Simple Crochet Cardigan Pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’

Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter

Are you looking for the simple crochet cardigan pattern? Then you’ll love this guest post by RaeLynn from Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’! The Summer Isle Cardigan is a beginner-friendly sleeveless crochet cardigan pattern in five sizes. It also includes a video tutorial to guide you through seaming the pieces together.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © RaeLynn Endicott/Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’ and are used with permission. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Red Heart.

About Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’

Free crochet triangular shawl pattern: It's a Colorful Summer Shawl in Lion Brand Mandala for Itchin' for Some Stitchin' for Underground Crafter | RaeLynn Endicott from Itchin' for Some Stitchin'

RaeLynn Endicott is the crochet designer and blogger behind Itchin for some Stitchin’, where she provides beginner-focused crochet, sewing, and knitting patterns, tutorials, tips, and general know-how.

She is a self-taught stitcher who learned how to crochet and knit as part of her church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry eight years ago.  Around the same time, her husband bought RaeLynn her first sewing machine and her love of sewing was born!

RaeLynn not only has a passion for these wonderful hobbies, but she also has a love of teaching others how to do them, which is why she started her blog three years ago — to provide others with the resources she struggled to find while learning to crochet, knit, and sew.

RaeLynn has only recently discovered a new love – crochet pattern design.  And because she is dedicated to beginners, all her patterns are as beginner-friendly as possible.

As a mother to four step-daughters and one rambunctious toddler, finding the time to design and blog can be challenging, but RaeLynn is up to the task!  

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Summer Isle Cardigan

Crochet Pattern by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’

Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - woman wearing striped, sleeveless crochet cardigan, standing against greenery

Breeze into summer with this lightweight Summer Isle cardigan. Designed with trendy open shoulders and a super easy granny stitch variation that’s great for beginners, this stylish cardigan is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe!

Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - woman wearing striped, sleeveless crochet cardigan, standing against greenery

Difficulty Level

  • Level 1-2 – Advanced Beginner

Finished Sizes

  • XS, S, M, L, XL.

Finished Dimensions

  • XS: 24” (61 cm) length x 22” (56 cm) width.
  • S: 25” (63.5 cm) length x 22.5” (57 cm) – 23” (58.5 cm) width.
  • M: 26” (66 cm) – 26.5” (67.5 cm) length x 23.5” (59.5 cm) – 24” (61 cm) width.
  • L: 27” (68.5 cm) – 27.5” (70 cm) length x 24.5” (62 cm) – 25” (63.5 cm) width.
  • XL: 27” (68.5 cm) – 27.5” (70 cm) length x 25.5” (65 cm) width.
  • **All dimensions are approximate.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - woman wearing striped, sleeveless crochet cardigan, standing against greenery

Gauge

  • 8 rows  and 13 stitches = 4” (10 cm) in double crochet
  • 5 (2dc clusters) and 4 (ch2-sp) X 7 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern

Materials

  • Medium worsted #4 weight 100% acrylic yarn
    • Total yardage: 1,000 yd (914.5 m) – 1,500 yd (1,371.5 m)
  • Crochet Hook size G-4.25mm or whatever hook is needed to obtain gauge
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Abbreviations

Additional Notes

  • A video tutorial for seaming the Summer Isle Cardigan is available at the end of the written pattern.
  • An ad-free PDF of this pattern is available to buy on Etsy or Ravelry.
  • Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue or favorites.
  • 2 dc stitches = 1 dc cluster
  • Blocking the finished product is recommended, but not necessary.  Use your method of choice.
  • This is a very forgiving pattern and therefore, all dimensions are APPROXIMATE.
  • Instructions for each size are provided as follows: (XS), (S), (M), (L), (XL)
  • Your cluster count will be based on the number of chains in your foundation chain.  If you chained more or less than the number of  chains instructed in the pattern you will need to keep track of your cluster count.
  • If for some reason you cannot obtain the recommended stitch count or you choose to use a different yarn weight and /or hook size, you will need to adjust the number of chains in your foundation chain (both the Back panel and Front panels) so that the width of your project meets the width indicated in the chart under Finished Dimensions (see above).  However, be aware that this pattern expands as you crochet so the length of your foundation chain is not  equal to your finished width.  Thus, it may take a bit of trial and error before you find the correct number of chains to meet the required width.
  • As an alternative to chaining, you can use the foundation single crochet stitch (fsc) in this pattern.

