Friday, January 28, 2011

Crayon Hearts

This gorgeous DIY tutorial is from the lovely Martha Stewart and is perfect Valentine's Day… Visit Martha Stewart to read the full instructions…

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Photo Lampshade

We found this fabulous tutorial on a photographer's blog and simply had to share it with you. These lampshades are a great idea for decorating the kids' bedrooms, and would be a fun and entertaining project to work on while the kids are still on school holidays. And they don't just have to use photos, they could use drawings they do or quotes they like or even lyrics to their favourite song… the possibilities are endless! Visit the Ashley Ann Photography Blog to view the full tutorial. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Make Your Own Fairy Wand

Let your little fairy create her own magic with this complete wand kit. Available in 3 colours, each kit contains: 
  • 1 x Wooden Wand
  • Gemstones
  • Ribbon
  • 1 Vial of Magic Fairy Dust
All you need to add is glue! Presented in a gorgeous tulle gift bag, these wand kits also make a wonderful fairy party activity idea or gift bag instead of the usual lolly bags!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ruffly Paper Runner…

Yet another fabulous tutorial from Martha Stewart…

A runner made with crepe paper is a terrific low-cost decoration for square or rectangular tables; all it takes are two pieces in coordinating hues and a pinch of effort. You'll need crepe paper on rolls, since they don't have fold lines; we used ones 20 inches wide.

Cut both pieces to desired length, letting them drape over table's sides, if you like; for the piece that will be the top layer, trim one inch from width.
Create ruffles on long sides of each piece: Pinch paper between thumbs and index fingers and pull paper outward, stretching it about an inch.

Repeat to finish both sides. Place runner on table, centering top layer on bottom one.
From Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2004. Read more at Ruffly Runner

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sewing Class Roll

This great tutorial from You Sew Girl will show you how to create a handy roll to store all your essential sewing tools – perfect for when you are on the go! Fill it up with all the bits you're likely to need if you're crafting away from home and tri-fold it. Tie it up and off you go…

1. These are the dimensions that I used - but you could vary them according to the size tools you're likely to carry. From the centre fold I measured out 11cm and drew a vertical line. Then I measured out another 15cm. From the bottom edge I measured up 8cm and I made the overall height 18cm.

 2. Make your pattern and cut a curve between the 8cm mark and the top of the side section. (You can draw it freehand, trace around the side of a plate or make a straight line instead of a curve).

3. Block fuse some Vilene S320 to both the outer and lining fabrics and cut them out with the pattern. I find a small rotary cutter ("the sports blade") does the job beautifully. (You might also notice that my preferred pattern weight is a piece of old railway line, but feel free to use the tools of your own choice!)

 4. Cut a 20 x 16 cm piece of H640 wadding and fuse it to the back of the outside piece, centred horizintally and vertically. The seam allowances should be clear of wadding.

5. Cut a 6cm square of felt and a 21cm piece of 20mm wide elastic.

6. Stitch the felt to the lining piece with a single row of machine or hand stitches. Centre the elastic about 5-7 cm from the bottom edge.

7. Turn the ends of the elastic under and stitch it securely (reversing the full width of the elastic and back-tacking securely). Stitch 3 divisions - spaced 1.5cm apart - from each end of the elastic.
 8. With right sides of fabric facing, stitch the two pieces together all around the outside edge using a 6-7mm (quarter inch) seam allowance - leaving a 10cm (4") gap in the bottom edge.

9. Clip the seam allowances away from each corner. Use pinking shears to trim around the curved edges. If you don't have pinking shears, you can either clip lots of tiny triangles out of the curves (or understitch/backstitch the lining side, if you know how to do do that... it's all explained in my patterns...).

10. Press the straight seam allowances open, including those at the gap in the bottom seam.
11. Turn the whole thing through to the right side out - taking particular care to turn the corners through sharply - and press it very flat.
12. At the opening in the base seam, take particular care to turn the seam allowances straight and flush with the rest of the seam. It's a good idea to slipstitch (ladder stitch) them together. 
 13. Topstitch a few millimetres from the top edge - from one curved edge, across the straight centre section and over the other curve.

14. Fold one edge over (creasing at the point where the curve ends) and press it flat.
15. Topstitch the edge in place through all layers of fabric.
16. Lay a piece of ribbon across the back of the wrap and fold the other edge over. Line up the ribbon so that it's level with the top of the folded-over area in the middle.

17. Stitch the folded edge down - through all layers of fabric and the ribbon. Stitch all the layers together along the bottom edge.
Visit You Sew Girl for more great tutorials like this one…

Friday, January 14, 2011

DIY Snow Storm

For a crafty project to keep you busy this weekend head to Craft Stylist to learn how to create your own Snow Storm - a gorgeous decoration for your home…

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Stamped, Self-Addressed Envelope…

Personalise your wedding stationery with a fabulous customisable stamp from Purple Lemon Designs. With so many different stamps ready to have your details added, there is sure to be a design to suit your taste!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sensational Scrapbooks with Martha Stewart

For a fabulous way to keep all your memories in your very own personalised scrapbook, look no further than this great tutorial from Martha Stewart…

Here's a way to create a scrapbook that's as special as the photos and other keepsakes it holds. Start with a fabric-covered album, and personalize it with decorative touches. We modified this one in two ways: covering the plain pages with patterned papers and adding a metallic monogram to the cover.

Step 1 | The Album-Page How-To  
Cut decorative paper to the same size as the album's pages.

Step 2 Arrange photos and card stock labels on one of the decorative pages. Flip items over, and mark the corners as shown, 1/2 inch from corners.

Step 3 Use those marks to determine where to cut slits in the decorative paper to insert the corners of photos and labels.

Step 4 Apply glue stick to back of decorative paper, avoiding slits. Position on album page, and smooth to adhere.

Step 5
Slide pictures and card stock labels into the slits cut into the decorative papers.

Step 6 | The Monogram How-To Position stencil (see Tools and Materials dropdown list, above) on album cover, and adhere with tape.

Step 7 Apply matte medium to inside of stencil with foam paintbrush to prime (this will seal the fabric and prevent the paint from bleeding). Let dry for 2 minutes. Clean brush.

Step 8 Stencil letter again, this time using metallic paint. Let dry, and remove stencil.

Read more at Scrapbook with Style - Martha Stewart Crafts

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lanvin Bridal Notebook

For a sweet keepsake that the bride-to-be can make her own, Lanvin's beautifully illustrated notebook is just perfect. Whether writing about flower arrangements or bridesmaid's dresses, Lanvin's white bridal notebook is perfect for keeping your to-do lists, inspiration, and random thoughts together in one place. Once you have your wedding planning under way, you can transfer your notes from the Lanvin notebook to the Wedding Planner at the back of The Bride's Diary, marking off the useful check lists, seating plans and guest and gift lists along the way! Easy!