Different Shower Curtain: DIY Tutorial

shower curtain diy tutorial

In its previous life this shower curtain used to be three bed sheets, so I can officially add this tutorial to my collection of repurposed-recycled DIY tutorials, and look as money-saving  very environment conscious person.

I wanted to have a shower curtain with style – layers of fabric falling in kind of “balloon-swag-manner” (I have no idea how to describe the style of this curtain that you see on the picture on the left. Friends, if you can help me here – PLEASE, HELP!).

I love white. My husband wants more color. (Never ending issue for negotiations between us regarding interior looks at our home.) Solution? Curtain that is big part white (it is still I who makes it!) and has colorful layers of fabric on its down part (for the sake of peace at home… And well – actually I love the play of colors on MY curtain).
Blue and gray stripes and layers felt right for our bathroom that has dark-green-blue-mix color carpet.

Now, when our super tiny, nearly dangerously claustrophobic bathroom (only 3.45 square meters!!!! This picture was made in our living room because there was no space to make any picture inside the bathroom) has been given this new, rich look – I feel so proud happy and am willing to add another DIY tutorial post to this blog to be helpful to humankind and share the TUTORIAL of HOW TO MAKE SUCH SHOWER CURTAIN. As the minimum goal – I aim to inspire some people of this wonderful DIY tribe to create different kind of (shower) curtains.


Materials used:
* Approximately 3 bed sheets no longer needed for their original purpose, or whatever fabric you have available (picture 1).
* Vinyl shower curtain for the lining, and rings to attach the curtain to the curtain rod.
* If you want to paint your bed sheets or fabric – some dye paint of preferred color. (I tore one sheet in narrower panels and dyed one of them in light blue color, other one – dark gray. The sheet with stripes remained as it was, fitting nicely to my color scheme).
* Piece of ribbon for the loops to attach the rings to the curtain.
* Whatever else is needed for the process of sewing (sewing slaves,  cup of tasty tea, good music, scissors, pins, thread, sewing machine etc).

Sew shower curtain DIY tutorial

STEP 1: Measure your shower and/or bathtub and decide on the size of the curtain you would like to have. Then cut the fabric accordingly.
shower curtain diy tutorial schemeHere is the scheme of how I made the measurements and proportions of my shower curtain – it can be helpful for figuring out the fabric proportions that you would need.

Please note: The top layer of fabric curtain is made out of white fabric. That´s why for the inner layer main panel I also used white fabric (to avoid that other color would shine through the top layer). The colorful panels are sewn on the bottom of this inner layer panel (see the scheme in the attachment).

STEP 2: Hem the top, bottom and side edges of all 4 colorful panels. At first, fold 1 cm (0.4″) edge and then fold it again, pin it (picture 2), iron and sew (picture 3).
You need to hem the same way also the bottom and sides of top layer white curtain and inner curtain´s main panel.

How to make shower curtain tutorial

Step 3: Create the ruffled balloon-looking-swags. Decide the distance between ruffled lines you would like to have. And draw the orthogonal lines of about 20 cm (7.9″) at the bottom of top layer curtain and on each of 4 colorful panels (picture 4).

Note about my curtain (you can choose to do differently with yours): I had 37 cm distance between each 2 ruffled lines. Each panel had 6 ruffled lines. The distance between the first (or the last for odd numbered panels) ruffled line and the side of the curtain was half of usual distance (18 cm or 7.1″), because I wanted to have mismatching ruffled lines on the completed curtain. So I sewed ruffled lines on each next panel in the middle of the balloon swag when compared to the previous ruffled panel (see the drawing in the scheme in the attachment by step 1).

When you have marked all the ruffled lines (20 cm or 7.9″ long), make the top thread on your sewing machine to be very loose and sew on each line, full length (picture 5). Then pull the bottom thread to create the ruffles (picture 6), and fix the thread so that ruffled line remains in the length you want it to be. The ruffled sewn line should be half of the original line – that is 10 cm (3.9″) long (picture 7).

Upcycled unique shower curtain tutorial
Step 4:
 Put back the normal tension for the thread on your sewing machine and sew along the ruffled line on both sides (picture 8). Then pull out the thread in the middle that created the ruffle. Now 1 ruffled line for balloon-swag is completed (picture 9). Repeat the same activities for all lines that need to get ruffles.

STEP 5: When you have made all ruffled lines for balloon-swags on top curtain and each colorful panel, you can sew the 4 colorful panels on the inner curtain layer. See the scheme in the attachment (by step 1), where the drawing has the lines of the distance on the inner layer fabric for sewing on 4 colorful panels (22 cm (8.7″) between each panel).

Shower curtain diy 6Step 6: Make bias tape that in its final stage is 3 cm (1.2″) wide.
Then put the top layer of the curtain on the inner layer (in the way your completed curtain needs to look) and sew the bias tape so that it connects both layers as 1 curtain (picture 10).

STEP 7:   Create the folds on the top of the curtain.

Note regarding my curtain: for the curtain I made, the width of the curtain so far was 240 cm (94.5″), which was 1.6 times longer than the width of the curtain rod (150 cm or 59.1″). I wanted the curtain to be a bit wider: 1.2 times (making new width to be 180 cm (70.9″)) bigger than the length of curtain rod so that completed curtain would have nice drape. I needed to decrease the width from 240 cm (94.5″) to 180 cm (70.9″), which made 60 cm (23.6″) decrease.
As I had 12 rings for the curtain rod (which was the amount of holes in my vinyl curtain), I calculated that for each curtain ring I needed to create the fold of 5 cm.

Please, check how big should be the folds for your curtain (as it depends on the size of the final curtain and the amount of rings that you need) and adjust your calculations accordingly. 

Shower curtain tutorial diy 4

Create the fold on the top of the curtain, pin it and sew the line (on the back side of the curtain) that is as long as your bias tape on the top of the curtain (picture 11). Repeat for each fold.

Now open the fold and then fold it so that half of it would be on each side of the sewn line on the facing side of the curtain, then pin it (picture 12). Sew along the edges of the fold (picture 13), but NOT ON THE TOP OF THE CURTAIN. You will need the opening there to insert the ribbon for attaching the rings.

Shower curtain diy 5

STEP 8: Cut the ribbon – same amount as rings that you have for curtain rod (picture 14). Then insert both ends of the ribbon inside the opening of the fold on the top of the curtain, so that you create the loop from the ribbon. Then sew it to the curtain (picture 15). Repeat for each loop that you need to make.

STEP 9: The most satisfying step of shower curtain tutorial diythe tutorial (picture 16) – put your curtain (adding vinyl curtain as lining) up on the curtain rod! And enjoy the results of your wonderful work!:-)

Now, consider yourself being warned: don´t be surprised if your new curtain will become the reason why you want to make more changes in your bathroom. In my case – I had to get new towels that matched the curtain´s colors. Then it became clear that we also needed to make new shelves, take away previous ones, design different boxes to store bath belongings, and find fancier candles for enjoying our claustrophobic bathing with home spa flavor.

