How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover I was being kind of silly this morning and decided that the upstairs bathroom needed a toilet paper tissue cover. I have an Octopus crocheted cover for the downstairs bathroom and was thinking about trying to sew a fleece one. But then I found some of my fluffy lamb-ish fabric and decided that a sheep might be in order.

 

Would you like to learn how to make him?

 

Skill Needed:

– Easy

– Some simple sewing (can be made by hand)

Time Needed:

Super fast project. I made this guy in 20 minutes and that included cutting out the pieces and photographing the steps along the way.

Supplies Needed:

– White fleece 0.5 metre (If you can find the lamb-ish fleece, that’s the ticket! If not, white fleece will do just fine)

– thread

-googly eyes (or fleece or felt or buttons to make the eyes)

– scraps of black fleece

– hot glue gun and glue sticks (or you can sew all the pieces on which would make the lamb much easier to wash

– a full roll of toilet paper to use as a template

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover

Step One:

Grab a full roll of your favourite toilet paper. Place it down on your white fleece. Trace around it leaving about a half inch (1cm) for sewing allowance. Cut around this circle that you just made.How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover

Step Two:

Measure around the toilet paper. Mine measured about 16.5 inches. Also measure the height of the roll (I think standard is 4 inches). Then cut a rectangle with those dimensions plus 0.5 inches (1cm). My rectangle came out to be 17 by 4.5 inches.

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverStep Three:

Fold the long rectangle in half matching the short ends and sew them together.How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover

Step Four:

Sew the top (circular piece onto the rectangular piece). Since we’re working with fleece, it should stretch to fit if your cutting isn’t exactly perfect. Turn it right side out and try it on your toilet paper roll to make sure it fits. You can trim the bottom if it turned out to be a little long at this point.How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverStep Five:

Cut four pieces of black felt in a half circle sort of pattern for the feet. If you’d like to make the feet a little more sturdy, you can cut 8, sew them together along the U and turn right side out. I find that one piece of fleece is enough for the feet especially if your lamb is going to perch on top of the toilet lid. You don’t want too much bulk on there.

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverStep Six:

Organize the feet along the bottom and pin on the inside. I used the seam from the rectangle as the back of the cover and arranged accordingly. Sew them in place so that they stick out like feet. I actually zig zagged the entire bottom capturing the feet in while I went. Since we are working with fleece, we don’t really need to finish any of the edges, but I thought the zig zag would help the cover not to stretch out too much after repeatedly putting a new roll in him.

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverStep Seven:

Cut an oval out of black fleece and two ears in sort of a long U shape. Sew or glue them in place for the face. Glue on the googly eyes or sew on felt or buttons.

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverVoila! A cute little Lamb Toilet Paper Cover!

How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover He likes to peek over the top of the toilet seat. For girls this isn’t a problem. I’ve been told by the boys in my house that sometimes the lamb is watching them pee and it’s weird. Oh well… I could always move him to another spot in the bathroom. 
How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue Cover A note about washing (and you’ll probably want to wash him a lot because he sits in the bathroom all day and night!): If you’ve used hot glue, then run this guy through the washer – it shouldn’t hurt. But make sure not to place him in the dry cycle. It will melt the glue. Better to lay this guy out and air dry. :)How To: Fleece Lamb/Sheep Toilet Paper Tissue CoverAs always, you are free to sell the Lambs you have made from this tutorial. I’d love a link to tawnybee.com in your listings.  Please don’t sell this tutorial. It’s definitely not done by a professional and is meant to be a fun FREE project for anyone who wants to give it a go! 

If you happen to try this one out and would like to share your Lamb project, I’d love to see them. You can reach by by email tawny(at)tawnybee(dot)com. You can also share on my Facebook Page or Flickr Group. :D

Happy Making!

How To: Fleece Pokeball Inspired Scarf

As some of you know already, my son Logan is obsessed with all things Pokemon.

What you might not know is that this boy refuses to wear a scarf. And a scarf is seriously needed in Winnipeg! It’s regularly below -30C in the winter. He walks to school every day and doesn’t ever want to wear a scarf.

I figured I might be able to remedy this by making a scarf that he would actually like.

A Pokeball inspired scarf!

How To: Easy Fleece Pokeball Inspired Scarf

Well… I’ve got the boy wearing a scarf now! He even puts up with my jokes about catching a Logan Pokemon when I tie the scarf at the back.

 

Would you like to make one for your Pokemon obsessed friend, son, daughter, cousin, husband, wife, etc?

