I have always loved New York and the imagery and romance of the city streets. There is something so appealing about the busy city streets, tall building and the pop of yellow of a New York Taxi cab that sings to me. So this fabric of the week really was a no brainer.
A fabric so richly detailed needs a simple design and so we made a simple cushion with this one!
By featuring the yellow taxi in the front of the cushion it really makes your eye be drawn to the cusion and design. The muted greys means that this cushion could be a real feature in any room.
As much as I would love to keep this it is for sale in our Folksy shop!
This month’s wooden spoon puppets is inspired by National Storytelling Week (https://www.sfs.org.uk/national-storytelling-week) and my love of stories. This month’s wooden spoon puppets are The Three Pigs (but no wolf – will explain later!)
I landed lucky with the paints for this make — I was looking for poster paint, which I have used before, but couldn’t find the right colours. Luckily I found acrylic paints which actually painted much better and were a beautiful perfect pig pink!
After that it was a simple make – I used pink buttons done for the nose and googly eyes. The mouth and ears were drawn with felt tip.
The wolf was another, less successful story! I struggled with how to draw the face and I don’t feel that the brown really worked – I should have gone with grey! That’s one of the benefits/challenges of crafting, sometimes it just doesn’t work!
Do love those cute wee pigs though!
This fabric features one of my favourite things – cups of tea! (or coffee, but in my head they are all full of delicious tea!) We purchased this fabric from our favourite fabric shop – The Cotton Print Factory Shop (http://cottonprintglasgow.co.uk/) which always has plenty of fabric to tempt us into adding to our fabric stash!
We love the 1950’s vibe of this fabric and I can always picture Audrey Hepburn or Doris Day having this print in the set of one of their films!Because the cups are so big you have to be careful what you use it for. We have used it for a journal cover before:
But for the fabric of the week craft we wanted to use the fabric as a whole so we decided to make plastic bag holders for your kitchen or laundry room.
The tube has elastic at the bottom to hold the plastic bags in place and you simply pull one out each time you need one. At the top of the bag is a hook so you can hang it up and is open at the top so you can just shove the bags in when you get them.
This is a practical and useful product that will help you cut down on your plastic waste and reuse those plastic bags.
There are two of these fantastic bag holders available on our Folksy site! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane
This fabric of the week was a bit back to front – we found the pattern and then found the perfect material for it!
This gorgeous fabric is actually dishcloths – the good thing with this is that we bought them in a pack of three so you know that the colours will match!
The project we foound was a Reading Cushion. We both love reading and you will often find books at the side of the bed and we loved the idea of having a specific place to store your books! Here is a link to the original project: https://www.polkadotchair.com/2016/10/how-to-sew-a-reading-pillow.html/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=thepolkadotchair
The front pocket is inspired and is the perfect size to put your book or Kindle and the machine embroidered “Read” just gives you every excuse to read as much as you like!
I also think that this pillow would be good for your sewing/knitting projects as you could store your pattern and materials in the front pocket.
As ever this is avaliable to buy on our Folksy store!
This week’s fabric of the week is the smallest yet – we only had a few scraps left of this stripey material but we knew that we could craft something from it!
We had seen this Patchwork Pencil Case from Crafts Beautiful and knew that we wanted to try it out and the stripey fabric seemed to fit perfectly.
Rather than using different fabrics we used the stripes in the material to add interest – as you can see we also had horizontal and vertical stripes to show the difference.
We cut out the fabric (the stripes and a plain cream fabric for the nibs) and used Bondaweb to attach it to the grey fabric (an upcycled bed sheet – it is the most gorgeous grey and helps make the colour pop!) We then used our sewing machine to sew round and secure the fabric on. We used black thread to outline the pencils.
We also added a gusset round the pencil case to add depth to the pencil case – idea for stuffing in all your lovely stationery items!
For the coloured tips of the pencils we used pens that we knew didn’t run on fabric – Winsor and Newton pens, they come in colours that perfectly matched the coloured of the striped material.
Here are some of the details of the pencil case:
This was a really enjoyable project to work on and we loved the pop of colour in this fabric – if you love it too you can purchase these pencil cases on our Folksy shop https://folksy.com/shops/givielane