10 Recycled Valentine’s Day Wreaths

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By Naomi Shaw

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Need some unique ideas for decorating your humble home? Here are 10 crafty ideas for making your own recycled Valentine’s Day wreath.

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1. Cardboard + Book Pages

Instead of buying a styrofoam wreath form from a crowded craft store, use reclaimed cardboard as the base and an old book from storage.

Trace a wreath on the cardboard using a plate to get that perfect circle; then cut it out.
Color the recycled book paper with crayon shades of pink and red. Use about 10-15 pages.
Hole punch the pages until you have hundreds of tiny colorful confetti-like dots.
Spread your glue evenly across the wreath form and scatter the confetti onto the glue.

2. Paper Curls Wreath

This spirited wreath can add a fresh burst of color to any front door. It’s so easy to make you can invite some friends over for a simple and fun wreath-making party.

Tightly wrap 6 inch strips of colored paper around a pencil to curl.
Glue the ends of each curl together to make a loop.
Hot-glue the paper loops to a foam wreath form until it’s covered.
Brush a liquid adhesive over the curls then add glitter for a glamorous touch.


3. Rags to Riches

Get rid of your dry cleaner hangers this Valentine’s Day. You can make fabric scraps from clothes you haven’t worn in ages.
Bend the wire hanger into a circle (or circle-like shape). Pinch the part that hangs twist it downwards so you can hang the wreath.
Cut as many 1 inch by 6 inch strips of fabric as you need to cover the hanger.
Tie each piece onto the wire hanger and scrunch them together so you can’t see the wire anymore.

4. Picture Frame Wreath

This unique wreath from Crafting a Green World, an eco-friendly craft blog, is sure to put a smile on any loved one’s face.
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Cut out four triangles from recycled paper and spell out the word “love;” one letter on each triangle.
Color each triangle pink and attach them to the twine using glue or tape.
Tape the twine across the empty frame so that your triangles hang.

5. Clothespin Wreath

You can clip pictures, notes, and Valentine’s Day cards to this wreath.
Take your clothespins apart to paint pink and white. This clever mom from craft blog Clean & Scentsible used a unique paper to create patterns.
Bend a wire clothes hanger into a heart shape.
Add clothespins and hang.

6. Converted Christmas Wreath

Turn any Christmas wreath into a Valentine’s Day wonder by adding red and pink embellishments.
Make flowers out of pink cupcake liners and attach with toothpicks.
Add some chocolate candy hearts that can be eaten later.
Remove any Christmas themed adornments.

7. Felt Rose Wreath

DIY enthusiast, Stacy Vaughn, wrote this detailed tutorial on how to make a gorgeous felt rose wreath. Below are the basics.
For the rose, cut a small piece of felt into a spiral; starting from the outside of the spiral start rolling the felt, then attach the last piece to the bottom.
Using craft glue instead of a glue gun to attach each rose can help you avoid those annoying hot-glue strings.

8. Heart-Shaped Rag Wreath

Similar to the rags to riches wreath mentioned above (#3), this wreath is in the shape of a heart. Just bend your wire hanger into a heart shape instead of a circle.

9. Paper Heart Wreath

You will need mini glue dots, a paper trimmer, ribbon, and a decorative patterned paper.
Cut the patterned paper into 2 inch by 11 inch strips and fold in half.
Use the glue dots on the edge of one of the strips; attach the other end to form a heart shape. Repeat until you have enough hearts for a wreath.
Attach hearts to form circle or oval shaped wreath.

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10. Sweater Wreath

You will need a few old sweaters, a pool noodle, glue gun, serrated knife, and packaging tape.
Cut your noodle in half, then tape the two ends together to make a V shape.
Cut the sleeves off your sweater, then cut them into even smaller pieces to make a striped pattern.
Pull the sweater pieces around the noodle and hot glue the pieces together.

Any of these wreaths would be great a for a crafting party or simply to hang beautifully on your front door.

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3 🙂 Naomi Shaw is a stay-at-home mom in Southern California. After being a stay-at-home mom for seven years she works full-time as a freelance writer. Naomi frequently collaborates with AllStoreDisplays. She enjoys blogging about DIY crafts and mommy tips providing insight, advice and more! She hopes you enjoy this article.