Instructions

Back

  • Ch (75), (79), (83), (87), (89)
  • Row 1: Turn work,  sc in 2nd ch from hook in the bpo and in each ch across. (74), (78), (82), (86), (88) sts.
  • Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as a ch 3 turning chain & a ch 2 that will become a ch2-space), turn work, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st,*ch 2, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st*. Repeat from * to * across. (25), (26), (27), (28), (29) clusters.
  • Row 3:  Ch 5 (counts as a ch 3 turning chain & a ch 2 that will become a ch2-space), turn work, 2 dc in the 1st ch2-space, skip the 1st dc cluster, *ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-2 space, skip the next dc cluster*.  Repeat from * to * across.   (25), (26), (27), (28), (29) clusters.
  • Continue to repeat row 3 until you reach the indicated length for your chosen pattern size (see Finished Dimensions). 
  • NOTE: If you have met the recommended gauge, this should be approximately row 45 (XS), 47 (S), 49 (M), 51 (L), and 51 (XL). If you stitch more tightly you will need to stitch more rows.
  • Bind off & weave in ends.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - back piece

Front (Make 2)

  • Ch (39),  (41), (44, (45), (45).
  • Row 1: Turn work, sc in 2nd ch from hook in the bpo and in each ch across. (38), (40), (43), (44), (44) sts.
  • Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as a ch 3 turning chain & a ch 2 that will become a ch2-space), turn work, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st,*ch 2, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st*. Repeat from * to * across. (13), (13), (14), (15), (16) clusters.
  • Row 3: Ch 5 (counts as a ch 3 turning chain & a ch 2 that will become a ch2-space), turn work, 2 dc in the 1st ch2-space, skip the 1st dc cluster, *ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-2 space, skip the next dc cluster*. Repeat from * to * across.   (13), (13), (14), (15), (16) clusters.
  • Continue to repeat row 3 until you reach the indicated length for your chosen pattern size (See Finished Dimensions). 
  • NOTES
    • If you have met the recommended gauge, this should be approximately row 45 (XS), 47 (S), 49 (M), 51 (L), and 51 (XL). If you stitch looser than recommended gauge you will need to work less rows.  If you stitch more tightly you will need to stitch more rows.
    • The two front side panels should each be approximately half the width of the back panel, but should be the same length.
  • Bind off & weave in ends.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - front pieces for assembly

Finishing

  •  Place BACK panel on a hard surface (EX. table or floor) with the RIGHT side facing UP.
  • Place each FRONT panel on top of the back panel with RIGHT sides facing DOWN.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - pieces for finishing
  • *One front panel placed on the left.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - finishing diagram
  • *Both  front panels placed.
  • Seam the panels together per the section chart below.
  • NOTE:   I used the whip stitch (see below for video tutorial) to seam this pattern. 
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - finishing chart in inches
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - finishing chart in cm
  • **All dimensions are approximate.
  • Bind off & weave in ends.
© 2019 by RaeLynn Endicott (Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate RaeLynn’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/08/05/simple-crochet-pattern-summer-isle-cardigan-by-itchin-for-some-stitchin/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Crochet Wrap Pattern: Easy Storm Ridge Wrap by ChristaCoDesign

Storm Ridge Wrap, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Roll With It Tweed by ChristaCoDesign for Underground Crafter - crochet wrap draped over dress form

Are you looking for a crochet wrap pattern that’s easy enough to work on while waiting for an appointment or while binging on your favorite tv show? Well, you’re in luck because today’s guest designer, Crystal from ChristaCoDesign has created the Storm Ridge Wrap! This long and luxurious shawl is easy to crochet and the yarn does all the colorwork for you, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © Crystal Marin/ChristaCoDesign and are used with permission. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Red Heart.

