As promised, here is the purse I made out the second leg of the jeans. I decided to make this one a clutch-style purse with a magnetic closure. Refer to my previous blog post to see the general instructions for how to make a purse from the leg of a pair of jeans. It’s a really quick and easy project, not to mention inexpensive!
I’ve been a little ADHD lately (excuse the term, but I can’t describe it any other way) when it comes to my crafting. I’ve been delving into so many different things that it’s hard to finish any one project. My list of WIPS includes designing a sewing pattern for a balaclava, making reversible fleece hats, loom knitting hats, weaving on a pin loom, making paracord bracelets, and I’ve been teaching myself to knit (which I learned to do when I was about 10 or 11, but got into crochet more). I also just got an Addie Express King Size Knitting Machine, which I am super excited about. I’m experimenting with that and have made my first had the day it arrived! I plan to blog about that once I’ve worked with it more.
One other project I’ve been working on are denim purses made from the pant legs of a pair of jeans. I got the idea when I bought a pair of jeans off of Ebay and they were not in “Great” condition like they were supposed to be. The jeans weren’t wearable or worthy of donation in my opinion, and I wanted to do something with them. Most purses or bags made from jeans use the upper part of the jeans, but that was the problem area with these jeans. So I thought, why not the leg—and if I folded it upward and stitched up the sides, I would automatically create three pockets. Of course, I had to add the back pocket on, and I even made use of the belt loops!
This is really a quick and easy project, especially if you can use a sewing machine. You only have one raw edge to work with. I didn’t want to hem the denim, so I used Fold-Over Elastic. This is the basic concept charted out.Using this and the photos, you can see how it all came together, but here are the Materials and Steps:
- Old pair of jeans
- Thread (I used a thread that matched the thread in the denim )
- Fold-Over Elastic (unless you want to hem the raw edge). You can also use bias tape, but the Fold-Over Elastic looks a little fancier
- Button or clasp (optional)
- Your choice of Purse Handle and Method of Attachment. (I used a chain from the jewelry section of my local craft store )
- Tools: Scissors, Sewing machine (optional, but helpful), sewing needle
- Also helpful to have pins, fabric pencil, thimble, seam ripper, Fabri Tac Glue
- Cut leg from jeans. Remove any other parts you will be using, such as pockets, belt loops, etc.
- Decide where you want you fold to be keeping in mind that you need the back section taller so that you have enough leg remaining to fold down as the purse flap. Once you’ve decided, be sure the leg is trimmed evenly to the length you need it.
- Pin the Fold-Over Elastic in place around the raw edge. Make sure the ends meet where they will be on the underside of the flap. Ideally they can be hidden by the closure.
- Fold the leg up to the proper position and pin in place. Sew along the very edge, bottom and other side no more than ¼” from the edge. Here a sewing machine is handy if you have one!
- Place pocket in the position you want it and pin in place. Sew in place. You will need to sew this by hand.
- Attach your closure, purse strap, and any other embellishments.
With this purse, you can see I used a belt loop for the closure. I just added Velcro to the backside. I also used the belt loops for embellishments. I simply glued those on with Fabri Tac Glue and they won’t be going anywhere! For the purse strap, I attached a mini slip ring to each end of the chain and then secured stitched the slip rings to either side of the purse.
I have one more purse I am working on (from the second leg of the jeans). I’m not quite done with it, but will share it as soon as it is finished.
I just thought I’d quickly share my latest design – the Diamond Escapade Afghan. Made with Premier Ever Soft yarn, the afghan is available as a kit for purchase through Herrschners. The kit comes with the yarn, a clear vinyl storage bag, yarn needle, a label for personalization, and instructions.
Today is my mother’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom! Though we aren’t celebrating her birthday today because she’s been feeling a bit under the weather, I had to at least bring her some of her favorite homemade chocolate-covered cherries. I also decided to throw in an extra surprise– chocolate-covered raspberries!
Both are super-easy to make. I just use chocolate chips, always the store brand.It does make a difference! For the cherries, I use maraschino cherries. For the raspberries I use fresh raspberries.
Drain the cherries to get all the excess juice out. I just empty the jar into a colander. While the cherries are draining, line a baking sheet with wax paper and get your chocolate chips melting. I have a special melting pot just for chocolates. (If you don’t have one, I’ve found that melting the chocolate chips in a glass measuring cup and then setting the measuring cup in a pan of hot water works great for keeping the chocolate melted while you work.)
If you are making raspberries and cherries, I recommend starting with the raspberries first because the sugar in the juice from the cherries will gunk up the chocolate after a while.
Just drop a raspberry (or cherry) in the melted chocolate, gently swirl it to cover it with the chocolate. Scoop it out with a spoon and drop it onto the wax paper. And repeat! Add and melt more chocolate chips as needed. When you are done, put the chocolates in the refrigerator so that the chocolate will firm back up. Then they are ready to gift (or eat)! If I am gifting them, I line the gift box with wax paper or put the chocolates in mini baking cups.