 

Here’s how:

Time Needed:

This is a quick one. Maybe takes 20 minutes or so from start to finish.

Skill Needed:

Super Easy. Straight line sewing and sewing around a circle.

Supplies Needed:

A rectangle of white fleece – 60 inches (1.5 m) by 4 inches (10 cm)

A rectangle of red fleece – 60 inches (1.5 m) by 4 inches (10 cm)

A thin rectangle of black fleece – 60 inches (1.5 m) by 1.5 or 2 inches (4 or 5 cm)

A circle of white fleece and a circle of black fleece

Matching thread. I used black thread until I ran out and then started using white. Red works as well.

Step one:

With Wrong Sides Together sew the red fleece to the white fleece along one long end.

 

How To: Easy Fleece Pokeball Inspired Scarf Step Two:

Take that long thin black piece and pin it over the seam that you just made. It should be on the front (right side) of the fleece. The black strip will cover the seam and make it so the scarf doesn’t have any sewn seams showing. Sew the strip onto the scarf along both long sides. You can actually sew a  rectangle in order to sew the ends down if you’d like.How To: Easy Fleece Pokeball Inspired Scarf Step Three:

Mark the middle of the scarf with a pin. Cut two sorta large circles (I used a roll of packing tape to trace a circle on the white and black fleece). A CD or a container lid would also work as a stencil for making the circles. Cut the middle out of the black fleece circle. Arrange the white circle along the black sewn strip in the middle of the scarf. Place the black circle with the middle cut out over top of it. Sew in place around the outer and inner curves of the black circle.

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Ta da! Super simple. And you’ve got yourself one super warm, fleecey winter Pokeball scarf.


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****Pokemon and Pokeball is a trademark of Nintendo.

I’d love to see your Pokeball inspired scarves if you decide to make this. You can share your photos on the TawnyBee Facebook page, on the Tawny Bee Flickr Group or on my Instragram.

How To: Cadet The Police Dog (Fleece Stuffed Toy)

 

After I made a crocheted version of Chase from Paw Patrol for Lane, I thought to myself “Self – you could probably figure out how to make this puppy in fleece.”

Yeah… I probably could. :D

Of course, I don’t want any copyright problems by making an exact replica of Chase, so I decided to make my own Police Puppy.

How To: Cadet The Police Puppy

This is Cadet. He’s a fleecy stuffed Police Pup. What do you think? Wanna learn how to make him?

Supplies Needed:

– About a 1/4 metre of fleece in a main colour (the tan colour on my Cadet)

– An even smaller amount of a contrast coloured fleece (the white on my Cadet)

– Blue Fleece for Cadet’s uniform and hat (less than a 1/4 metre)

– scrap of black fleece for hat visor, collar and nose

– scrap of pink fleece or felt for inner ears

– black embroidery thread for paws, mouth and freckles

– yellow embroidery thread of insignia and hat decoration

– blue or grey embroidery thread for “zipper”

– Safety eyes (I used two 13 mm ones) or buttons or felt for eyes

– fiberfil for stuffing

– matching thread

– the Cadet pattern

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You should be able to click on the pattern picture. It will take you to the page where the pattern is located and you can either print or save from there. :)

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As you can see, I’m not a professional pattern maker. I don’t use a fancy pattern making program. It’s just me designing on paper and figuring it out as I go. That’s why it’s so great to work in fleece – it’s forgiving!

Time Needed:

I’d give yourself an afternoon to work on this little guy. A couple of hours at the very least.

Skill Needed:

Cadet is relatively easy. There is a lot of hand sewing involved. Some embroidery and machine stitching as well. The most complicated parts are the feet and I’ve included plenty of photos and symbols on the pattern to help along the way.

Cutting out the Pattern:

– Print the 2 pattern sheets above

– Cut the paper pieces out and then cut the appropriate pieces from the proper coloured fleece listed below

– Cut 2 Head pieces (A) from the main coloured (tan in my case) fleece

– Cut 1 Snout (B) from the contrasting (white) fleece

– Cut 1 Nose (C) from black fleece or felt

– Cut 2 Eye Socket pieces (D) from contrasting (white) fleece

– Cut 2 Head Top (E) pieces from the main (tan) fleece. Cut 1 Head Top (E) piece from blue fleece

– Cut 4 Ear Pieces (F) from the main (tan) fleece

– Cut 2 Inner Ear (G) pieces from pink fleece or felt

– Cut a rectangle of blue fleece 12″ (31 cm) by 4″ (10 cm) for the police uniform

– Cut a rectangle of main (tan) fleece 12″ (31 cm) by 3″ (8cm) for the body

– Cut 2 Tail (H) pieces from main (tan) fleece

– Cut 4 Foot Tops (I) from contrasting (white) fleece.

