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The Whole Knit & Caboodle Presents: Free Video Tutorial- Joining Amigurumi Pieces Using the Mattress Stitch
My good friend Sarah from over at The Whole Knit & Caboodle is a magic maker with amigurumi!!(Seriously, if she were to be cast as a witch in the Harry Potter books–she’d be that one getting stunned looks from the professors creating magic never seen with a hook, some needles–she can KNIT too!!!–and yarn!)
She’s recently come out with several amazing patterns that you can find in her pattern shop over in Ravelry!!
Some of her awesome patterns include these AMAZING works of art:
See, I told you she was a magic maker!!
Recently she decided to open up a YouTube channel to school the rest of us muggles on proper ami techniques!! As of this blog post, she only has one–but it’s an AWESOME one!! It shows you everything you need to know about the proper way to join pieces using the mattress stitch!
Hurry up and run on over to her blog to check out the goodness!! Free Video Tutorial- Joining Amigurumi Pieces Using the Mattress Stitch | The Whole Knit & Caboodle.
If you like what you see, don’t forget to subscribe to her YouTube channel to keep track of all the new tutorials she has planned!!
For those of you that might not be aware, crocheters (or really anyone for that matter) who creates items designed for children are expected (by US law) to label them. The law actually went into effect August 14, 2009 and basically says:
…manufacturers…have (to affix) a tracking label or other distinguishing permanent mark on any consumer product primarily intended for children twelve and younger. The tracking label must contain certain basic information, including the source of the product, the date of manufacture and more detailed information on the manufacturing process such as a batch or run number. The scope of this provision is quite broad in that it applies to all children’s products, including, but not limited to, items such as clothing or shoes not just toys and other regulated products.
You can read more about the law here: Tracking Labels for Children’s Products
Now, a lot of people might look at that and shy away from it because basically–everything you make that is intended for young kids HAS to be labeled…and that can get expensive. But it really doesn’t have to be! If you have access to a printer, a graphic program (you can use paid ones like Photoshop or free ones like GIMP, or Sumopaint), some plain white ribbon, T-shirt transfer paper, and a hot iron–you’re set!
Start by opening your chosen graphics program. Create a new image as wide as your ribbon and as long as you want. In my case I decided on a fold-over, so I set mine to 1.5″ high by 4″ wide. (For those of you using programs that can’t covert pixels to inches: 1.5″ high by 4″ wide translates to 108 pixels high by 288 pixels wide.) Make sure you set your pixels per inch (ppi) to at least 300. That will give you a nice and crisp image for your label.
Or you can totally cheat and snatch up this PDF template! I won’t tell. Promise 😉 HodgePodge Crochet IRON ON RIBBON LABEL TEMPLATE
If you have photoshop, you want this template: HodgePodge Crochet PSD Template Download on MediaFire
Once that is set, it’s time to design! Here is what mine looked like when I was finished.
As you can see, I have my logo on one side and all the important info on the other! You can go with color if you’d like but my printer happened to be out when I went to print so I went grayscale. BUT, the beauty part about designing your own labels is that you can edit them whenever you need to and it’s relatively simple to do!
What you decide to put on your label is completely up to you but the main categories are:
- Material (This includes what sort of yarn you used. If it’s a blend or a mix of yarns, add in each one along with the blend percentage.)
- Location (A zip code along with your city and country really is the way to go. It looks neater and doesn’t take up too much real estate!)
- Item (This is where you will have to get creative and start cataloging your items. For me, VD means dress with diaper cover.)
- DOM (Date of manufacture. This will be edited according to when your particular item was actually completed.)
- Care instructions. This part is NOT required but is a nice touch to add to your completed project. Most people who buy crochet items have no idea how to care for them properly so a little heads up helps extend the life of their handmade product.)
Once you get it all fixed up the way you like it, then you have to lay it out onto an 8×10 sheet and reverse the image. Print it out following the T-shirt paper instructions and when you are finished you should have something like this:
Now the fun part happens! All that is left is to cut out your labels and iron them onto the ribbon.
When I finished cutting mine apart, I had adorable (and functional) fold over labels that cost me practically pennies to make. And I had the satisfaction of knowing that my finished project really was 100% handmade by me!
I was pretty thrilled that these labels were so simple to make. The whole project took me about two hours (from the beginning of the design to the actual sewing onto my garment), and I think they look absolutely fabulous!
Have some fun with this one and I promise, once you try it you’ll be hooked!
September 11, 2013 Blog Update!
PATTERN FOLLOWS PHOTOS 🙂
You can find the VIDEO TUTORIAL for these loop boots by clicking HERE.
A good friend of mine recently started up a blog, Jose Crochet, and she was kind enough to feature my loopy boots after crocheting several pairs of her own! Aren’t these yummy!
I’m in love with these little booties and I’ve altered the pattern quite a bit since I blogged my original pattern. So, I thought it would be an excellent time for a pattern revisit!
You can find your FREE downloadable pdf pattern only over in my Craftsy shop!
Sweet Lace Bonnet
An Original Pattern by Tanya Naser
Copyright © Tanya Naser 2012. All Rights Reserved.
Photos used with permission by Maryellen Lally-Godinez
Multiple Blessings Photography
I am in love with anything vintage–especially when it comes to crochet, so when I was asked to come up with a cute baby bonnet I jumped at the chance!
I think the finished piece is darling. A must have for special occasions, or even everyday!
A special thanks to all my dedicated testers who made sure this one was absolutely perfect.
You can find the Sweet Lace Bonnet pattern for sale on Craftsy.
Sizes included in pattern :
Small: 0-3 Months
Medium: 3-6 Months
Large: 6-12 Months