Square-Bottomed Cinch Bag #mmmtutorial

I know it sounds like an old-timey swear, but they are actually adorable, see?

bought two sweet little white Bibles for my nieces this Easter and I thought it would be fun if they had a small, pretty bag to carry them in. So I created these easy to carry cinch sacks. They will be easy to customize with these little hair bows found because I don’t know what color their Easter dresses will be, yet! It was super easy to create; it took about 2 DVR’d Grey’s to work up… Or about 90 minutes if that’s how you measure time. 

The supplies:
* about 1/4 ball of yarn
*J crochet hook
*embroidery needle to sew in ends
*stitch marker to keep track of rounds 
*at least 3 feet of ribbon 
*beads to secure ribbons (optional)

This is my very first attempt at an original pattern, so be kind 🙂
Abbreviations Used:
     ch — chain
     Rnd(s) — round(s)
     sc — single crochet
     st/sts — stitch/stitches
     dc — double crochet
     slp st — slip stitch

Part 1: Bottom of the bag

(I used 2 strands to make it a bit sturdier. I HIGHLY recommend it.)

Ch 16
Rnd 1-10:16 sc
Rnd 11: sc all the way around adding an extra sc at each corner (to create a slight rounding.)

Part 2: Body of the bag

(For the body I used a single strand, to create a softer, slouchy look.)

Rnd 12: sc around perimeter using only top stitch (see below) 

Rnd 13: dc around, ch 1
Rnd 14: sc around
Rnd 15: dc around, ch 1
Rnd16: sc around
Rnd 17: dc around, ch 1
Rnd 18: sc around
Rnd 19: dc around, ch 1
Rnd 21: sc around
Rnd 22: dc around, ch 1
Rnd 23: sc around, ch 1
Rnd 24: (decorative shell edge) *5dc, skip 1 st, slp st in next, skip one st* repeat all the way around 

Part 3: The drawstrings. 

*Cut two lengths of ribbon about 18″ or so. 
*Weave one length of ribbon entirely around the bag, through the last dc Rnd. Add a bead to the ribbons and then tie the ends of ribbon together.
* Run the second length of ribbon the same way, except start on the opposite side as the first length of ribbon; add the bead and tie the ends together.
* Trim the ribbon ends if necessary so that they are even.


If you like this craft tutorial please let me know in the comments. Happy Easter!


Pom Pom Easter Wreath – MMM Tutorial

Pom-Pom Easter Wreath

This is a quick & fun project that you can easily do with both big & little kids. Even my Sassy teenager got into making the pom-poms!

Items you will need:

*an embroidery hoop (I only use the outer part so that I can save the inner part for another project)
*yarn (I used three colors; white, pink and green)
*a pom-pom maker
*glue gun and glue sticks
*ribbon to hang the finished wreath
*a couple inches of embroidery floss 
*a plastic Easter egg, if you want to hang it in the middle
I got my pom-pom maker at Joann’s (with my half-price coupon, of course) so that I could make small and large size pom-poms. 
(I use those pom-poms for everything! My best idea has been as a substitute for that plastic Easter grass. I’ve also thought about making snowballs for an Arizona Snowball Fight, but that’s another holiday…)
The first step is to make the pom-poms. I made 4 large pink, 4 large green and eight small white poms. Sassy helped me with the pink and white, so we got to have a little mommy/daughter time, too… sans angst 🙂

First side

Second side
Cut both sides

Using several inches of yarn tie in the middle with a knot ( keeping the strings long) and separate the pom-pom maker. 

Give it a little trim (but not the tied string!) and you’ve got yourself a pom-pom!
Next, I tied the pom-poms to the embroidery hoop in a white/solid/white pattern. I started with a large pink in the top center because pink is my daughter’s favorite color. 

You might need to slide them around or puff them up, so don’t tie them too tight.

After you have all of your pom-poms tied to your embroidery hoop and placed where you want them to be, making sure that all of the ties are along the back of the embroidery hoop, it’s time to get your glue gun! Glue each tied pom to the embroidery hoop, taking care to use just a touch. You don’t want to stick the pom pom itself; just where you’ve tied them on with those long strings. After the glue has dried, trim the strings so they are about the length of the palm so that they blend in with the pom-poms.


and trim. 

Now, grab the ribbon that you will be using to hang your wreath and pull  it through the top of the hoop (where it screws together) After you do that, screw the embroidery hoop closed so that you will be able to use a string (below the ribbon) to hang the Easter egg. 

I used a plastic Easter egg with a hole in the top. Thread your needle with the embroidery floss and tie a big knot in one end. Thread the needle up through the hole in the top of the egg and then bring the thread up to the top of the embroidery loop just below where you put in the ribbon to hang your wreath. It was a little tricky to get it to hang in the center and took some patience. I got so frustrated with that pretty blue robins egg!

The finished product…

I hope that you liked this project. I think it turned out very pretty! I think I will use different colors next time; These are the colors that I had on hand and I had a great idea so I wanted to get started, haha. What colors would you use? What additions or subtractions would you make? Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

40 Days of Kindness

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Our family is a part of the UMC and while we don’t ‘give up’ anything we do embrace Lent as a time to focus on simple living and prayer as a way to grow closer to God. 

(This is really nifty Lent synopsis.)
A couple years ago, I got into a fascinating conversation with our Reverend about why we don’t generally choose to give up a luxury or fast daily. She suggested we intensify our concentration on God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. She also gave me a few ideas on things that we could do as a family that would strengthen our Christian commitment

Boom! 40 Days of Kindness was created!
Each day during the Lenten season, we try to do at least one random act of kindness. Some of the things we’ve done: 
*take a prayer walk around the block and pray for our neighbors 
*send a happy email 
*pray for a different family every night
*pay a genuine compliment to a stranger 
*spend 15 minutes cleaning up a park
*bring a healthy treat for Sunday School
*tape a couple dollars to the redbox
*leave quarters in a tiny toy vending machine (this is my Little Tyke’s fave!)

Feel free to join us and share your R.A.K. ideas in the comments 🙂