Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sunshine Hair Clip Holder {Tutorial}

Today I have a summer inspired craft to share, a tutorial to make a “Sunshine” hair clip holder.

felt hair clip holder

It is very simple to make, just needs felt and ribbon and was all hand stitched. Below is the tutorial to make your own.

Materials:

Step 1
Print off the pattern pdf and use it to cut out your felt pieces.

felt hair clip holder

Step 2
Take one light blue felt circle and hand stitch the gold/orange bit of the sun to it. Then stitch the yellow center of the sun on top.

felt hair clip holder

Step 3
Place your second light blue felt circle behind the sun one. Fold the shorter ribbon piece into a loop and position it at the top, and tuck the single end of the longer ribbon piece in at the bottom, pin in place and hand stitch around the outside of the circle.

felt hair clip holder

Step 4
Take the two cloud pieces and pin them together, then at the top of the cloud add the other end of the long piece of ribbon between the felt pieces and pin in place. Hand stitch around the outside of the cloud, so the ribbon is secure between the pieces.

felt hair clip holder

And your hair clip holder is finished! Now you need to make some felt hair clips to store on it!

felt hair clip holder

The ones in the picture were made from covering some metal hair clips in green wool, and adding a felt flower, I am sharing the tutorial to make these on Sew Sweet this Monday, so be sure to check out if you want to make some too.

Brownie Cupcakes

Cupcake Brownies {recipe}

One of my very best recipes is my brownie recipe. It comes out perfect every single time and is always a favourite when I bring it to events or groups.

But often to bring a whole big cake is so much trouble, need a big container and knife (and you can’t sneak a bite before taking it!) so I cut down my old recipe I posted here to make cupcake brownies!

Brownie Cupcakes

Ingredients
– 225g caster sugar
– 115g butter
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 medium/large eggs
– 40g cocoa powder
– 60g plain flour
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp salt

Directions: 
1. Preheat the oven to 180 *C (or 350 *F) and prepare some silicone muffin forms by rubbing butter in them (I find flat muffin shapes work better than those crinkly ones.)

2. Melt your butter in a large bowl in the microwave, be careful to not burn it.

3. Once the butter is fully melted add in the caster sugar and vanilla extract and blend together with a wooden spoon.

4. Add the eggs and mix well with a large spoon. I don’t like to use a electric mixer as it adds too much air to the mixture (and it isn’t hard to just mix by hand)

5. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt. Make sure their are no lumps.

6. Slowly add the cocoa mixture to the butter mixture, 1/3 at a time. Again mix it in with a large spoon rather than an electric mixer.

7. Pour the mixture into the muffin tray, fill each hole about 2/3 full, the mixture will rise in the oven. Place in the oven for about 25minutes. To check the cake is cooked prick the middle with a fork or toothpick, if it comes out clean it is ready!
Let the cupcakes cool  before flexing them out of the silicone tray. If you find your brownies are sticking in the tray, use more butter to grease them next time.

owl hanger felt

Owlie Ornament

A few weeks ago I was requested to make something special for a new little life that arrived into the world. They wanted it to be something special and have an owl on it as it was a special animal for the parents, we discussed maybe an outfit, but babies can grow out of those so fast!

In the end I made this soft tan owl to hang on the wall, with the name of the new arrival hanging between its wings. It is actually rather big, with a wing span of 35cm, and all made from lovely wool blend felt.

owl hanger felt

This has been the first time I made something like this and I loved it! I maybe over the summer work on making this into a pattern or tutorial to share with you all 🙂