If you are curious to see more tutorials for curtains, then make sure you get the next posts that will appear on this blog in the nearest future. I am currently redoing the curtains for our home, and I will certainly remain in the mood to show off share my creations with you.

Meanwhile you might want to check out more interior tutorials of how to make your own lampshades – like this BOHEMIAN STYLE LAMPSHADE and this easy to make LACE LAMPSHADE.

This project is added to Craft Schooling Sunday link party.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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Amigurumi Crochet Cats: DIY Tutorial & Pattern

Amigurumi crochet cats tutorial free patternCrocheted amigurumi cats – each has a different personality that is visible from the details in the outfit and from the expression on the face. This kind of cat can be a funny gift to the person you want to surprise with your message :-)

If you want to see the reason these cats were given their personality and character qualities – read the message near the end of this post. You will also see on the picture the purpose they were created for.

For me this anonymous saying expresses the essence of the cat´s being: “Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”

I like cats exactly for their independent nature. Each time when some cat shows affection to me – I feel I am special and honored I have been shown mercy. And each time a cat is nasty to me – I get angry and call it names a message that there is still so much work to do to improve my character…

So, you can imagine how well I felt when making these crocheted cats – I made them the way I wanted them to be. They got the characters I wanted them to have. And they got to behave just the way I wanted them to behave. It nearly felt like being a cat making goddess or something of this kind… If you want to experience how it feels – you are welcome to use the pattern and tutorial of how to make such crocheted cat.
Ladies and Gentlemen, here they are! Meet:

crochet cats toys tutorial


STEP 1: Crochet all body parts necessary for the cat (the pattern description is next to the pictures of corresponding body part).
Each cat needs nose and detail for cheeks that are the same for all the cats. Making different faces was fun for me, so each cat got eyes and mouth that were a bit different (description below).
If you want to make cats in different colors, then each cat needs these body parts in fitting colors (4 photos below): two cups of half body (to sew together to form an oval ball for the body), 4 feet, 2 ears, 1 tail.

crochet plush toy tutorial

Depending on your wish you can decorate the cat with unique details to make it more special (see the description below for each cat) and to deliver your message for the recipient of the gift ;-)

Abbreviation: ch= chain stitch, sl st= slip stitch, sc= single crochet, hdc= half double crochet, dc= double crochet, sc2tog= single crochet next two stitches together to decrease the amount of stitches, picot (chain 3 picot), st= stitch.

BASIC CROCHET PATTERN FOR BODY PARTS OF THE CAT (play with colors as you please):

Crochet cat body pattern

: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc st, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R3: ch 1, *sc 1, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 8 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (24 sts).
R4: ch 1, *sc 3, 2 sc in the 4th st* repeat ** 6 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (30 sts).
R5: ch 1, *sc 4, 2 sc in the 5th st* repeat ** 6 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (36 sts).
R6: ch 1, *sc 11, 2 sc in the 12th st* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (39 sts).
R7: ch 1, sc 39, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (39 sts).
R8: ch 1, *sc 12, 2 sc in the 13th st* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (42 sts).
R9, 10, 11, 12: ch 1, sc 42, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (42 sts).
R13: ch 1, *sc 13, 2 sc in the 14th st* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (45 sts).
R14: ch 1, sc 45, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (45 sts). Fasten off.

Crochet toy cat feet pattern FEET (make 4):
R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R3, 4: ch 1, sc 16, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R5: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R6: ch 1, sc 12, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (9 sts). Fasten off.

Crochet  toy cat ears tail pattern

TAIL (make 1):
R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, *sc 1, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R3-7: ch 1, sc 12, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R8: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (9 sts).
R9-16: ch 1, sc 9, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (9 sts). Fasten off.

EARS (make 2):
R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 5 in the ring, turn around to crochet in the other direction (5 sts).
R2: ch 1, sc 2, then 3 sc in the 3rd st, sc 2, turn around to crochet in the first direction (7 sts).
R3: ch 1, sc 3, then work: hdc, dc, hdc all in the 4th st. Then sc 3, turn around to crochet in the other direction (9 sts).
R4 (here I changed the color for the outside line of the ear): ch 1, sc 4, then work: hdc, dc, hdc all in the 5th st (dc from Row 3). Then sc 3, then 2sc in the next st that is on the corner, then continue crocheting around the ear, now crocheting on ear´s down part by sc 1 in the bottom of Row2, then sc 1 in the middle loop (that was formed by ch 4 of Row0), then sc 1 in the other side of Row2, then 2 sc in the corner st to close this circle of other color, then sl st in the 1st sc st of this row (whole circle has 17 sts). Fasten off.

Crochet toy cat nose cheeks pattern

NOSE (make 1):
R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, sc 5 (5 sts). Fasten off.

CHEEKS (make 1):
R0: ch 7.
R1: 2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc 4, then 4 sc in the next ch. Continue crocheting around the ch line. Sc 4, then 2 sc in the 1st ch (where the first 2 sc of this Row 1 were worked, so that the 1st ch of Row0 now has all together 4 sc sts in it), then sl st to join to the beginning st of this row (16 sts).
R2: ch 1, 2 sc in the 1st st, then sc 6, then 2sc in the 8th st, then again 2 sc in the 9th st, then sc 6, then 2 sc in the last st of this row. Sl st to join to the beginning st of this row (20 sts). Fasten off.

STEP 2: Stuff both cups of body with filling (picture 1) and sew them together (pictures 2&3).

Crochet toy cat pattern diy

STEP 3: Stuff all 4 feet with filling and sew them on the body, so that joined row crochet line of the body would be between left side and right side feet and not visible on the top of the cat (picture 4).

STEP 4:  Put the cat on its feet and pin its ears in their place, then sew them on (picture 5).

Crochet toys detail diy

STEP 5: When you sew on the cheeks – give the oval a bit of shape (picture 6), so that cheeks would not be placed flat on the face, but would look as kind of filled. In the middle of the oval it is sewn tighter together to create a look of “8” laying flat, so that the nose could be attached in the middle of it (pictures 7&8).

STEP 6: To make nose – at first sew its outside edge together, so that it would form a ball, then sew it on in the middle of the face (picture 6), embroidering a line over the middle of the cheeks. Embroider the mouth (picture 8).

How to make crochet  toy eyes

STEP 7: Each cat has slightly different eyes and mouth that make their faces look a bit different (picture 8). Crochet the size of eyes you like, sew them on the face and then embroider.
For small eyes: crochet ch 4, sl st to make ring, then crochet ch 1, sc 6 in this ring, fasten off.
For bigger eyes:  crochet ch 4, sl st to make ring, then crochet ch 2, dc 1, then sc 2, then dc 2, then sc 2, sl st in the beginning of the row. Fasten off.

