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  1. Wire Wreath Free Christmas Project

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    Hi everyone, we have another super quick and easy Christmas themed project for you this week. How to make a wire wreath decoration!

    You will need: a wire wreath, wire, fabrics, ribbon and Christmas themed decorations.

    Step 1: fill the wire wreath with more wire to make the holes smaller.

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    Step 2: weave the fabric around the wreath to fill it in (I used 2 strips of 2'' wide hessian).

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    Step 3: I made small parcels out of fabric and stuffed them to give them a 3D shape.

    Step 4: Attach your Christmas themed decorations to your wreath and add some ribbon for decoration and as a hanger.

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  2. Christmas Felt Bags Free Project

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    Hi everyone, we have a super fun and quick Christmas felt bag project for you this month. This would be a great project to do with children, and super versatile too, changing the colour theme on this would be super easy to make your bags Halloween or Easter themed!

    You will need: 2 x 6''x6'' squares of felt (front & back of bag), 3 x 6''x3'' oblongs of felt (sides & bottom of bag), 16'' length of ribbon for the handles.

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    Step 1: Take one back and blanket stitch the 3 oblong panels to it.

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    Step 2: Decorate the front bag panel (it's best to do this before sewing it all together).

    Step 3: Then blanket stitch the front to the bag.

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    Step 4: Close the bag so the side panels are folded ( you should have 4 layers of felt either side, take care to make a small cut in the fabric, big enough to thread the ribbon handle through. Thread the handle through all 4 layers on one side and then back through all 4 layers on the other side, then either knot of sew the ends of the ribbon together, I placed the 'join' in the fold at the side so it can't be seen. When you pull the handles the bag will shut.

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  3. Rose & Hubble Bunting Flag Fabric Mini Project

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    Rose & Hubble Bunting Fabric Mini Project

    We have a great new product here at Diva our new Rose & Hubble bunting fabric (click here to view) is a quick and easy way to make your own bunting, this project would be great to do with children too!

    To make your bunting you will need: bunting fabric strips, bias binding, interfacing, a sewing machine or fabric glue.

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    Step 1: Iron your fabric strip onto your interfacing for stability.

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    Step 2: Cut out your flags

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    Step: Sew or glue your flags onto the bias binding! Super simple :o)

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  4. Easter Bunny Bag - Free Project

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    Hi everyone, here is another cute Easter project for you: How to make an Easter Bunny bag!

    You will need: 3 different fabrics, light weight interfacing, sewing machine, scissors, ribbon, pins.

    Step 1: cut 6 x 5inch squares, 2 of each colour.

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    Step 2: Take 2 pink squares, (I used some iron on light interfacing to make the ears stand up), place the fabric right sides together, make a pattern for ears, sew, cut out and turn the right sides out. Then take 2 purple squares, right sides together, sew around the 3 sides (this is the outside of my bag). And then take 2 yellow squares, right sides together but this time sew the 2 long sides and part of the bottom, leave an opening so the bag can be turned the right way.

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    Step 3: Now place the ears the to outside of the bag, place the purple bag and ears, inside the yellow bag, and sew around the top, careful removing the pins, when turning the bag.

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    Step 4: Sew along the bottom of the yellow bag to close the opening. Push the yellow bag inside the purple bag and machine the top, this is where you will thread the ribbon, so leave it big enough for the ribbon to go through.

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    Step 5: I made a small hole in either side of the bag at the top to thread my ribbon through.

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    All done!

  5. Easter Bunny - March Project of the Month

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    Hi everyone, for this month's project of the month we will show you how to (quickly) make some adorable Easter bunnies!

    You will need: fabric, sewing machine or needle & thread, stuffing, pinking shears and a bunny template.

    Step 1: Pin 2 pieces of fabric wrong sides together. Using your bunny template (or free hand) draw the bunny onto the reverse of your fabric. Machine or hand stitch around the bunny leaving the bottom open.

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    Step 2: Cut out your bunny using pinking shears being careful as to not cut the stitching, lighly stuff the bunny and close the seam! All done how super quick was that?!

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    A great project to do with children. Why not make bunnies in different sizes? You could easily add eyes and noses for extra details, or how about a pompom tail?

