Our garden is in full bloom and I’m loving it! I’m truly a summer girl, and when all the flowers are blooming and the fruit is starting to ripen, I’m in my glory. And so are my kids! It’s heavenly.
Here’s a quick video tour of our 2017 flower, fruit and vegetable garden with some of the plants that we find grow well here near Edmonton. If you’re also in North America, that’s zone 3. Welcome to our garden!
My little sister’s wedding is in a month! I’m so excited for her, and we’ve been working busily on some of her wedding decor. It’s been one of my favourite crafty projects ever to work on fabric flowers for her bouquets and decorations – did you see my fabric peony and cabbage roses tutorial? My mom and I have been experimenting with different ways to make faux succulents for use in the wedding bouquet and boutonnieres. We’ve come up with a couple of different options, and I’d like to share them with you! First up? Here’s how I made some decorative succulents out of felt.Continue reading
I saw these little grey, stretchy baby mittens at Walmart for $0.60 cents and I had an idea:
They were little and sweet, but very plain and needed a little embellishment for my baby girl! I’ve never embroidered before, but I had some happy-coloured scraps of yarn that I thought would look so sweet as little flowers on these mitts.
I decided on a whim to add more petals in the spaces between the previous petals in a contrasting blue colour (instead of adding more individual flowers).
A third layer of petals, now with green yarn, goes between the blue petals.
Finally, I stitched a layer of white petals between the blue ones, as pictured above. The design is simple but pretty and I think it livens up these wee mittens so much!
I think these mittens would make such a cute shower gift for a winter baby and the best thing is that they cost less than a dollar to make between the 60 cent mittens and the scraps of yarn! I think that they’ll keep my little one’s hands warm and toasty this winter in handmade style.
Hello The DIY Mommy readers, this Anshu from Blooms And Bugs. I write about all things sewing over there, but sewing cool stuff for wee ones is what I love most. You could drop by my blog for tutorials for cools stuff like
This sweet little knitted maternity tank top was a pattern I designed pre-children – back when I had time to fiddle with knitting! It’s from my old knitting blog, and I’d like to offer it now to you free. I love the little flower embellishment on the neckline – this would be a cute little embellishment for just about anything!
The “Glam Bump Top” is an easy-to-knit, chic maternity knitted top. It’s knit in the round from top to bottom with no seaming and minimal shaping. Short rows in the front allow extra room for a growing Baby Bump. The simple stockinette stitch is accented by garter stitch detailing in the neck piece, the center panel and the bottom hem. The look is completed with an elegant knit flower accented with a button center. Knit in a light silk/mohair/wool blend, this piece is a perfect transitional top from summer to fall. A great gift for a mom-to-be or for yourself!
Materials • Yarn: 1000 (1000, 1500) Yards ArtFibers Sylph in colour #14 (or a similar sport weight yarn) • Needles: Size 5 US (3.75 mm) circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge) • 1/2” button to coordinate with yarn • Sewing needle & coordinating thread
Sizes Woman’s Sizes Small (32-34” bust), Medium (36-38” bust), and Large (40-42” bust) Top is designed to be fitted in the yoke and then very loose in bust & waist.
Gauge 22 s and 35 rows = 4”
Abbreviations & Explanations:
K = knit k2tog = knit 2 stitches together k3tog = knit 3 stitches together M1 = make a new stitch by knitting into the stitch below KF&B = make one stitch by knitting in front & back of stitch KF&B&F = make two stitches by knitting in front, back & again in the front of the stitch P = purl St st = stockinette stitch Garter stitch = in the round, alternating K and P rows PM = place marker Wrapping a stitch in a short row = Work to turn point, slip next stitch to R needle and bring yarn to front. Slip same stitch back to L needle. Turn work & bring yarn in position for next stitch, wrapping the stitch. Hide wraps in a K st when RS of top is worked in a K st as follows: on RS work to st before wrapped st. Insert R needle from front, under the wrap stitch and then into the wrapped stitch. K them together.
Directions are for Women’s Size Small. Stitch count for Medium & Large are in parenthesis.
Neck Piece: CO 120 st (132 st, 144 st) onto circular needles, join in round being careful not to twist stitches. PM at join. Work 8 rows in garter stitch (4 ridges) Next Row: K4, *K1, KF&B. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches. K4. 168 st (186 st, 204 st) Work 7 rows garter stitch (4 ridges) Next Row: K4, *K2, KF&B. Repeat from * to last 5 stitches. K4. 212 st (236 st, 260 st) Work 7 rows garter stitch (4 ridges)
Arm Holes: Next Row: Continuing in garter stitch pattern, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st), BO loosely 59 st (64 st, 69 st), work 48 st (56 st, 64 st), BO loosely 59 st (64 st, 69 st), work 24 st (28 st, 32 st). 96 st (112 st, 128 st) Next Row: In garter stitch, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st), CO 38 st (44 st, 50 st) using backwards loop method, work 48 st (56 st, 64 st), CO 38 st (44 st, 50 st) using backwards loop method, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st). 172 st (200 st, 228 st) Work 4 ridges garter stitch, ending with a knit row
Body: Make Ruffle: [KF&B&F, KF&B] 12X (14X, 16X), K 38 st (44 st, 50 st), [KF&B&F, KF&B] 24X (28X, 32X), K 38 st (44 st, 50 st), [KF&B&F, KF&B] 12X (14X, 16X). 316 st (368 st, 420 st) Next Row (beginning of St st body pattern with garter stitch panel in center front): K 60 (70, 80) back st, K 38 (44, 50) sleeve st, K 45 (55, 65), PM, P30, PM, K 45 (55, 65), K 38 (44, 50) sleeve st,K 60 (70, 80) back st Next Row: Knit Next Row: K to marker, P to marker (St st panel detail), K to end of round Work in pattern (St st with garter stitch panel in center front) until piece measures 10” from front neck top **Making baby bump: Next Row: K 60 (70, 80), K 38 (44, 50), PM, K 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter st panel, K 45 (55, 65), wrap stitch and turn Next Row: P 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter panel, P 45 (55, 65), wrap stitch (see explanation, top of page) and turn Next Row: K 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter panel, K 45 (55, 65), K 38 (44, 50), K 60 (70, 80) Work 3 rows as per normal pattern** Repeat from ** to ** until front piece measures 19” from front neck top or desired length Next Row: Purl Next Row: Knit Repeat last 2 rows 6X BO loosely
Weave in loose ends & steam or wet block all petals. Position the 5 large petals evenly in a flower shape on the left side of the neckpiece of the garment (or on side preferred). Tack down petals with sewing needle & thread in center as well as outer edges so that petals will not fold. Position the 5 small petals evenly in a flower shape on top of the 5 larger petals. Tack down small petals with sewing needle & thread in center. Position button in center of flower and sew.
Finishing: Weave in all loose ends of garment. Steam or wet block if desired.