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Made it - crochet

Crochet pumpkin pattern

crochet pumpkin

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

It must be the change in the weather, but I am feeling all Autumnal this week. My thoughts have started to turn to the end of the year – my favourite time of year. I love Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas and all that goes with them. These times are all about staying warm and being with family. Feeling Autumnal, I decided to make this week’s free pattern a crochet pumpkin pattern.

What you will need to make the crochet pumpkin.

what you need for the pumpkin   toy stuffing

You will need:

  • A number 5 (G) hook
  • Chunky Yarn in orange (about 50g) I found this gorgeous orange yarn on Amazon.
  • Chunky Green Yarn (about 30g)
  • Toy stuffing
  • Scissors
  • A needle for weaving in the ends

Please note – I use US terminology

I decided to make the crochet pumpkin as a whole ball and then attach the stem and tendrils afterwards. This avoids having to join in a different colour for those who are not confident in joining. I have also only used one stitch – half double crochet to keep things easy (yarn over and insert your crochet hook into the stitch, yarn over again and pull the yarn through the stitch, yarn over again and pull through all three loops on the hook).

The Crochet Pumpkin

  • Chain 25 in orange
  • Row 1 – Make a half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way along, chain two and turn. (24)
  • Row 2 – Each stitch is made up of front and back loop. Half double crochet all the way along in the back loops only. This will give us the ridged effect that we want for our pumpkin. Chain 2 and turn. (24)

  • Repeat row 2 until you have 20 rows. Leave a long tail for sewing up.20 rows pumpkin
  • Weave in the short end from the start and cut off.
  • Sew two edges together, making sure that the ridges run vertically down the pumpkin.
  • You will then have a tube of orange crochet.

How do I make it look like a pumpkin?

When you get to the end and have sewn the crochet pumpkin into a tube, your yarn should be at one of the short ends.

crochet pumpkin tube

Keeping the same thread (this is why I said to leave quite a long tail for sewing up) weave in and out along the top edge of the tube. As you weave, draw the top in like a drawstring bag. Continue all the way along until you can draw up the hole at this end.

You make still have a small hole at the end. Sew across the hole and again draw the yarn in so that the end is sewn up.  To finish off at this end, weave through 5 or 6 stitches. Go back and then forwards so that the yarn is woven in and then cut off.

crochet pumpkin end

Keep the yarn that is left for when we sew the other end up.

At this point, turn the pumpkin the right way out, so that any visible stitching is hidden inside. 🙂

Stuff the pumpkin with soft toy filling. You will see you crochet pumpkin taking shape.

Using your orange yarn, make a knot, start from the inside and drawstring along the top that is still open. We do the same as we did for the other end. As you draw it in, you may wish to add more toy filling to make your crochet pumpkin plumper.

Again, when you have drawn in the top, sew across the small hole that may remain.

Push your needle through the crochet pumpkin and out through another part of it. Then, push your needle back in where you came out and then out from another part of the pumpkin. This means that the yarn will catch on the stuffing inside the pumpkin.

Finally, pull on the yarn and cut it as close to the pumpkin as you can. When you let go of the yarn it will disappear inside the pumpkin.

crochet pumpkin ball

The Crochet Pumpkin Stem.

  • In green, chain 4 and slipstitch to the first chain to make a loop.

crochet pumpkin stem loop

  • Make 6 half double  crochet in the space you have formed, slipstitch to the first stitch to join (6)
  • Chain 2 and half double crochet in the same stitch. 2 half double crochets in the next 11 stitches and join in the first stitch with a slipstitch. (12)
  • Chain 2, ** 2 half double crochet in the next stitch and then half double crochet in the next **repeat to end and then slipstitch to join (18)
  • Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing onto the pumpkin.
  • Use the small tail from the start to sew up any small hole on the underside.
  • Weave in this end and cut off.

attach crochet pumpkin stem

  • Using whip-stitch or any stitch that you are confident with, sew the green circular part of the stem to the top of the pumpkin.
  • To finish off, again push the needle through the pumpkin, go back in where you came out, pull tight and cut off.

 

Crochet Pumpkin Stalk

crochet pumpkin stem

  • In green, chain 9.
  • Make a half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way back to the beginning.
  • Finish off and weave in the short end.
  • Sew to the centre of the circular part of the stem.