STEP 8: Add to each cat the details that make it look special and deliver your message ;-)


The bodies of cats are all the same, just different colors and stripes. Those are the additional details that give each cat its unique look. The possibilities are endless. Below is the description of what I did to create the personality for each of these 4 cats.

FAIRY BELLA (red and yellow cat).

She got a skirt, like a lady should (picture 11), small wings on her tail and bigger wings on her back to be a cat fairy (picture 12).

For SKIRT: Take the bottom part of the body and crochet chain line between Row 13 and 14 (while you crochet on the outside of the cup, the yarn is inside the cup), then cut the yarn, pull it inside the cup and secure it. Then crochet 4 dc in each chain stitch that you just created on the outside line of the cup, this will make the ruffled skirt (picture 9 & 10), use slip stitch to join the beginning of the skirt to its end. Fasten off and weave in the ends of yarn (picture 11).

Amigurumi crochet cat fairy pattern free

For SMALL WINGS for the tail (picture 12): ch 8, sl st in the 1st ch to make loop, then ch 7, sl st in the same st where 1st sl st was done (now there is shape of “8” created), then *sc 3 in the first (second) loop, then picot (ch 3, sl st in the 3rd ch from hook), sc 1 in the same loop, picot, sc 1, picot, sc 3 in the same loop*. Repeat ** for the second loop, then sl st to join 2nd loop to the 1st loop. Fasten off.
Sew the small wings to the tail.

For BIGGER WINGS on the back of the cat:  ch 10, sl st in the 1st ch to make loop, then ch 15, sl st in the same st where 1st sl st was done, then again ch 15 and sl st in the same st where the 1st sl st was done, then ch 10 and sl st in the same st where the 1st sl st was done. Now there is a shape of 4-petal flower.
Ch 1, sc 10 in the first loop (of ch 10). Then sc 3 in the next loop (of ch 15), then picot, sc 3, picot, sc 3, picot, sc 4. Then sc 4 in the next loop (2nd loop of ch 15), then picot, sc 3, picot, sc 3, picot, sc 3. Then sc 10 in the last loop (2nd loop of ch 10), then sl st in first st of the 1st loop. Fasten off.
Sew these wings on the back of the cat.

OPTIMIST & TRAVELLER (orange and blue cat).

He has a newsboy cap with pom-pom (picture 13) and an earring in the right ear (picture 14).

Amigurumi crochet cat free pattern

R0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, *sc 1, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts). R3: ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R4, 5: ch 1, sc 16, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R6: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
The brim: ch 1, sc 5, turn the work around to crochet in the other direction, skip 1st st, sc 4, turn the work around to crochet in the 1st direction, skip 1st st, sc 3. Fasten off.

Make pompom and sew it on the top of the hat. Then sew the hat on cat´s  head (sew also the brim to the forehead).

EARRING: ch 5, fasten off and leave enough long end of yarn that you can pull through the ear with the needle, connect chain´s one end to the other to make a ring, weave in ends of yarn.

REAL GENTLEMAN – with a gentleman´s hat with round brim.

crochet toy hat patternHATR0: ch 4, sl st in the 1st ch to form ring.
R1: ch 1, sc 8 in the ring, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (8 sts).
R2: ch 1, *sc 1, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts). R3: ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R4, 5: ch 1, sc 16, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (16 sts).
R6: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 4 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R7: ch 1, sc 12, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (12 sts).
R8: ch 1, *sc 2, then sc2tog* repeat ** 3 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (9 sts).
The brim R9: ch 1, 2sc in each st, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (18 sts).
R10: ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in the next st* repeat ** 6 times, sl st in the 1st sc st of row (24 sts). Fasten off.
To create the stiff shape of the hat – crochet sc only around the Row 4 (it means – you will pierce the hook between Row 3 and Row 5 and work 16 single crochet stitches around the hat), sl st in the first sc. Fasten off and weave in the ends of yarn.

Now you can sew the hat on the head of the cat.


He has messy hair and wears a butterfly (and has dreamy eyes…).

Crochet softie hair face tutorial

HAIR: cut pieces of yarn (longer than you want the hair to be – you will need to make knots, so longer pieces are easier to work with) and pull them through the stitches on the cat´s head, then make knots and cut the yarn as short (or long) as you wish.

R0: ch 6.
R1: 2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc 3, then 4 sc in the next ch. Continue crocheting around the ch line. Sc 3, then 2 sc in the 1st ch (where the first 2 sc of this row were worked, so that the 1st ch of Row0 now has all together 4 sc in it), then sl st to join to the beginning st of this row (14 sts). Fasten off.

Butterfly´s shape is created by making few tight loops around the middle of the oval (picture 17). Sew the butterfly on.

I admit – I was having lots of fun when creating details for these toys. I sketched many options for details and face expressions, trying to figure out, what kind of looks would tell the message that I had in my mind when making each cat with its own character.

Crochet baby mobile diy

Such cats are fun – each one separate or as a group. They make funny gifts to people of any age. As written before – it is all about the details :-)

These four cats decided to entertain the little baby boy of my dear friend. And so they were tied together for a baby mobile that you can see right here.

Fairy Bella brings good dreams to baby. Optimist & Traveller encourages the baby to be curious and joyful no matter the circumstances. The Real Gentleman makes sure that the boy grows up to be a person with good manners. And Talented Maestro is there so that the child would always allow his creativity bloom, and express it in as many ways as he wishes.

If you are curious to see other tutorials for crocheted gifts, then there is a tutorial for making BOHEMIAN ORNAMENT, and tutorial with pattern for MAKING 3D SNOWFLAKES (you can use it for making any kind of 3D ornament).

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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Bohemian Lampshade: DIY Tutorial

bohemian lampshade bedroomThis BOHEMIAN STYLE LAMPSHADE I made for my (kind of) BOUDOIR style bedroom, and I hope that this tutorial and pictures will INSPIRE you to make your own lampshades – it is EASY and DOABLE.

I just LOOOOOVE how this lampshade has the look of feminine HOT AIR BALLOON (especially when the lights are on), don´t you think so? I wanted it to look like a strawberry and whipped cream cake – I think I managed it :-)

I had no success in my search of ready-made pendant lampshade that would fit my design wishes. And so I started to hunt for the thrift store lampshades that would have such shape that I could envision to dress up with that tasty sounding BOHO touch.
I got an old, big, round and very dusty lampshade that could have been made in 60-ies. I tore off the fabric from the lampshade right outside the thrift store as I did not want to bring home some 50 years of dust.
I wish I had made the picture of how the original lampshade looked when I bought it, but in those times I was going around without camera (it did not come to my mind then that some day I might be sharing my crafty adventures via Internet).

