Scrap Yarn Christmas Ornament

Hello November! It is officially socially acceptable to start posting about Christmas and what better way to do that than a cute, simple ornament DIY? I got the idea for these ornaments last winter when I was making my Bella Unicorn Stuffies and trimming their hair a little bit. I saw the pile of beautifully colored scrap yarn and thought huh.. unicorn hair… LIGHT BULB!!
These ornaments are so fun and the design options are endless! I love how you take yarn scraps, aka trash, and turn them into something beautiful that will be treasured for many Christmases to come.

Here is what you will need
Clear ornament: I like the flat ones because it’s easier for me to stick the vinyl decal on, but you could use the round ones if you prefer. Be sure to get clear though and not irridescent…I made that mistake last year.
– Yarn Scraps
– Vinyl Decal (or a paint pen if you would rather write your design by hand)
Transfer tape (for your vinyl decal)
– Scissors

Lets get started!

First you need to think about what your ornament will say then choose a yarn color combo that coordinates well. My ornament is going to say “Unicorn Hair” so I am going to stick with yarn colors that are colorful and bright. 

Start separating out the yarn scraps you need in the color scheme you just chose.


Take the metal cap off the top of your ornament by giving it a little pull, then start filling your ornament up with your scrap yarn. I like for mine to be pretty full. 



After you finish filling your ornament with yarn scraps, put the cap back on to secure your yarn. You can use some glue here if you want but I dont think its necessary, yarn isn’t very heavy.


Now it’s time to put on your vinyl decal. If you don’t have a way to make your own decal, you can purchase them through A BUNCH of different shops on etsy! Or you can just use a paint pen and write your design yourself!

I designed my vinyl decal on Canva and cut it out with my cricut. (this is not a cricut  tutorial, but if you need help cutting vinyl with your cricut here is a great youtube video)


After you cut out your decal, apply your transfer tape and lift it off the backing, then place it on your ornament. You may want to run a credit card over the decal to help it stick to the ornament. Carefully remove the transfer tape.


Now you have a super cute, eco friendly, HANDMADE ornament! You could sell these in your etsy shop, use them for your tree, or give them as gifts to your loved ones this holiday season! The color combos and vinyl decal options are ENDLESS!


I hope you loved this tutorial. If you make a scrap yarn christmas ornaments please tag me on any social media pics you share, I would LOVE to see your finished ornaments and hear about how you will be using them! I want to apologize for neglecting my blog, it is BEANIE SEASON here at A Crafty Concept and my etsy orders are  taking all my time and energy. Next year I will plan ahead better I promise 😉

Here is a list of “ornament inspiration” to help get your creative juices flowing!
– Monogrammed ornament with traditional Christmassy themed colors
– “The (Enter Last Name)” with colors matching the Christmas tree’s theme
– Rainbow Baby ornament with ROYGBIV color scrap yarn (you could also do a monogram here for a rainbow baby you might know)
– Mermaid Hair with colorful yarn


– Mrs. Last Name with pencil color yarn scraps (yellow, black, gray, linen, pink)
– Merry Christmas with Christmas color yarn scraps (red, green white)


– Sports themed with team name and team color yarn


– Initial Ornaments

– “Let it snow” with white yarn scraps
-“Joy, Believe, Peace, Love” ornaments
– New baby ornaments with pink or blue yarn scraps
– Paw print decal with family pet name

Crafty Pencil Pillow ✏️ – FREE PATTERN

UPDATE: I am having some technical issues with my blog and many pictures were deleted. I will be slowing adding the pictures again. If you are using safari to view this page  you will probably see empty squares where pictures used to be. I am trying to fix this problem 🙁 Sorry for the mess.

I can’t believe summer is almost over and kids are already going back to school. Time has just flown by! In the spirit of going back to school, I thought it would be fun to make a pencil pillow and give it out as my FIRST FREE PATTERN! You guys have all been so amazing in supporting me as my business switches from making crochet items, to designing and creating crochet patterns. I never thought I would be selling my crochet patterns. I get butterflies every time I look down at my phone and see another pattern was purchased from my Etsy shop; I am honored you guys like them. As a thank you for being so awesome, please enjoy this free Crafty Pencil Pillow Pattern (say that 10 times fast 😆). 

If you would like to purchase a finished Crafty Pencil Pillow click HERE

Crafty Pencil Pillow
Finished pillow dimensions: Approximately 26 inches long and 6.5 inches wide.

Materials:
G(4mm) size crochet hook
4 oz Yellow Yarn
Less than 1 oz  Graphite Yarn
Less than 1 oz Linen Yarn
Less than 1 oz Tropical Pink Yarn
Less than 1 oz Graybeard yarn
Polyfill (my favorite brand is from Wal-Mart)
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Color chart of all yarn used in this pattern. Pictures of yarn taken from HobbyLobby.com

Stitch Key (US Terms)
SC = Single Crochet
CH = Chain
INC= Increase (Put two stitches in the same space. In this case, it will be two SC stitches.)
YO= Yarn over
DEC= Decrease (insert your hook, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, YO and pull through 3 loops)
DEC 3 Together= Decrease over the next 3 stitches. (insert your hook, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, YO and pull through 4 loops)
SL ST= Slip Stitch
*= To Be Repeated

Special Stitches

Bobble: *YO, Insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops on your hook* Repeat 3 more times. Now you should have 5 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops on your hook.

Back Bump: This is where you flip your starting chain over and insert your hook into the “back bump” of the chain and place your stitch there. If you are unfamiliar with this technique I would suggest watching this tutorial below by Fiber Flux on YouTube . You do not have to use this technique, you can just single crochet as you normally would, but I feel like the back bump technique is cleaner. Click HERE to watch a YouTube video on how to crochet in the Back Bump.

How to change colors: Work your SC as normal but stop right before finishing the stitch, with 2 loops on your hook. Pick up your next color and Pull it through the 2 loops on your hook, CH 1 and turn. Continue crocheting with your new color. Click HERE to watch a YouTube video on how to change colors.