Crochet Pumpkin Tendrils (make 2)

  • In green, chain 16
  • Make 2 half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way down.
  • Sew onto the sides of the circular stem either side of the stalk and weave in the ends.

crochet pumpkin tendrils

(This makes wonderful curls. Once you learn how to do this you will want to make curls for everything. I made long curls for a jellyfish that I had up in my class all year last year and have just bought it home.)

crochet pumpkin Enjoy your finished crochet  pumpkin.

You could make all of the bits and then sew it all together, but I prefer to sew up as I go along. It mixes up the jobs a bit and you see your piece coming together in stages.

 

My next project is to make these in different sizes. You could make them with different shades of orange and green. You might want to try different thicknesses of yarn. If you used DK they might be smaller and cuter – hmmm, I think I’ll have a go at that too. 😉

Please do not reproduce or share any part of this pattern as your own. If you wish to use this pattern or any of the photos on your social media, please credit back to The Made It Mum. I am happy for you to sell items that you make from this pattern.

If you would like a digital download (pdf format) of this pattern it is available to buy on my Babyhatbaby shop. Please click the picture below to visit it.

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Please leave a comment and let me know how your pumpkin looks or email me a picture – I would to hear from you. The Made It Mum xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Made it - kids

Days out with the kids

So, we’ve nearly come the end of the Summer holidays – those last few precious days … if the kids are bored and you’ve run out ideas for where to go and what to do, here are a few ideas for days out with the kids. These are places that our family has visited this Summer and enjoyed. We live in Derbyshire which is in the Midlands.

Days out with the kids – Historic sites

Newstead Abbey – Nottingham

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FREE ENTRY TO THE HOUSE FOR UNDER 16s IN THE HOLIDAYS WITH A PAYING ADULT.

Admission

We visited Newstead Abbey on a wet Sunday a couple of weeks ago. This was our first visit to Newstead Abbey and we all really enjoyed it.

We arrived at about 10.30 and paid for parking – £6. We worried about not having cash, but the attendant on the gate was very helpful and said that we could use a card machine. He told us where to park and gave us a map of the grounds.

The gardens

newstead abbey japanese garden   newstead abbey water liliesThe gardens were beautiful. There was a lot of water at Newstead Abbey. We loved climbing behind the waterfall and the stepping stones in the Japanese garden. Our picnic lunch  was eaten on a bench over-looking a lake with water lilies. On days out we often take sandwiches with us as feeding a family of five can be expensive! There is also a cafe where you can get sandwiches, cakes and hot food.

Through the walled garden there was a playground where the children had a happy half an hour. After that, we explored the rest of the garden.

newstead abbey waterfall

The house.

We didn’t know anything about the history of the house. The volunteers in the house were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and shared lots of great information. The house had been owned by the poet Byron. There were lots of interesting insights into his life at the house. There was also a fantastic ‘hands-on room’ where there were puzzles, games and dressing up costumes. John rebuilt a 3D skull jigsaw.

This was our first visit to Newstead Abbey – but I am sure that it won’t be our last.

Website

For more details on visiting Newstead Abbey, click the link below.

https://www.newsteadabbey.org.uk/visit/

Days out with the kids – Parks

millhouses trim trail

Millhouses Park – Sheffield

We love  Millhouses Park and were regular visitors when our children were smaller, when we lived in Sheffield. This park just gets better every time we go. We still visit at least three or four times a year.

What can you do at Millhouses?

There are tons of facilities at the park. We enjoy the outdoor gym equipment. There is a skate park for older children and a little ramp course with smaller ramps for younger children.

millhouses outdoor gym

As you walk to the main park where the swings are there is a wooden fitness and balance trail. There are plenty of swings – which my children  always spend a lot of time on and some climbing frames and a climbing wall.

Further on is a water play area just before you come to the boating pond. There are often people with remote control boats and you can take a spin on Swanboat with your family. Next to the pond is the cafe – we have had many a chip butty on wet days in the park!

millhouses swan boats

 

 

There are tennis courts and plenty of open areas for riding bikes, playing with a ball or flying a kite. This is all by the side of a beautiful river. We usually manage to have a little ice cream as well.

How much does it cost to visit Millhouses?

You can have a great visit to  Millhouses without it costing the earth – there are lots of places to sit and eat a picnic.

I am sure that if you go to Millhouses Park you will have a great time. For more details,  visit their website by clicking the link below.

Website

http://www.millhousespark.co.uk

Days out with the kids – City visit

Liverpool

museum of liverpool

We visited Liverpool, for the first time, earlier this Summer and enjoyed it so much that we have booked an overnight stay. We also booked tickets for Chester Zoo for the next day as it is only about 40 minutes from Liverpool.

