Friday, 14 April 2017

Fabric flag brooch wall display


The other day I was looking for the perfect brooch to complement my outfit. I have a huge brooch collection which I kept in a basket, but it wasn't the perfect solution because I was constantly digging through this basket to find the brooch I wanted and I was becoming worried about this causing damage to the brooches. On this particular day I decided I had had enough of the basket and that it was time to make a wall display!



This was super easy to make, so if you'd like to make one too, here's what you'll need:

- fabric
- scissors
- pins
- sewing machine/ needle and thread
- ruler/ measuring tape (or both!)
- dowel
- picture hanging kit
- thin wire (for hanging, you might get some with your kit!)
- electric drill
- wood saw (optional, but very useful!)
 

I pulled some cute pink fabric from my stash (leftovers from my Bee cosplay!), ironed it, and cut it into a rectangle. My rectangle was 70cm wide and 110cm long.

 

Then I measured out where I wanted the point on my flag to be. I measured to the middle of the bottom of the rectangle (i.e. 35cm from each side), measured 22cm up from the base on both sides, and then joined these marks together with a ruler.

 

Then I cut out the point and over-locked all the sides (except for the top because that was on the selvedge edge).
 

I used a matching thread to hem the over-locked edges.
 
 

I created a little pocket for the dowel to go through simply by folding down the top edge 5cm and sewing along the edge.



I drilled a hole in my wall and added the picture hanging kit. I cut a length of wire and wrapped it around the dowel once (at each end) and then twisted the remaining wire around itself to keep it secure. I found the wire kept slipping in towards the fabric and making the flag bunch up, so I used my saw to cut little grooves into the underside of the dowel; the wire sits in the groove and doesn't slip!


Then all I had to do was add all my pins and brooches to the flag! I love being able to see my brooches all at once and it's easy to add and remove them from the flag ^____^

- Lisa xx

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Blast from the past: Witchy Constellation Hat


Hello! I was looking for something in my blog archive recently when I realised I hadn't posted it here! Since I think it is time to have all my posts on my blog, I am bringing some of the posts I posted exclusively to other craft sites home ^___^ So, here's the first blast from the past: a constellation embroidered felt hat!


To make this, you will need a black felt hat, some silver metallic thread, a needle, and a pair of scissors. I also needed some black cotton thread because I thrifted my hat and some of the brim needed to be restitched. You could also look up a star map to choose your favourite constellations!


Thread your needle with one strand of metallic thread (there are usually six strands in one length of embroidery floss) and knot the end. Stitch stars by making a cross and then adding an additional diagonal line through the centre of the cross.
 

Use a large running stitch to connect stars to make a constellation and add some extra stars around the constellations to fill in any empty spaces.


Keep going until your hat is covered in stars! I also thrifted this cute little black dress with lace sleeves and thought that together (plus my moon phases necklace!) they make a cute witchy style outfit! 
 


- Lisa xx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Four-leaf clover headband for St Patrick's Day






Since I dyed my hair green in January, I have had people telling me that I'm "a bit too early for St Patrick's Day!". So I decided to just embrace it and make myself a huge and slightly ridiculous four-leaf clover headband to wear! If you want to make your own, it is quick and easy and you could most definitely finish it before St Patrick's Day ^___^



 Materials needed:

  • assorted green yarn (including a fluffy novelty yarn)
  • crochet hooks to match yarns
  • yarn scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • scrap cardboard
  • pencil
  • paper scissors
  • hot glue gun


To start, you will need some green yarn. I went through my stash and pulled out as many different shades of green as I could find. They are all different weights and are a mix of acrylic and wool - and that is ok! You will only be using small amounts of each colour, so small stash balls are perfect for this project. Also, make sure you pull out a selection of crochet hooks so that you can match the hook to the yarn.


I used Twinkie Chan's free lucky clover pattern to make my clovers; it's a nice and easy pattern and once you've made a couple, you probably won't even need to read the pattern to make each one. I had six different yarns for my clovers and I made three clovers for each colour so I had eighteen clovers total. The amount you need will depend on how big your clovers are and how extreme you want to go with your headband ~___^


Next, you need some scrap cardboard; I pulled a small box out of our recycling bin and cut it into an arch shape. I used the top of the headband to determine the bottom curve of the arch but then free handed the rest. It's ok if it is a little lopsided, but the closer to even you can get it the better ^___^ 

 

Use hot glue to attach the cardboard to the headband and then wrap the headband and cardboard arch with more yarn. I used Moda Vera Honey Joy (100% polyester, colour number 08) which is a fluffy novelty yarn which reminds me of moss. I don't know what project I originally had planned for this yarn, but I was pleased to find it in my stash! I put a small amount of hot glue on the end of the headband, stuck the yarn down and then began winding it all over the headband. You may need to add small amounts of hot glue on the cardboard arch as well, to prevent the yarn from slipping down.


Once your headband is completely covered, you can begin to stick the clovers on with hot glue!
 

 Ta-da!


I had much more clovers than I needed so I added some to the back as well! I still have one large light green clover left so I may make myself a matching brooch ^___^



I'm not going to lie - this headband is pretty massive! But I really love it. Good luck and no pinches, what's not to like? ~___^

- Lisa xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Tassel silky scarf


Do you ever pick up a piece of fabric and it kinda just screams who it wants to belong to? This is what happened with a massive piece of silky fabric I found in my stash! I completely forgot I had it (I *really* need to tidy my craft room more often) but I found it when I was looking for inspiration for a birthday present project for my mum. And, yup, it really, really wanted to belong to her! ~___^
 

Mum's Pinterest style board is full of outfits accessorised with scarves, so I figured that was the way to go!
 