About ChristaCoDesign

Crystal Marin is the designer and blogger at ChristaCoDesign.com, where she shares simple and modern crochet patterns for the family. Crystal started crocheting almost seven years ago, while expecting her second child. She dabbled in hats and little fun things for her kids over the years. Once her youngest turned one, She decided to go for it and start designing her own patterns. She loves the creative freedom and has come to love to crochet garments.

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Storm Ridge Wrap

Crochet Pattern by ChristaCoDesign

Storm Ridge Wrap, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Roll With It Tweed by ChristaCoDesign for Underground Crafter - crochet wrap draped over dress form

Materials

  • 8mm (L) hook
  • 3 cakes of Red Heart’s Roll With It Tweed (296 yds ea), in Stormy Blues, a #4 med worsted weight yarn
  • Measuring tape, Yarn needle, Stitch marker and Scissors
Storm Ridge Wrap, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Roll With It Tweed by ChristaCoDesign for Underground Crafter - crochet wrap against wood with yarn

Notes

  • This wrap is worked sideways, from one tip to the other.
  • Ch 2 does not count as a st.
  • Finished size in 24” (61 cm) at its widest and 104” (264 cm) tip to tip.
  • ChristaCoDesign patterns are written in standard US terms.

Stitches/Abbreviations        

  • 3rd loop hdc – crochet under the 3rd loop only         
  • ch – chain
  • hdc(s) – half double crochet(s) 
  • hdc2tog-half double crochet two together-yarn over and insert your hook into the first stitch to be worked, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and insert your hook into the second stitch to be worked, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on your hook.
  • RS – right side            
  • sl st – slip stitch                                 
  • WS-wrong side
Storm Ridge Wrap, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Roll With It Tweed by ChristaCoDesign for Underground Crafter - crochet wrap draped over woman's body with hands clasped

Level

  • Easy

Gauge                        

  • 4”x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) = 8 hdc x 7 rows

Swatch

  • Row 1. Ch 12, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
  • Row 2. Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.
  • Rows 3-8. Rep last row again.
  • Measure gauge and adjust hook size if needed.

Pattern

Left Wing Increase

  • Row 1. Ch 3, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, turn. (1 st)
  • Row 2. Ch 2 (doesn’t count here & throughout), 3 hdc in the same st, turn. (3 sts)
  • Row 3. (WS) Ch 2, 3rd loop hdc in the same st and in each st across, turn.
  • Row 4. (RS) Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in last st, turn. (5 sts)
  • Row 5. Ch 2, 3rd loop hdc in the same st and in each st across, turn.
  • Row 6. Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each st til last 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn. (7 sts)
  • Row 7. Ch 2, 3rd loop hdc in the same st and in each st across, turn. (7 sts)
  • Rows 8-63. Rep last 2 rows until there are 63 sts or increase reaches 30” (76 cm).
Storm Ridge Wrap, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Roll With It Tweed by ChristaCoDesign for Underground Crafter - crochet wrap in progress

Center Section

  • Row 64. (WS) Ch 2, 3rd loop hdc in the same st and in each st across, turn. (63 sts)
  • Row 65. (RS) Ch 2, hdc in same st and in each st across, turn. (63 sts)
  • Rows 66-102. Rep last 2 rows, or til center section measures 24” (61 cm) from Row 64-102.
  • Row 103. Ch 2, 3rd loop hdc in same st and in each st  across, turn. (63 sts)
Storm Ridge Wrap, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Roll With It Tweed by ChristaCoDesign for Underground Crafter - crochet wrap in progress

