This week I showed how I used homemade sequins on a cell phone case I crocheted. How did I make homemade sequins? I take colorful shiny empty juice packets, such as from Kool-Aid Jammers, or Capri Sun Coolers, rinsed and dried, then punch holes into them! From there, I've made everything from book marks, purses and tote bags, to Easter baskets and Christmas stockings! As all the shiny colorful dots left over from punching holes were piling up, they seemed too sparkly and pretty to just toss into the garbage! So a sparkly thought sparked my imagination! The thought to recycle arose, and my homemade jammer sequins were now being saved for future projects! How pretty they've even looked, just stored in a canning jar, till I decided on projects I wanted to try!
Here is a new dolly of mine, sweetly dressed in sequins and PINK!.. And behold the beautiful African Violet! I just picked this up for my kitchen window garden, and I can almost assure you that this is probably the most flowers you will ever see on it, EVER AGAIN! I wish I had a greener thumb, and I am working on that; but when any African Violet of mine blooms even ONE flower, I'm ready to take pictures and throw a party!! I have a Christmas Cactus that has NEVER bloomed, and well.. Let's just not even talk about that! Let's just move on...
Now I mentioned my crochet cell phone case, done in black, in a previous post, with a pattern!.. but here is ANOTHER, now done in PINK! Dear Daughter picked this one for herself! I'm so happy she likes it! My little princess, who is a teacher now, has asked me to make her a pencil case with some of my jammer sequins on it, so that's a little something I'll be working on soon!
Here you see a little flower keychain I made in a hot pink acrylic yarn with sequins and a very pretty button for the center. I know how rough I can be with a set of keys though, so this may just adorn one of my plain-jane tote bags, or maybe even hang from a rear-view mirror!
Thanks to Beverly, at How Sweet The Sound, for hosting this Pink Saturday event! I hope you enjoyed seeing a few quick and easy crochet projects I've done, and that maybe it inspires you to recycle and recreate too! Make sure you stop over to Beverly's to see a listing of all the other PINK Saturday participants. See the many fun and beautiful PINKS they all have to share on this fine day!
Finally, I'd like to share my pattern for the pretty little pink frock my fashion doll is wearing today! Again, I do hope that there are some girls out there, young and young-at-heart, who will enjoy it!
Pretty In Sparkling Pink!
Crochet dress pattern for any 11 and 1/2" fashion doll.
(c) Pattern designed and written by Beansieleigh (TS), on June 18, 2009
Pattern posted at http://beansiebabbles.blogspot.com/
Skill Level: Easy!
Small amount of 4-ply acrylic yarn, in color of choice
Crochet hook, size G (or size needed to obtain gauge and proper fit)
Sequins: store bought, or as I have, homemade!
Ponytail Hair Elastic (unstretched, approx 6" circumference)
Yarn needle, for weaving in ends
Sewing thread that matches as closely as possible to the yarn used for this dress.
Scissors, and finally a thimble may be helpful.
Gauge: 2 sc = approx. 1/2"
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sc dec = single crochet decrease
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
sl st = slit stitch
FLO = Front Loops Only
Rnd 1: Crochet 30 sc around the hair elastic. Sl st to join the round. This is the top of the dress.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, *sc dec, sc in the next 4 st* around. Sl st to join the round.
Rnd 3-4: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st to join the round. (25 sc)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, *sc dec, sc in the next 3 st* around. Sl st to join the round.
Rnd 6-7: Sl st over the next 4 st, sc in the next 11 st, sl st over the next 3 st, sk the last st, sl st to join the round.
Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st to join the round. (18 sc)
Rnd 9: Ch 1, in FLO, sc in same st, 2 sc in the next st. *Sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st* around.
Rnd 10: Ch 1, working in BOTH loops again, sc in the same st, sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st. *Sc in the next 2 st, 2 sc in the next st* around. Sl st to join the round. (34 sc)
Rnd 11: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), in FLO, dc in same st, then proceed to crochet 2 dc in each st around. Sl st to join the round. (68 dc)
Rnd 12-14: Ch 3, working in BOTH loops, dc in the next st, and in each st around. Sl st to join the round. Fasten off main color, and attach white for the lacy ruffled hemline of this dress.
Rnd 15: *Ch 4, sl st into next st. Ch 4, sl st into same st. Ch 4, sl st into next st* around. (In so following this edging pattern, you will have one sl st in every other st, and then 2 sl st in the rest of the stitches around.) Sl st to join the round. Fasten off yarn and weave in end.
Take your needle and thread, and sew sequins to the top of the dress, and bottom of the dress, as shown in the photo. I also added one little sequin to the center of a flower I had in this dolls hair!
I hope you have fun with this! Make one, or make several!.. Enjoy!