Then last week, my daughter started asking me to teach her to crochet (probably because I was working on a project), and I decided to give her this one gift early. (We also plan to be away for Christmas, so I thought it better to "teach" her early so she can take it with her and wile away some of her in-the-car time.)
She was so delighted with her own little crochet bag full of everything she needed to get started:
- Beginners Crochet Book for Kids -- Get Hooked (highly recommend it -- color picture tutorial on getting started/stitches)
- Crochet hooks (I originally bought a medium sized, but went to the biggest size after discovering it was easier to learn with)
- 7 balls of yarn
- Finishing needles
- And a pretty pink bag to keep it all in!
Now what to do with a long chain of crochet??? Actually, she solved the problem for me --- she wound her 1st chain up and made a flower out of it before I hardly had time to contemplate a use for it. Before I knew it she'd turned out a nice sized chain in each color! We decided they would look nice as pins, hairclips, embellishments on purses, flowers on a package, and really their use was pretty versitile.
Today I'll share a picture tutorial on how the pin flowers went together.
Start with a chain of desired length....the bigger you want your flower - the longer you make your chain
Wind the chain up -- either from the inside out...
...OR from the outside in
Cut a piece of felt slightly smaller than your flower
Turn flower to back-side and squirt on some hot glue
Place felt over flower and press for a few seconds
Squeeze out a thin strip of hot glue
Adhere the top part of the pin (not the part that opens)
Wa-La - you have a pretty little flower (or in this case flowers!)
Next post I'll show you some ways to use your flower!