Category: Sewing

A Crafty Afternoon

Needlepoint

One of my resolutions last year was to spend more time crafting so I’ve decided to dedicate some time every weekend crafting on specific WIP’s. Just knitting isn’t enough, as I do this most evenings anyway so I want to make sure that I spend time on the other craft that I enjoy and it’ll help me keep my Folksy shop nicely stocked!

Last year, I failed to send quite a few birthday cards on time. Part of the reason was that I didn’t have any cards in the house. So I decided that I should make a stock of birthday cards just for me to use. I won’t write them in advance, as I’ve done that before & a few recipients haven’t made it to their birthday. Yep, I’m that superstitious that I won’t be doing that again! So for the moment, I’ll keep them safe & blank.

Handmade cards

I’ve used Blom Flowers and washi tape, but I have quite a few other ideas that I’d like to develop further. But, you can pretty much guarrantee that I’ll be using my new favourite thing, washi tape!

Some of my time today has also been spent working on a little project using some Liberty fabric I received before Christmas. But I wanted to do something a little different, something to brighten up the house & use an idea I’ve seen on Pinterest. It’s a Work in Progress, so here’s a little snippet of what I’ve achieved today, during the Murray/Djokovic final.

Needlepoint

This is something that I’m going to work on everytime I sit down to watch sport, so with the Six Nations coming up, it shouldn’t take me too long to complete it & move on to the next one! I’ll keep you posted on this & on all my other craft WIP once a month! What are you working on at the moment? Feel free to share it & a link to your site in the comments below!

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations

Handmade Christmas Decorations

I’ve had a really busy few weeks & haven’t had much time for crafting. It’s fair to say I’ve missed it. But I’ve got a few big knitting projects lined up so I wanted to craft something quick, easy & from the sofa. So I decided to make some Christmas Tree decorations. Our tree this year isn’t keen on some of our heavier baubles so I wanted to make some fabric ones that wouldn’t pull the branches down. They were quick & easy, perfect for a wet Wednesday afternoon!

To make your own fabric Christmas Tree decorations, you will need:

  • fabricCutting Out
  • fabric scissors
  • needle and thread
  • template
  • stuffing
  • pins
  • ribbon
  • buttons or other accessories
  1. Firstly you need to draw and cut out your template & the only limit here is your imagination! I wanted some stars for the tree and I made them quite big. I chose this bright red Liberty fabric, that I received as part of a fabric bundle from Liberty, because I think it’s bright and festive. You could add them to some bunting, tie them onto presents or attach them to serviettes as part of your Christmas day lunch!
  2. Once you’ve drawn & cut out your template, pin it to your fabric. Because my templates were drawn freehand, I pinned both sides of the fabric together and cut them both out at the same time. That way ensuring the fabric shapes were all the same size and shape, even if my star wasn’t perfect!
  3. Then it’s time to sew the two sides together. If you want a perfect finish, then add a centimetre to your fabric before cutting out for hemming and sew the sides together using a sewing machine. I wanted more of a homemade feel so did some hand stitching around the edges.

Hand Sewing

         4. Make sure you leave a gap when sewing up so that you can stuff your star, but you won’t need much or it’ll look too round. If you haven’t got any toy stuffing you can use some old (clean) tights! Use a crochet hook to push any stuffing into the points of the star.

Stuffing

5. Sew a stip of festive ribbon onto the top point of the star & add a small pretty button onto the front of the star. You could also add some sparkle by sewing on some sequins would also look great.

I am pretty pleased with my Christmas stars & would definitely make some more. Next time I think I’ll some sequins and use contrasting embroidery thread, instead of regular cotton. I’d also like to make some Christmas bunting to go across the front window, so may even experiment with some holly! Watch this space!

Handmade Christmas Decorations

Have you made any Christmas decorations this year? I’d love to hear all about it!

Christmas Wish List – Liberty Print Accessories

Liberty Print

So the wish list continues. I’m hoping that compiling these lists will also help me think about what I can buy others. While looking around online and exploring what I can make & add to my wish list, I came across these Liberty print exclusive accessories. What is not to love?!

Liberty Print

Top row (left to right): Mabelle print large fabric notebook. Liberty fabric bundle. Large D’Anjo print rose knot watch. Bottom row (left to right): Liberty fabric. Liberty fabric. Strawberry thief Liberty print
knot watch

I think any crafter would love to get a Liberty print bundle in their stocking! I know I would. I really like getting craft gifts. You get the enjoyment from opening up the present on Christmas Day & then enjoyment when making something using the gift! Fantastic!

What craft gifts would you like for Christmas? What are you looking forward to make in 2013?

*I am working with Liberty and this is a collaborative post.

My MacBook Air case

Homemade laptop case

I recently bought a new laptop, a MacBook Air. I love it! All I needed to really enjoy it was a laptop case. I wanted something unique, different, homemade & not too expensive. I looked on Folksy & Etsy but couldn’t find one that I really liked, especially as my Air is the 11″ one and there weren’t many for this size. What I wanted was one made with vintage green fabric – guess what, I had some! So I decided to have a go and make my own, especially as I’ve been reacquainted with my sewing machine recently.

The first thing I did was to sketch out the steps that I needed to follow. Then I measured my fabric and quilting batting. I hemmed the top of the fabric to make the edge nice, sewed on one my handmade labels and added the pink ric rac on the top. I bought the fabric a few weeks ago & it was tied up with the pink ric rac so I knew that it matched.

Macbook Air Case

I then stitched the sides together before making the button flap, which included making a button hole – something I’ve never done before but was much easier than I thought it would be. I was really surprised! I stitched it on to the main body & added one of my vintage buttons.

Homemade laptop case

It was really quick to do. When I showed it to my OH, he thought that I’d bought it. Saying that, it’s not perfect. My sewing isn’t always straight and I was very lazy with my measuring. Having said that, I think I might make a few for my Folksy shop. I have some lovely fabric at the moment & quite a bit of batting. I’ve also learnt a few things and would do some things differently – I’d add some fabric lining, measure more accurately, iron the fabric & stitch more slowly so that it’s straighter.

I’m so pleased with it & so glad that I gave it a go. I can’t wait to take it out & about!