Elegant Capelet Wrap Crochet Pattern

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Elegant Capelet Wrap Crochet Free Pattern. Both elegant and minimalist, this crochet wrap pattern is the perfect accessory - quick and easy to make, even for beginners. Click to get this free crochet pattern.Can you feel it…Spring is in the air! Oh, how I love this time of year. I love the longer days, the green leaves coming out and the flowers starting to color landscapes everywhere. With the warmer weather, we can start thinking about shedding a layer or two of clothes. This is where my new Elegant Capelet Wrap Crochet Pattern comes in.

This crochet capelet (I’ve also seen it as caplet) pattern is gorgeous and is designed specifically for two things; to keep you both warm while the weather is still a little cool and to look stylish. Both elegant and minimalist, this crochet wrap pattern is the perfect accessory. On a chilly night, it’s all you need to keep yourself warm and give your outfit a stylish flair.

Elegant Capelet Wrap Crochet Pattern

SKILL LEVEL: EASY

MATERIALS:

• Hook: U.S. P/11.5mm
• Size 5 Bulky Yarn in 2 skeins (Bernat Alpaca in Lavender
used in photos)
• Darning Needle & Scissors
*NOTE: Using the incorrect hook and yarn size will likely cause the finished project to be too large or too small.

ABBREVIATIONS:
st = stitch
ch = chain
sl = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet
bl = back loop

PATTERN DETAILS
FINISHED SIZE: Neck opening 15” across, Bottom opening 20”,
Height from top to bottom 8”.
GAUGE: 4 stitches = 2” 3 rows = 2” (hdc)
STITCH NOTES: Other than Round 1, all hdc stitches are to be made in the back loop of each stitch.

PATTERN
Make a slip knot and chain 64, without twisting the chain, slip stitch into the first chain to connect the ends and create a round.

ROUND 1: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join with sl.
ROUND 2: Ch 2, hdc in the bl of each st around, join with sl.
ROUND 3: Ch 2, hdc in the bl of the first 3 sts, 2 hdc in the bl of the next st, *hdc in the bl of the next 7 stitches, 2 hdc in bl of the next st* repeat from * around, join with sl. (72 sts)
ROUNDS 4: Ch 2, hdc in the bl of each st around, join with sl.
ROUNDS 5: Ch 2, hdc in the bl of the first 4 sts, 2 hdc in the bl of the next st, *hdc in the bl of the next 8 stitches, 2 hdc in bl of the next st* repeat from * around, join with sl. (80 sts)
ROUND 6: Ch 2, hdc in the bl of each st around, join with sl.
ROUNDS 7: Ch 2, hdc in the bl of the first 5 sts, 2 hdc in the bl of the next st, *hdc in the bl of the next 9 stitches, 2 hdc in bl of the next st* repeat from * around, join with sl (88 sts)
ROUNDS 8 – 14: Ch 2, hdc in the bl of each st around, join with sl. (NOTE: If you would like your wrap a little longer then continue making more rows until the length is to your liking).

Break yarn, weave in ends.

Elegant Capelet Wrap Crochet Free Pattern. Both elegant and minimalist, this crochet wrap pattern is the perfect accessory - quick and easy to make, even for beginners. Click to get this free crochet pattern.

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Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe

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Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe - my new favorite salad dressing recipe from the Whitewater Cooks series! This amazing dressing is absolutely delicious and so versatile it can also be used on chicken, rice, noodles and more. Click to go to recipe.Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe

This summer my family took an amazing impromptu trip to the Okanagan Valley in the interior of beautiful British Columbia. If you haven’t visited there before, I’d highly recommend it.

The Okanagan area is known for it’s lush vineyards, orchards, rolling hills and clear blue lakes. The skiing in the winter is phenomenal. During the summer, the quaint towns are bustling with visitors eager to enjoy the countless sandy beaches, hot sun, and a variety of outdoor and water activities.

Burrowing Owl Okanagan Valley British Columbia

Visiting the Burrowing Owl Winery in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.

While we were visiting, I was introduced to the amazing Glory Bowl Salad Dressing by my dear friends Charity and Brian who are from the Okanagan. We were checking out one of the gorgeous wineries when I noticed Charity buying some interesting looking salad dressing. Having no idea what it was Charity gave me a little history.

Glory Bowl salad dressing is a delicious dressing created by B.C. chef Shelley Adams. Glory Bowl was named after a favourite ski bowl at the Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, B.C. which Shelley owned with her husband Mike. This recipe comes from her first cookbook Whitewater Cooks, Pure, Simple and Real. Shelley’s recipes are out of this world and I highly recommend them.

The Glory Bowl recipe makes more dressing than you may need, but you can use the leftover on chicken, rice, noodles or salad. I often give away my leftover dressing and my friends inevitably ask me for the recipe after sampling it. I make a slight variation of the original. To get the original version that includes a brown rice salad that Shelley suggests making with the dressing click here.

Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup of soy sauce
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
2 garlic cloves crushed
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp white pepper
1-1/2 cups of vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all the ingredients except for the vegetable oil into a blender and puree together.
  2. With motor running, slowly add oil in a steady stream. Blend until completely smooth.

(Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks)

Download your Glory Bowl Salad Dressing recipe here.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Check out some of my other recipes including Double chocolate pecan cookiesThe ultimate rice krispie squareBest salad everNo bake energy ballsthe best chicken soup you’ll ever eatBailey’s dipped toasted marshmallowszucchini quinoa pattiesperfect chocolate chip cookiesmarinated feta cheesemediterranean humus.

