Washable Bowl cover

Easy project, use lightweight cotton.

Cut a circle around the intended bowl two inches away from the rim. I use pinking shears to avoid fraying

Press over a hem of about an inch (lots of tucks and folds).

Sew around the hem. This creates a channel for the elastic. Leave a gap of a couple of inches.

Cut elastic an inch longer than a snug fit length around the bowl. Stick a safety pin through the elastic and thread it around the channel. Fix the safety pin through the other end of the elastic to check the fit. If ok, Zig zag over the overlapped elastic and finally stitch up the gap in the channel.

Christmas card get ahead

Stashbusting Christmas paper means gathering all potential festive supplies together. This encourages me to use new combinations. Here I have used residual A5 card bases with dies that from past magazine purchases and I even recycled elements from cards we received over previous years. Embellishments of adhesive gems that seem to accumulate complete a batch of cards. Inside I have heat embossed a simple greeting so they are ready for boxing and gifting.

Rope coil baskets


Surprisingly easy to learn this technique, but it does take quite a while at the sewing machine

Cotton washing line rope is coiled, pinned and then secured with a zig zag stitch. The coil grows as big as you choose then  to create bowl sides you lift the coil as you zig zag.

For this set I wrapped scraps of fabric around the rope at random intervals.

Ideal for kitchen keys, bread or fruit bowls…might try some place mats and coasters next time

Sleep masks




This is a simple pattern to make for yourself and a quick, simple sew too.

Sketch a mask shape on paper, cut it out and hold it over your eyes to check the overall size. Best to make it slightly too big than too small and to have a flattish top and a more marked indent at the bottom where it sits on the bridge of your nose.

Fold the shape in half and trim to make it symmetrical.

Pin your paper on to two pieces of cotton (or fabric suitable to rest on your eyelids) and cut around leaving a 1/2” seam allowance, then pin the paper on some felt (or batting) and cut around that more tightly so your fabric outers are bigger than the felt

Stack the fabric with the two outsides facing and then put the felt on top, I stuck my felt in place lightly with a few dabs of fabric glue

Cut a piece of elastic that is long enough to go round the back of your head from outside eye socket to other outside eye socket. Place the elastic with about an inch sticking out over each side of the fabric stack and pin each end (this is enough to make the elastic stretch without being too tight).

Sew around the mask leaving a gap for turning (I left mine at the flat top), if your elastic is thin it might be worth sewing and reversing at each edge as you go over it.

Turn fabric out and poke out any caught seams before top stitching all the way round- this closes your turning gap and further strengthens the elastic fastening

I decorated mine with exaggerated eyelashes using a pearl pen (don’t think it is waterproof but twas a quick finish)

Paper tassels



A quick, fun embellishment for wrapping and home decor wreaths …

Cut an A4 sheet into three long strips. Stack the strips and cut a deep fringe all along one long edge (much quicker than cutting each fringe separately.

Stick a strip of red liner or strong double sided tape along the unfringed long end

Cut twine or thread to chosen length, loop it and stick the raw ends across the tape at one end of the strip

Roll the strip tightly starting from the end with the loop, so the loop is encased in the roll.

Fluff the tassel up when finished!