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    Happy Crafting!

    Carole & Gina

  6. Christmas T-Shirt Free Mini Project

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    Hi everyone, here is another free super quick and easy mini project. This time we show you how to make a Christmas t-shirt using scraps of ribbon!

    You will need: scraps of ribbon, pins, needle & thread or glue a bow or button to finish!

    Step 1: Place your t-shirt down on a flat surface, arrange your scraps of ribbon to form a tree shape (see picture) I turned the ends under before I pinned them. Becareful if you are using ribbon with words on that you're not cutting a word in half. I used a wide brown ribbon for the tree base.

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    Step 2: Hand sew or glue the ribbons in place, taking care with the large ribbon at the bottom, tuck the tree base under it. Add a bow to the top or a fancy button and you're done! Pleaes note if you are using glue and want to wash your item please check the glue's instructions as to if it is washable!

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  7. Adorable Snowmen Decoration Free Mini Project

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    Hi everyone, we have another free mini project for you to try! This week it's how to make these adorable mini snowmen!

    You will need: white felt, scissors, paper, sewing machine, needle & thread, marker pen & beads, items to decorate: ribbon & buttons.

    Step 1: make a template for your snowman, I drew around a gingerbread man  cutter but 'rounded' the bottom, (see pic)

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    Step 2: I sewed around the outline, if you catch the paper it will easily tear away from the stitching. Do not cut the snowman out just yet, then I used a blanket stitch ( on my machine) to sew around the edge. Now cut the snowman out.

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    Step 3: I used a black marker pen for it's eyes and mouth, an orange bead for its nose, tartan ribbon for its scarf, I joined the hands together (I'm making bunting) and then sewed a plastic 'candy cane' button over the hands. This would make a great hanging decoration on the tree or put multiple togetehr for bunting like I have, or even on the front of a greetings card!

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  8. Mini Hanging Mice Free Project

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    Hi everyone, we have a super quick free mini project to share with you, it's how to make these adorable hanging mice! This is a super quick 5 minute task and great for children.

     

    You will need: scraps of felt, a pen, candy canes, glue and paper & scissors.

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    Step 1: Make your template, we free hand drew out template out then cut 1 body, 1 ear piece, 1 nose & 2 inner ear pieces.

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    Step 2: Cut 2 small slits in the large body piece, glue the inner ear pieces to the large ear piece and thread them through the slit, glue on the nose and draw on eyes. Carefully tuck the candy can in the back of the ear piece and you're done! We made lots of mice for our local Cats Protection charity! Happy Crafting!

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  9. Puff Christmas Tree - Free Mini Project

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    Hi everyone, here is a quick mini project for you, this is a great one for children too, let's see how to make a puff Christmas tree! There are 2 different types, one is threaded onto some dowling and stuck into a cotton reel(pictures at the bottom) and one is a hanging decoration.

    You will need: 2 different fabrics, needle and thread, scissors, a small bell or gold button, and a cotton reel & dowling for the standing tree.

    Step 1: Cut out 7 or 8 circles in descending sizes of each fabric.

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    Step 2: If you are making the tree on a cotton reel, cut a small hole in the middle of each circle for threading onto the dowling later. You do not need to do this for the hanging tree.

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    Step 3: Hand sew a running stitch around the edge of a circle, and pull tight to gather it together (see picture), fasten off securely. Repeat for each circle.

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    Step 4: Either thread the circles onto the dowling (at the base add the cotton reel) in size order or thread the circles together with string if making the hanging decoration. Add a bell or button/bow up the top to finish!

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  10. Christmas Placemat Free Project for November

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    Christmas Placemat Free Project of the Month

    Hi everyone, we have a fab project for you this month, how to make a placemat, now if you have been in the shop just recently you may well have seen this on our ideas board. This particular placemat is Christmas themed, but you could use any fabric, we have made another placemat here using pretty butterfly fabric.

    You will need: 35 scraps of fabric 10cm x 7cm, wadding, backing fabric, scissors, sewing machine, thread, bias binding.

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    Step 1: sew 5 pieces of scraps together to make a strip, repeat 7 times.

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    Step 2: draw a long tall triangle shape on paper (see picture) and place over each strip and cut them out.

