Handmade Wrapping Paper

IMG_6180Earlier this year, the lovely folk at Sellotape sent me a bag of goodies to use for my crafting. As you all know, I’m a big stationery fan, so it was a bit like receiving an early Christmas present! In the goodie bag was a range of different tapes and dispensers, which I’ve been thinking hard about how to use.

I love giving presents, and I love wrapping them as well. However, with the age range in our family ranging from 1 to 93, it’s hard to have a supply of wrapping paper that’s suitable for everyone. This weekend, I’ve been experimenting with making my own wrapping paper using mostly supplies I already had. The only thing I needed to purchase was a roll of basic brown paper. Continue reading

Mini Makes: Easy Lanyard Makeover

IMG_5854Lanyards with a security badge seem to be commonplace in most workplaces these days. For years, I’ve been trying to find colourful ones to replace my boring navy blue lanyard. Cath Kidston usually have a few, and I struck gold in Accessorize last year with a bright tropical print. Unfortunately, after time they all tend to go a bit grubby, or in the case of my last one, get dropped down the loo by their clumsy owner, meaning they instantly need to be binned! Continue reading

Mini Makes: Easter Bunny Egg Warmer

 

IMG_5124Easter is one of my favourite times of year. A long weekend, sunshine, and lots of chocolate, all without the stress of Christmas. However, Easter always seems to sneak up on me, and thus crafting is done last minute. This year is no different, especially as all of my efforts have been focused on Mr Makes’ 30th Birthday, which falls on Easter Sunday! Continue reading

Receipt Tracker DIY

img_4265Tax returns are definitely a common theme across my social media recently. The tax return was one of the big fears I had when deciding to start my own business, but I’ve been assured that they are not too bad, as long as you are organised. Although I’ve managed to avoid doing one this year, I’m very much aware that this time next year, I too will need to be looking back through a year’s worth of receipts and invoices. I definitely need to get organised now.

I’ve spotted a few receipt organisers online which can help track your receipts throughout the year. These are a great idea, but an added expense for small businesses, so I decided to get creative and make my own. Other than the A4 envelopes, everything else I already had!

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Christmas Crafting with Merrie and Bright

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December is here! It’s the most festive time of the year, and it’s time to start decorating the house for Christmas. The shops are full of wonderful decorations, but being creative, I do like to make something myself.

In previous years, I’ve made lots of bunting, but this year I fancied something a bit different. As soon as I saw the new range of wrapping paper from Merrie and Bright Calligraphy, I knew that I had to make something with it! In this post, I’ll be running through two simple makes using this wrapping paper that can easily be completed in front of a festive film!

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Mini Makes: Planner Dividers

img_3165A few months ago I treated myself to a bargain planner in the Kikki.K sale. My planner came with lots of sub-dividers, but some of these sections are still quite large and it would be useful to be able to quickly open the relevant month of the calendar, or my latest to do-list. When shopping in Tiger recently, I found this single hole punch for just £1, which is exactly what I needed to make my own custom planner dividers.

This is a really simple make that can easily be completed in around 20 minutes and doesn’t require too many materials!

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Fabric Storage Tubs DIY

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If you hadn’t already guessed, I love buying fabric. I often find myself going into fabric shops ‘just to look’ and then buying something. I tend to purchase fat quarters, because they are an affordable way of getting that gorgeous fabric you fell in love with. But aside from a quilt, what do you actually use them for?

In this post, I’ll be showing you how to make some practical, yet pretty fabric storage pots using fabric I’ve been lucky enough to have supplied by The Fabric Fox. These pots are simple to make, and are an ideal way to experiment with new colours and fabrics. There are lots of tutorials available for fabric pots, using a variety of techniques. This method is simple, quick, and easy to achieve!