Craft a Great Birthday Party with Your Grandchild

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Finding fun activities to occupy the guests at your grandchild’s birthday party can be a challenge, especially if you’re trying to keep them away from the TV, computer, and video games for the day. Try pinning them down with these great art and craft activities, and create a memory and a souvenir both of you will treasure for years to come.

Create a mural:

Whether you’re painting a wall or a large sheet of paper, a mural is a great activity for kids and adults. It offers everyone the opportunity to be creative either together or on their own, and when it has had a chance to dry you’ll be left with a beautiful reminder of this special day. Make sure that each of the artists signs their work!

Take pictures and make frames:

Handmade picture frames are a classic craft activity for kids, but having a picture from that day to keep in mind when decorating will add a layer of fun and creativity to the project. There was a time that this would have required a Polaroid, but with a digital camera it should be easy to let each child take a picture with the birthday boy or girl, or in a group. Print each of their pictures and let them each make their own frames out of cardboard, matt board, or craft sticks and decorate it just as they think it should be.

Make durable, colorful bubbles:

Bubbles can be lots of fun, especially for younger kids. Giant, durable bubbles make the fun bigger too. Mix a big bowl with 6 parts water and 2 parts dish soap. Divide the liquid into smaller containers and let the kids add food dye to change the colors of the bubbles. Then add 1 part light corn syrup to make bubbles that can be blown to much bigger sizes than normal, and are much harder to pop. Try not to create any bubbles in the solution once the corn syrup is added.

Decorate school supplies:

Three ring binders, pencil cases, and pocket folders are excellent for ‘blank canvas.’ They can be decorated with markers, paints, glitter, or magazine cutouts. Personalizing their school supplies will offer each child the opportunity to express themselves, and you may even be able to help a few of them get organized in a fun and relaxed environment.

Make a treat and a recipe book:

Older children can be a little trickier to entertain. When finger paints and Popsicle sticks won’t really cut it anymore, try appealing to their appetites. Most grandmothers have at least one recipe that the whole family talks about, tries to replicate, and longs for when they’re away. In my family it was Granma’s super-thin, crispy sugar cookies. For my husband it was the homemade sourdough bread they had every morning.

Whatever your specialty is, spend the afternoon teaching your grandchild and their friends the tricks you use (no recipe should remain secret forever, after all), then help them put together recipe books. Find solid versions of their favorite meals, make sure everyone knows how to read and follow a recipe, and remember to leave lots of blank pages. An elderly neighbor made me one of these when I was in junior high school and I still use and treasure it.

About The Author:

Jenny Franklin is a mom, a party planner, and a freelance writer. She currently writes for PartyPail, who provide excellent supplies for girls’ birthday parties.

Gifts to Make for Your Nephew or Grandson – Guest Post

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I love giving homemade gifts: They’re often useful and practical, yet showcase my love and affection for family members and friends. When it comes to the boys in your life, like my young nephews or my friends’ babies, crafting can be a little trickier. I know my nephews want toys and games, the newest entertainment system and so on — and not the dress up clothes or crochet purse young girls might love. These crafts are all kid-tested, parent-approved for young boys. Dive in, or use these ideas as a springboard for your own boys crafts!


Fort or Fort Kit: Young (and not so young) boys and girls love to make forts out of pillow, sofa cushions and dining room chairs. I know I did when I was a kid. Nurture your child’s spirit and sense of adventure with a fort or fort kit (if you don’t want to nail the wood pieces together). Think of a basic teepee design — a set of crossed poles in the front and back, with a pole down the center to connect both sides. Once you craft the basic frame, sew your own panel fabric with cowboys, trucks or another of his favorite patterns. If you’re not up for hammering the frame together, get all of the ingredients, sew a quick stash bag and gift the prep as a kit.

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Mini Apron: If you’ve got a budding chef on your hand, make him a catchy apron so he can help Mom make dinner or Dad grill burgers. Craft the apron to just his size or a little bigger. Use bold blues, greens and reds for the apron, apron pocket and any other details, or try a patchwork out of bandana fabric. Applique on his name, a nickname like “Star Chef” or anything you think will bring a smile to his face.

