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iPhone crochet covers

orange-iphone-cover

I got a new iPhone earlier in the year and knowing how ‘fragile’ they can be, I bought a protective screen cover and case for it. Although this did help, I still managed to scratch the phone while it was in my bag, which I had carelessly thrown in with keys and various other objects. To prevent any further damage I set to work on creating a protective crochet sleeve.

orange-blue-iphone-cover

I knew how I wanted it to look like and started to create my own pattern. It did take several attempts to get the fit just right (using the Snow White approach: this one is too small…too large…ahh just right!). I then tried various colour combinations and also included a hole for the headphones on some.

green-blue-iphone-cover

Finally, the finishing touch was to add one of my polymer clay buttons to the front, et voila! A smart, protective cover to keep my phone safe.

If you do like these and would like one for yourself/gift they are available on my Etsy shop.

Fimo bowl

I wanted to try using polymer clay to make a bowl.

The first step was to find an old glass bowl that was a good size that I could use as a mould. I began to add the clay to the outside of the bowl and I realised that I liked the effect it created on the inside. So rather than use the bowl as a mould I decided it would form part of the finished piece.

I started to add the colour shapes first, then filled in the gaps with white. As I added the clay to the bowl I noticed it was a little uneven, so I used a rolling pin to flatten the clay, which caused it to squish slightly – another effect I liked.

Once the bowl was completely covered I baked it in the oven at 120 degrees celsius for 30 minutes to harden it.

fimo-bowl

One benefit of applying the clay to the outside of the bowl is that it can still be used for foodstuffs (for health reasons it is advised that polymer clay should not touch food).

fimo-bowl-outside

The downside to using a glass bowl is that you need to consider how the clay looks on both sides. It was a bit tricky to get both the ‘front’ and the ‘back’ looking good, but with some trial and error I’m happy with the end result.

fimo-bowl-inside

Crochet hooded baby cocoon

I recently bought a copy of the Natural Knits for babies and toddlers magazine. It was a real inspiration as not only were the patterns adorable and contemporary, but each item was finished off with handmade buttons – perfect combo!

One of the first patterns was for a snuggly baby cocoon that is perfect for keeping a baby warm in it’s pram. All of the patterns use natural, organic wools, which although they are luxurious are a little on the pricey side, and I wanted to use up some of my stash. I also fancied crocheting the cocoon and the pattern was knitted, so I set off on a little detour…

I’ve never been a big fan of ‘blue for a boy and pink for a girl’ and opted for Sirdar snuggly baby wools in a bright fresh green, multi blue stripes and a natural white.

Green crochet baby cocoon - detail
Green crochet baby cocoon – detail

I made a simple pattern using alternate dc and treble stitches along each row. Making two rectangles, the front piece is about 2cm narrower than the back to allow for the button band. After stitching the pieces together and sewing up the hood I finished the piece off with nine polymer clay buttons in contrasting colours.

This is the finished item!

Green crochet cocoon in full
Green crochet cocoon – finished