Thursday, 29 December 2011

Pretty Petals - A quilt in progress


Well Christmas is finally over and we are having a few nice quiet days at home.

I've had few hours to myself (which has been bliss) to start a quilt for my good friend Jo's new bub (yet to be named).

I took my inspiration for this quilt from my petal pillow case tutorial - I'm still playing around with the arrangement of the blocks and think maybe the top left corner block in the photo above is too pale...I'd love to hear your thoughts?

Caity x

Monday, 26 December 2011

Knife-Fork-Spoon Canvas for an Entertaining Area

This is another painting that I completed recently for a friend. It is going to be put in her outdoor entertaining/BBQ area. The area needed a bit of modernising, and a large, contemporary painting was a cheap and easy solution.

The painting is actually on two large canvases (see photo below), as this was a good way to give the entertaining/BBQ area the effect of having a feature wall (the canvases almost take up the whole wall). It's the simplicity of the design for this canvas that makes it work.

Happy painting!


Thursday, 22 December 2011

Paper Snowflake Garland


Only 3 sleeps to go now - can you believe it? 

Last minute decorations are being frantically finished at our house, the shopping is now complete and I'm ready to sit back and enjoy the festivities!

I made this snowflake garland quickly with a paper punch and some white card. Then just machine sewed them all together....

It looks so pretty on my tree - my only wish is I had time to make more! 

Oh and I just had to show you the sweet little bird Christmas decoration my mum made for Thom! 

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Em and I here at Thom Haus - we have really enjoy getting all your comments and sharing our ideas with you.

Caity x

Monday, 19 December 2011

Simple White Christmas Bird Mobile

Home Decorating/Craft:

This mobile was easy to make, and I used leftover cardboard from a box, cotton string, white paint and some hardy sticky-tape.

First I traced the outlines of a few different types of birds onto the cardboard. You could draw these yourself or use some templates that are provided online... birds are everywhere!

Then I cut them out, painted them white, drew an eye on each of them, stuck them to the string (see below picture).... and hung the mobile up! As only one side is painted, it is designed to sit flat on a wall.

This mobile looks fantastic as a Christmas hanging for more white Christmas home decorating!


Thursday, 15 December 2011

Fabric Christmas Gift Tags


Christmas is getting so close now - have you got all your gifts ready to go? Unfortunately I'm not even close - BUT if you are ready to wrap then these fabric gift tags will really personalise your present.

Here are a few close ups for you - I just love aqua, red and white this year - reminds me of the sherbet pips colour range!!!

To make these I just cut out a couple tag shapes in fabric and then ironed them onto white card. A quick stitch around the card with the sewing machine, punch a hole through the top with a standard hole punch and thread through with some pretty ribbon and they are ready are ready to attach to your present!

It's not too late to get some of these tags made!!!!

Caity x

Monday, 12 December 2011

Cheap Decorating for a White Christmas

Home Decorating:

These run-of-the-mill empty wine bottles look fantastic painted white and placed together on display. I used an undercoat and then a semi-gloss topcoat for the painting (both were water-based).

I thought they'd be lovely as part of a white Christmas themed home, or maybe somehow as a simple table centrepiece. You could also use them as a base for a small rustic Christmas tree using sticks.

The only thing to remember when painting wine bottles is to make sure you paint inside the rim at the top a bit. Otherwise you won't end up with the same look!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas Reindeer Napkins


It's been a busy week at our place this week and even with some sewing friends over for a girls' afternoon getting any sewing done has been a challenge!!!

Luckily I did mange to finish off these napkins I started a few weeks ago. I'm thinking I will keep these for myself - I don't have any Christmas linens yet!

These were quick to make too - I bought some plain white napkins from Target and did a large running stitch around the outside in a red pearl cotton. 

Next I used a cookie cutter in the shape of a reindeer to trace my shape. Ironed it onto vlisofix and then machine zigzagged each one in place!

You could make these for any occasion to really personalise the day with numbers for special birthdays, monograms for a wedding, children's images for fun parties and the list goes on.

Caity x

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Christmas Present Ideas For Under $3!

