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On The Desk – CraftRoomInspiredChallenge – Orange Fabric…

Week 4 of the # CraftRoomInspiredChallenge – Orange Fabric, Yarn or Thread.

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Now we’re heading towards the end of September, the leaves are turning, it’s somehow immediately turning colder in the evenings, and so, you’re maybe starting to think about spending more time inside crafting? If that’s the case, why not take part in this week’s # CraftRoomInspiredChallenge!

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On The Desk – Handmade Face Masks

Of course face masks are around everywhere at the moment. I’ve had my trusty black and pink Disney mask for a while; (which I made during lockdown). But now the UK is making them mandatory in shops from July 24th; the time has come for me to have more than one available.

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I haven’t really been out aside from work; or in outside spaces; so I didn’t need more than one mask. They wash up and dry so quickly once I get home from work!

However if I end up working on two consecutive days; and it isn’t quite dry, I’d potentially be left with a problem; and as this is the first week of that potentially happening, I thought I’d make a couple more.

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This Week #20 Back to Work, Enjoying the Sunshine and the Last of Chill Time

Well, it’s getting back to normal time for me, this week our store reopens (today in fact), and I’ll be heading back to a sort-of normal routine!

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I’m off today, so we’re enjoying the very last of the good weather, having booked a time-slot at my favourite National Trust property; Lanhydrock, though of course the house remains closed, we plan on having a nice walk around the gardens and woodland there for a bit!

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In the Garden – Cotton Bunting

How to Brighten Up Your Garden When You Rent (Part 2)

Quick cotton bunting is great for birthdays and other events; or like me, you can just use it to brighten up a dull space…

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Coming up with ways to brighten up a boring, and rather grey corner of the garden without modifying anything (as we rent), can be a bit tricky, but this is a really quick and easy project, that you can do for all sorts of occasions, or, like me, just for fun!

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Getting to Know the Cricut Maker*

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut.The opinions and text are all mine.

If there was any craft item on my ultimate wish list. It would be the Cricut Maker, the ultimate smart cutting machine! For someone that does as varied a selection of crafts as I do, it is truly a must-have, for so many reasons.

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The hard thing for me, is that it doesn’t come cheap, so is it something I could make the best use of? Is it right for me? I don’t really know what it can be used for. I’m sure there are others out there who feel the same way. If that’s you, read on!

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Blogmas 2018 – Handmade Christmas Stocking*

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This post contains items which I have kindly been gifted * All opinions are my own.

TF StockingNo matter how old you are, there really is nothing better on Christmas morning to find a beautiful stocking waiting for you filled with lovely gifts! The only thing that can be better is a beautiful handmade stocking, which is a gift in itself, and one that you can enjoy year after year. Jolly Santa Stocking PanelI was kindly gifted both the Jolly Santa stocking panel fabric, and the coordinating star print fabric (below) for lining from the lovely people at Truro Fabrics, to show everyone just how easy it is to make a gorgeous handmade stocking for yourself! Jolly Santa Star Print

What you’ll need:

  • Panel Fabric
  • Lining Fabric
  • A sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Wadding

(You could also do this by hand of course!)

How I made it:

Not going to lie, I had help, we’ve seen my sewing here on the blog, and though I could do it myself, I was nervous about messing it up so I called Stu’s mum, and we made it together! It was quite a fun hour and a bit, but genuinely didn’t take long from start to finish. After cutting all the pieces out, it was no more than an hour.

How WE made it:

  • Cut out the stocking pieces as per the lines on the panel, they give a nice seam allowance (and this makes a nice template for the next step)
  • Cut out the same pieces again from the lining fabric (using the panel cut pieces as a guide)
  • Cut out wadding slightly smaller than your stocking pieces (at this point you have six stocking pieces or three pairs, panel, lining and wadding.)
  • Pin your santa print pieces, “right sides” together, leaving the open end and sew as you’d expect, so that you have what looks like a stocking if you turn it in the right way.
  • Turned inside out, pin and sew the wadding carefully to the stocking fabric on the inside.
  • Pin and sew your lining fabric leaving the opening end AND THE TOE or base of the foot unstitched
  • Sew around your top edges joining the lining and print fabric together all inside out.

  • Pull the whole stocking through the hole in the toe part of your lining fabric. (You may want to carefully cut into your wadding to work the curve) you should now be all in the right way with the “right” or pretty sides of the fabric facing outwards (like in the photo above.)
  • Sew up your toe of the lining fabric, as above, and tuck inside, and you have a seam free stocking.

Here is the finished stocking – my sewing needs to be improved a little, I’m still not brilliant at sewing a curve and it is a tiny bit creased, because the cats took a liking to sleeping on the bag it was in! StockingThis would also be great quilted, as the design is gorgeous and it would really make it stand out. Or you could embellish the stocking with buttons, sequins or ribbon for example to really make it unique.

I also stitched the baubles and fabric tags (adding some ribbon) which came on the panel, as I thought they were fun! I like the idea of just writing on them with washable pens and then I can just throw them in the wash and re use them, alternatively you could sew names onto them for someone special! Stocking (4)

The baubles, I did something a little different with, as you will see in a post coming in the next week!

This was a really fun project and was so much easier than I thought it would be! This stocking would make a great handmade gift, (either as a project to make, or made up), or even a little something for yourself.

Stocking (3)Thank you so much to all of the friendly staff and management at Truro Fabrics, who were so helpful, offering advice and tips and of course very kindly gifted me the fabrics for this project. As a local family run business, selling all manner of fabrics, buttons, ribbons and lots more, it is a company close to my heart, and somewhere I love to visit for so many of my sewing and craft needs. Stocking (2)This panel and fabric come from the Jolly Santa collection by Makower, the panel is priced at £7.80 and the coordinating star print fabric is £12.99 per metre. Both are available to purchase, along with a wide range of Christmas fabrics and many other haberdashery items, from Truro Fabrics, it is not currently available to order online, but you can call the store to make a telephone order. You can find contact information as well as other festive choices in the Truro Fabrics online store.

This post contains items which I have kindly been gifted * All opinions are my own.

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Blogmas 2018 – Handmade Gifts – Hoop Art*

This post contains items which I have kindly been gifted * All opinions are my own.

Hoop art, is definitely more popular now than it was a few years ago, and it is a great craft for making a gift, or even decorating at Christmas, there are a lot of Christmas fabric designs which are really good fun, and it is nice to have a different use if you’re not big on sewing, as I wasn’t up til a couple of years ago! Christmas fabric is also a great eco friendly alternative to paper for wrapping! Especially for those harder to wrap gifts!

 

For this post, I was kindly gifted a sample of this poly/cotton Christmas fabric , and this fab Disney print fabric*, which you will see in a post later this month, from the lovely people at Remnant House Fabric; based in North Yorkshire, Remnant House sell a huge range of sewing fabrics and related items online. The items I was gifted were well packaged and arrived really quickly too!

I adore hoop art – though when it came to preparing for blogmas, I realised that I very rarely saw patterned fabric* as the base, and I thought I would make up a couple of hoops* in different ways, to share here on the blog. Hoop Art Post (2)I’ve been cross-stitching from a young age, and embroidery was something I just never really got into, though it was a relaxing break to come up with something a bit different, and a little less time-consuming. I did each of these hoops of an evening, while watching tv! Hoop Art Post (3)This second hoop*, I wanted to try simply embellishing the fabric, and I really loved the idea of using cross-stitch in a slightly different way, too, so I kept it simple, and continued with the same colour scheme as before. It ties in well with my existing decorations, which include cross-stitch and sewn items. Hoop Art Post (4)Embroidery hoops, like those used in this post, are really affordable, I have several I use for cross-stitch projects, and was kindly gifted two natural wooden embroidery hoops* from Hobbycraft, for Blogmas. These are pretty standard 8 inch hoops which hold up well (and don’t come apart constantly) they can be left plain or decorated if you are leaving your work in the hoops. The great thing is that at £2.70, you don’t feel bad if they are only used for one project!

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Handmade Knitting Needle Wrap and More

A little over a year ago I purchased a fat quarter of really pretty Alice in Wonderland cotton fabric at a craft show, simply because I liked the pattern and the subtle colours, though I love all things Alice, and have slight theming in the craft room! (I have an Alice in Wonderland wall!).

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When I bought it, I had no idea what I was going to make with it, it was definitely one of those “just really like the print” purchases, (you know what I mean right?) and so, of course it sat in storage, not forgotten, just awaiting inspiration. 

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