• 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.…

  • Craft

    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,  Gardening

    Best Fruit Jelly/Jam Recipe Ever!

    So, you have all that fruit either from your garden or the hedgerows. Now what do you do with  it all? Well this fruit jam (fruit jelly) is gorgeous and so easy to make. No complicated quantities to remember and no specialist equipment needed. Just use your normal kitchen equipment. Then you can sit back and enjoy your fruit all year round. Toast and jam (jelly)! Obviously I am English and I call it jam but I do appreciate that many countries call it jelly so I will try and use both terms!                   This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a…

  • 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…

  • Craft,  Xmas

    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 also 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…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    Ragdoll Bunny Kit

    This Ragdoll Bunny Kit by Kirstie Allsopp really is a beautiful ragdoll and so easy to make using this kit. I took one look and loved it so I had to buy one and have a go. I will provide you with a full review so that you can see if it is a good choice for you. 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. It is a ‘Ragdoll Bunny Kit by Kirstie Allsopp’ and is available from Hobbycraft for £15. The kit is really nicely presented and as soon…

  • Craft

    How to make a Fabric Pinboard

      This tutorial will show you how quick and easy it is to make your own fabric pinboard with a professional finish. It can be completed in an afternoon! 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: Corkboard or stretched canvas board. Canvas boards available at The Works and Amazon Enough fabric to cover the board Enough wadding or quilt batting to cover the board Ribbon (plenty, I used 10m and my 2 boards are 40cm x 50cm and 30cm x 40cm) Staple gun and staples Buttons (mine are…

  • Craft,  Sewing

    How to make a tool/make-up brush storage roll

    This tool roll is so easy to make in under an hour and fabulous for keeping all your make up brushes tidy and easy to select. In this tutorial I have made a tool roll for a set of nail art brushes and at the end you will see pictures of the roll I made for a set of spanners. 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. What you will need: Fabric (I used a fat quarter) Thread Ribbon (or similar) for tie Pins Air erasable fabric marker (optional) Step…

  • Craft

    Decoupage Tutorial and Project Ideas

    This tutorial will show you how to decoupage your life and make it a little bit prettier – no great skill required! I am sure that you have seen lots of items that have been decoupaged but are you aware how easy it is to do. I have decoupaged quite  a few items and there are pictures of some of them at the end of this post. It is a very relaxing craft.  So, I am going to show you a step by step tutorial to master decoupage (or at least have a go!). This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no…

  • Craft

    Easy Peasy Chocolate Fudge

    Fancy making some easy peasy chocolate fudge for gifts. I did! I will share exactly how I did it. The recipe is really simple and you can add in anything you like to vary the flavour. Fudge Ingredients You will need: 250g dark chocolate (the better quality stuff is really good) 150g milk chocolate 350g condensed milk 1tsp vanilla extract optional additions eg, 50g pistachios, 50g raisins Fudge Instructions Line a container that is approximately 15cm x 23cm with baking parchment. This will not be used for cooking so it does not need to be heatproof. However a roasting tin works really well. Put all the dark and milk chocolate…