Do you have a collection of craft stuff that you never use in the back of the cupboard? For me, they are the 'seemed like a good idea at the time purchases'. I am the queen of the impulse crafting buy and this project is a result of trying to use these supplies up...
What do you get when you take some felt in garish colours, some chalkboard fabric, some eyelets and the scraps of fabric left over from last week's serviette sewing class?
Reusable gift tag gift bags of course...!
They look like gift tags, but are actually little reusable felt bags with a chalkboard fabric front for the perfect message that can be used over and over again...
and of course, I had to be seasonally appropriate...
I think they'd make really cute party favour bags, too...
Want to make your own? Click read more to find out how....
This is the time of the year when I most productive when it comes to sewing. I am so productive, I feel like I could rule the world (if ruling the world involves cutting up fabric into tiny little pieces and then sewing it all back together again really fast!)The problem with spending every spare moment making Christmas gifts, is that there is not much time for anything else, including blogging. So I will make this quick.I loved this tutorial for Where the Orchids Grow
that I made this:
It was fun to make, so I made these too:
Filled with stationary, they made great presents for Madeleine and Pippa's teachers.
I hope they like lime and orange as much as I do!
Make sure you pop by on Tuesday. We are participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and I think you'll like what we have to give away.
I guess most crafters associate the term scrappy with fabric, but today I'm thinking a little laterally.
By the end of the year our crayon box is looking pretty tired - lots of stubby ends and broken pieces - quite a lot like this, actually!
We thought we'd give them a bit of seasonally themed make-over with the help of a couple of gingerbread shaped ice-cube trays.
There - don't they look happier?
There is a tonne of information out there on how to do it. Here's
an example. I don't think you're supposed to heat them, but I used ice cube moulds for mine and melted the crayons on a very low heat and they turned out just fine.
Packaged up for friends - they make a lovely scrappy gift!
The lovely Jodie from The Habygoddess
has been hosting a Handmade Kris Kringle. The theme was Christmas - Red and White. I had lots of fun with this project, so thank you Jodie.
I love Christmas. I think it is my favourite time of the year. Yes it is busy (OK - hysterical), but for me, it is a time to think about the people and the values that are most important to me.
So, this is a gift of six napkins embroidered with the ideas I want to celebrate at Christmas time:
You can see how the embroidery runs across the whole serviette.
The embroidery was inspired by some I had seen on the Quillow tutorial from A cuppa and a catch up
-a tutorial I have been studying quite closely lately!
If you want to make a set for yourself:I cut the napkins at 18 inches and used my trusty water soluble marker to mark out my embroidery.The embroidery is a simple combination of running stitch and back stitch.Once the embroidery was completed,
I sewed them right sides together with the backing fabric, leaving a small hole to turn them through. Once they were nicely ironed with crisp corners, I top stitched them. If you would like more detailed information and pictures to make some double sided napkins, I found a tutorial here
.And this last picture?Well I needed an excuse to eat a mince pie...
It was good!
Since I've had children, making an advent calendar has been on my to do list.
Four years down the track I've finally done it! Christmas day is over in a flash - an advent calendar gives you the chance to enjoy the anticipation of the big day and this one can be easily filled (and refilled) with special treats and suprises...
There isn't really whole lot to this project. It's just repetitive - you have to do the same thing 24 times!You'll need
- Five metres of twill tape
- 8.5 - 9 metres of bias tape - I took the simple approach and bought mine
- Red fabric
- Something to make the numbers - I used my Silhouette and white heat transfer vinyl, but you can use whatever takes your fancy!
To start with, you'll need to make a template using the following steps.
- Cut a rectangle 12cm x 15cm
- Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise and use a plate/cd/cup/whatever is close at hand to round off the bottom corner.
- Voila! Now you need to cut 48 of them out of your fabric
Take 24 of the pieces you have just cut and measure and mark 5cm down from the top - just like this...
Fold on the line you have drawn and press. After you have done this sew a row of stitching 1cm from the folded edge. Repeat 23 times!
If you want to applique a number onto the front of your pocket - now is the time to do it! We'll now call these pieces the front pocket.
Next, take one front pocket piece and one back pocket piece. Place them wrong sides together. Take your bias tape and pin it to the curved edge of the back of the pocket. Pin through the bias, the back and the front pieces of the pocket.
This is what the front of the pocket looks like at this stage...
There should be numbers on the front of the pocket at this stage, but I put mine on later!
Sew the bias tape on, using a 1cm seam allowance.
The next thing you need to do is flip the unsewn edge of the bias tape to the front of the pocket and pin carefully.
Sew as close as you can to the inside edge of the bias tape. Repeat 23 times! Phew!
You should have 23 pockets that look like this...
Now you're up to the easy part! Take your twill tape and iron it in half length wise like this -
Sandwich and pin the pockets between the two edges of the twill tape.
Leave about 15cm at the beginning and the end of the tape so yo can hang your bunting. I left a 5cm gap between each pocket - but it's really up to you. Because you need 24 pockets you end up with a super long piece of bunting. I ended up making two 12 pocket pieces of bunting because I think they'll be easier to hang in my house.
Sew along the length of the twill tape close to the edge of the pockets. All of your raw edges should now be enclosed in the twill tape.
There - you're done! Fill your pockets with treats and have a very merry Christmas!
Halloween is something we don't really do... it is nice to have a seasonally appropriate t-shirt, though!