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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My hands can do this --- Crocheted Ms. Piggy Bank

My hubby and I have been taking this Spring Valley flax oil for several years now to maintain a good cholesterol level that can affect our heart.  It’s an over the counter dietary supplement that you can buy at Wal-Mart Store or any store that has an available stock.  It’s not always that our diet is complete or well-balanced.  We need to take care of ourselves to maintain a healthy heart. 


Spring Valley Flax Oil Bottle

Aside from this, my hubby has a lot of coins scattered on his desk.  I thought of making a  project that can always remind him to put his coins in it as his piggy bank.  At the same time,  it’s my way of making also a unique, cute project that I can be amused to look at and play with it (-.-) ha ha ha ha



CROCHETED MS. PIGGY BANK
Whatever occasion will there be, this can be a nice, cute gift to make for your child.  It serves two purposes:  used as a money-saving container and as a toy to play with at the same time.  This is a good way of instilling the value of saving money to your child. Your child will be encouraged to put in more money to this cute crocheted Ms.  Piggy Bank that can be played with at the same time.  Your child’s eyes will be always on this while waiting when it will be full enough to buy anything your child likes to have for any occasion.              


Materials:
(1) empty big bottle Spring Valley Flax Oil (washed, dried)
(1) 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz Caron Simply Soft (light country peach)
(1) 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz Caron Simply Soft (dark sage)
(1) 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz Home Spun (tulips) 
(2) regular size wiggly eyes
(1) small button
     crochet hook size  - F5 / 3.75mm
     marker (bread ties)
     yarn needle
     peanut foams or cotton
     Craft ribbon (fuchsia)
     Offray ribbon (green)
     Elmer’s glue (clear)
     Super Glue
     Revlon Beyond Natural (individual false eyelash extensions)
     hair twizzor

(Note:  If you have excess Home Spun yarn to use as the hair for this project, use it.  You don't need to buy.)


Level of Difficulty – easy


Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)     chain
(sc)     single crochet
(dc)     double crochet
(st)      stitch
(sp)     space
(sl st)  slip stitch
(hdc)   half double crochet
 
Note:  Count first all the stitches you have made before going to the next row to avoid mistakes.


Special Instructions:
(hdc) – YO once and insert the hook on the (sp). (YO) and pull up a loop through.  (YO) and  pull through 3 loops on hook.

Instructions:
Head
1st Row -  Make 4 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the rest so you can easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (hdc’s).  [Make (hdc) around the 1st (ch)] 11X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).
Result – 12 (hdc)
2nd to Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  2 (Hdc) on next  11 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).
Result – 24 (hdc)
3rd Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next (hdc).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc).  (Hdc) on next (hdc)] 11X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).  Put marker  on the 18th (hdc) and another marker on the last (hdc) for the attachment of the two ears.  This is where you are going to start attaching the ears.     
Result – 36 (hdc)
4th Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 3 (hdc).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc).  (Hdc) on next 3 (hdc)] 8X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).   
Result – 45 (hdc)
5th to 11th Row  Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 44 (hdc).   Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).  Put a marker on the 8th Row for the attachment of the nose.
Result – 45 (hdc)
12th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  Skip next (hdc). [(Hdc) on next (hdc).  Skip next (hdc)] 21X.  (Hdc) on last (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).  Fasten off.  Hide the excess yarn.
Result- 23 (hdc)
13th to 15thMake (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 22 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 23 (hdc)
Body
1st Row -  Make 4 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the rest so you can easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (dc’s). Make 11 (dc) in 4th (ch) from hook. Hide the excess yarn as you make the double crochets. Join in top of beginning 4 (ch).  
Result - 12 (dc)
2nd Row Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on the same (sp).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc)] 11X.    Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  
Result - 24 (dc)
3rd Row - Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc).  (Dc) on next (dc)]  11X.   Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch). 
Result – 36 (dc)
4th Row -  Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next 2 (dc). [2 (Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on next 2 (dc)]  11 X.   Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch). 
Result – 48 (dc)
5th to  25th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  [(Hdc) on next (dc)] 47X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning  (hdc). Put a marker on 19th (hdc)  and on the last (hdc) of 10th Row for the attachment of 2 hind legs.    
Result – 48 (hdc)
26th Row  Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 47 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  Fasten it off.  Hide the excess yarn.
Result –  48 (dc)
27th Row – Make (ch).  (Sc) on next 48 (dc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc). Fasten off. Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 48 (sc)