Since the fabric is very light and drapey, I made a rather thick scarf; it's 15cm wide and about 160cm long. I thought a plain rectangle scarf would be a bit boring so I cut the ends at a diagonal and added lots of colourful tassels!
 

I cut two identical pieces of fabric and sewed them right sides together, leaving a gap for turning. Then I turned the scarf right way out, sewed on the tassels, and top stitched around the edges. This had the advantage of closing the turning hole and giving the scarf a little more structure. I top stitched in yellow which works with the colour scheme and is a little more interesting than white.
 

I made the tassels with embroidery thread that matched the colours in the fabric. They are very easy to make, albeit time consuming! I got through quite a few episodes of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries while make this project ~___^
  

I did end up making too many tassels however, and I have a lot of this fabric leftover still ... perhaps a matching jacket is called for?

- Lisa xx

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Softies for Mirabel



In 2016, my crafting group and I decided to dedicate a couple of sessions to making Ninni monsters to donate to the Softies for Mirabel handmade toy drive. To make our crafting more streamlined and efficient, we made Ninni/ RevoluzZzionary Monsters - it's an easy free pattern and is also super cute!


I printed out the pattern for the monsters onto both A4 and A3 pieces of paper so we have some big monsters and some little ones. The Ninni monsters have tiny little ears and arms which can be a bit tricky to stuff so having them printed a bit larger made that step easier.
 

A few members in the craft group were looking to reduce their fabric stash, so we ended up with an eclectic mix of fabrics! The good thing is because this pattern is so simple to make it works with basically all fabric types; we used up cotton, denim, and knits. I think a satin Ninni monster would also be pretty awesome! ~___^


The eyes, hearts, and little teeth are all felt and, along with the mouths, were sewn on with a combination of machine and hand stitching. 
 

We made the monsters in a kind of construction line process; we had some people cutting out bodies, some cutting out the facial features, a couple of people sewing the seams on machines, some people stuffing, some people hand stitching up the turning/stuffing holes ... Both days were a lot of fun and I think we did pretty well with how many monsters we were able to create.
 

In total we ended up with 29 Ninni monsters! (One of which is not in the photo below because I wanted my rows to be even ~___^) Each Ninni monster is slightly different and so has a little spark of personality shining through. We hope the children they go to love them!


If you'd like to make a toy to donate to Softies for Mirabel, you've still got time! If you are able to, it's a wonderful cause ^___^

- Lisa xx

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Marceline the Vampire Queen amigurumi


Hello! The second edition of what-I-made-this-Christmas is all about Marceline! Marceline is the Vampire Queen from Adventure Time and, hoo boy, was this amigurumi an adventure to make! I made this amigurumi for my mathematical pal, Rebecca ^___^


If you're not familiar with Adventure Time, a picture of Marceline is below! I decided not to make the hat, gloves, or guitar though; mostly because I didn't think I could make the guitar and I kinda ran out of time to finish the hat and gloves.

http://adventuretime.wikia.com/wiki/Marceline_Abadeer


I started off with the Bat Girl pattern by Ilaria Caliri, which was published in the 49th issue of Simply Crochet. I used Patons Dreamtime Merino 4 ply in grey for Marceline's body and a 2.50mm hook. I did add in extra rounds for her legs and arms though, to fit in more with Marceline's proportions. I added wire to her limbs so she is slightly posable.


Marceline's lush hair was easy but time consuming to do; I crocheted a wig cap and then looped lots and lots and lots of lengths of yarn through each stitch of the wig cap. I used three balls of Bella Baby cotton wool 8ply in black for the hair, but I didn't use up the third ball completely. The good thing about this lengthy process is that her hair is super thick and therefore can totally be done up in different hairstyles without showing a patchy looking scalp.

Marceline's boots are simply tubes, with red bows tied onto them. I put a little dab of pva glue on each bow, to hopefully prevent them from coming undone. I used the same Bella Baby brand yarn for all of Marceline's hair and clothes, by the way. It's a 75% cotton, 25% wool blend and it's very soft and nice to work with.

 

I wanted to make all of Marceline's clothes removable so that there is potential for making more of her outfits for future gifts. Her pants were a bit tricky since I've never crocheted any dolls clothes before and had little idea of what I was doing. I crocheted two tubes to go up her legs, and then kinda crocheted a big tube around the tops of them. I sewed up the gap between the pant legs afterwards. I didn't write any of the pattern down though, which I totally should have done. A lot of the time when I am trying to create something without a pattern I just end up trying things and frogging them and trying again until I get something close to what I want, and I am terrible at keeping records during this process.


Marceline's top was very simple; it is just a rectangle with slightly curved in sides (to make it fit to the curve of her torso better) and straps made with a chain stitch. I sewed snaps onto the back edges for the closures.


The last thing to do was to add details to her face; I used embroidery thread to create her mouth, her fangs, and the bite marks on the side of her neck.

Overall I am pleased with how she turned out, although I think a haircut might be needed to give her a proper fringe and tidy up the ends a bit. I did attempt a bit of a trim, but then I was worried I was going to mess up her hair (her time consuming hair!!) and didn't go any further.

The hat and gloves are definitely on my to-make list, and then perhaps I'll do another outfit for her. There is a cute blue dress which I think might be easier to make ...

- Lisa xx