Quick and Easy – All Sizes Easy Crochet slippers

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Abbreviatons – ch = chain, SC = Single Crochet, DC = Double Crochet, Sl St = slip stitch

Materials = Worst Weight Yarn, 5mm Hook, Darning needle, Scissors

Follow along with a video tutorial

This Colour is Flamingo by Red heart super saver

Ch2 5 sc into the centre of the first Chain, slip stitch to complete the ground

Round 2 – Chain 2, 2 DC in each stitch, sl st to complete the round (10)

Round 3 – Ch 2, 2DC in each stitch, sl st to complete the ground (20)

Round 4 – Ch 2, *2DC in first stitch, 1DC into the next, Repeat* till end of round, sl st to complete the round (30)

Round 5 – Ch2, 1DC in each stitch around, sl stitch to complete the round (30)

Round 6-9 – Repeat Round 5

Now we will start to work in rows to create the sides of the slipper that will wrap around you heal and ankle

Row 10 – Ch2, DC in the next 21 stitches (22) Turn your work

Row 11 – Ch 2, DC in the next 21 Stitches (2) Turn your work

From Row 10 you will now count how many rows you will need for you size, if you are a size 7 crochet 7 Rows, if you are a size 9 Crochet 9 Rows

i am a Size 8 so i crocheted 8 Rows so my pattern would be

Row 10 – 18 – Ch 2, DC in the next 21 stitches (22) turn your work for each row

When you have completed your rows you will turn the slipper inside out and Sew up the end of the slipper using a darning needle or single crochets and then Fasten off

reattach yarn along the circle opening and single crochet around the opening of the slipper to create a finished edge, you will be working into the sides of stitches so you may want to put a couple single crochets into each one

single crochet until you have done the entire opening and then fasten off

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hobbies keep students Happy, Healthy and Productive

Hobbies bring countless benefits to children, teens, and their parents — and not just because they keep kids busy and out of trouble. Rather, hobbies enrich children’s lives in deep, lasting ways, from improved self-image to improved grades. Don’t believe it? Here are a few ways that a hobby can keep your children happy, healthy, and productive.
Hobbies promote:
     Goal-setting skills: If they want to be successful in their hobby, it’s up to your kids to set goals for growth. This is a stark contrast from school which uses deadlines and grades to keep students on track. When they’re the commander of their own ship, kids will develop goal-setting skills that they can take into school and beyond.
     Problem-solving skills: A child learning and growing in a hobby will inevitably face challenges. And since hobbies are a self-directed activity, they’ll be in charge of finding ways to overcome the obstacles in their path. By finding creative solutions on their own, kids will develop valuable problem-solving skills.
     Self-expression: As schools are feeling the pressure of standardized testing and budget constraints, creative programs like art, music, and even science are being cut from curricula in favor of focus on reading and mathematics. Since it’s becoming harder for students to find opportunities for self-expression in school, it’s more important than ever for kids to have extracurricular hobbies that let them explore their interests and develop their unique personalities.
     Confidence: Hobbies give children something they’re good at, even if they’re struggling with school or other responsibilities. Having an outlet that provides a sense of accomplishment can be an incredible confidence builder. With luck, that self-assurance will translate into improved performance in the classroom.
     Friendship: What better way to bond than over shared interests? Hobbies are a great way for kids to make friends that last beyond the school year. And when kids make friends through positive activities, they’re less likely to end up a troublesome social circle.
     Stress relief: If you’re an adult reading this, you’re probably wondering how kids could possibly need stress relief. But even if the problems of youth seem trivial to you now, they can seem like the world to an adolescent who is actively coping with them. By offering something fun, relaxing, and rewarding to look forward to at the end of the day, hobbies can boost mental health in kids and teens.
Now that you know all the great things that a hobby can do for your children’s growth, you’re probably wondering how you can lead your kids to a hobby they’ll love.
If your child has shown interest in a particular topic, say astronomy or baking, consider ways to turn that interest into a lasting activity. A budding baker could explore new recipes and start selling baked goods to raise money, while a love of the stars could become a hobby of learning constellations and building a DIY telescope. If budget is a concern, work with your children to brainstorm ways they can raise money to buy supplies.
Some kids may immediately gravitate toward one activity and stick with it for years, while others might dabble in countless hobbies before finding one that clicks. No matter the situation, offer nonjudgmental support to children’s interests as they arise. If you can, look for ways to relate to their hobby — working alongside your child and getting involved in their interests is a wonderful way to strengthen the parent-child bond.
Whatever you do, don’t force children into hobbies they’re not passionate about. If you push your children into activities they don’t enjoy, it could attach negative emotions to hobbies in general and make it harder to find something they do want to commit to. Be careful to not overschedule your kids’ time: The ideal hobby is one a child pursues of his or her own volition, and it’s still important for kids to have unstructured downtime.
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Sewing tutorial – Cross Body Water bottle holder

Hey guys! its almost summer where i am from and we will be frequenting the local zoo’s, theme parks and going on hikes! Its always my goal to make sure my kids get an obseen amount of water haha if you have kids you know kids just LOVE holding things… haha 😐 so without having them hold it whats the next best thing!? Strap it too them!

So i decided to make my own cross body holders for my kids cups, the cups i have for my kids are the Thermos brand which can be found walmart, toys r us and the contigo brand which can be found walmart or costco

This tutorial will have measurements for these particular cups but i will show you how to measure your cup to make a cross body water bottle holder for any size bottle

Download the PDF to view the pattern measurements and if you would like to print it out you can do that but it is fairly easy to replicate

Materials – Canvas Fabric

Optional D- Rings

Download FREE pdf here



you will need a Main fabric, a lining fabric (if using canvas do not stabalize, if using cotton stabalize)

cut 2 rectangles, cut 2 circles, for strapping cut 2 – 2 1/2″ strip of fabric, measure from the front of your waist over your shoulder to the back of your waist, add 6″ more for the D rings if you choose to add those)

Note* If you are doing a two tone bag split the measurement in half and add 1/2″ to each piece

Fold the fabrics length wise, sew down the raw edge to create a tube, attach the circle to the one end of the tube with a ton of pins, take your time and carefully line up the edges of the tube with the edges of your circle

When sewing the Main fabric of the bag use a 1/4″ seem allowance, when sewing the lining of the bag use a 1/2″ seam allowance this will allow your lining to fit nicely inside the outer piece.




This is how they should look, turn the outside piece right sides out and leave the lining inside out.

place the lining inside the outer bag, fold in the edges of the lining and the outer bag, if your adding D rings place 3″ piece of strap through the ring and sandwich it in between the two layers of fabric, if your not using a D ring then evenly space your straps inbetween the two layers of fabric



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Top stitch along the edge of the bag aas close to the edge as possible securing the straps, if using a D ring slip the strap through folding it back on itself 1″ and sew to secure the strap to the bag

 

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