Glory Bowl Salad Dressing Recipe - my new favourite salad dressing recipe from the Whitewater Cooks series! This amazing dressing is absolutely delicious and so versatile it can also be used on chicken, rice, noodles and more. Click to go to recipe.

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8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts

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8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts. Good images are a key part of putting together a great website, blog, Instagram or small business. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult.  Download these 8 Free photos for professional feminine looking promo material now. Click to download your free photos.8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts

Today I’m excited to share a fun freebie for creatives, bloggers, Instagrammers and small businesses. Good images are a key part of putting together great visual content for your website, promo material or blog posts. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult. If you’re not using strong, quality photos, you could be losing potential readers, clients and customers. Not to worry, I’ve got you covered.

If you’re looking for professional, feminine styled stock photos, you’ve come to the right place. Perhaps you haven’t heard of “styled stock photos” before – it’s a term used to describe stock photos that have been organized to capture a particular look and feel. Usually, these are photos of desktops with various business, tech and lifestyle objects laid out together. Photos of objects taken from directly above are called “flat lay photos”. Flat lays are super trendy and all the rage these days, especially on Instagram.

I love fooling around and experimenting with photos so this was a fun little photo shoot for me. These styled photos are my gift to you. They’re versatile and can be used for so many things including social media headers, banner, blog post images, sidebar and website banners, mock-ups, text overlays, desktop wallpapers and more.

I’d love to see what amazing things you do with these photos. Email, facebook or hashtag your photos with #dabblesandbabbles on Instagram or Twitter and I’ll post your images on my social media accounts.

Download your free styled desktop photos here. Do whatever you’d like with these photos. Photos are logo free and not watermarked. Photos are 1200 px wide.

8 Free Styled Desktop Photos for Amazing Blog Posts. Good images are a key part of putting together a great website, blog, Instagram or small business. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult.  Download these 8 Free photos for professional feminine looking promo material now. Click to download your free photos.

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How to Make a Cozy Pillow Bed

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Learn how to make a cozy pillow bed with this quick and easy photo tutorial - a great beginner sewing project. Perfect for reading, lounging, movie nights, sleepovers and camping! Click here for the full tutorial.

Learn how to make this cozy pillow bed.

How to Make a Cozy Pillow Bed

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I’m resurrecting an oldie but a goodie. Over two and half years ago I posted my second ever blog post called “PILLOW MATTRESS – MY FIRST BIG SEWING PROJECT”. At the time, I didn’t think anyone would be interested in my blog or anything I had to talk about. Boy was I wrong! Today, that same post has been pinned over 40,000 times on Pinterest and it didn’t even come with a tutorial or directions on how to make the pillow bed. I think it’s time to remedy that situation now. I’ve redone the photos and am now including a full photo tutorial so you can learn how to make your own cozy pillow bed.

Before we get to the tutorial, I want to take a minute to talk about how great this pillow bed is. It’s been a couple of years since I made the pillow bed and it still gets used on a very regular basis. It’s so incredibly comfortable that it’s the bed of choice anytime my daughter has a sleepover. I’ve even had kids fighting over who gets to use it before. Noelle uses it whenever she goes to sleepover’s where they don’t have an extra bed or mattress – it’s very easy to transport. We’ve even used it to sleep on when we go camping. I’m telling you, it is the most luxurious and comfortable bed ever. And, don’t worry if you’ve never sewed before, neither had I before I made this – it’s super easy to make and you’ll whip it up in no time flat.

Cozy Pillow Bed Sewing Tutorial

Finished size: 33 x 74 inches (83.8 x 185.4 cm)  |  Seam Allowance: 1/2″ (1.3 cm)

Supplies:

  • 2.25 yards (2 m) flannel material in pattern 1 (you can also just choose to do the entire bed in one pattern if you prefer)
  • 2.25 yards (2 m) flannel material in pattern 2
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Sharp scissors or rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil or water soluble marker
  • 4 pillowsCozy-Pillow-Bed-Tutorial

Directions:

  1. Using your scissors or rotary cutting tool, cut both pieces of flannel material to measure 34.5″ x 75″. (PHOTO A)
  2. With both flannel pieces facing their right sides together, pin around one short
    side, one long side, and the other short side (one long side will not be pinned together). (PHOTO B)
  3. Machine sew the three pinned sides together, leaving a 1/2 seam as you sew. Remove pins as you sew. (PHOTO C)
  4. Trim the points off the stitched corners with scissors (don’t get too close to the stitching). (PHOTO D)
  5. On the one long raw side that hasn’t been sewn, fold over and pin the material twice so that there’s approximately a 1/2″ seam. (PHOTO E)
  6. Machine sew the 1/2″ seam along the edge of the material (do not sew the two sides together) and turn right side out. (PHOTO F)
  7. Starting at one short end, mark a parallel line every 18.5 inches down until you reach the other short end. This will divide you pillow bed into four equal sections. Stitch along each line to make four pillow pockets. (PHOTO G)
  8. Stuff each of the four pockets with a pillow. (PHOTO H)

Download your free cozy pillow bed sewing tutorial here.

Looking for some other great maker projects? Check out: Learn How to Embroider, Pink Grapefruit & Clay Soap, Copycat Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Outlander Crochet Cowl, DIY Button Stamp ToolJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero Costume,

Learn how to make a cozy pillow bed with this quick and easy photo tutorial - a great beginner sewing project. Perfect for reading, lounging, movie night, sleepovers and camping!

Learn how to make a cozy pillow bed with this quick and easy tutorial – a great beginner sewing project. Perfect for reading, lounging, sleepovers, and camping!

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