Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day Craft Project




Pencil Cup 

Since the dawn of time (or the establishment of Mother's Day) kids have been crafting up fun gifts for their mothers. Well this weekend shouldn't be any different. Over the next two days I'm going to walk you through a fun project you can complete with mom or for mom - a pencil cup!!!

To make your pencil cup you need to procure a cardboard insert. I found the above one at Michael's, but also check Amazon, Joann Fabrics or whatever your local craft store is called. 

Next, pick your favorite color of combo of two colors. For this cup I will be using orange and gray.

If you've seen my crochet circle postings - this will be just like that! If you haven't seen them, I suggest you click on this LINK. Great! now to start grab your first color and make a loop. Then crochet a second loop. 


Next add 6 single crochet stitches to the second loop from the hook (this is the first loop you made). Slip stitch to the first single crochet.


Next chain 1 and add 2 single crochet stitches to the same stitch you slip stitched into. Single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat (2 single crochet stitches, one single crochet) around and slip stitch to the first single crochet.


Next chain 1 and add 2 single crochet stitches to the same stitch you slip stitched into. Single crochet in the next two stitches. Repeat (2 single crochet stitches, one single crochet, one single crochet) around and slip stitch to the first single crochet.


Next chain 1 and add 2 single crochet stitches to the same stitch you slip stitched into. Single crochet in the next three stitches. Repeat (2 single crochet stitches, one single crochet, one single crochet, one single crochet) around and slip stitch to the first single crochet. 


Next chain 1 and add 2 single crochet stitches to the same stitch you slip stitched into. Single crochet in the next four stitches. Repeat (2 single crochet stitches, one single crochet, one single crochet, one single crochet, one single crochet) around and slip stitch to the first single crochet.  


At this point you'll want to hold it against your pencil cup insert to see if your circle large enough to peak around the edges. If not, add another round. In the above photo my circle isn't quite large enough so I'll be making another round. 

Next chain 1 and add 2 single crochet stitches to the same stitch you slip stitched into. Single crochet in the next five stitches. Repeat (2 single crochet stitches, one single crochet, one single crochet, one single crochet, one single crochet, one single crochet) around and slip stitch to the first single crochet.


See how now you can't see the edges of the bottom? That means we're ready for stage Two. Chain 1 and single crochet int he back loops only in each stitch around. Slip stitch to first single crochet.


Check out how the sides easily fold over the edges:


At this stage you keep adding rows until you get about 2/3rds of the way up.


Closer


This is as far as I got tonight. Tune in tomorrow to see State Two!
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