Pool-Ready Projects

It’s been a while since I shared a project or two, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy working on stuff. (I am a little late in sharing this post though.) In the first few months of the year, I was mostly working on the three projects below, for a week I spent in Scottsdale, AZ with my sister in honor of our birthdays (3 weeks apart). I obviously couldn’t share them before the trip (and have been working like a maniac since then) but now I can share!

The first project is actually my very first bag. It was based mostly off this pattern, however I ended up ripping out about 4″ as I felt it was too tall.

Crochet Beach Bag

It was VERY roomy – probably better for a beach bag where you might need to carry your own towel. (Towels were provided pool-side where we were at so we didn’t need to carry any with us.) I also think if I made this again, I would shorten the handles a little bit. It stretches out and I think I would have enjoyed the bag a little bit shorter. All in all, LOVED that I had my very own hand-made bag to use.

I also made two sun hats: the Southern Breeze and the Southern and Sassy Hat, both patterns by Elk Studio. If you follow me on Facebook, you would have seen a sneak peek of me testing out some of the stitches.

Sunhat1 Sunhat2

The only unfortunate thing was that I tried (not so successfully) to pack these in my suitcase so they got a little crumpled. I had stiffened them so they would hold their shape (along with the millinery wire in the brim). Even though they were a little crumply, they bounced back and were fine for casual pool side lounging.

These projects were definitely new for me – stretching me out beyond scarves and blankets – and I loved it! I look forward to many more unique projects this year.

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  1. Michaela says:

    Hi I’m thinking an out making my daughters a couple wide brimmed sun hats for our vacation. The pattern is really very simple using size 3 crochet thread, and I didn’t want to start without having an idea about how to go about stiffening the hats. I’ve read many ways to stiffen materials but I’m not experienced and am not sure what would be the best route, any help you can give me would be so very appreciated! Thankyou

    • Hi Michaela – your daughters are lucky to be getting some new sun hats made by their mom! I used Mod Podge Stiffy (http://amzn.to/1J3uQgZ) and that seemed to work pretty well. I used the styrofoam head that you see in the pictures to hold the hat shape (with a towel wrapped around the head so it didn’t get ruined) and sponged it on liberally letting it dry overnight. The patterns I used also had a wire rim to hold the brim out. Without it, this hat pattern was more of a floppy hat and would have been harder to keep out of my eyes. But if that’s what you’re going for, that totally works too!

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