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.
Tidying up the other day I unearthed a cute origami book that I bought in Japan called ‘Origami of Delicious Food’. It’s in Japanese but has enough pictures to be able to work out the designs. One of the ‘delicious foods’ was a pumpkin, and I thought it would be fun to make a few and turn them into a garland just in time for Halloween. Emma is Halloween crazy at the moment so she has used it to decorate her room.
This garland would work well for other autumnal celebrations like Thanksgiving (for all you Northern American folk).
The origami steps are a bit tricky so rather than take photos of the steps I made a video which hopefully will be easier to follow. Of course if you don’t have time for all that folding, you could always cut out pumpkin shapes for your garland.
Hi it’s Michelle here again, this time with a tutorial for a Tunisian Crochet Wash Cloth.
Tunisian crochet is a deceptively easy technique that is a little bit crochet, a little bit knitting and looks like weaving. The resulting fabric is quite thick and spongy making it a perfect choice for wash or dishcloths, potholders, cushions and more. It’s also quite lovely for scarves if you use a fine yarn.
Once you get past the first few rows you’ll be powering ahead with the rhythmic motion of making these simple stitches and looking for more projects to try out your new skills.
This is a quick and easy project finished off with a crochet border in Linen Stitch and perfect for gift giving. Let’s get started!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram you may have noticed I’m going a little gaga over knitting. It’s a craft I never thought I’d enjoy but now that I’ve really given it a chance, I’m obsessed. I think I’m enjoying the challenge of learning new techniques with every project, and also it has a methodical, meditative aspect that I’ve been craving at the moment.
So far it’s been a steep but splendid learning curve full of new delightful discoveries like stitch markers.
Even though I was aware of them in crochet, I never had a need for them, but with knitting it’s different. Stitch markers are quite important to mark things like the beginning of rounds, increases and decreases and other stuff I probably don’t know about yet, they are also like a bit of jewellery for your knitting and many knitters choose ones that reflect their personality.
Until today I was improvising with paper clips, safety pins and little scraps of yarn, they all did the job but I wanted something prettier. So today I visited Beadil, a local bead workshop and made my own. If you are a jewellery maker you will probably have most of the supplies required but if you don’t, ask some of your crafty friends, they may have jewellery making supplies stashed away that you can borrow. Many years ago I used to help my sister make earrings, so was quite familiar with the kinds of bits that I needed.
Of course you can choose any beads that catch your eye. I’ve made a rainbow of stitch markers to brighten my knitting. If you have a friend that knits, stitch markers would make a great gift.
This is one of the easiest garment refashions I have ever done, it’s only just one straight cut and seam to transform a skirt into a cute sundress. Elastic shirring can be a time consuming process to do yourself, so I’ve saved time and taken advantage of the existing waistband shirring on an old skirt. In under half an hour you can transform an unwanted skirt into a pretty sundress for summer.
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…