Front Piece

Starting with your yellow yarn, CH 48

Row 1: Skip the first CH closest to your hook and SC 47 back down your starting CH in the Back Bump. CH 1, Turn.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with working in the Back Bump of a chain there are directions and a link to a YouTube video under “special stitches” above.

Row 2: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 3: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 4: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (47)
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with the Bobble stitch there are directions under “special stitches” above.

Rows 5-9: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 10: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (47)

Rows 11-15: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 16: *SC, BOBBLE*. CH 1, Turn. (47)

Rows 17-21: SC 47. CH 1, Turn.

Row 22: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (47)

Rows 23-25: SC 47, Tie off.

Grey Beard Yarn
Attach your gray yarn to the bottom of your yellow rectangle you just created.

Rows 1-12: SC 25 across. CH 1, turn. On your last SC in row 12, change colors to pink.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with how to change colors there are directions and a link to a YouTube video under “special stitches” above.

Pink Yarn
Rows 1-3: SC 25. CH 1, turn.

Row 4: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (25)

Rows 5-7: SC 25. CH 1, turn.

Row 8: *SC, BOBBLE* across. SC in last stitch. CH 1, Turn. (25)

Rows 9-11: SC 25. CH 1, turn. Tie off after your last SC in row 11.

Join your linen yarn into the top of your yellow rectangle.

Row 1-2: SC 25. CH 1, turn.

Row 3: SC, DEC, SC 19, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (23)

Row 4: SC 23. CH 1, turn. (23)

Row 5: SC, DEC, SC 17, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (21)

Row 6: SC 21. CH 1, turn. (21)

Row 7: SC, DEC, SC 15, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (19)

Row 8: SC 19. CH 1, turn. (19)

Row 9: SC, DEC, SC 13, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (17)

Row 10: SC 17. CH 1, turn. (17)

Row 11: SC, DEC, SC 11, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (15)

Row 12: SC 15. CH 1, turn (15)

Row 13: SC, DEC, SC 9, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (13)

Row 14: SC 13. CH 1, turn. (13)

Row 15: SC, DEC, SC 7, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (11)

Row 16: SC 11. On the last SC, switch to graphite yarn. CH 1, turn. (11)

Graphite Yarn
Row 17: SC, DEC, SC 5, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (9)

Row 18: SC 9. CH 1, turn. (9)

Row 19: SC, DEC, SC 3, DEC, SC. CH 1, turn (7)

Row 20: SC 7. CH 1, turn (7)

Row 21: SC, DEC, SC, DEC, SC. CH 1, turn. (5)

Row 22: SC 5. CH 1, turn (5)

Row 23: SC, DEC 3 together, SC. CH 1, Turn. (3)
insert your hook, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, YO and pull through 4 loops)

 

Row 24: DEC, SC. CH 1, turn (2)

Row 25: DEC. Tie off (1)

Sew in all loose ends.

Back Piece

This is the “right side” of the finished back piece

Starting with your yellow yarn, CH 48

Row 1: Skip the first CH closest to your hook and SC 47 back down your starting CH in the Back Bump. CH 1, Turn.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with working in the Back Bump of a chain there are directions and a link to a YouTube video under “special stitches” above.

Rows 2-25: SC 47. CH 1, turn. Tie off.

Grey Beard Yarn
Attach your gray yarn to the bottom of your yellow rectangle you just created. (where you just tied off.)

Rows 1-12: SC 25 across. CH 1, turn. On your last SC in row 12, change colors to pink.
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with how to change colors there are directions and a link to a YouTube video under “special stitches” above.

Pink Yarn
Rows 1-11: SC 25. CH 1, turn. Tie off after your last SC in row 11.

Join your linen yarn into the top of your yellow rectangle.

I did not photograph the point on the back piece of the pencil because it is exactly the same as the point on the front piece. If you need to see the pictures again for the back piece feel free to scroll back up. 

Row 1-2: SC 25. CH 1, turn.

Row 3: SC, DEC, SC 19, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (23)

Row 4: SC 23. CH 1, turn. (23)

Row 5: SC, DEC, SC 17, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (21)

Row 6: SC 21. CH 1, turn. (21)

Row 7: SC, DEC, SC 15, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (19)

Row 8: SC 19. CH 1, turn. (19)

Row 9: SC, DEC, SC 13, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (17)

Row 10: SC 17. CH 1, turn. (17)

Row 11: SC, DEC, SC 11, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (15)

Row 12: SC 15. CH 1, turn (15)

Row 13: SC, DEC, SC 9, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (13)

Row 14: SC 13. CH 1, turn. (13)

Row 15: SC, DEC, SC 7, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (11)

Row 16: SC 11. On the last SC, switch to graphite yarn. CH 1, turn. (11)

Graphite Yarn

Row 17: SC, DEC, SC 5, DEC, SC. CH 1, Turn. (9)

Row 18: SC 9. CH 1, turn. (9)

Row 19: SC, DEC, SC 3, DEC, SC. CH 1, turn (7)

Row 20: SC 7. CH 1, turn (7)

Row 21: SC, DEC, SC, DEC, SC. CH 1, turn. (5)

Row 22: SC 5. CH 1, turn (5)

Row 23: SC, DEC 3 together, SC. CH 1, Turn. (3)
Insert your hook, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, YO and pull through 4 loops.

Row 24: DEC, SC. CH 1, turn (2)

Row 25: DEC. Tie off (1)

Sew in all loose ends.

Join

Now it’s time to join your back and front pieces. Place your pieces on top of each other (right sides facing out) and line up your stitches.

Attach your pink yarn in the bottom right corner of your eraser.

Start SC and make sure your hook goes through both the front and back pieces.

When you get to the last stitch before the gray part of the pencil, switch to your gray yarn.

Do this every time you reach a new color section of the pencil. Put 3 SC in all the corners (the two eraser corners and the tip of the lead) to ensure smooth edges.

Once you get to the other corner of the eraser, sew in all your loose ends. I like to pull my ends to the inside of my pillow and flip my pillow inside when I sew in my ends.

