Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Scrappy Xmas Decorations

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I was looking through my Xmas scraps today and thinking "What can I do with this?" 

 Answer:  Make some Scrappy Xmas Decorations!

What you need:

Some Xmas scraps with small pictures - these ones vary in size
Some fabric scraps to use as backing - think about using Xmas fabric if you will see it
Some scraps of Vilene or wadding

Let's sew!

1. Cut out your pictures - if you have borders like mine it is easy - you could use a rule and rotary cutter if you preferred.

I had enough to get 2 of each and you can see that I rough cut them only.

2. Cut Vilene and backing for each one - once again - rough cut.

3.  Press the Vilene to the back of the front picture.

 4. I needed something to make some loops and I found this cord. I decided to unwind the beaded strand to use as loops.

5.  I cut my loops to 2.5"

6. With all layers facing the way you want them to finish ie front, wadding, backing, use pinking shears to cut along the top. I have skewed mine a little so you can see.  Then fold a loop in half and place between the wadding and the backing.

7. Sew around the picture about 1/4" from the edge.  I have used white to show you on the back.

8.  Using the pinking shears, cut around the other 3 sides.

9.  There you have it!  Continue with your other pictures.  These can be tree decorations or you might like to make a mini garland. I threaded them onto the rest of the cord.

How cute is that?  I love it!  Look through your scraps and see what you can make.  I would love to see a photo!

Until next time
Nanny xx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Make a Xmas Treat Dish

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Today while thinking of what I could make to put under Clare's Xmas Tree, I remembered our first Let's Sew Project and decided that I would make a larger container to use at Xmas!

I have chosen some real Aussie fabric with Santa Koalas (just to remind all readers that Nanny is a true blue Aussie!!)  

This is really simple to sew but if you need more detailed instructions, you will find them in the Let's Sew Tutorials

What you need:

1 x 10" square of main fabric
1 x 10" square of co-ordinating fabric
1 x 9.5" Vilene H640 or similar

Finished size:  4.5" x 4.5" x approx 2and3/8" (You can vary the size to meet your needs - or fabric)

Let's Sew!

1.  Centre your Vilene square on the back of the main fabric and press (make sure you have the Vilene dots facing the fabric)

2.  Sew around the edge, leaving a space for turning.  Trim corners.

3.  Push corners out, roll between finger and thumb and press.

4.  Topstitch - I sewed about 1/8" from the edge.

5.  I am using my 4.5" rule - centre it on the square and trace.

Nanny note:  I am using a Pilot Frixion pen - if you don't have one, do yourself a favour!  They are available at supermarkets in Australia and the beauty of them is they disappear when you press!

6.  Stitch around the traced line.

7.  Fold each corner and stitch from the corner of the stitched square straight out to the edge.

8. Press around the stitching to form a 'base' for your container.

9. Fold corners back.

10.  Fill with Xmas goodies - Yummmy!

Please share a photo if you make a dish!  What will you put in yours?

Until next time
Nanny xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Make a Fabric Origami Xmas Tree

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I promised the swapz group that I would share a tutorial on how to make a Fabric Origami Xmas Tree.  I have searched for an original of this design but have had no luck, so if you know the designer, please notify me.  There are a couple of versions on Pinterest, but neither appear to be by the original designer.  I firmly believe in giving credit where credit is due and will always credit the designer if I am able.  

I was shown how to make this by a friend and I made my adaptation to the method.

I like to hang mine in a doorway!

Finished Size: Approx 12" x 10"

What you need:

A 5 and 1/4 " strip of 2 contrasting  fabrics ( I used a Xmas fabric and a plain)- WOF (width of fabric)
A rule with 60 degree marking (to make equilateral triangles) OR a 60 degree rule 
Bells, beads, buttons etc for embellishment

Let's Sew!

1.  Take the strips of  fabric  (I leave them doubled). You will be able to cut all triangles from one strip - the 11th will be formed with the folded cut off which is the left side in the photos.

Using a rule:  Find the 60 degree mark and put that along the long edge of the fabric.  You will need to turn the rule to continue completing the triangle (check next photos)


Using a 60 degree rule:  Place the 5 and 1/4 line along the edge.

You can see how you continue cutting - one up - one down (not leaving spaces that I have left to show you).  You can see that the 11th is formed when you start from the folded edge.

2.  Take one of each fabric and with RST (right sides together), starting about 1.5" from the corner with a double stitch, sew to the corner and with needle down turn and continue up the other side, next corner, side and corner, finishing about 1.5" after the corner with a double stitch.

3.  Trim the corners and turn to the right side. Push the corners out (carefully - I use the blunt end of a wooden skewer).  Press

4.  Using ladder stitch, close the opening.  Press

5.  Repeat this with all 11 triangles.

6.  Using a matching thread and tie a knot in the end.
Take one of the triangles and fold in half along one side and pinch - then repeat on another side.  

Where they cross, put the needle through and pull thread through to the knot.  

Fold each side and pinch to get the centre point.  Catch that point with the needle and bring it to the centre point.  Take a small stitch to secure and continue with the other sides.