Our visit.

We arrived late in the morning and parked across from the Albert Dock.

sgt pepper suits

We decided to visit the Beatles Story exhibition first. This is great for Beatles fans. We bought a family ticket which was quite expensive at just over £50. We were all given headsets for the audio tour. I’m not a great fan of audio tours though as I think they stop people talking to each other. The headsets did have interesting extra information about the exhibits and videos.

We really liked the reconstruction of streets and the Cavern club and the children liked the Yellow submarine. I think that if you didn’t have the audio tour, then your visit would be much shorter.

yellow submarine

After The Beatles Story, we had lunch. There are lots of bars and restaurants all round the Albert Dock area. You are spoiled for choice really.

 

What else is there to do in Liverpool?

Also on the Albert Dock is the Liverpool Tate Art gallery with lots of free and some paid exhibitions to view. We liked the modern art and reading the stories behind the art works, but our children are a bit older and they like galleries. There are some great pieces of art outside on the Dock too – like the Ship’s cat and some huge rats!

liverpool art

If you like ships, then there were boats that you could go on and see what it was like on a modern sailing ship below decks.

Our final destination on this visit was to the Liverpool Museum on Albert Dock, where we were greeted by a local brass band playing in the large entrance hall.

It was a beautiful building and we enjoyed looking at the exhibits documenting Liverpool’s history. They had an excellent Beatles section, where Phil stunned everyone with his karaoke version of Imagine. A small boy stood next to me with his mouth wide open! It must have been amazing! 😂

We had great fun in the hands-on toys exhibition playing Mastermind ( a game from the 70s) and Etch-a-sketch. In the picture, John and Kate are attempting to play chess with an all white chess set.

We felt like we had only scratched the surface of what Liverpool had to offer and can’t wait to go back.

If you would like more information about visiting Liverpool, please click on the Liverpool tourist information link below.

Website

https://www.visitliverpool.com/

Where else might you like to visit?

These are just a few of the visits that we have made as a family of five this year. We like to go out somewhere every couple of days in the holidays and most weekends with our children. I am currently writing an e-book with lots of great places that we have visited as a family. This beautiful picture was taken in the church at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Coming soon …

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Made it - crochet

Cotton dishcloth – free pattern.

Free cotton dishcloth pattern.

FREE PDF DOWNLOAD OF THE PATTERN AND THE CARDBOARD LABEL AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST. 🙂

This cotton dishcloth pattern follows on from my free pattern for Scrubbies. If you have not seen the Scrubbies pattern and would like a look, please click the picture below:

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Why make a new pattern for a cotton dishcloth?

I have looked at lots of different patterns for cotton dishcloths online. I wanted  to make a product which is environmentally friendly and re-usable.

While some of the dishcloth patterns I saw looked great, they were quite involved. I wanted to make a pattern that was relatively easy, the sort of pattern that you could do without having to give it too much thought.

I could not remember where I was supposed to be in patterns where the double crochet and single crochet had to line up. So, I decided to just alternate three different stitches for my cotton dishcloth. I think that my pattern is suitable for beginners as it has only three basic stitches.

I like this cotton dishcloth because it gives you chance to practise each stitch and is quite a quick pattern. The whole dishcloth takes only an hour or two from start to finish.

Please note: I use US terminology.

For the cotton dishcloth you will need:

– Cotton yarn  – about 50g (I used cotton soft DK in a lovely violet colour, you could use any colour that you like. You could also use a thicker yarn.)

– No 4 hook (E)

-Scissors

-Needle for weaving in ends.

Abbreviations

ch = chain

hdc = half double crochet (yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw yarn through stitch,  yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook)

sc = single crochet (insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw yarn through stitch, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.)

dc = double crochet (yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over and draw yarn through stitch, yarn over and draw through top 2 loops on hook, yarn over again and draw through the 2 remaining loops on the hook.)

Cotton dishcloth Pattern

Watch my first crochet tutorial on The Madeitmum Youtube channel and let me know what you think, or you can follow the written pattern below:

Pattern

Make a slipknot on your hook and chain 35.

