How to Crochet: Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum from Harry Potter


Hey friends it’s Stacey, and I’m back
again with another Harry Potter craft tutorial. It’s a little bit different today, because
I’m doing a combination of crochet and embroidery and I guess I’ll just show you what it is. It is this Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum little
pouch, and it’s inspired by this! I don’t know if any Harry Potter fans really
remember this, but these were what they would sell at bookstores. If you Borders, or Barnes and Noble, or wherever,
they would have these little packages with the Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and the
chocolate frogs and everything. And you could buy Drooble’s Best Blowing
Gum and it was just blue gumballs. But, I had this one and I wanted to recreate
it a little bit bigger, and I came up with this! So as you can see, the patch is embroidered,
and then I crocheted the little bag. Here’s a look at the back so you can see
the texture a little bit better, but it’s called I think, like, the linen stitch, or
moss stitch- there’s a couple different names for it. So anyway, I crocheted this and I made the
little tie and this is how the bag came out! Um, yeah, I guess I will just get into it. This is gunna be kind of a little tutorial. I didn’t get totally in depth on every single
thing or show you the whole entire process, because it took hours to make this thing. But I’m gunna kind of give you an idea of
how I did everything, and I’ll start off by showing you what I needed for this project. So I guess I will start off with the things
that you need to make the patch. So the patch has two different colored felts,
blue and gold. These are the felts that I got, I think I
got them at Michael’s. This one is the blue one- it came in a really
big, giant sheet and it’s actually a little bit thicker. So this was really great for the main part
of the patch to have that thicker felt. And then I had this gold. It’s already all ripped up and cut up. Anyways, but this is the gold I used from
Michael’s. And then for the patch also, I used three
different kinds of embroidery floss. I don’t have the label for this one, this
is just the standard, like, white embroidery floss. I don’t know the number. It’s the DMC brand, I know that much because
that’s what all of them were. I got them all at Michael’s. And I actually used two different versions
of white on this-on the patch, which you don’t have to. I don’t know why I did that. This is the pure white color right here for
all the lettering, and that’s this one. And then I had this off-white color as well,
which I do have the number for that one… It was also DMC 746. So that’s for this edging that I did. And then I used black, which is number 310,
and that’s the same brand as well. And the black was used for this, and I actually
had to get a second one. One little bunch of the floss wasn’t enough
so I had to go back and get a second. So make sure you do two blacks. Let’s see, so the thread…oh! The needles! So the needle’s that I used for embroidery
are these little tiny needles also by DMC. It says size 24, I’m honestly not an expert
on sizing. This is just what I used. I have on out that I used to show it to you. It’s very tiny. I kind of wish I had a bigger one, not thicker,
but longer to grab onto. So I don’t know that that was an appropriate
needle for this project. Um, and then as far as sewing the patch on,
I used this one. This is a little bit bigger, but I don’t
know what size this is. You can use a different one if you want, to
sew it on. It doesn’t really matter. I think that’s it for the patch… Oh! Well I forgot something pretty important:
embroidery hoops! I used this- I think it’s like three inches
or so- to do the blue inside part. I made that first, and then I also used this
bigger one. I just stuck the blue one- you’ll see- in
the middle, put the yellow in this hoop, and then sewed the blue onto the yellow. Now that’s it for the patch. Next thing is the actual bag itself. So, the main material used for that is this
cotton yarn. It’s Peaches and Crème. I got it at Walmart. This is what it looks like up close, and the
color is Ecru. I wanted it to be cotton because I really
wanted that linen stitch to show through, and I just didn’t want to use a fuzzy yarn
on this project. Which, the cotton yarn is not as fuzzy. And then the last yarn that I had was this
ginormous roll of Caron One Pound, it’s black. I used this in my Harry Potter Afghan video. It’s the same roll that’s gunna last a
lifetime…it’s ginormous. And to sew in the ends after I was done crocheting,
I used this yarn needle. So there’s three needles that I had total,
but you don’t have to have three I don’t think. It doesn’t matter. But anyways, this one is pretty big and I
just used it to sew in my ends. Again, I don’t know the size. I think that that’s it, besides-oh! Scissors. Obviously you need scissors to cut the string
and the yarn. Um….yeah! I think that’s all that I used. Oh! One more thing that I forgot that’s highly
important and I probably should’ve told you about: crochet hook! Can’t crochet the little bag without the
crochet hook. Um, so this is a Susan Bates, size H 5mm hook. So anything that you’re comfortable working
with a 4, medium weight yarn. This is what I used, but you can use whatever
you feel like! I think that’s everything…? Alright! So now I’m gunna get into showing you how
I made the actual bag, itself. I’m going to show you how I started with
this blue patch, first. Ok, so we’re going to start off by putting
our felt in our 3 inch embroidery hoop. We’re gunna make sure it’s nice and tight. And we need our small needle. You’re also going to need about an arm’s
length of the white thread which you’re going to split. You only want to use 4 strands for the word
“Drooble’s”, and for “best” and “blowing” you’re going to use the two
