Home-Made Pencil Cases

From: Tesco Living   YOU WILL NEED: Sheets of funky foam in assorted colours Chunky wool yarn Self-adhesive Velcro strips A sewing needle Scissors Two clothes pegs HOW TO MAKE: 1. Fold the foam sheet over by 10cm, to create the case section. 2. Hold the fold in place with a clothes peg at each… Continue reading Home-Made Pencil Cases

Craft 101 #3: Appliqué Embellishments

Appliqué is a wonderful way to personalise clothes, accessories, home furnishings and even certain types of stationary. Designs can be created either by freehand, using stencils or tracing simple shapes. YOU WILL NEED: For stitching method Fabric scraps Template paper Tailor’s chalk Dressmaking scissors Needle Embroidery scissors Tacking cotton Thread For non-stitching method Fusible web… Continue reading Craft 101 #3: Appliqué Embellishments

Craft 101… Making Tassels

Tassels are used in a range of crafts, especially paper crafts, so it’s a good idea to learn how to make them. They are relatively simple to make, but as always practice makes perfect. These are perfect added to cards, albums, bookmarks and photo frames. The instructions below for the tassels will produce tassels that… Continue reading Craft 101… Making Tassels

Picnic Blanket

From: Essentials, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Fabric Pins Sewing machine Thread Buttons Scissors Wadding HOW TO MAKE: FOR THE BLANKET Cut out two pieces of fabric 114cm x 144cm. Lay them right sides together and sew around the outside edge, leaving a gap of 30cm on one side. Turn round the right way. Cut out… Continue reading Picnic Blanket

Heart Table Weight

Stop the wind playing havoc with your tablecloth! From: Essentials magazine, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Scissors Fabric Ribbon Pins Sewing machine Thread Buttons Sand HOW TO MAKE: Cut out two hearts from your fabric. Lay them right sides facing together. Pin and sew around outside edge, leaving a 3-4cm gap at the top. Make small cuts… Continue reading Heart Table Weight

Picnic Box Cushions

Hubby and I travelled down to the coast recently for an air show. Knowing that we’d be there for pretty much the whole day, I decide to splash out on a picnic blanket and a couple of cushions to make sure that we were comfy. However we’re now approaching the end of the Summer season… Continue reading Picnic Box Cushions

Tea Towel Tablecloth

Tea Towels aren’t just for drying dishes. Try this project to create a stylish tablecloth from the tea towels of your choice. They could all be the same design a select co-ordinating designs and colours. From: Essentials magazine, 2014   YOU WILL NEED: 6-12 tea towels Pins Sewing machine Thread WHAT TO DO: Measure your… Continue reading Tea Towel Tablecloth