My mother likes my homemade chocolate-covered cherries better than any other chocolate cherries that she has found. It has become a tradition that she gets them every Christmas, birthday, and Mother’s Day.
This was the first time I made the chocolate-covered raspberries, so everyone had to taste-test them and decide whether the cherries or raspberries were the favorite. The raspberries won over the cherries 3 to 2! But mom still prefers the cherries
And lastly, don’t forget the card! I save a ton of money each year by making my own greeting cards. It sounds cheesy, but I have a couple of greeting card programs for my computer that I paid less than $10 each for. I make all my greeting cards with this software. Add to to software one box of greeting card envelopes and one package of white card stock and I’ve been good stocked for several years. The nice thing about the greeting card software is that I can totally customize the cards– I can add names, change the wording to be suitable, create my own wording, add my own pictures, or anything else I might want to do. In this case, you can see that I decided the card should say that my mother should enjoy lots of her favorite chocolates:
Family have really come to appreciate these personalized cards because more thought has gone into them. On the rare occasion that I have ”cheated” and purchased a card, they have actually been disappointed. I really prefer to make my own cards and love that I don’t have to stand in the card isle trying to find the perfect card and then flip over the card and gape at the ridiculous price printed on the back.
It’s been about a year, but I finally have a new pattern for sale on the Kindle! The Ocean’s Promise Cowl is a quick and easy pattern to make. This pattern is available for Kindle download, but you don’t have to have a Kindle to download it. You can just download it to your computer. You can also purchase it on Ravelry.
Check out the other patterns I have available for sale on Amazon while you are at it. Just click on the image to be taken to the Amazon page for the pattern:
Imagine my surprise when I found one of my designs in a Leisure Arts book recently! A while back, I had done an afghan design for Candi Jensen. I knew it was intended for a book, but didn’t have any more details than that. Time went by and it got pushed to the back of my mind. I was on the Leisure Arts website the other day and just happened to recognize my design in Motif Afghans by Candi Jensen! I guess I finally found out where the design ended up. LOL
And wouldn’t you know that on the very same evening I just happened discover my Rise and Fall Throw (which has been in the Mary Maxim catalog for quite some time) in The Best of Mary Maxim Ripple Afghans book, another Leisure Arts publication! What an honor to have my design to be selected to be among the amazing designs in the book. I had no idea!
Both of these books are available on the Leisure Arts website (click the book titles above). You can also find them on Amazon.
The Sonesta Hat Band is another pattern that I designed when I worked for Caron and it was on their blog (which is no longer), so I am now offering the pattern here for free. Sadly, the NaturallyCaron Spa yarn that the pattern was made in has been discontinued, but the pattern could be made in most any yarn you choose.
The nice thing about this design is that it also doubles as a necklace. And if you wanted, make it a longer and use it as a belt!
- Naturally Caron.com SPA (75% Microdenier Acrylic/25% Rayon from bamboo; 3oz/85g, 251yds/230m): #0007 Naturally: 1 skein (will make approximately 3 hatbands)
- One size US D-3 (3.25mm), or size to obtain gauge.
- 7 8mm round beads of choice for center of flowers - Approximately 56 #8 -#10 size beads
- Yarn needle
GAUGE: 1 motif = 1.5” x 1.5” (prior to blocking)
STITCHES USED: Chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), FPdc (FPdc), Slip Stitch (sl st)
NOTE: This pattern is written for a hat with a 23” circumference brim. For larger or smaller hats, simply make more or less motifs to fit.
DIRECTIONS (Make 14)
Ch 6, sc in first ch.
Round 1 (RS): ch 6( counts as 1dc and 3 ch), [3dc in ring, 3ch] 3 times, 2 dc in ring, sl st to 3rd of 6 ch, sl st in next 2 ch.
Round 2: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 2dc in same sp, * 1 FPdc around each of the next 3 st, 3 dc in next corner sp, rep from * twice more, 1 FPdc around each of the next 3 st, sl st to top of ch 3. Fasten off.
Block motifs prior to sewing. Block each motif to 1.5” x 1.75”. Sew motifs end to end using yarn needle and matching yarn. To sew together, line up the motifs evenly and place 3 stitches (using each of the 3 FPdc as a guide for each stitch.) Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. Block lightly, if desired. Using single strand of yarn in same color, sew beads on as pictured.
Actually, I’m finally getting around to posting some more patterns that got lost in the abyss when the old Caron blog got removed. All patterns here Simply Soft Party yarn, which I really like better than other yarns with a metallic strand incorporated into it. Simply Soft Party yarn has the metallic strand twisted into the yarn in a much better manner so the hook never seems to get caught on the strand like it does with other yarns, yet the yarn still maintains the softness it is known for.
