Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Free Hair Bows

Free Hair Bows on Etsy! All you have to do is buy one set of hair bows and you get a free hair bow for each set. Purchase one set, get one bow, two sets, get two bows and three sets get an extra set completely free!!!
 
 
 

 
 
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

How To Make Hair Bow Display Cards

I recently decided to start selling crochet hair bows in my etsy shop but I didn't know how I wanted to gift wrap them and package them. I decided to put them on display cards. I googled hair bow display cards and came up with some good ideas but ultimately just decided to come up with my own. I think they came out pretty good and here I will share that with you. Enjoy!



Hair Bow Display Card Tutorial

Materials:
8.5 x 11 in Cardstock (any color)
Scissors, Paper Cutter or Exacto Knife/ Razor Blade
Computer and Printer (optional)
Microsoft Word or Photoshop
Ruler (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:
This is pretty simple, I can’t believe it took me this long to make these but after doing some searches I came up with these.

First make sure you know the measurements of the hair bows you wish to put on the display cards. Once you know that you can determine the width and height of your cards.
My bows measure about 1 in x 2 ½ in; I sell my bows in sets of three so I came up with these measurements for my card.  The card itself measures 3 in x 7 ½ in. I figured out the dimensions by deciding that I wanted the slits in my card to be an inch apart (after trial and error of course). 


Using Photoshop:

Open Photoshop > File> New

Make the dimensions 3in x 8in

Duplicate the Background Layer.

Create Guides to help with the placement of the slits.  View --> New Guide
(Make sure Extras in the View tab has a check mark next to it)

Vertical guides:  Place guides at the 1 inch and 2 inch mark.

Horizontal guides:
Place guides at the 1.25 inch mark (this line represents where the bottom of the top text should be)
Then place guides at the 2,3,4,5,6, and 7 inch marks.

I created vertical lines from the 2 -3 inch mark, the 4-5 inch mark and the 6-7 inch mark using the Line tool. I then duplicated those layers and placed them evenly at the vertical 2 inch mark.

Now just add your text. The end.

This being the end result:

( I can't say this image is the exact size)

I printed my cards on the cardstock paper. My original cards are printed with grey ink seeing as my black ink was running out.

Once I printed them I used my paper cutter to cut them out and to cut my slits in it. If you don't have a paper cutter you can very well use scissors, and or an exacto knife/razor blade.


Alternate Method Using Microsoft Word

Open Microsoft Word

Create a new table go to Insert --> Table --> 2x1 

Table dimensions should be Height: 8" Width: 3"

Then for the text I added a Text Box go to Insert --> Text Box

Position the text where you would like it to be and write in it whatever you like. I did this for both the top and bottom text.

Now you can print out your card and cut the slits in them.

The End. 

If anyone makes a display card from my tutorial please drop me a comment and a link, I would love to see yours!

Enjoy!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Free Granny Square Pattern

Here is the pattern for my granny square that I posted a while back. It is not perfect, probably confusing as heck so if you have questions or need clarification just let me know. Sorry in advance for my potentially poor pattern writing on this one. I call it the Viesta Granny Square Pattern because the colors remind me of a fiesta but the pattern is full of v-stitches. Enjoy!

Viesta Granny Square Pattern
 

Size
Pattern makes a 7 ½ inch square

Materials
• Worsted weight yarn- any color(s)
• Crochet hook size I9/5.50mm
• Yarn needle

Stitch Abbreviations
ch: chain stitch
sc: Single crochet
sl st: Slip Stitch
st(s): sticth(es)
hdc: half double crochet
v-st: v-stitch
dc: double crochet

NOTES: The format *hdc, sc, hdc* means work hdc in next st, sc in st after that and hdc in next st. Not to work all three sts in same stitch unless otherwise stated. Also when reading please remember that * to * means to repeat pattern from everything inside the asterisks.

Stitch Guide v-st: dc, ch 1, dc all in same sp.

Ch 5; sl st in the first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 15 dc in the ring, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (16 dc)

Round 2: Ch 4, dc in same st as joining (counts as first v-st), ch 1, *sk next st, v-st in next st, ch 1* repeat from * to * 6 more times, sl st in the 3rd ch of the first v-st. ( 8 v-st, ch 1 sps made). If switching colors start new color by sl st in any dc and ch 4.

