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Looking through a box of cards I found one I designed in 2006 and thought it would make an easy tutorial.
First make a cardboard template. To do this just print out the pattern (attachment at the bottom of this post) and glue the sheet of paper to cardboard. When the glue is dry cut-out the sole and thong template.
The flip-flops are made from craft fun-foam, this comes in lots of colours.
The flip-flop's thong can be made from either ribbon or fun foam for the latter use the pattern.
Place your template on the foam and draw round it, mark the position of the holes. Cut out the sole. Make holes, where marked, with scissors.
The pattern for the thong is extra long so it can be adjusted and positioned to look like a real flip-flop. Excess thong can be cut-off once it is pushed through the holes in the sole.To secure and hold down the ends of the thong I used Sellotape on the underside of the sole
Decorate the flip-flop with flowers, sequins, bows, jewels etc. Glue in place with PVA.
I used sand coloured paper for the background on the card.
I used sticky foam pads to attached the flip-flops to the card.
One flip-flop or two? The choice is yours.
I think I am finally happy with my pattern, I hope I have explained it clearly enough for anyone to try!
This is what I used for my necklace but you could use any oddments of yarn and size of needle, it would be nice in a cotton yarn too
Needles: one set of four double pointed needles (DPNs) size 2.0mm (14 UK / 0 US)
Yarn: Double knitting wool oddments
Using two of the DPNs and your chosen colour for the necklace 'cord' cast on 3 sts. Knit these 3 sts using the i-cord method until work measures 15cm (6"). Join yarn colour for the bead
Shape the bead
rnd 1 Working on the 3 i-cord sts, using 4 DPNs *K1, M1* Repeat from *to* (6 sts)
The 6 sts should be arranged on three needles to knit in the round
Place a marker at the beginning of the round (I do this by attaching a piece of contrasting yarn to the first stitch)
rnd 2 K all 6 sts
rnd 3 *K1, M1* Repeat from *to* (12 sts)
rnd 4 K all 12 sts
rnd 5 *K2, M1* Repeat from *to* (18 sts)
rnd 6 K all 18 sts
rnd 7 *K3, M1* Repeat from *to* (24 sts)
rnd 8 - rnd 12 K all 24 sts
rnd 13 *K 2, k2tog* Repeat from *to* (18 sts)
rnd 14 K all 18 sts
rnd 15 *K1, k2tog* Repeat from *to* (12 sts)
fill the 'bead' with stuffing (I used polyester stuffing)
rnd 16 *K2tog* (6 sts)
rnd 17 join yarn for 'cord' and with this *K2tog* Repeat from *to* (3 sts)
Knit i-cord on these 3 sts to form the 'cord' between the beads, I knitted 7 rows before I started my next bead
From this basic pattern you can knit four more beads.
Necklace cord and loop fastening
Change yarn and on the 3 sts K i-cord to the same length as the cord at the beginning of the necklace.
With a tail measuring about 65cm (25") cut the yarn and thread it through a crewel needle. Pass the needle through the 3 stitches left on the needle and pull tight. With the tail of yarn, your finger being at the end nearest to the cord, wind the yarn 5 times around your left hand's forefinger. With the needle and yarn work around the loop using a buttonhole stitch.
Secure loop to 'cord'. (take a look at the relevant photograph in it might make sense!)
Add a button to the other end for the fastening.
DPNs double pointed needle(s). A short needle with points at both ends, used in sets or 4 or 5, for knitting in the round.
K2tog knit 2 stitches together
M1 Make 1 stitch - From the front, lift loop between stitches with left needle, knit into back of loop
I decided to make the seventies tiles I bought into something practical instead of just letting them gather dust in the shed. It would be a shame to keep that retro pattern hidden. The tiles are all corner tiles so I decided four placed together would make a useful trivet.
This is how to make a trivet
Now I just need to find a fondue pot to stand on it!
After making the trivet my next object of delight is a coaster. I like doing mosaics but instead of using ceramic tesserae I used beer bottle caps. This would make a great gift for a husband, dad, brother or any other beer loving person!
This is my tutorial
To make these lanterns follow the instructions for the Lantern Tutorial I used four umbrellas for each of my lanterns. First take apart the umbrellas by removing their sticks and cutting off the cardboard struts. The umbrellas are still quite 'springy' so when you apply them wrap cling film tightly around the glass or jar to keep them in place. I think I left them for about 30 minutes then removed the cling film and left them to dry.