Sunday, 21 August 2016

Decorated Gift Box

Last week I showed you the cute crochet snail I made.  Now you can see how I packaged it to give to my sister-in-law.  If you're expecting skill, sophistication, creative genius... you'll be disappointed!

I started with a box I already had.  An alarm clock had been packaged in it, and I'd been saving it for the last one or two years as it was a good little box, in brown kraft paper/card (or some such similar material).

The box was a bit damaged where I'd removed the labelling, but decorating it would cover that.

I started by drawing and cutting out a big flower out of some pretty green and pink paper to cover the worst of the damage...

... then I remembered I had some cardstock flower stickers in my supplies (from my card-making days) - so I thought, why stop there with just one flower?!  Let's not be stingy!  I decided to add more flowers to that side of the box.  Well... then I just carried on and covered the whole thing!

As I said... absolutely no skill required here!

The box was a perfect fit for the snail.  A bit of pretty spotty tissue paper...

...and snaily was happily ensconced in his temporary home!

I used washi tape on the underside of the lid, to cover an alarm clock related sticker that I couldn't remove - the pattern goes well with brown box I thought.  And an extra flower sticker for fun!

There you have it - cheap and cheerful!  What do you think?

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Crochet Snail

A short while ago I finished making this cute crochet snail for my sister-in-law, as a little gift.  She has now been presented with said snail, so I am sharing him with you here!

I'd had this pinned on one of my Pinterest boards for quite some time, so was excited to finally get round to making it.  It is the Sofie Snail by Stipenhaak, and you can find the free English pattern here.  Fantastic pattern, clear and easy to follow - and makes the cutest of snails!

He was crocheted in King Cole Bamboo Cotton, which I think is perfect for amigurumi crochet, as it creates a lovely smooth finish.  I used small black buttons for the eyes, and white felt for the spots on the shell.

I'm so pleased with how he turned out!  What do you think?

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Tilda Blog Hop - Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane

I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with part of the latest Autumn 2016 range of Tilda fabrics, before they were released!

This was as part of a blog hop organised by Stitch Craft Create.  I was sent a selection of fabrics from both ranges to try out.

Four from Memory Lane...

...and four from Cabbage Rose...

Which fabrics to use first?!  I decided to make a zipped pouch using a couple of the designs, which I thought went together well.

This actually looks better in real life than it looks in this picture - it was hard to capture it well.  It's padded with cotton batting/wadding and has boxed corners to make it nice and roomy inside.  I designed the pattern for the pouch myself, but there are so many tutorials for zipped pouches online, if you want to make your own.  The fabrics I used were:

Bottom Section:  Memory Lane - Flowercloud Dark Slate
Top Section:  Cabbage Rose - Tess Red

Cabbage Rose - Tess Red

I also used the bottom outer fabric for the tabs at each end of the zip.  You can see one of them a bit clearer here...

But I hadn't finished with that red fabric.  For a couple of years I've had fabric strawberries on my 'craft to-do' list and when I saw that Cabbage Rose Tess fabric in the red colourway, I knew it would be perfect... the time had come!

I thought one of the other Cabbage Rose fabrics would work well too, for a bit of variation.  The fabrics I used were:

Cabbage Rose - Tess Red
Cabbage Rose - Tilly Red

I absolutely love these strawberries!  I used this adorable strawberry pincushion tutorial - but with a few changes.  I made them smaller as I wanted them to be real strawberry sized and to be decorative rather than pincushions.  I think with a keyring loop on, they'd make lovely keyrings.  I also skipped the extra leaves and flower and didn't sew the green felt flat to the strawberry, as I wanted the points to stick out a bit, for a more organic look.  (As organic as a fabric and felt strawberry can look anyway!)

Then I thought I'd give the mustard/olive fabrics a go - not my usual choice of colour, but I have fallen in love with the dinky little fabric tray I've made!

I used this pattern, so lovely!  I think I'll be making more!  The fabrics I used were:

Memory Lane - Flowercloud Olive
Memory Lane - Solid Fabric Olive

The trinket tray can be used for jewellery...

Or in the sewing room, for your crafty bits and bobs...

And I'm sure there are a myriad of other uses too!

As expected, the fabric is fabulous quality, but I'm sure that I don't need to tell any Tilda fans that!  

This has only made a small dent in the fabrics I was sent, and there are three patterns still to cut into, so no doubt there will be more creations using them here on my blog in the future - be sure to check back and see what else I make.

And if you'd like to get stuck in to some sewing with these ranges too, Stitch Craft Create are running a competition to win a fabric quarter bundle of this fabric and one of Tilda's friends (a fabric fox or rabbit).  You can find it over on their facebook page, so good luck!  Alternatively you can buy Memory Lane here and Cabbage Rose here.

Thanks to Nadine of Stitch Craft Create for inviting me to take part - it's been great fun.  Check out my other sewing projects here and follow me on bloglovin to keep up to date with my latest crafting projects!

Below are links to all the other blogs taking part, so go on over to see their lovely makes...

1st August – Stitch Craft Create
2nd August – Stitch Craft Create
3rd August – Vicky Myers Creations
4th August – Strawberry Patch Ramblings
5th August – Charm About You
8th August – Crafting Not Cleaning
9th August – Popular Patchwork
10th August – Dinki Dots
11th August – Little Black Duck
12th August – Tea and a Sewing Machine
15th August – A Saucy Stitch
16th August – Very Berry Handmade

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Sunday, 7 August 2016

Tilda Fabrics

I've been working on some projects using the below Tilda fabrics, from the new Autumn 2016 ranges - Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane...

I was sent 8 fat quarters from Stitch Craft Create.  What do you think of the patterns?  What would you have sewn with them?

Looking at them arranged like this in my photo, I can picture a pretty quilt.  Check back on Wednesday to find out more and see what creations I came up with!

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