Category: Craft

Aladdin C2C Blanket – Part 1

Last week I saw Aladdin the stage production here in Sydney and it was amazing! I was so inspired by the visual fair that I decided to put together an Aladdin C2C blanket based on the colour scheme of the production.

Somehow, in person the colours seemed even brighter and more spectacular, and the voice of each of the actors was amazing. For me, as in the movie, the genie absolutely stole the show.

I chose the colours for this blanket from my stash, and even though the wool is 100% acrylic, it works up lovely and soft. I picked the wool up at Spotlight for smaller amigurumi projects but they’ve come in handy for this blanket.

Aladdin Blanket - Colour choices |

I’ve been seeing a lot of C2C (Corner to corner) blankets on a crochet group that I belong to on Facebook and thought it was about time that I give this technique a go. I was amazed at how quickly it started to come together, but had to stop because my wrist started to get sore. The colour order that I’m working on is:

  1. Red
  2. Purple
  3. Light blue
  4. Dark blue
  5. Yellow
  6. Light green
  7. Orange
  8. Magenta

Aladdin Blanket - Part 1 |

I’m partway through the yellow row at the moment and I need to sew in the ends, but I’m enjoying the process so far. Other than the order of colours, I didn’t do too much planning. I’d like to make the blanket a lap size for the lounge, so I’ll have to judge the size as I go, but think I’ll end up with a few repeats of the set of colours.

Aladdin Blanket - Part 1 | MeaganMade.comTake a look at Bella Coco’s tutorial on YouTube if you’d like to learn this technique! I always find her videos easy to follow, but this video is the simplest that I’ve found to date. If you can make Granny Squares you shouldn’t have any issues with the C2C technique.

I’ll keep you guys posted with my progress on this blanket, and will post updates to my Instagram account too, so make sure you’re following me!

Happy crocheting,
Meagan x

Crochet Octopus

Sorry for the lack of post last week, I managed to break my ankle and have been a bit laid up with it. I am back this week with this super cute amigurumi crochet octopus toy! This pattern is by The Woolly Kraken, and is such fun to make.

I’d been following Nicole on Instagram and when I saw this little cutie pop up in her feed. It was love at first sight and I had to buy the pattern. After putting it to one side until I was able to find safety eyes in Australia, This week I was able to give it a go. The pattern calls for 4 ply wool, which I didn’t have, but I did have some lovely multi-colour chunky yarn that I’d picked up from Lincraft so decided I’d give it a go with that instead.


I am so happy with how he turned out, though I think I need to work on my smile sewing skills, lol! It’s hard to tell from this picture but he actually turned out quite a lot larger than the pattern intended because of the chunky yarn and 5mm hook. To give you a bit of perspective I took a few more pictures of me holding him!

Top view of Crochet Octopus | Crochet Octopus |

Even though he is a little larger than intended, I love him! Suitable for Beginner to Intermediate crocheters, this pattern is easy to follow. If you have some experience crocheting in the round or with amigurumi it will help you!

I hope you give this cute little guy (or girl) a go, let me know how you go. I’d also love you to follow me on my socials: Insta, FB, Pinterest and BlogLovin.

Happy crocheting,

Meagan  x

Kindle Pouch Pattern

Have you been looking for a pouch for your Kindle, but not able to find quite what you were looking for? This week I decided to tackle this problem and designed my own Kindle pouch pattern.

I love reading, and with the amount of books that I get through in a week, I don’t have room for hard copies of all of my books so switched to a Kindle e-reader. Last year for Christmas I was lucky enough to get a Kindle Voyage. It has an adaptive side light so I can read it at night without it affecting my sleep, and it goes everywhere with me. I read it to wake up in the morning, on the bus to and from work, and at night to help me drift off to sleep!

With my job I do a bit of travel, and I have been worrying about breaking the screen of my trusty Kindle. While my old Kindle’s case does fit, the power button couldn’t be accessed and it slipped around a bit. I’d been keeping an eye out for new cases but the ones that I liked didn’t ship to Australia. I decided to design and make my own pouch to store my kindle while travelling.

Kindle Pouch |

For this pouch I’ve used some of the lovely Tula Pink fabric that I picked up at the Sydney Craft Fair, and since I couldn’t make my mind up between two of the prints, I decided to make the pouch reversible. I have also included a layer of wadding to cushion the Kindle from small impacts.

Kindle Pouch Option 2 |

These fabrics are called The Hypnotizer and The Wanderer from the Chipper line of Tula Pink fabrics in the Raspberry colour. Lovely to work with and these colours are perfect for me. I’ve included a list of materials and the instructions to make this pouch below. I have made this with smaller pieces incase you wanted to include different colour pieces for front and back, or if you’d like to quilt some of the pieces, though this would make it harder to turn inside out.