Boys’ Quilt: Perfect for a new baby or a young boy who’s gotten his first big-boy bed, this idea allows you to use your skills to create something Mom and Dad will appreciate and your nephew or grandson will use every day. Find out what the child’s current interests are, then look for quilt patterns that feature these interests. Or check in with Mom and Dad for information on the room’s decor and color scheme, then quilt something to match.

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Superhero Costume: Perfect for the child with a vivid imagination, these costumes can also double as boys Halloween costumes. Think sewn masks, capes, leggings, hats and the like. There are all kinds of free patterns for these kinds of costumes, while you can also get inspired and create your own imaginary superhero costume for your little man. Custom costumes are so much better than store-bought costumes, which can be flimsy and ill-fitting. When making clothes for my nephew, I always go a size up. This way, he can enjoy it now and next year as well.

Stuffed Toys: These are most appropriate for little guys, since older boys may feel too big for these toys. If you’ve stuffed a pillow when quilting, you can put together a stuffed animal. As with some of these other custom ideas, find out what shows or characters he’s currently enjoying.

Or take a pick from pop culture. Aren’t these Angry Birds stuffed toys so cute? As a variation here, consider making puppets instead of simple stuffed animals.

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These are just a few of the many wonderful ideas for holiday and birthday gifts you can create for young boys. I’m always keeping track of new ideas and testing them out when I can, so please share your favorite boys’ craft ideas below.

About the Author:

Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. She prefers to buy boys Halloween costumes for her nephew when they’re on sale in early November, then accessorize them with her own creativity.

Homemade Baby Blanket Roundup – Guest Post

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Knit, crochet and patchwork baby blankets make incredibly thoughtful baby shower gifts that both parents and children will treasure for years to come. They’re incredibly customizable, since you can use any color you want and incorporate all types of fun fabric patterns. Next time you’re looking for a gift for an expectant mother, try one of these super-cute baby blankets.


Knitted Chevron Blanket: This blanket offers both a throwback to the 1970’s and a modern adaptation on the trendy chevron stripe. Because the yarn is doubled, the piece works up quickly. The pattern is easy enough that a beginning knitter can follow, since it requires nothing more than the knit stitch and slip stitch. You’ll need seven skeins of cotton yarn and a size 11 circular knitting needle that’s 24 or 32 inches long.

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Self Binding Swaddle Blanket: Find two complimentary colors of soft flannel for this blanket, one piece measuring 43 inches squared and the other measuring 33 inches squared. While this blanket comes together easily it required a fold that can be tricky for beginners to wrap their heads around, so it makes a nice advanced beginner project. Sewn from the inside out, the project comes together and gets turned right side out before finishing. The soft flannel fabric won’t scratch baby’s skin and is machine washable.

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Knit Striped Blanket with Triangle Edges: The edges on this blanket set it apart and allow you to incorporate bright baby colors. To create the blanket base, knit two rows at a time, alternating colors every two rows. While the original calls for only two colors, you can use more! Cast on 100 stitches and knit until the blanket measures 27 inches by 32 inches. To create the triangle edging, use this tutorial.

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Easy Quilted Baby Blanket: When time is of the essence, look no further than this pattern. You’ll need one yard each of fleece and cotton fabric in contrasting or coordinating colors. Trim your fabric to clean up the edges, then place the “right side” of each together, so you are looking at the back of the fabric. Pin into place, leaving a 7-inch opening. Sew up the entire blanket, except for your 7-inch edge. Turn the blanket right-side out and close the gap with a 7-inch piece of fusible webbing.

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Follow the Lines Baby Quilt: For expert crafters looking for a fun baby blanket project, this Martha Stewart tutorial has what you need. The basic pattern is easy enough, but the hand quilting finish adds interest and skill to this piece. Start with one yard of printed cotton for the decorative front, 1/2 yard of cotton for binding and 1-1/4 yards of printed cotton for the back. Clean up the edges and selvages, then baste the front and back and stuff with cotton batting. Once the basics have come together, hand quilt along the pattern lines. You can get as detailed or abstract as you want here, so just start by outlining all of the large shapes across the quilt. Once that’s done, complete the medium shapes and then work the small ones. When you decide you like the look and feel of the quilt, stop and sew on the binding.

