Nap Time Crafts: Shrinkie Buttons

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You Will Need:

  • Shrink plastic
  • Sharpie pens
  • Hole punch
  • An oven

1. Preheat your oven to around 180 degrees. Using something round as a template – it needs to be about 5cm – sketch out your buttons with a pencil onto the plastic. Measure and mark out the centre of each.

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2) Mark Patterns onto the buttons with sharpies. Cut the buttons into strips then, using the centre as a guide, punch two holes in each button, 1cm apart

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3) cut out the buttons and rub out the pencil.

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4) Get a book or tray (something flat to press your buttons with once cooked) and have it ready by the oven. Place the buttons onto a sheet of baking parchment, then place on a baking sheet in the centre of the oven for a few minutes. Watch to see the buttons shrink down. They’ll curl about but they will settle down again. Just wait…

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5) Remove from the oven and immediately press with the tray to ensure they are nice and flat.

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Then you can simply stitch them in place as you would any other buttons. If you’re using a machine, start of slowly as it may not fit width wise!

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Tia xx

Tots100 ‘Vlog School’

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We were asked by Tots100 to be a part of their new series called ‘Vlog School’ because we recently started vlogging when we documented our MAD Blog Award Weekend.

As newbie vloggers we made a little video about what we’ve learnt so far and why we took the plunge and hit the record button.

(This was our first time speaking to camera, so be gentle with us!)

For other tips and tricks from vloggers, hop on over to Tots100.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

Top 5 Pumpkin-Themed Makes!

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With Halloween peeping its scary little face around the corner we’ve been scouring the Internet looking for spooky inspiration for crafts and bakes. As our Little Buttons are a bit young to appreciate the ghoulish fun of the festivities we thought we would pick 5 pumpkin-related projects.

1. Pumpkin Cake Pops

Our latest post for Hobbycraft is a batch of pumpkin cake pops. These would look great on a Halloween party table. Our Little Buttons seemed to enjoy them!

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2. Pumpkin Hairband
For a really quick costume for babies how about this pumpkin hairband or hairclip.

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3. Pumpkin Pinata Party Cake
This was a cake we designed last year for a Halloween party. The sponge is packed with trick and treats and is covered in an orange buttercream.

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4. No-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
This really looks delicious for Halloween, special occasions, or actually any time at all!

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5. Glitter Pumpkin DIY

A simple craft to add a touch of elegance to pumpkin decorating. No scary faces in sight!

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 ~ Tia & Laura xx ~

Sparkly Superhero Cape

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My Little Button has taken to wearing her bath towel as a superhero cape of late, so I thought I’d make her an actual super ‘H’ cape in case she wanted to practise her superhero skills in public, with clothes on!

You will need:

  • 1/2 metre of fabric for the backing
  • 1/2 metre of fabric for the front
  • Matching felt to the front fabric for the letter

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1. Begin by drawing and cutting out the pattern as above. Place the template on folded fabric. The measurements I used for my 18-month-old were 62cm for the total length of the cape and 34cm for the width at the bottom. The cape gradually gets smaller as it goes up towards the neck.

2. Pin your front and back fabric to the pattern and cut out. Leave a 1cm seam allowance when cutting.

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3. Snip the top of the neck hole (as per the photo) and round off the edges.

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4. Design your superhero logo. I used Arial Black for the lettering (size 400), printed it on paper, and cut it out of felt. I printed a star to the size of an A4 sheet of paper and cut this out of the backing fabric.

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5. Pin the star and letter to the back and centre of the cape and sew in place.

6. Pin the front and back pieces right sides together and sew with a 1cm seam allowance. Leave about 4 inches along the bottom edge for turning the cape the right way out.

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7. Make small snips around the corners of the cape to help give them a rounded effect.

8. Turn the cape the right way round and slipstitch the opening closed.

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9. Sew a piece of Velcro to the neck tie.

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KAPOW! You’re then ready to unleash your superhero in public! Watch out Brighton – Super H is coming for you!

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~ Laura xx ~

Meet a Maker on Hobbycraft

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This week we were interviewed by Hobbycraft for their ‘Meet a Maker‘ feature. We were asked about our inspiration, our favourite crafts and how we make time for crafting (erm… we are regularly sitting at the sewing machine at midnight!). To have a read of the interview, head over to Hobbycraft now.

