Thursday, 28 May 2015

How To Make Bandana Dribble Bibs

I've found it really hard not to continually bombard my Brother and Sister-in-law with homemade things for my nephew, but it's really hard to know whether what you make and like is going to be what someone else likes and, when it's a bambino, is useful.  My Sister-in-law mentioned that plain baby dribble bibs are hard to come by [and crazy-expensive], so I had a go at making some for her - if you fancy some smarter/different dribble bibs for your mini, or making some as a gift, they are easy and quick to make - give them a go!

What I Used:
Jersey Fabric
Towelling Fabric
Template / Pencil / Tailors Chalk
Sewing Machine
Pins / Needle / Thread / Scissors

To create my template, I completely cheated and used an existing dribble bib to trace, roughly, it's a 30cmx30cmx60cm triangle which I cut out from plain paper:
 Pin your template to your towelling fabric and cut one piece:
...and then the same to your jersey: 
With the right sides facing in, pin your two pieces of fabric together.  
Add your pins so that the pin ends stick out the edges - then use a sewing machine to stitch a hem around the edge, leaving at least a 1inch gap so that you can turn your bib inside out a little later on: you sew around the edge, the sewing machine needle can continue over the pins, 
meaning you don't have to remove them as you go around:
 Turn the bib inside out so that the right sides are now both facing outside:
  ...use a pencil or scissors to make sure the edges of your triangle are neat and then sew by hand the 1inch gap, folding the raw edges inside to create a neat finish:  
 Finally, add your fastenings.  I hand-sewed so poppers as they're quick and easy to fasten:
 ....and your bib is complete, ready to use:
 I picked up a few other colours to give him a set:
  see you next time x

Friday, 22 May 2015

How To Make a Nautical Rope Eyelet Tote

As soon as you start preparing for Summer, you can guarantee that Mother Nature will make it rain, so I take full responsibility for weather since giving a basic tote this makeover.

What I Used:
White Pleather / Thread / Needle

There are some easy ways to personalise plain tote bags [previous tutorials here and here], but for todays DIY, I'm adding a function and getting rid of any aggression with a hammer.
To add a beach/nautical style to the tote, I'm adding a rope tie to the upper third of the bag with a simple kit and an up-do that takes 30 minutes to complete.  I chose the 10.5mm- you get 24 eyelets and all you need to provide is the hammer.  
I made four measured marks on the front of the tote and two at the back, these will be where the eyelets are fixed:
 To make the two back eyelet holes line with the front, I used a pin, going from the front through to the back and then used tailors chalk to mark:
Using my kit [here], I made the 6 eyelet holes:
...and then added the hardware:

[If you aren't familiar with eyelet tools, there will be a full tutorial on the blog soon]

Next, to thread the rope through the eyelets, starting at the front and weaving between the
 eyelets round to meet the front again:
To create a simple tie, I made a white fabric wrap to sew in place around both rope ends securely.
I used the entire length of my rope, but if yours is longer than needed, make sure the bag is flat and the rope also sitting flat through the eyelets.  Tie the rope where the front eyelets start and ensure that your rope is not cut any shorter than this length.  These knots can then guide you as to where you trim your rope, dependant on the design you want:
  Take a small section of fabric and wrap around the rope ends to measure.  Mark this with a pin and then cut the marked length and stitch the ends together:

[I find a blanket stitch easiest for a secure and strong stitch and neat finish]
Thread your rope through the fabric:
...and to create some extra detail, I used a pin to unravel the ends to create a tassel effect:
[and gave the bag a quick iron to neaten it all up]
It's a really simple upcycle that's easy to do.
see you next time x

Monday, 18 May 2015

How To Make a Copper Wire Wrapped Jar

If you are a bit in love with the rose gold / copper trend, but don't have the budget to follow it, here is a quick way to add accents to what you already own.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Sykes Simple Crafts Competition

Back in December last year, I was lucky enough to be involved in the Sykes Cottages Handmade Gift Guide.  I create a simple fabric bow keyring [which you can find more about here]:
 Today, I am teaming up with Sykes again as part of a competition: Sykes Cottages Simple Crafts
 and I am honoured to be one of their judges.  

All you have to do to enter is share a photo of a craft you have recently made and in return, you could be one of six winners to receive a £100 craft bundle.

Full details and the competition form that you need to complete to be in with a chance can be found here.  Good Luck!