Right Wing Decrease

  • Row 104. (RS) Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc2tog in next 2 sts, hdc in each st across til last 3 sts, hdc2tog in next 2 sts, hdc in last st, turn. (61 sts)
  • Row 105. Ch 2, 3rd loop hdc in same st and in each st across, turn. (61 sts)
  • Rows 106-159. Rep last 2 rows until there are 7 sts.
  • Row 160. (RS) Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc2tog in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next 2 sts, hdc in last st, turn. (5 sts)
  • Row 161. (WS) Ch 2, 3rd loop hdc in same st and in each st across, turn. (5 sts)
  • Row 162. Ch 2, hdc2tog in first 2 sts, hdc in next st, hdc2tog in last 2 sts, turn. (3 sts)
  • Row 163. Ch 2, 3rd loop hdc in same st and in each st across, turn. (3 sts)
  • Row 164. Ch 2, hdc3tog. (1 st)
  • Cut yarn. Weave in ends.
Storm Ridge Wrap, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Roll With It Tweed by ChristaCoDesign for Underground Crafter - smiling woman wearing crochet wrap

I hope you enjoyed making the #stormridgewrap tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work.

Storm Ridge Wrap, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Roll With It Tweed by ChristaCoDesign for Underground Crafter - crochet wrap draped over dress form
© 2019 by Crystal Marin (ChristaCoDesng) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Crystal’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/29/crochet-wrap-pattern-easy-storm-ridge-wrap-by-christacodesign/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Hello Summer Tapestry Crochet Pillow Pattern by E’Claire Makery

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Have you been loving all the modern tapestry crochet patterns? Then you’ll want to bust out your hook to get started on the Hello Summer Pillow! I’m so excited to share another beautiful pattern by guest contributor, Claire from E’Claire Makery. Bring a touch of summer inside with this modern, tapestry crochet pillow! (And, if you’re a tapestry crochet newbie, don’t worry. Claire’s got you covered with her Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet!)

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © Claire Goodale/E’Claire Makery and are used with permission. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Red Heart.

About E’Claire Makery

Claire Goodale is the owner, designer, and maker behind E’Claire Makery. When she’s not obsessing over yarn and coming up with patterns, you can find her out exploring, baking, watching superhero shows, and enjoying her newly married life with her husband Stephen. As a maker, her goal is to create patterns and tutorials, and share design and business tips to help give crocheters the confidence to create.

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Hello Summer Pillow

Tapestry Crochet Pattern by E’Claire Makery

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter

Finished Dimensions

  • 15” x 15” (38 cm x 38 cm) square

Gauge

  • For front panel – 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) square using half double crochets: 14 sts x 9 rows
  • For back panel – 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) square using double crochets: 11 sts x 7 rows

Supplies

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Stitches Used/Abbreviations

  • Ch = Chain
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Hdc = Half Double Crochet
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is made using US crochet terminology.
  • The pattern involves color changes using tapestry crochet. Experience with color work is recommended, but if you’re a beginner to tapestry crochet than you can totally do it! If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, I’ve created a beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet that shows you how to do it. See the written and photo tutorial at The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
  • I recommend reading through the pattern completely before beginning just to make sure that you understand everything in the pattern.
  • Color changes happen are indicated by the color appearing in parentheses. See color graph in paid pdf for full picture of the color changes. Buy the paid pdf on Ravelry or Etsy.
  • Turn and ch 1 at the beginning of Rows 2-40 on front panel. Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.

Pattern Instructions

Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Front Panel

  • Ch 57, turn, skip 1 ch.
  • Row 1 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 56
  • Row 2 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 37, (Cream) hdc 19
  • Row 3 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 20, (Yellow) hdc 36
  • Row 4 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 24, (Cream) hdc 32
  • Row 5 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 29, (Yellow) hdc 27
  • Row 6 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 30, (Cream) hdc 26
  • Row 7 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 6, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 9
  • Row 8 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 6
  • Row 9 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 10 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7
  • Row 11 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 12 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7
  • Row 13 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 8
  • Row 14 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 6
  • Row 15 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 6, (Pink) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 16 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 7, (Pink) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7
  • Row 17 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 24, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 18 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 8, (Pink) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 22
  • Row 19 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 21, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 5, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 9
  • Row 20 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 14, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 21
  • Row 21 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 29, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 8
  • Row 22 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 28
  • Row 23 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 25, (Yellow) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 7
  • Row 24 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 11
  • Row 25 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 10, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 5, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 26 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 9
  • Row 27 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 2
  • Row 28 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 9
  • Row 29 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 4, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 7, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 2
  • Row 30 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 9
  • Row 31 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 9, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 32 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Yellow) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 5, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 10
  • Row 33 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 11, (Pink) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 6, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 4, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 2, (Pink) hdc 2, (Cream) hdc 3, (Pink) hdc 2, (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 7, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 34 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 8, (Yellow) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 1, (Pink) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 35
  • Row 35 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 40, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 8, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 36 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 3, (Cream) hdc 9, (Yellow) hdc 5, (Cream) hdc 39
  • Row 37 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 37, (Yellow) hdc 6, (Cream) hdc 10, (Yellow) hdc 3
  • Row 38 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 52
  • Row 39 [RS]: (Cream) hdc 52, (Yellow) hdc 4
  • Row 40 [WS]: (Yellow) hdc 4, (Cream) hdc 52
Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - handmade pillow with sun and words "hello summer" in tapestry crochet held in arms in front of greenery

