Lined Drawstring Ballet Bag

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My two have recently started ballet classes. Super cute they are too, running around flat footed thinking they look like the sugar plum fairy. I’d been hauling all their stuff to ballet lessons in a plastic bag, so I decided I should make a bit more effort and make them each a little bag. I tried quite hard with these ones. They better like ballet! This lined drawstring bag is super easy and quick to make. And the applique comes with a free template! All seams are sewn with a 1cm seam allowance unless stated. You will need:
  • 20in x 15in outer fabric
  • 20in x 15in lining fabric
  • 20cm square matching fabric for applique
  • 20cm square bondaweb
  • 2.6m yellow cotton tape or ribbon
  • yellow embroidery thread
  • Applique ballet shoes template
  • safety pin
1. Attach bondaweb to the back of the appliqué fabric. Trace the template onto the paper backing of the bondaweb and cut out. Line the appliqué onto the front of one of the outer pieces, in the centre and iron to adhere.   2. Blanket stitch the appliqué onto the fabric using coordinating embroidery thread. I cheat and use my machine for speed but I do think a hand stitched finish looks nicer. Laziness won for me (mainly because I was making 2)! I realised at this point, with my spotty fabric, that this looks a little bit like a ninja! I quite like it, ballet bags in disguise…   3. If you want to personalise the bag by stitching a name onto the front, now is the time to do that. As I was making one for each of my girls I wrote their names under the ballet shoes in pencil then backstitched using yellow embroidery thread. 4. Pin the two outer pieces right sides together. Sew along the bottom of the bag. For the 2 sides, leave 2 (3cm wide) gaps – one 3cm from the top and one 3cm up from the bottom of the bag (as shown in the illustration below) and sew. These are for the drawstring. Pin and sew the lining fabric right sides together as well, leaving an 8cm gap in the centre of the bottom of the bag to allow you to turn the fabric (as shown). Trim the corners and any excess fabric and press the seams open.  5. With the seams flat – you can pin if you want to be sure – sew a neat box 5mm around the top drawstring openings of the bag. 6. Turn the lining fabric the right way out and insert it into the outer fabric so that the right sides are facing. Make sure the seams are lined up, then pin and sew around the top of the bag. 7. Turn the bag out through the hole in the lining fabric. Stitch the hole closed and insert the lining into the outer fabric. Press, then neatly top stitch around the opening. 8. To make the channel for the drawstring, sew another line all the way around the bag, just underneath the drawstring opening. 9. Cut the length of strap in half to create 2 x 1.3m lengths. Attach a satefty pin the the end of one and feed it into one of the openings. Bring it all the way round and back through the original hole. Repeat with the other piece in the other hole. 10. Take one of the pairs of straps, make sure it isn’t twisted, and pin the end inside the corresponding bottom hole on the bag, with about 2.5cm of the strap in the hole. Hand stitch in place.   Hooray! Un petit sac de ballet! Tia x P.S. If you also have a little ballerina, you might like this ballet duffel bag from Laura – super cute.

DIY Embroidered Beach Bag

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The High Street is awash with embroidery and pom poms galore, which are two of my absolute favourite things. As this trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast, I jumped onboard with a DIY embroidered beach bag for Harper. Last year was all about embroidered hats and shoes so it was only fair for the summer beach bag to get its turn. I used a bag Harper had in her dressing-up box, but straw bags are widely available online.

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Brilliance In Blogging Awards

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It’s that time of year when we smile sweetly at you and ask you for a teeeeeeensy weensy favour to help us with our blog by voting for us in the BiBs! The Brilliance In Blogging Awards are one of the biggest awards in the UK and being shortlisted for an award would mean the world to us.

We’d like your votes for the Art, Craft & Design Award. If you like our blog and the crafts we put up, this is the one we’d like your support with. Most the work we do for our little blog is unpaid and we put our hearts into making lots of nice things, but we’re only a tiny fish in a giant sea of awesome blogs, so sometimes we struggle to be seen! If you like our blog, or us, or are just feeling nice…then here’s what you do:

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Life in Pictures: Eden

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Eden Project! I went to the EDEN PROJECT! I’ve wanted to go to here ever since it was first created. To me, this place is like Disneyland. I was almost weeing with excitement on the way there (even if that doesn’t take much these days). A place that you can’t imagine can possibly exist, let alone exist here. It honestly took my breath away and made my heart pound. Laura went there last year and I was so jealous (take a look at her pics – they’re better than mine).

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Mini Makers: Picture Bead Keyrings

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We love playing with picture (aka Hama) beads. It’s very nostalgic for us, as we had them as kids ourselves, and we used to make an obsessive amount of coasters. Poor parents, forced do display our delightful plastic treasures all over the house.

