Here’s a free crochet orange pattern plus a video tutorial. Crochet food is great for imaginative play and this project is easy if you are just starting to learn to crochet. If you’re into the crochet fruit right now, you also might be interested in making these crochet cherries. There’s a video tutorial as well as a free pattern for them as well.
With a G hook and orange yarn:
Chain 5, join loop with a slip stitch
Ch 2, work 3 half double crochets (HDC) in each of the 5 chains (15 total ) join with a s.t.
ch 2, 2 HDC in each space (30 total stitches) join with a slip stitch.
ch 2, 30 HDC, join with a slip stitch
ch 2, 30 HDC, join with a slip stitch
ch 2, 30 HDC, join with a slip stitch
ch 2, 30 HDC, join with a slip stitch
ch 2, (3 HDC, skip 1) x7, 2HDC, join with a slip stitch
ch 2, (4 HDC, skip 1) x4, 2 HDS, join with a slip stitch
ch 2 (1 HDC, skip 1) x9
ch 1, skip 1, sc1, skip 1, sc 1, skip 1, slip stitch in next space and tie off.
Orange you glad I’m going to show you how to make an orange today? This is an easy crochet project it only uses a few stitches and it’s a free pattern so keep on watching. Modern Homemakers theme song/intro plays.
To make your crochet orange you need orange yarn, a piece of fabric about the size of your hand, scrap fabric or even dryer lint. You could use polyfil but that’s going to cost you money and you know that’s not my thing.
With your G Hook form a loop which if you want some more detail on that you can watch my how to crochet a chain video. We’re going to chain 5 and join to that first chain with a slip stitch. Grab some thread and go through both of those. Then we’re going to chain 2. now in each of those 5 spaces around we’re going to do 3 half double crochets. A half double crochet is kind of like a cross between a double crochet and a single crochet. So to make it we’re going to wrap around we’re going to go into this first space here and grab some thread and pull it back through at this point you have 3 loops on your hook. You’re going to wrap around and go through all 3 of those at once. So you can see it’s a little bit shorter than a DC, but it is a little bit taller than a SC. Do 3 half double crochets in each of those 5 spaces. all the way around.
Then we’re going to join to that first space, and chain 2, and work 2 half double crochets in each of those spaces and that’s going to give us 30 around. Make sure that you double check that you’ve got 30 half double crochets, you don’t want to mess up this early on, then go in and join with a slip stitch. And I’m going to chain 2, and it’s going to be very repetitive for the next few rows. we’re going to do 1 half double crochet in each space around which is going to be a total of 30 each time. Chain 2 and work one half double crochet in each space, I just wanted to take a moment and point out that as you go around it’s going to start to kind of turn in which is our ultimate goal I mean we’re going to be making a ball, an orange, anyway, so don’t freak out if it starts to curve in that’s why we didn’t add any increases, we wanted it to start coming in in a natural non-forced way. 29, 30, then we’re going to join with a slip stitch. And you guessed it the next row is exactly the same, so we’re going to chain 2, and wok 30 half double crochet all the way around. We’ve finished our 30 half double crochet and we’re going to join again with a slip stitch. And this is our last row that we’re going to do the same thing. So chain 2, and work thirty half double crochet all the way around.
Now that you’ve completed those 3 identical rows of the 30 half double crochets, you’re going to have to count a little more , so chain 2 and we’re going to work 3 half double crochet one in each space, then we’re going to skip one space, and you’re going to continue to repeat tat all the way around 7 times. So II’ve done the 3 hdc skip one 7 times, and the I’m going to do 2 half double crochet, and join back again. This next row we’re going to do chain 2, four half double crochet, skip one and repeat that 4 times, work 2 half double crochet, then join with a slip stitch. Now take the piece of fabric and stuff it with the fabric scraps, and ball it up and stuff it in the orange. Then we’re ready to do the next row. Chain 2, half double crochet, skip one, and do that 9 times. In this next row you don’t even have to count, we’re going to do a chain one, single crochet one, skip one until it ends in a nice way. How many you do is up to you, we don’t want a bump sticking out at the end that’s why I’m not going to tell you an exact amount. I’m actually going to stop at that point where I have 3 spaces left at the end , and I’m just going to go into the last one, grab some thread pull it though , cut off the thread, fuzz the ends and hide the yarn.
Here’s how to apply eyeshadow with some special tips for how to put makeup on for mature skin or makeup for older women.
