The super talented Pilgrim Lee has done it again. Not only is she a talented illustrator and maker who’s work has been featured in local and international books and magazines, including the recent publication ‘A Little Bit Crafty’ from Frankie Magazine; she has now launched CRAFT CLUBHOUSE a vibrant new place for learning and making in Melbourne.
After making some Fruity Christmas Stockings last week to celebrate a summery Christmas, I thought it was only fitting to make some fruit themed decorations for our Christmas tree. These Fruity Christmas Ornaments have a vintage vibe and were inspired by the simple graphic shapes of vintage advertising posters and illustrations. I can’t wait to put up and decorate our tree to show off these delicious looking baubles.
These fruit ornaments aren’t a quick project to make but are certainly worth the effort as I think these decorations are really special and will become a cherished part of any Christmas decoration collection.
In Australia Christmas falls in Summer, but yet the stores are still full of wintery, snow covered decorations that don’t reflect a modern Australian Christmas, or mine anyway. I’ve always been a bit non-traditional when it comes to decorating my home for the festive season, and this year will be no different. So inspired by the explosion of fruit themed home decor and craft this year, it felt natural to me to make some Summer Fruit Christmas Stockings in bright colours to celebrate an authentic Christmas in Summer.
These Fruity Christmas Stockings are easy to make with only minimal sewing required. If you don’t have a sewing machine they can easily be whip stitched by hand. All details are glued on because I wanted to make it an accessible project for everyone, no matter what level your crafting skills. I’ve even created a pattern template that you can print so no guess work is required.
Read on for instructions…
I’ve been spending a lot more time playing with paper lately, and even though I consider myself a ‘fabric person’, I’m enjoying the versatility and easy accessibility of crafting with paper. In fact you can turn almost any piece of paper rubbish into something pretty and useful, making it perfect for an upcycling project. I’ve created a handy little wallet style notebook from a cereal box and an assortment of paper scraps collected at the bottom of our art and craft drawer. If you have paper loving friends or a pen pal, this would make a perfect little gift that can be posted inexpensively. Use it as a personal journal or as an alternative to a traditional letter, you can even make one out of holiday maps and paper ephemera collected on your travels.
After making and posting several very large hamburgers last month, I thought it was time to create another fun, not quite edible, but mailable surprise for one of my pen pals. Because Summer is approaching here in Australia, an ice cream cone seemed appropriate, and because I wanted to post some goodies too, I made an ice cream cone shaped envelope. It’s really easy to make and you can get the kids involved with the painting. There is a no sew option too. Just whack on a couple of stamps and the address right on the front, pop it in the post box for a guaranteed happy mail day.
It’s school holidays here in Victoria and I recently ran a couple of school holiday workshops teaching kids (and adults) how to make and embellish some pretty fabric knotted necklaces. These necklaces are fun to make and you can choose fabrics to co-ordinate with your favourite outfits. We had a ton of fun making tassels to hang off the bottom, and the workshop attendees did a great job of designing their own necklaces.
With a little pre-sewing preparation, school aged kids can make these without much assistance. If you want to have a go at making your own, read on for instructions…
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.