After you get your ends sewn in and flipped your pillow back to right side out,  it’s time to stuff your pillow.

Once your pillow is stuffed, continue crocheting the front and back pieces of the pillow together by going around the eraser, closing the pillow up. You may need to add more stuffing as you do this. Once you are back to where you started, join into your first SC and tie off. Sew in your last end and TADA!!!! You have finished a Crafty Pencil Pillow!

I hope you guys enjoyed this pattern!! I would love to see your finished Crafty Pencil Pillows and hear about how you will be using them 🙂 I think they would be great teachers gifts or for decorating a homeschool room or home office!  Feel free to leave a comment here or tag me @acraftyconcept on social media. If you loved the pattern, subscribe to my blog! That way you can be notified via email when I post new things, like free crochet patterns 😉 While you have your yellow yarn out, head over to Hooked up Crochet and check out Karen’s adorable free pencil scarf pattern!

Happy Crocheting

❤️Ashley

 

PATTERN COPYRIGHT:
Please do not copy, redistribute or sale my pattern in any way. You are more than welcome to sell your finished Crafty Pencil Pillow. I hope they are a very hot item for you!! You may not use my pictures and pass them off as your own for they are my property. Thank you for your understanding. If you do post any pictures of your finished pillow I would love to see them!! You can use the #CraftyPencilPillow or tag me @acraftyconcept on social media so I can see, and so other makers can find the pattern for themselves. I truly believe there are enough customers to go around so sharing information is a great way for us makers to inspire and encourage each other. I can’t wait to see your finished Crafty Pencil Pillow!!

Diy Rectangle Cardstock Gift Box

With Christmas right around the corner, makers everywhere are already starting to feel the holiday hustle! Yes I know we still have halloween and thanksgiving but i’m a pre-planner 😉 These little gift boxes are super simple to make, but make a dramatic statement!! They’re perfect for those makers, like myself, who run online shops and want to add a little extra pizzazz to their packaging, or just makers who like to make gifts for their friends and loved ones!! Honestly even if you go the “bought gift” rout instead of the handmade gift, these boxes are still a cute way to package!

Tip for my fellow crocheters… these boxes are the perfect size for rolled Claire Bun Beanies 😉


Here’s what you will need
– 12″ x 12″ sheet of quality cardstock (not the super flimsy stuff)
– Scissors
– Tape
– Ruler/straight edge
– Score tool (I use a large, dull tapestry needle 🤓)
– Something to write with (optional)


Let’s get started! Oh and fyi if you are a visual learner, I created a youtube video showing how to make this box as well… only difference is I use a scoreboard instead of scoring by hand like in THIS blog tutorial.

First you want to cut an inch off one of the sides of  your paper. Now you will have a 12″ x 11″ sheet.


With your paper wrong side up, score your paper and 1.5″ in from all 4 sides around. I will mark my score lines with a marker so you can clearly see where they are. This step is not necessary for making the boxes. 


For those of you who may not work with paper crafts very often, scoring is just making a line in the paper so it will fold easier. Here is a good video showing you how to score a paper without the “proper” scoring tools. I just use my cardstock pad as my surface, because it has some give to it, a ruler, and my large, dull tapestry needle to score my paper.

IF YOU PLAN ON MAKING A LOT OF THESE BOXES OR MY BITTY BOHO BOX, I WOULD RECOMMEND GETTING A SCOREBOARD. THIS THING IS AMAZING AND MAKES MAKING CARDSTOCK BOXES A MILLION TIMES FASTER. 🤗

Along the 12″ side of your paper, Score again at the 5 1/4 inch and 6 3/4 inch marks.


Crease your paper on all the score lines. If your cardstock is super thick you can use your writing tool as a bone folder to help make your creases. 


Cut slits along all the 1.5″ lines down the 12″ side of your paper. (4 on each side)


Now it’s time to start folding. All the 1.5″ slits we just made created the tabs we will use to fold and shape the box.


Take one of the tabs and on the outer edge of your paper and fold it up towards the inside of your box, bring the side panel up from the bottom to meet the tab. Secure with tape. Also put a piece of tape around the outside corner you just created to make your box extra secure.


Repeat with the tab directly across from the one you just secured.


The front of your box is created.


Continue doing the same thing with all the tabs around until your box is completely folded.


TADA !! Now you have an adorable, handmade box perfect for packaging or gifting! Feel free to get your creative juices flowing and embellish your box to best represent your business or your personality ☺️



The dimensions of your finished box should be 8″ x 3.75″ x 1.5″

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and can’t wait to start seeing all your beautiful gift boxes!! I am obsessed with all the different types of cardstock options available! If you make any boxes using this tutorial and post them on social media  please tag me @acraftyconcept so I can see your creation!! Seriously, when yall post pics of stuff you make from this blog, it makes my day and encourages me to make more blog posts 😆

 

Mermaid Tail crochet hook by Harper Baby Shop

 

 

Instagram 3K Giveaway

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen a lot of posts about my 3K Giveaway going on through friday (october 13th 👻). I am so thrilled to have reached such a milestone for my business. A Crafty Concept is a huge chunk of my heart, I put a lot of time and energy into growing my business, so anytime I reach a milestone whether it be on social media or in my Etsy shop I get super excited 😁.

I have teamed up with 7 amazing maker friends from instagram and put together a fall-tastic giveaway for my instagram peeps. I wanted to make this post so I can introduce you to all the talented women involved, individually, so you can hear a little about them and their handmade businesses as well! I think i’ve mentioned it in nearly every blog post i’ve written,  but the maker community on Instagram is AMAZING!! When everyone is encouraging, inspiring, positive, and friendly to each other, we all thrive.

