Upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

How’s that for a title? ” Upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial” doesn’t really roll off the tongue, does it? Nonetheless, it is an accurate description!

Recently, my friend Amos introduced me to this method of no-sew rag rug making that I am completely hooked on (get it? crochet? hook? funny). Today I want to share it with you!

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

All you need is a few t-shirts (depending on how big you want it), a pair of sharp scissors, and your fingers.

Start by cutting a slit up the side of your t-shirt (I went up about 2″, but make you can make the strips any width). Then start cutting (make sure you are only catching one side of the shirt), as evenly as you can. When you get back around to where you began, curve around and continue. You will have to snip off the outer corner.

When you get up near the armpits, slit the sleeves open at the inside seam, and lay them out flat. Continue to cut around, keeping it all one strip.

Don’t forget to trim off the outer corners here, like you did on the bottom.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

Keep going around, until you can’t go anymore. I always cut the neckline out and save it in one piece for future upcycling projects.

Repeat for as many t-shirts as you want to use.

You will want to join the strips together (if you are using multiple t-shirts). Place one end on top of the other (both facing the same way). Don’t worry if they aren’t exactly the same width. This is a forgiving craft for sure.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

Fold them both over about 2″ from the top. Make a snip in the center. Then place one on top of the other (going in opposite directions), aligning the holes. Take the end of the one on top, and put it through the holes from underneath.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

Pull tight! Now you are ready to begin. Have you ever tied a necktie? It is going to be a slip knot like that.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

Lay one end out like the above photo.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

Flip the tail across over the loop.

 

Bring the tail around the back of the loop, then through the loop and down throught the knot.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

Basically you are going to make loops go through loops. Take the loop you made, and make a loop with the long end. Now pull that new loop through the old one. You now have the begining of a chain…of loops.

How many times do you think I will write the word “loop” in this tutorial? Ha!

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

When your chain becomes long enough, you need to start your spiral.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

Take the small tail (on the very end of that first loop) and weave it through the begining of your spiral, and knot, to hold it together.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

Take your long end and put through a bump in the spiral before pulling through the loop. To keep it flat, I alternate between just putting it through the loop, and putting it through the bump then the loop.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag rug tutorial

Keep going around and around until you have the size you want! This one is trivet size, but my friend often makes them into rugs. I have the Trashion show coming up, so I used this techinique to make a hat to go with the outfit I made!

  upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag hat

Instead of alternating between “stitches”, in the places I wanted the hat to curve in, I just put the new loop through the bump and then the old loop, every time, and pulled them tighter.

upcycled t-shirt finger crochet no-sew rag hat

I hope you try this out. Once you do, if you are anything like me, you won’t want to stop!

Emerald City Comicon Recap

Yesterday, my whole family went to the Emerald City Comicon over in Seattle. My feet are screaming at me today, but we had a great time. A definite highlight was sitting in on a Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy, for those who don’t know him) interview/question and answer hour. Well, that AND the fabulous cosplayers. I enjoy that the most (you can see our photos from last year here).

Emerald City Comicon

EMERALD CITY COMICON

King Fergus and Queen Eleanor (AKA me and my husband).

Emerald City Comicon

This is the only photo we got as a family, and sadly, we were headed home, exhausted.

Emerald City Comicon

My Falafel spied Belatrix and Luna Lovegood, and had to have a photo with them. Super nice Mom and daughter. LOVE that people get into character when you ask for a photograph.

Emerald City Comicon

Uruk-Hai statue at the Weta Workshop booth. It is amazingly huge.

Emerald City Comicon

Curvy Catwoman. Rawr.

Emerald City Comicon

My husband and I were geeking out over these two. Hellboy 2 is one of my favorites, and they did a great job with the costumes.

Emerald City Comicon

Merida, meet….uh, Merida.

Emerald City Comicon

Moana was one of the sweetest women, and she gave my Falafel a green “heart” as a present for posing with her. She was handing these out to kids , and telling them to take care of the Heart of Te Fiti for her. My girl was THRILLED.

Emerald City Comicon

Super tiny-waisted Poison Ivy. Even with a run in her stockings, she looked FABULOUS.

Emerald City Comicon

Me and my Bee (The Queen and Merida).

Emerald City Comicon

Close up of that Uruk-Hai

Emerald City Comicon

This was another highlight. These guys are still rock-stars to me. LOVE the Weta workshop team. I was a little tongue-tied and star-struck. The convention is a little bit of a sensory overload, and I have such trouble focusing. Nothing like thousands of people to throw off my concentration.  He, on the other hand, was incredibly nice and seemed right at home.

