Sunday, 19 October 2014

How To Make // Christmas Bunting

I am sure half of you are thinking "it's too soon" whilst the other half are thinking "it's never too soon"! I'm afraid I am with the latter as I am so excited for Christmas this year! So you can imagine my delight when the October issue of Sew arrived through the post filled with Christmas themed ideas and free Christmas fabric! There was a selection of 4 projects & I was immediately drawn to the Christmas "Mitten" Bunting as I thought it was so cute and unusual. It was really simple to make and such a fantastic idea that I had to share it with you all...

To make the Christmas Bunting you will need:

2 contrasting (Christmas appropriate) fabrics
6 Buttons
Red & White Twine
White Thread
Sewing Machine (although you could hand sew if you prefer)

  1. I began by tracing the mitten template in the Sew Magazine (October Issues), but if you don't have this, then I am sure you could find one online or make your own. I then cut out 12 mittens shapes, which will eventually make 6 mittens (3 in each fabric).Be sure to cut your fabric correctly if it is patterned, so the pattern is running in the correct direction.
  2. Pin the mittens together, right sides facing, and sew together, leaving the bottom (straight edge) unsewn. Turn them the right way out and iron to create your perfect mitten.
  3. I then cut out six 3.5cm x 11cm cuffs, 3 from one fabric & 3 from the other. Fold over 6mm at each short edge & iron to press in place. Do the same with the long edges.
  4. Fold the cuff in half and place over the top of the contrasting mitten. Make sure the fold is on the same side on each mitten (so mine is on the opposite side to the thumb).
  5. Sew on the buttons - again, making sure these are on the same side on each mitten.
  6. Hand stitch each mitten to the twine, keeping the spacing between each one the same.

What do you think? I thought they were super easy and so cute! I just can't wait until the festive season properly begins so I can put them up in the house! Check out the Sew website to see what other sewing projects they have. I'm sure (I hope) they will have plenty of Christmas ones soon!

If you have made these, or anything similar, please let me know in the comments box below.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Upholstery // Part 1

Upholstery has always been something that interests me but I wouldn't have a clue where to begin and at the moment I just don't have the time (or spare pennies) to go on a course to learn. My Gran, however, has done a course and dabbles with the odd upholstery project, so I thought it would be rude to not get involved and offer a helping (or hindering) hand!

Unfortunately, I don't have a photograph of the chair before we started as I kind of just began by offering to help out and didn't think it could be a potential blog post. But we began by stripping the chair completely back to the frame (leaving the foam padding on there too). We had to remove the staples carefully though as we intended to use each piece of the old material to create a pattern for the new material. This was the most tiring part and after a while became a little tedious - it definitely helped having two people do this!

Next, I made alot of piping! My Gran wanted us to make it ourselves so it matched the chair perfectly. We followed some instructions we found on Make it & Love it (click here to read) using the same fabric we were using to cover the chair. Making piping is super easy - I will definitely be using this for future projects! Then came the difficult part. We unpicked the different sections of the old material to get the correct measurements for the new material. This took a little while and I double checked everything to be sure that we wouldn't get it wrong! So far we have completed the bottom section and one of the wings.

This is such a massive project and we are yet to find the time to finish it - turns out Grandparents have very busy lives too - but when we have completed some more I will be sure to update you all with post number two (and maybe even number three)!! Have you ever done any upholstery?


Saturday, 4 October 2014

UpCycling // Chest of Drawers

A little while ago I did a post about some bedside cabinets (click here to read it just incase you missed it). It was my first upcycling project and I absolutely loved it! So when Nick & I decided we needed to get some furniture for the spare bedroom, I was more than happy to take on another upcycling project. I went on our local buying/selling Facebook page to find out if any one was selling a chest of drawers. I managed to find one that was perfect and paid only £20 for it!

After lots of sanding and 2 days of painting, I have finally completed it and I am really pleased with how it has turned out. Originally I wanted to do it exactly the same as the bedside cabinets, but decided it would be good to give something else a go. I have also thought about getting some different handles although I like the natural wood against the paint (Farrow & Ball New White)  - what do you think?

  Everything I used for this project (Paint, Sandpaper, Paint Brushes etc) we already had - perks of having a builder boyfriend - so this only cost me £20. Upcycling old, unwanted furniture is so cheap and a great way to personalise your home, as well as getting exactly what you want! Have you done any upcycling recently?


