{Christmas} Easy Craft Ideas

Crochet star pattern

Are you looking for some easy Christmas craft ideas? I’ve compiled some of my favourites here. All you need to do is tap the images to be redirected to the tutorials. Have fun and Merry Christmas!

poinsettia gift topper

Ribbon Poinsettia

ribbon and pegboard christmas tree

3 Ways to Make a Pegboard Tree

white clay star ornaments

Easy Clay Stars

pompom christmas tree

Pom Pom stick Christmas Tree

christmas paper wreath

Christmas Paper Wreath

{Crochet} Easy Crochet Stars

Crochet star patternThis is a super sweet and easy crochet star pattern. Perfect for Christmas or other celebrations, they can be made into garlands, gift toppers or tree decorations. I’ve used 100% Heirloom Cotton and a 4mm hook. This instructions are in UK terms but there are some shorthand instructions for both UK and US at the end of this tutorial. Enjoy! #mandyssuperstarsCrochet star patternStep one – ch4 and then ss into the first chain to form a loop. Work 10htr into the loop. Ss into the top of the first htr. (10htr)Crochet star patternStep 2 – Ch2, tr2tog in the first st (counts as 1x tr3tog). Ch3, tr3tog in each of the following stitches. Ss into the top of the first tr3tog. (10x tr3tog, 10x ch-3)
Crochet star patternStep 3 – Work 4dc into each ch-3 space and leave the last stitch open. (10x 4dc)
Crochet star patternStep 4 – *ss, dc, htr, tr in the next 4 stitches (ie, the first 4dc from the previous round). Ch3 then tr, htr, dc, ss in the next 4 stitches*. Repeat from * to * four more times. (4x ss, dc, htr, tr, ch3, tr, htr, dc, ss)
Crochet stars Step 5 – Ss into the top of tr3tog from Step 2 (this will form a nice sharp indent) *Work 1dc into the dc, htr and tr from the previous round. Work (3dc, ch3, 3dc) into the ch-3 space. Work 1dc into the tr, htr, and dc from the previous round. Ss into the top of the tr3tog from Step 2. * Repeat from * to *  3 more times. Then work 1dc into the dc, htr, tr from the previous round. Work (3dc, ch3, 3dc) into the ch-3 space. Work 1dc into the tr, htr, and dc from the previous round and then fasten off.

UK Shorthand

  1. ch4 and form a loop. 10htr into loop
  2. 10x (tr3tog, ch3)
  3. 4dc into each ch-3 space
  4. Work *ss, dc, htr, tr, ch3, tr, htr, dc, ss* repeat from * to * around.
  5. *Ss into tr3tog, dc in the dc, htr, and tr, then (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in Ch-3 sp , dc in tr, htr and dc* repeat from * to * around and fasten off.

US Shorthand

  1. ch4 and form a loop. 10hdc into loop
  2. 10x (dc3tog, ch3)
  3. 4sc into each ch-3 space
  4. Work *ss, sc, hdc, dc, ch3, dc, hdc, sc, ss* repeat from * to * around.
  5. *Ss into dc3tog, sc in the sc, hdc, and dc, then (3sc, ch3, 3sc) in Ch-3 sp , sc in dc, hdc and sc* repeat from * to * around and fasten off.

 

Yummy Yarn and co is OPEN!!

Patons Cotton Blends 8ply

All of these crochet motifs are made from Patons Cotton Blends 8ply

Yummy Yarn and co is now OPEN and to celebrate we are having a giveaway! Anyone who shops with us before December 15 will go into the draw to win a $50 Voucher to spend on yarn in store. Yay! Open to Australian residents only. You can find us at www.yummyyarnandco.bigcartel.com We are stocking a great range of yarns for both knitters and crocheters including  –

  • DMC Natura Just Cotton
  • DMC Woolly
  • Patons Cotton Blend 8ply
  • Heirloom 100% Cotton

Pop over to the shop for a little sticky beak! We’ll be adding to our range as we grow, so to follow us online jump onto Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to keep up to date. Happy Shopping!