Row 1: Hdc in the second chain from the hook and all the way along, ch 2 and turn (34)

Row 2:  Sc all the way along, Ch 2 and turn (34)

Row 3: Dc all the way along, Ch 2 and turn (34)

Row 4:  Hdc all the way along, Ch 2 and turn  (34)

You will now repeat rows 2-4 until you have 31 rows. See list below to remind you which stitch to use. I tried without and got lost whilst talking!! 😉

5: sc   6: dc   7: hdc   8: sc   9: dc   10: hdc   11: sc  12: dc

13: hdc  14: sc   15: dc   16: hdc   17: sc   18: dc   19: hdc

20: sc   21: dc   22: hdc   23: sc   24: dc   25: hdc   26: sc

27: dc   28: hdc   29: sc  30: dc

Row 31: hdc to the end. When you get to the end of the row finish off.

Weave in the ends and finish off.

Uses of this cotton dishcloth pattern.

This super easy cotton dishcloth would be  a great gift for a birthday or Christmas. It is hand-made with love and is kind to the environment. You could make these in different colours to match the kitchens of friends and families, or they are great to sell at craft fairs.

Please do not copy this pattern or reproduce any of the photos or parts of the pattern as your own. I am happy for you to sell items that you have made from this pattern.

If you like the cotton dishcloth, but do not crochet, please message me on my Etsy shop. I am happy to make custom orders. Each handmade dishcloth is £5 plus post and packaging. Please click the picture below.

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I hope that you have enjoyed this pattern and will come back and see more patterns as my blog grows. This cotton dishcloth is a great reusable kitchen item. If you would like to download a FREE PDF version of this pattern – click the picture below:

cotton dishcloth pattern

See you again soon.

The Made It Mum xx

If you would like to make these wash cloth or dishcloths as gifts, I have attached a FREE PDF FILE DOWNLOAD of the label that I use for them. 

Enjoy xx

 

Made it - kids

Uni-corn

Uni-corn?

Uni-corn? Uni-what – I hear you ask. It’s just that – unicorn popcorn. This is a great way of using up the ingredients that we bought when making Unicorn Bark from my previous unicorn post. Also, it tastes fantastic. I took some to work recently and everyone loved it.

Click the link below if you missed out on the recipe. Xx

https://www.themadeitmum.com/unicorn-bark

Is it hard to make Uni-corn?

This Uni-corn recipe is super easy. All you have to do is melt chocolate, and the rest, as they say, is child’s play. My children love this recipe and I am sure that your children will love it too.  Adult supervision is needed for melting the chocolate.

Uni-corn is a great fun activity for a Unicorn-themed party. Put melted  chocolate into cool bowls. Place all of the decorations on a table so that your party guests can make their own Uni-corn. They can  eat it at the party or take it home in a party bag.

What do you need to make the Uni-corn.

  • Sweet popcorn
  • Candy melts or white chocolate
  • Edible glitter
  • Sprinkles of all varieties
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Deep dish or tin

How to make Uni-corn…

Watch the video below or follow the written instructions 🙂

  1. Line your dish or tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Next, spread a single layer of sweet popcorn onto the bottom of the dish or tin.
  3. Now spray the popcorn with the edible glitter or lustre. We used both. This is the reason that you need a deep dish. The first time that we made this we used a baking sheet and the power of the spray made the popcorn fly across the table! While this was amusing, it was also a bit annoying.
  4. Allow the popcorn to dry for five minutes.
  5. Turn the popcorn and spray with edible glitter again. Allow the popcorn to dry… again.
  6. Using a spoon, drizzle melted chocolate, in whatever colour you have, over the popcorn in the tray.
  7. While the chocolate is still wet, decorate your popcorn with sprinkles. Use whatever you like. Now you have Uni-corn! Yahoo! 
  8. Allow the chocolate to set in the refrigerator for half an hour, if you can  wait that long. 

Uni-corn spray  Uni-corn white choc  Uni-corn blue choc  Uni-corn sprinkles

If you can’t wait it will still be delicious as soon as you finish decorating it – it will just be messier!

Uni-corn as a party favour.

If you are making Uni-corn to go in party bags, we bought some triangular bags that we thought looked like unicorn horns when they were filled with corn. They were so cute and would be a big hit at any Unicorn party. We also made and printed off stickers to go on our bags. 

What kind of unicorns do we like?

    We love unicorns in our family. Have a look at Kate’s Pink Fluffy Unicorn Video! It’s a couple of years old – it really made me smile watching it Xx

Finally, if you make Uni-corn please let us see your results. What else could you add? Did you make it for a party? Most of all, we hope that you had fun.

