DIY No Sew Velvet Gold Star Pillows

I often see things on Pinterest and think, “OMG, I need to make that!!” (don’t we all?!). These star pillows were one of those things! This was the photo I saw. After finding some sad pastel yellows being passed off as gold, I became obsessed with finding the perfect gold velvet. I finally found this true gold color on Ebay!

I normally don’t do no sew projects because I love to sew but there are always times when I’m too lazy to bust out the sewing machine, and I was given this Speed-Sew to try out so it was the perfect chance to give a no sew project a try.

I designed a star pattern that is the perfect size to allow you to get two pillows out of one yard of fabric, making them as large as they could possibly be.

Click here to download the pattern

It’s a PDF file so you’ll need Adobe Acrobat. It prints on 5 pages so you’ll have to assemble the pieces, but uses normal 8 1/2 x 11 inch size paper so you can print it at home.

Watch my video tutorial so I can show you how to make your own! :)

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Disclosure: I received the Speed Sew that I used in this tutorial for free to try out. It worked really well for this. The tooth pick application was a bit tedious but I really like that the glue allows the fabric to remain stretchy when dry and the seams seem really sturdy!

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Crochet Driftwood Sailboat

A while back I found some crochet sailboats made with driftwood on Pinterest, and of course loved them! I love crafting with things I find at the beach and anywhere else in nature. I already had some driftwood that I’d collected so I thought it would be fun to make my own boat. It was really fun and easy to make! I used sport weight yarn for this one but will use sock yarn or thread for my next one, I think it’ll look nicer.

I thought it would be fun to photograph it back at the beach, where I originally collected the driftwood, but this wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned. It was a weird day. There was a crazy amount of seaweed on the beach so I couldn’t really get a photo without it.

Is it just me or is seaweed kinda gross? I hate when I’m in the water and it wraps around my legs! Even if I see it coming towards me, it still freaks me out when it touches me.

I found tons of pretty nasturtiums growing though! :)

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Free Crochet Pattern: Hexagon Granny Cowl

Welcome back crochet-alongers! Today I’m gonna show you how to make this cowl using your hexagons from the crochet along!

This pattern is intended for 5 inch (across from point to point) hexagons that have 9 stitches on each side. All of the hexagons designed for the Blog Hop Crochet Along, including my snowflake hexagon, will work for this. You could really use any 5 inch hexagon pattern out there, just make sure that it has 9 stitches on each side.

 

Measurements: Approximately 32 inches around & 12 inches tall. You can easily make it fit tighter by using fewer hexagons (you can still follow the pattern as-is, there won’t be any confusing modifications if you use fewer hexagons).

Difficultly Level: Intermediate

 

 

• A crochet hook in a size that allows you to crochet somewhat loosely (I used a 4.5mm).
• Yarn needle for finishing.
• Worsted weight yarn in three colors.
The amount of yarn required will vary depending on which hexagon patterns you’re using. For my example, I used approximately 350 yards of CA, and approximately 150 yards each of CB & CC.

Yarn used in example:  Knit Picks Brava in Solstice Heather (CA), Denim (CB) & Dove Heather (CC)

Thank you Knit Picks, for sending us Brava Worsted to work with! :)

 



sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
ch/chs – chain/chains
sl st – slip stitch
rep – repeat
rnd – round
ea – each
st/sts – stitch/stitches
CA, CB, CC – Color A,B,C

 

You are welcome and encouraged to sell any items you make using this pattern! All I ask in return is that when selling online, please credit Julie King / Gleeful Things & provide a link to www.gleefulthings.com.

You may NOT sell the pattern, distribute it in any form, repost it online, or alter it to claim it as your own (this includes charts & translations to other languages). Copyright © 2015 Julie King / Gleeful Things. All Rights Reserved.

 

•  Invisible join – here is a video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsHggQGFq3A

• Whip stitching – whip stitching is the method I use to join the hexagons. Here is a photo tutorial: http://crochet.about.com/od/Sewing-Techniques/tp/whip-stitch.htm

Standing sc & dc – This is helpful to know but not necessary. I explain how to substitute chains in the pattern.

