Mar 8

If you’re a subscriber to this blog, you know I talk about the Knittn Kitten a lot – if you aren’t familiar, it’s a perfect mashup of Portlandness – a craft thrift store.

I stopped into the Kitten the other day to pick up some vintage ric rac (no better place to get it than KK!) and I saw that they have a good selection of St. Patrick’s Day fabric on their seasonal table.

My 3 year-old son had fun playing with the rack of to-play-with toys while I shopped.

Some lucky person can snag this Strawberry Shortcake purse for $4. Gothic lolita, yo!

And if I had a daughter, I would definitely want to pick this little poodle purse up for a dress-up box. I think it’s less than three bucks.

I was in and out of the store quickly, so I didn’t really take many photos, but I’m happy to report that the place was hoppin’ (and it was Wednesday afternoon). Hopefully the store’s business has picked up a bit.

I saw a new free pattern by Addie Pearl – a super cute sequined felt leaf.

If you are in Portland, check it out! If you’re not in Portland, come visit us, or download this free ebook of Knittn’ Kitten-inspired craft projects.

Nov 10

Thanks for joining me the past several weeks as I took you on this odyssey of Knittn’ Kitten projects! Especially to those of you outside of Portland who can’t physically make it to the Kitten! For those of you who ARE in Portland but haven’t checked out the store, you really should! Make a date with your craftiest friend and hit this store up. I promise you won’t be disappointed!! Also, if you’re in the vicinity, you should definitely sign up for the store email list because if you do, you’ll be able to take part in super events like yesterday’s super secret invite-only sale! Susan, Diane and I went to the store with our invitations in hand (okay, not really – they were virtual invitations), parked in the back of the store, and entered in the secret invite-only entrance, and we found the mother lode of fabulous goodies to purchase.

Look: a bin of fabulous vintage fabric at super prices. Susan picked up that brown/black/cream piece to make curtains for her awesome retro rec room! I got some Betty Draper/Mad Men pink and beige plaid — fabulous!

I also snapped up this big piece of vintage Tall Ships fabric! I love all things tall ship, so this was a score. Not sure what i’m going to do with it, though – any suggestions? I got 3 yards.

I kept looking at this amazing hand-dyed silk ribbon (originally $25, only $5 at the Kitten), but I didn’t know what I would do with it. I left it there – wonder if anyone else snatched it up yesterday, or if it’s still there?

There was a stack of Christmas fabric (and some fall-themed fabric next to it that I didn’t photograph).

Ethel added some new vintage linens to the VL room!

Here’s Diane’s amazing sample project & accompanying sheet for patchwork dishtowels.

Which brings me back to this week’s project, which is by Bridget Benton and is super cool: a recycled t-shirt and doily scarf! So pretty! Bridget said about her project:

This project sheet was inspired by a scarf pattern I saw in Generation T: Beyond Fashion by Megan Nicolay and by all the awesome crochet-adorned garments in, yes, Crochet Adorned by Linda Permann. I can’t crochet, but I can sure as heck buy crocheted doilies from the Knittn’ Kitten, and experiment with 100 ways to get them off the couch and onto my clothes . . . I heartily encourage you to do the same!”

This is my last post about the free Knittn’ Kitten projects EXCEPT for the soon-to-be-released eBook collection of all these free patterns, which I’ll let you know about as soon as it is available.

Oh, and here’s a shot of Baby Gideon, who joined us for the shopping expedition:

He’s a month old today! Can you believe it?

Nov 2

This week’s free pattern from the Knittn Kitten is by one of my favorite crafters of all time, Lee Meredith of Leethal Designs. These Lined Zippered Knit Coin Pouches are so nice – definitely something to add to the Holiday crafting list! Lee says:

I had fun combining knitting and hand sewing together in this project, and seeing the different pouch types you can get from different gauges. This isn’t exactly a quick project, with all the hand sewing (at least not for me!) but it’s so satisfying when it’s finished and looks all neat, with the bias tape and lining.

Be sure to stop by the Knittn Kitten this week to pick up your free project sheet along with all the materials you’ll need to make your own batch of these cute coin purses.

For those outside of Portland, we’ll be offering all the patterns together in a free e-book when our in-store promotion is done! Stay tuned for details!

Oct 26

Portlanders, this week’s free project sheet at Portland’s Knittn’ Kitten is brought to you by Susan Beal, of West Coast Crafty and author of books, her most recent being the excellent jewelry-button mashup, Button It Up! Stop by the shop and request the project sheet and pick up supplies to whip up a bunch of these adorable pincushions, then mark some people off your holiday giving lists — simple, isn’t it?

Oct 19

Ooh, aren’t these cupcake appliques so cute? You can use them to adorn anything! Yum! Thanks to Christine from Flapper Girl, who created the free project sheet for Portland’s favorite craft thrift store, Knittn’ Kitten! If you are a Portlander, swing by the store this week to pick up the free project sheet, and some supplies to make these tasty treats.

