Scrap Buster – Chevron Stripe Doll Blanket

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This is a simple version of a chevron stripe crochet blanket. Simply made with double and single crochet stitches.

Use whatever colours you would like and suit you.
You will need:
1 Size 4 Crochet Hook
Scraps of yarn – either one main and contrast or lots of colours
Method:
(If you would like to make a larger blanket just adjust the foundation chain to set up size)
Abbreviations used:
DC – Double Crochet
SC – Single Crochet
CH – Chain
Foundation Row: Chain 66 (Each repeat of the pattern is 23 chains)
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Set up Row: SC in 2nd chain, then in next 10 ch. *2 x SC in next stitch, SC next 10 stitches,  skip 1 SC in next ch, SC next 10 stitches* repeat * to * until 11 CH left, SC in next 9 CH, Skip 1, SC, CH 2 turn
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1st  Row: DC in 2nd stitch, DC in next 8 stitches, * 2 x DC in next stitch, DC next 10 stitches, skip 1, DC next 10 stitches * repeat * to * until last 10, DC x 9 skip 1, DC, CH 2
2nd Row: SC in 2nd stitch, then in next 9 ch. *2 x SC in next stitch, SC next 10 stitches,  skip 1 SC in next ch, SC next 10 stitches* repeat * to * until 10 CH left, SC in next 9 CH, Skip 1, SC, CH 2 turn
Repeat last 2 rows as pattern.
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I did 4 repeats (8 rows) in green, then 1 repeat (2 rows) in white.
Repeat in this manner until you have your desired size. I did 50 rows for a dolls blanket.
Border/Edging:
Using contrast pick up and SC along entire long side, complete two row. Repeat on other long side.
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You are all finished and have a gorgeous dolls blanket! As I said you can make this larger just add more in multiples of 23 to the foundation row, and keep repeating rows more times.
Weave in ends, and then block.
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As always I would love to see if you give this a go! If you would like to purchase one of these blankets remember our website www.ecomoon.co.nz has lots of ready made items available including blankets like these in bassinett, cot and doll sizes. Or pop in and visit us 26 Gloucester Street, Nelson, NZ.
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A few of our favourite things….

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The Ecomoon Collective

With a wide range of eco-friendly, reusable, quality products for the whole family. From modern cloth nappies, merino, wooden toys, quilts, shoes, organic skin care and more!

http://www.ecomoon.co.nz

Head First Down The Rabbit Hole

A fairytale-free, raw, and 100% REAL look at ‘adulting’, with kids.

A hilarious read, which will have you laughing, crying and nodding your head far more than you would like to admit!

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The Natural Parent Magazine

A beautiful, intelligent, informative quarterly magazine. This contains articles to inspire, educate and guide.

 

Everything But The Stork

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Upcycle to create a pair of child’s slippers

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What you need:
  • Paper to draft a pattern
  • Pen
  • Sewing machine (although you could hand sew)
  • Warm outer material – I have used scraps of a wool blanket I turned into a coat – Fleece would work well
  • Cotton inner material
  • Scissors
  • Elastic.
 First draft your pattern:
Get your child to stand on paper, trace around their foot leaving a seam allowance. This will become your sole piece
 Measure around the heel to the top of the foot
Measure the top of the foot to the ankle.
Laying the sole onto another piece of paper use the measurement for the top of the foot to create a semi circle, arch shaped piece for the upper of the slipper
Using the measurement you took around the ankle, draft a heel piece like below, about 3 inches high.
You should end up with three pieces like this: Upper – cut 2 outer fabric, cut 2 lining; Back – cut 2 outer fabric, cut 2 lining; and Sole – cut 2 outer fabric (one in reverse) and cut 2 lining (one in reverse.)
Your fabric all cut out:
1. Using a straight stitch sew one outer, one lining heel pieces together right sides facing.
2.Turn this so the seam is on the inside, and stich about 1.5cm down from the turned seams (right sides now on outer) to create casing for the elastic
3.Thread elastic through the casing, a safety pin makes this easy.
4.Length of elastic is roughly 4cm less than the measurement you took around the heel.
Stitch to secure each end of the elastic. It is easier to secure one end, then pull to marked length, then stitch that end with extra length still hanging out.
5.”Ping” it from both ends so it gathers evenly.
6.Take one of your uppers. With right sides facing pin one side of the prepared heel piece to the top/straight edge.
7.Bend it around and pin to other side. Lay outer upper piece on top – matching right sides, and pin on top.
Sew a straight seam through all layers across top straight edge.
8.Open out so wrong side of upper are together, and heel piece ends are attached and encased.
9.You upper and heel piece should look like below.
10.Lay your heel pieces ontop of each other, wrong sides together.
11.Layer upper/heel part over soles. Pin into place.
12. Sew a straight seam around entire sole, going slowly and easing to fit. You need to go slow as there are a few layers here! Clip around so as to turn neatly.
13.Wollah turn back in the right way!
Repeat stages 1 – 13 for other foot. You now have a snuggly pair of slippers =) I had a 6 year old helper so these are slightly wonky.
Have fun creating until next time!
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Upcycled Poncho