 DMC Woolly

Our delicious DMC Woolly – in stock now

Patons Cotton Blends 8ply

This watermelon cushion by @crochetgirl99 is made from Patons Cotton Blends 8ply

heirloom cotton

Flower Power Granny Square Quilt – made from 100% Heirloom Cotton

DMC Natura Just Cotton

DMC Natura Just Cotton – in stock at Yummy Yarn and co

Heirloom 100% Cotton

Heirloom 100% Cotton – in stock

{Crochet} Flower Power Mandala

Crochet mandala pattern

 

Flower Power Mandala Pattern – This free crochet mandala pattern is written in UK terms, with both US and UK Shorthand terms at the end of the tutorial.

  • UK Terms
  • 4mm Hook
  • Heirloom Cotton 8ply

Stitch Knowledge Required
Magic Ring
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
htr = half treble
tr = treble
dtr = double treble

 crochet mandala pattern

Rounds 1-3

Round 1 – Start with pink. To begin make a magic ring, chain 1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch) then work 8htr into the ring. Sl st to the top of the first htr to join round. (8htr)
Round 2 – Chain 2 (counts as 1htr), then 1 htr into in the same stitch. Work 2 htr into each htr from the previous round. Sl st to the top of the ch2 to join. (16htr)
Round 3 – chain 2 (counts as 1htr),then work 2htr in the next stitch. Continue to work 1htr, then 2 htr into each stitch from the previous round. Sl st to the top of the ch2 to join. (24htr) Fasten off.

 

crochet mandala pattern

Rounds 4 & 5

Round 4 – Switch to green. Ss into any htr from the previous round. Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) then 1dc. Ch 3, miss a stitch and then dc into the next. Continue to ch3, then dc into every second stitch all the way around. Sl st into the first dc to join round. (12 x ch-3 spaces, 12dc).
Round 5 – Sl st into first ch-3 space. Ch3 (counts as 1tr) then work 3tr into the same ch-3 space. Work 4tr into each ch-3 space all the way around. Sl st into the top of the first ch3. (48tr)(12x4tr) fasten off.

 

crochet mandala pattern

Rounds 6 & 7

Round 6 – Switch to yellow. Ss between any two groups of 4trs from the previous round. Ch 5, sl st in between the first two groups of 4tr from the previous round. Continue to ch5, and then sl st in between the tr groups all the way around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
Round 7 – *Sl st into the next ch-5 space and work 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1htr, 1dc* Repeat for * to * all the way around. After the last dc, cut the yarn and thread it into a needle. Fasten off. (12 petals).

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 8

Round 8 – switch to blue. Ss in between any of the 2dc from the previous round. The base of the petal. Ch6 (counts at 1tr, ch3). Ss into the top of the dtr from the previous round and ch3. *Tr between petals, ch 3, ss at petal top, ch3* repeat from * to * around. Finish by ss into the 3rd chain of the initial ch6. (12tr, 12ss, 24xch3)

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 9

Round 9 – Ss into ch-3 space. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as stitch). Work 5dc in each ch-3 sp around. Fasten off. (120dc)

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 10 & 11

Round 10 – switch to green. Ss in between any two 5dc groups. *Ch4, ss in between every 5dc groups * repeat from * to * around. (24ss, 24xch4)
Round 11 – ss into the next ch-4 space, ch3 (counts as one to) then work 7tr into the same space. Ss in the following ch-4 space. Work 8tr in the next ch-4 space. Continue to work 8tr into a ch-4 space and then ss into the next – alternating around. (12ss, 12x8tr groups).

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 12

Round 12– switch to yellow. Ss into any tr from the previous round. Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st). Work 1dc into each stitch around.

 

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 13

Round 13 – switch to Pink. Find the top two dcs of any petal. Ss into the first of those 2dcs and ch3, then tr2tog (counts as 1 tr3tog) ch1, then tr3togther into the next dc, ch 9. * tr3tog in first of top two dcs, ch 1, tr3tog in the next dc, ch9 *repeat * to * around. ss into top of tr3tog. (23x tr3tog, 12x ch9)

 

crochet mandala pattern

Round 14

Round 14 – * ss between any tr3tog pair, work 2dc in the ch-1 space. In the ch-9 space, work 7dc, 3ch, 7dc* repeat from * to * around and fasten off. (12x 7dc,ch3,7dc groups, 12x 2dc pairs).

