It’s back to school time which we think of as a good excuse to make pretty stationery supplies! This pencil case uses the same method as our Quick Zipper Pouch – it’s just a bit thinner so it’s easy to chuck into your schoolbag.
You will need:
- 4 pieces of fabric measured 12 inches by 4 inches (you can use all the same as we did or do a contrasting lining)
- 11 inch zipper (we wanted to contrast the colours so used a pretty lilac one)
Step 1: Place the zipper at the top of the lining piece (right side up). Place the outer piece on top of the lining and zipper with the right side facing the zipper.
Step 2: You should have the 2 pieces of fabric aligned so that the right sides face the zipper (I’ve pulled a bit of the fabric back in this picture so you can see how the fabric lines up).
Step 3: Pin the fabric together and sew along the top of the zipper as close as you can to the zip part. When you get near the end try and nudge the zip open a bit as it can be bulky to sew past the zipper fastener.
Step 4: You can see the pouch beginning to take shape. Line up the outer piece of fabric on the other side of the zip – again with the right side facing into the zip. Pin the other piece to the zip and outer piece of fabric – with its right side facing the zipper.
Step 5: Lay the pouch out and open the zipper halfway. Fold the fabric back so the outer pieces are on top of each other (right sides facing) and the liner pieces are on top of each other (right sides facing).
Step 6: Stitch along the edges leaving a small gap on one side. I started at the zipper so I could make sure I was sewing at the edge of the zipper (usually there is a metal bit near the end so you can sew up to that to keep it neat).
Step 7: Turn the pouch the right way out.
Step 8: Trim the edges and cut the corners into diagonals. This will make the pouch lay neat and flat. Then stitch the small gap closed.
We love felt for its versatility and because you can create unique little creatures from it! For this kawaii-inspired octopus we sketched it out and made a template on tracing paper. You could make up anything – how about a seahorse or a collection of little starfish.
Our latest nautical themed box contains orange felt and stuffing for you to make your own with!
You will need:
- orange felt
- toy stuffing
- black beads for eyes
- orange embroidery thread (we use 2 strands at a time)
- pink embroidery thread (for the mouth)
- black thread (to sew the beads on)
- tracing paper
- felt octopus template
Step 1: cut out your felt octopus template and pin to the felt
Step 2: cut your first shape our of the felt. Pin the cut out piece onto the rest of the felt and cut around it so you now have 2 identical pieces.
Step 3: sew the black beads onto one of the pieces of felt.
Step 4: using the pink embroidery thread back stitch a little mouth onto your octopus.
Step 5: sew the 2 pieces of felt together leaving a small 1.5cm gap open as this is where you will stuff it from.
Step 6: stuff your octopus using a pencil or crochet hook to push the stuffing into the legs.
Summer is here!! With the current heatwave taking over England we’re inspired to create pretty things for the garden. This tealight holder is so simple and can be created using things you may already have in your home. You could also add other things to it such as shells or even a few succulents.
You will need:
- glue gun
- 2m twine
- glass jar (we used an empty white company candle jar)
Step 1: Start by adding the hot glue to the glass. Then take the end of the twine and start placing it down onto the sticky glass (the glue will cool fairly quickly so wait until it’s gone to that tacky stage and then you can press it down without burning your fingers!). If I had any gaps I just kept gluing and wrapping the twine until the base was covered (about 1 inch high).
Step 2: Once the glue has dried and your twine is all stuck down fill your holder about 2 inches deep with sand. Then place your tealights and any other decorations into the holder.
This is so simple but really effective. These would also look beautiful as table centerpieces for a nautical themed wedding!
Happy crafting 🙂
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
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!)
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!)
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.
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 🙂
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.
You will need:
- 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
- Sewing machine
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.
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!!
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
Cut a length of fabric 16 by 5 inches, iron and fold in half lengthwise with the righ sides together.
Leave a 5mm gap at wither end and stitch along the long edge of the fabric. Turn right side out.
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!
Stich the elastic together (by hand or machine).
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.
Get your hair up in a high ponytail and rock out your new scrunchie!!
Happy Crafting 🙂
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!!
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.
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 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!
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.
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 🙂
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!!