{Fabric Craft} Iron on Granny Square Bag

Funky granny square bagToday I have been decorating crochet kits bags using transfer paper, but i totally got distracted (read bored) and decided to make a cool granny square bag of my own instead.  The Gelato Pops and Melon Pops bags were pushed to the side, which actually are pretty cool too, and i whipped up a little granny square in my fave colours. Here’s how i made my own kit bag –

You will need –

  • calico bag
  • iron on transfer paper
  • an iron (obviously)
  • a granny square made from yarn
  • scissors
  • camera
  • ink jet printer
iron on granny square

Step 1 – photograph your granny square and print out the image on iron on transfer paper

iron on granny square

Step 2 – Cut around the granny square leaving about 1/2cm of white edge – this will iron on clear granny square bag

Step 3– With the print side down, press the iron in consistant circles for aound 2 min (set a timer if it helps) The instructions said around 40 secs, but with this large transfer i needed more time. Fun granny square bag

Step 4– Peel the backing paper off very carefully! If it doesn’t come off easily or the print is not transferring then you will need to use the iron for a bit longer. Be patient. :)iron on granny square bag

Step 5 – Ta da!! Pack your favourite yarn and tools into the bag and you are ready for crochet on the go!!

Funky granny square bagI am printing this image onto a shirt next…..i just need more transfer paper. :)

Mandy xx

{Fabric} Vintage Suitcase Makeover

Old suitcase upcycle

Give a vintage suitcase a new life with an easy fabric makeover

Today I’m going to show you an easy and affordable way to make old vintage suitcases pretty by giving them a makeover with fabric and glue. Vintage suitcases make fabulous storage for blankets and craft supplies and you can find them cheaply at op shop or thrift shops. Their vintage brown exterior compliments neutral settings well, but can look old and dirty in bright or modern settings. I have owned these 3 suitcases for years, so I thought it was time to pretty them up and makes them useful in my craft office.

Vintage suitcases

Three old brown vintage suitcases found at my local op shop.

I gave two of these suitcases a couple of coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, but I wanted to cover the third suitcase in fabric. This turned out to be my favourite! Here is a little pictorial guide of how I made it pretty. :)

RedAgape suitcase makeover

I like to start at the bottom. Give the bottom of the suitcase a generous coat of mod podge in preparation for the fabric.

Fabric covered suitcase

Lay the fabric over the top of the suitcase and press down firmly. Don’t worry if the Mod Podge soaks through a little as this will make it extra secure.

Fabric covered suitcase

Pull of corners of the fabric into a peak at the corners in preparation for trimming.

Vintage suitcase makeover Fabric

Cut through the peak you formed to divide the fabric. Cut off excess fabric.

Vintage suitcase makeover

Secure the sides with plenty of mod Podge making sure to press down firmly.

Fabric covered vintage suitcase

Press fabric firmly against the Mod Podge to secure. Trim away any excess and secure the corners that you trimmed previously. Fold the top of the fabric over and secure it inside the suitcase.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ensure that any joins in the fabric are well secured with Mod Podge

Covering a vintage suitcase

Cut carefully around any obstacles (latches, handles etc) with a blade. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Vintage suitcase makeover

The vintage latch revealed provides a rustic contrast against the pretty pink fabric. Repeat this process for the lid of the suitcase. I found it easier to work this two pieces of fabric – one for the top and one for the bottom.

Mod Podge covered suitcase

I secured fabric to the inside of the suitcases too, to make sure they were as pretty as the outside.

Mod Podge suitcase

When the entire suitcase is covered with fabric, give it all a good coat of mod Podge to protect and seal the fabric. This will dry clear.

Fabric covered suitcase makeover

Ta Da! All done! Now you have pretty and practical storage for your blankets and craft supplies

Easy Pom Pom Tutorial

 

rainbow pom poms

Finally, i have found an easy, failsafe method for making pom poms! Hooray! After many failed attempts using various pom pom making contraptions, i decided to try making them without any fancy gadgets. Success! These are the best pom poms i have ever made and because pom pom making should never be frustrating or sad, i am going to show you how it is done.

rain pom poms

Here is my recipe for rainbow pom poms. All you need is yarn and scissors – oh and your hands. That’s it! Read on –

step by step pom poms

Step 1 – Using your thumb to hold the end of the yarn, begin wrapping your first colour around three of your fingers. Try to keep a little separation between your fingers as this will make it easier to remove your yarn.

easy to make pom poms

Step 2 – Continue wrapping until you have made 30 circuits around your fingers.

fail safe pom poms

Step 3 – Then cut the yarn.

fail safe pom poms

Step 4 – Starting with a new colour, repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 with each of the five different coloured yarns. This equates to 150 circuits of yarn aound your fingers.  If you would prefer a single colour then just wrap 150 times with your colour preference.

the best pom poms

Step 5 – Gently slide the yarn bundle off your fingers.

easy peasy pom poms

Step 6 – Lay the yarn bundle carefully on top of a length of yarn. It is up to you how long this length is – mine is around 30 cms because i wanted some length leftover to attach my pom pom to things!

fail safe pom poms

Step 7 – Tie a knot in the bundle of yarn, being careful to keep it centred. Make sure the knot is tight and secure to prevent your pom pom from exploding when you cut it.

Rainbow pom poms

How to make pom poms

Step 8 – Flip your yarn bundle over and bring the lengths of yarn forward. DIY pom poms

Step 9 – Tie another tight knot at the back of the yarn bundle. Having a knot on either side helps to keep your pom pom neat and secure.

Rainbow pom poms

Pom Pom tutorial

Step 10 – Carefully slip your scissors into the yarn and cut around the edges of your yarn bundle.

Rainbow pom poms

Step 11 – Keep cutting all the way around and then trim your pom pom to shape. Yarn confetti!!

Rainbow pom poms

Ta da! All done. You can vary the size and density of your pom poms by changing the number of fingers and circuits you make. The lengths of yarn that you used to tie your knots can also be using for attaching your pom poms. I’ve attached my rainbow pom poms to the corners of my crochet candy blanket and i think they look grand! What could be better than rainbow pom poms!? (well, secretly i have a plan for some mega poms poms that may be better, but i’ll save that for another blog entry).

crochet blanket with pom poms

My Weaving Tutorial on The Interiors Addict

After sharing an image of my woven wall hanging during 7 Vignettes this month, Jen Bishop from The Interiors Addict asked me if i would put together a tutorial. Of course i was thrilled to be asked and the tutorial featured on The Interiors Addict earlier this week. Yay!

how to weave

Click the image to visit The Interiors Addict and see my weaving tutorial!

It’s an easy to follow tutorial for those who know nothing about weaving but are keen to have a try. I was also thrilled to discover a fellow Instagrammer was so taken with the idea of making her own weave, that she headed straight to Spotlight for supplies and posted her finished weave only 24hrs after my tutorial was published. Someone has definitely caught the WEAVER FEVER!

weaving tutorial

An amazing for weaving project from Melanie @meldzam that she posted 24hrs after my tutorial!

Fun Ideas for Fabric Stickers

fabric stickers DailylikeI discovered fabric stickers a little while ago and fell in love with them. They are so pretty and practical, which are my favourite two words when it comes to craft. I found these gorgeous crafty items online at Dailylike. Have you heard of them? I promise you this is an unsponsored post! I just adore the Dailylike store. You MUST visit their online store for a sticky beak. It’s a crafter and gift wrappers dream….i really had to restrict myself to items i needed….yeah, that’s right, i NEEDED fabric stickers. :) fabric stickersMy first fabric sticker project was to cover my iPad. Actually, i covered my iPad cover. It was bright pink and while i like pink, i wanted something a little more unique and i really, really don’t like paying for expensive iPad covers. And this way, when i get bored of this design i can just recover it again, at the fraction of the price of a new iPad cover. fabric stickers ipad coverI had a few sheets of stickers to play with so i prettied up this boring clipboard and attached it to my pegboard. I change my pegboard often and add new inspirational quotes or work related lists (boring) to my clipboards, so this will be perfect for when it is hanging bare in between new attachments.pretty pegboard craft roomFabric stickers are ideal for covering daggy old containers and glass jars.  The oval container was the packaging of a gift i received from a friend. I didn’t want to throw it away, so i covered it in matching fabric and now i’m keeping all my pens and pencils stored in it. pegboard office prettyI also dressed up an empty glass jar that i use for storing my paint brushes. With some of the smaller scraps i cut out shapes and decorated some of my paper bags.pretty paper bags There are so many uses for this versatile craft item. And i love that i was able to use the scraps for smaller projects, so that there wasn’t any waste. Yay!pegboard organisationFinally, i used some of the fabric sticker tape to wrap a loaf of banana bread for a friend. I can’t wait to use more of this tape in my gift wrapping. Please make sure you visit Dailylike and check out their stock – great products and super fast postage. :) pretty wrapped bread

