Thursday, December 30, 2010


Oh, hello there, thanks for being patient! Its been a while since I've posted but now the ol' Christmas shenanigans are over for another year, there is more time for craft. Plus, I got a Janome overlocker for Christmas...yey!

For a friends baby boy, I have made some beach balls, made entirely from fabric scraps. The idea is not my own, in fact the pattern can be downloaded for free from

They started off like this:

Op-shopped fabric, old jeans, hand-me-down quilting fabric, and Kunin eco-fi felt

and ended up like this

Easy to do, although can be a bit tricky getting the balls into the right shape. I filled mine with soft toy filling, and dried lavender.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tie romper suit

A quick gift for a friends newborn boy. Long sleeve romper suit, bought in Savers but still new with the tag on $5! Tie, op-shop. This tie would be terrible worn on a man, but on this little romper suit, it looks cute! I cut the thin bit off the tie, a little knot, and machine stitched onto the romper.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chai Christmas Stars!

These are my final handmade Christmas gifts of the year. My friend posted a link on my facebook page for an awesome recipe for Chai Shortbread. I've made many batches of these biscuits because they are just gorgeous.

For two Christmas gifts, I am using a star cookie cutter to create chai shortbread stars. The tins I purchased second hand from Salvos, the Christmas fabric is op-shopped, ribbon and pretty paper for the ingredients cards are from my craft kit.

Wrap stars into fabric, place into tin, and tie at the top with a printed ingredients recipe list, and here they are:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tissue pouch

I've (almost) made my final Christmas gift for the year. I found a tutorial on allwrappedup.blogspot for a fabric tissue pouch, and thought this would be a great gift for my aunt that travels overseas a lot.

The blue check material was given to me with a stash of fabric from my Mum, and the bias binding strip used for the opening of the tissue pouch.. as usual, from the op-shop.

Lavender filled doves

We put up our tree at the weekend, and it looked quite bare. Rather than buy new Christmas tree decorations, I decided to make my own. Fabric birds tend to be quite popular at the moment, so I chose to make some fabric doves!

The Christmas fabric which I also used for my Christmas cards this year, is a thrifted material purchased in August from an op shop.

The pink reverse of the bird is silk material leftover from a clothing refashion.

I drew the bird freehand onto newspaper, and cut it out to use as a template. You know the ribbon that you find stitched to the inside your skirts, or strapless tops under the armpits to help hang them onto a clothes hanger? Well I always cut them off because I find them annoying. I save them though, and used some of these for the ribbon to hang the doves from the tree!

I stuffed my little birds with soft toy poly fill I had in my craft kit, but also some dried lavender, to make them smell nice. Pinking shears were used around the outside of the machine stitched bird.

The owl circle tags you also see on the tree are made by Michelle at Paper Tree Design. I purchased a pack earlier in the year..really cute arent they? Also made from recycled materials.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Eco-fi Kunin felt

For a fairy chalk mat I made last week, I used eco-fi for the first time on the chalk pocket. Otherwise known as Kunin, this felt is made entirely from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It is quite hard to find in Australia, but I ordered some online through The Thread Studio based in Perth, WA.

My previous chalk mats have not consisted of felt at all, but I thought I'd give it a try this time around seeing as a have a new recycled material to try out.

Earth shades eco-fi roll

The eco-fi is the brownish felt square you see in between the pink fairy fabric. It is a study fabric, which is great to keep chalks in place.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

More coasters

Very lucky yesterday, I picked up two sets of cork coasters from my local op shop $2 for the lot!

Of course I had intentions for them, recovering with old childrens books in the same way I did the Bambi coasters.

The two books chosen this time - a damaged Beatrix Potter book from the op shop, which had been coloured in by a kiddy at some point. And a vintage Red Riding Hood book, written in Spanish, given to me by my friend moving overseas, she had already cut it up to use pictures in a craft project of her own.

Choosing images from the books, tracing around coasters, and cutting, gluing, glazing...

And here they are

Two Christmas gifts complete, tied with ribbons from my craft box. They are being sent to the UK tomorrow!