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You will need (for 1 pot):

  • Outer fabric (60cm x 25cm)
  • Lining fabric (60cm x 25cm)
  • Heavy weight interfacing (it doesn’t matter if it’s sew-in or iron-on, but it needs to be heavy enough to support the weight of the fabric)
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Iron

Instructions:

  1. Cut two rectangles from your outer fabric, 30cm wide x 25cm tall. Repeat for your lining fabric and interfacing.
  2. If using iron-on interfacing, attach to the back of the outer fabric, if using sew-in interfacing, lay a piece on the wrong side of each rectangle. Place your outer fabric right sides together and pin.
  3. Using a straight stitch, sew along the two short sides and bottom of your outer fabric rectangle.
  4. Place your lining fabric right sides together, and also sew the sides and bottom.
  5. To make the pots stand on their own, we are going to add some corners. Pinch one of the bottom corners of your outer fabric so that it is a triangle (see picture) and press flat.
  6. Measure 4cm along the edge of the triangle and draw a straight line across. Repeat for the other 3 corners (outer and lining fabric).
  7. Using a straight stitch, sew along the line. Trim the excess fabric, approx. 1cm from your stitching.
  8. Turn the outer piece right side out. Insert your outer into your lining (see picture), and pin at the top. Align your side seams first and then pin all the way around. You’ll need to leave an opening of 10cm to allow you to turn the pot the right way out.
  9. Using a straight stitch, sew around the top, avoiding your 10cm opening. Finish your threads.
  10. Turn the whole pot right sides out through your opening.
  11. Tuck the lining back into the pot, ensuring you fold in the opening and pin so that it sits flush with the outer layer. Pin and then sew approximately 5mm from the edge, this will also close the 10cm opening you made earlier.
  12. Finish your threads, and turn over the top so that you can see the lining. Congratulations, you’ve made your own fabric storage pot!

Top tips:

  • Ensure your interfacing is heavy weight, so that it can support the weight of your fabric, this is essential if you are using a thin fabric such as cotton. The interfacing will also make your fabric crease quite easily (as you can see in my pictures!), so be sure to give your pot an iron at the end.
  • When making the corners of your pots, it’s important that the seams align, to give you a nice square corner. To help with this, insert a pin into the top line of stitching, push through, and line up with the bottom line of stitching. Pin and press with an iron. Repeat on the other corner and then for your lining fabric.
  • To help you remember your 10cm opening, try marking it out with pins, so that you know when to stop.
  • These pots are really versatile, you can easily change the size but using different sizes of fabric. The measurements I give above give you quite a long, narrow pot, but you can also make the pots more square, by increasing how far in you draw the line on step 6 (e.g. increase to 6cm).

The fabric used for my pots has kindly been given to me by The Fabric Fox from their new Cotton and Steel ranges. If you are heading to The Handmade Fair next week, do stop by their stall and say hello, and of course stock up on some of their gorgeous fabrics!

Disclosure: The Fabric Fox gave the fabric in this post to me free of charge. The fabric used was chosen by myself, and is representative of what I would usually use.

Mini Makes: Decorated Boxes

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Crafting can be expensive; it can also be time consuming. I’m hoping to begin sharing some mini makes with you, projects that can easily be completed in an evening, and won’t break the bank!

First up are some super cute storage boxes. If like me, you have had subscription boxes from Lucky Dip Club, Birchbox, Papergang, etc., you’ve probably got a nice little stash of cardboard boxes just waiting to be turned into something beautiful. For my box, I used a little cardboard one from my Hello Sunshine surprise box, some of the lovely Mollie Makes papers, and my new label maker (the label maker is optional, I just wanted to try mine out!).

This is a super easy project that requires minimal crafting skill, but gives your something both pretty and practical! This make was completed in about ten minutes as I sat and watched Mad Men. It’s also a good project for kids, who can easily do this themselves with minimal adult intervention. Continue reading

Back to Basics: Bunting

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I love bunting. So much so, that for my wedding I decided to make 100 metres of it! There are many different methods for making bunting, some quick, some more time consuming. In this post, I’ll be showing you my method. I’ll say upfront that this isn’t the quickest way, but it does ensure that you will have beautiful, fray-free bunting that will last you many years!

You will need:

  • Fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Bunting tape or bias binding
  • Paper, a pencil, and a set square
  • Pins
  • An iron

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