The other day at the supermarket I noticed how similar the candy canes looked to my Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine, especially the sections with contrasting dark and white fabric. So in the spirit of all things Christmassy, I decided to make some red and white fabric twine to look just like candy canes. It’s perfect for adding a handmade touch to gift wrapping, team it with brown paper for an old fashioned retro look that Santa would be proud of. You can use any old red and white fabric scraps, I’ve used some remnants from my scrap bag and strips of old bed sheet. Read on for Candy Cane Fabric Twine instructions…
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.
Here it is, by popular demand…How to make rope from scrap fabric. It’s an idea that came to me whilst I was in the process of tidying up my sewing space, I tend to keep all my fabric scraps ‘just in case’ and all those really long thin pieces were tangling together and making a big mess. After doing a bit of online research on rope making, I found this video showing how to hand twist rope from tree bark, so I’ve used the same technique with fabric and it works a treat.
I’ve made a video tutorial to go with the instructions.
I was asked to design a project to celebrate the birthday of William Morris the 19th century designer/writer who urged a return to handmade craftsmanship amidst a world rushing toward industrial manufacturing. His textile and surface designs heavily featured floral and nature inspired motifs, so with that in mind I gathered some leaves and flowers and set off to print my own paper.
Printing your own Floral Wrapping Paper is super quick to do, and with the magic of video I’ll even talk you through it!
The other day Emma asked me if she could do some sewing. Hooray! After watching me stitch she is finally taking an interest in trying it herself. She described to me in detail how she would push the ‘very sharp’ needle in the fabric and not get hurt because she is ‘a big girl now and knows how to do it’.
Lack of confidence has never been Emma’s problem, but the reality is her fine motor skills still need some work, so going straight to a needle and thread would be super frustrating for her. So I improvised a weaving activity that would develop her motor skills and the very basic concept of sewing with a plastic canvas and pipecleaners. (more…)
I was so pleased with myself when I learned to Crochet a Popcorn Stitch, whilst making this trivet from a pattern in Handmade Glamping*. I love the three dimensional texture and cushioned effect it produces.
Because crochet stitches are much easier to learn when you watch someone actually doing it, I thought it would be helpful to make a little video showing you how it’s done. If you already know how to do a Double crochet (US)/Treble (UK), like the one granny squares are made with, then you practically know how to do a popcorn stitch already. There is just one extra step.
Watch the video to see how.
I was lucky enough to receive several cones of Zpagetti yarn from the lovely Gwen at Hoooked, I’d been curious about it for a while and was delighted to give it a try. It’s made from fabric off cuts from the garment industry, so it’s a sustainable product that defers textiles from entering landfill.
I am in desperate need of places to store all my crafty bits and pieces, so making some baskets was the logical option.
These baskets work up quite quickly and if you make them in graduating sizes, they can nest into each other. I’ve included basic instructions and a video, but I do assume you have some experience with crochet.
Ok, put your hand up if you dread sewing buttonholes. Most sewing machines have a either a manual or automatic buttonhole setting that can make your life a whole lot easier.
My old machine had a manual 4 step buttonhole, which meant I had to manually change the settings between each stage. It was simple to use, but getting a consistently sized buttonhole was difficult.
Now my new machine has an Automatic buttonhole setting which uses a special buttonhole foot to measure the size of the buttons and makes a perfect buttonhole every time. I recently made a duvet cover with a button closures (will share a How To soon), and fell in love with this little contraption.
It looks a little complicated, but once you see how it works, you’ll love using it too.
I’ve created a video to explain how to use it.