Make Delightful Rag Balls for Fabric Crochet or Knitting

Red, White and Blue Rag Balls for Fabric Crochet or Knitting. Get Free Instructions for Making These Here at KnittingandCrochet.net.
Red, White and Blue Rag Balls for Fabric Crochet or Knitting. Get Free Instructions for Making These Here at KnittingandCrochet.net.

Do you ever get inspired to crochet or knit, just from looking at pretty materials? I often do. Case in point: I find these rag balls utterly charming. They make me want to pull out my hooks and needles and dive into creating some new projects.

I think these red, white and blue printed rag balls would be smashing if combined in the same project. This would be an ideal color combination for those of you who are fans of Americana designs or country-style decorating.

These colorful rag balls would also make up into charming projects for Fourth of July. I’m imagining sturdy placemats for the picnic table…coasters that look fab, plus protect the table from drippy, icy drinks…potholders to save your hands from those burning-hot-fresh-from-the-barbecue dishes you’ll want to be grilling up this summer…plus fashionable things too — bags, totes, jewelry and more.

Have you ever made a rag ball? Do you want to give it a try? If so, click here for free instructions. They aren’t hard to make at all, just time-consuming. However, it’s well worth the effort if you’re looking to try something a little different than yarn. Or also, if you have a bunch of no-longer-needed linens or textiles accumulating at your place, and you think you’d like to up-cycle them.

There are bunches of different things that you could use your rag balls for:

If you would like to try making those types of projects, be sure to grab the free patterns from the pages linked here.

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Crochet a 4th of July Necklace Using Strips of Fabric (Plus Pendants or Beads for Embellishments.)

Fourth of July Necklace Worked in the Fabric Crochet Technique
Fourth of July Necklace Worked in the Fabric Crochet Technique

To make this project, I enjoyed playing with some of my favorite things — colorful material, sparkly glass pendants, and the fabric crochet technique. I’m delighted to share the free necklace pattern, instructions and step-by-step tutorial with you.

Have you ever tried crocheting with fabric before? If so, I think a necklace like this one would be a piece o’ cake for you to make.

If you’ve never attempted this technique before, and you’d be interested in giving it a try, this is one of the quickest and easiest projects you could choose for getting started. It’s wonderful if you end up loving the technique, but you never know until you try it. If you’re going to end up hating it, I think it’s a good idea to make that discovery using a zippy-quick project like this one — before you spend one zillion hours cutting fabric strips to make a more time-consuming project like a rag rug or rag bag tote.

If you like this idea, I invite you to give the pattern a try.


Crocheting a Necklace in Red, White and Blue for July 4th, or to Wear Any Time at All.
Crocheting a Necklace in Red, White and Blue for July 4th, or to Wear Any Time at All.

If you choose to use red, white and blue materials for crocheting your project, you could create a necklace that’s perfect for wearing on July 4th, Memorial Day or any similar patriotic holiday or occasion. (Or really, any day — because those colors are classic and look great together any time.) However, there are endless different pleasing color combinations you could try, so you can have bunches of fun experimenting to find ones that express your style best.

Pictured here, we have a necklace that I made using red and white batik fabric plus blue and silver wire-wrapped pendants. All of these materials work well for an Independence-Day-themed jewelry piece.


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3 Crochet Heart Afghan Squares Make a Lovely Blanket or Afghan With These Heart Designs

Get the Free Crochet Patterns for These Designs — And Find Bunches More Fun Valentine Ideas!


Would you like to crochet an afghan, throw or blanket featuring heart designs? If so, I invite you to check out these fantastic crochet afghan square patterns.


3 Heart Afghan Square Crochet Patterns and More!
3 Heart Afghan Square Crochet Patterns (and More!)

Not only can you use these heart afghan square patterns for making afghans and blankets, but they work well for making bunches more different types of projects too. These designs are ideal for making just about any sort of love-themed afghan, whether you want to create a baby blanket, a Valentine’s themed blanket, or a heart-themed blanket for a wedding gift. These heart squares can also work well in “everyday” sorts of blanket designs that don’t cater to any specific occasion.


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1. Valentine Heart Square From the Pattern Sampler Series

If you want to use this cute heart design as a standalone pattern, you can — but you don’t have to. You have plenty of options for other coordinating patterns, since the square is part of a versatile series of designs that can all work together.

If you’d like to see some inspiration for using this square — along with the others in the series — check out this pattern sampler afghan. That’s one possible way to use it, but you could put all kinds of different looks — and even different sorts of projects — together.

2. Basic Crochet Heart Square

I made this two-color heart afghan square using a versatile charted pattern. There are bunches of different ways you could crochet this chart, and when I ponder them all I start to get a little overwhelmed.

In this particular case, I used the tapestry crochet technique to work my sample square. I then outlined the heart with a couple of rounds of surface crochet slip stitch.

