I spent the weekend hanging out with my 11 year old mini-me/niece Haley, who I adore. We a great time. She and I are planning on getting her an etsy account started, so I got her going with some felt projects. She is super creative and talented so I'm excited to see where she goes with it. Also I have kinda been on a frige magnet jag latley so I turned our creations into magnets. Here are the projects we did this weekend:
I have been working for sometime now on a couple of baby blankets for two twin girls that are due to be born in April. I got a big order that has kept me pretty busy, but I just wanted to post a quick update. This is a simple pattern based on 14 stitch increments. I chained 154 (11 times 14). I plan to post better instructions later but it is basically: double stitch into 4th chain, then 4 more double stitches, next do 2 subtracting double stitches across( this makes the "valley") 4 more regular double crochet stitches, then work 2 double crochet stitches into the following two holes (this makes the "mountain") then follow the same pattern until the end. Always work two stitches into the very last hole, then chain 3, turn and work first stitch into the same whole (don't skip that one like you normally would)
Ok so that was probably not helpful for very many people, so I will try to get those visual aids up soon, as well as the finished products.
I'm usually traveling abroad on a very tight budget, and have lots of people to bring gifts back to. This causes two dilemmas; I cant afford to spend much, and I have no room in my backpack. This dandy little craft fixes both of those problems. The last time I was in Peru I just decided to save some bottle caps (you can even just find them lying around) from some drinks and or beers that we do not have imported here to the U.S., I actually had no idea what I was going to do with them at the time. Today I just picked up a 2.99 roll of magnetic tape and threw these together. super cute and easy. The foreign brands make for a great conversation piece, or you could just use coke bottle tops like I did for one of them.
Really all I did was hammer the little guys into shape (only on the ones that were deformed form the bottle cap opener) fill them with hot glue, topped off the glue with some felt (this was to give a flat surface on the back) then hot glued the small magnet to the back. Done! took me like 5 minutes to finish all of them.
I'm sure the materials I used could easily be substituted with things you have around the house too.