Winter Warmer Beanie Crochet Pattern For Beginners

This Winter Warmer Beanie is the perfect all rounder beanie that suits everyone.

Upcycle Clothing To Dog Toy

I've been holding onto some old cotton tracksuit pants (do you call them sweat pants or tracksuit pants?) with the intention of up-cycling them into a new top. I even got as far cutting out the pattern pieces.

Well, I may or may not finish that sewing project but I still had quite a few pairs of pants left to work with and I wanted to get that pile out of the way. I couldn't bring myself to throw out fabric of such good quality although the pants themselves were not in good enough condition to donate

We've also been getting a lot of rain and Geri the Wonder Dog left her toys outside, by the time we found them they were in a terrible state and simply had to be thrown out.

Geri adores her tug toys, so I used all those old pants to make a nice big batch of new toys that should see her through the next year or two, assuming she doesn't go hiding them in the back yard.

I'd already cut up the inner seams and removed the waistbands.  All I had to do was cut along the outer leg seam and square up the other side so as to get two long rectangular strips out of each leg.

Then it was just a matter of tying the ends together in lots of 3 strips, plaiting the strips and knotting the other end.

Project started:

Well that depends, I set aside the pants in Dec 2014 and cut out the pattern pieces for the top in April this year. Either way, it's been far too long to have been storing them.

Last worked on the project:

Does April count?

Still to do:

Well I've still got that top to stitch together once the weather has warmed up enough to spend time in the sewing room.



Update on Previous Projects

Last week at Finish It Friday I was hopeful of starting on the edging for the little granny squares project. I've done some testing of my edging ideas but it's all come to a halt due to my shoulder.

If you're new to Finish It Friday and you're not familiar with the little granny square project you can find the links to all the updates on it in last weeks post.

Was there progress?

Some. I can't wait to get back to working on it.

Did I enjoy working on it?

It was fun right up until my shoulder started with the shooting pain thing. 

Will I continue to work on it?

I'm determined to finish this project!

That's it for another week of #FinishItFriday. Happy Finishing!
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  1. What a clever repurpose or reuse or recycle of old clothes. Love it Stella, and the fur babies will be so happy!

  2. You're a genius !! Very clever and I adore the results :)
    Please don't do too much so you won't damage your shoulder (I've crushed my ankle, and I do get frustrated sometimes.....)

  3. Stella! It's sweat pants.
    Stop with the hurting yourself!! I mean it!!
    (And I'll stop when you do!! Promise!)
    Great job!! Geri loves you even more now!

  4. Oh no, that shoulder again! Rest and ice for you.

    My pup would have loved this if he was still with us. He always destroyed store-bought toys, so I was forever trying to come up with cheap recycled toys for him.

  5. May be a silly question but how did you tie the knots?

    1. You need to leave a fair bit at the ends and it was just like tying a normal knot in a bit of rope. It's hard work to pull them tight but the dogs helped with that :)

  6. Wow!! I l totally loved the concept. I am gonna try it for my labrador. He loves to play with his toys and due to the lack of time I can not engage with him. I hope my pup would love these Dog toys .


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