Phone-gobbling Phone Cover

I don’t know about you, but I am constantly paranoid that I’m going to scratch the touchscreen on my phone. Because of this, I came up with this quick and easy pattern for a phone cover!

Materials used:

  • 3.75mm needles
  • 25g of Bergere de France yarn in Angélite
  • Yarn needle

Pattern:

  1. Cast on 19 stitches.
  2. For your rib, K1, P1 and repeat to the end of the row. Start next row P1, K1 and repeat to end. Repeat this once more.
  3. K to end.
  4. P to end.
  5. Repeat 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length.
  6. Once desired length is reached, do a second set of ribbing, as in 2.
  7. Cast off.
  8. Turn your length of knitting “inside out” and use the whip stitch to sew your work together. I overlapped the ribbing on the opening of the phone cover to make sure the phone would stay secure inside it. It also looks a bit like a mouth. See?

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I think, in future designs, I’ll make a colour change at the ribs and attach eyes, knitted arms and legs to it, so it can look like a real phone-gobbling monster!!

If you make your own version of this, please show me. I love seeing a fresh take on things! 🙂

Kindle cover

I spend a lot of time on trains going to or coming from work so I bought a kindle!!! (so I wouldnt have to carry all the heavy books with me all day) My new little friend needed something to protect him though and all the covers you could get online cost at least half of what the kindle itself cost….. so on to Ebay I went and bought thick felt (4mm) and an iron-on embroidered skull (designed like one of the skulls from “dia de los muertos”)

first cut out your pieces a little bigger than the kindle itself. you’ll need two the size of the kindle and one that is those two together plus a spacer in the middle (so you can fold it over on itslef. I needed 2,5cm space.) My large piece was far longer at first. I cut it to size when i had the inside parts half attached. That way I was able to simply cut around the latch and didnt have to attach one post-cut.

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Take one of the smaller pieces and cut little holes in it for the elastic bands. My bands were 6cm long each and I cut the holes 3cm down and 1cm in from the edges.

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Sew the ends onto the felt. I folded mine towards the inside and secured the elastic with a X-stitch. Folding them towards the inside means you don’t see them when the kindle is in place. Sew it onto the larger piece where you want it. In the pic you can see I’ve attached the left panel and the right, just at the top. You can also see the latch I left on the right hand side and the space between the inside panels.

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Before sewing closed the panels I sewed on the Skull. I know its ironon but I dont trust that stuff so I just added a couple rough stitches to hold it in place.

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I sewed along the edges with thick blue yarn. I went around the perimeter twice, once making a morse-code of dashes and the second time to close up the spaces between the dashes.

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It was pretty difficult to pull such thick yarn through two layers of thick felt so I wore my motorcycle glove. The leather fingers helped me grip the needle and pull it through. Normal dish-washing-rubber-gloves will also do the trick  🙂

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Tadaaaaaa. Finished cover. I plan on putting some cardboard into the pockets (between the outside and the inside panels) and then closing them up, to steady it further. A friend of mine is supplying me with thick card for this.

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Napkin Bag

I found an old iron-on Tshirt saying while I moved house and decided to put it on a bag. I checked the internet and you can buy these cloth bags that I wanted on Ebay or Amazon or Dawanda but if I included the shipping costs for only one bag it would’ve been more expensive to buy it than to make it. So I kept an eye out for material that I could use and I got lucky in a kitchen-shop. I found some Napking on sale at 2€ each. I bought two, cut off their labels.

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Cut out two squares the size I wanted my bag (plus a little seam allowance) CIMG7402

Cut it out as in my (fabulous, I know) drawing so that you have 2 long pieces that you can use to make the handles… if you want short handles, obviously the shorter part will do or you cut them to the length you want. cut out squares

Starting with the main body: fold over the top edge twice. Fold it so that the rough edge is hidden. (see my artistic picture, the little image on the right is trying to show a twice-folded edge.) Make sure you are folding it so that the edge is on the inside of the finished bag (unless you want it outside) The flat side should be on the right side of the fabric that you want to see outside of the bag and the turned edge should be on the wrong side of the material.

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After you have the top edge finished on both squares you can lie them on top of eachother (right side in… so the side you want shown on the outside of your bag needs to be inside right now, they need to be facing eachother. Basically you’re making the bag inside out.) Sew along the left and right sides and the bottom of the bag. Don’t sew too close to the edges of the material. I sewed a small diagonal line across the corners (bottom of the bag) so that when I turn my bag the right way around it doesn’t have completely square edges. DSC_1056

Use the spare bits of material to make your handles…I just made one long handle. Mine was the correct width, if yours isn’t then cut a loooooong rectangular piece (as shown in my fancy drawing) that is twice the final width you want plus seam allowance on either side. Fold your rectangle over one (along the blue line) and sew along the edge and the top (purple line)  You don’t need to sew along the top as in my drawing but it makes turning the tube inside out a lot easier. I used an arrow (brown line.) and placed the sewed edge on the tip and slipped over the tube so that the inside was then on the outside…. hope my drawing helps. 😉  You can also do it with a pen or screwdriver or strong knitting needle as I know not every one has an arrow lying around at home or if you’re very patient this can be turned inside out with just your hands…. its very tedious though.

