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
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