Archive | November, 2012

Christmas Tree Decorations

27 Nov

With Christmas and the Frost Fayre approaching fast, I’m trying to come up with ideas to sell that are Christmas related but aren’t cards. While I’ve been doing my Christmas shopping I’ve seen a lot of felt tree decorations about, that are probably machine made but have the handmade look to them.

 

 

I have now made a few of these to sell on the stall, and I’ve decided that any I have left can go on my tree because I’m very happy with them.

I cut two heart shapes out of felt (around a template so they’re all the same size) and attached a button and ribbon to the “inside” at the top of the heart. I then blanket stitched around the edge of the heart in thread of a similar colour to the ribbon and the button to securely stitch the two hearts together. As I reached the end of the blanket stitch, I slipped some stuffing inside the heart to pad it out a little bit.

These decorations probably only took around 20 minutes to make once I’d refreshed my memory on how to do blanket stitch. They’re so quick and easy to make they’re ideal for selling on my stall on December 8th.

They’re a lot tidier than other heart sachets I’ve made in the past; I don’t know if this is because I didn’t use a sewing machine this time or because they’re simply a smaller size, but I’m thrilled to bits with how they’ve turned out.

Keep crafting, and keep motivated 🙂

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Love Heart Sachet

13 Nov

With the Frost Fayre coming up on the 8th December, I’ve been thinking of simple yet quirky ideas that I can spend a day mass producing in order to sell. Heart sachets are everywhere at the moment, so making a few to have on the stall is just too good an opportunity to turn down (plus whatever ones are left will make handy little gifts for friends).

Cross Stitch

The cross stitch patch is just a simple four letter word; “Love” is a word stitched on all the quirky gifts about at the moment. The idea of making a patch to just stitch onto the fabric means that the word stands out against the patterned fabric used to make the heart sachet.

Sachet

I’m a little frustrated with how these turned out: they’re all a little bit squiff and uneven, and the ribbon isn’t dead centre, but I think I’m happy enough to attempt to sell them on the stall.

I am going to attempt to make a few more simple ones to sell, but I need to think of other time effective ideas to make. Hopefully with more practice they’ll get tidier and tidier.

A Slight Delay …

2 Nov

I do apologise about the lack of updates to my blog in the last six months. I have had a lot happen and a lot going on, and now that we’re in November I’m starting to stress a lot about the upcoming Frost Fayre in a month’s time.

I am not giving up on blogging: in fact I really want to get back into it. I just seem to be struggling to find the time to write any posts at the moment. 

Hopefully over the next few weeks I’ll manage to schedule in some time to set up a few posts and we can be up and running again 🙂