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

Monday, 7 November 2011

Simple Christmas Decorations for Hanging using Biscuit/Cookie Cutters

Home Decorating:

This Christmas project is really quick and easy and does not involve any sewing, glueing or anything! Biscuit or Cookie cutters often feature as Christmas Decorations in magazines and they look beautiful. However, the trick is often getting them to sit straight for a garland or other arrangement.

For this project, you’ll need some pegs, string (I used jute), small strips of material, and some biscuit cutters. I purchased a tin of 30 cutters for $12 from Target.

Simply put the material through the top of the cutter so that the cutter sits properly front-on. Then peg it to your string... and it’s done!

Once you get started on this one with the pegs, you might think of all sorts of things that would look nice pegged to string for a Christmas theme.

Happy making!


Saturday, 5 November 2011

Snowflake Christmas Stocking


Nine years ago I started a cross stitch Christmas stocking for my then new boyfriend, and now husband........ due to whatever reason I just never got around to finishing it (sound familiar?). So this Christmas I thought I might surprise him with his own stocking.

But what style of stocking would really be suitable for a 37 year old man??

I pondered this for a few days and then came to the conclusion - the perfect style for him is whatever sort I make!!! 

I really wanted to make something with snowflakes on it - and this proved to be the perfect project for me to try out a variety of different snow flake designs.

I mostly just drew up the designs by looking at images of snowflakes but I did use a few from Made in France (which I know has cross stitch ones - but I just redrafted them for use for back stitch and french knots).

I marked them on the linen with a water soluble pen - have you tried one? They are so fun! It's just so fun to spray the embroidery once you are finished and watch the blue pen disappear!

The stocking is lined with a simple red check I had in the cupboard and bound in matching red gingham.

I really love how the stocking turned out and I'm sure my husband will love it too - the only thing I regret??

Now, time to make one for myself?.... Maybe next year.

Finished Dimensions: 24" x 13" 

x Caity