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These are just some of the wonderful and diverse baby blanket ideas out there for crafters, all of which are perfect for baby showers and newborn gifts. There are so many fabulous and simple blanket ideas that it would be impossible to do all of them justice. If you’ve got a favorite time-tested baby blanket pattern, share it in the comments section.

About the Author:

Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. She’s currently making a baby blanket to line her baby niece’s new crib.
Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.

Easy Gift Ideas For Expectant Mothers Guest Post

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Making baby gifts out of yarn for the expectant mother in your life is a great way to be creative and save money. Lending your personal touch to a present for a newborn makes the item that much more special and meaningful. Gift ideas, such as baby blankets or washcloths, are easy to make, even for those who are new to knitting or crocheting. Try your hand at a baby hat or booties and see the mom-to-be in your life light up when she opens such a thoughtful gift.

No matter what gift you decide to make, use machine washable yarn in cotton or wool to make things a bit easier on your gift recipient when it comes time for laundry. No busy mother will want to have to set aside your gift because it needs to be hand washed or otherwise treated with special attention. Being able to throw a blanket in with the rest of the wash will improve its usability and help keep a new mother’s stress lower, whether or not she’s new to motherhood.Blankets are a great gift because you don’t need to worry about babies outgrowing them as quickly as rompers or onesies. Best of all, novice crafters will essentially be knitting or crocheting a large square, which is fairly easy to do. Knit in a selection of soothing colors like pale green and yellow, pink and blue for traditionalists, or black and white patterns, which are most visually stimulating to a baby because of their sharp contrast to one another.

A mom can never have too many washcloths with a newborn around. They can be used as bibs, spit-up cloths, for baths, or any other spills that are likely to occur. Knitting or crocheting a small selection of washcloths is a good start for the mom-to-be in your life. A stack of handmade washcloths bundled together with ribbon will make a delightful shower gift guaranteed to elicit oohs and ahhs.

Booties are great for keeping newborn toes warm and are a project that can be completed in one evening. Pattern ideas abound, from simple one-color booties to more fanciful patterns that mimic tennis shoes, like Converse booties The gift serves as a nice alternative to socks and makes a great gift for any mom-to-be.

Knitting or crocheting baby hats is also an extremely useful gift, whether the mom in question is bringing baby home from the hospital or keeping a newborn warm in a chilly house. Baby hats are a great place to express your creativity – add bows or fanciful design elements like ears when making animal hats, like lambs or bears. There is no limit to the cute when it comes to baby hats!

Putting your time and effort into a handmade gift will surely put a smile on a mom-to-be’s face and will make for great photo opportunities. Just imagine that carefully-crafted blanket or pair of booties making an appearance on a Facebook page, inspiring other crafters looking for gift ideas, and, of course, making that new baby even cuter.

About The Author

Danielle has been making baby gifts like blankets and booties for her mommy-to-be friends ever since she learned how to knit eight years ago on one of her annual family vacations. Her next goal is to start making baby sweaters.

Quilting Tips – Guest Post

Quilting is a labor of love. It’s one of the most tedious craft arts I know but the number of steps I have to take with my pieces only brings me closer to them. There is a lot to learn. Much of it must be done through trial and error. I’ve encountered a lot of snags in my quilt making but machine maintenance, fraying and photography were some of my larger stumbling blocks. Read my tips on these areas to help your quilting be a cut above the rest.

With machine quilting your machine is your livelihood. It’s important to keep in top condition. Whenever you aren’t using the machine, have it covered. Dust, lint and hair are the greatest enemies of a sewing machine. You should get in the practice of cleaning your sewing machine after each project. Remove the needle plate and clean the inside like you mean it—toothbrushes work great. Have your machine serviced once and year and don’t forget to oil it regularly yourself. While operating, change your needle regularly. A sewing machine needle shouldn’t last more than eight hours of work.