Home Decorating:

Recently I had a few quick minutes to browse through a bargain shop for gift ideas for Christmas... and I came up with quite a few nice present options. Here are three of them below!

This tea towel would be really striking put into a frame (see my Tea Towel Pictures from earlier this year), or simply hung up on a wall in the kitchen using blu-tac and pegs. This tea towel cost me $2.
These pretty pastel plates would be a lovely gift on their own, or they could be hung up on a wall as a set of four or more. These plates were on sale and cost me $0.70 each.

This little black-bird (or birds, if you bought lots of them!) again would be a lovely gift on its own, or it could be painted a block colour, decorated with a pattern, or you could spray glue some fabric onto it.... endless options! This bird cost me $1.

And there were loads more possibilities for cheap Christmas presents in the bargain shops!

Happy bargain shopping!


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Fabric Button Earrings


Ok, ok - it's official - I'm in love with my new Instagram app on my phone.... and I just wanted had to use it to show you my lasted crafting.... so watch out, I think I might be addicted :)

Just a quick project from me this week. I thought I might show you another favourite way of mine to really use up some of those smaller scraps of fabric you might be hoarding - you know the ones that you are not even sure why you keep when you snip them off?? 

These earrings make great presents and don't take too long to make either which is all the better seeing Christmas is now only a little over 3 weeks away! 

I even made a couple pairs of Christmas inspired ones.

PS: You will find the button kits at most good craft stores or try here where I bought mine.

Caity x

Monday, 28 November 2011

Peg Print Canvas in Christmas Colours

Artwork / Craft:

This design on canvas was REALLY easy and it looks quite Christmassy and contemporary I thought! You could use it as a Christmas decoration (take down one of your every-day pictures and hang it up for the festive season), or of course, you could make it for a Christmas present.

All you'll need is some red and white paint, a large canvas, and a peg! First I painted the canvas white, and then I started the peg prints in red.

You could do all sorts of patterns... whatever you think looks good. I liked the straight look for mine.

A close up photo of my Peg Print Canvas

A modern take on a Christmas decoration!


Thursday, 24 November 2011

A Framed Christmas Tree

Artwork / Craft:

My home is yet to experience its Christmas makeover - but I am trying to get together some great things for the house this year. Thom is now 2 and I think this will be his most exciting Christmas yet so I want our home to feel festive.

I had a empty picture frame at home and thought it might be nice to dress it up for Christmas!

This was really simple to make and I used more of my scraps!!! - I am secretly very pleased how well I have been doing lately using up my scraps rather than purchasing new fabrics!

I sewed together a few scraps in strips and then cut out a triangle shape.

Next I laid the tree out onto the card and placed the frame around it to ensure it was centred properly.

Then I glued it onto the backing with a little spray glue. This just helps secure it for when you are sewing it onto the card. 

Next a simple straight line stitch around the tree and you are done! 

Pop it into the frame and display it with all your Christmas goodies!

PS - apologies for the poor quality photo above - couldn't figure out how to make the glass reflection go away :)

Caity x

Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas Wrapping Paper Bunting

Craft/Home Decorating:

This project was really quick and easy, and it looks fantastic for a Christmas decoration! Of course, you could also make a Christmas bunting out of material(see my No-Sew Bunting), but this wrapping-paper bunting is cheaper to make, and Christmas wrapping paper is easy to find... it’s everywhere! (including at the supermarket)

What you’ll need for this project:
- Christmas wrapping paper
- Cotton string (jute doesn’t sit as well for this project)
- Stapler (and staples!)
- Scissors
- Cardboard
- Pen

First I drew up a template for the flags (see below for an example), cut out the exact shape in cardboard and used it to trace the flags on to the paper. Then I simply cut out the paper flags, folded them, and stapled each one to my cotton string. And then it was done!

The flags from the front and the back

 And the Christmas Wrapping Paper Bunting was so easy that my four year old daughter made one for herself too!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Cloud Pillow - Tutorial

Sewing/Craft/Home Decorating:

I've had this pillow on my 'ideas list' for a while now. It's going to be another Christmas gift using up my scrap fabrics!

