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5 Days of Crafting: Crocheted Swaddle

5 Days of Crafting: Crocheted Swaddle

Merry Christmas! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. ūüôā

I just completed a crocheted swaddle for some very dear friends of mine. We found the free pattern here.  Crocheted Swaddle | Reflections of Happiness

Isn’t the stitch beautiful? It’s called the diagonal box stitch and you actually start from the corner rather than working in rows. The pattern is¬†a little confusing, so a wonderful walkthrough on the stitch can be found here.Crocheted Swaddle | Reflections of Happiness

The swaddle¬†didn’t take all that long to make; this stitch comes together very quickly. Other baby blankets I’ve made have taken months and this one only took about a week to complete.Crocheted Swaddle | Reflections of Happiness

These instructions also came with this pattern to print out and give with the crocheted swaddle. Crocheted Swaddle | Reflections of Happiness

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my 5 Days of Crafting posts! Next week I’ll continue with my recap from our Around the World Trip. Next stop: Iceland!

5 Days of Crafting: Crocheted Minion

5 Days of Crafting: Crocheted Minion

Welcome to my 5 Days of Crafting mini-series! I recently accepted a new job and officially start in January; and I have a nice break over the holidays to relax. I’m spending my time doing a workout called Insanity, organizing the house, building a craft table with my dad, and spending much of my¬†time crafting!

I figured I’d share some of the projects I’ve been working on – I’ll share one project a day until Christmas! Today’s¬†5 Days of Crafting post¬†is about a crocheted minion.

I found a free pattern on Ravelry. If you’d like to try this pattern yourself, click here.

My first attempt at the minion body ended up with the minon about half the length it needed to be, so I have an extra yellow stuffed oval in my craft room now. I might try to turn that into a pineapple next week! Anyways, the minion pattern is kind of like a Mr. Potato Head since you can switch out many of the pieces.

This is the body and arms. Technically the arts are supposed to be attached by velcro, but I sewed them onto the body.Crocheted Minons | Reflections of HappinessHere’s how the minion looks with its blue overalls!Crocheted Minons | Reflections of HappinessMr. Minion waves hello! His arms have pipe cleaners in them, which makes them rather bendy. They won’t stay up on their own though… thus why his hand is leaning against the lampshade.Crocheted Minons | Reflections of HappinessHere he is with only one¬†eye. I made two headbands that can be switched out. I only made the one mouth, but many mouths could be made and attached by velcro.Crocheted Minons | Reflections of HappinessIsn’t the little crocheted minion just so cute?Crocheted Minons | Reflections of Happiness

Baby Dragon Hats

Baby Dragon Hats

Earlier this year, I made some crocheted baby dragons. Well, I recently made another and did a better job at making the eyes this time! In addition, I also made a newborn dragon hat that my sister found a pattern for. The pattern for the hat is located here.Crocheted Baby Dragon¬†While the dragon usually takes about 25-30 hours to make, the dragon hat was much easier… I completed it within 3 hours! It also makes a super cute addition to go with the dragon stuffed animal¬†for a baby shower gift.¬†Baby Dragon HatHere is the baby dragon and the hat together. Quite a pair. What do you think?Baby Dragon Hat and Baby Dragon Animal

Crocheted Baby Dragons

Crocheted Baby Dragons

I love crocheting things, but I’ve never made anything more than hats, scarves and blankets…. until now!

When I learned that some of our close friends were going to have a baby, I knew I wanted to make something special for them. I did make them a ripple blanket to fit a stroller, but then I wanted to make them something else.

(null)(null)I also figured out how to make crocheted baby dragons. I found a free pattern online and played with the instructions until I figured out what worked for the yarn and crochet needles that I had at home.

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After showing some other friends what I had created, I suddenly had about eight ‘orders’ for baby dragons from friends! They all loved it. I’ve¬†created a total of 4 dragons so far, and there are 4 more to go for people who have friends with¬†young kids or who are expecting.

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My sister has a friend on her soccer team that just had a baby, and she loves USA soccer. So, I created a blue and red dragon with a white and black soccer ball!

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I just find these dragons so cute! Here are a few more pictures of the finished dragons:(null)

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What do you think?

Boba Fett Crocheted Hat

Boba Fett Crocheted Hat

Sometime this year, my sister messaged me to tell me that she had found an awesome hat and that I should make it for her fiance sometime. I love crocheting, but I never actually make things for myself – I’ll only start projects when I know that I’m making it as a gift. I bought the pattern and did nothing… for months.

About two months before my sister’s wedding, I decided I should finally make the hat and give it to my soon-to-be brother-in-law as a wedding present. I had to crochet the main green hat, and then¬†5 or 6 random other sections were later sewn onto the hat. Here is a¬†picture while I was creating it – I wasn’t sure how it was going to come together at this point!

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Here is the final hat from a few different angles:

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Lastly, here’s a photo of my brother-in-law from their honeymoon – he brought along the hat and used a bandana around his face. My sister sent me this picture to show me “Boba Fett in his natural habitat.” Hilarious!photo 4 (3)