I Tawt’ I Taw a Puddy-Tat!: Kitty Hair Clip Pattern

sora and kitty clip

Sora is not pleased with this new companion

Good Morning everyone!
Thought I’d start the day off with a blog post to share with everyone: this cute kitty clip. Last week when I was wondering through Pinterest, I saw a picture of this clip in someone’s hair, and I was devastated when the picture didn’t lead me to the original source. After all my hunting, I was giddy to be led to Krawka’s wonderful blog. The kitty clip was so adorable, how could I not make one for myself?

The pattern is super simple, and doesn’t take long to make at all!
Supplies needed: 3.00 mm Hook, size 4 yarn, simple hair clip, embroidery thread, yarn needle, fiberfill, scissors.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHead: 
Rnd 1: Mr 9
Rnd 2: 2sc in each St (18)
Rnd 3: Sc 7, 2sc in next st (22)
Rnd 4-5: Sc 22
Rnd 6: *Sc 4, 2tog, sc 3, 2tog* repeat (18)
Rnd 7-8: Sc 18
Rnd 9: 2tog around (9). Stuff after this round. If embroidering the eyes, add them now, a long with the whiskers.
Rnd 10: 2tog, 2tog, then *skip 1, sc* repeat

Body: 
Rnd 1: Magic Ring 6
Rnd 2: 2sc in each St (12)
Rnd 3: Sc 3, 3sc in next St (18)
Rnd 4-5: Sc 18
Rnd 6: Sc 4, 2tog (15)
Rnd 7: Sc 3, 2tog (12)
Rnd 8-13: Sc 12. Stuff and sew opening closed.

Arms/Legs (x4):
Rnd 1: Magic Ring 6
Rnd 2: Sc 6
Rnd 3: Sc, 2tog (4)
Rnd 4-5: Sc 3. I sewed little paw lines on 2 for the front paws.

Tail: 
Rnd 1: Magic Ring 4
Rnd 2-7: Sc 4

Ears (x2):
Row 1: Chain 5
Row 2: Turn, Sc 4 (4)
Row 3: Turn, Sc 2, 2tog (3)
Row 4: Turn, 2tog, slp st. I left a long tail and sewed around the ears for a smoother finish.

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(mine’s a little flat because I didn’t stuff it for whatever reason….)

Assemble the pieces together to make your kitty come to life. FInal step, adding the clip to the back. I used hot glue then reinforced it with embroidery thread.

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That’s about it! I tried so hard to get a good picture of me wearing it…but sometimes selfies aren’t the best answer, hahaharrr.

If you have spare time, pop by Krawka’s blog to see more of her amazing work, here are a few of my personal favorites:

kwarka creations
Finger puppet Super Heros
, Hooded Bear Cowl, and Baymax patterns are all offered for free! She even has super villains to go with her super heros, they are all too adorable! Sometimes I wish I had a kid so I had more of an excuse to make stuff like that >.> Or I could just get a head start now hahaha 😀

Last but not least, I want to share River of Strike a Spark’s little bear from my pattern, how kawaii is this?!

Cream Tiny Tot Bear

Cream the Tiny Tot Bear

Everyone have a great Tuesday!
– ❤ Millie

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Felted Hello Kitty Bow Headband Tutorial (and cool felting hack!)

hello kitty bow felted headband

Good afternoon everybody ❤ On this horribly windy Illinois day, I find myself cozy and content with the completion of my new mini project: a giant Hello Kitty bow, yay! I feel particularly accomplished because this was done so by needle felting, a craft I have only tried once and at that time really wasn’t feeling it…but after watching a few Youtube tutorials, I had been convinced enough to give felting another try. Glad I did!

I stopped needle felting after getting discouraged how hard it was to achieve the shapes you wanted. Maqaroon’s Youtube video showed me an easy way to get the exact shape I wanted in her cute felted cookies video. She made the cookie shapes by first carving them out on a black of cleaning material commonly known as “Magic Erasers” (think if Mr. Clean).  With a little practice, I made my first little spongey-felted creation, then I decided to make something larger. Thus, the headband was created! I’m so happy I found this easy way to start felting, so I’m here to pass out the process!

felting headband supplies

Supplies: Red wool roving (Artiste $1.59 Hobby Lobby), felting needle/block, Magic Eraser sponge (generic brand #3), Stanley Metal SnapOff Knife ($0.74 at Menards), scissors, marker/pen, paper, ruler, hot glue gun/super glue, headband.

felting bow 1Step 1: Holding the Magic Eraser, make a dash across the sides that measure 7mm wide. My eraser was 1 inch wide, so I had 3 even layers, and one slightly smaller one. Be sure to use a full layer for the bow tutorial. For best results, make lines all around. CAREFULLY, use the knife to cute the layers. I’ll admit, I destroyed the first sponge I tried this on, takes a very slow, steady hand for best results.