Back Panel

  • Using the Red Heart Soft Essentials and Red Heart Unforgettable yarns held together (you can also hold two worsted weight yarns together if you aren’t using these two), begin Row 1.
  • Row 1: ch 46, starting in 3rd ch from hook dc 44
  • Row 2-27: ch 2, turn, dc 44
  • Fasten off and weave in ends.
Hello Summer Pillow, free tapestry crochet pattern by E'Claire Makery for Underground Crafter - multicolored crochet pillow held in hand in front of greenery

Assembly

  • Put two panels together right sides together, and sew them to each other. When you’re almost done, stuff pillow with stuffing and then finish closing up. If you are using a pillow form instead of stuffing, you can sew up the sides and the bottom, place the pillow form inside the pillowcase, and finishing by sewing up the top.
© 2019 by Claire Goodale (E’Claire Makery) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Claire’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/07/22/hello-summer-tapestry-crochet-pillow-pattern-by-eclaire-makery/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern

How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - book cover

Have you been wondering how to knit a bag? Bags are great projects to knit because you can start wearing and using them right away, no matter what the season! Today, I’m sharing my review of a book of knit bag designs and techniques. My review also includes an excerpted knitting pattern for the Flower Basket bag and your chance to win a copy of the book, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Search Press North America provided with a free review copy of How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs by Sian Brown. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

At first glance, How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs by Sian Brown seems to be an above average collection of knit bag patterns, but once you dive deep into it, you’ll realize that it is much more! This book is actually a guide to how to knit bags in general, and provides all the information you’ll need to make not just these 22 projects, but ANY knit bag into something beautiful, functional, and durable.

The book opens with a visual Table of Contents with a thumbnail of each of the projects in the book so it’s easy to find a favorite bag pattern again. The book then moves on to an Introduction from Sian where she explains why she loves to knit bags (because they are relatively quick projects where you can try out new techniques). She also explains that each bag in this book is both lined and has pockets. (Spoiler alert: Don’t be intimidated about the lining, because it’s all explained later.)

The next section, Materials and Tools, covers everything you’ll need to knit the bags in this book. Most of the items are standard supplies that most knitters would have available, but Sian also includes a sewing machine (for creating the lining and pockets), wadding (also known as batting in the States), interfacing, and handles.

The next sections include the bag patterns. The patterns are organized into Simple Bags (7 patterns), Summer Bags (4 patterns), Cablework (4 patterns), Evening (3 patterns), and Colourwork (4 patterns). Each pattern includes a short description, the skill level, a list of equipment with needle sizes and yarn listed using both UK and US terminology, measurements (in both metric and US customary units), tension/gauge, and finished size. Each pattern also includes at least one full-page photograph of the bag, usually shown being worn or hung so you can see how it drapes, and 2-4 additional pictures.

In terms of skill level, there are 7 beginner patterns, 1 beginner/intermediate pattern, 11 intermediate patterns, and 3 advanced patterns. The patterns are written in abbreviations, but 5 patterns also include color charts.

