Monday, 26 January 2015

Blankets

hello, I've been making blankets to keep us warm this January...they are so handy I thought I would share them on here. All you need is some warm wool type fabric, mine is wool mix so I can throw it in the washing machine (essential with kids and a dog) and something to edge it with.
For this one I made some binding...

 the wool fabric is a lovely mustard and cream weave and the binding is some fabric I was given, it looks and feels like Liberty lawn but I can't be sure (anyone know?)

binding is pretty easy to make and there are lots of really good tutorials on how to make and attach it.
(like this one )

I usually hand stitch the binding down but for speed I did this one on the machine, it looks just as good as long as you sew in a neat straight line.

all done :) I love the way the binding looks and it gives a really neat finish... 

or you could use wool and blanket stitch the edges or just fold over the raw edge and stitch down.


These blankets cost around £10 each too and they are big enough to cover a double bed or to snuggle under on the sofa.  Super cosy :)
Back soon x x x x



Monday, 12 January 2015

New Year post...

 hello....a little late I know but I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New year, it went by so fast x

Last year was a little quiet over here on the blog, but there was a good reason and the result of me frantically working away in secret for the first half of 2014 will be out soon...I will share more details with you nearer the time :) I still managed to do lots of making and shared some of them over on instagram. I made a few of these quilts for christmas presents so I thought I should make one for us to keep...

 there are lots more planned as I have a big stash of fabric to use up and hopefully some will make it into the shop too...
Our new year goals are pretty simple and my lovely pegboard  (christmas present) has come in very handy for announcements and lists like this...



I'm collecting postcards for my letter writing, they look so nice on here though I think I will have trouble using any.

hopefully I will be back in my little shed soon stitching and sketching and I have some more tutorials and a little giveaway planned x x  back soon x x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

festive table decorations how-to







here's another little festive how-to for a pretty table decoration...the lace on the jars is window film which I used recently to decorate a door and had some left over, it sticks to glass and is super easy to apply. This is super quick and easy but it looks really effective...so here goes
you will need
  • a few clean jam jars in different sizes
  • patterned window film
  • bakers twine
  • scissors
  • greenery
  • battery candles
measure the jars and cut out the lace film to size so it will wrap around, apply... following the instructions (some are adhesive and some need water as a base to stick to) tie some twine around the top and pop some fern leaves or festive greenery and the non flame candle inside.
They look lovely grouped together and would work well as a table decoration or on a fireplace. You can skip the leaves and just add the lights. Also if you don't have any lace film you could use cut out paper, a doily or wide lace ribbon instead.
x x x x x 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

christmas pillowcase how-to...









christmas pillowcases freshly laundered and on the bed for christmas eve is a bit of a tradition in our house. They don't have to be festive but this year I fancied some little trees...I had the foam stamps and fabric paint from a previous project so I thought I would have a go at making my own. (I'm thinking gold paint would look great for the next ones)
This is super easy, no sewing required as I used bought white pillowcase which were cheaper than buying fabric.
You will need
  • 2 white cotton pillowcases
  • fabric paint in your chosen colours
  • festive foam stamp (you can make your own using craft foam or a potato)
  • paintbrush // plate or pallette for the paint
  • piece of cardboard 
  • iron
 Iron the pillowcases so they are nice and flat, place the cardboard inside the pillowcase so the paint doesn't leak through the fabric on to the other side. Paint the stamp with fabric paint and begin stamping, you can mark out the repeat pattern or just wing it (like I do)
If your stamp misses bits or doesn't look neat you can neaten the edges with your paintbrush. Repeat the print on the other side.
Allow to dry and iron the pattern to seal the paint so it is washable.

You could use fabric pens and draw on some designs...if you are making these with children you could get them to write a message to Santa or make them for birthdays or special occasions.
Have fun x x



Monday, 8 December 2014

happy faces christmas garland....







Hello, I'm back...and this time I have done a little Christmas how to, as you may remember here I do like to perk up a boring bauble.
All you need is some cheapo plain white baubles (preferably plastic if you are doing this with kiddos)
  • Some sharpie pens or any permanent markers in black..pink and red
  • Some bakers twine or string and scissors.
To make these little guys all you need to do is draw on the faces, allow the pen dry, remove the existing hanging threads and then cut approx 1m of twine. Tie on each bauble approx 8 cm apart and then make a loop at each end of the twine to hang the garland.

They would make cute stand alone decorations too if you didn't want a garland or you could use them to tie onto presents. If you don't want to use faces you could do spots..or stars etc..add glitter...sparkles...anything goes at Christmas :)
Have fun and please share if you make any as I love to see how they all look x x