 

Step 1: Start out by making 16 hexagons. If you’d like your cowl to fit tighter, you could try it with 14 or 12 hexagons. The following directions will be the same regardless of how many you have.

Step 2: Lay out your hexagons however you like so that they are lined up as shown below:

I used four different hexagon patterns and made two of each where CB was the prominent color and two of each where CC was the prominent color, always using CA as the edge color.

Step 3: Use your yarn needle & CA to whipstitch the hexagons together.  Whip stitching is very easy. I show it below in gray so it’s easier to see. Put your needle through both loops on both hexagons and pull through.

You can stitch them together in whatever order is easiest for you. I stitched them all together along the pink line first, then each of the orange lines. Last, stitch the ends (green lines) together.

FO all ends.

Step 4: Now we’re going to fill in the edges using CA (I’m just showing it in gray so you can see better).

Start out 3 sts up one side (pink arrow). Make a standing sc if you know how, if not you can ch 2 which will count as an sc. Make 3 dc in the center of the two hexagons. Make 1 sc three sts up from that.

ch 2 then make 1 sc three sts up from your previous sc.

Turn, then make 2 dc below the sc where the pink arrow is pointing.

ch 1. Make 3 dc below the sc where the pink arrow is pointing.

Make 1 sc where the pink arrow is pointing (three sts up from the one below it).

ch 2 then make 1 sc three sts up from your previous sc (this should be at the top point of the hexagon).

Turn, then make 2 dc below the sc where the pink arrow is pointing.

ch 1. 3 dc in next ch sp.

ch 1. 3 dc below the sc where the pink arrow is pointing.

1 sc in the top point of the hexagon. FO.

Repeat step 4 to fill in each space between the hexagons.

 

Step 5: Using CA (again, I’m using gray so you can see better), starting in any ch sp: Make a standing dc if you know how, if not you can ch 3 which will count as a dc. 2 dc in same ch sp. ch 1. [3 dc in next ch sp. ch 1.] rep around. Invisible join to first dc of this round and FO.

*special note: When you get to the top of each hexagon, treat the space below the sc’s where the arrows are pointing as a ch sp and make 3 dc in each sp (just like in step 4). Refer to the two photos below:

Repeat step 5 on the bottom edge of the cowl as well.

Step 6: With CB, starting in any ch sp: Make a standing sc if you know how, if not you can ch 2 which will count as an sc. ch 3. [1 sc in next ch sp. ch 3.] rep around. Invisible join to first sc of this round and FO.

Repeat step 6  on the bottom edge of the cowl as well.

 

If you use this free pattern, please consider supporting me by purchasing a pattern from my shop.  Your support will help ensure that I’m able to continue making new patterns to share. Thanks for considering! :)

 

Below you can find links to all of the projects you can make as part of the Blog Hop Crochet Along. And if you haven’t seen yet, you can find links to all of our hexagon patterns here.

Crochet Hexagon Coin Purse – Flamingo Toes

Hexagon Floor Pouf – The Firefly Hook

Hexagon Cowl – Gleeful Things

Hexagon Project Bag – Fiber Flux

Hexagon Camera Strap – Whistle & Ivy

Dahlia Hexagon Handbag – Hopeful Honey

Heart-Shaped Hexagon Pillow – Persia Lou

Hexagon Ball Pillow – Lizzie Bella Crochet

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Work In Progress: Rip Tide Tote Bag

Last year I released the Rip Tide Fringe Bag crochet pattern and ever since, I’ve wanted to do a tote version of it as well! I designed it to have a rectangular bottom so it’ll be a few inches wide and sit flat. It’s pretty big too so if you’re like me and tend to carry way too much stuff all the time, you’ll love it! ;)

This pattern should be ready within the next couple weeks! The black & gray one below was the first one I made. Now I’m making the one above so I can double check the pattern and also take some progress photos to make it a super user friendly pattern!

