Hanmade in Cornwall

Hanmade in Cornwall

Friday, 19 April 2013

Hanmde summer skirt

I have been abit busy recently making a few summer skirts for my almost 3 year old (more on that another time!) I started off making some realy simple skirts and have got the hang of it. Once you have a basic skirt you can then adapt it and add things and thats when it gets to be LOTS of fun!
So here is one of the skirts I had for her.
First things first
Measure the waist and the length - waist to knee or where ever you want it to stop
My measurements here are 45" long ( her waist is 19" so I double it and added abit extra to give the skirt a fuller effect) and 12" which gives enough for adding the elastic for the waist.
This fabric already had an edge that didnt need hemming, so add that into your measurements.
 Cut and iron your length of fabric.
This is when you would hem the bottom of the skirt.
 Bring together the 2 edges right sides together and sew down. You can also zigzag this length too.
 Press open.
 Turn over the top edge about 1cm and press.
Turn that edge over again, you want to make sure the turn is wide enough to be able to fit the elastic inside. You can see by the picture thats mine is 2". Press once again.
 Sew all the way round leaving a few inches gap. In the picture its is between the pins.
 Measure the elastic. The waist of this skirt is 19", so cut elastic to 20". Attach a pin and thread it through the open gap. It will gather as you feed it through, this is fine, just dont let go of the other end of the elastic!
 Bring the ends together.
 Sew them together by overlapping the edges.
 Sew the gap back up.
 Then turn round the right way and here you go its done!
Good job!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

crafty inspirations

Here you go, I wanted to give you a few crafty ideas to get your crafty juices running.
I hope you enjoy these and that it gets you inspired for your next project.
fabric notice board
paper birds for decorations
reuse jar lids to hold candles
paper tulips
chain loop crochet scarf

Hanmade new baby frame

I enjoyed making this sweet project for some friends who just had their second baby.
Its hard to think of a sweet handmade gift especially for a second child. So why not make a keepsake frame for their nursery. You can make it as personal as you want.
Try using fabric, paper, collage, lettering, pictures, wallpaper, stickers . . . the list goes on.
Check out my one.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

around here...

just a quick update of things going on around here recently...

*spring! with crocusses peeping through, lovely
*my first official Hanmade baby quilt! Really pleased with it - tutorial coming soon!
*tree house fun, enjoying playing in the great outdoors
*matching objects and shapes, kept my little busy for a minute or two!
*baby bibs for twin boys, arent they cute? Check out my tutorial here
* Ladder converted into garden shelves, to be painted yet, watch this space!