– Cut 4 Foot Bottoms (J) from contrasting (white) fleece.

– Cut 4 Leg (K) pieces on the fold from the main (tan) fleece.

– Cut 1 Hat Top (L) from blue fleece.

– Cut 1 Hat Middle (M) from blue fleece.

– Cut 1 Hat Visor (N) from black fleece or felt

Step One:

Sew the little pie part of the snout piece (B) into a dart to create a little circley bump.

How To: Cadet The Police PuppyStep Two:

Hand sew the nose onto the middle of the snot (with the dart underneath going downwards). Embroider a mouth and some freckles if you’d like.

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Step Three:

Position the eye sockets (D) pieces onto one of the head (A) pieces. You can use your snout piece as a guide as to where you would like to place these. Sew the eye socket pieces in place flat against the head piece. You don’t need to worry about folding anything under while you’re sewing around. You’re working with fleece that doesn’t fray anyway.

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Step Four:

Position the finished snout pieces overtop of the eye socket pieces. Sew in place. When you’re within a couple of centimtres (1 inch) or so of finishing, you can add some light stuffing to form the snout. Close the gap.

How To: Cadet The Police PuppyStep Five:

Add safety eyes or buttons or felt eyes now. I used 13 mm black safety eyes for my Cadet.

How To: Cadet The Police PuppyStep Six:

Sew front of head to back of head at side seams right sides together.

How To: Cadet The Police PuppyStep Seven:

Position the pink inner ear piece (G) onto the right side of one ear piece (F) lining up the bottoms. Sew in place. Repeat for the 2nd ear piece.

How To: Cadet The Police PuppyStep Eight:

Sew ear front to ear backs right sides together. Leave the bottoms open for turning.

Step Nine:

With ears turned right side out and face inside out – position ears along the side seams of head. Make sure the pink inner ear is facing the seam. Baste across.

How To: Cadet The Police PuppyStep Ten:

Right sides together pin Head top (E) to head (over the basted ears). Stitch all the way around. Turn head right side out and admire your work. :D

Step Eleven:

Place the two rectangular pieces (tan body and blue uniform) right sides together along one long side and sew.

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Step Twelve:

Fold rectangular piece in half lengthwise and sew ends together. This time we want to leave a hole in this seam for stuffing. (Between the double pins on the photo).

How To: Cadet The Police PuppyStep Thirteen:

With right sides together sew the blue body front (E) to the blue half of the body piece.

Step Fourteen:

Right sides together sew the 2 tail pieces together. Leave the bottom open for turning.

Step Fifteen:

Turn tail right side out. On the open end of the body piece mark the side opposite the seam. Pin tail to that spot with the little flipped end of the tail point upwards (see photo). Baste in place.

How To: Cadet The Police PuppyStep Sixteen:

Right sides together, sew the main fleece (tan) body back (E) to the main fleece body. Turn body right side out through the opening we left in the bottom seam.

Step Seventeen:

Sew the darts on all 4 foot tops. (The pie-looking piece similar to the snout piece we did earlier)

How To: Cadet The Police PuppyStep Eighteen:

Right sides together, sew leg (K) to foot top. Bottom of leg matches with short curve on foot top (I).

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Step Nineteen:

Right sides together match leg and foot top short edges together. Stitch.

How To: Cadet The Police Puppy

Step Twenty:

Sew Foot bottoms to finished legs. The dart matches up with the top of the sole. I placed dots on the pattern pieces as a reminder.

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Step Twenty-One:

Stuff the body firmly and sew up the opening.

Step Twenty-Two:

Stuff the head firmly. Position the head on top of the body and sew. As you’re sewing around you can add some more stabilizing stuffing just before you close up. I sewed the head around twice because children are most likely going to pick up the puppy by the head …. repeatedly.

How To: Cadet The Police Puppy

Step Twenty-Three:

Stuff the legs firmly. Sew in place under the body with the seams facing inwards. Sew the legs close together to get Cadet to stand properly. Again, you can always stuff a little extra for stability just before you close up.