I hope you will benefit from seeing the pictures of this lampshade making process (also if you would decide that this is a great example of “how-NOT-to-do-something”) and will be inspired to create anything you wish to create!


Boho Lampshade tutorial scheme

NOTE 1: See the scheme of the lampshade that is in this attachment. It contains explanation about each level.

Two lines that are knitted with eyelash yarn can be made out of any kind of fabric (best of all if it has half transparent texture to let the light shine through). I chose knitted version (picture 3), because I wanted to make big loops that would give enough light, while the yarn created nice colorful light.

Lampshade itself is divided into 5 horizontal lines of materials:

1st Level: dark red fabric on the top (picture 5).
2nd Level: knitted red eyelash yarn line (picture 3).
3rd Level: the widest line – central part sewn with vertical lines of floral fabric and 10 lines of lace (pictures 1 and 2), embellished with red beaded garlands (repurposed from Christmas decorations).
4th Level: knitted line of coral color eyelash yarn.
5th Level: made of two layers – white lace fabric lined with light violet fabric (picture 10). I chose to have two fabrics for the lowest level because having only the white lace was letting too much light shine through it (not so appropriate for a bohemian lampshade).

How to make Bohemian Lampshade tutorial

NOTE 2: While pinning together all the horizontal lines of the materials (picture 4) – I was checking how much the light was shining through the cover when the electricity was on (picture 5), just to be sure I would be satisfied with the amount of light it gave.

NOTE 3: The middle line (floral fabric and lace stripes) I had to adapt to the width of the lamp also after I had sewn all the vertical lines together. It was helpful that the 10th line of floral fabric was cut in two parts, plus seam allowance (picture 6), so I could pull it more together where it was necessary, to make sure that it covered tightly the carcass of lampshade.
When I was satisfied with the fit of the cover – I sewed the cover together by hand (picture 7).

Tutorial of How to make Bohemian Boho Lampshade or Lantern

NOTE 4: This lampshade had something like a crown (picture 8) that could be mounted on its down part. I painted it white, then wrapped it in a piece of molleton that was slightly wider than the crown part, so I could sew the lace on it (picture 8). I chose such lace that had pattern perfectly fitting the size of the crown. The flat seam  on picture 9 looks rather big, but in reality it is not so visible.

NOTE 5: When I put on the crown on the lampshade, I added the big beaded garland at the place where crown was connected to lampshade (picture 10).

How to make unique diy lampshade tutorial

NOTE 6: I wanted to have even richer look of this lampshade, so I sewed pearl beaded garland on the coral color knitted line (picture 11).

NOTE 7: When I looked at the hanging lampshade, I still had a feeling that I would need to add another detail to make it look even more bohemian and special, so I added the hanging ornament that you can see on the pictures below. This ornament has a very practical function – when it is pulled down it works as the switch for the light.

There is a SEPARATE tutorial that explains HOW TO MAKE BOHEMIAN STYLE ORNAMENT.

lampshade boho unique

If my projects look unusual or strange, then it is because I approach crafts with letting the flow of imagination and creativity carry me wherever they take me (well, there are quite some times when this approach does not bring any satisfactory result). The side effect is that such journey increases my own risk tolerance when NOT aiming for perfection, but aiming to have lots of fun during creation process and playing with materials of different textures and colors. And if at the end I am not satisfied with the result – I anyway have learned something, and – I am always free to get my hands and imagination busy with the next weird project :-)

I love making lampshades. You can see two more tutorials of my lamps – LACE LAMPSHADE for our dining nook and UNIQUE GOLDEN LAMPSHADE that I made for the table in one corner of our living room.

And I love BOHEMIAN STYLE, so there will be more posts with tutorials about the interior objects I have made for my bedroom.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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Bohemian Ornament: DIY Tutorial


Bohemian diy crochet ornament beadsDo you want to see the DIY tutorial about how easy it is to make UNIQUE BOHEMIAN ORNAMENT that adds special BOHO TOUCH to your interior?

This statement piece (here you see again – I am not modest when speaking of my creations) is partly made of recycled materialsplastic bottle, pieces of beaded garlands from Christmas decorations, and some plastic beads from old and torn apart necklace. Everything holdstogether by small bits of different yarn that is crocheted with the easiest single crochet stitch. Working tools – crochet hook, sewing needle, some tape and tiny scraps of batting material and fabric, and a piece of cord.

This Charming Darling can be used alone as ornament on its own for whatever occasion or purpose one designs it. And it can be a detail belonging to the bigger object in your interior.

My choice of colors was influenced by that bigger interior object to which I needed to add this ornament detail.

bohemian DIY ornament

Can you guess what was that other interior object for which I made this Boho touch? I can add a hint to make the guess easier – the bigger thing also belongs to my Boho obsession that I have been trying to bring into my bedroom.

The OPTIONS ARE COUNTLESS, when even the sky is NO LIMIT. It is all up to imagination, creativity and increasing own risk tolerance when NOT aiming for perfection, but for having lots of fun during creation process and playing with materials of different textures and colors.


STEP 1: I started with the empty juice bottle (picture 1) that had a perfect shape for the purpose I needed it. I wanted it to have a nice round bottom, so I filled the hole (you can see it on picture 1) with some scraps of batting material and attached them with tape to the bottom of bottle (picture 2).
For the top of the bottle I needed a rounder shape, so I added extra volume by the same scraps of batting material that I tied to the bottle’s cap (picture 3) and then cut off the excess of the material (picture 4).

recycled materials to make bohemian ornament

STEP 2: I picked the colors and texture of yarn that were fitting to the main object belonging to my Bohemian obsession.  And then I crocheted yarn with single crochet stitch only, adding and decreasing the amount of stitches accordingly to the shape of the bottle. Each crocheted part I was working on – I was putting on and off the bottle many times to measure, if the amount of increased stitches created shape that fitted well.

To cover the whole bottle nicely I needed to create the crocheted coat in three separate parts – light color hat-type of cover for the cap, collar for the neck of the bottle (two colors), and the pink, round half-ball shape for the bottom of the bottle (picture 5).

Beaded boho ornaments DIY tutorial

STEP 3: Once the cover for the bottle was crocheted, I sewed on different beads – separately for each crochet part. The pink bottom part was embellished with bead garland pieces from Christmas tree decoration (picture 7), same story for part of the collar (picture 6) to which I added more beads from an old necklace. Beads of another non-functioning necklace I sewed on the cap´s part.

STEP 4: Once all the beads were attached to the crocheted coat for the bottle, I sewed all three parts together (picture 8).

