May 20, 2015
by wink
19 lovely comments

free pattern: parisian chique fat bottom bag

Hi everyone! :)

Today I’m going to show you how to crochet your very own fat bottom bag! Hurray! :)

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Alright, what do you need?

Supplies

  • 6 skeins of Scheepjes Soft Fun Denim yarn (I used colours 501 (navy blue), 502 (grey), 507 (cream), 508 (light brown) and 510 (dark brown), and I used 2 skeins of the dark brown)
  • A square piece of (cotton) lining fabric that measures roughly 55cms/22″
  • Embellishments like ribbons, lace, buttons, beads and anything you can find that you think will work with your bag
  • Circular bag handles (mine were bamboo)
  • Fabric scissors and regular scissors
  • A 4mm crochet hook
  • A darning needle
  • Sewing thread (and a sewing machine)

Let’s get started! :)

Step 1.
Start by making a giant granny square. Everyone has their favourite ways of making one; I made mine with no chains in between the clusters and 1 chain in each corner. If you don’t know how to make a granny square, I recommend this tutorial.

For my granny square, I changed colour every 2 rows. I picked the order of the colours at random.

Make your granny square as large as you want; mine was 30 rows and about 50cms in width.

When you’re finished, sew in the ends with your darning needle.

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Step 2.
Alright, let’s line this baby! :) Wait, already? Don’t I have to finish my bag first? Nope! Because we have such a nice square shape right now, it’s the perfect time to add a lining. You could of course wait with putting in the lining until the bag actually looks like a bag, but it’s much easier adding a lining to a square piece of fabric than into a scrunched up bag. Trust me! ;)

If your granny square looks a little ‘warped’, it might be a good idea to block it into shape first. I did, and it made all the difference!

Grab your fabric, and measure it against your square. Cut it a little bigger than your square to account for the seam allowance. Pin it to the back of your granny square (you want the fabric to cover the back of the stitches, because the right side will be the outside of your bag), with the edges folded under. Sew the fabric to your granny square by hand or using your sewing machine.

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Step 3.
If you were planning on sewing lace to your bag; now is the time! It’s easier sewing lace to your bag while it’s still square and flat :) I added 4 layers of lace, but you don’t have to go crazy like I did.

Pin the lace to your bag and sew it on by hand or by using your sewing machine.

I added lace to the front and back of the bag; meaning that I sewed lace to the top edge and bottom edge of my square, leaving the sides empty.

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Step 4.
We are all done with the sewing, yay! Now it’s time to turn this embellished square into an actual bag.

Grab your crochet hook and the dark brown yarn. We’re going to crochet the left and right edge of the square first. If you sewed lace to your bag, work the two sides that don’t have lace. (unless you want your bag to have lace on the sides too, and that’s totally fine!)

From right to left, insert your hook into the first corner and work a single crochet stitch. Work the next one into the middle stitch of the first granny cluster. Work the next one in between this granny cluster and the next cluster. Go along the side like this until you reach the corner again, work 1 single crochet stitch in the corner space. Chain 1, and turn. Now work 1 single crochet into each stitch across. Chain 1, and turn. Work single crochet rows until you have 10 rows of single crochet stitches. Leave a long tail.

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As you can see, the square is starting to gather a little bit, because we skipped so many stitches. This is a good thing! :)

Grab your darning needle and thread the long tail. Flip over the edge you just made, and sew the first row to the last row.

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Repeat this step for the opposite edge of your square.

Step 5.
Alright, time for the top and the bottom! :)

Grab your crochet hook and the dark brown yarn. We’re going to crochet the top and bottom edge of the square.

From right to left, insert your hook into the first corner and work a single crochet stitch. Work the next one in between the next two granny clusters. Go along the side like this until you reach the corner again, work 1 single crochet stitch in the corner space. Chain 1, and turn. Now work 1 single crochet into each stitch across. Chain 1, and turn. Work single crochet rows until you have 10 rows of single crochet stitches. Leave a long tail.

