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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!

 

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To celebrate the release of my new book Fresh Prints I am giving away a signed copy to one lucky recipient. To be in with a chance of winning simply visit my new facebook page by clicking here and clicking on ‘like’ within the page. (if you really do like please also share the page with your friends). I’ll be picking a winner next Thursday.
For more information on the book click here.

Fresh Prints delivery

Today I got an exciting delivery in the post … A lovely box of hot off the press copies of my new book Fresh Prints. This is my fourth book for Quadrilles Simple Makes series (and maybe my fave, but then I say that about each one I do! Definitely my fave title. Thanks for the inspiration Will.)

Print was my favourite medium to work with when I was at college and the print room was my favourite place to be so I loved getting my hands dirty and smelling of printers ink once again to make the 20 + projects for the book.

I had lovely photographer Keiko Oikawa shooting the pictures and yet again she made all my projects look lovely, clean and fresh.

I think my favourite project was this one …

ALphabet cards

circus letter wooden postcard

or this one?

Botanical cards

botanical greetings card

or maybe this one ….

gift boxes

but then this one is really nice.

mushroom mayhem cushion

Mushroom cushion all photos copyright Keiko Oikawa

Here’s a little more information about the book and to ‘look inside’ visit amazon.co.uk (maybe you’d like to buy a copy too?)

FRESH PRINTS

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SCISSORS PAPER CRAFT

Hullo. So next Thursday my next book from the Simple Makes range by Quadrille Craft is hitting the shops (YAY). I think this one is my favourite yet. I love working with paper as it’s so versatile. You don’t need many resources and materials to create something brilliant! Like maybe this mirror made from simple brown paper …

MIRRORS

Project from Scissors, Paper, Craft

or these Pigeon Post organisers who will look cute on your office wall and keep your important notes safe tucked under their wings.

PIGEONS

Project from Scissors, Paper, Craft

One of the first projects I did for the book were these simple paper animals, inspired by my holidays in Colorado at the amazing Zapata Ranch.

DEER

To celebrate the launch of the book I’ve taken the Momma Deer shown here and made her into a special edition free printable AND the star of her own ‘making of’ video!

To download and make your own click here

PAPERCRAFT DEER

And watch the ‘how to’ video below…

 

For more information on the book and a look inside click here.