Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Fabric Canvas

Looking for a giveaway to enter? Click here or scroll down to the next post. :)

Ever seen wall art that you really wanted, but was way too expensive?
Here's an easy way to make your own stunning wall art.

All you need is a staple gun, a canvas of any size from a craft or hobby store, and some fabric.
I 'fussy cut' my fabric, meaning that I decided what part of the design I wanted to show in the middle of the canvas, and then cut round it. Make sure you are generous with your cutting as it will need to be able to fit round the edges too. I stapled the longer edges first, starting from the middle and working out. Make sure you pull the fabric nice and tight. Then, do the shorter edges. When you get to the corners, just fold the fabric in and staple over them as shown below.

Hang it up and admire your work. :D

It's a great first project with a staple gun, it was my first one!

See you on Friday. :)

Monday, 22 February 2010

An edible snowman, and a GIVEAWAY!

Sorry, the giveaway is now closed!

Here's what I've been creating today.
And no, I didn't sew it, double-sided tape it, or paint it.

Cute, huh?
He matches our surroundings at the moment, too.
We've had more snow, even when we thought it was finally gone and it might, just might be spring soon.

All I did was to make the shapes out of icing and put them together with cocktail sticks. I pressed the end of a cocktail stick into the icing to make his eyes and buttons.

I love his top hat! :)

Anyway, onto the giveaway!
This month, you have a choice of three prizes.
Whichever one you choose will be presented in this really cute little handmade cross stitched bag.

Choice #1:

Cross Stitch Kit

In this kit:

A Needle Threader

Scraps of aida fabric, perfect for practising your cross stitch or making bookmarks.
And, lots of thread perfect for cross stitch, in a variety colours.

Choice #2:

Card Making Kit

In this kit:

This pack is full of beautiful papers. You could make some lovely cards with these!

There's pretty stickers, too!

Choice #3:

Sewing Kit

In this kit:

This choice is full of lovely fabrics.
It includes two fat quarters, (18" x 21" or 46 x 54 centimeters) one of each fabric pictured.

Also included are two half metre lengths of blue ribbon, and my signature pin cushion, just like the ones I made here.

To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post. Please say in your comment which kit you would like to win. You have until midnight GMT time on Sunday 28th February to enter. will be choosing the winner and it will be announced on Monday 1st March.
I don't mind what part of the world you are entering from and I also don't mind if you won the last giveaway and would like to enter this one as well.

See you on Wednesday!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Puffy Pouch

Now that I know the birthday girl has her present, I can show you what I made a couple of weeks ago.

I used the tutorial from Pink Penquin, here.

Of course, I had to make a little notepad to match, the same way I made these ones. :)

On Friday, I'll give you a virtual tour of my room. I know it's going to happen this time, because I've already taken the photos!

See you then!

Monday, 15 February 2010

Quick and Cute Glasses Case Revamp!

Want to add some colour to your glasses case? How about a box or anything else that needs some style?
Have a go at this!

All you need to do is stick some double-sided tape down onto the top.

Peel the paper off.
Then, cut some fabric bigger than the glasses case. Make sure you have enough fabric! Stick the fabric down nice and tight. I made sure that I used the side that doesn't fray on the back by the hinge.

Then, put some thin double-sided tape in the inside and stick the excess fabric down to that.

Enjoy your pretty glasses case. :)

I covered this one for my Mum.

I also covered my glasses case, using  fabric that matched my glasses. 

Sorry the bag tutorial didn't appear today, but I am really hoping it will be done this week. I've not been feeling so well and really didn't feel up to sewing. ;)

See you soon!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Quick Valentines Cards

Need a last minute Valentines card idea?
Have a look at these.

I used a paper fastener to keep these roses together, much easier than glue!

All I did for this one was to sew the heart on to the card. I used a post it note as a template. Useful stuff, post it notes. :) If you didn't want to sew, you could just as easily use double sided tape to stick it down. You could do it with any shape, flowers, circles, squares...

Just in case you were wondering... I'm not sending any, they're for my parents to give each other! Hehe. :D

See you soon!

P.S. I can't wait for Monday's post! I've been making some really cute bags and am in the process of doing the tutorial, don't miss it!


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Quick and Cute Felt Pincushions

I don't know about you, but I really like pincushions. You can have them in so many different shapes and sizes!
Here's an easy peasy way to make one.

All you do is roll up some felt very tightly and stitch in place. I stitched a button to the little pink one just to add some interest, but you don't have to.  If you wanted to make a bigger one, you could join the lots of felt pieces together, like I did with this one. To be quicker I used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine, but you could easily do it by hand.

It might look hard, but it's really easy. I have had my sewing machine for about 5 months and have only just tried using zigzag stitch, I'm not sure why I was too scared now, you don't have to do anything different, the machine does it all for you!

Roll it up nice and tight and pin in place.

You can stitch it together however you want.

See you soon!
P.S Don't worry, bigger tutorials are coming soon! ;)

Inspired by this post.

Monday, 8 February 2010

What to do with old belts and empty frames

Got some old belts, but not sure what to do with them?
Here's some ideas.

I had a cute belt with a butterfly on, but it's too small for me now. So, I took the butterfly off it and made a pretty door hanger.

Tie it onto some thin ribbon. Then, hang it up and admire!

I also used another belt to make a growth chart. All you need to do is hang the belt up and tie tags on (I slip knotted them through the holes with this belt) with the ages/date of when you measured your children.

I used another belt to show a slightly different way you could do it.

For this one, I just hanged the belt up and used mini bulldog clips to put the ages on. I got the bulldog clips from Wilkinson's a few years back, I'm not sure if they still do them or not.

Got some seriously  cute frames, but nothing to go in them?

You could always use matching fabric.

Cute, huh?

See you soon!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Mini Notebooks

Mini Notebooks

Ever wanted to know how to make cute little notebooks? Thought they would be easy to do but where never too sure quite how to do it? Well, I'll show you how!

Step One

Get some pieces of paper and make sure they're all the same size. 

Step Two

Staple them together.

Step Three

Put double-sided tape down over the top of the staples.

Step Four

Get some cute paper and press it down over the double-sided tape.

Step Five

Turn it over and put double sided tape over the back. Then peel the backing off and stick the paper down.

Step Six

Turn it back to the front and put double sided tape over the paper join. Stick some cute ribbon over the top and admire your work.

Or you could leave the ribbon off, like I did with this one.

See you soon!