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Shoebox: Bottlecap Trivets, Bracelets and More

Carol Duvall Show fans share their favorite projects.

It was another day with a bunch of goodies from you in the shoebox starting with a project sent in by Jeanette Anderson of Otis, Ore. Like a number of you, Jeanette enjoys making things from items other people throw away. Some friends gave her a challenge when they gave her a bag full of bottle caps and said "make something."

There was also some fabric in the bag, so Jeanette fooled them all by making a set of coasters and a trivet (Figure A). Jeanette first cut the fabric into 2-inch circles, basted around the outside edge of each circle, put a cap in the middle of each one then pulled the thread to gather the fabric tightly around the cap. Knot thread and tie it off. She then sewed seven of the circles together placing one in the center and the other six on the outside. With remaining bottle caps and fabric she made a trivet by stitching 12 more covered bottle caps to the outside of one of the coasters.

They were very nice. It all reminded me of years ago when we used to do the same kind of thing to make trivets but used purple felt and stitched the covered caps together in what was supposed to resemble a bunch of grapes. Jeanette's were much nicer and certainly much more attractive by using printed fabric instead of plain felt.

Figure C

Next up was a dear little bracelet sent in by Julie (Jewls) Semones of Auburn Hills, Mich. In soft shades of green and orange "beads" separated by 4mm silver beads, it was very delicate looking and very pretty (Figure C). Her supplies? The eyelets that so many of you card makers and scrapbookers use. A pretty silver clasp finished it off.

Figure D

Some time ago Martha Sander of Powell, Ohio, sent in a number of little pieces of paper that she had colored with felt tip pens (Figure D) and used in a variety of ways as embellishment in her card making and scrapbooking. The papers were all originally linings in envelopes that she had received in the mail. Today Cindy O'Donnell sent in a similar idea.

Figure E

Although Cindy had apparently not seen the show when we featured Martha's contribution, Cindy had also seen the crafting possibilities in the envelope linings, and she sent in a note card she had made featuring a heart composed of torn strips of the papers glued together in horizontal lines (Figure E) along with an 8" x 10" paper "quilt" composed of one-inch squares cut from the envelope papers (Figure F). Cindy left her papers as is, in black and white, and they, too, made interesting and attractive projects.

Figure G

And from crocheter Janet Jenkins Strong of Wentzville, Mo., we received several crocheted angels ... all meant to be used as dishcloths (Figure G). Janet had seen the idea some time ago and immediately went to work to make up her own pattern. She was so pleased with the result that she ended up making over 300 of the little angels and decided to send one to everyone in her address book. Some of the names belonged to people she had not seen or spoken with in a very long time so it was grand fun when she began receiving notes and calls from these folks. When Janet sent her angels to us she also sent along the directions, but they were too involved for us to be able to give them on television so Janet very generously offered to have us print them on the web site. And here they are.

Angel Dishcloth Pattern
Materials and Tools:

100% cotton yarn - Sugar 'n Cream, Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton, etc.
"G" hook

1. Chain 4 and slip stitch to make a loop.

2. First row: Chain 4 and back of first chain 4 double crochets. Chain 1 and 4 double crochets in next loop, repeat in next two loops. Last (4th loop) chain 3 double crochets and count chain fourth double crochet. Slip stitch to connect row.

3. Second row: Chain 3, and in chain (corner) 3 double crochets, chain 1, 3 double crochets, 2 double crochets in first double crochet and 1 double in next two double crochets, 2 double crochets in last double crochet. Repeat around until last double crochet and only 1 double crochet, chain three already in space counts as double crochet. Slip stitch to connect row.

4. Third row: Chain 4, 1 double crochet in middle of three double crochets in corner, chain 1 and repeat corner *(3 double crochets, chain 1, 3 double crochets), chain 1, 1 double crochet in third double crochet of corner, chain 1 and double crochet every other double crochet in row 2. Repeat around, and slip stitch to connect row.

5. Fourth row: Chain 3 and 1 double crochet in each double crochet and chain space to corner, double crochet in first two double crochets *(corner), skip next double crochet, double crochet in next two corner double crochets, repeat around and slip stitch to connect row.

6. Fifth row: Slip stitch in next double crochet, chain 4 and continue as for row 3.

7. Sixth row: Chain 3 and continue as for row 4.

8. Seventh row: Same as fifth row.

9. Eight row, edging: Chain 3 and single crochet in next double crochet, at corner skip middle of three double crochets and single crochet, chain 3, single crochet in corner. Continue around and single crochet in starting double crochet.

Angel head and wings
1. Chain 3 and slip stitch to form a loop.

2. Chain 3 and 11 double crochets, slip stitch to connect, and one more slip stitch.

3. Chain 3 and slip stitch to one on the center corners on the dishcloth, 2 more double crochets in same loop, slip stitch in next center corner, then 3 double crochets in the next loop of head, slip stitch in diagonal corner of first slip stitch to connect head to dishcloth.

In side of last double crochet (start of wing) 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 2 double crochets, and 1 triple crochet, chain 1 and slip stitch in end of triple crochet and chain 4, slip stitch in side of double crochet. Slip stitch in each of next three double crochets of head. Chain 12 to make halo and slip stitch in last three double crochets on head. Slip stitch in side of "body" and chain 5. Slip stitch in second chain from hook, 1 triple crochet, 2 double crochets, 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet. Slip stitch to dishcloth to finish. Weave in all loose ends to hide.

Angels can be made with all variegated yarn, one color or using contrasting color for edging and Angel's head and wings.

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