Friday, May 26, 2017

TUTORIAL: How to Add Non-Slip Soles to Your Slippers



If you've been wondering how you can wear your crocheted (or knit!) slippers without slipping and sliding all over the place (ahem, hardwood floors anyone?) then you've come to the right place! Here is a quick and easy tutorial for attaching non-slip soles to your slippers, so that those hardwood floors don't get the better of you. This is especially great for baby/toddler slippers, because we all know they don't need any more trouble learning to walk. :)

Materials
Crocheted or knit slippers, ready to go!
Non-slip sole material (I bought mine here, but I am sure there are other similar products online)
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Pen/pencil
Foil (recommended)

Tutorial
So, you have your crocheted or knit slippers ready to go, with only one thing missing: a non-slip sole! Take one of the slippers and place it on the wrong side of the fabric (not the non-slip side - the other side:) and, with your pen, trace around the sole of the slipper. If anything, trace a little wide so that when you cut it, your piece is too big rather than too small. You can always trim the fabric once you have cut it, but you can't add to it!

Now, assuming that you are better at tracing than I am, you will have a pretty outline of the sole of your slipper! Cut around the outline, so that you have a piece of fabric perfectly fitted to the sole.
(Note: it is totally fine if your cut-out piece looks a little wonky...mine always do! We will trim it up after we have glued it to the shoe.)

Now, with your hot glue gun, cover the shoe sole with glue. You want to do this all pretty quickly so that nothing dries before you put the non-slip sole one, so make sure everything is ready to go once you start glueing. I recommend doing this step with the glue gun on some foil.

Carefully align the cut-out sole with the slipper sole, and gently press the two together. Hold it there for a minute or so until you are sure the glue has dried.
At this point, there are probably patches along the sides of the slippers that could use some more glue. Just stick your glue gun in there and add the glue, until the entire non-slip fabric piece is glued securely to the shoe sole.


Once the glue is completely dried, take your scissors and just trim all the extra non-slip fabric around the sole until you are happy with the final product! 


As you can see, this is not rocket science, but I have found that even this simple technique makes it a lot easier to enjoy my crocheted slippers! And, as I said before, this is great for child, toddler, or baby slippers - for obvious reasons. :)

If you want an even quicker fix and don't have time to buy the non-slip fabric, I have also added some extra grip to the soles by just using the hot glue gun to add little dots or strips of glue directly to the crocheted sole and letting them dry. Easy peasy!

I hope this tutorial is helpful and inspiring, and I wish you the best of luck in your fight against hardwood floors! :)



Friday, May 5, 2017

FREE PATTERN: Faux Knit Headband Crochet Pattern

Hello again, crochet world! I know that is has been (literally) years since I have been active on this blog - but I have not forgotten about you all! Instead, my focus has been on my Etsy shop (JaysBoutiqueCrochet) where I sell crocheted goods...so I have still been busy crocheting and designing, but most of my effort was funneled over there! Now, I am slowing things down there to focus a bit more on this blog and on supplying y'all with some more patterns! I am brimming over with design ideas, but as usual if you have any special requests please do let me know! I am excited to be back with you all.

Today I have for you a classic headband that is undoubtedly not the first like it you have seen, but that I hope inspires you!
 I made the gold headband first (in my size:) and loved how it turned out, and was all ready to throw the pattern out there for you all, when I realized that there are so many other patterns like this out there, so why bother you guys with another one?



Eventually I reached the conclusion that 1) there are NEVER too many crochet patterns out there, and if this one inspires one of you even a little bit, then it is worth it! And 2) so many of these headbands are women's size, but what about your little girls that want to match you? So I sized the headband down a bit and created this white one in a toddler size.



Materials
Worsted Weight Yarn
H (5mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle
Scissors

Pattern
1. FOR WOMEN SIZE: Ch 62 loosely, join with ss to the first stitch so that you have a loop. (62)
FOR TODDLER SIZE: Ch 50 loosely, join with ss to the first stitch so that you have a loop. (50)

2. FOR BOTH SIZES: Ch2, hdc in each chain stitch around, working in the underside of each chain stitch, as pictured. Basically, if you look at the chain stitch from the right side, the stitches form a v-shape, and if you turn it over there is a horizontal bar on the backside of each v-shape. For this round, you are working in the back bar of each v-shape, so that the v is left exposed on the bottom. Hopefully these pictures are helpful!





(Also, if this is too confusing, no worries! Just work in the chain as you normally would. The only difference is that it will look a bit less knit-like on the edge. :)

Finish up that round, working in every chain, then join with ss to the beginning of the round. (62 for women's size, 50 for toddler's size.)

3. Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around, working in the extra bar from the half-double-crochets of the previous round. That is the third loop that is made behind each hdc stitch - see picture. This exposes the two loops from the hdc so that they are both visible, making it look like a knit stitch! Work in each stitch around, joining with ss to beginning of round. (62 for women's size, 50 for toddler's size.)


FOR WOMEN SIZE: 
Repeat row 3 SIX times (or until it reaches your desired height), then:
Ch1, sc in third loop of each hdc from the previous round, join with ss to beginning of round. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. (62)

FOR TODDLER SIZE: 
Repeat row 3 FIVE times (or until it reaches your desired height), then:
Ch1, sc in third loop of each hdc from the previous round, join with ss to beginning of round. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. (50)

At this point, for both sizes, take the long tail you left after fastening off and cinch the headband around the seam by weaving the tail through the joining stitches of each round with the yarn needle. After it is cinched, weave in the loose ends. 

Now we are going to make the piece to cover the seam! 
FOR WOMEN SIZE: 
1. Ch 15, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each stitch across.
2. Ch2, turn. Hdc in the third bar of the hdc stitches from the previous round (like we did throughout the entire headband. Hdc in each stitch across. (13)
3. Ch2, turn. Hdc in the back loop of each stitch across. (13)
Repeat rows 2 and 3 one more time each and fasten off, leaving a long trail.

FOR TODDLER SIZE:
1. Ch 12, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each stitch across.
2. Ch2, turn. Hdc in the third bar of the hdc stitches from the previous round (like we did throughout the entire headband. Hdc in each stitch across. (9)
3. Ch2, turn. Hdc in the back loop of each stitch across. (9)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

FOR BOTH SIZES: Wrap the piece you just made around the cinched area of the headband and, using the long tail and your yarn needle, sew the two ends of the small piece together. Weave in ends after you have securely sewn the piece around the headband, as pictured. 



VoilĂ , your headband is done!



Perfect for throwing your hair up in a bun and getting things done!

One of my favorite things about these headbands (apart from their stretchiness due to the flexible stitch!) is that you could even turn them inside out and could have an equally beautiful headband! In fact, I think the backside looks like a purl stitch - so really, not matter how you turn this headband, it looks knit! For those of us who have the entirety of our crafting abilities in the crochet realm and who avoid knitting at all costs - this is wonderful news!




I hope you enjoy this pattern! Please let me know if you make it, and post your pictures on the Ravelry page so that we can all see your beautiful work! Happy stitching. :)