How To: Cadet The Police Puppy

Step Twenty-Four:

Mark the middle of the hat middle (M) and hat visor (N). Pin right sides together and sew. Sew the hat middle together at the back (short ends)

How To: Cadet The Police Puppy

Step Twenty-Five:

Sew the hat top to hat middle right sides together.

Step Twenty-Six:

Embroider puppy’s name on his hat (or whatever design you’d like) in yellow. Sew hat to puppy’s head. Stuff lightly before you close up to give the hat its shape.

How To: Cadet The Police Puppy

Step Twenty-Seven:

Finishing. Use black embroidery thread to sew “toes” in the puppy paws.

How To: Cadet The Police Puppy

Use yellow embroidery thread to embroider a design on his police coat. I did arrows and stars.

How To: Cadet The Police Puppy

Use blue or grey embroidery thread to cross stitch a “zipper” onto the front of his uniform. Sew a strip of black fleece around puppy’s neck for a collar.

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And then sew a few more for your Canine Squad!

**** As always you may sell any Cadet’s you make from this pattern. I would love for you to place a link to the pattern in your listing :D Please don’t sell this pattern or tutorial as it’s not a professionally developed one (and I put a lot of work into it in order to offer it to you for free!)

**** I would love to see your Cadet creations. Please feel free to upload photos of your finished Cadet’s to The Tawny Bee Facebook Fanpage or the Tawny Bee Flickr Group. :D

**** And if you really don’t want to go through all the trouble of making a Cadet, visit my Etsy shop to purchase one made by me!***

How To: Quick (well… sorta) Short Doll Hair made from Yarn

A couple of weeks ago, I was making a boy doll for my son. Eddie turned out awesome – but his hair was a pain in the bum. I put the tip of a sock on his head and then strung the yarn hair from it. His hair was so crazy and fun! I wanted to recreate that in an easier way. Because seriously… that hair took me 4 hours to make! ACK!

 

I thought about it and thought about it and finally came up with a faster way to do this. Wanna learn?

How To: Yarn Doll Hair Short StyleThis is Sidney the Mer-Boy (a mermaid boy). He was my test subject for the hair.

So here is what I did.

 

Materials needed:

– yarn cut in 2-3 inch lengths (I used pre-cut rug hooking yarn that I found for super cheap at the thrift store) You’ll need A LOT!

– a paper napkin (you know, the kind you get at fast food restaurants)

– matching thread and a sewing machine

– tape (any kind that will make it through the sewing machine – so probably not duck tape)

– hand sewing thread and needle

– a bald fabric doll in need of some crazy short yarn hair!

 

Time Needed:

– this head of hair took me about an hour. Depending on the size of doll you’ll be putting it on, it’ll take some time but not the 4 hours it takes to strand the hair individually.

 

Skill needed:

Easy. Some sewing on machine (just straight lines). Hand sewing.

 

Step One:

If you’ve ever made long doll hair, then you might know this method. Take you cut yarn and arrange it over the paper napkin in 5-6 inch strips. Tape it down with the strips. Instead of making one long haired “scalp” we’ll be making several short hair ones.How To: Yarn Doll Hair Short StyleStep Two:

With your sewing machine, sew a straight line along the tape. It doesn’t really matter that much how straight the line is, just try to get it in the middle. You can always give your doll a little hair cut after if there are strange pieces sticking out or some longer than others. The napkin is there to keep the hairs from getting stuck in your machine. The tape is there to keep all the strands in place.

How To: Yarn Doll Hair Short StyleStep Three:

Remove the tape and napkin from a strip of hair. Place it in the middle of your doll’s head at the top. Make sure to cover any seams that you want to cover. Pin in place. Then hand sew in place with tiny stitches and matching thread.

How To: Yarn Doll Hair Short StyleOooops… I had some paper napkin in this shot. It’s easily removed, so don’t worry if you get some in there.

How To: Yarn Doll Hair Short StyleYou can see how it’s pinned in this photo. Looks like a cool mohawk right now. :)

Step Four:

Remove the napkin and tape from another strip. Pin in on your doll’s head right next to the middle strip of hair. The closer to the first strip of hair you pin it, the tighter the hair will be. When sewing it in place try to make sure that you have the first strip of hair up out of the way.

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Step Five:

Repeat step four along both sides until you have your desired amount of hair on your doll’s head. You might have to make more strands with the tape/napkin method to cover the entire head.
How To: Yarn Doll Hair Short Style I only had one package of this particular colour of rug hooking yarn so I had to arrange sort of liberally on Sidney’s head. It still looks cool.