DIY Christmas Wreath – Ribbon Poinsettias

christmas craft - poinsettia ribbons

Making your own Christmas wreath is a great craft project to help celebrate the festive season. This tutorial is for a christmas wreath made from ribbon poinsettias. These ribbon poinsettias are easy to make and look beautiful when made from glossy satin ribbon. Here’s what you will need –

  • satin ribbon – 5cm wide
  • floristry wire
  • scissors
  • a wreath base – of whatever material you like
  • a hot glue gun
  • embellishments – bells, bead (optional)

christmas craftFor each ribbon poinsettia you will need to cut three strips of ribbon approximately 15cm long. christmas craftCut the ends of the ribbon to form points – you will need to do this for both ends. christmas craftFold each strip of ribbon like a concertina: fold in half and then fold the outer edges in opposite directions. Your ribbon should look like a bow tie (see the image above)ribbon poinsettiasAs you fold each strip thread them onto a pin to hold them in place until you are ready to secure them with wire.
christmas craftTake a piece of wire, also 15cm long and fold over so it resembles a hair pin.
christmas craftPut the wire over the centre of the three strips of ribbon and twist a couple of times at the back to make it secure. You can now remove the pin.
ribbon poinsettiasCross over your wires – this is the hardest part. If you look at the image above you can see the wire is attached in three different directions: one straight across (the first step of attaching the wire) and two in diagonally opposite directions. To make your first diagonal, take one of the ends of the wire from the back, separate your ‘petals’ and take the wire up through one pair of divided petals and down through the opposite pair of divided petals. Take the second end of the wire from the back and repeat the same steps on the opposite side. With both wire ends now at the back, give them a final couple of twists to make your flower secure. You can now play with your petals until you have achieved a look that you are happy with. christmas craftIf you want to add beads or bells to the centre of your ribbon flower, simply add the embellishment at the wiring step.

christmas craftThe rest of the ribbon is completed in the same way as the plain ribbon flowers.
diy Christmas ribbon wreathI made a lot of ribbon flowers in a short amount of time – enough for two wreaths. It is up to you how you choose to attach your ribbon poinsettias to make a wreath. I added my ribbon flowers to a gold wire hoop using my hot gue gun. A similar method could be used regardless of what you choose for your wreath base.

DIY christmas wreathHere are my two Christmas wreaths hanging in our rumpus room.
DIY christmas wreathAnd there’s no reason you can’t make these in other colours and use them as gift toppers or hair bows. Join me on Instagram for other Christmas craft activities.

DIY Wall Pennant – stitched or painted

wall pennant diyThese little DIY felt wall pennants are a great way to use up some of your excess craft supplies. I’ve been trying to be good and not purchase anymore craft supplies, which can sometimes be as much as a hobby as the crafting itself. Craft addicts – I know you understand! I didn’t need to purchase a single thing for this project. Yay! :)

You’ll need – flat felt, rotary cutter, scissors, thread, needle, paint and dowel.

1 – First, cut out a rectangle from the felt. The size is up to you and depends on how big you want your pennant to be. My rectangle is 7×9 inches.  Fold your rectangle in half and cut a triangle at a diagonal (see fig 1) about a third of the way up the felt.

2 – Unfold your felt and you can see the result. Felt is a great fabric for this project because the edges won’t fray, so you don’t need to worry about hemming them.

3 – Fold the top section of your rectangle down about an inch and pin. Then stitch in place (by machine or hand). This is where you’ll insert the dowel.

4 – In this image you can see how your pennant will look with the top stitched down. There’s plenty of room for the dowel, or if you want a more rustic look you can use a branch or stick.diy felt wall pennant

5 – Stencils and paint are a quick and easy way to decorate a pennant.  You can used a sponge or brush to apply the paint.

6 – I used a brush and stencil for the star pennant. I found using a brush produced sharper edges than the sponge.

7 –  You can always paint free hand onto the felt if you’re feeling brave. I’m no artist so I prefer stencils, but I did manage to paint the word LOVE onto one pennant without too much drama.