Step 2: On the piece of paper, sketch out a bow, and cut out the template. Make sure you use one of the 7mm pieces of sponge to trace the bow onto. I used a fine tip Sharpie. Again, slowly cut out the bow with the knife.

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Step 3: Start felting. Starting at the center, I wrapped felt all the way around, and the relentless poking begins! Continue to wrap felt around the sides of the bow. You’ll want to make the felt flat and even on both sides.

red felted bow

Step 4: After a layer or so, the sponge should be completely covered. Now lets start adding definition. Decide which will be the front of the bow, then add a big ball and felt it to the middle, making the actual “tie” of the bow look more realistic. I did about five layers before I was satisfied.

hello kitty bow diy

Step 5: With the bow “tie” done, next make the edges pop. Add thin strips to the edges of the bow, I did about three strips on each side. Especially keep poking the inside to make the rounded edges as smooth as possible.

hello kitty bow diy 2

Step 6: When you feel your bow shape is appropriate, give your hand a break from all that poking! Make sure one last time there are no exposed sponge areas on the sides, and then put that needle down, no more poking for you!

Step 7: With your blank headband and glue in hand, carefully secure your bow. I played around a lot on how to position the bow, I think anyway looks cute. And now you’re done, admire your work!Hello Kitty Bow Headband, felted headband

I’m really pleased with this covering-sponge-with-felt thing. Makes felting seem not so scary, and even gave me the confident to try another felting video I found. I made an adorable little felted star found from Flying Mio. The little orange and bear were my two practice sponge-felts. I like the way they feel, they aren’t as stiff as the star I made.

felted star felted food felted bear millieonherworld

Overall, I now have a love of felting 😀 Not so scary anymore, practice makes perfect!
Thanks for visiting, ta ta for now!

❤ Happily felting Millie

Stormy Sweater: DIY Tutorial

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Lately I’ve been getting back into thrift/resale/bargain shopping. Not only do I get to save money and get great clothes, I don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on a sweater that I just want to use for a tutorial anyway. I saw this plain sequent-sleeve sweater and wanted to add my own spin. Heavily inspired by tutorials I’ve seen from Hapy Shoppe Friend’s blog, I wanted to try my own!

Trying to stray away from my cupcake themed obsession, I decided to take note of other objects that I have a fascination with- not sure why or how these came about but I love clouds, umbrellas, and little rain showers. I love clothing with umbrellas, and I think summer rain showers are so soothing. This tutorial took no time at all, and I think is super kawaii~

Materials: Plain sweater,  any colored felt or fabric, embroidery floss/thread, needle, scissors, hot glue gun (optional) and the Sweater_Template.

Step 1. After printing the Sweater Template, cut out all the pieces (easy peasy right?) Cut out as many hearts as you’d like (I did 8). The blush marks are optional and not on the template so if you want them don’t forget.
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Step 2. Set the scene! Position the cloud, umbrella, and hearts. (I originally wanted the umbrella to be slanted and the cloud off center, but my sweater was too small…)
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Step 3. Let’s start on the faces. There are two ways to go about this. First is to obviously sew the eyes and smile on the cloud and umbrella, with matching thread/embroidery floss. A felt stitch would look best. The second (quicker) option is to use a hot glue gun. The only downside to using hot glue is when you wash your sweater, do it by hand or wash on cold. DO NOT wash it in hot, or your faces will be lost in the wash! When their faces are on, pin them to the sweater.
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Step 4. Felt stitch (or hot glue) all the pieces together to make your rain storm come to life. When doing the umbrella, make sure to sew the handle under the umbrella top. What do you know, you’re already done!

milliemouse stormy sweater

I feel proud even though the process was fairly simple. Also I managed not to make something cupcake related again!!-not that I won’t ever return to those sweet desserts but a break is nice 🙂 I must say, it feels SO GOOD to be crafting again lately! Over the past week I’ve had my notebook full of sketches, project notes, poem blurbs, oh how wonderful to be creatively alive 😀 *hurrah*

I’ve finished this sweater yesterday and I’m already rummaging through my clothes for the next project 🙂
I’ve been looking for a new job lately, which means filling out boring applications and going store to store which really stresses me out, but crafting everyday tends to lift my spirits. 😀

I’ve really taken a liking in upcycling sweater/clothing projects lately, does anyone else feel the same? Any suggested blogs or websites I should check out? I’d love some input. Other than that, thanks for stopping by~ I hope 2014 has been treating everyone well.