My favorite thing about quilting is the variety of materials you can pull together. With all the odd places I gather fabric from, washing is necessary. Unfortunately, washing and drying loose fabric pieces can ruin them if done improperly. Before washing make sure that your fabric is free of any strings. If washed (or worst, dried) with fraying string then the pieces will further unravel. The string can also tangle around the fabric piece and it will crumple like an accordion. This is even worse with constructed sections. The heat of the dryer will pull these excess strands and the section could be ruined. Before washing your quilt pieces carefully trim each edge. You don’t need to cut off a lot of fabric, but make your cuts complete. Throwing your sections in the wash with fresh edges will make all the difference.

Photographing fabric and fiber can be difficult. The texture of a quilt is one of its most amazing qualities, but shoddy photography can leave it looking flat. Using a flash bulb will eliminate shadows from the picture—eliminating the appearance of depth. To photograph your fabric works shoot them at an angle. Forty-five degrees is about perfect. The angle helps create small shadows, making the texture pop. Choose light carefully. Using the light in your home can alter the color of your work. It will look bluer or more yellow depending on the bulb. Natural light is the best. See if you can get natural light coming from just one source. Early morning and late evening sun are ideal.

About The Author

Danielle is an avid crafter who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands. From happy stitching accidents to destroying a wool quilt in the washing machines, she has had quite a bit of creation drama. But for love of craft she will be buried with her hot glue gun. Read her work at Eat Breathe Blog

First Basic Steps To Creating A Family Memory Quilt

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Creating a memory quilt for your family would be something that would both be fun and rewarding. It would be fun trying to come up with all kinds of ideas that could go into such a thoughtful project. It would also be personally rewarding just from completing the project and to also see the look on your family’s faces when they see it done.

So, what needs to be done before you attempt to tackle a memory quilt? Have a look at the following steps, tips, and suggestions as to what to include in your project and also how to go about completing it.


1. The very first step to creating such a quilt is to save all the memorabilia that is needed for it. Many people sell their used baby clothing items at yard or garage sales. Some pass them onto relatives or friends. But if you decide to create a memory quilt, you will want to hold onto all the favorites. A short list could include…

Sports Uniforms
Cheerleading Outfits
Favorite Shirts
Favorite Jeans
Prom Dresses
Old Favorite Blankets
Baby Clothing Items
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2. Do you have the appropriate machine for sewing the quilt top, and actually quilting it? A lot of thought needs to go into choosing a machine that will do the job. Some people that do a lot of quilting have separate machines for sewing the top and quilting. And some have one that does both.

3. Do you have a quilting pattern in mind? By a quilting pattern, I mean the design you sew into the quilt after the quilt top is completed and you’re ready to sew it together with a pattern. Your mother, grandmother, or other relatives may have patterns, or you can get lots of free patterns online or at a fabric retail shop.

4. You can choose to create and sew the quilt top, and then hire someone to quilt it for you. This would be an option for people that don’t like to quilt or don’t have the time.

5. Decide on some material that you will use for the back of your quilt. This could be a neutral color like, white or off white…or any material that would compliment the other colors in the quilt.

Some General Ideas For Memory Quilts

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Pictures your children have made for you, transfer parts of those pics onto quilt blocks

Embroider your family’s names onto quilt blocks

Baby footprints and handprints

Birthday dates

Wedding dates

You could also work some buttons off of clothing items into the quilt, as well as favorite ribbons.

Another idea would be fabric painting. You could have each family member decorate and paint blocks or squares.

These are just a few ideas. There are numerous ideas you can come up with when making a family memory quilt. I plan on making one myself after my son and daughter-in-law are done with having children. 🙂

You can find more crafting articles by Tammy Here

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Beginner’s Guide to Free Crochet Patterns – Guest Post

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Beginner’s Guide to Free Crochet Patterns

 

5 Parts to this beginners guide here

 

http://www.favecrafts.com/Beginner-Crochet/Beginning-Crochet-For-the-Total-Novice/ml/1

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White and Purple Christmas Tree

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We’ve always had the traditional green Christmas tree. However, 2 years ago, it was a bit different. 😉

I’ll tell you why it was different…

A couple of years ago, while decorating my tree, my Daughter-In-Law was there and I just made a quick remark while placing a purple ornament on the tree.

