Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Personalized tray






Hi all,

Today I propose you an easy work which is rather quick to make: a personalized tray, to serve coffee, tea or whatever you like.

What you need:
- a raw wood tray
- paper for scrapbooking or decoupage
- Mod Podge, or glue for decoupage + varnish.
- acrylic paint.
- a pair of paintbrushes.

Instructions:
Once you know which paper you are going to use, choose an acrylic color that matches well with the colors of the paper. Paint the tray with the chosen color. If you choose a dark paper (like mine, for example), you can avoid to paint the base of the tray, but, at least, paint 1cm on each side, so that when you put the paper into place you don't leave any "raw wood" spot. Let dry.

In the meanwhile, measure the base of the tray and cut the paper.


When the paint has dried, with a sufficiently large paintbrush paint a layer of Mod Podge (or decoupage glue) on the base and put the paper into place. Smooth the paper with your fingers, till no air bubble is left. Let dry for 20 minutes.


Finally, paint a pair of layers of Mod Podge or varnish on the whole surface of the tray.

That's all!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wedding ring pillow



Hi!


Recently a friend of mine got married and I wanted to give her a special present. Thinking about it and looking for ideas in magazines and on the internet, I liked a lot the wedding ring pillows and I saw that making one was not a mission impossible, so, let's get to work!

First of all, make a lot of drawings, to find a decoration and a layout of the elements that you like. To make a decoration like mine, make the flowers and the leaves out of white and green felt (see the tutorial about felt flowers).


For the base, cut two squares of fabric 15 cm wide, leaving 1.5 cm to sew.

In one of the squares I stitched the initials of my friends, though an alternative idea could be to put the date of the wedding.

Now is the moment to sew the two squares; do it on the reverse side and leave a small aperture in one of the sides, so that you can later turn it inside out.
The depression that you see in the pictures is necessary so that the rings won't slide to the sides; so, before doing everything else, place the ribbons (two pieces about 20 cm each) in the middle of the pillow and two buttons, one over the ribbons and the other on the bottom of the pillow. Sew through the pillow and the buttons, pressing well, using a doll needle (it will be easier than with a normal one).

Finally, glue the flowers and the leaves with hot glue and, if you like, decorate with a bow of the same color of the stitch.

I hope that you liked this tutorial, if you have any doubt or question just post a comment!

Cheers,

Giulia

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkins time



Hi!

If you walk around for some shopping at this time of the year, you'll see pumpkins everywhere: from real and edible ones, to the fake ones, decorated and ready to be taken out for Halloween...
So, I saw so many of them, and they were so attractive that I couldn't help but look for a good tutorial to make a fabric one...what a pity, huh? ;)

Here is my pumpkin and the good tutorial:
 http://www.happyhourprojects.com/2011/09/well-i-dont-have-much-time-this-week.html



It's very easy and rather quick to make. For my pumpkin I used a 1m square of orange fabric, and for the filling I used cotton. The final diameter is about 30cm.


One more thing...from the fabric that was left over, I cut another square of about 15cm, and I made a mini-pumpkin pin cushion...how cute:






I hope you liked it! Cheers!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Felt flowers


Hi!

Time has come to tell you about these cute roses...back in 2011 I found a couple of very easy tuorials to make these flowers in a snap...and, since then, between presents for my friends...and for me hehe, I have never stopped! Really they are very versatile: depending on what you put on the base, they can be used as brooches, hair bobbles, clips, decoration for a belt or a pair of shoes, or whatever your imagination can suggest!

Here are the links to the tutorials:

For the big flower: http://lifeinlutherville.blogspot.com.es/2011/02/felt-flower-tutorial.htmlFor the small one: http://www.theaccidentalcrafter.com/tutorial/tutorial-felt-flower



 For any doubt you might have on the tutorials or the materials, you can post a comment here below, if you like!

Cheers.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

More owls



I know what you are thinking...more animals??!!! Well, yes...as I said previously, my home is full of them, but this is not premeditated, believe me...
It's because of the internet, sure enough...there's too many ideas and too many attractive tutorials not to take advantage of them...I know that someone will understand me =)

Talking about tutorials, I found the one about these owls on this page (Moonstitches' blog) back at a time I still did not own a sewing machine, so I stored it in a safe place, until the sewing machine arrived, together with the new home to be decorated ;-)

I just changed two small things with respect to the original tutorial:
  •  I did not use fusible web (I felt it was not necessary).
  • For the body of the owls, instead of wool I used fabric, as wool seemed to me too much wintry, whereas I wanted something that could fit all year round.
  • Finally, as I didn't find the alphabet tags very attractive, I preferred to stitch the letters with a back stitch directly on the belly of each owl.

    Here is a link to a very interesting tutorial that explains how to transfer some letters printed on paper to the fabric, so that you can then stitch them easily and with no fear.



I hope that you find this useful! Ciao!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chicken garland



My home is a farm.

I just realized... owls in the dining room, fishes in the bathroom, sheeps in the living room... and chickens in the kitchen! I guess it is because I miss the countryside... or maybe I just like creating all these animals...hmmm, I think that's both.

To conclude, I warmly recommend you to make this garland: these chickens will bring a lot of happiness in whatever room you will hang them.

So, what about the instructions?

First of all, click here to download the pattern and print it. Cut the pieces for the wings and the comb from some red felt, the beak from some orange felt, and the eyes and pupils from some white and black felt, respectively.
For the body I used some cotton fabric, but of course you could do it with felt as well! Cut two pieces, leaving approx 1 cm of margin for sewing.

Now... time to sew!
First, the small pieces: comb, beak, eyes and pupils. Remember to put some filling in the beak and in the comb. I decorated each wing with a simple running stitch; you can of  course customize it as you prefer.
For the  legs, I used some mouse tail ribbon. Cut a small piece, fold it and make a pair of knots for each leg.

