A while ago a lot of stores suddenly started selling crochet doily plates, baskets and trays. They were out of regular yarn but treated with glue to make them stiff enough to be functional. Very out of my budget though so I decided to give making my own a try!
All you need is a cotton doily and some PVA glue. I decided to just crochet my own out of some stash cotton to use it up.
Once it’s finished, wet block it out into the shape you want.
And if required iron it.
Next take some PVA glue and water it down so it has the consistency of milk.
Dump the doily into it and make sure it soaks up the liquid evenly and completely. If you want something very stiff, you will need a higher ratio of glue.
Squeeze out extra liquid.
Lay out to dry on a plate or something else the shape you want to the finished item to take.
Leave it overnight to dry completely and then peel it off.
Depending on the glue you use the stiffness will vary so if you want something like a bowl then use extra glue so it holds shape well. Enjoy! 😀
Another mini craft tutorial that I found in the depths of my harddrive 😀
Here is a mini pompom mad that I made quite some time ago to serve as a backdrop for photos. It’s only about 30cm across because I didn’t have much green yarn in my stash but it’s perfect for little macro photos.
It’s a pretty easy one, just make a bunch of pompoms…
Then sew them down to some felt. Gluing would probably be a lot quicker and less fiddly.
I crocheted a few little daisies to brighten it up a bit too.
One day I really want to make a HEAP of these daisies and make a gigantic blanket of them!
A quick mini DIY this morning with photos I found on the depths of my harddrive. But no I will most likely not be starting to do regular tutorials again, I just don’t have the energy for them right now.
This one isn’t so hard… just use the nail file to scratch up the surface of the frames so the paint sticks and pain them one section at a time using thin coats.
If you don’t like the finish you can topcoat with clear nail polish or PVA glue.
It’s been a very long time since I uploaded anything on my main Youtube channel but I am finally back in frame of mind for videos! I’ve got a lot of ideas but I’m beginning with a needle felted penguin kit from Daiso. Enjoy!
This bear looks like how I feel >_> Over the weekend our horrible neighbours finally moved out and they had a loud blow out party and trashed their place as a final “suck it” to their landlord. It was loud and late at night and I just want to sleep for about a week now. I don’t really have a lot of energy lately to start with!
Instead let’s make a crochet bear coffee cosy 😀 I’m using a 3mm hook and crocheting with 2 strands of yarn at once to give it a mottled effect.
I measured the size off a Starbucks cup holder but I think the Aus sizes are smaller than the American ones so probably best to measure your cups locally!
Start by chaining 40 and joining in a circle.
Chain 2 and then start single crocheting around the chain. Continue going around in a spiral around and around. Make sure you mark where the beginning of the round is so you can count accurately.
I wanted a thin bear so I did 6 rounds then bound off.
Next, join on some yarn around the front where the first ear will start. Single crochet 4 stitches then turn, chain one, skip the first stitch and single crochet into the next 2 stitches. Slip stitch into the next stitch and bind off.
Repeat this for a second ear on the other side.
To finish the top and make the ears look nice and round, slip stitch all the way around the top.
Use some black yarn to sew on a face. You can choose to make it look a little happier and less sleep deprived if you like >_>
Of course, it’s much cuter if you add some blush too. I always used to use yarn or felt or something physical to make blush spots but lately I’ve been using actual blush and it’s so much softer and cuter!
Yay grumpy bear!
I hope you guys are well and having a good week. I will catch up on sleep and have enough energy soon to stop disappearing for weeks at a time I hope soon!
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