Crocheted Solar System Crib Mobile

Crocheted Solar System Crib Mobile

My youngest daughter is having her second child any day now.  I’m here at her house in Vicenza, Italy, waiting for baby’s birth.  You might say I’m on baby watch.  Anyway for her layette my daughter decided on a planetary or solar system theme.  We ordered the crib set from Crate & Barrel complete with crib sheets, blanket, and changing pad cover.  To complete the look I made her a crocheted solar system crib mobile.

You might be wondering how one goes about crocheting a solar system crib mobile.  It’s really simple!  After all what are the integral parts of a solar system crib mobile?  Why planets of course!  And definitely a sun in the center.  So what are planets?  They nothing but balls of varying sizes and colors.

 

 

solar system crib mobileThat’s right think of that 6th. grade science project when you made a model of the solar system using styrofoam balls!  In my case I made crocheted balls in colors to match the planets and varied the sizes, you know Jupiter represented by the largest red ball, the earth in blue and green, and so on.  Of course the sun was yellow!  By the way this was a great way to use yarn scraps from other projects.  This mobile didn’t cost me more than the price of the hoop which was about $1.50 at Walmart.

Ok I didn’t make ALL the planets, just Jupiter, Saturn (with a crocheted ring tacked to the center of the ball), Earth, Pluto, and Venus.  But feel free to add as many of the planets as you want.

To make the balls I used this wonderful free pattern I found on Craftsy.  It gives directions on how to crochet 5 different sized balls and if you need a larger ball just follow the increase pattern and add as many rounds as you want.

https://www.craftsy.com/crocheting/article/how-to-crochet-a-ball/

After I made all the planets I attached them with yarn to the inside ring of a wooden embroidery hoop.  The planets obviously hang down and to hang the solar system crib mobile on the ceiling I attached 4 equal lengths of yarn to the hoop and tied the tops together in the center and folded it the tips over to form a loop.  Pretty much just follow the pictures, it’s pretty much self explanatory.

So here’s what you’ll need to make your own solar system crib mobile:

Yarn – you can use any color you want.  I used Yellow, red, blue, green, orange, purple, black, and white.

1 inner hoop of embroidery hoop set – you can use either the wooden ones or the plastic

Pattern from Craftsy click here!

 

Hope you love this idea!  Share your solar system crib mobile pictures, we’d love to see them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Homemade Slime – 4 Ingredients – No Borax involved!

Easy Homemade Slime – 4 Ingredients – No Borax involved!

homemade slimeThe dog days of summer are upon us and we’re home with the kids wondering how to keep them busy.  Listening to kids complain about how bored they are, or worse yet seeing them spend half the day playing video games is making me crazy. I know I’m just about ready for school to start again and for football practice to begin.  So I decided it was time for some homemade slime!

Kids of all ages love homemade slime, even my grandson’s ever complaining friend Chase!  They think that making homemade slime is super cool.

There are quite a few different recipes for homemade slime, some of them requiring borax.  There’s even a recipe for glow in the dark slime and glittery slime.  But my grandson Devon opted for just good old fashioned slime so the recipe we used is super simple.

Our homemade slime recipe has just 4 ingredients and borax isn’t one of them.  Actually the 4th. ingredient is optional if you don’t what colored slime.  And I’m pretty sure you have at least 2 of the other 3 ingredients, or all of them if you wear contact lenses.

So without further ado here’s our super simple recipe!

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Supplies:

1/2 cup Elmer’s Clear or White Glue (If you are going to color your slime use the clear glue for a more vibrant color.  The white glue results in sort of a creamy colored slime)

1 Tbs. Contact Lens Solution

1/2 Tbs. Baking Soda

Food color in color of your choice

Directions:

  1.  Pour glue into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add baking soda and mix
  3. Add food color and mix.  You can add more food color until you get the color you want.  Just remember to mix it well.
  4. Add Contact Lens Solution and mix until slime forms and it begins to get harder to mix.
  5. Remove from bowl and knead to get the right consistency.  If it’s too sticky add 1/4 tbs. more of the lens solution.
  6. Store in a sealed plastic container when not using.

Crocheted Jelly Fish Toy – Amigurumi – Free Pattern

Crocheted Jelly Fish Toy – Amigurumi – Free Pattern

crocheted jellyfishAs you may know by know my youngest daughter will be having her second child this summer and she’s kept me busy with all sorts of baby projects.  She’s been searching the internet for all sorts of cute and adorable things that I can make.  One of our favorites are these adorable crocheted jellyfish.

 

They’re very easy to make, beginners will catch on real quick!  And those curly tentacles, well think of them as free form crochet, you can make them as long as you want and as straight or curly as you want.