This pattern is designed to fit the Kindle Voyage size, but at the end of the pattern I will give instructions on how to customise it for your device.


  • 1 fat quarter of extrernal fabric*  (A)
  • 1 fat quarter of internal fabric* (B)
  • 1/4 yard of cotton wadding
  • Cotton in a coordinating colour with fabric

* I only used about 1/4 of these fat quarter pieces, but if your fabric is directional you may need to place the pieces in different arrangements and use more of the fabric. You could purchase a quarter yard of fabric but this will only work of the pattern is non-directional or the pattern is oriented correctly.


Cut the following sized pieces:

  • 7.5″ x 5.5″ main pouch pieces
    • 2 in fabric A
    • 2 in fabric B
    • 2 in wadding
  • 3″ x 5.5″ flap pieces
    • 1 in fabric A
    • 1 in fabric B
    • 1 in wadding

Kindle Pouch Piece Layout |

  1. Take the main pouch pieces in Fabric A and wadding and layer them in the following order from bottom to top:
    • Wadding
    • Fabric A face up
    • Fabric A face down
    • Wadding
  2. With these four layers now aligned, sew with a scant 1/4″ seam along the two side (long) edges and bottom edge.
  3. Trim corners and any excess wadding then turn inside out, turning the corners as you go.
  4. Take the main pouch pieces in fabric B and layer them so that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other.
  5. Sew with a scant 1/4″ seam along the two side edges and bottom edge, leaving a 1.5″ break in the middle of the bottom edge to allow for later turning.
  6. Insert exterior (fabric A) pocket into interior (fabric B) pocket, so that right sides are facing each other.
  7. Sew around top edges to join the layers with a scant 1/4″ seam.
  8. Pull exterior (A) fabric out through gap in the bottom seam of the interior (B) fabric.
  9. Top sew along the gap to close the opening. then push lining back inside of exterior fabric (A).
  10. Take the flap pieces and layer them in the following order:
    • Batting
    • Fabric A face up
    • Fabric B face down
  11. Mark a point on the bottom edge (5.5″ side) 1″ from each side. Draw a line to the corresponding top corner to give angled sides. Cut along this line (See red lines in diagram below).Template for flap |
  12. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam along all edges, leaving a 1.5″ gap for turning along top edge.
  13. Turn so that right sides of the fabric are facing out and top sew along top edge to close gap
  14. Pin flap piece onto back of the finished piece so that it is attached to Fabric A and the long edge is parallel to the top edge of the pouch, and sits 1/2″ in from edge of fabric (see earlier pictures of finished pouch for guidance).
  15. Attach flap to pouch by sewing along long edge the flap piece (Where you top sewed to close the gap earlier on the flap piece).
  16. When your Kindle is inserted, simply tuck the flap piece inside the pouch and your Kindle is nicely protected from scratches and bumps.

Kindle Pouch |

Instructions for adapting pouch to your size requirements.

My Kindle measures 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″ . I rounded up the height to 6.5″ then added a half inch to the height and width to give me the main pouch piece sizes. Mine fits quite tightly, so if your kindle is thicker than mine, you may need to add extra allowance to the width and height for this. I decided on the height of 3″ for the flap piece and this seemed proportional to the rest of the pouch, but you can change this as you wish.

If you need anything clarified let me know! 🙂

Happy sewing,

Meagan x

Sunset Clutch tunisian crochet pattern

This week I was able to finish up my sunset clutch, and I am excited to bring you this Tunisian crochet clutch pattern!

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working with Hoooked Ribbon XL yarn, so it worked up quickly. After last week, all that I had left to do was finish up the last two colour segments then sew in the yarn ends and construct the clutch! I used a plastic yarn needle that I got with another kit that I purchased, and sewed the ends into the back side of the fabric.

Yarn ends all sewn in |

The next step was to attach the zipper, which was a bit of a challenge due to the thickness of the yarn. First I folded the crocheted piece in half so that the striped/correct side (as seen in the photo above) was facing the outside then pinned the 20cm zipper in place to the wrong side of crochet. Next I unzipped the zipper and sewed it in place using my machine with the zipper foot. Because the crocheted piece is quite thick, it was a bit of a challenge getting it through the machine, so I did guide it along a little. Once both sides of the zipper were attached, I turned the bag inside out and slip stitched the edges together with more RibbonXL yarn.

Sunset Clutch complete |

This clutch is the perfect size to slip my phone, cards, cash and a bit of lip gloss into, and I can’t wait to use it!

