It’s Christttmmmassssssss….. well nearly! As I’m a big lover of pom-poms and Christmas, I decided to have a go at making my own festive knit with a pom-pom twist. As I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to do more, I made two. They’re both pretty quick to make and cheaper than a tin of Quality Street!
Would you like to make your own, unique elf on the shelf? This one comes complete with little belled booties and a hat, a bag to store his goodies and a free template to make him super easy to make. Whoop!
It’s not too early to talk about christmas is it? Never! I was in the shops about a month ago (a MONTH. Now that is too soon!) when I saw the little Elf on the Shelf thing. That thing has got it’s marketing pegged. £30 for a felt/plastic doll and a little book! I do like the idea of a cute little elf that sits happily on your shelf throughout December though, so I thought I would make my own, and share it with you. So you can too. I tried really hard with this one – I wanted him to be special. I hope you like him!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but embroidered patches are really big on the High Street at the moment. There doesn’t seem to be an item of clothing that hasn’t had a patch, or two, or three, sewn onto it by clothes shops. I thought I’d have a go at a DIY version for my Buttons. This is not really a tutorial but hey ho!
Back in the summer my lovely friend, Ashley from Little Time Design, and I set each other the challenge to up-cycle this gorgeous £6 Asda dress. It was the perfect blank canvas and was just crying out for a little customisation. So we bought one each and came up with our own individual up-cycled design. I went for a simple embroidered geometric collar and Ashley pulled out all the stops with autumnal crochet flowers… Here’s how we did it!
We were asked by Brother to come up with a fun sewing project for kids over Halloween, so we thought we’d make some spooky hand puppets for your little ones to put on a seasonal show. This friendly witch and ghoulish fellow are simple enough for kids to stitch on a sewing machine with a little help.
When I was little I used to go to dance classes. I was always the slightly dumpy kid who was doing their ‘naughty toes’ when everyone was pointing their ‘good toes’, or was on the shuffle when everyone else was on the hop step part. Let’s just say I sucked at dance. Anyway, my mum dug out my old ballet bag recently which was this cool 80s duffel bag, so I wanted to use the style of it to create a bag for Harper’s ballet things. She’s been doing ballet for a year and thankfully it doesn’t look like she’s taken after me in the grace stakes.
Sorry for jumping on the back-to-school bandwagon, but it IS back to school time, and for the first time ever we now have a school child too! So we’ve been thinking lots about all the things we can make to prepare for it. When our favourite magazine of all time Mollie Makes asked us to craft up some super simple vinyl lunch bags we were very happy to indulge. These are a great project to make and they don’t take long to whip up. The magazine is available now – go and buy it, it’s aces.
Pom pom bags are everywhere at the moment, as are pom pom shoes, earrings, keyrings… basically if you can put a pom pom on it, then the craft world already has. I’ve long had the idea of upcycling a placemat into a clutch bag, so I thought why not add pom poms to it too! This was a really quick make and an easy nap time craft, which was the perfect antidote to months of long projects due to book writing.
As a little starting school gift, I thought I would make Amelie a little stitched pencil case. I know she probably doesn’t need one yet, but still. I wanted to make it! So here it is. It didn’t take long, with a little evening stitching in front of the box. I appliqued it with a yellow pencil and stitched her name on. I know, she will probably ditch it very quickly in favour of some Helly Kitty of Frozen crap, but she likes it at the moment!
I quite often see photos of things online and say to myself “I can make that”, but then find that everything is that little bit more complicated than I thought it would be. I saw a photo of an adult watermelon skirt from a shop website and thought Harper would love a mini version because her favourite melon is watermelon, closely followed by ‘bunny dew’ and ‘cantaloopy’ coming in third (we eat a lot of melon in our house!). This project actually did have me in tears as it didn’t go quite to plan, but once it was all finished it looked ok and she loved it, so that’s all that matters right?! I thought I’d share things that I have learnt and show that not every project goes to plan.
You must have noticed that cactus designs seem to be on every item of clothing at the moment. After seeing a pair of adult cactus shoes, I decided to make Harper a mini version by embroidering a cheap pair of pumps from Primark.
You will need:Pair of pumps Green and brown embroidery thread Scrap of card Pen or pencil, needle and pin.
1. Begin by drawing your cactus templates onto card. Create one template for the front of the shoes and a few smaller ones in a variety of cactus shapes for the sides. Cut these out.
I am seriously loving the summer folky style trend of adding embroidery, ribbons, pom pom, ric rac, and basically any and every bit of embellishment you can find, to clothing this season. Boden has a really lovely selection of clothes which I put into a virtual basket before deciding to have a go at doing a version myself. My favourite piece was this skirt. The version I made cost about a third of the price of the original and was pretty simple to make. If you fancy making your own, here’s what you need. (Measurements and sizing are to fit a four year old).
I think this has to be my favourite and simplest craft project I’ve done in a while! Pom-poms make me very happy and after seeing that they are the hottest new trend for adult sandals this summer I decided to make a version for Harper so she is beach-chic! I spent a while looking for plain sandals for little girls that weren’t really leather (so they’re easier to sew through) and found this pair in Primark.
We do love a garden gnome. And we also love Cath Kidston (a LOT). So when they asked us to design a craft project to coincide with the launch of their lovely new garden gnome print we were very excited to be involved! Their gnomes, Gnorris and Gnatalie, appear on clothing, kitchen accessories and even a doorstop (they’re so lovely, have a look here if you like). Cath Kidston asked us to come up with a kids craft project featuring these cheeky little people so we designed these felt hand puppets for our cheeky little people.
These Easter egg cosies make the perfect seasonal addition to your breakfast table. We were asked by Brother Sewing Machines to take part in their Brother Crafts Challenge to create an Easter project that children can sew. These little egg cosies are easy for kids to make from felt and are a great first sewing machine project (though you could sew them by hand too).