The Made It Mum xx

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Made it - classroom

Summer Reading Challenge

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

Why should your children do the Summer Reading Challenge? We all know how important it is for our children to read, and that it is the cornerstone of their education. Reading can unlock amazing worlds and experiences. It expands our horizons and increases our vocabulary. Sometimes though, it can be hard to make children see the value of reading.

In our school, we talk about the fact that reading is our Superpower. The children love reading and are very engaged. So how do we get this from our children?

We work hard to encourage the children to read a wide range of genres by using a series of book badges for each year group. I will explain how we organise this in a later post. We talk about books that we have enjoyed and suggest books for each other. The adults in school talk about books and reading with a real passion. We also have book-related events over the year: Roald Dahl Day, World Book Day and we have a Book Week in school the week before the Christmas holidays. My favourite day is bedtime story day when we read our favourite bed time stories, come to school in our pyjamas and drink hot chocolate.

We know that we need to keep the children reading even when they are not at school – this is where the Summer Reading Challenge comes in.

What are reading challenges?

We encourage the children to read in the ‘Big Holidays’, so any time that the children are off school for more than a week – Christmas, Easter and the Summer – we set a fun reading challenge. The children are asked to read at least ten times during the holidays by undertaking a series of fun challenges. In the Summer Reading Challenge, for instance, they might read in shades or read on a beach. Our children enjoy making up their own challenges.

This idea of Reading Challenges has really taken off in our school. The whole school take the Challenges and complete them. We have an in-school reward system, and there is also usually a tasty treat involved too. With the Summer Reading Challenge, this is an ice-cream or lolly as a special treat.

Is the Summer Reading Challenge just for use by schools?

The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic way of encouraging children to read and see the excitement and rewards that reading brings. We want this as teachers, but as a parent of three, I know that we want that for our own children too.

Phil and I are avid readers. It is important to model good reading behaviours to our children at home. We read all the time, but not always books. We read books, recipes, online blogs, instructions, comics. Downloading and using the Summer Reading Challenge as a parent will help to give your child a purpose for their reading. When they have completed the task, you can choose an appropriate reward for your child.

Click the picture below for a FREE copy of our Summer Reading Challenge.

summer reading challenge

How do children complete the Summer Reading Challenge?

For the Summer Reading Challenge the children choose challenges on scoops of ice cream. When they have completed a challenge, they cut it out and stick it on one of the 5 ice cream cones on their sheet. When they have completed 10 challenges, they have completed the task. They can decorate their ice creams with brightly coloured sprinkles and other toppings. You choose a reward for your child.

My teaching resource shops.

If you would like to look at more of my teaching resources, including the other Reading Challenges, they are available for download in my TES – The Tiki Teacher Shop. Click the picture on the left to visit. If you are in America, I also have a Teachers Pay Teachers Shop that I would love you to browse. 😉 Click the picture on the right.

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  I really hope that you give the Summer Reading Challenge a go, and would love to know how you get on.

Please leave a comment – Which challenge was the most fun? Did you make up some great challenges of your own? What did you use as a reward? You see, I am incredibly nosy!

Have a great time reading.

The Made It Mum xx

 

 

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Made it - kids

Unicorn Bark.

Why you need to make this Unicorn Bark…

Do your children like unicorns? Kate loves them. I love them. Do you like chocolate? Err, silly question … so what could be more perfect than this Unicorn Bark – rainbow-coloured  and covered in beautiful sprinkles? Nothing, I hear you shout! So let’s get on with it. When can we eat it?

Why did we make bark?

This recipe for Unicorn Bark is one that Kate and I worked on when were doing a craft fair recently. We didn’t sell much though, as it was so meltingly hot that we had to keep all the unicorn yummies in a cool bag in the shade! Obviously, that meant that we had lots left and had to eat it afterwards… well, every cloud has a silver lining. It was scrummy!

What you will need..

We made this a couple of times and did things differently each time and that is kind of the beauty of the recipe. You can use all of your favourite ingredients. I’ll tell you what we used, but you can change it to make it your own.

unicorn bark ingredients

  • 2 bars of white chocolate (this forms the base of the bark – we used cooking chocolate)
  • Candy Melts in assorted unicorn colours – these are available from supermarkets, craft shops and online. I found these Unicorn chips – they were just what I needed.
  • Assorted sprinkles, glitter, stars – anything goes.
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mini meringues

