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.
Well, hasn’t time flown by! Today is our final installment for the Carnivale CAL and it’s finally time to join our cushion pieces and finish them off with some fun pom poms.
By now you’ll have finished your cushion pieces and made your cushion insert, following Cintia’s super easy tutorial.
So make yourself comfy and let’s get started … (more…)
I hope you are all enjoying crocheting up your own Carnival Cushion. Today I’m going to show you how to make a round insert to fit your pillow perfectly. It is so easy to do even with the most basic of sewing skills, it literally took me about 15 minutes! I’ve just used an old piece of white sheet for my fabric, anything fairly robust will do. Look around in your cupboards, you probably have something suitable laying around.
You can use this technique to make more colourful pillows if you choose fun printed fabrics.
I’ve loved seeing all your finished cushion fronts so far! Now it’s time to make our cushion backs, so let’s get started.
Today’s special stitch will be the Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc).
This stitch gives a raised ridge effect and is a great stitch to use to add texture to your work and can also be used to make increases as we will be doing to complete our cushion backs.
The only difference between a FPdc and a standard dc is where you place your hook.
The response to my Scrap Fabric Twine tutorial a few weeks ago was overwhelming. It seems to have captured everyone’s imagination. I think the beauty of twine making is that it requires no special tools, although some commenters were very keen to try it using spinning wheels or electric drills to speed up the process.
So many people asked me what the twine can be used for. Well I suppose what ever you use yarn or rope for is a good answer. Some suggestions were basket making, crochet, weaving, macrame, cording for garments…the list is endless, but I was drawn to my sewing machine (as usual) and wanted to see how it sewed together.
I started sewing circular disks as an experiment really, I didn’t have anything particular in mind, but as the circles grew, the idea for a spiral mat was born. This technique can be used for a mat of any size, you can even keep the circles small and make place mats or coasters.
Read on for instructions… (more…)
Hi, it’s Michelle back again
Have you enjoyed working on your Carnivale Cushions so far? I have! I’m really enjoying seeing all the different variations and colour combinations you are all using. I love how different it can look depending on your colour choice. Such a creative lot you are!
This week we’ll be finishing off the front of the cushion. I’m excited so let’s get started…. (more…)
I’m away in Japan this week so today I’m handing over the crafty reins to the very lovely Trixi Symonds, author of a new craft book for kids “Sew Together Grow Together”. Trixi has created a cute and practical little project just for My Poppet, it’s a pouch to keep your Jacks in. Some of you may know the game as ‘knucklebones’. I loved playing Jacks as a kid, and was delighted when Trixi suggested it as a project.
Here is Trixi to show you how easy it is to make…
When I was in primary school playground games alternated between skipping, elastics, hoola hoops and jacks…but jacks was a favorite. Times may have changed but the fun of having a little game to carry around hasn’t. This pouch can be made by Mum or Dad as a gift for their child, and of course, older children can make it by themselves.
Hello again, Michelle here…
Well, today is the day and we can finally get stuck into our crochet-along. There’s a lot to talk about so I won’t waste space here waffling on. Here is Part 1 if you missed it.
OK then, let’s get started!
US terms used throughout (I’ve shown UK/AUS terms in brackets in the following abbreviations table however, I haven’t shown them throughout the instructions as I think it just gets all too confusing with too many bracketed abbreviations. For those that prefer Aussie/UK terms, substitute all sc’s with a dc and all dc’s with a treble)