Emerald City Comicon

I don’t have a seperate post for my costume because I finished it right before we went (um, like the night before). That dress was a beast to make. I used a Simplicity costume pattern, that I had to muslin the heck out of. The pattern pieces didn’t even resemble the originals after I was done. The wig is actually two wigs. I cut up a black wig to add some length to the brown one. Not being a fan of wigs (I find them cumbersome and itchy), I am glad I don’t need to wear it anymore, but glad it did the trick for my costume.

We were stopped quite a bit for photos, so if you happen to see any on social media, please let me know!

Wee Dingwall cosplay

Today I am sharing the easiest of all our costumes, Wee Dingwall cosplay for our Falafel. You can see Fergus here, and Merida here.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

I had trouble finding the exact tartan for this, so I just went with this flannel. It is different from the one I found for Fergus. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to track down matches for both of them. Ultimately, unless you are obsessed, or looking at a photo, you wouldn’t know, right?

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

My girl was trying to make a Dingwall face, but she ended up just being silly. A lot.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

I followed the same tutorial for making her kilt, as I used for this one. And I made her brooch the same too.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

The hair is tricky. We have tried everything to get it to be a different color (without dyeing it), including smashing up white eyeshadow, and making a paste. But nothing worked. So I think she will have to go with her natural brown. I just put a little oil in her hair and used the blow dryer on it for these photos. For the actual day, we have gelatin to put in. That should do the trick.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

For fun and a touch of whimsy (and really just to make her giggle) I used banana fabric as the liner of the sporran.

  Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

Totally works.

My Falafel wasn’t thrilled with this costume choice, but I think she makes it pretty great. Not too many girls in Brave, if you aren’t Merida. We’ll see if anyone recognizes her!

Fergus from Brave cosplay

Welcome, if you are here from the Cali Fabrics Blog! And Welcome back to everyone else! As you may know, my family and I are headed to the local ComicCon in about a week, and of course, that means I made our costumes. We are going as the royal family from the movie Brave. You can see The Bee’s Merida costume here. I finally talked my husband into doing a Fergus cosplay. It was a bear of a costume. heh.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

 I didn’t realize how many fiddly little components there were, until I started to make it. My favorite, though is his bear cape.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

Cali Fabrics supplied me with this incredible Black Mongolian Faux Fur, that I knew would be perfect. You can read more about it over on my post on the Cali Fabrics Blog. The only thing I did to it, was add a chain to connect both sides. Done and done.

That brooch was made from a yogurt container lid that I cut the center out of and painted. The stick that fastens it is a wooden chopstick painted the same color. I’d say, that component was the most difficult to troubleshoot. I went through all the viable materials, in my head, until I came up with good ol plastic lids (which we seem to never run out of).

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The sporran and sash were made with this dark brown distressed leather look fabric, which Cali Fabrics also provided me with, and sewed up quite nicely. It is more of a grey, in real life, though. Nonetheless, it sewed up like buttah.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The kilt fabric, I found on Etsy from Fabric LA. It was shipped super quickly and arrived in perfect condition, faster than I anticipated. To make it into a kilt (or a faux kilt) I followed this fantastic youtube tutorial.   I forgot to photograph the back, so you’ll have to trust me. It is pleated nicely.

Jim made the belt buckle by taking the base of a banana holder, and sawing off parts. Then he connected it to a weightlifting belt, and put it on backward. After these photos, I actually stained it a darker color, and like it even better.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The tunic is a piece of leather someone gifted me on the Buy Nothing Project! It is ideal for this project! I punched holes in it along each side, and then cut a thin strip of leather to lace it up with. No sewing required. And The Bee actually knitted the chainmail. I thought about making real chainmail (for about 30 seconds), and then quickly came to my senses.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The helmet is a kid’s viking helmet we found thrifting, and the hair is just orange yarn, teased and hot glued on. It is my husband’s least favorite component of this costume. Without it, I think he looks like he belongs on the Game of Thrones (which, honestly, he would like so much better).

Fergus from Brave cosplay

FInally, the peg leg. Cheese Louise, that one was tricky. In the end, I took a stocking, cut it into a tube, slid it on his leg, then stuffed it randomly with batting.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

My husband plans on shaving his beard like Fergus, but he is waiting for the actual day. He doesn’t have as much padding as the character, but I think people will get the gist. He’s “lean” Fergus.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

I can’t wait to share my costume with you, but I suppose I should finish it first (YIKES)! Wish me luck! I will share what I made our Falafel, this week. It may give you a giggle. It certainly does for me.