This tutorial features easy-to-follow instructions and full scale pattern (no resizing is necessary!) to make your own iron-on cupcake patches from felt! The finished patch measures 3.5″ high from the top of the cherry to the bottom of the cup, and 3″ across at the widest point. The tutorial also includes instructions on how to attach the patch to your garment.

Oct 16

Yes, I’m super late with this week’s Knittn’ Kitten free project announcement! I have a good excuse, though! I had a baby on Saturday, so I’ve been a little bit preoccupied! So, be sure to stop in at the Knittn’ Kitten and request your free project sheet. They’re available until Sunday!

This little cutie is designed by Joey Groendes, of Addie Pearl fame. She’s a total wizard with the felt and embroidery. I love the retro look of these!

She said of her design:

This project is one of the very first things I ever made using felt. I realized that I could make my own templates and ANYTHING could be sewn together! I chose this project because it is very simple and anyone can make their own purse/bag. Knitt’n Kitten is packed with items that can be utilized to make a Halloween cat/devil bag. I believe I whipped out a quick single crochet chain for the strap, but you could use cord or rick rack or add beads to the crochet chain to make it fancy.

I encourage everyone to twist this project and create something that is unique to them. Please feel free to share any pictures of your finished bags.

Stop in the shop this week and get the pattern and instructions to make one of these, just in time for Halloween!

Oct 6

Sister Diane of CraftyPod is donating her free project sheet this week at Knittn’ Kitten in Portland! Swing by the store this week and ask for the sheet, and while you’re there, peruse all the craft stash goodies to buy for low, low prices!

Diane says:
I wanted to do a little project that makes a simple, useful gift you can make for pretty much anyone on your list. The patchwork process is very easy – even if you’ve never done any patchwork, you can do this. Then, all you need are some inexpensive cotton dishtowels from your variety or dollar store.

And, since there have been requests from out-of-towners, we will be collecting all our free projects into an ebook for those who are geographically challenged! Look for it in November. I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available!

Sep 29

Don’t forget to pick up your free project sheet at The Knittn’ Kitten in Portland! These amazing beaded hairpins were contributed by bead artist and photographer Teresa Sullivan. Don’tcha just love the skully pin? I think we all need to organize a crafternoon to make them! Anyone in? I’m game… Thursday’s good for me! Tweet at me on Twitter or send me an email (heather at croqzine com) if you’re in!

Sep 28

And here’s a little more Knittn’ Kitten inspiration for you! My mom and I made baby barrettes and headbands from buttons, bows, and ribbon we got at Knittn’ Kitten. Here are a ton of ideas for you:


Making cute barrettes for newborns, infants, and little girls is a simple and fun project. My mom and I were only too overjoyed to experiment when we were faced with several baby showers for female babies (there are no little girls in our family yet!). We made hair adornments with newborns and infants in mind, and we experimented with several different styles, sizes, and hair-clipping methods.

First off, we hit up our favorite local craft thrift store (if you like crafting and you are ever in Portland, OR, I highly suggest scheduling in a trip to Knittn’ Kitten!) and gathered supplies for making wee barrettes. You can use whatever you have in your stash, too!

Craft supplies we picked up:

  • ribbon of different widths and styles, $1 each, or on hand
  • buttons, on hand
  • lace, $1 or on hand
  • (optional) a package of 1″ yo-yos (you’ll need to make your own or find them at a thrift store or garage sale, or grandma’s sewing room!)

We also picked up some additional supplies. You can find these at your dollar store, local big-box warehouse department store, craft store, or drug store.

Additional supplies:

  • mini barrettes (also called “snap pins“), $1
  • Velcro-type round closures, on hand or $1
  • elastic, on hand or $1
  • needle & thread, on hand

Total cost: $1 and up

Unsure of what kind of barrette would work best in baby-fine hair, we experimented with several styles (well, actually, my mom did all the experimenting!) such as:


The Classic Clippie

Way, way back in the 1980s, my mom made “clippies” for my sister and I in a similar style to these pink ones.

To make:

Take a length of lace and gather it on the hemming edge, into a rosette. Tighten the thread and tie off. Add a ribbon bow and a cute button. Attach securely to clip.


These turned out really cute, but they were kind of big for a newborn or infant (about 1-1/2″ in diameter). They’d probably be better for a toddler. See the clippie “in action” above in my pre-schooler’s* hair.

So, the revised infant-sized version was made:


For the small clippie, just a 1/2″ piece of ribbon was gathered into a rosette and embellished with a cute button, then attached to the clip. Here you can see the type of clip we used, and the method of attaching the embellishment. Because these are intended for small babies, we secured the ribbon to the clip with thread instead of a hot glue gun, with the idea that it would be harder for the baby to pop the ribbon off the barrette if it was sewn on.