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This is one from my archives of pictures. Miss 6 was 3 at the time and had been grabbing this piece of fabric out of my sewing shed for some time wanting something made with it. So I decided to make her a quick poncho and thought I would share how.

All you need is some polar fleece, tape measure and pair of scissors

 

On the child you are planning on making the poncho for, measure from base of neck to where you want the “front point” to end. For Miss 3 it was 5″

Multiply that measurement by 4 and that will give you the size square you want to cut. Add 1 more ” for the tassles. So for my one I had a 21″ square

Fold the square in half as above

Then fold it in half again. Where I am pointing is now the centre of the poncho. This is where you want to cut the neck hole. You want to cut this roughly to be 1/2 the measurement you took for the neck to point measurement above – so for this one I cut at 2″. It is always better to cut this smaller than you think you need, as you can always cut it bigger if necessary but can’t make it smaller.

Cut through all layers to make the neck hole

Open it out and check it fits! Adjust if necessary

Cut tassels all around – I do roughly 1″ deep by about 1 cm wide

Wolah! 10 minutes later a poncho!

My daughter was quite pleased and even gets this out of her drawers now and puts it on.

As always if you make something from one of these blogs I would love for you to share you creations with me!

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DIY Couch Cushion Cover’s

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So I was looking at the cushions on our couch and thinking that due to life aka. three children, cat and a dog, that they really were worse for wear. New cushions aren’t really in the budget so how do we revamp them?

Option 1:

Afghan Cover

In the blog post Scrap Buster – Crochet Doll Afghan we did a basic crochet afghan square.If you continue going around and around you can make a scrap blanket – remembering to do two sets of the triple crochet in the corners to turn.

I was looking at the cushions and thought “I wonder what that would look like….”  – so here is the result.

Follow the instructions for in the above blog post, but keep going outwards increasing each round. Either you can do a pattern, or make it completely from scraps.  I did a colour feature in the middle (we have a red front door) and then did a stripe sequence. Keep going outwards until the afghan is large enough with the cushion laying diagonal on the afghan you can wrap it around.

Complete a round of single crochet to finish the edge then fasten off.

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Lay it out with your cushion in the middle and fold around on the diagonal

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Using a stitch that leaves you with a flat seam, sew up the edges.

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Voila – retro with a modern twist cushion covers! You are finished.

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Option 2:

Washable Fabric Covers

I ended up getting a upholstery fabric remnant for about $6, but you could use whatever you liked! Even upcycle some blankets or similar.
You want to lay your cushion you want to cover on one edge, and roll it over so you work out the length x 2 (eg is you have a 30cm cushion, you would be at 60cm). Add another 5 cm onto the length and cut out, allowing for an approximate 1cm – 1.5cm seam allowance all around.

You will bring the fabric up like this to meet in the middle on the back of the cushion on the finished cover.

If you have an overlocker, overlock if you don’t zigzag on both short ends of your fabric to ensure it doesn’t fray.

Fold over one short edge about 3 cm onto the wrong side. Pin and iron this crease. Straight stitch (remember to reverse) down this seam.

Repeat straight stich “one presser foot” in from the previous line you have sewn.

On the other short edge you need to fold it to the wrong side approx 1.5 cm in. Pin and iron into place. Sew one straight stitch down this side.

Lay it flat and fold the double line edge into just slightly further than the middle of the fabric.

Fold the other side in with the slightly smaller hem into the middle, overlapping the one you already have folded in. Iron and pin into place.

Straight stitch both “open” edges through all layers.  Trim threads. Overlock or zigzag to secure these seams.

Turn inside out (you will need to poke the corners with a pen or scissors to bring them out properly). Iron now it is right side out. Insert your cushion and you are done! (You can add snaps, buttons or velcro to the back to keep the flaps secure, but it isn’t 100% necessary)

I can’t bear to let anything go to waste (lol I know hoarder!) and I had a long skinny piece left of my fabric. So I made a couple of matching neck rolls – these are stuffed with fabric offcuts from my sewing room.

I would love to see your creations if you give this a go!
 
