I searched the mighty internets searching for a pattern to make a tree for our Advent tree. Eventually, not happy with just a plain triangle and not liking some of the others that I had seen, I decided to make my own. I started off with three peices of parchment paper taped to each other and my kitchen table.
After measuring the wall, I decided to make the tree 36 inches wide and 40 inches tall, not including the star at the top or the trunk at the bottom.
Since my wooden ruler only measured 36 inches, I used a piece of red yarn to help make sure I would keep the line straight when I moved the ruler. It worked out very well!!
There you have it! A (mostly) equal triangle, that has also been sectioned every 10 inches (hence the decision to make it 40 inches tall) – leaving four 10 inch sections.
Knowing that when I cut out the pieces of the tree they would not have any over lap, and wanting the tree to have a bit of bounce and not be just a triangle on the wall, I decided to make bounces to go on the bottom. The bottom level (not shown), I added it at the bottom of the pattern. The bounces there were each four inches long. These were drawn free hand, so they aren’t even, but I wasn’t looking for perfection.
Each other bounce set is as follows:
- 27 inches long, by 1 inch wide and the bounces were 3 inches each
- 18 inches long, by 1 inch wide and the bounces were 2 inches each
- 9 1/4 inches long, by 1 inch wide and the bounces were 1 inch each
The pattern is all complete once the bounces have been taped to the bottom of the pattern pieces!
Coming up next: Cutting out the pattern pieces and sewing it all together.
I decided this year that I would have a little fun and get creative with felt. Above are the first seven felt ornament’s I’ve made for my/our advent calendar.
First was this little guy – he is very simple and I grabbed his pattern here: Felt Robin Template and Tutorial. He/she is very sweet, but at this point, I am thinking of making him/her into a hair clip instead! All the other ornaments I’ve made are much larger. He/she is a wonderful first try however – and I am not biased!!
This one was made second and I love love love it!! And not just because I am an owl freak. I found the pattern for him here: Give a Hoot for the Holidays. I didn’t have any rick rack, but I like my first attempt at embroidery design, even if the stitches are a very basic running stitch and french knot – those little boogers are trixy I tell you! I watched this youtube video on learning to make the knots: Embroidery: How to stitch a french knot.
Next up was my Christmas Tree. Originally this one had on glued on (with those craft glue dots) sequins, but my youngest decided that the glue dots looked tasty, pulled all the sequins off and ate the glue dots. *sigh* Tasty! Some quick internet research told me that she wasn’t going to die of poisoning, so I am not worried. I am still irked that she did it though, BUT it was my fault in some regards as I left it unprotected on the kitchen table. I am considering going back and sewing the sequins on it again. I got the pattern here: Felt Christmas Tree Ornament
This little angel is a favourite. She looks so peaceful! A delicate wee creature! I made her pink in honor of my eldest daughter who loves the color, and in my opinion, no Christmas tree is complete without an angel on it! I got her pattern here: How to: Felt Angel Ornament #2
I then decided that I wanted a simple bell. I chose this one: Christmas gift: Felt Holiday Ornaments + Free Ornament Templates. I decided to forgo the bell at the bottom since it is dangly, it makes noise and the bells are shiny… all three of those being attractants to two year olds and children with incessant fiddle fingers. I am hoping to locate my pinking shears this week to trim the edges to look like the original, but I think this is sweet in a very rustic way!
This one is my current absolute favourite!! I couldn’t find a pattern online, so I searched for clip art and discovered this one.
I think he’s lovely! I got pretty close to the original drawing I think, which can be found here: Little Penguin Pattern. I added the heart because I felt that he just needed it 😉 I messed up the french knots a bit – told you they were tricky!
The final one in this set the traditional candy cane 🙂 I like how rustic it turned out. Little G has already tried to run off with it, and when she see it, makes slurping noises and goes Yum! You can find this sweet pattern here: How to: Felt Candy Cane Ornaments.
I am finding the blog: Bugs and Fishes to be a great resource!
Check back later this week for the next grouping of ornaments and how I go with making the actual tree!! 🙂
I finished the back and both the front panels this weekend and I am loving the way it is turning out! Since I am using a much smaller crochet hook, mine is starting to look a little different that the original post located here: Toddler Rainbow Sweater. I had to make some adjustments for the length as G1 is starting to get long, even through she’s still smaller than your average 2 year old.
Before I go on, I much apologize for the color state of the images – it was getting on to evening and sometimes my house really blows when it comes to lighting. I’ve done the best I could, with what I had and with the help of picmonkey.
The biggest issue I had, and again, it’s not a fault with the pattern, it was all me, was forgetting 4 lines in the front left panel and spending about and hour wondering about it. Once I figured out my problem, I briefly flirted with the idea of pulling it all out again and decided not to. I simply wrote out what I was doing as I did it, so I could mirror the pattern. I don’t think I did too badly really! Thanks to N1 and DH for holding down the rolling corners for me.
See… they are close(ish) to matching. I feel proud anyways because, well, this is my first sweater and I think it’s beautiful. I started working on the sleeves last night, and I am hoping to get them done so that I can take full sunlight, non-fuzzy pictures for you tomorrow 🙂
If you are curious about the first post regarding this sweater, you can find it here: Rainbow Toddler Sweater – Piece By Piece
I am considering making a quick video on how I joined the different colors and stopped having to weave in the start and finishing threads. I get bored with that real quick.
In a nutshell: In the last Sc, as directed, I join the next color with a slip stitch. Then I do the chain 1. Then I grab both ends of the thread I am using, bring them both up to the top of the crochet. I then take the hook, go over the top of them, under and through the last sc of the previous line, yarn over, pull through and complete the first sc for this new line with the new color. I repeat this about 8 times and then push the remaining threads towards the wrong side of the crochet and continue on along the line. It ends up looking like the picture above. Was that clear? Maybe I will make a short video that shows it better – I am a better visual learner and maybe you are too!
Continuing on with my current obsession, I’ve got two more dish clothes/toy blankets to add to my collection. The pattern can be found here: Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains: Tulip Stitch Cloth The pattern was super easy and crocheted up really quickly. I was done in about an hour and a half. I am usually a bit of a loose crocheter, so pulling tight was hard to remember, but I am well pleased with the results. This one was nabbed for a toy blanket within minutes of completion… who know small stuffed animals needed so many blankets – so I can’t really comment on how well it scrubs dirty dishes… yet!
THIS is my favourite pattern ever. The pattern was super easy – just an sc and a dc in every alternate stitch. I love how the pattern worked out, making it look rippled and I can vouch for how well it works with cleaning dishes. I am planning on making many many more of these and even figuring it out to make into making drying towels for the dishes after they have been washed. Awesome, awesome pattern can be found here: Bubblegirl Dishcloth Pattern