Future Craft Projects?

Whenever I’m browsing the shops I like getting ideas for things that can be made at home. Obviously, it would be a lot easier to buy (and probably in some cases cheaper!) but a lot of the time the fun is in the making and not so much the buying. Some of the things I’ve seen recently that made me think ‘I can make that’ are below.

Ribbon Votives

I saw these candle votives over Christmas and thought it was a great idea. A few plain votives, glass jars, small vases, some pretty ribbon, buttons or beads and glue. All together makes a great candle holder!

Buttons picture

This button picture I’m definitely going to create. In fact, I’m a bit disappointed I never thought of the idea myself! So very simple- box frame, and various different buttons sewn onto some fabric to create a shape.

Owl Cushion

The owl cushion on the other hand may be a step too far! I’ve noticed a proliferation of owls over the last few months adorning plates, tea towels, mugs, wallpaper etc and seen quite a few shops selling cushions like this one. Maybe this is one to purchase and not to make…..

Heart Decorations for the Home

Heart decoration

I’ve been making a few of these recently using fabric I had left over from Christmas and some cheap tea towels. You can hang them from doors, lamps, or just pile them up on a mantel piece or table.

What you will need:

Fabric, paper to draw the heart pattern, pins, scissors, thread, sewing machine (not essential, can be hand sewn), needle, stuffing.

Check out craft stores such as Hobycraft, The Range etc. or many online shops, including eBay for materials.

Decide on the fabric you want to use, depending on the size of the hearts a smaller pattern or plain stripes or spots is probably best.

  • Draw a heart pattern on some paper, you can decide on the exact size you want. If you would like a perfectly symmetrical heart you can use a compass or something circular to draw round (e.g. a cup or glass). The example at the top of this post was just drawn freehand, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Now you have a template that you can use to make as many hearts as you like. Take your fabric and fold it in half, with the reverse side facing upwards. Trace the heart design onto the reverse side of the material. Pin the fabric to hold it in position.
  • Sew around the heart shape- this can be done on a sewing machine or by hand. Do not sew up the design completely, you need to leave a small gap (approximately 2 or 3cm) along one of the straight edges. This is so you can turn the design the right way around and put in the stuffing.
  • After you have sewn the heart (leaving the small gap) cut out the heart shape, but not exactly to the drawn line, leave a seam of material about half a centimetre wide.
  • Turn the heart the right way out. You may need to use something like a knitting needle or chopstick. When the right way around you can iron out any creases.
  • Stuff the heart until firm. You can buy stuffing from craft shops, but I’m currently using stuffing from an old cushion!
  • Sew up the gap and then sew a small metal hoop onto the heart, as shown above. Thread some ribbon through the hoop so the heart can be tied easily.

Hang the hearts from doorknobs, cupboards, coat hooks, chair backs- wherever takes your fancy!

Heart decoration in home

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