So, do you wanna build an Elsa? Well, here’s how!

You will need:

A peg, felt pens, a scrap of pale blue felt, a scrap of blue shimmery cape fabric (I used organza), yellow wool, a small (15cm) beige pipe cleaner , PVA glue and blue glitter.

1) Draw Queen Elsa a face and colour the top of her head and around the back and sides in yellow.

2) Glue the felt scrap around Elsa’s body to make her dress.

3) Cut a triangle out of your cape fabric, then cut the pointy top part off. I used pinking sheers to do this to try and minimise fraying.

4) Stick the cape onto the back of Elsa’s dress using a little blob of glue.

5) take you pipe cleaner and place it on top of Elsa’s dress (this will be her arms). Turn over and twist it at the back to secure it in place then pull the arms forward.

6) to make the hair: cut 6 strands of wool the same length and tie in the middle with another small piece of wool. Glue on top of Elsa’s head. You can make a plait once its all dried.

She’s looking good so far!

7) For sparkly shoes put a little glue on the bottom of your peg and sprinkle with blue glitter.

8) Allow it to dry completely then sing ‘Let it goooooo!’ at the top of your voice!

*** Watch out for Anna next week ***

The fox cushion

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Apr 132014
 

This post is for those of you who have asked about the fox cushion.

I found the tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess and couldn’t resist knocking one up for my lovely friends birthday.

I had to add a bushy tail onto his bottom to make him super cute. I now fancy making a skulk of foxes for our own sofa with all sorts of cute fabrics! What fabric combo would you choose?

 

So, I still have some of the lovely lime green polka dot fabric left over from re-covering the dining chairs and our poorly little kitty doesn’t like the new sofas so it was time to buy him a new bed. I found this lovely lime green one in a local pet shop but it needed a cushion making for it!

You will need enough fabric for 2 sides of the cushion to fit your pet bed, wadding (I used the 6oz wadding from Terrysfabrics.co.uk), enough bias binding to go around the circumference or your pet bed plus another 20cm, a sewing machine and basic sewing kit.

Draw around your pet bed on the reverse of your fabric. Add an extra 2cm all the way around to take into acount the poofyness (yes, that’s a technical cushion term!) of your wadding. Cut out your shape and place on top of the wadding. Cut a rectangle of wadding a little larger than your oval shape. Cut another rectangle of  your chosen fabric a little larger than the wadding.

Make your quilt sandwich as follows: rectangle of chosen fabric – face down, wadding, oval of fabric – face up. Pin all the way round and then zig-zag all the way around using your sewing machine. Trim off the excess and get your chosen bias binding ready! I used a nice bright yellow 25mm double folded. I was considering cerise but thought little kitty Willo wasn’t really a pink sort of boy!

Unfold one side of your bias binding and pin it securely all the way around your cushion leaving a couple of longer ends for overlap. sew along the fold line leaving a 5cm gap at each end. Fold over the longer ends so that they meet neatly in the middle. cut off the excess and then sew it down.

Fold the bias binding over the cushion and clip in place (I used a pile of hair clip blanks I have lying around) and hand sew to the back of your cushion. Pop it in your kitty bed and let your little furry friend get comfy!

As you can see I forgot to take into account the wadding poofyness so added in an extra 2cm all the way around in the instructions! Willo doesn’t mind, he’s quite taken by the kitty bed!

Jul 122013
 

Remember about 6 years ago I painted and recovered some second hand chairs we’d bought? Well after 2 years of this booster seat being on H’s chair its looking a little grubby!

 

She’s a very messy eater! Messier than her little sister in fact. So its time to get them recovered and here’s a little post on how to do it!

You will need: tools for removing whatever covering you have on your seat pad, a staple gun, 6oz wadding and a nice decor-weight fabric. These fabrics were sent to me by Terrysfabrics for review.

 

First you need to remove the seat and strip off whatever is covering it. This took forever as I’d gone a bit staple happy the first time I recovered them. I’ll not be making that mistake again! Once your seat is back to basics you need to to draw around the seat on the wadding and cut out. I then used a little spray adhesive to stick the piece of wadding to the top of the chair seat – mostly just to hold it in place while I stapled the fabric on.

 

Take your chosen fabric…and again (on the reverse side) draw around your seat. Be sure to leave a good 3 inches around the seat to give you plenty of fabric to fold over the sides to staple down.

 

Cut out your fabric and place the seat in the center.

Double fold the fabric to give you a nice neat edge to work with then starting in the middle of one side, working out.

Staple down the opposite side, again starting in the middle, being sure to pull your fabric nice and tight.

Staple the sides, stopping 2 inches before the ends.

 

Trim off some of the excess fabric from the corners – this gets rid of some of the bulk and will allow you to make your corners neat and tidy!

One finished seat pad!

Doesn’t it look smart?

The 6oz wadding gives the seat a nice pad, much more comfy then the old ones! Now I just need to finish the rest and make a new back rest pad for C’s highchair to match!

 

These are easy, fun and don’t make very much mess!

You will need: White paper plates, googley eyes, pom poms, scrap of orange felt, PVA glue and a brush.

Cut out triangles for the snowman noses (an adult should do this).

Glue eyes, nose and pom poms onto the paper plate.

TA-DAAAA. Snowman face!

Repeat as necessary! We made 6 (Hats made 5 and I made 1!) of these and they will be hung up proudly in the hall next week and given to grandparents too! The only problem we had making the snowmen was when we ran out of pom poms and couldn’t make any more. We had toddler tears :(

 

Today we have been making Christmas cards! Some people think I’m brave for getting out the glue, glitter and sequins, but we have an excellent hoover and all crafting is as controlled as it possibly can be with a 2 year old! I love it and Hattie loves it too! I try and do at least one craft activity with her every week – usually painting. Here is what we made today.

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