Thank You cards

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A paper, stamp and glue project today. I had a bunch of thank you cards to make for the weekend so used paper-source fold-over cards with different types of paper. I used a guillotine to make sure my edges were straight, and then different coloured inks with a thanks stamp.

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Here’s a few that I came up with.

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Note that stamps with lettering can be hard to line up. I usually stamp the lettering on a larger piece of paper before cutting round it. If I cut the paper first I find the lettering is never straight!

Braided Button Ribbon – Instructions

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Materials (to make 30″ length)

  1. Three strands of embroidery thread, each 30″ long (0.76 meters)
  2. Approx 30 buttons.
  3. Safety pin

How to make the ribbon

1.  Place the three strands of embroidery thread together and fold in half.  About an inch or three cms from the folded end of the thread, tie a simple knot.  This should create a loop of six strands that will be used later.

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2.  You have six strands, so separate them into three sets of two strands, which we will call one braid.  One braid = 2 strands.   Keep 3 buttons until the very end.  I then use the safety pin to pin the loop to my sewing bag.  My sewing bag is heavy and the safety pin is not going to damage it in anyway.  You need to add tension into the thread so that you can braid more easily.

3.  Pull the strands so they are taut.  Start braiding.  Left outside braid over middle braid, then right outside braid over middle braid etc.  Continue until you have braided about 1 inch /3cm.

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4.  After you have braided the right outside braid to the middle, thread a button onto the middle braid.  Go from the bottom of the button up.

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If there are four holes, separate out the two strands and go up through both holes, and down through both holes.  If there is just one hole, both strands should feed up through one hole and down the other.

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5.  Thread the button all the way down the embroidery thread until you get to where you finished braiding.  Now start with the left outside braid over middle braid, and continue to braid as before.

6.  Repeat steps 3 to 5 until you have the desired length or you have run out of embroidery thread.

Finishing Off

1.  Tie a knot at the end of the braiding.

2.  With the three buttons you have left, thread them onto the each braid.

3.  Tie a double knot with two braids, and tie a double knot with the other braid, and the two braids.

4.  Cut off the ends, to create an even fringe.

How to wrap the gift.

1.  Once you have your small parcel, or little bag.  Wrap the ribbon around the box or bag.

2.  When you get to the end, use the loop we created at the very beginning and loop it over one of the buttons to secure it.

3.  You might want to try wrapping the box or bag a couple of times until you get the ends where you want them.

Friendship Bracelets

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I’ve really enjoyed using “Hand Made Gifts Made Easy” instructions to make embroidery cord.  You create a wheel out of cardboard, download the free patterns, and then follow the very clear instructions on how to make the bracelets.  Check the bracelets out, I’ve already tried the checkered one, and it worked really well.  I used it as a loop on a pouch, but you can make a longer version for a bracelet.

 

Christmas Bunting Advent Calendar

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I know I’m talking Christmas already however I start making things for the holidays at the beginning of September.

I’ve wanted to make an advent calendar for a couple of years.  So after working through various designs this is what I came up with.

Twenty four little pouches, for each day of advent.  Add a little surprise to open each day, e.g. quotes from your favorite authors, or a homemade decoration for the tree, or a homemade gingerbread man.   I took photos before I added the numbers, however this gives a sense of how the bunting will work.

Next blog will step through how to make the pouches, and then I’ll talk about the different designs.

 

Straw Seed Bead Holders

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Just a little project today. I’ve been making strings of seed beads for necklaces. While I was working on the necklaces I found I had a small amount of beads left. I only had large seed bead containers. I had a few plastic straws that I’d received in take outs, so I decided to seal the end of a straw, fill with see beads using a purpose built scoop (instructions below). Then seal the top using cello tape.  The straws are easy to store, and recycles plastic straws that otherwise wouldn’t have been used.

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Scoop
1. Cut a three inch length from a straw.

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2. Seal one end with cello tape. I pinched the end of the straw, and then placed the tape across the pinched end, then I placed another piece of tape around the top of the straw.
3. Cut through the straw at the other end, and cut the top off, leave the bottom.

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4. Curve the bottom edges, to create the scoop.

Lessons Learned: Weaving

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During the weaving project I tried to reduce the amount of sewing required to finish the project.  So when I cut the felt, I created slits in the fabric rather than cutting through the one end.

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Then I tried weaving through the slits using needles.  It took me a lot longer because it wasn’t easy to weave the felt.  I realized by having the loose strands of felt (like below) it made it a lot easier to work with the felt.

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So although I had the additional step of sewing, overall it was the better way to go.