DIY re-usable make-up pads…a great gift idea!

This project is great for the environment and your fabric stash! Plus, this is such a great gift.

It hardly requires a tutorial as it’s a very simple make, but here are  few steps to get you going…I also made a rectangular face pad to use with face wash.

You’ll need the following:

Simply draw around your circular template onto your towelling and cotton to make as many circles as you like. Pin a cotton one to th toweling one and overlock around the edge (or zig zag if you don’t have an overlock machine).

I also made an face cloth and this was just a rectangle of cotton and one of towelling, right sides facig stitch them together leaving a gap to turn through, turn through and top stitch around the edge!

Giving these as a gift in a beautiful storage jar is a really lovely, thoughful present and only takes 30 mins!
What are you giving your Mum this Mother’s Day?!

Handmade Valentine’s Bow Tie Tutorial

A handmade gift is the best way to show that special someone how much they mean to you. With a few bits of fabric and an hour or two you can whip up a funky bow tie and make the perfect Valentines day gift (a great one for Father’s day too!)

Here’s what you need:

Main fabric -Quilting Cotton like Figo treehouse works brilliantly

Fusible interfacing

A set of 19mm bow tie clasps

Loop turner or chopstick

Matching thread

Basic sewing kit

Step 1:

Cut the following…

Main fabric;

2 x 25cm x 14cm

1 x 4cm x 8cm

1 x 5cm x 55cm

Interfacing;

2 x 25cm x 14cm

1 x 4cm x 8cm

Apply the iron on interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric

Step 2:

Take one the of the 25cm x 14 cm pieces and measure the centre point on each end. Fold the fabric to meet this middle point and press.

Step 3:

Fold the ends to meet in the middle and stitch down either side of the middle seam as close as possible to the raw edge.

Do the same with the other main bow tie piece and then with wrong sides facing each other, sandwich the two pieces together and stitch down the centre

Step 4:

Take the 4cm x 8cm piece and stitch down one end and one side, trimming the seams and turning through and pressing, this will be the centre of the bow.

 

 

Step 5:

Do the same with the long 5cm x 55cm piece (use a loop turner or chopstick to help push the fabric right sides out) this will make the bow tie strap

 

Step 6:

Now add the slider part of the clasp onto the raw end of the long neck strap, threading through, folding over and stitching down turning the raw edge under.

Step 7:

Attach the hook part onto the strap, hook facing out. Then thread the other end of the strap back though the slider part, this makes your adjustable strap!

 

Step 8:

Attach the last piece of the clasp to the other end of the strap and stitch down.

Step 9:

Now to finish the bow part. Pinch the centre then bring the top and bottom edges in to meet the middle hand stitch in place

Step 10:

Hand stitch the bow to the neck strap between the adjuster and the clasp

 

Step 11:

Take the small bow centre piece and wrap around the middle of the bow and strap  hand stitching in place at the back of the bow.

Tag us #scsmakes if you do make one, we’d love to see it!

Papercrafting for Xmas Part 2!

Paper garland making

This Christmas project is inspired by these beautiful paper garlands that I saved on Pinterest…it’s nice to actually be making something that I’ve saved…finally!  

Once again I’m reaching for the Rico Confetti paper pack! If you havent seen I already wrote a gift bag tutorial perfect for all your xmas gifting! Read here

These paper packs are so versatile and such good value for the quanitity and quality of the card. I think I’m going to make gift tags with any remaining card and string them with gold ribbon 🙂

This is so simple it doent really need any sort of tutorial but I would recommend buying yourself a good paper punch! I got my from a well known craft store and it’s a 2″ punch…I’m tempted to buy a star shaped one too!

You could always cut these by hand…or do different shapes. Triangles would work well…or just random shapes!

Layer 2 or 3 of the circles on top of each other and stitch together on your machine back to back in one long line with a regular straight stitch making sure you leave a nice long length of thread at either end so you can string it up!

Once they are stitched together simply un-fold each set of circles to give a 3D effect!

