Saturday, December 4, 2010

Oh my!

Today I was lucky enough to have one of my items featured on the front page of Etsy. In a stunning treasury by Brydferth. Since then I've been thrilled and incredibly flattered with the amount of interest in my little bracelet. Having something you have made be liked by others is an amazing feeling.

Here it is!!

To top it off we've been getting all Christmassy today; mulled wine and choosing a simply PERFECT tree from the local nursery (piccies to follow...)


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gotta love a snow day!

I am lucky enough to have had the day off today due to the snow. I thought it would be nice to don my wellies and go for a little stroll this morning. So here I was, feet in, ready to go:

Lovely eh? You'd think so wouldn't you. That was until all the snow slid from the roof of our house derectly on to me. I felt like I was in a scene from Vertical Limit or something (without the worry of impending death of course)
So to cut a long, and soggy, story short; I organised some of my fabric stash into a pretty little basket insead.

And I can tell you it was a thoroughly more entertaining task than waddling about in the snow :D
I loved folding all the fabric nearly and rowing it up in the basket, small, happy things.

I've also had time to list a few bits and bobs in my Etsy shop. I've been meaning to do it for ages so I'm pretty happy with my productive morning.

Here are a couple of fabric rings I've been working on, it's taken me a little while to perfect the design but I'm happy with how they've turned out; there a peachy/mustard polka dot one:

another shot...

And a rather nautical blue and white striped one;


Both can be found here in my shop.

Where you'll also find a new wood effect BIG button brooch:

And another nautical treasure; this layered fabric flower:

Right folks, thats all for now. Off for a cuppa. xx

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Finished baubles and a fun tutorial

After my bauble tutorial I went on to make lots of the little lovelies. I adore them (it's ok to say you adore your own work right?) and I am tempted to save a couple for my own tree.

 They've now taken their place in my ornaments basket ready for the next fair!

Being a 'maker', especially at Christmas, I never seem to get around to my own crafts, just for me and my house. I've got so many ideas for home decorations but the closest I've got to realising any of those ideas this week was beginning to paint our dining chairs with my lovely man. Here's how they're looking so far;

I LOVE the colour against the colour of my ruby red dresser, I'm a firm believer in colour as therapy and this is all the therapy I need; one pretty turquoise chair. I'll get around to painting the rest later.

My blog title also promised a fun tutorial. This time it's not one of mine but a cute, quick make by Lupin over at her much loved blog Bugs and Fishes. Such a simple idea but so effective! I just had to have a go!

Must dash, got a huge WIP box to attend to, and I simply must find time to play in the snow. xx

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Button bauble tutorial

Long time away from the blog and one wedding later, I'm back and feeling very Christmassy all of a sudden. Thought I'd share this cute button bauble tutorial.

You will need:
Felt - any colour of your choice
Ribbon - small scraps that need to be used up are perfect for this make
Buttons - various shapes and sizes

1. Begin by cuttng 2 felt circles in a colour of your choice, I simply used a glass to draw around.

2. Choosing the buttons is by far my favourite part of this make. I opted to go for non-traditional Christmas colours for this bauble

3. Stitch your buttons onto your top circle only. You can either leave a space between your buttons or overlap them as I have done. I personally prefer to overlap the buttons for a 'bursting with buttons' effect.

Keep overlapping the buttons....

Until you have a completed buttoned circle

4. When you have stitched your buttons on, choose a piece of ribbon to make a loop with and sew it onto the back of the buttoned front circle.  ETA: I would usually do this first before attatching my buttons but it's ok to do it afterwards too, I was just giddy to get started!

5. Now place the back circle of felt in place and use a pin to secure to the front. Use either a whip stitch or a blanket stitch.

Leave about an inch before you complete the circle, remove the pin and stuff with wadding/stuffing/felt scraps/old shredded tights (washed of course)

6. Finish off your stitching, et voila! A beautiful button bauble.

  • Add matching/contrasting ribbon to the back of your bauble.
  • Create different shapes such as Christmas trees or even bells.
  • Use ribbons and buttons combined on the front of the bauble.
The possibilties are endless and I hope you enjoy this making these pretty baubles.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Heading for a wedding

Okay, so I get married in 3 months and I was expecting planning a wedding to be an exciting job, it really isn't. The amount of things to do is mind boggling and we're only having 50 guests! Early on I decided on the style of dress I'm having and found someone locally to make it for me. I also decided on my bridesmaids dresses too and they set the tone for the day:

They're going to have tiered cotton underskirts to really make the most of the circle skirt. But my main niggle now is what colour suits the men could have? Any ideas welcome :) x

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Front page excitement and other news

Look! My Canary fabric necklace made the front page of Etsy last week. I was incredibly excited and proud, not only that Brydferth over on Etsy had added my necklace to her gorgeous Treasury but that it had made it to the front page and recieved over 1000 views. Now to many establised Etsians it may be 'par for the course' to have lots of views and feature on the front page but for me, in my humble infancy, it was amazing!

