Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Fabric Hearts

These fabric hearts were made from two pieces of patterned fabric, a small fabric patch, some cross stitched motifs and a bit of ribbon. I cross stitched small motifs from charts in Quick to Stitch Cross Stitch Keepsakes by Helen Phillips onto aida, I then cut around the motifs and sewed them onto a heart shaped piece of patterned fabric. I cut a small square from a different piece of fabric and sewed this onto the heart shaped fabric as well. I also tied a bow with ribbon and sewed this on. I then sewed the two heart shaped pieces of fabric together using a sewing machine, adding a ribbon at the top as I sewed, I then stuffed the hearts with some soft toy filling. I made the hearts in two different sizes by using a paper pattern as a template for cutting out smaller and larger hearts.






Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Embroidered Padded Squares

These padded squares were made using a square of plain cotton for the front and a patterned cotton for the back of the squares, I also added embroidered detail to the front of the squares.


The embroidered writing, hearts and flowers were traced from the pattern pages of several different Tone Finnager books and embroidered in backstitch and satin stitch.

I embroidered the patterns onto the plain cotton first and then I sewed the front and back pieces together. When I got to the top edge of the square I added a piece of ribbon in a co-ordinating colour and sewed it in place to make a loop.

The embroidery was worked with two strands of embroidery thread for the satin stitch and one strand of thread for the backstitch.

I used a small embroidery hoop to keep an even tension when embroidering onto the fabric. Once I had completed the embroidery I cut the fabric down to the right size and shape.


I used patterned cotton fabrics in floral prints for the back of the squares and I used a soft toy filling to pad the squares.







Sunday, 26 February 2012

Vintage Fair

Yesterday I went to a vintage and handmade fair in Chipping Sodbury, there was actually two vintage fairs on, both were full of lovely vintage china, buttons and many handmade items. I just wanted to show you the things that I bought because they are so lovely.
These are all the items that I bought from the vintage fair, there was a larger
 vintage fair on in Chipping Sodbury and a smaller one on the same day, I bought
these things from the smaller vintage fair.

This lovely vintage plate was on sale for only a £1, its very small and is in perfect
condition there's not a single chip in it!

I love the beautiful vintage floral pattern on this plate.

This handmade guinea pig even has a name written on the bottom of it!
This guinea pig is called Eifion, the stall had lots of different guinea pigs
and penguins on and each of them had a different name.

This cameo brooch was a must buy for only £4.


This hand painted brooch is so pretty, I love the colours used.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Crocheted Flower

I made this cute crocheted flower from a pattern in Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench, it is really quick to make and I have made so many that I can now remember the pattern off by heart! They are great for embellishing other makes (see my post about the Crocheted mug cosy). I like making them quite small with a 1.5mm hook and thin yarn, this makes them really quite tiny but very cute!



Lace Necklace

For quite a while I have been seeing beautiful necklaces made from lace motifs but they were all desinged to be bridal necklaces. I am a big fan of lace and wanted something that I could wear on an ordinary day so I thought I would have a go at making my own necklace. I found a beautiful lace rose motif on the Josy Rose website which had beads and sequins sewn onto it, then all I did was add chain to either side of the motif with a jump ring and a clasp to the ends of the chain.



Wednesday, 22 February 2012

More Paper Flowers!

I'm on a bit of roll with making paper flowers as you might have guessed. I've made some more of the flowers I mentioned in my last post and a paper rose. The paper rose was on Kirstie's Handmade Britain, the instructions can be found here:  http://www.channel4.com/4homes/how-to/crafts/how-to-make-a-paper-rose-ring. It was quite simple to make the only tricky bit was the glueing, I glued my rose together with a hot glue gun and it was quite fiddly! I am pleased with the finished result though and I will definitely be making more.



Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Paper Flower

I saw a tutorial on the Mollie Makes website by Sarah Fielke for how to make a paper flower Christmas decoration with old book pages. I finally got round to making it today, I didn't make the whole decoration though, just one flower. I had an old book at home that wasn't wanted anymore, this is a great way to give a new lease of life to an old book. I must admit that I am always a bit apprehensive when it comes to origami but this was so simple to make and the instructions are so easy to follow. The tutorial can be found here: http://molliemakes.themakingspot.com/blog/tutorial-tuesday-christmas-origami This is my version of the decoration.




Monday, 20 February 2012

Babushka Keyring

This Babushka keyring came as a kit free with the latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine. I thought it was a really cute free gift and I started to make it as soon as I got the magazine. It was quite quick and easy to make. I love the polka dot fabric and I still have a tiny bit left which will be going straight in my fabric scraps jar!



Sunday, 19 February 2012

Bird Necklace

I made this necklace using the fine chain that I bought from Sew N Sew (mentioned in my previous post) and a bird charm from Bijoux Beads. I've had this bird charm in my stash since Christmas and wasn't quite sure how to use it for a while. When I saw the fine chain in the shop I knew it would be perfect to create a delicate necklace. I wanted to keep it simple so the only other beads I used were a small seed pearl and a glass bead. I love using ivory coloured pearls when making jewellery and I also seem to be drawn to pink coloured beads so this is just the perfect colour combination for me! I am really pleased with the finished result and I think I'll be wearing it a lot.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Makery Emporium and Sew N Sew

I went shopping in Bath on Friday and visited The Makery Emporium and Sew N Sew. I had never visited these two shops before but now they are at the top of my list for shops to visit when I go to Bath. Sew N Sew is located in the Guildhall Market on stalls 11-15. They sell a large range of ribbons and trims, card making supplies, sewing supplies, jewellery making supplies and much more.
These were my purchases at the Sew N Sew stall.

I thought this ribbon was a really good idea, you can cut up the ribbon
to make separate labels to sew into your makes.

I also bought this delicate fine chain.

I love bobble trim so I just had to buy this mini cream trim.

This cute buttons will be perfect for decorating my makes.

This beautiful lace was a must buy.

I also bought this lace, there was a large variety of different lace trims to choose from.
The Makery Emporium is located at 16 Northumberland Place. It is a small shop but full of lovely treasures. There are glass jars and pretty china bowls full of buttons, beads and crocheted flowers. They also sell a lovely selection of fabrics available to buy in fat quarters or by the metre. There's even a friendly dog named Rufus to greet you!

Here are the lovely selection of things that I bought from The Makery Emporium.

I bought this pack of four different pieces of felt in beautiful colours.

I loved these printed wooden buttons with pretty floral patterns on.

I bought this fat quarter of fabric in a lovely design. It features flowers, birds, butterflies and bunnies!
My pockets are now quite considerably lighter after all the craft supplies I bought! But I hope that if you didn't know about these shops you now visit them and love them as much as I did. Now you have seen the things I bought look out for them in some of my future makes.