Shorthand Instructions – UK

  • Round 1 – magic loop then work 8htr
  • Round 2 – 2htr in each tr (16htr)
  • Round 3 – 1htr, 2htr around (24htr)
  • Round 4 – Ch3, skip st, dc in next – repeat around (12dc,12xch-3)
  • Round 5 – 4tr in each ch-3 space (12x 4tr)(48tr)
  • Round 6. – Ch5 then sl st in between gap between two 4tr groups. Repeat around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
  • Round 7 – 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr,1dc into each ch-5 space.
  • Round 8 – Tr between petals, ch3, ss at petal top, ch3. Repeat around.  (12tr, 12ss, 24xch3)
  • Round 9 – 5dc in each ch-3 group. (120dc)
  • Round 10 –  Ss in between 5dc groups, ch 4. Repeat around. (24ss, 24xch4)
  • Round 11 –  Work 8tr into a ch-4 space, ss in the next – alternate around. (12ss, 12x8tr groups).
  • Round 12 –  Work 1dc into each stitch around.
  • Round 13 – in the top two dcs of each petal work, 1tr3tog, ch1, 1tr3tog and then ch9 – repeat around.  (24x tr3tog, 12x ch9)
  • Round 14 –  Work 2dc in the ch-1 space and then in the ch-9 space, work 7dc, 3ch, 7dc – repeat around (12x 7dc,ch3,7dc groups, 12x 2dc pairs). Fasten off.

Shorthand Instructions US

  • Round 1 – magic loop then work 8hdc
  • Round 2 – 2hdc in each tr (16hdc)
  • Round 3 – 1hdc, 2hdc around (24hdc)
  • Round 4 – Ch3, skip st, sc in next – repeat around (12sc,12xch-3)
  • Round 5 – 4dc in each ch-3 space (12x 4dc)(48dc)
  • Round 6. – Ch5 then sl st in between gap between two 4dc groups. Repeat around. (12sl st, 12x ch-5 spaces)
  • Round 7 – 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc,1sc into each ch-5 space.
  • Round 8 – Dc between petals, ch3, ss at petal top, ch3. Repeat around.  (12dc, 12ss, 24xch3)
  • Round 9 – 5sc in each ch-3 group. (120sc)
  • Round 10 –  Ss in between 5sc groups, ch 4. Repeat around. (24ss, 24xch4)
  • Round 11 –  Work 8dc into a ch-4 space, ss in the next – alternate around. (12ss, 12x8dc groups).
  • Round 12 –  Work 1sc into each stitch around.
  • Round 13 – in the top two sc of each petal work, 1dc3tog, ch1, 1dc3tog and then ch9 – repeat around.  (24x dc3tog, 12x ch9)
  • Round 14 –  Work 2sc in the ch-1 space and then in the ch-9 space, work 7sc, 3ch, 7sc – repeat around (12x 7sc,ch3,7sc groups, 12x 2sc pairs). Fasten off.

{Crochet} Simple Crochet Lazy Daisy Flower

free crochet flower patternCrochet flower patterns don’t get much easier than this simply daisy, which I’m calling Lazy Daisy. This pattern uses 8ply Patons cotton blend and a 4mm hook. This pattern is in UK terms with some shorthand US instructions at the end.
free crochet flower pattern

Step 1.  Ch6, ss into first ch to make a loop

free crochet flower pattern

Step 2 – Ch1, then work 12htrs into the loop. Fasten off. (12htr)

free crochet flower pattern

Step 3 – Swap colour -join with a ss into any htr , ch8 and ss into the same htr, *ss into the next st, ch8, ss into same st* repeat from * to * around. Fasten off. (12 X ch8 petals)free crochet flower patternUS Shorthand 

1. Ch6, ss into first ch to form a loop.
2. 12hdc into the loop. Fasten off (12hdc)
3. With new colour – ss, ch8, ss into each hdc. (12x ch8 petals).

All done. Don’t forget to tag your #crochetlazydaisy. I’ve designed a few more really simple flower patterns that I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks. Enjoy. Xx

free crochet flower pattern

How to Style a Pegboard – Easy Tutorial

pegboard inspo

I am a little obsessed with styling the pegboard in my office and my Instagram followers have become familiar with my habit of giving it a makeover. I like to fill it with essential items, pretty things and inspirational quotes. It helps to make my office a happy place to work. My pegboard recieves lots of ‘oohs and ahhs’ when i post pics of it on social media, which is why i have put together this easy peasy tutorial today. It looks impressive, but it is so easy to do and a great way to keep all of your bits and bobs sorted…..perfect for crafters in particular. Okay, here’s what you’ll need –

