Summer holiday projects for little hands!

The summer holidays are well and truly here and there has been more than one soggy day so far! If your little ones love making things and the rain is keeping you inside, then take a peek at my Little Hands Make section. You could make some fingerprint flowers, colour in and build a jumping robot, thread some giant felt tinsel to decorate the house or even make a shoal of fish from toilet roll tubes!

Little hands make : Fingerprint flowers

Little hands make ... jumping robots

Felt Tinsel

children's craft activity

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My huge collection of threads

I bought a set of wooden apprentice drawers from an antique shop several years ago and I’ve used them every day since. They have been used to store buttons, display monsters and now I’ve found a new purpose for them! I have a huge collection of threads and now they are beautifully organised and its very quick to find what I need!

Apprentice drawers

Group of mini monsters

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DIY : No-sew oilcloth bunting

We spend lots of time outdoors in the summer and have been to two parties this last weekend where we spent much of our time in the garden. Today’s post is a DIY for no-sew bunting, that you can use to decorate your outdoor spaces this summer!

DIY : No-sew oilcloth buntingTo make your very own bunting you will need some oilcloth, scissors or a craft knife, a glue gun, a ruler, some cord and a bunting template which you can download and print here. Start your bunting by cutting out your flag shapes. I placed my template on the back of the oilcloth and cut out my flags using a craft knife and the ruler. You could always draw around the template with pencil and cut each one out with scissors if you prefer.
DIY : No-sew oilcloth buntingTake each flag and place it right side down on the table. Fold the top tab over and hold it in place with the ruler, like in the photo below. Put a line of glue under the tab and close to the edge and press down to stick in place.

DIY : No-sew oilcloth buntingThis will create a channel that you can now feed your cord through.

DIY : No-sew oilcloth buntingWhen you have added all your flags, tie a loop in each end, hang it up and enjoy!

DIY : No-sew oilcloth bunting

DIY : No-sew oilcloth bunting

If you fancy making some of your own bunting then you can buy some useful supplies from Amazon. If you purchase anything through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!

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Our first anniversary : Paper

Matt and I have always wanted to start a collection of woodcuts and lino prints. I thought our first anniversary was the perfect time to start, so I found a lovely lino cut of a ship. Matt gave me a beautiful old map of Naples, where we went on our honeymoon. The traditional gift for a second anniversary is cotton, I can’t wait!

First anniversary

First anniversary

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A felt princess crown!

My beautiful little niece was three on Sunday and she loves all things princess at the moment. So I decided to sew her a pretty pink crown from felt! I stitched some stars on the front and made a comfy stretchy band to keep it in place. Would you like me to write a DIY so that you can make your very own crown?

Felt princess crown

Felt princess crown

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Printing taster at Make & The Craft Kitchen

Last night I went to a taster workshop at Make & The Craft Kitchen. We tried out all sorts of printing, on paper and fabric too! We arrived to a table set up with all kinds of lovely materials and we were soon trying out lots of different techniques. We used pencils to carve designs out of foam, cut into potatoes, carved rubbers, used a die cutter to cut out complicated shapes, wrapped a block with string to make a stamp and added foam shapes to a wooden block. It was brilliant to try out lots of different techniques and I came home with lots of samples. Thank you for another lovely evening Nicky and Hesta!

Printing workshop at Make

Printing workshop at Make

Printing workshop at Make

Printing taster at Make

Printing taster at Make

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My tumbling blocks patchwork

My latest project is inspired by my friend Emma. She recently finished some beautiful paper pieced patchwork cushions for both of her Grandmas’ birthdays. I love stitching hexagons but decided to try out a new pattern for my very own hand stitched cushion. I have wanted to try out tumbling blocks for ages and this was the perfect opportunity!

Tumbling blocks patchwork

 

Tumbling blocks patchwork

 

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An essential part of nap time!

I love making quilts and my latest creations were for my nephews. I had a lovely time picking out fabrics for their transport and animal themed blankets from The Eternal Maker! The animal themed patchwork included dinosaurs, animal tracks and the sweetest whale fabric. On the second quilt I included space rockets alongside trains and added plenty of spots too!  They are already being used and are an essential part of nap time!

Patchwork quilt

Patchwork quilt

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My rag rug is complete!

At the end of 2011 I started a project that I’ve only just finished! I started a rag rug with a big red heart in the middle and I’ve been working on it ever since. This was my first attempt at working a motif into a rug and I faded the blue from light to dark too. I can’t wait to use it in my house and every time I walk over it I’ll remember all the happy hours that went into making it.

Heart rag rug

Heart rag rug

Heart rag rug

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Rostra Gallery, Bath

I grew up in Somerset and had visited Bath lots of times, but it wasn’t until my friends Michelle and Andy lived there a few years ago that I visited the Rostra Gallery. They used to live just a few minutes walk from the gallery and took us there once when we visited them. Since then I’ve always popped in when we go to Bath, it’s a great gallery! Our most recent visit was a month ago and I particularly liked the little ceramic houses by Fiona Findlay.

Rostra Gallery, Bath

Rostra Gallery, Bath

 

 

 

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