The Kids Loop Scarf is perfect for your littles because it’s easy to put on and actually stays on!
I had a friend recently complete one of the projects on my blog and then tell me she wished I would just take her to the craft store with me when I get my supplies so she can do whatever it is I’m doing and make sure she has the right stuff. Now, of course I’d love to take all of you to the craft store with me, the craft store is my happy place! But since that isn’t possible, I’m starting a new series where I show you a little project that can be completed with printables from my shop! It’ll be almost like I’m right there giving you the supplies!
This week I made this adorable Be Mine Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Banner. It’s got hand-drawn pennants and it looks handmade and cute but it’s also super easy!
Here’s how to do it!
Be Mine Printable Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Banner
Printer & Cardstock
Printable Banner Files
Scissors or Exacto Knife
1. After you’ve purchased and downloaded your banner files from my Etsy shop, print them on cardstock. I recommend cardstock instead of regular paper so they don’t curl up.
2. Using either scissors or an exacto knife, cut out each of the 8 pennant flags.
3. Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the upper corners of each flag. Don’t get too close to the edge, you don’t want it to rip!
5. Thread the ribbon back through the second hole from front to back and repeat with the other letters in order.
Slide them back and forth a little bit until they are evenly spaced and you’re done!
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I was cleaning up my craft area the other day and randomly grabbed a couple leftover skeins of yarn to put away when I looked down and realized I was holding a very cute Valentine-y color combination. I didn’t actually have anyone in particularly to make this hat FOR, but you know, sometimes you just have to knit for the sake of knitting. Do you know what I mean? So I made a little hat. And then I put a little heart on it. And then I was in love. (which is appropriate for a Valentine’s Day Hat, right?) Now I just need someone to have a baby girl who’s 6 to 12 months around mid-February and I’m all set! Scroll on down for the free pattern!
Note: I am frequently asked for a printable version of this pattern. Instead of trying to print the whole website, I made you an ad-free ONE-PAGE printable PDF version of this pattern to print and keep in your knitting bag. You can purchase it via Etsy HERE. The PDF printable also contains instructions for sizes 0-3, 6 months and 2T+! It’s an instant download and will be available to download and print as soon as you complete your purchase. There is a very small fee for this PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!
-The PDF is an optional upgrade, keep scrolling down for the free version-
Be My Valentine Heart Hat Knitting Pattern (12 month size, for other sizes, see PDF version)
Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
3 partial skeins worsted weight yarn in 3 colors
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches with the 1st color onto your circular needles. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 4 rounds. Switch to the 2nd color yarn and then knit all stitches for 4 rounds. Switch to the 3rd color yarn and knit all stitches for 4 rounds. Repeat this stripe pattern with all three yarn colors and knit all stitches until the hat is about 5 inches long.
Decrease (continue with stripe pattern & divide the stitches between 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: Knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 10: Knit all stitches
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 12: Knit all stitches
Round 13: k2tog repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
To make the Heart:
Row 1: kfb, kfb
Row 2: pfb, p2, pfb
Row 3: kfb, k4, kfb
Row 4: pfb, p6, pfb
Row 5: kfb, k8, kfb
Row 6: pfb, p10, pfb
Row 7: knit
Row 8: purl
Rows 9-12: Repeat Rows 7-8
At this point you should have 14 stitches on your needle. Split your stitches, moving 7 onto a third double pointed needle.
Working with only the 7 stitches on the right side:
Row 1: k2tog, k3, ssk
Row 2: p2tog, p1, p2tog
Row 3: Bind off, cut your yarn leaving a 7 inch tail.
Now repeat those 3 rows with the 7 stitches on the left side.
Using your yarn needle, weave in all the ends on the back side of the heart except the long cast-on tail at the point of the heart.
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This year for Christmas, I only managed a couple of handmade gifts. One of them was a DIY Hanging Business Door Sign for my brother’s girlfriend, T. She is a licensed midwife in Madison, WI and after finishing all of her (extensive) training and licensing she opened her own practice, Access Midwifery. She specializes in home births and has really been doing an amazing job as a new business owner. She has lots of happy clients and we are really proud of her.
For Christmas she asked me to make her a new sign for her front door. She does some of her prenatal visits from an office in their home and had been using a piece of paper taped to the window to let clients know they could come in without knocking. Obviously she needed something a little more professional.
