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Christmas is Coming! Organza/Tulle Christmas Peg Angels

Hi  everyone! This is a repeat from last year but it is such a simple, and fantastic craft idea I just have to repeat it.

A quick and easy craft to decorate the tree or give away as a stocking filler. Great to do together with a craft group.

This is what you will need: some wooden old fashioned pegs, white paint, ribbons, glitter paper, Bomboniere/favour circles with gold/silver trim, white plastic lollipop sticks and thin wool. Most of these things can be purchased at a craft shop or those cheap variety stores (Variety One, Choice etc). The bomboniere circles are a little bit harder to find – I bought mine at Lincraft. They are made of either tulle or organza.

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If you haven’t got time to go shopping I have kits for sale. Just contact me via the contacts page if you are interested in purchasing them.  The best thing about the kits is that some of the steps are done for you – the pegs come already painted and the wing template is are already traced onto the glitter card.

Here are the step by step photo instructions to show you how to make them:

Paint the bottom (the ‘legs’ only) of the wooden peg with white paint. Put aside to dry.

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Christmas is Coming! Fabric Angel

This is a simple Christmas craft that is fun to do on your own or with a group of craft enthusiasts. A great decoration for around the house or a unique Christmas gift for a special friend.

Here is what you will need – fabric (natural homespun or calico), Christmas fabrics, stuffing, buttons, assorted ribbon, wool, batting, blush and a fine art line. Most of this you can purchase at Spotlight or Lincraft.

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Download my pattern to make a template out of paper or plastic sheeting. You will need a template for the angel body and wings

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Double the fabric by folding the natural homespun or calico in half and ironing flat. Draw around angel body template with erasable fabric pen

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Pin to hold 2 layers together

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Sew carefully along line with sewing machine. Leave bottom edge open

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Carefully cut along sewn edge leaving about a 1/2cm seam allowance

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Turn angel body right side out.

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Gently stuff body with fibre fill until it is quite firm. I have a stuffing tool which is quite handy but you can use a blunt, thin object to help (large knitting needles, end of large paint brush etc)

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Fill body to the desired firmness.

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Stitch along bottom edge with a running stitch

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When you have stitched all the way around pull thread gently to gather bottom edge together. Close opening and secure gathers with a few stitches.

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Cut 2 pieces of your chosen Christmas fabric – a large piece 35cm x 9 cm and a smaller piece 25cm x 6cm.

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With the larger piece, evenly stitch a running stitch along one long edge from one end to the other, leaving a tail of thread at each end.

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Gently pull the threads at each end to gather the fabric to form skirt.

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Place on angel body and tie the two ends together so that skirt is firmly held around doll. See photos for placement. If skirt is not holding in place securely just dab a bit of glue at back to hold in place

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Using the wing template as a guide cut out 2 pieces of contrast Christmas fabric leaving plenty of room around template. Use a piece of this fabric to cut out a piece of batting the same size.

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Trace around the wing template onto the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces with an erasable fabric pen

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Place the fabric with wings pattern onto the other piece of fabric right sides together. Then place 2 layers on top of batting

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Pin and sew carefully along line with sewing machine. No need to leave an opening.

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Cut out leaving a 1/2cm seam allowance around sewing line.

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Pinch and rub double layer of fabric to separate layers and cut a small hole in top layer only, in the middle area of the wings. Gently snip up the middle of the wings. See photos below

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Turn wings right side out through the hole using a blunt, thin object to help with pushing out edges.

Iron edges and seams flat

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Top stitch along edge all the way around the wings

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Now to make arms. Fold smaller piece of Christmas fabric in half, wrong sided together and iron. Stitch along long edge and also stitch one short edge. Leave one side open.

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Use a thin object like a large knitting needle to turn right side out. Check out this YouTube video for a technique for turning very narrow tubes right sides out.

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Iron flat

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Tie a knot about half way along the strip

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Cut a thin piece of ribbon about 25-30cm long

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Fold in half and tie a knot at the end

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It is now time to start gluing the pieces together.

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With glue gun attach looped ribbon to back of angel. Position at top of skirt, attaching the ribbon at the knot.

Now attach the arms so that they are positioned on top of skirt and knot is at centre front. Glue in position at top of skirt back, using glue gun. See photo below.

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Your angel should look something like this

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Now attach the wings but running glue along the opening and placing in position on the back of the angel in central position

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To make the hair, wind wool around your fingers about 4-5 times. Cut.

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Cut another piece of wool about 10cm long

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Tie this extra piece around the middle of looped wool. Trim excess

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Glue to top of angel body with glue gun

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Tie a bow with thicker ribbon. Trim

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Glue to front top of skirt and add a button.

