Tool Belt Pattern Release

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The Tool Belt Pattern from Sweet Potato 3 Patterns.
This crochet pattern comes with complete instructions for the fun tool belt. This is a cute toy for those infants. It is soft available for newborn, 3-6 and 6-12 month sizes (tool belt only, the tools are all the same size). The handles of the hammer and screwdriver are self formed so no bulky stuffing. The tools are approximately 5 3/4″ – 6 1/2″ long. 
 
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Another option is to make the Tool Belt along with my Construction Hard Hat Pattern.

 

The Construction Set Pattern is available on:
A few more views of the tool belt:
 

 

 

Beaver Hat Pattern Release

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A fun and unique hat for all those Beaver Fans out there!
This hat was a little extra fun to design, my hometown’s mascot was the Beaver and this would have been so much fun to have when I was in school. The pattern comes in sizes for newborn up to adult sizes.
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Sweet Tooth Hat Pattern Release

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Need a gift idea for your dentist or orthodontist who is expecting? Look no further…
The Sweet Tooth Hat is perfect!
The pattern has sizing from newborn up to child and is available in my shops:
If you are interested in ordering a completed hat visit My Sweet Potato 3 on etsy. The Sweet Tooth Hat can be made in either a girl or boy version.
 

Chevron Swaddle Pod – Photo Prop Pattern Release

A new photography prop pattern release. This one is perfect for those wee little bundles of freshness. 
 


The Chevron Swaddle Pod crochet pattern comes with complete instructions for a newborn size pod. The Pod is the latest hype in newborn photography. They are designed shorter than a traditional cocoon and wider so the baby is swaddled up in a little bundle. The pod works up quickly and can be made in a striped pattern or made in a solid pattern to show the beauty in the stitching (see images below). 
 
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Adding Fabric Labels to your Crochet Items

I started selling crochet hats over 3 1/2 years ago. I didn’t expect it to really take off. So, I just leisurely made them, and sold them. Well, to my surprise, today I am still selling crochet hats and am honored and excited every time someone orders one.

My 1st step to looking professional: adding Labels

 Now that I am confident my business will continue to grow, (plus the fact that I just signed on to sell at a local shop), I started looking into ways to be and look more professional. I decided the first step would be adding labels to my hats and other crochet items. I tried communicating with multiple shops about placing custom orders and turn around times. Turn around time was a minimum 3-4 weeks and I had a hard time just getting in contact with the owners.

Mad Mad Graphics

I turned to my facebook page and asked for recommendations. I started sending out inquiries. The first to reply was Melody from Mad Mad Graphics. Melody answered all my questions, was informative and had a very quick turn around (and I didn’t even tell her I was in a rush). She collected my information. I placed my order Thursday evening. Melody then shipped my order Friday, yes I said Friday!!! I received my labels from Mad Mad Graphics on Monday. The labels were just like the proof she sent me, very clear and high quality. I would highly recommend ordering your labels from Mad Mad Graphics and make sure to tell Melody that I recommended her. Make sure to follow her Mad Qeen Mother facebook page as well!

They arrived, now what? Prepping your labels

Many of my facebook fans have inquired about adding labels as well. Here is a step by step guide to how I used the labels. It also shows how easy it really is:

 The labels arrived within days of my order. I am still amazed at how quick Melody was at corresponding, designing, printing and shipping my labels. I had these labels in my mailbox within 4 days of my first message to her. Now that is 5 star service!

To quickly cut the tags out, I used my rotary cutter. This step only took about 5 minutes because there are markings on the fabric that shows you were to cut or align your cutting guide. I only cut them long ways, then turned to the scissors.

I cut the short edges of the labels by hand. This was also very quick but now my labels are cut and stored right next to my sewing machine and ready to add to any item I make.

UPDATE: the labels I ordered are 3/4″ wide X 1 1/2″ high

Sewing on the Labels: Machine or by Hand

When you are ready to sew them onto your hat just fold them in half. I ran my finger nails along the seam to help reinforce it. There is a paper backing that you need to take off before you sew so make sure to peel that off (I peeled it off after I folded them in half).

 Now was the big moment. Sewing the labels to your hats. This was a bit trickier than I thought it would be. You may want to practice on a couple crochet swatches before you go to the real thing. My first attempt I didn’t get the back of the label, but once I realized this I just remembered to double check before I began to sew each time.

*Note: some of my hats are made in a bulky yarn and do not fit through the sewing machine, I was able to hand sew the labels on just fine. This is an option for those that do not have a sewing machine.

Look how nice and professional my hats look now. I am excited to bring these hats to a local shop and start selling them. With any luck I would love to run into someone proudly wearing a My Sweet Potato 3 hat in downtown this fall or winter.

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