It’s Michelle here and I’m back again with another crochet tutorial. This time I thought it would be fun to play with Tapestry Crochet.
It really is quite easy to do and brings a whole new world of design possibilities. It works up into a nice firm fabric making it ideal for pouches, bags, bowls or even hats.
To whet your appetite we’ll make a quick little coin purse. Make one or many, they make great little gifts and Christmas is just around the corner. Really! So lets get started…
Weaving has had quite a resurgence of late, so I thought it would be fun to translate this craft trend into something wearable. It’s winter here in Australia, and I liked the idea of a warm cosy bangle wrapped in colourful yarn. I know yarn wrapped accessories are not a new thing, but the idea of weaving a pattern in is an accessible way to experiment with designing woven patterns without having to commit to a big project.
These bangles look great worn as a stack, so make a few that co-ordinate together. If you can’t get wooden bangle blanks, you can buy plastic bangles at the thrift store and refashion them.
I quickly whipped up a few tassels the other day to embellish a bigger project that you will see soon. These are so easy to make and only took me a few minutes with some materials I had on hand. You can keep them simple or add some pretty trims to make them look fancy. The only tools required are scissors and a hot glue gun. They make great little charms for key rings or zipper pulls. You are limited only by your imagination.
On our recent trip to Japan I couldn’t resist picking up a colourful assortment of washi tapes. Emma loves to use them to stick up her artwork around the house, but unfortunately she is a little heavy handed and some of my favourite designs are nearly running out. In an effort to resolve the disappearing washi tape ‘situation’ I created some pretty washi tape magnets from unwanted advertising magnets that were just cluttering up the fridge.
Those advertising magnets just seem to multiply, where so they all come from?
I salvaged the strongest and largest ones for this project and the rest went in the bin.
The fridge looks much happier now with cute reusable magnets that look like pieces of tape.
It’s no secret that I love Instagram, so much so that it’s one of the first things I check in the morning before I even get out of bed. I love how it brings like minded creatives together and allows for such immediate communication and sharing of ideas.
Naturally I had to create a little Instagram themed project, and these cross stitched buttons were a quirky take on the whole ‘Social Media blog button’ thing.
It’s really been years since I’ve done any cross stitch, it was one of the first embroidery stitches I learnt, and was really quite proficient at it as a child of 8 or 9. I’m not sure why it’s been such a long time since I revisited, I really found it quite a meditative process, and the small size of these buttons means that you can finish quite a few very quickly. It’s the perfect beginner cross stitch project because you get immediate results.
I’ve created a pattern for each motif which you can print out as a PDF. If you don’t want to make buttons, you can use the pattern for other project applications like stitching a phone cover.
I’ve included basic Cross Stitch Instructions and tips, as well as instructions for using a fabric covered button kit.
Christmas hasn’t even arrived and I’m all ready day dreaming about summer holidays. Whilst our northern hemisphere friends are rugging up and preparing for a snowy Christmas, down here in OZ we will be cooling off in the pool and enjoying fresh tropical fruit.
In the spirit of embracing all things summer I’ve designed these Fun Fruit Keyrings from Hama/Perler beads, they are easy to make, and make great stocking fillers and Kris Kringle (Secret Santa) gifts.
Use them as key rings, or cute handbag charms. If you are embracing a summertime Christmas theme, why not add a hanging loop instead and use them as tree decorations.
I’ve included the patterns below, if your kids are old enough to play with beads, this would be a fun activity to do together, just make sure you do the ironing.
This easy to make tote bag features an apple applique designed by Draw Pilgrim. Previously I used the templates for knee patches, now I’ve enlarged it to decorate this practical tote bag.
I’ve been working my way through my Handmade Christmas gift list, and this bag is going to be for Emma’s Kindergarten teacher, which is really funny because I only just connected the giving your teacher an apple reference. It was meant to be.
I’ve made the bag with boxed corners which are super easy to do with the method I’ve shown here.
I had a little brainwave a couple of weeks ago whilst going through my archives, an idea that unearthed all that great content buried under layers of blog posts that you are yet to discover, and wrapped it up with a pretty bow for you to enjoy.
I’m proud to present My Poppet’s Handmade Christmas Inspiration Guide, a colourful Christmas themed online magazine full of craft projects to decorate your home and give as gifts.
With over 35 ideas, projects, and recipe links from the My Poppet blog and around the web, you’ll be sure to find something that inspires your creativity this festive season.
Includes Christmas printables, gift wrapping ideas, gifts and Christmas decorations to make, as well as a crafty book gift guide.
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