I said, “Oh wouldn’t it be pretty to decorate a white tree with clear lights and all light and dark purple ornaments?”

And she replied, “Oooh yeah, that would be awesome!” 🙂

Well, now can you guess what my kids got me for Christmas that year? LOL

Yes, a white Christmas tree! It was a complete shock and surprise to me! lol I sure didn’t think anything of the comment I made. It didn’t even enter my mind.

So, we had a white and purple Christmas tree that year. I loved it of course! I collected purple ornaments throughout the year a little at a time.

Photos below…

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Lily the Christmas Elf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This adorable crochet project is perfect for the holiday season. Lily the Christmas Elf will put a smile on everyone’s face with colorful yarn and a cute elf outfit. Give this free crochet pattern a try for a great Christmas project.

Measurement:
Approx 13 ins [33 cm] tall.

Materials:

Lily Sugar’n Cream (70 g/2.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds)
Main Color (MC) (01004 Soft Ecru) 1 ball
Contrast A (01712 Hot Green) 1 ball
Contrast B (00095 Red) 1 ball
Contrast C (00001 White) 1 ball
Contrast D (00073 Sunshine) 1 ball

Sizes 3.5 mm (U.S. E or 4) and 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet
hooks or size needed to obtain gauge. Stuffing. 2 small
black beads for eyes. Small amount of red embroidery floss
for mouth. Small amount of Black embroidery floss for
eyelashes. 3 jingle bells. 1 button.

Gauge:
16 sc and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with smaller hook.

Instructions:

Head
**With smaller hook and MC, ch 2.
1st rnd: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
16 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc.
Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 32 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc.
Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 40 sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd 10 times more.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh
and draw through all loops on hook – sc2tog made. 1 sc in
each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first
sc. 32 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep
from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sts.
Stuff Head.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 16 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. Rep from * around. Join with sl st
to first st. 8 sts. Fasten off.

Ears (make 2)
With MC and smaller hook, ch 2.
1st rnd: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
16 sc.
Shape Ears: 1st row: Ch 1. Sc2tog. 1 sc in next sc.
Sc2tog. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
2nd row: Ch 1. Sc2tog. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 1. Sc2tog. Fasten off.
Sew Ears to side of Head.

Body
With MC and smaller hook, ch 30. Join with sl st to first ch.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first sc.
30 sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until work from beg measures 2 ins [5 cm].
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until work from beg measures 4 ins [10 cm].
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sts.
Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd twice more. Fasten off.
Sew bottom edge of Body closed. Stuff Body.

Arms (make 2)
With MC and smaller hook, ch 2.
1st rnd: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
10 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. 1 tr in next sc
(thumb). 1 sc in each of last 5 sc. Join with sl st to first sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (Sc2tog. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc) twice. Join
with sl st to first sc. 8 sts.
7th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd until Arm from beg measures 4 ins [10 cm].
Fasten off.
Stuff Arms lightly.

Legs (make 2)
Shoe: With A and smaller hook, ch 2.
1st rnd: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in next sc. 2 sc in next sc) twice. Join
with sl st to first sc. 6 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 2 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 8 sc.
5th rnd: As 3rd rnd.
6th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 3 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 10 sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 4 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
8th rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in each of next 5 sc. 2 sc in next sc)
twice. Join with sl st to first sc. 14 sc.
9th to 12th rnds: As 3rd rnd.
Beg working in rows: Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of
next 8 sc. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 8 sc. Turn.
Rep last row once more. Fasten off.
Fold back of shoe in half to form Heel. Sew back Heel seam.
Join A with sl st to back of Shoe. Ch 1. Work 14 sc evenly
around top edge of Shoe. Join B with sl st to first sc. Break A.
Stuff Shoe.
Leg: 1st rnd: With B, working in back loops only, ch 1. 1 sc
in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. Working in both loops, 1 sc in each sc
around. Join C with sl st to first sc.
Cont even, working 2 rnds C, 2 rnds B, until Leg from top of
Shoe measures 4 ins [10 cm]. Fasten off.
Stuff Leg.