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Draw the face onto the angel body with a fine art line. See pattern sheet for some ideas

Apply blush to cheeks with cotton bud

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Your Angel is now complete. Have fun

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Cristmas is Coming! Homemade Christmas Stocking

Here is a simple machine sewing craft you can complete in a few hours or less. I just purchased some fat flat bundles from Spotlight for this project. The Christmas fabrics are so beautiful it was hard to choose. You will also need some felt and large rick rack to embellish

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Download my pattern and make a template out of paper or template plastic. The pattern is in 2 parts so you will need to attach the 2 peices together with tape along the dotted line as indicated.

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Using your stocking pattern as a guide cut out a rectangular piece of fabric with plenty of room around your template. Cut out 2 pieces of felt the same size

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Place your fabrics in this order – felt, fabric, felt (the fabric is sandwiched between the 2 peices of felt)

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Draw around the pattern accurately with an erasable fabric marker

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Pin layers together

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Machine sew along line all the way around stocking leaving top open

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Cut away excess fabric leaving about 1/2 cm seam allowance.

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Attach rick rack to top of stocking about 2 and 1/2cm from top edge, pinning in place all the way around. Pin seam flat against single felt back (see picture below)

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Machine stitch rick rack in place with matching cotton

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Cut another piece of rick rack about 20cm long

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Fold in half and pin raw edges in place along side seam of stocking about 6cm from top edge. See picture below to check placement. Stitch in place with sewing machine

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Turn stocking right side out and fold over top edge. Iron seams flat. Be careful that you don’t scorch the felt with the iron.

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Your stocking is now ready to fill with presents and hang up! Use different fabrics and rick rack to make a differnt one for each family member. Have fun!

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Christmas is Coming! The Easiest K -Mart Christmas Cards ever, Part 3

These cards have got to be the easiest and quickest cards to make. All the supplies and equipment you need you can find exclusively at K-Mart.

Here is what you need. You will find everything in the K-Mart craft department. The double sided tape is from the Stationary Department.

With the paint pump bottles spray the cards carefully with paint. Make sure you have a good drop sheet to help protect everything else in your work area from the over spray. Don’t worry if the spray looks uneven or there are some bigger splatters here and there as the finished effect will look fine. The cards will curl a little because of the moisture but they should flatten out as they dry. If you are impatient like me use a small desk fan to quicken up the drying process

Tear out a piece of green card from the Textured Cardstock pack. Evenly rip a strip of card down one side – discard the first ripped piece with the straight edge. Rip another piece as evenly as you can to form a long piece with a the ripped, raw edge on both sides. I made my strips about 1 and 1/2cm wide, but you can make yours thinner if you want.

Using the card as a guide rip off a piece almost as wide as the card. Rip another piece slightly smaller than the first and keep going until you have 5 pieces that gradually diminish in length to form the triangular tree shape as shown below.

Place strips evenly in place on your card. Stick each ripped piece onto the card one at a time with double sided tape, starting with botton strip

Embellish with gold or silver rhinestones

Your card is now complete. How simple was that and they look so cool! Have fun!

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Christmas is Coming! K-Mart Christmas Cards Part 2

Hey Everyone! Here is another Christmas card idea made exclusively with craft suppliers from K-Mart. Its so easy as well as being affordable!

This is what you will need  – all of it can be purchased from the Craft Department at K-Mart except for the Washi tape which you will find in the stationary area.

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Here is how you wake them:

With the gold paint pump bottles spray the cards carefully with paint. Make sure you have a good drop sheet to help protect everything else in your work area from the over spray. Don’t worry if the spray looks uneven or there are some bigger splatters here and there as the finished effect will look fine. The cards will curl a little because of the moisture but they should flatten out as they dry. If you are impatient like me use a small desk fan to quicken up the drying process

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Christmas is Coming! – Beaded Crystal Angel

Hey everyone,

Here is a great craft to do with a group of people. All the beads, wire etc is included in this handy kit. There is enough to make 6 angels. I purchased these from Ebay and they are a bit expensive but if you do them in a group you can share the cost.

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This is the list of materials included in the kit

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Instructions are simple and easy to follow

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You will need to provide scissors, small pairs of pliers and craft glue to complete the angel. Some gold/silver ribbon or string is also needed to make a loop it you want to hang the angel as a decoration

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If you are planning to do this craft in a group I found that separating the beads and putting them into small containers made it easier for participants.

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The finished product is really cool

I have taught this craft in a small group on a number of occasions and the participants always enjoy the making and are really impressed with the finished result

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Christmas is Coming! – K-Mart, Handmade Christmas Cards

Hello everyone, It’s hard to believe it is already October and Christmas is less that 2 and a half months away. It’s time to start thinking about those handmade Christmas projects, gifts and decorations. Christmas Cards is a good place to start as you need to be organised with these so that you get them posted on time!!

