{Crochet} Fleur Square Crochet Pattern

Free crochet square pattern

Here is the tutorial for my crochet Fleur Square. Crochet squares are so versatile and can be used to make cushions, blankets, scarves, bags and the list goes on. I’ve used 8ply Patons Cotton Blend and a 4mm hook for this pattern. The instructions are in UK terms and there are both UK and US shorthand instructions at the end of the tutorial. Don’t forget to tag #fleursquare once you’ve made your square. I’d love to see them!

UK Instructions (US instructions at the end)

Free crochet square pattern

Step 1 – With colour A, Ch6, Sl st to first ch to form a loop.

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 2 – Ch3, tr2tog (counts as 1tr3tog) ch2. *tr3tog, ch2* repeat from * to * 7 times (8 x tr3tog, 8 x ch-2 spaces). Fasten off.

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 3 – With colour B, Sl at into any ch-2 space and work 3dc. Skip to the next ch -2 space and work 2dc,2ch,2dc (to form a corner) *In the next ch-2 space work 3dc and then 2dc, ch2, 2dc in the following ch-2 space * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Sl st into first dc (4 x 3dc groups, 4 x 2dc,ch2,2dc groups).

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 4 – *Ch5, sl st in the stitch just after the 3dc group from the previous round. Ch4 then sl st in the ch-2 space at the corner, ch4, sl st just before the next 3dc group from the previous round.* repeat from * to * 3 more times (8 x ch-4 spaces, 4 x ch-5 spaces).

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 5 -Sl st into the first ch-5 space, * work 5dc into the ch-5 space. 4dc into both of the ch-4 spaces at the corners. * repeat from * to * 3 more times (8 x 4dc groups, 4 x 5dc groups)

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 6 – *Sl st into the 3rd dc (or middle dc) of the 5dc group from previous round. Ch5 then tr, ch3, tr at corner. Ch5 * then repeat from * to * 3 times and then Sl st to 3dc of 5dc group and fasten off. (8 x ch-5 spaces, 4 x tr, ch2, tr groups)

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 7  – Switch to colour A. Sl st into any ch-3 corner space then * in the corner work 2tr, ch1, 2tr. Then 6tr in the next two ch-5 spaces* repeat from * to * 3 times and fasten off. (4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 8 x 6tr groups)

 

Free crochet square pattern

Step 8 – Switch to colour C. Sl st into any corner space and * work 2tr, ch1, 2tr into the corner. 1tr in the next 16 stitches.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Fasten off. (4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 16 trs along each side)

 

Free crochet square pattern

I added another round of white trebles to each of my squares and then i joined them together to form the centre of a cushion. A round of green and another couple of rounds of trebles in white finished off my cushion nicely.

Free crochet square pattern

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Here are the shorthand instructions for all of you clever crocheters.

Fleur Square (UK)

  • 1 – Ch 6, sl st to first ch to from a loop
  • 2 – 8 x tr3tog with ch2 in between.  Fasten off (8 x tr3tog, 8 x ch-2 spaces)
  • 3 – New colour: 3dc along the sides. 2dc, ch2, 2dc at corners. (4 x 3dc groups, 4 x 2dc,ch2,2dc groups)
  • 4 – Ch5 and then sl st over each 3dc groups. Ch4, sl st into ch-2 space, ch 4 at corners (8 x ch-4 spaces, 4 x ch-5 spaces)
  • 5 – 5dc in ch-5 spaces and 4dc in ch-4 spaces (8 x 4dc groups, 4 x 5dc groups)
  • 6 -Sl st into 3rd dc in 5dc group, ch5 then tr,ch3,tr at corners, ch 5. Repeat 3 more times. Fasten off (8 x ch-5 spaces, 4 x tr, ch3, tr groups)
  • 7 – New Colour: 2tr, ch1, 2tr at corners and 6tr into each ch-5 space. Fasten off. (4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 8 x 6tr groups)
  • 8 – New Colour – 2tr, 1ch, 2tr into each corner and 1tr into each of the 16 stitches along the sides. Fasten off.(4 x 2tr, ch1, 2tr groups, 16 trs along each side) Fasten off.

Fleur Square (US)

  • 1 – Ch 6, sl st to first ch to from a loop
  • 2 – 8 x dc3tog with ch2 in between.  Fasten off (8 x dc3tog, 8 x ch-2 spaces)
  • 3 – New colour: 3sc along the sides. 2sc, ch2, 2sc at corners. (4 x 3sc groups, 4 x 2sc,ch2,2sc groups)
  • 4 – Ch5 and then sl st over each 3sc groups. Ch4, sl st into ch-2 space, ch 4 at corners (8 x ch-4 spaces, 4 x ch-5 spaces)
  • 5 – 5sc in ch-5 spaces and 4sc in ch-4 spaces (8 x 4sc groups, 4 x 5sc groups)
  • 6 -Sl st into 3rd dc in 5sc group, ch5 then dc,ch3,dc at corners, ch 5. Repeat 3 more times. Fasten off (8 x ch-5 spaces, 4 x dc, ch3, dc groups)
  • 7 – New Colour: 2dc, ch1, 2dc at corners and 6dc into each ch-5 space. Fasten off. (4 x 2dc, ch1, 2dc groups, 8 x 6dc groups)
  • 8 – New Colour: 2dc, 1ch, 2dc into each corner and 1dc into each of the 16 stitches along the sides. Fasten off.(4 x 2dc, ch1, 2dc groups, 16 dcs along each side) Fasten off.