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Crafty Haul #2

I may have accidentally taken a trip to Hobbycraft last week...& accidentally made a few cheeky purchases! *Oops!*

Ever since I reviewed the Sizzix Texture Boutique Beginner Dye-Cutting kit back in May, I have been addicted to card making! It's so much more personal and I enjoy creating something unique for each person, so I needed to get a few bits & bobs to keep my card making top notch. I have listed below my purchases:

1 - Cardstock Pastel Book £5 - I can't seem to find a link for this one on Hobbycraft! But I had a few sheets of this paper that came with my Sizzix set, however it was running low. I love it too much so had to get myself some more. I opted for Pastel colours, as I tend to use these colours more often.
2 - Dress It Up Red Hot Heart Buttons £2 - As I was planning on making an engagement card, I wanted to get something to fit with the theme & these heart shaped buttons were perfect!
3 - Hobbycraft A4 Sentiment Strip Sheets By Stephanie Weightman 2Pk Black £2 - Originally I was looking for rub on words as I am running low, but they didn't have what I was looking for. I wasn't so sure about these to begin with, however when I got them home & started working with them I thought they were great! Although I will keep my eyes peeled for rub on ones too!
4 - Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Dotty Stems £6 - I have brought cheaper embossing folders before, but it really doesn't pay off. You can hardly see the print, even after putting it through the Dye-Cutter a few times. I would definitely recommend spending a little more and this one from Cuttlebug is so cute!

  Here are a couple of cards I have made with my new purchases - what do you think? Have you had any crafty hauls recently?


Monday, 25 August 2014

Review: Lidl Rhinestone Applicator

Who else watched Dawn O'Porters' "This Old Thing" on Channel 4? Anyone else completely love it? Me too! More specifically, I loved the Rhinestone Applicator that was used to revamp vintage clothing. So you can imagine my excitement when the lovely Heidi Hi told me these were being sold in Lidl!! Occasionally, you can get the odd gem from Lidl, but I was surprised (and impressed) that they had this - I just HAD to get one!

The kit only cost me £6.99, which included the applicator, a stand, 8 attachments to suit various stone sizes and 2 packs of rhinestones (approx. 200 rhinestones).

With it being from Lidl, I was a little unsure of how this would perform (sorry Lidl) but I was so impressed! It is so easy to use and works perfectly. The instructions recommend leaving the applicator for 5 minutes to heat up, but it only took a matter of seconds. I tested it out on a scrap piece of material, and I think it looks great. There was no damage at all to the material - which surprised me as the applicator gets really hot - and the rhinestones stay on really well. I even tried to pull one of them off and it wouldn't budge! The only improvement I would recommend is the stand for the applicator. It's a flimsy design and a bit of a balancing act to get it to stay safely in place. But other than that, it's a great product and I can't wait to rhinestone EVERYTHING in my wardrobe

What do you think? Do you have a Rhinestone Applicator?


Friday, 22 August 2014

Something Old, Something New... #1

I saw this at Glastonbury & it really stuck with me. Where is everything going? Surely one day we will run out of space to keep throwing things away. This has helped me to decide I need to make more of an effort to throw less away & get more creative. Beginning with an old pair of pyjama bottoms! I really love the material of these (I'm a sucker for polka dots) so really didn't want to throw them away. As I'm sure you have noticed, there is a lot of bunting around these days, everyone seems to be making it and it is something I haven't tried yet. So I was keen to get my sewing kit out and give it a go for myself.

I began by making a triangle template which I pinned to my pyjama bottoms. I decided to do this on a fold, to make the bunting double sided - this also meant I would only have to sew down two sides. Once I had cut out all of my triangles, I sewn each edge on my sewing machine (if you had the time, you could do this by hand too). I made sure I didn't sew all the way up to the folded edge, as I wanted to allow a little space to thread the ribbon through the top. Once each triangle was sewing, I neatened the edges with my pinking shears to make sure they wouldn't fray. Finally, after threading the ribbon through the triangles, I put a small stitch on each one to keep it in place. So what do you think?

This was a fun, simple project and is definitely something I will do again in the future. I think it is a lovely idea for a present and would be a great party decoration too! Have you ever made bunting before?


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Baking

Sorry I have been so absent recently - adusting to working life is hard & I have been so busy most weekends with various events & family days out! But this weekend I have had nothing to do & it has been amazing! Sometimes the best weekends are the ones where you can just do as you please. So on this rotten, wet & windy Sunday, I decided to bake!

What with the new series of the Great British Bake Off, I felt it was only right to join in and attempt a recipe I have been eyeing up for months! I found this one in a home magazine & seeing something that involved chocolate & raspberries, I was immediately excited!

I am usually rubbish at following recipes but all of the ingredients were really simple (nothing too exotic / pricey) and the recipe was easy too!


What do you think? Have you done any Sunday baking recently? I would love for you to share your recipes so I can try them out too.