I used my favorite Simply Soft Party color (Yes, Spring), to make these quick ornaments. I made a small shamrock that can be used for just about anything- a pin, a pencil topper, a headband, etc- an all-around great St. Patty’s day embellishment. If you prefer the real luck of the Irish, then how about a 4 leaf clover?
Using the Embellish Knit, I made a cozy for a pencil by just knitting the length of the pencil and inserting the pencil into the tube (a sharpened pencil works best). The really fun thing about this cozy is that you can twist it in different directions on the pencil and get a really interesting textured effect. To top the pencil cozy off, I added a little flower done in Spring and Snow. Or try knitting around a chenille stem and see what you can come up with. I coiled one around a chopstick and then added beads for embellishment. I bent another into the shape of a shamrock. If you want to make any of the projects pictured, my instructions are below.
Happy Oh, How I Wish It Was Almost Spring!
- Caron International’s Simply Soft Party (99% Acrylic, 1% Metallic): small amounts #0003 Spring Sparkle (A), #0001 Snow Sparkle (B)
- One size US H-8 (5mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge.
- One size US H-F (3.75mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge.
- Embellish Knit (to make Pencil Cover and Pencil Coil)
- Yarn needle
- Chenille Stems (for Pencil Coil)
With F-5 crochet hook ch 5. Slip stitch in 1st ch, ch 4, sl st in same sp (1st ch), ch 4, sl st in same sp (1st ch).
Sc in 1st 4 ch sp, *[hdc, 3 dc, sc, 3dc, hdc, sc] in same ch 4 sp, sl st in center, sc in next ch 4 sp, repeat from * 2 more times.
Stem: Ch 7, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 2 sc in next ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch, sl st in center of clover. Bind off. Weave in ends.
FOR A LARGER SHAMROCK:
With H-8 crochet hook, ch 6. Slip stitch in 1st ch, ch 5, sl st in same sp (1st ch), ch 5, sl st in same sp (1st ch).
Sc in 1st 5 ch sp, *[hdc, 3 dc, sc, 3dc, hdc, sc] in same ch 5 sp, sl st in center, sc in next ch 5 sp, repeat from * for this and 3rd ch 5 sp.
Stem: Ch 8, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 2 sc in next ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch, sl st in center of clover. Bind off. Weave in ends.
LUCKY 4-LEAF CLOVER
With F-5 crochet hook, ch 5. Slip stitch in 1st ch, ch 4, sl st in same sp (1st ch), ch 4, sl st in same sp (1st ch).
Sc in 1st 4 ch sp, *[hdc, 3 dc, sc, 3dc, hdc, sc] in same ch 4 sp, sl st in center, sc in next ch 4 sp, repeat from * 3 more times.
Stem: Ch 7, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 2 sc in next ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch, sl st in center of clover. Bind off. Weave in ends.
With F-5 crochet hook, ch 5, slip stitch in 1st ch, ch1.
Round 2: With B, ch 3, dc in same sp, dc in next sc, sl st in next st, repeat from * around 4 more times.
Bind off. Weave in ends.
Using the Embellish Knit, knit a cord the length of pencil. Insert pencil into center of cord allowing tip to come out the other end. Bind off at top of pencil. Make small clover and attach to top. Weave in any ends.
Using the Embellish Knit, start knitting a cord. Insert a chenille stem into the center of cord and continue knitting the cord until the chenille stem is entirely covered. Bind of end. Coil around pencil. Add desired embellishments, such as beads. Weave in any ends.
EMBELLISH KNIT SHAMROCK
Using the Embellish Knit, start knitting a cord. Insert a chenille stem into the center of cord and continue knitting the cord until the chenille stem is entirely covered. Bind of end. Bend into desired shape working from the center of the cord so that the ends can be twisted together. With a yarn needle, stitch together. Weave in any ends.
So that you can have it done in time for the spring season (how I wish it was here already) is my Round About Throw crochet pattern, available through Willow Yarns. The pattern is available on its own, or you can purchase the entire yarn kit!
You will also find this throw featured on the back of their Spring 2014 catalog.
It was definitely enjoyable to work on with all of the fun and bright colors!
This will work for any ham and it comes out delicious every time! I doesn’t matter if you use a pre-cooked ham, one with a glaze (or not), if you want to add pineapple – it’s all good!
First you will need a crockpot (the larger the better) and tinfoil (lots of it). My favorite ham is a spiral-sliced with a brown sugar glaze.
Wrap the ham in the tinfoil so that as little of the natural juices will leak out as possible. Before you completely close it off, be sure to add any glaze or topping. Put it in the crock pot and cover. DON’T add water. If the lid doesn’t fit, that’s okay. You can use a make-shift cover out of tin-foil. Cook on low for the day or on high for approximately 1/2 the day (for a pre-cooked ham).
Since I first cooked a ham this way, no one in my house wants it any other way.
Oh yeah, and what to do with the leftovers? Throw the ham back in the crock pot with some potatoes, carrots, and onions and you have yourself a yummy ham stew.