Crochet iPhone Case – Quick and Easy Pattern

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Quick and easy iPhone case.

Quick and easy iPhone case.

Crochet iPhone Case – Lately I’ve been feeling a burning desire to start crocheting again (I think it was around Christmas the last time I picked up a hook).  At this time of year it’s not like we need scarves, cowls or beanies so I wasn’t sure what I should make but then I saw some really cute iPhone cases on Pinterest and thought that would be a great project to get me back in the crocheting game again. I looked at a few patterns and in the end, just sort of came up with my own design.  It’s ridiculously easy and quick – it took me about an hour and I’m a pretty slow crocheter. Even beginners can handle this fun project.

Materials:

  • Thick yarn (I used Bernat Roving) in 1 or 2 colors
  • Crochet hook 1 size smaller than recommended on yarn packaging (I used 5.5mm or US 9)
  • Button of your choice
  • Thread
  • Darning needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Your phone (to make sure the fit is what you want)

This case will have a more structured feel and appearance if you keep the tension on this firm and tight and consistent throughout the project.

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

ch = chain

Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.

Keep in mind I’m a novice pattern maker so I hope this all makes sense.

Instructions:

  1. Make a slip knot and then chain 6 to 8 chain stitches (ch) together. Remember to keep the tension pretty tight.  Basically you want to have the chain be the same width of your phone when the chain is stretched firmly.  If you want the case to have a snug fit, (ch) 6 but if you want it a little more loose and roomy then (ch) 7 or 8 stitches. 
  2. Round 2. Not turning your work, (sc) in the second chain from the end (the same end your hook is) and continue this in every stitch back across the entire row. 2 (sc) in the last stitch.
  3. Round 3. With your work still facing you, turn around the corner so that you’re now working into your original chain and still working right to left, 2 (sc) in first stitch then (sc) the rest of the stitches in the row except 2(sc) in the last stitch. Repeat this for as many rows you need until you have you have achieved the correct width to fit the bottom of you phone (probably about 3-5 rows total depending on how snug or roomy you want your cover).  Keep your phone handy to test and make sure the fit is good.
  4. Round 4, 5 or 6 onward. 1 (sc) in each stitch for each row until you’re near the top of your phone.
  5. Second last row. Here you can either keep your yarn colour the same or add your second colour. Starting at one side of the case, do one more row of (sc) and then at the end of that row change to 1 (sl st) in each stitch.  When you reach the exact middle of your case, (ch) 30 stitches so that you have a long chain and then do 1 (sl st) in the stitch that your chain originated in so that the chain becomes a loop that will go over the button.  Then carry on around the rest of the row until you’re back where you started. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends with your darning needle.
  6. Put your phone in the case and pull the chained loop over.  Mark where the end of your loop falls, centered on the case, and then stitch your button on in that exact spot.

You could use this pattern for any phone or tablet, just increase a number of stitches at the beginning to accommodate for the extra width. These would make great gifts too.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

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Be Happy Printable Quote

| Crafts & DIY, Design & Technology, For the Home, Printables

We all need to "Be So Happy"

We all need to “Be So Happy”

Lately I’ve been very inspired by some of the incredible watercolour and mixed media artists out there.  I especially love the style of Geninne ZlatkisEva Juliet and Alisa Burke.  I’ve never had any experience with watercolour before but it’s something that’s on my bucket list of things to learn… maybe this year will be the year (fingers crossed).

This week, in a fit of desperation to try watercolour, I grabbed Noelle’s art kit from her room and just started playing with the colours – turns out it’s not as easy as I envisioned. Oh well, watercolour classes it is. However, I did have a bit of fun mixing the colours and thought that a couple of the pieces made fun backgrounds for printable art.

I chose this “be so happy “quote for my daughter and put it in her room.  My absolute favourite thing that I love about Noelle is that she’s happy ALL the time – seriously!  She wakes up every day full of life, energy and happiness and always with a huge smile on her face that continues all day long. I have no idea how she does it but if only I could find a way to bottle it and sell it – I’d make a fortune.

Click to download.

We all need to Be So Happy

Be So Happy

 

 

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The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

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The perfect chocolate chip cookie.

The perfect chocolate chip cookie.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie – For Father’s Day this year, Noelle and I decided that we would make Michael his favourite chocolate chip cookies.  I actually had no idea (after almost 12 years) that he loved chocolate chip cookies so much but recently, after all the cookies disappeared within about a day of making my last batch, he confessed his weakness to me. I’m more of a savoury food person myself but I’ve got to say that these chocolate chip cookies are really quite divine.  What makes them so great… they are a little bit crunchy and yet soft and chewy all at the same time.  They also have a nice saltiness to them thanks to the kosher salt in this recipe.  Give them a try and I think you’ll agree that they’re pretty close to perfect.

Makes about 20 – 22 cookies. Adapted from original recipe here.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips (I used mini chips and only 1/2 cup in the cookies photographed above but they definitely could have used more)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional – I love them but my daughter doesn’t so I omit)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon or mixer (I do it all by hand) cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Do not over mix.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla and salt and stir until combined.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking soda and baking powder and stir gently until completely mixed in.
  4. Add the chocolate chips (and nuts if using them) and stir in just until they are evenly distributed.
  5. Cover bowl and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Scoop enough dough to make 1″ balls (don’t make too big – I’ve done this and it doesn’t end well 😉 ). Place them about 2″ apart on the baking sheets.
  8. Bake cookies for 13-16 minutes (depending on the softness you like – I do mine 14 minutes), rotating the pans after about 8 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, transfer to racks and let cool.
  10. The original recipe says they’ll last 4 days in an airtight cookie jar but I have no idea since a batch has never lasted that long in our household.
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Father’s Day Printable for Dad

| Kids Fun, Printables

Fill out and give to Dad on Father's Day

Fill out and give to Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is only a few days away.  Unfortunately this year, Noelle was away on the day her class made their Father’s Day cards so I had to improvise and come up with something she could give her Dad.  I’ve seen some cute ideas on Pinterest and but as usual, I always like to make my own designs.  So far Noelle only has the drawing done but I’ll be really interested to see what great things she comes up with to fill in the blanks… could be worth a few laughs and that’s why I think these cards are so great.

Download your own copy here.  Happy Father’s Day everyone!

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