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    Step 3: sew the triangular strips together alternating which way up they go.

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    Step 4: I took a thin layer of wadding, and some backing fabric pinned them together and used a 'fancy' stitch on the machine to give a quilted look to the mat.

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    Step 5: I trimmed the edges and then added bias binding! All done!

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  11. Fabric Pumpkins - October Project of the Month

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    Hi everyone, here is fabulous Hallowe'en and Autumn themed project for you - fabric pumpkins!

    You will need: orange fabric 8inch x 16 inch, brown for the stork, 3 inch by 4 inch, stuffing, cord or jute string, hot glue gun & a needle with a big eye.

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    Step 1: fold the fabric in half and sew the short edge. With a running stitch gather the bottom edge, pull up tight and fasten off, do the same with the top, fill with stuffing.
     
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    Step 2: take the string ( use it double if you want to), start at the top and go through the middle, out at the bottom and then back in at the top ( so the string shows on the outside of the pumpkin, repeat this 6 times, making sure the 'segments' are equally spaced.
     
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    Step 3: take the fabric for the stork, fold in half and sew then turn right side out, stuff and sew the bottom edge. And then with a hot glue gun (you can sew if you'd rather) stick the stork in the top of the pumpkin. You can always make different sizes, have a look at the ones below, I even made one using hologram fabric!
     
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  12. Autum wreath free mini project

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    Hi everyone, here is a super quick and easy mini project for you. How to make a fab autumn wreath using only small squares of fabric, some ribbon and a knitting needle or the 'wrong' end of a crochet hook.

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    All you need to do is cut your fabric into small squares, this is a great way to use up scraps!, and simply push them into the polystyrene wreath using a knitting needle or the end of the crochet hook and they will fold up once stuck in, and look really pretty. Simply fill the wreath up and add a ribbon bow and tie so you can hang it up! A great project to do with children or whilst watching the TV!

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  13. Mini Project - Spooky Mummy Jar

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    Hi everyone, we have a fab quick mini Hallowe'en themed project for you, this one is great if you have children and free from mess!. You will need: a clean jar, a bandage, goo goo eyes and some glue.

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    All you have to do is: wrap the bandage around the jar and seal in place with some glue. Stick on the goo goo eyes. Super simple, we added a little battery powered tealight to make him glow. Happy crafting!

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  14. Sundae Glass Pin Cushion - Project of the month

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    Sundae Glass Pin Cushion Project

    You will need: sundae glass (I picked this up super cheap at a boot sale), fabric, glue gun, wadding, needle & thread plus trimmings.

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    Step 1: for the pin cushion, cut a circle of fabric, gather the edge and stuff with wadding,
    a drop of glue will secure in the bottom of the dish.

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    Step 2: glue your trimmings around the edge, I used a wide lace, then a beaded trim, and finished
    off with a flower trim.

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    Step 3: Glue your little cushion in and you're all done! super quick and easy.
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  15. Sewing Roll Organizer - Free project of the month

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    This month's free project is how to make a sewing roll organzier. You will need: fabrics, ribbon, felt, thread, needle & sewing machine.

    Step 1: cut 2 oblongs of fabric (mine were slightly bigger than A4) now cut 4 pieces of fabric ( 2 for each pocket) or one piece folded over, I used the black check as the inside of my pocket. take 2 pieces of pocket fabric and sew together down the long side, turn and press, do the same with the other side.

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    Step 2: cut an oblong ( this will be the pin cushion, ) fold in half and sew around the edge but leave an opening for turning. once turned stuff and sew up the opening.

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    Step 3: place a pocket on each side, I decided to sew lines to make smaller pockets, its entirely up to you, depends what you want to fill it with. I hand sewed the pin cushion to the pocket, take care not to sew all the way through, or else you wont be able to use a pocket I added a small felt oblong for putting needles in,

     

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    Step 4: Take some ribbon and place it on one side , this will be used for tying the roll up. take care not to catch the ribbon when sewing.

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    Step 5:  Then take the other oblong fabric and place right side down, pin, and sew, leaving an opening for turning turn the fabric the right way and sew up the seam.

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    Step 6: Fill your bag up with all your favourite bits and bobs!

