Three Cats and a Dog Butt Coasters

The other day a Facebook friend posted a pic of some cat butt coasters saying she would like some. I replied that I had seen these before and had thought about making some. Well a few days after that when I was able to get to the library to use the internet. I downloaded this PDF pattern for Cat Butt Coasters which I found on by Lydia of Indoor Cat Crochet.

I set to work making cat butt coasters the next day. I finished two that day. I finished 4 the next day. I took a couple of days break then made the last two.

I made two sets. The first set was for the friend. I didn’t get picks of it, but her set has two black cat butts and two tri-colored. She also has a dog, so I made her a tan-colored dog butt too.

The Second set was for my daughter. The black one is for her kitty, Mina. The one with patches of orange and brown is a memorial for her kitty, Punky. The tri-colored one is for my son-in-law’s cat, Larz. The rust colored one is the dog butt for their dog, Buck. He has a stubby tail so I only chained seven to make it that way.


My Upcycled Book Bag

I finished it, even though I had a major catastrophe!


I decided on Tuesday evening(May 01) that it was time to get out the canvas book bag and put on the pocket. I got it, the blue polka dot fabric, the crochet square, ironing board, iron, light spray starch, straight pins, and my sewing box out. I measured and starched the fabric to size for the crochet square. I folded it in half and pinned the sides. I was now ready to sew the sides closed. I pull the sewing machine up out of its cabinet and get it all threaded. I place my fabric under the needle and put the foot down. I am now ready to sew. I put my foot down on the pedal, I hear the wheels turning but no sewing is happening the needle is not going up and down. I think maybe I loosened the wheel last time I used it making a bobbin. I turn and look… THE BELT IS BROKEN! AGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!
I took the belt out to the living room with the most saddest face ever and showed it to David. He did not feel my pain. He just got me that belt not too long ago. I don’t use my machine that often, so why did it break so soon? Maybe just sitting on the machine in fluctuating temperatures weakened it and the first spin just broke it in two. I think if I get a new one, I will remove the belt between uses since it usually is a long time between them.
I really didn’t want to do this part by needle and thread, I can’t stitch a straight line or keep the stitches even. It was not a very big piece so I thought I could just turn the sewing machine wheel by hand. It worked out fine except when I wanted to reverse to seal the seam. Then I remembered the wheel doesn’t actually move the piece backwards it is the feeder foot under the plate, so I had to flip my lever from forward to backwards. I sewed the fabric closed and then sewed it onto the crochet square. It took longer, but the stitches were straight and even. I probably would have taken longer by needle and thread too.
I was now able to hand sew the pocket to the bag. I knew I would have to do that, because the bag was already together. If I had a different type of machine where you can slip closed fabric over the end I would not have had to even do that by hand.
I was going to make another pocket out of the fabric to cover the company logo on the back of the bag, but with no machine I just didn’t feel like it. I then remembered that my daughter had given me some iron on letters and a few iron on patches. So I decided to use them. I wanted to put Books Rock but did not have enough O’s. So I went with Books Rule instead.
I showed the finished bag to David and Nick, they both informed me that I had ironed the peace signs upside down. I said now they look like cheering stickmen.

The Work in Progress Photos

The Finished Bag Photos

The Front


Stats for the Bag

Project Name: My Upcycle Book Bag
Pattern Used: Granny Square
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier
Started on: 10/12/2017
Finished on: 10/12/2017
Finished sewing project to canvas bag and Ironed on words and patches: 05/01/2018
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double Crochet, Half Double Crochet, and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo – 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0311 White and 0381 Light Blue
with Love 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in1805 Bluebell
Kitten Spun Yarn Knitting 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in Light/ Dark Blue Ombre
Vonnel Pop n Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 605 Blue/ White (variegated)
Measurements: 10 inches x 10 inches
Other Materials: Used 14 x 12 x 4 inches canvas bag and Light Blue with White Polka Dot Fabric
Weight: 8 ounces

Grandson # 2’s Baby Visor


We are expecting our second grandson in mid May. Since he is going to be born in the late spring I didn’t think he needed beanies just yet. So I made this newborn sized visor for him. He probably won’t wear it very long if he grows as fast as his older brother, Marty did. If he does he can wear all the beanies that Marty out grew. 😀

The Stats for the Baby Visor

Project Name: Browns with Green Stripes Baby Visor
Pattern Used: Baby Visor
Designed by: Tia Davis from Craft Own
Started on: 04/17/2018
Finished on: 04/21/2018
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Slip Stitch, Single, Half Double and Double Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart – Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0334 Buff, 0365 Coffee, 0360 Cafe Latte, 0406 Medium Thyme, 3620 Glowworm
Super Saver Jumbo – 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0368 Paddy Green
Measurements: Circumference of 14 inches . Band is 2 1/2 inches wide. Brim is 7 inches long by 2 inches wide
Size Made: 0 – 3 months

Square Corner Camera Case/Dust Cover Pattern

And Photo Tutorial

I had just jotted down this pattern after I had completed Nick’s Green Camera Case. I knew I needed to edit it and go through it more thoroughly. What better way to do that then crochet the item again and tweak it here and there when needed. So that is what I did. I got the pattern written and did photos as I crocheted the new item.

