Easy Rainbow Loom Perler Bead Bracelet Video Tutorial
Easy Rainbow Loom Bracelet with Perler Beads Video Tutorial – I’m so excited about this post. This is my first ever Dabblesandbabbles.com video tutorial. I’ve been wanting to do a video tutorial for a while now but I was waiting for the perfect project – I think I found it. This video tutorial is on how to make rainbow loom bracelets with perler beads. I have no idea if this has already been done before or not but I thought I’d give it a go. I played around with the elastics and beads until I found something that worked. These bracelets are very easy to make and great for beginners to the rainbow loom.
To get going on this project you’ll need a rainbow loom (and hook), rainbow loom elastics, and perler beads. All of these items can be found at Michaels. Once you get the hang of it, you can make these fun bracelets in about half an hour. Give them to your friends, family, teachers, and coaches – they’ll be a big hit!
Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband – Over the Christmas holidays my daughter Noelle was generously showered with lovely gifts, including some great new outfits. What does a girl with new outfits need… chic accessories of course. I created this three strand headband pattern and I’m quite please with how easy it was and how well it turned out. This fun crochet headband can be made in under 15 minutes and uses very little yarn.
3 Strand Crochet Headband Pattern
3 colors of yarn (or you could do all the same color if you’d like) – I used a mix of yarns: Redheart Soft in white, Caron Simply Soft in light and dark purple.
Crochet Hook – US I9/5.5 mm.
Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch (U.S.)
Measure the head of the person you are making the headband for.
Leaving at least a 6″ tail of yarn, using the chain stitch, make a chain 3″ less than your desired length. Keep your tension consistent along the entire chain – medium to firm tension.
Now add in your new color, making sure to leave at least a 6″ tail of yarn (if you aren’t sure how to add in a new yarn color into your stitches please watch this great video tutorial here – the video shows how to change colors using a single crochet stitch but the concept is the exactly the same for the chain stitch). Once you change to your new color, cut off you end of yarn from the first chain you made so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
Chain the new colour until it’s the same length as the first ( to check, grab the end where the 2 colors were joined, hold the cut ends and fold the second color over so that the 2 chains are now side by side).
When the 2 chains are the same length, connect them by making a slip stitch into the last stitch of the first chain.
Add in the third chain color by following steps 3 – 5.
Trim the final color yarn end so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
Take the 3 loose cut ends and braid them together and then tie off with a knot on the end. Repeat again on the other end.
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Simple Wooden Nativity Scene – This past weekend we finally pulled out our Christmas decorations and got our house looking festive. I always seem to forget all the amazing things we have until I see them coming out of the boxes. One of our favorite decorations is a very simple nativity scene that my mom made a few years back. My Mom is very crafty and artistic… I’m sure that’s where I inherited all my creative genes from (no offense Dad). My lovely and talented Mother has given me permission to share the details of this project with my readers – oh, and she wanted to mention that my Dad played a vital roll in the creation of these nativity scenes; he cut out all the wood pieces. This sweet and simple nativity scene is great for your home and makes a thoughtful and unique gift as well. It’s also simple enough that children could make these too.
Acrylic craft paint (use whatever colour you prefer – we used, dark green, brown, dark red, cream, pink – you can mix the red & cream, black and gold)
Paint brushes (mini roller and fine brushes)
Matt finish varnish
Using the template, cut out shapes and then trace all the shapes (excluding the star) onto your cedar/pine and then cut out your pieces of wood using the saw. Do the same with the star using the 1/8″ plywood.
Sand all the edges of your wood until they are pretty smooth
Starting with the people pieces, paint on the faces and shawls – just keep it a simple design (feel free to draw a little outline with a pencil on the wood first if that helps)
Paint the star gold
Paint the edges of the trees, arch and people using the mini roller
When the paint has dried, glue the star onto the arch
Cover and seal everything with a coat of matte finish varnish
Crochet Infinity Scarf – Today it’s 28 degrees Celsius in Victoria, BC (it’s typically about 18-20 degrees in September here) – not the sort of day to be thinking about winter clothing but let’s be honest, fall is right around the corner. This past week I started a new infinity scarf project. I made this pattern up based on a baby blanket I made last year that I absolutely loved. This pattern is so easy and has a really nice rhythm to it once things get moving along.
If you’re new to crochet and would like to get some help learning the foundation crocheting skills, I suggest taking an e-course from Craftsy. They have fantastic instructors and their prices are very reasonable.
1.5 Skeins of Yarn – Bulky – I used Loops & Threads – Country Loom – Ocean Tide
Crochet Hook – US K10.5/6.50mm
Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)
Counting in 3’s, ch as many stitches as it takes to make a chain 60″ long (this pattern calls for original chain to be any multiple of 3 so just count “1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3…” as you make the chain and make sure that your last chain lands on chain number 3). Check that the chain hasn’t twisted and join to the first stitch with a sl st so that it now forms a ring.
Round 2: dc in every chain until you’re completed the round and join to the first dc with a sl st.
Round 3: ch 3 and then sc between the 3rd and 4th dc, ch 3 and then sc in between the 6th and 7th dc. You want to keep repeating this pattern every 3 double crochets until you’ve completed the round. Join with a sl st.
Round 4: dc 3 into the chain you made in the previous round and then dc 3 into the next chain and continue in this manner until you’ve completed the round. Join with a sl st.
Repeat the pattern from Round 3 & 4 until the scarf is the desired width.
Bind off and weave in the ends.
If any of my instructions are unclear please view this video which is where I learned how to make the baby blanket that this scarf was based on. The video tutorial is wonderful and very easy to understand.