“Hi, my name is Renee, and today we’re gonna learn how to do eyeshadow. So maybe you’re getting ready to go out on a hot date and you want to spruce things up. I’m gonna show you how to apply eyeshadow that’ll make your eyes look younger, not old. Are you ready to learn how to apply eyeshadow? Make sure you check out the video on eyebrow makeup first. So with eyeshadow, brushes, once again, are important, to have some nice brushes. I never like to use the ones that come with the eyeshadow. They’re, you know, usually a little sponge tip and it’s a lot better to have a natural haired brush. So we want to have multiple colors. We’re gonna start with like a base color, with like a bigger brush to do that. We’re gonna apply this over the whole area. I’m gonna be careful not to get it here, in the creases of my eye, also not to get it all the way in the center by the bridge of the nose. You can see I’ve used that one a lot. Okay, that just kind of evens that area out, makes a base. There’s lots of different colors that you can use. These are just kind of real basic colors. I can use these colors every day, or I can use them for evening. I’m gonna start with this lighter color. And I’m gonna go up kind of higher with that, because you’ll notice as you get older, this area, this upper eyelid, it comes down and hangs over, so you don’t even see very much of the actual eyelid because of that. So I’m gonna go up a little higher with that light pinkish color. Up a little higher. Just gonna draw that area out. You want to use an eyeshadow that’s not real drying, so like this has a mineral base to it. Okay? After that, something, a brush with a little more of a contour to it. We’re gonna do the darker color with that. So don’t go all the way in to the center of the eye, you know, not all the way into the crease. And I could have used a lot darker color, this isn’t, you know, this isn’t a super dark color. Really kind of applying this like a real thick eyeliner kind of look, ‘cause I’ve got that lighter color above. Okay? Make sure you brush off, if you’ve got your brush that you use for powder, you know, you could get rid of any excess of this. And then you just decide how high you want to go with that and how dark you want to go. You could go up higher, make it more dramatic, or for daytime you could keep it down smaller area. Okay, after you get that in there, we’re gonna blend it with the brush that we used originally. So blending that darker color in with the lighter color. Okay. Then do the other eye. The mistake a lot of people make is they go too far and it gets in the creases on either the outside or the top and you don’t want that. It’s ok to go up higher if you want to go, but don’t over to the sides. Brush off all this stuff i don’t want on there, and then blend. So the blending is not over the whole eyelid. It’s just where the 2 colors meet. And then just kind of look at it and see if you need to do a little more in places , i’m going to go a little darker there and a little more on this one too. Alright, now we’ve applied our eyeshadow and now we’re ready to do mascara.
My grandma lived through a lot, the great depression, WW2, and 5 kids. They never had money and in this inspiring story she’ll be talking about her first kitchen which had a wood burning stove, no running water, and more! Stories like this help remind me that I have nothing to complain about. If you enjoyed hearing my grandma’s stories you might also enoy hearing her talk about traveling with a baby in WW2 .
Here’s a free baby changing mat pattern. This changing pad is a great baby shower gift. It’s small, about the size of a folded up receiving blanket so it won’t take up a lot of space. So make some extras for your diaper bag, vehicle, purse, etc!
Here’s how to do eyebrow makeup. These makeup tips are especially helpful for mature women experiencing thinning or graying eyebrows
“Hi, I’m Renee, and today we’re going to learn how to apply eyebrow makeup, because we all know, as we age our eyebrows start to thin and we lose this outer edge of our eyebrow. We’re going to learn how to even that out and make your eyebrows look like they did when you were a teenager. Now I’m going to show you how to do eyebrow makeup. So, as you age you’ll probably have noticed that this part of your eyebrow is thicker, and then this part out at the end just kinda like disappears. You know, it gets a lot thinner.
So, there’s a couple of different products that you could use to fill that eyebrow out. You can get an eyebrow powder, and if you use that eyebrow powder, it’ll come in a little, you know, it’s just a small container like that. You will need this kind of brush. So if you’re using the eyebrow powder, you just dip the brush in the powder and brush it on like that. I like this product real well. It’s a pencil, it’s an eyebrow pencil that has a brush on the other end. So I start here on the end that’s thinner, and just imagine like you’re coloring , like, you know, you have colored pencils, it’s the same thing. You’re just gonna fill in that whole area, and I go ahead and do this up here too, because believe it or not my eyebrows have started getting grey. So why not just do that part too?