  • sheet of pegboard (available at hardware stores and it’s cheap!)
  • some baskets for storing bigger items (i found mine at bunnings)
  • some pegboard hooks (these should be available where you buy your pegboard)
  • sturdy rope and wall hooks (although you may prefer a different method of attachment)
  • bits and bobspegboard ideas pegboard inspo pegboard inspo pegboard ideas pegboard ideas

 

{Creatives’ Spaces} Belinda Satterthwaite of Tomolly

Tomolly Millthorpe

I’d like to introduce you to Belinda Satterthwaite, the creative and clever owner of Tomolly, a beautiful homewares and gift shop in the heart of historic Millthorpe. Belinda was kind enough to let me into her home and shop to take a few pictures, so i can share with you her unique sense of style. I don’t know about you, but i get tired of seeing the same old, same old ‘on trend’ pieces in every store. It all gets so boring and repetitive. Belinda has a fresh approach when looking for stock to fill her store. She doesn’t like to fill her shelves with the same thing as everybody else and is constantly on the lookout for something a bit different. She has an eclectic mix of functional, stylish, upcycled and handmade items in Tomolly. It really is a treasure trove!

Her home decorating is very unique too. Belinda’s floors, walls and skirts are all white, providing a crisp blank canvas on which to decorate. Most of the items in her home are found, collected and often upcycled. The house is perfectly curated and completely original. I love it! Thanks Belinda for letting me into your creative space!

You can find Belinda and Tomolly online here – Facebook   Website Instagram

country style cushions crochet booties gift store in Millthorpe handmade cabinet recycled interiors tomolly millthorpe sign

{Craft as Therapy} Your chance to be a guest moderator!

craftastherapy

Hello there! Have you been playing along with #craftastherapy on Instagram and wishing that you were able to pick the features? Well, this could be your chance. We are looking for a guest moderator to take over the account for a week, starting Nov 7. The job involves, choosing features, posting inspirational quotes and providing feedback to creative crafters.  As @craftastherapy belongs to everyone, the moderators and i thought having a guest moderator, chosen from our community, would be a great way to involve our participants. Okay – to be in the running you need to post a picture on IG, tag #craftastherapy_guestmod and tell us a bit about yourself. If you post a picture of yourself,  you will get two entries into the draw. So go on, give it a go! Being a @craftastherapy moderator is a lot of fun! The guest moderator will be drawn this Saturday, but until then please enjoy these features and posts from @neverjillian‘s and @smilewithsadie‘s week of moderating.

Mandyxx

creativity quote

Image Credit – @neverjillian

crochet doilies

{Top Left} – @raimarie16
{Top Right} – @murphy_and_me_handmade
{Bottom Left} – @hannapopana
{Bottom Right} – @nesimerciger

craft on instagram

{Top Left} – @rarepearstudio
{Top Right} – @crochetspecs
{Bottom Left} – @thehopeanomaly
{Bottom Right} – @suzannemartin

mandala craft

{Top Left} – @knitirene
{Top Right} – @themessybrunette
{Bottom Left} – @locamonica
{Bottom Right} – @maga_instamamme

{Crochet} Flower Power Granny Square Free Pattern

crochet square flower pattern

If you’ve made my Flower Power crochet coasters before, then you’ll love this free pattern which turns them into a granny square by adding three simple rounds. You’ll find the Flower Power coaster pattern here. Once you have made your coaster, simply follow these instructions to turn them into squares. Crochet squares are brilliant for making blankets, scarves and cushions. I’d love to see your Flower Power Granny Square creations, so please tag them with #flowerpowergrannysquare if you’re posting pictures on social media.

The following instructions are in UK terms, using 8ply cotton yarn and a 4mm hook. You’ll find the US and UK shorthand instructions at the end of this post. Have fun!

free crochet square pattern

UK Flower Power Granny Square Instructions

free crochet square pattern

Round 1 – take your flower power coaster and sl st into the top of the dtr (petal top) ch3 and then htr in between the two dcs at the base at the petals. This stitch should be right in the middle of the two petals, then ch3. * Sl st into petal top (dtr), ch3 and htr in between dcs at petal base, ch3 * repeat from. * to * around then sl st into first petal top. (12htr, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3).

