Pretty Wedding Garter

One of my best friends is getting married so for her something blue I stitched her a pretty garter to wear on the day!

We are lucky enough to have a VV Rouleaux shop in Bath where I picked up this gorgeous blue ribbon.

As I didn’t want to lose too much of the blue I opted for a 5mm pink ribbon but it was quite tricky to get the elastic through, I eventually managed using one of my plastic needles I use for crochet! With a thicker ribbon this is actually much easier and you can just work it through by attaching a safety pin to the end of the elastic.

This would also make a super fun activity for the hen do as you could hand stitch the garter, or all have a go on the sewing machine if you’re feeling crafty!

You will need:

  • Lace or a frilly ribbon. I used this Blue Organdy Frill from VV Rouleaux. Measure where you want to wear it on your leg and add 7 inches.
  • Satin ribbon – choose depending on the thickness of your lace and it depends how big you want your garter! Again, measure where you want to wear it on your leg and add 7 inches.
  • Elastic (thickness depends on the ribbon you choose) – you will need a piece 3 inches less than the leg measurement.

Step 1: Measure out your ribbons and elastics. I was making one to fit 19 inches so I cut the blue frill and pink ribbon to 26 inches (adding 7 inches) and the elastic to 16 inches (minus 3 inches). This is so the frill and ribbon will ruffle nicely around the elastic.

Step 2: Place the ribbon on top of the frill / lace and stitch all the way along the top of the ribbon and lace then stitch along the bottom of the ribbon.

Step 3: Work your piece of elastic through the stitched ribbon. As I opted for a thinner ribbon it was a little tight but i eventually worked it through using a plastic crochet needle! With a thicker elastic just attach a small safety pin to the end and it’s easier to work through.

Make sure you pin the end of the elastic when you have finished working it through so you don’t lose it!

Step 4: Place the right sides of the ribbon together and stitch the ends together.

Step 5: Turn right side out, snip off all the thread ends and even out the ruffles!

Step 6: Your beautiful garter is ready for that special day!!

Crochet Avocado

The millennial’s favourite brunch item shows no sign of waning – so what better way to celebrate our love for the avocado than with this fun crochet project! 🥑

Double up the size to make a pot holder for your kitchen or follow the tutorial below to make a series of smaller ones – perfect for coasters or make a few and string up into bunting – avo-crochet goals! 💁🏼‍♀️

You will need:

  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Brown wool (we like this one from Hobbycraft)
  • Green wool (we like this one from Hobbycraft)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic needle (to sew in the loose ends)

Step 1- 4: Start by making a magic ring – make a circle with the loose end at the back then pushing your crochet hook through grab the yarn and pull back through. Chain 1 to get your magic loop ready for Step 2…

Step 5: 6 double crochets into the middle of the ring

Step 6: Slip stitch into the first dc then pull the loose end of yarn to close the magic loop

Step 7: Ch 1 and then increase by crocheting 2 double crochets into each of the previous double crochets (12 stitches in total)

Step 8: Ch 1, *1 dc, inc** – repeat from * to ** 7 times (21 stitches in total)

Step 9: Join the green yarn (pull through the 2 loops in a dc brown stitch) and then ch 1

Step 10: 21 dc around

Step 11: ss to the first dc to close the loop

Step 12: 21 more dc around the circle

Step 12: for the next round increase in each dc (42 stitches in total)

Step 13: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), increase into base of 1st chain, *1dc, 1 inc** repeat from * to ** 6 times (20 stitches). Fasten off yarn by ss into base of 1st chain and pulling yarn through.

Step 14: Take a new piece of green yarn and insert into any dc. Ch 1 and then 12 dc across

Step 15: Turn over and ch 1 then dec, 8 dc and dec. Keep working like this turning the piece over and working a dec then filling in the middle and ending the row with another dec as follows: dec, 6 dc, dec / dec, 4 dc, dec / dec, dec.

Step 16: Finish off the piece by double crocheting the whole way round (60 stitches) and then using your plastic needle to tuck in any loose ends.

To make into bunting simply start a chain with the green yarn and then attach the avocado with dc, chain again until you want to add the next avocado etc….

You could also replicate the whole pattern just in green to make a back – then stuff and join both pieces (wrong sides facing each other) with a double crochet.

Share your makes @diyboxuk!!

Happy crafting 🙂

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!!

Reversible Placemats

I wanted to make something to brighten up the dull days we get at this time of year – so what better nod to summer than neon pink flamingos?! I made these placemats reversible so I can mix and match the table setting – some matching napkins would work well too! I used a pom pom to hold my cutlery together or some pretty ribbon or lace would also look cute tied round in a bow.

You will need:

  • 2 types of fabric (I made 4 placemats)
  • Sewing machine / neede & thread

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Step 1 and 2: Cut out 4 pieces of each fabric measuring 12 inch x 9 inch (feel free to play around with the measurements – I simply used some I had as a guide for the size that looked right on my table). Remember you will lose about 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Step 3: Pin fabric right sides together.

Step 4: Stitch around the placemat leaving a couple of inches as a gap.img_3948

Step 5: Leave a couple of inches as a gap as you will use this to turn the placemat right side out.

Step 6: Cut the corners.

Step 7: Turn right side out.

Step 8: Press and then use a ladder stitch to sew up the gap.

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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 🙂