Hooked For You Crochet: Tina

Hi everyone! I am Tina, the face and maker behind Hooked For You Crochet. I am a wife and stay at home mom of two gorgeous children.. 7 & 4 years old. I started perfecting my craft after becoming a stay at home mom. Although staying at home with the kiddos was everything I had always wanted, I needed something to call my own. As time went by, I yearned to learn something new, so recently I have started to knit… and I can’t stop!! I love creating and seeing my work transform from a ball of yarn into something beautiful. I am so lucky to be surrounded by other amazing makers on Instagram. Our maker community is so encouraging and supportive.. I am so proud to be a part of it. Xoxo

You can follow Tina on Instagram here and check out her Etsy Shop here 💕


I am obsessed with knit beanies.. maybe it’s because I don’t know how to knit and knitters are basically magicians. This knitted beanie is PERFECT! Each stitch is so uniform, and the beanie itself has an amazing stretch to it. The big pom pom is so fluffy and squishy, I just love everything about this beanie!!

SLP.Made: Sarah
Hi!!  I’m Sarah! The owner of SLP.made.  I’m a wife and a momma to two beautiful kids. I’ve been knitting and crocheting for 15+ years. I love making hats, cowls, mittens, kids accessories, home decor and more.  I do a lot of custom work right now and enjoy it immensely. 

You can follow Sarah on Instagram here or Facebook Here ❤️

These three pumpkins by Sarah are like crochet pumpkin goals!! The littlest one is in the color oatmeal tweed, and is about 3″ in diameter. The medium pumpkin is in the color mustard and is about 6″ in diameter. The biggest pumpkin is in the color eggplant and is about 8″ in diameter. All 3 pumpkins are so well made and the little hay bow embellishment is the perfect finish!

Enchantments By Jackie: Jackie
I am the creator behind Enchantments By Jackie. I make hand poured 100% soy wax candles and fashion jewelry. I basically love any kind of craft. I was born and raised in Indiana and am a true Hoosier (whatever that is). I live with my amazing husband and 5 dogs! In case you were curious, I have 3 pitbulls, 1 cairn terrier and 1 chiweenie. They are adorable and run our lives! I recently graduated from law school and am beginning the grueling process of studying for the bar examination.  My full-time career is in higher education as a professor and director of graduate programs.

You can follow Jackie on Instagram here or check out her Etsy shop here 💜


You guys, I wish I could let you smell this candle through the internet. It smells AMAZING!!! I can’t really explain it to you other than amazing. It is an 8oz, 100% soy candle in the scent Black Flame. You have got to read Jackie’s description for this candle 😂 😂😂

Wolf Brand Knits: Olivia
My name is Olivia and crafting is what I was born to do, I’ve had a burning passion for working with my hands for as long as I can remember. It feels like just yesterday 8 year old me would anxiously await near the mailbox for my monthly craft kit that my sweet mother kindly bought for me. Now I’m 21, married to my high school sweetheart, blessed with a beautiful son, and finally taking the big steps to fulfill my dream, to share my works with world and bring joy to others through handmade

You can follow Olivia on Instagram here or check out her Etsy shop here 💚


This beautiful triangle scarf is a very pretty shade of maroon. It is 24″ wide and 14″ tall. It has 3 trendy tassels on each point, who doesn’t love tassels?!?!

Simply Made By Erin: Erin 
Simply Made By Erin is a one women shop! I run my business out of my home in Arizona where I live with my husband and son. All items are designed, handmade, packaged, and shipped by me. I have loved handmade and DIY projects since I can remember. I would see something I liked and just knew I could make it myself. Sometimes I’d have success and other times, not so much. Crochet was just one of those things that really clicked for me. Along with making my crochet pieces look pretty, I also take great pride in the packaging. That inspired me to share my packaging designs and ideas with others, and soon my gift and product tag line came to light. My business has evolved and grown over the years, and I’m constantly creating and recreating. It has been a huge learning process, but I’m happy with the business it has become today.

You can follow Erin on Instagram here or check out her Etsy shop here  💙


This basket is AMAZING quality! It is very sturdy and well made, the crochet stitches are flawless!! It is about 8″ in diamater and 4″ tall. It is made with brown yarn that is almost like a tweed brown. It also has a really cute wooden tag with Erins business name on it that adds the perfect finishing touch!

Callie Is Crafty: Callie
Hey y’all! I’m Callie, a southern girl from a tiny town in Alabama. By day, I work as a hairstylist and momma to two sassy little girlies. I create handmade, hand-painted signs for all rooms in your home! My style is eclectic…a little bit rustic, a little bit boho, with a touch of whimsy and all the colors! All of my signs are made by me, and I never use stencils or vinyl. I’m inspired by nature and flowers, and would paint just about anything pink if I could!

You can follow Callie on Instagram here or check out her Etsy shop here 💛



This sign is so pretty! It is about 10″ tall and 8″ wide. The colors are so vibrant and the lettering is so crisp! You really have to see it in person, pictures doesn’t do it justice. It also has a bracket on the back for hanging.

Summer Tails By Cait: Caitlin
Hey ya’ll! My name is Caitlin, the owner of Summer Tales by Cait. I’m from Louisiana and I love to make all kinds of things. I opened an Etsy shop last year and became a vendor at my local Farmer’s Market. God has provided for me through every step of my journey! I love custom orders because we all need stuff that’s as unique as we are right?

You can follow Caitlin on Instagram here or check out her Etsy shop here ❤️


How beautiful are these bracelets?! I can’t get over the fact that they’re handmade!  The colors are so vibrant and rich, they just scream fall! My favorite though is the little tassel embellishment! This stack includes 6 bracelets.

Annnnd by process of elimination, here are the items I made/bought for the giveaway! The pumpkin pillow is about 12 inches tall and it is a burnt pumpkin color with a dark olive twirly vine hanging off. The letter board, purchased from Michael’s, is 12″by12″. It comes with 188 characters and is the perfect size for instagram photos and home decor. The Claire Bun Beanie is in the color Linen, which is my most popular item of all time in my shop. It is an adult size, fitting heads with a 21″-22″ circumference.