Steps to Unicorn Bark Joy 🙂

  1. Either in the microwave or on the hob, melt the chocolates in separate bowls.
  2. Line a baking tray or dish with greaseproof paper – this makes it easier to break up the bark later.
  3. Pour 2/3 of the melted white chocolate onto the tray, spread it out but take care to keep this layer quite thick as this is the base of the bark.
  4. Take each of the coloured Candy melts and, using a spoon, drizzle the colours over the base layer.
  5. Drizzle the remaining white chocolate. You are looking for layers of colour all mixed over each other.
  6. Use a palette knife to swirl the colours together but don’t over-mix.
  7. While the bark is still wet, decorate it with sprinkles, mini marshmallows and mini meringues (go crazy – whatever you want goes. Be more unicorn!)
  8. Put the tray into the fridge and allow to set completely. Yes, I’m afraid that you will have to wait a little while.
  9. Remove the bark from the fridge and break into pieces. We had made our bark quite thick as the last time we made it we thought it was too thin, but you can see that John found it quite hard to break. It was solid! Try not to handle it too much – chocolate melts at body temperature – not that it gets a chance at my house!!
  10. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or bag up for a party. This yummy treat is great in a party bag.

unicorn bark tray  coloured chocolate   unicorn bark blue

That’s it. Quick and easy and it looks AMAZING! Enjoy eating this delicious Unicorn Bark. You can even claim that you made it with the kids and so you have to eat it or they will be sad! Phil, the unicorns will cry if I don’t eat it. See – it works a treat.

I was feeling all Unicorny after writing this post – yes, I think that is a word! So I made this cute Unicorn poster – click the picture below to download your FREE POSTER. You could laminate this for a party or for party bags xx

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If you make Unicorn Bark, then we would love to hear from you.

You can leave a comment below or email us some pictures so that we can share them with all of our visitors. Good luck and remember – Be a Unicorn in a field of horses.

The Made It Mum xx

 

 

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Made it - crochet

Made it – Crochet – Scrubbies

 

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Are you looking for a quick crochet pattern?

I love crochet –  and it doesn’t get any easier than these simple crochet Scrubbies.  As I said in my first blog post, crochet is my new obsession. I think about it all the time. Recently, I have worked on some really big patterns, which took up to 60 hours, such as my Zookeeper’s blanket pictured below. I think that the fox is my favourite square!

zookeepers blanket

I adore it, and it was TOTALLY worth the effort, but sometimes it’s great to work on a project that will be finished within the hour.

If that’s what you’re after, then Crochet Scrubbies is the pattern for you.

If you’re new to crochet and need help with any of the stitches, please leave me a message in the comments.

What are Scrubbies?

Scrubbies are crocheted pads made from cotton yarn. They are washable and re-useable and replace the need for cotton wool pads. So, they are eco-friendly and economical all at the same time. These little crochet pads are good for the environment and your pocket. We all like to save money.

Why should we make Scrubbies?

In the UK, we have been having fantastically hot weather recently and I found that I was cleansing my face more often and getting through lots of cotton wool pads. Now we do try to make sure that we are considerate to the environment – I didn’t like to think about all the waste. I decided to look for an alternative. I looked on the internet and saw these Scrubbies and thought they looked just the ticket.

Who would use Scrubbies?

Having two teenage daughters in the house – yikes – means that they also use a lot of cleansing pads. It all adds up. They can choose which colour Scrubbies they would like and then there is no confusion about who owns which ones! I would love to add up how much it would have cost me in cotton wool pads for the three of us versus how much we have saved by using Scrubbies.

How long do Scrubbies take to make? Have you got a spare hour?

You could make a set of Scrubbies in less than an hour, or half an hour if you are really quick at crochet. I tend to be doing something else at the same time. We are always multi-tasking, aren’t we, so I tend to do a round and then go and do another job and come back to it later. I spent a couple of weekends making Scrubbies, as they are just three rounds of crochet, so they are super easy.

I’m really excited to share this pattern with you today. I know that you will love it. If you don’t crochet, but would still like some Scrubbies, they are available to buy at my Etsy Shop – Babyhatbaby – £5 for 5. Click the picture to visit my shop. If you don’t see the colour that you want, then I am happy to take custom orders:

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How do you make Scrubbies?

I use American terms for my crochet patterns.

Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain

SS = Slipstitch

DC = Double crochet

 

You will need the following:

A 5mm (G) hook – I use this hook for almost everything as it is my favourite 🙂

Cotton Yarn (I used cotton DK)

Scissors

A needle for weaving in the ends

 

Instructions:

  1. Make a slipknot on your hook and Ch 3.
  2. Make 12 DC in the third ch from the hook. To finish the round,  SS into the top of the first DC. (12)
  3. Ch 3, DC into the same stitch, then 2 DC in each stitch all the way round. SS into the top of the Ch 3. (24)
  4. Ch 3 (this counts as your first DC) then 2 DC into the next stitch. *DC into the next stitch  and then  2DC into the next * repeat until the end. SS into the top of the Ch 3 to finish. (36)
  5. Weave in the ends.

scrubbies ch 3  scrubbies round 1       scrubbies round 2

finished scrubbie   

Tada! There you have your own Scrubbies and they couldn’t be easier. What is great is that they can be in any colour that you want. They would make the perfect gift for friends and family. It’s great to think that you are helping the environment and saving money. You could make them bigger or smaller if you liked. I quite like smaller ones – just two rounds. Finally, they are a great way to use up small scraps of yarn too. As you can see, I only had a very small amount of orange yarn when I started making the Scrubbie.

I used the same idea when I started thinking about some Christmas coasters – baubles that I made from either chunky yarn or DK. I will share the pattern in the run up to the Festive season.

If you try out this pattern, please let me know how you get on. Happy crocheting.

 

Post update – lots of people have been asking about the little card sleeve that I use for my Scrubbies. I have attached a PDF document with three sheets – pink, blue and orange. I matched them to the yarn that I used. 

Print the labels on card and then fold and secure round your set of scrubbies.

The Made It Mum – Louise xx

 

Fluffy unicorn slime
Made it - kids

Recipe for Fluffy Unicorn Slime

 Fluffy Unicorn Slime.

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Fluffy Unicorn Slime is great fun for kids. They love stretching, squashing and poking it. It has an amazing texture and gives hours of fun.  

Kate, John and I have been experimenting with fluffy unicorn slime recipes for some time. All my children love slime. Kate loves unicorns – and let’s face it – so do I! So it has to be unicorn slime!

We have had varying degrees of success with our slime experiments. We wanted to make some to take to a craft fair a while ago, but it was so wet when we had made it that we counted it as a dismal failure. When we left it in a pot in the kitchen and came back to it there was even MORE liquid. Hmmm! Maybe it was unicorn wee! 🙂

Fluffy unicorn slime.

Fluffy unicorn slime

 

Today we have had a go at making fluffy slime with shaving foam instead – AND IT WORKED – Yahoo! So what is fluffy slime?

It’s like normal slime, but with shaving foam added to the recipe. The foam changes the texture of your finished slime. You can choose how much foam you add depending on how fluffy you want your slime to be.

As we are unicorn-lovers we decided to make it in unicorn colours. We love how bright and colourful it looks. You could make it in any colour that you like and if you wanted to make sparkly slime you could even add glitter! Sparkle! If you mix up the colours when you are playing with the slime, they will mix and make a purple/grey colour.

How long does the slime last?

When you have made your slime, store it in an air tight container. The fluffiness will be less after the first day and it will be more ‘slimy’. If you keep it an air tight container, it should last for up to a week.

Fluffy Unicorn Slime equipment and ingredients.

 

Fluffy unicorn slime equipment

You will need:

  •  3/4 cup PVA glue
  • 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2-3 cups shaving foam
  • 1 tsp of contact lens solution for each colour  – it is essential that your contact lens solution contains boric acid as this is what reacts with the glue to form your slime.
  • 10-15 drops of liquid or gel food colouring

Here’s what you have to do… 🙂

Watch the video or read on…

 

1. Put the glue into a bowl.

fluffy unicorn slime glue

2. Mix in your bicarbonate of soda and water and give it a good stir to mix.

fluffy unicorn slime bicarb

3. Add your shaving foam and mix again.

fluffy unicorn slime foam

4. If you want to make unicorn slime in different colours, divide the mixture into three bowls. Or go unicorn crazy and make three full amounts of slime! If you make a whole bowl of one colour you will need 15ml (1 tbsp) of contact lens solution.

fluffy unicorn slime bowls

5. Now add your chosen colour to each bowl – you can choose the level of colour you like. Mix it, mix it, mix it…

fluffy unicorn slime colours

6. Next you add your contact lens solution. We had split the mixture, so we added 1/2 teaspoon to each, stirred it in and then added the other 1/2 a teaspoon of the solution. Now knead the mixture for five minutes. If you think that the mixture is too sticky you could add more solution. Just be careful as the slime becomes over-activated and can lose stretchiness – v.   important.

