Hey guys, I'm back. I have to be honest, I haven't felt like blogging in a while. I don't know what's going on with me, but things have been a little slow and I just lacked inspiration to do anything for me.
Before I get into my project today, I wanted to take a moment to thank Merritt from Label Me Organized for nominating me for a Liebster Award! Thank you for choosing me as one of your favorite small blogs, I am really touched by your kindness. I actually did a post about the Liebster Award a while ago, so you can read some questions I already answered there. But I did want to at least answer one of yours, so here we go: You asked, "What has been the hardest part about blogging?" Well, I guess for me the hardest part would be making projects on a regular basis! As you can tell from my recent break, it's not always easy to churn out projects that are unique and inspirational. Sometimes I just feel like watching Netflix and sitting around. But I think for me, blogging forces me to participate in a community, to be productive, and to keep those creative urges satisfied. So I plan on getting back in the game, full speed ahead. :) Thanks again for nominating me, Merritt!
While I took that long hiatus from the blog, I was also breaking from doing anything majorly crafty. I got sucked into the lazy life. I have done this before, and while it feels good at the time, I always have a yearning in the back of my mind to get off my butt and do something productive. The only thing creative I've done lately is crocheting, which I find relaxing and productive. I'm slowly easing back into the gung-ho crafting mood, so stay tuned for some more projects. In the meantime, I did complete something this summer... A crochet pillowcase! Let's get to it.
Back in July, I found the most amazing couch at a thrift store for $80. It has the most beautiful greens, yellows, pinks, and oranges, and it is a material with somewhat of a sheen to it. I think some amazing person kept it in a plastic cover because of its pristine condition. $80 was a little more than I would typically spend on a thrifted piece, but this one was in such good shape and was so pretty that I could not pass it up. After I brought it home, I realized the only thing it needed was more pillows!
I decided to try my hand at crocheting a pillowcase. I used yarn I had lying around, and used a 40% coupon on a pillow form at Michael's, so this project only cost $6.
On one side, I crocheted one big granny square. When I first learned how to do granny squares, I used this tutorial on YouTube. I absolutely love tutorials by The Crochet Crowd because they are easy to follow and complete with their directions.
For my pillowcase, I made a circle center like the video suggests, then just kept on double crocheting until I thought it was big enough for my pillow form. When I was finished with this side, I had one square the size of my pillow.
On the back/wrong side of my pillow, I decided just to double crochet in rows. I started by attaching a row to one of the edges of my granny square, like this...
...Then I just kept double crocheting. I ended my row when it lined up with the width of my granny square.
If you are following along at home, now all that is left to do is to attach the other 3 edges so your crochet work becomes a pillowcase! I chose to leave a small gap on one of the edges so I can take the pillow out and wash it if I need to. Maybe I'll add a cute button there so I can close it better? Hmmm.
As you can see, I definitely make up most of the crochet projects I do. They don't always turn out professional looking, but I'm just not adept at reading patterns yet, so "winging it" is how I get my crochet fix. What do you think?
Oh, and by the way, that amazing coral zig-zag blanket was a thrift find! It matches perfectly, doesn't it?