mini crafts – the pincushion


Oh the quick-craft joy of a pincushion.

This was made as a little, fun, wedding, cheque accompaniment by layering three cakes of white felt and decorating with fabric glued ribbon and glass head pearls.


Because there are limits to how many pins one can store in a single home, this mini chicken triangular cushion has been turned into a brooch holder and his wings made into mini pockets as well.


and this felt craft apple was part stuffed with dried lavender to scent the shoe cupboard

Felt so good?

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Thanks to my sister’s gift of this felt project book and the birthday cash from my in-laws, I am underway with a new project; felt crafting. This suits me well as simple stitching and quick results are just my sort of thing. A lavender stuffed apple took just over an hour to cut, sew and finish. (and looks better IMG_0377than the photo)

If the felt quality was better this would have looked better too. Heart baskets are very quick to assemble. How much decorating to add is the question.

Crafty cards

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No sooner had the IMG_0369Docrafts botanical bundle arrived than I started crafting – the notelets went to my mother in law in rather smart (though I say so myself) co-ordinating folders so she can either send or give them on as gifts.

Whilst on a roll (on retreat in the craft room?) I also made the A5 card in the bundle into a wedding card and used extra decoupage sets with left over envelopes to make up some additional cards for her to use.

Before I knew it I had also made a post it note holder and wrapped a little pencil in the scraps.

And there is still a stack of die cuts, decoupage and papers yet to be started on. Great value pack. I wouldn’t have chosen the chintzy style for myself but they are making great gift bundles. If there is one criticism it would be that there aren’t enough sentiments; luckily I now have a heat gun and so could emboss some that go really well with the floral style of the pack.

Cushion Sunday …

photo 3I’ve finally finished two cushion projects that were messing up the craft room … the little tweed corner cushions were designed to mirror the tweedy cushon that came with the new chair.

The tweed came in squares from  Amazon at £12  with enough to make four of these and the backing – a rich brown needle cord  came from Craftwise fabrics at £7 a metre. photo

I just cut the supplied tweed squares down into strips and assembled them in a quilt as you go sort of style.

I don’t do Zips –  unless I have no choice  – so the backing is two pieces of corduroy which overlap and provide a simple pocket through which to stuff.


Inspired by finishing one job, I also finished photo 4four upcycled cushions. The leather/suede/zip plain cover was from SAILS and at only £2.50 each I couldn’t have made them as well or as cheaply.

I started by tracing cartoon silhouettes of four animals onto freezer paper which I then ironed onto the back of some curtain fabric  before cutting out the shapes and free motion stiched them on the 2 The fourth one, the sheep version, is being tried out in various locations around the house as the sitting room is now well and truly cushioned.

Am now slightly overrun with cushions so what will I do with the gingham ones I made last month?