Unique bohemian ornament DIY tutorial

STEP 5: I cut a long strip of fabric (5 cm wide) to make the cover for the rope that would connect this ornament to it’s bigger “mamma”-object. To create the look of ruffled cover, the rope’s length needed to be much shorter than the length of the fabric strip that covered it.
I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and sewed it together on the longest edge (picture 9), then turned it inside out, so the seam would be inside this fabric tube.

I made a loop on one side of the rope, to be able to attach it to the ornament. Then I pulled the rope inside the fabric tube (picture 10) and closed one side of it, that I then sewed together and attached to the ornament (you can see the ruffled fabric cover of rope on picture 11 top).

Ta dah! The Boho ornament was completed! :-)

LAST NOTE on bohemian objects that will follow:

My bedroom is getting dressed up in a style that has some boudoir touch. If you are curious to see the whole bohemian project for which this ornament was created – make sure you get the next posts on this blog because one of them will certainly contain a tutorial for making more and bigger Boho
WARNING – it is not for every person’s taste, but it surely can be inspiring for having more ideas about experimenting and playing with different textures and colors.

Meanwhile – if you are into experimenting with colors and texture – there is also a tutorial for making UNIQUE LAMPSHADE. And if you would like to see another recycled statement decoration project – check out this tutorial for GIANT CROCHET GARLAND.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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Liebster Award Surprise

This is a different type of post that does not fit into any of categories that I have here.
I recently got a gift that completely surprised me– Hannah of Not Your Average Crochet gave me the Liebster blog award.  Hannah, thank you so much for this nice gift! :-)

The cool thing about this award is that I get to pass it on to other 5 bloggers that have less than 200 readers (well, I have no clue how many readers those next 5 blogs have, but once they are my Liebster blogs, then I will simply pass this award to them, and risk to bend the rules of numbers).

In no particular order comes my list of Liebster blogs that I hope you will visit and see yourself:

1. Hand Stitch where Sarah not only shares with her readers her crafty knitting, crocheting journey, but also talks about the issues that are important in her life. The colors that Sarah uses in her work inspire me.

2. alottastitches.wordpress.com contains Linda´s crafty adventures. I love to see her afghans because the colors are wonderful. And Linda is wonderful too – she donates her beautiful afghans for charity.

3. Beautifully Sewn is Salma´s blog. She has made an absolutely wonderful embroidery piece – something that inspires me every time I look at it. And Salma´s interests are among mine too – sewing, reading, yoga and gorgeous textiles.

4. Pins and Patience is the place where Morgan shares her adventures about crafting and “generally not fitting in” – her original approach makes her blog so charming for me.

5. lindacee.wordpress.com is a place where Linda shares her crafts, book reviews and recipes. All of that fit into my category of interests.

Few more words about this award. Liebster is German for “dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”  That means that the bloggers I pass this award on to are in themselves very liebster.

Here are the rules for the passing on of the award:

Rule #1. You must acknowledge the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
Rule # 2. Give this award to 5 other bloggers. Please let them know through a comment on their blog.
Rule #3. Post this wonderful award on your blog.
Rule #4. 
Bask in the glory bestowed upon you and appreciate all the amazing bloggers out there.
Rule# 5. Enjoy and spread the good vibes around.

Ok, now it´s time for me to float in those good vibes as per rule 5… :-)

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Upgrading Coat with Lace Details: DIY Tutorial


Adding lace to maternity coat DIY tutorialI was making for myself a simple coat (my first self made coat, so my level of confidence allowed to choose only simple pattern), but even though it was a simple coat, (my huge ego demanded that) it still had to be my VERY SPECIAL COAT. I was wondering, what magic I could apply to make a simple coat turn into THE SPECIAL COAT?

Below you can read the TRUE STORY of behind the scenes of how it all happened that I chose to change some minor details (tolerable risk for me) in the pattern that improved the looks of the coat, and then added LACE DETAILS to cover up my mistake and IMPROVE THE LOOKS of my coat SIGNIFICANTLY (in my very not-humble opinion about my own work, and in the biased opinion of my husband about the work of his adorable darling wife).


I needed a WIDE COAT (my belly grows bigger and bigger, and will keep doing so until the Little Dragon will burst out of it).

Coat drawing

Since I was determined to make my own coat, I figured out – my efforts should be put into a coat that I would wear also when being back to my regular shape.
So, I chose this simple pattern from Burda magazine, 01/2011. You can see in the picture that originally the pattern of this coat had 2-piece slim 3/4 sleeves, the sweet turn-down type of collar (not my style at all), and it was meant to be rather short.

First of all – I dislike to follow instructions of any kind, and I always must bring in some touch of innovation (or at least- simply ignore the instructions and make the mistakes my way).
Second, I used checked fabric that I wanted to play with to create more interesting look. You can see the result on the top part of the coat and turn-up parts of the sleeves (pictures 1&10).
Third, I wanted a longer coat with full length, comfortably wide, turn-up sleeves and high collar (picture 2). I changed these details by drawing over the pattern in a way I assumed it should be.

Then I noticed that top back part of the coat had a cut in the middle to give it a better shape. I decided that it was a waste of time and energy – as the coat would anyway be wide, there was no point in making this (unnecessary) seam. Welcome disaster decisions….

Sewn coat lace details back view

I confess- the idea about adding lace to my coat started as a desperate attempt to save my mistake created when I thought of myself to be genius (I quietly still have the genius opinion of myself) and made that shortcut in pattern for the back part). Guess what happened… Picture 2 happened! The fall of coat on my back looked really ugly (which screamed so loud: “She was lazy!!! She had no clue what she was doing!!!”, that my huge ego simply could not handle it, and I had to find a solution to turn that shame into fame).
When I was pinning the folds on the back of coat to get rid of ugly looks, it looked so weird, that even my husband dared to ask me, if I could maybe add some kind of applique or lace to cover that mess… I snapped him back with: “Yeah, I know, that´s what I was planning to do!”

I went through my stash of lace collection (gathered during my thrift store visits) and was  relieved to find a matching color lace (picture 3). Its length allowed to me continue playing, so (see the picture below) I used it to embellish not only the back of the coat, but also the collar and sleeves (and as it turned out – above all, I had embellished my pride and self esteem).

STEPS OF ADDING LACE TO THE BACK OF THE COAT (picture tutorial above):

STEP 1: I pinned the lace (picture 3) in the shape of “V” on the back of the coat (picture 4) where I needed to fold in extra fabric on the back that was creating ugly fall. I sewed lace on by hand all around it.

STEP 2: Then I pinned fabric over the lace in a way that folded inside the new seam the extra fabric I wanted to get rid of (picture 5). These seams I sewed by machine.

STEP 3:I noticed that the top points of the new seams (picture 6) were not looking nice – kind of popping out of the coat, so I cut out 2 motives from the lace and sewed them by hand on the top of the seams which created a nice look (picture 7).

