This week’s fabric of the week is fabulous, dah-ling! We’ve had this in our fabric stash for years when we found it in the remnants bin in Ikea. We have always just been looking for a project for it.
We considers several ideas but the beauty of this fabric lies in the lips so we focused on them and made these fabulous cushions.
They were a quick and easy but effective make. We added a gusset around the lips to help define them and make them look better standing on the couch/bed/wherever!
Here are some more details:
These are also avaliable on our Folksy store to buy.
Today is the birthday of the fabulous Lewis Carroll and so to celebrate I thought I’d show you this fabulous shopping bag that we made for a friend.
One side of the bag is decorated with a quote from Alice in Wonderland and a floating cat face — based on the Cheshire Cat of course! This side of the bag was made by printing off and then tracing the letters and cat details through the fabric. (We didn’t have a light box at this point so made our using a lamp bulb and a glass table!) I then used stem stitch and a Cotton a Broder thread to make the letters and cat stand out. (It also makes it a satisfying quick stitch – result!)
The other side of the bag was inspired by some awesome Alice in Wonderland button crafts I saw on Pinterest. The bag would have been too heavy to use all buttons and so I used a mix of cross stitch and buttons. I love the contrast of the blue and white and I think the difference textures of the cross stitch and buttons helps add to this. The black silhouette was coloured in with Sharpie.
This was a very enjoyable make as it combines many of my favourite techniques in one shopping bag!
This fabric was never bought for crafting purposes – it was actually bought to be used as pillow cases! However when Lane always wanted to stitch on this fabric – to colour it in – and so when they were no longer used as pillow cases we jumped at the chance to craft with it!
The first step in the process was to identify what where the best shapes and sizes to add the embroidery to. We then cut up the fabric into these shapes (we knew we would be making a glasses case, make up bags and money purses)
Then Lane did her magic and added detail to each item.
The thread used is just standard six thread embroidery cotton. Lane has a stash of random threads that she has collected from different projects over the years (and also from charity shops!) and used them – identify which colours best suited each design. She also used a couple of different stitches, including stem stitch and cross stitch.
It was then over to Givie to transform them into each item. Every item was lined with the same fabric and also had a zip put in – we loved the pop of colour of the red and orange zip!
They were really fun to stitch (if sometimes challenging due to the size and weight of the fabric) and it was fab to see them completed. It was nice to see something that we had thought of doing for so long finally came together – and came together so well!
These items are available to purchase on our Folksy store! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane
It is funny what crafts you connect with – a chance conversation with my neice led me to make some wooden puppets for her (https://givielane.com/2017/09/29/wooden-spoon-puppets/) and it was a craft that I loved doing. I have since made a collection of wooden spoon puppets for more kids in our family and will often have a persuse on Pinterest of other ideas. This monlthy feature will give me an excuse to make some more puppets for “purely research purposes” (ahem!)
So without further ado – here is January’s puppet!
Thought a superhero was a good subject for January – it is the time of year when a lot of people make Resolutions and want to be the best they can. Also I love the imagery of superheroes and wanted to design my own one!
It was a fairly simple puppet to make. I usally paint onto the wood but this time I experimented a bit and used pens instead. (I was given a set of lovely Winsor and Newton Promarker pens for Christmas and wanted to use them!) The pens were a hit – it made it easier to add detail to the spoon and was also really quick to use.
The cape was made with a scrap of fabric we had and attached using elastic.
I also love how the grain of the wood adds texture to the hair!
So there is our first Wooden SPoon Puppet of the Month! Faster to make than a speeding bullet and more fun than Batman at a party, this is one puppet that would keep the Hulk calm and Spiderman hanging around!
This week we have not one fabric but four! They are all the same pattern – a lovely polka dot that is visually appealing – but four different colours. We wanted to see if the different colours changed the look and appeal of what we were making.
This time the make was more challenging as it was something we had never made before and something that we didn’t really have a pattern for. (we used several sites on Internet for inspiration)
We were working on Corner Bookmarks!
The slide show below shows the steps we took to design the book mark. We took a basic shape from a pattern for paper book marks and then, working out seam allowance, adapted it for fabric. However once we had made up our first prototype we realised that you didn’t need the two trianges – in fact it made it more bulky and harder to use. (the pages would get trapped between the two triangles)
We then used the plastic used in pelmets to thicken the bookmark to ensure that it would stay in place.
They were good fun to make – and also the colours don’t make that much difference to the overall look I am sure that you have a favourite!
Gx and Lx
PS Remember if you wish to own one of these lovely book marks come and visit our Folksy site! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane
Today is the birthday of Michael Bond and to celebrate we would like to share this Paddington Bear shopping bag!
I have always loved Paddington Bear – there is something so appealing about his character. We would also wave to a Paddington Bear, every time we got the bus into Glasgow and so this was a very nostalgic lovely make.
I decided to use chain stitch for the umberlla and I loved the effect it helps to give the umbrella texture and also emphasise the shape of each section.
The tag was upcycled from a pair of chinos and we were lucky because the stud on the trousers became the hole of the luggage tag. Serenpidity is an great thing!
If you would like to look after this shopping bag feel free to purchase it from our Folksy store! http://www.folksy.com/givielane
Any other suggestions for author bags please let us know!
Week 2 of Fabric of the Week ties closely into one of our main loves – charity shop shopping! This lovely fabric is actually a single duvet and pillow case set that we bought ages ago from a charity shop.
We have used this fabric before – as backing for our character pinboards (check them out in our Folksy shop! https://folksy.com/items/7019621-Covered-Cork-Pinboard-Superhero-Pink-Hair-) but never made the fabric the focus as we wanted to do for this challenge.
We decided to focus on the rainbows and found an amazing quote from the brilliant author Maya Angelou.
We stitched the letters on using two stands of embroidery thread (and one strand for the Maya Angelou because it was so small) We found that stem stitch made the writing too busy and so did a simple (and quick) back stitch for the letters. The coloured letters had the Rainbow song stuck in our heads but that is a worthy price to pay as they look so pretty against the clouds.
We managed to get three bags out of the duvet and the cloud placement meant that each one was slightly different in look.
As we also hate waste we managed to also make a make-up bag and headphone holder from the material.
The fabric was lovely to work with and a much needed burst of colour when the January blues hit!
Gx and Lx
PS If you would love to own any of these unique items they are all available to purchase in our Folksy store! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane
Here is part one of our new weekly feature – Fabric of the Week! Each week we will feature a different fabric and show you a craft that we have made from it. This feature has mainly been inspired by our massive fabric stash and the need to actually stop staring at it and saying “It’s so pretty” and make something from the fabric! (then, and only then, can we buy more!)
So the first fabric is this gorgeous vintage silk scarf. It features these lush and large flowers that really pop out of the orange background. We love silk scarfs but don’t really wear them – I know for a fact that I am not chic enough for a head scarf and my experiments with wearing a scarf round my neck just makes me look like I have mumps. So this project allows us to buy beatiful scarfs and make something a) practical and b) lovely — Shopping bags!
The bags themselves are easy to make and very easy to use – I have one of my own and always get comments when I use it – and who doesn’t love a compliment when out shopping! The best festure is the wee pocket at the top of the bag which means you can fold it up and shove it in your bag for next time!
So there you go – our first fabric of the week! Vintage, upcylced craftiness which helps you to stop using plastic bags!