Nine sleeps people. NINE SLEEPS!!! If you’re anything like us, this knowledge will fill you with a mixture of dread and delight. All rolled up into one happy bauble. So you probably don’t have a lot of time for crafting right now, but we thought we’d slot in one more because these little festive puppets don’t take long and will make little hands very happy. The lovely folks over at Brother Sewing asked us to make something that kids would love at Christmas, so we thought this little Rudolph and Santa would be the perfect thing.
We may be slightly behind the rest of the world but this weekend we are putting our Christmas trees up. Hoorah!
A couple of weeks ago, Cath Kidston asked us to design two tree toppers inspired by their prints. We love all their London prints (like, to an excessive amount) so we decided to make a little guard to watch over all your gifts. Then we made a rosy posy topper, inspired by their Ardingly Rose print, for a blooming beautiful tree.
As you already know, we’ve got a little thing for pom poms, and as pom pom gloves seem to be in all the shops at the moment, I thought I’d make a version for Harper on the cheap. I picked up a bargain packet of three pairs of gloves from H&M (£2.99).
You will need:
- Cheap pair of gloves
- Wool in three colours
- Matching thread to wool and a needle
1. To make your pom poms – wrap wool around a fork about twenty times.
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.
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.
It’s SUNNY! No, wait. It’s raining again. Maybe let’s just put sunglasses on and pretend it’s summer shall we? Last week I finally finished my cross stitch sunglasses case. I started it just at the start of the summer (ahem…last year), so it’s been on my complete-when-sunny pile. There’s not much else on the pile to be honest. I’ve never done cross stitching before so this was a trial and error, but I think it worked out quite nicely.
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).
To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, we were asked to make some royal robes fit for a prince or princess. These are easy to make with some simple folding and cutting from a single piece of fabric, a little stitching and a personalised monogram to finish it off. Perfect for any royal celebrations. For the full tutorial, head over to the Cath Kidston blog.
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).