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Then you can add your handle to your bag. Open up your bag so that the side of the bag is lying flat (it doesnt matter if you’ve turned it the right way around already or not.) place the end of the handle over the turned in edge of the top of the bag (that way the handle will be attached inside the bag.) make sure half of the handle width is on the left side of the side seam and the other half is on the right (that way its even…. you can also attach the handle along just one side of the seam (especially if you’re putting two handles on!)  Sew over the same spot a couple times so that the handle is well attached. I sewed twice so that it’s super strong. 

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Iron the fabric bag…. if you need to… i needed to. 

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Then I ironed on my iron-on Tshirt phrase. Seems it was a little too old a it ddn’t work properly anymore. Only some of the iron-on stuff attachd to the bag. oh well. 

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Its a phrase in Denglish…. Deutsch-English. 

“if you get on my nerves I will throw you down the manhole and put the cover on and you will never see the daylight again” 

P.S. If you are printing your own iron-on phrase make sure you mirror the writing!!! (also mirror images if you want them to look the exact same as what you see on your screen. You can buy iron-on paper and print anything you want on it to decorate bags, cushion covers and T-shirts. I think you can even draw on this paper yourself and then iron it on something but that’s for the super talented! 

Cuttlebugs and Bucket Lists

 

 

 

 

A friend if mine has a whole room dedicated to arts and crafts, especially card making using stamps (http://gartenszwergswelt.blogspot.de/) but she also has a “hole-punchy” machine for book spines so I visited and was glueing and cutting and stamping and spine-ing.

I made a bucket list… well more of a bucket book than a list. For those of you who don’t know what a bucket list is, its a list that (some) people have of things that they want to do before they die. Don’t worry, I’m not dying! I made a bucket list of sorts. It is to be a record of things I have done, achievements already achieved and also of things that I still want to achieve.

I used a “cuttle-bug” to cut out the title and its frame…. it uses stencils and punches out the shape as you pull it through the cuttlebug.  We glued some cool paper on thick card so that my “list” has a hard cover. Printed out the title page and stamped the hallowen image on it. Also used her “hole-punchy” machine to make holes for the spine that I had to fiddle through.

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On the first page there is a stamp of a little teddy bear in diapers. I want to write some info on that page of when I was born, where, how much I weighed, etc. I also wanted to add a baby foto of me. Being born is definatly an achievement… for baby and for mommy.

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I also have a page with a “moving” stamp on it. It depicts my move from Ireland back to Germany. That was a lifechanging decision and a big move forward for me, no pun intended… well a little intended.

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and at some point in my life I would like to retire and take it easy. I want to really enjoy myself then…. just like the granny in my stamp on the “retirement page”.

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There are loads of other pages too. Most don’t have any stamps on them (yet). I will need to colour in some stamps, fill in  the blank pages and think of things I still want to achieve.

 

Quick and Easy Crochet Cowl

I got this pattern from Ravelry and it’s so easy you can bang one out in about 2-3 hours, depending on your own speed.

You will need Aran (worsted) weight yarn and a 6.5mm (Size K) crochet hook. Darning needle is also required.

I chained 81 for my own cowl, but you can make it longer or shorter by using any multiple of 4 plus an extra 1. By row 4 of the pattern, you should end up with this.

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Once completed, I used the whip stitch to make mine into a moebius, so it turned out like this. The full width of my cowl was made with 2 repeats of the pattern.

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Home Made Arizona Green Tea

I love this stuff but it’s pretty expensive.

I bought a six pack in Lidl (mainly for the bottles) and tried my luck at making it myself and re-filling the pretty bottles.

Very simple ingredients:

1,5L just boiled water.

enough green-tea tea bags (I used 6)

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Boil water. Place tea bags in a saucepan. Add hot water. Let it sit for 3mins (or however strong you want the green tea). Take out the tea bags, add honey to taste. Mix well and let it cool. Pour into bottles and refrigerate.

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Optional:

add lemon juice to taste…. Lemon and honey green tea.

make black tea, add lemon…. lemon ice tea.

add peach juice to black tea and lemon…. lemon and peach ice tea. (peach juice is usually not clear so it desnt look as pretty but still tastes amazing.)

Mix whatever teas you like with whatever juices you like and bottle them.

 

The bottles I got from Lidl were plastic so I couldn’t fill them with hot tea.

I would suggest you get glass bottles (like the ones below) and fill the bottles when they and the tea are hot. That way its preserved and it won’t go off as quickly as the cold tea with honey.

For this you make the tea with honey as above. Don’t let it cool. The glass bottles have to be squeaky clean and hot also. (either place in boiling water in the sink or saucepan or place in the oven, 60°C should do… careful! not every glas bottle can be heated like that. The boiling water in sink option is probably best.)

Careful with the hot bottles and the hot tea, use a funnel to fill your tea into the bottles. Don’t leave too much space between the tea and the opening, the more air is in there the more likely it will go off. Close the bottles while everything is still hot and let them cool down. This creates a vacuum and closes the bottles tight. (again, some bottles are better than others for this. See the pictures below, those bottles are made for hot use)

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They also exist in colours. Pretty cool, huh? !!

 

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