My Weaving Tutorial on The Interiors Addict

After sharing an image of my woven wall hanging during 7 Vignettes this month, Jen Bishop from The Interiors Addict asked me if i would put together a tutorial. Of course i was thrilled to be asked and the tutorial featured on The Interiors Addict earlier this week. Yay!

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Click the image to visit The Interiors Addict and see my weaving tutorial!

It’s an easy to follow tutorial for those who know nothing about weaving but are keen to have a try. I was also thrilled to discover a fellow Instagrammer was so taken with the idea of making her own weave, that she headed straight to Spotlight for supplies and posted her finished weave only 24hrs after my tutorial was published. Someone has definitely caught the WEAVER FEVER!

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An amazing for weaving project from Melanie @meldzam that she posted 24hrs after my tutorial!

Fun Ideas for Fabric Stickers

fabric stickers DailylikeI discovered fabric stickers a little while ago and fell in love with them.ย They are so pretty and practical, which are my favourite two words when it comes to craft. I found these gorgeous crafty items online at Dailylike. Have you heard of them?ย I promise you this is an unsponsored post! I just adore the Dailylike store. You MUST visit their online store for a sticky beak. It’s a crafter and gift wrappers dreamโ€ฆ.i really had to restrict myself to items i neededโ€ฆ.yeah, that’s right, i NEEDED fabric stickers. ๐Ÿ™‚ย fabric stickersMy first fabric sticker project was to cover my iPad. Actually, i covered my iPad cover. It was bright pink and while i like pink, i wanted something a little more unique and i really, really don’t like paying for expensive iPad covers. And this way, when i get bored of this design i can just recover it again, at the fraction of the price of a new iPad cover.ย fabric stickers ipad coverI had a few sheets of stickers to play with so i prettied up this boring clipboard and attached it to my pegboard. I change my pegboard often and add new inspirational quotes or work related lists (boring) to my clipboards, so this will be perfect for when it is hanging bare in between new attachments.pretty pegboard craft roomFabric stickers are ideal for covering daggy old containers and glass jars. ย The oval container was the packaging of a gift i received from a friend. I didn’t want to throw it away, so i covered it in matching fabric and now i’m keeping all my pens and pencils stored in it.ย pegboard office prettyI also dressed up an empty glass jar that i use for storing my paint brushes. With some of the smaller scraps i cut out shapes and decorated some of my paper bags.pretty paper bagsย There are so many uses for this versatile craft item. And i love that i was able to use the scraps for smaller projects, so that there wasn’t any waste. Yay!pegboard organisationFinally, i used some of the fabric sticker tape to wrap a loaf of banana bread for a friend. I can’t wait to use more of this tape in my gift wrapping. Please make sure you visit Dailylike and check out their stock – great products and super fast postage. ๐Ÿ™‚ย pretty wrapped bread

DIY Christmas Wreath – Ribbon Poinsettias

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Making your own Christmas wreath is a great craft project to help celebrate the festive season. This tutorial is for a christmas wreath made from ribbon poinsettias. These ribbon poinsettias are easy to make and look beautiful when made from glossy satin ribbon. Here’s what you will need –

  • satin ribbon – 5cm wide
  • floristry wire
  • scissors
  • a wreath base – of whatever material you like
  • a hot glue gun
  • embellishments – bells, bead (optional)

christmas craftFor each ribbon poinsettia you will need to cut three strips of ribbon approximately 15cm long.ย christmas craftCut the ends of the ribbon to form points – you will need to do this for both ends.ย christmas craftFold each strip of ribbon like a concertina: fold in half and then fold the outer edges in opposite directions. Your ribbon should look like a bow tie (see the image above)ribbon poinsettiasAs you fold each strip thread them onto a pin to hold them in place until you are ready to secure them with wire.
christmas craftTake a piece of wire, also 15cm long and fold over so it resembles a hair pin.
christmas craftPut the wire over the centre of the three strips of ribbon and twist a couple of times at the back to make it secure. You can now remove the pin.
ribbon poinsettiasCross over your wires – this is the hardest part. If you look at the image above you can see the wire is attached in three different directions: one straight across (the first step of attaching the wire) and two in diagonally opposite directions. To makeย your first diagonal, take one of the ends of the wire from the back, separate your ‘petals’ and take the wire up through one pair of divided petals and down through the opposite pair of divided petals. Take the second end of the wire from the back and repeat the same steps on the opposite side. With both wire ends now at the back, give them a final couple of twists to make your flower secure. You can now play with your petals until you have achieved a look that you are happy with.ย christmas craftIf you want to add beads or bells to the centre of your ribbon flower, simply add the embellishment at the wiring step.

christmas craftThe rest of the ribbon is completed in the same way as the plain ribbon flowers.
diy Christmas ribbon wreathI made a lot of ribbon flowers in a short amount of time – enough for two wreaths. It is up to you how you choose to attach your ribbon poinsettias to make a wreath. I added my ribbon flowers to a gold wire hoop using my hot gue gun. A similar method could be used regardless of what you choose for your wreath base.