Sew the body inside out, leaving a small opening so that you can reverse it and fill it with cotton. When you are done, close it with some stitches.

With some thread or some glue for fabric, put into place the other parts (comb, eyes, etc.).

Done!

Here are some more pictures so that you can see the details... please don't pay too much attention to the defects....





I hope you liked it! Cheers

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Teddy bear

This was one of my favorite experiments! After several hours of work and in spite of errors and imperfections, the bear you have in your hand looks so cute that you forget of all those broken threads and needles and of all that mess of the patterns...

I remember that this time I broke the original needle of my sewing machine... and when I went looking for another one, I found out that there exist different kinds for different fabric thicknesses... so, if you are embarking on this venture, I recommend to avoid normal needles (number 12-14) and rather go for a 16 one, as you will sometimes find yourself sewing together 3 or 4 layers of fabric at a time.
By the way, I used the same fabric of the sheep pillow, which is synthetic and soft to the touch.

Here you can download the pattern and aaall the instructions, step by step, to create the bear:http://www.howjoyful.com/2010/05/howjoyful-bear-tutorial-and-pattern/

In  addition to the color of the bear, I changed one more thing: instead of the set of animal eyes, I used a pair of flat black buttons.


I bet that now you'd like to make one by yourself =)




Monday, August 27, 2012

A fabric and cotton aquarium

Holidays are over... well, looking at the positive side, it's time to dedicate some time to crafts!

Still, before starting with some new work, I'd like to bring this page up to date. So, to share some ideas, I'd like to show you a mobile that was very successful at home:


To make it, I painted a branch with a mixture of enamel and a little water, and, while it was drying (it takes a lot of time...), I drafted fishes of different shapes and sizes. At last, I came up with the shape I liked, and made five of it with  fabric body and felt eyes and fins. I made them a little fat with my beloved IKEA pillow filling, and finally I hung them to the coral-branch with some fishing thread.

That was really easy and, aside from the time it took the branch to dry, it was also very quick to make!

Here are more photos of it. If you liked the shape of my fishes, you can  download them clicking here.

Ciao!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sheep pillow




Hi!

Going on with the memories from 2010... now it's the time of my first work with the sewing machine...the sheep pillow! I found myself cursing a lot the sewing machine because of the thread that broke repeatedly, and well, because of my scarse expertise it came out with some rough spots, but all in all I am quite happy with the result =)
When I saw the tutorial, I fell in love with it immediately! Here is the link: http://www.purlbee.com/little-lamb-pillows/

I just changed one thing: instead of using felt for the body, I used a synthetic tissue that feels like wool to the touch... cheaper and softer ;)

For the filling, I suggest you to go to IKEA and grab the 1.99 EUR pillow: it is perfect!

And here are some pictures of my sheep:







Monday, July 30, 2012

Owls in the dining room


When we moved, one year ago, I was looking for something to decorate one of the walls of our dining room (it looked very sad and empty). During a walk on the hills, I found a very nice branch, and I already knew what to do with it =)

In the internet, I found this owl pattern, from which I took the inspiration: http://juicy-bits.typepad.com/juicy_bits/2009/12/131-give-a-hoot-for-the-holidays.html

and here are some pictures of the mobile, and the pattern for the flying owl  (to be printed at 100% resolution, without adjustments).



For the baby owl, I  made a scaled down copy of the pattern, 25% of the original if I recall correctly.


And here is the most friendly  one: it moves with the breeze that enters in the morning, while his companions stand still on the branch and rest.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Decorated boxes

Talking more about the year 2010… I just found these pictures of some wooden boxes that I decorated with paint, felt and/or decoupage. Here are the pictures and the ideas! I hope you will like it and find them useful.

I am also providing you the patterns for the ladybirds, the bees and the leaves: click here to download it; for the roses, it is sufficient to cut a felt disc of approx 8-10 cm (depending on how big you want the flowers to be) and then cut it as a somewhat irregular spiral. When you reach the end of the spiral, you'll have a small disc that will be the base of the flower. Roll it, glue it to the base, and you're done. Here is a link that explains the technique more in detail: http://www.danielleburkleo.com/2010/10/diy-yarn-wreath-with-felt-flowers.html




For this flower, you have to cut 5 petals, put them together, sew the end of one of them (in the pattern you can see the small dots where you have to sew) and, with the same thread, sew the other petals until you get the complete flower. In the center, you can glue a small pearl, if you like ;)



Sewing box


Here is my sewing box, my first experiment with the technique of scrapbooking... it seems to me I made it yesterday, but in fact I made it in 2010!! Amazing!!

Except for the wooden box (I could find many nice ones in dime stores), I found all the material in a scrapbooking shop.

If  you get the opportunity and you like this type of decoration, you really can't miss "Creativa": http://www.creativa-spain.com/ , it's a fair which takes place in many cities in Spain. In addition to paper sheets, buttons and scrapbooking letters, you can always  find a lot of fabric, plus some French stand that sells very good quality felt. At least, this is what I see every year here in Barcelona. I am really looking forward attending the next edition as well!

Last but not least, I am posting a few more pics, just to give you an idea!


























Saturday, July 28, 2012

Introduction

Hi all,

my name is Giulietta, and this is my brand new and (still) empty blog.
After having used flickr for a long time to upload the photos of my works, I thought that maybe a blog would be more practical and useful... so, here we are!

I did not have any idea on where to start from, so let's start from the basic things... my working table, which I recently restyled. This way, it makes me feel more like working...







I hope this will give some idea to anyone who wishes to organize his/her working space!

 Cheers