If tapestry crochet isn’t your thing, you could also try working this heart using the intarsia method. Another idea: you could crochet a background in afghan stitch or single crochet, then cross stitch the heart motif onto the square separately using a different color.

It’s possible that the pattern could also work well with the filet crochet technique, although I haven’t tried it yet to see how it would turn out. I do think it would work, and I’d love to give it a try sometime.


There’s also a free knitted version of this heart pattern. So if you’d prefer to knit your heart afghan, please help yourself.

3. Striped Crochet Heart Afghan Square

You can pair this cute striped heart square with a matching striped checkerboard square, and use them together to create blankets or other projects. One of my favorite projects so far: the heart baby blanket you see pictured at lower right. You can get the free charts and crochet pattern for that design right here on our website.

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Find More Excellent Patterns for Making Squares and Other Motifs

Crocheting Beautiful Beaded Baubles

I find beads completely fascinating, not to mention irresistible. Do you share this fascination too?


Crochet Heart Applique With Beads

I think beads are gorgeous all on their own — and I enjoy looking at them even when they are unused, sitting on a shelf, packaged in their humble little tubes and containers.


But when you combine them with crochet, and start using them to make beautiful beaded baubles — that’s even better. When you find a combination of beads and thread or yarn that work well together, the results can be spectacular.

This beaded heart applique is one example of a little crocheted trinket that is greatly enhanced by the presence of beads.

In the photo collage pictured here, you can see two different views of the beaded heart shape. At left is how my sample heart looked after I finished crocheting it, but before I figured out what to do with it. If you follow the pattern as directed, you’ll hopefully end up with a heart shape that looks something like that. Of course, you can choose different colored beads and thread to make the design your own.

On the right, you can see one idea for what you can do with this heart; you can use it as a mini photo frame in a scrapbook page or album. It also makes a lovely applique on crocheted, knitted or sewn craft projects.

I picked this particular project to highlight since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon — and it’s an ideal Valentine project. However, there are many beautiful examples of beaded crochet, and many lovely free patterns and tutorials on the Internet.

Find More of Our Web Pages on the Topic of Bead Crochet:

Crochet Heart Square for Babies or Your Valentine Get the Free Crochet Chart Here on Our Website

Striped Crochet Heart Square

When I designed this crocheted square, I specifically did so with the idea of using it to make baby afghans. However, it didn’t take me long to realize that the pattern could also be used for making all kinds of other interesting projects. So far I’ve used this chart to make two similar baby blanket designs, plus several pairs of potholders. I can think of many different ideas for how to use it; I think it would also be lovely to use to design pretty things for Valentine’s Day. If you have other ideas about how it should be used, please do feel free to adapt it as you wish.

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Free Bracelet Patterns to Crochet With Beads and Wire

Red Coral Chip Bead Crochet Bracelet
Red Coral Chip Bead Crochet Bracelet

Would you believe this bracelet is crocheted? To my eyes, a piece like this doesn’t look much like crochet — but it definitely is, since the project was made using a crochet hook and crochet stitches. The difference is basically in the materials I used; instead of thread or yarn, I used wire to work the stitches. The entire bracelet is comprised of the ultra-simple beaded chain stitch.

Crochet stitches look different when worked in wire than they do when worked in yarn or thread. If you add chunky beads to the mix, like I did here, they can obscure the crochet work even more.

I’ve posted a couple other similar bracelets here and here — and you can see even more ideas on our list of free crochet bracelet patterns.

Want to see how to do projects like this in more detail? If so, there are a couple of pages that you might like to take a look at.

The first page I suggest is this bead and wire crochet tutorial, which will show you the basics of the technique.

I also recommend checking out our wire crochet patterns. Some of them include beads and some don’t. I think there’s a nice mix of patterns for you to choose from.

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Ideas for Crocheting With Fabric, Plus Free Fabric Crochet Patterns

Fabric Crochet Project Ideas
Fabric Crochet Project Ideas

I am a textile designer with a major weakness for fabric. Don’t get me wrong, I love yarn, thread, ribbons, beads, buttons, rubber stamps, paper punches and hot glue guns too — but I’m really, really, really nuts for pretty fabrics.

Not only that, I have an overabundance of fabric in my craft supply stash. I don’t have nearly the same issues with yarn or thread or buttons; somehow, when it comes to non-fabrics, I’m pretty adept at keeping my stash manageable, and I use up most of what I acquire in a reasonable sort of time frame.

It’s different with fabric. I have a hard time parting with anything made of fabric, especially pretty printed fabric — no matter how forlorn, stained, torn or beat up it gets; and I have this aggravating habit of buying interesting textiles and fabrics when I find them at garage sales, thrift stores or even at craft stores (on sale, of course.) And that’s to say nothing of all the fabric samples I have left over from the time period when I spent most of my days designing and re-coloring pretty prints.

