Rugs are a great addition to any room. I feel that they tie the room together. That’s one of the reasons I almost always throw some kind of rug into every room, including my newly redecorated craft room/office. For that room I made this Crocheted Rug using the colors that I have in the room. By the way rugs are also a great way to hid stains on your flooring!
I made this Crocheted Rug for my craft room mostly to hide spots on the carpet, but also to tie the room together. It’s super easy to make and is a great project for beginners. I used the colors that coordinated with the canvas bins I use to store supplies.
The whole Crocheted Rug is made with Half Double Crochet stitches and the first row is a foundation HDC. I love using the Foundation HDC on larger projects. I feel that it shortens the time and the work because instead of making a very long chain then HDC stitches across you do both the chain and HDC at the same time. If you’r not familiar with the Foundation HDC check out this Youtube video to learn how to make it.
Once you make the foundation stitches the rest of the rugs is done in HDC except the row with the spaces in between. That one is made with HDC with 2 chains in between to make up the spaces.
To keep count of the number of rows you’ve done I recommend using row markers. I find for projects like this Crocheted Rug the markers make it easier to know where you left off or if for whatever reason you need to redo a row.
When you’re done with the rug you must block it before adding the fringes. Of course you don’t really have to add the fringes but I think add the finishing touches to the Crocheted Rug.
The Pattern is below or if you want a printable version click here!
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Medium weight 4 yarn in 4 colors of your choice
Crochet Hook Size I or 5.5 mm
Finished size is 39” x 21” without fringes
Row 1: 1st color (white) foundation HDC, the first 2 ch counts as first HDC , make 70 HDC total, turn
Row 2-3: ch 2 ( counts as first St), HDC across, 70 HDC, turn
Row 4: ch 2, HDC in next 14 st, change to 2nd color (Gray) and HDC in rest of st, 70 HDC – place marker if you want
Row 5- 14: repeat row 2
Row 15: ch 2, HDC in next 18 st, change to 3rd color (hot pink) and HDC in rest of st, 70 HDC – place marker if you want
Row 16 – 18: repeat row 2
Row 19: ch 5 ( counts as first st and first ch 1 space), sk 1 st, (for this first st it will look like you are skipping 2 because the ch 5 you just did is first st) *tr in next st, ch 1, sk next st*, repeat ** across, ending with tr, turn (35 tr and 34 ch 1 spaces)
Row 20: ch 2 counts as 1 HDC, HDC 1st tr, HDC in ch 1 sp, HDC in each tr and ch 1 sp across, ending with HDC on top of ch 5 on row 19, 70 HDC
Row 21: repeat row 2
Row 22: ch 2, HDC across until the last 6 st in row, change to 4th color (light pink), turn, 70 HDC
Row 23- 27: repeat row 2
Row 28: ch 2; HDC in next 24 st, change to 1 st color (white), HDC in remaining st, 70 HDC
Row 29 – 30: repeat row 2
Row 31: ch 2, HDC next 19 st, change to 2nd color (Gray), HDC in remaining st, turn, 70 HDC
ROW 32-37: repeat row 2
Row 38: ch 2, HDC in 57 st, change to 3rd color (hot pink), HDC in remaining st, turn 70 HDC
Row 39-41: repeat row 2
Row 42- 43: repeat row 19 and 20
Row 44-45: repeat row 2
Row 46: ch 2, HDC in next 40 st, change to 4th color (light pink), HDC in remaking st, turn, 70 HDC
Row 47 – 51: repeat row 2
Row 52: ch 2, HDC across until you reach last 12 st, change to 1st color (white), HDC to end, turn, 70 HDC
Row 53 – 54: repeat row 2
Row 55: ch 2, HDC in next 57 st, change to 2nd color (Gray), turn, 70 HDC
Row 56 – 62: repeat row 2
Row 63: ch 2, HDC in next 20 st, change to 3rd color (hot pink), HDC in remaining st, turn, 70 HDC
Row 64 – 65: repeat row 2
Row 66- 67: repeat row 19 and 20
Row 68 – 69: repeat row 2
Row 70: ch 2, HDC in next 49 st, change to 4th coLor (light pink), HDC in remaining st, turn, 70 HDC
Row 71 – 75: repeat row 2
Row 76: ch 2, HDC in next 30 st, change to 1st color (White), HDC in remaining st, turn, 70 HDC
Row 77 – 78: Repeat row 2
Row 79: ch 2, HDC in next 18 st, change to 2nd color (Gray), HDC in remaining st, turn, 70 HDC
Row 80 – 88: repeat row 2. Fasten off at the end of row 85
Add fringes on both ends
If you love this Crocheted Rug like we do and made one for your room share a picture with us. We’d love to see your rug!