 

Step Six:

Give your doll a little haircut trim if needed. And you’re done! Woo!

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A luxurious head of short yarn hair. Yay!

 

If you try out this short yarn hair method, let me know by uploading your photos to my Facebook Fanpage or the Tawny Bee Flickr Group.

How To: Fleece Cupcake Scarf

A little bit after the holidays I decided that I should crochet a scarf for Lane. The bulk of winter happens in February around here, so I knew that she would need a nice warm scarf. She chose a cupcake scarf and I got to work. Unfortunately, the crocheted version was going to be way too flimsy for a Winnipeg winter. I had to improvise and make one that could prove its worth this winter.

Hence, the Tawny Bee Fleece Cupcake Scarf was born!

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Pretty isn’t it?

Wanna make your own?

Here’s how!

Materials Needed:

– 2 pieces of fleece 56 inches (142 cm) by 6.5 inches (16 cm) – you can patchwork your scrap fleece together to get these pieces, just make sure there is a full block about 4-6 inches on each of the ends for fringe

– scrap fleece for 8 cupcake tops and 8 cupcake bottoms

– thread

– assorted beads for sprinkles

– 8 pom poms for top of cupcakes

– cupcake pattern (linked in the tutorial below)

* fabric glue is optional if you’d rather use that instead of sewing the bead sprinkles on by hand

Time Needed:

– about 2 hours depending on how elaborate you get with the sprinkles :)

Skill Needed:

– easy project. Some machine sewing around an applique. Some hand sewing of beads.

Step 1:

– cut your long fleece pieces (56 inches by 6.5 inches). I cut mine out of a fleece blanket for the stars scarf featured in the tutorial.

– fold one of the long fleece pieces in half lengthwise to figure out where the middle of your scarf will be. Mark with a pin or crayon mark.

Step 1

Step 2:

– Cut our 8 cupake tops and 8 cupcake bottom. You can design your own cupcake or use the pattern I made linked here: cupcakescarfpattern

– arrange cupcake bottoms along the scarf piece making sure they are facing upright along both sides (use the pin marker as a reminder of where the middle is).

 

IMG_5664Pin pieces in place. Arrange cupcake tops over the bottoms and pin in place as well. Make sure to leave 4-6 inches at the bottoms of the scarf for fringe.

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Step 3:

– Sew in place.  I used contrasting thread to make it more decorative. You can sew lines to make the cupcake bottoms look more realistic as well. The cupcakes are cut from fleece which does not fray so don’t worry about finishing the edges or folding them underneath as you sew. You can zig zag or use an applique stitch around the edges if you’d like instead of regular sewing.

IMG_5666Step 4:

Hand sew or glue with fabric glue the pom poms on top of each cupcake top. Decorate the cupcake tops with bead sprinkles.

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It doesn’t matter how ugly the threads get on the wrong sides, so don’t worry about it. The back will be covered up in the next step.

IMG_5668Step 5:

– lay out the unused backing fleece wrong sides together with the finished cupcake piece and pin together. Sew together in a rectangle pattern making sure to turn/pivot and sew along the bottom of the last 2 cupcakes like in the photo below. This leaves room for fringe. Again, the fleece will not fray so the ends don’t need to be finished.

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Step 6:

– cut the fleece leftover at the bottoms of each side in stripes to make fringe. Be careful not to cut the line of sewing you made underneath the cupcakes while doing this step.

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And Ta Da!

Your very own Cupcake Scarf!

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Laney loves her scarf!

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And so I made more!

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And more…

 

Peace Signs Cupcake Scarf

 

And more….

 

 

Yellow Cupcake ScarfAnd the red one featured at the top of this post…

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Aren’t they so pretty?!

I would love to see your version. Please feel free to upload your cupcake scarf projects to my facebook fanpage or you can check me on Flickr in the Tawny Bee How To Group Pool

 

 

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**** As always, you are free to sell the cupcake scarves that you make from this tutorial. I would love if you’d link to me as the designer in this product listing though. Just please don’t sell the tutorial – it’s free for everyone!****










A Wonderful Surprise

This year started out in the best way possible.

I received an order for a crocheted item! My first sale for this particular craft!

Last year I took some time to reboot the shop and decided to refocus a little on some of the things that I love making. Most of these items were of the crocheted variety. I listed a few tentatively… not quite sure how they would do.

I figured I had some time to test while I continued with the tried and true mama cloth, teddy beds, training pants, etc.

