• Craft,  Xmas

    Folded Book Angel

    Hand made Christmas decorations are so beautiful. What could be nicer than an angel made from an old book? A folded book angel is virtually free to make and as a result you can make loads of them if you want to. I have made 2 to sit on my mantelpiece over the festive season. You can leave them simply as books or add a touch of glamour with some spray paint. You could also add bows, buttons, tinsel, etc to make your unique angels. So, take an old paperback book and make your folded book angel in under 30 minutes! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission…

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    Bring Autumn into your home with a DIY fall leaf bowl / basket

    The best thing about autumn (or fall) is the fabulous colours on the leaves. This autumn /fall leaf bowl brings those fabulous colours into the home with very little effort. If you love fall / autumn then you will love this leaf bowl in your home. Complete the bowl in less than 30 minutes and then just wait for it to dry. It really brings some seasonal joy into the home. It is quite delicate (that is part of its charm) but it would easily hold some pot-pourri. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you. I only…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Fabric Covered Notebook

    Turn any inexpensive notebook or diary into a luxurious, top of the range product. Make a fabric cover that slips on and off. You can even transfer it from book to book as you fill each one. A fabric covered notebook is a great gift idea. How about personalising them for those special people in your life? I have made one for a trusty notebook to carry around and one for my next diary for 2020. This tutorial will show you step by step how to achieve a great finish. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you.…

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    Yarn Doll (Dammit Doll) – How to Make

    A yarn doll is really quick and easy to make and is a fantastic use for leftover yarn from other projects. I first encountered them many years ago as ‘dammit dolls’. I have included a free printable sheet of the labels to use if you would like ‘dammit dolls’. These make great gifts or craft items to sell. However you can just make them to play with as countless generations have done already. Involve the kids in making them with you! 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. What…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Make your own Pattern Weights

    This is the third part in the series showing you how to make your own sewing supplies. The first part was a pincushion that sharpens your pins that you can find here. The second part was a needlebook to store all your needles safely and that is available here. This tutorial will show you how to make your own pattern weights so that you no longer need to pin your pattern pieces to your fabric. You may well have seen them used on television programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee. Pattern weights save you time and prevent pin marks on fine fabrics. I am loving them so I have…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Make your own Simple Needlebook

    This is the second tutorial in a series that will show you how to make your own dressmaking supplies. This tutorial will show you how to make a really simple needlebook to store all your needles. It will also give you great tips on adapting it to suit your needs. So simple yet so effective. I have made mine out of the same fabric as my pincushion and pattern weights so that I am making a sewing set. You can see the full tutorial for the pincushion at ‘How to make a pincushion’ and the pattern weights at ‘How to make pattern weights’. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    How to Make a Pincushion (that sharpens your pins!)

    This tutorial will show you how to make a gorgeous pincushion that you can use for all your sewing tasks. If you include wire wool in your pincushion it will also sharpen your pins whenever they are inserted. You can use any item you like to make these. As you can see, I used various containers but I must confess that my favourite are the little bucket and the teacup and saucer. This is the first in a series of tutorials showing you how to make various items to help you with all your sewing so keep coming back to the blog for some more ideas. The set includes how…

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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

    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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    Hanging Hearts made from Paper

    These hanging paper hearts are so easy and quick to make that you can do them in less than 10 minutes. They are really pretty and you could make lots of them and hang them on a garland to decorate a room for Valentine’s Day. You only need materials that you already have at home and you can be as creative as you like with the papers that you use. Further down I will show you how I experimented and how it can go a bit less than heart shaped! This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use those links at no cost to you.…