How to Crochet a Textured Hat

I learned how to crochet from my sweet mother when I was a child. Since my childhood, I have slowly improved my technique (and I am still improving 😉).  I enjoy the challenge of learning a new stitch and creating something that has texture. I am also enamored by all the different types of yard. I literally lose track of time in the yard isle at Hobby Lobby, Walmart or JOANN Fabrics.

I enjoy crocheting especially in the winter months; I do this while watching television with Neal  in the evenings. This also keeps me from snacking. 🍪

I recently visited Wisconsin for my education consultant work. This Alabama girl was COLD! ❄️ However, my new hat kept my head warm!

My Yarn

I really like bulky, textured yarn. It only took me one skein for this hat. 👍 I also liked this color because it blends well with other colors. 

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Sewing Christmas Pillow Slipcovers

I saw this burlap fabric at Hobby Lobby and knew I had to make Christmas pillow slipcovers for my front porch bench. 🎄 I like making slipcovers for various seasons rather than having multiple pillows. It is much easier to store the slipcovers as compared to multiple sets of pillows and it is an excuse for me to sew!🧵✂️

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How to Sew Pillow Slipcovers

I had two faded pillows that I made a few years ago for our front porch. I used outdoor fabric; however, they faded over time. I decided to make spring/summer slipcovers for them. (I am eventually going to make slipcovers for every season. So far, I just have Christmas slipcovers and these floral slipcovers.)

The first step was to measure the existing pillows. I flattened them the best I could to get an accurate measurement. I determined that the slipcovers needed to be 16.5 inches and I wanted a 1/2 inch seam, so this equated to 17.5 x 17.5 inches total.

Once I determined the size, I needed to square my fabric, so I would have two perfect squares. I used a triangular ruler and a yardstick. 

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