When it comes to my fabric stash management, I think I finally managed to identify the major source of the bottleneck: I love fabric, but I don’t sew enough to really make much of a dent in the stash. I spend far more of my crafting time crocheting, knitting and scrapbooking. I’m good for sewing linings into my knitted and crocheted pouches and bags, or an occasional hand-stitched embellishment or bauble. But the bottom line is, I’m not doing the amount of sewing or quilting it would really take to burn through all this fabric.

Light bulb moment: one day, it occurred to me that I should try crocheting with fabric. DUH! Of course that was the answer to my dilemma!

With all the fabric I have hanging around in my stash, I have no shortage of raw materials to draw from. So I’ve been steadily working on a list of interesting fabric crochet projects — and I’m posting them on the Internet so that you can try them too, if you would like to. I hope you’ll find these ideas useful. Whether you have some stained, abandoned sheets, or a sizeable fabric stash, I hope you’ll find plenty of projects (and free patterns!) that inspire you to dig in and use some of those materials up, too.

Fabric Crochet Project Ideas for You to Try:

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Not Pictured, But Also Worth Trying:

Afghan Stitch Bracelet in Wire Crochet Free Crochet Pattern and Instructions

Afghan Stitch Bracelet in Wire Crochet
Afghan Stitch Bracelet in Wire Crochet

I enjoy messing around with different crochet techniques.


Tunisian crochet is one of my favorites. It’s fascinating to explore the infinite possibilities for working in this technique, which has been handed down to us from times past. My vintage crochet books include cryptic instructions for many different Tunisian crochet stitches, including the afghan stitch and others.


I also find wire crochet endlessly fascinating. I’ve completed quite a few projects in this technique. While I don’t find it relaxing to work in this technique, I do usually love the results.


Usually.

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OK, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. Make that sometimes. Sometimes I love the results.


The thing is, wire crochet is not always the ideal technique for perfectionists. If you find it satisfying to crochet nice, neat, precise, evenly spaced stitches, you may find wire crochet a bit disappointing. While it’s technically possible to crochet evenly using wire, in practice it is pretty darned difficult to do.


This is one reason why I love the results sometimes, and sometimes not.


When working in yarn, I’ve practiced the afghan stitch to the point that I’m technically proficient at working it; I’m able to make a pretty tidy fabric using the stitch.


When I tried working the afghan stitch in wire, however, all of that went right out the window.

In the picture above, you can see my first attempt at working the afghan stitch using wire. I crocheted a small sample strip of the stitch using copper craft wire, which I then transformed into a beaded bracelet.


I think this design is pretty, and it has significant potential — although I’m not entirely happy with my first attempt. I’ve concluded that it would take more practice for me to produce a piece that’s up to my usual standards.


If you’d like to read more about my experiences with making this bracelet, and the techniques I’ve used to complete it, I invite you to take a look at the free bracelet pattern and instructions that I have shared.


If you’re new to the wire crochet technique, this is NOT a good starter project; I’d recommend trying this beaded wire crochet napkin ring first. That project is much easier than this one is.

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Crochet Spring-Friendly Bath Accessories

Crochet Spring Friendly Bath Accessories. Free Crochet Patterns Are Available for These Designs.
Crochet Spring Friendly Bath Accessories. Free Crochet Patterns Are Available for These Designs.

Any time is a fantastic time to crochet a dishcloth or washcloth, but they make particularly wonderful projects for working on during the spring and summer months.

Pictured here: On the right, we have an easy, spring-friendly crochet dishcloth or washcloth worked in an interesting single crochet mesh stitch.

When I was in the planning stages of designing this crochet pattern, I intended for the finished object to be a dishcloth I could use in the kitchen for washing dishes and general cleaning tasks. I figured that such a dischloth would be fantastic for spring cleaning — and indeed it is.

However, when I made the discovery that the finished project is amazingly soft and touchable, I decided to make a few more of them to be used as washcloths. After completing those additional projects, I tested them myself and was delighted to find that they really do make dreamy washcloths too. Hooray!

Pictured at left in the photo above, we have a hand towel with a crocheted edging. My project sample is worked in a delightful lilac color that reminds me of the glorious wisteria flowers that are blossoming all over the place right now.

I’m loving these projects, and I hope some of you will also enjoy making and using these items as well.


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Learning How to Do the Basic Treble Crochet Stitch

Learn how to do basic treble crochet, then make a pair of these beginner-friendly treble crochet wrist warmers to practice and perfect your skills in working the stitch.
Learn how to do basic treble crochet, then make a pair of these beginner-friendly treble crochet wrist warmers to practice and perfect your skills in working the stitch.

The basic treble crochet stitch is one of the foundation-level crochet stitches that it’s important to know if you want to be able to work a wide range of different crochet patterns. If you haven’t learned the treble crochet stitch yet, I invite you to give it a try!

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