Have a great one! Prue
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Scrap buster – Crochet Doll Afghan Squares Blanket

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I think we all end up with small 1/2 balls or less of wool or yarn in our knitting bags left over from projects. This is a very simple dolls blanket, made up of afghan squares. This pattern easily converts to a larger or smaller blanket by increasing the number of squares you complete.

What you need:

Scrap wool – approx 100gm all up

Crochet hook

I used 8ply wool and 4mm crochet hook. Mix and match to the size of your wool

Chain (CH) 5 stitches. Join in loop through to first chain to create circle. CH3.  In first CH *treble crochet stitch (TC) x 3 in same CH, CH1*, next CH repeat from * to * then slip-stich (SS) into 3rd chain at beginning. You should have 4 TC clusters.

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CH3 crochet 2x TC in same stitch. CH 1. In next gap created last round by completing the CH on the row below, *TC x3 CH1 TCx3 CH1 all in same gap*, repeat round each”gap” from * to * until end. SS into 3rd CH at beginning. You should now have 8 TC clusters.

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CH3 crochet 2 x TC in same stitch. CH1. In next gap created by last round by completed the SC, *TC x 3 CH1, then in corner gap TCx3 CH1 TCx3 CH1*, repeat until end. SS into 3rd chain at beginning. You should now have 12 TC clusters.

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CH1 in same stitch Single Crochet (SC). SC in each stitch until you reach the corner SCx2 same stitch. Repeat around until end SS to CH. Repeat this round again. You should now have two rounds of SC edging. Cut yarn and pull through loop to secure/bind off.

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Repeat process for another 8 squares. Block squares. Layout in design/pattern you like in a 3 x 3 square

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Whip stitch or SC together the squares to join into one piece

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Join yarn to edge of joined squares and SC in all stitches until corner, on corner complete 2x SC in same stitch to turn. Repeat until end SS to join. Complete round a second time. You should now have 2 rounds of SC edging. I did 4 rounds of SC edging. You can complete more rounds of edging if you like, or cut yarn and bind off.

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Block blanket and finished! One dolly’s blanket. Remember if you would like to make this bigger – do more squares! If you like this blanket it can be purchased here

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This pattern for each square is super easy to change into a super large single square. Just repeat the rounds, competing 3x TC and 1 CH in each gap left on the previous row, when you get to the corner complete the 3x TC and 1 CH x2 in same stitch to turn. When I finish a garment or project and just have a few meters left of the yarn I add to my scrap blanket. This is one of these squares in giant proportions. Scrap blankets are ugly (or seriously cool and unique depending how you look at it!) but warm and snuggly. They save yarns going to waste. I just leave mine by my knitting bag and add to it as necessary. When it is a large single bed size I donate to the local homeless shelter for them to hand out. Below is my current scrap blanket in progress.

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Dying Wool with Vegetable Dyes

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Hi everyone! This was a blog post I wrote for JAKOnappies but was popular so thought I would share it with you all again. Enjoy! Prue

I continuously go to our local wool depot and are struck by the lack of bright and fun colours out there! I know not everyone is into BRIGHT like me, but I love it on my kids.  Ages ago I heard about dying wool with Koolaid. Koolaid being the US version of our Raro, but WITHOUT the sugar. So mostly food colouring. I decided to give this process a shot, but using the natural vege food colourings I have for use in cooking here. (I still want to know where they get blue vege dye from though?! Anyone know?)
After turning your wool into a skein, tie is roughly in a few places to secure.
Use 1/4c – 1/2 c white vinegar and 1 litre water and immerse the wool in this.
From all I can tell 1/2 hour – 1 hour is fine and all you need, though lots of people will say overnight.
After it has soaked in the vinegar mix, gently squeeze most of the liquid out but do not wring.
Protect your bench, I used an old towel and some newspapers.
Here is the FUN part. Paint your wool however you like with your chosen colours. If you are just doing one colour you could just immerse it in the dye, but if you are doing multi like me then this is the easiest.
Once you have the desired effect with your colouring, place the wool skein into a microwave safe container and cover loosely with gladwrap.
Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes.
Remove from microwave and cool completely. Do not touch or move wool.
Microwave on HIGH for another 5 minutes. You may need to mist the wool with some water if it is looking too dry.
Remove gladwrap and let the wool cool completely again.
Once cooled completely rinse under tepid water until water runs clear.
Leave to dry flat somewhere until completely dry.
Someone more experienced than me would do one of those professional twisted looking skeins, but hey you have to put it into a ball to knit it anyway don’t you?
So here is the finished wool all ready to knit. Let me know if you give this a a go and how it turned out. Stay tuned to see what I turn this into.
Prue xoxox
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Upcycle Jean Nappy/Shopping Bag

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This is a very basic tutorial for upcycling a pair of old jeans into functional nappy bag, or handbag. This tutorial used a pair of size 8, 5 pocket jeans. If you want to have a larger bag go op-shopping and try to source a larger pair!

