Monday, 29 June 2015

How To Make a Slogan Bag

 Buying a house (or at least, trying to) and keeping up with the blog has not worked out in the way I had hoped.  It's all taking much linger than I thought and with mortgage meetings, viewings, research and spending hours and hours with my new BFF, Rightmove, I'm finding no time to make the projects I'd like to - but have an even longer list than ever before.  So I'm trying to prioritise those that can be completed in an hour - hopefully there will be more quick crafts on the way.  
To start - this easy-peasy slogan bag!

What I Used:
Bronze Pen

To create your bag, start with either writing your slogan to create a template, or printing your 
text in a font you like.  I used effects similar to those used in this easy calligraphy post:
Place your template inside the bag and hold this up to the window so that you can lightly trace the text:
Next, add a thick piece of card, newspaper or something to protect the other side of the bag and
 prevent the ink running though before tracing your slogan.
Use a fabric pen, or in my case, a Sharpie, to trace your text:
Take your time and use small strokes if you are after an effect of thin and thicker lines - 
build them up as you go and don't rush yourself, as this may lead to mistakes or the ink bleeding
 due to too much pressure and the ink in contact with the fabric for too long:
...once your slogan is complete.  You're done!
Fill it with your makeup, handbag essentials, jewellery - whatever needs wrapping up in something personalised and unique - these make great quick, easy and purse-friendly gifts!
see you next time x

Monday, 8 June 2015

How To Make an Origami Boat Accessory

With so much of my craft stash in storage, it's been a good excuse to try some ideas on my list that go back to basics and today I am sharing a quick and easy origami storage/accessory idea that needs nothing more than a sheet of a4 card: paper boat.

What I Used:
Plastic Coated Glitter Card
Paper / Ruler / Pencil

I used this tutorial to make my boat and understand how each fold worked.
To make the process easier, I created my boat from paper, which I could then unfold and use as my template.  My weapon of choice for this DIY was plastic coated glitter card [last used in this Ultimate Bows DIY] as it would allow me to make the folds, hold it's shape and the weight of my accessories and........glitter:
I placed the unfolded paper on top of the plastic coated card and using a pencil, pressed to mark
 every point where the folds met.  Removing the paper template, I then joined up the marks with a
 ruler and made sure the template was reflected on the card:
Once completed, I then used scissors to score over each line - not applying too much pressure [you don't want to cut through the card] and then rubbed out the pencil marks:
Follow the paper boat instructions and you'll find the folds much easier to make with the scored lines.  As each fold is made, make the fold crisp by pressing it down with a ruler:
...and your boat is ready for cargo:
Whether for keys:
...or jewellery and accessories:
see you next time x

P.S: How To Make A Stand For Your Boat

If you find that you prefer the 'long boat' look to your origami [this makes the ability for your boat to stand on it's own much harder] you can make a quick and easy stand that will blend in with your boat:
Cut a small section of card

Push this in place through the fold at the bottom of your boat:
You can now attach the bottom of the stand to your table top to help strengthen the centre of the boat and help it stand straight, rather than at an angle [unless that's the look you're after].

Monday, 1 June 2015

How To Make a Toy Animal Letter

When I saw these fillable wooden letters in HobbyCraft, I thought I'd use them to join the marquee letter bandwagon fashionably late [as I do with most projects] or try fabric flower embellishments - but there are so many options for the letters, that before deciding on my final design, I thought I'd share a few experiments on the blog.  First up is a simple, fuss-free and very quick plastic toy animal design.

What I Used:
Fillable Wooden Letter [HobbyCraft £3]
Plastic Animal Toys [B&M £1.99]

Simply take a selection of animal plastic figures - a range of colours, designs and shapes and 
use them to fill the negative space:
 Layer the figures, push them in to place [the letters are quite strong] and gradually build up the 
number of figures as you distribute them inside the letter:
 [smaller figures were great for filling any gaps or breaking up colours]
 The wooden letter can be painted, decoupage-d, coloured and embellished before the figures are glued in to place [a hot glue gun would be perfect] or add faux leaves or something that will help blend the background of your letters and animal figures if you want to add to the detail and finished design:

For a few more ideas, including pom poms and glitter [!!!!!!!] pop over to the HobbyCraft blog.
They are great for decoration, displaying toys or as a gift and are easily personalised - I'll share
 a few other designs over the next few weeks.
see you next time x

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