Summer Pinwheels! June 18 2015
Oh my. When the sun came out in Salisbury this week I had the overwhelming urge to 'decorate' the garden (as you do!) and armed with a bundle of colourful felts and some cute paper straws I set upon the project pinwheel! Here is a little tutorial for pinwheels to make to use as decorations - these make great party decor! These are a great project to make with kiddos using craft card or printed papers and straws, you can also experiment with making them move with split pins etc, but these are sewn together with a button detail.
P I W H E E L S !
You will need: Felt, Paper Straws, needle and thread, buttons, scissors and ruler *
1// Cut out a 10cm square from the felt. Place in front of you and make a approx 4cm cut diagonally from each of the corners into the middle. Fold alternate corners into the middle.
2// When you have all the corners folded into the middle and hold with you thumb. Sew in and out through the middle a few times to secure the corners.
3// With the thread coming up through the centre thread on a button and sew it in to the middle.
4// Bring your thread through the back and push the needle through the straw. Sew back into the felt and back through and around the straw until secure. All done!
I put some of mine in my plant pots - the felts really popped against the green of the garden. Fingers crossed that the nice weather keeps up!
*If you attended one of our workshops this week you will have received all the materials you need for this project in your goodie bag - share your makes when finished!
Dinky Felt Pots! June 02 2015
I have been going mad for storage and tidying at the moment - think these two things come together nicely and have been making fabric storage baskets for sewing and craft equipment. I discovered a new interfacing (more to come on that another day!) which is A-MA-ZING and when combined with fabric makes the most perfect baskets.
Whilst on the tidying mission I found some little bits of gorgeous wool felt so made a few mini pots to keep desk bits organised - these would be perfect for jewellery too. If you fancy having a go at a little mini make*... read on!
D I N K Y Felt Storage Pots!
You will need: Thick Felt (100% wool is wonderfully thick, but a thick acrylic felt is fine too!), embroidery floss, needle, scissors, ruler.
1// Take your felt and cut it into a 10 x 12cm rectangle. Using your ruler cut a 2.5 x 2.5cm square from each of the corners.
2// Thread your needle, knot the end. Pinch one of the squares so that the opposite edges come together to create a corner. Push the needle through the inside edge so that the knot is on the inside of the pot.
3// Use little stitches to join the edges together. You could use a decorative blanket or cross stitch in a nice contrast thread maybe?
4// When you get to the edge do a couple of stitches over the top edge and tie off. Repeat for all corners.
Fill with all your bits and bobs! Check out these neon paperclips - yum!
*if you came to our 'Round Patchwork Cushion' workshop on 2nd June you will have the bits for this in your crafty goodie bag - enjoy your make!
Sewing with Oilcloth workshop! June 02 2015
There is so much nice Oilcloth style fabric around at the moment I really wanted to do a workshop using it this year - the first one in March sold out as soon as it was launched and the follow up last weekend was also very popular and sold out as soon as I published the pictures of the first. You guys were keen! The workshop took place in the Gallery space of Fisherton Mill in Salisbury and we could take in the Charlotte Moreton exhibit whilst sewing - well worth a look if you are local!
Oilcloth can be a tricky fabric to work with and is probably more commonly used as a table covering. Look beyond the dried on Weetabix on your own table cloths and there are wondrous things to be made! Traditionally Oilcloth is a wax coated material, and the name is now applied to more generic materials that have a PVC coating on a woven underside. In the workshop I discussed the ways you can sew the fabric and what additional sewing equipment you may need - all provided on a hand out.
We started the workshop discussing how the bag is constructed then got stuck right in to cutting and sewing. The workshop participants were given the opportunity to combine the oilcloth with heavier weight, interfaced fabrics.
'Walking Feet' were fitted to the sewing machines - a must when sewing with PVC coated fabrics - these are a great little addition to your sewing kit!
Here are some photos of the beautiful bags that were made (there were talks of mass production for a school fundraiser) and some small tissue pockets were made with all the offcuts!
Everyone getting creative!
Love the dark blue print in the lining of this one (LOOK at that gorgeous floor at FM!)
The one on the left used a printed canvas as the top section
The base of this bag had a linen base which we strengthened with firm interfacing
Love the red bases on these - very summery (whenever that may come!)
This is a great little workshop which I love to teach - watch this space for another date coming up in the summer, possibly incorporating zips!
Cute Flag Cake Toppers! May 23 2015
Whats not to like about excessive amounts of decoration - sweet or otherwise - on a cake! Makes everyday (I am sure i am not the only one to enjoy cake everyday!) cake pitstops a party! These are so simple to make and they can be made with bits and bobs that you have at home*
You will need: Cocktail sticks, nice papers (you could do plain ones and write/stamp on them or use the papers given away with craft mags), scissors, gluestick. Optional: Ruler and pencil.
