Spring is really rolling in here, in the afternoon my new flat is bathed in sunshine and it just feels so nice sitting by the window (still a bit cold to sit outside!)
So I wanted to share a tutorial to celebrate spring, and have really been enjoying making garlands the last two months, so made a spring birdie garland.
Felt in spring colours. I used wool blend from Sew Sweet
Thin white ribbon (about 160cm)
Pattern (download here)
Making this garland is very simple, it is just the time cutting out all the pieces really.
So begin by downloading the pattern and use it to cut out your bird shapes and flower shapes from felt.
You need to cut out 5 flowers and 6 birds.
When I am cutting out delicate shapes like this, I like to cellotape the paper pattern to the felt and cut around it. You can be very accurate, leave no pen marks etc. And you can reuse the paper pattern.
Take your ribbon, and in one end make a loop and knot it. (You can skip this if you want to tie it up etc)
20cm from your knot, position your first birdie over the ribbon. Pin the birdie to the ribbon. Continue down the ribbon adding a flower and then a birdie. Leave a 2cm gap between each felt piece.
Then get out the sewing machine (or you can do it by hand).
Sew carefully along the ribbon, securing each of the felt pieces to it.
Trim any threads. and measure 20cm from your last bird, and add a loop and knot at that end of the ribbon to match the other end.
All done! And the place is feeling a lot more like spring!
Happy Christmas Everyone!
This weekend I want to share a tutorial to make a cute little house for your Christmas tree.
The wonderful thing about this project is it looks cute in lots of different colours, so will match your trees colour scheme!! (I am very big on having a Christmas tree colour scheme!)
I made my little house in bright colours, because these were the scrap bits I had left after my star garland making last week.
To make it all you need is some scrap felt, ribbon loop, and sewing threads. And you can download my template here. (but it is so simple you could wing it and cut your own!)
Use the template to cut out your house pieces. (picture 1)
Take the front of the house and sew your door onto it, add a French knot to make a door handle. (picture 2)
Layer up your house pieces. House front -> window back light -> house back. Sew around the edge of the house (no need to do the top edge) (picture 3)
To add the roof, it should overlap the top of the house by about 1cm. Sew across the bottom of the roof first, with the house sandwiched between the two roof layers. Then continue going around the top of the roof, adding the chimney and ribbon loop at the top when you get to those points. (picture 4)
And your house is done! These would also make cute gift tags, or even new home gifts! You could add some lavender into the house to make a scented draw thingy (gah what are those called?). But yeah, lots of options!
I love popsicle crafts! Some thing they are just for kids and preschool but I find them fun too 🙂
Today I have a tutorial to make a little sleigh out of popsicles, and all you need is 8 sticks, some wool and your glue gun!
1. Start by gluing two sticks together. Then glue a stick either side of these, about 1cm lower down.
2. Then at right angles glue a stick on either side to make the edges.
3. Cut a popsicle stick in half, then snip off the ends so it fits within the edges of the sleigh, and glue it down.
4. Add a popsicle across the back of the sleigh, and add some wool or ribbon to hang it up with!
You could then paint them, or add glitter.. endless possibilities!
Gosh 2nd of December, the weekends are flying by, but at last I have most of my Christmas presents wrapped, and only a short list of stuff left to buy!!
For this weekends tutorial I am sharing a fun printable, because I love an easy craft that you can just print, cut and stick together!!
These colourful and happy Christmas houses look adorable as ornaments, or decorating your fireplace. Maybe even as name holders for the dinner table on Christmas day!
Colourful Christmas House (Pink)
Colourful Christmas House (Blue)
To make them simply download the files above (in pink and blue).
Print off the file onto white card stock. Cut around the outside (along the solid lines) and then fold along the dotted lines. Using glue, or double sided tape fold the box close using the tabs.
You can add a piece of cotton thread from the roof to hang them on the tree if you like.