strands that are left. Thread your needle and put a triple knot at
the end, so that your thread doesn’t come through as you’re embroidering. And we’re gunna start with a backstitch. So for the backstitch, you have to make your
first stitch. You start at the back of the stitch and then
you go forwards to the beginning of the stitch. And then when you do your next one, you come
up behind where you want the stitch to end, and then you go back to meet the beginning
of the other one. So we’re always going to be doing that. Coming up where we want the stitch to end,
and then going back down into where we started the other stitch. And you want to be very precise, and slow,
and deliberate about this, because every little stitch sort of makes the shape of the letter. This actually is footage of me recreating
what I did on the patch, because I didn’t know I was going to make a video for this. So this one came out a little sloppy. You don’t want to go fast or it’ll end
up like that. On my actual patch, I went a lot slower, I
used my crafting light and everything to make it look neat. Ok! Now you’re going to use the washi tape to
sort of make an outline of where you want your cursive to go. It’s kind of hard to freehand it, for me
at least, so you can use this to give yourself a guide of where you want those letters. And I did the same thing when I did the “best”
and “blowing” and “gum” with the washi tape. “Best and “blowing” are going to be
done with two strands of embroidery floss instead of 4, but I didn’t show you that
whole process because that would’ve taken forever. And this is what it looks like. When you’re done, any time you’re running
out of thread, you want to put your needle under the stitch in the back, loop- your thread
around, and pull tight to make a knot. I do this twice in order to really make sure
that it’s secure. And then you’re just going to snip that
and make sure that it’s tight. So that’s what it’ll look like when you’re
working on this. So this is the finished patch, and I’ve
already cut it out. And the next thing we’re gunna do is put
that patch onto this gold. We’re gunna use our black embroidery floss
with that same needle. We’re gunna be working on making this black
border right here onto the yellow. So go ahead and put your felt in the hoop
and make sure, again, that it’s tight. And put your patch in the middle. What you’re going to do is backstitch around
the perimeter of the patch. Same type of stitch that we were already doing
but this is going to secure it down. We’re also going to be making a guide for
that thicker strip around that we were making. And I believe it’s called the satin stitch,
that’s this technique, but you’ll want to make an outline first because otherwise
it turns out super messy. Trust me, I tried freehanding it without the
outlines and it did not go well. So now we’re going to do a second line around
the edge here. That’s gunna be the other side of our guide. I’m still doing just the backstitch. And do this all the way around, just like
before. Now that we have this done- you can see I
actually went over it where it was a little bit too thin. We’re gunna start doing- I think it’s
called the Satin stitch- like I said earlier, not totally sure on that. But you’re basically going to go across,
almost like little railroad tracks or something, and just fill this in all the way making sure
that you get really close to those guide lines that you made. And here you can see I’m just finishing
this up. And there’s a spot right here that I really
wasn’t happy with. It was too thin. You can just go back over that if you have
any spots that are uneven, just to make sure that it looks nice and uniform all the way
around. And at the end, same thing. Go under the stitch and make a loop, and then,
at the end of this one, I put it under about an inch of that black and then trimmed it. And I also had a little piece that was sticking
out- I trimmed that too. That’s what it looks like. And now we’re gunna do the white edging
that’s just for a little bit of detail. We’re going to use- well it’s actually
the off-white embroidery floss. We’re going to just backstitch again, all
the way around, right up at the edge of the black border. And we want to do two rows of this, so we’re
going to leave a space and then do a second row of backstitch. You can do more or less details on this patch. You don’t even have to do these rows if
you don’t want to. I just decided this was how I wanted to do
it. And then again, we’re going to go under
the stitches two times to make a knot and hide it under the thicker black part and trim. There we go! And trim off your little edges, because we
don’t want to keep those. Let your dog sniff them, I guess, because
she’s hanging out with you…whatever! And then you cut out a square so that it’s
easier to work with. Make sure you turn it over when you cut the
patch out, because if you don’t, you could accidentally cut through your embroidery and
completely ruin all this hard work you just did. So… I’m just trimming it to make it a little
bit neater here, and a little more circular, but be very careful. And this is what the patch looks like! And that’s the original
So now we’re onto the crochet bag! We’re using the yarn, and we’re going
to start off by putting a slip knot onto our hook. And then you’re going to want to chain eighteen. That’s just the width I decided I wanted
mine to be that went well with the patch that I have. So as you can see, there’s a little more
than there is space on the patch. So now we’re going to single crochet 17. You’re going to start off in the second
chain from the hook. That’s the reason we wanted 18 earlier. You have to make sure you start off with an
even number of chains so that you can get an odd number of single crochet stitches in
this row. And there we are, done with that! This is what it looks like, and you’re going
