Showing posts with label simple gifts to make. Show all posts
Showing posts with label simple gifts to make. Show all posts

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Simple Bead and Leather Necklace

Creative Ideas:

October is almost over, Christmas is only 9 weeks away and for the first time in years I haven’t even started my Christmas list!!!

So I thought I'd better get started this week with something nice and simple.  A great little bead necklace. You only need two 2 things to make this necklace and will take about 10 minutes.

You will need:
·      1.5m thin leather
·      8 beads

First cut the leather thread into 2 equal lengths

Next thread 3 beads onto one length of leather and 5 beads onto the other length.

Hold the two lengths together and tie a knot on each end just next to the beads. You might find it a little easier to tape one end together while you do the other end.

Repeat on the other side.

Tie small knot at the end of each length of leather and you are finished.

Hope  you enjoy this simple project.

Enjoy your weekend!

Caity x

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Make Your Own Luggage Tags


We just got back from holidays. It was Thom's first trip overseas and we had an absolute ball.

I had hoped to post this before we left - but ran out of time. With our bags all packed, we just needed luggage tags. So I thought we might make our own. 

We each made one - Thom used an old painting he had done and I used a cute Molly Makes calendar I had.

They were really simple and reminded me of the gift tags I made for Christmas a few years back or the fabric style labels - see links here and here.

  • paper, card or a photo would also be great that you can print  or write on
  • contact paper (or laminator if you are lucky to have one)
  • pens, stamps, glitter (use your imagination)
  • ribbon 
  • hole punch
  • scissors
1. First cut out your tags, mine are 10cm x 4cm

2. Print, write or decorate the front however you like (I just stamped each of ours with 'MINE' which sort of made me giggle.

3. Write your contact details on the back.

4. Contact both sides, making sure not to get any bubbles in them.

5. Cut out the tags ensuring you keep a little bit of contact around the edges to ensure they stay stuck together.

6. Sew around the edge with a simple straight stitch to secure the contact. You don't have to do this step but I think it will help the tag last a little longer - and it looks pretty too!

7. Punch a hole through the top of the tag and attach to your bag with a ribbon.


Caity x

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Simple Print T-shirts for a Baby Gift


I've got lots of birthdays for friends and family coming up at the moment and I'm trying to get a few little things made as gifts for each of them.

This week's post is for a gorgeous little girl who's about to turn 1.

These t-shirts are made using the same method as some of my other posts, for example, my glitter t-shirt and Thom's Batman top

They are really super simple.

I found the template for the bow on the internet and if you remember way back to Mr Elephant lino print in July 2011 I ended up using my elephant print as a template for the elephant.

Next week I'll show you what I'm giving with these cute little t-shirts!

Happy crafting!


Thursday, 25 July 2013

Simple Buttoned Cushion


This is a really simple way to make some great cushions for your house.

I simply cut 2 squares of fabric half an inch smaller than the cushion size you want to use (this gives the cushion that nice firm and plump look).

Sew around all 4 sides - leaving a gap of about 1/2 the 4th side open. This will give you the space to insert the cushion insert. Then either hand sew or machine sew the seam shut.

Finally add a simple fabric covered button to the centre of either side in a contrasting colour. 

Happy sewing!

Caity x

Monday, 1 July 2013

Quick Makeover for a Child’s Jumper


(Sorry about the orientation of this photo! Blogger has decided yet again how my photos should appear!) You get the idea though!

This weekend we were very excited to have a 5th birthday party of one of Poppy’s lovely little friends. There are so many beautiful “little girl” things around to purchase, but I wanted to give her something useful and practical. I also didn’t have much time this week so it had to be quick!

So I purchased two size 5 sloppy joe jumpers from Target, and gave them an easy makeover by sewing on some “dots” of pretty material.

This project was very, very simple. Firstly I cut out two round shapes from my selected materials and gave them a quick iron.

Then I ironed down a little seam. 

I pinned the material dots onto the jumpers in the position that I wanted them. 

And then it was a quick matter of sewing around them! It doesn't even matter if your sewing isn’t perfect – the messy look just adds to the appearance of the jumpers.

The only problem was that the little girl I gave them to said “no, they’re too big”. !! She’ll love them though I’m sure!

Happy sewing!


