sunshine pillow crochet pattern

Before every nap, and every night at bed time, my husband and I sing a few songs to our boys to get them settled. We sing songs that we remember from growing up and songs from our church’s children’s hymn book.

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One song that always ends up in the rotation is “You are my sunshine.” I’m not sure why, but we all love it. If you listen to all of the lyrics you’ll learn that it is actually kind of a depressing song, so we just stick to singing the chorus!

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That song has served as inspiration for this sunshine pillow crochet pattern that I’m sharing with you today. The boys love having their beds filled with all manner of squishy, comfy accessories. I knew that this happy pillow would fit right in, and serve as a reminder of our favorite bedtime song.

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So far, my crochet posts have focused on specific stitches to give you a chance to perfect (or learn for the first time) your crochet skills.

{Single crochet Sailor’s Knot Belt, Half double crochet Eyelet Apron, Double crochet Fox Ear Headband, Combining Stitches Shell Stitch Shrug}

For this sunshine pillow crochet pattern, you will get to try the triple crochet, the double triple crochet, and even the triple treble crochet (I’ve linked to some great tutorials for your viewing pleasure).

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Sunshine Pillow Crochet Pattern
Here’s what you need to get started:

Supplies:

1 skein any worsted weight yarn (or try a bulky weight yarn to make it even bigger!)
Size H crochet hook (or bigger, depending on yarn size you choose)
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn for facial details
Pillow filling

Abbreviations & Definitions:

st- stitch
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
sk- skip
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
tr- triple (or treble) crochet: Yarn over twice. Insert hook into st. Yarn over, pull through st. Yarn over. Pull hook through first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through last two loops on hook.
dtr- double triple crochet: Yarn over three times. Insert hook into st. Yarn over, pull through st. Yarn over. Pull hook through first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through last two loops on hook.
trtr- triple treble crochet: Yarn over four times. Insert hook into st. Yarn over, pull through st. Yarn over. Pull hook through first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through next two loops on hook. Yarn over. Pull hook through last two loops on hook.

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Let’s get started!

1. Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form loop. Ch 2. Work 11 dc into center of loop. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
2. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 2 dc in each remaining st around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
3. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 1 dc in next st. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
4. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 1 dc in next 2 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
5. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 1 dc in next 3 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
6. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 1 dc in next 4 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top loop of ch 2.
7. Ch 4. Dc in same st. Sk next st. *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next st. Sk next st. Repeat from * around. Sl st in 3rd ch of ch 4.
8. *Sc in next ch 1 space. (Dc, tr) in next ch 1 space. (dtr, trtr, dtr) in next ch 1 space. (Tr, dc) in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
9. Repeat steps 1-8 to make a second sun shape. When finished, don’t fasten off!
10. With tapestry needle and scrap yarn, sew eyes and mouth into one sun piece, if desired.
11. Match two sun pieces together, work through corresponding stitches from each piece: Ch 1. *Sc in next dc st. Sc in tr st. 2 sc in dtr st. (sc, ch 2, sc) in trtr st. 2 sc in dtr st. Sc in tr and dc sts. Sl st in sc st. Repeat from * around. Before you get all the way around, stuff the inside with pillow filling. Now continue around, finishing with a sl st in last sc st. Fasten off, weave in loose end.

You did it!

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How did you do with those insanely tall stitches!? I went a little crazy with them, and the whole “weather” theme, and made a cloud and rain drops mobile too! I’m sharing the pattern over on my blog, Love City, today and would love for you to stop by and say hello!

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If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, or email me at LindsayHaynie [at] gmail dot com!

Free Printable Summer Vacation Countdown Calendar

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Hi, it’s Natalie from Katarina’s Paperie.  I’m so excited that summer is officially here.  We’ve been busy sipping ice cold lemonade, making homemade popsicles and playing outside from morning till night.  I love summer!

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One of my favorite parts of the season is our annual summer vacation.  We always try to get away with the kids – at least for a little bit.  It always seems that the vacation is over in a blink of an eye, but waiting for it to get here takes FOREVER.  If my family is anything like yours, we are not very patient either.

countdown-calendar-paper-chain-loopsSo to help make that wait time seem a little shorter, I created a free printable summer vacation countdown calendar.  I’ve added a summer touch to the traditional paper chain countdown calendar – summer patterns and bright colors.  To countdown, just have your kids pull off one paper loop a day.  They can even count the remaining pieces to reinforce math skills and help them answer the age old question – Do We Go Yet?

You Will Need:

Free Printable Vacation Paper Chains

Free Printable Vacation Countdown Calendar Signs - Choose between hot pink or lime green

Paper Cutter or Scissors

Glue Stick or Stapler

1.  Print out your free printable summer vacation countdown calendar.  Cut out the number of paper chains you will need.  I recommend creating a calendar to count down 2 weeks prior to your trip, but you could use more or less.

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2.  Download your free printable vacation countdown calendar sign.  Cut out the Do We Go Yet? sign.  Use scissors (or a razor blade) to create a slit for the first paper chain.