Each one of these women have been so generous in helping me celebrate my 3k!! I have loved getting to know them through our business and even through the giveaway itself! I hope you enjoyed “meeting” all of them and check out all their pages because they are TAL-EN-TED !! Also if you haven’t seen the 3k giveaway yet you NEED to head over to my Instgram, because as you have seen here… everything is pretty great 😉

Fabric Pumpkins ⎮ Part 2


Last week I posted a tutorial on how to make some adorable fabric pumpkins from recycled clothes. I love any project where I can give something old new life. The first fabric pumpkin tutorial showed you how to make pumpkins from a tube, like a pant leg or torso of a shirt, this week I want to show you how to make a pumpkin from a circle!

This opens up a lot of new material options! You could use the back section of an old coat, recycled towels, bed sheets, blankets, scrap fabric left over from other crafty projects, nearly any type of fabric you can cut a circle out of can be used to make a cute, festive pumpkin.

In today’s tutorial, I am actually using some adorable chic fabric to make pumpkins for a sweet baby girls first birthday she has coming up next month. Make sure you are following me on Instagram so you can see pictures of the party, with all the adorable pumpkins we make today lying around.

Here is what you will need

  • A circle to use as a template (A dinner plate will make a pumpkin that is about 4”-5” in diameter, the bigger the circle, the bigger the pumpkin)
  • A pencil or something to trace your circle onto the fabric with.
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Yarn (It doesn’t really matter what kind as long as its strong)
  • Polyfill
  • Stem (I am using about 1.5” pieces of a stick I got out of my back yard.)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Lay out your fabric

Trace your circle onto the fabric, then cut it out.




Cut a piece of embroidery thread about 12-18 inches long. It’s better to cut it too long than too short.

Thread your embroidery needle with your embroidery thread and begin doing a running stitch around the edge of your circle, about 1/4 inch from the top (good side facing out). Be careful to leave a long tail for tying and don’t let it pull through your stitches.


TIP: A running stitch is just fancy talk for pushing your needle in and out of the fabric. Here is a quick video if you’re a visual learner.

Start to gather all the fabric by squishing it, and pulling your embroidery thread, until you get a ball-like shape.


Stuff your pumpkin with polyfill.



Gather your fabric and tie a knot, closing the hole. If you struggle with this part try getting someone to hold the pumpkin closed while you tie the knot. You want the hole to be completely closed so your polyfill doesn’t pop back out.  Then secure by running a few stitches through the hole in a couple different directions.  



Cut a long piece of yarn (about 3 feet), again, longer is better. Thread it onto your tapestry needle.

Push your needle from the top of your pumpkin (not directly in the hole made from bunching the fabric, go a little on the outside of that hole) and out the bottom. Be sure to leave a tail for tying. Then insert your needle back up the bottom of the pumpkin and out the top (again on the outside of the hole and not directly through it.)  Tie a knot as tight as you can to squeeze the top and bottoms of the pumpkin together.






Now we are going to create our pumpkin’s sections. Wrap your yarn around the outside body of the pumpkin and back into the bottom, and out the top. Pull taut. This will create the  “sections” in your pumpkin. Repeat all the way around your pumpkin until you get your desired amount of sections. Remember they do not have to all be the same size, pumpkins aren’t perfect 😉 

When you are back to the beginning, tie a knot with your original yarn tail and cut your yarn.



Time to attach your stick stem. Squeeze a big dob of hot glue in the center of the top of your pumpkin (mine is where the hole was, but if your fabric has a pattern or design on it you can easily put your stick on the other side) Hold your stick stem on the hot glue dob for a few seconds, while pushing down into the pumpkin.


And that completes your fabric pumpkin! I can’t wait to see how cute these pumpkins are at baby Mia’s one-year birthday party. These little pumpkins would make great party decorations, fall home decor, party favors, thank you gifts, teacher gifts, pretty much any way you could think of would be a great way to use them, they’re so adorable. I hope you guys love this tutorial and I can’t wait to see y’alls pumpkins!! I love love love it when you tag me in your photos so I can see your creations. I have some pretty creative and fabulous readers. 😘


Feel free to share this post with your crafty friends, or pin it to your Pinterest boards, everyone loves a fun pumpkin tutorial 😉

✂️ Stay Crafty ✂️

❤️ Ashley

Crochet Pumpkin Pattern


With Fall in full swing, and everything pumpkin flooding social media, I have been getting a lot of request for a crochet pumpkin pattern over on Instagram. (BTW I love getting request from you guys!)

Theses little cuties are super easy to make, and the pattern is simple to adjust if you want to make a pumpkin that is bigger or smaller than the size provided in this pattern. This pattern will make a pumpkin that is about 6 inches in diameter, and nearly 3 inches tall. Here is what you will need.

Mermaid hook by Harper Baby Shop

Materials
– 3 oz Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (Mine is in the color Wheat)
– K Crochet Hook (this size hook will make for very tight stitches)
– Large Tapestry Needle
– Scissors
– Polyfill
– Hot Glue Gun/Glue
– Stick (mine is about 1.5″ tall and .5″ in diameter)

Skill Level
This is a beginner level pattern, assuming you are familiar with crochet. If there is a technique you are unfamiliar with, I have provided links to YouTube videos for each technique used, for your convenience.

US Terms
SC- Single Crochet
INC- Single Crochet Increase (two SC in the same stitch)
DEC- Decrease (in this case a single crochet invisible decrease)
CH- Chain
*-To be repeated

Row 1: SC 10 in a magic circle . Join back into your first SC and CH 1 (We do not turn our work throughout this entire pattern) (10)


Row 2: INC in each stitch around. Join back into your first SC and CH 1. (20)


Row 3: *SC, INC* 10 times. Join back into your first SC and CH 1 (30)


Row 4: *SC, SC, INC* 10 times. Join back into your first SC and CH 1 (40)


Rows 5-11: SC 40 around. Join back into your first SC and CH 1 (40)


Row 12: *SC, SC, DEC* 10 times. Join back into your first SC and CH 1 (30)

Sew in your tail from row 1 and stuff your pumpkin now


Row 13: *SC, DEC* 10 times, Join back into your first SC and CH 1 (20)


Add any more polyfill if necessary. 