Onto the next project!
❤ Millie

I Return—with Cupcakes ofcourse! (Short tutorial included)

With a cupcake here and a cupcake there~

With a cupcake here and a cupcake there~

Because what would Millie be without cupcakes? Sugarless and sad, that’s what!
I apologize for my hiatus, just had to adjust to my new working lifestyle. But I’ll get to that in a few– I want to share sweet new addition to my wardrobe, a cupcake hat!

Topped with sprinkles and a cherry

Topped with sprinkles and a cherry

I told myself this cupcakeness had to stop, but I really wanted a new hat and I just got this Hello Kitty Cupcake Maker so my exposure to the mini sweet cakes has them on my brain. I particularly liked this hat because of the swirl pattern, looks just like frosting in my eyes. I added little white glass beads and a cherry to top it off. Someone, make one and have matching hats with me!

The pattern, super easy and brilliant was made by Sarah Beth, and she has a Youtube tutorial that takes you step by step right here: To the Video! The video is pretty long (like 40 min), here’s a short run down if you don’t want to keep skipping though.

  1. 5.00 mm hook, Color 1 for the cake, and Color 2 for the frosting.
  2. Start the Cake:
    Measure your melon! You need to know how long to make the cake band.
    Using Color 1, Chain 11 and turn.
    Row 1: Sc 12. Ch and turn.
    Row 2: Back Loop 12. Ch and turn.
    Alternate between Row 1 and Row 2 until the band is long enough to comfortably go around your head. Leave a tail.
  3. Frosting:
    Grab Color 2 and Ch 26.
    Row 1: Starting in the 3rd st from the hook, do 2 Half Double Crochets in the same st. Do single HDC in the next 21 st. HDC 2tog (decrease) the last two st.
    Row 2: HDC 2tog, then sc 21 st, do 2 HDC in the last st.
    Alternate between Row 1 and Row until this band is as long as the cake band made before. Leave a LONG tail.
  4. Cherry:
    Magic Ring 6.
    Sc, 2sc in next st.
    Sc 2, 2sc in next st.
    Sc around.
    Sc 2, 2tog.
    Sc 1, 2tog.
    2tog closed.
  5. Assembly: Sew the Frosting to the Cake with the tail left from the frosting band. Next, sew both sides together so it looks like a normal hat. Sew the top of the hat closed, its hard to describe how she did it in the tutorial, but at 34:10 in the video she does a good job. Top off the hat with the cherry and sprinkles. And viola- ze hat iz fresh out zee oven!

This tutorial is so easy, and with the video she literally goes step by step so it is impossible to get confused. I thank her a lot, I love the way it looks! The first night I wore it, I already got a compliment. I even wear it to work and have parents complimenting me (mainly because they want one for their little girls, but still makes me happy).

Oh yea, I’m a working gal now! I work at a sports center in a small town I used to live in. Its only part time, but this job is practically a work out!! My whole shifts I’m on my feet non-stop, there aren’t even chairs for us to sit it because there is always something to do. The biggest downside though is it is a 40 min drive. While I still hope to find a less hectic full time job, for now I am content with having a job and a steady paycheck. Feels great to finally be part of the workforce.

As for Etsy, unfortunately I have been showing Millie’s Crochet House a little less attention due to my new schedule. But I did manage to complete my goal of making a bunch of patterns from scratch. I have 15 play food patterns <-(picture in my last post)! They are divided by fruits, veggies, and desserts. I plan to make a few more that are meals like breakfast, lunch, snack, ect. I like/dislike the challenge of pattern making, so even if they don’t sell I’m pretty proud of myself!