1. Cut out strips of paper approx 7x2cm from your paper. Mark out the with pencil/ruler if you need too!
2. Fold the strips in half as shown....
3. Unfold and put glue all over the back of the strip.
4. Put a tip of the cocktail stick along the fold, with the tip not quite to one edge, and the fold up. Smooth down and make sure its stuck.
5. Using scissors cut out a shallow 'V' shape from the ends... Make cakes and stab them in! We quite like a big cake with lots all dotted over the top. Great for simple decoration or personalising your cakes!
*If you attended our Oilcloth workshop on Saturday 23rd May all the materials you need were in your crafty goodie bag so you can get cracking (and baking!).
Have a great weekend!
Have a Crafty Hen do'! April 09 2015
Wedding season is fast approaching, coupled with this lovely weather in the UK its perfect for planning forthcoming summer activities! If you are getting married this year we are now taking bookings for Crafty Hen do's! Get to know your hens with some fun and creative craft activities before you move on to the champers and silliness!
We have lots of things to offer including:
Fascinator Workshops - perfect to make something for the big day
Bunting and Garlands - create a gorgeous decoration for the bride-to-be to treasure or for the wedding
Party Paper Pom Poms - learn the art of creating some massive paper pom poms!
Knicker Making - Make a beautiful pair of vintage style knickers
Knicker Customisation - decorate a pair of knickers with our massive stocks of fabric and trims make them fun, frilly, frou-frou or fancy!
We host a varied workshop programme all year round so can also offer a flexible party depending on what you would like to do! Prices start at £12.00pp with a cute crafty goodie bag for each partygoer. We can travel to your venue or can recommend some venues in the Salisbury area. Get in touch to discuss your requirements!
Make + Do! Pom Pom Pin Cushion! March 10 2015
My own personal sewing kit is such a mis-mash. Jars of threads, vintage sewing paraphernalia and pins and needles everywhere! I do love to make a pin cushion if it takes my fancy (we have a very fun watermelon kit in our shop!) and they are a great way of using up beautiful scraps and will organise those wayward pins!
This is an easy peasy guide to making a Pom Pom Pin Cushion... read on!
You will need:
2 x squares of fabric (10cm x 10cm)
4 x Felt balls (ours are felt and you can get them from this great felt and craft ware supplier)
Needle and thread
Stuffing material (use a old fibre cushion or toy filling)
Scissors and Pins
optional: Sewing Machine
1. Pin your squares with their right sides together and sew (machine or hand) around the edge with a 1cm seam. You will need finish approx 4cm before where you started so that you leave a gap. Clip the corners off the square - carful not to cut through your stitching!
2. Turn the square inside out and push the corners out so that they are nice and pointing - a chopstick or knitting needle works perfectly. Take a needle and thread and stitch on your felt balls to each corner. Start from the inside so that the knot on your thread is inside the cushion.
3. Stuff the cushion full of stuffing until its nice and plump. Push it into the corners and give it a squish to make sure the stuffing is even. Using small stitches sew the gap shut.
One cute pin cushion. Why not make one and box it up with some pins and haberdashery bits for a sewing themed present!?
Make + Do! Colour Block Brooches! February 26 2015
I love brooches. Any kind, fabric, vintage, sparkly - you name it and i've probably fashioned a brooch out of it. They are really great little makes, and make a quirky statement... Here is a little tutorial on how to use up scraps from your felt stash and make a textured, cute and colourful brooch.
You will need:
Felt scraps - as many colours as you like, I like to use clashing ones
Wooden shape - I get mine from Ebay or sometimes here (this one is a 5cm heart)
Strong glue - I LOVE, love, love GemTac. You can get it from Fabricland or online. Its super strong and dries clear. I especially love that its designed to stick on rhinestones and diamante to dance wear(!)
Brooch pin - get from most haberdasheries
Paintbrush or Glue spreader
Scissors - small and sharp preferably!
1// Pick the colours of felt you would like to use. Cut into thin strips with nice straight cuts. Make sure when positioned together they have enough area to cover the wooden shape with an overlap.
2// Put glue all over one side of the brooch - don't be too generous as it can seep through the felt.
3// Lay the felt strips one by one over the glue, butting up the next colour against the piece you have stuck down. Make sure they overlap the edges of the wooden shape.
4// Turn the brooch over and trim off all the excess - get it nice and neat.
5// Put some glue on the brooch pin and stick it on the back, leave for a few hours to dry.
Put it on your coat and add a pop of colour on your Parka!!!
P.S if you are in Salisbury on Sunday 1st March we will be making these on our stall at the Salisbury Artisan Market - stop by and make one for only £2!