DIY christmas wreathHere are my two Christmas wreaths hanging in our rumpus room.
DIY christmas wreathAnd there’s no reason you can’t make these in other colours and use them as gift toppers or hair bows. Join me on Instagram for other Christmas craft activities.

DIY Wall Pennant – stitched or painted

wall pennant diyThese little DIY felt wall pennants are a great way to use up some of your excess craft supplies. I’ve been trying to be good and not purchase anymore craft supplies, which can sometimes be as much as a hobby as the crafting itself. Craft addicts – I know you understand! I didn’t need to purchase a single thing for this project. Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

You’ll need – flat felt, rotary cutter, scissors, thread, needle, paint and dowel.

1 – First, cut out a rectangle from the felt. The size is up to you and depends on how big you want your pennant to be. My rectangle is 7×9 inches. ย Fold your rectangle in half and cut a triangle at a diagonal (see fig 1) about a third of the way up the felt.

2 – Unfold your felt and you can see the result. Felt is a great fabric for this project because the edges won’t fray, so you don’t need to worry about hemming them.

3 – Fold the top section of your rectangle down about an inch and pin. Then stitch in place (by machine or hand). This is where you’ll insert the dowel.

4 – In this image you can see how your pennant will look with the top stitched down. There’s plenty of room for the dowel, or if you want a more rustic look you can use a branch or stick.diy felt wall pennant

5 – Stencils and paint are a quick and easy way to decorate a pennant. ย You can used a sponge or brush to apply the paint.

6 – I used a brush and stencil for the star pennant. I found using a brush produced sharper edges than the sponge.

7 – ย You can always paint free hand onto the felt if you’re feeling brave. I’m no artist so I prefer stencils, but I did manage to paint the word LOVE onto one pennant without too much drama.

8 – I decorated the last two pennants with white stitching. I used white embroidery thread and a simple back stitch to hand sew crossing arrows on this pennant.

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9 – I used the same embroidery thread to stitch the word ‘love’ on the last pennant.

10 – Next, cut some 5mm square dowel to size and then pierce a hole through either end to attach the thread. The dowel I used is from Spotlight and it is really soft, which made it perfect for this method. If the the dowel or stick is too firm to pierce, you could just wrap the string around and tie it in place.

11 – If you are using the threaded method, thread the string through the hole and then tie a knot to keep your thread from pulling through.

12 – Because the pennants are so light weight you can attached them to the wall with washi tape. No more holes in the wall. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Little Cloud Pillows – DIY

Cloud cushion tutorialThese cloud cushions are the perfect rainy day craft activity. Quick and easy, which is exactly how I like to craft. These pillows are so cute and cuddly! For these cushions you’ll need –
*White polar fleece – the amount depends on what size cushion you want to make.
*Small piece of pink polar fleece
*Black wool
*Pink cotton
*White cotton
*Needles
*Scissors
*Sewing machine – or you can hand sew the entire project
*Small black buttons Cloud cushion step by step
Step 1 – Make the cloud pattern. Draw the size/shape of the cloud you want onto cardboard. Take your time doing this as it is important to get the correct shape. Cut out the cloud shape. This will be your template. Fold your polar fleece in half and using sewing chalk trace around your template onto the fabric. Cut around your cloud shape making sure to leave a 1cm seam allowance all the way around. You will have two cloud shapes, one will be the front the other the back.
Step 2 – sew the eyes (black buttons) onto the front piece making sure they are positioned symmetrically.
Step 3 – Using the black wool, sew the mouth with a generous back stick. You make want to draw a rough outline onto your polar fleece for a guide.
Step 4 – cut two small circles from the pink polar fleece to form the cheeks of your cloud. Using the pink cotton and a back stitch attach the cheeks just under the eyes.
Step 5 – place your cloud pieces right sides together and sew around the cloud stopping with about 2inches left open. This is the opening to insert the stuffing.
Step 6 – Clip carefully around the edges so that when turned right side out the seam with sit nice and flat. Turn right side out.
Step 7 – STUFF IT! I used special biodegradable, recycled PET stuffing. This is low allergic and so friendly to our environment. To finish, stitch up the opening.
Step 8 – I used a curved needle to assist with creating a nice smooth closure.
Step 9 – Cuddle your finished clouds. Cute cloud pillows
I was so happy with this one that I made some babies for the mother cloud. They are all so soft, cuddly and cute! These little clouds have been living with a very special boy over the last few months. He’s a cloud lover just like his mum. Xo

