Posted by: tgonzales | September 5, 2012

Walnut Valley Quilter’s Guild Presentation, Teaching Crochet 101, another Cell Phone Case, Felted Granny Square Bag, and More Crochet Edged Washcloths

It looks like the next few months are going to be rather busy for me. First I would like to mention that the Walnut Valley Quilter’s Guild asked my sister Jackie and me to conduct their September presentation. So we will be traveling to Winfield, Kansas on Monday, September 10, 2012 to do our presentation for the guild at their 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm meetings. It should be lots of fun meeting and visiting with new and old friends, and the fun thing about it is we will be taking Mom along too. 🙂 So if you are a member of the Walnut Valley Quilter’s Guild we will see you on Monday and if not and you’re in the area come by for a visit.

Next on the agenda I will be teaching Crochet 101 at Twist Yarn Shop; 607 W. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas for September and October, 2012. Each 101 class is two consecutive sessions for $40 per student. The classes are on Tuesday nights on the following dates:

September 11 & 18 from 6pm-8pm

October 23 & 30 from 6pm-8pm

So if you have always wanted to learn to crochet but were afraid to try; please either stop in the yarn shop, telephone them at 316-262-9276 or signup on-line at I would love to have you in my class.

Now for the crochet front, since Monday was a Holiday and I didn’t have to work I was able to make a few things. First of all I made another cell phone case and I love how this one turned out too. So you probably think that I say that about everything I make, but that would be wrong. Because, there are things that I make that don’t make me happy.

For instance here’s a project that I wasn’t happy with. I made this little granny square bag several years ago and after I felted it I added a cloth lining. I hand stitched it all down and added a snap and a button to the front. I also crocheted a handle, but never liked the way it turned out after felting the bag. Plus after carrying it a few times the lining came unsewn, the snaps were sewn on with sewing thread and starting to come off and the button fell off. So on Monday I decided to revamp the little granny square bag.

I cut off the crocheted handle and took one of my salvaged faux-leather handles that I couldn’t throw away from a much loved bag. I crocheted a handle and then crocheted it together over the faux-leather handle.

I added some fabric loops to the side of the bag so that the handle could be attached. I machine sewed the fabric lining all around. I re-sewed the snap on with size 10 crochet thread and

covered a button with fabric and added it to the front of the bag. Now I even love this bag as much as I love the cell phone case. When I was done with that;

I pinned a few embellishments on the purple bag that I picked up on one of my thrift shop stops. I’m sure this is just the beginning of what will end up on this bag, I think that the bag will need a few buttons and leaves to name just a few. Ha! Ha!

Then I edged a few more washcloths with some simple shell stitches and a few with chains and singles. So what have you been up to lately? I would love to hear all about it.


  1. You are a crochet bag ARTIST 🙂

    • Gee thanks Jill, you’re so sweet to say that.

      Love and Hugs,

  2. Tamara I loved the way you recycled the felt purse….nice…

    • Hi Patricia!

      Thanks so much for liking the granny square bag and for stopping by to say so. 🙂


  3. Hi Tamara ~

    This cell phone case is sooo purrty. I just love these colors together — and the beads you used .. and your covered button!
    Amazing what you did to revamp that felted purse. Jill is correct!!
    I purr-ticularly like the variegated shells around those washcloths.

    Sure don’t know how you will fit in your extra busy-ness in Sept. & Oct., along with your job and crocheting! You are indeed our Wonder Woman. 🙂

    Love ya!

    • Hi Kat!

      You are so cute and sweet to say such nice things. But that’s just how you are. Thanks so much for stopping by and making my day!

      Love you,

  4. Loved the way you added the new handles to the bag- it made such a difference and the fabric button too. Wish I could come to the crochet classes, bit too far from the UK tho’! Good luck!

    • Hi Cathy!

      From the looks of your crocheted things you don’t need any classes. Although it is a long way from the UK, I would love to have you in one of them. You could probably help me teach it. Thanks for stopping by to comment.


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