Festival Headband

I love all the different looks people wear to festivals – Coachella is a fashion lover’s dream as the weather makes it easy to pull off dreamy boho looks in the sunshine. I always go to Glastonbury and as much as I love it fashion can become less of a priority when the rain comes down and you cover your perfect outfit with a plastic poncho (mine does have a pug on it I might add so you can have a bit of fun with practical fashion!!).

Anyway I sourced some brown suede cord (in the brand new Festival Box!) and thought it would be easy to make a headband to take with me for if the sun does decide to shine! There’s a couple of fiddly bits to the pattern just with the jump rings but the whole thing is quite easy so you could whip some up for your friends as well!

You will need:

  • 3 x 1.5m pieces of brown suede cord
  • 6 feathers
  • 6 gold beads
  • 12 end crimps
  • 6 jump rings
  • Pliers

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Step 1: Cut your cord into 3 lengths, approx 1.5m long each (I did mine at 2m just to be safe but did end up cutting off quite a big chunk!)

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Step 2: Starting about 20cm of the way in tie a little bit of brown thread around the cord. Put something heavy on the end of the cords and then start plaiting it towards you (I originally put the beads on the cord before plaiting but this is where you tie it together under your head so you don’t want it too bulky!)

Step 3: As you plait keep holding it up to your head (where a hairband would go) so you can plait it to fit. Once you have plaited enough to go around your head and meet the other un-plaited end tie another bit of brown thread around the plait to keep it together (this may seem flimsy but to wear it you will be tying both sides together so it keeps the plait in!)

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Step 4: Attach a crimp end to a feather and close using the pliers.

Step 5: Thread a jump ring through the crimp end.

Step 6: Attach a bead followed by a crimp end to the suede and close with the pliers.

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Step 7: Put the jump ring (attached to the feather) through the crimp end on the suede. Repeat for all 6 strands of suede. Also you can mix and match with the beads – I did some plain, a couple with one bead and a couple with 2 so you can really make this your own!

Step 8: Tie together (I knotted each 2 pieces of suede together so this made 3 small separate knots) and it’s ready to wear!

Team with a black body, denim shorts and a kimono wrap for a perfect festival look.

Happy Crafting 🙂

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Pom Pom Shorts

With Glastonbury happening next week I’ve been organising my stuff and getting my outfits together! I bought these shorts to wear last year but wanted to jazz them up a bit. With Pom Poms having a bit of a moment I thought a quick and easy project would be to add some trim!

Pom Pom trim is so versatile – it would look effective round the neck or armholes of a vest top or you could simply tie a strand around your head as a quick headband! It’s also great for wrapping presents up – simply use brown craft paper and some neon Pom Pom trim to add a pop of colour.

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  • Approx 50 inches pom pom trim (measure it round the leg openings on your shorts and just added a little bit in case!)
  • A pair of cotton shorts
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

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Step 1: Turn your shorts inside out and pin the pom pom trim to the wrong side. You just want the pom pom bits to come through at the bottom.

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Step 2: My sewing machine has a removable bit so I was able to put the leg of the short around the machine and then stitch the trim on – much easier! Simply stitch around the opening then backstitch when you get the full way round – repeat on the other leg.

See – so easy and effective. I promise, once you stitch one thing you will get the Pom Pom bug and be wanting to add it onto everything!!

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Simple Scrunchie

I’m sure everyone used to wear a scrunchie at school – well the good news is that with the revival of 90s grunge fashions and 80s neons, scrunchies are making a come back! This tutorial shows you a really simple way to make one – I promise it will take less than half an hour!

I can wait to take mine to Glastonbury this year to complete my festival look 🙂

You will need:

  • 16 x 5 inch strip of fabric
  • 7 inch piece of elastic
  • Safety pin

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Step 1:

Cut a length of fabric 16 by 5 inches, iron and fold in half lengthwise with the righ sides together.

Step 2:

Leave a 5mm gap at wither end and stitch along the long edge of the fabric. Turn right side out.

Step 3:

Attach the safety pin to the elastic and use to pull the elastic through the length of fabric. When you come out the other side hold the elastic together with one hand and you’ll see the scrunchie has started to bunch up. With my other hand I just neatened out the bunching until I liked how it looked!

Step 4:

Stich the elastic together (by hand or machine).

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Step 5:

Now this is the slightly fiddly bit. Put one end of the scrunchie inside the other and then fold over a hem on the bit of the scrunchie which is on the outside. Hand stitch around the the fabric – take care not to sew through all the layers, you just want to sew the fabric closed keeping the inside bit hollow.

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Step 6:

Get your hair up in a high ponytail and rock out your new scrunchie!!

Happy Crafting 🙂

Pretty Lavender Bags

We’ve been feeling really inspired by Spring and the changing seasons. From long, dark, chilly days to the sweet scent of summer approaching – think lavender, peonies and rosebuds in soft, pastel hues.

We’re really excited about the our very first box – with themed goodies to add to your stash we’ve also included all the essentials to make your own lavender bag and bring this delicious scent into your home.

Follow the tutorial below and enjoy your boxes!!

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Step 1: Lay your first fabric square right side up. Fold the strip of lace in half and place in the top left corner – make sure some of the lace is poking past the end of the fabric.

Step 2: Lay the second fabric square on top of the first right side down.

Step 3: Pin and get ready to stitch.

Step 4: Stitch around the fabric by hand or machine leavin a 5mm seam allowance. Make sure you leave a small 2-3cm gap on one side as this will be used to fill with the lavender.