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The bag is starting to gather a LOT now, and this is what we want! It’s what gives this bag it’s nice fat bottom.

Grab your darning needle and thread the long tail. Grab one of the bag handles. Flip over the edge you just made, and sew the first row to the last row, around the bag handle.

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Repeat this step for the opposite edge of your square.

Your bag is now looking like an actual bag! Good job! :)

Step 6.
Time for more embellishments! :)

I created 10 of these puffy flowers, for which you can find the free pattern here. I modified the pattern a little bit by starting with 12 double crochet stitches instead of single crochet stitches.

I sewed them to the front and back of my bag, with wooden buttons as the centers.

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I also tied some ribbons to the sides of the bag; and I strung some beads onto thin strips of ribbon and tied those to the front of the bag.

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And that’s it; you now have a gorgeous, wonderfully embellished, fat bottom bag! :)

Let me know what you think of this tutorial guys; I can’t wait to see your amazing bags!

xo,
wink

May 19, 2015
by wink
9 lovely comments

scheepjes spring to summer CAL 2015: flight of fancy

Hi everyone!

Today the mailman brought me something AH-mazing! :) I’m sure most of you have heard by now, but for those of you that haven’t: Scheepjes is coming with a new CAL this Summer: the Flight of Fancy CAL! It’s designed by Annelies, whom you all know from her blog Vicarno! She made a lovely shawl, and it’s made from Scheepjes’ new yarn, Linen Soft.

I got my kit today, and I thought it would be fun to open it on my blog! :)

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It comes in this really groovy jute bag! I think this is really clever because this project basically comes with its own project bag – genius! :)

The bag is filled to the brim with goodies, let’s take a look…

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Hurray for yarn! :) I got my kit in the ‘Hummingbird’ colour way (there are three colour ways available – more info on that at the end of this post), and these are the colours – lovely jewel tones with a crisp, clean white as a base colour… I love it! The yarn is really amazing: it’s a linen/cotton/acrylic blend which gives it a nice sturdy feel, but yet remains soft to the touch.

And the most amazing thing about this new yarn? It has an ‘Easy Start’ label that you can pull to get the center out!

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I’m already in love! :)

There are some lovely extra’s in this kit too, which, in my opinion, really set it apart from any other CAL out there. Let’s take a look!

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Included in the kit is a crochet needle (4mm), a gorgeous shawl pin, a colour catcher, and a leather label from Scheepjes. I like the extra’s, especially the shawl pin! :)

Alright, so here’s some info on the new CAL!

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CAL name: The Scheepjes Spring-to-Summer CAL “Flight of Fancy”
Designed by: Annelies Baes from the Vicarno blog
Starts on: June 10th, kits available right now!
Kit availability: You can purchase the kits from Deramores.com in 3 colour ways: Heron, Hummingbird and Peacock
Pattern: The pattern will be available from June 10th, on both the Scheepjes and Vicarno sites and in the Facebook groups!
Facebook groups: There are 2 groups, a Dutch speaking one and an International one. Anyone can join!

So I think it’s pretty clear that I’m excited; what about you? Are you joining in on this new CAL? :)

xo,
wink

May 13, 2015
by wink
21 lovely comments

made: parisian chique fat bottom bag

Hey everyone!

I have to tell you, it feels SO GOOD that I have created something again, finally! Some of you know I have been in a funk lately due to some personal stuff, which has reflected badly on my creativity, amongst other things…
So I am very happy that I am able to show you what I made today! :)

In my last post I told you what I was working on, and this is the finished product: a Parisian chique, fat bottom bag made with Scheepjes Softfun Denim yarn!

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I seriously had a LOT of fun making this bag. Right after I picked out the yarn and the colours, I knew which creative direction I had to take with this bag: Parisian chique! Think strutting along bistro’s, wearing your high high heels, a navy blue striped dress, a big hat of course… and this bag!

The best part was searching for ways to embellish it. In the end, I settled on vintage lace (a LOT of it!), some awesome crochet beads I had in my stash, and satin ribbons.