I took a trip to Michaels and wandered the aisles for a while (I was alone! It was heaven!). At first I thought the easiest thing to do would be to use a picture frame. But she had told me that when she is not expecting clients she usually turns the sign around backwards. And I didn’t think the back of a picture frame would look very nice.
So eventually I ended up choosing a plain solid wood plaque and a laser cut wood frame. A quick trip to Home Depot for a couple small eye hooks and I was set!
First I painted the plaque white on all sides. Then I painted the laser cut frame white only on the front face. I like the look of the dark raw wood on the laser cut edges. Finally, I gave everything a quick coat of polyeurethane and I was ready to assemble.
The sign itself, is one of my hand-drawn prints that I turned into a chalkboard print. I glued it to the back of the laser cut frame and used a piece of a plastic binder page protector in front to keep any moisture away from the print. She was planning to hang this on the inside of the door so it shouldn’t get wet but I figured it was better safe than sorry.
I glued the frame to the plaque, weighted it down with some heavy books until it dried, screwed in two eye hooks along the top edge and added some yarn for hanging!
And there you have it! A much more professional looking Hanging Door Sign for my favorite midwife! She says clients have been giving her lots of compliments already which is great to hear!
My Grandma passed away a year or two after we moved to Chicago and before I got married. My mom’s mom was one of those special people who just truly loved and accepted everyone (she had 6 kids and always said that she had 6 points on her heart so that everyone was loved equally) and she was always there for every big event in my life (along with my wonderful Aunts who are the exact same way). She was proper, funny, and spunky all at the same time, she loved her jewels, her stories (soap operas), her dog Vanna, and was not a fan of cooking. I am the oldest grandchild and she lived about 90 minutes from us growing up so we were close.
In fact, one of the major pluses that made me choose grad school in Milwaukee was that then I could visit her in the nursing home regularly. It was clear at that point that she was declining so I consider those visits, in the midst of the stress and chaos of grad school to be a blessing. I’d meet my mom or my aunts at the nursing home, we’d visit with her, bring her a Krispy Kreme and help her choose her lunch and dinner menus for the week and then we’d go have Chinese at a little place in a strip mall nearby. And I would leave feeling so loved and so much less stressed. Even when I think that some of the time she didn’t know quite who I was, she was so sweet and happy to see you that you didn’t feel too sad. So when Aa and I got married in 2009, I was definitely sad that she wasn’t going to be there.
At some point, when she moved out of her apartment into the nursing home, my Aunt, who has so kindly acquired an entire basement of other people’s stuff, set aside her wedding dress and someone suggested we do something with it for the wedding. It was teeny tiny, about a size 0 and was a kind of itchy polyester satin that had quite a few large stains. So there was no chance that someone was going to wear it again. But after thinking for a while, I knew I wanted a part of it with me on my wedding day so it would be like she was there.
I thought and thought and thought and sketched and thought some more and eventually settled on a clutch purse to hold lipstick, kleenex etc. And let me tell, you, taking a scissors to a vintage wedding dress is incredibly stressful! I do not recommend it for the especially sentimental or faint of heart! Anyway, in all this planning, my mom also offered up the use of her dress. She’s never been particularly attached to her dress. It was in our dress up bin growing up, but I have always loved it. It’s a long periwinkle floral dress with ruffled hem and a shirred top. And it had a matching ruffled shawl. Did I mention that she got married in the 70’s or is that obvious, lol? But actually, I have always thought it was beautiful! But again, it’s polyester and very 70’s. No one’s wearing it again. Although in this case I was able to just use a small piece of the shawl so the dress itself is still intact.
I ended up with a simple envelope clutch with some of the lace and beading from the neckline of my Grandma’s dress hand-stitched to the outside. That beading was set in mesh so I had to carefully trim it all the way around and then hand stitch it onto the front of the clutch. It has a magnetic clasp and is lined with the beautiful periwinkle print from my mom’s dress. It turned out lovely and got about a gazillion compliments on my wedding day both on how it looked and on the story behind it.
I think the 70’s floral lining is my favorite part. I have always thought that print was beautiful. I hope someday to give it to a daughter, if I am lucky enough to have one, to remind her of both my mom and my grandma! Maybe I can even add a little pocket inside made out of a piece of my dress!
