Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll!

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!


Fabric of The Week 4 – Upcycled Pillow Case

Fabric of The Week

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!

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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.

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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.

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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

Wooden Spoon Puppet 1: Superhero

Wooden Spoon Puppet of the Month

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!

January Wooden Spoon 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!



Fabric of the Week 3 – Polka Dots

Fabric of The Week

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.

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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!

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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)

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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

The Purr-fect Craft?

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As well as a lover of awful puns I love stripey socks and my cat, Harley. There are also odd occasions when I love a good clean out and this craft managed to bring all of these things together – how clawsome! (ger-oan!)

One Caterday (even I winced at that one) I sat and sorted out the mountain of odd socks that myself and Mr L seem to amass, I swear there are socks in that pile I don’t ever remember either of us wearing! (It’s a meowystery – too far? Too far) In the pile were four stripey monster socks.


Which I have loved since I bought them for Mr L, with the sole intention of stealing them and wearing them myself. (The original cat burglar – I know, not even trying now!)

I couldn’t throw them out and knew that Harley loved them as well as she always chased our feet when we were wearing them and so I thought I could turn them into cat toys.

The process was pretty simple.

  1. I cut each of them in half, discarding the bottom half of the sock (which I may have plans for!)
  2. I then used extra strong thread and did a running stitch round the bottom half of the sock (turning it inside out first). I then pulled that tight and secured it with several stitches. 2017-10-07 12.29.01.jpg
  3. I then stitched in a small bell (bought at Christmas time, because we knew we would have a use for them someday!) and turned the sock right way out. 2017-10-07 12.28.47
  4. I then layered stuffing and cat nip in much the same way as you would a lasagna!2017-10-07 12.32.29
  5. Finally I did another running stitch and gather at the top of the sock (Just below the rib part of the sock.) Again to secure it I did several stitches to secure it. Because I liked the idea of the monster having a beanie style hat I pulled down the rib.
  6. And then I gave  it to Harley, fully expecting in the way of fickle cats that she would walk on by and I would need to be fully purr-suasive (last one, promise) to get her to even look at them but no! She has played with them and even snuggled up to one during Fireworks Night.
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Saw it on Pinterest, Tried it in real life part 1.

Pinterest, a crafter’s best and worst friend. A best friend because it will offer you advice, give you inspiration and will be there when you are bored. The worst? The Pinevny of seeing a beautiful craft/living room/recipe and wondering if you will ever get round to making it. 

There are, however, occasions when you DO get round to trying that Pin out and this will be the first in an occasional series looking at what happens when we do try a Pinterest craft out. 

We came across this awesome craft from: http://homemademodernblog.com/2015/03/denim-pocket-organizers-trend-alert.html 


love demin and knew this pocket idea would be the perfect way to get slightly more organised in my wee home office. 

The denim we used was from a favourite pair of Mr Lane’s and they had awesome pockets: a couple of bigger pockets and one that we could use with a smaller embroidery hoop. 

The most important thing is to keep the tension tight at the back of the embroidery hoop so that the pocket sits neatly at the front. 

Here is our version:


So would definitely say that this was a Pwin! 

Lane xx


2017-09-23 11.51.45Recently my auntie came down for a visit from Shetland. It always good to catch up with her, like us she is a craft-aholic and it was a visit full of swapping ideas, admiring crafts and sparking inspiration.

A good way to thank someone who loves crafts is to make them something – they appreciate why you have done it and will also let you go on about how you made it! She (and a group of crafting buddies) are going to start sellingtheir crafts at craft fairs and so we said thanks for visiting by making bunting for her stall!


2017-09-23 11.52.15 The name of the group is “Nort Vynd”.

The writing was done on an embrodiery machine – as was the wee flower and the piping was silver bias binding which helps makes the writing pop.

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There is something so tactile about this fabric and the coolness of the lettering really makes the navy stand out.

Now thinking what else we could use bunting for!


Wooden Spoon Puppets

To be honest I always thought that the most fun you could have with a wooden spoon was licking cake mixture off them. Who knew the world of fun you can have making wooden spoon puppets! 20170718_073229.jpg

These wooden spoons came from Asda and were a budget-saving 50p each! I know this may sound like a funny thing to rave about but they were lovely to work with, smooth and a lovely shape.

Each spoon used various materials and I used a lot of insprialtion from Pinterest – the crafters one stop shop for ideas!

The Witch – Painted green (with poster paint from Hobbycraft) with electricans’ tape for the body (bought from the pound shop – a whole stack of colours and each tape had enough to do two/three spoons) and foam for the dress and hat. They are easy to make, you simply cut two of the same shape and glue the pieces that meet – this holds them in place.  And pipe cleaner arms (here is question, do people actually use pipe cleaners to clean anymore or any they only used for crafting?)

The Monster – Painted pink and then decorated with googly eyes and pipecleaners. I glued the pipe cleaners in place so that they didn’t move when playing with them.

The Ninja – A personal favourite! Used electricans’ tape for the whole thing. Used the white first for the eyes and then wound the black tape up the handle of the spoon and then lengths of tape for the spoon part. It takes some concentration to make sure that the tape sticks on the bend of the spoon but well worth it!

The Tiger – Painted orange with poster paint and then I used a Sharpie to draw the stripes on.

