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Free Crochet Pattern: Stork Pouch Newborn Photo Prop


Stork Pouch/ Hanging Cocoon/ Sling For newborn Photo prop Designer: Cristina Barnes Company: Affordable Wonders Copyright, 2011, Cristina Barnes & Affordable Wonders Materials: Hook Size N Bulky Yarn # 5 Darning/ Yarn needle Gauge: 4” x 4”= 5 rows 7 DC Stitch Marker (to keep track of rounds) Abbreviations: DC= double crochet, STS= stitches, DC Dec= double Crochet Decrease, CH= Chain If you need help with any part of this pattern there are video tutorials on http://www.AffordableWonders.com that you can view. All videos are short sweet and to the point! Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner. Please do not post the instructions for this pattern on any blog or website. Small alterations are still considered part of this pattern. Photos may be posted providing a link to my website where the pattern can be purchased is included. You can also send people to my blog on http://www.affordablewonders.com where they can view the pattern for free. Pattern on website is only for personal use. In order to sell items made by my pattern you must purchase my pattern. I believe that is fair. Thank you for respecting my wishes. To purchase this pattern and download the PDF immediately  Note work in continuous rounds unless otherwise indicated. Place marker on last stitch of every round Start with Magic Ring make 8 DC inside ring place marker on last DC 1) 2 DC in each DC 2) *DC in next ST, 2 DC in next * Repeat around 3) DC in each stitch around 4) *DC in next 2, 2 DC in next* Repeat around 5) DC in each ST around 6) Repeat 5 for 2 rounds 7) DC in 30 STS, DC Dec in last 2, CH 2 turn 8) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 19, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 9) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 17, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 10) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 15, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 11) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 13, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 12) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 11, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 13) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 9, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 14) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 7, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 15) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 5, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 16) DC 7, CH 2 turn 17) Repeat 16 for 19 rows Finish off and weave in ends. Warning: This item is to be used as a photo prop only by a professional photographer. NEVER leave a child unattended in this prop as serious injury or death can happen. I hope you enjoyed this pattern!


I think I can, I think I can a tale of My Best Friends Wedding


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My best friend is getting married! So over the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting ready for her wedding. My daughter will be her Flower girl, My sons will be her Ring Boys and last but not least I will be her Maid of Honor. Her wedding is on Feb 12 I will be driving to Ohio with my 3 kids! Oh boy Oh Boy how exciting…. In case you missed the Sarcasm in my typing I wanted to make it clear I AM SOOO NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DRIVE! But she is my best friend and has ALWAYS been there for me :)

So with all the stress she has been going thru she hasn’t really thought out the little details liiiiiiike what we are going to do with our hair (daughter and I) So I started looking around for ideas even bought a bridal magazine. I found a few took pics and sent them to her. She picked the ones she liked and then started the next challenge how do I make them.

Being a crafter I always have materials on hand to make just about anything, I make it a habit to purchase things when they are on sale or clearance even though at the moment I may not know what I am going to do with them (does that make me a hoarder!)

So we settled on making rolled fabric roses to put on a headband or clip (still haven’t decided) As I made them I took photos along the way so that I could share what I did with you! :)

Materials: Felt, Headband, ribbon (or any fabric that you want to use) I used 1 and 2 inch ribbon, hot glue gun, lighter (to heat seal ribbon) *feathers, birdcage veil material, crystal beads, beads, rhinestones* from* is optional

1) Cut a piece of felt smaller than the rose will be and round it out to a circle ( I didn’t measure my strips but I did cut several to the same size and some a bit longer)

2) Fold in one end of the ribbon to form a triangle (never really found a great way to do this but it seamed to work) then start rolling the ribbon some until it looks like the center of the rose. Put a healthy dot of hot glue in the center of felt and place the ribbon in it make sure that the “Bud” shape is facing up to make it easier to wrap around it.

2) Now it’s just a matter of twisting and wrapping hot gluing along the way about every other wrap. The tighter you twist the smaller the rose will be. I played around with this and got several different sized roses with the same length of ribbon. All of the felt should be covered if it isn’t trim it before

4) When you are almost at the end give it one last twist and instead of wrapping place the rest of the ribbon to the back and glue in place.

Well I just kept on making these until I ran out of ribbon in several colors just to stash them for future use

5) With ribbon of your choice wrap the headband, with felt cut out a “tear drop” well that’s what I did but you can do circle, square whatever your heart desires and arrange your flower how ever you’d like them and then hot glue them on to felt.

I glued the feather first. Then I gathered the birdcage fabric and hot glued that on top of feathers. Next I glued the flowers and a Hand Beaded Butterfly that I made in the center.

Finally Put my Hooks down


If you crochet or knit or for that matter do any crafts then you know how hard it is to stop. Well for the past year I’ve been working on several new designs but when it comes to typing them out and posting them I have such a hard time. I just really hate to put my hook/needles down. As it is I have very limited time to work, My only free time is when my kids are sleeping or on the weekends when my Husband is home from school.

Well with that said I’m going to try to stay off the hooks for a while to get caught up. As I work on writing the patterns I will keep you guys updated on the latest. Hope you guys like what you see 🙂