May the Fourth be with you! Today is, you guessed it, Star Wars Day! Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars franchise back in 2012 pretty much ensured that there will be many more Star Wars films in our future. Along with installments of the final trilogy of the Star Wars saga we’ve been treated to a couple of stand alone movies such as Solo and Rogue One. Of course this has sparked a new generation’s interest in the franchise and is creating many new fans.
The new Star Wars movies have sparked lots of conversations and speculations in our family, such as “is Rey somehow how related to Luke and Leia?” or “who is Finn? Is he Landau’s son?”. I’m sure these conversations are occurring in many households, after all every household has at least one Star Wars fan, right?
As a rule Star Wars has always been popular pretty much since it first opened 40 years ago. But the new movies make the Star Wars franchise soar to even higher levels. Specially given that Disney now owns it and has been marketing each movie months before they premier.
This past Christmas we ran into many Star Wars toys, puzzles, shirts, and other merchandise. In fact we bought some for the boys. I thought with the renewed popularity of Star Wars it would be a great idea to round up a few crochet ideas for Star Wars themed projects. There are many out there!
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So if you’re a big Star Wars fan, or knows someone who is, these ideas will come in handy.
The holiday countdown has begun, we’re all very busy getting ready. We’re shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating, entertaining, and crafting! I know many of us are trying to get as much done before school lets out for the winter break.
Here are some crafty ideas to keep the kids busy when they’re home and gets them involved in this year’s holiday preparations.
If you’re playing the neighborhood holiday game “You’ve Been Jingled” let the kids join the fun!
They’ll love the idea! They can help make up the gift baskets and older kids can even drop them off!
They’ll love the idea of ringing a neighbor’s door way and disappearing without being seen!
For FREE game printable click here!
Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks, that means the kids will be out of school for the very long weekend. Keep them busy making fun inexpensive Thanksgiving crafts while you’re busy in the the kitchen preparing that delicious Thanksgiving Day meal. You can also set a kids’ Thanksgiving table for your little guests and keep them entertained making their own craft projects to take home.
Many of these kid’s crafts are made using things you have at home or inexpensive supplies you can pick up at any discount or dollar store. Recycle toilet paper and paper towel rolls, paper plates, baby food jars, and bottle caps for these crafts.
Paper Roll Turkey from Arstsy-Farsty Mama is a great way to recycle toilet paper and paper towel rolls.
This Pilgrim Hat crayon holder by The Moody Fashionista would look great on the Kids’ Thanksgiving table. Make one for each place setting and add a blank rectangular piece of brown Kraft paper. Kids can make their own placemat!
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Take a tip from Martha Stewart. Kraft paper placemats on the children’s Thanksgiving table will keep your little guests entertained. Add the Pilgrim Hat crayon holder and you’ve got a cute and practical table setting. Kids can take home their crayons and palcemats as party favors!
I love this idea from Alittletipsy.com! Handprint trees! My grandson made me one for mother’s day using different colors. My daughter added a poem and had it framed. It proudly hangs in my family room!
The Thanksgiving table can get very crowded. What with the turkey, side dishes, gravy, and sauces, there’s no place for anyone to actually sit down and eat! I solved this problem long ago by setting up a Thanksgiving Buffet Table for all the food and having an adult table as well as a kids’ table.
Depending on the space you have and the number of guests you are expecting this could take some doing. You might consider setting up different stations or bars; appetizer, sides, desserts, and drinks; or any combination there of. If you’re limited on space your stations may have to do double duty after dinner; appetizer station can be converted to dessert bar.
