Crocheted Cross Bookmarks

Hi, all! It’s been a while since my last post but I am here with a quick little something to share. A while ago I was telling my awesome Lymphatic Drainage Guru about my mission trips and I inspired her. She is planning to go on one this year. What a rush! I love inspiring others. Well, as we were talking she said she wanted to bring something she could hand out; something the people could put in their Bibles….A bookmark, of course, so I volunteered to make them….30 of them.

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Handmade crochet bookmark by GoofingOff Sewing

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Well I looked around for patterns but none suited me so I reworked a bracelet pattern I found.

Her pattern, for a cross-wise bracelet is HERE

I loved the stitches so here is my pattern for a crocheted cross bookmark 4 inches long and 2 inches across:

Steel crochet hook size 2/2.25mm

Crochet Cotton thread size 3 (Aunt Lydia’s or Bernat)

Skill level: Beginner

Ch3, hdc 3rd ch from hook, ch1, 2 hdc ( all in the same space)
Every other one***
*turn, slip stitch until you and in the ch1 space, ch2,1hdc,ch1,2hdc* repeat until you have the length desired (approximately 15 rows).

attach the yarn to the space between the 5 and 6 shells.  *ch2,hdc,ch1, 2hdc, turn sl stitch to ch1 space* repeat 3 times (3 shells).
repeat the step above on the other side of the cross.

Weave in the ends. Starch and let the dry.

That’s it. The cross takes less than 1 hour to crochet and very little cotton thread.

A nice little gift that’s easy to make.

Thank you to Crochet Chiq for her inspirational blog post. Her work is amazing. Please check it out.

Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing

 

 

New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

Good morning, everyone! Hope your week is going well. I’ve had a trying week but stitching seems to be my therapy. After a few minutes at the machine or doing some handwork and I feel so much better. Well, now that we’re on the subject of stitching, here’s some “new” patterns now in the GoofingOff Sewing Etsy shop that I think you will like. DSC_1098

You can have so much fun with this skirt! Different fabrics, colors, designs….and summer is the time for fun!

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Do any of y’all remember the show “Julia.” Diahann Carroll broke barriers back then by having the starring role in the show. Beautiful, talented lady. Oh, the blouse. The blouse is a pullover with a jabot….and it’s a 16. Yippee!

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This Fast & Easy Butterick pattern has a semi-fitted jacket and 2 skirt variations. Size 18-22.

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Make a simple shirt with this pattern or get crazy and add the jabot. Why not wear a tux shirt?

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Sew something comfy and fun for summer! The pants are pull on and the whole pattern is easy to sew!

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Another fun, easy-to-wear, easy-to-sew pattern. This pattern is serger friendly so t-shirts, cardigans and such are on the agenda.

I’ve always loved the look of a denim jacket although view 1 looks good, too. And it’s just in time for Father’s Day!

Oh, what fun! Great for fall but still good if you are summering up in the north woods.

OK, that’s all I’m going to show you now. Go check out the store. There’s more listed. I have much more to list, too. Remember to use the coupon code BLOGGED and get 10% off your purchase……and stop at the shop this weekend for our Flash Sale.

Sew on and Sew Long!

#GoofingOffSewing

Sewing Patterns for Children

I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve heard women say their moms sewed all their clothes. Mine didn’t. She didn’t like to sew, didn’t know how to use a machine, and was lost in the fabric department. She wasn’t ashamed of it, either, but she did teach me how to mend clothes and sew on buttons. Pretty handy. Still, I’d listen to these women and wonder “Who are these women and where are the patterns?”

Well, I think I found the stash of a couple of these women or at least part of the stash. Check out these patterns.

Aren’t they wonderful? Most are complete and in good condition. So Cool!

You can find these patterns  in the GoofingOff Sewing shop.

Happy Sewing!

Lavender and Lace Revisited

The other day I stopped by my favorite stitching shop, Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch in Trenton, Florida. The place is literally a feast for the eyes. Pin cushions of every shape and size, wonderful threads, yarn, antiques, and so many gorgeous pictures. While soaking in the beautiful surroundings I noticed a few pictures that looked like Lavender and Lace or Butternut Road. When I checked with Miss Sally she confirmed my thoughts. So here’s a few of the delights in her shop.

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I think I listed the chart for one or two of these beauties in PatternHaus.

Aren’t they wonderful?

Happy Stitching!

 

Post by Eileen Patterson

Doggie Bow Ties

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Well, the quilt show is coming soon and  I was trying to think of things to make and ways to help out. What a challenge!  I already volunteered myself into making crocheted jewelry the day of the sale which means I can’t volunteer helping at the quilt guild table. I made a few things, button bracelets, the thimble holder, and the needle book,  but I feel like I should do more (what is up with me?). Well, that I-need-to-do-more feeling led to a clean up of my sewing room….don’t get crazy, a little part of the sewing room. I don’t have time for an overhaul. What I found was doggie bow ties that I made and planned to sell…and never did. Yeah, yeah, I know. The best laid plans and all that.

Here’s a picture of one of the ties:

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There’s something about a bow tie. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s all the old movies I watched with the oh-so-handsome, debonair leading man wearing a bow tie.  The whole package. Sigh.

So, I brought in a bag of the ties….not a big bag, about 10 ties, and they were a bit hit. The members loved them. I even have a stuffed Scooby Do to model them. He looks pretty dapper with a tie on, don’t you think?  I do.

If you make it to the show….The Trenton Quilt Show in Trenton, Florida, March 18….stop by the Spring House Quilter’s table and you can see the bow ties in person. I’ll be in the Ice House (where the stitching magic happens) or in the courtyard crocheting away. Stop and visit. I look forward to meeting everyone.

Well, back to listing wonderful patterns in the GoofingOff Sewing shop. Oh, I forgot to tell you. I am listing lots of patterns from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s in the shop. Binge  listing. Quite a few children’s patterns in all sizes. Take a peak when you have a chance.

Post by Eileen Patterson

Napkins to Embroider

I love a good embroidery kit especially crewel. It’s like a class where I can learn or practice a few stitches….and at times, a challenge. Still, despite my love of an everything-in-one-bag kit I enjoy having a blank canvas to express myself. With that in mind I listed blank napkins to embroider.

 

These lovely napkins are 16 inches by 16 inches, enough to cover one’s lap sufficiently. They are 100% cotton and machine hemmed. They are sold in sets of 2 for $4. There are 6 sets available.

 

 

Friday Freebie: Crocheted Slippers

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I am surrounded by old papers and patterns….surrounded…but patterns like this one…..I’m OK. These cute slippers came from an old magazine page….not sure what magazine but they look like they’d keep feet warm on a cold winter night….and winter will come soon enough. Crochet a few pairs of these honeys while you sit at the pool or in the car during the summer road trip and holiday shopping will be a little less hectic.

Per the pattern: “Crochet these from  Coats & Clarks Red Heart Knitting Worsted. Six ounces are sufficient for a pair; use plastic crochet hook G. Instructions are given for small size, changes for medium and large are in parentheses. Sew elastic thread around top.

Abbreviations:

ch (chain)       sk (skip)

st (stitch)        hdc (half double crochet)

dc (double crochet)   rnd (round)

inc (increase)

sp  (space)           dec (decrease)

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Enjoy working these slippers up.

Post by Eileen Patterson….who is GoofingOff.