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Crochet an Organic Cotton Granny Square Baby Blanket – Part 2: Joining the Squares & Finishing

Crochet an Organic Cotton Granny Square Baby Blanket by The DIY Mommy

After crocheting what seems like a bazillion little granny squares, this is the fun part – putting them all together and finishing off the blanket!

(If you missed part one of this tutorial on how to plan your granny square blanket and make the squares, go here to Part 1 first.)

Joining the granny squares:

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With your white/cream yarn, starting with your first square in the first row, attach the yarn to one corner ch 1 hole and then chain 3 (this will act as your first dbl crochet + chain 1). [ Dbl crochet 3 times into the same hole (this forms a corner of the square), chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1 ] Repeat 3 times until you’re at the hole you started on and then slip stitch into the 3rd chain from the beginning. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

Now, you will move on to the second square in the first row and join it this way:

Attach the white/cream yarn to one corner ch 1 hole and then chain 3 (this will act as your first dbl crochet + chain 1).  [Dbl crochet 3 times into the same hole (this forms a corner of the square), chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1.] Repeat once and then stop! Poke your crochet hook through one corner chain of the first square. Slip stich through.

Ch 1, dbl crochet 3 times in same hole (of second square), chain 1, [dbl crochet 1 time in the next hole, then find the middle dbl crochet of the adjacent “dbl crochet 3” on your first square and slip stich through. Dbl crochet 2 times, ch 1] Repeat from [ to ]. Dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1. Slip stitch into the 3rd chain from the beginning. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

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You’ll repeat this pattern for the entire first row of 12 squares.

On the next rows, when you need to join one square to others, only crochet up one side, and then start attaching it to the other squares.

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Here’s a picture showing a slip stitch through the corner chains to attach the square corners together.

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The blanket is 16 rows long, so this part takes a while. I would suggest to take a “break” every few rows and weave in the ends on the back of the blanket so that you’re not weaving them ALL in at the end (which is really annoying)!

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Once the entire 16 rows of 12 are joined, you’re ready to edge the blanket.

Finishing the blanket:

I chose a very simple bobble edge so that the colourful granny squares were the stars of this piece!

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I single crocheted for two rows around the entire perimeter of the blanket, and then I used this lovely pattern to make bobble edging. Isn’t it cute and quirky?

Weave in all of those pesky ends and your done!

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I think we’ll cuddle up with this blankie on our living room couch, and then when our new house is built and Baby A has her own nursery, it will reside there. I like that it’s soft and made of natural fibers.

I’m totally in love with this crocheted granny square blanket – it’s retro-cuteness at it’s finest. And I’m really proud of it!

Have you ever crocheted a blanket? Please share your finished projects in the comments below.

DIY Home Decor, Knitting & Crochet

Crochet an Organic Cotton Granny Square Baby Blanket – Part 1: The Squares

Crochet an Organic Cotton Granny Square Baby Blanket by The DIY Mommy

 

I fell in love with vintage-looking granny square blankets last spring when I saw them all over Pinterest. I especially liked the ones with vibrantly coloured squares surrounded by white or cream stitches. So pretty!

I made it my mission starting last May to crochet a granny square blankie that I could use for my baby girl (or just as a throw in our living room). This project took me a long time (8 months!) but it was well worth the effort. And, honestly – it was a relaxing little project that was easy to pick up any time.

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The pattern was concocted by staring at a million pictures of blankets I loved, and with the help of my mom who is wonderful at eyeballing crocheted works and duplicating them. I used a really soft and lovely organic cotton sport-weight yarn from Knit Picks. It was nice to work with and also budget-friendly. The yarn has since been discontinued, but check out Knit Picks for other inexpensive yarns in natural fibers.

Here’s how I made this blanket (I’ll divide this tutorial into two parts because it’s quite long)!

Finished blanket measures approximately 48″ by 64″. Gauge isn’t really important unless you want the blanket to be exactly this size (if so, the squares should measure about 4″ wide).

Materials:

  • 2 skeins each of 8 different colours of yarn (164 yard skeins)
  • 8 skeins of white/cream coloured yarn (164 yard skeins)
  • size J crochet hook
  • yarn needle

Directions:

Need help with basic crochet stitches and techniques? I recommend taking a Crafsty class on basic crochet.

Making the Squares

I made 12 different combinations of granny squares and I mixed up the colours in a way that was visually appealing to me. If you look at this photo, you can see the basic pattern I used. Feel free to copy it, or it’s a lot of fun to come up with your own colour combos with the different colours of yarn.