Then after you fill it in, just like you’re coloring, you take the brush side and brush it off. And then you’ll see if you’ve got any areas that look thinner. That looks pretty good. And then I’m gonna do the other side. Once again, that’s the area that looks the thinnest there. And I like that brush, ‘cause, I mean, you don’t want to have crazy eyebrows going up in the air. After I’ve done that, I like to just pluck out any just few like, you know, stray loose eyebrow hairs, because then you know exactly what you need.
If you do this first, you don’t know which ones, you know, you want to keep, but after you’ve got your eyebrows drawn in…now this is not a full eyebrow tweeze, you don’t want to do like a whole bunch, or you’ll have red splotches before you’re going out. This is just if you happen to see, like I see here, I see one all the way over here. I’m like, I don’t need that. What is that doing there? Just those few stragglers that don’t seem to go anywhere. Alright, and there you have it, how to do eyebrows. Next, we’re going to do the eye shadow.”
Here’s how to make a doll house. You don’t need to spend money on a pattern and it uses scrap construction materials and an old bookshelf. We made this to fit 18 inch dolls like the american girl doll or the knock offs at Target and Walmart.
“This is Joquena, and today I’m gonna show you how to build a dollhouse, or at least how we built ours. And this for like the 18 inch, if you can afford them, the American Girl (ahem, we can’t) dolls. So we’re gonna give you a little room-by-room tour here of what we did for the esthetic stuff, and then I’m gonna have my husband explain the boring structural stuff, because that wasn’t my department. So, I really wish we’d shot this video 2 years ago, because that’s when we made this, and this has been played hard with, it’s, you know, it’s seen its better days, and we’re actually gonna be converting it to a Barbie house now, but…what we did, we’ll start with the bathroom over here, this used to have a bathtub, they broke it. A lot of our furniture, we have taken like the Target brand stuff, like this beauty chair was on clearance at one point. This towel rack is actually just, like, a cabinet handle. So that was like a, I dunno, thirty cents type thing, and he just screwed it in from the side, and they can hang their clothes on there, and their towels and whatever. The paint for all of the rooms was just paint we had on hand, paint from their bedroom and paint from other rooms, so that was pretty fun. Didn’t spend a single penny on paint, we just used what we had. I mean, you could totally customize this, you could do scraps of wallpaper that you had, you use do scrapbook paper, I mean, instead of wallpaper, and just, you know, if you didn’t want to use paint, and totally customize it. I did different floor in every single room, once again reflective of stuff we had leftover from our house. This, if you look real close here, this is tile that we used in our bathroom, and a couple of pieces got broken. Once again, they play hard. And, I’ll shift on to another room here, so, this was just something we had that I didn’t want anymore that they kind of use as a closet. I could have painted it pink, but they broke the door off pretty early on, so that took away the desire. Over here, we have the kitchen, and once again, paint we already had. This was a birthday present from their grandma. I think it was like fifty dollars, so that was a nice birthday present. And, this down here is black paint with flecks in it. We have that in our basement ‘cause we have concrete, so, you know, don’t do anything special, just use what you have around. If you were to go out and buy stuff, this is what I would recommend. This is peel-and-stick tile, and all you have to do to put it on there is cut it to size with a razor blade, and for us it was exactly the width of the shelf, so he only had to make like one cut on the side; it was perfect. And then I painted flowers, and you can see my graffiti artist has added all sorts of her own decorations up on the roof and whatever, so…I will switch over to my husband, and he can tell you the boring structural stuff, but don’t spend money on a super expensive dollhouse. Spoiler alert–this is a bookshelf, a used bookshelf that we had left over that we didn’t need. That was what we started with, and I’ve seen patterns for dollhouses, like blueprints, that cost at least thirty dollars. Dollhouses well over a hundred dollars, or they’re made out of paper, which doesn’t last in our house. This baby is wood and tile, and it was meant to endure all of the abuse that is heaped upon it.”
“Okay, so Joquena wanted me to talk a little bit about how we made this. Probably the biggest thing that I can tell you about this is that I learned as I did it, I had no clue what I was doing. So, I would say that’s the biggest encouragement I can give you is even if you don’t know what you’re doing and you’re just grabbing random pieces of wood and slapping them together and painting them, I mean, that’s pretty much what I did. I mean, basically, in a nutshell, this bottom part is a bookshelf that we laid on its side, and I cut it, you know, so that it would be the length that I wanted it to be, and I fastened in this middle shelf here to use as a wall, now the hardest part was…Alright, these were just some leftover boards that we had in our shed. We’ve got a bunch of just scrap wood in our shelf. I believe these are just leftover subfloor pieces, and what we did was I took this big flat piece and laid it down and then laid these on top of it like this and traced so that I would know exactly where to cut so I would get this triangle shape that was exactly the right shape to fit these on. And then, we’re gonna turn this around so that you can see the back, well actually right here you can see where the screws are. We just put in some phillips screws right there, and again on the side here going into this floor.”
