Friday, 18 April 2014

Guest Post: Embroidered Felt Cat Hoop Tutorial

Today I'm sharing a cute sewing tutorial from Rebecca, who blogs at Hugs are Fun.

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To make this embroidered felt cat hoop you'll need -

Wool felt - I used mustard yellow and tan for the cat, but feel free to customize to match your own furry friend!
Matching embroidery floss (thread)
6" wooden embroidery hoop
Background fabric


Print out the template and cut out all the pieces. Stitch each piece in place with a whip stitch around the edge, using three strands of embroidery floss.


Using a backstitch, stitch whiskers and a mouth.


Tighten the fabric onto the hoop and position your cat onto the fabric. I found it easier to pin the cat so it didn't shift, but it's not absolutely necessary.


Trim away the excess fabric, trimming the fabric as close to the edge of the hoop as possible. You can cut a circle of felt to glue to the hoop, but this also isn't absolutely necessary. Add a ribbon for hanging or just hang the hoop directly on the wall.

Click here to view the template sheet full size and print at 100%.   


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Rebecca blogs at www.hugsarefun.com about her cross stitching and other craft exploits. She is the mom of two young girls and has a background in illustration and design.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Making Models

What do you do when you want to design a cosy / case for gadgets you don't own?

You make models using card and washi tape, of course!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Meet My Sponsors: April

Time to meet my lovely current sponsors!

Blooming Felt sells 100% wool felt sheets, colourful fairtrade felt craft supplies like felt flowers and felt purses, plus other crafty goodness including buttons, ribbons, flat pad findings, glue, embroidery floss and craft books:

http://www.bloomingfelt.co.uk/


ZouZou Design sells art dolls, kits, covered buttons and sewing patterns:
 
http://zouzoudesign.etsy.com/


Handmake Me is a new handmade marketplace which focuses on bespoke handmade products. It's open to sellers and buyers in the UK now, with no joining fees or listing fees for sellers.

http://handmake.me/


Big Fish sells lots of colourful buttons and felt balls, as well as other craft supplies like pins, ribbons and mini embroidery hoops:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BigFish


Little Black Duck sells fun sewing kits and digital sewing patterns:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleBlackDuck


At Story Box you can create personalised gifts by filling a 3D frame with mini objects to represent a friend or loved one, or to celebrate a special occasion:

http://www.storyboxofyou.com/


The Button Shack sells lots of buttons and other craft supplies including ribbon, ric rac and fabric:

http://www.thebuttonshack.co.uk/


Little Big Box by Popit! are airtight plastic containers for storing food and liquids plus supplies around the home and office... including craft supplies, of course!

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Joe's Toes sells thick wool felt, punched felt shapes, plus kits and supplies for making things like wool felt & leather slippers, iPad cases and luggage tags:

 http://joestoes.co.uk/


Made By Lolly sells handmade felt flower brooches and other accessories:

http://madebylolly.co.uk/


The DIY Box Shop sells specially-created craft kits - a new box is released bimonthly with all you need to get crafting:

http://www.diyboxshop.com/


And over at Sew Stitch Knit you can follow a blogger's textile journey as she sews, stitches and knits:

http://www.sewstitchknit.com/


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