Free crochet square pattern

{Crochet} Mandy’s Mega Mandalas – Made by You

free crochet mandala pattern

Image Credit – @mommeetspoetry This is her short version of Mandy’s Mega Mandala that she made into a sweet little wall hanging.

Today i wanted to share with you some of the gorgeous crochet mandala creations made from my crochet pattern – Mandy’s Mega Mandala. It’s been a pure delight to see so many of these being made. I love that a crochet mandala can be used in many different ways – doily, coaster, wall hanging or acushion. Thank you kindly to all of these clever crafters for making Mandy’s Mega Mandala in a varietyof colour schemes. Beautiful!! And if you make one of my mega mandalas please tag #mandysmegamandala, so that i can see it and maybe share it here. If the mega mandala is too much of a committment for you, please try out one of my smaller patterns –

{Craft as Therapy} Round Up by @Olivesandpickles

Craft quote

Image Credit – @olivesandpickes

Here is another @craftastherapy roundup from Ryane at @olivesandpickles. Her weekly theme was #craftastherapy_hexies, where crafters were invited to tag their images of crafty hexagons – sewn, crocheted, painted or drawn. Her hexie grid is at the bottom of this post. Thanks Ryane! And if you’d like to find out more about @craftastherapy on Instagram please read more here.

Craft hexagons

Image Credit – @olivesandpickles

Pretty craft projects

{Top Left} – @joykilledthepoet
{Top Right} – @leannesaysitallg
{Bottom Left} – @vilseivirkligheten
{Bottom Right} – _riaparamita_

Styled yarn pictures

{Top Left} – @petalplum
{Top Right} – @nikkioutwest
{Bottom Left} – @crochetgirl99
{Bottom Right} – _deborah.brandon_

Craft hexagons

{Top Left} – @maria.c.makeit
{Top Centre} – @deartomyartcreations
{Top Right} – @yardagedesign
{Middle Left} – @chitweed
{Middle Centre} – @marretjeroos
{Middle Right} – @madewithloops
{Bottom Left} – @mobiusgirl
{Bottom Centre} – @squeeze_cuddles
{Bottom Right} – @ourlovelylittlelife

 

{Fabric} Vintage Suitcase Makeover

Old suitcase upcycle

Give a vintage suitcase a new life with an easy fabric makeover

Today I’m going to show you an easy and affordable way to make old vintage suitcases pretty by giving them a makeover with fabric and glue. Vintage suitcases make fabulous storage for blankets and craft supplies and you can find them cheaply at op shop or thrift shops. Their vintage brown exterior compliments neutral settings well, but can look old and dirty in bright or modern settings. I have owned these 3 suitcases for years, so I thought it was time to pretty them up and makes them useful in my craft office.

Vintage suitcases

Three old brown vintage suitcases found at my local op shop.

I gave two of these suitcases a couple of coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, but I wanted to cover the third suitcase in fabric. This turned out to be my favourite! Here is a little pictorial guide of how I made it pretty. :)

RedAgape suitcase makeover

I like to start at the bottom. Give the bottom of the suitcase a generous coat of mod podge in preparation for the fabric.

Fabric covered suitcase

Lay the fabric over the top of the suitcase and press down firmly. Don’t worry if the Mod Podge soaks through a little as this will make it extra secure.

Fabric covered suitcase

Pull of corners of the fabric into a peak at the corners in preparation for trimming.

Vintage suitcase makeover Fabric

Cut through the peak you formed to divide the fabric. Cut off excess fabric.

Vintage suitcase makeover

Secure the sides with plenty of mod Podge making sure to press down firmly.

Fabric covered vintage suitcase

Press fabric firmly against the Mod Podge to secure. Trim away any excess and secure the corners that you trimmed previously. Fold the top of the fabric over and secure it inside the suitcase.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ensure that any joins in the fabric are well secured with Mod Podge

Covering a vintage suitcase

Cut carefully around any obstacles (latches, handles etc) with a blade. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Vintage suitcase makeover

The vintage latch revealed provides a rustic contrast against the pretty pink fabric. Repeat this process for the lid of the suitcase. I found it easier to work this two pieces of fabric – one for the top and one for the bottom.

Mod Podge covered suitcase

I secured fabric to the inside of the suitcases too, to make sure they were as pretty as the outside.