Fold your jeans in half and cut throught the legs across the crotch. Folding them in half and doing one cut means you get it even in length.
You should be left with something that resembles a mini skirt.
Choose a fabric (a tablecloth or old sheet would do – again visit your opshop) and lay the jeans on top. This is to get your lining fabric
Cut around this leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance all around. Repeat so you have two matching lining pieces.
Next make your handles. I chose to match to the lining fabric, but you could cut them out of the jean legs. You want to cut them approximately 12 cm wide, by however long you want your handles to be – I used 50cm. Cut two of these strips.
So you now should have your jeans “skirt”, two matching lining pieces and two handles.
I have a snap press so I add snaps to the pockets I want to secure so things don’t fall out. You don’t have to do this step, or you could use velcro dots, or hammer on domes.
This way you can snap them shut so your bits don’t fall out.
Pin along the bottom cut open side of the jeans.
Sew a straight stitch seam across the bottom. If you have an overlocker overlock this seam. I have done this tutorial assuming most don’t have overlockers so have shown the seams reinforced/finished with a tight zig-zag stitch.
Lay the lining pieces right sides together and pin. Sew a straight stich, then a zigzag stitch around the sides, and bottom of the lining pieces leaving the top open. If you don’t want to just use the pockets on the outside you can add a pocket to the right side of the lining before stitching lining together if you want too.
On the open top side, fold over about 1cm of the lining (to the wrong side) and straight stitch around.
Take one of your handle pieces. Fold length ways right sides together. Sew down the long length leaving ends open.
Turn handle right way out and press flat. Pin if needed to help keep it flat.
Sew a straight stitch top seam along both long sides an stay stitch the open bottoms so you now have two flat stitched handles.
Pin handles into position on wrong side of jeans.
Insert jean bag into lining bag WRONG sides together.
Pin all the way around matching seams. I leave a small space where the dome is as it is really difficult to sew with a machine around here. Straight stitch all the way around the bags, through all thickness including handles.
You can see here where there is a gap over the dome. Handstitch this shut.
Here you go one finished jean nappy bag! I leave it with the large interior open so I can place my nappys, mat, and wipes inside. Then I use the jean pockets for all the little bits like my keys.
Remember have fun! We would love to see any of your creations.
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Welcome!

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Hello everyone! I am Prue, one of the faces and owners behind the Ecomooon Collective in Nelson, New Zealand. I am a wife, mother of three, a childbirth educator and randomly on top of all other things a Health and Safety Co-Ordinator for a manufacturing company.

My journey began with JAKOnappies and More – named after my then children Jakeb and Kodi. We have since had Nikola join our crew. JAKOnappies began on my kitchen table, growing to a website and Facebook page, to joining teams with Keela was running Ecomoon at the time. In December 2013 The Ecomoon Collective was officially born, and in January 2015 my husband and I became the sole owners.

I hope to share some craft posts with you, that I still enjoy doing in my “spare” time, and encourage you to give it a go with your children, and share the results with us!

More about us:

Ecomoon Boutique – Birth and Baby Specialists

26 Gloucester Street, Nelson 7010

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We are Nelson’s original eco-friendly family store supporting New Zealanders through their baby journey. From Empower Birth Antenatal classes to Baby and Beyond we provide a educated service with products we have researched and used ourselves! Our Ecomoon Family puts the needs of your family first.

We provide exceptional customer service, sound advice and we specialise in eco-friendly Birth and Baby products. We work together with community specialists on Baby Wearing, Breastfeeding Support and more and have dedicated a community space for our local parents to feed and change baby or just have a cuppa! Visit us for all your Birth and baby needs at 26 Gloucester street, Nelson.

We sell reusable cloth menstrual pads, breast pads and menstrual cups a alternative to tampons through to cloth nappies, baby carriers, merino and organic babywear. We have worked hard over the years to bring you products that until we opened our retail store were only available on line.

Our new retail store now caters for a range of mums and bubs coffee groups, baby wearing groups, music classes and now our very own Empower Birth classes. For more details on these groups or classes please email theecomooncollective@xtra.co.nz.

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Empower Birth Classes are based on the knowledge that pregnancy, labour and birth are empowering normal events in your life.

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