Smiles and Sunshine

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A Dress out of a Dream… In Progress

Tonight’s work in progress is one I’ve been anticipating for a while… It’s a beautiful tutu dress. I am working with a friend to create at least two of these beauties. I would love to show you a picture, but the pattern designer has made it clear that her pictures are her property, so I will have to send you to this Etsy shop where I purchased the pattern named “The Emma,” and you can view the gorgeous photos there.

This dress can easily be used for a bridesmaid dress or a party dress. I am in charge of crocheting the top part, also known as the bodice, and my friend will add the tulle tutu. We will each end up with one dress. She will give hers to her little girl, and mine will be for sale.

I’m using an off-white yarn that looked like cream in the store and looks very white in my living room. I think my friend will be using different colors of tutu material, maybe purples, blues, and white. I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out!

The designer of these dresses sells the finished products for over $100 for little girl dresses. She also makes an adult sized dress that can be used as a wedding dress, which she sells for $200. I think it would be such an honor to crochet a wedding dress.

For now, this is all I have. I will try to post more pictures tomorrow. Hopefully I will have finished the straps and the edging by then. This version shows yarn markers, which will be removed. They help me to know where to stitch the straps. As you can see, I’ve started one strap, and it is time to start the next one.


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Zip, Zip, WIP

Above: The bottom of the zipper pouch. It is worked from the bottom up.

Below: the finished crocheted fabric of the zippered pouch, folded in half, as it will be in the completed project. I am now stitching a second pouch in the same colors, only with the darker color as the middle stripe.

20130818-205502.jpgFor you non-crafters, WIP stands for Work-In-Progress. As a full time teacher, it seems that I get enough acronyms in my life that I really don’t need more, but writing WIP does save time, so there it is.

This, my friends, is not a washcloth. (Although I think it would make a nice one.). It will become a lined zipper pouch. It is made from 100% soft cotton worsted weight yarn, and crocheted in single stitch. I’m not using a pattern, so I’m going to make a few notes to myself right now. Technically, I guess you could say I’m writing the pattern as I go. I’m planning on making two matching pouches, so it will help to have the pattern handy to refer to.

Zippered Pouch Pattern

Finished size: 4″ x 6″ (This pattern can easily be adapted to any rectangular size.)

Materials: size G 4.25 mm hook, scrap cotton yarn, such as peaches and cream, (approx 50g), one 7″ zipper, fabric for lining, yarn needle, needle, and thread.

Color a: soft brown (Sugar ‘n Cream 01130)
Color b: medium brown
Color c: camel (Peaches and Cream 89)

Note: When I make these again, I will choose a different width. When I took the custom order, I didn’t realize that zippers generally come in 5″ or 7″ lengths. So, I’ll need to shorten the zipper. I obviously haven’t worked very much with zippers!

Another note: Do not crochet the stuff in parenthesis. It is just there so you can double check your work at the end of each row.

Row 1: with color a, chain 24 (23 stitches)

Row 2: Turn. Single crochet in second chain from hook. single crochet in back loop only across. (23 stitches)

Row 3-9: Turn. Chain 1. single crochet (in both loops here and throughout) across. Fasten off by chaining one, cutting the yarn, and pulling yarn through the loop to create a knot. (23 stitches)

Change colors.

Row 10: Turn. With color b, slip stitch in the first single crochet, single crochet in the same stitch. Single crochet across. Fasten off. (23 stitches)

Switch colors.

Row 11: Turn, with color c, slip stitch on the first single crochet, single crochet in the same stitch. Single crochet across.(23 stitches)

Row 12-18: Turn. Chain 1 (turning stitch). Single crochet across. (23 stitches)

Fasten off.

Change colors.

Row 19: turn. with color B, slip stitch in the first single crochet, single crochet in the same stitch. Single crochet across.(23 stitches)

Fasten off.

Change colors.

Row 20-21: Turn. Chain 1 (turning stitch). Single crochet across. (23 stitches)

Other side: turn project: repeat row 2-21, work in the other side (now the back loop only) of the initial chain.


Cut fabric 5″x13″. Hem fabric 1/2″ all the way around. Sew zipper to fabric, making sure to leave the handle end of the zipper accessible on one end. As you will be shortening the zipper on the other end.

To Shorten the zipper, sew over the edge you want to shorten several times. Cut the zipper off 1/2″ below the sewed section. If it is really close, y don’t have to cut the zipper, just hide the edge in the lining.

Unzip the zipper and pin the lining fabric to the crocheted piece, wrong side to wrong side. Sew the two pieces together.

Finally, use yarn to whipstitch the sides of the pouch together. secure both ends with double knots. Use a yarn needle to hide the yarn ends. Test the zipper to make sure everything fits together nicely.

Enjoy your new zipper pouch!

Remember, WIP. But if you want this WIP pattern, copy it now. Because I might take it off the site and try to sell it once it is complete and tested.


Above: pouch crocheting is done. Next step is to add fabric liner and zipper.

Below: really, these aren’t washcloths. But wouldn’t they make nice washcloths? The picture is of both pouches open. They really are the same size. The angle of the camera just makes one appear larger. If I remember, I’ll take some better pictures tomorrow.



Baby Blanket

It is spring break, so I have a chance to work on a baby blanket for one of my friends who is having a baby.  I’m using double crochet, and looping through the stitch below so it has a bit of  a lacy look to it.  I’m using the Bernat Baby Coordinates in the light blue and the blue.  Hopefully I’ll remember to take a picture when I’m done to post here.

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Update on Wisteria Wedding Quilt

Today I took the time to cut out squares for my brother’s Wisteria Wedding Quilt. I am so grateful for all of my swap-bot online friends that have sent me fabric for the quilt. This is what I have listed on my swap-bot profile, and I thought I would share it here as well in case anyone would care to do a private swap with me to help me with the quilt.

I’m in search of quality 100% cotton fabric for my brother’s wedding quilt. I don’t want more than 10 squares of each fabric, and I need 1200 squares all together. The colors I am using are green, violet, brown, and gold. I am using all shades of colors in his wisteria wedding quilt.

The squares need to be 3-1/2 inches before piecing. (I would love pre-cut squares.) I am looking for 1/8 yard pieces, 1/4 yard pieces, or fat quarters in these colors.

I am willing to do private swaps of other fabrics to make this happen. Ask me for what you want, and I will see if I have it. Many of you have already sent me fabric–thank you so much. It is great knowing that love from all over the world is going into this gift.

As of 5/17/08 this is what I have/need:
Gold Accents I have 18squares/I need 82 squares

Medium Gold 40/60

Dark Gold 30/70

Light Brown/Tan 50/50

Medium Brown 36/64

Dark Brown 30/70

Light Lavender 20/80

Medium Lavender 30/70

Dark Lavender 20/80

Light Green 36/64

Medium Green 24/76

Dark Green 50/50

Thank you for thinking about it.  I am enjoying all of the different fabrics! You can comment here about a swap or email me at


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