Life has its normal ups and downs and stresses, but I keep believing things will work out and I’ll somehow pull through. I can’t believe this time last year I didn’t know how to drive, was jobless, and fully dependent on my parents. I’ve done a complete 180 and accomplished all those things. Not to mention it helps to have a boyfriend who is actually supportive and treats me well 🙂

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He hates pictures but somehow I keep getting him to take some ;D

My goal is for there to be more crafting once again! Or atleast more blogging, I miss it here and I have a ton of other blogs to catch up on! >.<  Halloween is this month! I am really excited to experience two things for the first time: carve a pumpkin and go in a corn maze!! Simple things that the majority of the population has done since childhood, but I missed those traditions and like I really want to do them. Anyone dressing up? You’re never to old in my book. 🙂 Hope everyone has a great week! I’m off to play my 3ds, lucky me is playing 4 games at once @_@

Thanks for still checking in even though I was M.I.A!
❤ Millie

The Cat’s Meow: DIY Kitty Face Top

Just swingin' along~

Mew :3

Hello everyone! Geez, it’s been exactly a month since my last blog post?? Sorry for the silence, a little thing called “life” had me wrapped up in things but don’t worry, I return with a fun tutorial! 😀

A few blog post ago I did a felt plushie camera from a site called Hapy Friends Shoppe. Yet again, I found an amazingly simple and irresistible tutorial from them, a cute kitty top! The full tutorial is here but I’m going to give you a quick run down.

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Supplies:
– A plain sweater/shirt/hoodie
– Felt
– Fabric
– Needle/thread
– Printer/scissors
– Lace (optional)
– Safety pin (optional)

1. Print the template for the kitty face then cut it out. TIP: You may need to resize the template before printing because it prints fairly large.

2. Cut out the kitty face on felt pieces. Then assemble them on your shirt.

3. Time to sew! Bring your shirt to life 🙂

4. Let’s make the bow. First cut a rectangular piece of fabric. Fold the edges and sew around to make them round. Pinch the center so it has a bow shape and sew the middle together. Cut another thin strip of fabric to wrap around the middle of the bow. Afterwards, sew the bow to the shirt. Or as another option, glue the safety-pin to the back so it can be attachable.

5. This last step is optional, it is just adding lace around the collar of the shirt. I think it adds a cute touch. And that’s it!

Me being a dork

Me being a dork

This project took a little over an hour, the longest part was sewing on the cat face and making sure each side was even. I like this tutorial because it was quick, easy, and gave a sweater I’ve never even worn a fresh new look. Also, I really appreciate hand sewn projects since I currently don’t have a sewing machine anymore.

I’ve been checking out DIY clothing projects lately, so I hope to find something new and share with you all. I’m also working on crocheting a sweater without a pattern. Which will probably be done….in a long time! >_< Here are a few other crochet works I’ve done recently:

Saber

Saber

Donald and Daisy

Donald and Daisy

Bon Bon and Lyra

Bon Bon and Lyra

Froggies!

Froggies!

Among these projects was a horribly mishaped Dora the Explorer doll for my little cousin, but she loved it to death and I couldn’t have been happier to see her glowing face. The Saber doll is from an anime called Fate/Stay Night, and was a birthday gift for my boyfriend since it is his favorite anime character. Also the plushie frogs were for him. He has been getting spoiled. It needs to stop! (He’s not so great. He complained I didn’t explain the dolls were for him so now here I am editing it for his convenience. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY.)

Summer is almost over, and lately I’ve been a bit on the sad side with Chris going to full-time school, so we wont be seeing eachother everyday anymore. Also I’ve started working and have to take a year off of school, which also makes me bummed. But this is just life at the moment, I’m know things will be alright! 😀

Hope everyone else has had a great summer and is doing well! I’ll try to keep updating regularly again. 🙂 Bye for now!

Millie ❤

Sweater Weather: DIY Felted Heart Elbow Patches

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Wanna revamp and old sweater you never wear? Why not add some adorable felted elbow patches to them?
YOU SHOULD! Can I say that these are so adorable and make me excited to wear this sweater that I haven’t worn since I got it about two years ago? I adore how this turned out!

But stop right there, all the credit goes the the creative Koko of Lollipops and Rainbows. In my last post she shared a link to an amazingly simple tutorial from the blog Honestly…WTF . Visit her fancy blog to see the full tutorial, for now I’m going to show you some quick pics of what I did! Sorry for the bad camera quality, that is really my only complaint about my iPod.

Supplies: Pretty colored wool, simple sweater, felting block, felting needles, iron, heart cookie cutter, tape
Time: ~30 minutes if you are easily distracted like me

1. Put on your sweater, bend your elbow and put tape so the cookie cutter covers the appropriete area

(try eating a lollipop during this step!)

(try eating a lollipop during this step!)

2. Put the foam block in the sweater sleeve. Set up your cookie cutter and fill it with layers of wool

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3. Start with the edges and keep mercilessly poking those wool fibers!

Think you're done? KEEP POKING!

Think you’re done? KEEP POKING!

