This is a craft that Givie has perfected over the years from when Lane was little and had long hair.
It started with making scrunchies to match the dresses but was so easy to do any spare fabric was used up.
This one started with a bundle of Indian Sari silk. The range of beautiful colours were just calling out to be made into a bundle of scrunchies.
So easy to do, cut a bundle of long strips at least 20” or 50cms long and any width you choose. Then fold in half lengthways R.S together and stitch down the length. Then turn through to the right side.
Cut a length of elastic at least 6” or 15cms long. Thread through the fabric Don’t forget to keep hold of the end of the elastic then pin two ends together and stitch firmly by hand or machine.
Then match up the ends of the fabric fold a hem down on one and stitch them together by hand or machine
A bundle of these will be available from our Folksy shop.
This black and white fabric featuring scissors just had to be used for a sewing accessory of some kind. Picked this up as a remnant in Mandors in Glasgow.
Thought we should look at making something that ironed out the wee annoying things about sewing -like what to do with pins you remove from fabric while stitching and those threads you cut off – not to mention the problem of losing your scissors as soon as you put them down. So this week it is three for the price of one. After the tea and discussions this is what we came up with…
- Scissor holder for all three pairs of scissors. This seemed quite obvious really make a pattern where the fabric folds back on itself to make each pocket. We used iron on fleece to make it more durable and one of our previous fabric of the week pieces that lovely yellow polka dot from Cotton print in Glasgow. Phots below show how it was made -Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
- Our scissor holster for the small scissors used frequently for thread cutting. Same fabrics – same style – but just for one pocket and this time we added a clip you can attach to the edge of your clothing and just like a real holster you can close over the top of the case when you are not using the scissors. See photos below.
- Most proud of this solution our combined thread catcher and pin cushion to attach to your machine. This was the one that took a bit of trial and error and problem solving. The pin cushion was a bit fiddly to make but we wanted the shape just right. Hope you agree it is the ideal gift for an ardent sewer. Already have one on the machine it works a treat.
All these items are available on our folksy shop.
This week’s project was inspired by the fabric (Rather than having a pattern or idea that was looking for the right fabric!) This is gorgeous vintage Liberty fabric.
The colours are so vibrant and colourful and really sing. Givie is a MASSIVE fan of scarfs and has always wanted to create infinity scarfs and so that is what we did.
This was a quick make – scarves cut to size -long enough to go round the neck twice and wide enough to make a statement and comfortable to wear. The fabric was placed right sides together folding it so that the long edge could be stitched together. It was then turned outside in and the seam ironed flat. One short end had a hem turned down and pressed, the other short end was placed inside to complete a circle. The two were then stitched together to make the “infinity scarf”
Scarfs are avaliable to buy on our Folksy site
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!
It is funny where ideas come from; you can sit for hours staring at a slowly cooling cup of tea trying to come up with a use for that old pair of denims (oh, wait that is just me?) but the best ideas come when you are not actively thinking. When you give your brain time to mix together all the things you have seen, read and been inspired by and then the spark of inspiration comes.
This is true of our First Date Doll — the idea came out of a friend’s Facebook post. The girl was talking about how she was having a clothes clear-out but didn’t want to get rid of the dress she worn on her first date, yet she would never wear it again. Ping! (Imagine a lightbulb above my head) I checked with Givie (the sewing expert) and yes it was possible to turn a dress into a doll wearing the same dress.
So how do you do it?
A teeny-weeny with no polka dots, yellow dress into this:
A fun memento/doll that would keep your memories fresh but without taking space up in your wardrobe, because there is always new dresses to buy and wear.
The first thing is to remember you are only creating an impression of the dress, that it doesn’t have to be an exact replica – I am sure my friend didn’t wear yellow shoes but it fits with the dress and also goes with the look of the doll. You are aiming for something that sparks a memory
However it is important to have small details on your dress, as that is what makes it so special like the zip detail on the back of this dress:
This is also what makes crafting so interesting – the thought that goes into working out how to make things look good. It is also true of the waistband of this dress, took trial and error to realise that the best way to get the waistband to sit where it is needed was elastic – just as it was on the original dress!
The hair is created with felt – felt is great because it keeps it shape and helps with the overall cartoon-y fun appearance of the doll, accentuated further with the face, drawn on with pens that don’t bleed into fabric.
This was a fun project to work on – mainly because you know that it will have special meaning for the person you are making it for.
What dress/outfit would you turn into a doll?
It is funny what we anchor our memories to – seemingly insignificant items can take on such meaning that you can’t bear to throw them out and yet don’t want them to languish in the back of a drawer or shoved into a neglected memory box.
We first worked on this idea when my granpa died and we were left with all his ties, ties that symbolized my granpa at his best; strong, determined and always having the right tie for the right occasion. We selected ties that suited each member of the family and Givie gave me the responsibility to sew them up. So the ties not only, for me, represent the love that I had for my granpa but also for each member of the family that I slowly (with tongue sticking out!) made the appletie for.
We never sit on an idea though and always look for ways we can use a craft again and again and my dad has recently stopped working at a teacher and so Givie has worked her sewing magic to make an appletie from his school tie. Which made us wonder are there more ties laden with memories just waiting to be reborn into appleties?
Pictures of the Abronhill High Tie – made by Givie for Mr Givie!
The finished Appletie