DIY Wall Banner with Gold Stitching

wall banner craft tutorialThis DIY wall banner was a craft project that was born mostly from items i had in my craft stash. I found some fabric i had screen printed while i was cleaning up the Hen’s Den (aka craft shed) and while i wasn’t keen to make anymore cushions, i didn’t want the prints to go to waste. I printed a couple of these gold hearts and turned one into the cushion you can see in the above image. I love a good craft clean up because you always find things you’d forgotten about. After a quick search i had gold thread, gold rope, black fabric, tassels and an idea! Obviously, the cleaning would have to wait for another day. ๐Ÿ™‚
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DIY Hand Stitched Wall Banner
* black fabric
* dowel
* rope
* needle and embroidery thread
* tassels
* scissors
* embroidery hoop
* fabric pencil
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The Steps
1. sketch a rough plan of how you want your banner to look.
2. cut your fabric to the size you want. Mine is 15 x 30 inches finished with allowances made for hemming and inserting dowel at either end. Iron and sew a hem down either side on the fabric.
3. Hem the top and bottom and then turn over again to create a tunnel for the dowel.
4. Using a fabric pencil sketch your design onto the fabric.
5. Attach the embroidery hoop and using a backstitch hand stitch your design. A running stitch would work too.
6. Pin the heart into place before stitching.
7. Stitch a little in from the edge so the heart has a slight fraying effect.
8. Insert dowel and tie on tassels.
9. Attach rope to the top of dowel and you’re done! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Sew Easy Fabric Bows

pastelbows.jpgI am always on the look out for new crafty projects, especially those that make use of my fabric scraps. This bowย tutorialย looked simple enough to do, so i started making some last week. They are totally addictive to make and I’m a little embarrassed to say that i have made over 50 bows! Here are the super easy steps –

tutorialforbows.jpg1. Cut two fabric rectangles. One 7×10 inches and the other 2x3inches.

2. Fold them in half long ways (wrong side out) and sew along the longer edge.

3. Turn the fabric right side out. I used this handy little hooked tool for the smaller rectangle. Iron flat making sure the seam is in the middle.

4. With the seam on the outside, stitch the short ends together to make a loop.

5. Turn both loops inside out so the seams are on the inside.

6. Pinch the bigger loop to make a bow shape and then hand stitch in place. Now squeeze the small loop over the bow to form the centre.

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I’m attaching a range of clips, elastics, and fasteners so that they can be used as hair accessories or bow ties. Here are some that i’ve finished. And below is my handsome model wearing a polka dot bow tie.

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Sewing Therapy for Post Wedding Depression

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My younger brother summed it up perfectly on the Sunday following my sister’s wedding….Post Wedding Depression. It’s so wonderful to have an exciting celebration to look forward to and we have looked forward to my sister’s wedding for over 12months. Months of planning, searching for dresses, DIY projects and the big count down that led up to the day are now followed by a void. A feeling of – what now?? It’s strange to feel this way, i guess, when it wasn’t my wedding and i imagine the bride is feeling it too….although, i’m sure honeymooning in Thailand is taking the edge off the blues! ๐Ÿ™‚ In an attempt to reduce the blues, i have thrown myself into sewing projects, that i’ve had planned for a while, but haven’t found the time to tackle. And because it is school holidays, i have my three little lovelies to keep me company, which is a bonus. Anywho, i’m surrounding myself with fabric and thread, which always improves my frame of mind.

Amy Butler! What a clever lady. For me, a relatively conservative type who dresses mostly in black and white, i find Amy Butler fabrics both bright and delicious. For some reason i feel safe experimenting with colour when i’m working with her fabric. And really, just scrolling through her fabric on the internet makes me feel happier. And while my regular readers will know i love recycling, secondhand and vintage, i will not apologise for loving the smell of crisp new fabric! The postman must feel very loved when he delivers my fabric, because i just can’t hide my excitement. Here are three of my cushions and a blanket i’ve made this week. Amy Butler Fabric + Pom Poms = Happiness!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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For fabric online, my two favourite places are kelani fabric obsession and Fabric Traders. Both have a great range and great service.

Crafty Foxes and Needle Felting

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About a year ago I joined a craft group called Crafty Foxes with the aim to complete all of my unfinished projects and use some of the supplies that I’ve collected over the years. Anyone who is into craft will understand the joy in searching for new projects and adding bits and bobs to the craft cupboard. Unfortunately, like many other crafters, i fail time after time to complete my projects. For me, it’s because I bore quickly and while I’m 100% pumped and excited about any new project, I do tend to get distracted and the enthusiasm fades.

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I’ve never been a member of a craft group before, but I love it! The group is run by a lovely welcoming girl who encourages us to visit fortnightly with lap sized craft projects. The group is easy going, accepting and kind. Everyone is welcome. And boy! there have been some funny conversations around the craft circle! The project I’m working on at the moment is a needle felted girl. Needle felting is basically agitating fibres until they tangle and become felt. The needle is barbed (and sharp!!) which aids the agitating. Here is the girl I’ve been working on. She needs a few more details but she is basically complete. She will be used as a brooch, hair clip or bag decoration. My daughter Eilish has already called dibs!

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