Fluffy unicorn slime

7. Get ready to play! You can see that Kate and John have been poking these already. We did mix ours together and it is now purple but we’re still playing with it.

fluffy unicorn slime finished

mixed up fluffy unicorn slime

 

Let us know if you have a go, share your pictures with us. What colours did you use?

Safety first!

SAFETY ADVICE- We recommend adult supervision when making slime. Slime-making involves chemicals and adults should handle all chemicals. Slime making is a science experiment and is not suitable for very small children. Use products carefully. DO NOT eat slime.  If contact lens solution is swallowed, seek medical advice immediately. If you experience any skin irritation – stop using slime. Ensure that you wash your hands before and after playing with slime. 

After playing with slime..

BE AWARE – having made this fluffy unicorn slime you should take care not to get it in hair or on clothes. It has similar properties to chewing gum in hair (mine – I got over-excited 😂) it does wash out of clothes (John’s)!

 

 

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About Me

Put that phone down!

MADE IT – kids, classroom, craft and crochet! How I stopped playing on my phone and started crocheting!

Hello! Here’s how I juggle all my makes – made with kids, made for the classroom, made for craft fun and how I became a crochet addict!

I am Louise Anderson. I’m Mum to three fantastic children, Eleanor, Kate and John and have been married to my super Husband, Phil, for nearly 17 years!

I have been teaching for 24 years in September. Yikes! I tell the children at school that I am only 18 and – thankfully – they play along with me, even though John, my youngest, has just left my class and is nearly 12! Bless them.

At work, my passions are Music, ICT, STEM, English and Maths. I am particularly fascinated by Space Education and often run coding, STEM and Space Clubs. I make and sell resources for teachers online in my spare time – huh? What’s that? Check out my Tiki Teacher shop:

The Tiki Teacher : made it classroom

I work in a great, small school in the Peak National Park and I love my job. It keeps me young, working with children. Recently, we have been very inspired by working on a project for RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

How we like to create…

When I’m not at school or working, I like to spend time with my children, making things. We are a creative bunch in different ways:

Eleanor, my oldest daughter (15) is a fabulous artist who has been into illustration for a number of years. She is also a great writer – I wonder if one day she will write her own book or graphic novel.

Kate (14) is a passionate actor, singer and dancer and she would love to perform on the West End Stage. She is great at making things with her hands and baking.

John (11) is also a great artist. He enjoys architecture and horticulture. He loves making models and creating games.

Phil (my husband – who says he doesn’t know how old he is) is a Secondary Maths Teacher. He writes songs and funny poems and scripts for silly family movies that we make for fun.

Then there’s me – I was a singer in a band at Uni 127 years ago (ha,ha) and I still sing ALL the time. I love singing with kids. It makes us happy. I like baking but try not to make cakes too often. Kate and I enjoy sewing together. We made lots of Halloween and Christmas decorations last year. We went Unicorn crazy for a Summer craft fair last month.

What changed?

In November 2017 though, I felt that when I finally had any time left over for just me – all I did was play on my phone! I felt that I deserved more and should do something more worthwhile, so because ‘every day’s a school day’ I decided that I should learn a new skill. I picked CROCHET. I watched lots of videos and spent most of Christmas making matching bobble hats for everyone! Since then I have tried lots of patterns and have become completely addicted to crochet – I really love making things for children from blankets to tiaras. I have set up an Etsy shop called Babyhatbaby:

Babyhatbaby: made it craft and crochet

The name for the shop came from a two year old Kate. When I was expecting John, I asked her what we should call the new baby. She was painting at the time, so her first idea was Painting Baby. I asked her if she had any other ideas and she said – Babyhatbaby! Luckily for John, we decided to go with a family name instead! Here is little Kate – xxxxx

Kate: Made it kids

So why have I started a blog?

I would like to share my thoughts on life as a Mum, Teacher and crazy Crafter in the hope that they might be helpful and amusing to others in the same boat. I will share stories about our antics and makes. I will post free teaching resources and ideas for the classroom and recommend, share and try out different patterns for crochet and other crafts.

So, really it will be:

MADE IT – kids, classroom, craft and crochet.

I’d love to know about what you are making – so please contact me.

I will aim to post twice a week with thoughts on these various categories. I don’t claim to be an expert in any of them. Sometimes it’s just good to know that someone is going through the same things as you.

My blog goals.

I would love to build a blog for like-minded people, where we can share stories about our lives, loves and dreams and be confident that – we really have MADE IT!

Louise xxx