Luckily, with a little help from Pinterest, there are so many more ideas for picture beads now! Jewellery, badges, magnets – even door signs from these little beads. We thought we would make some little unicorn and rainbow keyrings with our kiddies for our latest Hobbycraft post. and they LOVED them.

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Mini Makers: Natural Paintbrushes

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We got a whiff of sunshine and warmer weather yesterday after a totally grey May so far, so after dinner we did a little outdoor crafting in the sun. Harper is a hoarder of leaves, stones, flowers – basically anything she can stuff in her pockets/bag when we’re out. So after going through all her coat pockets we had a nice collection of natural bits and bobs. We threw in some paint and experimented using natural finds as ‘paintbrushes’.

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Stitched Birthday Badge

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My lovely little thing turned 5 yesterday. FIVE! Five years on the planet. Five years of being a mum. Five years since a labour that wrecked my body forever. Only five little rainbow years. She was very excited about the whole thing, about going to school and having everyone sing the birthday song, about being able to wear her sparkly shoes and about putting on her birthday badge and erm…. hang on, what now? Birthday badge??

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Pom Pom Trainers

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After seeing these beautiful trainers in Zara our eyes did a cartoon-style jump out of our heads as we love pom poms and needed pom pom trainers in our lives (without the £45.99 price tag). So we popped to Primark to get a cheap pair of trainers and pom-pomed them up!

You Will Need:

  • Mohair wool in 2 colours
  • Pom pom maker
  • Pair of trainers
  • Sewing thread and needle
  1. Begin by making your pom poms. I used a pom pom maker for neatness, but you could easily use a fork or your hand to wrap the wool around (see our tutorial for details).

2. Trim the pom pom so you have a nice fluffy ball. Make two in each colour.

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Craft Trend #19: Clay Makes

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We’re totally in love with air dry and polymer clay and it seem the rest of the craft world is too at the moment with loads of amaaaaaaazing clay trends popping up all over the internet. We’ve put together our favourite DIYs for you to try this weekend. It was hard to just pick 6! Thse are our favourites from our and other blogs:

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DIY Superhero Piñata

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Back in March, Harper had a superhero party for her 4th birthday. For each of her parties I go a little DIY cray-cray so expect a few superhero-themed posts coming up from me. This superhero piñata was for the end of the event, so the party went out with a BAM (and a WHAM and a KAPOW).

You Will Need:

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Geometric Clay Jewellery

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I love a bit of air dry clay, as you might have noticed if you’re a regular visitor (if so, sorry to be doing yet another clay project. I’m just obsessed with the stuff!) and if you don’t have access to a kiln air dry clay is almost as good as the real thing. It’s obviously not as tough or water proof, but with a good lick of varnish it can pass for a real piece of clay. So I thought I’d make some simple geometric pieces, and I love how they turned out. What I did NOT love were the pictures of me that me and Laura took to show the jewellery. I realised looking at the pics that I’m suddenly old and wrinkly with a saggy chin.  No amount of photoshopping can fix that!

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How to Make Oobleck!

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This stuff, if you haven’t already discovered it, is wonderful for kiddies to make a mess with. Plus it’s cheap and really quick to make which is good for us! So what the oobleck is this stuff? Well, it’s goo. Goo made from cornflour, that has the weirdest consistency ever. The name comes from Dr. Seuss who wrote a book, “Bartholomew & The Oobleck” about a substance that acts like a liquid, but when you apply pressure, it turns to a solid.

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DIY Lemon Bag

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When the sun comes out, so do Harper’s yellow flower sunnies. I made a little lemon bag for my little ray of sunshine (most of the time!) because I saw one on the high street and fancied giving it a go. It also means she can now carry her sunglasses, five lip balms, library card, binoculars, purse and pet Stegosaurus herself and I can retire from my Sherpa duties.

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Life In Pictures: A Superhero Birthday Party

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A few weeks ago it was Harper’s 4th birthday and we celebrated with a superhero-themed party. She’s been planning her party since her 3rd birthday, so it felt like it was a long time coming. And the day before, I came down with a terrible virus, so the whole experience was a slightly surreal, medication-fuelled riot!

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The Pirate Craft Book

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ARGGGHHHHH! Today’s the day, land lovers, that our new craft book is out and available to buy. The Pirate Craft Book is filled with 15 craft treasures to kits out little pirates from head to toe. We even show you how to throw your own pirate party me hearties. With projects including treasure maps, polly parrots, waistcoats and telescopes – if you know a little pirate obsessed little one then this book might just be perfect for them.

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