Shoe edging
With smaller hook, join A with sl st to rem loop
of top of Shoe. *Ch 3. 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st in
same sp as last sl st – picot made. Sl st in next sc. Rep from *
around. Join with sl st to first picot. Fasten off.

Finishing
Sew top of Legs closed using whip st. Attach Jingle Bell to tip
of Shoe. Sew Legs to bottom of Body. Sew Arms to sides of
Body. With black embroidery floss, embroider eyelashes on
Head. Sew Beads to Head. With red embroidery floss,
embroider mouth.

Hair fringe
Cut a piece of tape 5 ins [12.5 cm] long and secure onto a flat
surface with sticky side up. Cut lengths of D 11 ins [28 cm]
long and lay them across tape so strip of tape is in center of
yarn. Holding tissue paper over top of yarn and using sewing
machine, run a line of stitching along length of tape. Remove
tape when hair is secure. Remove tissue paper after stitching
Pin fringe to top of head. Using backstitch and D, sew hair
into place along sewn line, being sure to get all lengths secured
in sts. Trim evenly.

Hat
Note: Ch 2 does not count as hdc.
With larger hook and A, ch 36. Join with sl st to first ch, being
careful not to twist ch.
1st rnd: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each ch around. Join B with sl st to
first hdc.
2nd rnd: With B, ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join A
with sl st to first hdc.
3rd rnd: With A, as 2nd rnd. Join B.
4th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 4 hdc. (Yoh and
draw up a loop in next st. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on
hook) twice. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook –
hdc2tog made. Rep from * around. Join A with sl st to first
hdc. 30 hdc.
5th rnd: With A, ch 2. 1 hdc in each st around. Join B with
sl st to first hdc.
6th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. Hdc2tog.
Rep from * around. Join A with sl st to first hdc. 24 sts.
7th rnd: As 5th rnd.
8th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc. Hdc2tog.
Rep from * around. Join A with sl st to first hdc. 18 sts.
9th rnd: As 5th rnd.
10th rnd: With B, ch 2. *1 hdc in next hdc. Hdc2tog. Rep
from * around. Join A with sl st to first hdc. 12 sts.
11th rnd: As 5th rnd.
12th rnd: With B, ch 2, *Hdc2tog. Rep from * around. Join
A with sl st to first st. 6 sts.
13th rnd: As 5th rnd. Fasten off, leaving a long end. Thread
end through rem loops. Pull tightly and fasten securely.
Sew Jingle Bell to top of Hat.
Attach Hat to Head, sewing through all thicknesses.

Dress
Note: Ch 2 does not count as hdc.
With larger hook and B, ch 40. Join with sl st to first ch, being
careful not to twist ch.
1st rnd: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each ch around. Join with sl st to
first hdc. 40 hdc.
2nd rnd: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join with sl st to
first hdc.
3rd rnd: Ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc. Hdc2tog. Rep
from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. 32 sts.
4th and 5th rnds: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st around. Join with
sl st to first hdc.
6th rnd: Ch 2. *1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc. Hdc2tog. Rep
from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. 24 sts.
7th and 8th rnds: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st around. Join with
sl st to first hdc.
Beg working in rows: 1st row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each of
next 24 hdc. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc across. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 5. Sl st in first hdc. (button loop made). Ch 2.
1 hdc in same st as last sl st. 1 hdc in each hdc across. Fasten
off.

Edging
Join C with sl st to any rem loop of foundation ch at
bottom of dress. *Ch 3. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Miss next
2 ch. Sl st in next ch. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to
same sp as first sl st. Fasten off.
Straps (make 2)
With larger hook and B, ch 9.
1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of
ch. Turn. 8 sc.
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
Rep last row once more. Fasten off.

Belt
With larger hook and C, ch 24. Join with sl st to first ch, being
careful not to twist ch.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first
sc. Fasten off.
Put Dress on doll, mark position for Straps. Sew Straps to
Dress. Sew Belt to Dress as shown in picture. Sew button to
back of Dress to correspond to button loop.

Enjoy! 🙂

Darlene

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