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  16. Cute Envelope Bunting - Project of the month

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    Hi everyone for this month's free project we have made some adorable mini envelope bunting! You will need: a paper envelope opened out, 2 different fabrics, a sewing machine, ribbon and buttons.

    Step 1: Take your two fabrics and pin the right side together. Use your opened out envelope (keeping note of the TOP) and pin this on top.

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    Step 2: Use your sewing machine to sew around the edge of the paper pattern to create your fabric envelope. Remove the paper and then cut out your shape. Remembering to clip any seams.

    Step 3: Make a small insertion on the lining part so you can turn your envelope the correct way out. (see picture).

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    Step 4: Fold your envelope together and sew closed with a button or similar embellishment. You can simply thread ribbon between them to hang them! Nice and simple.

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  17. Hanging Tea Cups & Teapot free project for June

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    Hi everyone this month's free project is how to make a hanging teacup and tea pot decoration. You will need, different fabrics, a sewing machine, fuse a web, an iron and some string or pretty twine.

    Step 1: Create a template of a teapot and cup with saucer (you could design one free hand, trace a picture or print a template from the web). Next take 2 pieces of fabric and put the fuse a web between them and iron. Then draw around you template and cut out your shape. (Do this for as many teapots and cups you require).

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    Step 2: I used my sewing machine to 'draw' a zig zag around the edge of the shapes to give them a fancy outline.

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    Step 3: Join your shapes together using string or pretty twine! Super simple and quick!

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  18. May Project of the Month - Bag with a Bow!

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    Hi everyone, for this month's project we are making a bag with a bow! You will need: Wadding, fabric of choice for the outside and inside of the bag, sewing machine scissors, and strips of fabric to make a bow.

    Step 1: I created the template for the bag by myself, by drawing an oblong and then using a dinner plate to create the round shape at the top, and cutting out a oblong with rounded edges as the handle shape. You will need to cut out 2 of each of the folloing: wadding, outer fabric (ours is red) and inner fabric (ours is white). One piece of oblong outer fabric that is slightly wider than the bag, and 1 long narrow strip to make the bow.

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    Step 2: To make the bow take the long narrow piece of fabric, put the right sides together and sew along the long edge, and then turn the right side out. Take the smaller piece of fabric and hem each side and the join together so you have a circle. Then thread the smaller piece over the long piece to create the bow.

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    Step 3: Take 1 piece of wadding, 1 outer and 1 inner fabric. Place the wadding first, then outer fabric, ( right side facing you) then the inner fabric ( the reverse side facing you ) and machine around the 'handle hole'. Clip the edges of the inside of the handle hole to help for turning. Now turn the outer (ours is red) fabric through the handle and it should have a neat finish. Now do the same with the other 3 pieces.

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    Step 4: Now place the bow on the front of the bag and machine stitch at the very edge to keep it in place. Take the outer fabric and place wrong sides together and now sew along the sides making sure you have sew over the bow. And now sew along the bottom.

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    Step 5: Now take the wadding and the inner fabric (treat as one fabric) sew the sides together but leave the bottom open for turning. Turn, then sew the bottom up. I then pushed the inner fabric into the bag, and then finished the top off with some bias binding.

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  19. Hanging Rose Decoration - March Free Project

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    Hi everyone, this month we have a great Mother's Day inspired project, a hanging rose decoration.

    You will need: 2 sheets pale pink felt, 2 sheets hot pink felt, 1 sheet green felt, hot glue gun, hoop, buttons / beads / stick on gems /sequins for centres etc wire, bakers twine or embroidery floss for hanging.

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    Step 1: Draw a spiral on a piece of paper and use it as a template for the felt, cut out your felt spirals, and freehand cut some green felt leaves.

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    Step 2: Put a pin in the spiral (see picture) curl up the spiral to create your rose and glue in place. I made 4 different sizes of rose in the 2 different colours of felt.

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    Step 3: Glue on leaves, add beads or sequins to embellish the roses.

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    Step 4: Thread your roses onto your wire or bakers twine. I created 4 different strings for the hanging decoration.

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    Step 5: Cover your hoop in felt, connect your strings of roses on, and create a wire hanging piece for the top!

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    Carole ~x~