Row 14: Invisible DEC over the next 20 stitches (10) Tie off leaving a tail about 3 ft long. (You will need the long tail when creating the “sections/bumps” of your pumpkin.)


Thread your 3 ft tail on your large tapestry needle, and  close the hole on the top of your pumpkin, but do not cut your tail.


With your tapestry needle still threaded on your tail, insert your needle across the hole you just closed up and push it through to the bottom of your pumpkin.  Pull tight. Then insert your hook across the hole on the bottom of your pumpkin (where your magic circle was in row 1) and back up through the top of your pumpkin. Pull very tight, squishing the pumpkin in the center. (Repeat if necessary) 



To create the sections/bumps of your pumpkin, go around the body of your pumpkin and insert your needle back into the bottom, and pull through to the top. You should have a section of your tail yarn hugging the outside of your pumpkin. Pull tight and the pumpkin will begin to squish, creating bumps on both sides of your yarn.

Repeat this process until you have your desired amount of sections/bumps then tie off.


Hot glue a stick in the center of your pumpkin for the stem and you just finished an adorable chunky crochet pumpkin! You can also get real fancy here and tie some cute twine or ribbon around the stick stem!  If you wanted to make the pumpkin more kid friendly, you could crochet, stuff and attach a stem instead of hot glueing a stick.


I hope you loved this pattern and enjoy making lots of crochet pumpkins for your home, Etsy shop, gifts or however else you plan on using them 😀 Please post a link to this pattern, if you share pics of your finished pumpkins, so other makers can enjoy it as well. Also feel free to tag me because I would love to see your finished pumpkins!

If you wanted to adjust this pattern you could always drop down a few hook sizes and use a smaller yarn, or you can change the number of increase rows (example: only increase to 30, then repeat rows of 30, until you get the desired size, instead of 40 like in this pattern.)


➰ Happy Crocheting ➰

❤️ Ashley

Fabric Pumpkins ⎮ From Recycled Clothes

I am so happy fall is finally here! It is for sure my favorite time of year, not too hot, not too cold, and BEANIE SEASON is in full swing 😃 Another thing that makes fall so great, is all the fall decorations, especially the PUMPKINS!

I was recently going through my daughter’s old baby onesies and got inspired and knew I had to share this fun tutorial with you guys! I have a hard time letting go of Ava’s baby clothes (she’s 2 and a half now). I have a tote full of “baby quilt” clothes I’m going to make one day, but these cute Baby Onesie Pumpkins are another great way I can reuse her old clothes and look at them every year 😀

Full disclosure, you do not have to use a baby onesie. You could use an old t-shirt or a pair of pants or even a cute crew neck sweater (that would make an adorable pumpkin), You would still follow these same directions ☺️

Here is what you will need to make these pumpkins
– Baby Onesie
– Poly Fill (or yarn scraps if you want to make this project REALLY recycled!)
– Scissors
– Embroidery Thread
– Yarn
– Yarn Tapestry Needle (big enough for your yarn to go through)
– Embroidery Needle
– Hot glue gun
– Stick

First you want to lay out your baby onesie and cut just under the armpits, and just above the butt. This will create a tube out of the torso of the onesie and that is the part we will be using to make our pumpkin. Flip your tube inside out.

Cut a piece of embroidery thread about 12-18 inches long. It’s better to cut it too long than too short.

Thread your embroidery needle with your embroidery thread and begin doing a running stitch around the bottom of your tube, about 1/4 inch from the top. Be careful to leave a long tail for tying and don’t let it pull through your stitches.
TIP: A running stitch is just fancy talk for pushing your needle in and out of the fabric. Here is a quick video if you’re a visual learner.

Gather all the fabric and tie a knot. I like to run my needle through the hole a few times, in a few different directions, then knot it again, to ensure it stays closed and no stuffing will poke out.

Not flip your pumpkin right side out and repeat the running stitch around the top of the tube.

Before you gather your fabric along the running stitch, stuff your pumpkin with your poly fill. (this is a great place to recycle scrap yarn if you have it on hand, OR T SHIRT YARN!)

Gather your fabric and tie a knot just like before. Then secure by running a few stitches through the hole in a couple different directions.  I won’t lie this part is very difficult for me, you might need someone to hold your pumpkin closed so the top hole will be as tight as possible. Remember if there is an opening your stuffing could pop out.

Cut a long piece of yarn (about 3 feet), again, longer is better. Thread it onto your tapestry needle.

Push your needle from the bottom of your pumpkin (not directly in the hole made from bunching the fabric, go a little on the outside of that hole) and out the top. Be sure to leave a tail for tying. Go over the bunched fabric on top, and insert your needle on the other side of the hole and push back through to the bottom.  Tie a knot as tight as you can to squeeze the top and bottoms of the pumpkin together.

This is the top of your pumpkin now

Now we are going to create our pumpkins sections. Poke your needle through the bottom of the pumpkin (again not directly in your hole from the bunches fabric, just outside of it)  back out the top, wrap your yarn around the outside body of the pumpkin and back into the bottom, and out the top. Pull taut. This will create the  “sections” in your pumpkin. Repeat all the way around your pumpkin until you get your desired amount of sections. Remember they do not have to all be the same size, pumpkins aren’t perfect.

When you are back to the beginning, tie a knot with your original yarn tail and cut your yarn.

Time to attach your stem, aka your stick. Mine is about half an inch thick and 1.5 inches tall.

Squeeze a big dob of hot glue in the center of the side of the pumpkin you want to be the top. Hold your stick stem on the hot glue dob for a few seconds, while pushing down into the pumpkin.

TADA!!!! A super cute, trendy and possibly sentimental fabric pumpkin!! You can go crazy with embellishments, if you would like to add some extra pizzaz to  your pumpkin. These little guys are so stinking cute, and pretty addictive lol. I have posted some pics below of other before and after pumpkins I made from different types of clothing!

Quick tip: If your tube is more of a square shape vs a rectangle your pumpkin will be more proportional 👍🏼

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! Please tag me @ACraftyConcept in any pictures you post of pumpkins you made using this tutorial. I would LOVE to see your take on these adorable fabric pumpkins!

