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.
Step 1: Take one back and blanket stitch the 3 oblong panels to it.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Step 1: sew 5 pieces of scraps together to make a strip, repeat 7 times.
Step 2: draw a long tall triangle shape on paper (see picture) and place over each strip and cut them out.
Step 3: sew the triangular strips together alternating which way up they go.
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.
Step 5: I trimmed the edges and then added bias binding! All done!
Hi everyone, here is a super quick, less than 10 minute fabulous mini project for you! It's how to make a tinsel wreath, this would be great to do with kids, or on your own to co-ordinate with youe Christmas decorations!
You will need: Polystyrene wreath, 2 metres of chunky tinsel, 8 baubels, a hot glue gun, string or ribbon for a hanging loop.
Step 1: Wrap the tinsel around the wreath, either glue it or pin it in place.
Step 2: Carefully remove the ends of the baubels, and then use a pen/pencil to make holes into the wreath to help the baubels stay in. Fill the hole with a little glue, and stick the baubels on. Finally use string or ribbon to make a hanging loop! Super simple and mess free!
Hi everyone, we have an adorable project to share with you this month, it's a Father Christmas cone decoration!
You will need: 1 cone (mine was 25cm tall) red felt 30cm x 30cm, a small amount of pink felt & black felt, some long white felt, one pom pom, gold thread and a hot glue gun & glue sticks!
Step 1: Place the cone slightly lower from the top edge of the red felt, glue the edge and roll the felt around the cone, glue again and cut any excess felt away, but leaving a little excess felt at the top of the cone, and then pinch the felt and glue the pom pom on for his hat bobble.
Step 2: Cut a small pink face, a beard and moustach, the size will depend on how big your cone is. I used the gold thread to make some 'backstitch' lines on his beard (see photo).
Step 3: Glue the face and beard in place. I then cut a 2cm wide strip of white felt to go down the front of Father Christmas' suit, a 1.5cm strip of white felt to go around the top of his face for the hat brim, and a 2cm wide strip of white felt to go around the bottom of the cone, again glue in place. Once you have glued his hat brim, cut a small amount of white felt for his 'back' hair, making sure the felt is wide enough just to cover the side of his pink face.
Step 4: Cut a 1cm strip of black felt for his belt and make a small white felt buckle, glue both pieces on. Now cut 2 arms, 2 black gloves and 2 white cuffs, again, depending on the size of your cone, make them slightly bent but not to long. Glue the glove to the bottom of the sleeve and the cuff on the top and attach with some glue to the body at the top of the sleeve and again at the cuff, so the hands are free (see picture).
Step 5: I stuck in 2 black pins for the eyes, or alternatively you could use black beads. Your Father Christmas is finished! How cute is he?!
Hi everyone, we wanted to share with you 2 fab and quick Christmas craft ideas! The first is a Christmas stocking, so simple to do, either draw a stocking free hand or find a free template online, to make this and decoarte andyway you wish! And the second quick idea is making a fabric advent calendar, just make up 24/25 little bags in Christmas themed fabric and peg them together! So, so simple! Happy crafting
Hi everyone, here is a really simple project for you, it's how to make a fabric christmas tree using a polystyrene cone (which can be found in store only, we do not post this item) 4 inch fabric squares and pins!
Step 1: take your 4 inch square piece of fabric, fold it in half and then in half again, and pin it to the tree, you can make each layer a separate pattern, or mix them up all over the place for a different effect!
Step 2: Once you have filled up your tree you could add a star or bow to the top, or make a bow by putting two squares wrong sides together, squeezing in the middle and pining it to the top! A nice simple and quick project.
This weeks Diva Loves is all about our new 50 christmas fabric sqaures pack, available in either 3 inch or 4 inch square, you will recieve 50 square of assorted christmas style and themed fabrics, including christmas prints, red & green polycotton and red & green gingham.
Hi everyone, we just wanted to share with you our felt christmas trees, as they are our new spotlight product. The trees are 12.5cm tall and they are available in either red, green or white. They are perfect for making hanging tree decorations, applique or sticking to the front of a greetings card. Have a crafty weekend!
Hi everyone, we have another quick mini project for you. This is a hanging hearts decoration, it's really quick to make. You will need 6 hearts (2 red, 2 green, 2 white), a length of ribbon, 3 bows, 3 bells, some wadding and a need & thread.
Step 1: Take 2 hearts, blanket stitch them together at the 3/4 point fill with wadding, finish sewing up.
Step 2: Add a small bow & bell, repeat with the other 2 hearts.
Step 3: Take the length of ribbon and sew a heart to the bottom, place the other hearts slightly above each other and sew them on. Then make a loop at the top for hanging.
Hi everyone, happy Novemeber! here is a great project for you, a ribbon christmas tree. This takes about 1 hour when pinned (it could be quicker if you used a hot glue gun). And it's a great way to use ribbon or ribbon scraps so it's cheap too!
You will need:
1 cone approx: 30cm tall, a selection of christmas ribbons and pins or glue
Step 1: I used wired edge ribbon for the bottom row. I cut it into 3.5inch lengths folded them over, and pinned them to the tree, each time I added a new strip I over lapped them slightly, so that each strip shared a pin too. I gradually worked my way up the cone changing the colour of the ribbon, or twisting the ribbon for a different look.
Step 2:On the 7th row, I reduced the ribbon size to 3 inches long and added another row of wired ribbon and then worked my way up the cone again, until 2 rows from the top where I reduced the size to 2.5inches. I looped some narrow ribbon to create a decorative top. When I was finished I pulled the wired ribbon up to give the tree some shape! (make sure you put at least 2 rows of wired in to help shape your tree).