Techniques is the final, 20-page section. It includes information about 

  • Gauge/tension, 
  • Colorwork (including stranded/Fair Isle and intarsia), 
  • How to embellish your bag (with written and illustrated tutorials for appliqué; 5 types of embroidery stitches; attaching beads, sequins, and knit flowers; and making pom poms), 
  • Finishing methods (including blocking, weaving in ends, and backstitch and mattress stitch seams), 
  • Fastening your bag (with zippers, buttons, snaps, and magnetic closures), 
  • Adding lining using batting or interfacing (for less bulk), and
  • Making braided cords and attaching handles.

The book concludes with a list of pattern abbreviations, a yarn “translation” chart from UK to US to Australian terms for yarn weights, and a list of the specific yarns listed in each pattern.

Overall, it’s a wonderful reference guide to making your knit bags beautiful, adding lining, and finishing with lovely details. The patterns are a lot of fun, but this is more than just a pattern book. Although the Technique section in How To Knit Beautiful Bags is substantial, it really focuses on the specific techniques for finishing knit bags. There is no “how to knit” information in this book, so it is best suited to intermediate knitters or adventurous advanced beginners. If you’d love to learn how to knit a bag for yourself or to gift or sell, then I highly recommend How To Knit Beautiful Bags!

Flower Basket

Knitting Pattern by Sian Brown 

How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - Flower Basket bag

Published in How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs

Text © Sian Brown 2018. Photographs and design © Search Press Ltd 2018. Shared with permission from Search Press North America.

With simple garter stitch handles and top, this design features an attractive, basket-weave pattern for the body of the bag. Topped off with a delicate flower in a complementary colour using lightweight, mohair yarn, add some matching seed beads for a bit of sparkle and shine.

Notes from Underground Crafter

Equipment

  • Knitting Needles
    • 4.5mm (UK 7, US 7)
  • Materials
    • 4 balls of aran (10-ply/worsted) yarn in mauve (A); 50g/98yd/90m
    • Small amount of 1–3-ply (lace weight) yarn in lilac (B); 25g/218yd/200m
    • 16 lilac seed beads
    • Magnetic closure
    • Lining and wadding/batting: 36 x 29cm (14 x 11.5in)
    • Lining for pocket: 18 x 33cm (7 x 13in)
    • Interfacing for pocket: 15 x 15cm (6 x 6in)
  • Tension (Gauge)
    • 24 sts x 32 rows over 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) in pattern
  • Finished Size
    • 33 x 26cm (13 x 10.25in) excluding handles

Instructions

Front and Back (Make 2)

  • With yarn A, cast on 63 sts.
  • Row 1: knit.
  • Row 2: purl.
  • Row 3 (RS): k4, *p7, k5, rep from * to last 11 sts, p7, k4.
  • Row 4: p4, *k7, p5, rep from * to last 11 sts, k7, p4.
  • Row 5: knit.
  • Row 6: purl.
  • Row 7: as row 3.
  • Row 8: as row 4.
  • Row 9: knit.
  • Row 10: purl.
  • Row 11: p5, *k5, p7, rep from * to last 10 sts, k5, p5.
  • Row 12: k5, *p5, k7, rep from * to last 10 sts, p5, k5.
  • Row 13: knit.
  • Row 14: purl.
  • Row 15: as row 11.
  • Row 16: as row 12.
  • These 16 rows form the pattern. Repeat three more times, then work rows 1–8 once more.
  • Work 30 rows knit.
  • Cast off.

Handle (Make 2)

  • With yarn A, cast on 8 sts. Knit until handle measures 40cm (15.75in).
  • Cast off.

Flower (Make 5 Petals)

  • Using yarn B held double, cast on 6 sts.
  • Row 1: knit.
  • Row 2: purl.
  • Repeat these 2 rows three more times.
  • Row 9: k2tog, k2, k2tog (4 sts).
  • Row 10: purl.
  • Row 11: k2tog twice (2 sts).
  • Row 12: purl.
  • Row 13: k2tog.
  • Fasten off.

