Guest Post: DIY Valentines Crochet Notebook Sweater

Goodness me am I excited about my guest bloggers this month for Share The Love! I get pretty happy when I find a new crochet blog and I know that as a good fair few of you enjoy the craft, you are going to love this Valentines Crochet Notebook Sweater by Tanya! The pattern is written in US terms throughout. Anyway I’ll hand on over now…..

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Hey everyone! It’s Tanya from Little Things Blogged! I really love stationery items! I love having notebooks lying around or in my bag so as to write down everything; from my daily schedule, blog post schedules or even ideas that pop into my head when talking a walk or drinking coffee! So when Claire asked me if I was willing to prepare something crochet related for Valentine’s Day, I immediately thought of making a notebook/journal sweater! Here’s an easy way to create a modern Valentine themed sweater for your notebook/ journal:

You will need:

  • Red & grey worsted weight yarn
  • Tape Measure
  • 4.5mm (US 7) crochet hook
  • Embroidery needle

Measurements

For a notebook measuring 30x21cm (12×8 in). If your notebook is smaller than that no worries! The pattern can easily be customized to fit your notebook measurements!

Pattern

Using 4.5mm (US 7) crochet hook and grey yarn,

Ch 35, hdc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2 and turn (33)

R1-15: hdc in each st across, ch 2 and turn (33)

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DIY-Valentines-Crochet-Notebook-Sweater

Change to red yarn,

R16-35: hdc in each st across, ch 2 and turn (33)

R36: hdc in back loops in each st across, ch 2 and turn (33)

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DIY-Valentines-Crochet-Notebook-Sweater

*This will create the turning point to place your original notebook cover inside.

R37-40: hdc in each st across, ch 2 and turn (33)

Now repeat the exact same process at your starting ch

With grey, attach new yarn by sl st at the beginning of your ch

R1: hdc in back loops in each st across, ch 2 and turn (33)

R2-5: hdc in each st across, ch 2 and turn (33)

Fasten off.

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Taking your embroidery needle sew the side pieces together to form a little pocket. Repeat on the other side.

Weave in any ends and dress up your notebook.

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Heart:

With red yarn and 4.5mm (US 7) hook,

Ch4, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, ch1 and turn (3)

R1: inc, sc 1, inc, ch 1 and turn (5)

R2: inc, sc 3, inc, ch 1 and turn (7)

R3: inc, sc 5, inc, ch 1 and turn (9)

R4: inc, sc 7, inc, ch 1 and turn (11)

R5: inc, sc 9, inc, ch 1 and turn (13)

R6: inc, sc 11, inc, ch 1 and turn (15)

R7: sc in each st across, ch 1 and turn (15)

R8: inc, sc 13, inc, ch 1 and turn (17)

R9: inc, sc 15, inc, ch 1 and turn (19)

R10:sc 9, ch 1 and turn (9)

R11: dec, sc 7, ch 1 and turn (8)

R12: dec, sc 4, dec, ch 1 and turn (6)

R13: dec, sc 2, dec, ch 1 and turn (4)

R14: dec, dec, (2)

Fasten off.

Attach new yarn on the other side and sc 9 sts (leaving the middle st of the heart center unworked)

R1:sc 9, ch 1 and turn (9)

R2: dec, sc 7, ch 1 and turn (8)

R3: dec, sc 4, dec, ch 1 and turn (6)

R4: dec, sc 2, dec, ch 1 and turn (4)

R5: dec, dec, (2)

Do NOT fasten off, but instead sc around the entire edge of your heart. Upon reaching the lower part, sc3 in the middle st of your initial ch 4. Continue sc around and when you reach the heart cleavage do a dec. Repeat sc until the end and sl st to beginning sc. Fasten off.

Weave in any ends.

Now you are going to sew your heart on the notebook cover. Taking an embroidery needle, sew the heart on the notebook leaving an opening (approx. 2 sts) for your pen. Leave the upper part of the heart open as a pocket! Weave in ends and fasten off.

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DIY-Valentines-Crochet-Notebook-Sweater

I hope you will enjoy your new notebook sweater as much as I will! And of course I’m wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day!

xo Tanya

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Thanks so much Tanya, this project is right up my street combining crochet and stationery, and the little pocket heart for your pen is just adorable!! Everyone please be sure to follow Tanya on her links above, I promise you are in for a treat if you add her blog to your subscriptions.

Toodles!

Claire

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DIY Vintage Lace and Fabric Heart Garland

DIY Vintage Lace and Fabric Heart Garland

Yoohoo crafters! It’s almost Valentines Day, so today I am sharing a tutorial for this cute and easy DIY Vintage Lace and Fabric Heart Garland. A quick project to use up scraps* and it brightens the mantle immediately!

You will need:

DIY Vintage Lace and Fabric Heart Garland

I cut these using a template I already had, but you can find plenty online. I backed mine with iron-on interfacing to give them some structure, but this is not necessary if you use thicker fabric.

DIY Vintage Lace and Fabric Heart Garland

  • Start by deciding on the order for your heart patterns & lay them onto a strip of lace
  • The length and distance between hearts is entirely up to you
  • Pin each heart to the lace
  • Stitch along the lace with a sewing machine on a straight stitch. Slow down as you reach the first heart (right sides up) and remove the pin
  • Stitch across the top of the heart to fix it to the lace ribbon
  • Continue until all the hearts are stitched to the lace

You could also stitch by hand if you don’t own a sewing machine. A simple running stitch would suffice.

Hang and admire!

DIY Vintage Lace and Fabric Heart Garland

Why stop at hearts? You could make any shapes and change your mantle for each holiday!

If you love this DIY please ‘like’ this pin for it to be entered into a Valentines craft competition. I’d be super grateful!

*The fabric used was Laura Ashley scraps.

You can find hairslides and rings in these fabrics in my Etsy store here!

claireabelle

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