Turn a boring egg cup into an Easter one with this quick and easy felt eggcup sleeve. If you go for the no-sew option, you can be done in fifteen minutes!
In Part 1, I talked generally about how to deal with tricky fabrics: what kind of things you need to think about, and how. Here, in Part 2, I’ll give tips for dealing with specific tricky fabrics.
Last year I did a string of posts on appliquéing, and I promised some tips for dealing with tricky fabrics. So far I’ve demonstrated all my appliqué techniques with cotton fabrics – a nice robust cotton drill in the background and stable, well-behaved quilting cottons for the appliqué shapes.
But there are times when for example you want to appliqué onto a stretch jersey T-shirt, or when your appliqué design is crying out for a bit of sparkly organza for maximum fairy effect.
I started off writing this post, and it just grew and grew! So I’ve cut it into two parts. This is Part 1, where I talk generally about how to deal with tricky fabrics. In Part 2, I’ll give tips for dealing with specific tricky fabrics.
A while back (I say a while – it turns out to be this time last year, but I’m in denial) I posted a tutorial to make some citrus handwarmers. At the time I was planning on working on some more designs, but then the weather got warmer and it ended up slipping off my to-do list.
But it’s cold again, so I looked out my rough sketches from last year and made up this selection of cute animal designs. You can find out how to design your own, or get the templates for mine, below.
I was working on an up-coming project and needed to cut out a whole load of felt circles to make eyes. This can get fiddly, so I thought I’d share my favourite method for cutting tiny circles like this. It works for circles around 1/2 inch or less – anything larger and you can use this as a starting point, but you’ll need smooth off the edges more.
This is just a quick variation on the advent tree from ribbons and other trim, this time using ricrac. I wanted to make it a separate post to include a few more steps. The waviness of the ricrac brings to mind the branches, so I wanted to use that idea and layer the different rows, rather than put them side by side.
You’d think I’d have noticed by my age that Christmas always falls on the 25th. But once again, it’s taken me by surprise, so I was looking around for something quick and easy to make to satisfy that festive urge. Last year I made candy cane mice which were very popular. But this year I fancied something a bit different, so I came up with these reindeer candy canes, which are equally easy.
You can hand or machine sew them, and they just use a few scraps of felt. Here’s how to make them.
Last year, I made a series of advent tree Christmas decorations, with different ideas for decorating the trees (you can see all the different versions at the end of this post). I thought it was time to update it, and add another variation. This year, it’s time to look at using some of those gorgeous ribbons and trims you’ve got stashed away.
There’s no real technique to learn here – we’re just going to be picking out ribbons and sewing them onto the tree. Since it depends so much on the ribbons you have available, everyone’s tree will look different, so as well as showing you mine, I’ll add a few tips on choosing ribbons to make your own.
This mini suitcase is perfect for a Barbie or other toy to pack a few essentials for a trip away!
This is intentionally a quick project – the suitcase in unlined and uses laminated cotton so you don’t need to worry about frayed edges.
This monster applique template is a fun way to personalise all sorts of items. I made this sample with scraps of fun fur for a hairy monster look with a mop of unruly hair – any resemblance to politicians on either side of the Atlantic is purely coincidental!