• Craft

    Yarn Bowl from an upcycled wooden bowl

    If you knit or crochet then you have probably seen a yarn bowl at some point. So, what is a yarn bowl? A yarn bowl is a bowl that you put your ball of yarn into while you knit or crochet so that it does not roll around the floor and tangle. They can be very simple or rather elaborate. What is essential is a smooth finish and a method of feeding the yarn through the edge of the bowl. They are often made from ceramic and can be very beautiful but of course, easily broken. In this article I am going to show you how to convert an old…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Simple Applique to Decorate Fabric Items

    What is applique? You may be wondering this? Well, strictly it is defined as ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are attached to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. So, lots of decorative sewing is applique. If you attach fabric onto other pieces of fabric then you are probably appliqueing. People often think that it is hard and that there are lots of ‘rules’. Well, there aren’t. Applique can be as complicated or simple as you like. This tutorial is going to show you very simple applique that I did to a bedding set but you can repeat it with any shapes that you like and…

  • Craft

    Easter Chick made from Pompoms

    Easter is a great time of year and one of the traditional symbols of Easter is the Easter chick. This has come about because of the connection between Easter and eggs. The eggs represent new life and are also associated with the Easter Bunny bringing them.  This Easter chick is so easy to make with pompoms and is really cute. He can be used as a gift or a decoration, perhaps with some eggs. It is a great craft for kids to get involved in and they can all personalise theirs with different coloured wings or different eyes, etc If you want to know how to make the pompoms then…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Easy Drawstring Bag to Sew- great for gifts

    This adorable little easy drawstring bag is such fun to make. YOU can make one any size you like even if you are a complete beginner. They are superquick and you can make them for lots of different uses. From cute gift bags that are a gift in their own right to sports storage bags, they really can be scaled up or down for your own needs. Throughout this tutorial I will show you the instructions while making a little bag for a car key. Why not attach it to your house key I hear you shout? Well I share the key with my son so it is easier to…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Lavender Bag Hearts to sew for Valentines Day Gifts

    This Valentine’s Day why not show someone how much you care for them by making them a beautiful gift? These gorgeous lavender bag hearts are really quick to make but look gorgeous. You could make one really special one or a collection to wow your loved one! They can use them to freshen their clothes and think about you every time they open that drawer or perhaps sleep with it under their pillow. Lavender helps you sleep! If you want to know more about the possible benefits of lavender read this informative article. This tutorial has everything you need to make your own special lavender bag hearts including a free…

  • Craft

    Diamond Painting – an introduction

    What is diamond painting? How do I get started? Is it for me? Do you need great artistic talent? All great questions that you may be asking yourself. In this article I am going to try and help you answer these questions and introduce you to diamond painting. I will use a recent picture I have done  to show you what is involved so that you can make an informed decision on whether to try it for yourself. Diamond painting has proved to be incredibly relaxing and enjoyable! In these days where we talk about mindfulness I would say that diamond painting is an excellent tool for switching off and…

  • Craft

    How to make a folded napkin arrowhead

    In this series of napkin related posts I have been guiding you to make your own fabric napkins which can be found here and to fold them into a rose which you can find here. This post will show you how to fold them really quickly and easily to form a folded napkin arrowhead. These are great if you need your napkins to lie quite flat or, like me, you like symmetry in your displays. They will help you make a stunning table display especially if you have double sided napkins like the ones I am using. You will need: Fabric or paper square napkins   Step 1: Make sure…

  • Craft

    How to fold a napkin into a rose

    In an earlier post I showed you how to make double sided napkins really easily. You can find that here ‘Fabric Napkins Tutorial‘. Well, now I am going to show you how to make a folded napkin rose. Your table will look fabulous and your guests will be so impressed. I won’t tell them how easy it is! These roses really do look impressive especially with the double sided napkins. Quick and easy to make and easy for your guests to unravel. So, jump in and get started. You will need: Fabric (or paper) napkins Step 1: Take a square napkin and fold it in half to form a triangle.…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Fabric Napkins – Make your own in minutes!

    There is something very sophisticated about fabric napkins. They are so much more stylish than paper ones. Perhaps you use them every meal or save them for a special occasion. Either way it is really easy to make your own double sided fabric napkins to match your decor or table setting. You can also make as many as you like so if you are entertaining a lot of guests you can make enough for everyone to have a matching napkin. You can use any fabric you like. Just remember that you need to launder them and they need to feel nice when you use them. Cotton is the easiest and…

  • Craft,  Xmas

    Christmas Wreath DIY – Super Simple Indoor Wreath

    A Christmas wreath is a great way to decorate for Christmas / Xmas. We all see many outdoor Christmas wreaths made from holly and ivy and sometimes a whole lot of tinsel. Well, indoor wreaths can also look beautiful and really help with the festive feel around the home. This particular one is quick and easy and you can make it any size you like just by scaling it up or down. No sewing, knitting or crocheting required – just good old glue! So gather your resources and have a go – you will not be disappointed. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission if you use…

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