Elegant doorstop

imageAny heavyweight fabric (left over curtain or upholstery looks great but still needs interfacing to give it structure.

Method; cut four 20 x 15 cm sides and two 15 x 15 squares for top and bottom plus one 15 x 12 cm strip for the handle. Interface everything.

Create the handle by folding the sides of the strip to the middle then fold in half and top stitch closed. Top stitch the other side for effect. Stitch the handle to your top piece, fixing it in an ‘x’ pattern at either end for strength.


Line up the four sides inside out  and stitch with an even seam width down the 20cm sides to create a cube (sort of) then with right sides still together together pin and then stitch the top into the cube.

Check you have caught all the corners then stitch the base piece in leaving a gap for turning.

Turn,  stuff with wadding, gravel – best in a sandwich or simple mini sack – Try to surround the sack with wadding so the cube sits right and stuff more than you think necessary, then slip stitch the gap closed.

Thank you docrafts


I won a web draw prize and a box of very useful goodies arrived in time for me to take to our holiday home and enjoy a lovely play time.


i wanted to try the sunburst card technique so this was a good opportunity.  Make a mat with scratch paper, cover it with glue stick. Take rectangles of patterned paper and cut diagonally to form triangles which you then assemble over the scratch paper. The triangles should overlap the edges and will be trimmed off later.

You might need to trim the last triangle to fit. Trim the edges so the mat can now be put on your card base and place a topper or greeting on the centre, this covers any less than perfect assembly. Great way to use scraps.

the photo shows the card with a box made to hold it and several other Anita’s A6 cards and envelopes all made with paper from the docrafts simply floral A4 ultimate die cut and paper pack



Fabric baskets

image image image imageGoal:To replace the tired old bread basket with a home made version.

result: love this with contrasting fabric which makes it reversible. so far one bread basket suitable for 2 people (10 inch squares) and one (18 inches) now my cottons basket.

method- take two squares of fabric, back with heavyweight interfacing and iron neatly.

draw darts midway each side – for the large one mine were three inches deep and three inches wide.


Sew each dart so it pulls the fabric into bowl shape then, with right sides facing, stitch the pieces together leaving a gap for turning. Turn right sides out, iron to tidy the edge and top stitch to neaten and close the turning gap.

For or the large one I also rounded the corners before I drew the darts using a plate as a template  and at the end stitched a button on each flap. Other variations to follow, love this practical make.


sea glass glitz

imageThis year’s sea glass stash was only reduced a little by these gifts. A simple ring and cuff links made from the flattest pieces I had to hand which were then glitzed up with hot fix rhinestones – the smallest I had to hand – and stuck with jewellry cement. Note to self: research better ‘glue’ to stick glass to metal.image

Scissor and craft tool holder

imagehmm, mistake with the gingham fabric, too open weave so lots of hand and over sewing. Still a rustic storage solution for bits I want to keep near the sewing machine.


Method:  use a paper template of a heart to cut two of the heavy weight fabric (denim or upholstery would do) backing pieces and a piece of wadding. Then cut inside the template for a slightly smaller panel piece (mine is the beige). Then fold the template in increasingly smaller sections to gauge the pocket pieces but cut with a one inch high extra on top which you fold over and top stitch to create a neat pocket top.


I did three pocket pieces and when top stitched clipped them on the panel piece and clipped that on one piece of backing. I stitched ric rac to cover the raw edges (at which point the gingham started to unravel like burlap).  Then a line of straight stitches down the middle to create the half pockets.

Finally pin a loop of ribbon (I used the remains of my ric rac) facing loop down and raw edge protruding up a bit. then pin the other backing piece right side together and sew around leaving a gap for turning. Before you turn stick wadding to backing piece. When turned hand sew gap and voila!

Dog coat

imagethe most expensive dog coat turns out to be the easiest pattern to copy, just traced.


to fit Harvey this is 12.5 inches wide, 11.5 inches back to neck, 17 inches back to end of each tab


Method: use pattern to cut two fabric shapes and a 23 inch long four inch wide strip. Quilt wadding to the reverse of one shape then sew shapes wrong side together, leaving a gap to turn. Top stitch the edge, this also seals the turning gap. Iron the strip in half then turn in each edge to make a four ply strip . Top stitch along each edge and fix as on pattern.

once checked on doggie for fit,  affix Velcro tabs on neck and on strip. Now just waiting for the reflective tape to arrive, so his night time walks are warm and safe.



Teapot stand and mug coasters



A simple sew project which I would make again, but with bigger coasters, with coordinating fabrics and in a set of two big mats and six coasters for dinner table rather than tea time use. Lots of web tutorials with variations to inspire you.

Materials:for each square you need five squares of fabric and one of fusible fleece. My teapot stand squares are 8 inches and coasters are four inches, should be five though.

Method: fuse fleece to whar will be your base square and then lay it right side up on your work table. Press remaining squares diagonally then lay then raw sides out to raw side of the base in sequence. The last one needs to be half tucked under the first one then all pieces pinned before you sew with a slim straight seam all the way round the edge. Clip the corners. Turn and poke out your corners so that the base is now showing and press to keep the centre tidy.  I added a decorative top stitch but this isn’t necessary.



Bag and purse combo

imagea simple tote with webbing for handles, interfaced and lined with a pocket inside and a decorative bow on the front – thanks to Debbie Shore videos for techniques

when boxing the bottom of the bag I had eight little squares which I turned into a patchwork square (adding another square to make the ninth piece) as the front of a matching zippered purse

too good to give away?