 
Round 3: ch 1, sl st in next v-st, ch 4; dc in same sp (first v-st made), v-st in each v- st and ch 1 sp around. (16 v-sts)

If using different color, sl st in any v-st sp and ch 4

Round 4: Sc in next ch 1 sp, 5 dc shell in next ch 1 sp, repeat around, sl st to first sc. (8 shells, 8 sc)

If using a different color, start with a sc in any v-st

 
Round 5: ch 3 (counts as first dc), hdc in next 2 sts, sc in 3rd dc of 5 dc shell, hdc in next 2sts, *5 dc in next st ( corner made), hdc , hdc, sc ,hdc, hdc ,dc, hdc, hdc, sc, hdc, hdc* repeat from * to* 3 more times, 5 dc in the next st, hdc, hdc, sc ,hdc, hdc, sl st to beg ch 3.

If using a different color, then start with a sc in the 3rd dc of any 5 dc shell.

 
Round 6: ch 4, dc in same st as joining (v-st made), [sk 2 sts, v-st in next st],repeat from [ to ] once more, sk 1 st,* v-st ch 1 v-st in next st (corner made), sk 1 st , v- stitch, sk 2, v-st across to the next corner, sk 1*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to beg ch 3.

If using a different color then start your round with a sl st and ch 4 in any dc of the previous round.


The finished square should look like this!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Simple Crochet Hair Bow Pattern


 


Simple Crochet Hair Bow Pattern

Size

Pattern makes a 4 ½ inch bow

Materials

·         Worsted weight yarn- any color (color A)

·         Worsted weight yarn in contrasting color (color B)

·         Crochet hook size h/8-5.00mm

·         Yarn needle

Gauge

Finished bow size = 4 ½ inches across

Stitch Abbreviations

ch: chain stitch

hdc: half double crochet

sl st: Slip Stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

Instructions

Main Bow

With Color A, ch 16.

Row 1: hdc in the next 7 sts; sl st in the next st; hdc in the next 7 sts; turn.

Row 2: ch 1, hdc in the next 7 sts; sl st in the next st; hdc in the next 7 sts; turn.

 Rows 3 -6: Repeat row 2. Fasten Off.


With color B, weave the yarn through the center of your work (through the sl sts that you made). You can also just pinch the center of your work and insert the yarn through there.Once your yarn is completely pulled through, wrap around the center of your work a few times and tie off. Weave in All loose ends.




Hot glue barette on the back to complete your bow. The End.

© 2012 Copyright by Monet Gipson
All rights reserved, not to be reprinted
Patterns are for personal use only.
Not for commercial or retail purposes.
Items made from my patterns may not be sold.

Etsy Sale Ending Soon.

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crochet Pumpkin Coasters Pattern

Crochet Pumpkin Coaster Pattern




Size
Coaster Measures 5.in x 4.5 in, sizes may vary

Materials
* Worsted weight yarn - Orange
* Worsted weight yarn in contrasting color - Green
* Crochet hook size I9/5.50mm
* Yarn needle

Stitch Abbreviations
ch: chain stitch
sc: Single crochet
sl st: Slip Stitch
st(s): sticth(es)
hdc: half-double crochet
dc: double crochet

Instructions
Pumpkin
With orange;
Ch 5, sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: ch 1, sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sl to first sc.

Round 2: ch 1, sc in same st as join, hdc in next st, 2 dc  in next 5 dc, hdc, sc, hdc, 2 dc in next 5 dc, hdc, sl st to first sc.

Round 3: ch 1, sc in same st as join, hdc, 2 dc in each of the next 10 sts, hdc, sc, hdc, 2dc in next 10 sts, hdc, sl st to first sc.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Stem
With green; and on the opposite side of your work (where your other hdc,sc,hdc sequence is)

Sl st in the first dc to the right of the first hdc (the hdc on the right)
Row 1: ch 1, sc in same st and in each of next 4 sts.

Row 2: repeat row 1, twice more.

Fasten off, weave in ends.





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© 2014 Copyright by Monet Gipson
All rights reserved, not to be reprinted.
Patterns are for personal use only.
Not for commercial or retail purposes.
Items made from my patterns may not be sold.

Halloween Coffee Mug Cozies

Halloween Coffee Mug Cozies are now available for purchase in my etsy shop!!
 
 
These are too cute, I just keep imagining a person working in an office setting with one of these on their coffee mugs; these would definitely add a little  humor to anyones work day!
 
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

20% Off LABOR DAY SALE IN MY ETSY SHOP



 
My August 15% off sale just ended as of friday but no worries I have an all new, much better sale going on this week. For ONE WEEK ONLY all items will be 20% OFF!! I have also reduced the prices of my blankets as well. As usual I will be adding new items to my shop this week as well. Custom items are still very welcome and the discount is available on those orders.
Enjoy!
 
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