Pretty Patterns

Pretty Patterns to make for the warmer weather

Now that it’s getting warmer, we can start making pretty things! We don’t have to just make warm things (not that warm things can’t be pretty), but there are so many lovely pretty things to make that are perfect for warmer weather! Let’s get making some pretty things!

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Pretty things for the home, like this lovely Super Chunky Doily Throw Blanket/Rug! Gorgeous! I love this blue colour, but I’m also a sucker for white doilies, even though they show dirt quickly.

Also, pretty things like this gorgeous little Kitty Crochet Pattern! What a lovely handmade baby shower gift this would make!

Need to improve your crochet skills for one of these projects? Check out Blueprint’s online crochet classes and learn at your own pace!

Speaking of pretty things for babies, this Crochet Dress Pattern for Babies is available in 4 sizes! So sweet! Makes me wish I had crocheted some dresses for my girl when she was little!

But there are not just pretty clothes that you can make for babies! You can also make pretty things for you (or your teen-aged girl!), like this crochet pattern for the Hanna Tee! Gorgeous!

I know I mostly feature knit and crochet patterns here, but I stumbled upon this pretty sewing pattern for the Duchess Dress and I just couldn’t resist. I don’t do a lot of sewing, but I think this would make just the loveliest dress for a young girl! Perfect for a flower girl!

More pretties for babies! This knitting pattern for the Maelynn Newborn Bonnet would make the perfect newborn photography prop!

And there are so many pretty doll patterns to make, I had to include at least one. Carmen Rent has so many pretty doll patterns: April and her Rabbit amigurumi crochet pattern is just one of many!

Get making, makers! It’s pretty time! Go grab yourself a pattern today or pin it for later!

Pretty Patterns to knit, crochet and sew for the warmer weather! I love to make all year! It's so nice to make pretty things! check out these gorgeous patterns! #knit #crochet #sew #make #yarn #crafts #fabric #patterns #craftevangelist
Love this super fun super chunky doily rug crochet pattern! It looks great in this blue, but it would also be adorable and classic in white! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #doily #doilyrug #diy #craftevangelist
Super sweet and pretty kitty amigurumi crochet pattern! Perfect baby shower gift! I love this little stuffed kitty with her little cowl! So adorable! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #amigurumi #yarn #crafts #stuffies #handmadegifts #craftevangelist
Sweet little shell stitch crochet pattern for this baby dress. Pattern comes in 4 sizes, perfect for baby shower gifts, baby christening outfit! Love this gorgeous little dress! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #baby #crochetforbaby #yarn #crafts #dress #babygifts #handmadebabygifts #craftevangelist
Super pretty crocheted t-shirt pattern! Love the lacy open back on this Hanna tee! Perfect summer crochet project! #crochet #pattern #crochetpattern #crochetclothes #tshirt #yarn #crafts #craftevangelist
Super pretty pdf sewing pattern for this lovely girl's dress! This would make a fantastic Easter dress or flower girl dress! I love the ribbon ties on the side! #sewing #dresses #girls #sewingforgirls #sewingpattern #pdf #craftevangelist
Super sweet pretty knitting pattern for this baby bonnet! Would make a great knit newborn hat photography prop! #yarn #crafts #knitting #pattern #knittingpattern #knitpattern #knit #hat #baby #newborn #photoprop #photographyprop #craftevangelist
Super pretty and sweet amigurumi doll crochet pattern, April and her rabbit! Such an adorable little stuffed toy pattern to make! #crochet #pattern #amigurumi #crochetpattern #amigurumipattern #yarn #crafts #diy #craftevangelist

How I Hem and Patch Jeans

How to Hem and Patch Jeans

My children inherited my husband’s long torso and shortish legs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly the tall, slender type myself, but proportionately my legs are pretty long for my height. So I can wear regular pants without having to hem. But even for me, jeans can be the exception to that. So, with short legs running in our family (and nice round bums) we have to size up in the jeans department (for the kids) and hem (a LOT).

I was so happy to find this fabulous way of hemming jeans from Just Something I Made. Fast and easy and it keeps the original hem look that we all love about jeans. It has its drawbacks, but overall, it’s pretty great. I’ll show you on my son’s jeans.

This picture was taken after I ripped out the seam, but you can get a good idea from the wear lines, how it worked. I didn’t cut the leftover fabric off, I just hand-tacked it up on the inside so it would stay there.

This is how it looks after ripping them hem out. You can see that I took about 3 inches out in hemming them. They’ll be a little long on him and might look a tad goofy with the wear lines (and darker portion there), but I hope they’ll be acceptable enough for my husband to put them on him (he dresses the kids most days).

These jeans needed letting down for a little while, but they also began to sport a small wear tear in the knee (boys!), so I took care of the whole job in one go. I patched up the hole in the jeans like this. I first saw this here on CRAFT (complete tutorial in that link).

Inside pic. If you can’t tell what I did here, I cut a small piece of denim (from old jeans; I keep them around for crafting and whatnot… it also occurred to me that I should keep the bottom portion of my daughter’s hemmed jeans since there are usually about 4 or 5 inches to lop off those and then I could use them for patches). So I cut a little square, quite a bit bigger than the hole. Usually, there’s wear around the hole, so it’s good to give the whole area some reinforcement. I pin the denim in place and, using my sewing machine, I just sew back (using the reverse button) and forth pulling slightly to kind of zigzag it along the patch. Cover the patch that way, trim the excess patch, if you like… and you’re done!

Turn them right side out and they look like that. It’s a little funky looking, but I think goofy patches are more obvious; this is more like the distressed look. And that patch isn’t going ANYWHERE!