Making Up

  • Press the main pieces of the bag under a damp cloth. Pin the flower petals to one side of the bag with the cast-on edges at the centre and sew in place. Sew the beads in the centre of the flower. With right sides facing, pin and sew the bottom seam using backstitch. Then sew the side seams using mattress stitch. Turn over the top border to half the depth, and slip stitch it in place. Pin and sew the handles to the inside top of the bag. Follow the lining instructions below to make and fit the lining and pocket, and the instructions below to fit the magnetic closure.

Lining

  • Lining is used to neaten the inside of the bags so that you do not see the back of the knitting. It also adds another layer, and gives the inside of the bags a splash of colour and print. Choose your own lining fabrics to personalise your bag.

Lining the bags

  • Cut out the lining fabric and wadding/batting for the main bag, and lining fabric and interfacing for the pocket according to measurements given in each pattern (NB: if the print on the lining does not have a specific direction, cut in one piece and fold it at the centre. If it does, cut it in two pieces and sew them together with the seam at the bottom, keeping the print on the pocket going in the same direction as the lining).
  • Pin the wadding/batting to the lining if it is being used. Fold over to the WS a 1.5cm (5/8 in) seam allowance at the top of one side of the bag and machine stitch in place.
  • Fold the lining fabric for the pocket right sides together and press. It is neater to have the folded edge at the top of the pocket. If using iron-on interfacing, press this on now, with one edge against the fold. Sew one side and the top. Clip corner, turn pocket right side out and press again. Pin and sew the remaining seam.
  • Pin the seam allowance on the open side. Pin and sew the pocket in place around the sides and bottom, a little below the top at the centre.
  • Fit the magnetic closure now if you are adding one.
  • Pin the lining pieces together around the sides and bottom and try inside the bag for fi t, pinning around the top to check. Make sure that it fits well and adjust if needed (it is better for the lining to be slightly smaller than the bag in depth and width to avoid it looking loose).
  • Once the fit is adjusted, sew the side and bottom seams, RS facing.
  • Place the lining inside the bag, referring to the making up instructions, and pin to the knitted piece, then hand sew it in place.

Snap Fasteners 

  • Snap fasteners are a practical way to fasten pieces together and easy to open and close. Choose a sewing thread close to the colour of the knitted pieces, and use a fine sewing needle. Doubling up the thread will make sewing on quicker and more secure. 
How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - snap closure illustration 1
  • Snap fasteners come in two sections: a ball and socket (see above). The ball at the centre of one section presses or snaps tightly into the socket at the centre of the other. 
How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - snap closure illustration 2
  • Decide where the snap fastener is to be placed. Secure the thread at the back of the work. Bring the needle up through one of the holes, around the edge and into the back. Repeat this a few times for each hole until the snap fastener is secure (see above). 
  • For the second half of the fastener, position it to line up with the first half and repeat step 2. 

Giveaway

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Now that you’ve read my review of How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs by Sian Brown and tried the Flower Basket bag pattern, I’m guessing you’re ready to get your hands on the book. Well, the nice folks at Search Press North America have set aside a copy for one lucky winner!

This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or other parts of Europe, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 25, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 1 copy of How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs, courtesy of Search Press North America. Good luck!

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Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter

Naomi from How To Heat Press is joining us for the first of three guest posts that will help you to explore your Cricut! Today, she’ll show you how easy it is to customize a pencil case with your Cricut and adhesive vinyl. She’ll share tips for using heat transfer vinyl (also known as iron-on), too. The best part is that once you master this project, you can use the same process to customize so many different projects with your Cricut and vinyl.

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About How To Heat Press

How To Heat Press was started by Naomi and Dan in 2016. They’ve been using heat press and cutting machines for years, and they love all the wonderful projects you can create with these machines. How To Heat Press provides information about heat press and cutting machines (with a focus on Cricut machines), heat press and Cricut tips and tutorials, and t-shirt business tutorials.

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Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl

Tutorial by How To Heat Press

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter

Do you want to make a cool custom pencil case with Cricut?

This project is a Cricut Basic, but if you haven’t done it before, you’ll need to know a few things!

Depending on what your blank pencil case is made of, you could use adhesive vinyl or iron-on vinyl.