Here is an easy Christmas card idea that is set to impress your fiends and family. All the materials and equipment you need you can find in K-Mart so its easy and cheap. You can come up with your own Christmas designs or download my pattern if you want.

This is what you will need  – all of it can be purchased from the Craft Department at K-Mart except for the Washi tape which you will find in the stationary area.

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Here is how you wake them:

With the silver and gold paint pump bottles spray the cards carefully with paint. Make sure you have a good drop sheet to help protect everything else in your work area from the over spray. Don’t worry if the spray looks uneven or there are some bigger splatters here and there as the finished effect will look fine. The cards will curl a little because of the moisture but they should flatten out as they dry. If you are impatient like me use a small desk fan to quicken up the drying process

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Using my pattern sheet trace the shapes onto some plastic sheeting, cut them out carefully

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Trace around the templates onto the back of the green and/or red textured card and cut out.

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You can spray the coloured card shapes if you want to or just leave them plain

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Attach the Washi tape to the card placing it so that it goes over the edges and only trim neatly after it is stuck down. See photos of sample cards for ideas on placement.

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Attach Christmas shape with double sided tape. See photos to check position

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Embellish with rhinestones

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Your card is now complete

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Here are the instructions for the card with the 3 trees.

Repeat instructions for the preparing the card with the paint spray. When the paint is dry stick 3 small pieces of tape in place for the tree trunks. See photo below for placement. Don’t worry if the placement isn’t accurate.

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Attach trees using double sided tape

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Embellish with rhinestones

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Your card is now complete

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Here a some more samples to inspire you.

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‘Flat Fat Bundle’ (FFB) Draw String Gift Bag

Hello everyone. Here is another simple machine sewing idea that’s cute as well as useful. I am always attracted to all those beautiful bundles of fabric where each piece is already cut to size and you don’t have to worry about deciding on colours because all that is done for you. They are great for quilting and applique projects but also perfect for making small, easy projects like this one.

The ‘FFB’ (Fat Flat Bundle) as they are often called in stores is made up of 5 or 6 pieces of fabric each measuring around 45cm x 55cm. Measurements will vary – some will be 50cm x 54xm others 49cm x 52cm, however it doesn’t matter for this project, you will just end up with slightly different size bags.

They are not only easy to make but can be very useful. I like the idea of using them to ‘wrap’ a gift instead of using wrapping paper. The bag can then be used by the recipient to carry and store their new gift. Much more useful, innovative and eco friendly than using wrapping paper. Here are some pics of gift ideas you could use the bags for – great to hold gifts for adults, babies, boys and girls. And great to hold the gift for any occasion – birthdays, baby showers, kitchen teas, thank yous etc etc

Here is how you make them. First you need to choose your fabric – try and choose fabrics where the patterns are facing all directions, so you don’t need to worry about them being the right way up on your finished product.

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‘Welcome Baby’ Cards – K-Mart Craft Revisited, Part 4

Another simple handmade card idea to welcome the new baby. You can find everything you need in the Craft Department at K-Mart. Come up with your own baby themed designs or you can download my pattern for three card designs for free. Thank you to my sister, Cathy who inspired me with the ‘pram’ card that she designed.

Here is what you will need to purchase to make these cards. You will also need some scissors, a glue gun and some double sided tape (the normal variety and the mounting tape which has a bit of thickness to it). See pictures below of the materials and equipment you will need.

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Here are some simple step by step instructions with photographs to show you how to make them. Have fun!

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Bird/ Owl Wall Hanging Part 2

Here are the instructions for the Bird Hanging. It is very simple just like the owl but there are some differences so here are some step by step instructions to help you out. If you need a pattern you can purchase and download mine.

Make your templates using my pattern or your own with plastic sheeting or card board. You will need 2 pattern pieces for the body and the wing

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K-Mart Crafts Revisited, Part 3 – Felty Owl Cards

Hello everyone,

Another card idea using supplies exclusively purchase at K-Mart. This one is all about owls but you can come up with your own ideas. If you want to copy mine you can purchase and download my pattern sheet with patterns for all 8 owls.

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Here is what you will need from K-Mart. All of these products can be found in the Craft Department. You will also need scissors and double sided tape. A glue gun may come in handy too.

And here is how to make them:

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K-Mart Crafts Revisited – Part 2

Hello everyone,

Here is another K-Mart craft using only craft supplies you can easily and cheaply buy in K-Mart. As I explained in my previous post K-Mart have made some changes in their craft department so if you find that you cannot find something that I have used please let me know.

This is another easy card project which is great to do with a group of adults or kids. The cards are very simple to make, require no previous experience or expensive equipment and you don’t even need to be crafty to make them.

So here we go. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment below.

Here is what you will need. You can find all of these items in the Craft Department at K-Mart except for the ‘Washi Tape’ – you will find that in the Stationery Department

Here is how you make them:

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