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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy festive making!
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!
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.
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.