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Saturday, 16 January 2016

MINNIE MOUSE CASE


MINNIE MOUSE CASE

I started on my bag binge with a lovely Hello Kitty, then a watermelon and a taco beckoned, and now we’re off with the (drum roll please) awfully fantastic Minnie Mouse !

I did predict this line of bags is going to be long.. so come along and enjoy this ride. J

So for this bag too, I thought we’d do a 3D version – well, that just means that we’re going to make the elements of this bag separately and then attach them all on… so we make the base of the bag (face) and then attach on the really huge eyes and mouth, and then just for some fun, I will throw in a cookie.. well, our monster does have a really large mouth, right Sound fun?  Come on then, let’s get to it.

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn, about 1 cone, with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; Embroidery needle

Size : 9.75” diameter.

Gauge : 5 dc (across) x 2 dc rows (high) = 1”

Skill level : Intermediate to advanced
While the stitches used are easy enough, this is a bit of a long(ish) project and needs patience.  One will also need sewing skills to attach all the pieces.

Stitches used :

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

How to join sides of the bag with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join sides of the bag with whip stich : Check the links below :

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here http://www.liz-makes.com/2014/01/liz-makes-crocheted-clutch-with-zipper.html?m=1rochet

How to make a rounded cord for the handle : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371

How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/


Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                      ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                          sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                               hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                               fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet                         dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together

                                                           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
We start making Minnie Mouse’s face with black coloured yarn. Now instead of making a round face, I’m going to do a semicircle and then just pop in the ears and a huge bow on top. 
We will then do the whites of the eyes separately , then the little blacks of the eyes ; make two little ears and one red bow.  Finally we’ll add in Minnie’s oh so beautiful and long eyelashes with an embroidery needle to finish it all up.  So on we go..

Start (using black) with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. 
Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st sc ; 2 dc in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in each dc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
*2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Round 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; dc in each dc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next 2 dc ; 
*2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

Round 6 : dc in each dc all around.

Continue with Rep Rounds 5 – 6 , increasing 12 sts every alternate row, till you have a face size you want for your pouch or bag. Once we have our Minnie Mouse face, fasten off and weave in ends.
Remember that we’re making a semi-circular face, so this circle that we’re making for the face will be folded in half.  My circle is about 8.75” diameter.

Minnie Mouse Ears : (Make two in black)
As we’ve got our black yarn out anyway, let’s make the ears first. 
Two little rounds will make our ears that we will attach on the front top of the semi-circle.  So fold your circle in half, and the flat part will be the bottom of your pouch.  We will attach the ears only on one side of the top.

Start (using black) with a magic circle and 8 sc in that circle. Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st sc ; 2 dc in each sc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in each dc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next dc ; 
*2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. 

My ears are about 3.25” diameter.

Fasten off and leave a long tail to join.
Make your second ear.

We will make now make Minnie Mouse’s oversized eyes.

Minnie Mouse Lighter part of face : Part 1
Make one using off white or light cream yarn.

Start with a 22 fdc.  Turn.

Row 1 : 2 dc in the 1st fsc , dc in each dc till end ; 2 dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in each dc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 - 4 : Rep Row 2.

Row 5 : dc 2-tog over the 1st 2 dc ; 
(dc in the next 7 dc ; dc 2 tog over the next 2 dc) ; 
sc in the next 2 dc ; dc 2 tog over the next 2 dc ; dc in the next 7 dc ; 
dc 2-tog over the last 2 dc. Turn.

Row 6 : dc 2-tog over the 1st 2 dc ; (dc in the next 5 dc ; dc 2 tog over the next 2 dc) ; 
sc in the next 2 dc ; dc 2 tog over the next 2 dc ; 
dc in the next 5 dc ; dc 2-tog over the last 2 dc.
Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto main piece.


Minnie Mouse Eyes : Part 1
Make two using white

Start with a 6 fdc.  Turn.

Row 1 : 2 dc in the 1st fdc , dc in next 4 dc ; 2 dc in the last fdc.  Turn.

Row 2 : dc in each dc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 - 4 : Rep Row 2.

Row 5 : dc 2-tog over the 1st 2 dc ; dc in the next 3 dc ; dc 2-tog over the last 2 dc. Turn.

For a neat finish : (Optional) You could run a round of sl-st all around the edges of your eye – so starting with where you are, do sl-st in each of the top 5 dc’s, and then sl-st all the way going down the sides, the starting row and then up the other side.
This gives the whites of the eyes a nice finish and will be easy to attach as well.  However, it is also possible to attach without this round.

Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto main piece.


Minnie Mouse Eyes : Part 2
Make two using black.
Now for the little black bits of Minnie Mouse’s eyes, we’ll start with a fsc chain, and then work till the end of that chain, and turn around and work under the chain.

Start with a 4 fsc.  Turn.

Round 1 : 3 sc in the 1st fsc , sc in next 2 fsc ; 3 sc in the last fsc ; (Turn and working under the fsc chain) ; sc in the next 2 fsc and join with a sl-st to the 1st fsc.

Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto the whites of the eyes.


Minnie Mouse Bow : (Make one in red)
For our bow, we’re going to make a dc strip about 2.75” wide and then double it to make the bow.  I think it will be tough to line a bow, so if we double this up, then it will hold its own and not need a lining to hold it up between the ears.
Now, the sizing given here is what I’ve made – but it remains unsaid that you must please adjust this according to the size of your bag.

Start with 15 fdc.  Turn.

Row 1 :  dc in the 1st fdc ; dc in each fdc till end. Turn.

Row 2 - 14 :  dc in each dc till end.  Turn.
Rep Row 2 till your bow strip is the length you need to make a bow. 
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew in.


Bag strap :
If you decide to make a bag strap, make a long fsc chain  – which will be nice thin and pretty durable. 
If you want it a little thicker, then work an sc (or hdc) in each fsc of this chain till you reach the start.
Join to the two sides of your Minnie Mouse bag.

There are also two links given at the top of this pattern sheet on how to make an I-cord as well as a Rounded cord.


Finishing : There are several elements in this Minnie Mouse bag that need to be attached.  So let’s start with this fun job.  For this final finishing, we’re going to join all the elements we’ve made onto one side of the Minnie Mouse’r face (made in black)

And wow.. just look at what you’ve created.  One little kiddo is going to be mighty  pleased

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