, Shirley doesn’t work there, but Darlene did, and she confirmed that YES it was $4.00. WHAT A STEAL! I ran out of that store so fast, yet awkwardly, because carrying a chair like that isn’t easy when you are running.

I didn’t bring that into the house. NOPE. NO WAY! It stayed out in the driveway overnight while I combed over the pages of Pinterest looking for tips on what I could do to this chair to bring it back to life again. Pinterest never fails me. NEVER! Ideas were pouring out of me and before long a plan was hatched. By Saturday morning, I was ready to hit the ground running! My season of repurposing was about to begin and I was ready!!

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Of course, Saturday arrived and my personal friend, Mother Nature, decided to bring clouds, cooler weather, and a forecast of rain. That deterred my planning ’til later in the day, but hence, I would not be stopped. I ran to the store buy paint, fabric, stuffing for the chair and other supplies needed for my project. I was looking for things which could stand the test of time and one day be in my “forever home.” I decked myself out in my super sexy sweatpants, bandana, oversized painting shirt, flip flops, and my trusty mask and decided to get the party started!

I began the process of disassembling things first and removing all the hardware from the chair. Once I removed the cushions and ruffle, the batting and cover underneath were gross and there were probably 45 years of skin flakes that came out in a ball of brownish dust, but if that was the worst of it, I would live. Whoever assembled this back in the day, (could not find a stamp or label) did a decent job, but the amount of furniture tacks used was astronomical. I had a bad thought cross my mind about someone who would do that, until I rethought that, and praised them for being so mindful of making a quality piece when this was once shiny and new.

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This is where I stop and have a moment of reflection. Every time I embark on a new DIY project, I reflect back on the history of a piece. It may sound odd, but I think of whose home this belonged to. Who sat in this chair? Did someone rock their crying baby trying to nurse or to cuddle? Did someone’s Grandpa read his newspaper every night by the old lamp while his wife cooked him dinner? There is history in here. There is a story in this chair and I love that and the mystery surrounding the journey of what it took to end up in my care. That is pretty powerful stuff! Because of that, I always try to respect each piece and bring it back to life. Sometimes, items I find are so tattered and beaten, I just love to breath new life into it. Everything deserves that. Even people. Especially people. Ok, Ok, let me jump down from my metaphorical and philosophic soap box and get back to the nitty-gritty of this project.

Here is what the rocking chair looked like when I brought it home from the thrift shop:

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These are the cushions. Just look at those cushions. Look at them for a little while. Did you see the steam boat? The pistol? That Anchor though!

Into the trash it went!

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Here is a picture of the rocking chair without that filthy cushion.

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I had to make a stop at the store for some supplies. Below you will see what I needed for this project.

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These were the two colors used:

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I got this fabric and some batting on sale for $4.88.

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Once I added the priming coat and it was fully dry, I took this sponge with some Vaseline and applied it to areas that I did not want my second (darker) coat to stick. By placing Vaseline, it allowed for me to apply the paint and then later wipe it off when the second layer was dry. That way, the bottom painted layer shows through, making a distressed look. I also chipped at the paint a little and took a paint brush to it to give it a more worn out look.

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I used a hammer, a sander, screwdrivers, and pliers.

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Once I got all the fabric off the chair, I sanded it with a fine sandpaper. My glasses were fogging up during the sanding process!

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Then I applied the first coat of primer. Once that dried, I spread the Vaseline on the edges and areas I wanted this color to show through.

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Spray Paint can get a little messy!

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See the video of me applying the second coat. Once the darker coat of paint was applied and dried, I took a cotton cloth and wiped down the areas where the Vaseline was applied. The rain forced me to do the rest inside.

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I cut the pieces of Batting and Fabric to fit around the seat of the chair.
I used the tacks that came with the original rocking chair to secure the new fabric.

I may have hammered my thumb a few times and had to ask my dad for assistance. He generously helped attach the rest of the fabric.

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I wrapped the fabric neatly around the wood posts since they were not removable and tacked it all underneath so it was hidden.

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Voila!! Here is a before and after photo of this beautiful piece! 13150065_10204853580098780_1100234469_nI added a lovely throw pillow to jazz this piece up a little bit!

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Have you repurposed a piece of furniture or something you’ve found at the thrift shop? Share your experiences by leaving a comment to this post!

“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” ~Anonymous

~Nadia

Crochet Tutorial: How to Crochet a Badger Hat

Enjoy making this Badger hat! I made this one an adult size (to fit myself), but if you click here, you can follow this link to the written pattern make smaller sizes. Share this video with your friends and leave a COMMENT on what your favorite animal is–I might make a video on how to crochet it!

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Supplies:
H-5.00mm Hook

Red Heart Yarn in White, Black, Red, and Warm Brown

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat

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