The August 2017 Calendar, Wallpaper, and Printables are coming out right on time! For August, I chose to feature a beautiful Sunflower pattern from Cindy at Skip to my Lou. Her pattern is so detailed with pictures showing you every step of the way, you’ll love it!
Last month we made a few road trips through South Georgia and for some reason I had to point out every single sunflower field to the kids. “Look, there’s more sunflowers!” To me, they are the perfect end of summer flower. Their blossoms highlighting Fall colors as they peak in July and usher in Autumn.
So let’s get to it. I’ve created one with a calendar and one without for Desktop, Tablet/iPad and Phone. I also made it into an 8 x 10 printable, in case you’d also/rather hang it in your favorite crochet space. Just right-click the link to “save as”, “save image”, or print! If the links don’t work, please leave a comment and I’ll fix it as quickly as I can.
August 2017 Calendar Downloads and Printables
Besides giving you a pattern and some useful downloads, this time I also made sure to use it in a project. Last month I featured stars, but now I have a dozen of the little things lying around. So I’m also going to give you a cute project for those at the end of the post as well. For the Sunflower, I used Lion Brand Heartland yarns in Sequoia and Yellowstone.
The project for this one seemed a little unusual to me, but I later found out that my newly acquired sunflower obsession had a purpose. One of my closest friends has twin 2-year-old girls and I decided that my sunflowers were going to be hair clips for them. The whole time I was doing this, I couldn’t understand why I felt that it was the perfect gift, but the feeling was really strong. As I finished gluing them to alligator clips, I found out that one of the family’s friends had lost their 4-year-old daughter. My friend had always called the little girl her Sunflower due to her big brown eyes and messy halo of blonde hair. Mom had gotten a sunflower tattoo in honor of her and I knew then that I was being prompted to make the twins something that could honor her as well. *It’s okay, I’m crying too*
Now that I’ve wiped away my tears again, let me show you how I attached the blossoms to the clips. Please excuse my dried out, non-manicured hands. The medical field is rough!
I like to cover my clips and hair barrettes with ribbon to give the whole thing a finished look. The ribbon is just slightly wider than the clip, so almost no metal shows once it’s covered. To do this, I like to start on the inside of the clip. Place the ribbon inside between the top and bottom and apply a thin line of hot glue to the ribbon itself. Release the clip and give the glue a second or two to adhere well.
Continue around the clip, at this point I usually apply glue to the clip itself now that my placement is established. The “pinching” area can be a little tough. I put a dab of glue on the inside of each one and then start pressing the ribbon in, making sure to press my finger against the spring to make sure it has enough ribbon there to function.
You want the end of the ribbon to end up on the top of the clip, that way it won’t show after you’ve applied your decoration (in this case, our sunflower). Burning the end of the ribbon will keep it from raveling.
Once your clip is covered, add another strip of hot glue to the top and press it into the back of the sunflower. Let the clip sit for an hour before using so that the glue has plenty of time to dry and adhere. Ta-da crochet for your hair!
Now, let’s put those July stars to use. Whistle and Ivy has a terrific project to show them off. When I wrote up my pattern, I thought I was being original and using double-crochet stitches to make the centers bigger. Ha-ha, I was wrong. Her free pattern does the same thing. Oh well, I tried *grin*.
This would look so cute in a nursery!! If you make either the sunflower clips or the star wallhanging, I’d love for you to show it off by tagging #designingus on Facebook or Instagram!!
Keep creating. I know I will!
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