Sew a Book Sleeve

Hello Everyone

As well as making things I also love to read.  I hate it when I carry my book in my bag and the front cover gets damaged and pages get creased.  I have come up with a super easy pattern for a book sleeve.  This project is suitable for beginner sewers and also makes an easy project for kids to have a go at.

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Find the video on how too make your book sleeve here –

 

I love seeing your makes so don’t forget to tag me in them on Instagram @Lexie_Loves_Stitching

Happy Sewing!

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A 2017 Review

Hello Everybody and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I hope everyone managed to get through the Christmas period ok.  I know Christmas can be a hard time for a lot of people.  As I’ve not written a blog for aaaages, I thought that I would start 2018’s with a review of the past year and what a year its been!!

The highlight of my year defiantly has to be Crochet Beginners Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/crochetbeginnersgroup).  Not only have we reached over 81k members (crazy to think it started with 4 people!) but we managed to raise over £700 in memory of Jenny Mackin for The Brain Tumour Charity.  Jenny (who was just 19 when she passed away) and her Mum, Amanda started Little box of Crochet together a few years ago.  Sadly, earlier this year, Jenny passed away of a brain tumour.  We wanted to raise some money in her memory and to show our support to her Mum Amanda so held a charity raffle.  It was AMAZING and shows just what a fantastic community that us crocheters belong too. We thought that we would raise about £200 not £700!!! Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

The second highlight of 2017 was my trip to Disney World in Orlando.  It really was a dream come true trip of a life time and it was the best 2 weeks ever!!  Not only because I got to hang out at Magic Kingdom with the big mouse himself but I got to experience the magic that is Joanns!!! No words can describe the size of their yarn stash!!  Below is a small amount of what I bought home with me!

 

In August I started blogging for TB Ramsden (https://www.tbramsden.co.uk), which was a dream come true!  They are the company behind Wendy, Robin and Peter Pan Yarns.  I would never have thought that when I started my crochet escapades that I would end up blogging for anyone.  Things like that never happen to little old me!  The people at TB Ramsdens are the most generous and lovely people ever and getting to try all their lovely yarns has been fab so a huge thank you to you guys.

 

I spent a lovely Christmas in Ireland with my family.  I don’t do flying too well especially on Ryanair ha ha!! But I made it there and back ok. News Years Eve was spent at work in the medium secure unit that I am so privileged to work in.  It reaffirmed my passion for helping and supporting others recovery in Mental Health and I know I am doing the right thing by being back at University.

 

So what for 2018??  I am currently working on a blanket for Megan,  I start placement in a few weeks with the community team based in Swindon (8 weeks of living in Travelodge, how lovely for me), which means lots of crochet and blogging time on an evening!  Im going to Disney Land Paris in July (EEEEEK) and back to Ireland in the summer too!

I hope everyone has a magical 2018, that all your crochet wishes come true and most of all, that you are happy.

Lots of love

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Super Easy Crochet Slippers

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Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog!  In this weeks Easy Crochet series we are going to be making some Super Easy Crochet Slippers.  Using a large hook and super chunky yarn means that these beauties will work up in no time at all.  The pattern below is for Adult size 4/5.  If you need a bigger size, simply use a 12mm hook instead of a 10mm.  These would make a lovely Christmas present or (if you’re like me), you can’t bare to part with your makes, they will keep your feet lovely and toasty through those cold winter months.  This pattern uses UK terminology.  So, grab a cup of tea, get into your favourite crochet spot and lets get started!

FOR ONE PAIR OF SLIPPERS YOU WILL NEED –

  • 100 gram Skein of Robin Paintbox Splash Super Chunky
  • 10 mm (size N) Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pom pom Maker (Optional)

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To start – Chain (ch) 16

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 Round 1 – Half treble crochet (htc) in the 3rd chain from the hook (the two skipped chains do not count as a hdc, these are purely to give you length in your yarn to allow your first htc), 1 htc in the next 12 stitches , 3 htc in last chain space, turn and work the following stitches back around the other side of your chain, 1 htc in the next 12 stitches, 2 htc in next chain, slip stitch (sl st) to join to your first htc (make sure that you don’t sl st to the 2 chain spaces that you skipped at the very start of the round).  At the end of this round you should have 30 htc.

 

Round 2 – Chain 2 (this counts as 1 htc), htc into the same stitch as you chained from, 1 htc into the next 7 stitches, 1 treble stitch (tr) into the next 5 stitches, 2 tr into the next stitch, 3 tr into your next stitch, 2 tr in next stitch, 1 tr into the next 5 stitches , 1 htc into the next 7 stitches, 2 htc into each of next 2 stitches, sl st to join.

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Round 3 –  Ch 1, working in back loops only, double crochet (dc) in each stitch all the way around, sl st to join.

 

 

Round 4 – Ch 1, dc into the same stitch, 1 dc into the next 12 stitches, double crochet 2 together (dc2tog), treble crochet 2 together (tc2tog) 4 times,  dc2tog, double crochet into the next 13 stitches, sl st to join.

 

Round 5 – Ch 1, starting in same stitch, dc2tog, 1 double crochet into the next 9 stitches, dc2tog,  tc2tog 2 times, dc2tog, 1 double crochet into the next 9 stitches, dc2tog, sl st to join.

 

Round 6 – Ch 1, dc into the same stitch, 1 double crochet into the next 9 stitches, dc2tog, tc2tog, dc2tog, 1 double crochet into the next 10 stitches, sl st to join. Finish off and weave in your ends (yes its tedious but so necessary!).  Give yourself a huge cheer!!!! You have finished your slipper!  Now repeat all these steps in exactly the same way to create your second slipper.

 

For that little extra touch why not add a pom pom to the front of your slippers.

 

If you want to make the soles of your slippers less slippy than you can always add some Sock Stop to the sole.  Simply dot on and then leave to dry overnight!

 

I hope that you enjoy this tutorial.  If you have any questions or problems then please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact form!

Happy Crocheting!

Alexandra xxxxx