Easy DIY: Halloween Treat Bags

When I was a kid, there was a house in my neighborhood that would give little treat bags. We don’t get many trick-or-treaters in our apartment building, but I decided I want to be that home who gave treat bags. It was also the perfect way to use up some of the 1,000 wax paper bags I ordered this summer. I just glued on some construction paper eyes and mouths and filled them up. I might switch to drawing them on with Sharpie, though.

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Easy DIY: Amigurumi Bob-omb

Now that I’ve figure out how to crochet Pokeballs, I decided to expand into other round things. I think these Bob-ombs will be perfect as part of a Halloween costume. You can find step-by-step instructions on WolfDreamer.

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Easy DIY: Sweets Embroidery

I’ve mentioned InGreetings.com before as a great source for plain totes. I decided to use the techniques I learned from Sublime Stitching to embroider a zippered tote with all different kinds of sweets.
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I drew it by hand on regular paper and then transferred it using my Crayola Light Board. The board fit nicely in the tote and the image showed through clearly. Email me at celebratethebigandsmall@gmail.com if you’d like a PDF of my design.

Easy DIY: Amigurumi Pokeballs

After Hello Kitty Crochet got me started on amigurumi, I started looking for easy patterns to make. I found this pattern for Pokeballs and decided to surprise my kids.

Of course, it then became requests for specific types of Pokeballs.

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Can I Have This?: Hello Kitty Crochet

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Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends is an adorable book full of amigurumi patterns for your favorite Sanrio characters.

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The patterns are easy to follow if you know how to crochet. If you’re a little rusty like me or a beginner, spend a few minutes on the Lion Brand Yarn site watching their tutorials and you’ll be up to speed. You really only need to know how to do two things–magic circle and single chain stitch.

Love Links: Sublime Stitching

If you want to start embroidering, Founded by Jenny Hart, Sublime Stitching is a great site to help you get started. You can find instructions, patterns and products all in one place. 

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Can I Have This?: Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad

 

 

While this is technically a “kid’s toy,” it has really come in super handy for crafting. I’ve used it to transfer patterns and designs onto totes and t’s for embroidering as well as for cards and cut-outs. 

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