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Tutorial: One-pot tea cosy

30 March 2014 /

  Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful Mum! 🙂 Hopefully you have opened your present…I’m about to tell people how to make it!   My Mum has a little one-pot tea pot, and she asked me to make a little tea cosy for it. When I visited her a few weeks ago, I measured it…

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My new sewing machine!

27 March 2014 /

  Today was a really exciting day – my new sewing machine arrived! 🙂 My lovely old machine (that used to belong to my Mum and is many, many years old) decided last week that it didn’t want to sew through more than one layer of fabric 🙁 This is my old machine:  

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Fabric covered letters

20 March 2014 /

I’ve seen lots of fabric covered letters around recently and have wanted to have a go myself – this weekend I finally got around to it! It is a project that you could complete on an evening after work (if you need a weeknight craft fix, as I often do!) and would make a great…

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Nancy Nicholson – teapot sew kit review

17 March 2014 /

  As many of you know, I love all things sewing and embroidery! I’m always keen to develop new skills and learn new stitches (I seem to get stuck with split stitch sometimes!). For Christmas I received a beautiful teapot sewing kit designed by Nancy Nicholson (thank you Helen and Keith!) and I finished it…

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Fabric button badges

01 March 2014 /

  I love embroidery and I love badges, so this little project is perfect as it combines the two! It’s also a really good way of using up fabric scraps – I hate having random little bits of lovely fabric left over with no idea what to use them for. I’ve made these badges using…

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Scrabble letters bag

19 February 2014 /

  Many, many years ago, I made a bag for our Scrabble letters with my Mum – here it is:  

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Stamped button notebooks

18 February 2014 /

  Many of you will already know that one of my crafty plans this year is to learn how to make my own stamps (see my previous post about stamp-making if you haven’t already!). I have a new found admiration for anyone who can make beautifully crafted stamps – it’s trickier than it looks! Getting…

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Getting organised

14 February 2014 /

  There hasn’t been a huge amount of crafting going on here this week, but this is for an important reason: I was sorting out my embroidery threads. I used to keep them in a little bag, and would do that thing where you try and pull out a colour but end up with a…

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Tutorial: how to line a vintage suitcase

31 January 2014 /

Today’s post is a wonderful DIY tutorial: how to line a vintage suitcase. I bought this gorgeous vintage teal suitcase last year with the intention of re-lining it – in fact, I looked at my original post about it and realised that I got it in March!

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Scrapbook paper thank you cards

29 January 2014 /

  I’ve never really got into ‘scrapbooking’ as a thing, but recently I’ve discovered that scrapbook paper is brilliant for projects where you need a small print. The first project that I did using scrapbook paper was to line the insides of my wooden drawers, and I’ve been thinking of new things to do with…

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Making my first stamps

26 January 2014 /

  Making my own rubber stamps was one of my top crafty plans for 2014, and today I had my first attempt! I received this amazing book for my birthday (thank you Helen and Keith!) – ‘Making an Impression‘ by Geninne D. Zlatkis. The photos are so inspiring and the instructions throughout the book are…

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Playmat toy bags

22 January 2014 /

  This has been a top-secret project for a few weeks now, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you! I’ve made these playmat toy bags for our gorgeous friends Rachel and Daria – Rachel has now given birth to baby Joshua and Daria (my partner-in-craft) is due very soon! I wanted to…

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Embroidered pin cushion

20 January 2014 /

  I love craft books. In fact, I’m hooked on them (in addition to my little obsession with cookery books too…our house is pretty full!). I’m a big fan of Aimee Ray’s embroidery designs and have already blogged about some designs from her Doodle Stitching books. When I saw the pincushion on the front of…

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Letterpress Thank You cards

08 January 2014 /

  I’m a firm believer in sending thank you cards, whatever your age! I’m always trying to think of new ideas for cards, and this year I found some lovely letterpress letters in one of my favourite shops (I’ll be doing a post about it shortly…) and thought that they would be perfect. I don’t…

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The handmade Christmas gift challenge – Tom’s project

05 January 2014 /

If you’ve seen my previous post about the handmade Christmas gift challenge, then you’ll know that Tom and I decided to make each other a present for Christmas with a budget of £10. Tom was really pleased with his stocking – yay! At some point this year I’ll get around to making myself one…hopefully!

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My 2014 crafty plans

04 January 2014 /

  Happy New Year to you all! 🙂 It’s that time of year when people think about new starts and resolutions. I don’t make resolutions because I never manage to stick to them, and then I beat myself up about it a bit too much. So instead, I try to make plans and set a…

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The handmade Christmas gift challenge

25 December 2013 /

This year, me and Tom decided that we’d make each other a Christmas present with a budget of £10. I’ve been meaning to get around to making Christmas stockings, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! I found a lovely template in issue 33 of Mollie Makes magazine – it is originally a template for…

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Tutorial: Mini Christmas cards and envelopes

22 December 2013 /

  This year I decided to make mini Christmas cards and envelopes (well, A7 sized ones). This was because I found some super cool Christmas pudding paper (made by Vivid but I bought it in Fenwicks in Newcastle) that I wanted to cut up and stick on to a card, and I decided that a…

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The making of my Christmas jumper 2013

08 December 2013 /

I LOVE Christmas jumpers, and thankfully for me they’ve made a big comeback over the past few years! Last year I made a Rudolph jumper (which I wore again this weekend for our traditional Christmas walk) and so I’ve been wondering what I should make for this year. And then I saw it (on Pinterest…

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Tutorial: How to make photo cards

28 November 2013 /

Photo cards are really simple to make, and you can customise them for every occasion. I do find myself looking at a view and thinking ‘that would make a lovely card’, so be warned – once you’ve started, you’ll always be looking for that perfect photo! You just need a few simple things to be…

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Vintage buttons

23 November 2013 /

I’ve known our family friend Madge since I was a little girl, and even after I moved away we’ve kept in touch and I try and write letters to her as often as I can. She’s always been a knitter, but at the age of 93 has had to give it up now. Madge has…

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Tutorial: How to make lined envelopes

22 November 2013 /

  Earlier this year I decided to share my trade secrets about how to make envelopes, and I was really pleased with how popular the post was! So I thought it was about time that I do a second envelope tutorial, but this time showing you how to make lined envelopes. They are really good…

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Felt Christmas decorations

17 November 2013 /

There are some lovely felt Christmas decorations in this month’s edition of Mollie Makes magazine, and I just had to have a go at making them! They have been designed by Samantha Stas, and she has decorated them in a fabulous retro style. Samantha stitches hers on a sewing machine but I decided to do…

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DIY travelling craft suitcase

14 November 2013 /

I’ve been planning this crafty project for months now (as is often the case) and last weekend I finally got around to making it! If I’m going travelling then I usually want to take some sort of crafty stuff to be working on while I’m away, but this usually means that I end up looking…

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