I really went all out with the lace; I ended up sewing 4 different kinds of lace on top of each other!

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To complete the look I added a row of puffy flowers, combined with floral buttons. Personally I love these little flower buds, and I think the wooden buttons really give them an amazing look! (and not to worry; I will show you how to make these little flowers in next week’s FREE tutorial!)

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To top it off, I fully lined this bag with the perfect fabric I scored at a fabric market a few weeks ago.

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I am in love with this bag…

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Alright, now for the best news: I will upload a tutorial for this bag next week on my blog, for FREE! :) This will include instructions on how to line your bag, how to add the lace, and how to make the puffy flowers.

To make this bag you will need 6 skeins of Scheepjes Softfun Denim in the following colours: 501 (navy blue), 502 (grey), 507 (cream), 508 (light brown) and 510 (dark brown). I used two skeins of the 510 colour.

For everyone interested in getting this yarn: you can get it at Deramores.com right here! (For Dutch readers: Scheepjes has an extensive list of shops on their website right here, including online shops!)

Because I already own too many bags (and because I have my own Noro version of this fat bottom bag) I am selling this one! :) You can find it on Etsy here. UPDATE: It sold within half an hour! Thank you! :)

Hope to see you all again next week for the tutorial :) Stay creative!

xo,
wink

April 22, 2015
by wink
20 lovely comments

wip: soft fun denim fat bottom bag

Hi everyone!

Most of you guessed it right from my last blog post: I’m making another bag! :) And not just any bag, no: I’m making another fabulous fat bottom bag, Parisian style!

Remember when I used to make fat bottom bags all the time? Well, my last one (which was made with gorgeous Noro yarn, still one of my favourites!) has been around the block a couple of times, and I though it was time for a new perspective, a new look. When Scheepjes came out with their Soft Fun Denim yarn, I knew I had found *just* the right yarn for my new bag!

This bag is really easy to make, because it’s basically one big granny square!

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I’m almost to 30 rounds, which is when I will transform this giant square into a nice fat bottomed bag. Of course I will share the tutorial for making this bag with you all, for free! Which is going to be a real treat this time, because it will include instructions on how to line the bag! Hurray! :)

And I found the PERFECT lining fabric for this bag, too…

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Stay tuned for the ‘Tadah’ post for this bag in the next couple of weeks, and of course the FREE pattern and lining instructions! :)

For everyone interested in getting this yarn: you can get it at Deramores.com right here! (For Dutch readers: Scheepjes has an extensive list of shops on their website right here, including online shops!)

xo,
wink

April 8, 2015
by wink
13 lovely comments

new project with scheepjes soft fun denim!

Hi everyone!

I don’t know if you have seen this new yarn already; the interwebs has exploded over the past couple of weeks because of all the amazing new yarns that have come out by Scheepjes! One of those yarns is a new version of an existing yarn, Soft Fun (which I used to make this blanket), and it has now come out in a Denim variety!

When I saw all the new colours together, I immediately spotted a great palette that would allow me to make something amazing…

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How amazing does this look when combined? I’m so stoked about this combination!

The yarn is amazing. It’s slightly variegated, which gives for an amazing depth of colour and it provides a very interesting texture when worked up. It’s a 60% acrylic/40% cotton blend, which is why it is so soft to the touch, yet sturdy enough to make long lasting items with. Let’s take a closer look at the yarn…

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See what I mean? It’s variegated, but it’s very subtle and just so… Chique!

I love all of these colours together! :) To me, it inspires feelings of France; think bohemian chique, lace, ribbons, shell buttons, strolling along bistro’s in your favourite pair of strappy sandals…

Which inspired me to collect these items:

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Can you feel it? Can you guess what I’m making yet? :) It will be fabulous!

Alright, one more photo… This is what the project looks like so far!

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I can’t wait to show you this project as it progresses! :) You can get your hands on some Soft Fun Denim from Deramores.com for international peeps; and for Dutch readers, Scheepjes has an extensive list of stockists on their website!

xo,
wink

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