Here's some great crafty ideas from some beautiful blogs I'm following....and a few from me x

Pretty Infinity Scarf Tutorial: here's a link to our scarf tutorial! Here's the finished product below. I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

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Tea Cup Pin Cushion ♥
2 great loves - coffee and beautiful fabric! 

So I have spent the last few days designing, cutting and sewing a new range of dresses for our label and was inspired by the beautiful fabric I was using, to make myself a tea cup pin cushion (I can't stand to waste beautiful fabrics!).
I've seen a few cushion cups around on the web and started looking for a cup a while ago. I really wanted a pink spotty cup but until I find the perfect one, I picked up this vintage white set from a garage sale. It's little, cute and perfect ♥.

The cup before.....
Oh 'sew' pretty!

Now I'm all for 'permanent status' however I wanted to make my cushion changeable so that if I ever get tired of the gorgeous fabric and embellishments I can change them, so I decided not to glue anything into the cup.

So here's what I did....

First, I cut a large scrap of fabric out in a circle shape and placed my stuffing in the middle. I have heard that filling pin cushions with sand will keep your needles sharp. Since I didn't have nice sand in my yard, I used my stuffing.
So once the stuffing was in place, I handstitched some slip stitches around the stuffing to make a stuffed ball. I kept pulling the fabric in tighter using the stitches to make it taught - the tighter the ball is, the better - no creases in the fabric and your pins will look perfect sitting up.

I then stuffed my ball right side up into the cup and added my embellishments. To keep it 'changeable' I used pins to pin everything on, placing them behind the embellishments so they couldn't be seen.

I used a pretty pink crochet flower to decorate the top and hot glued a flat back pearl to the middle. I also used some pretty pink ribbon as a bow and placed the pin in behind the bow front.

A paper doily added a vintage touch to the saucer.....and there you have it! My pretty tea cup pin cushion is finished (and is totally changeable)!

I'll have photos up this week of our new line of dresses using the floral fabric pictured xx

Speaking of pins we're now on Pinterest - now there's another addiction to add to the list (I think it's up there with buying fabric)!

How to Crochet!!
So January is nearly over and I thought I would update you all on my goal progress - I am running 5km nearly every day and have discovered the art of crocheting!! - a big thanks to Kirsten Duncan of Pom Pom Rouge!! She sat down with me and showed me a few of the basics - so now I am practicing how to 'grab a friend' as she calls it and create a few lovely stitches; I am already finding it much easier than knitting! Although at one stage I ended up with all my crochet stitches on my crochet hook which, for those of you who don't know how to crochet - is VERY WRONG!! So i found this link on the craftyminx of some beautiful blogs that will teach you this very fine and very beautiful art!! I will let you know how I go - Practice makes perfect they say! xx Kate


Embroidery hoops
Today I thought I'd share with you a tutorial on how to make beautiful fabric hoops for your walls. They look fabulous bunched together on a wall and I think are much better than a picture frame! If you're the crafty type they allow you to showcase your favourite fabrics too! My favourite fabric designer is Heather Bailey (used on the largest hoop).  There's no better way to admire your favourite fabrics than hanging them on the wall to admire whilst your crafting.

I used a mix of Heather Bailey, Amy Butler and Tanya Whelan  fabrics

The hoops are inexpensive from craft stores - I got mine for around three dollars from Spotlight.

Here's one tutorial I found on riley blake from the lovely Angela Elsworth of blog"Aged Simplicity". Follow her instructions for painting the hoops or see my ultra basic instructions below!

So grab your hoop and cut out a piece of fabric in a circle, larger than the hoop (you want enough excess to adjust the fabric and to glue down if you're going to glue)...
Iron and starch the fabric
Pop the fabric in the hoop and tighten the frame whilst pulling the fabric through the hoop, so there is no overlapping of fabric. You can trim the excess fabric and then glue it to the hoop. I didn't glue the fabric in, in case I find another favourite fabric (highly likely!) to replace the current ones with, so I just trimmed the fabric right back to the frame edge once I was happy there was no fabric overlapping on the front. 
Then hang your work of art on the wall!

Other tips for the hoops: 
Paint the hoop if you want to add a 'pop' of colour to the hoop, they can stand out better on the wall (I liked the wood effect best).
I found that spraying the fabric with STARCH first and ironing the fabric allows the fabric to have a crisper and stiffer appearance and the fabric won't appear to sag if you haven't done the hoops up tight.
To hang the hoops on the wall, allow the top of the hoop fastener to sit wider than the nail; the hoop should then sit flush on the wall. 
If the fabric is thin and you can see through it, you could add some calico behind it or some iron on light interfacing. The calico is good if you have dark walls and light fabrics. 
Add embellishments or sew ric rac across the fabric to store your crochet hooks in too! Add pockets for scissors etc by sewing a pocket onto the fabric piece before adding it to the hoop.  
Here's the hoops I did for my sewing studio:

Do you like my peach coloured paint!?!

Happy crafting!

  • Valentines day love heart cookies by baking in heels. These cookies are so cute!

  • roubidou has a beautiful spool rack to make for all your coloured sewing and embroidery cottons - check it out it's very funky indeed!

Here's a great tutorial for crafty types out there; it's a cute button to decorate the wall of a craft or sewing room. This post comes from one of my favourite blogs, 'Sew Many Ways'.
Happy crafting and I'll show you my button soon!

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