Mod Podge suitcase

When the entire suitcase is covered with fabric, give it all a good coat of mod Podge to protect and seal the fabric. This will dry clear.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ta Da! All done! Now you have pretty and practical storage for your blankets and craft supplies

{My Houzz Articles} 15 Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts

I seriously cannot get enought of Kantha quilts! Click on the image below to read my article on Houzz – 15 Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts. It’s a great read for anyone with a few blankets or for those looking for reasons to justify purchasing a few more. :) Enjoy!

Houzz - Kantha Quilts

Click the Image to Read the Article

{Craft as Therapy} Introducing #craftastherapy on Instagram

#craftastherapyI am really excited to introduce the #craftastherapy hashtag on Instagram. Over the past few years crafting and creating has become a huge part of my life and has helped me get through the toughest of times. I have spoken to a lot of fellow crafters about the benefits of using craft as a method of therapy and so many agree that time spent crafting is relaxing and therapeutic. I have heard many stories about how craft has helped provide stress relief during mental or physical hardship. Whether it is learning a new skill or revisiting a previous hobby, time spent creating is good for the mind and body.
Upcycled atlas wreath A number of clever, crafty instagrammers have already started using the hashtag. The #craftastherapy feed is filling up with inspirational and beautiful images. I hope to share projects here on the blog from the #craftastherapy feed, so please feel welcome to join in and tag your crafty projects with this hashtag. Or if you’d like to share your story and have a feature of your own, i would love to hear from you. stitching on embroidery hoopThe above sweet stitchery is by Robyn from @shopsewrobyn and is made on a canvas of vintage sheets. Robyn was kind enough to share her story with me – in October just past, she suffered a miscarriage and used her newly acquired skill of hand-embroidery to help her get through the waiting and recovering time. She said, “I could just sit and stitch and think as much or as little as i wanted, and have the comfort/satisfaction of making and completing something beautiful with my hands, even though my body had failed me in other ways at the time”.
crochet blanketThis beautiful crochet blanket is just one of the creative images you will find in the #craftastherapy feed. Robyn aka @crochetgirl99 is super talented with the hook and her own feed is full of stunning creations. She calls this project her “summer loving” blanket. weaving projectsThis unique weave made by Anna aka @ansies also features in the #craftastherapy feed along with some of her other inspiring projects. Her weaves are like nothing i have ever seen before and feature lots of natural and foraged materials.
crochet vignetteThe above image is from Chaney, aka @lovemylittlebird – what could be more relaxing than crochet and a cup of coffee?

Please check out the #craftastherapy feed on Instagram and be amazed by the creative and crafty people that are posting under the hashtag. It is a visual feast of crafty projects plus a you will find loads of encouraging and supportive people there.

DIY Headboard at RedAgape Guesthouse

navy bedroom tufted headboardI was really excited to finally hang my DIY tufted headboard on the wall in the navy room at RedAgape Guesthouse. You can find the tutorial here if you are keen to make one for yourself. It is a challenging project but well worth the time and energy, as it is so cost effective when compared with buying a new headboard. 
beige headboard DIY bedhead tutorial beige bedhead navy room navy red beige bedroomYou can find more images of  RedAgape Guesthouse in my Instagram feed or my FaceBook page. :)

 

Forty9L Artworks by Jacinta Haycock

jacinta haycock girl in the red dress

The Girl in the Red Dress


There are a beautiful selection of paintings available in RedAgape Guesthouse. They are painted by local artist Jacinta Haycock from Forty9L Artworks. If you are interested in any of her paintings you can find her contact details on her Facebook page. Or alternatively, you may like to contact me at amanda@redagape.com.au

jacinta haycock red dog

Red Dog 50×50
Acrylics and Oils on Canvas


jacinta haycock morning dew

Morning Dew 67X56 Acrylics and Oils on Canvas

jacinta haycock deer oh deer

Deer oh Deer 97×66
Acrylics and Oils on board


jacinta haycock angels

Angels

jacinta haycock vintage flowers

Vintage Flowers 91×61
Acrylics and Oils on Canvas

7 Vignettes for April 2014

seven vignettes april natural

The April round of #7vignettes, created by The Interiors Addict is being judged by Once Was Lost who are lovers of beautifully handmade products. They source products from all over the globe focussing on well designed, high quality and ethically produced pieces. The list for this month’s 7 Vignettes has been one of my favourites. Simple, but thought provoking words that have inspired many beautiful vignettes on Instagram. Search under the hashtag #7vignettes to admire these lovingly created images. You can find me on Instagram under RedAgape.

The list –
* Natural
* Simple Things
* Adventure
* Handmade
* Wise Words
* Found
* Thankful

seven vignettes simple things

seven vignettes adventure

seven vignettes handmade

seven vignettes wise words

seven vignettes found

seven vignettes thankful
seven vignettes april 2014