“You can see a nice gap on the side, you know, the kids have yet to point out any structural issues with their dollhouse, they’ve loved it.”
“So, now we’re looking at the back of the dollhouse. You can see how this was done again. It’s this big triangle piece that was cut to fit. And where this is mainly holding together is these screws on the side is what’s the primary thing that’s holding this top piece on. There is a little bit of additional support, it’s not much but I tried to just do what I could. I took some of these little, I’m not even exactly sure what these things are called, these are what you like tack up wires with, and I just nailed those in so that it would provide a little extra support, so it’s going into each side. And that’s pretty much it, you know, again…”
“The backboard itself is attached all the way around, though. Let me look…”
“You’ve screwed the backboard all the way around. You can see a screw every inch or so, or every foot or so. But it’s two separate pieces in the back, that makes it easier than trying to cut that one perfect shape, and it allows you to use scraps, I mean…”
“So if you do one like ours, even if you try to get as close as you can, it’s not gonna be exactly like ours because, you know, the scraps that you have might be different, paint colors you have, I mean, whatever you do, we strongly recommend that you use what you have, you know, use any scrap wood that you have, any leftover paint that you have. We didn’t buy anything new for this, I don’t think. Didn’t we just use…?”
“Three peel-and-stick tiles.”
“Three peel-and-stick tiles. Okay, so that’s all that we bought. Everything else was just stuff that we already had. Now, if you’re like us and you’ve been doing a lot of remodeling on your house, you might, you know, already have a lot of scrap wood. If you don’t have any, I would try to get some used or get some from a friend who’s been doing a remodeling project rather than getting a bunch of new stuff, so…anyway, that’s the whole point is to save money and use what you have, so, that’s pretty much what we did. Oh, one thing I want to point out, a couple of things, actually, one thing I recommend doing, and I did not do it on this, and I regret it, you can see by these scratches on our floor because of our kids, but you want to put like some felt on the bottom of this so that it’s not going to scratch up your floor, especially if you have a hardwood floor. Put some felt on there just like you would with any furniture, it’s a good idea. And then finally, the biggest thing is, you wanna, this thing’s really heavy, and especially if you have smaller kids, you wanna fasten this into the wall. Like, find a stud and fasten it to the wall with a screw or something just so it’s sturdy so that your kids aren’t gonna be able to pull it on top of themselves.”
“Yeah, just like a bookshelf, you want it attached to the wall, ‘cause it could crush someone, and that would not be fun, that would be the opposite of fun. So, anyway, save money, dollhouse of your girls’ dreams.”
how to make a barbie bathtub
baby changing mat pattern
“Today we’re gonna make a changing table. There’s a free pattern on the website, look at the link below. But it’s really easy sewing pattern, so if you’re a beginner sewer, don’t be afraid. And it’s vinyl on the inside, and I used upholstery fabric on the outside ‘cause I had leftovers, but you can just use cotton, so keep watching, you’ll see how!”
“The first thing you need to do is go to Modern Homemakers, follow the link below in the video description if you’re on YouTube, and print off your free pattern pieces, and there are four pieces, A-B-C-D…I know, I was really original in naming them.
Here’s how to make a Barbie bathtub using paper mache and some hardware you might even have laying around the house already. DIY presents are a great way to save money and handmade gifts are special, period!
Remember this toy contains small parts that aren’t appropriate for little children. We can’t be held liable if someone gets hurt so make at your own risk!
Next are the free printable pattern pieces for paper mache doll bathtub. You’ll want to print these onto cardstock!
barbie bathtub pattern piece 1 (make sure to print two of this piece)
Here’s how to start seeds indoors for organic raised bed gardening. Starting seeds indoors is a great way to lengthen your growing season and guarantee a good yield. You might also want to check out How To Make A Soaker Hose, to help learn how to water the plants once you get them outside.
Here’s how to apply blush and shadowing (bronzing) powder. These beauty tips are for mature skin.
Today we’re going to show you how to install a clothesline it’s one of our favorite ways to save money. Being a Modern Homemaker for me means being willing to look back to the past to steal timeless ides for day to day life!