January DIY Challenge Results!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received this month for our DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Yarn’ and we had so much fun seeing everyone’s projects. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions. Great job everyone!

DIY Challenge Award: The Most Snuggly

We just love this knitted blanket made by Sheila Zachariae of Creative Design. Sheila first learned to knit from her mother as a teenager growing up in the 1970’s. Fast forward to 2004 and she began selling her knitted scarves at a local art gallery. Now she sells her handmade wares and knitting patterns on Etsy, Ravelry and Patternfish.

January DIY Challenge Award Winner #diycraftchallenge

I can most often be found in “my chair” surrounded by a pile of yarn, fabric, more yarn, needles, another pile of yarn, patterns, more fabric…etc. I love designing, picking out yarn colors and seeing it all come together in fabric. Baby blankets and women’s accessories are my favorite projects. – Sheila

DIY Challenge Award: The Most Battable

We are suckers for handmade pompoms! There are so many fun ways to make and use them, though our favorite way is to gift them to our favorite felines. These two-color pink pompoms made by Sarah White would make our kitties go nuts! Sarah is an avid crafter, author and blogger behind Our Daily Craft. Be sure to check out Sarah’s blog for more crafty ideas and tutorials.

January DIY Challenge Award Winner #diycraftchallenge

DIY Challenge Award: The Coziest

These hand-knit baby clothes look so warm and cozy! Made by Lindsay McCoy of A Wooden Nest who has been knitting up a storm in preparation for having her first baby this April. Be sure to check out Lindsay’s blog for a peek into her life and latest knitting projects. You can also follow her on Instagram.

January DIY Challenge Award Winner #diycraftchallenge

Yarn Gallery

January DIY Challenge Gallery

Credits left to right

1. Slouchy Crochet Hat by Katie Smith from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
2. Creative Wall Art by Catherine McAtier from Scotland
3. Crochet Little Death Dolls by Kat Duke from Seattle, Washington
4. Pompom Love Bugs by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon

We wish you all a wonderful weekend! We’ll be back soon to announce the theme for next month’s DIY Challenge!

DIY: Pompom Love Bugs for Valentine’s Day

DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day

I love Valentine’s Day for three reasons: I love the color pink, chocolate is usually involved and I have an excuse to make something sweet for the people I love! This year, I decided to put my obsession for making pompoms to good use by making these adorable Pompom Love Bugs!

Supplies Needed

• Pink yarn
• Pink felt
• Pipe cleaners
• Googley eyes
• Pompom maker
• Hot glue gun
• Good, sharp scissors

DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day

Step One: Make pompoms!

Get our your handy dandy pompom maker or watch this tutorial on how to make your own.

DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day
DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day

If you’ve never made a pompom before I have to warn you, they are addicting! I’ve photographed the steps for this post, but I also recommend watching this video if you need more help.

DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day
DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day
DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day

Step Two: Make your love bugs!

Cut out small heart from the felt to become feet for your bug. Then use the hot glue gun to glue the felt heart to the pompom.

DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day
DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day

Next glue on the googley eyes.
DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day

Use a pencil to curl the pipe cleaners and cut them to size with scissors. Add hot glue to the end of the pipe cleaners and poke them into the pompom to create antennae. It’s as simple as that!

DIY: Pompom Love Bug for Valentine's Day

I plan to gift these little guys to my besties this year for Valentine’s Day! What are you planning to make?

January DIY Challenge: Yarn

Need a creative boost to start off the New Year? Join our DIY Craft Challenge! Each month we (adventures-in-making.com) will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Check out what everyone came up with last month’s theme, Glitter here.

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email rachel@adventures-in-making.com with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

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Sources left to right: Weaving Class Basics by A Beautiful Mess, Crochet Granny Square Cozy by Ellebel, Yarn-Wrapped Flower Pots by Celebrations At Home, Sunshine Wall Hanging by Yarnspirations, Pompom Bookmarks by Design Mom, Friendship Bracelets by The Purl Bee, Yarn-Wrapped Monogram Letter by Catch My Party, Octopus Yarn Doll by Celebrations, Crochet Mollie Flowers by Roman Sock

JANUARY CHALLENGE: YARN!

For us, January is a time to relax and work on projects we didn’t have time for during the holidays. If you are a knitter/crocheter this month’s theme is for you! But don’t worry if you can’t figure out the whole needle and hook thing. Use this as an opportunity to learn a new skill or get creative and making something unique! There are tons of ways to use yarn without the traditional method of knit/crochet. You can use actual yarn to make something, or use ‘yarn’ as a theme for your project.

Need more inspiration? Take a look out our Pinterest board for more yarn project ideas.

 

Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins today, January 1, 2015 and ends on January 29, 2015. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on January 30th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.

“Adventures

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DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
Spring has sprung and I’ve been cooking up some fun and easy DIY projects to celebrate. This sweet daisy headband is a very simple project and makes for a lovely pop of color perfect for wearing with your favorite spring dress.

What You Need

• Cardboard
• Pins
• Yarn needle
• Sewing needle & thread
• Sewing machine (optional)
• Scissors
• Pencil
• X-acto knife
• Cutting board
• Craft glue
• Ruler
• Ribbon
• Yarn
• Elastic

STEP ONE:

Using your x-acto knife cut 2 cardboard circles, 2″ in diameter. I used the lid of a spice jar as my template.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP TWO:

Draw lines across one of the cardboard circles to create 12 sections (like a pie). Then write corresponding numbers near the end of each line (see photo below for reference).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP THREE:

Glue the two cardboard circles together and insert 12 pins around the edge of the cardboard circle (following the lines you just drew).

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STEP FOUR:

Hold the end of the yarn down with your left thumb. Then, working in a clockwise direction, pass yarn with the right hand from left to right around pin 1. Pass yarn across the center and from right to left around pin 2 (opposite), going back across center. From left to right around pin 3, and right to left around pin 4. Continue until all pins have been wrapped (once if using thick yarn, several times if using thin yarn) and cut, leaving a tail about 12″ long.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion
DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP FIVE:

Take your yarn needle and thread the tail of the yarn. Work 13 back stitches, passing the needle under 2 petals and back over 1. Make sure to do all 13 back stitches or the center will not be complete. Work in the starting end with weaving stitches to bind it firmly, and tie both yarns together at the top side of the daisy (this will be the back when daisy is finished).

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STEP SIX:

Pull the pins out of the cardboard to release the daisy.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP SEVEN:

Cut a piece of ribbon about 20″ long and a piece of elastic about 4.5″ long. Turn the end of the ribbon and pin one end of the elastic to it.

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP EIGHT:

Using a sewing machine, attach elastic to the end of the ribbon (you could also hand-stitch this).

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion

STEP NINE:

Repeat steps 7 and 8 to attach the other ends of the ribbon and elastic.

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STEP TEN:

Using a needle and thread, hand stitch the daisy to the ribbon. I attached mine about 6″ in form one end.

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TA DA!

The cutest springtime headband ever!

DIY: Flower Loom Daisy Headband #craft #tutorial #accessory #fashion