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**Even though I recieved some of the components for this costume, as always, my opinions are mine, mine, mine.

First Sweater

My Bee has been knitting up a storm lately! You can always find her with a project in her hands. Even in some of her classes! She loves it, and she is getting better with every item she knits. She finished her very first sweater this past weekend, for her sister.

First sweater knit by my teen

This sweater was made using the pattern Mud Season by The Brown Stitch. It knit up fairly quick, and you knit the whole thing at once! No piecing (a big plus).

First sweater knit by my teen

First sweater knit by my teen

It is a little large on my Falafel, because The Bee made her a woman’s small. She is nowhere near that size, but surprisingly the rest of it fits. Just really wide. She loves it, though. She said it was “slouchy and comfy”. Plus it is super soft. So there’s that.

First sweater knit by my teen

First sweater knit by my teen

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the fact that my teen knits. It doesn’t make sense to my brain, and it amazes me that it does to hers.

Any knitters out there? Any favorite patterns to share?

Simple Granola recipe

So this month has been a iittle rough. All four of us have been off sugar, and if you know my family, you know how we LOVE everything sugar (like this, this, this– I could go on forever). We are just detoxing from sugar cane, though. Honey and Pure maple syrup are acceptable. Even so, it has been challenging with our fast paced schedules, to find snacks to take on the go. Needless to say (but I will say it anyway), I had to come up with some kind of grabable food that we all like.  I made this Simple Granola recipe a few times now, and it seems to be a good substitute. It satisfies our need for sweet without being “sweet”. And now I have a printable recipe to share with you!

Simple granola recipe: printable by F&B Creations

Gather the ingredients.

Simple granola recipe: printable by F&B Creations

We happen to have a very picky tween in the house, so our granola is pretty simple. Actually, we have  even made it without the sunflower seeds, just with oats, which is even simpler. You can add nuts and dried fruit to yours, if that is your cup of tea, though.

Simple granola recipe: printable by F&B Creations

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Simple granola recipe: printable by F&B Creations

Then add in the wet.

Simple granola recipe: printable by F&B Creations

Spread out in a tray (or two if your tray is small).

Simple granola recipe: printable by F&B Creations

Bake at 325 for 30 minutes, stirring it halfway through.

Simple granola recipe: printable by F&B Creations

Put on your favorite yogurt (we eat goat) or eat by the handful (oh yes I have).

Simple granola recipe: printable by F&B Creations

YUM.

Simple Granola recipe

Simple Granola recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats (we use gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (or seeds of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup (we used dark)
  • optional add 1/4 cup of nuts and dried fruit of your choice (we left these out)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. mix dried ingredients together
  3. slowly add the wets (maple syrup and oil)
  4. spread granola mix on a baking sheet
  5. bake for 15 minutes, stir, then bake for 15 minutes more, or until crunchy and browned
  6. cool and serve
  7. store in an airtight container
http://www.falafelandthebee.com/2017/02/16/simple-granola-recipe/

Boys CAN wear pink: Season 3

Today I have the pleasure of joining in the fun with Handmade Boy’s FABULOUS series

If you remember back, I sewed up something for the very first Boys CAN wear PINK season, for my husband.

I couldn’t resist sewing something else for him….

Boys (and men) CAN wear pink!

…because boys AND MEN CAN WEAR PINK. See above proof.

It is just a color. One that my husband looks good in. Why should he not wear it?! In fact, there is a great little article from npr that gives a brief evolution of this color.

Boys (and men) CAN wear pink!

Please excuse the color differences in these photos. This close up is the actual color of the boxers, but the weather being what it has been lately, made photography challenging, to say the least. Plus, my husband doesn’t make it a habit of being photographed in his skivvies, and was a little camera shy.

I had just enough of this incredible white mouse fabric to whip him up a pair of boxers. I have been making all of his underwear for years now (spoiled much?), and he always enjoys a good novelty print. Because I only had a yard, I had to change the orientation of these sweet rodents, to vertically. I know that normally, going against the grain like that would not be wise, but this cotton has a little stretch, and is a good quality, so it works just fine.

  Boys (and men) CAN wear pink!

I have used the same pattern for years (see above links). One that I drafted (with some help from the tutorial) especially for him. He hasn’t really changed much since 2009! Still same size.

Boys (and men) CAN wear pink!

Now he has a fun pair of unders that he can wear…under his clothes from now on.

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Rivage Raglan Pajamas

Lately, I have been doing a lot of sewing for my Falafel. For one, it takes a lot less fabric to sew for her, than anyone else in our family. The Bee, though has noticed this, and made a request that I sew her up some pajamas. How could I refuse my almost adult daughter?!Especially when I really love sewing for her too.