Sew coat turn-up sleeves DIY tutorialSTEPS OF HOW TO MAKE TURN-UP SLEEVE with bias and lace details:

STEP 1: Add a wide line of bias fabric to the edge of the sleeve (picture 8). Length is determined by the preferred length of turn-up plus 4 cm of edge that is folded inside the sleeve.

STEP 2: Pin the seam up (towards the top of the sleeve) and sew around it, about 3 mm from the previous seam. Then fold the added line inside the sleeve (picture 9).

STEP 3: Sew by hand the added line inside the sleeve, near the edge of this line. Then put the turn-up sleeve in its correct position (picture 10). Afterwards you can pin on it the lace and sew on by hand (picture 11).

High collar with lace for coat DIY tutorial

TO ADD LACE TO THE COLLAR: pin the lace along the collar line (picture 12) and sew it on by hand (picture 13).


I was so happy about the result of my lace embellishment work, that I could not help it and simply had to make a picture TUTORIAL out of it, hoping that somebody else might get impressed inspired by seeing what a magic touch of lace can do to change the mistakes and looks of garment.

There is also a tutorial and pattern for making CROCHET CLOCHE HAT WITH LINING that is very comfortable to wear with high collar clothing, big scarf or cowl. This cloche hat covers your head and ears properly, and at the same time keeps your beautiful earrings visible – adding more charm to your looks :-)

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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Crochet Cloche Hat Pattern DIY Tutorial

Quote for wearing the hatCrochet cloche hat pattern tutorialI celebrate that CLOCHE HAT, Crochet and Handmade is again IN FASHION! I like the brim of my cloche hat to fit well and keep its shape.
And since ALL OF MY “FUTURE LIES BENEATH” MY HAT – I want that hat to be One Of A Kind, WARM and FITTING my new coat.

These are the reasons I created my own pattern to make this hat (by redoing the body of the hat twice and remaking the brim of the hat three times…).
Then I thought – maybe somebody else can find useful this pattern and tutorial about how to make hat lining. Well, at least, or best of all – for an inspiration. One can hope, right? So I challenged myself to pull together all those hat making details that I applied while making this hat. Check out if this is something for you!


A. 2 Balls of New Wool (each ball with weight 50 g and length 145 m).
B. Crochet hook size 3.5 mm to crochet the body of the hat.
C. Crochet hook size 3 mm to crochet the brim of the hat.
D. Scraps of jersey fabric for lining – enough for circle of 18 cm in diameter and rectangular 58 cm x 10 cm.

Useful information to consider before starting to crochet the hat:

You start by crocheting the body of the hat, then continue with making the brim. The pattern chart and description is in this Crochet Cloche Hat Pattern PDF File.

It is important to crochet properly the brim of this cloche hat. It will make a huge difference when you wear it. You will enjoy that on the back of the hat there is no brim – so you can comfortably wear big scarf, cowl or clothing with high collars (see the picture at the bottom of this post). And also – the shape of the hat will allow a great fit deep on your head, good protection for your ears, but still showing your nice earrings, thus adding more style to your chic look ;-)

Pay attention that seeing the description of the brim you might think – come on, this is crazy…
Honestly, the PRINCIPLE IS EASY. It is just that to make written description for each row was a real challenge. And the result you see is the only way I could figure out, after having struggled with the description (rewriting and rewriting it countless times) two days long. So, before you read the crochet instructions of each row – read the text right after Brim crocheting title on the pdf file – it will help to understand the principle.

If you want to ADD LINING for the hat to make it warmer, especially for the windy weather – you can follow the tutorial below that describes how to add fabric lining for the hat.


Crochet cloche hat DIY tutorial

STEP 1: Draw on the paper the circle with diameter of 18 cm. Cut it out and pin it to the fabric (I suggest to choose stretchy fabric or fleece. This fabric will be visible through the hat – where the big pattern crochet is, so you might want to choose the material that looks nice together with your chosen yarn).
Draw on the fabric around the paper circle and cut it out from fabric without seam allowance (picture 1).

STEP 2: Cut out the rectangular from the same fabric, size 57.5 cm x 10 cm (picture 2).

Cloche crochet hat tutorial back view

STEP 3: Fold the fabric rectangular with facing side inside, pin the shorter edges of the rectangular together. Sew about 0.5 cm away from the edge (picture 4).

STEP 4: Pin the circle to one long edge of rectangular all around it, so that both pieces have their backside to outside (picture 3). Sew along the pin line, about 0.5 cm away from the edge.

STEP 5:  Turn the crochet hat inside out. Put the lining on it, so that fabric lining has facing side out. Make sure that the seam on lining´s side is matching the middle line of the back of the crochet hat. Fold the edges of the lining inside, so that lining would end about 1.5 cm above the edge of crochet hat (picture 5).
Sew by hand the lining to the crochet hat at the folded line.

Turn the hat out again. Now your lined crochet cloche hat is DONE, DONE, DONE! (pictures 6&7) And you can ENJOY wearing it!!!! :-)

And here is the tutorial about how to add  EARFLAPS to the hat that can be tucked inside hat when not needed: DIY TUTORIAL FOR MAKING EARFLAPS FOR FLAT CAP / GATSBY HAT.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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Flat Cap with Earflaps: DIY Tutorial

Pattern and tutorial for men´s Flat cap or Gatsby hatWhen you make Gatsby Hat or Flat Cap for that Special Man in your life to keep his head warm in cold weather- you might want to consider adding EARFLAPS to it. Earflaps that look good, stay close to ears when being worn, and do not make the hat look clumsy and big, when being tucked inside the hat. The Special Man will appreciate that his head and ears can be WARM without compromising on the STYLE. In the picture you can see that hat is worn with earflaps tucked inside – there is no evidence that they are there at all. It was exactly what my Special Man asked for.

The free pattern and tutorial for the Gatsby hat you can get in my post about MEN´S FLAT CAP / GATSBY HAT: PATTERN AND TUTORIAL.
Once the hat is made – follow the tutorial below to make the earflaps to your hat.

Adding earflaps might work also with ready made hat that you already have. You need to make sure that hat fits the head a bit loosely because earflaps will take a bit of space once tucked inside the hat.


STEP 1: Measure the distance on the hat – from one corner of the brim, around the back side of the hat to the other corner of the brim. This is how long earflaps´line needs to be.
Then measure the distance from the edge of the hat over the ear to the point where you want the earflap to end – this will be the width of earflap line. Now you know the required size for earflaps.

Flat Cap Gatsby Hat Earflap making tutorial

STEP 2: You can either use fabric of the hat, choose other fabric (it can be jersey type) or make elastic knitted line for earflaps by knitting it 1 knit, 1 purl (picture 2).

