Made on the same basis as lavender bags, fabric sachets are filled with activated charcoal (as used in home aquariums). These are supposed to absorb the sweat in trainers and shoes.
The sachets are lined with dark fabric as charcoal is very messy. I decided to label them with fabric pens so recipients know what to use them for and will enclose a note explaining that the charcoal can be reenergised if warmed in the oven.
Cover cardboard tubes with fabric instead of paper to make reusable crackers.
I used up some Christmas fabric found while tidying but this would work for any seasonal table gift.
Use cardboard tubes of different diameters so that one slides tightly inside the other. I used loo roll and kitchen towel inner. Cut the larger tube to half the length of the other. My loo roll inner was 10 cm tall so I cut 5 cm from the larger kitchen roll.
Make snug fitting fabric coverings by sewing long rectangles (width being circumference of cardboard plus 1cm, length being height of tube plus 10cm) of fabric into tubes then folding in half and sliding the fabric inside.
I finished my raw edges with pinking shears and zig zag stitch. I then stuck bling tape around the edge of the larger roll so when assembled the bling tape masked the join.
No bang when pulled -although you could put snaps inside – but a bit of fun to make.
Really enjoying picking up the threads of my cross stitch past. This time I am following in the footsteps of judy dench and other embroiderers who like to subvert expectations by stitching in unexpected words or sayings. This is the only polite one I have done so far.
These lined pouches are made unusually following a crafts channel (Corinne Brad) tutorial. I used a pony tail band rather than the fabric loop suggested so I could stretch them around dog leashes and never forget pooh bags again.
To make sew the two short ends of lining and outer fabric rectangles together (wrong sides facing) then press over the flap to mark a crease. Sew from crease to top end on each side then manipulate fabric to fit the other seam into the crease and sew the remaining sides (leaving a turning gap in one lining side and tucking in the loop or band in one of the outer sides). This makes a weird three flapped object but when turned and pressed it is a tidy, quick clutch.
To finish I top stitched in places and put in a snap. At last, I am using my bargain bag of pony tail bands.
I set myself a task to use up lavender as part of my decluttering project. Trawling pinterest for ideas reminded me that I can stamp on fabric and that I have eyelets and buttons galore, so lots of little trimmings could be added to my fabric de-stashing effort.
But all the above only use small quantities of lavender, fabric and trim so the lavender tin, now replenished with the 2020 harvest, remains well stocked.
Another door stop but this time with a pocket so you can tuck a key or pen in.
Six identical squares and a rectangle that is folded to make the strap. Plus, this time a smaller square to make the pocket. Weighty curtain fabric doesn’t need interfacing and being sensible this cube is weighted with stones and stuffed with sheeting strips.