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3.  Slide the first paper chain into the slit.  Attach in a loop with a glue stick or stapler.  Attach additional paper strips to create your calendar.

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Place your calendar in the kitchen, playroom or another location where everyone can see it and join in on the fun.

Happy Travels!

Download your free printable summer vacation countdown calendar and sign here.

 

Lacy Shell Stitch Shrug Crochet Pattern

Can you believe it’s finally summer!? Our summer officially began at the end of May with preschool graduation festivities and we have been enjoying the warm weather as much as possible! We love to spend hot days by the pool, and warm evenings getting ice cream at our favorite local spot.

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The sun really bares down on us during the day but oftentimes, a thunderstorm rolls through in the evenings, bringing in some cooler air. Sometimes, I like to bring a light cardigan or flowing scarf with me when we venture out on summer evenings, just in case one of those storms passes through, and that is what started me thinking about this lacy shrug that I’m sharing with you today.

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I have been dreaming of a cardigan-like garment that would compliment my many summer dresses. I also wanted it to be light and airy. I love the lacy shell stitch shrug that I finally came up with, and I hope you do too!

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The shrug is worked in rows, creating a rectangle shape. The arm holes are completed at the very end, sewing the corners of the short edges together. It’s as simple as that!

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For this pattern, you’ll have a chance to review both the single crochet and the double crochet stitches, as well as try out a couple fancy tricks with the double crochet!

Here’s how you can make your own!

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Supplies:
1 skein worsted weight yarn
(I used Caron Simply Soft in Victorian Rose)
Size I/9-5.50mm crochet hook
Scissors
Plastic needle for sewing corners together

Abbreviations:
ch- chain
st- stitch
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
fpdc- front post double crochet- yarn over. Insert hook from the front to the back, around the post of the dc from the previous row. Complete as you would a regular double crochet. Click here for a fpdc photo tutorial.
bpdc- back post double crochet- yarn over. Insert hook from the back to the front, around the post of the dc from the previous row. Complete as you would a regular double crochet. Click here for a bpdc photo and video tutorial.
shell- 5 dc worked together in one stitch

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1. Ch 81 (or any multiple of 3 that fits your mid-arm to mid-arm measurement). Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn.

2. Ch 2. *Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Repeat from * (alternating between fpdc and dc) across. Should finish with a dc. Turn.

3. Ch 2. *Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Repeat from * across. Turn.

4. Ch 2. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Ch 3. Sk next 2 sts. Sc in next st. Repeat from * until 8 sts remain. Ch 3. Sk next 3 sts. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

5. Ch 2. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Sc in ch 3 space. Ch 3. Repeat from * across, finishing with sc in last ch 3 space. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

6. Ch 2. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Ch 3. Sc in ch 3 space. Repeat from * across, finishing with sc in last ch 3 space, and ch 3. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

7. Ch 2. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Sc in ch 3 space. Shell in next sc. Repeat from * across, finishing with sc in last ch 3 space. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

8. Ch 2. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. *Ch 4. Sc in back loop of 3rd dc from shell stitch of previous round. Repeat from * across, finishing with ch 4. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Dc in last st. Turn.

9. Repeat step 5-8 until desired length is reached. For my shrug, I repeated 5 times. On final round, finish with a “step 7″ round, so the shell stitches leave a nice scalloped edging.

10. Close up each arm hole by sewing corners together on each short edge.

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My shrug measures about 29 inches long and about 12 inches tall. But remember, you can easily work this to fit any size you need! The fabric also has a nice stretch to it because of the lacy design, which I just love!

I also love the texture created by the shells, and by working the chains into the back loop of the shell. This allows each shell to “stick out” a little bit. They almost look like waves of the sea, don’t they!?

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Who will you make a shrug for? What color would you use!? I’d love to hear and see your finished products!

I hope you will get a chance to wear yours on many wonderful summer evenings! Enjoy!

Want more? Here are some other recent crochet patterns from my blog, Love City:

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Fourth of July Dessert Party Favors

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Hey everyone! It’s Mel again from So Festive! Can you believe that the Fourth of July is just one month away? I’m sure happy that June is here, but since the Fourth of July is probably  my all-time favorite holiday, I just had to share something patriotic today.

Will you be hosting a BBQ? Or would you like a fun Fourth of July gift idea? I’m combining my favorite holiday with one of the most popular summer treats. Let me introduce you to the Patriotic Smores!

Fourth of July dessert smores are really quite easy to put together.

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What you need:

1. Homemade Graham Crackers (recipe is over on SoFestive! today) shaped into stars

2. Starmallows aka star-shaped marshmallows (can be purchased at your local grocery store)

3. Your favorite chocolate

4. Skewers, striped bags, and the Smore Fun printables

The How-to:

Let’s twist up the good ole’ Smores and have them Fourth of July style! Simply put them all into a striped bag, fold the top over, and staple the Smore Fun printable on top.

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Let your party guests take them home or have a bonfire right in your own backyard.

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If you love the 4th of July, check out these other festive ideas from So Festive!

