Children’s Crocheted Scarf – A Free Pattern

I have been making and selling these little crocheted scarves for a few years now. I started out with making a few for my Miss 4 when she was about 2, and then soon found we had more scarves than I knew what to do with.

A quick and simple crochet project, this is a great beginner – intermediate pattern that should take you no longer than 2 hours from start to finish.

Not a crocheter, but love the scarves? You’ll find a selection of scarves I’ve made in my Etsy store here.

**Please note that I would not recommend these scarves for children under 3 years of age unless under constant close supervision. As with anything else you place around a child’s neck (necklace, bag strap, etc) a scarf does pose a strangulation risk to small children. I would also urge you not to leave a scarf on a sleeping child as this will also place them at risk of overheating.**

Heavy stuff aside, this is a great little scarf for the 3-5 year olds in your life, and with a few alterations can be made in much larger sizes too. I’ve even made one for my Dad!

So without further ado…

A Children’s Scarf Pattern

This pattern is written in US terms. If you usually work in UK terms, please find a handy conversion chart here.

Please use pattern for personal use only, or seek permission before selling products using this pattern.

Materials:

8ply yarn. I’ve used Bendigo Woollen Mills Bloom

4.5mm crochet hook

Darning needle

Scissors

Abbreviations:

Ch: chain

DC: double crochet

St: stitch

SC: single crochet

Sl St: slip stitch

Pattern:

Ch 80.

Row 1: 1 DC into 3rd ch from hook. 1 DC in each st to end. Turn. (78sts).

Row 2-3: Ch 2. 1 DC in base of Ch 2. 1 DC in each st to end. Turn. (78 sts).

Row 4: Ch 2. 1 DC in base of Ch 2. 1 DC in each of the next 11 sts. Ch 9. Skip the next 8 sts and DC in the 9th st from the last DC. DC in each st to end. Turn. (78 sts).

Row 5 – 7: Ch 2. 1 DC in base of Ch 2. 1 DC in each st to end. Turn. (78 sts).

When you reach the 9 chains of the previous row, continue your DC into each chain as you would for the rest of the row.

At the completion of Row 7 you may like to fasten off here for a simple completed scarf, or you can add a SC border with the following step.

The last step: Ch 1. 1 sc in base of Ch 1. 1 sc in each st to end of row. DO NOT TURN. Continuing in the same direction we’re now going to work around the corner. * add an extra 1 sc in the last st and work 13 sc’s across the scarf end*. Continuing around the edge of the scarf, 2 sc in the corner and 1 sc in each st to end of row. Repeat from * to *. Sl st into first st (the beginning of round). Fasten off, weave in ends.

And you have a complete scarf!

This pattern is easy to alter to suit your preference. Add more DC’s to your rows to make it longer, more rows to make it wider, add details on the ends like tassels, or leave it as is. See a few variations I’ve made in my Etsy store.

Happy crocheting!

Abby x

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Five minute handmade cards

In my ongoing effort to save money, I’ve decided to no longer pay $5 for a card every time a birthday or event rolls around.

Several years ago, before I had a sewing machine and started crocheting, my craft of choice was scrapbooking. Along with scrapbooking I made all my own greeting cards, but the time I spent making these cards was ridiculous, and definitely not possible now that I’m a mother/teacher/sewer/crocheter/cook/cleaner/wife/etc/etc.

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Thankfully, I’ve just discovered Washi tape (yes I realise I’m very late coming to the party on that one!), and so after stocking up on about $15 worth of tape and using some card stock I already had, I’ve made 20 cards, that are ready to go for the next birthday/engagement/baby, for a fraction of the price that I would be paying at my local newsagent.

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and the best part, each card only took a few minutes to make.

How I did it:

  1. Found some quotes I liked on Pinterest by searching ‘love quotes’, ‘birthday quotes’, ‘baby quotes’ etc.
  2. Typed my quotes into a word document and placed them where I thought they would look best on the card.
  3. Cut some A4 card in half and adjusted my printer settings, then printed a few of each quote onto cards.
  4. Folded the cards and decorated with Washi tape.

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The most time consuming part is getting your layout and printer settings right, but once you have that sorted, you can print as many as you like within a few minutes. The tape decoration is a two minute job.

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Quick, cheap and simple. Perfect.

Abby xx

 

 

Folding a Fitted Sheet

I’ve finally learned how to fold a fitted sheet!

It only took me twenty something years.