Lavender Bag Tutorial

Step 5: Fill the bag with dried lavender.

Step 6: Hand stitch the opening closed.

…and you’re done! I like to hang mine on drawer knobs or to keep my clothes fresh in the wardrobe. Lavender also deters pests like moths.

Happy crafting! 🙂

Flower Pom Pom

Flower pom poms are so easy to make and so effective! I’ve hung some up in my craft room from the ceiling with a bit of washi tape. Try making them in different sizes and hanging them in the corner of the room or I’ve even seen them used as a pretty centrepiece on the table.

Either use a pre-folded tissue pom pom (like the one in the floral DIY Box!) or you can make this up by stacking 8 – 10 sheets of tissue paper and then making 1.5 inch accordian folds. Then follow the directions below to create your pom pom!

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Step 1: Your pre-made pom pom has a tie on it – or if you are making it from scratch simply tie a small bit of thin ribbon around the middle and secure with a double knot.

Step 2: Gripping the pom pom in the middle start separating the accordian folds out.

Step 3: Working upwards start separating each sheet of tissue paper upwards away from the piece underneath it on one side.

Step 4: Do the same on the other side, making sure you flip it over when you get halfway through so that your pom pom takes on that lovely round shapre.

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And there you go – a beautiful flower pom pom in minutes! Perfect for summer soirees, baby showers, weddings and (if the sun stays out!) garden parties.

Happy crafting 🙂

Easy Decoupage Clock

Wake up to sunny summer mornings with this pretty floral clock! The decoupage paper is available in all of our “floral” DIY Boxes.

You will need:

  • Alarm clock (this is the Vackis from IKEA – for just 80p buy a few and make some for gifts!)
  • Mod Podge matte
  • Decoupage brush (or you could use cut up bits of kitchen sponge to dab on the glue)
  • 1 sheet decoupage paper

Step 1: Start by dabbing some glue onto the clock.

Step 2: Tear off small pieces of paper – about 1.5cm x 1cm on average andstart  layering onto the clock.

Step 3: Keep dabbing on the Mod Podge as you go making sure all of the paper is stuck down – don’t forget to dab it over the top of the paper as well.

Step 4: When you get to the clock face be careful not to get any of the Mod Podge on the face itself – simply rip off bits of paper in a similar shape and keep this area uncovered.

And there you go – Monday mornings will never feel as dull again!!

On Sale Now!

We’re really excited to announce that our very first box is now on sale!!!

We’ve chosen a floral theme to celebrate Spring and the changing seasons. Each item in the box has been handpicked and we will also be putting up some projects on the site so you can get some ideas of what to make with your new stash!

Boxes will ship in the first week of May (we’re starting off with just UK shipping at the moment) and to make it really simple we’ve included p&p in the box price of £15.

BUY NOW!

Simple Pet Bandana

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I went to Crufts this year and was amazed at all the beautiful handmade items you could buy there – I bought my pug Percy a rather dashing tartan collar, lead and bow-tie set! It inspired me to whip up a little bandana with Easter themed fabric to wear when we go round my Dad’s for Sunday lunch tomorrow.

Bandana Tutorial

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Step 1: Cut out 2 pieces of fabric. Play around with the sizes depending on what type of dog you have – Percy is still a puppy so the whole bandana is about 4 inches wide and 7 inches long (before folding over – this will make sense when you read through the rest of the tutorial).

Step 2: Place fabric pieces on top of each other, right sides facing.

Step 3: Sew around the bandana leaving a 1 inch gap.

Step 4: This one inch gap is what you will pull the bandana through to turn it right side out.

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Step 5: Once you’ve turned the bandana right side out, fold the fabric into the bandana to and press. Sew the gap closed.

Step 6: Fold the top of the bandana over about 1-2 inches (depending on the width of your pet’s collar).

Step 7: Stitch the fold down across the bandana.

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See – so simple and so cute!! Here is Percy ready for Easter 🙂

Happy crafting 🙂

20 Minute Eye Mask

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Create a beautiful eye mask in as little as 20 minutes! Perfect for cosy nights in and sleepovers with the girls!

I found some lovely slightly elasticated lace which worked brilliantly and was prettier than using plain elastic.

Eye Mask Tutorial

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Step 1: First cut all your pieces out – I traced round an old eyemask and then cut out 2 pieces in my fabric and one in some cotton batting / wadding (if you don’t have one then you can print out this 20 Minute Eyemask Template on A4). Then cut a 32cm piece of elasticated lace.

Step 2: Lay one piece of patterned fabric face up. Pin the lace halfway up on each side (I tried to gather the excess lace within the pin so I didn’t accidentally sew it!)

Step 3: Lay the second piece of patterned fabric face down on top of the first piece you pinned the lace to.

Step 4: On top of this whole pile lay the piece of batting and pin.

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Step 5: Flip the mask over so the batting is on the bottom and start sewing about an inch to the right of the middle (this is so you can leave a gap at the top as you will need to turn it right side out).

Step 6: Sew all the way around and then stop just before the middle so that you leave about a 1 inch gap at the top.

Step 7: Turn right side out.

Step 8: Give it a good iron and fold down the fabric into the gap (same width as the seam) so it’s easier to sew. Hand-stitch the gap closed.

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And there you have it – a really easy eye mask, and done in so little time you can make them for all your friends!

Happy crafting 🙂