Hanmade in Cornwall

Hanmade in Cornwall

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Happy 1st birthday hanmade blog!

A year on and here we are!
Today marks the day that my blog has been going for a year. I have learnt a few new techniques, enjoyed developing ideas and still getting excited by crafty things! I still have a long list of things I want to make!
I hope you have enjoyed the journey with me so far.
Please keep reading and I hope you are being inspired to get crafty too.
Thanks for reading :-)

Thursday, 25 October 2012

hanmade fabric bowl

I really enjoyed this project. it is so simple and effective. I made it start to finish in less than an hour, its nice to make something that you can see the result quite quickly.
Isn't it cute?!
So here you go follow the steps below to make your own.
Click the images to enlarge them.
You will need some contrasting fabric and some interfacing
Collect your fabric together.
1 For the exterior measure 15"x15" in one contrasting fabric. I didn't have enough so I sewed 2 of the same pieces together to make it 15x15.
For the interior measure and cut 14.87" x 14.78" - this will make it just right.
2 The exterior sewn together
3 The exterior fabric placed on the interfacing, cut out and iron onto the back.
4 Once you have 2 squares, cut 4" out of each corner to make a cross shape.
5 & 6 Exterior and interior crosses ( keep the 4" squares - I will show you another small project that you can use them, watch this space!)
7 Fold the cross together, sew the outsude seams, then open out and fold the other way and fold the outside seams together.
8 Looking good so far, you have one bowl, this is my interior, do the same for the exterior
9 Pin the two bowls good sides together, as you go round it will be easier to slot
them into each other 10.
11 Sew the top edges togther leaving a small gap to turn it the right way round.
12 Here is the small gap. Turn the bowl the right way round.
13 Pin the small gap together
15 Sew the gap together
16 tada! Review your handy work and be proud with what you have made.
Then start thinking about your next bowl, maybe try and bigger or smaller size.

Friday, 19 October 2012

crafty projects

Here are a few of my latest pins that I have found from Pinterest, check out below for some of my favourites
1 fabric leaves by molliemakes.com
3 scrapbook layout by clubcreatingkeepsakes.com
4 cute fabric ideas by umbrellabella.blogspot.co.uk
5 jar decorating by ohhellofriendblog.com
6 magnetic book mark by thesoutherninstitute.com
8 greeting card by 3umbrellas.blogspot.com
9 book cover tutorial byamanda-darlingdesigns.blogspot.com

PS have you started to think about Christmas crafts yet? I know it seems early to mention the 'C' word! But I have started makingmy Chirstmas cards already!
More on that another time!

Giveaway: Hand in Hand by Jenny Doh

So As you know I reguarly read The Creative Place blog and today she is doing a giveaway for a really sweet looking book Hand in hand: crafting with kids by Jenny Doh go here to check it out and to try and win a copy.
But watch out I am entering the competition too!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Hanmade baby gift

As you know I make lots of baby gifts. My cousin had a baby girl and I decided to make her a few small gifts.
I have made these baby bibs before, go here for the tutorial and the giraffe, go here. They are totally cute.
I also made this cute taggy blanket, go here for the tutorial.
 I decided to make the bib slighter shorter in length and I really like it.
Hope you feel inspired to make some baby gifts.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Hanmade fabric pairs game

This is a seriously simple small project to make and great for all those small scraps.
So choose some nice fabrics, iron them and make a template for your squares.
 Cut out 2 squares per fabric. I did mine 7.5cm x 7.5cm
 Find a fabric for the back that you will use for all the backs of the squares.
 Cut out the backs too.
 Sandwich the back fabric and the pattern fabric together best sides together. Sew around the edge leaving a gap to turn it round the right way. Trim the corners.
 Turn the right way round and iron.
 Stictch around the edge, paying particualar attention to the gap.
 And thats it! Simple! Give to your little one to play with.
 Why not... add numbers or words to each sqaure?
 How to play pairs:
Turn all the sqaures round the wrong way, making sure they are all mixed up.
 Take it in turns to turn over 2 sqaures, if they match you get to go again. If not its the other persons turn. Keep going until you have the winner, with the most pairs.
 What not make a small bag or fabric envelope to keep them in.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Hanmade fleece stitching

My mother in law, bought this fleece fabric for my daughter, but it the edges needed hemming, so I got to it. I mitered the corners and hemmed the edges.
Isn't the fleece cute? I like that its bright coloured.
Perfect for what we do best, snuggling on the sofa together!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Hanmade baby sleeping bag

I made this cute sleeping bag for my daughters toy baby. She has got back into playing with her toy babies so I thought I would make her this to play with.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

hello Cath Kidston!

Don't you love getting something free? I do especially when its a Cath Kidston craft book. Well I did have to buy a newspaper, but I was pleased with the 'freebie'!
So I thought you might enjoy seeing what sewing projects are included, so here you go
Umm lovely!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Hanmade needlebook

Here is a small project that I made to replace one that I made when I was a little girl...
Aww! A simple stitched needle book with appliqued decoration.
Now I am going to make a quilted back and hand embroidered front needle book.
Check out how I made it below
Make some small squares out of your fabric
 Start to sew them together in rows
 Then sew the rows together
 Make a square that is the same size as your patched square and also a length for the middle part
 Stitch them together
 Then start to decorate the front of your needle book. I added an appliqued heart and embroidered writing
 Get some wadding and pin behind your fabric
 Then I quilted the patchwork
 Cut the wadding around the fabric. Then good sides toegther pin in place.
 Add a small ribbon loop for your button hole on the inside.
 Sew around the edges leaving a small gap to turn the right way round. Trim your corners off at angles. Turn it the right way round. Sew the gap closed. Add a button to the front side.