• Craft

    French Knitting – How to Cast off and Create Masterpieces

    Well in the previous 2 posts we learnt how to Make a French Knitting Nancy and Cast on and Knit. Now we will learn how to cast off and create a masterpiece with your knitting. This is for when you have got enough French Knitting to make whatever you are wanting to make. You will Need Your French knitting on your Nancy Scissors   Step 1: Select one post, in my case the blue one. Take the loop off the post and carefully place it over the next post along (anti-clockwise) in the same direction as you have been knitting. You should now have 2 loops on that post. Take…

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    French Knitting – How to Cast on and Knit!

    Last week I showed you how to make your own French Knitting Nancy in this post. Well, whether you are using one just like that or one you have bought the technique is the same. You will be able to produce a beautiful tube of knitting to make into a craft item of your choice. If you want some ideas take a look at 22 things to make with French Knitting. You will need: French Knitting Nancy (or doll) Yarn   Step 1: Form a loop using a slip knot as if you were going to do ordinary knitting or crocheting. Place the loop over one of your posts (or…

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    French Knitting Nancy – Make your own

    This tutorial shows you how to make your own French Knitting Nancy for next to nothing. It is a great craft activity for kids groups and organisations as you do not need many items. They are quick and easy to make and kids can learn a new skill using old leftover bits of yarn. Equally well, you can use one of these to make many fine items for all ages! If you want fine knitting then simply use a narrower tube (old wooden cotton bobbins are ideal). This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend…

  • Craft,  Gardening

    How to Make a Mosaic Table

    Last year I broke a glass topped table and I upcycled it using decoupage. You can see that project here. That worked really well so this year I thought I would try upcycling the same table again using mosaic tiles. It worked really well and looks really professional as you can see here. So, read on, be inspired and have a go yourself. It is great for that cup of tea (or something stronger) in the garden. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You Will Need: Table frame…

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    Quick Inspirational Framed Picture

    This is a super quick but effective way of creating some beautiful individual art for your home. This inspirational framed picture is so easy to make. On the internet and social media in particular I often see inspirational quotes. However, they can seem a bit bland to form a picture on their own. This is a little project to brighten up any quote. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a little commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You Will Need: A 3d or box picture frame (Hobbycraft stock a good range) Paint (optional) Printed quote that…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Teabag Wallet Tutorial

    I do not drink tea so I always carry my own ‘teabags’. In fact, they are fruit and herbal infusions (no tea involved). But using a small plastic bag is not ideal and I sometimes burst teabags in my handbag or pocket. So, I decided to make a teabag wallet to carry them around. This tutorial will show you exactly how to make  a gorgeous little teabag wallet to take your own teabags out with you. Never be caught without again! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a little commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    The Simplest Skirt Tutorial

    This skirt is so simple to make and is great for summer (or winter) depending on your choice of fabric. This tutorial makes a summer skirt but if you chose a thick fabric it would work just as well for winter. Great for kids skirts too. Just scale it down to fit! You only need basic sewing skills and away you go. No pattern needed! You Will Need: Chosen fabric (I used a thin cotton similar to this one) – 1m (1yd) for a narrow skirt – 2m (2yd) for a fuller skirt Elastic – 2cm (0.75″) wide and long enough to comfortably go around your waist and overlap Matching…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Lavender ‘Teabag’ Sachet Tutorial

    As you know from my post, how to grow a lavender hedge for £1, I grow my own lavender and harvest it. I make all sorts of lavender bags with it. I decided to share the lavender teabag sachet with you here as a tutorial. NOTE: This is a lavender bag for smelling not making tea with. I have called it a lavender teabag sachet because of its shape. You will need: Fabric (or used tumble drier sheet) Lavender Embroidery thread or string Free printable pattern and labels – Lavender Teabag Template, lavender teabag labels Stapler or glue Sewing Supplies (thread, scissors, needle or sewing machine) This page contains affiliate…

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    Decluttering Challenge 2019

    This week I am participating in a decluttering challenge. There  are links to it on every page of my blog BUT it only lasts one week so you need to be quick! For free you get a video guide from an expert  and a workbook to help you declutter. Here, I am going to show you how I am getting on using it. If you want to sign up simply click on one of the links in this article. I have followed her advice and started small. I have cleared out a shelf in a cupboard that was rather scary and a drawer that just gets worse and worse. This…

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    Clothespin / Peg Bag To Make

    Whatever you call them, most of us use pegs or clothespins to peg our washing out to dry. There are several main types of clothespin bag but I prefer to carry my pegs around with me so I make my own ‘over shoulder’ clothespin bag. It means that I always have a peg when I want one! They are really easy to make and I am going to show you how. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only recommend brands I use and trust. You Will Need: Material of a reasonable thickness. It must be robust…