Anyway, on to the tutorial! I thought with this project, I’d try something new, I don’t have any photos of how I made this clutch so I’ve made you some quick diagrams. Take a look and tell me, do you like them? How do you feel about diagrams vs. photos for projects like this, I’m really curious to know!
Easy Envelope Clutch Tutorial
1. Cut your fabric into a house shape via the diagram below. Cut one each of outer fabric, lining fabric and cotton batting. If you want the finished size of your clutch to be X inches by Y inches, the overall size of your fabric shape will be X+1″ by 3y+1″. (For example, say you want a clutch that is 8 inches by 4 inches, your fabric shape overall will be 9 inches by 13 inches)
2. Insert the magnetic snaps. I always like to add a little fusible interfacing on the back of the fabric where I insert the snap for stability. For good photos and detailed description of how I insert magnetic snaps, see my Preschool Tote Bag Tutorial.
3. Layer your fabrics, put the batting down first, then the Lining Fabric, right side UP and then the Outer Fabric, right side DOWN. Pin all the way around.
5. Clip the corners,being careful not to clip your stitches. Then turn the clutch right side out and press. At the opening, press the edges inside and if you want, pin it closed. You will close that opening in the next step.
6. Being careful to keep the opening neatly closed, fold your clutch in thirds, pin and sew up the sides close to the edge as shown, and you’re done!
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Do you do New Year’s Resolutions? I don’t really, not usually anything formal. But this year, I had more of a mid-year set of resolutions relating to starting my business. I mean, really, starting a business is kind of terrifying. There’s all the scary permits and registrations, taxes, the logistics and that doesn’t even begin to cover the fear of failure!
I did set some goals/resolutions for myself mid-year when I opened my Etsy shop. When I started working on getting it open I wrote down that I would like to have everything set up within 3 months and I managed to do that opening on June 15th. Then my other goal was to have my first sale within 6 months. Which maybe sounds funny but I had been reading in the Etsy forums about how long some people had to wait for their first sale, particularly when you are new and don’t have a lot of listings. Well, I started with about 12 items for sale and here I am, those 6 months later with 61 items in my shop and a whopping 63 sales since June! And they weren’t all to my mom either, lol! In fact, only a small handful of those were from people I know in real life. And I will be forever grateful to my friend Lisa from Wine & Glue for being my very first sale and getting me over that hurdle!
But the funniest thing about all of this is that when I opened the Etsy shop, I had no intention of blogging. One day, I was sitting there getting frustrated about the number of views my shop was getting. I’m sure at that point it was something scary like under 10 in a day and I decided, hey, if I had a blog I could promote my shop there! Which in retrospect, I would like to add to the list of ideas I have that seem like they won’t be a big deal but turn out to be a ton of work.
I started this bloggy adventure out with similarly meager goals as to what I was hoping to accomplish and here I am less than six months later, doing way better than I had hoped. I mean, I certainly am not anywhere near some of the bloggers I know and admire but I have learned SOOO much and am mostly having fun sharing my ridiculous projects and recipes with all of you.
So to end the year, I thought I’d quickly recap what I’ve been up to since starting all of this! Without further adieu:
Best selling printable in my Etsy shop:
it’s a tie between
Apparently chalkboards are HOT! I promise I have a huge selection of non-chalkboard prints too!
My favorite Craft Project Post:
Definitely hands down it was O’s Thomas the Train Halloween Costume. I had fun making it AND it turned out way better than I had even hoped!
My Favorite Recipe Post:
I think I’d have to say it’s my Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe. Try it! It’s super yummy!
My Favorite “Other” Post:
Definitely my discussion of what I call Crafter’s Guilt! It’s probably one of the more personal things I’ve written and to be honest, writing that all down helped me change the way I think.
And the moment you’ve all been waiting for (ok, probably not, but still, here it is!)
The Most Popular Post of the Year:
I think it’s primarily because baby A is so darn adorable but who knows. But apparently I need to do more knitting posts because, wow, do you guys like those!
Anyway, it’s been an exciting and scary and fun year but I’m loving getting to know all of you and share a little of what I’m up to. I hope you’ll come back in the New Year and see what else I have up my sleeve! Thanks so much for visiting!