How awesome is that seafoam green color?! It’s Lily Sugar n Cream in Beach Glass (which I cannot find online, but they had it at Michael’s). I’ve never seen it before but immediately started piling them into my shopping basket as soon as I saw them! I generally hate pastels but something about seafoam green just makes me so happy! :D

I’m really wanting to put leather handles on these or maybe metal rings like I used on the Rip Tide Fringe Bag. But I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing. I’ll for sure include a simple crochet handle in the pattern though.

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Free Crochet Pattern: Snowflake Hexagon

I’m excited today to share the hexagon I designed for the Blog Hop Crochet Along! Hello crochet-alongers & welcome to anyone who has never visited me before! :)

Knit Picks was kind enough to send Brava Worsted for us bloggers to work with and when I saw the colors, they felt very wintery to me so I came up with this snowflake design!

 

Finished Size: Hexagon should measure 5 inches across from point to point.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

 

• 4.5mm crochet hook
• Yarn needle for finishing
• Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors

 Yarn used in example: Knit Picks Brava in Dove Heather (CA) & Solstice Heather (CB)

 

sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
trc – treble/triple crochet
sk – skip
ch/chs – chain/chains
sl st – slip stitch
rep – repeat
rnd – round
ea – each
st/sts – stitch/stitches
CA, CB – Color A,B

 

You are welcome and encouraged to sell any items you make using this pattern! All I ask in return is that when selling online, please credit Julie King / Gleeful Things & provide a link to www.gleefulthings.com.

You may NOT sell the pattern, distribute it in any form, repost it online, or alter it to claim it as your own (this includes charts & translations to other languages). Copyright © 2015 Julie King / Gleeful Things. All Rights Reserved.

 

With CA:

 rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc). 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. ch 5. [2 hdc in same ch as before. ch 5.] 5 times. sl st to join to top of first hdc. (12 hdc)

rnd 2: sl st into next ch sp. ch 1.

1 sc in same ch sp. ch 3. (photo A) sk 1 ch (red arrow). 1 sl st in ea of the next 2 chs (white arrows). 1 sc in ch sp from rnd 1. (photo B)

ch 4. sk 1 ch. 1 sl st in ea of the next 3 chs. 1 sc in ch sp from rnd 1.

ch 3. sk 1 ch. 1 sl st in ea of the next 2 chs. 1 sc in ch sp from rnd 1. (photo C) ch 2.

[ In next ch sp from rnd 1: 1 sc. ch 3. (photo D) sk 1 ch. 1 sl st in ea of the next 2 chs. 1 sc in ch sp from rnd 1.

ch 4. sk 1 ch. 1 sl st in ea of the next 3 chs. 1 sc in ch sp from rnd 1.

ch 3. sk 1 ch. 1 sl st in ea of the next 2 chs. 1 sc in ch sp from rnd 1. ch 2.] 5 times.

invisible join to first sc of rnd 2. FO.

With CB:

* * Special notes for round 3 only:dc’s go through both loops as normal. sc’s & hdc’s go in back loops only. trc’s go through the loop on the back of the chs.

rnd 3: Starting in point A: ch 2 (counts as 1 sc). 2 sc in same st. 1 dc in next sc (B). 1 hdc at top of next point (C). 1 trc in ea of the next 2 chs (D). 1 hdc at top of next point. 1 dc in next sc.

[3 sc in next point. 1 dc in next sc. 1 hdc at top of next point. 1 trc in ea of the next 2 chs. 1 hdc at top of next point. 1 dc in next sc.] 5 times. sl st to join. (54 sts)

rnd 4: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in ea st. (54 sc)

Invisible join & FO.

 

If you use this free pattern, please consider supporting me by purchasing a pattern from my shop.  Your support will help ensure that I’m able to continue making new patterns to share. Thanks for considering! :)

 

Be sure to check back next week so I can show you how to create this cowl with your hexagons!

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