Sunset Clutch in action |

I have written up the pattern so that you can make your own at home. If you do make it please share on Instagram and use the hash tag #MeaganMade so that I can see your beautiful results. This is the first pattern I have written up so I’d love feedback, please let me know how you go! 🙂


I won’t go into too much details here about how to do the Tunisian crochet stitch because there are already some fantastic video tutorial’s online. For this pattern I have used Bella Coco’s video’s – Part 1 shows how to do the beginning row and the simple stitch, and Part 2 shows how to change colours and finish up the project.

Yarn: 4 colours of Hoooked Ribbon XL Yarn (approx 1/2 a ball each)

  • Colour 1 (C1): Frosted Yellow
  • Colour 2 (C2): Iced Apricot
  • Colour 3 (C3): Sweet Pink
  • Colour 4 (C4): Lila Dusk

Hook: 9mm Tunisian crochet hook

Other materials: 20 cm pale yellow zipper. Yarn needle.


Foundation Chain – (C1) Create a slip knot then chain 21.

Row 1 – (C1) Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch (TCSS) into the V’s (See video tutorial) along foundation chain, ending with 21 loops on your hook. Return pass (as per video tutorial).

Rows 2 -3 – (C1) [TCSS into the vertical bars (21 loops on your hook). Return pass] x2. Colour change at end of Row 3 (See video tutorial).

Rows 4-6 – (C2) [TCSS into the vertical bars (21 loops on your hook). Return pass] x3. Colour change at end of Row 6.

Rows 7-9 – (C3) [TCSS into the vertical bars (21 loops on your hook). Return pass] x3. Colour change at end of Row 9

Rows 10-15 (C4) [TCSS into the vertical bars (21 loops on your hook). Return pass] x6. Colour change at end of Row 15.

Rows 16-18 (C3) [TCSS into the vertical bars (21 loops on your hook). Return pass] x3. Colour change at end of Row 18.

Rows 19-21 – (C2) [TCSS into the vertical bars (21 loops on your hook). Return pass] x3. Colour change at end of Row 21.

Rows 22-24 – (C1) [TCSS into the vertical bars (21 loops on your hook). Return pass] x3

Finishing Row – (C1) Work along Row 24 as per video tutorial on finishing. Tie off at end of row.


  1. Sew in ends to wrong side of crocheted piece using yarn needle.
  2. Pin zipper to wrong side of edge of yellow bands of crochet piece.
  3. Attach by hand or use zipper foot on sewing machine.
  4. Unzip zipper and turn clutch inside out.
  5. Slip stitch edges closed using colour of choice, I used C4. Sew in ends.
  6. Turn clutch right way out and zip closed.
  7. You’re done!

Happy crocheting,

Meagan xo

Sunset Clutch – Tunisian Crochet

This week I’ve been travelling for work, so I’ve been thinking of all of the projects that I wanted to start, including this Tunisian crochet sunset clutch. You can never have too many WIP’s – Work In Progress – right?! I was able to start designing and working on my clutch, and am very happy with how it’s turning out so far.

I picked up these balls of Hoooked Ribbon XL yarn last year in a small craft shop in Berry NSW while visiting a friend. I had thought that I might make some crocheted baskets and put to the side in my stash. I’d also been seeing a lot of Tunisian Crochet projects pop up in my Pinterest feed lately, but haven’t been too keen to start yet another blanket! After seeing a Tunisian crochet clutch in a friend’s Mollie Make’s magazine, I thought I’d try to design my own, and use up these gorgeous colours of Ribbon XL.

Ribbon XL colours for Sunset Clutch |

When I picked these colours I thought they looked nice together, but this week I realised just why – they reminded me of a sunset! I wanted to combine these colours together in the one clutch, and thought this would be a good yarn to try out Tunisian style of crochet.

I’d purchased a set of Tunisian hooks from Amazon and made a test swatch to see if I could actually master the stitch. I was able to get the hang of it, much to my relief, and decided on the size of completed clutch. Bella Coco’s YouTube tutorial was incredibly easy to follow, and if you want to give this stitch a try, I’d definitely recommend that you try following her 2 part tutorial. I’m making the body of the clutch in one piece, and I’ve almost finished that, but I now have to decide if I’m going to use a flap and button closure, or if I’m going to try to attach a zipper instead.

Sunset Clutch in progress |

I had originally planned to use wool and line the pouch, but this Ribbon XL yarn results in a thick and quite rugged finish, so I think it will be right without lining. I also like the finish of this stitch with the squares visible on the front of the piece. Ribbon XL is made from recycled cotton and is the lightweight version of their Zpagetti yarn and is fantastic to work with.

I’ll keep you posted as I work further on the pouch, and I am thinking about writing up the pattern… what do you guys think?

Happy crocheting,

Meagan x