Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Crocheted Beach Bag Lining Instructions

Crocheted Beach Bag lining instructions


The bottom of the bag.  I started with Chain 6 and it is all single crochet on the bottom and 3 rows up the side.  Make the bottom however big you want.  On the last row for the bottom make sure you have the correct stitch count to allow for the decorative stitch you are going to use on the body of the bag.  The stitch I used needed multiples of 8.

First measure the bottom.  
Trace around to get a rough shape then  fold the paper into fourths to make it even.  



        Make sure the pattern fits inside the bag.  I had to trim this one a few times to get it to fit right.

Then I traced it onto my Walmart clearance place mat and cut it out.  Since the mat was big enough for 2, I cut 2 then stuck them together to make it sturdier.

I had to trim this one too to get it to fit.

       Measure the top of the bag to get a pattern for the lining.  Make it taller than the sides of the bag.  For the handles I sewed a tube the correct width then pined it to the handles.  Sew the handle lining on first.

 Here's the lining sewn into the bag.  With a needle and thread I made a running stitch around the bottom of the lining and gathered it.  The bottom that I cut out of the place mat goes on top of this.  Sometimes I cover the bottom in fabric too but this time I decided not to.  Usually I glue down gathered fabric then glue the new bottom on top but since this is intended for the beach I wanted to be able to remove  the bottom so I can shake the sand out...

  detail of the hand stitching sewing the lining to the bag

                           
The finished bag from the top.  I had to cut down the bottom several times again... which means that the top of the bag is smaller than the bottom.  I should have done a better job of measuring.  = /

 The stitch I used around the top and handles of the bag.  It came out of the Crochet! magazine Summer 2012 issue.  Since I hate written instructions I make samples and diagrams of the stitches I like and put them in a book for convenience. = )
This is the stitch I used for the body of the bag.  It also came from the Crochet! magazine 
Summer 2012 issue.

Super Who creative writing and art exercise

Create your own Superhero!  















Monday, May 28, 2012

Alphabet crafts

Here are some paper-crafts for you to do with your child/student.  Most of them require some sort of adult help so they are good activities to do together.  I do Saxon Phonics with my kids and these are fun to do with those lessons to reinforce the letter they just learned.

The stand is so your child can show off the ones that aren't self standing...

Z is my favorite! = )