8 – I decorated the last two pennants with white stitching. I used white embroidery thread and a simple back stitch to hand sew crossing arrows on this pennant.

felt pennants wall hangings

9 – I used the same embroidery thread to stitch the word ‘love’ on the last pennant.

10 – Next, cut some 5mm square dowel to size and then pierce a hole through either end to attach the thread. The dowel I used is from Spotlight and it is really soft, which made it perfect for this method. If the the dowel or stick is too firm to pierce, you could just wrap the string around and tie it in place.

11 – If you are using the threaded method, thread the string through the hole and then tie a knot to keep your thread from pulling through.

12 – Because the pennants are so light weight you can attached them to the wall with washi tape. No more holes in the wall. :)

diy wall pennant

Little Cloud Pillows – DIY

Cloud cushion tutorialThese cloud cushions are the perfect rainy day craft activity. Quick and easy, which is exactly how I like to craft. These pillows are so cute and cuddly! For these cushions you’ll need –
*White polar fleece – the amount depends on what size cushion you want to make.
*Small piece of pink polar fleece
*Black wool
*Pink cotton
*White cotton
*Needles
*Scissors
*Sewing machine – or you can hand sew the entire project
*Small black buttons Cloud cushion step by step
Step 1 – Make the cloud pattern. Draw the size/shape of the cloud you want onto cardboard. Take your time doing this as it is important to get the correct shape. Cut out the cloud shape. This will be your template. Fold your polar fleece in half and using sewing chalk trace around your template onto the fabric. Cut around your cloud shape making sure to leave a 1cm seam allowance all the way around. You will have two cloud shapes, one will be the front the other the back.
Step 2 – sew the eyes (black buttons) onto the front piece making sure they are positioned symmetrically.
Step 3 – Using the black wool, sew the mouth with a generous back stick. You make want to draw a rough outline onto your polar fleece for a guide.
Step 4 – cut two small circles from the pink polar fleece to form the cheeks of your cloud. Using the pink cotton and a back stitch attach the cheeks just under the eyes.
Step 5 – place your cloud pieces right sides together and sew around the cloud stopping with about 2inches left open. This is the opening to insert the stuffing.
Step 6 – Clip carefully around the edges so that when turned right side out the seam with sit nice and flat. Turn right side out.
Step 7 – STUFF IT! I used special biodegradable, recycled PET stuffing. This is low allergic and so friendly to our environment. To finish, stitch up the opening.
Step 8 – I used a curved needle to assist with creating a nice smooth closure.
Step 9 – Cuddle your finished clouds. Cute cloud pillows
I was so happy with this one that I made some babies for the mother cloud. They are all so soft, cuddly and cute! These little clouds have been living with a very special boy over the last few months. He’s a cloud lover just like his mum. Xo

DIY Wall Banner with Gold Stitching

wall banner craft tutorialThis DIY wall banner was a craft project that was born mostly from items i had in my craft stash. I found some fabric i had screen printed while i was cleaning up the Hen’s Den (aka craft shed) and while i wasn’t keen to make anymore cushions, i didn’t want the prints to go to waste. I printed a couple of these gold hearts and turned one into the cushion you can see in the above image. I love a good craft clean up because you always find things you’d forgotten about. After a quick search i had gold thread, gold rope, black fabric, tassels and an idea! Obviously, the cleaning would have to wait for another day. :)
diy wall banner craft tutorial
DIY Hand Stitched Wall Banner
* black fabric
* dowel
* rope
* needle and embroidery thread
* tassels
* scissors
* embroidery hoop
* fabric pencil
diy wall banner steps tutorial
The Steps
1. sketch a rough plan of how you want your banner to look.
2. cut your fabric to the size you want. Mine is 15 x 30 inches finished with allowances made for hemming and inserting dowel at either end. Iron and sew a hem down either side on the fabric.
3. Hem the top and bottom and then turn over again to create a tunnel for the dowel.
4. Using a fabric pencil sketch your design onto the fabric.
5. Attach the embroidery hoop and using a backstitch hand stitch your design. A running stitch would work too.
6. Pin the heart into place before stitching.
7. Stitch a little in from the edge so the heart has a slight fraying effect.
8. Insert dowel and tie on tassels.
9. Attach rope to the top of dowel and you’re done! :)
diy wall banner tutorial

diy wall banner craft tutorial