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Easy Patriotic Cupcakes | 15-Minute Patriotic Banner | Festive Flag Waffles

Crochet Fox Ear Headband Pattern

Hey folks! It’s Lindsay from Love City here again today to share a fun crochet pattern with you!

So far, we have worked on perfecting the single crochet with the sailor’s knotted belt, and the half double crochet with the eyelet apron pattern.

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Today we are going to focus on the double crochet. This is the stitch that you will probably use more than any other stitch!

Are you ready to get started with this week’s pattern!? Let’s go!

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My children love to play pretend. They are usually dressed as some sort of super hero, but occasionally they are tigers, lions, and dragons too! Crochet animal hats are the perfect accessory for kids to let their imaginations soar, but it’s definitely a bit too hot for crochet hats at the moment, don’t ya think? So I had an idea to attach some crochet animal ears onto headbands instead of hats.

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For today’s pattern, I created a crochet fox ear headband! Fox’s are definitely “in” right now, but they are also just plain cute!

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Here is your free crochet fox ear headband pattern:

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Supplies:
Small bits worsted weight yarn in “orangey” red color and white
(I used Vanna’s Choice in Brick and White)
Size G/6 crochet hook
Scissors
Large eye plastic sewing needle
Headband (I love using Goody brand headbands that I find at Target)

Abbreviations:
st- stitch
ch- chain
sl st- slip stitch

double crochet- (dc) Yarn over. Place hook into stitch. Yarn over. Pull hook back through stitch. Yarn over. Pull hook through first two loops on hook. Yarn over, pull hook through remaining two loops on hook.

1. With orange yarn. Make two. Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form loop.
2. Ch 2. Work 3 dc in center of loop.
2. Turn. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in each st across until you reach the last st. 2 dc in last st.
3. Repeat step 2 until you have a total of 8 rows.
4. Fasten off. Leave long tail for sewing later on.
5. With white yarn. Make two. Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form loop.
6. Ch 2. Work 3 dc in center of loop.
7. Turn. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in each st across until you reach the last st. 2 dc in last st.
8. Repeat step 2 until you have a total of 8 rows.
9. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
10. Sew one orange piece and one white piece together (You can probably sew so that the stitches are hidden, but I kind of like being able to see the stitches… what do you think?). Repeat with the other set.
11. Cut 4 inch strips of orange yarn and tie 2-4 strips in the middle of each ear.
12. Slide each ear onto the headband, slipping the headband in between the orange and white layers in the ear piece.

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This project is such a great yarn stash buster! And now, just think of all the possibilities of animal ears that you could make! I’m already imagining cat ears, teddy bear ears, even elephant ears!

What do your kids dress up as when they play pretend!?

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If you are interested in some more crochet animal ideas for your little ones, here are some patterns that I offer in my shop, Love City Crochet!

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{Frog Prince Beanie Pdf}   {Peanuts the Elephant Beanie Pdf}   {Blue Bird Baby Beanie Pdf}

How to Paint Rusted Metal

Hello, friends! I’m Cher from Designs by Studio C to share a few tips on how to paint rusted metal. Rust is formed by the reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of moisture, and eats away at metal. If you have a few metal pieces such as a wheelbarrow, metal hook, or metal planters that are really rusty, they can be saved and fixed up – I am here to show you how!

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The project I am using as examples is my wheelbarrow which has quite a bit of rust on it! I started by scrubbing the pieces with a scrub brush and soapy water. The brush will remove the dirt that may have accumulated on the piece as well as help loosen some of the rust. I forgot to take a photo of the wheelbarrow before I took it apart but trust me, it was a mess!

If there are any holes in the rusted piece, the holes can be patched by using a product such as Bondo! Check out my how to use Bondo post on my blog today! Bondo is a compound that can fill holes, scratches, or large dents in metal (as well as other materials).

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It wouldn’t hurt to give the pieces a good sanding with sandpaper before using primer. Start with 80 grit, then work your way to a finer grit (maybe 100, then 150). Wipe away the sanding dust with an old rag or t-shirt, then apply a coat of primer. I normally use Rust-Oleum’s Rusty Metal Primer… I like the coverage and have never had a problem with rust coming through the primer or paint.

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Once the piece is thoroughly dry (wait at least 24 hours), a coat of spray paint can be applied. Spray a light coat with sweeping strokes and let it dry. Apply a second coat for better coverage. I also like to use Rust-Oleum’s spray paint products – especially 2x Ultra Cover spray paint! It is durable, has great coverage, and holds up really well! I painted my trailer with the Rust-Oleum spray paint a year ago and it still looks like new! If possible, wait at least 24 hours between coats, then another 24 hours before use.

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If the project has many pieces, like my wheelbarrow, it can now be reassembled! That was pretty easy, right? Have any rusty projects that are ready for a new life?

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If you like this post, I have a few others you may be interested in!

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Rewire a Light Fixture to Use a Cord | Replace Drawers in an Existing Cabinet
Cut a Hole in a Plate or Glass