to chain one, and turn your work. Now here, we’re going to be single crocheting
into the first stitch, and then we’re going to chain one. And after you chain one, you’re going to
skip the next stitch, and single crochet again into the one after that. Then chain one again, skip the next stitch
again, go into the following one with a single crochet… And that’s going to be the pattern throughout. And again do your chain, skip one, go into
the following stitch. Do that all the way across this row. Alright, and that’s what that looks like. And the last row that’s different, I’m
gunna show you right here. Now once you turn, you’ll see that there’s
a stitch and then a space. You’re going to single crochet into the
space. Then again, chain one. There’s the single crochet, there’s the
chain space. You single crochet into the chain space. Chain one, there’s the stitch. Skip over that. Single crochet into the chain space and chain
one. And you continue like that across for the
entire project. Always remember at the end of the row that
you’re going to chain one when you turn, and then start off in that first stitch. And also at the end of this row, you’re
going to go into the actual stitch- not- there’s no space there so you have to go into the
stitch. It’s a little hard to see it here. You kind of have to make sure you get right
into the right spot so you don’t have lopsided stuff going on there. But that’s what you do! Chain one and…that’s what it looks like! That’s the linen/moss stitch. You’re going to do this for 44 rows and
this is what it should look like. …and you don’t want to cut your yarn. You want to fold it in half and make sure
that your patch fits on it. …and leave a little extra so we can tie
it off at the top. You’re going to grab your cream colored
embroidery floss, your medium sized needle, and your scissors. And now we’re going to start sewing this
on. And I’m just cutting king of a long strand
here. I don’t really have a specific length that
I did it, and then you going to thread through your needle and start from the back. Come out and then go back- from front to back,
and make sure you have both sides here so you can tie a square knot on the back. This is how we’re going to secure it. After that, come back through to the front
with your thread. Place your patch and go underneath the stitching
on your patch. Just continue to grab, with your needle, from
the front side of the bag- just on the surface, you font have to go through- and go into the
stitching on the back of the patch. You’re going to do this all the way around. It’s very important that you kind of double
check as you go, and make sure that the patch is still in the middle. Mine actually ended up a little bit off-center
because it was moving as I was trying to sew it. So make sure you pay attention to that as
you go so you don’t have that same problem. And you’re going to go all the way around
and when you’re done, you just bring it back through the back and tie it off and sew
in the ends. I didn’t show that part, but that’s what
I did. So now, after we get all the animal fur off,
we’re going to flip it over and we’re going to put these sides together. So you’re just going to slip stitch through
both sides of the work. Make sure your hook goes through the first
side of the bag, and then the second side. You grab the yarn with the hook and pull through
the stitch and then the loop. Make sure that you don’t do this too tightly,
otherwise your bag will be very bunchy and it’ll look oddly-shaped. Once you get to the end where the bottom’s
already together because it’s just folded, you’re going to tie it off. That’ll be sewn in after. For the other side, you’re going to have
to start with a slip knot on your hook, …and do the same thing but you just had
to reattach yarn over here because we don’t have yarn working over here. There’s some tails right here. They’re kind of annoying and in the way. I just, after struggling with them a little
bit, decided to ignore them and sew them in afterwards. So just get them out of the way. And continue along the same way as you did
on the other side. Just go all the way across, make sure you’re
not going to tight. Again trimming the yarn, tying it off, and
now it’s time to sew in these ends. What I did was go right through the edges
where I had already done the slip stitching, and then after I was satisfied with that I
went through the back side underneath the stitches. Or, the inside, not really the back. And then trim that and do that with all of
them. And then your bag is pretty much done. All we have to do is make the little tie that
makes the drawstring. So we’re going to do that by taking our
black yarn and we’re going to chain 47. It’s kind of an arbitrary number, but that’s
just what worked for the size of my bag. You can do however many you feel you need
to do. And that’s what it looks like. You just want to make sure that you have enough
room to sort of make a drawstring pull. Then you’re going to cut the yarn, making
sure to leave kind of a long tail, because we’re going to use that to sew it in. And I kind of went every two stitches. I did over and under- just sort of weaved
it through, and went all the way around like that. And when I got to the other side, I made sure
everything was nice and even. Then I trimmed off the little edges. Just make sure they’re nice and tight first. And then I tied a knot on it because that’s
how the original bag looked. …and after that, it’s done! Here is the finished bag. If you liked this, make sure you subscribe
and you can watch any other videos that I have for Harry Potter crafts. I’m going to be having a few more come out
here, soon, and I hope you liked this! I hope you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for watching, and I will see
you next time! Bye!

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