Tia & Laura x

Our #Bakeface Chocolate Brownies

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We were very lucky to be sent this gorgeous hamper of baking goodies from the lovely people at Billingtons. They asked if we’d like to take part in their #bakeface competition (where you bake some goodies and upload the picture of you stuffing it into your face!)  With the ‘help’ of our little ones we made a batch of Billingtons brownies using the contents of the hamper. They were so delicious – crisp* on the outside and deliciously gooey on the inside. Our toddlers loved them.

*we actually burned them a bit… but we think it added to the flavour!

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To make a batch of these brownies you will need:

  • 250g Billington’s Unrefined Dark Muscovado Sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 350g 70% dark chocolate, chopped into pieces
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 50g self-raising flour
  • 100g Billington’s Natural Glacé Cherries (optional)

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Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5, line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.

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Whisk the eggs until pale and fluffy. Add the Dark Muscovado Sugar and whisk until thick. Gently fold in the chocolate. Sift in the flour and fold in until the mixture is smooth. Mix in the glacé cherries.

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Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes, until you see a paper-like crust on top. There should still be some movement in the centre of the tin.

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Remove from the oven, leave to cool, then cut into squares.

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Yum!

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~ Tia & Laura xx ~

Balloons Baby Dress Tutorial

baby dress tutorialI’ve made a few attempts at following patterns to make myself some clothes recently.  I made two skirts and a dress. Well, both the skirts came out too small (I am telling myself it was the pattern. It WAS the pattern) and the dress didn’t fit round my boobs. All that lovely fabric… ugh. So, sod that – I’m having a break from adult sized clothes! But I love making baby dresses – they use less fabric, don’t require much shape and take a lot less time.

This dress is pretty easy – it follows a similar method to the little bunny dresses we made for Hobbycraft back in the spring. I made a dress to fit my 6 month old, but you can make it to any size – just select an existing non-stretch dress in a similar style to get the measurements. This dress is reversible by design too – you just need to use poppers rather than buttons and skip the pockets. This tutorial is for a pinafore dress. The dress you use as template doesn’t need to be a pinafore – it just needs to give you a guide for width, height and arm holes.

You will need:

  • existing dress for template
  • tracing paper
  • fabric for dress
  • fabric for lining
  • fabric scraps for applique
  • bondaweb
  • buttons

1. Place the template dress onto some tracing/parchment paper and, using a ruler to give accuracy (and adding a 3/4 seam allowance), draw around one side and along the top and bottom to the centre point of the dress. You could draw around the whole thing but this method ensures symmetry.

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2. Fold the paper in half and cut out the template. You now have the template for the front of the dress. For the reverse, you just need to trace the front panel and add an inch to the top of the strap, as below right.

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3. Pin the templates to the fabric. Cut a front and back piece from both the outer and lining fabric.

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4. Place the front fabric and lining pieces right sides together and pin along the top, from one armhole to the other (so… all the curved bits!). Sew this together with a 3/4″ allowance. Repeat for the back of the dress and snip all along the curved stitching.

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5. Turn both pieces the right way out and press.

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6. Cut a pocket shape from some paper. Cut a piece of outer fabric slightly bigger than the paper – apart from the top as this will be binded. Press the edges in around the paper. Take a thin strip of lining fabric, fold over twice and sew this in place along the raw top edge of the pocket.

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7. Being careful NOT to sew the lining (I absolutely did not do this…) sew the pocket onto the centre of the front of the dress. I used satin stitch.

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8. Cut out some balloon shapes from scraps of fabric adhered with bondaweb. Position these in place along the bottom of the dress and press to set. Finish with blanket stitch for a neater finish. Sew lines for the string.

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9. Now take the front and back pieces of the dress and open them out. Place them so that the linings face each other and outer fabric faces each other (both should be right sides together). Pin together ensuring that the arm holes are matched up. Sew with a 3/4″ seam allowance, all the way along. press the seams open.

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10. Try the dress on to check fit at this point, and place a pin on the front  straps for the location of the buttons. Sew buttonholes on the back straps and buttons on the front. Use a stitch ripper to open up the holes.

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11. Finally, finish the hem of the dress by folding over twice so that the lining is visible on the outside of the dress. Sew along the out-turned lining.

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Tia x

***ps special thanks to Viv over at Binoracle for finding me this lovely star lining fabric on the street! One (wo)man’s trash…***