Push the needle back through the centre and out at the knot. 

Fold a corner back to this side and stitch.

Continue to each of the other corners.  

Finish off.   I like to take the needle through to one of the edges and cut it off there.

That is the unit completed.  When you make the next one, make it the other way ie start on the other side.  This will help you decide which way you want your tree to look and the other one will be the trunk!

When you have decided, continue making the other 9 units.

Press the units and place in order. 

I am missing the top unit in this photo, but it will give you the idea!

You are going to join the units using a simple whip stitch - try to keep your stitches small.

Now it is time to embellish:  Use bells, beads, buttons - whatever you like!

Attach a little loop at the top for hanging and there you are - all done!

I have also made these for people in Aged Care - let's them have their own little bit of Xmas decoration!

Please show me if you make one!

Until next time
Nanny xx

I will link up with Under The Xmas Tree at Clare's Craftroom

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Make a Serviette Holder

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Clare at Clare's Craftroom is hosting a linky called Under The Xmas Tree and I thought it would be fun to join in so got to thinking and decided I would show you how I make a Xmas Serviette holder.

What you need:

Rectangle 9" x 18" of Fabric 1
Rectangle 9" x 18" of Fabric 2
Rectangle 8.5" x 17.5" of iron on wadding.  I used Vilene H640
One large button to trim

Finished size:  Approx 8 and 1/4" x 8 and 1/4"

Let's Sew!

1.  Take  Fabric 1 and the Vilene and centre the Vilene on the wrong side of the fabric.  Make sure you have the side with the little dots facing the fabric.  Press it to join.

2. Take both fabrics and with right sides together, secure the start with reverse stitches and sew  around the edge, leaving a 3" gap for turning.  Remember to secure the end with reverse stitches

3.  Trim the corners and turn to the right side. Close the gap with a ladder stitch.  Press.

4.  It is now time to decide which way you will make the holder, so fold it in half.

and then fold the corner back.

Now try it the other way

Remembering that the serviettes will cover most of the back, make your choice.

I decided to make the second choice.

5.  Open the holder again and, starting at bottom of one of the short sides and using a matching cotton, top stitch about 1/4" from the edge up that side, along the long edge at top and down the other short side.

6. Fold in half and starting at the top stitching line (remember to secure - I like to tie off and pull the knot to the inside), sew 1/4" from the edge down the side and along the bottom to the other stitching line.  Finish off.

7.  Fold the corner back till you can only see about 1 and 1/2" of the outside fabric. 

8. Attach button and add serviettes and you are ready to party!!

I hope you will share a photo if you make one!

Until next time
Nanny xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

TUTORIAL - Slow Cooker Lid Cover

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Have you noticed the revival of interest in cooking with a slow cooker?  Maybe it's always been there and I just hadn't noticed! Anyway, it takes me back to the 70's when our 'crock pots' were well used and really appreciated.

Today I thought I would share a quick tutorial for a lid cover for your Slow Cooker so that you don't have to resort to the 'tea towel under the lid' trick again and your cooker can look stylish and colour co-ordinated in your kitchen.

I picked up some microfibre towels at the 'cheap' shop thinking they were tea-towels but they turned out to be more a 'hand towel' size so they will be perfect for this project.  You can use any cotton fabric for this - maybe a cheap towelling tea towel, remembering that it is to be absorbent.

What you need:
Fabric - enough to cut double
Elastic - measure it around your lid stretched (you have to have it big enough to get it on!)

Let's Sew!

Take your chosen fabric (I am using a double layer) and trace the lid shape.

I left as large a border around the lid as I could (determined by the size of the towel) but I suggest 2.5" would be a good size.

With right sides together, stitch around the outside, leaving a gap to turn it through.

Turn through to the right side.

Sew a row of stitching around the edge, about 1/8" from the edge, leaving a small opening big enough  to thread the elastic through.

Sew a row of stitching about 1/2" from the edge. (check your elastic size). I shifted my needle to the left and ran the edge of my foot along the other row of stitching.

Thread the elastic (I just used a safety pin) and join the ends.

Finish sewing the edge.

Taa Daa - that's it!  Wasn't that just sew easy!!!

Now we will have the best dressed cookers around! 

Until next time
Nanny xx

Monday, 8 September 2014

When your legs just aren't long enough...

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Have you ever found yourself wanting to do some cutting when you are away from your cutting table?

This happened to me during the kitchen reno.  I only had access to an ordinary desk:

You can see that that was never going to work!  Way too low!!  Oh my aching back!!

So it was off to the shops and look what I found:

A set of 4 Bed Lifts for $8.00 at the Reject Shop!  I raced back home, ripped them open:

 and lifted my desk by placing one under each leg! :


Yes I actually bought 2 sets so I will be able to replace the paint tins AND as they are extremely light I might just have to sneak a set into the motorhome when we finally decide to do 'the block'!

Have you ever found a cheap and easy solution to a crafting problem?  I would love you to share your experiences!

Until next time
Nanny xx