Nose
1st Row – Make 2 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the 2nd (ch) so you can easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (hdc’s).  Make 8 (hdc) around the 1st (ch).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).
Result – 8 (hdc)
2nd Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next (hdc).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc). (Hdc) on next (hdc)] 3X.  Join with (sl st) to  beginning (hdc).
Result – 12 (hdc)
3rd Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next (hdc).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc). (Hdc) on next (hdc)] 5X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). 
Result – 18 (hdc)
4th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 17 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).  Fasten off.  Leave some extra yarn for attaching the nose to the face later on.
Result – 18 (hdc)
5th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  Skip (hdc). [(Hdc) on next (hdc). Skip next (hdc)] 8X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). Leave some extra yarn for sewing to attach it to the face.
Result – 9 (hdc)


Ears  (2)
1st Row – Leave an extra yarn before you start making the first (ch). You will use this to sew the ear later to the head. Make 9 (ch).  (Hdc) on 8th (ch) from hook.  (Hdc) on next 7 (ch).  Turn around.
Result – 8 (hdc)
2nd to 3rd  Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  Make  (hdc) on next 7 (hdc).  Turn around.
Result – 8 (hdc)
4th Row – Make (ch). (Sl st) on 1st (hdc). Make (hdc) on next (hdc).  (Hdc) on next  5 (hdc).  Turn around.
Result – 6 (hdc)
5th to 6th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp). Make (hdc) on next 5 (hdc). Turn around.
Result – 6 (hdc)
7th Row – Make (ch). (Sl st) on 1st (hdc). Make (hdc) on next (hdc).  (Hdc) on next 3 (hdc).  Turn around.
Result – 4 (hdc)
8th Row -  Make (ch). (Sl st) on 1st (hdc).  Make (hdc) on next 2 (hdc).  Turn around.
Result -  2 (hdc)
9th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp). Make (hdc) on next (hdc).  Fasten off. Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 2 (hdc) 


Legs  (Front and Hind- 2 each)
1st Row – Make 2 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the 2nd (ch) so you can easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (hdc’s).  Make 10 (hdc) around the 1st (ch).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc).
Result – 10 (hdc)
2nd Row – Make (ch) and 2 (hdc) on same (sp).  [2 (Hdc) on next (hdc)] 9X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). 
Result – 20 (hdc)
3rd to 7th Row – Make (ch) and (hdc) on same (sp).  (Hdc) on next 19 (hdc).  Join with (sl st) to beginning (hdc). Fasten off.  Leave an extra yarn for sewing to attach it to the body.
Result – 20 (hdc)


Tail
Extend the yarn before making a (ch).  You will use the excess yarn in attaching the tail to the body. Make 20 (ch). (Sl st) on 2nd (ch) from hook.  (Sl st) on next 14 (ch).  (Sc) on next 2 (ch).  (Hdc) on last 2 (ch).  Leave an extra yarn before cutting it. Tie it twice with the other excess yarn.  You will use both excess yarns in attaching it to the body later.
Result – 15 (sl st), 2 (sc), 2 (hdc)


Attaching the Ears (2)
Insert the end of the excess yarn into the eye of the yarn needle. Insert the yarn needle into where the 1st marker is and start sewing the first ear down to the last stitch.  Be sure to tighten the stitches to make the sewing less visible. Don’t cut the excess yarn yet till you are finish sewing the second ear. Do the same procedure with the second ear. Be sure that both ears are align to each other at the last end of their stitches. (At the end of last stitch, insert the yarn needle inside and tie it twice.  Cut the excess yarn) 2X. 


Attaching the Nose
On the 8th Row, start counting the (hdc) from ear end to ear end to find the center of the  face and put a marker on the center.  Stuff the nose with peanut foam or cotton before sewing.  Insert the end of the excess yarn into the eye of the yarn needle.  Start sewing where the marker is and around up to the last stitch.  Be sure to tighten the stitches to make the sewing less visible.  Remove the peanut foam or cotton. At the end of the last stitch, insert the yarn needle inside and tie it twice.  Cut the excess yarn.  Sew a “U” shape below the nose to make as the lips. Use any excess red yarn and sew twice to highlight it.


Attaching the Eyes and False Eyelash Extensions
Stuff the head with peanut foam or cotton to make it look fat.  Insert it on the cap of the bottle. Glue the (2) wiggly eyes with Super Glue and align them on the face.  Press them down a little bit. With the hair twizzor holding 2 individual false eyelash extensions, apply Super Glue on its end. Insert them on one small hole above the left eye. Do the same on the next 2 holes. There should be 2 individual false eyelash extensions inserted on each 3 small holes above the eye. Do the same on the right eye.