Instead of the usual, scrunch-it-up-in-a-ball or the messy attempt at folding method, I watched a video on how to fold fitted sheets properly, and now my sheets look like this…

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If only I had a linen cupboard to stack them neatly in! For now it sits neatly piled on a bench in our laundry.

I found this little gem of a video on Facebook.

 

You’re welcome!

Abby xx

4 Fantastic Craft Tutorials.


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1. Crochet Giraffe Pattern (My version pictured above)

This was one of the first crochet projects I ever completed. I’d only made beanies before attempting this giraffe. It took me a long time because I had to learn all the stitches as I went, but the end result was well worth it!

2. Reuben The Pink Fluffy Unicorn Crochet Pattern (My version pictured above)

This is the second crocheted toy I ever made. I found the tutorial easy to follow, and love the end result!

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3. Reversible skirt tutorial (My version pictured above)

I made my own Easter version of this for Miss E. It was a quick and easy project that I completed in one afternoon.

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4.  Tissue Paper Pom Poms – (My version pictured above)

These were super simple. They took me about 10 minutes to make, 10 minutes to hang and cost only $9 dollars in tissue paper. Cheap, Easy and the look great!

A longer list might have been ‘Craft projects I’ve started and never completed’. The thrill of a new project is just too alluring to wait until I’ve finished one project before starting the next.

My main project at the moment is the blanket I mentioned here. Amazingly, I’m still going, though I’ve just run out of grey and blue wool, so I may be stalled until my next trip to Spotlight!

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It won’t be long before I can use it to keep me warm, while I’m still working on it. That’s if I’m not distracted by another project in the meantime.

Happy crafting everyone!

Abby xx

Free Cloth Book Tutorial

 

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We have no shortage of books in this house. We’d have 30+ board books alone, but not one single cloth book!

Miss E is going through the ‘I must put everything in my mouth’ stage, and I was a little concerned that her paper and board books might not survive. So I pulled together some fabric scraps and made this cloth book.

Follow the tutorial below if you’re interested in making your own.

Materials

4 fabric page pieces 12×6 inches

fabric scraps (cotton, flannelette, drill etc)

wool

foil / cellophane / muesli bar wrapper

buttons, ribbon, or any other embellishments you would like to use. Keep in mind that anything you put in your book needs to be able to be secured firmly to prevent it becoming a choking hazard.

Instructions

Cut out your fabric page pieces and the images you plan to sew into your book from fabric scraps. Each 12×6 in page piece will make up one half of a double spread. I chose to make one of my fabric page pieces out of two different fabrics, the sausage dog fabric and the blue floral fabric. If you’re making single pages, add an extra 1/4 inch to the width of each piece so that when you sew them together, your new double spread is the same size as your other pages.

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Once you’ve cut out all of your pages and pieces, arrange your decorative fabric pieces on your page and sew them on.

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You may like to add extra interest to your book by creating flaps, or sewing interesting items to your pages. I madethe fin on this fish double sided so that it would flap, and plaited some wool to sew on to the dogs as lead’s.

If you’ve made any single pages, place one page on top of the other, right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam down the right side to create a double spread page. Open your new double spread and iron the seam flat.

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To make the love heart page ‘crinkly’ I sewed foil to the back of the shape. There is probably a product made specifically for this purpose, but I just used a clean muesli bar wrapper. Cellophane or foil wrapping paper could work as well.

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The foot on your sewing machine may slide around a little whilst sewing the foil, so it’s best to slow down and take your time with this part. Once you’ve sewn your foil on, trim the excess off before sewing the love heart piece to your page.

Now that you’ve finished sewing the decorative pieces onto your pages, place two page pieces right sides together. Pin and sew a 1/4 inch seam around the edge, leaving a 2 inch opening so that you can turn your work inside out afterwards. Repeat for your other pages.

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After you’ve turned your work inside out, take care to push all the corners out, then press with a warm iron. DO NOT IRON THE FOIL. We don’t want to melt your good work! Instead, just iron the edges of the page, staying clear of the foil.

Next, sew a line around the edge of your pages approx 1/8 inch from the edge. This will make your work look neater and close over the opening we used to turn your work earlier.

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Now you’ve completed your pages!

Finally, place your double spread pages on top of each other, in their correct order, and sew a centrefold.

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Tie up any loose ends, and you’re done!

Ta Da!

Here’s my cloth book from start to finish.

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and here’s Miss E enjoying her new book!

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Play with your pattern and images to personalise your own cloth book, and if you’re an instagrammer, please tag me in your creations (@mummydoesntbake). I’d love to see your work!

Abby xx