Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Bandana Gift Card Holder

When it comes to gifting, gift cards are the easy option (bought in a last minute panic at the supermarket?). Why not add a dash of thoughtfulness by dressing them up in attractive packaging. This bandana wrap makes for a nice presentation. There's a card enclosure, too. Yes, I'm still on my bandana binge. It's a big trend this spring, and I'm riding it. :)



So, there you have it - an almost-instant spruce-up for a last-minute

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

"Mirror Embroidery" Drawstring Bag

Outsies - "mirrors" on top.
"Insies" - "mirrors" underneath.
With William & Kate's royal tour of India, there's a spotlight on Indian handicrafts. I've always been a big fan of shisha - mirror - embroidery. Recreating the look in paper is something I greatly enjoy. Soo - here's a drawstring bag with a mock shisha band.

I bought some lovely mirri card at the Ally Pally crafting event - so this was a project waiting to happen. There are two ways of going about the mirror effect - the choice is yours. You can either glue on mirri card circles, or cut out circular holes and glue mirri card rectangles behind the cutouts. 

Here are your free designs:
Drawstring Bag A has the mirror circles glued on. Drawstring Bag B has the recessed mirrors. I have only given a digi-cut version for this bag because it would be too fiddly to cut out by hand. For hand-cut version A (the .pdf), you can cut out the mirror discs with a paper punch. 

Shisha Drawstring Bags - Making Up Tips

Cut out all the pieces first. Score and crease all the folds. You have to manipulate the zigzag top folds a bit - just take your time and pay special attention to the pointy creases. You need two panels for each bag. For the glued-on-top mirror bag - do not glue on the mirrors until the two panels are joined to make one length. Then do not glue mirrors onto the underlap. For the glued-behind version - do that first, but no mirror needed on the underlap.

The tassels are made with craft thread. I used my brand new handy dandy gizmo that I bought at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show - yay! It's the Clover Small Tassel Maker. 

I didn't think I needed a tassel maker. I do perfectly well with a notched piece of card. But I simply cannot resist the lure of a new crafty gadget.

The tassel maker was fun to use - the end grooves made it easy to cut the threads. I liked the counterintuitive method of tying the top knot in the centre. So - good new toy!
Enjoy doing the papercraft mirror embroidery. Have bags of fun.


Friday, 15 April 2016

Bandana Keyring Pockets

Bandanas are a hot fashion item this spring - fine by me - I've always been fond of the paisley/mixed print thing. So - here's a handy dandy little project in a bandana print. Mini pockets that can be stored on a ring. (I've called them keyring pockets, but that is actually a book ring...)

Clock the motif on the pocket back. 

Here's your Friday Freebie project:
Bandana Keyring Pockets

1 Cut out the components and score the folds with a fine-point embossing tool held against a small metal ruler. Take special care scoring the curves folds at the base. If cutting by hand, you will have to pierce holes for the brads.

2 Crease all the folds.

3 Glue a reinforcement around the pocket back hole and the other one around the pocket front flap. Glue the brad mats back-to back.

4 Glue the top of the pocket flap on to the top of the wrong side of the pocket back, edges aligned. Use tacky PVA glue applied with a cocktail stick.

5 Thread a brad through a brad mat and insert it through the hole in the pocket front. 

6 Glue the front flap to the side edge of the back, aligning edges.

7 Thread a brad through the remaining brad mat and tie on a piece of craft thread behind it. Fasten to the top flap.

8 The pocket is now finished. Pop the pillow box closure at the base.

9 Make as many pockets as desired and thread on to a book ring. I always think and odd number is more pleasing.

 What will you store in yours? Brads, buttons, whatnots....