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Plan the colours that will go into each of the 12 different granny squares, and then make them like this:

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Chain 4, slip stich into the first chain to form a loop. Chain 3 (this will count as your first double crochet cluster and chain) and then dbl crochet into the loop, but don’t do the last step of the dbl crochet (leaving 2 loops on your hook). Dbl crochet into the loop again, and then on the final step pull your yarn through all the loops on your hook. This forms a double crochet cluster. Chain 1.

Repeat a dbl chrochet cluster + chain 1 6 more times so that you have 8 dbl crochet clusters on your loop. Slip stitch into the 3rd chain of your first faux dbl crochet cluster. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

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With your second chosen colour of yarn, attach it in a chain one hole. Chain3 (this will act as your first dbl crochet + chain 1).  [Dbl crochet into the next chain 1 hole 3 times. Chain 1. ] Repeat until you’re at the hole you began with, dbl crochet 2 times and slip stitch into the third chain you started with. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

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With a third colour, attach yarn to one of the chain 1 holes of the previous round. Chain 3 (this will act as your first dbl crochet + chain 1). [ Dbl crochet 3 times into the same hole (this forms a corner of the square), chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1, dbl crochet 3 times into the next hole, chain 1 ] Repeat 3 times until you’re at the hole you started on and then slip stitch into the 3rd chain from the beginning. Pull yarn through loop and cut, leaving a tail.

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You will need to make 16 of each of the 12 squares. I used a tin to store them in. This is a great project to do a bit at the time – do a couple of squares each night as you relax!

Click here to move to Part 2 – Joining the Squares and Finishing the Blanket

 

DIY Crafts, DIY Sewing

9 Favourite Tutorials of 2012 from The DIY Mommy

This year was awesome. It was the year that I settled into being a mommy of two, the year that I turned 30 and finally began to be confident in who I was as a woman and a mother, and it was the year that this little blog grew a little bit bigger.

I love to craft, I love to write and I love to be a mom and The DIY Mommy has been the perfect outlet for me to share these things with people just like me.

I want to thank you, my readers, for taking a slice of time from your lives this year to share with me. Every month, more and more of you “tuned in” to this site. I appreciate every one of you and I thank you for giving me the motivation to write, photograph and share.

Here are your favourite tutorials from 2012 that I’ve posted according to how many views they’ve received. Between you sharing them with your friends, the rise of Pinterest , and me spending more time to write, some of them have reached over 22,000 unique visits which I’m truly amazed and humbled by. Thank you!

9 Favourite Tutorials of 2012 from The DIY Mommy. Boutique blanket, baby necktie, I am Loved The Help Onesie, Infinity Scarf, Soother Clips, Glider Recover, Upcycled Baby Headband, DIY Photo backdrop and Princess Dress.

  1. Sew a Boutique Blanket
  2. Sew a Baby Necktie
  3. Make an “I Am Loved” Onesie
  4. Sew a 15 Minute Infinity Scarf
  5. Sew Boutique Soother Clips
  6. Update a Nursery Glider Rocking Chair
  7. Sew an Upcycled Baby Headband
  8. Make DIY Photo Backdrops with Fabric or Paper
  9. Sew a Princess Dress

I wish you all the best in the coming year. May 2013 be full of wonder, baby cuddles, and craftiness!

DIY Sewing

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or Anyone Else in Your Family!)

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or anyone else in your family!) by The DIY Mommy

PJ pants are such a classic handmade Christmas Eve present that I enjoy making and giving  to my hubby and kids each year. I “cheat” a little and don’t use a pattern – I simply sneak some of their favourite pants from their drawers and make a simple pattern directly from the pants they have!

If you’re looking for a beginner’s sewing project that would make a practical and heart-warming Christmas gift (or gift for any time of year), you might want to try this method to make some pajama pants for your baby, your toddler, your hubby or yourself. It’s easy and quick and I always have a blast searching for fun fabrics to make these pants with.

Materials:

  • 1 yard cotton flannel (for baby pants) or 1 1/2 yards cotton flannel (for child’s pants) or 2 1/2 yards cotton flannel (for adult pants) (for these seriously sweet pants for my one year old, I used
    Mother Nature Flannel Forest Friends Girl Blue/Orange from fabric.com
    )
  • 1 inch wide elastic
  • an pair of pants with an elastic waist that currently fits the person you’re sewing these for

Directions:

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Making the Pajama Pants Pattern

Wash your fabric. Fold it in half lengthwise (if you’re making adult pants or larger child’s pants you won’t be folding it in half because you’ll only be able to fit one full leg on your fabric’s width).

