Saturday, 28 January 2012

Happy Birthday Mum!

So, my Mum's birthday was coming up, and despite not having done this since I was quite a bit younger... Actually probably only about 5 years... I decided to make her a card!

Embracing my new found love of embroidery, I saw it as a great opportunity to practise, I would like to think I am getting quite good at it!

I didn't plan for this design at all, just kid of went with the flow, but I am pleased with how it turned out, now I need to concentrate on getting a tidier back...

Whilst it did look fab in the hoop, it had to go on a card, so I mounted it on a piece of card before attaching it to a small square card.

I'm very happy with the final result, what do you think?

Oh, and Happy Birthday Mum... it's today (I couldn't possibly post it beforehand and spoil the surprise!)

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Fashion of the future...

I am rubbish for being crafty of late, for which I apologise.... But I do have more school shaped stuff...

When teaching Smart Fabrics to my students, I always like to start with this little video from 1930's, I used this for my interview at my new school. I ask them how realistic it is and their answers always surprise me... The 'swish' always goes down well though!

This has got to be one of my favourite lessons and it always makes me smile so I thought I would share it with you...

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Bunting for Fairtrade...

A quick blog post for today, more school like things...

I decided I would do a brief extension project with one of my year 8 classes before they moved onto their next technology subject. I love teaching fair trade issues within school, especially knowing how much it can help others.

Last year as a school, we took part in The Fairtrade Foundation's attempt at creating the worlds longest piece of fairtrade bunting...

The Fairtrade Foundation's Bunting World Record

...It always feels great to be a part of something like this, and I know the kids feel the same way.

Inevitably however I ended up with a few left over bunting triangles, only one thing for it, get out the fabric paints, do a bit of research and teaching and create our own fairtrade bunting, which is now proudly displayed in the school library!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

How to make a birthday badge for a special little person...

So here it is, my first tutorial, inspired by my beautiful little niece's 4th birthday party... 

Please excuse the poor photography, my camera isn't the best just like my photography skills!

Materials needed: 

3 pieces of felt in 2/3 different colours
Thread to match
Embroidery thread to contrast
Fabric Scissors
Badge clasp
Stuffing (not pictured)
Paper and pencil to make templates

Time: approximately 2-3 hours

Create paper templates to draw around, I tend to draw my own, but if you aren't a confident drawer you could always print the numbers from a word processing programme or the internet, the same goes for the flower shape, although yours doesn't necessarily have to be a flower. 
You will need to cut 2 of the back piece. 

1. Once you have cut all of your shapes out, you can start stitching, using a standard thread (or embroidery if you prefer) attach you number to the first circle of felt with a light whip stitch, (going from side to side) trying to keep all stitches the same size.

2. Repeat stage 1, attaching your circle of felt to the back panel, again using the same stitch. 

3. On the untouched panel that will be at the back of the brooch, stitch your brooch clasp on securely. 

4. You are now ready to sew your 2 panels together. Making sure the number and the clasp are both facing outwards, use a blanket stitch to fasten both pieces together. 

5. Before you finish sewing all the way around, leave a space to insert a small amount of stuffing into the badge, not too much though, just enough to give it a little character!

'the end'

Now you are ready to give your little person a badge to wear on their special day! 

Have fun making this one folks, I know I did! :D

Just remember though, watch out for any pattern stealing bunnies that might be watching!

Please free to leave a comment, I'd love to know what you think!