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Friday, 27 September 2013

Oh Christmas Tree


Doesn't it really annoy you when all of those lovely Christmas tree baubles are too heavy to actually hang on your tree. They are beautiful but they bend the branches.

Now is the time to get cracking with handmade Christmas decorations and this one is perfect. It is quick and easy and so light weight that it won't bend your Christmas tree branches.

Simply take:

Apple Handicraft Felt 40% Wool and Synthetic Blend 45cm x 45 cm
Gold hand tied bows
Red Glass Seed Beads, Opaque 3mm in diameter, hole:1mm, 6cm tube
Thread... I used red
Some stuffing.

What you need to do:
Cut out a template using the measurements on the sheet below:


Use this template to cut out your felt shapes. I drew around the shape and then cut out. It was far easier than trying to cut around the card.


To avoid wasting felt you can place one side of the tree against the cutting edge of the previous one.




Now. sew the beads onto one side of the tree.

put the two sides together and sew around three sides with a running stitch. Stuff the tree and sew the other side together. Now sew on the bow.

Finished. Think a garland!!




Thursday, 26 September 2013

Lace Trinket Jar



I though that I would use some of the beautiful really wide lace that we stock on the Craft Fairy site for today's project. It comes in two colours, but this time I chose the ivory lace as I wanted to make something that would be soft.

What I made was this trinket jar. It is decorated with a ribbon flower and the instructions for making one can be fould on this link.


What you will need are:

Scalloped Lace, 22 cm wide - Ivory
Wired Ribbons
an old clean jar
double sided tape
double sided foam pads
a ribbon flower that you can see on this link:
Fabulous folded ribbon rose video

Cut the lace so that it is the same height as the jar and wide enough to wrap around the jar with about half an inch of overlap.
 Put a piece of double sided tape along the lenght of one side of the jar and another around the outside of the mouth of the jar. You will need another piece inside the mouth of the jar.

Stick the lace to the jar. Use another piece of tape to stick down the overlap.


 Stick the ribbon to the outside of the mouth of the jar and then fold over and stick to the inside.

 Now, stick the flower to the side of the jar and you've finished.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Hearts for Christmas in Shabby Colours


Christmas, gulp is coming, and I feel the need to make beautiful decorations for the house. So this is the latest.

It really is a quick and simple heart to make and will look fabulous on a few dried twigs. 

To make it you will need:

Cotton thread.
Wadding

To make this heart:
Sew the buttons on to one side of the heart shapes. Use both and medium and small buttons.
Stitch around the edges with blanket stich. Leave enough room to fill the heart with wadding and to stitch in the ribbon.
Finished.

Have entered this for the 'Fab 'n' Funky' Button it Up challenge.

Lace with Style

I have always known that the lace that we sell on the Craft Fairy web site is beautiful, so it was a sheer delight to receive this photo from one of our customers, Jeanette. She's wearing this fabulous shawl that she made using the leaf guipure lace. I have to admit to being really envious. I do hope that this has spurred you on to make something similar yourself.