I bought this reflective yarn in January 2014. My son wanted me to make him a hat. I, his very slow mother, finally finished it! lol
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I only made one handmade gift this past Christmas. I made this Crocheted Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Scarf for my mother, a breast cancer survivor.
Crocheted Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Scarf
My daughter is modeling the scarf in these first two pictures. This ribbon scarf is super easy to make. It looks more complicated than it is. It’s a very pretty scarf, too.
You could make this scarf with the color of the awareness ribbon you want to acknowledge. For example, orange for leukemia awareness, or gold for childhood cancer awareness. If you wanted to get all fancy, you could change colors to have the solid rows a different color than the ribbon rows. I think I’ll try that next!
Here’s a picture of my mother on Christmas day modeling her scarf. Shh…don’t tell her I posted a picture of her! She’s shy! lol
Like I said, the pattern for this scarf is super easy. You can easily learn it from this video. Really. It’s so easy, no written pattern is necessary! So grab some pink yarn and get crocheting!
If you make a ribbon scarf, let me know how it turned out!
You may also like my post on how to make a Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Gravevine Wreath.
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I saw this picture on Facebook last October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I knew that my mother, a breast cancer survivor, would love it.
Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Grapevine Wreath
I did a quick online search, and I couldn’t find any ready made ribbon wreaths. Since I have my own grapevines in my yard, I decided to make my own. It was fall, the perfect time to cut the vines.
The first thing you have to do when working with grapevines, is soak them in water for a few hours. It will make them pliable enough to bend. Then I started bending them.
They didn’t want to bend in a nice circle, so I got out one of my metal tins that was a nice size for this project, and formed the grapevines around it. Making sure to leave two long tails for the ribbon. Of course, I had to take a break and have a nice cup of hot chocolate. It was chilly out, after all.
Once I had it as thick as I wanted it, I tied it together with wire. Ok, I used large twist ties. Use whatever wire thing you have on hand. Then I trimmed the ends so they were somewhat even.
Since I was making this into a breast cancer survivor ribbon, I used pink flowers. You could use whatever color and style of flowers you like. I hot glued the flowers onto one side of the grapevine ribbon. Use as many, and put them on as thick as you would like. I then looped a piece of ribbon through the top of the grapevine to hang it with. I tied it in a bow, and secured it with hot glue. You could also tie it in a knot instead of a bow.
My mother loved it!
Now, I know not everyone has grapes growing in their yard to get the vine from. So here a couple of ideas if you wanted to make a grapevine ribbon.
~Buy a large grapevine wreath, cut it in the middle at the bottom, and pull the two ends so they overlap, then tie together tightly.
~Use a grapevine garland, cut it to the length you want, form it into the ribbon shape, then tie it. You can experiment with forming the ribbon before cutting the garland, to see how long you want it.
I will be trying these methods in the future. I know some other people that would love one of these. Let me know how it comes out, if you try one!
Here are some options I found for purchasing grapevine that I think will be easy to use for making ribbon wreaths.
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You may also like my post on how to crochet a Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Scarf.
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I’ve been crocheting more items for my Grandmothers Hope Chest. That’s where I keep the things I’ve been making for my future grandchildren. I’ve got a few blankets and sweaters and booties in there so far. I can’t wait to be a grandma. 🙂
As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received access to Rosie’s Doll Clothes Patterns Learn How to Make Doll Clothes Video Course. The video course includes over 130 videos, over eight hours of video, and eight free printable patterns. The video course is accessible online, as well as available on dvd. The doll clothes made from these patterns will fit 18 inch dolls.
I love crafting of all kinds. I also love taking crafting classes. It’s been years since I’ve been able to take a class, though. Making a home and homeschooling six kids doesn’t leave one lots of time for craft classes. Craftsy online classes sound like a great fit for me, no travel time, I could just go straight to class.
I made a list of three classes I would love to take.
My Craftsy Wish List:
1. Quilting Quickly – Learn to make quilts in a fraction of the time. Great for beginners like me!
2. Modern Piping – I’ve been decorating cakes for over 20 years now, but I would love to learn more about this technique
3. Knit Original Toe-Up Socks – I’m a very beginning knitter who would very much love to learn how to knit socks.
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As part of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received the Costumes with Character eBook from Golden Prairie Press to review.
Make Your Own Costumes from Eleven Time Periods with One Dress! Costumes with Character is written by Amy Puetz. With a foreword by Jennie Chancey. 72 full color pages available as an ebook or printed book. View the table of contents and sample pages There are many pictures of the different costumes on the website.
She loves to tell the stories of people who impacted their generation.
She first wrote a historical costume book and then other historical books with a Christian worldview.”
Using costumes is a great way to make history come alive for kids and reinforce what they are learning. This easy sewing book has step by step instructions and patterns for making all the accessories needed for eleven different time periods. I really love that you can use one dress for all 11 time periods. Simply change the collar and cuffs. Then add the accessories like bonnets, vests, aprons to achieve the different looks. Patterns are included for all. The patterns are designed for young adults but a handy adjustment formula is included to help you use the patterns for younger girls. The patterns in the book are in grid form, you draw them and enlarge them yourself. The pattern ebook that I also received has some of the patterns enlarged and ready to print. Some of the patterns do take several pages to print.
The chapters are:
Colonial (Pilgrim & Puritan 1620-1700)
American Revolution (1775-1783)
Young Republic (1800-1820)
Romantic Era (1820-1848)
Civil War (1861-1865)
Turn of the Century (1900-1910)
Each chapter has color instructions to make cuffs, aprons, bonnets, hats, collars, vests, etc. There are also lots of extra goodies like quotes, quizzes, and beautiful pictures. You will learn more about the history of the eras from reliable old sources. Hannah and I both liked all the historical information included. I had fun quizzing her with the quiz. lol This is a fun book for girls and ladies of all ages. Certainly a great book for mothers and daughters to read and sew together.
I let Hannah, 16, go through the book and choose where she wanted to start. She chose the Victorian 1880 section. She really liked the lace collar and cuffs. I printed out the pages that she needed, and she got to work. She did all the work by herself.
Hannah said the directions were easy to follow. The collar and cuffs were pretty simple to make. I printed the patterns from the pattern ebook onto legal size paper.
In this picture you can see both sides of the collar. There is a casing down the middle of the underside that a ribbon is threaded through. It is then gathered and tied around the neck. Hannah made the collar and cuffs according to the pattern size. She didn’t downsize the pattern, and they fit Abby, 14, very nice.
Hannah and I talked Abby into modeling for us. We already had this old fashioned dress that Hannah had made a few years ago. It now fits Abby perfectly. I just love the look of the collar.
Here’s the back of the collar. You can see the ribbon that is used to gather and tie. We left the ribbon hanging out, but you could tuck it to the inside, also.
The cuffs are great, too.
The cuffs are made with a casing on the inside like the collar, only the cuffs use elastic instead of ribbon. Neither the cuffs or the collar are attached to the dress, making it easy to transform one dress into many costumes.
I am impressed with the quality of the book and the patterns. Hannah liked the patterns and said she would use them in the future as the need arose.
The Costumes with Character eBook sells for $21.95. On sale for $17.56 Also available as a printed book The pattern ebook in PDF form that I used is free with the purchase of the Costumes with Character eBook. You can also purchase printed patterns for $15. On Sale for $12. These prices are current at the time of this post. In the future, patterns that you can buy and cut (like store bought patterns) will be available. I will keep my eye open for these to be available, as they would be great to have.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. My opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”