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.
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I’ve become a little obsessed with making quilts lately. It’s probably because all the construction going on at home (although technically it’s still demolition) is driving me a little batty and I’m finding the methodical process of assembling a quilt and then stitching it all quite soothing. I’ve finished three in the past couple of weeks and am planing on making another two as Christmas gifts.
So when the team at my super blogging agency Nuffnang put out a request for items to auction in benefit of the Red Cross Haiyan Typhoon Appeal, I knew that another quilt making session was in order.
I had fun making this quilt and it was fun to put together because the angles that look a little tricky are all cut freestyle. Using brightly coloured fabric remnants against the grey make the arrow shapes really pop.
I’ve added a little surprise to the back of this quilt as a little tribute to purpose it was made for.
buy this quilt (SOLD) and 100% of the proceeds go to the Red Cross to help with much needed relief efforts.
If you are an international reader you can still help out by donating a few dollars to the Nuffnang Red Cross Fundraising effort? Click over to the donation page , every little bit helps.
As a thank you for your donation I’ve included the quilt pattern and instructions below.
Measurements are in inches but I have included metric conversions for fabric quantities.
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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.
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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.
Just click on the pages below to read
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I’m scrapbusting again. This time I’ve created a patchwork trivet that can be easily and quickly whipped together with the tiniest fabric scraps, and other leftovers from quilt making. Make it to whatever size suits you, I found that 9×6″ is perfect for a teapot and can double as a potholder too.
If you don’t like the scrappy look, just skip the patchwork steps and make with a single piece of fabric for the top. If you have been wanting to try a bit of freestyle patchwork, this is the perfect project to experiment with.
This trivet makes a great gift, why not make a few for friends this year? Trim a tea towel in co-coordinating fabric or binding for a lovely house warming present or hostess gift.
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Christmas is fast approaching and if you are thinking about hand making some of your gifts this year, now is the perfect time to make a list and get started. In the next few weeks I’ll be featuring some fun and easy projects that make perfect gifts.
Today I’m showing you how to make a Needle Felted Molecule Brooch. The name ‘Molecule’ came about because they reminded me of the little atomic models I mucked about with during chemistry labs at college.
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I little while ago I had the great pleasure to meet the super talented Maryann Talia Pau, weaver and artist. She was running a star weaving workshop as part of a
little huge community project and art installation she is working on called 1 Million Stars to End Violence.
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Recently I’ve been doing some speaking (in real life) to groups (of real people) about Upcycling, Refashioning and Re-imagining old stuff into new stuff. It’s been a great experience to share examples of my work and inspire others to give old objects new uses. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and it was very encouraging to meet enthusiastic people wanting to consume less and improvise more.
In one of the workshops I taught attendees how to make these decorative tassels from old unwanted t-shirts, they take about 15 minutes and you only need a pair of sharp scissors. Read on for instructions Continue reading →