I’ve been tidying up my sewing room and came across a tin full of pastel toned paper pieced hexies that never made it into my Hexagon Table Runner. All those pretty vintage florals got me thinking about Easter themed crafting, and after having a little play with the hexagon shapes, these cute little bunnies hopped right out at me.
These Mini Bunny Pillows are fun to hand stitch and can be made with the smallest of fabric scraps. If you’d like them to scent your drawers or wardrobe, include some dried lavender to make them smell just as sweet as they look. They would make a great Easter gift that lasts all year round, add a pin to the back to turn your mini bunny in to a wearable brooch.
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.
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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As Valentine’s Day approaches one can almost feel that ‘Love is in the air’, so inspired by that whimsical phrase I decided to make a heart shaped kite. I’m not really into the whole commercial nature of Valentine’s day, but I think it’s a nice gesture to give someone you care about a small token to show your affection. It can be a simple as a note or a card, but if you have more time, this pretty heart kite would make a special gift. Add a note “You have my heart on a string” to make it really romantic. Take the family out for an dinner picnic and some kite flying for a memorable evening. This kite is not only fun to make and fly, but makes a gorgeous photo prop or wall hanging as well. (more…)
It’s officially Spring in Melbourne, which for me means hayfever! I suffer terribly and always have tissues handy at all times. Rather than having ugly boxes all over the house, I thought making a cute tissue holder from a vintage hankie would be a fun (and very meta) idea. Inspired by those cute pocket size tissue pouches, but much larger to fit full sized tissues.
I’d also recommend this tissue holder when traveling to avoid having to buy those ludicrously over priced travel tissue packs.
This has got to be one of the easiest sewing projects ever. If you don’t have a sewing machine, it’s easy enough to hand stitch.
Hi There! My name is Danie. I have an online store called BLANK and I’m thrilled the very clever Cinti has asked me to share some Fathers Day gift ideas with you on My Poppet today!
Fathers Day is just around the corner and we have put together a few of our favourite project ideas:
Oh! And there’s an awesome Giveaway too!
It’s been a while since I posted a needle felting project, so I thought I would treat you to something a little bit special. I really love the idea of children playing with toys made from natural materials like wool, it’s really important developmentally to give them a rich sensory experience that plastic toys just don’t offer.
This needle felted rattle ball is a simple project, and I guarantee you will want to make more than one. A perfect gift for a special newborn or toddler. With a melodic jingle bell as a chime and it’s woolly tactile surface, both child and parent will appreciate this fun toy.
You will need:
Wool roving in your choice of colours, about 50g should be enough
Felting needles and pad
Rattle/bell – pre-purchase ready made or see below to make your own.
Making the bell rattle:
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the technique of needle felting you may want to read about Needle Felting Basics first.
-Start by firmly wrapping a layer of roving around whatever you are using as the rattle and secure it with some sewing thread.
-Repeat this with a few layers of wool roving and thread until you have your desired size (about the size of a tennis ball)
-Time to get your needle out. The idea is to poke or ‘needle’ the fluffy loose wool on the surface into a firmish ball without any lumps and that will hold its shape.
-Because the rattle in the center is a hard object we need to avoid poking the needle towards the middle as we risk breaking the needle (it’s very brittle).
-A better technique is to ‘needle’ the outer surface towards the side of the ball, keep the sharp end directed at the pad.
-Now it’s time to get creative and decorate the ball. I’ve chosen to do a three colour dip dyed effect.
-Take small amounts of coloured roving and lay over the section of the ball you want to decorate, ‘needle’ in gently, taking care not to hit the rattle.
-Go over the whole surface till the wool is firmly felted and you can not peel it off.
-Periodically roll between warmed hands to keep the shape even and remove needle marks.
-Finally to tidy up any stray fibers, give the ball a ‘surface needle’ (rub the needle across the surface).
Can you stop at one?
Why give a boring old card this Valentine’s day when you can give a Valentine that actually “Catches Dreams”?
This pretty dreamcatcher can decorate a space all year long and would make a lovely nursery mobile. I’ve hung this one in Emma’s room, ensuring her sweet slumber.
Simple to make and can be customized with objects and colours that have meaning to you.
You will need:
1x Metal ring or embroidery hoop (pre-paint with spray paint or nailpolish – optional)
2x Heart shaped paper doilies (round or cotton crochet can be substituted)
Pearle cotton embroidery thread
Beads (I’ve used Hama beads from Ikea)
Strong fast drying craft glue
1. Gather your supplies. If you can’t find heart shaped doilies in your party supply store, try online.
2. Make a hanging loop and tie off with a knot. Secure with a dab of glue.
3. Take your embroidery thread and wrap around hoop to create a web. Keep going until you are happy with the design.
4. Tie off the loose end and secure it with a dab of glue. You may also want to glue the spots where the thread wraps around the frame to prevent slipping.
Making the feather tassels.
Cut a length of embroidery thread about 20cm (10″) long and thread 3 beads on it.
5. Dab a small drop of glue to the top of 2-3 feathers
6. Stick down the end of the thread to the top and slide the beads down over the feathers
7. A small drop of glue to secure the beads
8. Make three in total
9&10. Glue on the doilies to each side of the web. (Feel free to write a love message on a doily before this stage)
11. Tie on the feather tassels, shortening to desired length and secure knots with glue.
All done! Look how pretty it looks moving in the breeze.
Who will you give your Dreamcatcher Valentine to?