Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Very easy Halloween blingy cat ear headband.

It's Halloween tomorrow! Woo!
Here's how to make some last minute blingy cat ears if you've forgotten that you need a costume!
They take about 20 mins to make.

 You will need:

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Giant eyeball

Did you see in the news that this giant eyeball washed up on a beach in Florida? Imagine finding that thing on your morning walk!

They think it might be from a giant squid!

Let's make one! It's nearly Halloween after all.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Glam fish stuffie

This week I'm going to show you how to make this glamorous fish.
Strictly Come Dancing has started on TV and so I'm all excited about sequins and sparkles and pink. 
I liked the shape of the fish picture I made last week so I thought I'd use the template again in a different way. :D

Here's how to make your own fish, you can decorate it anyway you want, you don't have to go glam, you could have beads or spots of different coloured felt or anything you like.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Reverse applique spangly fish picture

Hi! First a quick update from last week's competition, SUSSEXMOUSE won the doodle monster puppet! Well done Marion! She named him Mr Bunting. :)

Now then, back to this week's project.
This week I learned how to reverse applique!
It's where you sew on to layers of fabric then cut the top layer away to show what's underneath.
I made this spangly fishy picture with reverse applique! 

Want to know how to make one? Your shape doesn't have to be a fish it could be any shape you like!

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Crazy doodle monster finger puppet

Hi folks!
This week I decided to make a crazy doodle monster finger puppet.
He's got crazy teeth. And a villainous hat.
If you'd like to design and make your own doodle monster puppet, here's how!

Exciting new feature!  Leave a comment on this tutorial telling me your idea for a name for my crazy doodle monster puppet and be in with a chance of winning him for your very own! I will select at random and announce next Sewing Tuesday who the winner is.

 You will need:

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Stranded stuffie starfish.

I found a stranded starfish on the beach this morning while I was out walking Hopper. It wasn't alive when we found it, hopefully it died of old age surrounded by grandchildren starfish and then just washed ashore. It was quite a big one.
I thought I'd make a starfish stuffie to remember the stranded starfish by.

 Want to make one too?

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Sniffy hanging heart.

My friend Miss Topper is visiting this week and she asked me how to make a lavender heart. We've used rosemary in ours but you could use lavender or any other nice smelling thing.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Easy Bag Tutorial by Little Girl Pearl

Hi! I found a great free tutorial for this week on a lovely blog called Little Girl Pearl.
This is what the bag looks like when finished.

Here's the link to it. She calls it a purse as that's what American people call their handbags. :)

You wouldn't have to use a machine if you had lots of patience or made your bag quite small.
The bag is lined and very professional looking when it's finished.
It's very easy to follow her instructions but younger sewers might need adult help as you need to use an iron for making the straps.
I made one for a present for my friend and she loved it. Why not have a go!
Happy Sewing!

Monday, 6 August 2012

My new shop, website and the Homespun Fair

Hello! It's been so long! I have been busy getting my Etsy shop up and running plus, I have a sparkly new website too, take a look!
Now anyone in the world can buy pretty things made by me!
Hooray! *Happy dance*

In other news, I went to the Homespun and Vintage fair in my local village yesterday. Here's a link to their site:


There were some lovely things for sale! It was hard not to buy lots of things. I told myself I was allowed to buy one thing and came out with a very pretty greetings card.

Nice huh? I love the little wire hanger and the knitty top bit! It's made by a nice lady called Liz Lynch. Let's have a go at making something like it tomorrow! 
See you then!

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Sewing Tuesday: A few weeks off.

Hello folks! I'm going to be busy for the next couple of Tuesdays but I'll be back soon after the Diamond Jubilee celebrations with another fun tutorial.

See you soon and happy JUBILEE! Hooray for Mrs Queen!


Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Beachy needle case.

Oh hello! 
I made this pretty beach style needle case holder today. I found a cool shell on the beach this morning it has the middle bit missing so it looks like a hoop. I've used it and a teeny drift wood twig toggle to fasten the needle case together. Want to learn how?

If you don't live by the sea then you could use an any twig and hoop shape you can find. Have a look around your garden! Maybe a key ring or a washer (ask you dad or uncle or granddad, they are usually good at finding things like that). You could also use just a sew hoop of string on instead of the shell hoop.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Triangle bird bean bag.

Hi! This week I'm going to show you how to make this happy triangle birdy bean bag! He looks happy to be perched on my chair.

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Monday, 7 May 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Beaver Pencil Topper

Beavers are back in Britain! Up until Thursday people thought that beavers were gone from the English countryside but somebody found a beaver in the wild! Here's how to make a beaver pencil topper in celebration of this wonderful discovery. Beavers build dams out of wood - they chew through it with their teeth. Here she is chewing my pencil. Hooray!

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Beach hut message holder.

Hi folks!
Here's how to make a cute little beach hut secret message holder.
You can write a message to your friend then hang it somewhere they will find it. They might even write a message back to you!

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Two more sleeps til moving day.

Hi! We're moving on Thursday!

Our house is a big mess of stuff and boxes at the moment so there isn't much sewing going on. I want to share one of my favourite sites with you this week, it's owned by a lovely lady called Mayi Carles.

Here's the address: http://www.heartmadeblog.com/diy

There are lots of great tutorials and fab advice for creative people like you and me! I hope you like it as much as I do. See you next week!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

We're moving house!

Hello! I hope you had a great Easter!
Sorry that there was no Sewing Tuesday this week, we've been really busy sorting out all our stuff so that we can move house! We're moving to Cornwall in a week or so. Hooray!
I have donated loads of art materials that I don't need any more to WRAP, our local arts recycling project.
Here's some of it:

Arts recycling projects are run by local councils and are very cheap to join. They are an Aladdin's cave of cool stuff to create with. Have a look online at your local council's website to see if there is one near you!
See you next week!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Easter bunny ears hair grip.

Happy Easter holidays! Here's this week's tutorial, how to make this cute little bunny ear hair grip.

I took a picture of myself with it on my head in the bathroom mirror. 

Here's how to make one...

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Easter egg nest

Hello! Another Easter themed project for you this week. A little egg nest for you to make!
I have a real hen's egg in mine but wouldn't it be a nice gift with a tasty chocolate egg inside? Maybe make one and give it to your teacher!

Here's how to do it...

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Bunny puppet. Your Easter egg hunt assistant.

Hello! It's nearly Easter! Oh yay for chocolate eggs and bunnies and holidays!
Here's a bunny finger puppet for you to make, he'll help you search for those hard to find eggs in your Easter egg hunt.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Pretty scissors case.

Hi! This week I made a pretty case for my scissors. We have a glass table and my scissors had been scratching it. Now they have a fluffy lined case so they can't do any more scratching!

Here's how to make your own!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Hedgehog Spotting kit. Help the Hedgehogs!

Hey everyone!

I read in the news that hedgehogs might be in trouble! People are organising a survey of when hedgehogs are first spotted coming out of hibernation to check that they are OK.
I like hedgehogs so I'll be taking part, have a look here at the story in the news:

I thought a little hedgehog spotting note making kit might be useful to carry around just in case I see one. It has paper and a pencil inside so I can write down when and where it was. It has a ribbon so that I can hang it round my neck. Here it is: