There are a billion and one tutorials for these, I know. One more won't hurt.
This one is tizzied up a bit for the kids, so that they are less inclined to wipe their nose with their sleeve, therefore not giving Mum a nasty surprise when she's popping the dirty clothes into the washer. Kids can enlist the help of their very own Boogie Monster by pulling a tissue out of it's mouth. Cool! The extra details add about ten to fifteen minutes stitchin' time to what is only a five minute project. Of course you can make the pouch without the monster fancies, but that would be no fun and would probably do little to stop those laundry day gross-outs. If you add a slip ring or key chain, you can attach it to an inside zipper inside their school bag, so they'll always know where to find it.
This is also a good, simple starter project for a beginner sewer, and makes a cute and useful little gift. This pouch holds the discount store tissues and the Kleenex travel pouches. As most travel pouch tissues open from the end these day, I prefer to take my tissues out of the pack before stuffing them into the pouch.
-Outer fabric and inner fabric. I've chosen some wool scrap as my outer fabric, and plundered my cotton scrap for the lining, but cotton is fine for both. 20cm square of each should be plenty.
-2 x buttons for eyes
Optional - white felt for teeth, slip ring or key chain, ribbon or any other bling you may want to embellish with.
Cut the following:
Outer fabric - 6 1/2 inch x 5 1/4 inch (for pouch)
Inner fabric - 7 1/2 inch x 5 1/4 inch (for pouch)
- 3 1/4 inch x 1 1/2 inch (for loops)
Note: Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance throughout.
For main pouch pieces place right sides together. Pin and stitch shorter ends.
Turn right side out. Centre the outer fabric over the inner fabric so that you have two evenly sized strips of the inner fabric at each end of your pouch piece showing and press.
For loops, press long edges of loop piece to centre evenly, and then fold in half (like a seam binding).
Top-stitch long opening edge together. Cut this piece in half, then fold and press each piece, like this.
With outer fabric facing upwards, measure one inch up from edge on both sides. Baste loops on each side ( Note: you may just want to have one loop, but I've stitched one on each side to balance it out. It's a Libran thing).
Stitch on the buttons for eyes. Mine are placed in line with the loops, 1 1/2 inches from the edges.
Fold 1 1/4 inch of the un-eared, un-eyed edge toward the centre as shown. Fold other end in to meet exactly. Pin, and stitch sides together. Clip corners.
I also like to double stitch the opening, and clip opening corners, too.
Turn, poke out the corners carefully and press. Then, if you feel like it, dolly it up. You might want to add a bow, if it's for a girl...
...or cut some teeth out of white felt, and stitch inside the upper lip, for a boy.
Pop in your tissues and you're all set. See? 'Snot hard at all.
Yoo-hoo!! I'm still here. Just doing some catch up and trying to demolish some of the to-do piles in my workroom. More t-shirt remakes for Cam -
And another skirt for Sophie May.
|Oi! Keep still!|
I scored this Killers 2007 Australia/New Zealand tour t-shirt the other day from the local Salvos. I love the Killers!
However, as cool as it may be, it's a little inappropriate for a six year old to be wearing, and I'm a tad too old for this sort of thing. So I'm going to hang onto it for a little while and see. Suggestions? Or should I just hold onto it for another five or so years until Cameron is old enough to wear it?
No, this is nothing to do with making, but I just had to share this music video. Kimbra is an amazing 21-year-old singer from New Zealand. I love her voice, her dancing, her style; she is just so spectacular! Cameo Lover is an incredibly fun song - give it a listen (and a watch!) and tell me it doesn't make you giddy happy! Gosh, I wish I was in that music video. Watching this certainly makes me feel better after a crappy day.
The circus has planted digs just five minutes down the road in Secret Harbour, so Cameron and I ditched Sophie May (she needs to spend more quality time with her Dad, anyway) and spent the afternoon under the Big Top (Nanna came, too)!
Circus Joseph Ashton is a family run circus that has been around since the 1850s and stops in town at least once a year. It has lots of acrobatics and miniature ponies. No scary sword swallowers or fire-eaters - lots of stuff for the kiddies.
My great loves are the circus, carnivals and old theatres, so I was in my element. That's aside from the brat behind me who kept kicking my chair, whom I had to tell off only twice. Cameron was quite taken with the lone trapeze girl, and the Wheel of Death, but seemed more interested in getting out to play the Laughing Clowns and checking out the mobile toilets. I'm not taking him next time.
