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    Gorgeous Flowers from Magazines

    Who doesn’t like flowers around the house? But fresh flowers do not last long. This tutorial will show you how to make gorgeous flowers from your old magazines. Magazine flowers are a great recycling project! They are quick and easy to make so you can easily make a bunch of flowers in one session. You can use any magazines but remember that the colour of your magazine flowers will depend on what is on the pages of your magazine. Great magazines to use are National Geographic, Vogue and bridal magazines. I also used a children’s book that had pink and lilac pages! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a…

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    Washcloth Roses

    It is really nice to give gifts that look gorgeous. Washcloth roses achieve that gorgeous look.  I wanted to give some homemade bath bombs, lip balms, etc in gift bags to friends. What they needed were some gorgeous flowers made from washcloths (flannels) to complete the kits. You could also use them for a different Valentine’s Day gift. I thought they might be difficult but despite one fiddly bit they are actually rather easy and quick to do (after the first one). 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…

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    Woven Heart Baskets

    Hearts are great at any time of year but how about these beautiful woven heart baskets that are so easy to make. You do not need to do any sewing (but I did a little) and you can make one in about 15 minutes! You can use any material you like but I recommend felt or paper. Felt works really well and makes a more robust basket but paper is really inexpensive if you want to do this craft with a group (eg Brownies or Guides). 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…

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    Iris Paper Folding

    This eye-catching effect is incredibly easy to achieve using iris paper folding. It is, as the name suggests, a way of producing an iris effect using folded paper. I have produced a Christmas card in this tutorial but you can make any shape you like. There are so many patterns available!   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: Pattern (plenty available online, google ‘iris folding patterns’) Card (like this from Amazon) Paper ( not too thick, printer paper is ideal) Scissors Tape Masking tape Double-sided…

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    Fabric Hexagons

    This tutorial shows you exactly how to make gorgeous fabric hexagons with very little sewing. In fact, you could glue the completed hexagon together and do no sewing at all! I have made them in various sizes and used them for a couple of different uses. They could be used as a brooch or to decorate just about anything. How about a cushion cover made from them? You Will Need: Fabric of your choice (fat quarters are ideal) A circular template (I used kitchen plates) Fabric Scissors Iron Needle & thread or fabric glue    Step 1: Place your template onto the fabric. Mark the circle. I use an…

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    Gift Tags

    Well, I made some lovely gift tags for Christmas presents and I wanted to share them here. They are so simple and effective. I did not need any fancy equipment yet the results look very professional. They are completely freestyle so you could make yours with anything you like on them. You could make them with any theme for any time of year.   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: Blank gift tags (or thin card to make your own) available from Amazon Hot or cold…

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    Folded Book Christmas Tree

    This folded book Christmas tree is so easy to make and you do not need to buy anything! No special skills or tools required! Once you get going it does not take long either. You can easily make a tree in less than 30 minutes. Then you can leave it as it is or, as in my case, decorate it a little. You Will Need:     A paperback book of approximately 150 pages with the pages glued together at the spine. If you want to decorate it like mine you will also need some gold spray paint.       Step 1: Take your book and remove the cover.…

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    Woolly Hat Ornaments

    These woolly hat ornaments are so easy to make and look fantastic hanging from a Christmas tree. You can use up all your old yarn scraps or buy yarn to match your decor. They are great for kids to make and cost so little. I will show you exactly how to make them. You Will Need: Yarn of your choice Toilet roll or kitchen roll tube Tissue paper Scissors Step 1: Cut your toilet or kitchen roll tube down to approximately 2.5cm (1″). I got 4 out of one toilet roll tube.  Cut approximately 40 lengths of yarn 30cm (12″) long. If you are doing a pattern then consider how…

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    Christmas Fabric Bauble

    In my opinion nothing improves a Christmas tree more than a homemade decoration. These fabric baubles are really simple to make and very effective. Their size is only limited by the ball you buy so you can make large decorations inexpensively. 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: Polystyrene (styrofoam) ball from Amazon or The Works fabric – fat quarters available from Amazon scissors or pinking shears glue skewer ribbon (short piece for hanger) Step 1: Cut your fabric into approximately 5cm (2″) squares. I used pinking…

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    Simple Bag Tutorial

    This is a full tutorial for making a simple bag. Depending on the size you make it can be used as a gift bag, a decorative storage bag or even a shopping bag. It is very easy to make and is great for using fat quarters if, like me, you hoard them. 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: Two different fabrics (for the A4 or A3 pattern 2 fat quarters is plenty) HobbyCraft  and Amazon have a great selection of fat quarters Iron on interfacing available from…