Thursday, June 28, 2012

Scrubbing Dish Cloths

A Free Crochet Pattern

Here is a pattern that I have recently come up with so that I can sell them at some craft shows. I think I have worked it out that each dish cloth costs about .75 cents to make and I plan to sell them for 3.00 dollars each. They can be thrown into the wash, and i have thrown them in the dryer without any problems.

  • 1 large bath puff * edit since this pattern has come out Red Heart has come out with the Scrubby Yarn This would be a great substitute for the centers, just double up the yarn with 2 strands. 
  • 1 ball of worsted cotton like sugar n cream

Hook: J/ 10- 6.00mm

Gauge: 6 inch square, 5 to 6 dish clothes

Preparation: Take the bath puff apart, and cut it long ways into 5 to 6 equal strips

Row 1: with 1 strip of the puff, ch 5, sl st into beginning ch to make a loop, ch 1 (does not count as a stitch here and throughout)  make 8 hdc in loop, sl st into 1st hdc.

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st. 2 hdc in next st and around. (16 hdc) (You should have just enough of a strip to complete the two rows)

Row 3: Ch 1,( hdc in next 4 st, ch 3) repeat 3 times, sl st into first hdc.

Row 4: Ch 1, (hdc in each of the 4 hdc of previous row, 2 hdc ch 3 2 hdc in corner space) repeat 3 times, sl st into first hdc.

Row 5: Ch 1, Hdc in each of the 6 hdc of previous row, 2 hdc ch 1, 2 hdc in corner space,( hdc in each of the 8 hdc of previous row, 2 hdc ch 1, 2 hdc in corner space) repeat 2 times, 2 hdc in last 2 st of row.

Row 6: C1, hdd in same st, 4 dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc, in next st, skip 1 st, sc in next, hdc in next skip 1 st 4 dc in corner space,  (hdc, sc, skip 1 st, sc, hdc, 4dc, hdc, sc, skip 1 st, sc, hdc, skip 1 st, 4 dc in corner space) repeat 2 times, hdc, sc, in last 2 sts. Finish off and weave in all ends.

Some more Patterns you might like:
Girl Power Back Pack

Messenger Envelope Tablet Case

Thursday, June 7, 2012

making a draw sting.

If you have a daughter like mine. One that is tall and skinny, you probably have a hard time finding pants and bottoms that fit. I have made a simple tutorial on how to add a draw string. This does not work for all bottoms but it is a good solution for bottoms that have elastic.
1st step: Make two small holes in the front of the pants where a button would normally go
2nd step: measure out the ribbon or string that you want to use, making it longer than what you will need to go around the waist. and cut.
3rd step: attach a safety pin to one side of the ribbon, then guide the safety pin through one hole, around the waist and out the other hole.

 Take the safety pin off, tie knots on the ends of the sting or ribbon and you are done.