Monday, 28 March 2016

Football Card

Use a hexagon punch to cut 6 white and 4 black hexagons.  Cut three of the black hexagons in half and fill in the gaps to make the shape of a football on a piece of scrap paper, then cut into a circle.  

Emboss with a dotty embossing folder and mount on a slightly larger green circle.  Add to a square white card, hand cut a strip of grass, then cut banner shapes from paper and Kraft card and layer on the grass. 

Thread a button with bakers twine and glue on top.  Add a peel-off sentiment to finish.

TIP use the hexagon punch to shape the tails of the banner. 

What a Star! Gift Card Holder

Cut an A4 sheet of card in half lengthways and score at 10 cm and 23 cm (Makes two)

Cover the outside with patterned paper; use two strips of double sided tape to fold the larger flap up to make a pocket

Decorate with a large star cut with the Shape Cutter from the multi Shape Template, smaller stars in the same paper cut with the power punch medium star, and assorted star sequins. 

Print sentiments onto card and cut out with the new Standard and Scallop Tag Maker  and ink the edges..  I have used the standard tag on the back and the scalloped tag with toning ribbon on the front and edged the flap with the same ribbon.

Add a tiny piece of self-adhesive Velcro to the flap as a closure.

Easter Bunny Egg Cosy

The template for the body of the egg cosy is a 10 cm square with the top corners rounded off.  I drew an oval ear shape and a smaller oval for the inner ear.   TIP – fold them in half to check they are symmetrical and trim to adjust if necessary.  

Fold the square of felt in half and put the bottom of the template on the fold to cut a double shape for the front of the egg cosy and repeat for the back.

Draw a bunny face on the template, transfer to the front piece and stitch a satin stitch nose, backstitch mouth and long stitch whiskers.  Sew the buttons on with matching sewing thread.

Cut four ears from white felt. Back the pink fabric with fusible web and cut two ear linings, then iron onto two of the ear pieces and slip stitch with pink sewing thread.  Blanket stitch the backs of the ears to the fronts with white embroidery thread. 

Fold both main pieces of the egg cosy in half and pin together, then blanket stitch through all four layers of felt to make a double thickness cosy. 

Slip stitch the ears into place and decorate with a length of flower ribbon round the base. 

Heart Bunting for the Fiskarettes UK design team

I made this shabby chic heart bunting from some scraps of fabric and felt, stranded embroidery silk, ribbon, toy stuffing and some heart shaped shell buttons and flower trim.

I drew ten hearts on the fabric using the 3 inch heart from the Fiskars Hearts Shape Template.  I used a vanishing pen on the right side of the fabric but you could also use a pencil on the reverse instead.

I cut the shapes out with pinking shears allowing a 0.5 cm seam allowance outside the drawn outline.

I used the 1.5 inch heart template to draw 5 hearts on blue felt and cut them out using straight scissors, without leaving a seam allowance.  I blanket-stitched them onto five of the fabric heart shapes using three strands of pink embroidery silk.  I stitched a heart shaped button onto three of the hearts, leaving tails so I could tie the thread in a knot through the buttons.  The other two hearts were decorated with a strip of flower trim with a couching stitch.

I pinned the decorated hearts at regular intervals onto the ribbon, alternating between buttons and flowers.  I then made a sandwich with a little of the toy stuffing and a plain heart behind each one, pinned the edges together and used three strands of pale blue embroidery silk to sew them together along the 0.5 cm seam allowance with a decorative running stitch.  Just before finishing sewing round each heart I stuffed it more firmly with additional stuffing.  Then I made a loop on each end of the ribbon and stitched it with matching cotton to make hanging loops for the bunting.

You could also make individual hearts with a ribbon hanging loop at the top, or even add a little dried lavender to the filling for a drawer freshener.