Flat Flower Tutorial

Hi, hope everyones well? 🙂
Thought i would share with you this super cute flat flower pattern. I wanted some pretty flower garlands, to either sell or decorate my summer stall with. Or even just to liven my house up a little.
This pattern came from an old book, that i picked up in a charity shop, it was in us terms, so i have translated it to uk as below.

CH – chain stitch
SS – slip stitch
DC- double crochet
TR – treble crochet

Start: Chain 6, Join with a SS to form ring.

Round 1: Chain 2, then do 23 TR in the ring, finish round with a SS into the 2nd chain stitch of the beginning chain. (24 TR’s)

It may be a struggle fitting all the TR’s in, but just keep pushing them back, and they will fit, I promise!

Round 2: Chain 4, 1 TR in the closing SS of the previous row; Chain 1. Skip 2 st, *1 TR, CH 2, 1 TR; CH 1.* Repeat 7x. Close round with a SS in 2nd ch (of 4) of the start.

Round 3: Chain 2, 1 TR, CH 2, 2 TR under the chain 2 space of the previous round; 1 DC under the CH 1. *2 TR, CH 2, 2 TR as before; 1 DC as before*. Repeat 7x. Close round with a SS in 2nd ch (of 2) of the start.

Round 4: Under the chain 2 space of the previous round, 3 TR, CH 1, 3 TR. Then 1 DC to the left and right of the DC of the previous round. Repeat 8x and close with a SS in the first st of the round. Bind off.

Chain 6, Join with a SS to form ring. Chain 2.
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23 TR in the ring, finish round with a SS into the 2nd chain stitch of the beginning chain. Chain 4.
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1 TR in the closing SS of the previous round.
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Chain 1. Skip 2 st, 1 TR.
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Repeat this as mentioned above.
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Close round with a SS in 2nd ch (of 4) of the start.
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Chain 2, 1 TR, CH 2. (under the chain 2 space of the previous round)
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2 TR (still under the chain 2 space of the previous row) – Then 1 DC under the CH 1.
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Repeat all around, and close with a SS into the 2nd ch (of 2) of the start.
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Under the chain 2 space of the previous round, 3 TR, CH 1, 3 TR. Then I’ve shown below where to do the 1 DC to the right.
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Do the DC to the left too, Then continue doing this around. When finished, I’ve shown where to finish with the SS.
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All done! 🙂
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Owl Cushion – How to make – Part 2!

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Ok so further to the post previously, ‘Owl Cushion – Hot to make – part 1’

Here is part 2!

It’s finally finished!

My sewing machine unfortunately took a bit longer to arrive than expected, but it’s here now, and I’ve very much been enjoying learning how to use it! It’s terrifying though, for someone who’s naturally extremely clumsy. But I still have all my fingers and no puncture wounds, so all is good. 🙂


SO, once you have the main bit, (the flat circle with the eyes and beak all sewn on and ready) using the circle as your template cut out the 2 circles of fabric.

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Pin together with tailoring pins.

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Sew all around the circle, leaving around 5 inches un-sewn.
Turn back the right way, fill with toy/pillow stuffing, then sew up the remaining bit to finish.

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YAY! He is very cute, actually a bit bigger than I expected, but that’s never a bad thing 🙂

Owl Cushion – how to make – Part 1

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Owl Cushion – how to make – Part 1

OK, I think I may be obsessed with cushions…. This is another one I may have got slightly carried away with at the weekend. It wasn’t going to be an owl, just a cushion…

I had some James C Brett marbled wool left from a previous project so was going to use it to make a neutral coloured cushion. But I finished the circle, and then had this idea 🙂

Here’s how I made it –
I used James C Brett Marble Chunky, the beige one (sorry I can’t remember the exact name of it)
Any brand DK wool in the following colours –
Tan
White
Black
Two shades of blue
Two shades of yellow/orange
An 8.0m hook
Darning needle
Fabric, this can be any colour you like, I used an off white/cream colour
Sewing machine (and thread obviously 🙂 )
Toy/pillow stuffing
Tailoring pins

When following the below pattern, always use TWO strands at the same time.

For the circle –

Start with a magic ring. 11 stitches pull tight. Join with slip stitch.
Link on how to do a magic ring HERE.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch as chain. 2 htr’s into all remaining stitches. 22 stitches.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. 1 htr in the next stitch. Continue to do 2 htr’s, then 1 htr around. 33 stitches.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 2 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 5: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 3 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 6: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 4 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 7: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 5 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 8: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 6 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 9: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 7 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.

So – You see how the circle increases each round? Do this until you are doing *1htr in next 7 stitches. 2 htr in next* OR – you have around 14 rounds/rings.

Eyes – Make 2x
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Start – with magic ring. 11 stitches pull tight. Join with slip stitch.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch as chain. 2 htr’s into all remaining stitches. 22 stitches.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. 1 htr in the next stitch. Continue to do 2 htr’s, then 1 htr around. 33 stitches. – Change Colour to the two blue ones.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 2 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 5: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 3 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Change Colour back to black.
Round 6: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 4 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Change colour to White.
Round 7: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 5 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 8: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 6 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Fasten off leaving long tail, enough to sew on with.

Beak –
Using two strands of yellow/orange
Row 1: Chain 10, turn,
Row 2: HTR across 10, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HTR decrease, HTR in next 6, HTR decrease chain 2, turn
Row 4: HTR across, chain 2, turn (8 HTR)
Row 5: HTR decrease, HTR in next 4, HTR decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 6: HTR across, chain 2, turn (6 HTR)
Row 7: HTR decrease, HTR in next 2, HTR decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 8: 2 HTR decreases, chain 2, turn
Row 9: HTR decrease,
Fasten off leaving a long tail, enough to sew on with.

Sew on the eyes and beak using the darning needles and tails.

Ok so that’s part 1, the crochet part. Part 2 is the sewing/stuffing part. I won’t be doing this until my new sewing machine arrives though, which shouldn’t be too long, hopefully! 🙂

The ‘Tarn’ Task – How to make it

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Ok, so last night I was busy! Let me just say this now, making your own ‘tarn’ is HARD WORK!! But the benefits are worth it. If however, you simply don’t have the time (and making this stuff will take up quite a lot!) then you can buy some lovely tarn called ‘Zpaghetti’, made by DMC. It’s about £10 for 120 metres.

For my ‘Tarn Task’ I bought a standard double fitted bed sheet from Tesco for about £8, and I started by cutting the elastic bits out, (due to the corners being a little awkward,) so I had perfect rectangle. Then folded up a few times, and cut the strips out with tailoring scissors (they will need to be sharp!), from one side to the other. My hand was in absolute agony by the time I got half way through, I suggest maybe not folding up so many times as i did, as it does get hard to cut through all the fabric after a while! And you don’t want to end up with blisters 🙂

Then after you have all your strips, you will need to put small slits in the ends of all the strips, as below…

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Then, you will need to start putting them together! So, take one piece, I suggest the left one, and put through the other slit…

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Then you will need to bring the other piece of fabric through its own slit….

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Pull tight…

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Ta-Da!!

Now if you don’t get that, don’t worry, I didn’t either to start with!! And I do apologise for the poor pictures, but I thought the diagram might make up for it 🙂

Then, Ball-Up!

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I’ve still got some left to do, and also some old t-shirts that I will donate to the ‘tarn project’, so I think that’s tonight’s job sorted  Then what to make from it?! I’m still thinking a giant floor cushion 🙂 YAY!

If anyone does decide to give this a go, please send me a comment and let me know how you get on?! 🙂

Jess x