Attaching the Hair (Tulip) and Ribbon (Green)
Cut 12 inches strands of tulip yarn.  Glue each strand of tulip yarn beginning from one side of the ear and layering down straight at the back of the head. The hair strand should be attached vertically. There will be space left near the ear.  Another strand of yarn will be attached to cover this space later. Be sure that every strand is well align on the face when attached.  Glue each strand till you reach the center of the head.  Do the same procedure on the other side until you reach the center of the head also.  Make some adjustments if possible to make the line of hair strands straight as you attach them.  Attach also some yarn to the remaining space near both ears. Attach 4 more strands of yarn on top of the head to cover  the sides of the cheeks.  They should be attached horizontally. Cut the excess yarn if there is any.  Close the cap and center the head. Glue the head on the cap with Super Glue.  Be sure the crochet end is closed to the neck or body.   Cut 25 inches of green ribbon and tie around the head.


Inserting the Ribbon on the Neck (Fuchsia)
Cut 30 inches of ribbon. From the last 3 (dc) of 26th Row, insert one end of the ribbon alternately into every 3 (dc) going to the left side (6X) until you reach the center.  Do the same procedure with the other end of the ribbon going to the right until you reach the center.  This will guide you to align the 4 legs from the center when attaching them. Insert the container inside the body.  Don’t tie it yet.


Attaching the Legs (4)
Stuff evenly all the legs with peanut foam or cotton.  Put markers on where to attach the 4 legs by temporarily attaching the legs on the body. The distance between the 2 front legs should be wider than the distance between the 2 hind legs. Insert the end of the excess yarn into the eye of the yarn needle.  Don’t remove the container while sewing. Start sewing each leg where the marker is and around up to the last stitch.  Be sure that all the legs sewed are in level with one another. Don’t cut the excess yarn yet, so you will have the chance to make adjustments if they are not well aligned after sewing them . Be sure to tighten the stitches to make the sewing less visible.  Remove the container. (At the end of the last stitch, insert the yarn needle inside and tie it twice.  Cut the excess yarn) 4X.  Put a marker on the center of the 6th Row at the back of the body for the attachment of  the tail.


Attaching the Tail
Insert the end of the excess yarn into the eye of the needle.  Insert the yarn needle where the marker is.  Using the crochet hook, pull the other excess yarn inside.  Tie them both together twice and then cut. Insert the container again. Stuff the tummy and front area only with peanut foam or cotton to make it look fat. Cross the ribbon around the neck twice and make a ribbon twice in front. Wet the tail well with Elmer’s glue and curl it up.    


Making a Small Purse (Dark Sage)
1st Row – Make 10 (ch).  Make (hdc) on the 3rd (ch) from hook.  (Hdc) on next 7 (ch).
Result – 8 (hdc)
2nd to 10th Row – [Make a (ch). Turn around. (Hdc) on next 8 (hdc)] 9X.
Result – 8 (hdc)
11th Row – Make a (ch).  Turn around. (Sl st) on 1st (hdc).  [(Hdc) on next (hdc)] 6X. (Sl st) on last (hdc).
Result – 6 (hdc)
12th Row – Make a (ch). Turn around. (Sl st) on 1st (hdc). [(Hdc) on next (hdc)] 4X. (Sl st) on last (hdc) and on (sl st) of 11th Row. (Sl st) on (hdc) of 10th and 9th Rows.  Don’t cut it yet.
Result – 4 (hdc)


Connecting Both Sides
First Side
Invert the side to connect the first side and level the 1st Row with the 8th Row.  Insert the hook on the 1st (hdc) of 8th Row and start making (sc) on the next 4 (hdc).  Tie it twice and cut it off. 

Second Side
Insert the hook on the 8th Row and pull up another end of the yarn and tie it with the excess yarn once.  Connect the second side by leveling the 1st Row with the 8th Row.  Start making (sc) on the next 4 (hdc). Tie it twice and cut it off.


Making and Attaching the Cord
Leave an extra yarn before making a (ch).  It will be used to attach the cord to the purse.  Make 75 (ch).  Tie it once.  Leave an extra yarn again to attach another end of the cord to the purse.  Tie it once.  Insert the hook on one side of 8th Row and pull up one end of the cord.  Tie it twice.  Cut and hide the excess yarn. Do the same procedure on the other side. Cut a small yarn and attach a small button on the front cover of the purse. Hang it on the shoulder.

DIFFERENT MS. PIGGY HAIRSTYLES



Ribbon Hairstyle


Butterfly Hairstyle



Pigtail Hairstyle


Pony Tail Hairstyle


Brush-Up Hairstyle


Brush-Up Pony Hairstyle


French Twist Hairstyle


Braid Hairstyle