Winding and stitching

I’m doing a whole lot of winding and stitching at the moment, whilst making a new set of table mats. These are made from Matt’s old shirts! I do love a bit of recycling! If you would like to make some too, you can find the tutorial here.

Braided table mat

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Floral flannels!

The latest batch of flannels are hot off my sewing machine! I’ve been experimenting with how I quilt them, including geometric shapes and stripes. I love using and making these flannels and they use up lots of little scraps too.

Simple flannels

If you would like to make some, all you need is some old towels and some small pieces of pretty cotton. Find the full DIY here.

Simple flannels

Simple flannels

 

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DIY : Braided Jersey Dog Toy

Everyone loves a home made gift and dogs are no exception! I made some braided jersey dog toys for my friends dogs this Christmas and they absolutely love them! Jo says that every time they come home they have been left somewhere else in the house after they have been playing with them. To make your own all you need is some strips of jersey.

DIY : Braided Dog Toy

The strips of jersey I used measured a metre long and were 5 cm wide. Each toy was braided out of 15 strips, 5 in each section. Get all your pieces together and tie them in a giant knot.

DIY : Braided Dog Toy

Pull it as tight as you can. Braid your strips together as far down as you can, then tie another knot on the other end. It’s as simple as that!

DIY : Braided Dog Toy

Happy making!

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One of those cards

I have a select few handmade Christmas cards that get packed away with the decorations and come back out each and every year as to sit amongst new cards because I love them so much! To add to a cross stitch gingerbread man from my sister and a watercolour of a Christmas pudding by mu Mum, I have added this letterpress tree from Matt, by artist Catherine McGinniss. I can’t wait to see it again next year!

Letterpress Christmas tree card

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Wishing you a very happy Christmas!

Christmas Eve is finally here and this evening we are going to settle down and watch a Christmas film. Tomorrow we are looking forward to waking up in our very own home and then spending the day with family. I hope you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends and I look forward to hearing from you in the New Year!

Wooden Christmas tree

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A beautiful button bag

My lovely friend Lucy gave me an early Christmas present when we met up earlier this week! I opened the parcel to discover a beautiful button bag, by designer Ceridwen Hazelchild. Lucy loves sewing and making things too so she always gets me the best presents! I love the mix of buttons on my bag and can’t wait to use it…maybe it will come along when I go on my next trip fabric shopping!

Ceridwen Hazelchild button bag

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DIY : Felt crackers

This super simple felt cracker DIY can be stitched or stuck, depending on how much time you have or how much patience your little ones have!

DIY : Felt cracker

To make your own cracker you will need an empty toilet roll tube, a piece of felt measuring 9 x 6.5 inches, some scraps of felt for decorations, scissors, small elastic bands, brown string, needle and thread or your glue gun.

DIY : Felt cracker

To start, cut yourself some decorations to go on your cracker. I love stars so I cut three of these to go on my cracker. Stitch or stick your decorations onto the middle of your piece of felt, in a line.

DIY : Felt cracker

Then place your felt decoration side down and pop your toilet roll on top. Roll the felt around and pin the ends together, which will overlap slightly. You can either stick this edge down or stitch it in place using a whip stitch.

DIY : Felt cracker

DIY : Felt cracker

Gather in the ends and secure in place with one of your elastic bands. Adjust the folds of felt so that it looks nice. Wrap a piece of brown string over the top of the elastic band and tie a knot to hold it in place.

DIY : Felt cracker

DIY : Felt cracker

Happy festive making!

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A family of snowmen!

I love making things for Christmas and around this time of year I am nearly always in the middle of a mammoth project! This year my project was to design and make two snowmen advent calendars, which I have just finished and delivered to my lovely nephews. My sister has a snowman advent calendar from when we were children so this completes the family of snowmen. I have added pockets on their scarves and holly on their hats! I hope they will look forward to seeing their advent calendars each and every December!

Snowman advent calendar

Snowman advent calendar

Snowman advent calendar

Snowman advent calendar

Snowman advent calendar

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A new wood block stamp!

We discovered a lovely shop called Malabar Trading when we visited Bridport recently. It was a riot of colour and beautiful patterns which decorated a great variety of textiles and home wares. I found a treasure in the shape of lovely woodblock snowflake stamp. I loved printing with my stamp last year and I can’t wait to get my printing ink out again! If you would like to try out wood block printing, take a peek at my DIY here.

Wood block printing

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David Brown Ceramics at Cove Gallery

When we went on our annual family holiday this year we discovered Cove Gallery in Weymouth. They had some beautiful pieces and as usual I fell in love with something ceramic and I treated myself to this beautiful pot by David Brown. It’s such an amazing colour and it reminds me of a sea urchin shell! If you are in the area I would recommend a visit to this inspiring gallery by the sea.

David Brown Ceramics

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