Fold the pants you’re using as a template in half lengthwise at the crotch, placing them towards one side (as shown in the first picture above). Trace, adding approximately 1 1/2″ inches to the top (for the waistband – pull the elastic taught when tracing this part), a 1/2″ for the length (for the seam allowance) and 2″ at the bottom (for the hem). Mark where the outer edge of the leg is.

Flip the pants over to the other side, keeping the edge of the leg in line with your marking (as shown above) and keeping the pants folded in half. Trace the other side of the pants as you did the first side, adding the extra inches.

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You should end up with a shape similar to the above shape. You can use a straight edge to straighten the legs if needed. One side should have a slightly deeper curve – this is the back of the pants that allows for extra bum room! Cut out another piece just like this (using the first as a guide) if you’re making larger pants and didn’t fold the fabric.

Sewing the Pajama Pants

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Sewing these little PJ pants is so easy!

Beginning with one piece, turn it in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Sew the inseam together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Using a serger makes this go super quickly, but if you don’t have one, you can finish the seams with a zigzag stitch. Repeat with the second leg.

Then, pin the two legs together at the crotch, matching up the inseams, and seam them together using a 1/2″ allowance.

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Turn the pajama pants right side out, and press them. For the waistband, fold it over 1/2″ to the inside and press. Fold it over another 1 1/4″ and press. For the hem, fold each pant leg in 1″ and then another 1″ and press.

Stitch both about 1/4″ from the fold. Leave about a 1 1/2″ opening at the back of the waistband to thread the elastic through.

Sew Easy Pajama Pants for Baby (or anyone else in your family!) by The DIY Mommy

Cut your elastic to the same size as your template pants (add 1/2″ for the join). Thread it through the upper casing and stitch it securely together at the ends. Stitch the opening closed.

I like to add another line of stitching on the waistbands of my pants to keep the elastic from rolling and shifting. To do this, pull the elastic waistband taut and sew line in the middle of the casing (as above).

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You’re already done your adorable little DIY pajama pants! Now wasn’t that easy?

Whip a few pairs up for your family and friends for a thoughtful Christmas gift (and please comment and share below if you’ve made your own PJ pants)!

Life

Sew a Boho Blouse — A Simplicity Pattern Review

By Christina Dennis

Sew a Boho Blouse by The DIY Mommy

I love easy, breezy bohemian-style blouses. They remind me of the last days of summer and they also hide some postpartum parts of my body that I don’t find so lovely. *wink!* Empire-waisted blouses with flowing hems are also fantastic maternity wear!

I found the perfect pattern by Simplicity for a pretty tunic blouse:
Simplicity sewing pattern 1896: Misses' & Plus Size Tops SUEDEsays Collection size A (XXS-XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL)

What I like about this pattern is the fluttery sleeves and the elastic/drawstring waist. Plus, it’s by a season 5 Project Runway designer – oh, how I love that show!

Supplies:

DIY Boho Blouse by The DIY Mommy

Directions:

  1. Cut your pieces out from your fabric using the tunic pattern. I made some changes. I changed the direction the sleeve pattern piece was placed on the fabric because I wanted the crochet edging of my fabric to be on the edge of the sleeves. I also shortened the bottom of the blouse by a good 4″ (because I’m short and I didn’t want the tunic to be that long).
  2. Sew the blouse per pattern directions. I found this pattern to be quite straight forward. The only issue I had was with the facing on the neckline – boy, was that hard for me! You have to sew the facing to the neckline, then turn it to the back, then fold a hem over and sew it. It took me a few times to get it looking “normal” and laying flat. I’d recommend lots of patient pinning and pressing when you get to this point! Also – rather than hemming the bottom of the tunic the traditional way (by turning it twice and stitching with a machine), I used my serger and made a rolled hem.
  3. Press the blouse, slip it on, and enjoy your easy-breezy boho blouse!

DIY Boho Blouse by The DIY Mommy

I love my pretty blouse, and I’d definitely recommend this pattern to any intermediate seamstress. Take your time with the neckline, and try finding an interesting fabric with a lace or contrasting pattern on one salvege (turning the sleeve piece on the fabric – and buying more fabric! – to accommodate). You could also trim the sleeves with crocheted lace too!

DIY Boho Blouse by The DIY Mommy

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Sewing

Sew a Fitted Crib Sheet

by Christina Dennis

A crib sheet is a baby nursery essential that is quick and easy to make! Elastic added around the entire perimeter of this sheet design helps this sheet fits most depths of mattresses snuggly and securely. Make at least a couple of each fabric – you’ll want to wash them often!Continue reading

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