 

free crochet square pattern

Round 2 – sl st into the ch-3 space, ch1 (this doesn’t count as a st) *Work 2htr, 1tr and 1dtr into this space then ch2. In the next ch-3 space, work 1dtr, 1tr and 2htr. Work 3dc into each of the next four ch-3 spaces.* repeat from * to * 3 more times. Sl st into first htr. (48dc, 4X groups of 2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr).

 

crochet square flower pattern

Round 3 – ch 3 (counts as 1tr) work 1tr into each stitch until you reach the corner ch-2 space. *In the ch-2 space work 1tr, ch1, 1tr. Then 1tr into each of the stitches from the previous round. (20tr). * repeat from * to * 2 more times. Work 1tr, ch1, 1tr into the last ch-2 space, then 1tr into each st until you reach your initial ch3 (tr). Sl st into the top of this initial ch3 and fasten off. (22tr along each side = 88tr)

crochet square flower pattern

Ta da! Your Flower Power Coaster is now a funky granny square. Don’t forgot to tag your makes #flowerpowergrannysquare

Shorthand UK 
1. Sl st into petal top, ch3, htr in between petals – repeat around. (12htr, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3)
2.  At the corners work (2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch 2 in first ch-3 space, then 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr in the next ch-3 space).  Work 3dc into each of the 4 x ch-3 spaces along the sides. (48dc, 4X groups of 2htr, 1tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 1tr, 2htr).
3. Work 1tr into each st at the sides and then 1tr, ch1, 1tr at corners. Fasten off. (22tr along each side = 88tr)

Shorthand US
1. Sl st into petal top, ch3, hdc in between petals – repeat around (12hdc, 12sl st, 24 x ch-3)
2. At the corners work (2hdc, 1dc, 1tr, ch 2 in first ch-3 space, then 1tr, 1dc, 2hdc in the next ch-3 space). Work 3sc into each of the 4 x ch-3 spaces along the sides. (48sc, 4X groups of 2hdc, dc,1tr, ch2, 1tr, 1dc, 2hdc).
3. Work 1dc into each st at the sides and then 1dc, ch1, 1dc at corners. Fasten off. (22dc along each side = 88dc)

{Craft as Therapy} New Fun Weekly Themes

crochet flower patterns

{Top Left} – @samela_moss
{Top Right} -@ivamakes
{Bottom Left} – @crochetbylin
{Bottom Right} – @araniaturuleca

We have introduced a weekly theme for @craftastherapy on Instagram, where each moderator chooses a fun theme and a new hashtag for crafters to use. Keep on tagging your makes with #craftastherapy, as pictures for features will still be chosen from here. The weekly theme is there as an extra challenge. This weeks theme is #craftastherapy_nature which has been chosen by @neverjillian. This theme will run until Saturday, so if you’d like to join in please feel very welcome to do so. Below are some of the themes and features from previous weeks. Thanks to everyone for playing along. :)

crochet icecream

{Top Left} – @supercutedesign
{Top Right} – @withmyhandz
{Bottom Left} – @carolynchristmas
{Bottom Right} – @matuszka_i_jaguszka

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_food theme as selected by @smilewithsade.

granny squares

{Top Left} – @emilie.snaps
{Top Right} – @alegriachaamano
{Bottom Left} – @umdiddle_diddlediddle
{Bottom Right} – @kellykellykellygreen

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_human theme as selected by @bqueencollection.

{Top Left} -  {Top Right} -  {Bottom Left} -  {Bottom Right} -

{Top Left} – @llwyngwril_yarnbombing_project
{Top Right} – @dulcinas
{Bottom Left} – @sabinspeich
{Bottom Right} – @shaula_la_la

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_animals theme as selected by @queenbabs.

favourite craft projects

{Top Left} – @winterbeachbymab
{Top Right} – @thelittleblock
{Bottom Left} – @charlisadesigns
{Bottom Right} – @tinachalks

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_favorite theme as selected by @marretjeroos.

colorful craft projects

{Top Left} -@suanknits
{Top Middle} – @bisukiut
{Top Right} – @joakhui80
{Middle Left} -@ceyhan65
{Centre} -@littlemasih
{Middle Right} – @locamonica
{Bottom Left} – @bymamidk
{Bottom Middle} – @taralee.peace
{Bottom Right} -@maria.c.makeit

These features were picked for the #craftastherapy_colorful theme as selected by @maritparit.