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Topic: How Bazaar! (Image massive) - Now with Patterns!  (Read 59641 times)
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« on: December 11, 2007 03:54:59 AM »

I'm involved with the PTA at my boys' primary school, and every year we organize a Christmas Bazaar for the children. We make lots of little things, as cheaply as possible, because we sell them very cheap. It's just so the children can have fun buying lots of stuff and practice using money. Crocheting things is good because the small amounts of yarn I use cost practically nothing, but I wrack my brains thinking of simple but fun things to make that won't take too long.

Someone had donated some buttons, including lots of skull & bat ones, so I decided to incorporate those into bracelets and wristbands.

I made the bracelets using bobble stitches and with the bottons as closures, though I did one with a flower.

The wristbands are made with crochet ribbing and two colours of yarn, with the buttons hanging off the ends of yarn.

This is what they look like in action:

Making the bobble bracelets inspired me, as I thought they looked a bit like caterpillars, so I fiddled around a bit and came up with a way of making little worms and caterpillars.

Then I put them in matchboxes as little pets:

Finally, I made tiny little amigurumi of various creatures, snowmen and so on. Anything I could make with minimum sewing, so no limbs etc to add on.

The hedgehogs have bobble stitches for ears and fuzzy yarn mixed in for the spiky look.

The cats have popcorn stiches for ears and the tails are made as part of the body.

The snowmen are made from the top down so the hats are part of them, and the ends of the coloured yarn are pulled throught the top & knotted to make the fluffy bit at the top. The eyes and nose are French knots, with the yarn wrapped round the needle several times to make the nose stick out (I did the same for the birds' beaks).

This gives you an idea of the size:

As does this:

If anyone wants to know any more details about how any of these were made, just ask.

Most of the patterns are now here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213278.msg2305481#msg2305481

« Last Edit: December 17, 2007 02:46:47 AM by Angry Angel » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2007 04:14:39 AM »

Nice!  Like the worms, cats and the hedgehogs are great!  I bet you sell out.
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2007 04:40:20 AM »

you ROCK. how awesome is that?? you did a great job!! I love love the idea that you did this for your baby's school fair- awesome mom!

« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2007 04:44:39 AM »

Those are all so adorable....bet the kids will LOVE them!!
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2007 04:54:16 AM »

I can't believe you made ALL of those!  You must be the coolest mom in the PTA  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2007 05:07:35 AM »

Wow! How cool are those?!?! This totally rocks. You did an amazing job. Sheesh... I could never do anything so small. I'm sure you'll be the hit of the Bazaar!

« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2007 05:14:56 AM »

i love your creations!  and i love that your pta works to teach kids about using money (i'm a banker).  i'm going to share this idea with parents in my community.  happy christmas!
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2007 05:17:17 AM »

I love all of these! I would love to know how you made the little worms and birds though, they are lovely.

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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2007 05:18:44 AM »

these are so cute. i'd love to know how to make the caterpillars, birds (are they penguins or regular birds? they could be either!) and the hedgehog! i'm not good at figuring things out for myself.  Embarrassed

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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2007 05:31:58 AM »

The little worms in the matchbox with the smiley faces. And the stripe cats. I have the worst phobia with worms but yours are soooooo cute. The birds, the snowman. I especially love the last picture of your son with the snowman. Soo adorable! Everything looks sooo wow. And YES, YOU ROCK! I want to try to make em all.
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