Saturday, December 4, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
- 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.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let your bunting take pride of place either for a special event or as a gorgeous shabby chic decoration all year round.