 

crocheted jellyfishI found the pattern for these adorable crocheted jellyfish online and I just had to share.  Of course I added my own touch by crocheting the ruffled fringe at the bottom.

The pattern I used is from One Dog Woof blog.  It was so nice of them to share!  You can use the online version for free or if you prefer you can purchase the ad free version from their Etsy or Craftsy stores.  Click here to see the online version of  the pattern.  To purchase just click on the links on their site, it should take you directly to their Etsy or Crafsy stores.

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crocheted jellyfishAs you can see I couldn’t stop at just one crocheted jellyfish, I made 5!

I used 5 colors of Lion Brand Ice Cream Yarn.   This yarn comes in a variety of colors.  The ones I used are Strawberry, Grape, Mint, Blueberry, and Lemon Meringue.  They’re all variegated and you end up with a lovey combination of colors.

I used a 6mm hook but you can use whatever size you like to get the correct gauge.  Better yet experiment with different hooks and get variety of crocheted jellyfish in different sizes!

I also added the ruffle you see at the bottom edge of each crocheted jellyfish.  This is definitely optional, they look just as cute without.

If you want to add the ruffle just do this after you attach the bottom to the stuffed head:

*sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc in first stitch, sl st in next* Repeat all the way around ending with a sl st in the last stitch.  Fasten off and weave ends in.

Other than the changes I just mentioned I followed the pattern from One Dog Woof to the tee!

Click here for the pattern!

Love these adorable crocheted jellyfish? Check out the crocheted octopus pattern I shared!

 

 

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Crocheted Hightop Sneaker Booties -Newborn Size- Free Pattern

Crocheted Hightop Sneaker Booties -Newborn Size- Free Pattern

crocheted hightop sneakersAs you know my daughter is having her second baby this summer.  That means she’s kept me busy making cute baby items she’s finding on Pinterest and Instagram!  So of course she came across these crocheted hightop sneakers that look like the ever popular Converse Chucks.

I searched high and low (no pun intended) for a pattern to make these crochet hightop sneakers.  There are actually several out there for free and for a fee.  The patterns run about $5 on Ravelry where even I post some free patterns (here’s a free legwarmer pattern I shared on Ravelry).  Anyway I digress.

Back to the crochet hightop sneakers.  I actually made some booties using some of the free patterns I found on the web.  I wasn’t happy with any of them!  A couple were too big, I mean really big like toddler or even child size!.  And one of the most popular ones was so difficult to follow, at least I found it difficult.  So in the end I decided I had to figure it out for myself.  And that’s just what I did!

crocheted hightop sneakersThe Crocheted Hightop Sneakers  that I’m showing on this article are actually those that I’ve made using the pattern I made up.  Actually I made the pattern up as I went then after the third or fourth pair I decided I needed to write it down so that I can make the same booties again in the future and also to share with you my readers.

I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn and a size C 2.75mm crochet hook.  And of course you need scissors and a yarn needle.  If you need to you may want to use a stitch counter and markers.  And of course you will need yarn in 2 colors or more if you like.  You will not use a whole skein for one pair so it’s a great project to make if you have lots of left over yarn from previous projects.

This project may seem difficult but it’s really not as long as you follow the pattern and have the correct number of stitches and rows.   Hence the counter and markers, they’re helpful tools for everyone, specially beginners.

 

 

The stitches you will need to make these crocheted hightop sneakers are:

Magic Circle (If you don’t know how to make a crochet magic circle here’s a quick video to show you how)

Chain (Ch)

Slip Stitch (Sl St)

Single Crochet (SC)

Half Double Crochet (HDC)

Double Crochet (DC)

Back Loop Single Crochet (BLSC) – This means you work the SC in the back loop of the stitch under it.

Increases are made by making 2 stitches in the same stitch

Decreases are made by SC stitches together (SC2Tog, SC3Tog, SC5Tog)

So here’s the pattern for Newborn sized Hightop Sneakers!

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crocheted hightop sneakersCrocheted Hightop Sneakers

*The 1st Ch on every round/row does not count as the 1st. stitch of that round or row.

Sole

Using white or whatever color you want the bottom rubber part to be.  (Main Color is the color of the tongue and upper sides.)

Rd. 1 – Ch 11  Sc into second ch from hook and every ch to end – 10 total.

2Sc more into last ch and then turn work so the foundation chain is now on the top.

8SC in each chain back to where you began. 2Sc twice into last ch.