These are a good idea when buying identical drinks for two or more children who have a genuine concern in contracting some sort of imaginary infection from each other. They are also handy when you want to throw a cold bottle of water in a nappy bag, without it sweating all over the change of clothes and fresh nappies you've packed for your son or daughter. And they're cute to boot!
The one I've done here is inspired by the charming little pink and green character on the cover of this Japanese crochet book.
I don't own this book, nor seen inside it. Again, I am being a copycat. I'm sure the instructions in the book above are alot better than the ones forthwith (even if they are in Japanese).
This cover is made to fit a kiddy sized bottle of water (350ml). The pattern following is for the bottle cover and the ears, how you decorate it is totally up to you. Look through your fabric scraps and see what sort of costume you can come up with for your bottle cosy. Mine is sporting a jolly polkadot scarf and looks a bit like an interior designer. I'm in the middle of making one for Sophie May and am planning to dress hers up in a girly skirt and maybe some sequins. And please excuse the totally rubbish drawstring affair; my intention down the track is to make hats to stick on top to cover that lousy bit of craftsmanship and the tacky bottle cap. But I will leave that for another day, because I'm rather sick of crochet at the moment. But you can get started on yours in the meantime, so chop chop!
Acrylic or cotton yarn. This is another scrap-buster so look through your stash for half skeins.
4.00mm crochet hook
2 buttons for eyes (Mine are 10mm shanked ball buttons)
Scrap of felt
Black embroidery floss or crochet cotton for embroidering nose
Yarn needle for sewing ears onto bottle cosy
Embroidery needle for embroidering features
Sewing thread to match felt
Fabric scraps and whatever it is you want to dress up your cosy with. Go wild!
An empty 350ml bottle (this makes sewing on the features a helluva lot easier!)
(Rounds 1 - 21 will be the body of your cosy friend. Within these rounds you can do stripes, or colour blocks or whatever colours you want your character to be clothed in. Rounds 22 to 32 is the face of your cosy, so only one colour when working these rows.)
Rnd 1. Ch 2. 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to 1st sc (7sc)
Rnd 2. Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc and in each sc around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. (14sc)
Rnd 3. Ch 1. Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc. *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. (21sc)
Rnd 4. Ch 1. Sc in first sc, and in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. *Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st sc. (28sc).
Rnd 5 Ch 1. Sc in first sc, and each of next 2 sc. 2 sc in next sc. *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with sl stitch to 1st sc. (35sc)
Rnds 6 - 21. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Join with sl stitch to 1st sc. (35 sc)
Change colour of yarn to work face.
Rnd 22 - 31. Continue as Rnds 6 - 21.
Rnd 32. Ch 2. Skip next sc, *sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch of round. Fasten off.
Ears (make 2)
Rnd 1. Ch 2. 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Do not join, the ears are just worked in continuous rounds. (6 sc)
Rnd 2 - 5. Sc in each sc of previous row around, without joining rows. Fasten off, leaving a tail about 20 cm or sew for sewing onto the body.
Make a chain about 40 - 45 centimetres long. Fasten off and trim ends evenly.
(Before you sew the pieces of your cosy together, just take note of where the joining rounds of the body piece are, and keep this side of the cosy at the rear, so there's no tell-tale join running through your friendly's face. Also, pop your faceless cosy on a bottle if you have one handy, it's a lot easier to sew all the bits together that way.)
Attach the ears to the cosy, on opposite sides. I like to pinch a pleat in mine and secure it with a couple of stitches before sewing on, but you don't have to do this. I have sewn mine on so that they stick out, but you could sew them on so they look like flopsy puppy dog ears. All personal preference.
Cut a muzzle shape out of felt and use your embroidery thread to sew on a nose and/or mouth. I am crap at embroidery, so I have sewn a 'V' shape on mine. I really don't know whether this is a mouth or nose, but it does the trick. Of course, if you are more artistically inclined, you should show off your embroidery skills! Sew the muzzle on in place with cotton sewing thread, using small running stitches.
Position your eyes to either side of the muzzle (or wherever you want them) and sew them on.
Now decorate your cosy however you like! Hem and gather up a strip of fabric to make a skirt, sew on beads and sequins, embroidery flowers, knit a mini scarf, make up some miniature fairy wings out of felt, go crazy! If your making them for your kids, get them involved in the decorating process! Endless possibilities here and loads of fun!
Once your happy with how everything looks, thread the crochet chain through the top row of your cosy, weaving between those gaps, starting at the rear side, to create a drawstring. When you pop your bottle in, gentle pull the ends of the drawstring together and tie loosely. I'm sure you know how to work a drawstring.
If you make one of these, I would love to see it! Happy weekend!