The Velcro Barrette


Another method we used that we think would be great for wispy baby hair is the Velcro “barrette.” We made lightweight embellishments (these Hello Kitty ones were made using a pre-made “bow” cutout and a shank button) and sewed them to small 1/2″ round Velcro pieces.


This version of the Velcro barrette looks like a kimono to me!


To put this barrette on baby, just remove the back of the Velcro round, place under small amount of hair, and attach front of barrette to back of barrette, with hair flowing through the Velcro. This is very lightweight and doesn’t pull the baby’s hair, but stays secure.


My toddler wasn’t available at photo shoot time! We did test it on his* hair, though (still baby wispy-fine), and the Velcro worked very well.

The Snap Tape Barrette


Another barrette method we tried was using snap tape. How do you use it? Snap it into baby’s hair – hair is caught between both sides of the tape and stays secure. It seemed to work well, but is harder to remove. That might be a good thing if you have a grabby girl!


For the snap tape barrettes, we used the mini yo-yos with ribbon and shank buttons, and they looked really cute! We sewed the snap tape to the yo-yo. The pre-made yo-yos we had were bold colors, but you can make yo-yos in any color you want, and they sure are sweet! These ones are about an inch in diameter.


Here’s another yo-yo barrette shot because I like the Hello Kitty buttons! :)

Magnet Barrette Fail


Not all of our experiments were successful. For instance, we tried to make a “barrette” out of sheet magnet, thinking maybe we could make the magnet stick to itself with hair between the pieces of magnet. With standard thin/weak magnet sheet, this didn’t work well.  It did actually stay in the hair, but just not to our satisfaction. It might be worth experimenting with further if slightly stronger magnets were used.

Send this barrette to CraftFail.

And on to the headbands. We made a couple styles:


Lace and Velcro Headband

One headband was made with a length of lace that fits around baby’s head, and secured with a couple pieces of velcro. The bow-style, which we think is so sweet, takes very narrow ribbon and makes a loopy bow, secured with a pretty button.


The lace and velcro headband stays put very well, and looks super cute.

The Elasticized Ribbon Headband


To make this headband, sew two pieces of ribbon together on long edges, leaving a small opening (an inch or so) to run elastic through. Put a safety pin on the end of a piece of elastic and run it through the ribbon casing to create the headband. Attach desired adornment. For this headband we used grosgrain ribbon for the headband and pretty sheer ribbon for the loopy bow.


We also tried the same method with bias tape for the headband. It worked fine as well (and you only have to sew it on one side). I like the lace and narrow ribbon loopy bow on it! And don’t you love those pretty rhinestone buttons?

This style of headband seems to work well, too, but we didn’t give it the “church service test” to see if it stays on for longer than five minutes! Please let us know how yours works for you!


*Thanks to my sons for being my guinea pigs! :)

And thanks to my mom for doing all the hard work!

Warning/Disclaimer: Please watch baby if you make these – she might put them in her mouth!

Thanks to all of you intrepid Portlanders who have made it over to the Knittn Kitten to pick up our free project sheets and shop the goods! Don’t forget, we’ll be releasing a new project sheet every Tuesday. These are the amazing crafters’ projects you have to look forward to:

September 29 – Teresa Sullivan

October 6 – Diane Gilleland

October 13 – Joey Groendes

October 20 – Christine Blystone

October 27 – Susan Beal

November 3 – Lee Meredith

November 10 – Bridget Benton

Sep 21

I’m happy to announce that you can pick up your free pattern sheet starting tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept 22) for this Anthropologie-inspired “statement” necklace. If you are in Portland, OR, drop by the Knittn’ Kitten and ask for the sheet!

Knittn’ Kitten
7530 N.E. Glisan St.
Portland, OR.   97213

Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Here is a necklace from Anthropologie that inspired me when designing this project:

Autumn’s Bounty Bib (Retail: $80)

I found a whole bunch of different kinds of materials at Knittn’ Kitten that would make great statement necklaces:

I’ll let you visit the Knittn’ Kitten store itself to explore or the Flickr Group to see more of my quick snaps of potential materials.

AND A BONUS! To kick off the Project Sheet Party, I have also written a bonus project sheet for this PeaPod Necklace, inspired by (but a different technique than) Jessica’s Ribbon & Pearls necklace at Oh So Happy Together. Be sure to ask for the sheet when you drop by the Kitten!

You will find a huge variety of wooden beads and ribbon at the Knittn’ Kitten to make your own variation on this necklace! So schedule a trip into your week and get over there!

Be sure to share your version of the project, as well as any spoils from your own Knittn’ Kitten trip at the Knittn’ Kitten Flickr Group!

Stay tuned for more free projects, every Tuesday through November 10 from the following designers:

September 29 – Teresa Sullivan

October 6 – Diane Gilleland

October 13 – Joey Groendes

October 20 – Christine Blystone

October 27 – Susan Beal

November 3 – Lee Meredith

November 10 – Bridget Benton

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