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Scrappy String Block Oven Mitt (and other simple gifts to make)

Sewing/Home Decorating:

Just finishing up the last of my Christmas sewing now. Though with 6 days to go I still have 1/2 my modern Christmas tree quilt to get finished!!! :0

Anyway, I got a couple of little gift done today. I made this simple oven mitt using some string blocks I made a few months ago. 

I played around with the layout of the blocks trying to decide which one I liked best.. mmm this one's good..

but I like this option too..

and this was pretty cool too...

I lined it with special heat proof wadding to ensure no one gets their fingers burnt and did some very close machine quilting before binding it in a matching red stripe! Love it... might make another one for my pending new kitchen!

I also made a couple other quick gifts - firstly, a cute scented pillow. I used a hot pink painted heart I made back here and did a little running stitch around the outside before stuffing it with toy stuffing and a couple sprigs of rosemary from my garden. 

Rosemary is a great alternative to lavender if you want to try it - it's supposed to help with headaches, improve mental alertness and ease muscle aches and pains....personally I just love the smell! 

And some covered coat hangers similar to those I made back here.

Well this is my last post before Christmas -  I hope you have got lots of sewing done and wishing you a lovely Christmas with those you love.

Caity x

Thursday, 4 October 2012

'Wash' and 'Dry' Embroidered Towels


This week I had fun making some simple guest towels.

If you can do basic embroidery, I promise you, you can make these towels!

Similar to my Little Bit of Love Cushion, I used the Pilgi font which I typed up and printed in 288 and 144 font size. 

Next I traced my words onto the towels with a water soluble pen and then embroidered them with a lovely bright blue pearl cotton using a small chain stitch.

Finally I gave the embroidery a good spray with a water bottle to dissolve the pen marks. Then they were ready to use!

This washer and towel project took me about 45 mins in total, and I did it all while I was watching TV one night! They are nice and quick and will make your guest feel that little bit more special!

Happy Sewing!

Caity x

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Little Yellow Ducky


Here is another great baby gift you can make using scrap fabrics you have in your cupboard! I love making baby gifts – this one isn’t for anyone special – I just couldn’t resist making it!

To make this ducky, simply draft up a basic body of the duck then the legs and cut 2 of the body and 4 of the legs. 

Pin fabric right sides together and sew with a ¼” seam leaving a gap at the bottom on duck to attach the legs to. Clip around the curves and turn through.

Pin each of the leg pieces together and sew with a ¼” seam, making sure you leave the tops open so you can stuff the legs. Clip around the curves and turn through.

Now you can stuff the body and the legs of the duck as firm or soft as you like. Once this is done you can position the legs on the duck body and pin to secure while you do a simple slip stitch to close the hole.

Finish off with a button for the eye and a nice bright ribbon around the neck. You can also add your own touch by adding some wings.

And there you go - another simple baby gift you can make in next to no time with what you already have at home.

Happy sewing

Caity x

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Simple Hexagon Zippy Bag


Delving into my scrap bag this week I was wondering what I could possibly make from what I already had in my cupboard. As much as I love to shop, sometimes I surprise myself and come up with far more exciting ideas when I challenge myself to use only things I already have.

I love all the hexagon quilts around at the moment and as a distraction to finishing my own hexagon quilt I thought I might make up some small hexagons from my scrap box. 

These cute little hexagons measure 1 inch wide.

Sewing all these hexagons was a great project while watching the tv. For the main body of the bag I used a great natural linen I had for ages and used for quite a few of my projects over the last year or so - my 'little bit of love' cushion and 'Family of Birds' cushion. It's a great colour that really makes the bright hexagons pop.

Once I had sewn the hexagons onto the linen I added a bit more excitement with a couple rows of simple backstitch down either side and chose a bright green zipper to complement the greens in the hexagons.

Granted the sewing of the hexagons made this project take a couple nights of casual sewing, but I didn't have to buy a thing and I really enjoyed the hand sewing. 

This bag is going to a good home - my good friend Lissy who's birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks - I hope she likes it!!!

Caity x

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Bear and Pup Soft Toys


I finally got around to making some new soft toys this past weekend. These are simple little toys you could make as a great gift for a little one - you can make them geared for a boy or girl just by choosing the base fabric. 

The differences between Bear and Pup are the placement of their ears and also the length of their legs - Bear has short legs and Pup has longer legs. 

I hand appliqu├ęd their faces and for the eyes I used small buttons I already had in my collection of 'extras' from clothes I have collected over the years.

The paws are simply a little back stitch.

Happy creating!

Caity x