Happy Punkin’ Makin’

❤️Ashley

Photography Backdrop Options from Lowes


Whenever I research tips on running a successful Creative Business, like an Etsy shop, the first thing at the top of every list is GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY!! It’s super important for an online shop to have good pictures, that show the true color and size of your items; since people cannot hold your products in their hands and see them for themselves. Natural light is key to taking a good picture, along with having a nice clean background, so nothing distracts from your product. 

A lot of people ask me where I got the backdrop I use for my Instagram photos. Honestly, I got really lucky; I found it in a pile of junk while helping my mamaw move. Recently, I went to Lowes, and when I was looking for stuff to remodel my laundry room, I saw a big sheet of my backdrop there on the shelf! The more I looked around, the more I noticed that Lowes has LOTS of wall panel options for backdrops. A few weeks later my wonderful husband, Gabe, and I got a babysitter and headed to back to Lowes with a camera and a bag full of crochet goodies. We grabbed a cart and walked to the back of our store, where the wall panelling options are. We put one of each panel style on the cart and, after a little tiff with a Lowes employee, we went outside under their loading awning to take some pictures. I wanted to get sample pictures of crochet items on each backdrop, in natural light, so you could see a good example of what they might look like in your pictures.

Each panel is approximately 4 ft wide and 8 ft long. This size is not ideal for photographing because it isn’t very portable, and you do not need such a big backdrop if you will be photographing small things like beanies or amigurumi. The good news is, for a small charge, Lowes will cut them for you! ( I think it’s only $0.25 per cut) You could easily go in with another maker and have the panel cut in half saving you some money and leaving both of you with an awesome new backdrop for your product photos!

Here are all the different wall paneling options my local Lowes has to offer.Name:  Trubead White Headboard
Dimensions: .16in x 4ft x 8ft.
Weight: 24.2 lbs
Price: 19.97
Material: Hardboard
Notes: This panel is great for photos. Its  light weight, but not flimsy. It can also be painted with a latex paint if you prefer a backdrop in a different color. Textured.Name: Purgroove White Beaded
Dimensions: .16in x 4ft x 8ft.
Price: 24.97
Material: Hardboard
Notes: This panel is great for photos. Its  light weight, but a little more flimsy. Once you cut it down to a more practical size though I don’t think it would be too flimsy. This panel is also less textured than the Trubead panel above and has a little bit of a gloss to it.Name: Purimpresion White Beaded
Dimensions: .25 in x 4ft x 8ft.
Price: 29.97
Material: MDF
Notes: This panel is the heaviest of all the panels I photographed. It is very bulky and durable. It has a beautiful texture and can be painted with latex paint if you prefer a color other than white.
Name:  Gray Homesteader Hardboard Wall Panel
Dimensions: .21in x 4ft x 8ft.
Weight: 32 lbs
Price: 29.98
Material: Hardboard
Notes: This panel is so pretty. It’s a little heavier weight, but not as heavy as the Purimpresion. It is very textured, you can feel all the “wood grains”.Name:  Ann Arbor Beaded Birch
Dimensions: .15in x 4ft x 8ft.
Price: 43.98
Material: Birch Wood
Notes: This panel is lightweight, glossy and kind of flimsy compared to the other wall paneling options.Name:  Mt Vernon Coastal White Cedar Wall Panel
Dimensions: .14in x 4ft x 8ft.
Price: 14.97
Material: MDF
Notes: This is the panel I use ☺️(and love). Its light weight, but not flimsy. It has a smooth finish and the coloring of the panel is perfect for photo backdrops!Name: Cinnamon Beech Wall Panel
Dimensions: .11in x 4ft x 8ft.
Price: 10.97
Material: MDF
Notes: This is the most lightweight panel at Lowes. It is very flimsy, and even the stack on the shelf was warped.Name: Mt Vernon Springfield Hickory Wall Panel
Dimensions: .14in x 4ft x 8ft.
Price: 14.97
Material: MDF
Notes: Lightweight, but durable. Smooth finish.Name: Gaslight Brick Hardboard Wall Panel
Dimensions: .21in x 4ft x 8ft.
Price: 25.97
Weight: 32 lbs
Material: Hardboard
Notes: A little heavier than the other boards but not as heavy as the Purimpresion. Very Durable and lots of texture! I really liked this one too 😃

Thank you so much for checking out my “Photography Backdrop Options from Lowes” blog post! I hope you found it helpful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me, either here, or on my social media ☺️ If you do end up purchasing a new backdrop from Lowes, and using it in your product pictures, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM! Tag me @acraftyconcept (on Instagram or Facebook) so I can see how beautiful your product photos are. Also, be sure to subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss any future posts you might find helpful for your creative business.

Also, if you want to see more pictures of the Mt Vernon Coastal White Cedar Wall Panel backdrop, visit me over on Instagram, almost all my recent pictures are using that background.

➰Happy Photographing ➰

❤️Ashley

How to ship from home using PayPal 📫

When I began selling my crochet back in 2012, it was mostly to local friends and family. I didn’t need to do much shipping, but when I did, I went to the post office;  I did this for 2 years. Then, I moved out-of-state and all my friends and family were no longer local! I continued to go to the post office, but it started to get ridiculous and I knew there had to be an easier way. After doing lots of research, I finally figured it out!

Apparently, PayPal makes it super difficult to find the correct shipping page; like it’s some kind of secret or something, I don’t know. That being said,  here is the easiest way to create shipping labels, at home, using PayPal. ( Even though nearly all my shipping is done through Etsy now, I still use this method when I am shipping promotional items or gifts.)

First, you will want to set up a Business PayPal account (if you haven’t already), and make sure it’s connected to your credit/debit card.

Here is a link on “How to set up a PayPal account” 

After you’re all set up on PayPal, click the link below; You may want to bookmark this for easy access later.