Since I was asked to make sure that earflaps would not be visible when worn tucked inside the hat – it was very important that earflaps would be made out of rather thin material. However, the challenge was to make sure that earflaps still would be enough warm, and very important – stay close to head, protecting ears from wind when worn down. That´s why I chose to knit them – with thin yarn and needles. My knit was rather stretchy. If I simply put it on the table without stretching it – it looked about 2 times shorter than necessary for the length (picture 2).

I used size 2.5 mm knitting needles. The yarn had appropriate thickness. Here is how to test if the size of knitting needles is correct for the yarn – pierce the paper with one needle and then pull the yarn through the hole. When the thickness of yarn fits the hole – it is the right size for these needles. If yarn goes through the hole too loose – either the yarn needs to be thicker or the needles size smaller. If the paper hole gets torn while pulling the yarn through it – then either yarn needs to be thinner or the needles bigger.

For the earflaps of this hat I needed to cast on 76 stitches that I knitted 1 knit, 1 purl. When the width was 1 cm smaller than it should be – I started to bind off in each row 2 stitches from both side, 2 times, so on each side I bound off 4 stitches, on final row I bound off 1 stitch from each side. It was needed to create rounded corners around ears (picture 2).

STEP 3: Pin the earflap line to the hat and check how well it holds around the ears. You can test it either on your special guy or if he is not available – then on yourself. Testing and trying on is important step because you want to make sure that earflaps cover the ears properly when worn down. Depending on the material you have chosen – you will see how much you will need to pull it tighter together around the corners for ears, and on the back of the head.
If you make earflaps from fabric – do this step by sewing (you can use bias tape for the down edge).
If you have knitted earflaps (like I did) – I suggest you to crochet several lines around 3 sides of the earflaps (picture 3). I did not crochet on the edge of earflaps that would be sewn inside the hat to avoid making it bulky.
Test how well the earflaps surround the head, adjust the edge where necessary. Once you are satisfied with the result – you can go to the next step and sew the earflaps on the hat.

STEP 4: Place the earflaps inside the hat. You need to decide how you want the seam to be – either it is folding when the earflaps are worn down or when they are tucked in. I decided that for knitted earflaps it is better that they fold over their seam when they are tucked inside, and that earflaps remain straight without folding line when they are worn down. Your decision will influence the way you pin and sew them inside the hat.
I put the earflaps inside hat in such way how they should be positioned when worn down, and pinned them to the hat´s inside ribbon (pictures 4 and 5).

Once the position of earflaps is correct – sew them on the ribbon by hand (if fabric – you can sew with machine).
You can see on the picture 6 that earflaps were folding over the sewing line when tucked inside the hat. If you choose to have them folding when they are worn down – you need to pin and sew them on the hat in the other direction.

It takes a bit of patience to try on the hat several times while adjusting the outside edge of earflaps or the place where they are attached to the hat. However, it does pay off, when your wonderful man is happy with the result of how his cool hat with earflaps hold onto his head :-)

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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Men’s Flat Cap / Gatsby Hat: Pattern DIY Tutorial

flat cap gatsby hat tutorial DIYAre you tired of searching Excellently Fitting FLAT CAP (sometimes called Gatsby hat, or even Newsboy hat) for The Man in Your Life?
He wants STYLE, COMFORT, WARMTH, and having ONE OF A KIND HAT? You can sew a straight line, and wish to give Your Man The HAT that nobody else will have? GREAT!
Make use of this tutorial and create for him FLAT CAP.
If he wants – you can even add warm and practical, folding inside EARFLAPS to keep his ears warm when it’s cold. See this TUTORIAL FOR MAKING EARFLAPS FOR FLAT CAP / GATSBY HAT.

You can use this pattern to make hat for any season – just by choosing different fabric and lining fabric. For colder season it is a good idea to use some fabric that gives warmth (like – wool) and make the hat even warmer by choosing warm lining fabric as well. To give the outer fabric additional strength for shape, and more warmth- you can add fusible interfacing. For hot season – use light fabrics, and you can skip the lining. To make this hat pleasant for wearing in the heat – make some holes in the sides for air circulation. You can choose different size of brim – whatever feels right.

I made this hat for the cold season. The brim is quite wide to protect the eyes when it is snowing or raining. The outside fabric is made of wool and is rather thick. I also added fusible interfacing. The inner lining is warm fabric (half wool).

If you follow the steps of this tutorial, it should be easy and simple to make this hat.


flat cap gatsby hat newsboy DIY

A. Fabric for hat, that is 60 cm x 60 cm big for pattern details 1 and 2 (pattern shows half of the details 1 and 2 – see for the folding line indications), and twice detail 3 (see picture 1 top right corner, and picture 6). Cut the fabric with seam allowance 7 mm outside pattern’s line.
B. Lining fabric 60 cm x 45 cm (if you decide to make hat with lining) for pattern details 1 and 2 (picture 1 middle fabric, and picture 7). Cut the fabric with seam allowance 5 mm outside pattern’s line.
C. Fusible Interfacing 60 cm x 45 cm for outside fabric for pattern details 1 and 2 (picture1 on the very left, and picture 8). Cut the interfacing right on the pattern line.
You can also skip this step. If you choose to add it – it will give additional strength for the fabric to hold the shape.
D. Some strong material to use inside brim that would hold the shape (carton, brim from baseball cap that you don’t need, durable plastic etc).
I used an old plastic folder (picture 2), but it was not as thick as I wanted, so I cut out 5 pieces of detail 3 (picture 3) and glued them together (picture 4).
E. Ribbon for inside of the hat around the head – about 59 cm long and 2 cm wide)
F. Thread, Iron, Needles, Pins, Sewing Machine (this hat can also be made just by hand).


Detailed description of steps for making the hat is below the pictures:

flat cap newsboy gatsby hat DIY tutorial

STEP 1: Use the pattern for hat details 1, 2 and 3 that is in PDF file (Pattern as PDF). There are two A4 pages. One of them contains details 1 and 3, and part of detail 2, while the second page contains continuation of detail 2. Join both parts of detail 2 together at the indicated line.

This pattern is meant for the head’s size 58 cm. If you need it to be smaller – sew it tighter than pattern shows (middle seam of detail 2 and both seams at the back of the hat where detail 2 is joined to detail 1).

STEP 2: Cut out the parts of the hat as described above at Materials Needed.

STEP 3: If you decided to use fusible interfacing – iron it on the outside fabric’s BACK side within pattern lines (picture 1).

STEP 4: Put detail 1 and 2 front sides together, so that back side of the fabrics would be outside (picture 2).
Join the details first at the middle lines – folding lines. Then pin them together along the hems, so that corners marked with letter “A” (on the pattern) would be connected as indicated (picture 3-5). Then sew along this line all around the hat – from one corner A to the second corner A.

