Friday, 19 February 2016

Gift Packs.

Really getting into the new stamps this week and decided to make a pack of cards for the gift box. I have been thinking about this for a while now and although I thought it was a good idea just hadn't got around to doing any.

First pack of 6 cards are now completed, along with matching envelopes.

Card front.

 
Inside the card.

Card back.


Envelope front.

Envelope back.

Had a little production line going when making these. Can't wait to do some more sets.

Keep stitching and Stamping.





Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Testing Out New Stamps.

Sometimes it seems like stuff ordered never arrives and when it finally does get to your door you just can't find the time to sit down and play.
I have had these stamps a while now and have been busting to make up some cards with these new arrivals.


I also brought the flower punch and used an embossing die from my stash.









I made up 5 cards using the flower stamp and different inks. 4 to make up into a gift pack and one to add to my collection.

Keep stitching & Stamping!


Sunday, 14 February 2016

Bunny Tutorial.

After being asked by a few people for the pattern of the cute little bunnies I posted about last week,  I have provided a step by step tutorial for everyone wanting to make one or a few of these little hares.

You will need the following:

Template plastic
Fabric approximately  8" x  9" of your choice
6" or 8" x ribbon of your choice for the collar
Matching thread for closing the bottom
Stuffing of your choice & Stuffing tool ( or chopstick)
Erasable pen or chalk
Pinking Shears
Usual sewing items, needle, sewing machine, etc.

Finished size of the bunny is  approximately 3" wide at the base and  7" high.

Download the pattern HERE, print out and make a template from plastic. You don't need to do this step and can just use the paper pattern as printed. I like the template plastic when making more than one as it is easy to trace around after many times.

Note for printing: You may need to change printer scale to ensure it is the right size. I have included a scale of 3 inches so you can check, but you can make the pattern bigger or smaller as desired.

Fold the fabric in half wrong sides together so you now have a piece 8" by 4 -1/2 ",
checking that the bunny template fits on the fabric and there is a border all the way round. Trace the bunny in erasable pen or chalk. This will be your stitching line.
  
Using a sewing machine,  stitch on the traced line starting at the bottom on one side coming all the way round to the other side. Keep the stitches small ( I used 1.5 on my machine) to prevent gaping. Leave open along the bottom.
Cut out the bunny using pinking shears close to the sewn line, being careful not to cut through your stitching. You can leave more of a fabric border, but I like mine closer to the stitching.


Stuff the bunny with small portions of fiber-fill using a chop stick or stuffing tool to get into the ears. Fill as firm or soft as desired.

When filled to your liking stitch the end closed. Just push up the stuffing a little and bring both sides together, pin or clip and stitch. I stitched one with a running stitch and one I tucked the raw ends in and slip stitched. When stitched just fluff the stuffing back down to the base.




Taking the piece of ribbon, tie a bow around the neck and tidy up both ends. You can add a dab of glue to keep in place if necessary.

You are now done!



Enjoy your bunny, but watch out they can breed up into large numbers before you know it!


Keep Stitching.
















Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Getting Ready for Easter.

Now I know everyone has seen the Hot Cross buns in the stores and maybe even sampled some and just like the shops this year I too am early with my Easter preparations. While taking a wonder around Pinterest recently I found a great idea for filling the goody bags for the grandies. These three I made up while catching up on a movie.

I brought the paper bag packs from the cheap store and when it gets closer to Easter I will be able to put some goodies into the bags, pop in a bunny and hey presto!
Don't know what I am doing on the bags yet but I only have to do a bit of a hunt around and I am sure I can find some ideas.......maybe some little chickens? Maybe a trip back to Pinterest might get the creative juices flowing.

Are you ready for Easter?
Have you had a taste or two of the yummy hot cross buns that abound in every conceivable flavor?

Keep stitching.