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…
Our very talented crochet contributor Michelle has come back from a relaxing holiday and has created a new crochet bag pattern exclusively for My Poppet. I love this modern take on the old fashioned string bag, it looks great and is super practical too.
Over to Michelle…
It’s Michelle here with a tutorial for a crochet Market Bag. Pop it in your handbag on your next trip to the shops, it’s roomy enough to carry your groceries home and the solid base will stop your carrots falling out the bottom.
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…
I’m so pleased to introduce a new regular contributor to My Poppet, Michelle Robinson from Poppy & Bliss. Michelle is obsessed with crochet and will be sharing her skills with us in the months to come. I’m very excited to learn from her expertise, and I’m very happy to have her as part of the My Poppet team. Welcome Michelle…
I was thrilled when Cintia invited me to write some posts on my favourite topic: CROCHET! For those that don’t know me, my style is modern, fun and colourful. I love to combine bright colours and interesting techniques putting a modern twist on an old craft.
In deciding what to write about, I wanted to cover a few nifty tips and tricks, some pretty stitches and have a play with colour, so I rolled all this into one cushion and thought it would be fun to have a Crochet-ALong (CAL).
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.
If you are like me, you can never have enough storage for bits and bobs. But why have boring old round baskets when you can have cute heart shaped baskets to brighten up your space. These little crochet baskets work up quickly with Zpagetti yarn and make a great gift for yourself or a special friend. Fill them with sweet treats for Valentine’s Day and then keep the basket as an attractive and practical storage solution.
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.
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.
Measurements are in inches but I have included metric conversions for fabric quantities.
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.