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.

 

Coffee pot warmer

photography Carolyn Barber taken from Homes and Gardens Magazine

Here’s a sophisticated little Easter craft. This bunny shaped Coffeepot warmer is an easy project to jazz up your Easter morning coffee break. You will need some grey felt, a large white wool pom pom some card and a sewing machine … though you can also sew him by hand.

Download the template and instructions hereEASTER BUNNY COFFEEPOT TEMPLATE

Hot cross bunnies for breakfast anyone?

If you liked that try this

bunny egg cosy

You could scale the Coffeepot warmer template down to make egg cosies or try this project from my archives

bunny cosy template

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

It’s nearly Easter … the bulbs are coming up and sometimes the sun is almost shining! This Easter I am actually prepared with some lovely crafts to share with you and  today it’s this pretty papercraft Easter Bunny Cake Wrap. I’m prepared because I worked on a shoot over a year ago for the beautiful Homes and Gardens Magazine and it’s finally out this month.

Working with the talented stylist Marisa Daly and wonderful photographer Carolyn Barber we created a whole array of Eastery inspirations and from now till Good Friday (April 3rd just in case it’s not in your diary) I’ll be sharing some of these lovelies with you.

cake wrap homes and gardens

Today it is the Easter Bunny Cake Wrap. This is a super simple but effective decoration to jazz up any Easter cake you are planning to bake (or buy!). All you need is a piece of medium weight card around 65 x 12 cm large – White watercolour paper has a nice texture to it but patterned papers or bright colours will work well too – a craft knife and a steady hand!

Click here to download the template and further instructions.

Other projects in the magazine include these wrapped eggs and gift tags made with Liberty fabrics and vintage letterpress stamps. They are the perfect way to give a homemade touch to a shop bought Easter Egg.

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

And these paper craft egg decorations

paper easter egg decorations

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

Don’t forget to buy your own issue of Homes and Gardens for the full story and further instructions. More next week …

simple birds nest

This little nest was actually a happy accident I made when tidying up the mess created from a very satisfying job of fraying the edge of a hessian table runner. You could also use wool, string or twine. A rough string or twine such as  garden string works best as it holds together better.

MAKE AN EASTER NEST

click to enlarge and download

Happy Happy Easter, have a lovely long weekend, I’m reupholstering a sofa … but first I have to go to Ikea to get the fabric … can I face it?