This pillow is for Thom and will go towards his Christmas presents and I have taken the inspiration for this from his cloud singlet I made earlier this year. 

If you would like to try making one I've written up some basic instructions below - I'd love to hear from you if you try it out too so make sure you post a comment, or any questions you have!

Things you will need:
  • light weight wadding
  • pen (doesn't have to be a fabric pen)
  • scraps of blue and green fabrics 
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • toy stuffing

1. Gather together a variety of different blue and green fabrics. Mine have all come from the scrap basket.

2. Trace out your cloud image onto the wadding and cut out. Sorry my image isn't very clear.

3. Lay out all your fabrics across the cloud until you are happy with this colours.

4. Start sewing the strips together straight onto the wadding. Iron each strip as you sew it to ensure it sits flat.

5. Trim back the excess fabric back to the cloud image. I then machine quilted the strips with random vertical lines to give it a little more texture.

6. To piece the pillow together lay the cloud top face down onto the backing fabric and pin. Once it's pinned down you can cut the backing out. 

Then sew around the cloud - I used a 1/4 seam. Make sure you leave a gap at the bottom on the pillow about 8cm wide to stuff the pillow.

7. Before you turn the pillow through you will need to clip the seams. This will make the curves of the cloud sit neater.

8. Turn the pillow through and stuff with the toy stuffing. Stitch shut the the open seam with a slip stitch and you are done!

Finished Dimensions: 25cm x 40cm

x Caity

Monday, 14 November 2011

Mini Christmas Mobile to Decorate a Small Space


The idea behind this mini mobile design was to make something simple and decorative for Christmas that wouldn't take up too much room! And of course it has cost me next to nothing!

I used a side of a box for the cardboard, traced around some of the more Christmas-themed cookie cutters that I also used last week (see Simple Christmas Decorations for Hanging using Biscuit/Cookie Cutters), and then cut them out with scissors.

I then used a skewer to make a few holes in each. Then I threaded some jute string through the holes (putting a bit of sticky tape around the end tightly helps with the threading too!), tied knots at each end...... and it was finished!

It hangs nicely on a cupboard handle in my kitchen!
The possibilities are endless with this mini mobile... or you could even use the little cut-outs for gift tags... all sorts of things.

Happy making!


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Petal Pillow Cases - Tutorial


It's only 7 weeks until Christmas and this week I thought I'd better get started on getting some gifts together. I love to make my gifts, but more often than not I find that I don't leave myself enough time.

So I can proudly say - after an hour playing with my scrap box (which is overflowing these days), some flisofix and 2 pillow cases I picked up from Target - I produced two sweet petal pillow cases to help kick off my Christmas present making!

The pillows were really simple to make. So I've included a quick 'how to' if you are interested in trying them yourself. 

Things you will need:
  • 2 pillow cases
  • flisofix (double sided iron on)
  • protractor (to draw the petals) or you can use a plate!
  • scraps of fabric in whatever colours you want to use
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • scissors


1. Chose a variety of fabrics for the petals, to give it that sweet vintage look. My fabrics were already cut in strips. Just make sure they are large enough to correspond with your petal size. See step 3.

2. Iron the scraps onto a piece of flisofix (try not to waste any space if you can).

3. Cut out 12 petals. I made my petals using a protractor to draw a circle and then divided it into 4 petals. But you can easily freehand the petal... its up to you. My petals are 41/2" long. 

4. Next lay out your petals across the end of the pillow case and pin in your desired design. I also used a water soluble pen to mark each end point (in case they moved when I was sewing them).

5. Iron each petal into place (making sure you first remove the paper on the back of the flisofix!), then sew around each one with a zig-zag stitch to secure it. Make sure you do a little back stitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitching.

6. If you used the water soluble pen - you can now give the petals a light spray to dissolve the pen marks. Give the pillow cases a good and you're all finished!!!! 

Now you can admire them on the bed in your space room and wonder if you couldn't just keep them for yourself instead of giving them away (like I am!!!).

Caity x