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If you’re still looking for something a little different for your Halloween parties this weekend then this bright and colourful Trick or Treat game might just be what you are looking for.

The rules are super simple – each player takes it in turns to pull a Halloween character off the game board to reveal if they’ve won a Trick or a Treat!

I’ve made the game using different coloured papers cut and stuck together, but on the download file that accompanies these instructions I’ve included coloured versions of each character as well as the templates. If you don’t have time to get super creative you can simply print the coloured versions out onto thin card and away you go! plus, the black and white out line templates are perfect for children to colour in so you could always use them as the game pieces. (ooh too much choice!)

The templates and full instructions are over on velcro.co.uk/blog  – click here to go, go, go!

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Pineapples, Watermelons, Flamingos, oh my! Everyone is rocking the totally tropical vibe at the moment – Maybe it’s the heatwave we are having here in England or maybe it’s Rio Olympics fever. Whatever it it I am loving it!

 

These two pincushions are my latest crafty project. I made the Pineapple (or Pin-apple as I like to call it) for the lovely people at Lovecrochet.com. If you would like the step by step guide to making one then click here to find out how.  Stay right here if you want to make the Watermelon as the instructions are coming up.

 

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Watermelon Pincushion

You will need: Pink felt, white felt, green felt, pink and green embroidery thread, scissors, embroidery needle, a little bit of toy stuffing and a little bit of dry rice.

Download the pattern template here

 

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Using the templates cut out one pink and one white circle

 

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Pin the pink circle in the middle of the white

 

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Use a scallop embroidery stitch to join the pink to the white. To make a scallop stitch: begin by pushing the needle through the felt from back to front, then push the needle back through the felt about 5mm along. Don’t pull the stitch tight but bring the needle back out midway between the two – as demonstrated in the picture above. Push the needle back down just beyond where it exited trapping the loose bit of thread in a nice curve.

 

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Continue round the whole circle.

 

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Fold the felt circle in half and press with an iron to make a nice crisp fold.

 

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Use the template to cut out the skin from the green skin.

 

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Use a blanket stitch to join the skin to the Watermelon body. Leave a 5cm hole for stuffing.

 

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Drop a couple of spoonfuls of rice into the pincushion

 

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Then fill with stuffing. The rice will sit at one end, weighting the watermelon and making it sit well on a table.

 

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Sew closed and the add the pin pips.

 

Apologies for the blue tinge to the pictures – it was so hot when I made this i was doing it sitting in the garden so the light was being inconsistent!

 

SEWYEAH EASTER POM POM BUNNY 2

There’s still time to get your Easter craft on! These cute little pompom bunnies are relatively quick and easy to make

 

YOU WILL NEED: Grey and White wool – I’ve used Red Amore from Loveknitting.com, Grey and pink felt, small scissors – Korbond do a nice little pair that are great for trimming pompoms. small length of grey and pink embroidery thread for eyes and nose.

 
FOR THE HEAD: Make a grey pom pom using the smallest pom pom maker. Trim it so it’s nice and round.

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FOR THE EARS:Cut two ear shapes from some grey felt. My bunnies have average length ears about 5cm on and 1.5 cm wide. Also cut some inner ears from the pink felt. Use a little fabric glue to fix the pink and grey ears together. To add a little more character add a blob of glue at the base of each ear and pinch together till dry.

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FOR THE BODY: Make the bunnies body using the second largest maker. To make his white tummy begin wrapping white wool around one half of the maker. Wind about 20 wraps of wool between the two outer dimples.

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Continue wrapping wool between these two points but gradually decrease the wraps so you begin to form a triangle wedges shape with the wool. Use about another 30 wraps to form this wedge. It should look something like this when you have finished.

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Fill the rest of this half of the pom pom maker with grey wool. Then use the grey wool to fill the other.

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Complete the pom pom and remove from the maker. You will see a big white circle on one half of the pom.

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Trim the pom pom so the tummy circle becomes more defined. Also trim the bottom of the pom pom flat.

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Make a small white pom pom for the tail. Trim quite a lot so it is smaller than his head!! Use a glue gun to fix the tail, and head to the body. Then glue the ears in place.

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To  make the bunnies eyes and nose, thread a length of black embroidery thread onto a needle making sure both lengths of wool are equal. Push the needle through the bunnies head where you would like an eye. Trim the wool very short at the back so you can’t see it and trim the wool at the front flush with the grey wool so it looks like a little eye! Repeat for his other eye.

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Make a nose in a similar way. Three or four strands of pink wool are enough.

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Finnish bunny off with some jazzy accessories – some glasses, an Easter bonnet or just a simple bow round the neck.

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These are some of the bunnies we created last week when I ran a bunny making workshop in association with Loveknitting.com and Stylist Magazine. They were all so cute!!

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Now hop to it!!
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It’s Easter soon – time for decorating eggs, making Easter Bonnets and cute fluffy bunnies and chicks… but if you are looking for some more sophisticated crafts then check out this selection of projects I did for Homes and Gardens magazines Easter Special.

My favourite project were these little egg transfers. I’d seen these done before and thought they were actual transfers you could buy but when I started investigating I found out about this amazing stuff called Lazertran which is a printable waterslide transfer paper. Basically all you do is find an image you want to print, print it onto the paper, cut it out, pop it into a shallow dish of water, wait for the transfer to slide off and then place it onto your surface of choice. Simples right?

The only hurdle in this project is finding an owner of a laser printer who is happy for you to put a piece of plasticy paper through their machine (FYI… my boss is not one of them!). Luckily Lazertran have a list of printers suitable for this process and also provide the name of a printers in the UK (Bear Print 118 High Street Porth Madog Gwyneth 01766 513920, in case  you were wondering)  who will happily print out your project for you at a very reasonable cost (I can’t remember what exactly but around £1-2 per A4 sheet).

 

If you want to make your own eggs then you can download the images I used here or visit the lovely Graphics Fairy site for more choices.

 

For more Easter projects visit the Homes and Gardens website here