The pencil case I’m using for this project is only suitable for adhesive because it’s made of a type of flexible plastic. This would immediately melt if I applied heat. But if you had a blank pencil case made of fabric, you would use heat transfer vinyl (iron-on) instead.

How To Make A Custom Pencil Case

Here is what I am using to complete this project:

Now let me show you how I customized this pencil case for my daughter.

1. Choose Pencil Case Design

The design I am using for this pencil case is very simple… It is just my oldest daughter’s name: Galilee!

Does that even justify being called a design? I’m not sure! Nevertheless, sometime the best designs are the most simple.

You can really put anything you like:

  • Make a text design like me
  • Choose a free SVG image
  • Use a combination of text and image

It’s up to you, and will depend on the surface area on your pencil case.

To make this simple design, I opened a new project in Cricut Design Space. I created a text box by clicking the text icon on the left menu, and then selected the font ‘Leckerli One’.

If you wanted to use this font yourself, and didn’t have it in Design Space already, you can find it free here on Google Fonts.

Once I had typed out the name, the text was spread out and needed to be joined up so that it would be cut as one piece.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | Cricut Design Space editing

To do this I selected the text and clicked ‘advanced’ and ‘ungroup to letters’ (top edit panel).

I was then free to shift the letters together so that they were touching. Once the letters were touching, I clicked weld (bottom right of the canvas).

Welding cannot be undone, so make sure everything is in the right place before clicking it. This makes the whole design a single layer that will be cut as one piece.

The final step before cutting was to size the design. I made this design 6 inches (15 cm) to fit the blank pencil case.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | Cricut Design Space editing

2. Cut Design in Adhesive Vinyl

Now I’m ready to cut the design out of adhesive vinyl.

Because I’m using vinyl, I do not need to mirror the design. If you are using heat transfer vinyl, you will need to mirror the design as it is applied in reverse.

Set material settings to ‘vinyl’ for Cricut Maker, or set the dial to ‘vinyl’ for Explore Air 2.

Adhesive vinyl goes color side up, and backing paper side down on cutting mat.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker cutting vinyl

3. Weed Vinyl

Once your design has been cut, weed away the excess vinyl.

This just means pull away any piece of vinyl that you don’t want to end up on your pencil case (or other surface). The Cricut Basic Tool Set has the perfect tools for doing this.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | vinyl before weeding

5. Apply Transfer Tape

For this type of project, make sure you’re using the Standard Grip Transfer Tape, not the Strong Grip Tape!

Place the transfer tape over the weeded design. Press down from the middle of design towards the outer sides, one side at a time, to reduce the chance of air bubbles. Then burnish (rub/press down) with a squeegee (also included in the Cricut Basic Tool Set).

Remove the vinyl backing paper carefully to make sure all of the vinyl is stuck to the transfer tape.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | vinyl name in script font on transfer tape

6. Apply Vinyl To Pencil Case

The final step is to apply the vinyl decal to the pencil case.

You can measure out the perfect spot with a ruler, or just have a good guess as to where it will be centered (like I did).

Position the vinyl on top of the pencil case and start by pressing it down in the center of your design. From the center, press it down out towards one side, and then starting from the center again, press it down out towards the other side. 

Once the whole decal is down, burnish it again to make sure it is stuck onto the pencil case.

Now start to remove transfer tape by rolling it back onto itself at a sharp angle, and slowly roll it back carefully, in case some has not stuck down.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | vinyl name in script font on pink glittery pencil case

A Custom Pencil Case

That’s all there is to it – now you can make vinyl designs to put on anything and everything!

To be honest the vinyl I used wasn’t the best quality, but it was super cheap!

I’ve used it before on other projects and it lasts well… it doesn’t crack, peel, or fade, but it’s just not as nice or easy to work with as something like Oracal 651.

What is Oracal 651 used for?

Any adhesive vinyl project really.

It’s another permanent vinyl that’s great for:

  • mug decals
  • car and window decals
  • permanent wall decal

However, the result with the much cheaper vinyl is still good, and my daughter loves it (which has got to be the most important thing).

Thanks for reading!