First the written pattern.

Square Corner Camera Case/Dust Cover Pattern
Designed by Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
This will fit the Canon Powershot A2300 and ELPH 180 cameras.
Or any small point and shoot camera measuring 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1 inch.
Pattern alternates between rows and rounds so pay close attention.
Hook size: F/5 – 3.75 mm
Any 4 ply worsted weight yarn in color of your choice. One for Main Color and one contrasting color for optional trim.
stitch marker
tapestry needle for weaving in ends and trimming in option 3
1 inch diameter button
sewing needle
sewing thread
Chain 17
Row 1: Double crochet in 2nd chain from hook. Double crochet across to end. Chain 2, turn. – 16 Dc
Row 2: Double crochet across to end. Chain 2, place stitch marker in 2nd chain of chain 2. – 16 Dc
Counts as first Dc for each Round.
Switch to working in rounds.
Round 3: Double crochet in back loops only of the next 15 stitches, 2 double crochets in next stitch, (this is your corner stitch).Turn work, place 1 double crochet in the two end rows, turn work, two double crochets in the next stitch(2nd corner), turn work Double crochet in the next 14 stitches, 2 double crochet in next stitch(3 rd corner),Turn work, 1 double crochet in each of the two end rows. Slip stitch to Chain 2 stitch with the stitch marker in it, Chain 2 move stitch marker up. – 40 Dc
Round 4: Double in each double crochet around. Slip stitch to chain 2 to join. -40 Dc
Rounds 5 – 7: Repeat round 4. – 40 Dc
Do Not Fasten Off.
Switch back to rows to form flap.
Row 8: Half Double Crochet In back loop only of next 17 double crochet. Chain 2, turn. – 17 Hdc
Row 9: Half double crochet to end. Chain 2, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 10: Half double crochet to end. Chain 2, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 11: Half double crochet to end. Chain 2, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 12: Half Double crochet in back loop only across to end. Chain 2, turn. -17 hdc
Row 13: Half double crochet to end. Chain 2, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 14: Half double crochet to end. Chain 1, turn. – 17 hdc
Row 15: Single Crochet in next 7 half double crochet, chain 3, Skip next 3 half double crochet, single crochet in next 7 half double crochet. Chain 1, turn. – 17 sc
Row 16: Single crochet across, single crochet in chain 3, single crochet to end.
Fasten off weave in ends. Sew Button on in line with hole in flap.

If you are going to trim, sew the button on after you are done trimming.

Click first photo for larger slide show of photos.

Option 1: Slip stitch to join your contrasting color in bottom one of the corners. Single crochet to the opening of case. Fasten off, weave in ends. Repeat for other three corners. This is how I trimmed out Nick’s Green Camera Case.







Option 2: Slip stitch to join your contrasting color in bottom of one of the corners. Slip stitch to the opening of case. Fasten off, weave in ends. Repeat for other three corners.
Option 3: Using Tapestry needle and contrasting yarn stitch corners as seen in photos.

Join contrasting color in the front loops of Round 3. Slip stitch around , fasten off , weave in ends. See photo.

Slip stitching around bottom.
Slip stitching around bottom.







Join Contrasting color in back right corner Double crochet of opening. Slip stitch around to left back corner double crochet. Slip stitch up the flap,2 single crochet in corner stitch, slip stitch over to other corner, 2 single crochet in corner stitch, slip stitch down flap to beginning slip stitch. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sew on button in line with flap.

The final photos with the stats.













Project Name: Orange Pumpking Camera Case/Dust Cover
Pattern Used: Square Corner Camera Case/Dust Cover Pattern
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Started on: 12/23/2016
Finished on: 12/23/2016
Hook Used: F/5 – 3.75
Stitches Used: Double Crochet, Double Crochet Back Loop Only, Half Double Crochet, Single Crochet, and Slip Stitch
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4ply worsted weight in 0254 Pumpkin and 0324 Bright Yellow
Other Materials: 1 inch diameter bright yellow button
Measurements: 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1 inches with a 3 inch flap


A Camera Case for Nick

I like to make things for my kids, Kay, Justin and Martin are easy they like hats so I can always find a new style that they may like or sometimes they request one. Nick is not much of a hat wearer so whenever I find a project I can do for him I do it. I decided to make a camera case. He did not get a case and his camera was getting all dusty just sitting on his desk. So I whipped one up for him. He also has a Canon Powershot camera similar to mine.

I used a different technique for his though. I used rows and in the round crochet to produce his case. It was done in green of course because that is his favorite color. I will be posting a photo tutorial of the pattern in the future. So stay tuned for that. For now here are some photos of his camera case.