Luxurious Pet Pillow

I was having a clear out the other day and I found a couple of lumpy pillows destined for the bin….or so I thought! My pug Percy took an instant like to them, curling himself on top of them and making himself quite comfy! That gave me the idea to make a covers so I could dot them around the house like big floor cushions.

Step 1: You will need:

  • a pillow or large cushion
  • a fleece blanket or throw (you can pick one up from Primark for around £4 – one blanket covered 2 standard size cushions)
  • needle and thread

Step 2: measure your blanket around the cushion

Step 3: cut to size

Step 4: With the wrong side facing you, fold up from the bottom

Step 5: You can use your cushion for measurement and fold the top down overlapping the bottom (you will be turning it inside out so it will become a flap folded down. This blanket was a good length but if you had to cut some fabric off the top / bottom don’t forget to hem it!)

Step 6: stitch all the fabric together leaving about a half inch seam allowance

Step 7: stitch the other side (I had Percy the helper for this!)

Step 8: Turn right side out and put your pillow in for you pet to enjoy – here is Percy relaxing on his!!

Pretty Pencil Case

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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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Nautical Candle Holder

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
  • sand
  • glass jar (we used an empty white company candle jar)
  • tealight
  • starfish

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 🙂

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.

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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!!

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 🙂