And lo and behold – a sale on the first day of the year!

:O

Octopus TP Keeper

They are multiplying! I made the Octopus Toilet Tissue cover on the left for ourselves earlier in the year. I took photos of it and decided that he would make a lovely addition to someone else’s home as well. And boy does he make a fantastic first sale. I whipped up his twin (with a few improvements like a flatter head and a longer body) and sent him off to BC.

 

I hope this is the start of great things to come. At least this gives me the confidence to say “They like me… they really like me.” Maybe I’ll continue to add a few crocheted treasures into the shop. What do you think?

A No Resolution Kinda Year

Way back in 2013 I decided to make a New Year Resolution to learn how to crochet. Friends had given  me a book for Christmas to help me along and I thought it might be time to learn a new craft.

I worked and worked at it and I think I’ve accomplished that resolution with flying colours. A wonderful supporter on my FB Fanpage even commented that I didn’t just learn crochet, I kicked its bum!

Here are some of the crochet project I got up to in 2014 (in beautiful collage form):

This year as I reflect on things I might like to make resolutions about, I can’t really find anything. I mean, there’s always the “I wanna lose weight” resolution. I also want to learn how to knit eventually, but even that isn’t a pressing concern. I’m having enough fun with sewing and crochet to worry too much about that right now.

So I’m going with the “no resolution” year.

Do you have a resolution for 2015? Have you even stuck to resolutions? Cuz seriously this crochet thing is the only New Year Resolution I’ve ever stuck to.

Anyhoo….

Happy New Year from Tawny Bee! All the best for 2015! :D

Happy Holidays from Tawny Bee (And a Boxing Day Sale)

Happy holidays to all of you from my family here at Tawny Bee!

I’m so thankful to have been able to spend a very happy year creating tons of things I adore and sharing it all with you. I am also very thankful that you are here reading this and have shown me so much support and encouragement throughout this year of transition.

So as a thank you, I’ll be having a Boxing week sale in the shop (just check out the menu at the top of the page for links to either Etsy or Zibbet. Use coupon code BOXTHEBEE at either shop during checkout and receive 15% off your order.

And if you’d like to check out a little about me, I’m featured over on the Winnipeg Etsy Street Team blog this week. Here is the link.

Here’s to a joyous and prosperous New Year!

Handmade Holidays 2014: Crocheted Kitty

Next up in my long line of gifts to make is my bestie’s little cutey wutey new baby girl.

I think this kitty is going to be bigger than the baby it is for! hehehe

I used this pattern which had lots of photos and instructions. The most trouble I had was with getting the face right. I always have such a struggle with facial features. Those eyebrows could have ended up looking more angry than I intended. I probably redid the face about 4 times before I got it right. You can see the chalk still on the face where I originally thought the eyes should go. Gotta wash that off before I send kitty!

 

I used a raspberry coloured yarn with ivory accents – both big balls of yarn I found at the thrift store so stay tuned for more projects made with each of these colours.

I think kitty will be a little easier to figure out a packing situation for than Frecko Gecko, but still, I really need to start making things that are less bulky. All the money I save on yarn I’m spending on shipping! Yowsa!  Oh well, it’s worth it to send a handmade gift to a loved one … so it all evens out in the end.

Here is a link to my kitty project on Ravelry.

 

 

Handmade Holidays 2014: Gecko Frecko

My one little cousin is getting Holly Dolly, whom we met in an earlier post, for Christmas. So I had to make something equally as special for her brother.

And I think I nailed it!

Everyone meet Frecko Gecko.

Isn’t he the sweetest?

 

You can’t be a slouch if you’re going to attempt this pattern. Boy oh boy was he ever complicated. To get those pretty bobbles all in the proper places I needed to count each and every row. There was no sitting back and watching TV while I stitch the same thing over and over again like is the case with most of the things I crochet. Nope. This guy was some serious work. But I’ll forgive him because he’s so cute!

 

I used this pattern to make him. It was super easy to follow (even with the extraordinary amount of work). And it was free! :D I can’t believe it, because there was so much detail in the pattern along with easy to read symbols and tons of photos. Phew!

Now my only problem is: How on earth am I gonna find something to pack Frecko Gecko in to send to my cousin in Vancouver? He’s like 2 feet long at least and curvy. It’s gonna take some fancy improv to get him all packaged up. Oh well… totally worth it still.  Have any ideas about packaging for me to try?

Here is the link to my Frecko Gecko project on Ravelry.