Thursday, March 22, 2018

Button Me Up Romper - Newborn Crochet Pattern

Hello beautiful people!

We're almost at the end of March, which means a new newborn sized pattern. YAY!

Today I have something a little different for you. I'm always looking for clever ways to make classics, and this just so happens to be one of those. This romper is side opening! It's one piece, and the back wraps around bubs sides, and buttons to the front of the piece!

Now, how you choose to do the wrap is your choice! I went with the side flaps under the front, and the buttons are sewn to the side flaps. However, you could just as easily sew the buttons to the front, and have the side flaps come up and over the front panel and close that way. Totally up to you which way you go.

The other thing about this pattern is that it uses Worsted Weight yarn! I know, it's not something I do a lot. I just don't have access to a steady stream of this weight of yarn. But I do love it for newborn projects, because boy do they work up FAST!

Today I've used Red Heart Super Saver Solids for the romper, but any Worsted weight yarn would be fine.

This romper is made in one piece, with the exception of the straps, so no joining here, there and everywhere! I've left mine plain, because I haven't yet decided on a recipient, but there are a lot of options for decorations. You could add a pocket. Sew on a flower. Embroider or top stitch an animal or even add some ruffles to the legs!

My doll is wearing a modern cloth nappy, which is quite bulky, so you can see how easily it fits over diapers.

Ok, let's get to it!!

You Will Need:
5mm Hook
Worsted Weight/Aran/10ply Yarn in a main and a contrasting colour.
6 matching buttons

Sized To Fit:
0-3 Months (Newborn)

1: Ch32, dc in the 3rd chain from hook and each across. - 30

2-8: Ch3, turn, dc in each stitch across. - 30

9: Ch1, turn, slip stitch in the first 3 stitches, dc in the next 24 stitches, leave the last 3 stitches unworked. - 24

10: Ch3, turn, dc2tg twice, dc in the next 16 stitches, dc2tg twice. - 20

11: Ch3, turn, dc2tg twice, dc in the next 12 stitches, dc2tg twice. - 16

12: Ch3, turn, dc2tg twice, dc in the next 8 stitches, dc2tg twice. - 12

13-20: Ch3, turn, dc in each stitch across. - 12

21: Ch3, turn, 2dc in the first stitch, dc in the next 10 stitches, 2dc in the last stitch. - 14

22: Ch3, turn, 2dc in the first stitch, dc in the next 12 stitches, 2dc in the last stitch. - 16

23: Ch3, turn, 2dc in the first stitch, dc in the next 14 stitches, 2dc in the last stitch. - 18

24: Ch3, turn, 2dc in the first stitch, dc in the next 16 stitches, 2dc in the last stitch. - 20

25-32: Ch3, turn, sc in each stitch across. -20 End off yarn.

Adding Straps

On the back section of the romper (the edge with the starting chains), count in 9 stitches and join yarn.

1: Ch2, hdc in the same stitch, hdc in the next 2 stitches. - 3
2-16: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 3 End off.

Turn the piece over and count in to the 9th stitch on the other side of the back section and attach yarn. Repeat as for first strap.


1: With contrasting colour join to the first stitch on row 32, ch1, sc across (20), continue to sc around the entire piece (working in row ends on the strap and main piece sides), straps included. When you reach corners, make 2sc in them to help with turning, join to the first hdc.

2: Ch1, fpsc around the first stitch, bpsc around the next stitch, *fpsc around the next stitch, .bpsc around the next stitch* repeat around. Join to the first sc.

Alternative Finish: 2: Reverse SC (crab stitch) around.

Attach buttons! You won't need button holes, the buttons should just slot through the stitches.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Number Puzzle File Folder Game

Morning all!

We've been exploring file folder games for a while now, and Master J really REALLY enjoys them! I really enjoy how easy they are to store, and to make.

Not only are they oodles of fun, but they are educational, and great for hand eye co-ordination too. I've got a few more of these up my sleeve this year so keep an eye out for them!

Today's file folder game is for puzzle number matching. We've been working on numbers a lot lately so I thought a puzzle match would be fantastic to help with number/word recognition and also matching. I have colour coded them to help out younger kids, but if you want to make it a little more challenging you could always print it in black and white.

If you've never made a file folder game before, they are super easy to do!

Here's How!

First, grab the files and print them, you can access the files HERE from my Google Drive. I've included both the JPEG and PDF versions, so whichever you prefer to download, and also a cover image for the front of your file folder.

Cut the pieces out! Now, I laminate EVERYTHING because I want them to last got a long time, but if you don't have one, you could always clear contact them, or not cover them at all and just use the pieces as they are, however I wouldn't use Velcro on them if you are not covering them, as they may rip easily.

I positioned the word side of each puzzle on some coloured paper and laminated the entire sheet, and then stuck it into the file folder with double sided tape.

For the other half of the puzzles, I laminated them cut them out, and used velcro self sticking dots for attaching them to the file folder in the right spots. Honestly, I had such trouble finding a way of sticking things to laminate! I went through 5 types of glue and nothing would hold, and then a friend mentioned the self sticking dots and they work PERFECTLY! So forget the glue, and grab the dots! I picked mine up from Woolworths (a big pack for around $6), but most craft/grocery/discount stores have them.

Then stick the cover on the folder and your done! Told you it was easy peasy. I used double sided tape for the cover too, and I didn't bother to laminate that piece.

The only thing left to do now is enjoy it with your little one!