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?

 

We got our latest box of review items from Yellow Moon last week and I couldn’t wait to get started. We were sent a pack of ceramic baubles, ceramic tree decorations, glitter porcelain pens (pack B) and brilliant porcelain pens (pack B) to try out.

We saved them for the weekend when we had friends visiting. It always helps to have a few more small people thrown in to help with these reviews!  Our testers were aged 1, 2, 3, 4, 35 and 36(!). First we made a start on the tree ornaments.

Everyone chose the shape they wanted to colour. Choices were: father Christmas, angel, snowman, tree, penguin and Rudolf. The pens were prepared as their instructions and the small people were lest loose.

H LOVES this sort of thing and being nearly 4 and a half is getting quite good. She didn’t make much mess and got to grips with needing the pump the pens a little when they looked like they were running out. She did a FANTASTIC job on her tree. The 3, 2 and 1 year olds were a bit messier, but they had fun and used ALL the colours! ;)

The baubles were a little trickier for the little ones to hold and avoid getting paint on the table. You definitely need some sort of messy mat!

The glittery pens were definitely a big hit and I’ll be adding the other coloured pack to our craft wish list.

I’d also recommend aprons for the under 3′s!

The grown-ups had fun too!

Here they are all waiting to go in the oven to be fixed.

We had great fun using these and the finished ornaments will make great christmas keepsakes or grandparent gifts! I was thinking of giving mine to my mum! You WILL need to protect tables and smaller peoples clothes. The paint does wash off of hands with warm soapy water and a bit of a scrub.

These items were sent to me at no cost for review purposes by Yellow Moon. All opinions are my own.

 

Hello my lovelies, are you starting to feel festive yet? I certainly am with all the Christmas fair prep I’ve been doing lately.  To help spread a little festive cheer here is a simple sewing tutorial – a merry little Christmas hoop. Perfect for beginners!

You will need:

An embroidery hoop (I used a 4 inch hoop), navy polka dot fabric, white felt, green felt (I used glittery felt), a scrap of brown felt, matching thread, star buttons, seed beads or sequins, ribbon for hanging, a circle of card and a basic sewing kit.

Before you make a start on your festive hoop, draw around the inside of your hoop onto a piece of thick card (i used a cat food box!) and cut out the circle. This will be used to finish off your hoop and hide all your stitching on the back at the end!

On with the hoop! Cut your pieces: one wiggly snow piece, 4 tree trunks and 4 tree triangles. Use your hoop as a size guide for cutting your shapes. If you are using a bigger hoop, cut bigger shapes!  My trees ranged from 3cm to 4cm tall.

Pin your felt snow in place and separate the two pieces of your hoop. Place your fabric over the top of the inner part of your hoop. Line up the outer hoop so that the screw is at the top and press down over the inner hoop. Gently pull the fabric around all of the edges to make sure it is tight across the hoop before tightening the screw to hold it all in place.

Sew the snow in place using a running stitch.

 

Arrange your tree trunks on the snow and stitch in place using whip stitch.

 

Sew the trees in place starting with the back ones. I used running stitch again for these.

Next its time to fancy up your trees! You can use whatever you like to make your trees bright and christmassy – sequins, felt scraps, metallic thread?

I used a star button and seed beads to Christmas up just one of my little trees. Once you are happy with the decorations it time to finish off your hoop.

Finishing off: First you will need to trim off some of the excess fabric. You will need to leave enough to tuck in to the back, about 2cm. Apply a thin layer of fabric glue around the edge of your hoop and allow to dry for 10 minutes (I used hi-tack fabric glue). After 10 minutes to glue should be tacky and you can neatly fold the fabric over the edge, towards the center of the hoop. You may need to apply a little more glue to hold the felt in place.

Next take your circle of card and place it on the wrong side (reverse) of a little square of fabric. apply a little glue to the card and allow to go tacky. Fold in the fabric and try to make sure it is stuck down all the way around. Allow the hoop and the card circle to dry completely before squishing the card circle into the back of the hoop to hide all of your stitching!

Add a piece of ribbon, hang up and admire!

This tutorial is for personal use only. You can make as many as you like for yourself or as gifts. If using my photographs, please gain permission before hand and link back to this original post. All designs and photographs are (c) Claire Payne.

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!

 

Just in case you found the colours hard to see on Hattie’s tutu, here’s the how to bit again with contrasting ribbon and tulle!

1) Fold your tulle strip in half and place under the ribbon.

2) pull the tail ends of your tulle through the loop.

3) this will for a loose slip not.

4) pull tight and repeat until you have fabulous full tutu!

Tutu-how-to

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Apr 192013
 

So, how would you like to make this FAB tutu? It’s a very easy make with NO SEWING involved at all!

For this one (for our 3 and a half year old) I used 1.5m orange ribbon and 2m of gold Tulle.

Using nice sharp scissors cut your tulle into 2″ strips. I then cut these in half, this part depends on the width of your tulle and how tall your small person is. Hattie is a little cutey and this tutu is going over a pair of leggins for a party at the weekend. I made it shorter so I could make it fuller.

Fold your strip in half…

Fold the loopy end over the ribbon and pull the ends through to make a slip knot

Pull tight and carry on with the next strip!

Carry on until you have enough strips to go around your little ones waist.

Tie in a pretty bow and let them run wild!

 

A few weeks ago I gave you a little glimpse of what I’ve been making for the small people’s dressing up basket. One of these was this gorgeous peacock tutu!

I used THIS TUTORIAL as a guide.

I used just 3 colours of tulle  for the tutu (2 blues and a green),

scraps of felt from my stash, as well as a bit of elastic, plain blue cotton fabric and some giant ricrak!

It didn’t take long and the girls LOVE IT!

 

To make Father Christmas faces you will need:

A paper plate, glue, googly eyes, red pom poms, red card, cotton wool and a red pen.

Draw a smile, stick on eyes, nose and cotton wool beard.

Cut a triangle from the red card and stick on some cotton wool.

Stick on the hat and there you have it. A Father Christmas face and one very happy toddler!

After father Christmas faces we moved on the sequined snowflakes to hang in the windows!

 

 

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 :(

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