4. After you are confident that the wool is secure, carefully peel it off the foam block.

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Should be smoothed out like this

Inside should look like this

Inside should look somethin’ like this

5. Time to bring out the iron. Put the setting to “wool” and make sure it is full of water. Iron directly on the wool patch, ocassionally spraying and using steam.

6. Admire your new sweater!

Ta-Da!

(try not to have crooked pigtails)

There you have it, cute n’ colorful heartful flare to your sweater. I have a whole tub cookie cutters and have the urge to felt more shapes on more sweaters, a win-win situation for me! I get to indulge myself in felting and my reward are “new” outfits. Eeek I’m so excited to wear this to school tomorrow, I don’t even know why 😀

That’s all for now! I should really study for my test but I’m sleepy >.> do it in the morning.

Quick shout-out to my photographer, my awesome boyfriend

My love~!

My love~!

He actually only took the last picture of me but I’m in a giddy mood today, thought I’d share with you all my crafting mastermind who aids me in my adventures. He’s so great, and amazing, and I’m sure he’ll just love this praise I’m giving him (he follows my blog).

Enough for now, its almost midnight. Good night!

*Quiet please, Millie going to sleep*

Crocodile Love: Crocodile Stitch Fingerless Gloves (and patterns)

I took on the crocodile, and won!

Crocodile stitch? I got this in the bag, I’m an ol’ pro now! After a few days of aggravated practicing and many unraveling of failed attempts, I got the crocodile stitch down, and can do it in a hear beat. Now I have 2 pairs of fingerless gloves to flaunt through the upcoming cold months. 😀

I decided to use grey and black for the color scheme, mainly because they will go with the majority of my winter clothes and I want to be able to wear them with everything I can! As usual, I possess no ability to follow the pattern correctly, this time these gloves were created by a combination of two fingerless glove patterns.

***UPDATE: It seems that Penelope Rae has decided to sell her patterns so they are no longer free 😦 But they are pretty inexpensive, and the pattern I did was clear and had great instruction, worth the investment!***

The first is a wonderful tutorial from Penelope Rae’s crochet blog. She has a page dedicated to a few of her free patterns, raging from beanies to gloves to scarves. Check them all out! Her tutorial was used for the actual crocodile stitches. The black cuff of the gloves was from a pattern found at My Favorite Things’ blog, here.

After making the first glove, I was afraid I’d use all my grey yarn, so I switched to black for the second part.  I changed the number of crocodile rows as well, only doing 6 when there should be 7. If you’re going to use the any of these patterns with thicker yarn or yarn that isn’t wool, I’d advise increasing the number of chains needed to start off with as long as it is a multiple of 6. The required hook was US F (3.75). I used a 4.00 hook for both parts and they worked fine. I followed the  first pattern and Chained 24 to start, but by the end I could barely squeeze my hand in, and my wrists are pretty small…I had to start all over after that, so beware! The crocodile stitch is easy for me now, but they still take a long time to do. About 6 hours went into these, I had to keep stopping because my knuckles would start to ache or I’d make the tiniest mistake and had to unravel. A very long  night/early morning project, and it was so worth it! 🙂
—Changing the Mood—
So, I don’t know how many of you saw my last post with me freaking out over my parents selling the house and the big changes approaching my life. I’ll be the first to admit, I can be overdramatic, I freak out over things, I’m a bit neurotic when a lot of things are out of my control or don’t go as planned.
But that’s what life does, it likes to mess up your plans for better or for worse!
Since then, I have been looking at places to live and there is a big possibility I found an affordable room to rent, literally 2 minutes down the road. The only downside is I only have access to my room, bathroom, and laundry room. In my room I have a mini fridge, microwave, and the land lord would allow me to get a toaster oven and mini stove top. Basically I would be living in just  room, kind of like a college dorm I guess. This will be a big adjustment, but I think I can do it. Before my mom remarried, we lived in a one room studio. It’ll be close to that. Even with just a room, atleast I’d have my own personal space, close to the library, stores, and I’ll have a car to visit friends if I feel a little lonely. If I get this place I’m thinking of getting a small pet.
For now I am weighing my options, yet this place is my best option so far. I’m becoming very hopeful. And a special thank you to Kedar Joyner and Little Green Pixie  for your comments, they helped a lot *big hugs to you lovely ladies*
The next few days will be filled with fun, laughter, and hard work. I’m literally chasing down jobs, get to see my old friend again, seeing my little nephew who I haven’t seen since his birthday, and working with my dad for some extra cash in my pockets. Within this time, I have to make my going away present for my parents. Hope everyone had a good Halloween, and may you have a good weekend! ❤