Sunday, 28 October 2012

Christmas Cards 2012

Do you remember my embossed snowflake Christmas cards last year? I mainly remember spending ages holding those cards over the toaster waiting for the powder to melt! (Toaster = much cheaper than the heat gun)

This year I have made quite a simple design using buttons as baubles. I have amassed quite a large collection of buttons (there should be a word for a button addiction) so it's great to put them to good use. Plus, buttons always look cute in any project.

There's currently a few different colour combinations. I'm sure the design will evolve the more I make. Here's the trial runs:

Homemade christmas cards button baubles







Monday, 22 October 2012

Toilet Roll Christmas Garland

It's officially the beginning of crafting Christmas! I have been pulling out all my craft books and pins on Pinterest to collect ideas for ideas for Christmas presents. Here in England it's raining, the leaves are turning red and there's nothing better than sitting in the warm with a cup of tea and planning out projects.

Here's a simple one to get you started....remember my post about things to do with toilet roll? Well I was inspired and have been collecting loo rolls to make this simple but effective decoration.


christmas garland decoration gold silver toilet roll craft idea

christmas garland decoration gold silver toilet roll craft idea


You will need:
Toilet rolls (one per star)
Double sided tape
Gold & silver spray
Ribbon 

Measure and mark each toilet roll into 6 sections. Squash flat and cut these out. Place a cm square of double sided tape on each piece and stick the sections together. Spray half gold and half silver, hang them up to dry and then thread them on the ribbon or hang individually on the Christmas tree.


christmas garland decoration gold silver toilet roll craft idea

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Washi Tape

Washi tape (pronounced wash-ee) is a kind of paper tape from Japan & has recently been big on Pinterest - it looked so cute I had to get some. It hasn't really made it over to the UK yet but you can find it in a few places (try searching for craft paper tape). 

It's really versatile and once you start it's difficult to resist the urge to tape everything in the house.

washi tape ideas homemade gift tags

washi tape ideas homemade gift tags

washi tape ideas flower

washi tape ideas cande decorating

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Fabric Coasters

Homemade gift fabric coaster easy sewing machine projects
 
You will need:
Coloured fabric
Medium weight fusible interfacing (for stiffness)

Cut two 11x11cm fabric squares. Put the right sides of the fabric together and stitch around the edge leaving a 1cm margin. Leave a gap of about 1 inch along one side.

Cut the interfacing to 9x9cm and iron onto one side of the mat. Using the gap, turn the coaster right side out, and iron flat making sure that the open inch is tucked in. Topstitch around the coaster a few millimeters in from the edge to finish.

I'm planning to make some Christmas ones next!

Homemade gift fabric coaster easy sewing machine projects

Homemade gift fabric coaster easy sewing machine projects

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