I love how simple but effective this is! It’s a lovely way of using up paper scraps too. 

Tag us on #scblog if you make one. We’d love to see your take on this fun craft!

Papercrafting for Xmas!

DIY gift bags with Rico papers

Not your traditional Christmas colour combo I know, but anything with gold counts right? When I saw this pack of Rico papers and card in their confetti design  I knew I wanted a modern theme for my decs and wrapping this Chrimbo…and I wanted to get started right away!

This simple craft will add the extra wow factor to your xmas gifts! It’s really simple and you can make them any size. The Rico pads are A4 and this makes an (approx) A5 size bag.

All you need:

One sheet of paper

Glue/ washi tape

Hole punch

String/ ribbon

Fold the short edges of the paper to the middle, over-lapping by 2cm and glue them together.

Fold up the bottom…the bigger the fold the bigger the bottom of the bag

Fold the sides in flat creating two triangles

Fold the top and bottom in towards eachother so they meet in the middle 

Tape in placeusing washit tape or clear tape depending what you like! Then push the sides out creating your bag!

Now you can fill your bag with goodles…this is great for jewellery, homemade sweets and cookies…or the best gift, sewing accessories!!

Punch a hole in the top and thread through some string or ribbon. I also made a gift tag with some matching card from the Rico paper pad.

I’ve made about a tonne of these with any bit of paper I can find in my house…it’s addicitve let me tell you!! Tag us if you make some using #scblog and take a look at our gorgeous range of Rico Papers and xmas trimmings …trust me it’s way more fun that buying normal xmas wrap!

Product Review – Rico Wristband

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I made this product – Cross Stitch Faux Leather Wristband – Zig Zag Kit

I couldn’t wait to try this awesome thing out! I mean look at it! It just looks cool, and feels like something I would get a lot of use out of. I also wanted to test it out to see if it would make a good gift, its a resounding yes! It took me about 4-5 hours altogether to complete. I wanted to get it perfect so did have to “rewind” a couple of times, but I think it turned out really well. I thought about drifting away from the pattern it came with, but I’m glad I didn’t. It meant I figured out exactly how much thread came with it. There’s definitely enough to make another wristband. So if you get the kit, you can pick up the solo wristband and make 2 with just one lot of thread! Bargain!

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What comes in the kit:

– All the thread you need and more

– Faux Leather Wristband

– Needle

– Guide with design idea and tips

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The guide recommends you split the thread into sections of 3 little threads. I also recommend cutting smaller lengths at a time first, then splitting to make it easier. Working with one long huge thread just gets you tangled.

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wristband wrist band rico designs faux leather vegan blog review sew crafty

The best results with cross stitch always come from:

1. Starting from behind the work.

2. Picking a top corner, then going to the bottom corner, then coming up through the opposite corner and back over the diagonal.

3. Always make sure the top stitch is facing the same way on every cross.

4. Its tempting to do one row of one diagonal, then going back and crossing over them. In my experience this encourages tangles and can confuse things somewhat, it also makes for a messier back!

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When starting off the first thread, leave a tail and stitch over it on the back to seal. When finished a length, thread through the back stitches a couple of times and cut! Most of the time this is the neatest and strongest way to finish. Knots can come undone and often make the back messy with looser ends.

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If you’re keeping to the pattern, do keep looking back. At one point I thought I had to unpick a whole row! Turned out I just had the image and the wristband upside down from each other… But honestly, now I’ve finished it, I know I didn’t need to be strict. The pattern is a guide, and there’s plenty of thread if you differ off the path.

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It’s so satisfying seeing it coming together!

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Finished! It looks like something from a high end clothes shop. I love it so much!

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wristband wrist band rico designs faux leather vegan blog review sew crafty

Both me and the fella tried it on (hes the hairy one) and I think it looks great on both of us!

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This is what the back looked like in the end – just for fun!

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Oh and this is how much thread you have left in the kit! So much! At least enough to do another wrist band – you can get them by themselves from the website – or maybe 2!

Happy Stitching!

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