You may have to think out of the box and re-purpose furniture pieces to hold food and tableware. You will more than likely have to rearrange furniture to accomplish your goal. However you decide to set up the meal it will require advance planning, so much easier to move furniture without a ton of guests milling around.
Here are a few tips to help you set up a Thanksgiving Buffet Table.
1. Plan your serveware. Know ahead of time what dishes you will be using. I usually do this as soon as I’ve planned my menu, making a note beside each dish what I will be serving it in. Be creative, make your buffet interesting by adding height, this also creates space.
I love tiered stands and racks, but you don’t have to spend a fortune buying them. Stands can easily be made from dollar store items with very little time and effort. Check out Savvy Nana’s DIY Hurricane Vases & Lamps to learn how to make your own tiered stands.
You can also stack platters on upside down stemware or bowls to create height. Or use books or boxes wrapped in pretty paper. If you don’t have time to wrap books or boxes, just place them where you want them on the table and cover everything with a large tablecloth. You can even set Plates on pumpkins to create varying heights
For some great ideas on how to set a buffet table watch Kid’s Smart Living‘s video tutorial
A table in the middle of the room allows several guest access to the table at the same time, in this case taller dishes should be placed in the middle of the table. If the table needs to be set up against the wall meaning it will be front serving then taller dishes should be in the back.
2. Once you know which serving pieces you will be using you need to decide what you’re going to put them on. Breakfast tables, sideboards, baking racks, kitchen islands and counters work well as long as at least 2 people can serve themselves at the same time without blocking the way for everyone else. You may have to move furniture to accommodate the this traffic and arrange your serving ware accordingly.
Consider setting out trays of appetizers on coffee tables and end tables in the living or family rooms. This frees up space on the buffet table for the main event.
If you don’t have enough room on the table for plates and eating utensils consider setting up another table, shelf or rack to place them on.
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3. Keep eating utensils neat and within reach by placing them in mason or apothecary jars, or on trays.
4. Decorate your buffet or bar with centerpieces and even a backdrop. You don’t need table cards but they’re a nice touch as is a framed photo or sign. You can hand write your own on card stock or use one of these printable.
Quilting and sewing are skills that you can use to come up with amazing fabric designs. For instance, you can apply these skills to create a self-healing fabric. This is a fabric that is quite useful in architecture, among other fields. However, for you to make such amazing stuff, you need to gain the right fabric cutting skills. To help you out, here are the 4 easy tips for cutting fabric for quilting or sewing.
1. Get the right tools
For you to cut quilting or sewing fabric, you need to invest in the right tools. Otherwise, you will cut fabric in a way that doesn’t meet your requirements, for the end product you wish to make. One of the best ways to get the right tools is to make use of reviews. Reviews give you an idea of what others are saying about a specific product. They also help out with price comparisons to help you buy the best fabric-cutting tools. For instance, a review like www.quiltersreview.com is quite detailed and has variety in the tools reviewed, including mats. Checking it out can save you lots of money and time.
2. Start with the largest fabric
To have an easy time cutting fabric, start with the largest one. This will give you a perspective on things like colors, size, and shape of the end product. Once you have cut the largest fabric, which is also the outer layer, it becomes much easier to make patterns with the smaller pieces of fabric that are overlaid on it. To avoid costly mistakes, ensure that you get all the measurements right, before you embark on cutting it.
3. Get rid of the selvage
Selvages have no use in the sewing or quilting process. They are simply a part of the fabric as produced by the manufacturer. In fact, they tend to be tighter than the rest of the fabric, which makes them impractical to work with. For a perfect end product, get rid of them before you start quilting or sewing whatever product you wish to make. However, get the right skills first before you cut it off. You can get such information online, and avoid making a mistake that could ruin the entire fabric.
4. Fold the fabric right before cutting
Once you have the right fabric, and have removed the selvage, it is time to cut the fabric. To get it right, fold the fabric once. Do not overdo the folds as this could lead to errors when cutting. For a perfect cut, hold the fabric as close to you as possible. This will help you get the right angle, and most importantly, have the cut run straight. Holding the fabric away from you means you will not have a good view of the ruler line, which is an essential guide to properly cutting the fabric.
If you follow these tips, you should be in a position to make amazing products from any type of fabric. It will be fun, especially after you build up experience in cutting fabric.