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

When you click on it, you may be asked to log into your PayPal account, if you’re not already; after you login, it will go straight to this page:

Fill out all the required fields and click “Ship to this address”

You will see this page. 

Start making selections on all the drop-down menus. I always ship USPS (United States Postal Services) and First class, if I can; that is the cheapest option. If your item is less that 15.99 ounces, it can ship first class. (It can also only be a maximum of 18 inches by 22 inches.) 

TIP: if you have something over 15.99 oz and you need to ship it priority, you DO NOT have to use a priority box; I did not know that when I started. Shipping in a priority box is usually more expensive than just shipping in a regular mailer, depending on how heavy your item(s) are. So, if it’s over 15.99oz, just put it in your regular mailer, but print a Priority label instead of a First Class label.

Next, you choose your package type. For my crochet items, I always choose “large package”.

You will need to weigh your product, mailer, promotional items etc. on a scale to get the total weight of your package. I just use a digital kitchen scale for weighing all my packages. It doesn’t have to be real fancy or anything, as long as it can tell you your item’s weight in ounces, you should be good. After you have an accurate measurement,  type in your package weight.

I get my mailers from The Shipping Guru on Etsy.

Next, you have some additional details you can select, if necessary, and you have the option to add insurance, if you choose. 

Select the mailing date and click “Calculate Shipping Cost” in the top right corner;  You will see something like this.

You can choose which payment method you would like to use, either PayPal or the card you have linked to the account. You also have the option to link more than one card to the account if you need to.

Next click “Confirm and Pay”, then click “Print”.

Your label will look something like this:

The bottom half is for you to keep, for your records, and the top half is what you will tape onto your package. Be sure to read the instructions for your first one, so there’s no accidental mistakes.

TIP: You can use this fancy shipping label paper from Avery if you don’t like the idea of cutting and taping labels by hand.
https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Shipping-Receipt-TrueBlock-Technology/dp/B002M835HI
It has a peel and stick label on one side, and just paper on the other side. This would be a time saver if you are shipping multiple items at a time. I invested in a Dymo printer last year and LOVE IT! 

That’s it!! Pop that puppy into your mailbox, and raise the flag so your mail-carrier knows you have outgoing mail! No more weekly trips to the Post Office!!!

If you liked this post, and would like to learn more about shipping tips or using PayPal for business, comment and let me know! I will be happy to make more posts like this one. Also, subscribe if you would like to be notified, via email, when new posts hit the blog! 

➰ Happy Crocheting ➰

❤️Ashley

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BItty Boho Bag: Trim Ideas

Making Bitty Boho Bags  are kind of addicting! They  work up so quickly and are a great stash buster! They’re also fun to make because there’s so many different things you can do to mix up the pattern, like adding different trim options.

I wanted to share with you guys a few different trim options I’ve been playing around with, and how to do them on your Bitty Boho Bags.

💕 TASSELS 💕

Let’s start with the tassel trim. The original Bitty Boho Bag pattern includes instructions on how to make and attach fringe to the bottom of the bag. These tassels are done using  a similar technique.

Using a template (I use an empty skittles box) wrap your yarn around and around until you get a good amount of yarn wrapped around your template. Tip: you may want to make your strips longer than you normally would to give you plenty of room for attaching. You can always trim them after. 

Cut your yarn

Now we have a bunch of yarn strips all cut about the same length. Gather 4 strands of your yarn (if you want a bigger tassel you can gather more yarn, smaller tassel, less)

Insert your crochet hook (I’m using a G hook), into the back of the stitch where you want to put your first tassel. Grab your bunch of yarn, and pull through. Adjust the bunch so it’s centered on the stitch.

Now tie a knot with all the strands of yarn at the same time (like you would tie a water balloon). That completes your first tassel. Repeat until you have your desired amount of tassels. Trim if necessary.

💕 POM POM 💕

This next trim idea is my favorite; POM POM TRIM!! I love pom-pom anything so trim on a Bitty Boho Bag is a must!

To create the pom-pom trim you are going to need a crochet hook; the smaller the better. I am using a Susan Bates F hook made by HeartSprinkle on Etsy.

Attach your yarn to your Bitty Boho Bag, just under the strap, and CH 1. SC in that same space.

CH 5

In the 3rd chain from your hook, YO, insert hook and pull up a loop. YO and pull through 2. You now have 2 loops on your hook. YO, insert hook back into the same stitch and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2. You now have 3 loops on your hook. YO, insert hook back into the same stitch and  pull up a loop. YO and pull through 2. You now have 4 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 4 loops.

CH 3. YO, insert your hook into the first CH (on  the top of your cluster you just made). YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull through 2. You now have 2 loops on your hook. YO, insert hook back into the same stitch and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2. You now have 3 loops on your hook. YO, insert hook back into the same stitch and  pull up a loop. YO and pull through 2. You now have 4 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 4 loops. CH 1.

Insert your hook into the same stitch as the bottom of the first cluster and SL ST. CH 2, skip 3 stitches and SC in the next stitch. Your first pom!!

Repeat all the way around until you reach the other end of your strap. ( 10 poms total)

 

sew in your loose ends and you’re finished!

Here is a video tutorial on how to crochet pom-pom trim by Bella Coco on YouTube.

💕 SCALLOPED 💕

The last trim option I want to show you in this post is just a simple scalloped trim.

Using a G hook, attach your yarn to your Bitty Boho Bag, just under the strap, and CH 1. SL ST in that same space.

Skip one stitch, DBL 7 in the next stitch, Skip 2 stitches, SL ST in the next stitch.

Skip 2 stitches, DBL 7 in the next stitch, Skip 2 stitches, SL ST in the next stitch. Repeat 6 more times. On the last one only skip one stitch before  your last SL ST

Sew in your loose ends and you’re finished!

Which trim is your favorite? Comment and let me know! I’m curious to see which one everyone likes best. Subscribe to the blog if you would like to be notified when I post awesome new things and come over to my Instagram to say hi!! I love the maker community, talking to everybody, and seeing all their beautiful creations!!

➰ Happy Crocheting ➰

❤️Ashley