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)
Water soluable pen or tailors chalk
Embroidery threads in black and various other colours
Download the heart template here, cut out and then pin to a piece of felt folded in two.
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)
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.
Use black embroidery thread and sew the eyes onto each heart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s festivals everywhere at the moment and at each and every one of them stalls are doing a roaring trade selling all sorts of head dresses and hats (I mean when else can you bedeck yourself in pom poms, glitter, feathers flowers and fluff? (obviously when ever you like but festivals seem like their spiritual home))
In case you hadn’t noticed Ros Badger and I are running crafty workshops down at the Port Eliot Festival later this month, but for those of you who won’t be making their way down to Cornwall here’s a little instructional on how to make this super cute neon and gold pleather (how often can you find a reason to wear gold pleather?!) crown. It’s simple to make and if you don’t have gold pleather (why not?) then any stiff fabric or felt or paper will work and if you don’t want to sew, some fabric glue or a stapler will do the trick (quite frankly there’s No Excuse not to make one!)
Click here to download instructions
Here it is expertly modeled by me at a little Festival For One I had on my way to work to other day! Part Statue of Liberty part Disco Game of Thrones.
Easter is really soon although I feel like it’s been and gone as I had my Easter weekend in February. Back then I spent four days working on a big home entertaining and craft shoot for Homes and Gardens magazine for Easter 2015 – Yup that’s how organized they are. Unfortunately it means that not only do I have 14 lovely craft projects that I can’t show you till next year but I also have had my fill of mini eggs, chocolate Shredded Wheat nests and Hot Cross Buns. (Actually I can never have my fill of H.C.B’s.)
Even though I feel Easter is So Over I did dream up this little chappy the other day. He’s a cute way to store your precious mini eggs and other findings from an Easter Egg Hunt and simple to make using a little felt, fabric glue and embroidery thread.
I was too tired to put the computer on last night (and too engrossed in Masterchef) to write up the instructions in the usual fashion so I’ve done a cartoon style step by step instead.
Download the template here
If you (or your little egg hunters) need to keep the bunny close at hand sew a long ribbon to the back of the head in a loop and wear round the neck or over the shoulder
For more Easter projects visit these other blog posts. (Click on image to see post)
MAKE FELT FLOWER WREATH
HOW TO MAKE FELT FLOWERS
FREE PRINTABLE EGG DECORATIONS
BUNNY EGG COSY
NICE NEON EGGS
EGG DECORATING IDEAS
Ahhhh look at these two little monkeys, these are my beloved little angels. They don’t technically belong to me but my good friends Matt (author of beautiful blog athousandfragments) and Charlotte. They are awfully useful for cuddling, crafting with and testing out projects on. Here they are modelling two skirts I made using fabrics from Dashwood Studio.
click on picture to visit site
As you can see Dashwood studio are a UK-based textile design company. They launched earlier this year and very kindly sent me some fabrics to play around with. I love the patterns in the Petite Street range. It has a cool colour combo and some great geometric shapes going on.
Petite street: click to buy
I chose three fabrics from this range to make these two Ra-Ra skirts for my little rascals. I made them remotely (I’m based in London and the girls are down in the West Country) so the sizing might not be perfect (but, hey, they can grow into them). I love the way the fabrics go together and the skirts look cute and cool at the same time. The fabric is really good quality and a joy to work with.
Here’s a tutorial on how to make the skirts:
As every little girl is a different shape and size I haven’t really given any measurements here. Basically I used the full width of the fabric and guessed the rest! (the joy of an elastic waistband is not having to be particular about waist sizes as you just take in or let out the elastic as you see fit) What I do know is that the waistband (which gets folded in half) and lower ruffle are the same depth as each other and the top ruffle is 25% smaller than them. If I had had the girls with me when I was making the skirts I would have measured from their waist to the top of their knee then divided that measurement by three. The bottom ruffle and waistband would have been 2/3rds of that measurement and the top ruffle would be 25% smaller. (I’m not sure I’m supposed to mix 3rds and %’s!)
So If the measurement was 12cm*, the waist band and bottom ruffle would be 8cm each and the top ruffle would be 6. I imagine there’s some amazing algebraic equation I could do for this but quite frankly I don’t do math. Sorry.
click to enlarge
click to enlarge
Thanks to Dashwood studio for supplying the fabric and thanks to T & B for the excellent modelling.
*if the measurement was 12cm they would be a very small person