In other news, more fabric necklaces and button jewellery will be added to my shop soon and I'll be sure to return and post some preview pics this evening. For now though, I shall celebrate my moment of front page fame with a cup of tea and a banana muffin (homemade, of course!)


Thursday, May 20, 2010

A love affair

So, I love buttons, as I'm sure you already know. I found myself looking through my jars (well boxes :S) of buttons today when I came across some lovely little charms I'd forgotten all about!
I new I simply had to use them, and seeing as though they'd obviously spent a long time making friends with my button collection I decided to make them a permanent home together on a bracelet. Here's the result:

I'm rather pleased with how it turned out, it's now listed here on in my shop. Waiting to be sent to a new home :)

*ETA - should I worry that I am personifying my buttons?*

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Lately I have been looking for a way to incorporate my love of textiles with my love of jewellery. I began experimenting with some designs for fabric and felt necklaces but I wasn't too happy with the results. Something was missing... Then I came across Fabric Rehab

What have I been missing out on all this time?! The fabric is beautiful and there's such a wide selection. I suddenly found myself filled with inspiration for my necklaces. I bought fabric with owls, lovebirds, quirky 50's patterns and of course polka dots. Here's how it's going so far..

Some other shapes i've been experimenting with:

I'm going to add chain and a pretty clasp to the fabric pieces today. More photos to follow.

Happy crafting days. I love them.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

How to make bunting!

Having had a rather busy time lately what with wedding planning, work and DIY (eek) I've not found the time to do this tutorial...until now! So here goes, this is how I make my bunting. I don't profess to be a sewing expert or anything but I've found this method works for me.

You will need:

Fabric - any old fabric will do but the thicker cotton duck fabrics (usually used for curtains/cushions) are easier to work with if you're a sewing virgin!
Sewing cotton and embroidery thread - in colours of your choice, I've just used white.
Greaseproof paper
Headed pins

Sewing needle
Bias binding - again in a colour of your choice
Sewing machine - although you can hand sew but it may take you a while!
Two large buttons
Felt - optional

If, like me, you're making bunting for a special occasion like a wedding, birthday or christening then you might like to personalise the bunting using appliqued felt letters. Applique basically means sewing an embellishment (in this case lettering) onto another fabric.

I've included the 'happy birthday' print templates at the end of the tutorial as well as a template for the pennants - posh name for bunting flags don't you know ;)

This tutorial will go through the steps to make Happy Birthday bunting so if you just want plain bunting miss out steps 2-4

Step 1
Choose your fabrics. You might like to pick a colour scheme or do what I did and go for a rainbow of colour.

Transfer the paper pattern to greaseproof paper and pin to the fabric.

Carefully cut around the edge. You'll need to do this twice for each flag.

I made 17 flags - 13 for the 'Happy Birthday' and 2 for either side.

Step 2
Print out the letters you need onto paper or card and cut them out.

Draw around the template onto the felt using a tailors pencil, vanishing pen or just an ordinary pen as it'll be hidden when you sew it down. Reverse the letters so they're the right way round when you turn them over (if that makes sense!)

Then cut them out.

Step 3
Lay the flags out and decide on the order you would like them to be positioned. Lay the felt letters on top of the flags to check that you like the colours and layout.

Step 4
Pin the letter to the front of one of the two flags and use a whip stitch to attach it to the flag. Repeat for all flags with lettering.

I decided to use a thick embroidery thread so it would show for a fun effect but you could use a thin cotton in a matching or contrasting colour for different effects.

Step 5
Now pin the two flags together with the 'right' sides facing inwards.

Repeat for all of the flags

Then stitch 5mm from the edge along the two diagonals creating a fabric cone. The top will be sewn up later.
I used a tight running stitch setting on my sewing machine. What ever stitch you choose to use it needs to be a straight, tight stitch so it is secure and can be turned inside out easily without losing too much flag.
Repeat for all of your flags.

Step 6
Turn your flags the right way around and use a pen or the end of your scissors to ease out the point of the flag. Iron the flags flat and take a moment to appreciate how pleasing a little stack of ironed flags is! NOTE: Always iron felt applique flags on the reverse of the flag.

Step 7
Lay your flags out again and decide how far apart you would like them to be, if at all. Then measure how much bias binding you will need, I used about 2.5m. You will need to allow for at least 10cm of binding free at each and to create a loop for hanging.

I like to use bias binding as it has a neat finish but you could use ribbon. If you're not very confident when sewing it is better to use a wider ribbon or bias to allow room for error when sewing the flags on.
Iron the bias in half to make positioning easier then pin your flags in place, tucking the tops of the flags into the fold.

Step 8
Use a wide zig-zag stitch to run along the bias to secure the flags in place. You could use a coloured thread for extra cuteness!

Step 9
Create a loop using the ends of the bias and sew in place, use a cute matching button to hide the end of the loop.

Step 10
Let your bunting take pride of place either for a special event or as a gorgeous shabby chic decoration all year round.

PS: If you use my tutorial to make bunting I'd love to see a picture of what you've made!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...