The Pirate – Was nervous making this one incase i had to walk the plank if I messed up! Again it is mostly made from tape – the dotty fabric was from a pack from the pound shop – sticky on one side so it made it very easy to use. Beard was made with Sharpie.

The Mummy – Bandages wound tightly and stuck on with glue.

The Ghost – Simply painted white (took a few coats!) and then face drawn on with Sharpie.

The Snake – Again electiran’s tape – covered it all in green and then cut and stuck to add detail. Especialy love the tongue which is made out of red foam.

The Lion – Very quick make but rawrsome! Paint spoon yellow and then cut out two manes to stick together – you just have to remember to cut a hole in one of them for the face to show through!

The Dragon – Once made 30 of these for Beavers to make up so making this one up brought back happy memories! Again a simple make of paint and foam – paint the dragon and then cut out foam wings and fire and stick on.

What was even cooler was making wooden spoons with my neice. It was fun to see her ideas transform from in her head to the actual spoons.

May I introduce Princess Fartalotti and Prince Stupido! (and another monster for them to vanquish!) I especially like the beard on the prince as it shows how effective foam can be.

So if I ever visit your house and your wooden spoons disappear you know I will be turning them into something really cool!

Lane xx


Mermaid Swimming Bag


This lovely mermaid bag is for a Christmas present and was a joint project between Givie (maker of bag) and Lane (mermaid drawer and crystal sewing queen!)

The bag itself is upcycled/adapted from a bag used to protect shoes and meant that we didn’t have to make the cord and some of the seams were already made….result! 

We started with a drawing of a mermaid – drawn by Lane. This also allowed us to work out how many beads and crystals we would need for the tail. 

Then using vintage carbon paper (discovered in an old sewing box bought online) we carefully traced out the pattern onto the fabric.

Then using Sharpies we coloured in the body and hair. This is the first time we have used Sharpies on our crafts but were pleased with the results. You just have to be careful about bleeding into the fabric – but found that vertical strokes of the pen helped cut this out.

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Then came the fun part the embellishments using metallic thread and crystals to decorate the mermaid. Once I had got used to the fiddly nature of the crystals (I only swore a few times!) it was actually fun, like a sparkly jigsaw! I used satin stitch for the top of the mermaid tail and cross stitch for the top and fin. Metallic thread is definitely a challenging sew – I always find it snags and bunches unless you are careful but think the end effect was worth it!

Then all that was left was passing it to Givie to finish up the final bag.


A very enjoyable project – and one that we would both do again! (even with the metallic thread)

Lane x

Lane: Tissue Paper Decoupage

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My name is Lane and I am a decoupage addict – I have decoupaged many different items; picture frames, shop dummy and even the cistern of a toilet. Have glue will decoupage seems to be my motto!

Recently I have been enjoying decoupaging with tissue paper onto glass items. I love the way the texture and depth of colour changes when you layer the paper and this is especially true when I have been using an ombre effect with my jars.

Here is my guide to decoupaging tissue paper glass jars:

Step One: Get ready.

This will work on any glass items but for this one I used glass jars purchased from a supermarket. Charity shops are also a great place to find glass items with the added bonus of the thrill of the hunt!

I use Mod Podge for my decoupage because it is quick and easy and also gives a really good coverage/protection. The final coat of this project was with Mod Podge with glitter because glitter is awesome. #fact.

The tissue paper is just normal tissue paper — just check the colour doesn’t run as that has happened with some tissue paper I got in a pound shop but normally that isn’t an issue.

Step Two: Decoupage!

Rip the tissue paper up. I prefer random shapes and sizes but you can also get an awesome effect by using regular shapes or sizes.

Add the Mod Podge to the jar, place the tissue paper on and then use the brush (with Mod Podge on it) to cover and smooth any bumps. You can also use your fingers to smooth over any bumps and then you get that child-like joy in peeling the glue off your fingers! (or is that just me?)

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Step Three: Keep going!

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It can be helpful to have a few jars on the go so that while the glue is drying on one end of the jar you can be decoupaging another one. You will find that by using different sides of the tissue paper (there is a rough side and a smooth side) you will have different thickness and by layering up the tissue you can also create different textures and shapes.

Don’t over plan it – which as a self-professed control freak is a big thing for me to say! – I have always found that decoupage is an organic craft and the way the shapes land on the jar will determine how the end jar will look.

2017-09-10 17.11.42 Step Four: The Ombre effect.

I am in love with this effect – I think it is an excellent way to add interest and colour and particular works in longer items such as this jar or a vase. Find three matching colours and my best advice is to start with the lightest colour first.

I would also start at the bottom of the ombre effect and work up – so for the white section start 1/3 of the way down the jar and work up to the lid. This way you will ensure that it is neater and you are less likely to go to far with the white ombre. It is also okay to cover the lighter colour with the dark and this gives you the freedom to decide where each piece of tissue paper goes.

Step Five: Final coat

I always put one final coat of Mod Podge over the decoupage. It probably has enough coverage just by you working on it but I think it gives it a nice finish and allows you to check that you have not missed any bits of the jar (which is easier than you think!)

In this project I used Glitter Mod Podge which adds a subtle effect to the jar without the usual annoyance of getting glitter everywhere for days! (which ALWAYS annoys Mr Lane!)

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And that is it! It is a lovely simply craft that is so much fun to do and I think gives results that are always stunning!

Lane xx

PS Keep an eye on our Folksy store for some of these jars!