Monthly Archives: May 2011

Handmade gift exchange!

Today I signed up to take part in the handmade gift exchange hosted by Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous.
I have read so much about craft exchanges and gift swaps but not found many that are open to crafters in Europe. I was so happy to read Linda’s post and to find out it was open internationally too which is awesome!

I can not wait to find out who I am paired with! And so excited and brimming with ideas of what I could make to send to them! If you want to take part you can read about it on Linda’s blog and it has the link their to register.

Fabric & felt boxes

5 days left until the craft fair and I am starting to panic now! I have so much I still want to do! And I am so excited and hopeful that the craft fair will go well.

This is what my morning looked like (cut while watching tv last night)

And this is what it looked like this afternoon (still another 2 boxes to sew later tonight)

These are going to be new collection of fabric and felt storage boxes that I will be adding to my etsy shop soon (I need to order more felt as I used it all up making stuff for the fair!)

And this is the pile ready to greet me tomorrow morning

Mini cake tutorial

This weekend I am sharing a tutorial to make cute little cakes with fruit decoration!

These little cakes are very similar in method to making the banana slices from my fruit salad tutorial.

Click on the pattern below to enlarge it and save/print off the pattern.

Step 1.
Print off the pattern above and use it to cut out your felt pieces. I decided to make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing, but you can make lots of variety.
You could have vanilla cake with white or strawberry icing, chocolate cake with red icing… even green cake with blue icing if you wanted!

Step 2.
Start by sewing the felt icing on top of the felt cake side piece.

Step 3. 
Now take the cake side and the icing top circle. Start sewing the circle to the cake side about 1cm in from the end. Just use a simple whip stitch like that used for the banana slices.

When you get all the way around you will find the ends of the cake side overlap by about 1/2cm. This is why we start sewing 1cm in from the end so we can easily overlap the ends.

Step 4.
Now do a running stitch down the overlapping area of the felt cake side. Take care that the same amount of overlap at the top is at the bottom.

Step 5.
Before we start sewing on the bottom cake coloured felt circle add some stuffing to your cake. I like my cakes to be very firmly stuffed, so I use chopped up scrap felt, but toy stuffing is also fine.

Step 6.
Now sew the bottom circle to the cake using the same whip stitch as used to sew on the top circle.

Step 7.
Time to decorate your cake! I put a little strawberry and kiwi slice on top of my cake with some kiwi on the side, but you can decorate it with what ever you like. You can also choose not to sew anything on top and instead have pieces your kids can decorate the cakes with instead.

Thank you everyone for coming to check out this latest tutorial! Thank you for all the lovely comments about past tutorials and please feel free to share your opinion about my tutorials or offer suggestions for upcoming tutorials!
Next weekend I wont be doing a tutorial as I am going to my first craft fair, but the weekend after I will be back with another felt food tutorial!

Friday? Can’t be… must still be Wednesday!

I can not believe today is Friday! Really Friday! End of the week! All those days just gone!
All I have done this week is sew and cut fabric and sew more!
I have been counting down the days until my first craft fair (arghh its next weekend!!)
I have a mile long list of stuff I still want to get ready for it, and another mile long list of new things I wanted to make but have not had time to.
Today I will be going through my list and crossing off a few things because I just can not do it all in time for the craft fair. But don’t worry, top of my list is still the mini cake tutorial for this weekend!

One thing I did manage to get done for the fair is a couple of little Lamkins Lamb’s!

They are made from a pattern made by Pauline from Funky Friends Factory. I just love her patterns, the toys they produce are just soooo professional looking and relatively easy to make. I have only made 3 because they are too big for me to post (at a reasonable price) so am not going to be listing them in my Etsy shop. But I hope people will love them at the craft fair.

Again don’t forget to come back over the weekend for my mini cake tutorial.

Fruit salad bag tutorial

Following on from yesterdays tutorial here are the directions to make a cute little bag to keep all the fruit pieces in when it is not play time!

You will need:

  • Light coloured fabric, cut to 35cm x 14.5cm (or 14″ x 6″)
  • Scrap red felt
  • Scrap green felt
  • 7cm long piece of brown ribbon
  • 2 pieces of white ribbon 40cm long each
  • Sewing needle & thread (a sewing machine makes this bag much easier)
  • Scissors
  • This apple shape pattern

Step 1.

Print off the apple pattern above and cut out the apple shape from your red felt, and cut out a small leaf shape from the green felt.
Step 2.
Fold your piece of fabric in half length ways. Pin your apple onto the fabric, 8cm down from the raw edge.
Fold your brown ribbon in half and pin it between the red apple and fabric.
Sew around the apple securing it to the fabric. Then sew the leaf onto the fabric.
Step 3.
Fold the fabric the other way now, so the apple is on the inside.
Along the two sides make two marks. The first mark should be 2.25cm from the top raw edge. The second mark should be 3.25cm from the top raw edge.
Sew along the edges, leaving a gap between the two points you marked on the fabric.
Step 4.
Now we are going to make the casing for the ribbon. Fold the top edge of the fabric down 2cm. Then took the bottom edge under again so you have a nice clean edge. Pin in place and sew as close as you can along the folded lower edge (where my pins are).
Step 5.
Turn the bag right way out. Attach the end of the ribbon to a safteypin and thread it through the hole in the side seam (made in step 3) and through the ribbon casing all the way back to where it went in. 
Knot the two ends of ribbon together and repeat for the other side seam.
Your bag is all ready to fill with the felt fruit pieces from yesterdays tutorial.
And again don’t forget to check back next weekend for my tutorial for little felt cakes.