STEP 5: Turn the hat to the right side and pin the seam that you just made to the center of the hat (picture 6). Then sew along the seam of step 4, so that your new sewing line would be on the seam’s side towards the center of the hat, about 2 mm away from previous seam.

STEP 6: Now turn the hat inside out and pin together the middle back seam of detail 2 (picture 7), then sew it. Then turn the hat to the facing side and sew along one side of this seam – about 2 mm away from the seam.

STEP 7: Pin both details 3 for brim together with facing sides inside and sew the outside seam on the brim. Then turn them so that facing sides would be outside and insert the stiff material for the brim inside the fabric brim.
Then pin both details 3 together on the line where it will be attached to the hat and sew along this curved line. Now the stiff brim material is completely inside seams and is not visible anymore.

flat cap gatsby hat DIY

STEP 8: Pin the brim to the hat – attaching detail 2 to brim, first by matching middle lines of brim and detail 2. Then sew along the inner curved line of the brim (picture 8).

STEP 9: See picture 9 – you need to pin the outside curve of brim to the hat and sew it to DETAIL 1, so that brim would be attached to it (picture 9). If you can – sew with machine, otherwise do it by hand.The brim I created was so thick that machine could not pierce the needle through it, so I had to sew the brim by hand to detail.
However, you can also decide that you want the brim to be free and not attached to detail 2, then you can skip this step.

STEP 10: Now repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 for making the lining of the hat (same as on pictures 2 to 7).

STEP 11: Put the lining inside the hat – outside fabric and lining fabric have back sides of fabric together. Pin the lining to the outside fabric so that seams would match. Try the hat on (if possible) and make necessary adjustments.
Now fold the outside fabric’s edge inside the hat along the outside line, so that it would cover the edge of the lining fabric (picture 10). Sew by hand (or machine if possible).

STEP 12: Pin the ribbon inside the hat, all around the edge, about 3 mm away from the edge (picture 11), then sew it on the line close to the edge of the hat. Make sure it is not visible from the outside.


If you want to add EARFLAPS that can be tucked inside hat when not needed – check out this DIY TUTORIAL FOR MAKING EARFLAPS FOR FLAT CAP / GATSBY HAT.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this tutorial!

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DIY Tutorial for Crochet Snowflake Pattern

Here is a new crochet snowflake pattern that works well for 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional snowflake ornaments. You can use these ornaments to create WONDERFUL DECORATIONS FOR YOUR HOME, and also make them as EXCEPTIONAL GIFTS when you embellish your 3d Snowflakes with pearls and crystals. The receiver usually is very impressed by the beauty of such individually made gift- the delicate work, three dimensions, shining pearls and crystals – One Of A Kind Masterpiece.
I have learned that such 3 D Snowflake present is great for those people for whom one simply can not find the right gift or who already have nearly everything imaginable…


Before you start doing your crochet snowflake, you can find some more inspiration when seeing CONTRASTING SNOWFLAKES with more tips on stiffening crochet ornaments.

If you enjoy crocheting and would like to make a statement decoration for your home – see this GIANT GARLAND WITH CRYSTALS – new ideas for home decoration.

Below you can see the DETAILED PATTERN TUTORIAL FOR CROCHET SNOWFLAKE (in the above picture you can see how it is used for 3D ornament, while in the picture at the end of this post you can see it in use as 2D ornament).
To create 3D snowflake, you need to read the instructions in Tutorial for How to Make Crochet 3D Snowflake.

Abbreviation: ch= chain stitch, sl st= slip stitch, sc= single crochet, dc= double crochet, 2dc cluster = 2 double crochet cluster, tr= treble crochet, 2 tr cluster = 2 treble crochet cluster, st= stitch, lp= loop.


If you prefer crochet chart as graph – click on the drawing on the left to enlarge it.

Row 1: ch 4, sl st 1 in first ch (picture 1).

Row 2: ch 3, dc 1 in loop of Row 1,
*ch 3, 2dc cluster*,
repeat ** 4 times, then ch 3, sl st in the 3rd ch from the beginning of the row (picture 2).

Row 3: ch 1, sc 1 in the same st where ch 1 comes from, ch 5, sc 1 in the same st where previous sc was done,
ch 4, skip next 3 ch of Row 2, then sc 1 in the st of dc2 cluster from Row 2, ch 5, then sc 1 in the same st of 2dc cluster from Row 2 as last sc.*
Repeat *…* 4 times, ch 4, sl st in the first sc at the beginning of this row (picture 3).

Row 4: sl st 3 in the next 3 ch from Row 3 first loop to reach the top of this loop, ch 3, dc 1 in the same loop (where last 3ch began),
*ch 2, sc 1 in the loop of 4ch from Row 3, ch 2 , dc 2 in the loop of 5 ch from Row 3, ch 3, dc 2 in the same loop*.
Repeat *…* 4 times, then ch 2, sc 1 in loop of 4 ch from Row 3, ch 2, dc 2 in the 1st loop of 5ch from Row 3, ch 1, dc 1 in the 3rd ch from the beginning of this row (picture 4).

Row 5: ch 3, tr in the same loop where this row started,
*ch 7, sl st in the previously made tr, ch 6, sl st in the 4th ch from the hook, ch 3, sl st in the previous sl st, ch 3, sl st in the previous sl st, sc 2 in the next 2 ch, sc 1 in the sl st that joined previous 7 ch loop to tr, ch 7, sl st in the same st as before, ch 6, sc 1 in the sc of Row 4, ch 6, 2tr cluster in the loop of 3 ch from Row 4*.
Repeat *…* 4 times, then ch 7, sl st in the previously made tr, ch 6, sl st in the 4th ch from the hook, ch 3, sl st in the previous sl st, ch 3, sl st in the previous sl st, sc 2 in the next ch, sc 1 in the sl st that joined previous 7 ch to tr, ch 7, sl st in the same st as before, ch 6, sc 1 in the sc of Row 4, ch 6, THEN sl st in the 3rd ch from the beginning of this row. Pull thread through the last loop and cut it off (picture 5). Snowflake is finished!

To make 3D snowflake you need to crochet 3 snowflakes of the same pattern.

You can either use the snowflake pattern I have provided above or choose the snowflake pattern from my earlier Tutorial for Making 3D Crochet Snowflake which also contains different snowflake pattern.

This last picture shows the snowflake that is attached with 2 tiny magnets to our MAGNET FRAME FOR ART which can be easily transformed to fit the design desires of the season :-)

If you enjoyed this tutorial – you might also find inspiring this tutorial about making Unique Lampshade.
And if you enjoy crocheting lace, then there is another idea for using it for a different kind of lampshade.

Let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial!

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