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.
For Grayson’s birthday I made him a felt crown and he absolutely hated it! He wore it for a matter of minutes whilst opening presents before he realised it was on his head, then whipped it off and said ‘yuck!’. He’s a tough critic!
On the bright side, Harper thought it was super and has requested one for her birthday in March. As I mainly stitched the crown by hand, I managed to get it done in front of the TV over Christmas. I do love a craft I can do in front of the Netflix on the laptop.
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!
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 love a craft hack right now and I also love this season’s must-have hat. I don’t love the £300 price tag though! So I decided to do a virtually free version for a toddler. The original hat spelled its phrase in sequins but I chose embroidery as I know sequins are far too tempting a thing for my Little Button to pick off.
Back in the summer I embroidered a pair of Harper’s espadrilles to add a bit of colour to them and to be able to do a project on the sofa and watch TV at the same time. Recently I decided it was time for another one of those ‘sofa projects’ so decided to add a decorative embroidered collar to a plain jumper of hers.
For this project you will need:
I recently bought a pair of espadrilles for my Little Button and although I liked them when I saw them in the shop I thought they were a tad plain when I got them home. Therefore, out came the embroidery threads to jazz them up.
For this project you will need:
- Pair of espadrilles
- Embroidery threads
- Begin by choosing your design and colour scheme. I sketched out a few ideas on paper first, then picked my favourite pattern, and drew that directly onto the shoes using a pencil.
2. Then simply get stitching! I used a combination of cross stitch, running stitch and back stitch.
A few years ago, back
when I had a life before I had kids, I did a big long adventure across the world with my friend. She asked me a while ago if I could make her a little stitched route map of our trip, so I thought I’d do one and turn it into an ipad case. I loved how easy it was (I know I always say that. But it was really easy – and really speedy too!). Here’s what I did.
Two months ago our black cat, Treacle, went missing. We thought she’d found a loving new home and was enjoying cream and napping on a old dear’s lap. We were so shocked when she came wandering back last week looking very frail but ok. The most surprised of us all was Little Button.
She’d been quite used to conversing with our other black cat, Tumble, and can’t quite work out that we have two of these creatures. In honour of Treacle’s return I made a cat-shaped rattle for Little Button to stroke and play with as she’s not quite mastered the art of gentle yet.
So here we go, a very simple and easy project that takes under 30 minutes to complete and gives you a cute little cake topper that can be used and reused to decorate your bakes. So get the lullabies playing and switch on your sewing machine…
You will need:
A small amount of fabric, preferably with a tiny print
Tailor’s chalk or disappearing ink
Embroidery thread and needle
A sewing machine (it could be hand sewn, but that would take longer)
Pinking shears or standard sewing scissors
2 wooden kebab sticks