Paper straw valentines arrow sewyeah

Looking for an alternative idea for your Valentines Day cards this year? This simple craft project is super quick and easy to make. It also has a secret love message hidden inside …

YOU WILL NEED
thin coloured cardpaper straws
craft knife and cutting matt or scissors
arrow head and tail template (click here for download)
pen
little bit of washi/masking tape.

 

valentines arrow step 3

one: download, print and cut out the arrow head and tail template. Draw round or tape it to a piece of coloured card.

 

valentines arrow step 4

two: Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out.

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MAKE A FELT HEART MOBILE

I was invited to create a heart inspired project for the super inspiring 31 days of Love series over at redtedart.com – A blog full of creative things to do for kids, with kids and by kids! I came up with this cute heart mobile idea using my favourite craft material – felt!

Here’s how to make your own…

YOU WILL NEED
Felt in 5 colours (approximately 10 x 20 cm large)
Scissors
Water soluable pen or tailors chalk
Embroidery threads in black and various other colours
Embroidery needle
Bakers twine
Paper straw

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 1

Download the heart template here, cut out and then pin to a piece of felt folded in two.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 2

Cut out the felt heart. Then repeat with the other felt till you have hearts in five different colours (you will have 10 hearts in total)

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 3

On to one half of each heart pair draw eyes using a water soluable pen or tailors chalk. I’ve given each of my hearts a different expression.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 4

Use black embroidery thread and sew the eyes onto each heart.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 5

Use a contrasting colour of embroidery thread and stitch two matching felt hearts together. Blanket stitch works well and so does a more simple running stitch or over stitch. Leave a little opening at the top, fill with a small amount of toy stuffing then stitch closed.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 6

Add some rosy cheeks by dipping the end of a cotton bud slightly dampened into a blusher compact. Dab the cotton bud onto the heart.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 8

Thread a large needle with a longish length of bakers twine, sew through the top of the heart. Tie a bow then trim one end short and leave the other on the needle long to fix to the straw.

 

MAKE A FELT HEART MOBILE CROP

Push the needle through the straw (try not to bend it as you go). Decide where you want the heart to hang then tie a double knot in the twine and trim. Make a hanging loop by threading a piece of twine about 50cm long through the straw at both ends. Knot to secure.

 

Hang and admire.

 

If you are looking for more crafty felty projects my book Felt Sew Good has over 30 to choose from! Click here for more info.

Marie Claire Runway Spring Summer 16 has arrived, and it’s big, bold and beautiful! Here’s a little sneak peak of what you can expect …

 

 

There are a lot of bright colours and clashing prints coming up in the next few months so to celebrate this I joined forces with artist Camille Walala to create this cover based on her signature style of graphic prints and loud colours. Camille has decorated everything from buildings to bedrooms and table tennis bats so a magazine cover was relatively tame for her!

 

RUNWAY COVER ss16

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doily garland 4

 

This garland made from paper doilies is such a simple but effective little project, perfect for parties or weddings. I couldn’t resist buying this pack of 100 the other day when I saw them in the sales. It wasn’t till I got home that I realised I would never have enough parties to use them all (which is sad) so I had to think of something else to do with them.

 

doily garland sewyeahcrop

 

I’ve made garlands before by sewing colourful strips of paper together using my sewing machine and this garland is made in the same way. Once you get the hang of it you can zip through the sewing at a fair old rate!

 

sewing doily garland

 

Simply choose a matching or contrasting cotton and thread your machine so you have the same colour on both bobbins. Place the first doily on the sewing machine plate and set off at a slowish pace sewing down the center of the doily. When you reach the end of one doily feed another under the foot. Once you get the hang of this you can keep going with out stopping but for the first few I was constantly stopping and starting the machine, otherwise I had doilies flying left right and center all around me!

 

doily garland steps

 

The garlands look really nice hanging vertically down but if you fold the doilys in half you can make a really sweet scalloped effect.

 

doily 1

 

I love the shadows these garlands cast on the walls, when the light is right* you also get a subtle reflection of the doilies colour, which is really pretty.

*my light wasn’t really right… It was a dark and gloomy January day when I made this project!

 

Buy these doilies from Talking Tables for £4 for 100.