Join using a Sl St to the 1st. ch st you made but skipped in this round.   Total 22 SC

Rd. 2 –  Ch 1. Inc in 1st st.(2 sc in 1st. st), SC 7 (this means SC in next 7 sts.) 2SC in the next 3 Sts , SC 8, 2SC in last 2 sts.  Sl St to join. Total 27 SC

Rd. 3 – Ch 1. 2SC 1st st, SC10, 2SC in next 4 st, SC 10, 2SC last 3 sc. Join with Sl St  Total 36sc

Rd. 4. – Ch 1. Sc into 1st st,2SC in next st. Sc 10, [2SC next st, SC] x 2,  [SC, 2SC next st] x 2,  Sc 11, [2SC next st, SC] x2, SC, 2SCin last st. Join.  Total 44 SC
Rd.  5 – Ch 1. SCinto 1st st, 2SC   next st, SC 12,  [2SC next st, SC 2] x 3, 2SC next st, SC 12,  [2SC next st, SC 2] x 2, 2SC  next
st, SCin last st. Join.  Total 52SC

Rd. 6 – Ch 1. SC1st st, 2SC next st. SC 14. {2SC next st, SC 3, 2SC next st,SC 2, 2SC next st}, SC 3, 2SC next st. Sc 14(.
Repeat  between { } , then SC into last 2 sts. Join.  Total 60SC

Rd. 7 –  Ch 1. SC into 1st st, 2SC next st., SC 16, {2SC next st, SC3, 2SC next st, SC 4, 2SC next st}, SC3, 2SC next st, SC 16, Repeat pattern between{ }, SC into each of last 2 sts. Join.  Total 68 SC

Fasten off and Block so it lies flat.

Rubber rim –

Attach yarn to where you fastened off on the sole.  You will be working around the sole and gradually form the sides up.

Rd.  1 – Ch 1, SC in every st around, join.  Total  68sc

Rd 2-6. Ch 1 , BLSC (back loop SC) in every stitch around, join.  Total 68 blsc (You will notice the sides will start to form up)

Sl St at end rd 6 fasten off

Join main color between rds 4-5, slip stitch all the way around to make the contrasting line on the rubber rim

 

Toe-

Find center, count 12 on either side so you have 24 st to work with

Row 1-2. Ch 1, 24sc

Row 3. Ch 1, sc2tog 12 times

Row 4-6. Ch 1, sc 12 turn

Row 7. Ch 1, sc3tog 4 Times

Row 8. Ch 1, 4sc

Row 9. Ch 1, sc4tog

Fasten off but don’t cut yarn

Take yarn to 1st sc an beginning row 1 and slst

Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) DC across total 18dc

Switch to main color and make tongue

 

Tongue

Row 1 – 18 dc turn

Row 2-4 – Ch 1, sc across 18sc

Row 5 –  Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 14, sc2tog, turn 16SC

Rows 6-16- Ch 1, sc 16, turn

Row 17 – Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 12, sc2tog, turn 14SC

Row 18 – Ch 1, sc2tog, sc nxt st, hc nxt st, dc in nxt 6 sts, hdc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, sc2tog on last 2 sts.

Fasten off

Slst red on first row of toe part

 

Sides

Using main sneaker colour, pick up and sc remaining sts from around the “rubber” section. Once you have completed this first row, work as follows: You should have  44SC

Row 1: Ch 1, sc all sts, turn. 44sc

Row 2: Ch 1, Sc2tog, sc 1, ch 1, sc to last 3 st, ch 1, sc 1, sc2tog. Turn. 42sc

Row 3: Ch 1, sc all st (inc 1 sc in ch spaces), turn. 42sc

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc to last 2 st, sc2tog, turn. 40sc

Row 5. Ch 1, 18sc, sc2tog 2 Times, 18sc turn. 38sc

Row 6. Ch 1, Sc2tog, sc 1, ch 1, sc 14, sc2tog 2 times, sc 14, ch 1, sc 1, sc2tog. Turn.

Row 7. Ch 1, sc 15 inc sc in ch space, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc15

Row 8. Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 14, sc2tog, sc13, sc2tog, turn.

Row 9 ch 1, sc all st, turn, 30sc

10 Ch 1, Sc2tog, sc 1, ch 1, sc to last 3 st, ch 1, sc 1, sc2tog. Turn 28sc

11ch 1, sc all inc ch spaces, turn. 28sc

12 ch 1, sc2 tog, sc to last 2 st, sc2tog, turn sc 26

13-14. Sc around sc 26

Fasten off.

Trim –

Attach white or your contrast color to the tongue and SC around 3 sides ( make 3SC in the corners)

Attach white or your contrast color to the front of the one of the sides by the tongue and SC up to the top, across the top, and back down to the other side.

Logo

Make 2

Make 10HDC in a magic circle.

Pull tight to make a circle of HDC, join.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

With a yarn needle and main color sew a 5 point star on the circle you just made.

Stitch to the sides of each sneaker.  Be sure you put each logo on the opposite sides so that they can be seen when baby wears them.

Laces

Chain 150.  Thread appropriately to the front of the sneaker.

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Octopus Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

Octopus Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

My youngest daughter is due to have her second baby this summer.  This means I’ve got to get busy making baby stuff.  Of course my daughter sent me a list of crochet projects ranging from baby blankets, swaddles, booties, and stuffed toys.   I thought I’d begin with the cute Octopus Amigurumi.

First of all  Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed yarn critters.  While the art has been known in Japan for decades it only becameoctopus amigurumi popular in the West recently in 2003.  In recent years thanks to online craft market places like Etsy, Ravelry, and Pinterest it has become very popular.

I used the free pattern designed by Dorteja the designer behind Croby Patterns.  I experimented with her original pattern by using different size hooks and also added a few rows to make different size ocotpus amigurumi.

Her Octopus Amigurumi are pretty simple to make, her pattern very easy to follow.  In fact the pattern is down right addictive!

 

octopus amigurumiI ended up making several octopus amigurumi.

For the 3 small octopus amigurumi pictured here, the pink, yellow, and blue I used a smaller hook than the pattern required and #3 weight yarn.  The result are these smaller critters.

The red octopus was made with the required hook and #4 yarn.  The blue one was made with a larger hook and the big multicolored octopus was made with a large K  6.5mm hook and I used 2 strands of yarn through out the who piece.

 

octopusI ended up making 5 small octopuses, or is it Octopi?  I strung them up on a wooden hoop and made this adorable mobile!

octopus

 

Anyway here’s the free pattern from Croby Patterns!

Round Up of Star Wars Crafts for Kids

Round Up of Star Wars Crafts for Kids

star warsHere we go again.  Just in time for summer vacation Disney is releasing the newest Star Wars movie.  This one’s called Han Solo – A Star Wars Story.

Just like Roque One released two summers ago this movie is not part of the original Star Wars saga.  Instead it’s a stand alone story designed to eventually tie all the movies together by filling in the background for characters and events brought to life in one of the movies starting with the very first Star Wars classic now called the New Hope or episode 4.  Long story and actually even debatable as to which order the first 6 movies should be viewed.  I’m not going to even get into that debate.  I’m a Star Wars fan pretty much but I’d hardly call myself a hardcore fanatic.

star warsRegardless what order one chooses to view the Star Wars saga I know that this latest addition will stir up interest in all things Star Wars yet again.  Just like how The Last Jedi stirred up interest in the later part of last year when it was released during the holiday season.

So to give you a heads up here are a few Star Wars related crafts that should keep the kids busy for a while.  So go ahead take them to see Han Solo and gather your craft supplies and let them get creative.   I know I’ll be taking the grandkids to see the movie and we’ll probably end up making some of the crafty things I’ve posted here!

By the way Star Wars aren’t just for kids, adults love them too!  I’ll be posting some crafting ideas and even recipes that are Star Wars related in the coming weeks so check out my posts this may get interesting!  If you can’t wait check out my round up of Star Wars  free crochet patterns!

star warsChewbacca Hand Puppet

Since the movie is clearly about Han Solo it’s only fitting that the first craft the kids make is this cute Chewbacca Hand Puppet.

A Grande Life gives you step by step instructions on how to make them out of brown paper bags!

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star warsStar Wars Magnets

I just love these Star Wars Magnets by the Rural Mom!

They seem pretty easy to make, they look super cool, and they’re practical!

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star warsStained Glass BB-8

BB-8 is the adorable little drone we met in The Force Awakens.  He’s become a favorite with kids and adults alike!

Here’s a frugal craft featuring this beloved character by Raising Whasians!

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star warsYoda Puppet

Yoda is timeless.  Who doesn’t love this sometimes silly little green man with the pointy ears?  Learn how to make this super easy Yoda puppet from Coffee Cups and Crayons.

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star warsSponge Printed Death Star

A round up of Star Wars crafts wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t make a Death Star.  Gotta have a Death Star!

Here’s a cool one from Crafts on Sea!

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star warsLight Sabers

You know it’s all about the light sabers!  Here are 3 different crafts that make some sort of light saber.

Play Trains will show you how to make these super cute mini light sabers for your plush Star Wars critters to hold.  The kids can play with them too!

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star warsThe mini light sabers a bit too small for you?  Or you’d prefer something a bit more educational.  How about these Light Saber Sensory Bottles by Little Bins for Little Hands?

They look super cool.  I’ sure the kids will love them!

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star warsStill want something useful?  How about these Light Saber Popsicle Holder by Celebrating with the Bug?

 

Still looking for more Star Wars related crafts?  Check out my round up of Star Wars crafts for the Family.

Keep an eye out for more Star Wars crafts and even recipes!  I’ll be sharing some soon!

 

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