..when we are invited to friends for lunch or dinner so I thought I would make some fabric coasters as a hostess gift. I used my Accuquilt hexagon dies to cut 12 hexies.
I then made a paper template slightly smaller then hexies. I used this template to iron the edges neatly. Kept one side in place with a hair clip. And work around the hexagon ironing all edges inwards.
Once they were all ironed [I kept them pressed with paper clips while I finished the rest]
I sewed 2 hexies together [wrong sides together].
I wrapped them in cellophane, stapled a label and attached to the wine bag with grosgrain ribbon and a handmade charm. It is a very quick handmade hostess gift to make.
I have just completed and shipped off my first swap. My swap recipient loves:
Pink and Aqua
Colourful and Vintage
Making Bunting Flags
Sewing Craft Anything Handmade
So I made her a cosy little needle book – so all her needles would be safe. And it gave me an excuse to crochet my first African flower. This is such a pretty crochet pattern. I enjoyed stitching a border on the fabric book pages.
It was only fitting that her pair of scissors be kept safe too – so I made her a little case out of felt and a crochet closure. Blanket stitch, French knot embroidery and button to finish it off.
Not sure if likes tea or coffee or neither but a mug with your favourite beverage needs a nice little rug to sit on – don’t you think. I made this hexie mug rug with 7 hexies.
And to finish off I made her a little packet of note cards – using recycled magazine pages for envelopes and old novel pages, I printed a silhouette of a sewing machine and adhered them to pink card stock.
This caught my eye because I could use some of the rosemary from our herb garden.
And here is my version which I made it to take to my friend’s house to share over lunch.
This edition of the Better Homes and Garden magazine [July] has an excellent feature on felt craft. I couldn’t pick just one page to capture here so here is a few.
Overlaying felt and stitching inspired me to make a felt embellishment for a baby shower card I wanted to make. Hereis the other part [of the gift] of the recent baby shower I attended. I used my Cuttlebug machine to cut the felt with my flower dies. A combination of French knots for the centre with variegated perle cotton, simple stitching with embroidery floss to sew one flower to the other and blanket stitch for the brown/grey background piece. I also added some matching baby pink and baby blue beads to each petal. I secured the embellishment with some double sided tape so that it could be removed. And a simple “boy girl” boy girl border.
I found this trio on Pinterest. They were too cute to just pin, they had to be replicated. So yes, I decided to make one for my niece that is expecting their first bub in September. I made a mistake and did not make his paws white but I like how he turned out nonetheless.
Here he is, my first amineko cat.
Click here for the pattern to make one of these cute cats!
So my friend gave me a bunch of card stock. She said, I’m sure you’ll put it to good use. She had a surplus from the supplies she purchased to make her wedding invitations. Of course, card stock equals hand made cards. I had 13 sheets of red and 6 sheets of textured pearlescent cream.
I decided to make a batch of Christmas cards and a batch of ‘any occasion’ cards. Plan was to make these and return them to my friend for her to use.
The ‘any occasion’ batch was made with printed [Best wishes] up-cycled dictionary pages and sewn [creative memories punch] dragon flies. I fed the dictionary pages [stuck on a scrap piece of normal sized paper] through my printed using the free font ‘satisfaction’ – love this font. I wanted to come up with a design that could be used for male, female, birthday, congratulations, bon voyage anything really. I think next time I would use the sentiment ‘thinking of you’.
The Christmas batch consisted of a little wreath of textured leaves. Some mounted with foam tape. Little tiny red bows made using a fork [tutorial on Pinterest, of course] and joy stamped with black ink. I used my alphabet stamp and taped the 3 letters together for quick stamping.
I wrapped them into cute little packages, cellophane, coloured twine and stickers.
The 2014 Craft and Quilt Fair finished today. I went yesterday with my mum and had a great day, attend a workshop, soaked up inspiration, bought quite a bit [ran out of cash, I still had plastic though] and took these photos. Enjoy.
Quilling on Instagram! Just when I think I have seen the most gorgeous creations I see more unique designs and variations. I am hugely inspired by all this talent. Just last week our neighbours offered us a little look at their collection of fabrics from when they were in the ‘rag trade’. And we were allowed to take any that we fancied. They are a such sweet couple and would not accept any money, in fact they were grateful we helped them clear out as they will soon be downsizing. Well a thank you token and card was the least we could do. When we were shown through their home it was evident my neighbour loved lady bugs. So here is my little thank you card I designed. A few coils, tight, loose and someone pinched, secured with a little glue created these shapes and eventually Miss Beetle came to life. Martha Stewart round corner punch to a add a soft touch. Some freehand typography.
Oh and of course a bit of research on Pinterest didn’t hurt either, follow me or my board for some inspiration.
Luckily I thought quickly when I was about to discard this T-shirt I had never used.
It was one of those that have no side seams. It was too big, long, baggy but perfect for upcycling. Yes I will turn into t-shirt yarn. You may have seen this new idea on Pinterest. I washed it and turned it into yarn, if you would like to see how, click here.
I then crocheted using a size 10 hook and created a little basket. What do you think? I had a go at styling so cut some camellias and a hydrangea from the garden.
I wrapped some sinamay, grosgrain ribbon and I made crocheted ric-rac [you can see it on the bottle on the right.]
Using paint chips, double sided and foam tape I replicated the effect. Little tag and ribbon completed my SILs birthday card.
Some stitching on the gift wrapping instead of tape. Travel memories…. gorgeous grainy [not obvious from the photo] paper acquired in Bali and colourful paper ribbon from Thailand.
Must admit this month’s food challenge got me – not very happy with the result, it seemed easier than what it was [for me anyway].
But I guess that’s what challenges are all about, stretching ourselves. I managed one fancy chocolate butterfly and a few average ones. None the less the cupcakes were enjoyed during a family gathering on our recent Queen’s Birthday long weekend.