In the Blank Slate Patterns Facebook group, I saw a photo of Melissa wearing a shirt made from her Rivage Raglan pattern *affliate link*, and I knew it was perfect for this project!

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

This is one of the most straightforward, easiest patterns EVER! Like all Blank Slate patterns, this one was spot on with sizing. I didn’t even muslin.

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

After seeing the cozy fleece jammies I made for Falafel, my Bee wanted some of her own. It was no problem at all to work with the fleece. I did embellish the pattern just slightly by adding rib knit cuffs (there are only cuffs on the short sleeves option), and because these are pajamas, and I wanted the neckline a little higher,  I sewed on the rib knit neckline a little different. I folded the tube in half width wise and sewed the raw edges to the neckline. Done.

Rivage Raglan pattern review: Making Pajamas

For the pants portion, I just took a pair of knit pants that fit her, and used them as a pattern.

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

The fleece doesn’t fray, so no hemming required!

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

This was the perfect quick project that allowed me to sew something practical for my 17 year old,  while not breaking the bank.

Rivage Raglan pattern review: Making Pajamas

The best part is, she LOVES these. Especially the shirt. She wore it to bed atfer we photographed it, and then to her Archery tournament the next day. She asked me to make her another. THAT right there, is proof it’s a winner.

*Even though I received this pattern for free, as always, all opinions are mine, mine, mine. I love sharing wonderful things I find with you.*

Be Prepared: Paracord Bracelets

Hey everyone! Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. If you are anything like me, politics and policy are filling most of your thoughts. Creativity and time?  Well, they are elusive these days. I cannot help but want to make practical things to prepare for the worst (whatever that may be, to whatever degree). This is one of those projects I have always wanted to make, and has intimidated me to some extent. Knots have never been my forte. They require a lot of concentration on my part.  If I ever had a need for several feet of rope, conveniently located on my wrist, this would be it.  I decided to give it a go. In steps… paracord bracelets.

Be Prepared: Paracord Bracelets

I found a wonderful tutorial over on Instructables. And on the very first try, I managed to make one! These clips were already in my stash. The next ones I make will have side release buckles (as recommended).

Be Prepared: Paracord Bracelets

The knot used for this bracelet is called the “cobra stitch“. Once you get the hang of it, knotting becomes second nature.

Be Prepared: Paracord Bracelets

I did a few sizes for each of us. I still need to make one for Jim. My 8 inch wrist took 8 feet of paracord to make mine.

Be Prepared: Paracord Bracelets

It feels good to get my hands busy again. There are a few things I want to learn in steps to becomming more self- reliant in this tumultuous climate here in the US. This was a small one.

Be Prepared: Paracord Bracelets

Power to the creative!

Self-drafted PJs

My girl needed some new pajamas, and since it has gotten so cold here, they just had to be fleece. She had one pair already, of store-bought pajamas that I liked the fit of, only they were getting a little small on her. So I made my own pattern using them as a base, and giving her some room to grow, in these self-drafted pjs.

Self-drafted pjs

Heh. I have to tell you, I really don’t know any popular music. At. All. So when my kids schooled me on that song, I had to look up the video and then attempt, in a very exaggerated, comical way, to embarrass said children by trying to do the dance that accompanies the song. Watch me Whip…

Self-drafted pjs

Anyhow, these pj’s didn’t take long at all to make. In fact, that is part of the reason I love fleece so much. It doesn’t fray. It sews up super quick, and is really forgiving.

Self-drafted pjs

I placed her old ones on top of a piece of tracing paper, folded the arms over (toward the middle) and got the lines for the bodice (it is a raglan sleeve shirt). I made sure to add a good 1 inch to all seams, so they would be slightly big. I folded the bodice part up and spread out the sleeve to do the same. I did make sure the neckline didn’t get added though. I kept that the same so that it would be tighter.

Self-drafted pjs

The ribbing on the sleeves and the collar was quick and unscientific too. I estimated the size by holding it up to the width of the sleeve. It worked perfectly.

Self-drafted pjs

I didn’t bother even hemming the shirt because as I said before NO FRAYING!

LOVE THAT FLEECE.

  Self-drafted pjs

The pants were even easier. I just folded them in half, placed it on the paper, and traced. They are super big on her, but that was the goal. I would like these to last through to the Spring, at least!

Self-drafted pjs

Now my girl has another pair of warm pajamas, and she really never wants to take them off. I’d say they are a hit!

What have YOU made lately?