Dollar Store Dishcloths

Here’s a quick and easy way to dress up a dollar store dishcloth — just crochet a simple border around it!  IMG_3765

I first took a length of my 4-ply cotton yarn and split it into 2, so it was only 2-ply, then used a needle and made a blanket stitch edging evenly around all 4 sides of the cloth.  This gave me a base to work my crochet stitches on.  Then I worked my stitches as follows:

Round 1:  Sc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beginning sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in each  st around, slip stitch to beginning sc. Fasten off.

If you are looking for a good tutorial on the blanket stitch, here is one I recommend:  How to do the Blanket Stitch

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Fabric Boxes

I just made this cute little fabric box that I plan to give my mother for a Christmas gift (she loves all things Coca-Cola).  It’s pretty easy (and quick) to make.  I just took 2-10″squares of fabric and a square of batting, thread and 4 buttons. I found a tutorial on Seaside Stitches. Click HERE for the tutorial.  I’m not much of a sewer, and it was so quick and easy that I actually managed to make two AND am inspired to make some more!


Mason Jar Decoration

Here is my one mason jar decoration that I made.  I had to look all over for the perfect jar because a regular mason jar wasn’t wide enough to accommodate more than just the Christmas tree.  I love the little tricycle.  (See the candy cane on the handle bars? A few years back I actually figured out a way to make my own realistic-looking candy canes because the ones in the stores always look so plastic and fake.)  And then there’s the little toy train around the Christmas tree.  It was fun choosing the elements I wanted to include in the jar.IMG_3610


Christmas Ornaments

I was intending to make the mason jar ornaments that are trending this season, but when I got to the craft store I found these great little ornaments that soon took the place of mason jars! There are about the easiest ornaments I have ever made. Supplies – ornament, miniature of your choosing, fake snow, glue and styrofoam circle to use as a base inside the lid to raise the miniature up a bit.  (I did make a mason jar ornament too, and I will share that in another post.)